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Latest Leisure & hospitality articles

  • How do you get permission to use outdoor areas as Temporary Premises for the sale of alcohol?

    How do you get permission to use outdoor areas as Temporary Premises for the sale of alcohol?

    Many restaurant and licensed trade operators will be looking at car parks, service yards and other outdoor areas with a view to using these for impromptu outdoor restaurants, cafes or pop up bars as the hospitality industry in Scotland gears up for the provisional re-opening date of 15 July. While there will be an understandable rush to get venues ready for any change in the lockdown, and the authorities are showing a willingness to be flexible, there are still potential pitfalls with serious repercussions for operators.

  • White (Christmas) noise: copyright and those Christmas tunes

    White (Christmas) noise: copyright and those Christmas tunes

    Not many of us will think about the legal issues arising from listening to Christmas tunes while shopping. But playing music to shoppers, or indeed the customer of any business, is a public performance of the recording like any other and the fact that no-one is charged to listen to it is no excuse.

  • What is a craft distiller and are they due a tax break?

    What is a craft distiller and are they due a tax break?

    Is there a case for reduced rates of spirit duty for craft distillers? As Scotland’s craft distilling industry grows, Scott Kerr, head of Harper Macleod’s Food & Drink group, considers whether a new category of “small distillery” should be created to help the fledgling artisans establishing their brands, and whether we need a Campaign for Craft Spirits.