The 2021 Nottingham Best Bar None Scheme has been launched by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) and licensed premises in the city centre are being encouraged to apply.

Best Bar None is a national initiative supported by the Home Office and drinks industry that aims to improve standards in the evening and night time economy.  For the last decade, the scheme has been run in Nottingham city centre by the Nottingham BID, which last time saw a record 116 premises becoming Best Bar None accredited venues.

To achieve Best Bar None status, venues have to demonstrate that they have the correct policies and procedures in place to prove that they are safe, responsible and well operated, while also complying with relevant legislation.

They are then assessed on areas such as the prevention of crime and disorder; the measures they take to promote responsible drinking; their standards of safety and customer care; how they prevent and deal with public nuisance issues; the measures they have in place to protect children from harm and their approach to community engagement including membership of organisation’s such as Pub Watch.

Premises which gain accreditation will receive a bronze, silver or gold award based on their score, in one of the seven categories in the Nottingham scheme: Small Bar, Large Bar, Small Pub, Large Pub, Club, Restaurant and Entertainment & Live Music Venue.

In 2019 a record number of venues secured accreditation - with The Ned Ludd on Friar Lane crowned as the overall winner – giving Nottingham city centre the largest number of accredited venues in the country and, with an impressive 36% increase in participation over the previous year; Nottingham set the bar even higher for other cities to beat.

This year, there will be a slightly different format to the scheme, due to COVID-19 restrictions and businesses will have until 1st December 2021 to apply for the accreditation. This means that, unfortunately Nottingham BID will not be able to host the popular award ceremony which celebrates the hard work and success of venues this year but plans to bring it back for 2022 with an even bigger and better event.

Despite this, all venues that are successful in gaining the accreditation will receive a certificate and window sticker for them to display to show that they are a Best Bar None venue. They will also be able to enjoy a number of benefits including publicity through the Nottingham BID’s consumer facing platform, It’s in Nottingham, which will promote the accredited places through an engaging social media campaign and enjoy increased footfall and turnover through the safe night time economy. The scheme also helps to create a good working relationship with the police and local authorities and a reduction in the premiums for some insurance policies.

Richard Johal, a director of the Nottingham BID, said: “Licensed venues recognise the benefits of securing Best Bar None accreditation. Not only does it acknowledge all the efforts and hard work that they put in to achieving high standards of operation, but it also conveys a positive message that Nottingham is a safe and vibrant place for a night out, encouraging more people to visit.  Having 116 venues participate in the scheme last time is a clear demonstration that more venues than ever are committed to Best Bar None and to delivering safe and enjoyable nights out for their customers.”

For further information on the scheme or to apply, please email


Overall winners of Nottingham Best Bar None 2019: The Ned Ludd

Overall winners of Nottingham Best Bar None 2019: The Ned Ludd

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