Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News

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Beleaguered trade needs government support

The trade continues to be hammered from all angles – from the quite frankly ridiculous business rates system and ongoing uncertainty over Brexit to workplace pensions and spiralling costs.

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Rates report misses the mark

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PERHAPS I was a bit too optimistic, but I know I wasn’t alone in hoping the Barclay group would finally address the business rates imbalance.

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End of price saga in sight?

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By Gillian McKenzie THE latest instalment in the long-running saga that is minimum pricing and we’re still in the dark… well, for a few more months at least. Five years after the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act was passed, the proposal to introduce a minimum unit price faced one final challenge last week when the […]

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Rates reform can’t come soon enough

By Gillian McKenzie THAT business rates has been flagged as the biggest challenge currently facing licensed trade businesses comes as no great surprise. This year’s astronomical increases in rateable values (RVs) – softened ever so slightly by a 12-month cap on rates rises announced just weeks before the new RVs were due to take effect […]

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New boards need new guidance

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie As the votes were counted last week, determining the new make-up of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, the trade was holding its breath. The local elections mean a raft of new councillors taking charge of a host of factors affecting businesses – and a raft of new councillors elected as licensing board […]

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Further sting in business rates tail

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie FOR the operators facing astronomical increases in rateable values, the 12-month 12.5% cap on business rates rises looked to offer some respite. Yes, it was only for a year; and yes, it meant non-domestic rates bills would still go up. But for those whose RVs were set to rocket by hundreds […]

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Rates reprieve is welcome but it’s reform that is required

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie THE sighs of relief across the Scottish trade were virtually audible. Finance minister Derek Mackay’s announcement – less than six weeks before new rateable values are due to take effect – of a 12.5% cap on business rates rises for hospitality businesses for a year will bring respite for many operators […]

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Huge career opportunity is there for the taking

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie IT will come as no surprise that business rates has dominated almost every conversation I’ve had with operators since the start of this year. But the next most talked about subject is undoubtedly the Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship. Described by Diageo’s Mark Baird as a “once in a lifetime […]

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