Philip Smith, The Lord Smith of Hindhead, CBE has been appointed chairman of Best Bar None (BBN) as the scheme moves to its next stage of growth and development.
Lord Smith, who was a leading contributor to the Licensing Act 2003 Select Committee review, has worked closely with the industry in his roles as vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group and executive member of the All Party Parliamentary Non-Profit Making Clubs’ Group. The BBN is looking to further endorse the positive contribution the schemes make within their communities through working in partnership with local authorities and government agencies.
“I am delighted that Philip is taking over the lead at Best Bar None as we experience growing interest in its benefits across the country,” says outgoing chairman Robert Humphreys MBE, who will revert to his previous role as vice chairman. “The scheme brings increased professionalism and safety into the heart of communities, with pubs and bars working with their police and local authority partners in creating safer environments in which customers can enjoy an evening out.”
“I’m delighted to join Best Bar None at a time when it is increasingly important for the industry to maintain self regulation in demonstrating licensed premises are well run, responsible businesses that have a positive impact within our towns and cities,” says Lord Smith. “There is a huge opportunity for the industry to work hand-in-hand with local government and build positive relationships with the police and other emergency services as we roll out more schemes across the country.”