New territory for bars scheme

THE Best Bar None (BBN) awards scheme is expanding into the Lanarkshire towns of Airdrie and Coatbridge for the first time.

The scheme, which recognises responsibly-run premises, is extending into the new areas on a pilot basis.
Backed by the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership, the pilot scheme will track and evaluate the impact of BBN accreditation on outlets.
Mark Baird from Diageo, a funding partner of BBN, said: “Best Bar None has made some very significant and positive changes in the last year and we are genuinely delighted to see the take-up, not just from the licensees themselves, but also from consumers who are choosing more attractive and safe premises to visit.”
BBN also confirmed that Tennent Caledonian has come on board as a funding partner. The brewer joins Diageo, Molson Coors and Heineken in supporting the scheme.
Tennent’s managing director John Gilligan said: “As Scotland’s leading brewer, we believe this is an important step to help make our high streets an even better place to socialise and relax.”