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BII course to be offered in China


THE British Institute of Innkeeping’s induction to hospitality course is to be taught in China.


The BII has sold the intellectual rights to the course to Chinese training company BCW in a £300,000 deal. Boss Neil Robertson told SLTN it would help local operators meet the competition posed by major hospitality brands as they enter the Chinese market. It’s one of three intellectual


property deals the BII hopes to strike with BCW, the others covering courses in hospitality and retail management.


A Doom deal


MOLSON Coors has added cask beer Doom Bar to its portfolio following its acquisition of Sharp’s Brewery in Cornwall.


Chief executive Mark Hunter said the deal offers scope to grow volume and distribution. “This is a new chapter for Sharp’s


Brewery and we are excited to play our part in taking Doom Bar to the next stage of its brand evolution,” he said.


Proposed ‘Tesco tax’ defeated by opposition at Holyrood


SLTA to press for rates reform


BUSINESS rates reform will remain high on the SLTA’s lobbying agenda – despite a proposal to hit supermarkets with a larger retailer tax being defeated in the Scottish Parliament earlier this month. Paul Waterson said the organisation will continue to campaign for the rat- ing system to be redressed, claiming it is weighted against pubs, whose rates are calculated on a turnover basis rather than the square-footage measure used for other commercial premises. The pledge comes after the SNP’s pro- posed Large Retailer Supplement, which was expected to generate an additional £30 million for the public purse, failed to gain support at Holyrood. Waterson told SLTN he was surprised opposition parties hadn’t backed the levy, which formed part of the Budget Bill.


Large retail groups said they are pleased the “ill-conceived” levy has been scrapped.


“At a time like this, when there’s go- ing to be cuts and we’re looking to raise money, it’s only fair that those with the broadest shoulders, as the government put it, pay for it,” he said. “Some people estimate that the amount


of money that would have been raised was going to cost the supermarkets less than one day’s profit – a supermarket. “This £30m was a drop in the ocean to them, yet Labour and the Lib Dems did not support it. “I just find it really unsatisfactory.” Colin Borland, public affairs manager


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at the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland, also expressed his disappoint- ment, but said business rates reform was


now “on the political agenda”. But the Scottish Retail Consortium,


which represents large retailer groups, said it was relieved plans for the tax had been scrapped. “The fact that this ill-conceived levy has been stopped will come as a huge relief to everyone who cares about economic prosperity,” said director Fiona Moriarty. Finance minister John Swinney de- scribed the defeat, by 68 votes to 46, as “very disappointing”. “Parliament’s decision today does noth- ing to support employment, and makes the decisions we will need to consider as part of our spending plans all the more difficult,” he said.


Breweries join forces for training courses


A SCOTTISH microbrewery has linked up with the Tennent’s Training Acad- emy in Glasgow to offer cask ale courses at the school. Staff at the academy will be shown the ropes on cask ale management and cel- larmanship by workers from the Isle of Arran Brewery, enabling the Wellpark Brewery school to offer training courses in these areas. In turn, the academy will offer training in other areas to the staff at the island brewery. Isle of Arran Brewery boss Gerald Mi- chaluk said the arrangement stood to benefit both parties. “The academy has a highly experi- enced team of professionals led by Alan Jones and we will be providing training for his trainers in all aspects of real ale management on the Isle of Arran at our brewery, visitor centre and guest house facility,” he said. Alan Jones, director of the Tennent’s


Tennent’s Training Academy opened last year.


Training Academy, said the school had chosen to work with the Isle of Arran Brewery because of its “strong presence in the ale market and the quality of their products”. The Tennent’s academy offers courses in a range of areas, including mixology, customer service, wine and spirits and business management.


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