The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night Time Economy has today released a significant report on the impact of Covid-19 on UK nightlife, concluding that the industry is in need of urgent addition attention and support.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on a sector that the Night Time Industries Association estimates contributes £66 billion per year to the UK economy, accounting for 1.3 million jobs and 8% of the UK’s total workforce.
Alongside economic activity driven by nightclubs, pubs, bars, and live music venues, the night time economy also creates a vast supply chain of freelancers, sole traders and suppliers, and supports thousands of auxiliary businesses. GDP-aside, for so many people they are also places that evoke strong memories of joy, and a sense of community and social inclusion.
20,000 people within the industry took part in the parliamentary survey, which has been presented to the UK Government. Looking to examine the consequences of the absence of night time economy spaces, marketplaces, social hubs and cultural institutions on the people who make up this sector, on those who enjoy its custom, and on society more widely, the report concludes that additional Government support is urgently required to avoid irreversible losses.