Home Office man to address BBN Conference

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Home Office man to address BBN Conference
Top people from the trade, police and councils are to speak at the must-see Best Bar None Conference

A senior Home Office official is to address the first national Best Bar None (BBN) Conference.

Mark Cooper, deputy head of the Home Office's alcohol strategy unit, is the keynote speaker at the event, to be held at Doncaster Racecourse on 23 September.

Other speakers include: chief superintendent Mark Burtonwood of Greater Manchester Police, Graeme Cushion of Poppleston Allen, Mitchells & Butlers security and licensing manager Andrew Nicholls and MA editor Andrew Pring.

BBN chief executive John McNamara and chairman Lord Redesdale will also speak.

Key issues such as the legal benefits of BBN, how to gain all important funding and sponsorship, and how to evaluate schemes will all be tackled.

Delegates will get the chance to attend workshops in the afternoon aimed at both developing existing schemes and making a new scheme a success.

Best practice will also be rewarded with the Most Innovative Best Bar None Scheme Award.

Schemes are invited to enter the competition now and, following a paper judging, four finalists will be selected and invited to give a five minute presentation at the Conference about their scheme and outline the reasons why it should win.

Each finalist will receive two free copies of the BIIAB Award in Assessment of Licensed Premises (Social Responsibility) handbook and two free exam places. The winner will receive a cheque for £2,500, donated by the Home Office.

McNamara said: "We are delighted to have such an excellent line up for the first BBN National Conference. It is important to aim the conference at both existing schemes and future schemes if BBN is to be a success across the country.

"BBN has the potential to make an impact in all towns and cities in the UK and we hope that this conference will boost existing schemes and galvanise potential ones into action. "Best practice is at the heart of successful initiatives and it is also important to reward innovation so we have decided to run the Most Innovative Best Bar None Scheme Award to do just that. I look forward to seeing the entries for this award flooding in."

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