Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Balance is key if trade is to flourish

By Gillian McKenzie ANOTHER week, another dose of licensing board draft policy statements and the prospect of yet another piece of legislation – the fourth...

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
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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...

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...

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...

Training troubles continue

By Gillian McKenzie THE deadline by which the first batch of personal licence holders had to complete refresher training passed on Sunday (August 31). And as...

Local powers could help ease trade’s rates burden

Comment by Gillian McKenzie Business rates are the bugbear of many operators in the Scottish on-trade. From the way in which they are calculated – with...
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Further twist in the beer tie debate

By Gillian McKenzie ITS removal has been the end-goal for pubco reform campaigners for many years. Pub companies, on the other hand, say scrapping it will...

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...

Board was right to scrap glass ban plan

HIGHLAND licensing board’s proposal to ban glass after 9pm in bars, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels across the region was certainly a controversial one. When it...