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Consumption is not up to boards

A PROPOSED change to Scottish licensing law that would see boards compelled to reduce alcohol consumption has been dismissed as “a non-starter” by licensing...

Time for Holyrood to step in on rates

STA calls for freeze on implementation until Barclay group reports By Dave Hunter & Matthew Lynas OPERATORS, trade groups and local councillors are imploring the Scottish...

Copyright TV licence requirements outlined

THE Motion Picture Licensing Company has contacted licensees to highlight that they may be breaching copyright legislation
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The spectre of Windrush raised

Immigration changes could lead to woes for foreign workers

Firms link up in beer and TV deal

Molson Coors and Sky eye growth in independents with collaboration. Molson Coors and Sky have struck a new commercial alliance in a bid to build both companies’ presence in the independent on-trade. The duo reckon as many as 70,000 licensed venues across the UK could benefit from the deal, which offers operators discounts on Sky’s Ultimate package in return for buying drinks through the Carling owner.
• The 2013 Budget was positive for brewing and pubs, claims a new report.

Budget boost for beer and pubs

Industry investing after decision to scrap duty escalator, report says THE 2013 Budget was a “turning point” for the British beer and pub industry, a...

PLH guidance ‘fatally flawed’

Government advice on licence renewals under fire

AFS: tackle the supermarkets

Health lobby argues for tougher approach with big retailers.

Should councils control rates?

Trade split on suggestion local authorities should run the show By Dave Hunter The licensed trade is split over suggestions that all control of business rates...

Megabrew merger complete

 AB InBev purchase of SABMiller crosses the finishing line THE biggest brewery merger of all time was completed this week as the purchase of SABMiller by...