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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...
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New limit driving pubs to the edge

By Gillian McKenzie IT had been in place for a little over a week but it was already making its mark on the trade. Operators I...

Minimum price battle enters next stage

By Gillian McKenzie MINIMUM pricing is back at the top of the agenda this week. An appeal from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) over the Scottish...

PLH fiasco goes from bad to worse

Just when we thought the personal licence renewal debacle couldn’t get any worse .

Scottish gin still in good spirits

Scotland is, of course, synonymous with whisky. But if recent activity is anything to go by, it seems another spirit could soon be vying for...

Responsible operators deserve more respect

By Gillian McKenzie “COPS to red card World Cup trouble in city bars” – that was the headline in the Evening Times newspaper last week...

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...

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...

Trade staff must be respected

GREATER protection for bar staff against abusive or threatening behaviour edged another small step closer last week

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...