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Sugar tax draft law published

Levy on added-sugar scheduled for April 2018 THE UK Government has today (December 5) published draft legislation on a sugar levy scheduled to come into force …

Trade must act to access tax relief

Bar, restaurant and hotel owners could be missing out on substantial sums, writes tax adviser Andrew Stanley THE low profile of capital allowances and the …

More regulation not the best medicine

Current alcohol controls a stepping stone to tougher measures? By Jack Cummins THE smoking ban introduced just over seven years ago dealt a hammer blow to the …

Being clear on tips can pay in the end

A transparent policy on tipping can make things easier for staff and customers alike, writes lawyer Dawn Robertson HOW many times have you faced the dilemma of …

Overprovision back in the spotlight

Health lobby seeks to make its mark on policy statements By Jack Cummins EVERY three years licensing boards must prepare and publish a statement of licensing …

Long arm of the law tightens grip on trade

THE raft of new alcohol and licensing legislation introduced in recent years has led to increased red tape, financial strain and confusion for the Scottish …

Operators have no time to waste

Business owners should act now before new regulations come into force next January By lawyer David Gibson How often do you think about waste? The Waste …

Boards could get powers to ‘ban’ lap dance venues

LICENSING boards could get powers to ‘ban’ lap dancing venues under new proposals outlined by the Scottish Government. Launched as SLTN went to press, the …

Trade should know its rights to refuse

A public house is not a public place – customers are there at the invitation of the licensee, writes licensing solicitor Stephen McGowan PUBLICANS have a …

Whisky group lodges minimum pricing appeal

THE Scotch Whisky Association has lodged an appeal against the Court of Session ruling that minimum pricing is legal. In his judgement earlier this month Lord …

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