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

Scottish Licensed Trade News

Trade more than ready to shine

By Gillian McKenzie A GLOBAL audience of half a billion people, 45,000 spectators a day – the figures associated with the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles are astounding. And it’s just one in a series of major events coming to Scotland next year, with the Commonwealth Games, the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Year […]

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Consistency is key going forward

By Gillian McKenzie THE wait is nearly over. In a couple of weeks’ time, licensing boards across Scotland should have their new policy statements in place and operators will know the lay of the land for the next three years. The documents will outline the parameters on everything from licensed hours to overprovision. But despite […]

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Hydro hits the right notes

By Gillian McKenzie SCOTLAND hasn’t always had the best track record when it comes to large scale building projects. The Edinburgh trams, the Scottish Parliament building, the proposed Glasgow Airport rail link are just some that have spiralled out of control or failed to get off the ground in the first place. But we have, […]

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Crafty move can pay dividends for pubs

By Gillian McKenzie WITH eight new microbreweries said to have opened north of the border in the last 12 months and a host of Scottish ‘real ale’ pubs making it into CAMRA’s newly published Good Beer Guide, the local beer boom shows no signs of slowing down. The latest Cask Report, published last week, underlined […]

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Balance is key if trade is to flourish

By Gillian McKenzie ANOTHER week, another dose of licensing board draft policy statements and the prospect of yet another piece of legislation – the fourth in just four years since the Licensing Act came into force. It’s a lot to take in. And while regulation in any business sector is important, it seems the licensed […]

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Board was right to scrap glass ban plan

HIGHLAND licensing board’s proposal to ban glass after 9pm in bars, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels across the region was certainly a controversial one. When it was first mooted back in May as the board consulted on its new licensing policy statement, the proposal generated widespread media coverage – at home and abroad – and was […]

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Scotland’s trade stars shine bright

By Gillian McKenzie PUB closures have been a hot topic for the mainstream media for some time now. Everything from the smoking ban to cheaper alcohol prices in supermarkets, the onset of the economic downturn and the challenges in securing funding have been used as a hook to paint yet another gloomy picture. An article […]

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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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