Utopian Leisure, the four-strong pub, nightclub and restaurant group led by Bob Senior, is to launch bring-your-own alcohol nights at one of its venues to “discourage pre-loading”. Senior hopes the move – believed to be a first in Britain – at his 700-capacity Live Lounge site in Durham, will help boost the late-night sector, which has been impacted by people preferring to stay at home to drink. The scheme, which is to be trialled on Fridays and Mondays at the club, will see people charged £7 on the door, while the venue will provide glasses, ice and straws. Senior told the Daily Mirror: “Supermarkets sell very cheap drink, so people stay in. Nightclubs cannot compete so we have to be imaginative to survive.” Local police said they would monitor the first night of the scheme closely, while the move has been criticised by the Alcohol Harm Reduction Group, who say it may lead to an increase in disorder and violence. The move by Utopian comes after its breached its bank covenants in 2010 as losses increased. It is latest accounts, the group’s losses for the year increased from £736,863 to £1.62m on turnover down 4.7% to £8.92m Ebitda was £120,000 (2009: £1.1m). Bank borrowings at the year end were £8.41m (2009: £7.93m). Senior told M&C Report in October: “I’m busy having conversations with the bank at the moment. They are quite supportive and recognise the difficulties that we faced affected the whole sector.”