Licensees from across Doncaster gathered at the Mansion House to raise a glass to the 2015 Best Bar None Awards.
The awards, now in their ninth year, are a nationally recognised scheme, which encourages and recognises licensees for safe and responsible management of licensed premises.
It means visitors to Doncaster know that when they visit a BBN venue they are in safe hands while licensees who, by being accredited by the scheme, can see a rise in custom.
The launch is the first stage of the 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 accompanied by a drinks reception.
Deputy Mayor Glynn Jones said: “The Doncaster Best Bar None is a fantastic scheme which has helped to improve standards and safety at bars and pubs across the borough. The awards scheme provides a great incentive for owners to get involved in Best Bar None.”
Sharon Clarke, Chairman of Pubwatch, said: “Town centre Pubwatch has been involved with Best Bar None from the start, and has fully supported it and all its initiatives ever since. Over the last decade there has been huge effort by all concerned to increase levels of integration and cooperation in the management of the Doncaster evening economy, hopefully achieving an enjoyable and safe night out for the people of Doncaster.”
Over the last twelve months, BBN has provided almost 40 training courses, which have helped over 600 managers deliver a better, safer service to customers.