Last month saw local licensees from Dunstable and Houghton Regis come together for the local Best Bar None (BBN) awards held at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. BBN is a national scheme that is aimed at improving the safety of the night-time economy. Businesses taking part in the scheme have to meet the necessary criteria and demonstrate their commitment to keeping their customers safe and to receive Best Bar None accreditation.
Central Bedfordshire’s Community Safety Partnership organised the awards for a second year with voluntary support from local business including Grove Theatre, which provided the venue free of charge. In total nine venues were accredited by the scheme as providing a superior level of service and safety within their licensed venue and are now able to proudly display the BBN plaques they were presented with.
Dunstable Leisure Centre took the overall crown, with the independent judging panel praising its community work, anti-drugs policy, the training it offers its staff and the fact it offers a safe place for customers to wait for taxis, among other things. Go Houghton was a resounding winner in the People’s Choice category, scooping 42.4 per cent, or 335 of the 790 votes cast.
The nine venues that have received Best Bar None accreditation are Bird in Hand, Club Cookies, Creasey Park Community Football Centre, First & Last, The Gary Cooper, Go Bowling, Go Houghton and the White Lion. The awards were presented by Dunstable Town Mayor Cllr Liz Jones and were followed by a post-awards buffet for all those in attendance. For more information visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/bestbarnone or www.bbnuk.com/