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Best Smoking Area - nominations wanted!



Simon Clark, director of the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign, writes:

Last year, in association with JTI, the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign supported the Best Creative Outdoor Area award at the Morning Advertiser's Great British Pub Awards.

Presented by Lenny Henry, the event took place at The Hilton, Park Lane, London. We invited a couple of MPs – Brian Binley and Philip Davies – to join us and Brian presented the award for the Best Creative Outdoor Area.

We are delighted to report that Save Our Pubs & Clubs has again joined forces with JTI for the Great British Pub Awards 2011 but this time we are supporting a new award for Best Smoking Area.

The Morning Advertiser has the details but I want to address supporters of the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign direct because we need YOUR help.

We want YOU to nominate a smoker-friendly pub that you think deserves to be recognised. All you have to do is send us the name of the pub plus a very brief description of the smoking area. We will then contact the landlord and ask if they would like to be considered for the award.

Closing date for entries is May 20, 2011.

We need nominations as soon as possible so we can contact your nominated pubs in good time.

What we are looking for are pubs that have clearly made an effort to accommodate smokers in as much comfort as possible.

Financial investment in a comfortable smoking area will be taken into consideration but money will not be the decisive factor. After all, many publicans can't afford to invest in a purpose built smoking area but using their initiative they may have come up with something equally worthy of recognition.

Size will be a factor but, again, many pubs don't have the space to provide a substantial smoking area so it's the attractiveness, not the size, that really matters.

The Great British Pub Awards are organised in eight regions including Wales but not Scotland (which has its own pub awards). The other areas are Yorkshire/North East, North West, Midlands, East Anglia, West Country, South East, and London.

Regional finalists will be announced in the summer. After that the national finalists will be notified and invited to attend the Great British Pub Awards in London.


Please do not hesitate to nominate your own pub for the award. You can download an application form direct from the Great British Pub Awards website or you can contact Save Our Pubs & Clubs on 01223 370156.


Some of you may think that by supporting an award like this Save Our Pubs & Clubs is effectively condoning the ban and the idea that smokers can only light up outside. I can assure you that is not the case.

The substantial investment in this award offers an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness of the campaign to amend the smoking ban. It will also help maintain and develop our profile within the licensed trade, as well as highlighting the importance of smokers to the trade.

So, whether you are a customer, a licensee or a member of staff, please nominate the pub (or pubs) with the best smoking areas NOW!


Subject: Great British Pubs Awards nomination


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