ALMR chief appointed to London mayor’s Night Time Commission

Kate Nicholls

London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled the importance of bars and clubs to London’s economy with a key appointment to his new Night Time Commission.

Kate Nicholls (pictured), chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), has accepted his invitation to take a seat on the commission to providing a voice for eating and drinking out.

The Night Time Commission, chaired by Philip Kolvin QC and working with night czar Amy Lamé, was set up to find ways to support the capital’s late-night economy.

This week, the mayor published his vision for night-time London which promised to promote all forms of culture and leisure including bars and clubs but extending to a wide range of activities for people of all ages and interests.

Other pledges included increasing opening hours where appropriate to help businesses cope with the recent business rates hike and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of residents, visitors and night-time workers.

In its submission to the Greater London Authority’s consultation on the night-time economy, the ALMR highlighted the key needs for improvements to licensing, partnership working, promoting economic growth, planning and the regulatory approach while again calling for local authorities to expedite business rates support as soon as possible, and to prioritise this sector.

On her appointment to the Night Time Commission, Kate said: “Representation on the commission demonstrates the mayor’s recognition of the significant value that the eating and drinking out sector brings to London’s night-time economy.

“There are 11,000 pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs across the capital, employing 217,000 people, and adding £5bn to London’s economy each year. Night-time hospitality accounts for 97,000 night-time jobs in London, and the GLA’s own benefit analysis show shows that for every £1 of cost, the night-time economy generated £8 of benefit, with that rising to more than £20 in central London boroughs.

“With a voice on the Night Time Commission, the sector will be at the heart of conversations about promoting the city, its businesses and cultural offerings, and ensuring that local authorities, residents and businesses can work in partnership to help the city thrive.”

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