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Saturday, June 25, 2022

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The top stories and latest news, dedicated to the licensed trade in Scotland.

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Rail strike will contribute to ‘perfect storm’ for hospitality

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has warned of a “perfect storm” for hospitality businesses this summer, after the RMT rail union confirmed a UK-wide signal workers strike next week that will see around 90% of Scottish train services cancelled.
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Calls for Scottish Government to release ‘unspent’ COVID funds

Business groups have called on the Scottish Government to use “unspent” COVID response money to help businesses cope with rising costs, after a report estimated that several billion pounds of funds have not been spent.

Two thirds of businesses confident of growth despite challenges

Over two thirds of Scottish hospitality and leisure businesses are confident of growth in 2022 despite serious challenges such as staffing and the rising costs, according to Barclays.

UK Hospitality: Rail pay talks must succeed

Trade group UK Hospitality has implored Scotrail and train drivers’ union Aslef to reach an agreement over pay this week, saying the current reduced train timetable is “harming city centre businesses”.
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Edinburgh launches short-term lets consultation

Operators have an opportunity to contribute to Edinburgh’s upcoming licensing scheme for short-term lets via a new consultation.

Premises steady but PLHs plummeted in first year of pandemic

The number of licensed premises in Scotland remained reasonably steady in the first year of the pandemic, but the number of personal licences dropped by over 5000, according to new statistics published by the Scottish Government.

Trade welcomes lifting of face mask law on 18th April

Confirmation that the legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces will become guidance from 18th April has been welcomed by the hospitality industry.
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New councils urged to support hospitality

Shelve plans for a tourist tax, help promote hospitality careers in schools and colleges, and streamline the planning process to support business growth – those are among the key ‘asks’ of trade group UK Hospitality Scotland ahead of the Scottish local elections on 5th May.
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‘Vital’ businesses take part in calorie consultation

It is “vital” that Scottish business owners participate in a new Scottish Government consultation on mandatory calorie labelling, says trade group UK Hospitality.
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Operators reminded to apply for rates relief

Operators are being reminded to apply via their local authority for the 50% business rates relief available for hospitality businesses for the first three months of the 2022/2023 financial year.

Columns

Jack Cummins
LEGAL by Jack Cummins
FINANCIAL Wylie & Bisset
Neil Morrison
ASK THE OPERATOR Neil Morrison
THE GRAPEVINE
Luke Richardson
LIFTING THE LID
Mark Alston
MEET THE MAKER Margaret Monplaisir

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