What is Best Bar None? | Its In Nottingham

How and why we're working together to make the city safer and better for a night out.

It goes without saying that most of us expect a safe environment to enjoy ourselves in when we're on a night out in the city.

What you may not know is that behind the scenes, many of Nottingham's pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants go above and beyond year after year to implement cutting edge venue safety schemes to make a safe night out as likely as possible for us all. A big part of this process is taking part in the Best Bar None accreditation scheme.


What is Best Bar None? 

Best Bar None is an Accreditation Scheme with National Awards supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry which is aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.

It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the Evening and Night Time Economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 75 town and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally.

What is the purpose of Best Bar None? 

  • To reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • To build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities and the private sector
  • To improve knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Process of becoming recognised by BBN includes meeting minimum standards and culminates with a high profile award night with category winners and an overall winner
  • Responsible owners are recognised and able to share good practice with others
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

Why should we have this scheme?

  • To promote our city as a safe and vibrant place to go at night.
  • It shows a willingness to address alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour through the promotion of good practice and education.
  • It is acknowledged by the Home Office as having a positive effect on the night time economy.
  • It promotes a partnership approach to resolving issues.


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