Starting a Nightclub

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Nightclubs are licensed premises that specialise in providing late-night music and dancing-related entertainment. Many nightclubs have several differently themed rooms with bars and dance floors where live bands and DJs provide music from different genres for different tastes. Most nightclubs also provide food and hold special party nights such as alcohol-free nights for under-18s, foam parties and themed dance nights.

Changes in licensing regulations and the introduction of extended opening hours have blurred the distinction between bars and nightclubs, and have led to increased competition in the sector. As a result, many nightclubs have been forced to differentiate their services and increasingly offer banqueting and dining, in addition to music and dancing.

The sale and supply of alcohol throughout the UK is strictly regulated, and depending on their location, nightclub proprietors and their staff must be authorised to supply alcohol by one or more alcohol licences. Proprietors are also required to hold a variety of other licences or registrations relating to playing copyrighted music, preparing and serving food and snacks, and providing gaming machines on their premises. Door supervisors who provide security at the entrance to nightclubs and within the premises must also be licensed.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a nightclub. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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