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Welcome for cut in licensed trade red tape

The head of Leisure & Licensing at Lancashire law firm Napthens has welcomed the news that the Government is planning to cut red tape on certain types of entertainment.
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has begun a consultation into the move, which is intended to help grow the creative economy and remove burdens from small and medium-sized businesses.

The plans would deregulate certain regulated entertainment – for instance, activities held by or on behalf of local authorities, hospitals, nurseries and schools would be exempt from entertainment licensing if the activities take place between 8am and 11pm.

Other changes would mean live music in licensed premises would be deregulated between 8am and 11pm for audiences of up to 500 – an increase from the current audience limit of 200. Recorded music in premises supplying alcohol would also be deregulated.

Malcolm Ireland, head of Leisure & Licensing at Napthens solicitors, said: “Parts of the licensed trade have faced serious financial pressure in recent years, and a recognition that cutting bureaucracy and red tape can help the sector is to be welcomed.”