Two Falkirk venues gain national recognition at Best Bar None Awards

Two Falkirk venues gain national recognition at Best Bar None Awards

BBN Scotland Awards 2016-17

A Glasgow nightclub has been recognised as the best licenced premises in Scotland by Best Bar None Scotland, a nation-wide scheme which promotes a safe day and night time economy and  socially responsibility whilst rewards venues for raising standards and duty of care.

Campus won the national award for best Night Club and also scooped the National Champion Award at the Best Bar None Scotland 2016-17 National Awards last night.

At the awards ceremony in Glasgow, eleven venues across Scotland were recognised as being amongst the best licensed premises in the country.

Forty seven finalists took part in the annual national awards across ten award categories with venues represented in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, West Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Airdrie and Coatbridge, Fife, Renfrewshire and the Scottish Borders.

As the Best Bar None scheme continues to roll out across Scotland, this year’s awards also saw finalists for the first time from schemes in East Lothian, Elgin and East Renfrewshire.

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.

Category winners were:


Premises Name Local Area Scheme Category Type
The Crystal Palace Glasgow Pub
Waggon Inn Borders  Independent Pub
The Glenmavis Tavern West Lothian Bar
The Croft Bar Glasgow Independent Bar
The Queens Head Hotel Borders  Hotel Bar
Campus Glasgow Night club
Corn Exchange Edinburgh SEV
Tartan Rose

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Heart of the Community

Heart of the Community

Fountain Bar Airdrie & Coatbridge Newcomer
Garage Glasgow Innovation in Social Responsibility
Campus Glasgow National Champion

This year a special new Platinum status award was introduced with nominations from Best Bar None Scotland local co-ordinators resulting in five venues receiving the Platinum status to reward continuous excellence.  Those awarded are:


Premises Name Local Area Scheme Award
Sportsters Falkirk Platinum
Soul Aberdeen Platinum
Imperial Bar Airdrie and Coatbridge Platinum
Campus Glasgow Platinum
Johnny Foxes and the Den Inverness Platinum

The awards ceremony was introduced by Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chair of Best Bar None Scotland and CEO of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC).

Mandy Haeburn-Little said:  

“This is our 6th year of excellent growth for Best Bar None Scotland. It has developed significantly in recent years and the awards are all about quality. Across the country Best Bar None accredited venues are continuously raising standards. Every year judging becomes a harder and harder task given the high calibre of finalists.

“The National Best Bar None Awards continue to raise the profile of the fantastic work our venues do in support of the night time economy but in particular their innovation and social responsibility practices which impress the judges year on year. The licensed trade is a key sector of Scottish business and we are very pleased to recognise this.

“It is so impressive to see the standard of these applications, the commitment of the teams involved and the hugely varied venues from different corners of Scotland being represented. I congratulate all of our forty seven finalists for their excellent practice and our winners who have demonstrated that public safety and customer care are top of their priorities.

“Accreditation to the scheme shows the venue and its staff have dedicated themselves to providing the very best customer experience to their customers that assures members of the public they will be able to enjoy a safe and welcoming atmosphere. The National Awards recognise best practice, leading to an enhanced experience for customers.

“It is a great honour to reward all our Finalists and Winning venues tonight.”

Drinkaware was the lead sponsor for this year’s awards and sponsored the Innovation in Social Responsibility category.

Ben Butler, Drinkaware Current Affairs Director commented:

“It’s an award close to our hearts at Drinkaware and the seven outstanding candidates in this category impressed the judges with their many valuable initiatives.

“Congratulations to all and especially to the winners of the Innovation in Social Responsibility award, The Garage, who demonstrated strong evidence against all of the judging criteria and showed how their standards are having a positive impact on their customers and their local area.”

The Benevolent Society for Scotland’s Licensed Trade (BEN) sponsored the Best Newcomer category, SGL/Securigroup sponsored the Specialist Entertainment Venue category and William Grant and Sons sponsored the Independent Bar category.

The new Platinum Awards were supported by Chivas Brothers-Pernod Ricard the ethos of which is woven into their CSR message of “Createurs de convivialite”.

 Chris McGovern – Sales Manager said “The venues strike a really positive balance between their Social Responsibility and Conviviality which is key to the success of their businesses.

Recognising each venue’s contribution to encourage customer and staff safety while supporting a good night out, the prestigious National Awards acknowledge the best work and innovative practices on offer among the 400 plus Best Bar None accredited venues in Scotland.

Special guest at the Awards this year was Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society at Diageo, who has been a strong supporter of the Best Bar None scheme in Scotland since its inception in Glasgow in 2005.  Mark was recognised at the Awards Ceremony for his special contribution to Best Bar None through is role at Diageo, one of the sponsors of the Best Bar None Scheme. 

Mark Baird said:

“I am proud to have been personally involved in the growth and development of Best Bar None in Scotland over the last 10 years sitting on the Board. During that time, I have sat on many judging panels and I can judge how far we’ve come by how difficult it is now to choose category winners compared to how easy it was 10 years ago. General standards have risen so much in that time that premises now need to be really raising the bar and doing something quite different from their competitors to reach the top. That’s real progress for the scheme and also for our industry in Scotland.”

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