Best Bar None Glasgow Awards to be Biggest Yet 

Glasgow employer, Tennent’s Caledonian Breweries, has been unveiled as a new funding partner for the Best Bar None Scotland awards. 

The company employs more than 300 people at its famous Wellpark Brewery in the city’s East End, has a £1million training academy and recently opened a new visitors’ centre running three tours a day. 

Now Tennent’s, which also backs the T in the Park festival and Rangers and Celtic football teams is joining Diageo, Moulson Coors and Heineken as sponsors of Best Bar None Scotland. 

John Gilligan, Managing Director, said: “Tennent’s Caledonian Breweries are delighted to be joining the Best Bar None Scotland scheme as a funding partner. We take our commitment to promoting responsible drinking very seriously.  As Scotland’s leading brewer, we believe this is an important step to help make our High Streets even better places to socialise and relax.  We are keen to work with Best Bar None Scotland to help make our hospitality sector a world leading industry for the future.” 

Best Bar None Scotland is administered by the Scottish Business Crime Centre and the announcement was made at the launch of the Glasgow awards in the city’s Grand Central Hotel this week. 

Glasgow Community & Safety Services, which runs the Glasgow awards, hopes to attract entries from more than 100 city pubs and clubs this year. Enquiries have surged since it was revealed that this year’s awards were to be expanded to include venues in the East End of the city and new categories for community pubs, hotel bars and restaurants. 

Councillor Malcolm Cunning, Chair of Glasgow’s Licensing Board, urged licensees to sign up to the awards which recognise work by the licensed trade to make the city’s social scene safer. 

He said: “We recognise the large contribution that pubs, clubs and restaurants make to the economy and vibrancy of Glasgow. 2014 will be a very exciting year for the city when it will be visited by tens of thousands of people from around the world. 

“We want to be able to say to those visitors, ‘these are the pubs, clubs and restaurants where you can go to receive the greatest possible welcome to Glasgow’ and they can go home to Jamaica, Australia or wherever and tell everyone they should visit the city because they had such a great, safe time.” 

Venues which sign up to the award scheme are inspected by Police Scotland’s Licensing Teams. They are judged on criteria including Prevention of Crime & Disorder, Securing Public Safety, Prevention of Public Nuisance, Promotion of Public Health and Protection of Children from Harm. 

Last year 85 Glasgow venues received awards at a presentation ceremony in the Grand Central Hotel. 

The awards were launched in Glasgow in 2005 and have since been copied by other Scottish cities and towns. 

Licensees who are interested in entering Glasgow’s Best Bar None awards are urged to find out more and download the application form at