Gold, silver, bronze: Which will your favourite pub get?
GOLD, silver and bronze ratings are up for grabs for pubs and clubs in Stockton-on-Tees as part of a new awards scheme.
'Setting the Bar' has been launched to recognise licensed premises across Stockton-on-Tees that strive for high standards.
And with National Licensing Week well under way, the scheme was approved at the Council's Cabinet meeting last night (June 21).
What is 'Setting the Bar'?
It's a new initiative to promote a thriving, safe, night-time economy supporting improvements in the management of licensed premises and promoting responsible drinking in the Borough.
It will be offered to all existing licensed premises and clubs and complement the targeted inspection scheme already in operation across Stockton-on-Tees.
How will premises be rated?
The scheme is centred on the Council's four licensing objectives:
- Prevention of crime and disorder
- Prevention of public nuisance
- Public safety
- Protection of children from harm
How do the ratings work?
Licensed premises in the Borough can apply for bronze, silver and gold ratings.
Bronze status will be awarded to premises meeting the 'mandatory' requirements.
Those hoping for silver must pass the 'desirable' categories, and gold will need to meet 'exceptional' standards.
What's in it for the pubs and clubs?
All medal winners will be able to display window vinyls and posters showing their level of award.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council will offer social media recognition to those ranked silver or gold, and gold medal winners will have the opportunity of an award presentation at a Full Council meeting.
They will also receive a notice on the 'Setting the Bar' website, and Stockton town centre venues will be given a special listing in Stockton BID's 'Your guide to Bars, Pubs & Restaurants in Stockton'.
What do councillors think?
Councillor Steve Nelson, Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: "We've got lots of fantastic bars run by responsible operators in the Borough, and 'Setting the Bar' is a new way of recognising and rewarding them. It's also an incentive for those that need to up their game to do so.
"By displaying their award stickers in the window, successful venues can demonstrate to the public that they are committed to high standards. The scheme has the full support of Cleveland Police, and we hope it will contribute to many an enjoyable and safe night out for residents."
Which pubs and clubs have been awarded medals so far?
Gold awards have been awarded to Stockton's Ivy House, Georgian Theatre, Go Between, Hope & Union and Storytellers, as well as The Keys in Yarm, while Hydes Bar in Norton has been awarded a silver.
What do businesses think?
Scott Weir, Director of Tees Inns, which runs the Ivy House, said: "The Ivy House is delighted to take part in 'Setting the Bar' as it will hopefully drive standards upwards and ensure that all licensed premises, working alongside the Council, provide residents and visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience. This stands for both day and night in a variety of venues that have the customer at the forefront of their businesses."