Leader of East Riding Council, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, visited a few of the 250 licensed businesses in the Beverley area.
Every year, the council’s licensing team issues 4,500 licences across the East Riding to businesses which include pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, taxi and private hire operators, animal health businesses, gambling and betting shops and arcades, street traders and scrap metal yards
Councillor Parnaby said: “These businesses contribute to a thriving local economy covering many areas of life, such as ensuring safe leisure activities like riding schools, and making sure your pets are safely cared for while you’re away on holiday.
“These businesses are the backbone of the local economy in the Beverley area and provide employment for several thousands of people.
“Over the past few years the number of licences we have issued to businesses has risen slightly in spite of the global financial constraints.
“Other councils have experienced a drop in the number of licences as pubs and clubs have closed and the number of taxi drivers has dropped.
“We have every reason to be proud of the licensed businesses in this area and of the council’s licensing team that works so hard to support them.”
The businesses visited included Vanessa’s café, Saturday Market, Chisholm Bookmakers, Butcher Row, the Queens Head public house, Wednesday Market, and the Beverley taxi rank.
Over the past three years the council has reduced or kept at the same level the licence fees with the aim of supporting the growth of local businesses.