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Busy day for the Best Bar None Norwich team

Thursday 11 October was a landmark day for Best Bar None Norwich in that the first two scheme accreditations were presented, to OPEN on Bank Plain and the Brickmakers Arms on Sprowston Road. Shortly afterwards scheme managers Steph Butcher and Glenn Hoy were off to London to attend a Best Bar None National presentation at the House of Lords.

The first award was given to Sarah Minty, the Principal of the OPEN Youth Trust by local MP Chloe Smith.  Sarah told us, “The OPEN venue is delighted to have been awarded Best Bar None Norwich Accredited Venue status because it recognizes our commitment to promotion a safe and entertain night out in Norwich.

Pictured (left to right) Steph Butcher (BBNN scheme manager) – Thomasin Keeble (NHS and BBNN sponsor) – Sarah Minty (OPEN) – Ed Brown (Nightsafe and BBNN scheme sponsor), Chloe Smith (MP), Scot Aldridge (MBS Awards and Promotional Gifts, BBNN awards sponsor) – Kate Roma, Future and BBNN scheme sponsor) – Murray Thexton (Inn Training, BBNN training consultant)

 

The group then moved on to The Brickmakers to present Pam and Charley South and Emma Teasdale with their well-earned award.

Pictured (left to right) – Chloe Smith, Pam South, Emma Teasdale and Charley South.  The Brickmakers team were very happy to receive their award from MP Chloe Smith with Pam commenting, “We feel very proud to have achieved the standards required to achieve the Best Bar None Norwich accreditation and feel it can only benefit the businesses and customers in Norwich to know of the high standards our pubs, clubs, bars and venues aim for helping to keep the Norwich night-time economy safe and thriving.”

There are already another twenty Licensed Hospitality trade outlets going through the application and assessment process with more joining almost every day. Scheme manager Glenn Hoy told us, “This is a breakthrough day for us and now the Accreditation Plaques are going up we can inform people going out in Norwich of the ever-growing numbers of outlets who are demonstrating through membership to our scheme that they pride themselves on running a professional business. We are also aware being an Accredited Venue will give them a competitive edge and people going out in Norwich can now make a considered choice as to where they go.”

If you are running a pub, club, bar or venue in Norwich and want to find out more about how to join Best Bar None Norwich or need help with your application from call Glenn on 01603 224 880 or email him at: glenn@bestbarnonenorwich.co.uk

N.B Photograph of full group (outside The Brickmakers) taken by Archant photographer

Best Bar None Norwich recognizes high-level practices in licensed premises, by way of venues achieving accreditation in key business criteria such as: security, drinks & drunkenness, drugs, public safety, first aid and fire and building safety.

The outcome is that Best Bar None Norwich accredited venues will help make Norwich a safer and more enjoyable place in which to enjoy a night out.

For more information:

Contact: Glenn Hoy

Tel: 01603 224 880

Email: info@bestbarnonenorwich.co.uk

Web: www.bestbarnonenorwich.co.uk

Best Bar None Norwich: Press/Media Release (June 2012)

Best Bar None Norwich supports e-petition on under-age drinking

Licensed trade consultant Michael Kheng has launched an e-petition calling on the Government to take action against under 18-year-olds who attempt to buy alcohol in pubs.

His view, one that is endorsed by Best Bar None Scheme Manager Glenn Hoy, is that the on-trade is “targeted and blamed” for underage sales of alcohol yet those that commit the crime are “never, or rarely, penalised”.

Glenn told us, “This is a difficult and sensitive issue but one that needs support from those drinking alcohol as well as those selling and serving it. Not only via involvement from the authorities but through family and peer group pressure.”

Many outlets in Norwich are investing heavily in preventative measures, although currently, a member of bar staff or the licensee could be given an £80 on-the-spot fine for serving alcohol to anyone under-18. The licensee could also face a licence review, and a fine of up to £20,000.

Inspector Edward Brown who heads up the Norfolk Constabulary Licensing Team and oversees the Nightsafe Project said ‘The fault is certainly not all with licensees. We’re finding under 18’s are more and more frequently using fake ID or more commonly borrowing ID from friends and particularly older siblings. This is an offence and whilst we are not looking to criminalise young people they have to realise the potential consequences of their actions.

With the summer holidays approaching it will be tempting for under 18’s to try and get into pubs, bars and clubs as well as getting alcohol from off-licenses and supermarkets. We are actively targeting this area of business and we’ll continue to work alongside licensees to raise awareness and standards across the industry’.

For more information:

Contact: Glenn Hoy
Tel: 01603 224 880
Email: info@bestbarnonenorwich.co.uk
Web: www.bestbarnonenorwich.co.uk

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