Westminster Business Forum

Developing the UK’s night-time economy - expansion, responsibility and priorities

Morning, Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Central London


This seminar is bringing together policymakers and stakeholders to consider key challenges and opportunities for developing the UK’s night-time economy.

Delegates will discuss the priorities for supporting organisations involved in the sector, looking at potential ways to diversify the night-time economy. They will also consider the current proposals to implement the Agent of Change principle and key issues around transport, providing for night-time workers and licensing.

The seminar is also timed to discuss the ongoing implementation of the second phase of the local alcohol action areas (LAAA) programme, with discussion on how businesses and local agencies can best work together to reduce nightlife-related crime and improve safety and public health, and the implications for policy.  

Planned sessions will assess how cities and regions throughout the UK can best develop their own night-time economy strategies, as the London’s Night Time Commission consults on the Mayor’s vision for London as a 24-Hour City.

Overall we expect speakers and delegates to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120 including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from central and devolved governments involved in this area of public policy, together with local authorities, businesses from across the night-time economy, transport providers, police and emergency services, business associations, cultural partners, tourism representatives, consultants, and community and advocacy groups, academics, charities, and reporters from the national and trade media.


Guest of Honour

Mike Kill

Chief Executive Officer, Night Time Industries Association

Keynote Speakers

Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive Officer, UK Hospitality and Chair, London Night Time Commission

Rachel Fisher

Deputy Director, Regeneration and Infrastructure, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government


Jo Cox-Brown

Director, Night Time Economy

Jason Thorndycraft

Operations Director, The Deltic Group

Lisa Lavia

Managing Director, Noise Abatement Society

John Timothy

Chief Executive, Portman Group

Suzy Brain England

Chair, Sheffield BID

Nick Stockman

Campaigns Manager, Culture24

David Donoghue

Chair, Spitalfields Neighbourhood Planning Forum