We've raised the bar

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Northumbria Students’ Union has again achieved Gold Status as part of Newcastle City Council’s best practice scheme for night time safety in bars– ‘Raising the Bar.’   

The best practice scheme introduced by Newcastle City Council’s Safe Newcastle unit has been hailed a great success with over 100 venues proving they can ‘raise the bar’ and demonstrate night time safety.

The Safe Newcastle Unit has encouraged late night venues to go over their licensed conditioning requirements, champion the safety policies and procedures that they have in place. In return for their successful assessment, venues receive a 30% discount on their levy fee, along with a gold, silver or bronze accreditation certifying their upkeep of public order, noise reduction, safety and public health.

As well as this, we have achieved 100% in the NUS Best Bar None Scheme. The National Award Scheme supported by the Home Office and aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.

The purpose of the Best Bar None Scheme

  • To reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • To build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities and the private sector
  • To improve knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Process of becoming recognised by BBN includes meeting minimum standards and culminates with a high profile award night with category winners and an overall winner
  • Responsible owners are recognised and able to share good practice with others
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

Why should we have a Best Bar None Scheme?

  • To promote the town or city as a safe and vibrant place to go at night.
  • It shows a willingness to address alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour through the promotion of good practice and education.
  • It is acknowledged by the Home Office as having a positive effect on the night time economy.
  • It promotes a partnership approach to resolving issues.

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