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

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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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Trade more than ready to shine

By Gillian McKenzie A GLOBAL audience of half a billion people, 45,000 spectators a day – the figures associated with the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles are astounding. And it’s just one in a series of major events coming to Scotland next year, with the Commonwealth Games, the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Year […]

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Consistency is key going forward

By Gillian McKenzie THE wait is nearly over. In a couple of weeks’ time, licensing boards across Scotland should have their new policy statements in place and operators will know the lay of the land for the next three years. The documents will outline the parameters on everything from licensed hours to overprovision. But despite […]

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