The Diageo National Pubwatch Awards have been established to encourage and recognise the work of local Pubwatch schemes throughout the United Kingdom and their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff.
We believe that Pubwatch schemes make a real contribution to the safety of people working and socialising in the night time economy. The Diageo National Pubwatch award gives your Watch the opportunity to be recognised as a good practice scheme and to help publicise and promote the Pubwatch movement.
Who can enter?
Entries are welcomed not only from the members of a Pubwatch but also anyone wishing to nominate a scheme on their behalf, with their express consent. The only stipulation is that your scheme is registered on the NPW mapping tool. There is no cost to register with us. Please note that there is an expectation that applicants are able to attend the award ceremony. We are not in a position to fund travel and overnight accommodation.
What are we looking for?
- That the scheme has clear and stated aims and objectives for why it was established and how it will function.
- That the licensee members ‘own’ their scheme and they understand and work to the spirit of the National Good Practice Guide.
- That it can evidence how the members have promoted social responsibility through the schemes day to day work and innovation.
How to enter
The application process for 2017 is now open and will close on 1st September 2017. The awards dinner takes place in House of Commons on 2 November 2017.
To see the online application form click here
To see previous Award winners read on:
2016 Diageo National Pubwatch Award Winners
Lft to right Mark Baird Diageo, Andrew Stephenson MP, Laura Cockle Penzance & Newlyn Pubwatch, Chris Riley Rochdale Town Centre Pubwatch, Angela Crawford Orkney Pubwatch and Steve Baker Chair NPW
Local Pubwatch scheme is presented with the national award for role in the reduction of alcohol-related crime across the region, and its commitment to partnership working, both with statutory agencies and voluntary organisations such as Street Pastors.
Penzance and Newlyn was crowned as the winner of the Diageo National Pubwatch Award at a packed ceremony in the House of Commons last night, with MPs, Lords and notable names from the pub industry in attendance.
The National Pubwatch Awards, sponsored by Diageo GB, encourage and recognise the work of local Pubwatch schemes throughout the UK and their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff. Each local organisation works closely with local police to reduce alcohol related crime, and provides local pubs with information and guidance on how to create safer drinking environments.
Now in its fifth year, the entrants were judged by a panel of National Pubwatch Committee members and industry experts.
The Penzance and Newlyn Watch was praised by judges for its outstanding ‘early intervention’ approach, including working with vulnerable people and substance abusers to identify problems before they become an issue. The Watch was also commended for establishing an exceptional range of partnerships with the likes of Trading Standards and Addaction, a drug and alcohol treatment charity.
Judges were also particularly impressed by the Watch’s support of a ‘safe places’ scheme, providing places of sanctuary within pubs for people who may feel vulnerable when they’re out socialising in the pub.
Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society at Diageo Great Britain, commented: “Penzance and Newlyn represents all that is good about the National Pubwatch scheme and the work that its local organisations do. They play a critical role in reducing crime, promoting responsible drinking and making pubs a safe and enjoyable place for customers and staff.
“Pubs play such an important role in our society, bringing people together and maintaining strong social bonds. They give local people a sense of togetherness, which is more important than ever in a world where interaction increasingly happens online. Everyone, no matter who they are, should feel safe when they go out for a drink at the pub, or for a meal.
“That’s why Diageo GB is immensely proud of our continued sponsorship of these awards, and of our work to promote responsible drinking across the UK.”
Laura Cockle, secretary of Penzance and Newlyn Pubwatch, said: “We’re incredibly proud to win this award. Pubwatch makes real and genuine improvements to the lives of customers, staff, and the local communities they operate in. The work we do here in Cornwall is testament to that. We work over a 30 mile radius, supporting hundreds of pubs and making them safe, fun environments to socialise in. Our work with Addaction in particular, focused on training staff on how to deal with substance abusers, is a real source of pride for us. As are the links we have established with a range of other organisations across the area. That strong level of collaboration is key to fighting alcohol related crime and developing initiatives that deliver results.”
Speaking at the awards Steve Baker, Chairman of Diageo National Pubwatch, said: “I am constantly amazed by the calibre of the finalists at the awards. The work they do, and the dedication they show, is outstanding – which is true of Pubwatch schemes across the country. Pubs should be a fun and safe place to socialise and celebrate with family, friends and colleagues. National Pubwatch plays such an important role in making that a reality, and the local watches we support have become vital parts of their local community. I would like to thank Diageo for making these awards possible, and for supporting our work more broadly to promote responsible drinking and safer drinking environments across the UK.”
2015 Diageo National Pubwatch Award Winners
Durham was crowned as the winner of the Diageo National Pubwatch Award at a packed ceremony in the House of Commons on 22 October 2015, with MPs, Lords and notable names from the pub industry and other stakeholders in attendance.
The annual award, now in its fourth year, showcases the work that local PubWatch schemes do throughout the UK to help create safer drinking environments. Entrants are judged by a panel of National PubWatch Committee members and industry experts, who identify the scheme which made the greatest contribution to its community. The Durham PubWatch’s submission was aided by glowing endorsements from local police about the work done to promote the Best Bar None award scheme, which was created to promote the responsible management and operation of licensed premises.
The Durham Watch ‘stepped well beyond the expectations of a normal scheme’, according to the judges, who were struck by its ability to work successfully in close partnership with Durham City authorities. That work includes initiatives to help train licensees, bar staff, and door staff on best practice, and clampdown on violent and disorderly incidents at licensed establishments, which has contributed to a 15% drop in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the city over the past year.
The judges were particularly impressed by the Watch’s involvement in the City Safety Group scheme to improve public safety around rivers, particularly for those under the influence of alcohol. Various new initiatives have been introduced in pubs and clubs in the city, and volunteer wardens now patrol the city’s river banks to help those at risk. The measures are a response to a number of tragic deaths in the city centre since 2013, with three university students drowning since 2013.
Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society at Diageo Great Britain, commented: “Durham is a shining example of the valuable work done by PubWatch’ schemes to create safer drinking environments across the country, and I speak for everyone at Diageo GB when I say I am immensely proud of our continued sponsorship of this award. The on-trade sector plays a vital role in bringing local communities together. Everyone should be able to feel safe and enjoy themselves when they go out for a drink or a meal with friends or family which is why we continue to support schemes designed to create the friendliest and safest possible drinking environments in all licensed premises.”
Andy Hughes, chairman of Durham PubWatch, said: “Pubwatch is a scheme that allows licenced premises, along with the local council and police, to make a real improvement to the safety and enjoyment of staff and customers of a town or city’s pubs and clubs, thus improving footfall and business for everyone, whilst lessening the demand for already stretched emergency services. It’s a real team effort from all of the licensees and it’s great for us to be recognised for the work we put into improving all aspects of the night time economy.”
Speaking at the awards Steve Baker, Chairman of National PubWatch, said: “I would like to congratulate this year’s winners Durham PubWatch scheme, and our highly commended schemes, Glasgow City and Consett & District for the work they do. These schemes provide ample evidence PubWatch plays a vitally important role in keeping the pubs and bars and the wider public areas of our towns and cities a safer place to work and socialise. I would also like to warmly thank Diageo for supporting our work and providing such a wonderful opportunity for local PubWatch schemes to demonstrate their good practice and to receive acknowledgment from the wider industry”.
Two other Pubwatch schemes, in Glasgow and Consett, were also shortlisted for the award. They were both acknowledged by judges for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to promoting social responsibility in their local areas.
From left to right: Andrew Stephenson MP, Richard Barlow Diageo GB, Steve McGeady Glasgow City Pubwatch, Helen Towns Durham Pubwatch, Martyn Milburn Consett Pubwatch, Andy Hughes Durham Pubwatch, Steve Baker Chair National Pubwatch
2014 Diageo National Pubwatch Award Winners
Droylsden’s Pubwatch wins national award for saying no to anti-social behaviour and barring local criminals, to create an enjoyable and safe atmosphere for the local community.
Droylsden’s Pubwatch receives the Diageo National Pubwatch Award 2014 in front of MP’s and some of the most influential members of Britain’s pub industry at a ceremony in Westminster. The award is the result of the efforts of Diageo and National Pubwatch to recognise the work of local Pubwatch schemes throughout the United Kingdom. Most notably, their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff.
Droylsden’s Pubwatch was established in 2012 following a gangland shooting in a local pub, which ultimately led to the murder of two young female police officers in the area. Police responded strongly to the unusual circumstances by issuing a closure order for all pubs and restaurants in the area in an effort to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. To show their collective support, the area’s 30 pubs and restaurants agreed to band together to issue known criminals with lifetime bans from all licensed premises.
Despite threats and violence, the pubs and pub owners have remained dedicated to the cause. They have implemented a ‘call around’ policy which involves pubs calling other pubs to alert them to any anti-social behaviour and they proudly demonstrate their commitment to the scheme with their distinctive Pubwatch posters and bar staff wearing a special Droylsden Pubwatch t-shirt.
Speaking on the success of the awards, Mark Baird, Head of Alcohol in Society at Diageo Great Britain, commented ” At Diageo Great Britain we are proud of the success of the Pubwatch Award; over the past three years it has grown from strength to strength. The Droylsden case in particular exemplifies how partnership schemes like Pubwatch make a real difference to local communities. We are committed to supporting the on-trade sector and want to congratulate Droylsden for showcasing how business can come together so brilliantly”.
Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, said “Thanks to Diageo we have been able to acknowledge the wonderful work of local Pubwatch schemes throughout the UK via this award. We offer our congratulations to this year’s winners Droylsden and our Highly Commended schemes Hereford and Westminster. I hope these great examples inspire others to look at what they can achieve within their own communities”.
From left to right: Steve Baker-Chair NPW, Andrew Cowan-CEO Diageo GB, Alan Graham-Droylsden Pubwatch, Dan Guerche-Hereford Against Night Time Disorder (HAND), Karl Rogers-Westminster South Licensed Premises Group, Lord Rupert Redesdale.
2013 Diageo National Pubwatch Award Winners
On 10 July 2013 the Diageo National Pubwatch Awards 2013 were presented at the Annual All-Party Parliamentary Beer Awards Dinner with the Blackpool Pubwatch scheme scooping the top prize. The scheme’s impressive range of responsible drinking initiatives and clear commitment to working with partners throughout the local community was applauded by the judges.
Also recognised through receiving ‘highly commended’ honours at the awards were the Dalston Pubwatch and Bawtry Licence Watch; with the judges congratulating the teams for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to promoting social responsibility in their local areas. The judges praised the finalists for their commitment to working with local police, councils and residents to find solutions to local issues affecting their areas. For example:
- In addition to delivering an impressive range of initiatives and advanced training to all scheme members in conflict management, drug awareness and first aid, Blackpool Pubwatch has also created a ‘Late Night Crime Reduction Fund’ which will aim to finance initiatives such as Taxi-Marshalls
- Dalston Pubwatch operators contribute to a voluntary fund to pay for council wardens to patrol the streets on the busiest nights of the week. The wardens target the streets with the highest levels of complaints from residents and can issue fines for those caught committing anti-social behaviour
- The Bawtry Licence Watch team fund two Security Industry Authority licensed Nightlife Ambassadors, who patrol the town centre with radios and cameras, offering support and advice to those visiting the area at night and reporting any issues or concerns directly to the police
- Mark Baird, Head of Industry Affairs and Alcohol Policy at award sponsors Diageo GB, said: “Partnership schemes like Pubwatch make a real difference to local communities and it is fantastic to see so many more places getting involved in the programme through this year’s awards. Recognising the vital contribution that the night time economy makes, at Diageo we are committed to supporting the on-trade sector and we want to congratulate Blackpool, as well as Dalston and Bawtry, for setting such a high standard and demonstrating so brilliantly what can be achieved.”
- Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, said: “This is the second year running that we have been able to make this award available to local Pubwatch schemes thanks to Diageo’s support and we are delighted with both the number and quality of applications received. The awards acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by local Pubwatch Schemes across the UK and their efforts to improve safety for all. We offer our congratulations to this year’s winners and hope the great example that Blackpool, Dalston and Bawtry have set, inspires others to look at what they can do within their own communities.”
Left to right Craig Southall (Blackpool), Paula Wigglesworth (Bawtry) and Dan Beaumont (Dalston)
2012 Diageo National Pubwatch Award Winners
On 16 May 2012, At the Annual All-Party Parliamentary Beer Awards Dinner, the first ever NPW Award was presented to the Northampton Pubwatch Scheme. The schemes impressive range of responsible drinking initiatives and clear commitment to partnership working was singled out by the judges. Also recognised as ‘highly commended’ at the awards celebration were finalist schemes Chester and Aylesbury Pubwatch; commended by the judges for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to promoting social responsibility in their local areas.
Martijn Van Buuren On-Trade Channel Director for Diageo GB; presented all three finalists with their awards, which were judged by a panel of National Pubwatch Committee members and industry experts.
Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch said “We are delighted with the number and quality of entrants received for this awards launch. The National Pubwatch Award acknowledges the fantastic work and great practice undertaken by local Pubwatch Schemes across the UK and their efforts to improve safety for all”.
From left: Kyle Michael Aylesbury Pubwatch, Neil Bartholomey Northampton
Pubwatch, and Frank Marnell Chester Pubwatch.