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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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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. […]

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Survey Results: Quality Assurance

Created: August 26, 2016
Posted in: Business, Marketing, Quality Assurance, Self-catering Industry

We recently conducted a survey on the importance of quality assurance, asking for views through the EmbraceScotland social media and newsletter.  We wanted to know whether or not it is important to potential visitors to Scotland that our accommodation is quality assured.  The survey results showed that quality assurance does matter to many when booking, and also highlighted the […]

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A Note from our Partner for Business, Scottish Cottages

Created: August 25, 2016
Posted in: Business, Partners for Business, Self-catering Industry

Summer in Scotland Like most self-catering summer operators, we are entering the busiest period. But this year’s peak season is set to be busier than ever before, as our Scottish Cottages owners have experienced bumper bookings since January for 2016 breaks. The first half of the year exceeded expectations, with bookings up across all regions […]

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Affiliate Membership Schemes

Created: May 9, 2016
Posted in: Affiliate Members, Business, Incentives, Member Benefits

The ASSC is partnering up with Destination Management Organisations and Tourism Groups throughout Scotland in order to grow our membership and strengthen our voice in the industry.  We have recently formed an affiliate membership scheme with VisitArran.  Do you run, or know of, an organisation that might be interested in joining our affiliate membership scheme?  The ASSC […]

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