New Partnership


Best Bar None Scotland and Drinkaware working together to promote social and responsible drinking

Best Bar None Scotland (BBN) continues to promote social and responsible drinking in Scotland by partnering with Drinkaware, an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.

BBN supports Scotland’s licensed premises in developing their standards and innovative practices and includes other partners, Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium UK, Chivas Brothers, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and the Scottish Government. All of these will work with Drinkaware on a range of new initiatives across the country.

The first partnership project sees Drinkaware Crews in Glasgow with BBN venues, SWG3, The Garage and The Cathouse launching prior to the festive period and the “Crews” will be present on an ongoing basis, to support customer safety in the venues into 2017. The trained Crew staff are there to help vulnerable people who have drunk too much, lost their friends and provide first aid if required.

Alongside this, Drinkaware will sponsor the ‘Innovation in Social Responsibility’ award at the upcoming Best Bar None Scotland National awards on the 30th of March 2017 in Glasgow. This award will be given to a venue which has demonstrated a unique way of promoting social and responsible behaviour within their premises in support of the Public Health Licensing Objective.

Commenting on the newly formed partnership, Drinkaware’s Chief Executive, Elaine Hindal said:

"Working together with Best Bar None Scotland has allowed us to offer a comprehensive support package around responsible drinking in the night time economy. We are sponsoring the innovation in social responsibility award for Best Bar None Scotland which we hope will encourage the best ideas and interventions to be recognised.

“This follows our recent partnership with Best Bar None Glasgow to bring our Drinkaware Crew scheme to three venues in the city and I’m very grateful for their support in helping make this happen.

"The trained Drinkaware Crew can bring a new dynamic to venues, which means people in vulnerable situations have someone who is there to spend as much time as is needed, to make sure they are looked after and that they can either enjoy the rest of their night or get home safely.”

Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chair of Best Bar None Scotland commented:

“Best Bar None Scotland is delighted to announce this important partnership with Drinkaware as it will help to further promote responsible behaviour in venues in Scotland. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Team at Drinkaware and developing the Crew Scheme into other areas in Scotland and through future initiatives.  We see this as yet another positive step in supporting a safe night out across the country.”






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