The ‘Best Bar None’ (BBN) Awards initiative was developed in December 2005 to target alcohol-fuelled violence, disorder and antisocial behaviour.
Administered in Glasgow by Community Safety Glasgow on behalf of the Glasgow Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP), we work closely with licensed premises across the city, Police Scotland, Glasgow City Council’s Licensing Department and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service to deliver the initiative.
The initiative was initially launched in Glasgow as a pilot scheme but is now promoted across Scotland, proving increasingly popular as a way for licensees to demonstrate their commitment to public safety. The national initiative Best Bar None Scotland is administered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) and is sponsored nationally by a number of key leaders in the drinks industry.
BBN Glasgow has a formal launch each year usually in April/ May and then a flurry of activity takes place as premises across the city apply for a BBN Award. Their assessment is a measurement against set national criteria, so all premises are measured against the same baseline. They have to evidence their policies and practice across the five Licensing Objectives in an interview on their premises lasting up to two hours. They are then scored on the evidence they produce and a final score is awarded. Premises can achieve bonus points for going above and beyond the basics and this often makes the difference between a gold award and being the top gold winner – who then goes through to the National Awards in March each year. This involves yet another assessment and visit by the SBRC! All worth it as the National Awards involves Glasgow bars competing with cities and towns across Scotland! Their website shows all National Award winners and a video clip of the event – look out for Glasgow’s own national winners!
BBN ensures that all premises have initiatives and procedures in place to improve community safety, encourage responsible drinking, and reduce alcohol related antisocial behavior and crime. All BBN premises door staff are fully SIA licensed and trained in all aspects of customer safety including how to get customers home safely.
Over the last few years there has been a focus in all Best Bar None premises on additional care and attention to recognise vulnerable people affected adversely by alcohol who, as a result, might become a higher safety risk. Premises engage with services such as Public Space CCTV Operators and Street Pastors at weekends and police patrols in the area in the evenings. Licensed premises door security staff also report any vulnerable people passing by on the street via the Night Digital Radio Network which helps to alert the night time partners to people that may need assistance. This helps direct services where they are most needed and often achieves a quick response, preventing escalating problems.
BBN Glasgow has also produced two short films, the first of which focuses on the issue of vulnerable people. The second looks at pre-loading (drinking at home before a night out) and mixing substances, to raise awareness of these issues with the public. You can watch the second video above. For more information on the Best Bar None Glasgow initiative, and for information on how to apply, visit the dedicated website.