Slowly getting better... extrahourtocelebrate
decision, one that I have fought hard for over recent months, Glasgow Licensing Board have decided to radically overhaul their policy on late-night extension of hours.
They have announced a one-year pilot scheme to allow some city centre nightclubs, those who meet their stringent public safety, security, service, staff training and first aid conditions, and are members of accredited safety schemes, will be allowed to trade for an extra hour, until 4am and on occasion 5am.
In other words, premises which look after their customers and staff, not just their tills.
Safe and secure premises whose running and operating costs are higher than any late pub or bar, costs that are only ever covered by door money.
These are premises that are well run, well-staffed and in some cases, like The Garage – which I own – are worldfamous and magnets for nighttime tourists.
However, there are premises, in other Scottish towns and cities, whose very existence is put under threat by those irresponsible boards (Aberdeen, for example) who grant extra hours to anyone with a licence and who use cheap drink as their only incentive.
Glasgow’s is a bold and imaginative pilot scheme that I fully support and am sure will be a success.
Not just for me, my business, and the city of Glasgow, but a success that will hopefully inspire the Scottish Government to bring all licensing boards into line and force them to act more responsibly instead of just the licensee.