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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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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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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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The Barometer Survey Results

Created: December 20, 2016
Posted in: Barometer, Business, Industry News, Marketing, Self-catering Industry

At the end of August we conducted a survey with our members about the season from 31 December 2015 – 31 July 2016. 45.5% of our respondents had properties in a rural location, 16.3% semi-rural and 6.6% urban or semi-urban.  43.7% said that bookings for this period were slightly better or the same, with 6.6% […]

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Tourist Tax, Visitor Levy or Bed Tax

Created: December 5, 2016
Posted in: Business, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Like most tourism businesses in Scotland the Association of Scotland’s Self- Caterers does not support a tourist tax, visitor levy or bed tax. Scotland is already expensive to visit. The World Economic Forum ranks the UK 140th out of 141 counties in terms of tourism price-competitiveness. Given that a tourist tax would make Scotland less […]

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10 Tips for Marketing Your Holiday Rental

Created: November 21, 2016
Posted in: Annual Conference, Marketing, Self-catering Industry

The presentations at the recent Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) 2016 Self-Catering Conference in Glasgow were packed full of practical information from experts in the self-catering sector and tourism industry, covering a wide range of subjects from Marketing via Search Engine Optimisation to the benefits of booking portals.   The main message of the day […]

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VAT cut ‘could plough billions’ into hospitality sector

Created: November 18, 2016
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Self-catering Industry

Up to £10.3bn could be ploughed into the UK’s hospitality sector if a reduction in VAT is announced in the government’s Autumn statement next week (23 November). A cut in VAT of 5% could provide the average UK adult with extra spending power of £547 per year, according to the report. Read the Hotel Owner […]

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Rural self-catering in England contributes £3.04billion per year to the economy

Created: October 19, 2016
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

A recent English Association of Self Catering Operators (EASCO) report shows that rural self-catering in England adds £3.04billion to the economy each year from accommodation spend alone.  The report was compiled at the University of Greenwich using SuperControl data and underlines the importance of the holiday rental sector to the English and wider UK economies. http://www.supercontrol.co.uk/resources/rural-self-catering-in-england-contributes-more-than-3bn-pa-to-the-economy […]

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