Best Bar None shares tips on how to stay safe in Edinburgh throughout the festive season

An accreditation scheme which promotes responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises has urged people to be aware of their own personal safety when they go out over the festive season.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 11:45 am
As footfall increases, locals are urged to stay safe

Best Bar None’s national lead, Robert Hogg said: “We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy a good and safe night out. It is in all our interests; the general public, business and the emergency services, to keep the day and night-time economy vibrant and safe places to visit.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for a good night out to take a dangerous turn. It’s the responsibility of all venues to place the personal safety of visitors at the top of its priority list. Yes venues want everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves, but safety must come first.

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High Streets are already getting busier with shoppers trying to beat the festive rush which adds up to a lot more footfall, especially in busy town and city centres.

Best Bar None has shared tips on how to stay safe during the period.

“I would also stress, do not be the bystander who watches inappropriate behaviour; if it is not acceptable when sober, it is not acceptable when under the influence of alcohol. Tell staff if you have any concerns or contact Police.”

Best Bar None’s ethos is centred around quality: quality of experience when going out; quality of customer care; and quality being applied to every aspect of a visit.

The not-for-profit funded national accreditation and award scheme aims to raise standards amongst licensed venues, recognising positive management helping to facilitate safe and enjoyable nights out for the public.

It works to reduce crime, reward excellence, and raise standards of alcohol licensed premises and was developed in partnership with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Licensing Boards, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and other local partners.