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Coronavirus: Distell commits to The Ben

Distell International has announced that it will donate 10% of the online sales from its Tobermory, Bunnahabhain and Deanston distilleries to Scottish licensed trade charity The Ben

Coronavirus: new guidance on job retention scheme

Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions will be covered under the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, according to new guidance

Coronavirus: music licensing fees suspended

PPL PRS has announced that venues will not have to pay its licensing fees for the duration that they are closed due to COVID-19
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Coronavirus: Trade groups’ concern over grant “restrictions”

TRADE groups have written to finance secretary Kate Forbes to express concerns over what they describe as “restrictions” on the government’s business relief grants

Coronavirus: drinks giants rally for hospitality

Drinks companies are rallying behind the hospitality industry with a number of initiatives aimed at supporting the industry during the current pandemic

Coronavirus: how to protect licensed premises during ‘lockdown’

Operators are being urged to step up security at bars and during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ period

Coronavirus: trade will get through this challenging time, says new SLTA president

The newly-installed president of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) has pledged to help the trade weather “the most challenging time of our lives”

Coronavirus: Self-employed support package welcomed by trade groups

Trade groups have welcomed new measures to support self-employed workers who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic
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Coronavirus: STA takes the case to Ewing

The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has pressed for further assurances for the hospitality industry amid the coronavirus crisis from the Scottish Government during a two-hour conference call with Scottish tourism secretary Fergus Ewing
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Coronavirus: Which venues can still trade?

On March 25, the Scottish Government published new guidance for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including which businesses are allowed to remain open during the period of “lockdown”