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Sportsters up for Best Sports Bar at 2017 SLTN Awards

After another fantastic year for Castle Leisure Group (CLG), the company have three venues nominated for a total of four awards at the 2017 Scottish Licenced Trade News Awards. This year Sportsters is up for Best Sports Bar, while Harlem and Fubar are both up for the Social Responsibility Award. On top of this, Fubar is also nominated for Nightclub of the Year.

As one of the most highly regarded awards in the industry, the nominations show the drive for excellence that these venues have achieved and that all their venues continually strive for.

“We are delighted to have four nominations at the 2017 SLTN Awards” said Tracey McRorie, Commercial Director of CLG. “The three venues that have received Highly Commended status have done fantastically well this year and are a credit to the company. We’ve got our fingers crossed that we can build on the victory from last year and come away with some more awards.”

At the 2016 awards, Sportsters was the only winner on the night after picking up the Social Responsibility Award. However, they’ll be hoping to win back their crown of Best Sports Bar with Fubar also looking to build upon their Highly Commended status in the Nightclub of the year category from last year.

On top of maintaining some of the biggest and best licenced venues in Scotland, CLG has also opened one of the biggest bars ever in Edinburgh, Brewhemia. Located on Market Street, opposite Waverley Station, the venue is 29,000 square feet and poses a paradigm shift in food, drinks and entertainment since opening in July this year.

“It has been an incredible year as a company. An unbelievable amount of work and talent has gone in to making Brewhemia the success it has become. We are always striving to make improvements where possible but we are achieving what we set out to create. Guests are coming in, being blown away by the venue, and we’re seeing them return with family or other groups of friends.

“In particular, we’ve had rave reviews about the entertainment provided and this is a huge part of what makes Brewhemia so unique. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we’ve got live music and entertainment for guests to enjoy and to get involved with. Whether it’s a quieter Sunday Brunch with some live jazz or dancing on the benches on a Saturday night to our house band.”

With the successful launch of Brewhemia, other projects are now being discussed as CLG looks to cement itself as one of the market leaders in the Scottish hospitality industry. “We’ve got big plans for the future but right now we are focussed on maintaining the excellent standards that our venues have set” said Tracey. “The employees have been fundamental in helping us achieve this success and we can’t wait for what the future holds.”

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Sportsters voted Best Sports Bar in Scotland

It was another successful evening for Sportsters Falkirk in the hospitality industry as they picked up the Best Sports Bar award at the Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards 2017. They fought off tough opposition from across Scotland to scoop the award at Merchant Square in Glasgow on Sunday evening.

Daniel McCue, Manager of Sportsters, said: “It’s amazing to have won this. We were up against four really good venues but we’re delighted that our hard work and dedication has paid off. We’ve got a great team at Sportsters and we’re seeing the results at award ceremonies like this time and time again.”

Sunday’s win follows victories for Sportsters at both the Scottish Licensed Trade News Awards (SLTN) where they won the Social Responsibility Award in 2016 and at Best Bar None (BBN) Scotland 2017 where they received the first ever Platinum Award for continued excellence.

“To have our work recognised by so many industry experts is a real testament to us” added Daniel. “Not only are we having success at multiple ceremonies but we’re also proving ourselves for the variety of work we do. While we believe we’re Scotland’s best Sports Bar, we’re showing that we’re much more than that with our work in striving to be responsible for our customers and doing that to the highest and most consistent level possible.”

These awards mean that customers can be assured of a high-quality experience whatever time of the day they visit. This is something that Daniel takes very seriously, saying: “We’ve got a really busy schedule right now, especially with the end of the football season fast approaching. Even when we are busy, giving all customers a great experience is paramount. Our commitment to being responsible as a venue also means that if customers do come to enjoy our later licenses, they can be assured it’ll be a fun and safe night.”

Sportsters will most likely be up for more awards in the future, but Daniel insists that isn’t the main focus right now. “We’ve got a really busy schedule in terms of sport and a new menu that’s coming soon. We’re focussed on getting these things right and giving our customers a great experience. If we do that, like we’ve been doing, the awards will come.”

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Sportsters makes history at Best Bar None

It was a historic evening for Sportsters Falkirk last week as they claimed the first ever Platinum Award at the Best Bar None Scotland 2016-17 National Awards. The status award was introduced for the first time this year and was presented to Sportsters as part of their continued excellence.

Daniel McCue, General Manager of Sportsters, said “We are delighted to have received this award. We as a team have worked hard for a number of years now with Best Bar None (BBN) to provide the best customer experience possible. To have that work and dedication recognised with such an award is a great privilege for us.”

Chris McGovern, Sales Manager of Chivas Brothers-Pernod Ricard who supported the award, said “The venues strike a really positive balance between their Social Responsibility and Conviviality which is key to the success of their businesses.”

Sportsters was also a finalist in the Best Bar and Innovation in Social Responsibility categories, but unfortunately didn’t walk away as winners.

“We would have loved to have won these awards, but we’re delighted to have been finalists” said Daniel. “To be finalists in two categories and to come away as winners of the first ever Platinum award is a fantastic achievement. We’re delighted.”

It also may not be the last award that Sportsters’ collects this year. They are a finalist for Best Sports Bar at the Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards which is held next month and this follows on from the Social Responsibility Award won at the 2016 SLTN Awards.

“To have won and be up for so many awards is fantastic and we’re proud of the work we’re doing for the community and our customers” said Daniel. “We’ll aim to continue the work we’ve done so far and to continue pushing ourselves to the highest level possible.”

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Sportsters is Best Sports Bar finalist at #ENT2017

We’re delighted to announce that we have been voted as a finalist of the Best Sports Bar Award at the Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us. Without your votes, we couldn’t have done it! We’re delighted to have been selected and now can’t wait for the final in May. Fingers crossed we can win the award and bring it back to Falkirk!

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Sportsters and City Nightclub win Gold at Best Bar None

Sportsters claims Overall Winner as both venues win Gold Awards

Sportsters Falkirk and City Nightclub both had great success at the 2016 Best Bar None (BBN) Awards for Falkirk on Sunday 8th of January, receiving Gold Award Status.

The criteria for this award, as stated by BBN: ‘Venue has achieved, Essential, Desirable, and is working towards the “Bonus” criteria which demonstrates the venues innovation in their management practises.’

15978839_1203777439677773_171497418_nOn top of this success, Sportsters was further rewarded for their hard work and dedication, receiving the Overall Winner Award for Falkirk as the top scoring venue. This means that Sportsters have now been nominated for the BBN Scotland National Awards being held in March 2017.

Daniel McCue, General Manager of Sportsters, said: “This is a huge honour for us. We work exceptionally hard at all times to make sure our customers have a fun and safe time while in our venue. Receiving recognition for this is a testament to the hard work we all, as a team, are putting in.

We’re now looking forward to the BBN Scotland National Awards and hope that we can do the whole of Falkirk proud on the night!”

“I’d also like to say thanks for the support that we receive from the various partner agencies of Best Bar None, such as Falkirk Delivers and Police Scotland. I’d also like to personally thank all the staff at Sportsters who are a huge part of the success we have achieved.”

Sarah McKenzie, BBN Co-ordinator for Falkirk said: “Best Bar None focuses on customer safety and care and each venue that gains an award has demonstrated that it meets the standards set by the Government and the alcohol industry at a national level.

“We work with our accredited venues and our partner agencies in Police Scotland, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Falkirk Delivers and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to deliver a safer and welcoming night time experience for customers.

“Anyone looking for a good, safe night out should look out for a Best Bar None venue knowing it has been through a rigorous accreditation process and demonstrated high standards across a range of important criteria.

“I would like to thank those involved for their continued support and to offer my congratulations to all the premises who have taken part this year.”

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Another STLN Victory

In November 2016, Sportsters Falkirk were awarded Social Responsibility Award by SLTN.

Customer safety has always been a priority at Sportsters. From Bar Staff to Door Supervisors, we are always vigilant to prevent any and all risks to patrons and staff.

This is the 3rd SLTN award the venue has received following last year’s victory in the Sports Bar category, and 2009’s victory in the Nightclub category by adjoining club, City Falkirk.

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Winning Big!

Sportsters Falkirk won the award for Best Sports Bar at the Scottish Licensing Trade News (SLTN) Awards held at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel. Comedian Jimmy Carr presented the sports bar with the award, beating off stiff competition from Glasgow’s The Crafty Pig and Rhoderick Dhu.

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Scoops top BBN award

Sportsters, in Princes Street, captured the Best Bar prize in this year’s Best Bar None Scotland National Awards 2015/16, beating off 54 finalists from across the country.

The pub picked up its award at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel last week. Best Bar None chairman Mandy Haeburn-Little said: “Sportsters has shown an excellent standard of practice and takes great pride in its premises and surroundings.

These awards are all about quality – quality of experience when going out, quality of customer care and quality being applied to every aspect of a visit. “We all want to enjoy going out, we all want to feel safe and we all want to know that family and friends are safe.

In addition, BBN particularly looks at how premises support getting everyone home safely which matters a lot when we consider anyone who may be feeling vulnerable or who is unsure how to get home.”

Article taken from Falkirk Herald

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