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New Scottish charity for hospitality calls for culture change
A new charity, said to be the first of its kind in Scotland, aims to…

New Scottish charity for hospitality calls for culture change

A new charity, said to be the first of its kind in Scotland, aims to highlight the importance of the…

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VENUE REPORT: St Andrews bar and restaurant The Adamson gets a makeover
An award-winning St Andrews bar and restaurant has had a makeover to transform it into…

VENUE REPORT: St Andrews bar and restaurant The Adamson gets a makeover

An award-winning St Andrews bar and restaurant has had a makeover to transform it into a lighter and brighter establishment.…

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Police hate crime campaign targets night-time economy
Police Scotland is focusing on workers in the night-time economy in an effort to encourage…

Police hate crime campaign targets night-time economy

Police Scotland is focusing on workers in the night-time economy in an effort to encourage more victims of hate crime…

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Hill Brown Licensing Q&A – Things need to get personal – now!
In Trade Talk last October, l urged you to act quickly to undertake refresher training…

Hill Brown Licensing Q&A – Things need to get personal – now!

In Trade Talk last October, l urged you to act quickly to undertake refresher training and renew your personal licences…

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Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to Scottish Government’s tourist tax plans
Yesterday's announcement that the Scottish Government will legislate to provide local authorities with powers to…

Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to Scottish Government’s tourist tax plans

Yesterday's announcement that the Scottish Government will legislate to provide local authorities with powers to raise additional revenues through a…

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Scottish Government Transient Visitor Levy
The Scottish Licensed Trade Association welcomes the opportunity to further participate in the Scottish Government’s…

Scottish Government Transient Visitor Levy

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association welcomes the opportunity to further participate in the Scottish Government’s National Conversation on the introduction…

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Tourism and hospitality round table in Inverness
SLTA representatives joined other members of the tourism and hospitality sectors at an industry round…

Tourism and hospitality round table in Inverness

SLTA representatives joined other members of the tourism and hospitality sectors at an industry round table meeting in Inverness at…

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MBE for Judith Fish of the Applecross Inn
A well-known Wester Ross publican hotelier was recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s New…

MBE for Judith Fish of the Applecross Inn

A well-known Wester Ross publican hotelier was recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year honours. Judith Fish of…

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SLTA Survey Reveals Significant Increase in Outlets Showing Growth
The Scottish Licensed Trade Association has released its Christmas/New Year On-Trade Market Review, sponsored by…

SLTA Survey Reveals Significant Increase in Outlets Showing Growth

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association has released its Christmas/New Year On-Trade Market Review, sponsored by KPMG UK, containing key insights…

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SLTA AGM – Save the Date
Once again, the AGM will take place during Scottish Tourism Month – linking in with…

SLTA AGM – Save the Date

Once again, the AGM will take place during Scottish Tourism Month – linking in with ScotHot 2019 and the Scottish…

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Industry Partner: DIAGEO Plans to Transform Glenkinchie Distillery Visitor Experience
Another key milestone has been passed in the plans for a major transformation of the…

Industry Partner: DIAGEO Plans to Transform Glenkinchie Distillery Visitor Experience

Another key milestone has been passed in the plans for a major transformation of the Glenkinchie Distillery visitor experience after…

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Success for SLTA’s Vice-President in Scottish Hotel Awards
Lockerbie-based Stephen Montgomery, the SLTA’s vice-president, won three main category awards at the Scottish Hotel…

Success for SLTA’s Vice-President in Scottish Hotel Awards

Lockerbie-based Stephen Montgomery, the SLTA’s vice-president, won three main category awards at the Scottish Hotel Awards (South West) competition. His…

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Tourist Tax
In recent months, a number of our Local Authorities and the Convention of Scottish Local…

Tourist Tax

In recent months, a number of our Local Authorities and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) have called for…

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Register Free ScotHot 2019
Register your complimentary place at ScotHot, Scotland’s premier showcase for the food, drink, hospitality and…

Register Free ScotHot 2019

Register your complimentary place at ScotHot, Scotland’s premier showcase for the food, drink, hospitality and tourism returning to SEC Glasgow on 13 – 14 March 2019.
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SLTA’s 12 Days of Christmas
I would like to wish all of our members, supporters, readers and everyone involved in…

SLTA’s 12 Days of Christmas

I would like to wish all of our members, supporters, readers and everyone involved in the licensed trade a happy and prosperous holiday season – and a healthy and improving horizon in the coming year.
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Best Bar None Scotland
Best Bar None in focus
With venues all around the country going through rigorous assessments, Best Bar None awards presentations…

Best Bar None in focus

With venues all around the country going through rigorous assessments, Best Bar None awards presentations have been taking place to reward licensed venues for their commitment to enhancing public safety and customer experience.
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Get involved with Springboard’s FutureChef
FutureChef, the Springboard Charity’s national culinary programme, which introduces young people aged 12 to 16…

Get involved with Springboard’s FutureChef

FutureChef, the Springboard Charity’s national culinary programme, which introduces young people aged 12 to 16 to the basic cooking skills they will need throughout their life, is urging teachers to get involved.
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Economies of Ale: small pubs close as chains focus on big bars
More than 11,000 pubs have closed in the UK in the last decade – a…

Economies of Ale: small pubs close as chains focus on big bars

More than 11,000 pubs have closed in the UK in the last decade – a fall of almost a quarter (23%). Analysis shows that it is small pubs that are disappearing as the big pub chains consolidate their businesses around bigger bars.
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SLTA opposes Edinburgh tourist tax
Leading tourism and hospitality groups – including the SLTA – have written to Edinburgh City…

SLTA opposes Edinburgh tourist tax

Leading tourism and hospitality groups – including the SLTA – have written to Edinburgh City Council outlining their opposition to its proposal to introduce a tourist tax.
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SLTA opposes blanket ban on alcohol advertising
Curbs on the marketing of alcoholic drinks to protect children are included in the Scottish…

SLTA opposes blanket ban on alcohol advertising

Curbs on the marketing of alcoholic drinks to protect children are included in the Scottish Government’s new plans to tackle alcohol harm.
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Hill Brown Licensing Q&A – The Licensed Hours Lottery
The Licensed Hours Lottery – did your numbers come up? The Granite City has ushered…

Hill Brown Licensing Q&A – The Licensed Hours Lottery

The Licensed Hours Lottery – did your numbers come up? The Granite City has ushered in a change which will come to mean that its pubs benefit from the longest hours in Scotland.
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Scottish Personal Licence Holder Qualification Consultation
Your input is vital to ensuring the revised qualifications meet your needs and add value…

Scottish Personal Licence Holder Qualification Consultation

Your input is vital to ensuring the revised qualifications meet your needs and add value to both the individual and business.
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INDUSTRY INVESTMENT: Bibi Aperitivo Bar, Newton Mearns
An Italian-style aperitivo bar is the latest outlet to join the food and drink scene…

INDUSTRY INVESTMENT: Bibi Aperitivo Bar, Newton Mearns

An Italian-style aperitivo bar is the latest outlet to join the food and drink scene in Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire.
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Food Standards Scotland seeks views on out-of-home (OOH) eating
The proposals are aimed at promoting changes towards healthier versions of our favourite foods.

Food Standards Scotland seeks views on out-of-home (OOH) eating

The proposals are aimed at promoting changes towards healthier versions of our favourite foods.
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City of Edinburgh Council consultation into tourist tax
The City of Edinburgh Council has launched its formal consultation into a proposed Transient Visitor…

City of Edinburgh Council consultation into tourist tax

The City of Edinburgh Council has launched its formal consultation into a proposed Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) – or tourist tax – in the capital despite First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing that a Scottish Government consultation will be held on a national tourist tax.
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#NotAlone roadshow heads to Aberdeen
Aberdeen is the next destination for The Ben’s new #NotAlone mental health campaign as a…

#NotAlone roadshow heads to Aberdeen

Aberdeen is the next destination for The Ben’s new #NotAlone mental health campaign as a second roadshow takes place at BrewDog Castlegate in the city on November 13.
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Lower drink-driving limit ‘has little effect’ on road deaths and accidents
The reduction in Scotland’s drink-driving limit has had little effect on the level of deaths…

Lower drink-driving limit ‘has little effect’ on road deaths and accidents

The reduction in Scotland’s drink-driving limit has had little effect on the level of deaths and accidents on the nation’s roads, according to a University of Strathclyde study.
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Hospitality sector to benefit from business rates cap
Hotels and bars across Scotland are among those who will benefit from a cap to…

Hospitality sector to benefit from business rates cap

Hotels and bars across Scotland are among those who will benefit from a cap to their business rates bill following an announcement by Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes.
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Tennent’s Lager to open the UK’s biggest beer attraction
A new visitor centre in the east end of Glasgow is set to make Tennent’s…

Tennent’s Lager to open the UK’s biggest beer attraction

A new visitor centre in the east end of Glasgow is set to make Tennent’s Lager’s Wellpark Brewery the leading beer destination in the UK when it opens to the public on November 22.
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Autumn Budget 2018
Chancellor Philip Hammond claimed in his Budget this week that the “era of austerity is…

Autumn Budget 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond claimed in his Budget this week that the “era of austerity is finally coming to an end”.
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Tennent’s annual tradeshows
Tennent’s annual tradeshows for 2018 will take place on Tuesday 30 October at SWG3 in…

Tennent’s annual tradeshows

Tennent’s annual tradeshows for 2018 will take place on Tuesday 30 October at SWG3 in Glasgow and Monday 5 November at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
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Scottish Government Weekly Roundup
Opportunities to invest in nine projects worth more than £2 billion to Scotland's economy were…

Scottish Government Weekly Roundup

Opportunities to invest in nine projects worth more than £2 billion to Scotland's economy were announced by Economy Secretary Derek Mackay.
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Positive signs of recovery and growth in Scotland’s on-trade
The figures are revealed in the SLTA’s Summer 2018 On-trade Market Review, sponsored by KPMG…

Positive signs of recovery and growth in Scotland’s on-trade

The figures are revealed in the SLTA’s Summer 2018 On-trade Market Review, sponsored by KPMG UK
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Hill Brown Licensing Q&A
Personal Licence Renewals – What to do and when to do it

Hill Brown Licensing Q&A

Personal Licence Renewals – What to do and when to do it
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Tennent’s Lager teams up with The BEN to launch rugby’s ‘Best Seat in the House’
Rugby fans have the opportunity to claim the “best seat in the house” in a…

Tennent’s Lager teams up with The BEN to launch rugby’s ‘Best Seat in the House’

Rugby fans have the opportunity to claim the “best seat in the house” in a dugout just a few yards away from the pitch for the forthcoming Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield.
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Glasgow hosts Scotland’s first Mindful Drinking Festival
Want to find out more about what is trending in the growing alcohol-free market? Then…

Glasgow hosts Scotland’s first Mindful Drinking Festival

Want to find out more about what is trending in the growing alcohol-free market? Then pop along to Scotland’s first Mindful Drinking Festival at The Briggait, Glasgow this month.
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Scottish Government Weekly Roundup
Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell says more power and resources must be transferred to the…

Scottish Government Weekly Roundup

Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell says more power and resources must be transferred to the Scottish Parliament to guarantee food safety and standards after Brexit.
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VENUE REPORT: Edinburgh pub revives old city street food dish
For people living in Edinburgh in the 19th century, Tweed Kettle – a wild salmon…

VENUE REPORT: Edinburgh pub revives old city street food dish

For people living in Edinburgh in the 19th century, Tweed Kettle – a wild salmon recipe – would have been a staple dish. St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow is now serving a revitalised version of the dish as part of its new menu.
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TOURISM: New plan to develop food and drink tourism in Scotland
Visitors to Scotland already spend around £1 billion a year on food and drink. Now…

TOURISM: New plan to develop food and drink tourism in Scotland

Visitors to Scotland already spend around £1 billion a year on food and drink. Now a new plan aims to deliver an additional £1bn into Scotland’s economy by 2030.
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Press Enquries

Paul Waterson, SLTA Media Spokesperson, brings a wealth of knowledge on and experience in the Scottish Licensed Trade Industry.   For any press or media enquiries Paul can be contacted on 07768-977102 or info@theslta.co.uk

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