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Trade needs a break if it is to flourish

IN just seven weeks time we will honour some of the very best people and premises across Scotland’s licensed trade. The SLTN team is busy...
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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

Huge career opportunity is there for the taking

Comment by Gillian McKenzie IT will come as no surprise that business rates has dominated almost every conversation I’ve had with operators since the start...

Time to promote hospitality careers

Trade must spread the word on industry’s excellent long-term prospects, writes recruitment specialist Hazel Neill THE hospitality industry has changed out of all recognition in...

Music to the trade’s ears but more must be done

NEWS that the Scottish Government plans to implement the ‘agent of change’ principle in the planning system has rightly been welcomed by operators

Licence fees could be next in line for change

Comment by Gillian McKenzie Hot on the heels of an SLTA survey which revealed that licensees see legislation as the single biggest threat to their...
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Make PLH renewal a top priority

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect vast numbers of personal licence renewals to have been lodged .

Rates reprieve is welcome but it’s reform that is required

Comment by Gillian McKenzie THE sighs of relief across the Scottish trade were virtually audible. Finance minister Derek Mackay’s announcement – less than six weeks before...
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Committee listens to Bill concerns

It remains to be seen if issues around overprovision, clubs and transfers are addressed, writes licensing lawyer Stephen McGowan THE Local Government and Regeneration Committee...

Trade needs Brexit clarity as a matter of urgency

With Scotland’s hospitality sector said to employ around 27,000 EU workers, much greater detail of the long-term situation is needed