Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 5

Scottish Licensed Trade News

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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Time for trade to review contracts?

Employers should consider how staff overtime is dealt with in light of holiday pay cases, writes lawyer John Grant THERE have been a number of recent cases looking at the correct method of calculating holiday pay under the Working Time Directive and, in particular, how the question of overtime is to be dealt with. Indeed, […]

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Beer tie loosened after Bill amendment?

By Gillian McKenzie IT has spanned several years, dividing opinion and polarising the industry; and, last week, the debate over the ‘beer tie’ took another turn which sent shockwaves around the UK trade – and stock market. MPs in the House of Commons voted in favour of a last minute amendment to the Small Business, […]

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Changed days but some of the same issues

By Gillian McKenzie THE more things change, the more they stay the same – it’s a phrase that has come to mind often in recent months as the SLTN team has trawled the archives for our special 50th anniversary supplement, out later this month. The landscape of Scotland’s licensed trade has changed immeasurably since the […]

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