Revamped trade group launched

Incorporation of Bartenders Network into SLTA is ‘mutually beneficial’

A broader, stronger Scottish Licensed Trade Association which is “truly representative” of the on-trade was launched on November 11 following a root and branch review of the trade group.

Paul Waterson and Martin Duffy
SLTA chief Paul Waterson (left) and Martin Duffy of the Scottish Bartenders Network.

The changes include the incorporation of the 1000-strong Scottish Bartenders Network, headed by Martin Duffy, and the launch of three new scholarships for SLTA members; the scholarships available exclusively to the SLTA, in association with HIT Scotland and The Ben, comprise Mixologist, Entrepreneurial and Management scholarships.
The revamped SLTA has bolstered its corporate partners, which include Inverarity Morton, Tennent Caledonian Breweries, Diageo, Matthew Clark, Molson Coors, Maxxium UK and Whyte & Mackay; aims to grow member numbers significantly through a new personal licence holder (PLH) registration scheme; and is working with Scottish Enterprise on ways in which it can support the trade group.
SLTA chief executive Paul Waterson said the changes are the “most far-reaching and exciting” in the trade group’s 135-year history.
“The SLTA can only continue to protect and develop our trade efficiently and effectively if we bring together all sections of the on-trade,” said Waterson.
“The changes make us truly representative of the licensed trade in Scotland.
“The incorporation [of the Scottish Bartenders Network] will be beneficial for both.
“By aligning, both organisations benefit from extending their reach, being able to promote the shared vision of increased training and career opportunities, becoming a strong ‘go to’ body in regulatory affairs, and, lastly, being the voice of one of Scotland’s largest employment sectors.
“We can provide a focal point for the government to connect with Scotland’s on-trade and have a powerful voice in shaping policies affecting alcohol consumption and our business.
“Today is all about looking forward. We must remember and learn from the experiences of the past but we cannot be inhibited by them.
“We are proud of our heritage and tradition, our reputation and achievements. However, times change and so must we.”
Martin Duffy of the Scottish Bartenders Network said joining forces with the SLTA has “huge benefits for both parties”.
“The SLTA has a voice that is heard nationwide and does a great job of providing support on all aspects of the trade in Scotland,” he said.
“Since its inception almost five years ago, the aim for the Scottish Bartenders Network has always been to connect those who want to learn, network and compete; and, working alongside the SLTA, we can move things forward.”