The NTIA has recognised over the last 6 years that the sustainability and growth of the Industry are directly related to the relationships formed both regionally and nationally with key stakeholders.
We would be fools to believe that lobbying and gesturing against key messages would be enough to drive change.
Our Urban Master Plan was a method of working alongside local and national government through Commissions to develop a position regionally where key stakeholders representing the industry can help shape policy and infrastructure for the Night-Time Economy.
We also took the model from international cities where a representative of the sector would act as a Night Mayor / Night Czar championing the sector within local government.
London and Manchester have established a strong commission and NTE champion within each city, and we are currently working on Glasgow, Bristol, Brighton & Birmingham to establish similar infrastructure.
As an operator of a wide portfolio of businesses across the country both independent and corporate, from venues, cultural spaces, university campus and events I have had the first-hand experience of the perceived value of the NTE across the country from the varying agencies.
I can’t express how important it is that we work to ensure that we are recognised legitimate economic support for communities, education, tourism, employment and culture.
Establishing the premise for representation as one voice within local government on our behalf opens doors to investment, regeneration and growth.
It is important to the NTIA that we maintain a grassroots relationship with our members and the industry regionally, and work hard to establish support networks with direct lines of communication when you need us.