Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern in Fraserburgh has won a prestigious industry award for its work on disability awareness.
The Broch establishment picked up the Best Use of Innovation award at the Best Bar None awards in Glasgow recently.
Cheers proprietor Dennis Forsyth picked up the accolade at a ceremony at the Radison Blue Hotel in Glasgow last week, seeing off competition from establishments from across Scotland.
Commenting, Dennis Forsyth said: “At the beginning of the year we won the BBN Gold award which is to do with our work on social responsibility. Consequently, we were invited to submit an entry to the national awards and that was for the Best Use of Innovation in recognition of the work we had put in place regarding disability awareness, which they noted when they did an assessment of the business.
“The judges were particularly impressed with the fact that we’d approached CPL Training Ltd, one of the largest training providers in the UK, to create an online training course specifically for disability awareness in the bar trade.
“We’ve been in touch with the head of UK Compliance and director Paul Chase who has committed to create the course, which would be the first of its kind in the UK bar trade.
“The disability awareness training is part of an intensive training programme that our staff undertake which includes up to 30 different training courses.
“We currently have four modern apprentices working for us also.
“We take staff training very seriously and encourage our senior staff to become members of the British Institute of Innkeepers as part of their professional development.”
“Our work towards training and staff was recognised recently when we reached the final of the BII’s Jeremy Allan award which takes place in May in London,” he added.