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Trade must ensure voice is heard in rates review

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie BUSINESS rates have been suffocating the Scottish on-trade for far too long. The way in which they are calculated – with pubs’ rateable values based on turnover while businesses in other sectors are worked out on square footage, meaning on-trade operators can see around 8% or 9% of their turnover going […]

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Trade needs a steady ship

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Comment By Gillian McKenzie A WEEK is a long time in politics – words uttered by prime minister Harold Wilson in the mid-1960s and words  which have arguably never had greater resonance than in the past four weeks. Following a Brexit result few had predicted on referendum night, came political pandemonium even fewer could have […]

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Pre-election promises must be delivered

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Comment By Gillian McKenzie Hugely important for the economy, the focal point in communities, a key driver for Scottish tourism, a significant employer – political parties didn’t hold back in gushing about the importance of the Scottish on-trade when contacted by SLTN last week. With less than a month to go until the Scottish Parliament […]

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Challenging year spells need for trade aid

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As years go, 2015 must surely be up there with the most challenging for the Scottish on-trade. The lower drink drive limit, which came into force on December 5 last year, dealt a hammer blow to many licensed trade businesses; after work pint trade dried up, takings at many rural pubs have been decimated, and […]

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Local powers could help ease trade’s rates burden

Comment by Gillian McKenzie Business rates are the bugbear of many operators in the Scottish on-trade. From the way in which they are calculated – with pubs’ rateable values based on turnover while those for businesses in other sectors use rental value – to the fact that current rateable values are based on 2008 figures, […]

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Licence fees could be next in line for change

Comment by Gillian McKenzie Hot on the heels of an SLTA survey which revealed that licensees see legislation as the single biggest threat to their business came another call for yet more licensing law reform. Unlike so many before it, however, this proposal was largely welcomed by many in the on-trade. It came from former […]

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Trade needs a break if it is to flourish

IN just seven weeks time we will honour some of the very best people and premises across Scotland’s licensed trade. The SLTN team is busy making the final preparations for the 2015 SLTN Awards, which will take place at the Hilton in Glasgow on Thursday November 5 – and this year is extra special as […]

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Health report highlights alcohol pricing gulf

Comment by Gillian McKenzie It seems barely a week goes by without the publication of a report about alcohol. Last week it was the turn of NHS Health Scotland, which released its ‘Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy’ report. Much of the study’s contents would have come as no great surprise to many in the […]

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