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8th March 2012

Miller Brands supports the search for Best Bar None

Reaffirming its commitment of helping to support local customers and the community Miller Brands (UK) has joined forces with Best Bar None, an initiative aimed at reducing alcohol related crime and disorder in town centres.

Sponsored by Miller Brands (UK), Woking’s Best Bar None is part of an accredited national scheme that promotes the responsible management and operation of licensed premises, by building a positive relationship between the licensed trade, police and local authorities. Supported by the Home Office, it seeks to recognise and reward licensed premises that provide a safe, responsible environment in which everyone can enjoy an evening out.

Venues that sign up to the scheme will be visited by licensing officers from the local Borough Council and Police constabulary to assess how well they meet current licensing and trading laws, awarding points for:
·        steps taken to prevent crime and disorder
·        plans for ensuring public safety
·        dealing with public nuisance like noise litter and waste
·        demonstration of steps to protect children from harm such as having robust proof of age policy in place

Those meeting the Best Bar None criteria will be accredited to the scheme and allowed to display a gold, silver or bronze sticker in their premises window. Once accredited, venues will have the chance to win one of four awards; the Miller Brands UK Overall Best Bar None, Best Pub, Best Club and Best Bar, which will be chosen by an independent panel of judges.

Jonathan Bennett, Head of Corporate Affairs at Miller Brands (UK), comments: “Miller Brands is delighted to be sponsoring Best Bar None. We want to play a positive role in our local community and would encourage all licensed premises to get involved.”

MP to Woking Jonathan Lord comments: “Miller Brands’ support of this initiative is a great example of local businesses working together with others to achieve a more enjoyable and safe drinking environment, for the community, and I fully encourage it.”

Local publican Gary Hollis of Wetherspoons The Herbert Wells, Chertsey Road, Woking comments: “Best Bar None can only help improve the experience of people visiting pubs, bars and clubs, by helping keep standards high. Miller Brands support of the scheme is a great show of commitment towards its customers and the community.”

Woking Best Bar None is sponsored by Miller Brands, and supported by the Woking News and Mail, the Surrey Alcohol Responsibility Initiative (SARI) and Drinkaware.


For further information please contact the Miller Brands team at Clarion Communications

Alexandra Gerolami – – 020 7343 3145
Nicola Carroll – 020 7343 3117

Best Bar None:
Pubs, clubs or bar owners can find out more about becoming accredited to the Best Bar None scheme or to enter the awards can visit or contact Sam Marshall, Woking Borough Council’s Licensing Officer – 01483 743650 or email