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Debate on indy impact is crucial

By Gillian McKenzie NEXT year is billed as a ‘big one’ for Scotland’s pubs, restaurants and hotels. But while the trade eyes the Commonwealth Games and...

Will Bill call time on licensing reform?

By Gillian McKenzie IT was billed as a piece of legislation designed to ‘tidy up’ bits of the 2005 Licensing Act which weren’t quite working...
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Time rapidly running out for renewals

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, if your personal licence is due to expire on August 31, 2019, you absolutely must lodge a renewal application with your board in the next two weeks .

Consistency is key going forward

By Gillian McKenzie THE wait is nearly over. In a couple of weeks’ time, licensing boards across Scotland should have their new policy statements in place...

Contentious tax should not have been swept through

An apparent disregard of the views of those in the industry – and the use of the tourist tax as some sort of political bargaining chip – has further riled operators and trade groups

Rates report misses the mark

PERHAPS I was a bit too optimistic, but I know I wasn’t alone in hoping the Barclay group would finally address the business rates imbalance.

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...

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...

Rates overhaul is long overdue

By Gillian McKenzie PUBS’ business rates – and the way in which they are calculated – were back in the spotlight again last week. Scottish Licensed...

Lidl case underlines importance of due diligence

A COURT of Session judgement that Glasgow licensing board was wrong to suspend a Lidl store’s licence after one failed test purchase was the...

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