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Best Bar None returns
Thursday 4th April, 2013

The scheme to ensure the safety of partygoers in Wigan Town Centre has returned for a second year.

Best Bar None is an accreditation and award scheme, which aims to reduce the impact of alcohol-related crime and disorder in Wigan town centre by working closely with pubs, bars and club owners to promote the responsible management of licensed premises.

To qualify, pubs, bars and clubs are required to meet certain standards in operational management, particularly in relation to measures designed to reduce crime and disorder, prevent public nuisance, promote public safety, protect children from harm and raise awareness around alcohol consumption.

Accreditation is awarded only when judges are satisfied that a strict set of criteria are complied with. These include, for instance, how premises control capacity or ensure door staff are licensed. It also considers how premises assess the impact of noise or litter on the community and how they ensure policies and procedures around illegal substances are adhered to - amongst other things.

The scheme is endorsed and supported by agencies including Wigan Council, Greater Manchester Police, the NHS, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and North West Ambulance Service.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet portfolio holder for safer communities at Wigan Council, said: “This scheme was a huge success last year with 17 pubs, bars and clubs working together to improve the safety for their staff and customers.

“We’re hoping to build upon this success and get even more premises signed up.”

An official launch event will be held next week (Tuesday 9th April) at Revolution, Wigan – last year’s overall winner.

Once bars, pubs and nightclubs have been accredited, judges will then determine which ones have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community safety. Winners in each of these three categories will be recognised in an awards ceremony this October.

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