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Issue:- 17 October 2013


WITH Santa's helpers setting up shopping centre grottos across Southport, TV Licensing has issued a reminder that all businesses, even toy workshops and reindeer stables, need a TV Licence to show live TV.

Any temporary business needing a TV Licence over the Christmas period can, buy one in October and claim a refund worth more than £100 in the New Year, provided the licence isn't needed again before it expires.

TV Licensing is also prompting all businesses in Southport, whether open just for the festive period or year round, to make sure they are aware of their licensing requirements in order to avoid the risk of getting caught over the holiday period and facing prosecution with a large fine.

The ease with which wireless smart TVs and portable tablets can use show live online TV services such as iPlayer means it's relatively simple for temporary businesses to show live TV as entertainment for customers.

Paul Williams, spokesperson for TV Licensing said:- "We want people to stay on the right side of the law and enable people to enjoy a happy Christmas. But any business in Southport showing live television, whether for customers' use or in staff areas, must be covered by a valid TV Licence. Those without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs. Those found guilty are also required to buy a TV Licence at £145.50, or they could face a potential second prosecution. So whether you're managing a grotto, toy factory or reindeer stable, make sure you have a valid TV Licence."

In offices manned by a skeleton staff over the Christmas period, some employers may be tempted to allow staff to watch TV.  To help businesses and staff understand the legal implications of this, TV Licensing has produced a downloadable "TV in the Workplace" guide. The guide allows managers to outline whether the business is covered by a TV Licence and whether staff and customers are allowed to watch TV in the workplace. Download the template by clicking on here.

Manufacturers say Britain must stay in EU

NORTH West manufacturing industry wants Britain to stay in the EU according to a report by manufacturers association EFF.  In a survey EFF, which represents 6000 firms of all sizes across the UK, found that 85% of its members would vote to remain in the EU. Manufacturers said EU membership is critical to exports and that the economic benefits far outweigh concerns about regulation. A 3rd said that if the UK was to leave the EU, they would be less likely to increase investment in Britain. The North West has the largest manufacturing sector in the UK with over 320,000 people employed. Southport Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies said:- "The message from manufacturers is clear: in Europe, in work. Thousands of manufacturing jobs across Southport and the North West are linked to our exports to Europe. In tough economic times we shouldn't be putting jobs at risk; particularly highly skilled manufacturing jobs; by pulling out of the EU.  As a Liberal Democrat I'm proud that we are unapologetically the party that believes our future lies in the EU."

Business Secretary Vince Cable added:- "Here is one of our leading, non-political employer organisations - the voice of the makers of Britain - making it unambiguously clear that it would be damaging to growth if we left or even formulated proposals to leave the EU.  Our focus must remain on making the case for Britain being strong in Europe as millions of British jobs depend on it."

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