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


Coronavirus: councils begin paying business grants

Payments come as Scottish Government under fire for limiting grants to one per business, not one per property as in England

Coronavirus: ‘tronc’ payments should be included

UK Hospitality is calling on the UK Government to include ‘tronc’ payments – money normally distributed to staff which is earned through tips, service charges and gratuities – in the amount paid to furloughed hospitality workers under the Job Retention Scheme
Kilderkin owners James and Jacqueline Nisbet

Coronavirus: operator petitions Holyrood for help

An Edinburgh operator is calling on the Scottish Government to provide additional help for small companies with multiple properties, saying the current support package – which provides a single payment per business rather than a grant for each property – “doesn’t scratch the surface”

Coronavirus: The Ben and Drinks Trust open relief fund

A new fund for bar and restaurant staff who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus crisis is open for applications

Coronavirus: loan measures extended

The UK Government has announced changes to its business interruption loan scheme in an attempt to ensure more businesses can benefit

Coronavirus: One day to save one million jobs

The UK Government has 24 hours to save a million jobs across the country, a hospitality trade group has warned

Coronavirus: Clarity needed for businesses on government’s cash relief plans

Trade groups have again voiced concern about the reviewed financial measures announced last night (March 17) by the UK Government, saying they do not address the “immediate” issues for the trade

Hospitality businesses need support to deal with coronavirus threat

Hotel occupancy dropped 15% and eating out down 7%, trade group says

New immigration system ‘biggest threat’ to Scottish hospitality industry

Plans for a post-Brexit points-based immigration system unveiled by the UK Government on February 19 “totally disregard” the skills and importance of those working in the Scottish hospitality sector, a tourism chief has claimed

Mixed views on short-term lets

Competition concerns balanced by claims of increased footfall