NTIA urges parties to prioritise night-time economy

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Business proposals: the Night-Time Industries Association has called on the new Government for various support options (image: Getty/John M Lund Photography Inc)
Business proposals: the Night-Time Industries Association has called on the new Government for various support options (image: Getty/John M Lund Photography Inc)

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Political parties need to recognise the importance of the night-time economy through the implementation of a national strategy and appointment of dedicated leadership within central Government, one trade body has urged.

The Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA) outlined a number of key proposals, which it said were aimed at fostering growth, resilience and sustainability.

These included the development of a central Government strategy for the night-time economy.

This would be given mandatory consideration by locals governments in a bid to ensure alignment and uniformity in policies that impact the sector.

Local authorities would also align their policies with the national strategy to create a unified approach and foster a cohesive environment.

Furthermore, the trade body also asked for the appointment of a minister for the night-time economy who would “champion the sector at the highest level of Government”.

In addition, the NTIA called for regional representatives who would work with local authorities and stakeholders to help ensure an effective implementation of a national strategy.

Organisation proposals

Another proposal included the creation of an integrated licensing and planning system, elevating the agent of change principle to primary legislation as well as business rates reform and to align VAT with European levels.

The NTIA also called on the incoming Government to introduce mandatory business licensing for security providers, the implementation of a heritage protection scheme for venues and cultural spaces alongside a national fund to support and protect these venues.

NTIA chief executive Michael Kill said: “The night-time economy is a critical component of our cultural and economic landscape.

“These measures are essential for its recovery, giving it the ability to grow and fuel regeneration.

“We urge all political parties to consider these important recommendations.”

Night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester and operator Sacha Lord, has recently called for the new Government to introduce a dedicated minister for the hospitality sector​.

Vital role

He said: “The current Government has failed the night-time economy. All political parties should seize the opportunity in the coming weeks to understand the significant impact the night-time economy has on both the economy and culture.

“It’s crucial to recognise the patrons of our venues, events and festivals are the voters of the future. Their experiences today will influence their decisions at the ballot box tomorrow.

“Nightlife, encompassing the enjoyment of events with close friends, family and communities, plays a vital role in people’s lives.

“The Government’s neglect of this sector, especially in their prospective manifestos, undermines the future of high streets and cultural spaces.

“Night-time cultural spaces not only bolster the local economy but also contribute significantly to the national economy.

“With proper support, they have the potential to recover, grow and fulfil their crucial role.”

Recent figures revealed 67 nightclubs were lost during the first three months of 2024, data that the NTIA’s Kill labelled a “national tragedy”​.

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