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7th Sector deal: Kate Nicholls explains…

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright confirmed the Government will begin negotiations with the hospitality sector in relation to their ambitious Industrial Strategy sector deal for tourism in the UK. This will see tourism (and hospitality) recognised as the 7th sector to be given this status.

We asked Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, representing more than 700 companies in a sector that employs 2.9 million people, what she considers the deal can do for the sector.

Read the full Q&A session.

UKHospitality, and Kate, can be found at

Rugby World Cup: Key dates for TENs

The Rugby World Cup will throw up logistical challenges for premises wishing to show the games and provide licensable activities. Many premises will use TENs as a means of showing key matches, so we have set out the last dates for serving TENs or late TENs (in brackets) to ensure you can make the applications in time for the games. Whilst some of the games kick off after 11am and therefore a TEN might not be necessary, we have shown these for completeness.

Home Nation matches

The pool matches for home nations are (with last date for submitting TENs/ late TENs in brackets):

  • Scotland V Ireland Sunday 22 September 8:45am (6.9.19/ 13.9.19)
  • England V Tonga Sunday 22 September 11:15am (6.9.19/ 13.9.19)
  • Wales V Georgia Monday 23 September 11:15am (6.9.19/ 13.9.19)
  • England V USA Thursday 26 September 11:45am (11.9.19/ 18.9.19)
  • Ireland V Japan Saturday 28 September 8.15am (13.9.18/ 20.9.18)
  • Wales V Australia Sunday 29 September 8:45am (13.9.18/ 20.9.18)
  • Scotland V Samoa Monday 30 September 11:15am (13.9.18/ 20.9.18)
  • Ireland V Russia Thursday 3 October 11:15am (18.9.19/ 25.9.19)
  • England V Argentina Saturday 5 October 9am (20.9.19/ 27.9.19)
  • Scotland V Russia Wednesday 9 October 8:15am (24.9.19/ 1.10.19)
  • Wales V Fiji Wednesday 9 October 10:45am (24.9.19/ 1.10.19)
  • England V France Saturday 12 October 9:15am (27.9.19/ 4.10.19)
  • Ireland V Samoa Saturday 12 October 11:45am (27.9.19/ 4.10.19)
  • Wales V Uruguay Sunday 13 October 9:15 (27.9.19/ 4.10.19)
  • Scotland V Japan Sunday 13 October 11:45am (27.9.19/ 4.10.19)

The knockout stages begin with the quarter finals on the weekend of 19 and 20 October (8.15 and 11.15 kick off times)(4.10.19/ 11.9.19- for both dates). Quarter finals will be held the weekend of 26 and 27 October (8.15 and 11.15 kick off times) (11.10.19/ 18.9.19- for both dates). Third place play-off will be held Friday 1 November at 9am (17.10.19/ 24.10.19) and the final on Saturday 2 November, which will also kick off at 9am (18.10.19/ 25.10.19).

The above games cover 20 days, of a maximum allowance of 21 days covered by TENs in a calendar year . However, grouping together games on consecutive days into single TENs means that you can just about do it, using 11 TENs to cover the 20 days.

There has been an increasing focus on drugs, both dealing and taking, in the UK and with this focus, scrutiny tends to be increased on places where people take drugs. This puts pubs and clubs on the front-line. Here, we discuss some simple measures you can take to try to dissuade drug taking and dealing in your premises.

No one size fits all solution

Whereas a major nightclub will have door supervisors at all times and therefore can carry out customer searches, or even have sniffer dogs, this would not work in a small local pub. However, that does not mean there are not measures that can be looked at. Remember, dealers and drug takers want places where they will be undetected, such as toilets and isolated spots away from supervision, such as gardens and car parks.

Draw up a policy

This does not necessarily have to be a long document, but going through the process will help you to identify potential weak spots and help staff understand what to look for and what to do in the event they suspect drugs are being taken or dealt.

Think about safety

The purpose of doing the work in advance is two-fold: (1) deter potential drug takers/ dealers; and (2) protect your staff and customers. This is not about staff being asked to tackle potentially dangerous people themselves, it's about giving them a structure where they feel supported in making the right call so that action can be taken where appropriate. Having a drug-safe, or locking drugs that are confiscated away safely for later removal by the police is also key.

Make taking drugs harder

This can be as simple as putting astroturf on flat surfaces in toilets, carrying out regular toilet checks and supervision of areas out of immediate sight. Good signage and random searches if you employ door supervisors can act as a deterrent, as can CCTV cameras covering otherwise out of the way spaces. Anything to make takers/dealers thinks they might get caught.

Talk to the police

The police will often be privy to information about potential issues in the area and whilst they may not be able to tell you about on-going operations, they can certainly help keep you in the loop more generally. They will also be able to help with your policies and give you examples of best practice you might be able to employ. You will also be helping them to deter drugs from being used in and around licensed premises in the area, for the benefit of everyone.

Gambling news

A new report by the Gambling Commission has revealed that gambling businesses must improve the support they offer consumers who are at risk of harm, and do more to guard against money laundering or face potential enforcement action.

The Commission’s ‘Raising Standards for Consumers Enforcement Report’ states that the Commission has carried out more than 160 investigations during the year. Enforcement action has resulted in a variety of sanctions against operators and their senior management, with operators having paid £19.6 million in penalty packages for failing to follow Commission rules aimed at making gambling fairer, safer and free from crime.

The Gambling Commission’s chief executive Neil McArthur said:

“As the report shows, we will be tough when we find operators bending the rules or failing to meet our expectations, but we also want to try and minimise the need for such action by providing advice, a programme of support material and compliance activity to help operators get things right in the first place.

The full report can be found at on the Gambling Commission website