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Licensing essentials: what every business-owner should know

The FIFA World Cup has put licensing in the spotlight again. The government recently announced new licensing restrictions [Embedded link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cheap-alcohol-to-be-banned-before-the-world-cup-in-england-and-wales-9107591.html] for the tournament which starts in June.  World Cup preparations aside, licensing is an essential part of life for many businesses. We work with many business-owners and understand how complex this issue can seem. We’ve also seen the problems caused when companies fail to get licensing right. If you’re changing your business or setting up a new one, take a look at our outline of licensing essentials below. If you have a specific query or concern, don’t hesitate to contact us [Link to Contact us page] The Licensing Act 2003 The Licensing Act 2003 has created some significant changes so it’s essential to be up to date. These changes affect anyone involved with: Pubs Nightclubs Indoor sporting events Off-licences Hotels, guest houses and other places which sell alcohol Restaurants serving alcohol Businesses provide hot food between 11 pm and 5 am. What is a ‘licensable activity’? An activity which involves: the retail sale of alcohol the supply of alcohol in clubs the provision of late night refreshment The provision of regulated entertainment. What is a premises licence? A premises license is a license granted to authorise your premises to be used for “licensable activities”. A Premises Licence continues for the life of your business unless there are significant changes, such as insolvency or closure or if you surrender your licence. ‘Premises’ no longer means just ‘buildings’ It is important…

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