Bar spirits into the off-trade

Bon Vivant operator moves into the retail business THE team behind Edinburgh’s Bon Vivant bar is set to branch into retail with the opening of...

T in the drawing room

A VICTORIAN take on T in the Park is the premise of two new TV ads for Scotland’s biggest-selling lager brand As the music festival...

Training team rolls into the capital

BAR staff will get the chance to broaden their spirits knowledge later this month when Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands’ Training Team rolls into the capital...

Supplier hits road with Tradeteam

WINE wholesaler Bibendum has appointed Tradeteam to handle its warehousing and distribution needs The three-year deal sees DHL-owned Tradeteam, whose customers include Molson Coors, AB...

HIT rocks to the Irish beat

IRISH freestyle beat-box comedians Abandoman will perform for the Scottish hospitality industry at a charity event in Glasgow in September The duo will take to...

Resort tees up new manager

THE hotel firm behind Ayrshire resort Turnberry has appointed a new general manager Jordi Tarrida has been promoted from within Starwood Hotels, having previously run...

Pubs set for bigotry laws

PUBS will be covered by new legislation to crack down on sectarianism The Scottish Government last week published the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening...

Saltire sells the family monsters

Irish-themed bar chain Waxy O’Connor’s is set to open in Edinburgh after its parent company snapped up the Frankenstein outlet in the capital, and its sister venue in Glasgow, from Saltire Taverns. Glendola Leisure, which has a portfolio of 15 managed bars, restaurants and hotels in the UK bought the two city centre freeholds from Billy Lowe’s company for an undisclosed sum.

Restless spirit keeps Blaikie moving on up

He’s transformed the fortunes of Edinburgh bar The Mercat since taking on the lease six years ago, but Graham Blaikie’s not finished yet GRAHAM Blaikie...

Aspall expansion drive continues

Growing demand for Aspall cider has prompted the Suffolk-based producer to restructure its management team. Commercial director Geoff Bradman and finance director Des Smith have been promoted to the role of joint managing director, responsible for driving the business forward under chairman Barry Chevallier Guild, whose family has owned and run the business for eight generations.