Pubs aim for top title

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PUBS and clubs across Wigan are waiting to find out if their premises are Best Bar None.

A total of 21 licensed premises in the town centre have applied for membership of the national accreditation scheme which is being backed by the Wigan Evening Post – and now it’s time for judges to decide which of the bars, clubs and pubs have make the grade.

Governed by the British Institute of Inn Keeping and approved by the Home Office, Best Bar None is a nationally recognised accreditation and award scheme which has a proven track record in improving standards and reducing crime in the night time economy across the country.

Premises are required to meet certain standards in operational management, particularly in relation to measures designed to reduce crime and disorder, prevent public nuisance, promote public safety, protect children from harm and raise awareness around alcohol consumption.

Best Bar None co-ordinator, Joe Curran, said: “Over the next couple of months, each of the premises will be visited by assessors to ensure they meet the criteria required of them,.

“The team of assessors is made up of nominated representatives from Greater Manchester Police, Wigan Council, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Services, and they have all undertaken intensive training to ensure total consistency across the board.

Joe added: “Whilst we want all of the premises to pass with flying colours, the scheme is designed to shed light on areas where perhaps there is a lack of attention to detail. For instance, there might be a requirement for staff to be trained in how to react when drugs are found on the premises. The Best Bar None assessment process can weed out these potential issues to ensure premises are compliant with the law and can share best practice.”

Wigan town centre is the latest addition to the scheme, which was first piloted in Manchester in 2003. Currently, more than 100 schemes have been introduced in town centres across the UK, and most recently two schemes have emerged in Canada.

Once Best Bar None accreditors agree which of the town centre premises meet the required standards of the scheme, then some of the borough’s most senior community safety chiefs, including officers from the council, police and fire, will decide which of the premises are deemed the ‘best of the best’ in the three categories of pub, club and bar. The overall winners will be recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony on October 16 at the Orwell in Wigan.