Comment on Box Nightclub Breaching Drinks Code

05 June 2014

Following the announcement by the Independent Complaints Panel of the Joint Industry Code for the Responsible Promotion and Retail of Alcohol in Northern Ireland (2012) regarding Belfast nightclub The Box, chief executive of Pubs of Ulster, Colin Neill said:

“Pubs of Ulster supports the decision taken by the independent panel regarding The Box nightclub drinks promotion, and indeed we welcome the fact that the promotion has stopped and the licensee was fully co-operative with the process.


“The purpose of the Code is to raise an awareness and sense of responsibility among licensees that the promotions they operate must be carried out in a way that is sensible and does not encourage the irresponsible consumption of alcohol.


“Pubs of Ulster is fully committed to ensuring that our members comply with the code and that the message is sent out loud and clear that there is no place whatsoever for such practices in our industry.  The panel’s decision is a reminder to the licensed trade that there is zero tolerance for irresponsible practices in our industry.


“Pubs of Ulster is always available to provide advice and guidance to the trade to ensure that licensees comply fully with all aspects of the code and indeed any licensee that is unsure about the suitability of a promotion they would like to run is welcome to contact us and seek advice on it.”