Late Night Levy

The Council has decided to introduce a Late Night Levy from 1 November 2014.

All licensed premises in Islington authorised to sell alcohol between 00:01 and 06:00 hours will have to pay an annual levy of between £299 and £4,400, depending on their rateable value and whether the premises are primarily or exclusively used to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises.

The Council has decided to grant a 30% reduction to members of the Best Practice Scheme for Late Night Premises.

Operators who currently have licences authorising sales of alcohol after midnight who do not wish to pay the levy can make a free minor variation application to reduce their licensed hours.

Easter Weekend 2013

Just a reminder to check your licensed hours for the pending Easter Weekend as these may be different to your normal trading hours, for example some licences still have the old Good Friday hours restrictions. Also, being the last Sunday of March, the clocks go forward one hour at 1am Easter Sunday morning, which effectively means 1am becomes 2am. Continue reading

Increase in Thefts

Latest figures suggest that thefts from the person are up across London and that is supported by our local figures. Businesses, especially restaurants and bars, are reminded to be vigilant and remind customers to take care of their belongings. Apparently there have been issues in Islington with a group who have people that appear to have “Big Issue” sellers amongst them. They go into premises to sell the magazine and then take phones. The Big Issue can only be sold on the street so please do not allow people purporting to sell the magazine into your premises to trade.