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15 June 2022 | Comment | Article by Leah Ellison

What’s it like to operate a licensed business? Find out from Nick Saunders, Director of Depot and Co-Founder of Par59

Premises Licences | Par59 | Day 3 National Licensing Week. Photo Source: Nick Saunders, Co-Founder of Par59.

As part of National Licensing Week, Leah Ellison, a Solicitor in our Regulatory team, spoke with Nick Saunders, Director of Depot and Co-Founder of Par59, about operating a licensed business.

 

As one of the directors of Depot and Par59 in both Bristol and Cardiff, how have you found the licensing process?

"As we've been operating in Cardiff since 2015, the licence application for our new site in 2020 wasn't too bad as we have pre-historic relationships with the relevant local services.

In Bristol for our latest Par 59 venue it was slightly more challenging. Albeit planning for our venue had been granted, local residents had made representations against our premises licence application.

Working with Hugh James and Professor Roy Light from St John's Chambers, we were able to satisfy the licensing sub-committee recommendations and the licence was granted."

Premises Licences | Par59 | Day 3 National Licensing Week. Photo Source: Nick Saunders, Co-Founder of Par59.

 

 

In your opinion, what is the most important thing to think about when making an application?

"Giving the local authority as much information as possible and making contact before putting in an application. It’s not always possible but you can get an early understanding of if you'll be successful or not."

Premises Licences | Par59 | Day 3 National Licensing Week. Photo Source: Nick Saunders, Co-Founder of Par59.

 

What do you find most challenging about operating licensed premises?

"Finding suitable sites for our operations. There are more mixed use schemes these days which involve residents closer to licenced premises."

 

What do you find most interesting about operating licensed premises?

Premises Licences | Par59 | Day 3 National Licensing Week. Photo Source: Nick Saunders, Co-Founder of Par59.

"Creating somewhere people can socialise and enjoy themselves safely.

With the digital age we live in now and with the Pandemic over the last 2 years, people have missed out on memories and moments to socialise."

 

 

The Hugh James Licensing team assisted in securing the premises licence for Par59, a golf-themed bar, in Cardiff. Par59 opened it’s doors to the public in March 2022. A second bar is due to follow in Bristol in the Autumn.

Premises Licences | Par59 | Day 3 National Licensing Week. Photo Source: Nick Saunders, Co-Founder of Par59.

 

 

How can we help?

Whether you’re applying for a licence for the first time, looking to vary an existing licence, or transfer an existing licence, we can assist with any applications. Our licensing team are able to assist at all stages of the process from initial application to sub-committee hearing to appeal. Get in touch with our dedicated Licensing team, using the button below.

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National Licensing Week 2022

National Licensing Week - Celebrating all things licensing

 

The aim of National Licensing Week (NLW) is to celebrate ‘all things licensing’. There are a lot of different aspects and elements to licensing law and practice. NLW represents an opportunity to raise awareness across the country as to how licensing effects our daily lives. 

Whether you are looking for a deep dive into a particular issue, an introduction to a new licensing area that impacts your work or just have a question that needs answering, our blend of blogs, videos and frequently asked questions throughout NLW will deliver the information you need at a time that suits your schedule.

Running from 13 - 17 June, NLW involves a variety of videos and blogs focusing on a broad range of core licensing topics, including personal licences, gambling licensing, premises licences, taxi licensing and temporary events notices (TENs). 

Check out the line up for the week on our dedicated webpage, with new content being released every day throughout the week.

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Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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