RESTAURATEURS, café and bar owners in Sheffield have welcomed the launch of new guidance notes by Sheffield City Council.
Simon Ogden, Head of City Development at Sheffield City Council said: “We know that people have been crying out for a simple route through the whole food and drink licensing process which can be quite complex and confusing especially where building alterations or outside seating are proposed. The Council also has to take account of the views of neighbours.
“The food and drink guidance is there to specifically help those in the industry through the process and will also be used by the Council’s First Point for Business service which offers support to new and existing businesses.”
Matt Bigland from the Milestone and Milestone at the Wig and Pen said: “In the past we’ve had to use our architects to help us navigate the licensing system which has ended up costing us a fortune. Having everything together can save us time and money. This is a much more improved way of working.”
The guidance has been developed with help and feedback from Eat Sheffield, the Sheffield Restaurant Forum.
n Administrators have been called in to take over the running of several companies within the Principle Leisure Group, which operates Popolo Bar Lounge and Kitchen in Leopold Square, Sheffield.
Andrew Haslam and Gerald Krasner of Begbies Traynor, blamed cash flow difficulties caused by the opening and refurbishment of new outlets and the general downturn in the licensed sector, which had resulted in tax arrears, in addition to the illness and death of director of Joseph Peel.