BACIL Awards 2018
Awards announced for Leeds’ retailers, bars and businesses leading the fight against crime
The winners of the fourth annual BACIL Awards were announced last night, at a glittering awards dinner at the Leeds Queens Hotel. The event was attended by over 300 people, including West Yorkshire Police, Leeds City Council and the 380 member businesses who together make up the Business Against Crime in Leeds (BACIL) network. The event also raised over £1,000 for The Leeds Community Foundation, which supports thousands of charities and voluntary groups across the city, addressing inequalities and creating opportunities for those that need help most.
The awards honour businesses and individuals who have taken a proactive stance towards tackling crime and keeping the city safe for people to live, work and play. Eight awards were presented:
Best National Chain Retailer: House of Fraser
Runner up: Monsoon
Best National Chain Bar: O2 Academy
Runner up: Revolution
Best Independent Retailer: Love Aroma
Runner up: Forbidden Planet
Best Independent Bar: Fibre
Runner up: Belgrave Music Hall
Best Daytime Security Team: Merrion Centre
Runner up: House of Fraser
Best Night-time Security Team: Professional @ Fibre
Runner up: First Direct Arena
Outstanding Partner to BACIL: Leedswatch
Runner up: Street Outreach
Highly commended: Cath Arkle
Outstanding Contribution to Leeds: Angels of Freedom
Runner up: Kyle Roberts
Highly commended: Emma Gilpin
The winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of Inspector Andrew Berriman, of the Leeds city centre policing team; Claire McCall - Safer Leeds Community Safety Coordinator;
Cath Arkle - West Yorkshire Police Licensing Department; Andrew Cooper- Chief Executive, Leeds BID; Jon Hancock- BACIL Co-Chair (Night Time Economy); and Susan Mendoza- BACIL Co-Chair (Day Time Economy).
Rachael McGlynn, of BACIL, comments: “It was a fantastic night and I would like to say a huge ‘congratulations’ to all the winners and runners up. There were more nominations this year than ever before so the competition was tough. They winners were selected for their contribution to mitigating crime in Leeds and their effective integrated working and intelligence sharing through BACIL systems. They do a truly fantastic job of working together to keep the city safe.
“I am also delighted that the event raised lots of money for our charity partner, The Leeds Community Foundation. They are a real catalyst for positive change in Leeds, striving to create a city of opportunity for all.“
BACIL is fast becoming one of the largest crime partnerships in the UK. It is made up of Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, Safer Leeds and over 380 day and night time businesses – including retailers, bars and nightclubs. All members are connected by tablets and two-way radios (today there are over 450 BACIL radios in operation) giving staff instant access to the police and nearby businesses should they witness any suspicious behaviour. All information can be shared in real time, so they can post pictures and urge others to look out for known offenders operating in their area.
The BACIL network now extends not just within the city centre but also encompasses Crown Point, Colton, Birstall and Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Parks, whose retailers are also now connected via tablets and two-way radios.