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The IoL’s National Training Conference

Monday, 03 October 2016

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We enjoyed a fantastic inaugural National Licensing Week in June (20th – 24th), with a number of job swaps and local activities taking place, together with good social media coverage, despite the European Referendum falling in the same week.

We are already in the process of planning the 2nd National Licensing Week, which will take place 21st – 15th June 2017. Many thanks to everyone who got involved, and we look forward to an even more active week next year. This proven to be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the role of licensing in everyday lives, and contribution from all licensing practitioners in all areas of licensing. A massive shout out to everyone!

National Licensing Week came about partly as a way to mark the Institute of Licensing’s 20th year. The IoL’s origins go back to January 1996, when a small group of local government licensing practitioners met in the Travellers Rest pub in Cambridge to consider the potential for a professional association for licensing, covering all areas. The result of that initial meeting was the formation of the Local Government Licensing Forum (LGLF), which subsequently in 2003 became an institute to support its aims of being all inclusive and covering all licensing practitioners.

November 1997 saw the first of our National Training Conferences held in November, and now firmly established as the IoL’s signature event. With over 60 sessions presented by a wide variety of excellent speakers and covering all areas of licensing, it isn’t hard to see why.

The event spans 3-days from 16 – 18 November 2016, with most delegates staying at the hotel for the duration. This year, the event will take place at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon- Avon, and our guest speakers include Amsterdam’s Night Mayor – Mirik Milan, Alan Miller from the NTIA who will join IoL Patron Philip Kolvin QC on Thursday 17th November. We will also welcome Kate Nicholls (ALMR), Brigid Simmonds (BBPA), Phil Thorley (Thorley Taverns), the Home Office, the Gambling Commission and many more speakers over the course of the 3-days. The event programme is carefully structured to enable delegates to pick which sessions are most relevant to them, and the networking opportunity provided over the 3-days is exceptional.