Nottingham Pubwatch receives top award at prestigious House of Lords event

Left to right: Steve Baker OBE Chair NPW, Lord Kennedy, Lilian Greenwood MP, Michele Somers Chair Nottingham Pubwatch, Nigel Connor of JD Wetherspoons and James Slater Nottingham Pubwatch

Nottingham Pubwatch has been given the top accolade as the National Pubwatch of the Year at a prestigious event, sponsored by pub chain JD Wetherspoon, at the House of Lords.

The National Pubwatch of the Year Award, which is judged by members of the National Pubwatch Committee, recognises the work of local Pubwatch schemes and their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff. Two Pubwatches Dalston and Taunton were awarded ‘highly commended’.

National Pubwatch is a voluntary organisation, which supports over 800 Pubwatch schemes across the UK, and works to promote safe, secure and social drinking environments in all licensed premises throughout the UK.

Nottingham Pubwatch was recognised for its strong partnerships, collaboration and working relationships with key stakeholders both nationally and locally. It has been running for 30 years and is focused on ensuring Nottingham City Centre licensed premises are safer and more vibrant places for the public and visitors to enjoy.

Michele Somers, chair of Nottingham Pubwatch, said: “The committee has worked hard to establish Nottingham Pubwatch as a place for community and sharing of best practice to keep Nottingham’s Night-time Economy thriving.

“Winning the National Pubwatch Award is a huge honour. It is a testament of the dedication of members who have worked tirelessly, in collaboration with stakeholders to make Nottingham’s vibrant nightlife a safe and inclusive destination for all.”

See our interview with Michele Somers and James Slater here

National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker OBE said: “Nottingham Pubwatch was a worthy winner of this years’ award. Its focus on partnership working and collaboration has made Nottingham a safer environment for consumers and workers.

“The National Pubwatch Awards are so important in recognising the hard work of pubwatches, their members and individuals, in ensuring we have a safe pub and licensed trade for customers and staff.”

Wetherspoon’s head of legal, Nigel Connor, said: “This year has again seen some fantastic entries which reflect the strength of Pubwatches throughout the United Kingdom. Nottingham Pubwatch is a worthy winner and congratulations to everyone involved in the scheme. Wetherspoon is pleased to be able to help recognise the work done by all Pubwatch members as well as the authorities who cooperate with them through our continued sponsorship of the awards.”

Nottingham MP Lilian Greenwood said: “I’d like to offer huge congratulations to Michele Somers and the whole Nottingham Pubwatch team on winning this brilliant award.

See our interview with Lilian Greenwood here

“Having seen first-hand the hard work the team do to ensure that people have safe, secure and inclusive places in which to drink, socialise and work in our city, I know that this award is very much deserved.”