Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 11

Scottish Licensed Trade News

Operators BID for a bright future

By Gillian McKenzie IT’S been at the heart of entertainment in Scotland’s biggest city for well over a century, attracting the big names of the day – from Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland to Ocean Colour Scene and Rudimental. Now Sauchiehall Street’s credentials as Glasgow’s entertainment hub are set to be reinforced after restaurateurs and […]

Read More

Change is not always for the best

By Gillian McKenzie A CHANGE is as good as a rest, or so the adage goes. But for many Scottish operators, this year has brought perhaps a bit too much change – at least in terms of the legislative landscape. Just four years after the 2005 Licensing Act came into force, the trade is facing […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More