Challenging year spells need for trade aid

As years go, 2015 must surely be up there with the most challenging for the Scottish on-trade. The lower drink drive limit, which came into...

Business impact must be given full consideration

BARELY a week goes by without some new initiative or piece of legislation being introduced without, it seems, full consideration of the wider implications...

Rates reform can’t come soon enough

By Gillian McKenzie THAT business rates has been flagged as the biggest challenge currently facing licensed trade businesses comes as no great surprise. This year’s astronomical...

Rates too big an issue to ignore

Comment by Gillian McKenzie AS trade issues go, business rates is right up there. From the way in which they are calculated – with pubs’ rateable...

Pre-election promises must be delivered

Comment By Gillian McKenzie Hugely important for the economy, the focal point in communities, a key driver for Scottish tourism, a significant employer – political...
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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...

Trade must act to defuse training time bomb

By Gillian McKenzie Training was the hot topic at the Scottish Licensed Trade Association’s AGM last week. And understandably so. Worrying figures emerged last month showing...

Rates hikes could be final straw

Comment by Gillian McKenzie Talk about kicking the trade when it’s down... As the draft rateable values which will determine Scotland’s business rates for at least...

Trade must ensure voice is heard in rates review

Comment by Gillian McKenzie BUSINESS rates have been suffocating the Scottish on-trade for far too long. The way in which they are calculated – with pubs’...

Licence lessons must be learned

I DON’T want to tempt fate but, at the moment, it seems as if history could be on course to repeat itself.