Late night / Pubs / 31 January 2019

BBPA welcomes London Night Time Commission report findings, but says pubs are key to success

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed the publication of the London Night Time Commission’s report, which has concluded that London’s night-time economy can play a major role in helping to save its struggling high streets.

London’s night-time economy employs 1.6 million people and contributes billions to the economy. The Commission has made it clear in its report that even more can be done to build on this success, calling for activity between 6pm and 6am to be placed at the heart of London policymaking. This should include pubs, says the BBPA, which are already a successful and key part of London’s night time offer.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments:

“High streets in boroughs across the city are an important part of London’s economy, but many are struggling. We therefore welcome this report by the London Night Time Commission, which recognises the vital role the night-time economy can play in revitalising London’s high streets.

“Pubs are a huge part of London’s night-time economy, creating jobs and driving growth on the high street. London has over 3,800 pubs that directly employ over 67,000 people, of which 34% are under the age of 25. This shows that pubs have a vital role to play in growing London’s night-time economy and boosting high streets across the city. As an industry though they face many threats from beer duty to business rates and need support from the very people who say they value the role of the night-time economy.

“Key to growing the night-time economy in London is enforcing the Agent of Change principle. This supports pre-existing venues like pubs, ensuring that housing developers have to put in adequate soundproofing for new dwellings located nearby.”

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