Mission Statement.

The aim of the Best Bar None Scheme in Exeter is to reduce alcohol related crime, anti-social behaviour and increase business through the delivery of education, training and the promotion of best practice to broaden the appeal of Exeter more especially it’s Evening & Night Time Economy.


What is Best Bar None?

Best Bar None is a national scheme supported by the Home Office and aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises. It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the night time economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 100 towns and cities across the UK and is now taken up internationally.

The purpose of the Best Bar None Scheme

  • Reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • Building a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities
  • Reduces harmful effects of binge drinking
  • Improves knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Process of becoming recognised by BBN includes meeting minimum standards and culminates with a high profile award night with category winners and an overall winner
  • Responsible owners are recognised and able to share good practice with others
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

Why Should Exeter have a Best Bar None Scheme?

  • To promote the city as a safe and vibrant place to go at night
  • It shows a wiliness to address alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour through the promotion of good practice and education
  • It is acknowledged by the Home Office as having a positive effect on the night time economy
  • It promotes a partnership approach to resolving issues

How do I join Best Bar None?

Best Bar None is open to all licensed venues and restaurants in Exeter. To register your interest in joining the scheme please complete the Contact Form and we will arrange for the independent assessor to contact you and book your assessment.

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