Best Bar None honours magnificent seven at Dumfries awards ceremony

Best Bar None honours magnificent seven at Dumfries awards ceremony

Seven licensed premises from South West Scotland gained awards today (July 31) for improving safety and adopting high management standards.

The businesses were honoured by the Best Bar None initiative – delivered locally by the Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

At a ceremony in Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries, representatives from five of the seven premises picked up plaques from Councillor Tracey Little, Provost of Dumfries and Nithsdale.

Four businesses earned gold awards – the highest category of honour:

A further two premises picked up silver Best Bar None awards:

The seventh premises honoured was The Barrel, from English Street, Dumfries - picking up a bronze award. 

Representatives from The Shed and Back to the Buck were unable to make today’s ceremony and will receive the awards later from organisers. 

Scott Jardine, the local Best Bar None co-ordinator, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the local winners on their success. All have shown a strong commitment to raising standards and improving safety in their venues.”

The awards event also included information on how premises could get involved in Best Bar None.

Said Scott: “We’ve reinvigorated the scheme this year and are encouraging premises around Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Lochmaben and Stranraer to sign up. You can find more details on the scheme – including contact information online at www.bbnscotland.co.uk.”

He added: “Best Bar None is open to pubs, bars, nightclubs, hotel bars and specialist entertainment venues - including community venues - in the local area.

“Anyone taking part gets lots of advice and support to improve the safety and resilience of their venues and secure nationally-recognised awards for their efforts.”

Robert Hogg, the national Best Bar None co-ordinator, said: “It’s great to see successful premises in the South West of Scotland be honoured for their efforts – and for the Alcohol and Drugs partnership to encourage others to get involved in Best Bar None.

“The scheme is all about supporting businesses to improve safety and standards – and be more sustainable.

“Taking part in Best Bar None offers you an annual assessment of your venue, which can help your day-to-day practices, in turn making you more attractive to customers and boosting your profitability.

“Depending on your progress in the scheme, you’ll be given a bronze, silver or gold award – which you can display on your premises. We’ll also invite you to a local awards ceremony to share your success and get extra attention for your business. Leading businesses are also invited to take part in our national awards scheme.”

You can find out more about the scheme, and get in touch with local contacts, through the Best Bar None website – www.bbnscotland.co.uk

 

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY ALCOHOL AND DRUG PARTNERSHIP

Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) represents a wide range of agencies including the local NHS, council, police, fire service, procurator fiscal and voluntary sector.

The ADP is responsible for planning and joining up various initiatives across the region to tackle alcohol and drugs misuse. Examples of ongoing work include specialist services, community initiatives, raising awareness of local issues, prevention education programmes in schools, treatment options - and supporting families and those with substance problems towards recovery, healthy lifestyles and employment.

You can get updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adpdumgal and www.twitter.com/DGBestBarNone1

 

ABOUT BEST BAR NONE

Best Bar None was developed by Greater Manchester Police in 2003 as a response to increased violence and anti-social behaviour in and around licensed premises.

It aimed to reward positive work within the licensed trade - improving standards and addressing local issues and, ultimately, keeping people safe. The scheme was adopted in Scotland in 2005, initially in Glasgow, and is currently administered nationally by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre – and by local co-ordinators, representing local councils, trading standards, community safety partnerships, business improvement districts (BIDs), alcohol drug partnerships and crime prevention panels.

The scheme is supported by the drinks industry (Chivas Brothers-Pernod Ricard, Diageo, Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, Heineken and Tennent's) as well as the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Licensed Trade Association, Drinkaware, the charity Barnardo's and others.

Find out more:

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Adrian Mahoney, Press and Media Manager, Best Bar None Scotland.
Telephone: 01786 437474; Mobile: 07967 150560; Email: [email protected]

Caron Urquhart, Alcohol and Drug Partnership Development Officer/Best Bar None Dumfries and Galloway. Telephone: 01387 244240; email: [email protected]

 

Gallery of images from the day

You'll find a full gallery of images from the event here. You can re-use these, but please credit "Best Bar None Scotland" and link back to this site. 

Staff from the Townhead Hotel in Lockerbie celebrate their gold Best Bar None award.

 

Staff from the Townhead Hotel in Lockerbie celebrate their gold Best Bar None award.

The Crown Hotel in Lochmaben also picked up a gold award from Best Bar None in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Granary from Dumfries notched up a silver award in the latest Best Bar None awards for the region.

Staff from Robert The Bruce were also celebrating their success picking up a silver award at the event in the Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.

The Barrel in Dumfries picked up a bronze award at the ceremony.

Councillor Tracey Little, the Provost of Dumfries and Nithsdale, presented the Best Bar None awards for the region this week. She is pictured with some of the other guests at the event.

Councillor Tracey Little, the Provost of Dumfries and Nithsdale, presented the Best Bar None awards for the region this week. She is pictured with some of the other guests at the event.

 

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