Awards raising the bar

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Judges are running the rule over more than a dozen bars in Stafford Borough as part of a competition to find the best run premises in the area.

Members of the local councils and the police have been checking standards at pubs and nightclubs in Stone and Stafford Town Centres for the Best Bar None Awards.

It is the fourth time the competition has been held and the awards have already been credited with helping improve night time safety by contributing to a reduction in crime and disorder as well as assisting the economy.

Among the prizes to be won are Best Bar, Best Pub, Most Improved and the Best Overall awards for Stone and Stafford – the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 11 March.

Best Bar None was started by Stafford Borough Council along with Staffordshire Police, the county council, and the county’s fire and rescue services. Premises are marked on a range of objectives including health and safety practices, measures they adopt to protect young people from harm and licensing compliance.

Cabinet Member for Community, Councillor Jeremy Pert, said:

“These awards do a great job of encouraging pubs and clubs to deliver an excellent quality of service and safe environment for their customers to eat and drink. This helps attract more visitors and benefits the night time economy of Stafford Borough.”

For more information on the Best Bar None scheme, or further information about PubWatch in the Stafford Borough area, contact Stafford Borough Council at policyandpartnership@staffordbc.gov.uk or 01785 619309.