The purpose of the Safer Socialising Award is to encourage the full range of businesses which are required to be licensed to achieve higher standards of management and operation as a demonstration of their commitment to the reduction of alcohol-related crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour. It rewards premises and businesses that achieve the accreditation standards.
The scheme is open to any premises in Newbury town centre that have a premises license issued by West Berkshire Council. The aim of the award is to raise standards in licensed premises and promote Newbury as a safe place to socialise, complimenting the recently awarded Purple Flag status in the town.
For some time, agencies in Newbury have been looking to introduce a scheme to promote licensed premises and Newbury town centre as a safe place to work and socialise.
Thames Valley Police, West Berkshire Council, West Berkshire Business Watch supported by the Newbury Business Improvement District have come together to promote the introduction of the Safer Socialising Award in Newbury town centre. The award will be accredited and awarded by the existing West Berkshire Business Watch scheme.
Benefits of the Safer Socialising Award are:
National Association of Business Crime Partnerships (NABCP) has developed the Safer Socialising Award (SSA) to provide an inspected award scheme for the evening economy and licensed members of business crime reduction partnerships. The award is to encourage licensed premises to achieve higher standards of management and operation as a demonstration of their ability to help reduce crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour in pubs, clubs and licensed premises.
Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag for beaches. It leads to Purple Flag status for town & city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy (ENTE).
A comprehensive set of standards, management processes and good practice examples designed to help transform with a research, training and development programme, improving a town and city centres ENTE.
Thomas Plant - BBC Bargain Hunt,
Chris Rose - Security Camp Hopson,
Paul Read - The Hatchet Inn,
Sherrie Stephenson - The Snooty Fox,
Russell Downing - Newbury BID,
Nigel Morrison - Wilko Retail Ltd,
Other winners included:
Old Wagon & Horses
The Newbury Pub
The Diamond Tap