Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks has joined the board of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers as the group announced a swathe of new members.

Barrio Bars; Steam & Rye; Coronet Theatre; Adventure Bars; Star Oyster; Rift & Co and Inception Group have also recently joined the trade body.

On Marks’ appointment ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “This appointment underlines the ALMR’s commitment to the UK’s night-time economy and to late-night venues. We have been a vocal champion of nightclubs and had led the fight against Early Morning Restriction Orders and Late-Night Levies. We are looking forward to working with Peter to push for a fairer, flexible deal for late-night venues.”

Marks said: “Professionally run clubs and bars are the anchor of vibrant town and city centre economies, creating much needed investment and employment for young people; a message that we need to get across more effectively to politicians, police and local councils.

“Sadly, the sector faces a number of threats. As the largest venue in town and often the last stop on a night out, clubs are often easy targets for well-meaning but inappropriate licensing conditions. And, with councils under increasing pressure to create more housing by converting office blocks and retail outlets to residential use, late night venues across the country are at risk from a growing number of noise complaints.

“We have to address these challenges head on, and I look forward to working with my ALMR colleagues to promote the positive benefits that the late night sector brings to the UK economy.”