The UK government recently announced that better regulations for clubs and bars will now be a priority.
Tom Kiehl, director of government and public affairs at the industry body, told Newsbeat that British venues have a “bright future”, adding, “The night time economy is something the government will be considering very closely going forward.”
A recent study conducted by Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) found the UK's night-time economy is worth £66 billion and employs 1.3 million people. And this is a key reason Kiehl says changing approaches to dealing with it is “very much on ministers’ plates”.
Since 2015 almost half of UK clubs have had to shut down, which is why NTIA chairman Alan Miller has created a new scheme called NightLife Matters. This venture aims to change the way the government views clubs and bars and encourages the industry to be viewed in a more positive light. It focuses on supporting, and protecting UK nightlife by raising awareness of the current threat that UK nightlife is facing.
The UK law is set to introduce the “agent of change” principle. This means that if a venue is in close proximity to a new residential building the development is known as the “agent of change” and therefore is responsible for dealing with noise rather it becoming the club’s responsibility. For example they may be required to pay for sound proofing.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced that support UK nightlife is a priority for him before he was elected in May, ensuring London will thrive as a 24-hour city. He told Newsbeat:
"Our night clubs and music venues are the lifeblood of our international music scene.”Too often, these venues find themselves under threat from new development and red tape."
UK Music says nightlife culture will be among Theresa May's government's focus points:
"There needs to be a change in approach from seeing the night time industry as something that is a cause of problems, to something that actually enables economic activity to progress. That is happening."
Where do you think the future of the UK’s nightlife industry stands?