NTIA accuses Gov of ‘systematically closing nightlife’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Crisis: Michael Kill said nightlife businesses are 'struggling to survive' (Credit: Getty/Dziggyfoto)
Crisis: Michael Kill said nightlife businesses are 'struggling to survive' (Credit: Getty/Dziggyfoto)

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The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called for the Government to help the nightlife sector which is “struggling to survive.”

This comes after the UK’s largest nightclub operator, Rekom UK, filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators to some of its brands.

NTIA chief executive Michael Kill was “deeply concerned” by this news.

He said the nightlife sector is in “crisis”, and the chancellor and prime minister should be implored to recognise the urgent need for support before it is too late.

Kill added: "The continued lack of acknowledgement from the Government regarding the severity of the crisis at hand is disheartening.

“Nightlife businesses, which contribute significantly to the cultural and economic fabric of our communities, are struggling to survive. The time for action is now."

Targeted support

The NTIA will call upon the chancellor to provide targeted support to its industry, acknowledging its unique challenges and the devastating impact of ongoing closures.

One crucial avenue for immediate relief is the reduction of VAT, said Kill.

He believed lowering VAT to be a pragmatic and effective measure that can provide much-needed financial respite to struggling businesses, allowing them to weather the storm and continue contributing to our vibrant cultural landscape.

Unprecedented challenges

He continued: "Our members are facing unprecedented challenges, and without decisive action from the government, we risk losing integral components of our night time economy.

“The NTIA stands united in urging the Chancellor to act swiftly and decisively in providing the support our businesses desperately need.

"The nightlife sector is not only a source of entertainment, but also a vital economic driver, supporting countless jobs and businesses.

“As the industry teeters on the brink, we call on the government to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and implement measures that will ensure its survival."

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