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The ASSC is the primary source of news and information for all self-catering businesses in Scotland.

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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Getting the Bigger Picture: ASSC Announces New In-Depth Study into Short-Term Rentals

Created: December 12, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Short-term letting has made quite a few headlines of late; some positive and some not so positive. There is a debate going on across Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh, as to their social and economic impact. While the ASSC welcomes rigorous debate on the efficacy of all sectors, its own included, it is vitally important that […]

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Ministerial Statement on Planning and Inclusive Growth

Created: December 6, 2017
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Legislation, Representation

On 5 December 2017, Scottish Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart, stood before the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament to deliver a Ministerial Statement on planning and inclusive growth. He did this in the context of the recently submitted Planning Bill, which has now been laid before Parliament. Mr Stewart spoke of the […]

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Chief Executive’s Report

Created: November 21, 2017
Posted in: Member Benefits, Paws for a Break, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

2017 has been a year of frenetic activity and pro-active engagement on a number of key issues, which have and will have a dramatic effect on our sector going forwards. It has been an exceptionally challenging year and we continue to face significant threats going into 2018. Some of the key issues that have been […]

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ASSC Reacts to the Homes First campaign

Created: November 20, 2017
Posted in: Uncategorized

Andy Wightman led a Members’ Business Debate, launching Homes First, the Scottish Green Party campaign focusing on short-term lets on 8th November. Andy Wightman Position Paper

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ASSC Publishes Response to the Islands Bill

Created: November 20, 2017
Posted in: Uncategorized

The Scottish Government has introduced an Islands Bill, which is currently being scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. The Bill encompasses a disparate set of issues and aims to strengthen and protect Scotland’s island communities by: Developing a National Islands Plan; Introducing duties on Ministers and relevant public bodies to have […]

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Parliamentary Motion: Annual Conference of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers 

Created: November 13, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Representation

S5M-08770: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/11/2017 “That the Parliament welcomes the annual conference of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), which took place at Perth Concert Hall on 7 November 2017; notes that the ASSC, which is the only trade association representing the interests of the traditional self-catering […]

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Attacks on Scotland’s short term letting are an insult to tourism

Created: November 13, 2017
Posted in: Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

In his recent article for this newspaper, Andy Wightman MSP made a number of claims as part of an extended attack on Scotland’s short term letting sector. While healthy debate is to be encouraged, we at the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) feel that it is important to set the record straight on the state […]

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Press Release: ASSC Celebrates Record-Breaking Conference

Created: November 9, 2017
Posted in: Press Release, Self-catering Industry

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has celebrated a record attendance at its annual conference, an indication that the Scottish traditional self-catering sector is in rude health. Taking place in Perth, the conference, which brought together stakeholders from across the sector, including politicians, hosts, and others, to focus on good practice and advancing the sector, […]

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Showcasing Scotland – West: Bringing together Scottish Food and Drink Producers with Local and Regional Buyers.

Created: November 2, 2017
Posted in: Industry News, Tourism Industry, Trade Suppliers

Showcasing Scotland – West: this new one day event will be held on 7th March 2018, Hampden Park, Glasgow. This will be the first regional event which aims to bring together Scottish food and drink producers with local and regional buyers. Through a series of Showcasing Scotland regional events, industry leaders Scotland Food & Drink will […]

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Energy Performance Certificates: Did you know that you need one?

Created: October 28, 2017
Posted in: Legislation, Regulations, Representation

Individual holiday homes, which are rented out in their entirety, now require an Energy Performance Certificate in Scotland, despite advice until January 2017 that holiday homes did not require EPCs. By 2018, any property being rented out must meet a minimum standard of an EPC rating E. By 2020, your EPC rating will have to […]

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