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Punch and Spirit post first updates

Leased co appoints new dispense managers to monitor beer tie NEWLY separated pub businesses Punch Taverns and Spirit Group have issued their first trading updates...

Grand old Duke of Scotch

THE Duke of York was on the Scotch whisky trail last month. His Royal Highness dropped by the Glenfarclas distillery in Speyside as part of...

Search for new scholars begins

HIT Scotland and SLTN link up to foster emerging talent HOSPITALITY charity HIT Scotland and SLTN have joined forces for the third year running to...

Price returns to top agenda

Players voice familiar arguments after Salmond announcement. Minimum pricing made its predicted return to the alcohol debate in Scotland last week when First Minister Alex Salmond made it a key priority in his forthcoming Programme for Government. The SNP showed it’s not for turning on the policy by unveiling plans to bring in an Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill this autumn, just months after its previous attempt was defeated in parliament.

Operator slams club sanctions

Lynnet Leisure “disappointed and frustrated” at restrictions on Karbon. The operator of a Glasgow nightclub forced to close at midnight for four weeks and banned from admitting under 21s has slammed the sanctions, claiming they send out “mixed messages” to the trade.

Court asks board to think again

Buzzworks forces fresh look at Wetherspoon’s Prestwick application. A licence granted to JD Wetherspoon for a 552-capacity pub in Prestwick is to be reconsidered by South Ayrshire licensing board after a judge ruled its decision “unlawful”. Ayrshire operator Buzzworks, which operates Dome and Elliots in Prestwick, sought a judicial review of the decision to grant Wetherspoon a licence for the Main Street premises last November.

Cafe Fish leaves Leith behind

Operator takes restaurant to Stockbridge and plans moves down south OPERATORS may not have the same access to capital as they did before the recession. But...

Brewer aims to be different glass

HEINEKEN UK is to offer its pub customers branded two-thirds pint glasses after the measure becomes legal on October 1. The new glass size, which...

Haigh to lead Miller Brands

A NEW boss is set to take the helm of the UK arm of brewing giant SABMiller later this month. Gary Haigh, who is currently...

Poor weather dampens sales at Heineken

POOR weather was blamed by Heineken last week as it reported a slump in beer and cider sales during the traditionally “high-selling” summer season. Posting...

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