The vast majority of local authorities believe the night-time economy will play an important role in preventing the decline of the high street, according to a new study. The study by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and Portman Group reveals 92% of councils say bars and restaurants have an important role to play in preventing further decline. It also found three quarters (74%) of councils said they saw developing their night time economy as a key priority or important, yet only one in five (22%) have a dedicated night-time economy strategy. More than three quarters (77%) said investing in the night-time economy will become more important as councils become more reliant on income from business rates. And three-quarters of councils said they would welcome a system to help them share best practice across the country. While antisocial behaviour and crime is a major issue in the night-time economy, nine out … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart