Who we are and what we do
1st & Bowery is a Shropshire based business launched by Vince Dovey and Neville Street, which aims to identify and address a range of issues that impact on people’s day to day lives.
Local businesspeople who run their own companies, as well as being involved with a number of volunteer and charity organisations in a variety of areas throughout the county, Vince and Neville are passionate about what they do. Coming together in 2022 their aim was to create innovative technical solutions to problems they viewed as having a detrimental effect on a wide range of individuals, businesses and other organisations. Through the utilisation of technology and a collaborative approach with stakeholders, they feel the projects developed so far can help to address a number of societal issues such as:
- Drink spiking in venues
- Bullying, racism and intolerance in schools, universities and the workplace and
- The confidence to be safe while travelling alone during work or simply walking home from a night out.
Why we are here and why we set it up
Our anti drink-spiking project was set up in response to a clear need for a simple-to-use, cost effective answer to an issue that is of concern to the public, authorities and our hard pressed night-time economy.
Laura Farris, Minister for Victims and Safeguarding.
‘Spiking is an insidious and predatory act which is already illegal under existing laws. We are amending legislation to make the offence explicit and capture the modern-day nature of the threat. Taken alongside new measures to improve the way the police respond to incidents, and better equipping venue staff to identify, respond and protect their customers, we are sending a clear message that perpetrators of this crime should expect to be caught and face justice.’
The Home Office has announced a funding pot to include spiking testing kits and an online reporting tool(source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/spiking-to-be-targeted-in-raft-of-new-measures)
- Circa 5000 reported UK incidents in 21/22 (source: House of Commons library). Estimated that 92% of incidents were not reported so figures would be much higher.
- West Mercia – 111 cases reported in West Mercia between 2021 and 2022.
- 30% of location ‘where to go’ decisions were made on venue reputation and 48% based on recommendation (source: Rekom UK Night Life Index 2022).
- Visit to hospital through police/ambulance £2434.00 per person.
- Walk-in to A&E cost £732 per person.
1st & Bowery research
- From our research, 92% of respondents said having our project in place made them feel safer and
- 95% said they would recommend a venue with our project in place to a friend
Having our anti drink-spiking project in place would increase footfall.
For example, if average footfall at venue is 500 people per week and each person spends £30* then a rise in 5% of customers = +£39k increase in turnover per annum.
* Source: Rekom UK Night Life Index 2022