At least 6,500 retailers were in danger of losing their alcohol licences by failing to meet today’s deadline for applications, according to figures released by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Trade bodies are still calculating the exact figure, which may be higher. The Grocer’s survey a week ago showed more than a quarter of independents still had to submit applications. Under the terms of the Licensing Act 2003, retailers had to renew existing premise licences and apply for personal licences by August 6. Those failing to do so have lost their grandfather rights, so their right to sell alcohol is no longer guaranteed.
Local government licensing regulator Lacors said councils had been arranging group and one-to-one meetings to help retailers.