Hospitality figures within the night time industries have launched a new trade body: the Night Time industries Association (NTIA).
The NTIA has members from across the UK, and is aiming to promote the roles of operators and owners within the night time sector. It is inviting businesses to sign up online at www.ntia.co.uk.
Key industry players involved include chairman Alan Miller, co-founder of London's Old Truman Brewery and chief executive officer of the recently-closed London bar Vibe, alongside other publicans and bar owners Steve Ball, Jonathan Downey and Alex Proud.
It will seek to show the contribution that late night bars and hotels make to the night time industry in terms of employment, plus highlight the impact of issues such as regeneration of areas, and changing tourism trends in the UK.
The group will also seek to demonstrate good industry practice, provide a framework for new operators, and lobby the government and influencers on relevant issues. It will look to provide a voice for the industry, including on what it considers to be pertinent topics such as protecting existing music venue hours from, it says, the "negative effects of residential housing development".
In addition, the association will seek to provide support if an operator gets into serious trouble financially.
Commenting on the association, Miller, whose Vibe bar in Shoreditch closed last year after he claimed licensing laws had become too strict, said: "We want to provide a voice for those in the night time industries, who range from the single venue operator to those with numerous venues. We need our fellow owners and operators to sign up with us to that we can be an even stronger voice in the UK."