Salisbury Business Improvement District

Inquiry Launched Into Impact Of Covid-19 On Night-Time Economy

13th January 2021

An urgent inquiry has been launched into the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the night-time economy, and Salisbury BID levy payers are being encouraged to have their say. 

The inquiry has been set up by the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night-Time Economy. It wants to hear from businesses who have been affected. Views are being sort on the challenges they believe face the night-time sector going forward, its importance to our society and economy, and how nightlife can be reopened. 

The inquiry is being led by APPG Chair, Jeff Smith MP, who worked in the sector for several years in his earlier career. 

He said: “As we move now into a third national lockdown, there has never been a more important time for Government to address the urgent needs of Night Time Economy businesses, their supply chains and those that rely on them for employment. Despite playing such a vital role in our local communities and UK economy, nightlife businesses have been repeatedly overlooked by the Government, and we are determined to ensure that the specific challenges facing the sector are addressed. This inquiry will be a vital first step in our work.” 

Consultations will run throughout the month of January for a report scheduled to be released in February.  

You can access the survey here  

The APPG hope the results of the inquiry will uncover the real extent of the crisis facing the night–time economy while identifying what further support is needed for businesses in order to enable post-pandemic recovery.