UK night-time economy gets its own industry group

June 3, 2015

Night Time Industries Association started by former bar owner who says restaurants, bars and entertainment are being sidelined in cities

The economy has dominated much of the general election campaign and the parties’ manifestos brim over with proposals for encouraging growth, increasing employment and regenerating Britain’s cities.

But one of the UK’s most vibrant and internationally renowned industries, worth about £70bn a year in revenue, is feeling left out. Businesses focused on the so-called night-time economy – restaurants, bars and entertainment that gets going when the sun goes down – believe they are maligned as an undesirable activity that should be suppressed instead of encouraged.

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The night-time economy is presented as creating crime and anti-social behaviour, whereas we think it is improving cities

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