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Rates Revaluation 2017: Applying for Rate Cap Relief

Created: March 22, 2017
Posted in: Guidance, Industry News, Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry

The Non-Domestic Rates (Transitional Relief) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 This is the Statutory Instrument, which was approved on 16 March and comes into effect on 1 April.  Rate-payers will have to apply for the 12.5% rate cap. The scheme is a Transitional Relief Scheme so there will be a calculation done to determine if the Ratepayer […]

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Rates Revaluation 2017: Parking Spaces & Additional Elements

Created: March 22, 2017
Posted in: Guidance, Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Uncategorized

Where a property comprises a series of different elements (e.g. self-catering unit with separate parking, offices where the only access to each one is across a common corridor etc), the Assessor will have considered whether or not each element comprises a single subject.  Single subjects are considered mainly from a geographical perspective to determine what […]

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Breaking News: 12.5% Rate Cap Applies to Self-Catering

Created: March 15, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Scotland’s Self-catering Industry Welcomes 12.5% Rate Cap Self-catering is one of Scotland’s tourism success stories and industry trade body the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers welcomed the recent rate cap of 12.5% announced by the Scottish Government. Fiona Hyslop MSP announced today,  at the Scottish Tourism Alliance Conference,  that the rate cap will indeed apply […]

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Tips from #hellodigital17

Created: March 9, 2017
Posted in: Tourism Industry

The recent Highlands and Islands Enterprise #hellodigital17 event in Inverness was packed full of tips on digital marketing for tourism businesses.  Our Marketing Administrator came away inspired and with a notebook full of scribbles – here are some of the tips and thoughts from the experts: Digital Behaviour Scientist Dr Jillian Ney talked about attention […]

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STA Signature Conference 15th March 2017

Created: February 20, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

What does the future hold for your business? The STA Signature Conference ‘The Future Beyond 2020’ takes place on 15th March at the Crowne Plaza & Glasgow Science Centre. On Wednesday 15 March, the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) will take delegates on a journey into the future of tourism – the economic outlook, the future […]

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Press Release: 2017 Rates Revaluation

Created: February 20, 2017
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Scotland’s Self-catering Industry hit hard by 2017 Rates Revaluation Members of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) have reported steep proposed rateable value (RV) increases of up to 269% with the average across the sector at 65% following the rates revaluation. For the significant number of businesses pushed out of the Small Business Bonus Scheme, […]

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2017 Rates Revaluation and How to Appeal

Created: February 8, 2017
Posted in: Guidance, Industry News, Representation, Uncategorized

The rateable value (RV) of a non-domestic property: Approximates to the rent payable on standard full repairing and insuring terms, in other words the notional rent that a third party would pay an owner to run the self-catering business. Is fixed according to the level of values that prevailed on 1 April 2015. Reflects the […]

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Beauly lodge park wins top tourism award

Created: February 4, 2017
Posted in: Awards, Press Release

Beauly lodge park, Kiltarlity Lodges, has been presented with a top national tourism award by domestic holiday giant Hoseasons. The park was crowned Best Large Lodge Escape destination in Scotland at Hoseasons’ 11th annual Gala Awards evening – an event showcasing the very best of the self-catering specialist’s lodge and holiday parks across the UK. […]

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Go Walkies with EmbraceScotland

Created: January 20, 2017
Posted in: Paws for a Break, Press Release

Leading Scottish Holiday Home Provider Recommends The Best Dog-Friendly Breaks North of the Border Scotland’s extensive “right to roam” access makes it “top dog” when it comes to holidaying with a canine companion.  The country offers an array of experiences, specifically with Fido in mind and now, thanks to EmbraceScotland’s “Pets Welcome Charter”, there’s a wide […]

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Brexit

Created: January 9, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Brexit is top of most news reports just now, and rightly so, because our choice to leave the European Union is both momentous in terms of impact to the UK, and unprecedented as no country has yet triggered Article 50 to leave.  The rule book has not been written. Brexit has become hotly party political, […]

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