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Industry and sectoral news, information, insights and support are offered exclusively to ASSC Members via regular emails in the Members’ Area of this website. To see an archive of past issues click here: (Please note to access all the articles in full you will need to be a member of ASSC.)

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ASSC Welcomes New Communications and Administration Assistant

Created: March 9, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Member Benefits

We are delighted to introduce you to Melanie Allen, our new Communications and Administration Assistant. We are thrilled that she has joined the team and believe she will be a real asset to the Association. Melanie says “I am delighted to join ASSC and I am very excited to be working with Fiona, Eleanor and the […]

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Energy Performance Certificates – Latest Developments

Created: March 9, 2018
Posted in: Legislation, Representation

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) continues to press the Scottish Government on the issue of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The ASSC has produced a briefing paper on the introduction of EPCs in Scotland and also it also sets out the main points of clarification required from the Scottish Government relating to their interpretation of […]

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SuperControl is helping self-catering businesses prepare for GDPR

Created: March 6, 2018
Posted in: Industry News, Legislation, Member Benefits, Partners for Business

The hot topic everyone is talking about right now is GDPR. What is it, what do you need to know and do, and how does it affect self-catering businesses and holiday rental owners? SuperControl Product Director Robert Kennedy explains everything to our clients in his GDPR briefing document. Read the blog.

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ASSC Seek Urgent Clarification on Edinburgh Holiday Lets Threatened with Closure

Created: February 11, 2018
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry

The ASSC have been informed that several operators of self-catering properties in Edinburgh have been told to cease trading as holiday lets by council officials. In the instances brought to our attention, Edinburgh Council stated that a Change of Use was required, which the ASSC would suggest is not the case in a legal/planning sense, and also […]

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ASSC Respond to Call for Evidence on Planning (Scotland) Bill

Created: February 8, 2018
Posted in: Legislation, Representation, Self-catering Industry

ASSC Respond to Call for Evidence on Planning (Scotland) Bill The ASSC have responded to the call for written evidence from the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee on the Scottish Government’s Planning (Scotland) Bill. While holiday lets were not explicitly referenced in the Bill, the ASSC is conscious of the wider debate on […]

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Scottish Government to Respond to Expert Panel Report in Spring 2018

Created: February 8, 2018
Posted in: Legislation, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Following a parliamentary question from Scottish Green Andy Wightman MSP on possible moves to regulate commercial short-term letting, the Scottish Government revealed that they would respond to the Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy in the spring. In his reply at Thursday’s (8th February) General Questions at the Scottish Parliament, the Minister for Local […]

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Tourism growth is welcomed, as are our visitors

Created: February 8, 2018
Posted in: Tourism Industry, Visit Scotland

Malcolm Roughead OBE, Chief Executive of VisitScotland announced on 7th February that “at the end of January the International Passenger Survey (IPS) tourism statistics and the domestic tourism statistics were announced and show fantastic growth. We knew anecdotally that tourism businesses across Scotland had a good summer in 2017, but it is absolutely phenomenal to see just how much growth […]

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Communications and Administration Assistant

Created: February 7, 2018
Posted in: Uncategorized

We are recruiting! We are looking for a Communications and Administration Assistant to provide support to the CEO and ASSC Board of Directors, to work towards the ASSC Mission and Vision Statements and Development Plan. Communications and Administration Assistant Job Description Please send your CV to the Chief Executive.

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Press Release: ASSC Welcomes Scottish Enterprise Collaborative Economy Report

Created: February 1, 2018
Posted in: Press Release, Regulations, Representation, Tourism Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, Scotland’s only trade body representing the traditional short-term rental sector, has welcomed the publication of a Scottish Enterprise report into the collaborative economy. The report, entitled ‘The Collaborative Economy and Scottish Tourism’, contains research into Scotland’s surging sharing economy and makes a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government. In […]

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Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy – Analysis and Recommendations

Created: January 29, 2018
Posted in: Member Benefits, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

Introduction The Scottish Expert Panel on the Collaborative Economy have published their long-awaited recommendations for consideration by Scottish Ministers. In a separate paper, the Scottish Government published an Evidence Paper which summarises the analysis that informed the Expert Panel’s work and covers the six key sector-specific areas, including peer-to-peer accommodation. Key Points – Scottish Expert […]

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