Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 12

Scottish Licensed Trade News

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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Lidl case underlines importance of due diligence

A COURT of Session judgement that Glasgow licensing board was wrong to suspend a Lidl store’s licence after one failed test purchase was the talk of the trade last week. No one is in any doubt that selling alcohol to youngsters is wrong. That boards take the matter seriously is to be commended. It was […]

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Time for the trade to shine

THE clocks went forward last weekend and spring is well and truly in the air. For the team at SLTN that can only mean one thing – our annual search for the cream of the crop in Scotland’s licensed trade gets underway. And 2013 promises to be a bumper year! Working with our valued sponsors, […]

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Local beer crafts a bright future

THE buoyancy of the craft beer scene was underlined again earlier this month when the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) published its 2013 Local Beer Report. According to the study, the volume of locally-produced beer sold last year was up 6.8% to more than 1.4 million barrels. Predicting further sales growth of 5.6% this year, […]

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Calls to axe the escalator grow louder

HERE we are again. The Budget is less than two weeks away and the prospect of yet another duty hike looms large over the trade. With the economy still in the doldrums and consumers keeping a firm grip on the purse strings, the last thing licensees need is to up the price of a pint […]

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