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New Body Launched To Protect UK Nightlife

The newly formed NTIA is the result of a coalition between independent bar, club and venue owners around the country. 

Arriving during the midst of a tough time for clubbing in the capital and around the country, the Night Time Industries Association has been started with the aim of protecting, “the UK’s fifth biggest industry”. Writing on their website, the collection of “independent bar, nightclub and restaurant owners, pubs, festival and live music event operators as well as music managers and other supporters of the benefits of the Night Time Industry from the world of business, culture, media and politics”, state their intention to promote the,”unique contribution of The Night Time Industry in the UK and internationally”. The NTIA say they’ll do this through a mixture of governmental lobbying, commissioning and publishing research into the benefits of the industry, and campaigning to preserve existing venues.

Former owner of recently closed Brick Lane venue Vibe Bar and founder of the Old Truman Brewery, Alan D Miller is chairman of the NTIA.  He speaks of the body’s desire to, provide a voice for those in the Night Time Industries who range from the single venue operator to those with numerous venues”. Miller goes on to encourage others to join the NTIA. “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.”

Legendary promoter Sir Harvey Goldsmith – who sits on the NTIA’s advisory board, states that, “the Night Time Industry is the life blood of music and entertainment in the UK…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.”

He’s joined on the advisory board by the likes of top licensing barrister Philip Kolvin QC, Ronnie Scott’s director Ray Duhaney and Mother London partner, whilst the board of directors includes Proud Group’s Alex Proud, Colombo Group’s Steve Ball, and Dance Tunnel’s Dan Beaumont. Founding members meanwhile, include Dolan Bergin and Alex Beattie of The Hydra, Egg’s Spencer Wyatt and fabric co-founder Cameron Leslie.

Venue owners and operators wanting to join the NTIA can do so on their official website.