News and updates from BBfA North East
It's National Licensing Week.
The world of regulation has changed significantly in recent years, a clear acknowledgement that the best results are achieved when regulators and businesses work together because ultimately both parties aim for the same outcome - safe and well managed premises, places and environments.
Positive partnership has become the cornerstone of licensing regulation and engagement - it cuts across almost every aspect of licensing and has transformed the relationship between licensing regulators and businesses generally.
It is now common practice for national statutory guidance to focus on the message of positive partnership in regulation. This is no more so than in the Licensing Act s.182 guidance to local authorities where numerous references to "working in partnership". The essence of this is captured in the following paragraph:
"All parties are expected to work together in partnership to ensure that the licensing objectives are promoted collectively."
The Licensing Act is not alone in this, the Gambling Act's statutory guidance also "seeks to reinforce the importance of partnership working between licensing authorities (LAs) and local businesses to mitigate risks to the licensing objectives."
Examples of positive partnership in licensing regulation are numerous but below are a few examples:
- National Pub watch groups where local businesses, council officers and police officers come together to promote a safer drinking environment in licensed premises throughout the UK.
- Best Bar None, supported by the Home Office, local councils and the drinks industry these schemes are aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.
- Purple Flag which is the accreditation process for town & city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy (ENTE).
- National roll out of safeguarding training for licensed taxi and private hire drivers often in partnership with local councils and police forces
- The BRDO's primary authority partnerships that offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with a local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other councils to take into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.
National licensing week (#NLW2017) is another a great example of positive partnership. National licensing week partners represents all the sectors in the industry, ranging from trade bodies, independent traders, local authorities to the highest level of national Government - all working to achieve the same aim.