28 January 2015

A scheme to promote a safe and vibrant nightlife in Sheffield city centre has been shortlisted for two national awards.

Sheffield’s ‘Best Bar None’ is the only scheme to be shortlisted for two of the three national Best Bar None awards which will be announced at the House of Lords on Tuesday, 2 February.

It has been competing against schemes running in 34 other cities and has been shortlisted for the Best Overall Scheme and Most Innovative Scheme awards.

Forty nightclubs, bars and pubs have signed up to Sheffield’s Best Bar None which runs in the city centre and along Ecclesall Road. It is run by Sheffield City Council’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team to encourage premises to steer clear of irresponsible drink offers, have good security and work with the council and police to promote a safe night time economy.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member of public health and equality at Sheffield City Council, said: “Our scheme is in its seventh year and we are delighted to be shortlisted for a national award. We’ve looked to expand the scheme and get more people involved each year. It’s great that the hard work has been recognised and Sheffield is being highlighted nationally as a good example.

“The pubs, clubs and bars in Sheffield that have signed up to Best Bar None show they care about their customers and their safety. They’re also investing in the night time economy and I want to thank them all for making Sheffield a safe place to visit.”

Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme started in 2009. All 40 venues that have signed up to the scheme display Best Bar None plaques or stickers on their windows to show others they are a responsible retailer. The city’s Best Bar None app is also available to download which includes details of all accredited places via GPS, as well as travel information and tips on safety during a night out.

National Chairman of Best Bar None, Robert Humphreys MBE, said “We are delighted to see Sheffield in the final short list for the 2015 Awards. Only the best schemes have made it to that point; the judges have been looking for energy and enthusiasm, innovative thinking, going beyond the obvious and a clear commitment to measure success. The short listed schemes have all exhibited these characteristics”

Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme is supported by South Yorkshire Police and the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District).

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest from South Yorkshire Police said: “I am delighted that the Best Bar None Scheme has been shortlisted for these national awards and we are committed to continuing to support the project.

“The scheme aims to help keep Sheffield city centre a safe and enjoyable place to visit. Ultimately, we want Sheffield to have a safe yet vibrant night time economy and the scheme helps us to work towards that.”

Nick Simmonite, Sheffield BID Board member and owner of the Frog & Parrot, said: “Sheffield has a heritage of great bars and nightclubs. Our business community in this sector work together effectively on joint initiatives through the group UNIGHT. It is a true team effort involving collaboration with other sectors and services to raise the bar in terms of standards and practice.

“Should Sheffield be recognised again by Best Bar None it will be a well deserved accolade, and a great asset to Sheffield BID when developing events and activities to draw people into the city centre.”

For more information visit www.sheffielddact.org.uk/drugs-alcohol/priorities-and-campaigns/best-bar-none/