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|Title:||Doncaster Best Bar None 2014 launch|
|ID & Publication:||20130811033 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Business News |
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, officially launched Doncaster’s 2014 Best Bar None (BBN) Awards at the historic Mansion House today (Tuesday 6 August 2013).
The award scheme, recently praised by The Home Secretary, is now in its eighth year. BBN is a nationally recognised awards scheme, which encourages and recognises licensees for the safe and responsible management of licensed premises.
The launch is the first stage of the BBN process that culminates in a prestigious awards ceremony in January. Representatives of Pubwatch schemes from across the borough were amongst the guests who also enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by Doncaster based training partner HABC accompanied by a drinks reception courtesy of sponsors Heineken UK and Britvic.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster said: ‘Zero tolerance on crime and anti-social behaviour are top priorities for me. I am delighted to say that since Doncaster introduced the BBN scheme in 2006 violent crime has fallen in the town centre during the evening by over 40 per cent.
‘The launch of Best bar None 2014 is great news for all involved in the night time economy. Visitors to Doncaster know that when they visit a BBN venue, they are in safe hands. Licensees can see a significant increase in return custom to their venues by being accredited. I was pleased with the positive response from licensees today who showed a great deal of interest in the scheme and the benefits that go with it.’
Superintendent Peter Norman said: ‘I would like to thank the licensees for all of their efforts and hard work that they have put in, both on their own and in partnership, to make their venues and Doncaster a safer place. I’m looking forward to recognising more licensees for their commitment to making our town a more attractive place for people to visit.’
Kate Winstanley, PASS (The National Proof of Age Standards Scheme) trade speaker said: ‘Best Bar None is a fantastic example of a partnership approach that both reduces alcohol harm and drives economic growth. PASS has been working very closely with Best Bar none in helping to get the message across that acceptance of PASS cards can boost sales as well as helping to raise standards around reducing underage sales. We are proud to feature the Best Bar None logo on the back of our PASS training cards alongside the logos of the Home Office, ACPO, TSI, the SIA and National Pubwatch.’
Over the last twelve months, BBN has provided almost 40 training courses, which have helped over 600 managers and staff to deliver a better, safer service to customers. Courses are now delivered on a monthly basis in conjunction with HABC, the next courses will focus on licensing law and preventing under-age sales of alcohol.
The dedication and hard work of licensees and Pubwatch schemes from throughout the borough have helped to ensure that Doncaster is recognised as not only the best night out in South Yorkshire, but also the safest and Doncaster Best Bar None will continue to raise the bar and build on the already high standards.
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