Pub manager Andrew Ibbotson is passionate about the safety and success of his pub’s town.
Andrew, who runs The Silkstone Inn, in Barnsley, is an enthusiastic champion of the local initiatives in place which help to promote and encourage good business practice in the South Yorkshire town.
Supported by South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, the area runs an online community forum, called Barnsley Voice, which incorporates pubwatch and Best Bar None.
Andrew said: “Barnsley Voice is a retail community forum for all businesses in the town centre. As pubwatch members, we can access pictures and information about banned individuals and details of past and forthcoming meetings, as well as licensing
information and forms.”
Meetings are held every month, at which members can raise matters of concern and where, together, they can plan an overall approach to local issues. The scheme helps to address specific challenges, as well as strategic objectives of concern to the area as a whole.
As well as the 70 pubs involved, police and council officers are represented, so businesses get the chance to work directly with the authorities to create a better place for residents, shoppers, customers, visitors and staff.
The town’s Best Bar None scheme was also relaunched in Barnsley last year, thanks to extra funding for the police and council.
Andrew was particularly pleased about winning the ‘best pub’ category, as well as being overall winner for 2011!
Pictured (left to right): Police Community Support Officer Leanne Goodall, pub manager Andrew Ibbotson, Bill Smith (business partner Escapade Night Club), Elizabeth Kay (Barnsley Town Centre business development officer), Mat Trueman (owner Escapade Night Club) and Danny Stuart (Pubwatch chairman).