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Local venues raise the bar

Published Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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Six licensed venues are celebrating after receiving official accreditation at Hamilton’s inaugural Best Bar None awards.

To win an award the venues had to meet a level of standard that assures members of the public they will be able to enjoy a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

The Stonehouse, The Libertines, Hemingway’s Bar, The Butterburn and John Carrigan’s Eating House all received silver awards with Hamilton Rugby Football Club receiving a bronze award. 

Arlene Campbell, National Lead for Best Bar None Scotland said: “The Best Bar None Awards get bigger every year and have become the recognised badge of high standards in the licensed trade. I’d like to congratulate all six of the Hamilton venues on their awards and it is great to see the Best Bar None scheme becoming established in the area during its first year of operation.”

Best Bar None Local Co-ordinator for Hamilton, George Currie said: “This is our first year of rolling out the scheme in Hamilton and I am delighted with the interest that has been shown.

“Best Bar None is a great opportunity for premises and partner agencies in the Hamilton area to work together in order to maintain safe and welcoming licensed venues. The process is very straightforward and Police Scotland and council licensing employees are available to assist participants at all stages.

“I would encourage all licensed premises in Hamilton to find out about the scheme. Hamilton has a vibrant day and night time economy and it’s our ambition to ensure this is enhanced and supported by BBN by ensuring venues provide, and customers receive the very best quality experience”.

Best Bar None is a unique National Award Scheme aimed at raising standards and rewarding licensed premises who undertake positive management practices in support of a safe night out.

It was piloted in Glasgow in 2005 and found to improve standards in the night time economy, with premises now participating in 58 towns and cities across Scotland. Best Bar None recognises venues who are offering a quality experience focusing on safety and customer care. This has been the inaugural year for the scheme in Hamilton.

The purpose of the Best Bar None Scheme is to:

  • Reduce alcohol related crime
  • Promote social responsibility and duty of care
  • Improves knowledge and skills to assist in responsible management
  • Promotes Partnership working to identify good practice and areas for improvement
  • Supports due diligence
  • Awards both locally and nationally to reward success
  • Assist in delivering improved national standards which can improve the commercial viability and attractiveness of a venue and locality

Licensed premises can apply to join the Best Bar None scheme, where they are assessed by trained, impartial assessors and applicants are scored according to national guidelines. Venues are awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

The Best Bar None scheme is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents and Maxxium and Chivas Brothers and is an integral part of the Safer Areas Initiatives throughout Scotland.

For venues interested in obtaining more information about Best Bar None, please email George Currie.