The need for venue owners, licensing bodies, BIDs and the public to get behind night time economy during these challenging times was a key theme of the Fighting For Our City Centre webinar which went ahead on Wednesday April 14.
The event saw BID (Business Improvement District) team up with UWTSD (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) to focus on the issues facing the night time economy in Swansea city centre, with other key speakers being Gary Lulham from Swansea Hospitality Forum and Nick Newman, from the Cardiff Licensees Forum.
The event was part of a series of Zoom gatherings to keep Swansea city centre businesses informed about the developments that are underway to support night time businesses, including the foundation of a new body for licensees in Cardiff and Swansea to represent the night time industry, to lobby Welsh Government and to marshal the support of the public in keeping our evening and night time economy alive.
Gary Lulham and Nick Newman spoke animatedly about the importance of night time businesses using strength in numbers to influence decision-makers in Welsh Government and to marshal the support of the public in keeping our evening and night time economy alive.
Russell Greenslade from Swansea BID said: “Clearly night-time businesses have been dealing with very testing times over the past year and it is important that we continue to work together using savvy strategies and tools that can help businesses and the wider economy to work through this and to emerge into a clearer and a more stable future.
“As is always the case with these events, the speakers did not shy away from discussing the challenges at hand, but we will meet these with creative thinking, energy and determination. Swansea city centre has a bright future and our night time businesses are a vital part of this future. The very close working partnerships that are long-established between Swansea BID, UWTSD and Swansea University, the police, local authority, licensing bodies and many other stakeholders, means we have a strong foundation for success.”
Prof Ian Walsh UWTSD Provost, Swansea and Cardiff said: “UWTSD is proud to be Swansea’s city centre university and a partner with Swansea BID in the ongoing success of the city centre. I was pleased to be able to highlight how students in Swansea rely upon our night time businesses to provide valuable employment as well as a welcoming space to socialise, and to bring their families to at key times of the year. It is in all our interests to support the night time economy that we all rely upon and enjoy.”
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