The Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) has partnered with Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Nottinghamshire Police and Night Time Economy Solutions Ltd to launch a new ground breaking COVID-19 Aware Nightlife Accreditation Scheme for leisure venues in the city centre.
The plan will be trialled across various chosen venues in the city before being rolled out across other venues, putting Nottingham firmly on the map as the first city in the UK to pave the way, with the hope that other counties will follow suit nationally.
Unprecedented times have shown that we need to further supporting the night time economy to reopen safely, by creating an enhanced night time accreditation scheme.
The scheme is set to demonstrate the commitment of Nottingham venues in taking responsibility to keep customers and staff as safe as possible when facing the distinct challenges that come with opening during COVID-19, securing their place at the leading edge of night-time economy management as demonstrated previously by the likes of the Purple Flag, Best Bar None, Stop the Bleed medical kits and Club Crew schemes.
The innovative scheme will measure four key areas: risk assessments that meet government guideline; appropriate staff training; clear customer management through visible messaging and finally the customer experience.
Nottingham BID understand that as well as implementing the correct procedures, customer experience is hugely important, believing that is vital that the consumer feels safe returning to Nottingham night life and that the venues are implementing appropriate measures such as PPE, mobile ordering and single use menus.
A mystery visit will be carried out by one of the team made up from Nottinghamshire Police employees, Nottingham BID Street Ambassadors and Night Time Economy Solutions, along with a check of social media and review sites. Venues will also receive marketing material, such as web banners, printable posters and text for their websites, social media and menus.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, who is keen to support the scheme stated:
“Nottingham’s night time economy has had a tough time over the last few months. This ground breaking, multi-agency initiative will offer licensed premises a way of demonstrating that they comply with rigorous standards; reassuring the public that they can relax and enjoy a safe night out, and reducing the need for the Police and partners to undertake enforcement activity.’”
Mr Tipping’s view is further supported by Chief Inspector Kathryn Craner of Nottinghamshire Police who said: “We welcome initiatives which help our licensed premises achieve the highest standards. We want people to come and enjoy their time in Nottingham city centre safely and for them to have the confidence that pubs and bars are complying with the guidelines and legislation. We will continue to ensure licensed premises are operating in compliance with the Licensing Act as well as the Government guidance and legislation relating to COVID-19.”
Any business taking part who feels that they are not at the required standard will also receive one hour of remote mentoring to get them to the expected standards along with a dedicated phone line and email where they can obtain further advice. The project will be managed by Joanne Cox-Brown, director of Night Time Economy Solutions and her highly experienced team.
Lucy Stanford, manager of Nottingham BID commented: “It is important for us to create a safe and welcoming city centre environment to reassure people that Nottingham is a safe place to visit and that they can enjoy a better night out. Partnership working is key to delivering a better Nottingham and we look forward to working with the team at Night Time Economy Solutions to put Nottingham on the map as a leading city with scheme of this kind.”
“I am a passionate supporter of Nottingham’s nightlife,” said Joanne Cox-Brown. “We listened to venue operators who said that they wanted to do more to ensure that they could demonstrate their commitment to COVID-19 safety - both for their teams and customers. I worked with my team and businesses in the night time economy to design this cutting edge COVID-19 Aware Accreditation scheme and I am delighted that Nottingham, my home town, will be the first city in the UK to launch it - demonstrating their ongoing commitment to innovative night-time management and support for businesses.”
The first venues announced to be taking part are: DHP Family's Rock City, Bodega, Stealth, Rescue Rooms, The Black Cherry Lounge and pop up in the Arboretum, along with Fletcher Gate Industries: Penny Lane, Hockley Arts Club, Das Kino, Walrus, Bowery and Magic Garden.
Castle Rock Breweries Barley Twist, Canal House, Fox and Grapes, Kean's Head, Lincolnshire Poacher, Newshouse, Vat and Fiddle and Yarn will also be trailing the scheme, along with The Pub People Company at their venues in the city - Six Barrels Draft House in Hockley, Six Barrels Victoria and Bunkers Hill.
Julie Tippins Head of Risk Management at DHP said “This is a difficult time for hospitality venues and this scheme can be a help to all businesses to keep on top of whatever the current COVID regulations are and should be followed. Nottingham has shown itself to be a great city to enjoy nightlife in and we hope this scheme will be part of keeping it that way.”
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