Borders venues hoping to become Best Bar None

Attending the launch are, left to right, PC Nick Walker,  Arlene Campbell, Ian Tunnah, Joyce Campbell, Susan Walker and PC Kirsty Neish.
Attending the launch are, left to right, PC Nick Walker, Arlene Campbell, Ian Tunnah, Joyce Campbell, Susan Walker and PC Kirsty Neish.

Best Bar None Scotland (BBN) has successfully launched its Scottish Borders programme for the new term.

Venues from across the Borders attended the event last Thursday at the Queen’s Head Hotel in Kelso which invited licensed premises to sign up to the initiative’s 2015/16 scheme.

A total of 15 premises from across the region have so far applied to sign up.

Last year among the award winners were Oblo in Eyemouth and the Black Bull Hotel in Duns.

The initiative has been running in the Borders since 2011 and currently has 420 members nationally.

BBN, is an accreditation initiative aiming to promote responsible management and operation of licensed premises throughout Scotland to help create a safer, socially responsible and more vibrant leisure economy.

This event provided potential new members with the chance to find out more about the different awards available and the benefits of gaining accreditation.

Presentations were provided by Susan Walker (Scottish Borders ADP), Arlene Campbell (BBN), Nick Walker (Police Scotland), Ian Tunnah (Scottish Borders Council Licensing) and Joyce Campbell (2014 GOLD BBN Award Winner – The Waggon, Kelso).

Arlene Campbell, Best Bar None Scotland Lead, said: “Best Bar None Scotland works hard to establish constructive relationships between the Scottish Borders civic authorities, the police and the regional licensed trade. It is our collective goal to see bars, pubs and hotels become recognised as one of the area’s well known attractions.

“Being part of the BBN initiative is an excellent way for venues to show they care about more than just their products but about their standards of service and customer care.

“It’s my hope that by increasing numbers of local premises becoming BBN accredited, the Borders is able to boost its excellent reputation as a safe and enjoyable location for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The closing date for this year’s applications is September16. Application forms are available from the council website: www.scotborders.gov.uk/bestbarnone or from the Safer Communities Team on 01835 823204.

Allocation of the awards will be announced at a ceremony due to take place in spring next year.

The Best Bar None initiative has accredited over 420 premises throughout Scotland and works with the licensed trade, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, suppliers, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association and supported by Scottish Government to celebrate and reward licensed premises for responsible management and efforts made to combat alcohol related crime and disorder.

The scheme, which is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium and Chivas Brothers is part of the Safer Areas Initiatives throughout Scotland.