Fabric boosts ALMR late-night membership

High-profile London club Fabric has joined the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), building on the trade body’s representation of the late-night market.

Keith Reilly and Cameron Leslie, who founded the club in 1999, decided to join the association because of the “significant challenges” and rapid changes in the nightlife sector.

It is the 14th late-night business to join the ALMR since the merger with former club industry association BEDA, latterly called Noctis, in May last year.

The ALMR, whose chairman is Novus Leisure chief executive Steve Richards, already represents many operators of late-night venues such as Luminar, Atmosphere Bars & Clubs, Beds and Bars, Baa Bar Group, Brook Leisure, Gatecrasher Clubs & Bars, Glendola Leisure, Intertain, Inventive Leisure, Mint Group and No Saints as well as clubs such as Camel Club in Huddersfield, Storm in Falkirk and Club Neo in Yeovil, Somerset.

The 1,500-capacity Fabric, opposite Smithfield Market, plays underground house and techno with the occasional live PA. It has been regularly voted number one or two in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 Clubs in the World list over the past five years.

Cameron Leslie said: “Although Fabric has always been a proudly independent nightclub, by joining the ALMR we are giving ourselves the best possible insight and support to respond to the rapidly changing landscape of the nightlife economy and the significant challenges we face as a consequence.”

ALMR chief executive Nick Bish added: “It is fantastic that a clubbing institution like Fabric gets what ALMR is about and understands that we are best placed as a voice for the late-night sector.”

The ALMR’s 160 member companies operate a total of over 13,000 club, pub, bar and casual dining outlets between them, employing 350,000 people.

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