Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 10

Scottish Licensed Trade News

Debate on indy impact is crucial

By Gillian McKenzie NEXT year is billed as a ‘big one’ for Scotland’s pubs, restaurants and hotels. But while the trade eyes the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup – and the benefits both events are expected to bring – there’s also the small matter of a referendum on Scottish independence to consider. With a little […]

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You turn if you want to

SO the UK government has U-turned on minimum pricing, shelving proposals to introduce a 45p a unit price in England and Wales. Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne delivered the news, telling MPs there was ‘not enough concrete evidence’ that the policy would be effective in reducing alcohol-related harm. For a similar reason, the UK government […]

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Proposals could bring greater consistency

By Gillian McKenzie INCREASED bureaucracy and a lack of consistency have been two of the trade’s biggest bugbears since the 2005 Act was first drafted. The move to give licensing boards greater powers has – as many predicted – led to instances where neighbouring boards have very different views on certain issues. For operators with […]

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Two-tier fears emerge again after retail case

FEARS of a ‘two-tier’ licensing system have been raised again after Tesco was given the go-ahead to increase the hours and shelf space within which alcohol is sold at one of its stores. The outlet in question – in Hardgate near Clydebank – falls under the jurisdiction of West Dunbartonshire licensing board. The board adopted […]

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Tourism industry’s cup runneth over already

THE draw of major events and the resulting benefits for Scotland’s hospitality industry and licensed trade were underlined again last week with the news that a Stirlingshire hotel is fully booked for next year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, despite not yet being open. Cromlix House Hotel near Dunblane, which was bought by tennis ace Andy […]

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It’s good to talk

THE war of words that broke out last week between the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and the convener of Glasgow licensing board served to underline the need for greater dialogue between all parties when it comes to licensing. Chief superintendent David O’Connor’s call for the chief constable to be given greater powers “if licensing […]

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Minimum price debate rumbles on

SO minimum pricing has passed another hurdle. A legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plans to implement a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol by the Scotch Whisky Association and other drinks industry bodies has been rejected by the Court of Session. In the ruling, Lord Doherty said the introduction of minimum pricing legislation, […]

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Tourism opportunities are there for the taking

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OPPORTUNITIES for pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants to benefit from the major events coming to Scotland next year were highlighted again last week by the new chairman of hospitality industry charity HIT Scotland. Taking the helm of the organisation as Stephen Carter OBE stepped down after 12 years, Paddy Crerar said with the Commonwealth Games, […]

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