Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of the ALMR, has accepted a Mayoral invitation to take a seat on London’s Night Time Commission, providing a voice for eating and drinking out on a body established by Mayor Sadiq Khan to establish London as one of the world’s best 24-hour cities.
The invitation came in the same week that the Mayor published his own vision for night time London and the ALMR submitted its views to a GLA consultation on the Night Time Economy (NTE). The submission highlights key asks to improve 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, Nicholls 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 £5 billion 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 NTE 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.”