Top industry figures to host webinar on future of liquor licensing and hospitality

Top industry figures to host webinar on future of liquor licensing and hospitality

Business, hotels and outlets from across the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland have been invited to attend the ‘Liquor Licensing and Hospitality: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities’ webinar.

The event takes place on September 28 at 10am an features prominent industry figures, including legal and financial advice from O’Reilly Stewart and ASM Chartered Accountants during a virtual morning seminar.

Joining Seamus McGranaghan, Director O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors, will be Garvan O’Doherty, Garvan O’Doherty Group, Petra Wolsey from The Beannchor Group and Gary Quate of Tourism NI.

Speaking ahead of the webinar Seamus, below, said, “There is no doubt that the last 18 months have been very challenging for all of society and in particular the hospitality sector which has had to deal with unprecedented changes and disruption.

“From our work with businesses throughout the industry we understand the turbulence that they experienced, having been closed for all but a few weeks of that 18-month period and with recovery the key focus, new legislation set to be introduced and all licences in Northern Ireland to be renewed, 2022 will be a seminal year for the sector.

“Businesses need to be prepared to maximise those opportunities and mitigate the risks and our virtual webinar, in partnership with industry financial advisors ASM, will examine what companies must do in the short term, and where the public sector can help to build a thriving industry that aligns with a vibrant hospitality and tourism sector in Northern Ireland.”

Adrian Patton Director ASM added: “As tourism continues to develop and more overseas visitors come to Northern Ireland, it is important that we can fulfil their expectations in everything we offer and do, and that includes the opportunity for those visitors to enjoy our world class hospitality.

“Presently, we are out of step with most other countries because of the outdated licensing laws and this compromises our appeal.  So, while the planned changes are welcomed, let’s not lose sight of the effects of the pandemic on tourism and hospitality businesses and other challenges that must be dealt with.”

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