Best Bar None awards

Published 21 June 2018

Dumfries and Galloway's Best Bar None Scheme Awards have been finalised and participating premises will be awarded their relevant award plaques by Council Leader Elaine Murray and Councillor Ronnie Nicholson at the awards ceremony commencing at 11am on Thursday 28th June 2018 at the Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries.

The premises which have been awarded either a gold, silver or bronze award have undertaken an extensive training and independent scrutiny and thereby have merited their respective award. Details of the scheme are as below.

What is Best Bar None?

Best Bar None is an accreditation and awards scheme that was originally adopted in Scotland in 2005, and which has now rolled out to 24 areas across Scotland with over 400 licensed premises including pubs, bars, hotel bar, nightclubs and specialist entertainment venues currently participating in the scheme.

The aims and objectives of the scheme follow the five key principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

The Best Bar None Scheme is administered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC). It is sponsored by Diageo, Molson, Coors, Heineken, Tennent's, Maxxium UK and Chivas Brothers, and is fully supported by key national stakeholders including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Government and Scottish Licensed Trade Association.

What is the purpose of Best Bar None?

The BBN award scheme is a method which recognises and promotes the best of the licensed premises within local areas by raising standards and rewarding excellence.

Participating licensed premises are therefore rewarded at various levels (gold, silver and bronze) for their commitment to improving the knowledge and skills of their staff to allow them to operate more responsibly to reduce alcohol related harm and crime, promote a duty of care and encourage social responsibility. In essence Best Bar None

  • Is a unique Partnership which recognises, encourages and rewards best practice
  • Supports the prevention of alcohol related crime through the assessment process improving standards on licensed premises
  • Encourages customer focused premises
  • Encourages premises to support their Local Community and be the Socially Responsible venue of choice
  • Delivers key Police Scotland messages on vulnerability to the trade
  • Supports Scotland in making it a safer, more vibrant and attractive place to live and visit
  • Encourages Licensed Premises to be innovative and lead change in the trade.

The Best Bar None Scheme recognises excellence at both local and national level.


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