The government should not have treated small businesses that sell alcohol the same as pubs and clubs when setting up its new licence fee structure, the Federation of Small Businesses has said.

Under the new licence fee structure, which will come into force in November, businesses will have to pay a £190 application fee and a licence renewal fee of £125 each year.

Currently, a licence renewal only costs £30 a year.

David Bishop, spokesman for the FSB said: “We found it very difficult to get the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to take seriously small firms that were not in the alcohol trade per se.”