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Thursday, December 2, 2021


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

Call for balance in alcohol debate

A CALL was last week made for a more balanced approach to the alcohol debate following the publication of more alcohol harm statistics. Licensing lawyer Stephen McGowan wants the positive role the responsible sale and consumption of alcohol can play in society to be better highlighted, claiming a proper debate on alcohol must consider the benefit as well as the detriment alcohol can bring.

No ‘polluter pays’ plan for Glasgow

POLICE have moved to reassure Glasgow’s late night operators they will not be asked to pay for extra police on the city’s streets. Bar and club owners feared a blanket ‘polluter pays’ style fee could be levied on late night venues after a newspaper report claimed that some nightclubs were funding extra officers to patrol the city centre.

Price policy will boost crime

CRIMINAL gangs will seize the opportunity to cash in if minimum unit pricing for alcohol is introduced in Scotland. The warning came last week from a public policy think-tank, which claims data from HMRC (Her Majesty’s’ Revenue & Customs) proves that organised crime is adept at profiting from a range of market sectors.

Barr and Britvic in merger talks

IRN Bru owner AG Barr has confirmed it is in talks with fellow soft drinks giant Britvic about a possible merger. A joint statement from both companies confirmed discussions are at an early stage following an approach by Cumbernauld-based Barr, which also owns Strathmore water, to Britvic, whose portfolio includes Britvic mixers and juices, Fruit Shoot and J2O.

Glasgow calls for order on hours

A CAMPAIGN for a return to traditional pub and nightclub trading hours has been launched in Glasgow, amid growing concern that intense price competition between operators is fuelling binge drinking in the city late at night. Operators are lobbying the city’s licensing board, the police and council leaders for the restoration of the midnight and 3am closing times for pubs and clubs, which largely prevailed until the 2005 licensing Act replaced seven licence types with the single premises licence in 2009.

Olympics boost for Glasgow’s hotels

GLASGOW’S hotels, bars and restaurants enjoyed a bumper spin-off from London 2012 as sports fans flocked to the city to catch the Olympic football action at Hampden. Hotel occupancy rates on the night the first of eight games played at the national stadium reached a record 96%, compared to 90% and 81% on the same day in the previous two years, according to figures quoted by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Stewart wins gold in beer ‘Olympics’

ON the day Sir Chris Hoy took his second gold medal at London 2012, making him the most successful British Olympian ever, a brewery in the cyclist’s home city was celebrating a gold medal of its own. Embra, the 5% ABV amber beer from Stewart Brewing, was named Champion Bottled Beer of Britain at this year’s CAMRA Great British Beer Festival in London on August 7.

Peterhead pubs get the Blues

Pubs in Peterhead are hoping for a trade bonanza when followers of the reborn Rangers come calling this weekend. Operators in the north east town are gearing up for a busy day on Saturday when Peterhead FC host the Ibrox side’s first match in division three. They’re pinning their hopes on a cash boost similar to that enjoyed by the local economy in Brechin when Rangers fans descended for the Ramsdens Cup match on July 29.

Blythswood basks in profit growth

The boss of Glasgow’s five-star Blythswood Square has spoken of his satisfaction at the steady progress made by the hotel – but warned that trading conditions remain tough. The hotel, part of Peter Taylor’s Town House Collection, is performing well as it nears the end of its second full-year of trading, after reporting profits of just under £1 million for the year to October 31, 2011.

Scots urged to fight the banks

Operators in Scotland worried about maintaining payments on business loans have been urged to get in touch with a growing campaign group. Bully Banks was set up by SME owners last year to spearhead complaints against the major banks over their conduct in selling interest-rate swap agreements (IRSAs).