- Published on Friday, 25 May 2012 10:55
THE much-acclaimed trade guide for independent retailers selling alcohol, produced last autumn by leading industry trade associations the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) and the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA), has been launched as an App on iTunes.
‘The Alcohol Act Explained – A Guide to the Legislation’, an important guide to the law for retailers, was produced by the SGF and SWA in advance of key changes to licensing legislation that took effect under the Alcohol Etc (Scotland) Act 2010 from 1st October 2011.
Acknowledged by the Scottish Government, the publication – a comprehensive reference guide to the licensing legislation governing the sale of alcohol via off-licences in Scotland – is a unique collaboration between the SGF and SWA, and was produced in partnership with leading drinks companies Heineken UK, Molson Coors, Diageo, AB InBev UK, Maxxium UK, Accolade Wines, Whyte & Mackay, Carlsberg and Tennent Caledonian Breweries.
Now, independent retailers can access it at any time via the new App on iTunes.
John Drummond, chief executive of the SGF, said: “With what may often seem like a constant raft of legislation governing the licensing, stocking and selling of alcohol it is important that retailers are up to date and fully aware of their obligations. The orange book was warmly received by the trade in this regard and now that same information is available in a more convenient and mobile format.”
SWA president George Benson commented: “The way we communicate is changing and evolving, and we have a duty to respond to this by relaying important information to our members and their customers using the up-to-date technology that is now widely available.
“We do now live in a digital world where we can access information at the touch of a screen or button, and on the move – anywhere and any time. The SWA is delighted to be at the forefront of the industry in utilising cutting-edge technology and communication methods.
“Our members will email the App link to their retail customers and the information will also be highlighted on the SWA’s website to ensure that as many people as possible know about it.”
Access the App here
- Published on Monday, 14 May 2012 15:56
Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, announced today that the preferred minimum price for alcohol will be 50p per unit. Commenting on the announcement SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond, said:
“Today’s announcement does nothing to change our mind about the impact of this regressive and disproportionate measure which will punish low income and moderate drinkers and do little to change the harmful drinking habits of those who already buy products well above the minimum unit price.
“Minimum pricing will drive up illicit, cross-border and internet sales to the detriment of indigenous Scottish retailers, whilst any profit arising from increased prices would be more than offset by falling sales.
“If all of this wasn’t bad enough, the legality of the measure remains uncertain.
“The fact is, and as experience tells us, this sort of blunt intervention inevitably punishes the retailer, juvenilises the consumer and rarely places any responsibility on the individual.”
- Published on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 13:20
Following an amendment to the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill which will now mean that the minimum pricing provisions will expire at the end of a 6 year period unless an order is made by Scottish Ministers at the end of a 5 year period SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond, said:
“Whilst we continue to oppose minimum pricing we are cognisant that the parliamentary arithmetic means it will become law.
“That is why SGF lobbied for the inclusion of a sunset clause, so that the policy would be rigorously evaluated and terminated if proven to be unsuccessful.
“We are pleased that the poorly considered amendment designed to raid the pockets of retailers was firmly rejected by the Health Committee.
“All of the parties must now get round the table to ensure that the evaluation of minimum pricing is as robust and thorough as it can be.”
- Published on Friday, 13 April 2012 14:33
Commenting on HM Government’s confirmation today that a consultation on the plain packaging of tobacco products is likely to be launched next week SGF Chief Executive, John Drummond, said:
“Given that both London and Edinburgh have passed legislation which bans the display of tobacco products in our stores, and at significant cost to the retailer, a proposal for plain packaging is an absurd example of over regulation.
“The fact is, there was no robust evidence base for the tobacco display ban yet it is the same flimsy arguments which are being propagated to justify a ban on plain packaging.
“This proposal does more to grandstand for the benefit of the health lobby than actually reduce the prevalence of smoking all the while increasing the operational time and costs to retailers.
“Plain packing is also a smugglers charter which will drive smokers out of highly regulated and legitimate retail premises and into the arms of the illicit trade which will not only hit our pockets but that of the exchequer too.”
- Published on Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:58
The National Loan Guarantee Scheme (NLGS) was launched on 20 March 2012 and will help businesses access cheaper finance by reducing the cost of bank loans under the scheme by 1 percentage point.
In order to benefit from this scheme, businesses with a turnover of not more than £50 million should apply for loans at a participating bank.
Participating banks include Barclays, Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB, NatWest, RBS and Santander. Aldermore has also agree, in principle, to join the scheme.
Members can access more information about the scheme, including how to apply and the loan products available, by clicking here.
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