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Recognition for Sheffield’s night time safety scheme

Best Bar None award
Best Bar None award

Best Bar None’ celebrated 10 years of its night-time scheme last night at a local annual awards ceremony in Sheffield City Hall.

The local awards followed the national Best Bar None ceremony last week where Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme was highly commended for the second year running.

The local ceremony saw nightclub Tank sweep the board winning Best Nightclub, Best Independent, People’s Choice for club and Best Overall.

Other winners in the ‘People’s Choice category were Benjamin Huntsman (Pub), and The Great Escape (Bar).

Best Pub was won by the Bankers Draft, Best late bar by Tiger Works, Corporation also won Best Nightclub, Best Chain was won by Reflex and Best Newcomer was The Great Escape.

The awards ceremony creates healthy competition between venues involved in the Best Bar None. The aim of the scheme is to reduce crime and disorder in city centres at night and make sure the venues and customers work and play in a safe and thriving environment.

At the national awards Sheffield was recognised as one of the best overall Best Bar None schemes leading on the promotion of responsible licensing and going above and beyond to make sure venues are safe.

Across the country over 75 cities run the Best Bar None scheme which encourages pubs and clubs to take an active role in preparing for licensing and championing the benefits of the scheme to other venues.

Tracey Ford, Communities Development Officer said: “After all the hard work everyone puts in they deserve to let their hair down and enjoy the ceremony. I just want to say special congratulations to all those who won awards. The venues work hard with the police, local authority, Sheffield Street Pastors and others to make sure they are doing all they can to make sure people are safe on a night out.

“I see a lot of passion and determination from everyone involved and I know they will continue to work hard to up their game and think up new ideas to make the night life even safer, and keep the competition strong.”

Cllr Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “I am pleased that everyone involved in the Best Bar None scheme has been recognised for their hard work. Over the last 10 years Best Bar None has grown and improved and I am proud to say that Sheffield is the safest large city.

“The bars, pubs and clubs have worked hard to ensure that not only their customers have a good time but with schemes like Ask Angela, that they feel safe. It’s great to know that you can have a great night out in our vibrant centre and know that you are looked after. Well done all.”

Tank at the Best Bar None Awards Tank won numerous awards including Best Overall

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