Scotland

Red tape: a third of Scottish licences are incorrect

Licence nightmare north of border

By Gemma McKenna

Between a third and a half of premises licences in Scotland have not been issued or are factually incorrect after seven months.

EU: ruling on minimum pricing

Europe threatens minimum pricing push

By John Harrington

A new ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) shows that minimum pricing is illegal, says the Scotch Whisky Association.

BII Scotland: Kenny Mitchell is appointed new chair

BII Scotland appoints new chairman

By Gemma McKenna

BII Scotland has appointed a new chairman, Kenny Mitchell of Glasgow's KMT Services. Over 60 people attended the annual general meeting held at...

S&NPC: disposing of pubs

S&NPC to dispose of 100 pubs

By Mark Stretton, M&C Report

Scottish & Newcastle Pub Company, the 2,000-strong tenanted and leased group owned by Heineken, is to market for sale up to 100 pubs this spring.

Breare: former boss left after falling out with Ritblat

RBS retains control of Merchant Inns

By Mark Stretton, M&C Report

The lead bank to Merchant Inns, the collapsed pubs-with-rooms operator, is believed to have retained control of the group. Reports at the weekend...

Magners: 15% decline in GB volumes for three months to 30 November

Cider market tough, says Magners producer

By Ewan Turney

The cider market in Great Britain continues to be tough, according to Magners producer C&C Group, which announced a 15% decline in volumes for...

Pubs struggle on in snow

Weather hits beer deliveries in Scotland

By Gemma McKenna

Scottish breweries are struggling to deliver beer during the "worst winter in almost 50 years". Yesterday locals got together in the freezing...

Scotland: licensing regime has caused confusion

Pubs close in Scotland over licensing chaos

By John Harrington

More pubs in Scotland are being banned from selling alcohol as the chaos over licensing reform continues. A deadline of 1 December was set for...

Servings: Scots wanted restrictions

Scots ditch measures plan

By John Harrington

The Scottish Government has abandoned plans to force pubs to serve wine in 125ml servings, says trade chief Patrick Browne.

WSTA's Jeremy Beadles: Measures unwelcome

Scotland presses ahead with minimum pricing

By Gemma McKenna

The Scottish Government has published its controversial Alcohol Bill, which will give ministers powers to impose a minimum price, introduce a new tax...

Minimum pricing: blow to plans in Scotland

Blow to Scotland alcohol minimum pricing plans

By Ewan Turney & John Harrington

Plans to introduce a minimum price on alcohol in Scotland suffered a further significant blow yesterday. During a debate, called for by the...

Protest held yesterday

Diageo job cuts could cost economy £15m

By Ewan Turney

The closure of the Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock could cost the local economy £15m a year, the Scottish finance minister has warned....