A Norfolk nightclub has shut with immediate effect and the team working there has been made redundant.

Following a review of its business, late-night venue operator Rekom UK has announced that 17 of its sites have closed.

One of the affected places is Bar & Beyond in King's Lynn, which opened in Norfolk Street in 2017 in the former Chicago's site following a £450,000 investment. 

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Rekom UK, which also owns brands including Atik and Pryzm, recently drafted in administrators as part of a major restructuring.

It came amid pressure from the cost-of-living crisis and surges in the costs of energy and goods.

Peter Marks, chairman of Rekom UK, said: "Following a review of our business, we were unable to reach an agreement with our landlord and have been forced to hand back the lease of Bar & Beyond, King's Lynn.

Fakenham & Wells Times: The Norwich site of Bar & Beyond, pictured, will stay open Picture: Antony KellyThe Norwich site of Bar & Beyond, pictured, will stay open Picture: Antony Kelly (Image: Archant Norfolk 2017)

"Sadly, this means the bar has closed and our team has been made redundant.

“While we understand the impact this will have on the local late-night economy, it is important to recognise that this decision follows an extremely difficult period for the sector.

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"This is due to the combination of the cost-of-living crisis hitting younger generations and students particularly hard, as well as the rising costs including the national minimum wage which particularly affects hospitality, alongside increased business rates and many other costs of operating.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests and teams who have made Bar & Beyond such a great place to go on a night out in King's Lynn.”

Elsewhere in Norfolk, the Norwich branch of Bar & Beyond in Prince of Wales Road will stay open, which the operator said has safeguarded 31 jobs.