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Press Release: ASSC Launches Code of Conduct for Traditional Self-Catering Sector

Created: September 14, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Regulations, Self-catering Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), the only trade body representing the sector in Scotland, has launched its new Code of Conduct, aimed at improving standards in the industry. The Code has been developed alongside a Scottish Government study and comes with a Policy Recommendation Paper which sets out how the vital self-catering sector in […]

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A Nation With Ambition: The Government’s Programme for Scotland, 2017-18

Created: September 7, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

In a Statement to the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for the new parliamentary term, which was vaunted as the “most ambitious” plan ever taken forward at Holyrood. The programme includes 16 new Bills – adding to the 11 already in progress – which will see […]

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Inheritance Tax Relief on Furnished Holiday Lets Receives Another Blow

Created: September 5, 2017
Posted in: Guidance, Guidance Sheets, Member Benefits, Self-catering Industry

A recent tax case before the First Tier Tribunal has poured further doubt on the availability of inheritance tax relief on properties let as furnished holiday accommodation (FHLs). Business Property Relief (BPR) can provide 100% relief against inheritance tax where a business activity is deemed to be “wholly or mainly trading”. If a business activity […]

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Update: Scottish Government Study into the Collaborative Economy

Created: September 1, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy: Call for Evidence – Analysis of Responses The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has been a key stakeholder in the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy. You can see an analysis of the call for evidence responses they received here.    

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Press Release: ASSC Reacts to Barclay Review With “Cautious Optimism”

Created: August 29, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has welcomed several of the recommendations made in the Barclay Review of Non-Domestic Rates but also expressed a desire to see further action taken to help the hospitality sector in Scotland. In its reaction, the ASSC – the only organisation representing Scotland’s self-catering sector – praised some of the […]

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ASSC Response to Criticism of the Holiday Let Sector

Created: August 16, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC have responded to criticism of the holiday let sector in today’s edition of The Courier (16th August 2017). The original article can be seen here. You can access the online version of letter here. A full copy of the letter is available to view below.  “Dear Sir, The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers write in response […]

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Press Release: ASSC Hits Back at Short-Term Let Critics

Created: August 14, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Representation, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC has responded to the increasing level of criticism levelled at the short term letting sector. A number of reports released in recent weeks ignore the substantial benefits the sector brings to the local and national economy. In the second in a series of briefing papers on short-term lets, Andy Wightman, a Scottish Green […]

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Tweetie Pie Media Appointed to Handle Social Media Management

Created: August 14, 2017
Posted in: Marketing, Press Release

We are pleased to announce that Tweetie Pie Media has taken on the management of our social media platforms. This Greenock based company tendered for the project following staff changes in our marketing team. Board director Linda Battison has taken on responsibility for marketing and will be working closely with the team at Tweetie Pie […]

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Grenfell Tower Tragedy – Urgent Safety Review – Self-catering Properties

Created: July 28, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London the Scottish Government is seeking information regarding the presence of Aluminum Composite Cladding (ACM) in buildings in Scotland, including new builds or refurbished properties. ACM is a type of flat panel that consists of two thin aluminium sheets bonded to a non-aluminium core, typically between 3 […]

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Energy Performance Certificates Regulations Loom

Created: July 6, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Threat EPC Regulations Pose to the Self-catering and Short-Term Letting Sector in Scotland The ASSC has recently responded to the Scottish Government’s Call for Evidence in relation to Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing.  A background briefing on EPCs and the ASSC’s full submission can be read […]

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