Lordly event celebrates best practice

Best Bar None held its annual awards presentation evening at the House of Lords recently, and Complete Licensing was represented in the form of Jim Sollars, one of our compliance experts.

Lord Smith of Hindhead, the event host and BBN chairman, told guests from across the hospitality industry that the scheme – which promotes best practice and cooperation between licence-holders, police and local authorities – was growing in strength, with more than 2,500 venues across England and Wales signed up.

He paid tribute to the award winners from across the country and praised the greater spread of BBN, as well as new initiatives brought in to further reduce alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in and around licensed premises.

Jim was invited in his capacity as an assessor for Best Bar None – recognition that Complete Licensing is one of the country’s leaders in this field.

“It was a great night celebrating a great scheme,” Jim said. “BBN is becoming accepted by more and more local authorities because membership shows proper evidence of venues run to the highest possible standards.

“BBN – and Complete Licensing – are always keen to promote responsible and safe drinking, and events like this reflect a real opportunity to show the best side of the hospitality sector.”