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Rates hikes could be final straw

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie Talk about kicking the trade when it’s down… As the draft rateable values which will determine Scotland’s business rates for at least the next five years were released by the assessors, some of the increases for licensed trade businesses that emerged simply beggar belief.  A Glasgow pub has seen its rateable […]

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Time to give trade support

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Comment By Gillian McKenzie TWELVE months ago in this column I wrote that as years go 2015 must be among the most challenging for the Scottish on-trade. Twelve months on and I think it’s safe to say 2016 has given its predecessor a pretty good run for its money. Of course, there are the ongoing […]

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Rates too big an issue to ignore

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie AS trade issues go, business rates is right up there. From the way in which they are calculated – with pubs’ rateable values based on turnover compared to square footage for other business sectors – to the fact current rateable values are based on figures from 2008 – when trading conditions […]

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Businesses need clarity on the road to Brexit

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie So, the wheels are in motion. Prime minister Theresa May has confirmed she will trigger Article 50  within the first three months of 2017, meaning Britain could leave the EU by mid-2019. After revealing the timetable, May told the BBC that business owners she had spoken to “know it is not […]

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Trade must ensure voice is heard in rates review

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie BUSINESS rates have been suffocating the Scottish on-trade for far too long. The way in which they are calculated – with pubs’ rateable values based on turnover while businesses in other sectors are worked out on square footage, meaning on-trade operators can see around 8% or 9% of their turnover going […]

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Trade needs a steady ship

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Comment By Gillian McKenzie A WEEK is a long time in politics – words uttered by prime minister Harold Wilson in the mid-1960s and words  which have arguably never had greater resonance than in the past four weeks. Following a Brexit result few had predicted on referendum night, came political pandemonium even fewer could have […]

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Pre-election promises must be delivered

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Comment By Gillian McKenzie Hugely important for the economy, the focal point in communities, a key driver for Scottish tourism, a significant employer – political parties didn’t hold back in gushing about the importance of the Scottish on-trade when contacted by SLTN last week. With less than a month to go until the Scottish Parliament […]

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Challenging year spells need for trade aid

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As years go, 2015 must surely be up there with the most challenging for the Scottish on-trade. The lower drink drive limit, which came into force on December 5 last year, dealt a hammer blow to many licensed trade businesses; after work pint trade dried up, takings at many rural pubs have been decimated, and […]

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