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A visit to The Licensing Arms in aid of The Light Fund

A virtual pint and catch up for the ‘Semi Young Licensing Lads’ raises £130 for industry charity.

The Licensing Arms opened its doors for business last Friday April 3, with a group of licensing friends getting together for a virtual pint and catch-up.

The self-styled ‘Semi Young Licensing Lads’ arranged to meet for a drink and a chat while working from home during the current government-set lockdown. Formed in 2018 by Riverside Brands’ Ash Holman and Max Publishing’s Rob Willis, the group holds quarterly meets for regular ‘networking and information sharing’ – often, by some coincidence, based at public houses owing to the range of soft drinks and strong wifi on offer.

Ash told “I was missing the networking and information sharing that is so vital to my business, so when Rob suggested we get the gang together for a virtual pint I thought it was a great idea. It was nice to raise a glass together at the end of another strange week – not least as it was also my birthday!”

Rob agreed, saying: “A drink with friends was a fantastic way to lighten the mood before the weekend, with some brilliant cameo appearances from the licensing children at home. Hats-off to Sam Ferguson who suggested that an entry fee of £10 should be payable to The Light Fund – we raised £130 and for once we all got home before midnight…”

Attendees included: Dan Grant, Danilo; Tom Roe, Big Picture Licensing; Rich Haines, eOne; Adam Robson and Rob Broadhurst, Aykroyd & Sons; Ben Lowe, Roy Lowe & Sons; Sam Ferguson, Jazwares; Jason Easy and Rikesh Desai, BBC; Rob Corney, Bulldog Licensing; Dave Tovey, Beanstalk; and Rob Willis, Max Publishing.

Keep an eye out for the next get-together, as guest drinkers will be welcome.

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