Night time

It is day 4 of National Licensing Week 2017 and today is all about licensing in the night time economy.

The UK’s night time 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. 

  • It accounts for almost 8% of all the UK’s employment
  • It is worth £66bn to the UK economy or 6% of the overall UK economy income
  • 300 million people visited for a night out or a meal[1] - when? In 2016?

However, more than half of UK nightclubs have been shut down from 2005 to 2015.  In 2005 there were 3144 nightclubs open in the UK but this number has fallen to 1733 in 2016[2].

Night time economies up and down the country are  all about licensing and licensing regulation.  Almost every aspect of the UK’s night time 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.

It is therefore not surprising that the UK’s licensing regime and – perhaps more importantly – its enforcement has been blamed for the decline in night time economies up and down the country.

National Licensing Week is all about promoting and celebrating the value of licensing and the contribution licensing makes to everyday life.  No more is that true in night time economies.  Given the scale, contribution and impact of the UK’s night time economy both on a local level but also nationally, it is in the interest of parties on both sides of the argument to work together to create vibrant, safe, healthy and growing night time economies. 

In recognition of this, there are many partnership campaigns in the night time economy including:

  • The ATCM’s Purple Flag accreditation that gives national accreditation for safe, diverse and well managed night time economies
  • The Night Time Industries Association’s #NightlifeMatters campaign
  • IoL Patron, Philip Kolvin QC’s “Manifesto for the Night Time Economy”
  • Taxi Marshalls
  • DrinkCrew,
  • Best Bar None

[1] Night Time Industries Association

[2] Huck Magazine, Posted Monday 11th July, 2016