Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 6

Scottish Licensed Trade News

Changed days but some of the same issues

By Gillian McKenzie THE more things change, the more they stay the same – it’s a phrase that has come to mind often in recent months as the SLTN team has trawled the archives for our special 50th anniversary supplement, out later this month. The landscape of Scotland’s licensed trade has changed immeasurably since the […]

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Did indyref hurt Scotland’s appeal?

Country must continue to attract the international talent pool businesses require, writes recruitment specialist Louise Gibson THERE was a perceptible air of angst and anticipation at this year’s Scotland Food and Drink conference. Bankers, lawyers, accountants and industry advisors gathered with business leaders at the event in September to discuss how to support the food […]

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Trade initiatives giving youth a chance

By Gillian McKenzie YOUNG people have long played an important role in the workforce of Scotland’s licensed trade. But while working in a bar or restaurant was once considered a ‘stop gap’ by many, it is increasingly being viewed as a long-term career option. And rightly so. Granted, there are many more hospitality-related college and […]

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Operators deserve moment in spotlight

SCOTLAND’S public transport and roads network were well-used by the SLTN team over the summer as we travelled the length and breadth of the mainland – and hopped across to some of the islands – judging for this year’s SLTN Awards. The standard of entries this year was quite possibly the highest since the SLTN […]

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Time to stitch the ‘patches’ together

By Gillian McKenzie ‘PATCHWORK effect’ was a term used widely as the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 was drafted. As proposals were consulted on and the legislation took shape, there was concern in the trade that passing more responsibility to licensing boards could lead to inconsistency across the country. No one has said ‘I told you […]

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Let’s hope consumers vote for the trade

IT’S finally here. Two years after the Edinburgh Agreement was signed, paving the way for a referendum on Scottish independence, today is polling day.

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Training troubles continue

By Gillian McKenzie THE deadline by which the first batch of personal licence holders had to complete refresher training passed on Sunday (August 31). And as many predicted, the story is far from over. The PLHs who successfully completed the course in time are by no means out of the woods yet. They must notify […]

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Rates overhaul is long overdue

By Gillian McKenzie PUBS’ business rates – and the way in which they are calculated – were back in the spotlight again last week. Scottish Licensed Trade Association chief Paul Waterson renewed calls for the Scottish Government to overhaul the system, claiming it is unfair and a major burden on operators. Currently a pub’s rateable […]

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