Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 3

Scottish Licensed Trade News

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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Local powers could help ease trade’s rates burden

Comment by Gillian McKenzie Business rates are the bugbear of many operators in the Scottish on-trade. From the way in which they are calculated – with pubs’ rateable values based on turnover while those for businesses in other sectors use rental value – to the fact that current rateable values are based on 2008 figures, […]

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Licence fees could be next in line for change

Comment by Gillian McKenzie Hot on the heels of an SLTA survey which revealed that licensees see legislation as the single biggest threat to their business came another call for yet more licensing law reform. Unlike so many before it, however, this proposal was largely welcomed by many in the on-trade. It came from former […]

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Trade needs a break if it is to flourish

IN just seven weeks time we will honour some of the very best people and premises across Scotland’s licensed trade. The SLTN team is busy making the final preparations for the 2015 SLTN Awards, which will take place at the Hilton in Glasgow on Thursday November 5 – and this year is extra special as […]

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Health report highlights alcohol pricing gulf

Comment by Gillian McKenzie It seems barely a week goes by without the publication of a report about alcohol. Last week it was the turn of NHS Health Scotland, which released its ‘Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy’ report. Much of the study’s contents would have come as no great surprise to many in the […]

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Scrapping of excessive PLH ‘ban’ is good news

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Comment by Gillian McKenzie ‘Carnage’, ‘meltdown’, ‘timebomb’ – just some of the words used as the inaugural deadlines for personal licence holder refresher training approached last year and it became apparent that thousands of PLHs across Scotland were likely to miss the boat. A partial ‘reprieve’ was granted to some as a number of boards […]

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Scottish gin still in good spirits

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Scotland is, of course, synonymous with whisky. But if recent activity is anything to go by, it seems another spirit could soon be vying for the title of Scotland’s national drink. Gin’s resurgence is still going strong – and Scottish craft distillers continue to be at the forefront. It is Hendrick’s – William Grant & […]

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Review of review sites long overdue

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By Gillian McKenzie A Restaurant in Italy topped the rankings on an online review site last week – despite the fact it doesn’t exist. The imaginary eatery was said to have been created by an Italian newspaper in a bid to show that some sites can be open to misuse and fraudulent reviews. A slightly crafty […]

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