Press Releases

Partnership working highlighted as the key to creating safe and vibrant town centres


Multi-agency partnership schemes that reduce crime and vulnerability in the night time economy were celebrated today at a Parliamentary reception hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer G... Read more

Fifth Review Planned for Alcohol Marketing Watchdog's Code of Practice


The Portman Group will launch a full public consultation in Spring 2018 on the fifth edition of its Code of Practice on the Naming, Packaging and Promotion of Alcoholic Drinks to ensure it r... Read more

Two new members sought for independent alcohol complaints panel


The Portman Group has two vacancies for applicants with a public health background and a licensing background on its Independent Complaints Panel (Panel), the body that considers complaints ... Read more

Behind the Headlines Blog: So what’s really going on with the Baby Boomers?


Public Health England relaunched their Act FAST campaign today (1 February 2018) [link] to urge people to call 999 if they notice even one of the signs of a stroke in themselves, or in other... Read more

Portman Group Statement on RSPH's Report, Labelling the Point


Commenting on the Royal Society of Public Health’s report Labelling the Point, John Timothy, Chief Executive of the Portman Group said: Read more

Portman Group statement on record low underage drinking statistics


NHS Digital has published new findings showing that underage drinking among 8-15 year olds has fallen to record lows, declining 67% since 2003. Commenting on the findings, Chief Executive ... Read more

Cwtch complaint upheld


A complaint about the packaging of Cwtch Welsh Red Ale (330ml can) has been upheld by the Independent Complaints Panel (Panel) for having a particular appeal to under-18s and indirectly enco... Read more

Safe Spaces play vital role in supporting the UK’s vibrant night-time economy and reducing vulnerability.


Safe Spaces in the UK’s night-time economy are creating a better visitor environment by reducing vulnerability and reducing pressure on local accident and emergency (A&E) departments and pol... Read more

New Portman Group report: Encouraging a thriving and diverse night-time economy


There are four key stages to creating ‘buzz’ in a town or city centre, according to a new Portman Group report exploring what makes a thriving and diverse night-time economy (NTE). Read more

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