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8th January 2020

Best Bar None Appoints Night Time Economy Solutions To Manage Scheme Operations

Sylvia Oates (left) and Jo March (right)

Best Bar None (BBN) has appointed Night Time Economy Solutions (NTES) to manage the day-to-day operation of the business, running and coordinating all regional schemes and the Central Scheme.

NTES specialises in designing creative solutions to address the issues of safety and vulnerability in the night-time economy, supporting night-time businesses and helping towns and cities become safer, vibrant and more attractive in the evening and at night.

The team, which is led by Sylvia Oates and Jo Cox-Brown, has many years’ experience of working in partnership with police forces, police and crime commissioners, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), local authorities, hospitals, universities, licensed premises and voluntary organisations. Oates is also regional scheme coordinator for Nottinghamshire Best Bar None.

From January onwards, NTES will be responsible for liaising with all Best Bar None regional schemes as well as managing the Central Scheme. This will involve providing consultation services to BBN scheme coordinators and support for assessors, attending new scheme launch events and representing Best Bar None at conferences, seminars and events.

Chairman of Best Bar None, Lord Smith of Hindhead, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Night Time Economy Solutions to manage the operational processes and procedures involved in running the Best Bar None scheme, following the departure of Mick McDonnell as National Coordinator in the Autumn. Best Bar None has gone from strength to strength in the past four years and we would like to thank Mick for his service and for helping to develop the national community safety programme.

“Looking ahead, I am confident that the scheme will be in extremely safe hands, as between them, Sylvia and Jo have a tremendous amount of experience in night-time economy management. Both have pioneered a number of ENTE safety projects including Vulnerability Training, Drinkaware Club Crew, Safe Spaces and Taxi Marshals. I look forward to working with them in the coming months.”

Sylvia Oates said: “We are delighted to be working with Best Bar None. As a business, we are passionate about supporting and improving the evening night-time economy and, as a regional scheme coordinator myself, I have a thorough understanding of how Best Bar None operates. We are keen to use our wider experience and knowledge to add value and develop the scheme even further in the future.”

Supported by the Home Office, Best Bar None operates across 70 towns and cities throughout the UK and is designed to improve professional standards within licensed premises through partnerships between the licensed trade, police and local authorities.

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Editors Notes:

  • Best Bar None is a national award scheme promoting partnership working between the pub and bar trade, the police and local authorities. Through enhanced professionalism and customer safety, the scheme reduces alcohol related crime, anti-social behaviour and health harms in the areas where it operates. Best Bar None is supported by the Home Office, the Scottish Government, the police and other authorities, as well as the on-licensed trade.
  • Premises are audited for operational standards, policies and procedures, as well as the education and training of staff, in the process identifying and promoting the best and most innovative practice.