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Tuesday 18th April 2017

It's official: The Edinburgh Corn Exchange is Best Bar None

The Edinburgh Corn Exchange was crowned Best Specialist Venue at the national Best Bar None Scotland 2016/17 Awards ceremony in Glasgow on 30th March 2017.

The awards recognise venues who are offering a quality experience focusing on safety and customer care.  Forty seven finalists representing the very best in the entertainment industry took part across ten award categories with venues represented from across Scotland.

The ceremony was introduced by Mandy Haeburn-Little, chair of Best Bar None Scotland and CEO of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC). 

After winning the award the Corn Exchange’s venue manager, Scott Snedden, commented “We are delighted and extremely proud to have won this national award. As an independently run family business our reputation has been built on providing genuine honest customer service in a safe and welcoming environment. The vetting procedures during the awards process were extremely robust and to be acknowledged by an industry body of this calibre is credit to our staff and recognition of our commitment to continuous development”.  

The awards ceremony was hosted by Jennifer Reoch from STV Glasgow with the award categories being supported by Drinkaware, BEN, SGL and William Grant and Sons.

What is Best Bar None?

Best Bar None is a unique National Award Scheme aimed at raising standards and rewarding licensed premises who undertake positive management practices in support of a safe night out.

It was piloted in Glasgow in 2005 and found to improve standards in the night time economy, with premises now participating in 58 towns and cities across Scotland. Best Bar None recognises venues who are offering a quality experience focusing on safety and customer care.

The purpose of the Best Bar None Scheme:

  • Reduce alcohol related crime
  • Promote social responsibility and duty of care
  • Improves knowledge and skills to assist in responsible management
  • Promotes Partnership working to identify good practice and areas for improvement
  • Supports due dilligence 
  • Awards both locally and nationally to reward success
  • Operating more responsibly can improve the commercial viability and attractiveness of a venue and locality

Best Bar None is a supported by leading members of the alcohol industry who factor Social Responsibility as a key priority.

Best Bar None also has support from key National stakeholders, Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Local Authorities across Scotland supported through Community Safety and Trading Standards support the scheme and BID - Business Improvement Districts. The Best Bar None Scheme is administered by Scottish Business Resilience Centre.

We understand the importance of having links with trade bodies who support venues interests including SLTA - Scottish Licensed Trade Association, BII and Trade Forums.

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