Northwest Focus: Change in the air
Despite the harsh realities of the current high street trading environment, a new licensing regime offers exciting prospects for future growth in the northwest's leisure sector. Anthony Lyons investigates the commercial and legislative framework of the proposed reforms
The leisure industry has witnessed a number of casualties in the past 12 months and the northwest has not escaped this trend. A grim sign of the tough trading environment on the UK high street has been the number of pubs, bars and restaurants placed into administration. Bars and pubs previously operated by Brannigans, Po Na Na, Porter Black and Balaclava have all been placed with receivers after their parent companies ran into trouble.
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