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22nd December 2020


The leading trade body representing Scotland’s pubs and bars, the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA), has welcomed the announcement today of further economic support for the hospitality industry.

Commenting on the announcement, SBPA CEO Emma McClarkin said: 

“The announcement today of extra funding is hugely welcome, especially for those businesses which completely missed out earlier in the year, and we were pleased to work closely with the Scottish Government to deliver this. These funds will provide a real boost, ensuring that jobs are protected, and businesses survive. The support still has to get to operators though, and it is imperative that local authorities are able to process these payments as quickly and efficiently as possible.  

“This news of course comes against the backdrop of further restrictions which will impact the trade for a long time. The UK and Scottish Governments must now look at an additional support package for hospitality to cover these further restrictions, as it’s a long way back to profitability for our members. The levels must also be amended to extend operating hours and loosen restrictions on alcohol sales to allow pubs and bars a chance of viability in the New Year.”


Funding announcement:

Press release from Scottish Beer and Pub Association

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