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Scotland’s trade stars shine bright

By Gillian McKenzie PUB closures have been a hot topic for the mainstream media for some time now. Everything from the smoking ban to cheaper alcohol...

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...

You turn if you want to

SO the UK government has U-turned on minimum pricing, shelving proposals to introduce a 45p a unit price in England and Wales. Crime prevention minister...

Proposals could bring greater consistency

By Gillian McKenzie INCREASED bureaucracy and a lack of consistency have been two of the trade’s biggest bugbears since the 2005 Act was first drafted. The...

Two-tier fears emerge again after retail case

FEARS of a ‘two-tier’ licensing system have been raised again after Tesco was given the go-ahead to increase the hours and shelf space within...

Tourism industry’s cup runneth over already

THE draw of major events and the resulting benefits for Scotland’s hospitality industry and licensed trade were underlined again last week with the news...

It’s good to talk

THE war of words that broke out last week between the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and the convener of Glasgow licensing board served...

Minimum price debate rumbles on

SO minimum pricing has passed another hurdle. A legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plans to implement a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol...

Tourism opportunities are there for the taking

OPPORTUNITIES for pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants to benefit from the major events coming to Scotland next year were highlighted again last week by...

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...