Syrups firm to launch online masterclass series for bartenders

Syrups producer Monin is to launch a weekly digital masterclass series for bartenders during the lockdown period

Summer fizz from Edinburgh Gin

Pubs that are able to reopen later in the summer will have the choice of a new ready to drink gin cocktail with the launch of Edinburgh’s Gin’s Raspberry Gin Fizz

Online island whisky tasting series travels to Orkney

The second in a series of online whisky tasting events which aims to bring island communities together and promote local businesses is making its way to the shores of Orkney this week
A multi-million pound expansion of the Ardbeg distillery is planned.

Distillery toasts Ardbeg Day with limited edition whisky release

Ardbeg Distillery hasn’t allowed lockdown to put the brakes on its whisky calendar as it unveils a limited edition single malt ahead of its Ardbeg Day online celebrations

Bunnahabhain to celebrate Fèis Ìle with virtual tasting tonight

Bunnahabhain Distillery will showcase its two Islay Festival editions in a virtual tasting tonight after this year’s Fèis Ìle was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Buzzworks’ community spirit feeds thousands during lockdown

The team at Buzzworks Holdings has worked with a local charity to provide thousands of meals for vulnerable communities during the coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus: new survey lets £51k premises have their say

A new industry survey is looking to gather the experiences of operators across Scotland whose premises have a rateable value above £51,000

Coronavirus: Trade issues fresh calls for full furlough support

Trade groups have issued fresh calls for the furlough scheme to be maintained in full until the end of October for the hospitality industry, saying employers in the sector won’t be able to contribute to payments unless their businesses are open and trading viably

Coronavirus: tourism group publishes ‘restart and recover’ plan

Clear guidelines for businesses on hygiene and social distancing and detailed recommendations for ongoing support for the industry are to be produced by the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) in the coming weeks

Coronavirus: ‘bitter disappointment’ as Hyslop confirms no grants for larger businesses

Hospitality and tourism trade groups have expressed “bitter disappointment” after Scottish economy secretary Fiona Hyslop said the Scottish Government’s grant scheme will not be extended to businesses with a rateable value over £51,000

Coronavirus: Operators should keep pushing on insurance

Business interruption insurance is intended to cover financial losses where business operations have been interrupted, because of unexpected events causing damage to the property insured. The coronavirus pandemic is definitely an unexpected event, and it has interrupted the operations of most businesses across the drinks, leisure and hospitality industry which were forced to close due to sanitation and contamination concerns

Carlsberg and Marston’s merger expected later this year

Carlsberg UK and Marston’s have announced that they will merge their brewing operations later this year, bringing brands including McEwan’s, Carlsberg Export and Hobgoblin under the same roof

Coronavirus: Scottish tourism secretary is “acutely aware” of issues facing the industry

Scottish tourism secretary Fergus Ewing has moved to assure businesses that he is “acutely aware” of the dangers facing the industry and that the reopening of venues will be “informed by the views of operators on the ground”

Coronavirus: SLTA in funding ‘plea’

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has pleaded for Scottish finance secretary Kate Forbes to “stand up and support funding” for businesses with a rateable value above £51,000

Coronavirus: Outdoor seating could be trade’s greatest asset during transition

Moving into the summer months usually brings a wave of external seating projects to us however, with the impact of COVID-19, we are looking more at robust large coverings as well to enable operators to have the comfort to deliver more structured dining covers outside as well


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