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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...

Further sting in business rates tail

Comment by Gillian McKenzie FOR the operators facing astronomical increases in rateable values, the 12-month 12.5% cap on business rates rises looked to offer some...
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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...

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

Challenging year spells need for trade aid

As years go, 2015 must surely be up there with the most challenging for the Scottish on-trade. The lower drink drive limit, which came into...
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Time rapidly running out for renewals

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, if your personal licence is due to expire on August 31, 2019, you absolutely must lodge a renewal application with your board in the next two weeks .

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...

New boards need new guidance

Comment by Gillian McKenzie As the votes were counted last week, determining the new make-up of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, the trade was holding its...