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About Best Bar None

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The Best Bar None Award is granted to British alcohol-vending organisations with long standing commitment to social responsibility and the safety of people using their premises.

The award, which aims to cut down on alcohol related crime and irresponsible drinking, encourage premises to create safer, and more sociable environments, allowing customers to relax and enjoy their evening.

Premises gaining an award are encouraged to display their plaque outside to show the public that they have reached a certain standard.  This gives the customer a more informed choice when choosing where to consume alcohol while at the same time supports premises who seek to trade at a higher standard.

How does it work?

The BBN process is split into four parts:

1: The Application Process
To participate simply request an information pack (contact details can be found at the bottom of the page).  Once completed, send the application form back with an administration fee of 20.00 (cheques should be made payable to Aberdeen City Council).

2: The Inspection Process
Once all applications have been registered, assessors from various partner agencies will contact venues to discuss a suitable time and date to carry out an inspection which will last between one and a half to two hours. The inspection focuses on the five primary areas of the Licensing Act:

  1. Preventing Crime and Disorder
  2. Securing Public Safety
  3. Protecting & Improving Public Health 
  4. Preventing Public Nuisance 
  5. Protecting Children from Harm

Essential key criteria considered include:

  • Door Police & Capacity
  • Security - Briefing & Reviews
  • Search Policy 
  • Drugs
  • Staff Training
  • Crime Prevention Strategy
  • Management
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Incident Management 
  • Glass / Bottle Collection
  • CCTV 
  • Fire Procedures
  • First Aid  
  • Disability
  • Noise
  • Community Engagement
  • Litter / Waste
  • Drunkenness
  • Alcohol Promotion Policy
  • Children
  • Building safety & Transport Issues 

3: The Judging Process
Each application is allocated a score based on the above key criteria with bonus points being allocated where a venue is deemed to have demonstrated a higher level of achievement or shown innovation in terms of good practice.

At the conclusion of the inspection, scores are totalled and each venue will have a final score which will then determine what standard of award they will receive.  A BRONZE award is allocated where venues demonstrate the minimum level of compliance towards legal and good practice processes.  A SILVER award is allocated where venues demonstrate a higher level of compliance towards legal and good practice processes and provide evidence of additional activity towards the key principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.  A GOLD award is allocated to those venues who demonstrate innovation or activity above and beyond what is reasonably expected.

4: The Awards Ceremony
All participating venues will be invited to an evening awards ceremony later in the year.

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