Comment by Gillian McKenzie, Editor, SLTN | Scottish Licensed Trade News - Part 8

Scottish Licensed Trade News

Is proposed fit and proper test fit or proper?

By Gillian McKenzie WHEN Scotland’s top licensing lawyers gathered in Glasgow late last week for Scottish Licensing Law & Practice’s annual conference, the new licensing Bill was unsurprisingly the hot topic of conversation. Understandably, some of the proposals outlined in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill have caused real concern. The ‘fit and proper’ […]

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Will Bill call time on licensing reform?

By Gillian McKenzie IT was billed as a piece of legislation designed to ‘tidy up’ bits of the 2005 Licensing Act which weren’t quite working as intended – and issues that remained after two subsequent Acts (the Criminal Justice and Licensing Act and the Alcohol Act). And the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill does, […]

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Time is running out for refresher training

By Gillian McKenzie FIFTEEN weeks – that’s how long the first ‘batch’ of personal licence holders has in which to complete refresher training. It’s not much time, especially when it seems there are still thousands of PLHs across Scotland – those who obtained a personal licence on or before September 1, 2009 and must comply […]

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Sun brings a shot in the arm for the trade

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WHAT a difference the sun makes! Throw in a ‘double’ holiday weekend and a triple dose of Premier League football action and it’s an almost perfect combination for pubs. And the operators SLTN spoke to last week certainly seemed to agree. After a fairly soggy winter, Easter weekend brought some longed-for sunshine – and with […]

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Units on glass plan a step too far

PICTURE the scene: customers have chosen your bar or restaurant as the venue for a special celebration; they’ve perhaps picked a slightly more expensive bottle of wine than they would usually order, some premium beers and maybe a dram or two; you serve the drinks in the appropriate – often branded and specially-designed – glassware. […]

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Trade must act to defuse training time bomb

By Gillian McKenzie Training was the hot topic at the Scottish Licensed Trade Association’s AGM last week. And understandably so. Worrying figures emerged last month showing as few as 1200 of an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 personal licence holders had completed refresher training. With the August 31 deadline for this first batch of PLHs looming […]

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Beer’s cup runneth over

By Gillian McKenzie FROM new brands and flavoured beers to the expansion of production facilities, the beer category has been a hive of activity in the last couple of weeks. And it’s not all been focused on one particular part of the category. Yes, craft beer continues to boom. According to the recently-published 2014 Beer […]

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Clutha response shows how special trade is

By Gillian McKenzie PEOPLE make Scotland’s licensed trade – it’s a phrase I hear often when speaking to operators and those in the drinks industry. And never was it more apparent than in the response to the tragedy at Glasgow’s Clutha bar. What began as a normal Friday night in the Stockwell Street pub last […]

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