Best Bar None Cheltenham
Despite having such a big and vibrant night-time economy, on the whole violent crime figures for Cheltenham town centre are at a ten year low and considerably lower than other towns in the county and other towns of similar sizes.
These results have not been achieved through good luck or by accident. Cheltenham has played a leading role in tackling problems associated with the night-time economy through excellent partnership working and the success of schemes such as Best Bar None.
The Best Bar None is a recognised award scheme for licensed premises, currently running in over 95 towns and cities across the UK and is even now being taken up in other countries.
It aims to reward licensees who provide good management, a safe and enjoyable environment for customers, discourage binge drinking and prevent alcohol-related crime. It encourages licensees to act responsibly and take pride in their premises and surroundings and, in doing so, put something back into the Town and their local community. The rewards for licensees include, reduced rate training, the prestige of being part of the awards scheme, increased business within the area and lower insurance premiums resulting from the fact that they are running safer establishments.
Best Bar None was officially launched in Cheltenham in March 2011 following a successful pilot which saw seven licensed premises gain accreditation. Cheltenham was the first district in Gloucestershire to sign up to the scheme.
Best Bar None accredited venues are recognisable by the display of a Best Bar None Plaque outside their venue. Premises who are Best Bar None accredited have met minimum standards, which show that they operate in a responsible and safe manner.