New licensing hotline launches to support Scotland’s tourism businesses in run up to reopen date

Thu 9 Jul 20

The Scottish Tourism Alliance, the representative body for Scotland’s tourism businesses, has partnered UK law firm TLT to provide a new, free support line for its members as Scotland’s tourism industry gets geared up to reopen next week.

The hotline allows STA members to speak directly to a specialist licensing solicitor for a free 30 minute consultation. Members can also receive discounted fees on a subsequent legal instruction if one is needed.

Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the STA said:

“The STA has been in regular communications with hundreds of businesses since the beginning of the Covid crisis in Scotland, and we continue to focus all of our efforts on shaping and influencing policy that will protect and sustain our industry over the coming months, and finding additional means of supporting businesses as they prepare to reopen.

We are delighted to partner TLT to offer this new support line to help our members make the necessary changes to their licensing arrangements and navigate this process quickly and effectively.

We will continue to work with our Patrons and supporters to offer as much support as possible to our members at this critical time.”

Stephen McGowan, partner and head of licensing (Scotland) at TLT, says:

“As thousands of businesses start to open their doors again and welcome guests and customers back, we will be here to support the STA and its members.

Operators may need to secure amendments to their existing licences in order to operate effectively under the new government guidelines, particularly with regard to social distancing and the use of additional outdoor spaces. Others may be looking to expand or change their business plans.

As we look forward to returning to places safely in Scotland, this is an opportune moment for us and the STA to be providing this service.”

As a specialist in leisure and tourism, TLT has the largest licensing team in Scotland. It has been working closely with the Scottish government, industry bodies and operators to support the leisure, food and drink sector throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and now in its recovery.

STA members can call the hotline on 0333 006 0901 or email [email protected]

Full details can be found at in the Advice for Businesses section on the STA website.

TLT’s Scottish licensing team is recognised as Band/Tier 1 by independent legal directories Chambers UK and Legal 500, while partners Stephen McGowan and Caroline Loudon have been recognised as accredited specialists in licensing by the Law Society of Scotland.

TLT’s UK-wide leisure, food and drink team offers a full range of services to businesses including: attractions, competitive socialising and tourism; bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs; festivals, concerts and event venues; fitness, health and sport clubs; hotels; and pub companies and brewers.

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