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

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Calls for a return of the ‘Tesco tax’

AFS has renewed calls for the reintroduction of the public health supplement on large retailers

Trade rebuffs fresh alcohol levy calls

Any additional alcohol tax should target supermarkets, says the SLTA.

PLHs: ‘act now’ on refresher training

Those due to renew licences advised to take urgent action

Bills will rise as rates cap rolls up

Licensees can expect to see their business rates bills increase this year, a surveyor has warned .
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Greene King in £4.6 billion sale

Belhaven parent company Greene King has announced that it has agreed a £4.6 billion sale to Hong Kong-based property firm CK Asset Holdings.
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World Cup fever sweeps the trade

Operators reaping the rewards of football focus, despite Scotland’s absence.

Trade calls for wage mitigation

Jobs and investment in Scotland’s hospitality industry will be under threat unless businesses are offered some form of mitigation against increased wage bills when...

Calls for new board guidance

Fresh calls for the Scottish Government to issue updated guidance for licensing boards have been issued as new boards are elected following last week’s...
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Rates remain the biggest challenge

Industry groups ‘cautiously optimistic’ about 2018

Watchdog investigating hotel booking sites

THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching enforcement action against a number of hotel booking sites which it believes may be breaking consumer protection law.