Worcester Students' Union Bar Receives National Accreditation

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Worcester Students' Union bar, the Pear Tree, has become the first licensed premises in Worcester to receive Best Bar None accreditation, recognising the bar’s contribution to the safety in the community.

The Best Bar None scheme, launched nearly a decade ago by Manchester City Council, promotes best practice in bars’ policy, process management and staff training initiatives.

The Pear Tree bar is the first venue in Worcester to be awarded the accreditation - recognition of its campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness amongst students of the dangers related to consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.

Visited by approximately 300 students every day, the bar offers Worcester’s students a wide range of social events, including live performances.

An on-site inspection from the official accreditation agency verified that the bar provides a safe and pleasant environment for University’s students and staff, whilst working on reducing alcohol-provoked violence in the local area.

Kynton Swingle, President of Worcester Students’ Union, said: “As a Students’ Union we believe it is vital to make sure our students have the safest possible environment to socialise in.

"The excellent reputation Best Bar None has gained for helping to reduce crime and disorder over the last decade made it the ideal award to work towards.

“We are delighted that all of the hard work the bar’s manager, Chris Greaves, and his team have put into meeting the high standards set by Best Bar None has resulted in us gaining our accreditation at the first attempt. We are also proud that the Pear Tree bar is the first one in Worcester to do so.”

Following the achievement, the Students' Union will actively encourage other popular students’ venues in Worcester to apply through for accreditation through its seat on the Worcester Nightsafe Committee.