Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 4

Scottish Licensed Trade News

Trade’s voice needs greater volume

The SLTA fought changes to drink drive limit every step of the way – and often alone, writes chief executive Paul Waterson IN the late 1970s I attended my first ever alcohol conference in Glasgow. I can’t recall exactly who the main speakers were or much of the detail about their presentations, only that I […]

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New limit driving pubs to the edge

By Gillian McKenzie IT had been in place for a little over a week but it was already making its mark on the trade. Operators I spoke to the week before Christmas were feeling the effects of the lower drink drive limit, which came into force on December 5. After-work trade had been hit, as […]

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Prepare for second round of food rules

From 2016 regulations kick in for venues producing 5kg of food waste. Ensure you’re ready, writes Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland LAST January we kicked off 2014 with perhaps the biggest game-changer for resource management in Scotland to date: the Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into effect, making it mandatory for businesses to separate key […]

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Further twist in the beer tie debate

By Gillian McKenzie ITS removal has been the end-goal for pubco reform campaigners for many years. Pub companies, on the other hand, say scrapping it will hamper investment and damage pubs. The beer tie has certainly divided opinion. And there was a further twist in the debate last week when it emerged that it is […]

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Chance to surrender brought some reprieve

By Gillian McKenzie IT offered a faint glimmer of hope to a few in what was a pretty grim situation. Some licensing boards, including Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, gave personal licence holders who had failed to notify of completed refresher training by the deadline a period within which to surrender the licence and, therefore, avoid […]

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Committee listens to Bill concerns

It remains to be seen if issues around overprovision, clubs and transfers are addressed, writes licensing lawyer Stephen McGowan THE Local Government and Regeneration Committee recently held a session to consider the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill, specifically relating to the proposed changes to alcohol licensing. Along with Paul Waterson from the SLTA and […]

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Time to promote hospitality careers

Trade must spread the word on industry’s excellent long-term prospects, writes recruitment specialist Hazel Neill THE hospitality industry has changed out of all recognition in Scotland – and the wider UK – over recent decades. Scotland, a country which used to be better known for its unhealthy diet, is now a foodie destination with a […]

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Lessons must be learned from refresher meltdown

By Gillian McKenzie IT has loomed large on the Scottish trade’s horizon for some time now. And as the deadlines by which the first ‘batch’ of personal licence holders had to complete refresher training (August 31) and notify their relevant board (November 30) approached, many predicted a shortfall. Few, however, anticipated the numbers that have […]

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