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

Scottish Licensed Trade News

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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Business impact must be given full consideration

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BARELY a week goes by without some new initiative or piece of legislation being introduced without, it seems, full consideration of the wider implications for licensed trade businesses. This time it’s the new trade waste policy, currently being phased in across Edinburgh city centre. On paper, it makes a lot of sense. In a bid […]

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Skills scheme bringing trade benefits

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THREE hundred young people in Scotland have completed the course, almost three quarters of graduates go into employment, and it is being rolled out to a total of 12 locations across Scotland – the numbers from the inaugural year of Diageo’s Learning for Life programme make for impressive reading. The global initiative, for which Scotland […]

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Time to act as lower limit takes its toll

“VITAL to the Scottish economy”, “one of our biggest employers” – the praise for our tourism industry just kept on coming from deputy first minister John Swinney as he opened the Scottish Tourism Week conference earlier this month. In fact, I lost count of the number of times he referred to the sector’s “significance” and […]

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