More than 20 bars, clubs and night-time traders in Swansea City Centre have officially signed up to the Home Office-backed Best Bar None Scheme which is making the UK’s towns and cities safer and more enjoyable for night time visitors.
Swansea BID (Business Improvement District), Swansea Council and South Wales Police and representatives of ABMU launched Swansea City Centre’s campaign for the Best Bar None award at an evening event at Swansea’s popular Fiction club last week and, says Swansea BID’s dedicated Twilight Operative, Brendan Bottomley the positive response and the take-up from Swansea’s night- time business was very pleasing.
“The Best Bar None Scheme has been incredibly successful and it has really proven its value to night time economies across the UK, so I am delighted that so many Swansea City Centre licensees are enthusiastic about being a part of Best Bar None.
“75 towns and cities across the UK are part of the Best Bar None Scheme, with licensees implementing sensible safety and security policies and ensuring their staff are well-trained in its policies – with the universal aim of promoting a responsible attitude to alcohol.
“One of the things that is notable about Best Bar None is that the policies put in place under the scheme have become embedded – nobody is paying lip service to them – they become part of the culture of the establishments involved and they become part of the culture of the City Centre. So I am looking forward to seeing the benefits of Best Bar None continue to unfold in Swansea City Centre.”
Swansea Cabinet Member for Healthy City and Wellbeing, Cllr Mark Child, who was at the launch event, said:
“Swansea can be proud of the great progress that has been made year-on-year to improve the visitor experience at night time and I would like to say thank you to all of the licensees and managers who committed their support to the Best Bar None Scheme.
“I think there is a real understanding that being responsible landlords and licensees is not only vital in order to fulfil the duty of care to customers and members of the public, but that it is also good for business and good for the local economy.
“This is one more achievement for Swansea City Centre, which comes hot on the heels of the recent retention of the Purple Flag status for Swansea’s vibrant and safe night-time economy.”
Steve Jones, City Chief Inspector from South Wales Police, said:
“Swansea City Centre has seen a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour thanks to the combined efforts of the Safer Swansea Partnership. Initiatives like Best Bar None can only help to support this progress. Towns and cities that are already a part of the Best Bar None scheme have seen a reduction in alcohol related crime, a stronger relationship between licenced premises and the police and local authorities, as well as in increase in their trade, so Swansea City Centre has everything to gain from getting firmly behind this.”
This launch of Best Bar None in Swansea triggers a year of training and rigorous assessment activities, according to strict criteria, driven by the Best Bar None Steering Group. The group includes representatives of Swansea BID Businesses, licensees, representatives of South Wales Police and of Swansea Council.
A year after this initial launch the success of Swansea City Centre’s Best Bar None activities will be judged by a panel of trained assessors, and awards made at a formal event held in the City Centre.