Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 4

Scottish Licensed Trade News

Trade braced for football stadia fallout

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THE debate surrounding the availability of alcohol in football stadia was back in the spotlight last week. Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy kicked off the latest discussion, calling for an end to the restrictions which came into force in 1980 after trouble flared at an Old Firm game. And it wasn’t long before the others […]

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Training timebomb is still ticking

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IT has all the makings of a perfect storm… another one. Now that the inaugural refresher training deadlines for the first ‘batch’ of personal licence holders (PLHs) to have obtained a licence under the 2005 Act – the tens of thousands whose personal licence was issued on or before September 1, 2009 – have passed […]

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Trade’s voice needs greater volume

The SLTA fought changes to drink drive limit every step of the way – and often alone, writes chief executive Paul Waterson IN the late 1970s I attended my first ever alcohol conference in Glasgow. I can’t recall exactly who the main speakers were or much of the detail about their presentations, only that I […]

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New limit driving pubs to the edge

By Gillian McKenzie IT had been in place for a little over a week but it was already making its mark on the trade. Operators I spoke to the week before Christmas were feeling the effects of the lower drink drive limit, which came into force on December 5. After-work trade had been hit, as […]

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Prepare for second round of food rules

From 2016 regulations kick in for venues producing 5kg of food waste. Ensure you’re ready, writes Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland LAST January we kicked off 2014 with perhaps the biggest game-changer for resource management in Scotland to date: the Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into effect, making it mandatory for businesses to separate key […]

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Further twist in the beer tie debate

By Gillian McKenzie ITS removal has been the end-goal for pubco reform campaigners for many years. Pub companies, on the other hand, say scrapping it will hamper investment and damage pubs. The beer tie has certainly divided opinion. And there was a further twist in the debate last week when it emerged that it is […]

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Chance to surrender brought some reprieve

By Gillian McKenzie IT offered a faint glimmer of hope to a few in what was a pretty grim situation. Some licensing boards, including Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, gave personal licence holders who had failed to notify of completed refresher training by the deadline a period within which to surrender the licence and, therefore, avoid […]

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Committee listens to Bill concerns

It remains to be seen if issues around overprovision, clubs and transfers are addressed, writes licensing lawyer Stephen McGowan THE Local Government and Regeneration Committee recently held a session to consider the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill, specifically relating to the proposed changes to alcohol licensing. Along with Paul Waterson from the SLTA and […]

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