Local venues in running for Best Bar None Awards

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Two South side venues have been shortlisted in the Best Bar None (BBN) Scotland National Awards 2017-18.

The Croft Bar, nominated in the Independent Bar category; and Kelburn Bar in the running for the Heart of the Community Award, will fund out of they have won on Thursday, March 29.

There are ten categories within the award scheme: Pub, Independent Pub, Bar, Independent Bar, Hotel Bar, Night Club, SEV (Specialist Entertainment Venue), Heart of the Community, Newcomer and Innovation in Social Responsibility.

Drinkaware is the lead Sponsor of the awards and will be sponsoring the Innovation in Social Responsibility category. The Benevolent Society for Scotland’s Licensed Trade (BEN) is sponsoring the Best Newcomer category and SGL/Securigroup are also sponsoring the event.

Recognising each venue’s contribution to encourage customer and staff safety while supporting a great night out, the prestigious National Awards acknowledge the best work and innovative practices on offer among the 430 Best Bar None accredited venues in Scotland.

Arlene Campbell, national lead for Best Bar None Scotland, said: “The National Best Bar None Awards continue to grow year on year and it’s great to see fifty-three venues from sixteen areas of Scotland being represented to showcase the commitment and support these venues offer their customers and local communities.

“Since the scheme was introduced in Scotland in 2005, Best Bar None accredited venues are continuously “Raising the Bar” and as always, judging is difficult given the range of our finalists.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to our finalists and wish them all the best on the night and thank our Sponsors – without whom the event would not be such a success.”

Mandy Haeburn-Little, chair of BBN Scotland, said: “Best Bar None is going from strength to strength as it rolls out across Scotland. Indigo has been a driving force in our communications support for the past three years and we are delighted to welcome them on board as an official partner of our National Awards.

“We are particularly keen to draw more attention to the range of benefits that BBN membership delivers for licenced premises in Scotland, which range from a 1,000 seater venue to small local venues which can be the heart of their community and bring communities together.

“It has been clear they have the right skills and ideas to assist us with our plans to drive BBN Scotland forward.”