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

Scottish Licensed Trade News

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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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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