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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbrian firms warned over TV licences for summer sports events

Businesses in Cumbria are being warned to make sure they have a TV licence if they are going to show live sporting coverage this summer.

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Rob Johnston

The Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is reminding businesses that they have to have a licence to show the Olympics and Euro 2012.

Many businesses are expected to provide screens for customers and staff to enjoy landmark Olympic moments in local shops, offices, pubs and hotels. But this reminder comes as research conducted by TV Licensing shows that many small business haven’t adequately planned ahead to make sure that they stay legal.

Eighty per cent of us are likely to watch some Olympic coverage, but research by Harris shows that only 11 per cent of small businesses have discussed if and when they will provide TV screens for staff or visitors. More than half haven’t made special allowances for providing screens staff and customers can watch.

Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce said: “With the UK playing host to one, if not the biggest sporting event in the world, employees will no doubt want to keep up-to-date with the action from the Olympics while at work.

“Allowing employees to watch either via their computer or TV screen can be a great way to build team spirit and improve morale; however business owners need to be aware of the law regarding TV licences to avoid risk of prosecution and a hefty fine.

“Now’s the time to check ahead, don’t get caught out and make sure you’re covered.”

Jenny Wilkinson, spokesperson for TV Licensing in the north, said: “We know that businesses like to share big national events with their staff and customers.

“By getting a licence for £145.50 owners and managers will give themselves peace of mind ahead of this amazing Olympic and Jubilee year and avoid the risk of a visit from an enquiry officer.

“We would always rather people pay for their TV Licence than risk an embarrassing prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.”

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