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

Scottish Licensed Trade News

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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Stakes too high for tardiness on training

by Gillian McKenzie THE uptake of personal licence holder refresher training has been slow – that was the verdict from a number of training companies contacted by SLTN last week. It’s a worrying observation – especially when time is running out for the first ‘batch’ of licence holders to take action. Operators who gained their […]

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Minimum price battle enters next stage

By Gillian McKenzie MINIMUM pricing is back at the top of the agenda this week. An appeal from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) over the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce a minimum price of 50p a unit was due to get underway at the Court of Session in Edinburgh as SLTN went to press. The […]

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Time to raise a glass to the 125ml wine measure

By Gillian McKenzie OPERATORS are being encouraged to increase the availability of 125ml wine measures in a new campaign by the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership. The group, which comprises drinks companies, trade groups and the Scottish Government, says offering the smaller serve, alongside the established 175ml and 250ml measures, gives consumers more choice in […]

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Operators BID for a bright future

By Gillian McKenzie IT’S been at the heart of entertainment in Scotland’s biggest city for well over a century, attracting the big names of the day – from Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland to Ocean Colour Scene and Rudimental. Now Sauchiehall Street’s credentials as Glasgow’s entertainment hub are set to be reinforced after restaurateurs and […]

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Change is not always for the best

By Gillian McKenzie A CHANGE is as good as a rest, or so the adage goes. But for many Scottish operators, this year has brought perhaps a bit too much change – at least in terms of the legislative landscape. Just four years after the 2005 Licensing Act came into force, the trade is facing […]

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