High Street bar strikes gold in safety awards

'Best Bar None' awards 2015 held in The Waggon, Kelso. Malcolm Cooper (Coopers in Hawick)
'Best Bar None' awards 2015 held in The Waggon, Kelso. Malcolm Cooper (Coopers in Hawick)
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Hawick’s Coopers Bar is celebrating after seeing off stiff competition from across the Borders to win the top award in a police safety initiative.

The High Street hostelry was revealed this week as the winner of a gold award in the annual Best Bar None scheme, which recognises premises’ efforts to promote a safe environment for its patrons.

And properietor Malcolm Cooper, who last year secured the competition’s silver accoldade, says it is rewarding to stand out within the
trade.

He told the Hawick News: “We are pleased to have received the gold award this year as we work hard to run a nice bar with no trouble, and having a children’s licence until 7pm means we have to make sure there’s a family environment, so it’s nice to have that recognised.”

Constable Nick Walker, BBN ooordinator for the Borders, told the Hawick News: “Best Bar None Scotland is a scheme to recognise and reward well-run pubs, bars and clubs and celebrates premises with the best working practices.

“The scheme focuses on customer safety and care and allows each venue to demonstrate that they meet the standards set by the government and the alcohol industry at a national level.

He added: “The scheme awards well-managed premises with a plaque to promote their venue. This is real recognition of the effort that owners and managers of local pubs, clubs and hotels put into ensuring best practice at their venues for safety, responsibility, staff training and concern for the community.”