Are YOU Best Bar None?
June 1 saw the launch of the third annual Best Bar None awards with a presentation at the Town Hall.
The scheme, which promotes high standards in licensed premises, was piloted in Manchester back in 2003 – and is now carried out in over 100 cities nationally.
Supported by the Home Office, it’s been found to improve standards in the night time economy.
The last couple of years in Sheffield have focused solely on the city centre. This year, however, venues on Ecclesall Rd and Sharrow Vale Rd are being invited to take part – making it the biggest and best to date. Furthermore, Exposed will be throwing its considerable weight behind the 2011/2012 awards.
Venues will be competing for awards such as Best Pub, Best Club, Best Bar and Best Restaurant, and then for the overall Best Bar None winner – which can be any one of the categories. Hallam FM will also be sponsoring the 'Best Behind the Bar' award where listeners can nominate their favourite bar person in the city.
Speaking at the launch, Mark Simmonite of Henry’s (which won Best Pub at the last awards ceremony) said: “We were really proud of our achievement and it’s a fantastic feeling to be rewarded for contributing to a safer Sheffield. When customers see a Best Bar None plaque on the wall, they’re reassured that they’re in a safe environment.”
The scheme is fully backed by the police. Superintendent Hemingway, also at the launch, added: “We’ll stand behind anyone wanting to offer a quality licensing experience. A vibrant atmosphere is extremely important, but it has to be a safe one, and the Best Bar None scheme helps to achieve that.”
The awards themselves take place in January 2012 with a black tie ceremony and dinner in the City Hall ballroom when the winners are announced and all of the licensees accredited are invited along with city councillors, senior police and strategists, and drug and alcohol workers across Sheffield.
So, could YOU be Best Bar None?
Head to www.bbnuk.com for more.