Number of UK nightclubs halved in 10 years

10 August 2015

Half of the UK's nightclubs have closed in the past 10 years, according to The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

The ALMR, which describes nightclubs as a venues for 'late night entertainment, usually music and dancing', says there were 3,144 in operation in 2005, versus 1,733 this year.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls blames planning and licensing rules for some of the closures, as well as how easy it is for neighbours to complain, even if the club was there before they moved in. 'People want to have their cake and eat it. You want vibe and to live in a cool area, then you need the other, edgier side of it.'

In a statement to BBC Newsbeat, a Government spokesperson said: 'We know the important contribution the sector makes to our economy and the nation's cultural landscape. The current regulations strike a fair balance between making sure we have music entertainment for the public and preventing crime and disorder, whilst keeping the public safe.'

The ALMR claims that last year these clubs 'generated 37,000 new jobs with over 80% of these for 18-24 year olds'.

This comes as Hackney businesses campaign against proposed licensing changes that would critically impact the borough's nightlife.

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