Welcome to National Licensing Week – celebrating all things licensing.


NLW celebrates the role and importance of licensing in the UK to keep people safe when enjoying a variety of hospitality and pleasure activities.


NLW 2024:  10 – 14 June 2024


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How will you promote licensing where you are?

NLW represents an opportunity for everyone involved in licensing to promote Licensing. NLW is seen by the IoL as a chance to raise awareness across the country and are encouraging as much engagement as possible again this year. More and more businesses and organisations are using National Licensing Week to showcase what they do as an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of licensing and all the participants.

The underlying message of the initiative is that “licensing is everywhere” with daily themes to demonstrate how licensing effects our daily lives.

Day 1 – Positive partnerships

Positive partnership has become the cornerstone of licensing regulation and engagement – it cuts across almost every aspect of licensing and has transformed the relationship between licensing regulators and businesses generally.

Day 2 – Tourism and leisure

Tourism and leisure is hugely important to the UK providing 1.6 million jobs across the country, and contributing £22.1 billion to the country’s economy. Licensing plays a significant role in the tourism and leisure industry across the UK – small village fetes, caravan sites, riding stables, large music venues, outdoor festivals and sporting events. 

Day 3 – Home and family

 Almost every activity in the leisure sector – and most of those that supports the sector – requires a licence or some other licensing authorisation.

Most people will not think twice  about their contact with licensing regulation every day of their lives, but it plays a vital role to protect people and animals – which is something  most people do not recognise until things go wrong.

Day 4 – Night time

 The UK’s nighttime economy has played an important role in the cultural life of most people in the UK and continues to do so both in local communities and on the national stage. Almost every aspect of the UK’s nighttime economy touches on licensing to some degree, whether it be alcohol, entertainment, levies, EMROs, regulating the distribution of promotional material, closure powers or sexual entertainment. 

Day 5 – Business and licensing

Licensing essentially exists to regulate business activity in order to protect  people.  From small independent businesses such as taxi drivers and home boarding establishments to large multinational businesses such as those affected by primary authority partnerships, there is a golden thread of licensing regulation intertwined in all of it.  In fact, there are very few business sectors where licensing regulation is not a relevant factor.

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