Lincoln’s Evening Economy Manager Marion Cooney – who plays a key role in helping to ensure that the city is safe and welcoming for people looking for a great night out – has been presented with a top honour.
Marion, who is employed by the Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG), beat off countrywide competition to be presented with the National Pubwatch Award of Merit, which was presented at its national conference in Reading.
And, as far as Lincoln BIG, Lincolnshire Police and the Lincoln City Centre and Lincoln Uphill Pubwatch schemes’ members are concerned, it couldn’t have gone to anyone better.
Marion said: “I was overwhelmed to receive the award. I do what I do because I love my job. This award is not just for me, it is for the whole of the city. It’s a bonus because I love working with the licensees and landlords anyway.”
Marion was put forward for the annual award by Kurnia Group owner Michael Kheng, who had no trouble in getting testimonials in support of his nomination. Marion has received enthusiastic praise for the way she has backed a range of initiatives designed to help pub owners and managers to make the most of their businesses.
She has also taken a lead in helping to ensure the Lincoln Freshers Fair – which helps to welcome new students arriving to study in the city – is a great success. In addition, Marion helps to support the work of the Lincoln Street Pastors.
PC Laura Magson said: “Marion acts as a conduit between those in the licensing trade and the police, regularly passing on intelligence, information or simply making introductions to those who don’t feel comfortable approaching the police directly.
“This relationship has proved invaluable for the promotion of licensing objectives and highlights her immense credibility and the trust that is placed by in her by all involved in the scheme.”
City Pubwatch Scheme Chair Paul Oloo said: “She looks after all our administration, meeting venues and refreshments. Marion consistently encourages new licensees to join the Pubwatch Schemes and Radio Link and she is often in the city outside working hours.”
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan added: “Marion’s enthusiasm is infectious. She brings a drive to the pub management scene in Lincoln, as well as an in-depth understanding of the industry, which she has built-up over many years.
“She recognises that, as well has having a safe night, people want to have a good time and that the evening economy is an important part of the city centre. Marion’s ability to bridge the divide between the public and private sectors has earned her respect from everyone from the regulators and agencies to pub owners and landlords.”