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Gloucester delays late-night levy decision

Gloucester City Council has delayed its decision on introducing a late-night levy for the city.

Hold up: Gloucester City Council is contemplating introducing a BID for the city

Trade reiterates calls for alternative to late-night levy

16-Mar-2017 - Trade bodies have strengthened calls for an alternative approach to Gloucester’s late-night levy and to look at nearby Cheltenham for inspiration.

Late-night levy plans for Hackney ‘will have detrimental effect’

14-Mar-2017 - Industry groups have warned Hackney Borough Council that proposals to introduce a late-night levy in the area would be detrimental to local businesses.

Number of pubs showing illegal Sky continues to decline

27-Feb-2017 - The number of pubs showing Sky illegally is decreasing, the broadcaster’s head of commercial piracy has confirmed.

Ground-breaking move means Cheltenham late-night levy will be canned

27-Feb-2017 - Cheltenham Borough Council has decided to scrap its late-night levy in favour of a business improvement district (BID), a decision that is the first of its kind.

Huge fine over illegal Sky Sports for ex-licensee of Birmingham pub

27-Feb-2017 - The ex-licensee of a pub on the doorstep of Aston Villa’s ground, Villa Park, has been fined almost £50,000 for showing sport illegally.

Institute of Licensing chairman term extended

23-Feb-2017 - Following a board meeting earlier this month (February), the Institute of Licensing has extended Daniel Davies’s term as chairman until February 2020.

Legal Q&A: DPS queries and personal licence holder presence

20-Feb-2017 - This week's legal Q & A looks into queries around a DPS being on more than one licence, what happens when a DPS goes on leave and a query around...


Pubs with rooms are 'not like Fawlty Towers now'

16-Feb-2017 - Visitor numbers across Britain are expected to rise further as the weaker pound makes it more attractive to foreigners and Brits alike, according to Dominic Worrall, owner of the Bull...

How to have a nose for fake alcohol

14-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts give advice on how to spot when there might be something amiss with a new drink you're being offered.

Licensing victory for new London gay bar

09-Feb-2017 - A new high-profile gay bar in London’s Vauxhall has been granted a 5am licence after lawyers scored a rare victory with the local council’s licensing authority.

Legal advice: How to make sure your drunk customers policy is working

08-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts give advice on how to make sure you are sticking to the law on drunk customers.

Legal Q & A: Late-night levies and TENs

06-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts tackle your questions on the basics of a late-night levy and obtaining a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) for sporting events.

UK’s oldest gay pub saved by mixed use classification

02-Feb-2017 - Iconic gay pub the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been granted a mixed use (sui generis) classification, protecting it against development.

Best Bar None winners unveiled

02-Feb-2017 - Durham won the top accolade as it was crowned best overall scheme at the Best Bar None (BBN) awards event at the House of Lords last night (1 February).

Legal advice: How record keeping can pay off

01-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts look at how being properly on top of paperwork and training can avoid a potentially sticky situation.

Scrapping gaming machine fee ‘would save pubs £500,000’

27-Jan-2017 - Business in Licensing (BIL) and the Gambling Business Group (GBG) have joined forces in a bid to remove the fee pubs have to pay to inform licensing authorities if they...

Legal advice: What you can, can't and must accept as ID

24-Jan-2017 - Identity cards have come of age. Here's what you need to know on the legality of accepting proof-of-age identification.

Sex entertainment plans at pub granted

16-Jan-2017 - A Gloucestershire pub has had its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence granted, despite more than 50 residents’ objections.

Sexual entertainment venue licence

More than 50 residents complain over sex entertainment plans at pub

10-Jan-2017 - More than 50 residents have objected to a Gloucestershire pub’s plans for a sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence.


No ‘pleasure or relief’ at Fabric’s reopening tonight, says boss

06-Jan-2017 - Legendary London nightclub Fabric’s reopening has not made director Cameron Leslie feel either pleased or relieved.

Fabric closure

Fabric says ‘there is no safe way to take drugs’ following drug death inquest

05-Jan-2017 - Iconic London nightclub Fabric has warned partygoers there is no safe way to take drugs ahead of its reopening, this weekend (Friday 6 January).


Police block pub’s late-night licence bid

03-Jan-2017 - Police are obstructing a Teesside pub’s bid to open until 5.30am because of its “violent past”, despite bosses claiming the site now attracts a more “cosmopolitan” clientele.


Gambling Commission recommends reduction for many in operating licence fees

22-Dec-2016 - The Gambling Commission and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have reviewed proposals for operating licence annual fees, which will come into force this year.


BBPA demands clarity on late-night levy decision

22-Dec-2016 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has written to Liverpool City Council to ask for clarification over the process it used to reach a decision to implement a late-night...