Best Bar None Scotland announce finalists for 2017-18 National Awards

Best Bar None Scotland announce finalists for 2017-18 National Awards

Fifty-three venues across Scotland have been shortlisted in the Best Bar None (BBN) Scotland National Awards 2017-18, with Falkirk being represented in the Best Bar – Sportsters, Best Independent Bar – Behind The Wall and Innovation in Social Responsibility Awards with The Corbie Inn. For full Finalist listings please click here and here.

The awards ceremony will take place at Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 29 March 2018.

There are ten categories within the award scheme: Pub, Independent Pub, Bar, Independent Bar, Hotel Bar, Night Club, SEV (Specialist Entertainment Venue), Heart of the Community, Newcomer and Innovation in Social Responsibility.

Drinkaware is the lead Sponsor of the awards and will be sponsoring the Innovation in Social Responsibility category. The Benevolent Society for Scotland’s Licensed Trade (BEN) is sponsoring the Best Newcomer category and SGL/Securigroup are also sponsoring the event.

In addition, Best Bar None (BBN) Scotland has appointed Edinburgh-based communications company Indigo as a media partner for the 2017-18 National Awards.

Recognising each venue’s contribution to encourage customer and staff safety while supporting a great night out, the prestigious National Awards acknowledge the best work and innovative practices on offer among the 430 Best Bar None accredited venues in Scotland.

Arlene Campbell, National Lead for Best Bar None Scotland, said:

 “The National Best Bar None Awards continue to grow year on year and it’s great to see fifty-three venues from sixteen areas of Scotland being represented to showcase the commitment and support these venues offer their customers and local communities.

“Since the scheme was introduced in Scotland in 2005, Best Bar None accredited venues are continuously “Raising the Bar” and as always, judging is difficult given the range of our finalists. This year has been the most difficult yet.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to our finalists and wish them all the best on the night and thank our Sponsors – without whom the event would not be such a success.

Working with Best Bar None Scotland, Indigo will drive recognition of the value BBN brings in accrediting the best venues in Scotland, which champion best practice and lead by example in the night time economy, and support this year’s award winners.

Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chair of BBN Scotland, said:

“Best Bar None is going from strength to strength as it rolls out across Scotland. Indigo has been a driving force in our communications support for the past three years and we are delighted to welcome them on board as an official partner of our National Awards.

“We are particularly keen to draw more attention to the range of benefits that BBN membership delivers for licenced premises in Scotland, which range from a 1,000 seater venue to small local venues which can be the heart of their community and bring communities together.

It has been clear they have the right skills and ideas to assist us with our plans to drive BBN Scotland forward.”

Based in Edinburgh and active across the UK, Indigo has been in business for over twenty years and is proud to be an independent Scottish company that has kept its key values of being ethical, practical and professional.

Elaine McKean, Indigo’s Managing Director, said:

“Having worked closely with Best Bar None Scotland for the past three years, we have helped them to achieve a new level of recognition for the accreditation scheme which has the backing of many significant organizations including Scottish Government, Police Scotland, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and key trade bodies.  Now we are looking forward to taking the relationship to the next level as a partner for the Awards and to assist BBN to grow even further.”

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