The NTIA was formed to promote the benefits and enormous contribution of the Night Time Industries, the entrepreneurs that create and innovate across the UK contributing 66 Billion UKP per year in revenue and boosting employment, regenerating and generally improving our cities. The NTIA provides a voice to challenge some of the problematic thinking hoisted on to UK entrepreneurs in policy and by local authorities - and to provide concrete alternatives. http://www.ntia.co.uk/
Alan was CEO of The Vibe Bar for almost 20 years, until Nov 2014. He is the co-founder of the Truman Brewery, a 10-acre site in London’s East End. The Truman Brewery now has over 200 companies, ranging from recording studios to art galleries, entertainment spaces, restaurants, bars, cafes, fashion and retail. It has helped regenerate a significant area of London, creating a new cultural quarter. Alan sat on The Arts Council’s London Arts Board for several years.
Alan is a film director and has had his work broadcast internationally and writes and produces with his partners in Argosy Pictures. Argosy Pictures has just completed the movie Beijing-New York, which screened at Cannes, and the company has several film projects in development and pre production. Alan also produces and consults, recently helping out on the documentaries Beware of Mr Baker, Venus & Serena and More American Dreams.
Alan is also director of the New York Salon, a forum for inter-disciplinary, open debate. He writes on various cultural issues for several publications, including spiked, Culture Wars, The American and the Huffington Post and is a regular contributor on LBC & BBC London Radio as well as his own show International Vibe on East London Radio.
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