Local alcohol partnership schemes help create safe and vibrant town centres

Local alcohol partnership schemes help create safe and vibrant town centres

The Portman Group explains how Local Alcohol Partnership Schemes work to reduce alcohol misuse and anti social behaviour in town centres, improve high streets and grow local economies


Pubs, bars and nightclubs are an integral part of thriving town centres

The UK’s night time economy generates around £66 billion a year.

Unfortunately, this is often overshadowed by the behaviour of an irresponsible minority.
The reality is that drinking habits in the UK are changing. Binge drinking, underage drinking and alcohol-related crime have fallen significantly.

Pubs, bars, shops and businesses have been a driver of this, working with their local communities to help reduce alcohol harm and make town centres vibrant and safe places for everyone to enjoy.

They have clamped down on underage drinking, support national standards for proof of age cards and work with local retailers and communities to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

They have developed a variety of schemes aimed at tackling crime and disorder, diversifying the night time economy and work closely with organisations who help people to have a safer night out.

They operate an awards scheme to train responsible bar staff and drive up standards.

They support charities that provide alcohol education and information, and encourage healthy lifestyles through more transparent labelling.

And they work with retailers and producers to ensure responsible marketing.

There is a wealth of business-led partnerships available to help create safe and vibrant local town centres.

To find out how these schemes could benefit your town centre, contact the Local Partnerships Director at the Portman Group.