National Pubwatch has announced a new partnership with Best Bar None, the Home Office backed accreditation scheme for licensed premises, to support licensees and independent operators to reduce “alcohol-related crime” and meet their obligations under the Licensing Act.
It comes as the late-night market has now reopened after being closed for over 18-months due to Covid-19 restrictions. The two organisations are collaborating to help operators ensure that they are “running safe venues”.
Under the Licensing Act operators must meet the ‘four licensing objectives’ in the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety; the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.
There are also 16 updated policies and procedures, which are free to download for operators on both the National Pubwatch and Best Bar None websites.
These include a range of topics from safeguarding vulnerable persons, Challenge 21/25, crime and disorder, drugs, searching and overcrowding.
National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker OBE, said: “It is important as the market has reopened that publicans and operators continue to meet their obligations to ensure premises are safe. Having policies and procedures in place are important to demonstrate that the venue is taking its responsibilities seriously.
“It can be quite daunting and time consuming to develop such policies, these will provide a template to use and adapt to the local context. We look forward to working closely with Best Bar None to help venues be safe and to improve standards across the sector.”