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Trade targeted in tax clamp-down

Scotland’s restaurants the focus for new HMRC task force SCOTLAND’S restaurants are to be targeted as part of a government crack-down on tax dodgers. A new...

Brewers hit out at Scottish duty plan

Brewers have hit out at demands by first minister Alex Salmond to take control of alcohol duty north of the border. Speaking at the 33rd European Brewery Congress in Glasgow, British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds called for new talks with the Scottish Government about its alcohol policies.

Plenty of life in the pub trade yet

There will always be demand for well-run businesses – and pubcos are no exception, argues chartered surveyor Alan Gordon IF the doomsayers are to be...

Royal visit makes brewing history

The Queen’s state visit to Ireland last month made a bit of brewing, as well as political, history. As part of a “windows tour of Dublin”, which took in such landmarks as Trinity College, Croke Park and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Her Majesty, accompanied by Prince Philip, became the first reigning British monarch to visit St James’s Gate brewery, home of Guinness.

Trade urged to block BID scheme

Aberdeen operators have been urged to reject proposals to create a so-called Business Improvement District (BID) in the city. The north east division of the licensed trade association said the scheme, on which city centre businesses will be balloted on June 23, will be “unfair” on pubs as the cost will be based on rateable values. The trade has long-argued for parity in Scotland’s commercial rating system.

Property firm snaps up rival

Jones Lang LaSalle and King Sturge merge in £197 million deal. JONES Lang LaSalle has strengthened its standing in the licensed property market in Scotland after agreeing to acquire rival firm King Sturge.

Restaurants set for season in sun

Warm weather could help food sales, but the offer needs to be right THE influence of the weather on pub food sales should not be...

Victoria’s dives into the blue

CHANGING the name of a venue that’s been a fixture of a city’s going out scene for more than 30 years sounds like a...

No ‘news’ in under-21s ban

Boards have power to raise purchase age under 2005 Act. Confusion reigned last week over the right of licensing boards to ban people under 21 from buying alcohol in off-trade premises. The furore was stirred up by a newspaper report last week which claimed boards are to be granted ‘new powers’ to ban under-21s from buying alcohol in the off-trade – on a case by case basis.

A taste of malt of past

Scotland's most easterly distillery has launched only its third ever special addition in its long history. The Glen Garioch 1994, a small batch vintage expression,...