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Clock ticking for scholarship entries

ASPIRING hospitality staff have less than three weeks to apply for the latest round of “money can’t buy” scholarships from HIT Scotland. The charity’s annual...

Capital stars as Denise belts out SLTN winners

Edinburgh takes eight gongs and Glasgow six as cities dominate 16th annual Awards. The finalists lined up from all over the country, but in the end it was all about Scotland’s two biggest cities. People and venues from Edinburgh and Glasgow dominated the honours list as the 16th SLTN Awards were unveiled by celebrity host Denise Van Outen.

Tennent’s hits back in Punch price row

Glasgow brewer slams pubco for going public with price negotiations. Tennent Caledonian Breweries has hit back at Punch Taverns after the pubco told leaseholders to consider ditching its flagship brand. A public row erupted between the brewer and pubco last week when press reports suggested TCB had pushed through a price increase that would see the cost of a pint of Tennent’s go up by as much as 40p in Punch pubs.

Music pauses on PPL price hike

Bar and nightclub operators have cautiously welcomed a music licensing company’s decision to delay a proposed hike in the fees it charges to play music. Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), which grants copyright licences to play music on behalf of its record company and performer members, has written to licensees pledging to defer controversial plans to up its tariff for specially featured entertainment (SFE), which covers DJs in clubs, pubs and hotels, until January 2013 at the earliest.

Agent building on strong foundations

THE team at Bruce & Co is bullish about conditions in Scotland’s licensed property market – and not without good reason. Sales are up year-on-year...

Operators back business week

CHARAN Gill, the man who built the Ashoka restaurant chain, and Petra Wetzel, owner of Glasgow’s West bar and brewery, have been lined up...

Urban embarks on expansion drive

A GLASGOW pub firm is proving that recession can be a time of opportunity as well as threat by confirming plans to grow its...

Woods sell Bieldside to PB Devco

SIGNATURE Pub Group has sold Aberdeen inn The Bieldside to local operator PB Devco. The sale, for an undisclosed sum from an asking price of...

Grosvenor in line for revamp

THE Hilton Grosvenor in Glasgow’s west end is to be refurbished to the tune of £1.3 million. The project will give the hotel’s 96 bedrooms...

Denise puts on a capital show

Edinburgh's licensed trade was on song last Thursday night as West End musical star Denise Van Outen hosted the SLTN Awards in Glasgow. Capital operators were singing from the rooftops after scooping eight of the 21 prizes up for grabs as Scotland’s leading trade publication toasted the country’s best licensed venues and individuals. But Edinburgh didn’t have it all its own way: Glasgow took six awards and there were winners from towns all over the country, from Fraserburgh to the Borders.