Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, has called on music fans and nightlife lovers to share their views in a Parliamentary survey on nightlife.

After the successful launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night Time Economy in December, the group of cross-party MPs and Peers met again on Thursday to continue crucial discussions on the challenges facing the nightlife sector due to Covid-19 and the ensuing restrictions.

The APPG has launched an urgent inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on UK nightlife and is investigating how the sector can reopen and recover from the pandemic. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Night Time Economy and several members of Parliament.

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour MP for Bristol West, has encouraged all Bristol residents to share their views on the nightlife sector to tell the Government what nightlife means to them.

An industry-wide online survey has been launched by the APPG and is asking for employers, employees, freelancers and consumers to take part and submit evidence to the group on how the sector has been affected by the pandemic and its importance to the cultural and economic life of the UK.

The survey can be accessed at: www.ntia.co.uk/appg

Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, says:

“The UK’s hospitality industry has never had it so tough – and Bristol is more dependent on these businesses than many other parts of the country. Lively restaurants, festivals, bars and music venues make our city a great place to live – and employ a lot of people too.”

“These companies have suffered immensely as a result of the pandemic and are in desperate need of further support. I’d encourage everyone in Bristol, whether you work in the sector or are looking forward to going out in Bristol again, to take part in the short survey to save our much-loved cultural institutions from collapse.”

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, says:

“Commercial rents have been a travesty, with over 70% of businesses within our sector in more than two quarters of rent arrears and with debts mounting day by day. Time is running out and there seems to be no rush to find a resolution.”

”We are overwhelmed by the support that the APPG has received in a very short period of time and look forward to analysing the results from the inquiry to present a formal report to the Government. We ask all those who work in the Night Time Economy, or simply enjoy a night out, to continue sending in your responses to our survey to make your voices heard.”

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Chief Executive of UK Music, says: 

“When the time for the post-pandemic recovery comes, the music industry can help power our country’s economic and cultural revival. But to play that key role in the recovery phase, we must ensure our sector gets the support it needs to survive through the worst of the pandemic.”

“This is a welcome inquiry that recognises the both the vital importance of the Night Time Economy and the existential challenges it has faced over the course of this pandemic – and is focused on finding clear solutions to ensure our industries can make it to the other side of the pandemic.”

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