Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) has been awarded a £66,000 share of grant funding from the Home Office to help it tackle hate crime.
“We are really pleased to have secured this funding which will allow us to work collaboratively with our partners in Community Protection to reinforce the message that Nottingham is a city where there is “No Place for Hate” said Andy Crawford, a director of Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID). “It will help us expand the range of initiatives already in place that are designed to make Nottingham city centre a safe and enjoyable place for people to visit.”
Initiatives that Nottingham BID is already involved in include:
• the operation of the city centre Best Bar None scheme which recognises and rewards safe and well run licensed premises
• the funding of street pastors and taxi marshals
• a radio scheme linking venues to facilitate the sharing of information.
The new funding will be used for the following:
• The development and implementation of a “No Place for Hate” safety and inclusion charter promoting a zero tolerance approach to hate crime in Nottingham city centre. Venues, businesses and service providers will be asked to sign up to this charter which will be one of the criterions for securing Best Bar None accreditation.
• The provision of training and support for city centre businesses, as well as to support providers such as Street Pastors, Taxi Marshals and Night Owls and also community partners such as Nottinghamshire Mencap, Nottingham Women’s Centre and Notts LGBT+ Network . This will be designed to help them put appropriate policies in place and equip them to respond to, and support, victims – both staff and customers. Extra support will be provided to venues popular with the LGBTQ community to identify and action any further steps to make the city feel safer for this community.
• Signage for businesses to help them promote the fact that they are an inclusive and proactive venue.
• A pilot scheme which will involve providing bodycams to door staff at five venues, enabling them to capture evidence of hate crime, ultimately leading to more prosecutions.
• An Exclusion Notice Scheme will be piloted which will exclude offenders of hate crime from all venues in the scheme for a specified period of time. A similar scheme may be introduced for taxis. In addition options for restorative justice and behavioural change programmes for hate incidents will be explored with the aim of shifting attitudes and mind-sets.
• The appointment of a project coordinator.
These activities will be underpinned by a comprehensive communications campaign focused on promoting the message of “No Place for Hate”.