Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, today (18/2/14) called for stronger partnership working between groups at local level to promote responsible drinking.
He spoke at the 11th annual National Pubwatch Conference in Manchester, an event which brought together a total of 237 delegates and a diverse range of stakeholders to explore ideas on how to successfully promote safer drinking environments.
Headlined Protect and promote your Pubwatch through partnership working, the conference examined how to successfully operate and safeguard a Pubwatch scheme, and explored how partnership working can promote business as part of a safe and vibrant town centre.
Both themes were discussed through a series of workshops running throughout the day. Speakers included Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy QPM, Adrian Lee, Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police, and Mark Baird, Head of Industry Affairs & Alcohol Policy at Diageo.
A surgery provided Pubwatch representatives a chance to meet local watches and share best practice.
The conference also included the presentation of the National Pubwatch Awards. The Outstanding Contribution Award went to Alan Dove of Bournemouth Town Watch, while Richard Higgin of Cumbria Police was honoured with the Malcolm Eidmans Award.
Steve Baker, Chairman of Pubwatch said:
By working together in partnership with best practice schemes, along with local communities and other stakeholders, we believe that we can offer real practical support to local towns and cities in their efforts to promote responsible drinking.
If we can reduce the incidents of low level drunkenness, violence and anti-social behaviour exercised by a careless minority, then it will give back the high street to the responsible majority who want an enjoyable night-out.
I am confident that by engaging in stronger partnership working at local level, we will be able to achieve this.
National Pubwatch is a member of the Social Responsibility Alliance, a voluntary group of best practice schemes who are currently working closely to offer support to Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAAs) which have been identified by the Home Office to receive help and guidance in an effort to reduce alcohol harm.