A vibrant, safe, clean and well-managed night-time economy can go a long way to boosting the local economy through attracting visitors and stimulating a hive of cultural and creative activity in the local community.
It is clear that high streets and town centres have moved beyond the traditional model of shop-based localities, but unmanaged change can result in either empty shops or a proliferation of pubs or betting shops that can turn once thriving high streets into cultural deserts or nocturnal no-go areas. Now is the time for councils to show leadership in reinvigorating and reimaging their public space.
Registration time 9.30 am
Start time 10.30 am
End time 4.15 pm.
This conference examines the different contributions that can be made by all those involved in supporting a night-time economy, from restoring a troubled area to its former glory to a radical redesign of an area. Joint-working is an essential approach to tackling issues around local growth, anti-social behaviour and responsible drinking. The conference will explore the opportunities to enhance this approach through the new tools offered by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, Alcohol Strategy, and new public health responsibilities.
You will hear practical examples from councils that are just doing it – in partnership with local businesses, the police and health professionals. You will experience the highs, lows and ultimate successes of places as varied as Chelmsford, Newquay and Westminster as well as the work that the gambling and alcohol industries can do to improve the commercial success of an area. Every local area requires its own solution and you will have a chance to attend two afternoon workshops that will explore what options might be suitable for your local economy – whether it is a purple flag award, best bar none scheme or elements of all the options on offer.
In hearing from representatives from local authorities, the police, health, and drinks and gambling industries, delegates will be inspired to create a safe, prosperous and fun environment where people want to live, work and visit.
9.45 am Registration, tea and coffee
10.30 am Session one: the high street vision
Welcome and introduction
Councillor Mehboob Khan, Chair, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board
10.35 am The high street at night
Councillor Peter Box, Chair, LGA Economy and Transport Board
10.50 am The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act and the night-time
economy: new powers for local authorities
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
11.00 am Question and answer session
11.20 am Session two: understanding the business contribution
The important economic contribution of betting shops
Dirk Vennix, CEO, The Association of British Bookmakers
11.40 am A responsible free market
Carlo Gibbs, Public Affairs Manager, Wine and Spirits Trade Association
12.00 pm The responsibility deal
Jean Nicol, Alcohol Policy Manager, Department of Health
12.20 pm Question and answer session
12.40 pm Lunch and networking 1.00 pm – 1.20 pm Lunchtime fringe: A cultural confab
Councillor Flick Rea, Chair, LGA Culture, Tourism and Sport Board
1.40 pm Session three: strategic leadership
Planning your high street
Cllr Audrey Lewis, Chair, Licensing Committee, Westminster City Council
1.55 pm Managing your high street
Rob Andrew, Assistant Head, Localism, Cornwall Council
2.10 pm Policing your high street
Councillor Nilgun Canver, LGA Licensing Champion
2.25 pm Question and answer session
2.45 pm Session four: from the frontline workshop session 1
W1. Purple flag: Dan McGrath, Project Manager, Association of Town Centre
W2. Leading landlords: Simon Kaye, Chief Operating Officer, iNTERTAIN;
Dr Martin Rawlings MBE, Director, British Beer and Pub Association
W3. Policing: PC TJ Mavani, Licensing Officer, Leicester Police
W4. Community Safety Partnership: Paul Brookes, Environmental Services
Manager, Chelmsford City Council
3.30 pm Workshop session 2: a repeat of the earlier workshops
4.15 pm Chair's concluding comments and close
Confirmed speakers include:
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For further information or any other queries, please contact:
The Events team
Telephone: 020 7664 3131
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Telephone: 020 7664 3157
Due to the pressures on the provision of special requirements, such as BSL interpreters, the LGA will need six weeks' notice to provide this service.
26 September 2012