What the ASSC Does for You and The Sector
Being part of the ASSC brings you and your business direct benefits, but it also means you are supporting an active and effective organisation working on the big things that matter.
The ASSC lobbies on behalf of self-catering on national and local issues, and is recognised by consultative bodies, and local and central government, as a respected and effective voice. Our ethos is building relationships and working together with others.
Working with VisitScotland:
ASSC consults regularly with VisitScotland at all levels, and as an Association, we have our own relationship manager. We are represented on the Quality Advisory Committee, the Marketing Interest group and additionally take part in many face to face discussions as well as online.
Working with Government:
We are actively involved at the political level in Scotland, and have had formal one-to-one meetings with the Minister at Holyrood, and a series of informal sessions. We are seen as a trusted and balanced organisation, and our views are sought by the Scottish Government. We are in touch with the Scottish Government Tourism team. We have given evidence to the Tourism Energy and Economy Committee at Holyrood twice now. We attend tourism events at parliament. We are part of the recently set up Cross Party Tourism group.
Working with the Industry:
ASSC is a founder member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and we have a place on the STA Council which meets quarterly, often with the Minister attending. We attend all the STA main industry events including Open meetings and the main Conference during Tourism Week.
ASSC is a member of FoNSCA, the Federation of National Self-Catering Associations of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is a particularly useful organisation to deal with national issues, and was instrumental in tackling the Furnished Holiday Letting tax proposals where we are able to moderate the impact through our combined voice.
We are key members of the European Holiday Homes Association, round a table with some holiday home giants like Wyndams, taking our voice to Europe. The volume and value of our sector is considerable, and it is important that we are heard.
We have working relationships with Scottish Land and Estates, Go Rural and the National Farmers Union of Scotland.
Working on Regulations:
We meet with the Scottish Assessors regularly, and have recently been invited to join the Scottish Ratepayers’ Forum which comprises a dozen or so organisations like us from all sectors meeting senior Assessors and Scottish Government.
Occasionally, big items appear out of the blue. We were involved in the Fire Regulations revision, and working together with key players like Federation of Small Businesses at high level Government meetings, we were able to persuade the Scottish Government Resilience team to come up with the Small Sleeping Fire Regulations. We were also able to argue for financial assistance to bring private water supplies up to standard to meet new regulations.
For information on what issues we are currently involved in, please see the News Page.