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Tuesday, March 9, 2021
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The top stories and latest news, dedicated to the licensed trade in Scotland.


No ‘sectoral evidence’ behind hospitality restrictions

The Scottish Hospitality Group claims a recent FOI response shows there is “no specific evidence” to justify the trading restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector.
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Clarity needed for hospitality following UK Budget

Trade groups and operators have called for more support and greater clarity from both the UK and Scottish Governments in the wake of the UK Budget.

Furlough extended and lower VAT rate retained

The Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) scheme is to be extended until the end of September, chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed in the Budget today (3rd March).

Levels announcement ‘disappointing’ for hospitality

Trade groups have said that a return to the levels system of coronavirus restrictions will mean trading is unrealistic for many businesses.

Return to levels system from 26th April

Bars and restaurants across Scotland could be allowed to start reopening from 26th April – but it will be under coronavirus levels restrictions, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Hospitality not linked to significant COVID-19 transmission

Hospitality venues across the UK were not linked to significant numbers of COVID-19 infections last year, according to a new report.

Forbes extends rates holiday until 2022

Scottish finance minister Kate Forbes has announced that the current non-domestic rates ‘holiday’ is to be extended until April 2022.

New route map out of lockdown to be published next week

A new route map out of lockdown is to be published by the Scottish Government next week, but first minister Nicola Sturgeon said a phased reopening of the economy is “likely to be even more cautious than it was last summer”.

Hospitality industry slams study questioning sector’s COVID safety measures

A Scottish Government-funded study by Stirling University questioning COVID safety measures in licensed premises has been branded a “farce” by trade groups.

Calls for intervention on commercial rent

An Edinburgh bar owner has called on the Scottish Government to provide greater protection for commercial tenants amid concerns of a “staggering” number of failed leases in the coming months.