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Our industry needs greater support not another tax

The number of overseas visitors coming to Scotland at an all-time high, a bumper year for whisky tourism, a record season for cruise ships – 2018 wasn’t short on positive tourism tales

Time to give trade support

Comment By Gillian McKenzie TWELVE months ago in this column I wrote that as years go 2015 must be among the most challenging for the...

Sun brings a shot in the arm for the trade

WHAT a difference the sun makes! Throw in a ‘double’ holiday weekend and a triple dose of Premier League football action and it’s an almost...

Trade staff must be respected

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

Health report highlights alcohol pricing gulf

Comment by Gillian McKenzie It seems barely a week goes by without the publication of a report about alcohol. Last week it was the turn of...

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 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...

Time is running out for refresher training

By Gillian McKenzie FIFTEEN weeks – that’s how long the first ‘batch’ of personal licence holders has in which to complete refresher training. It’s not much...

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

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...