A new trade association has been launched that aims to be “the voice of the night-time industries”, with members from across the UK.
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is led by Alan D Miller, co-founder of London’s Old Truman Brewery and chief executive of The Vibe Bar that operated there for almost 20 years before it closed last year.
He is joined by several other key industry players such as Steve Ball, founder of bar and club operator The Columbo Group, Jonathan Downey, founder of bar and restaurant operation Rushmore Group, and Alex Proud, founder of Proud bar and entertainment venues.
Their goal is to ensure the recognition of the enormous contribution the night-time industries make in terms of employment, business rates, regeneration of areas and tourism to the UK.
The NTIA will lobby politicians and senior decision makers nationally and locally. It aims to provide a voice for the night-time economy and to create and communicate a good news narrative about the industry.
It will commission and publish research highlighting the benefits of the night-time economy, such as its cultural and urban regeneration benefits as well as the economic impact including tax and jobs. This will support its efforts to offer a powerful voice putting forward a strong counter point view when the night-time economy is vilified.
It intends to campaign to revise planning law so that existing music venues are protected and not curbed by new residential developments nearby.
It will provide a framework for sharing best practice information to allow those in the industry to become better operators and provide real effective support if an operator gets into serious trouble.
The industry makes an annual contribution of £66billion in revenue and employs around 6% of the country’s work force through many successful small businesses. Clubs and music venues are also an incubator of British talent, and this world-famous creativity will be stifled without the places to perform.
Ultimately, the NTIA asks what kind of country the UK wants to be, arguing that, to compete on the world stage and continue to attract visitors, the night-time industries must be protected.
Alan said: “We want to provide a voice for those in the night-time industries who range from the single venue operator to those with numerous venues.
“We need our fellow owners and operators to sign up with us so that we can be an even stronger voice in the UK. This is the first step of creating something that can be enormously influential.”
Music promoter Sir Harvey Goldsmith, who sits on the NTIA’s advisory board, added: “The night-time industry is the life blood of music and entertainment in the UK. The night-time economy is also very important to the economy of cities and towns. It is where the next generation of talent develop.
“We need to encourage our entrepreneurs and make sure we do not stifle creativity by imposing overly restrictive measures on one of Britain’s most productive sectors.”
More information on how operators can sign up can be found on the NTIA’s website at www.ntia.co.uk.