GREATER protection for bar staff against abusive or threatening behaviour edged another small step closer last week
I wrote in this column that 2016 was up there with the most challenging for the trade. Twelve months on and 2017 hasn’t been any less tough.
Seven months after we launched our annual search for the best in the business, we’re just seven days away from revealing the winners of this year’s SLTN Awards.
I DON’T want to tempt fate but, at the moment, it seems as if history could be on course to repeat itself.
The trade continues to be hammered from all angles – from the quite frankly ridiculous business rates system and ongoing uncertainty over Brexit to workplace pensions and spiralling costs.
PERHAPS I was a bit too optimistic, but I know I wasn’t alone in hoping the Barclay group would finally address the business rates imbalance.
By Gillian McKenzie THE latest instalment in the long-running saga that is minimum pricing and we’re still in the dark… well, for a few more months at least. Five years after the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act was passed, the proposal to introduce a minimum unit price faced one final challenge last week when the […]
By Gillian McKenzie THAT business rates has been flagged as the biggest challenge currently facing licensed trade businesses comes as no great surprise. This year’s astronomical increases in rateable values (RVs) – softened ever so slightly by a 12-month cap on rates rises announced just weeks before the new RVs were due to take effect […]