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. A big part of this process is taking part in the Best Bar None accreditation scheme.
Best Bar None is a national award scheme which aims to promote responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises. It is about reducing crime, raising standards and rewarding excellence.
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.
Whilst there is an overall winner of the scheme, it is most important to remember that Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme above anything else. You can spot a Best Bar None accredited venue by looking out for a certificate or window sticker that has the Best Bar None logo.
Areas which have established the scheme, such as Nottingham, have seen a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence, enhancing the customer experience and creating a safer environment.
In Nottingham city centre, the scheme has been run by Nottingham BID since 2010.