Free 'health-check' for Brum bars

By on 27/01/2011 in News

All bars in Birmingham, whether in hotels, nightclubs or pubs, are today invited to take part in the 2011 Best Bar None scheme - a free 'health check' for licensed premises.

This year's scheme, which gives national accreditation for licensed premises and is recognised as best practice by the Home Office and the industry, will be launched at the Old Joint Stock, in Temple Row West, which won the Best City Centre Pub Award 2010, today.

Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the launch at 3pm today at the Old Joint Stock.

Best Bar None is aimed at all licensed premises which are assessed on criteria such as door and security policies; how they deal with abusive customers; and what systems they have in place to deal with alcohol related crime, resulting in a safer environment for staff and customers alike. 

Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulatory Services at Birmingham City Council, said:  

“Birmingham is a great city and one that thrives on an excellent nightlife and leisure trade. This was acknowledged when the city was last year awarded “Purple Flag” status, which recognises cities that offer a real mix of evening entertainment - including arts, music venues, restaurants, shopping, as well as pubs and clubs.

“People want to be reassured when they go out that they are going to be safe. The Purple Flag shows visitors that the city centre is a safe place for the whole family.  This is supported by the high standard of our licensed premises and the number that are accredited to the Best Bar None scheme.” 

Neil Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of Best Bar None, said:

“It’s great to see Birmingham’s scheme going from strength to strength and shows what can be achieved by good partnership working.  Nationally, there are 70% fewer police call outs to alcohol related crime at BBN venues - which has to be applauded”.
With sponsorship from Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, Anthony Collins Solicitors and Birmingham's City Centre Partnership, Birmingham is now in its fourth year of the scheme, which is run by Birmingham City Council, in partnership with West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service.

Bruce Ray Director of External Affairs, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, said:

“Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands continues to work with partners throughout the
UK in establishing a buoyant night-time economy and great venues for
consumers to enjoy. We are thrilled once again to be sponsoring Birmingham Best Bar None. 

“Every year the standard of the licensed premises in the city seems to improve and this is a credit to Birmingham and all those involved with their operation.  We are looking forward to raising the standards again and attracting even more entrants to these fantastic awards.”

Not only is Birmingham's scheme unique in that it's city-wide, but it also takes account of Birmingham as a conference city, hence the introduction of the “hotel bar” category.  In 2010 the “University/Student Bar” category was introduced for the first time in recognition of Birmingham's many universities and colleges and we hope that even more student bars will apply for accreditation this year. 

As well as an overall winner - Best Bar None - there will be winners and finalists in eight categories: best city centre pub; best suburban pub; best city centre bar; best suburban bar; best nightclub; best hotel bar; best independent venue and best university/student bar.   With the help of our media partners, BRMB, members of the public also have the chance to vote for their “best bar none” from the shortlisted venues during July and August, by going on-line and voting via the BRMB website.

All venues that achieve accreditation to the scheme will receive a Best Bar None plaque to display at their premises - a sign to customers that they're in a well-managed, safe environment.  So be sure to look out for premises displaying the logo!

Note to editors

Expressions of interest should be sent to Ann Hyland, Best Bar None Co-ordinator, Regulatory Services, PO Box 15908, Birmingham  B2 2UD by 28th February. 

Further information on the scheme is available on the website

For more information for the media please contact the press office on 0121 303 3287,

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  1. Kavan Hawker says:

    If Birmingham is to maintain investor confidence and attract new busines, it is essential to rid ourselves of yob culture, and allow for significant improvements in our cultural base i.e restaurants, art galleries, concert halls & theatres, and establish a much more civilised culture on Broad St, to rid ourselves of strip and lap dancing clubs and the Aussie Bar culture, which is a general embarassment to Birmingham, and a potential put off to investors.