Specialist licensing law firm Poppleston Allen has become the main sponsor of the 2017 Nottingham Best Bar None Awards scheme.
Best Bar None is a national initiative supported by the Home Office that is designed to acknowledge and reward safe and well run licensed premises. For the last five years the scheme has been run in Nottingham city centre by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID).
In order to receive the accreditation, premises have to complete an assessment which demonstrates they have appropriate and effective policies and procedures in place to prove that they are safely operated, particularly in the areas of the protection of children and emergency procedures. It is free for all licensed premises across the city centre to apply for accreditation.
Premises which gain accreditation will receive a bronze, silver or gold award based on their score, in one of the six categories – Pub, Bar, Club, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar and Independent with the highest scoring premises in each category going through to an independent judging panel of licensing professionals. A winner will then be chosen in each category and from these category winners, an overall winner for 2017 will be selected and announced at a special event taking place at Pryzm in September.
Last year a record number of venues secured accreditation – a total of 75, which was a 47% increase on the previous year. Last year’s winners included the Company Inn at Castle Wharf which won the Best Pub category; Cape, now known as Faradays which topped the bar category and Bistro Live which was selected as the winner of the Best Restaurant category.
Andy Crawford, a director of the Nottingham BID, said: “We are delighted that Poppleston Allen has become the main sponsor of the Nottingham Best Bar None Awards. The firm is a well-known licensing law firm both locally and nationally so it is a great fit.”
Jonathan Smith, managing partner at Poppleston Allen solicitors comments: “The Best Bar None Awards is a great scheme for Nottingham’s night time economy. The city has lots of well run, pubs, bars and restaurants that work tirelessly to give people a fantastic night out. So we are proud to be involved in a scheme that formally recognises this hard work against a national standard.