Conference set to raise the bar

Industry groups and licensing experts to attend Best Bar None event

Many of the city’s late night operators participate in Glasgow’s Best Bar None scheme

A HOST of licensing experts and trade groups are set to take part in Glasgow’s first Best Bar None licensing conference later this year.

Best Bar None (BBN) Glasgow’s Raise the Bar event, due to take place at the city’s Radisson Blu Hotel on October 3, will tackle a range of licensing issues and is expected to attract more than 200 delegates.

Speakers will include the Scottish Government minister for community safety and legal affairs, Annabelle Ewing, as well as Mandy Haeburn-Little, chief executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.

The conference will include a question and answer session with a panel of experts, including Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA); solicitors Archie Maciver and Stephen McGowan; Mairi Millar, legal manager (licensing) at Glasgow City Council; and Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Guests will also have the chance to attend two of ten workshops covering various topics, from noise management and identifying counterfeit goods to protecting premises against drugs misuse, and what to do in the event of a terrorism, firearms or weapons attack.

The event will also feature a ‘conference marketplace’ with more than 30 suppliers and organisations, including Glasgow Street Pastors, Drinkaware, SecuriGroup, Tennent’s Training Academy, Magners, Scottish Fire & Rescue, Glasgow Taxis, Jaw Brew, Glasgow City Council licensing and trading standards, BBN Glasgow, Springboard and the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This conference will bring together experts in this sector to share best practice and specialist knowledge.

“It promises to be an interesting event.”

Eleanor Lee of Community Safety Glasgow, which runs Best Bar None Glasgow, said the conference is designed to be “informative, entertaining and interactive”.

“We’re delighted to have several high profile licensing experts on board,” she said. “We wanted to avoid overloading people with information and have pulled together a running order which is enjoyable as well as informative.”

To book tickets for the conference call 0141 276 7552 or visit