Licensees and guests from across the Doncaster borough gathered for the launch of the 2013 Best Bar None awards scheme.
The award-winning Doncaster Best Bar None, now in its seventh year, is a nationally recognised scheme, which encourages and recognises licensees for the safe and responsible running of licensed premises. The launch, which is the first stage of the BBN process, will culminate in a prestigious awards ceremony in January. It received an extremely positive response with a great deal of interest in the scheme and the benefits that go with it. Representatives of Pubwatch schemes from across the borough were among the guests who also enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Mansion House for the launch. Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Doncaster offers the best night out in South Yorkshire - and thanks to the award winning Best Bar None scheme, it is also a safe night out. The fact that the scheme is now in its seventh year and is copied as best practice all over the country is testament to its success. The many establishments taking part in the scheme are an asset to Doncaster and thoroughly deserve recognition for their efforts.” Chf Insp Ian Bint said: “Best Bar None is a great scheme that not only provides reassurance for the customer, who can take comfort in the fact that should they visit a Best Bar None venue, they are in a safe and relaxed environment, but also for the licensees who may witness an increase in custom to their establishment through being accredited by the scheme. “Working in partnership has proved very positive, and we look forward to recognising more licensees for their commitment to making our town a more attractive place for people to visit.” Stephen Baker, chairman of National Pubwatch, said: “At a time when the pub trade is facing challenges it is encouraging to see the licensees commitment to social responsibility. In Doncaster you have the ideal model for a town centre – with the Pubwatch and Best Bar None schemes complementing each other and in doing so providing a much safer environment for people to work and socialise.”
Over the last 12 months, BBN has provided almost 40 training courses, which have helped almost 600 managers and staff to deliver a better, safer service to customers. Courses are now delivered on a monthly basis.