ALMR Late Night Award winners announced

10/10/2017 - 11:36
The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has announced the winners of its Late Night Awards, which recognise eating and drinking out businesses operating late into the night.

Six winners were announced at a dinner ceremony at Café de Paris, London.

The award for Best Late Night Food went to Living Ventures Restaurants, operator of brands such as The Alchemist, Gusto, Artisan Kitchen + Bar, and Blackhouse, whose Smithfield restaurants stays open until 12am on Monday to Wednesday and until 1am on Thursday to Saturday.

Best known for its bar brand, The Botanist, New World Trading Company  (NWTC) won the award for Best Late Night Drinks.

NWTC was created in 2012 by Living Ventures' co-founders, Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts, and now has 20 sites across the UK, including 15 Botanist bars.

The four other winners on the night were Dirty Martini (Best Marketing & Promotions), Maxwells (Best Late Night Entertainment), Beds & Bars (Best Service & Team Development) and Impossible, Manchester Tokyo Industries (Best New Venue).

ALMR chief cxecutive Kate Nicholls said: “Congratulations to all this year’s winners. Every one of them has proven themselves to be innovative and eye-catching in an incredibly competitive sector.

“The UK’s late-night eating and drinking market is one of the country’s best assets, home to some of the most exciting entrepreneurs. The range of businesses honoured at the Late Night Awards shows the fantastic strength and variety or businesses connected to the night-time economy.”

The awards took place against a backdrop of uncertainty for the sector, with Tower Hamlets recently becoming the fifth London council to introduce a late-night levy, following City of London, Islington, Camden and Hackney.

Speaking last month, British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said of the levy, "This is very disappointing, and will damage the economy of a vibrant, inner London borough with a beer and pub sector that employs over 2,800 people.

"When it comes to addressing any issues in the night-time economy, there are far better solutions than this punishing new tax on local business, such as Business Improvement Districts.”

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