Brixton Evening and Night-Time Economy Feature on BBC London

The BBC London team returned to Brixton to interview some of our night-time venues including the Hootananny, The Courtesan and the Prince Albert.

The challenges facing the night-time economy continue in the wake of the Spring Budget announcement. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) voices profound disappointment and concern over the lack of substantial support for the struggling sector. Characterising the Chancellor’s message as “You are on your own!,” the NTIA emphasises the dire economic challenges facing its members and warns of lasting consequences without adequate assistance.

The economic challenges faced by our sector are catastrophic, and following today’s spring budget announcement, the lack of support will have a profound impact on this sector for years to come,” stated Michael Kill, CEO of the NTIA. “For months, the entire sector has been providing the Government with critical information outlining our precarious situation and the urgent need for supportive measures to sustain businesses through these turbulent times.”

The decision to freeze duty on alcohol and fuel, the increase in VAT threshold while appreciated, falls woefully short of addressing the comprehensive financial support required by businesses. The NTIA warns that the budget’s inaction will only worsen losses, leading to widespread job cuts and economic hardship. This neglect, compounded by the sector’s fragility over the past four years, threatens to push it further into crisis, with long-term implications for employment and tax revenues.

Read more about our recent media coverage of the evening and night-time economy in Brixton here.

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