Reimagining the Night Time Economy

By 6th October 2017Uncategorised

Night life for many of us was a rite of passage full of discovery, and life shaping moments. However, the Night Time Economy is no longer as we once remember it, there have been dramatic shifts in the industry, and this create challenges for regeneration and place management in our urban centres.

The presentation given at Regen 17 in Cardiff this week, asked three key questions

1 – The NTE is dynamic, important economically, socially & culturally, in a state of flux. Can policy makers & regulators do more to understand & support it?

2 – The NTE often claims its inconsistently or over regulated curbing commercial & creative activity. Is there a need for greater collaboration between NTE & place regulators, manager & makers ?

3- The recently adopted ‘Agent of Change’ principle for planning and new development  – is this really a panacea for the NTE?

The presentation includes reference to a project we have prepared and helping to deliver on behalf of the NTE businesses in Mill Lane, Cardiff.

If you would like to discuss the NTE, please get in touch

Regen 17 NTE Seminar

3 Comments

  • ceri davies says:

    sorry to have missed this owen, looks interesting.
    You may have said more about this when presenting but an area that i think needs to be considered is family and youth aspects of the NTE.
    Our NTE is generally an adult affair which is quite contrary to many european experiences I have had where family and the full breadth of society is included generally – Spain, Italy, France etc. Why has britain got a culture of NTE being adult only and can it be challenged?
    The youth aspect, between family and adulthood is an issue and no one seems to address anymore but making sure they are included in the NTE more would be beneficial?

    • Owen Davies says:

      Ceri – I agree, and certainly part of my thinking on this is the NTE is actually more of a day into night time economy. With food becoming much more important than drink alone, and daytime activities extending into the night, opportunities to become more family orientated are there if the industry wants to take them up.

  • ceri davies says:

    sorry to have missed this owen, looks interesting.
    You may have said more about this when presenting but an area that i think needs to be considered is family and youth aspects of the NTE.
    Our NTE is generally an adult affair which is quite contrary to many european experiences I have had where family and the full breadth of society is included generally – Spain, Italy, France etc. Why has britain got a culture of NTE being adult only and can it be challenged?
    The youth aspect, between family and adulthood is an issue and no one seems to address anymore but making sure they are included in the NTE more would be beneficial?

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