Monthly Archives: January 2011

Pub Entertainment, Comedians, Laughing all the way to the bar!

Laughing all the way to the bar!

With the increase of VAT and disposable income being squeezed further, Live Entertainment in pubs is becoming more of a necessity in attracting drinkers in, especially midweek.  In times of hardship audiences are looking for value for money, and whilst going to the cinema still offers the ultimate in escapism, a comedy show can provide good value light relief. If you can include added value items like “food and a show” then this will make a complete night out, and for couples on a budget make a worthwhile alternative to the “dinner and a movie” option.

A comedy night can not only encourage your existing clientele to come in on an extra night of the week, but also introduce people who have never set foot in your pub, who then will come back time and again.
The success of a comedy night depends as much on the quality of the show as it does on the enthusiasm of the landlord.  If you are keen to make it work, and put the effort in, it’ll be a real asset to your venue, and can put your pub on the comedy map.  Equally if you just open the doors on the night, it can fail from week one.

So, what do you need to do? You’ll need to charge an admission fee, both to make it financially viable and so that the audience make a commitment to the show; if people haven’t paid then they’ll talk through the show and ruin it for everybody. So in an ideal world you’d need a separate function room and your audience need to be seated as people can’t laugh if they are standing for 2 hours. You’ll need good quality sound and good enough lights that the audience can see the performer.  Despite a lot of comedy being verbal, if the comic is in darkness the jokes just don’t work.  And if you have a bar in the same room as the comedy then you’ll need to close it during the show and re-open it during the interval.  Alternatively you could opt for table service.

Bear in mind, however, that comedy audiences aren’t in general great drinkers, so the idea is to make something from the door, something from the bar, and something from the food.  The returning trade is where the real money is.
A show usually consists of an MC who is probably the most experienced comedian on the bill, and two or three other acts. You can also include try-outs (open spots) who may come with the show, or you can recruit your own locally.  Unlike bands, comics in general don’t bring their own audience, so you’ll need to do publicise the event both in-house and in the locality. This can be done with posters/flyers, and by using the local media (free tickets and editorial in local press). Word of mouth works best, so once one show has gone well, the word will spread for the next one.  Membership schemes are beneficial, and by encouraging a “Comedy Club” feel about the whole thing you can offer discounted tickets or a free drink to members, and then you have their email address and you can publicise future shows directly to them.
Comedy is seasonal, and in general works best when it’s dark outside – so numbers tend to drop off from May to September, but on a dark winters night, there’s nothing like going to a comedy club and putting the world to rights, or laughing at the misfortune of the man on stage.
If you want to find out more about staging comedy at your venue then give Punchline Comedy Club a call on 0208 429 3179 or Email:-

mail@punchlinecomedy.co.uk

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ALMR, Licensing Reform.

LICENSING REFORM – WHAT WILL IT COST YOUR BUSINESS?

 

  • Government plans to overhaul the licensing regime will come under scrutiny again this week as a Committee of Backbench MPs starts a month long forensic examination of the Bill’s provisions, including the 25 clauses dealing with licensing.

 

  • The ALMR has been spear-heading an operator-led campaign against these proposals – we drafted a joint letter signed by over 50 senior industry CEOs which resulted in high profile support from the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and other Cabinet Ministers. This was critical to getting the Home Secretary to think again and make concessions.

 

What have we done so far?

  • As a result of our campaign to date, we have already forced the Government to remove some of the most onerous proposals from the Bill – of 24 original measures, 10 have been abandoned and 3 modified as a result of our lobbying. We have:

 

–          Kept a right of appeal to the magistrates

–          Prevented the imposition of penalties pending appeal

–          Fought off locally set licensing fees which could have seen a return to PEL prices

–          Ensured local authorities, residents and police must provide evidence before acting

–          Prevented the use of EMROs or the late night levy before midnight

–          Capped the cost of the levy by not allowing cost recovery.

  • These are major successes and are due in no small part to the operators who have contributed funds and written to their MPs in support.

 

What happens next?

  • But the Bill remains a very real threat to operators – and not just late night businesses. We estimate it will introduce an average additional annual cost of around £5,480 per pub. That is a cost the sector cannot afford and we are therefore continuing our fight. We are continuing to lobby for changes in 4 key areas:

 

–          Early Morning Restriction Orders: the power to ban the sale of alcohol after midnight could see existing businesses lose their right to trade. An EMRO would override your existing permissions – threatening New Year’s Eve, Royal Wedding and Olympic events. If they use this power you will be unable to use your licence beyond midnight or apply for a TEN to get around it

–          Late Night Levy: as this applies across a whole local authority area, it will hit you even if you are not on the high street or if you only trade beyond midnight on one night of the year. The tax is in addition to your annual fees

–          Vicinity: the Bill opens every licence in the country to a new threat of review as anyone will be able to submit a request, even if they are not directly affected by the operation regardless of where they live or work

–          Necessary: the removal of the requirement to demonstrate that actions are necessary to secure the licensing objectives will see decisions to review or grant licences being taken for political expediency and on subjective judgements.

  • With your help we will be successful. We need ALL MEMBERS to write to their local MP to ask them to help change the Government’s mind in these key areas. A draft letter and briefing document are attached.  A copy of the ALMR’s full submission is available from the office.

 

13th January 2011                                                                                            

 

 

John Gaunt & Partners, Police Reform and Social Responsibilty Bill.

Please see previous publications for your guidance, under JG & Partners latest Licensing Updates.

Expiry Date for Submissions.

A reminder (if you need one and are concerned) that the expiry date for submissions on the proposals within the above Bill is 18 January 2011, as below.

We have today made our own submission – in accordance with the required parameters – and if you are interested, a copy of our submission can be found here.

If you require any more information, please do give me a call.

Regards

John Gaunt
0114 266 8664
07860 490 604

Barrel-Dregs, a Question over COP’s? (162)

A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our readers.

The first thought that gets bounced of my battered brain for the New Year are the BIIBAS approved Codes of Practice for an assortment of Pub owning Companies.

Since these COP’s were approved by the learned members or approving committee of the BIIBAS, I have had a large number stressed, frightened desperate lessees emailing for advice and equally terrified of the possible commitment should they sign without good legal advice.

The whole system with a number of companies appears to have become a nightmare for their lessees.

One question that I frequently ask is, “Did anyone ask you for your opinion on the COP?” The answer is always “No”.

To my simplistic mind any agreement affecting two parties, must have a balanced input from both sides to resolve any problem, there are a number of companies that we support where there is no need of a COP, sadly there are a number who fall outside that level of integrity and professionalism, who would appear to be the companies trying to force a signed and in some cases witnessed approval to their COP’s, which could be construed as a Deed of Variation to their leases. This is why any signing of a COP must/should be with the approval of a solicitor who explains the long term obligations created by the addition of your signature.

Since I am very bad at concentrating and invariably think outside the box, surely if very few tenants/lessees have been involved in the discussions and assembling of these COP’s, this must entitle the tenants/lessees to provide their own COP or COP’s or should I suggest Fair Pint or the IPC or even the BII to create a Tenants/Lessees COP to safeguard their interests, which would appear to be at risk with some companies.

The BII is a members organisation primarily, it is no longer sheltering behind the Craitable Status and a Members COP would meet with considerable popularity I am sure.

The other body who are desperate to gain credibility in the Industry are the GMB, surely this would be a major issue for them to raise, they have the legal expertise and certainly enough complaints from their members to put a document together that the BIIBAS would have to consider seriously, sadly they accepted a DD off me to pursue some issues on my behalf and failed to do anything. I trust that they may be somewhat more proactive on a COP for Tenants/Lessees, if they do not they will be like a number of bodies in the industry representing Tenants/Lessees, which needs no explanation.

The Select Committee might think the COP’s are a good idea, but if they considered that the input has come from one side only and very little input would appear to have been considered from the other side, this could well raise question marks over the acceptance and validity of these approved COP’s.

My personal opinion is that there should be one COP for the Industry with an equal balance for the Landlord and Tenants and ideally be enforceable by legislation.

This will not affect the good companies and it might bring the not so good battling or screaming to the negotiating table or the courts to be suitably sorted out, whereas the threat of court actions are being used to intimidate many honest people at the present moment.

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