Cheltenham’s night-time economy is one of the safest and best managed in the country. It has gained the nationally recognised Purple Flag for a safe, well managed and diverse night out and offer.
Cheltenham and its licensed venues have also been operating in accordance with national best practice in its evening and night-time economy. These schemes that operate in Cheltenham are:
Best Bar None
Best Bar None is a National Award Scheme supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry which is aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.
It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the Evening and Night Time Economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 75 town and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally.
The Cheltenham Night Safe scheme links night time operators, licensed premises, Gloucestershire police and the police’s CCTV control room to each other through the radio link scheme.
The aim of the scheme is to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour in the night time economy through initiatives such as the Reducing Alcohol Related Violence (RARV) project, Best Bar None and the online offender exclusion database.
Drinkaware Crew (Club Hosts)
The Drinkaware Crew (foremerly known as club hosts) are specially trained staff who work in bars and clubs to reduce drunken anti-social behaviour and help keep people safe.
Working in pairs, the club hosts will have a presence in the venue throughout the night, talking to customers at the start of the evening when a queue is forming, supporting customers who are vulnerable due to alcohol and ensuring guests leave safely after the venue has closed.
Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community.
They patrol in teams of men and women, usually from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on a Friday and Saturday night, to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.
Student Community Patrols
Student Community Patrollers are University of Gloucestershire volunteers, who have been trained to Seccurity Industry Authority (SIA) standard to assist students and non-students who get into difficulty on the popular Monday and Wednesday student nights out. Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, the volunteers are highly valued and make a real difference in the community.
Community rapid response team supporting the emergency services in Cheltenham's night time economy.