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Repairing Standard

Created: December 3, 2018
Posted in: Business, Guidance, Industry News, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry

Draft copies of two Scottish Statutory Instruments intended to amend the repairing standard for private sector housing were published on 3rd December. These statutory instruments implement the commitment made to amend the repairing standard following Part 2 of the consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in the private rented sector (, which ASSC submitted […]

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Why our decades-old industry is worried about blunt new Airbnb rules

Created: September 18, 2018
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Legislation, Regulations, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

An interesting Article from Dorren Quinn, CEO of the Irish Self-Catering Federation: “The self-catering sector plays an integral role in Irish tourism. “BACK IN THE 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, even into the ’80s, a fortnight’s holiday at home in Ireland was the fashionable thing to do. “You headed off with everything but the kitchen sink to […]

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ASSC’s CEO Fiona Campbell makes the ‘Top 100 Women in Tourism’ list.

Created: July 30, 2018
Posted in: Awards, Business, Industry News, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry

  We are delighted to announce that ASSC’s very own CEO, Fiona Campbell has been listed on the Top 100 Women in Tourism.  Congratulations Fiona. #WITTOP100 celebrates a fantastic mix of women working in roles across the Scottish Tourism Sector. Huge Congratulations from us all at ASSC, also goes to: Tara Scott, ASSC Board Member […]

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Created: June 15, 2018
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Representation, Self-catering Industry, Tourism Industry, Uncategorized

One of the biggest consultations in recent years on the future of the rural economy in Scotland is now live and everyone who has an interest in rural matters, including tourism and its importance to the rural economy, is being urged to get involved and have their say. The National Council of Rural Advisors is an independent […]

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ASSC partners with new event Be My Guest

Created: January 28, 2018
Posted in: Business, Industry News, Member Benefits, Self-catering Industry, Trade Suppliers

Be My Guest is a brand new roadshow for small accommodation providers and the organising team is delighted to announce the partnership with the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers. The roadshow series is travelling throughout the UK and will be making a special stop in Glasgow on Wednesday 28 February 2018 for its free-to-attend one day […]

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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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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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Free Winter Readiness Healthcheck

Created: December 22, 2016
Posted in: Business, Resources

Don’t let soaring energy bills put a freeze on your profits.  During winter, when the days are colder and darker, your heating and lighting is put to maximum use.  Even small problems with equipment and staff behaviour can lead to needlessly high energy bills and impact you and your staff’s comfort and productivity. Find out […]

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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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