Ipswich: Welcome grant for Best Bar None, as campaign is launched to boost footfall at accredited premises

William Coe, Tim Passmore, Becky Kidd-Stanton, Terry Hunt and David Ellesmere

William Coe, Tim Passmore, Becky Kidd-Stanton, Terry Hunt and David Ellesmere - Credit: Archant

Ipswich’s Best Bar None scheme – which aims to raise the standards of the town’s night time economy – has been boosted with a £5,000 grant to extend the project.

The cash has come from police and crime commissioner for Suffolk Tim Passmore and comes as the team behind the initiative prepare to launch a campaign aimed at promoting its accredited bars, pubs and clubs.

Although full details of the campaign are yet to be revealed, the goal is to increase footfall and spend in and to encourage other licensees to sign up.

Borough council leader David Ellesmere said: “The Night Time Economy is worth millions of pounds to Ipswich and Best Bar None encourages licensed premises to work together to raise standards, helping to establish Ipswich as a great place to enjoy a night out.”

William Coe, Ipswich Central chairman, added: “Making visitors aware that Ipswich has a great selection of bars and licensed premises which have all taken extra efforts to look after their customers via the Best Bar None Scheme has to be a good thing.

“I am pleased to see there will be a strong marketing campaign for these businesses who truly deserve the recognition and additional footfall it should bring through their doors”

The scheme has operated since 2010 and to become accredited, nightspot owners must prove they have high standards in the prevention of public nuisance, protection of children from harm and health, public safety and prevention of crime and disorder.

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Best Bar None is supported by Ipswich Central, the borough council and Suffolk Constabulary.

The scheme has two categories, one for accreditation and another for awards, which are handed out annually to some of the town’s best licensed premises.

Mr Passmore said he was delighted at the success of the Best Bar None scheme in Ipswich, with the £5,000 crime and disorder reduction grant demonstrating his desire to see it continue to thrive.

He added: “I was very specific in my four-year plan to highlight investment in the local economy as a key driver to a safer county. A vibrant economy encourages growth and supports job security which in turn cuts crime.

“Therefore I see encouraging responsible management of bars and restaurants as an important aspect of a dynamic town centre and am more than pleased to support Ipswich Central, Ipswich Borough Council and the constabulary in their excellent and innovative work to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder.”