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

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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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Rates hikes could be final straw

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie Talk about kicking the trade when it’s down… As the draft rateable values which will determine Scotland’s business rates for at least the next five years were released by the assessors, some of the increases for licensed trade businesses that emerged simply beggar belief.  A Glasgow pub has seen its rateable […]

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Time to give trade support

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Comment By Gillian McKenzie TWELVE months ago in this column I wrote that as years go 2015 must be among the most challenging for the Scottish on-trade. Twelve months on and I think it’s safe to say 2016 has given its predecessor a pretty good run for its money. Of course, there are the ongoing […]

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Rates too big an issue to ignore

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie AS trade issues go, business rates is right up there. From the way in which they are calculated – with pubs’ rateable values based on turnover compared to square footage for other business sectors – to the fact current rateable values are based on figures from 2008 – when trading conditions […]

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