Industry bodies praise support of hospitality businesses as night time economy consultation ends

21/02/2018 - 08:32
The bosses of two of the UK's leading hospitality industry associations have praised the contributions made by late-night businesses in a recent consultation run by the Night Time Commission.

The Commission, set up by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, ended a 70-day consultation on Monday (20 January) which looked at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of London’s night-time economy.

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive Kate Nicholls, who sits on the Commission, welcomed the input of businesses but called on venues to engage on an ongoing basis.

"The Night Time Commission exists to provide the Mayor with independent advice directly from the sector, so pubs, bars, nightclubs, music venues and more should take this opportunity to make their voices heard,” she said.

“The questionnaire is but one part of the NTC’s ongoing efforts to support the sector and we will be meeting this Thursday to discuss our findings and future efforts to promote a truly world-class 24-hour city in the capital.”

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) chief Brigid Simmonds also praised the work carried out during the consultation but stressed that restrictions such as Late-Night Levies and inconsistent use of licensing law were hurting trade.

“It is vitally important that London’s night time economy is supported and continues to evolve," said Simmonds. "Partnership working between the trade and bodies such as the Commission and the Night Czar will help support the Night Time Economy.

“We remain against the imposition of Late-Night Levies or blanket licensing conditions. New housing developments are vital for our economy and it is good to see the Night Time’s Commission favour of the Agent of Change principle which makes the developer responsible for taking steps to ensure that existing pubs and new leisure developments are protected from complaints from those who move to live nearby.”

The Night Time Commission says it will report its findings at the end of the year and recommend how London can become one of the world’s "most forward-thinking night time cities”.

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