Inverurie pub wins award

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ABERDEENSHIRE bars received Best Bar None awards in recognition of their work over the last year to run safe and responsible drinking establishments at a ceremony at The Holiday Inn, Westhill on Wednesday (February 20).

Gold, silver and accreditation awards were presented to bars across the area in the annual national awards scheme for licensed premises that allows licensees to demonstrate how well their businesses are managed.

Local pub the Black Bull Inn, Inverurie were presented with a Silver Award at the ceremony.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire’s Community Safety Executive William Munro said: “Aberdeenshire has been involved with Best Bar None for a number of years now.

“It is wonderful that licensed premises across the region are continuing to demonstrate their dedication in running establishments in such a professional manner.

“The Community Safety Executive is committed to ensuring Aberdeenshire is a safe place for all who come to visit, and Best Bar None is a very effective resource available to us.”

This year’s recipients were:

Gold Awards: The Colquhonnie House Hotel, Strathdon; Holiday Inn Aberdeen West, Westhill; Cheers Café Bar and Tavern, Fraserburgh; Harbour Lights, Peterhead.

Silver Awards: Black Bull Inn, Inverurie; The Royal Hotel, Stonehaven.

Accrediation: Strathbogie Hotel, Huntly

The Provost of Aberdeenshire, Councillor Jill Webster, presented the awards at the ceremony.

She said: “The Best Bar None awards are a great opportunity for licensed premises to demonstrate their focus on safety and customer care.

“By signing up to the Best Bar None scheme, proprietors show a willingness to work with the police and licensing staff and keep their business attractive and safe for their customers.

“I would encourage other licensed premises across Aberdeenshire to get involved for the benefit of your business, staff, customers and the wider community.”

Aberdeenshire has been involved in the scheme since 2007 through the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership and the Scottish Business Crime Centre.

For more information about the scheme visit the website www.bbnuk.com