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AS the Christmas countdown begins, TV Licensing and the Forum for Private Business are calling on business owners and managers in South Holland to make sure they’re correctly licensed if staff or customers are likely to be watching TV at their premises over the holiday period.

The reminder comes as TV Licensing reveals that more than 2,700 businesses were caught watching TV without a licence across the UK during 2010 and 2011.

Spokesman Mark Whitehouse said: “We’re keen to make sure businesses have all the information they need to stay on the right side of the law and avoid the risk of prosecution.

“If business owners or managers want more information about the licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, they can call us on 0300 7906124 or visit”