Scottish Licensed Trade Association

Founded in 1880 The Scottish Licensed Trade Association is the only national organisation which represents all sectors of the Scottish Licensed Trade Industry.

Members of our Association include publicans, hoteliers, restaurateurs, late night entertainment venues, clubs, and licensed grocers.  The SLTA is also supported by the main drinks suppliers in Scotland in addition to a number of companies providing services to the licensed trade.

The Association’s main role is to strive to protect and promote the rights and interests of licensee members; to advise members on matters affecting their business; to be actively involved and carry out such work for the protection, advancement or benefit of members in general; assist the election of Members to responsible representative bodies, to promote and protect the interest of members; promote and encourage training for all those involved in the Licensed Trade and to actively develop and promote good practice in the interests of members and customers.   Summed up – Trade Protection, Trade Development and Trade Liaison.

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Paul Waterson

SLTA Chief Executive

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Xmas New Year survey 2015

Expecting growth34%
Rural outlets declining40%
Beer sales growing or stable55%
Experienced growth in room occ77%
Seeing YOY growth42%


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The SLTA not only represents the wider interests of the trade - but they also engage directly to provide invaluale insight and direction to ourselves and our team.

Mathew Smith

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