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

Scottish Licensed Trade News

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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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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