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Licensed hospitality can play a key role in regeneration. Areas with a diverse, vibrant range of pub and restaurant businesses increase dwell time and spend. We want this to happen everywhere but are hampered by constraints: use classes, restrictive lease terms and inaccurately-set rents – which push up rateable values – are causing distortions in the market, holding back growth.

The High Street Forum should facilitate a discussion between landlord, lessee, regulators and political audiences to review the Business Leasing Code 2007, of which there is limited awareness and ineffective application and which is inadequate in areas such as rent reviews. Requiring only mid-quartile analysis to be used when setting comparables would address concerns about rents and rates. Finally, we would like to work with RICS to review the organisation’s internal rules regarding conflicts of interest and the promotion of transparency as well as reviewing redress mechanisms.


Embed economic growth in local decision-making

Pubs and bars face conflicting pressures at a local level which are a barrier to investment. Positive planning frameworks at a national level have not translated into planning practice at a local level. Current licensing decisions take no account of pubs’ and bars’ active participation in local economic partnership and best practice schemes or the costs of compliance.

The requirement for regulators to have regard to economic growth should be extended to cover licensing and planning matters. We support the proposal from the Local Government Association for there to be an economic licensing objective. We would also like to see the Department of Business and Department of Communities and Local Government provide guidance to foster a common approach to delivery by the Local Economic Partnerships.


Abolish NICs for under-25s

Our sector provides the first taste of work for many young people, generating 1 in 6 of all new jobs among 18-24 year-olds. Last year alone, pubs and bars generated 37,000 new jobs – 7% of all net new jobs in the UK – with over 80% of them for 18-24 year olds. However, operators need the flexibility to invest in young people and they don’t have that under the overly complex and burdensome tax and employment regime.

PAYE, employer national insurance contributions and the overall business tax environment all need to be looked at as well as overall wage costs. The Employment Allowance and scrapping of NICs for under-21s has provided a real boost to employment within our sector and is allowing us to invest continuously in in-work training and boost basic wages. This approach should be extended to under-25s and a larger rebate offered to smaller employers.

Tips and service charges consultation

June 24, 2016 • Anytime Hot Topics, Campaigns, Daytime Hot Topics, Hot Topics • Views: 2038

A BIS consultation on tips, service charges and discretionary payments closes on Monday. The ALMR has prepared a detailed submission based on data from our members and produced a template letter for operators to send. Click here to download the ALMR’s submission. Click here to download the

PCC and GLA briefing

May 20, 2016 • Campaigns, Nighttime Briefings, Nighttime Hot Topics • Views: 2021

The ALMR has written to all Police and Crime Commissioners, members of the London Assembly and the new Mayor of London setting out our industry’s desire and ability to work productively and proactively with local and national government to secure mutually-beneficial outcomes. You can read our

London councils revising Statements of Licensing Policy – ALMR briefing

June 26, 2015 • Anytime Briefings, Anytime Hot Topics, Campaigns, Nighttime Briefings, Nighttime Campaigns, Nighttime Hot Topics • Views: 3829

Councils across London are revising their Statements of Licensing Policy and are currently consulting on proposed changes. If agreed, the new policies will take effect at the start of 2016. An ALMR briefing on the proposals from Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea is

Breathalysers – ALMR position

March 6, 2015 • Anytime Advice, Anytime Hot Topics, Campaigns, Daytime Advice, Daytime Hot Topics, Hot Topics, Nighttime Advice, Nighttime Hot Topics • Views: 3184

We are concerned at the widespread and indiscriminate use of breathalysers in licensed premises and believe that machines are not an appropriate or effective substitute for trained staff in spotting vulnerable customers or defusing drunken situations calmly. In our experience, the use of a