The conference, which is set to be held in a Covid safe environment at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham, will focus on supporting vulnerable customers, combatting drink spiking, counter terrorism and preventing sexual misconduct among other important safeguarding issues within hospitality.
National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker OBE said: “It is great the late-night industry is able to trade without restrictions but we must still make sure we are offering a safe environment.
Great advice to operators
“This conference will look at some of the major issues affecting the trade from drink spiking to terrorism and provide great advice to operators on how to combat these.”
Speakers include British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Emma McClarkin; chief constable Craig Guildford of Nottinghamshire Police; Drinkaware’s Adam Jones and Danielle Richards, counter terrorism security advisor of Nottinghamshire Police.
The conference will also host a case study session with Dan Davies from Rockpoint Leisure and New Brighton Pubwatch, regarding how he managed to revitalise and regenerate the area into a cultural and safe hub.
Additionally, the National Pubwatch awards will be handed out on the day, including the National Pubwatch Award of Merit, rewarding individuals which have contributed to the success of Pubwatch schemes and the Malcolm Eidmans award, recognising the outstanding contribution made by a police officer or member of police staff in supporting the work of their local Pubwatch scheme.
Making the late-night sector safe
There will also be a number of Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Awards recognising the contribution of individuals whose actions saved a life or minimised physical harm.
Baker added: “It is important we recognise best practice and it will be a privilege to recognise those that have contributed so much to making the late-night sector a safe environment.”
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