The BACIL Awards 2022: Celebrating Safer Day and Nightlife in Leeds

Last night saw the return of The BACIL Awards 2022 after a two-year hiatus with nearly 200 industry workers from both the retail and night-time economy turning up for the prestigious event.

BACIL (Business Against Crime In Leeds) is a dedicated organisation protecting business premises both in retail and the night-time industry in Leeds, with its main aim to make the city a safer place for both customers and staff who work in the hospitality sector.

The awards were created to recognise outstanding achievements and shine a light on the businesses and teams that consistently go the extra mile. The awards for both the daytime and night-time sector include best security team, best national venue, best independent venue, outstanding partnership to BACIL, and outstanding contribution to Leeds. 

The awards took place in one of Leeds’ most historic venues, the Faversham, and was hosted by former LDC Radio Leeds presenters Terry George and Drag Queen Precious McMichael’s.  

Winners on the night included: 

  • Best National Retailer: John Lewis
  • Best Daytime Security Team: St Johns Centre
  • Best Independent Retailer: Paw Prints
  • Outstanding Partner to BACIL Daytime Award: Leeds Street Support Team
  • Outstanding Contribution to Leeds Daytime Award: Darren McElroy, 3GS
  • Best Night-Time Independent Venue: Backroom Bar
  • Best Night-Time National Venue: Moot Hall Arms
  • Best Night-Time Security Team: Neighbourhood
  • Outstanding Partner to BACIL Night-Time Award: Leeds Youth Outreach Team
  • Outstanding Contribution to Leeds Night-Time Award: Richard Goddard, Stone Roses Bar

BACIL which is partnered with the West Yorkshire Police, Leeds City Council and Safer Leeds, have over 420 members who are united by the goal to prevent and reduce criminality and antisocial behaviour on the streets of Leeds.

Best Nighttime Security Team

Head of BACIL, Sean Walker said:

”It really is great to see the night-time economy return to life after being forced to close for so long due to the pandemic. BACIL and its members play a vital part in the reduction of crime in our city, by working together and sharing information, they help prevent crime with 

the overall aim of creating a safer city-centre. Last night was the perfect opportunity to recognise all those people who play such an important part in keeping our city safe.” 

BACIL also works closely with Pubwatch, which is a voluntary organisation set up to promote best practice, its aim is to achieve a safer drinking environment in all licensed premises throughout the UK.

Sean said, “Even during these tough times with rising costs and uncertainty, the partnership work displayed by local businesses supported by BACIL and our partners focussing on the safety and security of consumers and staff is very reassuring to see.” 

Co-host, Terry George, who is also owner of Fibre and Viaduct said: 

“This year, the awards adopted a less formal approach, incorporating a more relaxing, fun atmosphere into the proceedings, providing a much-needed tonic for an industry that has faced numerous challenges over the past few years – a great night was had by all!” 

The 2022 awards were sponsored by NDML, leading specialist insurance brokers for nightclubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, and hotels. 

Victoria Romero – Trigo, director of NDML said:

”We are proud to be supporting this year’s awards. Our business is all about protecting the night-time industry. It’s been a tough couple of years for the sector, the awards are the perfect way to celebrate the great work the people in the hospitality industry have achieved and continue to do so.”  

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