The owner of Colchester nightclubs Qube and Hudson has been handed a fine after failing to protect staff from excessive noise.

Elysium Leisure pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court to two counts of failing to comply with health and safety improvement notices regarding the control of noise at work. The company has been ordered to pay more than £10,600 following a successful prosecution by Colchester Borough Council.

In May 2014, Elysium Leisure was contacted by Environmental Health officers as part of an ongoing campaign aimed at local pubs and clubs to warn of the health dangers or excessive noise in the workplace. Officers later visited Qube in Crouch Street to discuss the issues.

At the time of the visit, the company had not made a suitable and sufficient assessment of employees’ exposure to noise at work, and managers were then advised on what was required and asked to provide a suitable assessment.

The court was told that Elysium did not have the required level of knowledge and experience to draw up a satisfactory assessment and was advised to seek the help of a competent person to assist them with their legal duties.

In January 2015, having still not produced the required assessment, Elysium Leisure was served with an improvement notice for Qube and a separate notice for Hudson, its new bar in Head Street, which had opened in November 2014.

It was not until November 2015 that the business appointed a qualified contractor to assist them in undertaking the required actions.

Pleading guilty to the charges, Elysium Leisure was ordered to pay £4,000 in fines, £6,500 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.