It is true that the new Licensing Act has not been compiled with the off-trade principally in mind. As a result, most of the headlines are to do with round-the-clock consumption and binge drinkers. But off-licences, too, bear a heavy responsibility for ensuring that youngsters do not get their hands on alcohol at an early age, and that the neighbourhood is not blighted by street drinkers and rowdy behaviour.
The Government wants to balance new freedoms to trade with the ability of local communities to control outlets more effectively. This is why they have transferred responsibility to local councils. But they have not entirely cut out the bureaucracy that bedevils this form of administration. I hope this guide will lead you through the apparent complexities so that you can make your business grow and prosper without undue interference.