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Experience the benefits of Pubwatch

On 27/11/13

Guest blog from National Pubwatch Chairman, Steve Baker

Next year’s National Pubwatch Conference ‘Protect and promote your Pubwatch through partnership working’ will be held at the Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester, on the 18th February next year.

Pubwatch has a proven track record of bringing together the pub and hospitality sector, enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to work effectively at reducing the problems associated with alcohol and violence. It is probably one of the most effective ways of protecting your assets, staff and customers from the threat posed by the small minority of people who can cause real damage to the reputation of the pub trade.

The Pubwatch movement gives the pub and hospitality sector a very real opportunity to demonstrate its social responsibility credentials and the impact that it can make on crime and disorder, not just in pubs and bars but in the wider area. An independent research project carried out on behalf of National Pubwatch by Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012/13 showed that over 85% of licensees joined their local Pubwatch scheme to:

  • Help create a safer environment in their local area.
  • Build/improve relationships with local agencies such as police and representatives from the council’s licensing department.
  • Network with other licensees who are members of their local scheme.

Once licensees had joined their scheme, 87% stated they would recommend it to others and importantly this view was supported by the Police and Local Authority stakeholders with 91% and 92% respectively stating they would recommend the scheme to other police and LA’s. The role of National Pubwatch was seen as a central part of the overall Pubwatch movement with over 90% of stakeholders championing their advisory role for new and existing Pubwatch schemes in addition to their voice on issues of crime and violence.

So how can you help and benefit from this national movement and really demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility? Well for a start you could make a meaningful pledge to support the work of National Pubwatch by joining existing sponsors such as JD Wetherspoon, Stonegate and BBPA who already see the advantages of Pubwatch membership. Secondly, you could support your workforce (Managers, Area Managers, Risk Managers etc.) by giving them the time to find out more about how they can participate in a successful local Pubwatch scheme by attending the NPW conference at the Palace Hotel Manchester - 18 February 2014.

The conference concentrates on two main themes – how to run a successful Pubwatch, including how to protect your Pubwatch from legal challenges and other threats; and how engaging in partnership working helps promote your business as part of a safe and vibrant late night economy. A series of workshops throughout the day will explore these themes and provide a forum for discussion and debate.

We pride ourselves on providing delegates with a great experience and value for money, plus the opportunity to meet other Pubwatch representatives from around the country and share ideas and good practice. There will also be a ‘surgery’ where National Pubwatch representatives will be on hand to answer queries and give advice relating to local watches.

To see the draft conference programme, location details and to register visit:


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