“Best Bar None Scotland’s training and education has helped bring our business onto the next level.”

The Brass and Granite, located in Kilmarnock, has been proud supporters of Best Bar None Scotland for the past three years – since the East Ayrshire scheme launched in 2017. The Brass and Granite has won Gold accreditation each year, and has won the Excellence Award for going ‘over and above’ in terms of working with the local community and ensuring everyone can enjoy a safe night out in both 2018 and 2019.

The Brass and Granite is a small independent pub set in the heart of Kilmarnock. It’s focus is very much on providing a secure environment where people can come and enjoy a safe night out.

Owner, David Little, explains: “At the Brass and Granite we are proud supporters of the Best Bar None scheme; and the training and education we have received since joining has definitely helped bring our business onto the next level. We love the whole aspect of BBN and how it has brought our business into 21 century in terms of safety and best practice. Having been in the licensed trade for over 50 years I have seen a lot of changes, but what we have achieved in the last 3 years with the help of BBN has seen the biggest and best changes as far as I am concerned. We have introduced policies that we would have never thought were needed in the licensed trade.

“Our focus is safety first. We know if all our staff and customers are safe and well looked after that this provides the perfect platform for everyone to enjoy themselves. We are a sports bar, a place to have a coffee and a chat, a ‘Keepsafe’ house, a place where local community groups come together. Our motto is we are the venue that has taken the ‘P’ out of Pub and replaced it with an ‘H’ for Hub. Our designated driver campaign runs all year round with our vast stock of non and low alcoholic drinks as well as our Heinieken 0% draft lager, the only venue in the town that offers a draft non-alcoholic product. We have adapted the Brass and Granite with portable ramps to ensure people with any form of disability can access the premises with ease. Training is of great importance to us here and that is why our staff have undergone various levels of training including Child Sexual Exploitation, Action Counters Terrorism, and even training in the administration of Naloxone to those suffering from an opioid overdose. We have also teamed up with other partnerships within the town to bring together a group called the Killie Pickers who regularly go out and pick litter throughout the town and the parks within. The last event attracted over 100 people and our partner in this event provided these volunteers with soup and scones to end a great day.

Gift of Life program

Our AED project (Gift of Life Project) has seen us donate 16 AED life saving devices. We run our ‘Gift of Life’ program all year round, and every penny we raise goes back into the local community to enhance safety for everyone. Recently we used the funds to buy AED’s and giving them away into the community. This all began back in 2017 when the Brass became the first pub in Kilmarnock to introduce an AED on site. From here the staff underwent CPR training and additional training on how to use the AED. We then decided to refresh our training and underwent additional CPR and AED training with the local fire brigade and from this, not only was our training refreshed, but our minds were blown when figures were discussed regarding survival rates, availability of AED’s, lack of training, lack of knowledge and lack of investment into these life saving devices not only in Scotland but the whole of the UK. When figures were being compared between the UK and Scandinavian countries and how survival rates in these countries were so much higher and CPR training and the availability of AED‘s was of a far superior grade than that of the UK the team here at the Brass decided that we could make our town of Kilmarnock the safest in Scotland with our ‘Gift of Life’ program. The fundraising began in early 2018 and has never stopped; so far our efforts have helped donate AED’s to the following:

  • Willowbank Primary School (a school for young children with medium to severe additional support needs) - August 28th 2018
  • Loanhead Primary School - October 11th 2018
  • Kilmaurs Primary School - 14th November 2018
  • New Farm Community Centre (plus outside box making it 24 hour accessible) - 29th November 2018
  • Kilmarnock Taxi Rank (plus outside box making it 24 hour accessible) - 29th November 2018
  • Kilmarnock Running Group looking to start a ‘Park Run’ in the towns Dean Castle County Park - May 28th 2019
  • Fardalehill - a housing estate in Kilmarnock (plus outside box making it 24 hour accessible) - June 5th 2019
  • New Aldi Super Store in Kilmarnock (plus outside box making it 24 hour accessible) - June 11th 2019
  • Gargieston Primary School - June 20th 2019
  • Onthank Nursery - August 22nd 2019
  • Police Car 1 – January 2020
  • Police Car 2 – January 2020

Training the Brass and Granite has taken part in:

  • British Red Cross First Aid Training - Full Day
  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - 2 full days
  • Safe Talk Training - Booked for June 25th - 3 Hour training session
  • CPR and AED Training at Kilmarnock Fire Station - half day
  • Video Production for Social Media Training - full day
  • ACT - Action Counter Terrorism - 2 hour session
  • Drug Awareness - 2 hour session
  • Crime Scene Management - 2 hour session
  • Keepsafe/Bystander Training - 2 hour session
  • Child Sexual Exploitation - half day
  • Naloxone Administration - 2/3 hour session
  • Mental Health at work Training - 3 hour session (organised by and held at the Brass and Granite)


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