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Derek Provan appointed CEO of AGS Airports and MD of Glasgow Airport

AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, has today (Monday 22 January 2018) confirmed that Derek Provan will succeed Amanda McMillan as both Chief Executive Officer of AGS and Managing Director of Glasgow Airport.

Heathrow, Derek Provan, Chief Operating Officer, Heathrow Airport Limited, Nov 2017.

Born in Glasgow, Derek has over 20 years of experience in aviation and joins AGS from Heathrow, Europe’s largest airport, where he is currently Interim Chief Operating Officer.

Derek joined Heathrow in 2013 having spent three years as Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport. Derek started his aviation career in 1998 at Glasgow Airport where he went on to hold a series of senior roles including Airfield Operations Manager, Head of Security and Terminal Operations and Customer Services Director.

Derek will take up his position at AGS and Glasgow Airport in April 2018. He will work closely with the Board, chaired by Sir Peter Mason, to further build on the success of the group which carried over 15 million passengers in 2017.

Commenting on the appointment, Sir Peter said: “Given Derek’s extensive experience and knowledge, not just of the AGS group of airports but the aviation industry as a whole, he was the natural choice of the Board. It is great to have someone of Derek’s pedigree joining the group and I am looking forward to working with him as we ensure our airports continue to deliver for the communities they serve.”

On his new role, Derek said: “Very few people are afforded the opportunity to lead the airport at which they started their career. Glasgow has enjoyed remarkable success in recent years and starts 2018 having recorded its busiest year on record. I’m excited at the prospect of returning home to build on everything that has been achieved to date.

As Chief Executive Officer, I will be supporting the local management teams at both Aberdeen International and Southampton airports as we work to cement AGS’s position as one of the UK’s largest and most successful airport groups.”

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Mackay Welcomes Increase in NHS Dental Registrations

Over 1 million now registered across area

SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the latest figures that have shown NHS dentist registrations on the rise once again – with 1,115,693 people now registered across Greater Glasgow & Clyde and over 5 million registered across the country.

Derek Mackay – SNP – Renfrewshire North and West
Pic – Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

The national figure has nearly doubled since the SNP came to power in 2007 – after the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration oversaw a decline in registrations from just over 2.7 million in 2000 to just over 2.5 million in 2007, including over 40,000 fewer children registered.

The percentage of adults registered with a dentist has gone up from 94.8% to 96.1% during the last year, while the number of children registered has also risen, from 95% to 95.8%.

SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“The latest dental registration statistics show the continued progress the SNP Scottish Government is making in improving oral health in Renfrewshire and across Scotland.

“Since the SNP came to power in 2007, the number of people registered with a dentist has nearly doubled across Scotland, sitting at over 5 million, following years of decline under Labour and the Lib Dems.

“And with nearly 1 million children now registered with an NHS dentist, it is clear that we are building the right attitudes to improve oral health for the next generation as well.

“People across Greater Glasgow & Clyde are benefitting from this improvement, with 1,115,693 people now registered with a dentist, including 209,611 children.

“The new oral health improvement plan will show how we intend to keep this good work going, and ensure that people are not only registering with a dentist, but also getting regular check-ups.

“Our oral health is vital for our wider health and wellbeing – and it is great to see people taking steps to ensure that they are able to access an NHS dentist in communities across Renfrewshire and throughout Scotland.”

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Johnstone first for free wifi

Johnstone is the first town centre in Renfrewshire to get free, public wifi in outdoor locations.

Wifi can now be accessed in streets surrounding the Johnstone Town Hall, as far as Quarry Street, William Street, Church Street and the High Street.

It is also available in public buildings across Johnstone, including the town hall and community library, as well as in Houston Square.

The initiative is part of a £1 million project to bring free, public wifi to Johnstone, Paisley and Renfrew town centres.

Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Iain Nicolson said: “Back in November, we made a commitment to the people of Johnstone that they would be the first community in Renfrewshire to get outdoors public wifi in their town centre.

“I’m delighted that we have delivered on this commitment and look forward to seeing Johnstone residents and visitors enjoying the benefits that free public wifi offers.

“Giving all members of the community equal access to the internet via free public wifi is an excellent way to tackle the problem of digital exclusion which can affect low income earners, older adults and people with disabilities.

“It also provides everyone with the same level of access to important information such as health advice and online education, as well as the ability to communicate instantly with others.

“Ultimately, the installation of free public wifi in the town centre will help Johnstone to become a better connected society.”

The wifi was installed by service provider Boston Networks, paving the way for further expansion into multiple indoor and outdoor locations across Johnstone.

Chief Executive of Boston Networks Scott McEwan said: “We’re delighted to deliver the first public wifi service to Johnstone town centre.

“Using the very latest wireless technology, our experienced engineers worked with Renfrewshire Council to enhance the user experience by offering seamless connectivity into even the most difficult to reach areas.

“This means visitors and residents can benefit from fast and free internet access across from the town centre.”

Paisley and Renfrew are due to have free public wifi in outdoors locations across their town centres by Spring-2018.

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Pupils have their say in Hearty Lives school menu initiative

Young people are having their say on the food on their plates by helping develop healthier high school menus.


The health peer education project Hearty Lives is being delivered across all 11 Renfrewshire secondary schools by Paisley-based charity Active Communities.

Each school has appointed a teacher as a coordinator who works with a group of senior pupils to promote healthy eating and to make improvements for their fellow students.

The project is funded by Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty Fund and school catering staff have met regularly with the groups to develop high school menus.

A healthier breakfast service has been introduced to phase out traditional filled rolls in favour of choices such as toast, poached eggs and fruit, as well as reducing the size and availability of home baking options.

Healthy food choices are now more prominently displayed at serving areas with catering staff encouraged to ‘nudge’ pupils to make healthier choices.

At Johnstone High School, catering staff have also being working with the School Nutrition Action Group to offer taster sessions to pupils and parents, as well as reviewing the food choices on offer at break times. Catering Manager Kerry O’Donnell said: “We had excellent feedback on the quality of food served in the canteen from the parents who attended the food taster session and we’re regularly reviewing the food choices on offer to help pupils to make healthier choices.”

Plans are also underway for outdoor seating in the school’s quadrangle area to encourage pupils to buy a healthy meal and stay on site.

First year pupil Alexs Malone, 12,  said: “I came to the taster session with my family and we had the opportunity to taste different healthy foods which are now available from the canteen. Tasting the different foods has encouraged me to eat healthier foods at break and at lunchtime.”

The school’s Hearty Lives coordinator Ainsley Brown said: “The healthier school meals initiative is one of the main projects that our Young Health Ambassadors have been involved in and it has been very successful in encouraging all of our students to make healthier food choices.”

Student Rachel McGhee said: “Young Health Ambassadors were responsible for finding out the nutritional facts of different foods and then for creating nutritional themed displays within the canteen which make our fellow pupils aware of the health benefits of certain foods.”

Similar work is being carried out in all high schools with work experience also being offered in some school kitchens.

Renfrewshire Council is also working in partnership with West College Scotland to deliver a bespoke Cooking Skills training course open to all catering staff and designed around the school menu.

Renfrewshire Council’s Convener of Education and Young People, Councillor Jim Paterson, said:  “It’s great to see how young people in our secondary schools have shown their commitment to healthy eating.

“They are well informed about the positive effects it can have for mental health and wellbeing and also for their self esteem and the feedback from the pupils involved in the project is that they want more healthy food options available.

“We are committed to making healthy eating a priority for all children and young people and will continue to develop school menus by working in partnership with them and also with organisations like Active Communities.”

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Pioneering programme on teaching methods in Renfrewshire has boosted pupil’s attainment in literacy

A pioneering project between Renfrewshire Council and the University of Strathclyde has led to an improvement in children’s literacy attainment regardless of their background.

Deputy First minister John Swinney visits Our Lady of Peace 19.1.18

The innovative Renfrewshire Literacy Approach, funded by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government, is a teacher and leadership training programme designed to enhance knowledge and skills in the teaching of reading.

A key aim of the collaboration is to narrow the attainment gap in literacy between pupils from low and high income households.

A report evaluating the approach, which was introduced in Renfrewshire in 2015, reveals that data gathered from reading tests indicates an increase in the average standardised age scores across primary three to seven and a decrease in those with low and below average scores. The increase applied to both girls and boys.

Further analysis indicated that the teaching programme may have had the greatest positive impact on children living in the most deprived areas.

It shows a positive increase in pupil attainment at all stages, particularly for those children who have previously struggled with aspects of learning to read.

The key aim of the approach is to improve standards in reading across Renfrewshire and to instil a life-long love of reading in children from an early age. This can increase children and young people’s chances of wider success across education and beyond.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Our Lady of Peace Primary School in Linwood, along with senior Council officials and Professor Sue Ellis from the University of Strathclyde, to officially launch the report today.

John Swinney, said: “The Literacy Report launched today shows good progress in raising attainment in literacy and closing the poverty related attainment gap.

“Supported by funding through the Scottish Attainment Challenge, this collaborative work undertaken by Renfrewshire Council and the University of Strathclyde to improve literacy outcomes for pupils and to close the attainment gap is showing promising results and we look forward to further progress as the programme develops.”

Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, Councillor Jim Paterson, said:

“This report shows the positive impact the approach has had on literacy attainment. Real progress is being made with the literacy skills of pupils.

“The ability to read well from an early age means that children from all backgrounds will be able to take advantage of the opportunities open to them across education and will allow them to reach their full potential.

“We are committed to seeing attainment rise even further and to narrowing the gap between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children in Renfrewshire.  This approach is instrumental in helping achieve this.”

Professor Sue Ellis, of Strathclyde’s School of Education, who led the project at the University, said: “Whether children are rich or poor, they must be able to read to access the rest of the curriculum.  This project has made a real difference to the children of Renfrewshire.

“The data clearly shows a fall in the number of children with below average and very below average scores, and an increase in those scoring above average and very high scores.

“Senior council officers at Renfrewshire provided high-profile leadership and they took a real interest in the changes taking place.”

Lesley-Anne Dick, Head Teacher of Our Lady of Peace said the school had ‘fully embraced’ the approach and added: “The motivation and enthusiasm of our two Literacy Champions has empowered others to try out the new ideas.

“Staff have worked extremely hard to completely change their practice and have said they enjoy teaching reading in this way.

“The children themselves have said they enjoy having the opportunity to read or be read to every day. Several who were reluctant, are now reading and are now exposed to a wider variety of ‘real books’ rather than being limited to a school reading scheme.

“It is lovely to see them talking to each another about books, discussing their likes, dislikes and recommending authors.”

The partnership has seen more than 1,000 primary and secondary school teachers and other learning professionals take part. Standardised assessment data gathered from around 3,500 children from Primary 3 – Primary 7 demonstrated ‘statistically significant improvement’ in attainment of reading over the course of implementation.

Data also shows an increase in the number of children scoring above average and very high scores and a fall in those with low and below average scores.

The positive start to the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach is now being further developed through continued Attainment Challenge funding into other areas of literacy development.

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Pupils’ artwork inspires exhibition at Paisley Museum

A record number of pupils from nurseries, primary and secondary schools have entered Renfrewshire’s annual Inspired Art Competition.

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Exhibittion showcasing local youngsters art
Joyce McKellar chief executive Renfrewshire leisure (red) Lisa Marie Hughes chair of Renfrewshire leisure (dark hair) with winners Nathan Shankland and Niamh McKniff (5)

Now 130 of almost 1000 entries – that include drawings, paintings and sculptures – will go on display in a free exhibition, at Paisley Museum, from January 20  to April 15.

Three talented pupils have had their artworks chosen to be turned into posters promoting the exhibition. They are Beth Gilkison, 15, from Castlehead High School; Nathan Shankland, 16, from Mary Russell School and Castlehead High, along with five-year-old Niamh McKniff, from St Fergus Primary.

The exhibition aims to showcase the development of young people’s art and design work from three and four year olds, to the more sophisticated pieces, which form a Fifth or Sixth Year pupils’ portfolios for national qualifications.

The competition is organised by Renfrewshire Leisure, whose chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “The judges had a very difficult decision due to the extremely high quality of artwork entries this year.  The variety of artworks on display is fantastic and I would encourage everyone to come along to the museum and see for themselves.”

Organisers of the Inspired Exhibition are also working in partnership with The National Gallery of Scotland as after the exhibition closes, much of the work featured will be sent for consideration in their National Tesco Bank Art Competition.

And some of the youngsters’ artwork will also feature in the Renfrewshire Schools 2019 Calendar.

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Chaplain’s Charity to support two worthy causes this year

Glasgow-based Funding Neuro and Roar in Renfrewshire to benefit in 2018 –

 

Glasgow Airport’s Chaplain’s Charity will support two charities based in Glasgow and Renfrewshire in 2018.

 

Chaplain Keith Banks and his team will be supported by staff from across the Glasgow Airport campus in raising vital funds for Glasgow-based Funding Neuro and the Roar – Connections for Life – throughout 2018.

 

Keith Banks, who has been the airport’s chaplain since 2008, said: “Towards the end of last year I asked my colleagues to nominate a local charity the chaplaincy team and Glasgow Airport could support in 2018.

 

“We received many really worthy nominations for fantastic organisations doing great work. It was really difficult to choose just one beneficiary charity, so we decided to pick two – one from Glasgow and another from Renfrewshire given the airport’s close links with both areas.  

 

“Funding Neuro and Roar are two local charities providing different, yet incredibly worthwhile services and I am determined to ensure that Glasgow Airport make a significant contribution to support their fine work this year.”  

 

Last year the airport’s chaplaincy raised more than £7,600 for British Heart Foundation (Scotland) and Keith and the chaplaincy team are hopeful this record sum can be matched, if not bettered, in 2018.

 

Introduced by Keith in 2010, the Chaplain’s Charity has raised more than £40,000 in total for a number of organisations including The Teddy Bear Foundation, CHAS, Robin House Children’s Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Salvation Army, Wish upon a Star and Make a Wish.

 

He added: ‘As always I’m very grateful to my colleagues across the airport – and of course our incredibly generous passengers – who help raise these vital funds each year.”

 

Funding Neuro was founded by Bryn Williams, who himself has Parkinson’s disease, to help fund research and pioneering treatment for devastating neurological conditions including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and brain tumours prevalent in children.

 

The charity, based in North Street, Glasgow, took the unusual step in 2015 to set up a crowdfunding page to raise £900,000 to finance a clinical trial to treat 18 children with deadly DIPG brain tumours.

 

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Sharon Kane, Funding Neuro’s chief executive, said: “We are thrilled Keith and his team have chosen to support Funding Neuro. This will enable us to continue our work extending the lives of children with brain tumours and support our research into debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone Disease.

 

“As well as raising vital funds we hope that the partnership will allow us to showcase our work to the many millions of people who pass through the airport throughout the year.”       

 

Based in Paisley, Roar provides preventative, health and wellbeing services for older people to connect lives and reduce social isolation and loneliness. The charity provides opportunities to help older people stay as mobile as they can, reducing their risk of falls and encouraging them to socialise in various leisure activities.

 

Nicola Hanssen, Roar’s general manager, said: “Support from the Chaplain’s Charity will enable us to expand our services even further in Renfrewshire in 2018. For example, through the generosity of Glasgow Airport staff and passengers, we’ll be able to expand our falls preventions and companionship services, which are invaluable to many of our elderly service users who perhaps have mobility issues, poor social networks and are at risk of loneliness and depression.”

 

To find out more about the work of both charities visit: www.fundingneuro.com, or www.roarforlife.org

 

If you’d like to support the Glasgow Airport Chaplain’s Charity in 2018 contact chaplaincy@glasgowairport.com  

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Charities set for boost as Renfrewshire’s Provost pledges her support

Three charities have been given a civic boost after it was announced they will receive the support of Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

Renfrew Council Provosts Charities MND, Accord Hospice and St Vincents Hospice16.1.18

Provost Cameron has pledged her support for MND Scotland, St Vincent’s Hospice and ACCORD Hospice as she prepares to undertake a variety of fundraising endeavours for each charity.

The Provost will focus on a different charity each year during her remaining time in office and will aim to raise as much money as possible by offering her services for the day to local businesses, hosting large events such as a charity ball and setting up fun, smaller events which everyone in Renfrewshire will be encouraged to take part in.

Provost Cameron said: “These charities are very close to my heart and I’m delighted that I will be able to support them throughout my time as Provost.

“The support and care they provide for families throughout Renfrewshire cannot be underestimated and is a vital lifeline for people in their time of need.

“I’ll be working hard to raise as much money as possible to help them continue their work so keep your eye out for upcoming events which you can take part in and play your part in supporting these fantastic charities.”

Provost Cameron will fundraise for MND Scotland in 2018 and 2021 and chose to support the charity after losing her mother to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2011.

MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles and may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.

Iain McWhirter, Head of Fundraising at MND Scotland, said: ““MND Scotland is very grateful to have been chosen as one of Provost Cameron’s charities and we look forward to working together to ensure everyone in Renfrewshire who is affected by Motor Neurone Disease receives the best possible practical, emotional and financial support.

“Awareness of MND has never been higher with the tragic diagnosis of Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, former Rangers captain Fernando Ricksen, and Celtic’s Jimmy Johnstone, and MND Scotland is the only Scottish charity which provides care and support to people affected by the disease, as well as funding research into finding a cure.”

Following in the footsteps of her predecessors, Provost Cameron will also support two local hospices, St Vincent’s and ACCORD, who provide palliative and end of life care to people with life limiting illnesses.

Helen Simpson, Chief Executive of ACCORD Hospice, said: “ACCORD Hospice is honoured and delighted to be chosen as one of the Charities that Provost Lorraine will support during her term in office.

“The fundraising ventures will financially support ACCORD Hospice in our care for individuals and families living with a life limiting illness in Renfrewshire, while also allowing us to reach more people and raise awareness of the palliative and end of life care services that hospices can offer the community.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice Chief Executive, Kate Lennon, said: “We are absolutely delighted and so grateful to be named as one of the dedicated charities by the Provost, just weeks before we mark our 30th anniversary.

“For three decades, we have provided specialist palliative and end of life care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions all across the community. This is only made possible thanks to the generosity and kindness of our supporters, and we cannot thank the Provost enough for this incredible gesture.”

If you wish the Provost to come along and work in your business for the day, or have an idea for a challenge, please contact Donna or Heather atcivicevents@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provost.

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Youngsters get sneak preview of iconic Monarch of the Glen painting

YOUNGSTERS yesterday (Thursday) got a sneak preview of one of Scotland’s most famous paintings before it goes on public display at Paisley Museum.

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Launch of Monarch of the Glen painting exhibition at paisley museum… local school kids from Arkleston Primary school, renfrew first to see the exhibition.

And their verdict was: “It’s stag-nificent!”
The pupils from Arkleston Primary, in Renfrew, were special guests at the launch of an exhibition of the painting The Monarch of the Glen (c.1851) by Sir Edwin Landseer.

The painting is an iconic image associated with Scotland and Paisley is only one of four venues in the country chosen by the National Galleries of Scotland for it to go on show.

People can view The Monarch of the Glen for free at Paisley Museum from tomorrow, Saturday, January 20 until March 11.

The painting was bought for the nation for £4 million from drinks giant Diageo last year, after a four-month fundraising campaign supported by the National Lottery, Art Fund, the Scottish Government, private trusts and public donations. Diageo had agreed to sell the famous painting for half the market value.

The image of a majestic red deer stag on a mist-covered Highland hilltop was painted in 1851 and has been used in modern times as an advertising tool on everything from beermats, biscuit tins to bottles of whisky.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, who operates Paisley Museum added: “Having this painting on view in Paisley is a huge coup for Renfrewshire and shows we are at the cultural centre of Scotland.

“Many people will have seen the image used in advertising, but may not have realised it is a painting by such a famous artist.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to see the original version of The Monarch of the Glen and it certainly is, as the pupils have been telling me – stag-nificent!”

Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery said:
“We want this tour of The Monarch of the Glen to be seen as a huge thank you for the overwhelming support we received during the fundraising campaign and as a celebration that this amazing work of art now belongs to all the people of Scotland.

“We hope that many people will take the opportunity to come and admire this iconic and world-famous painting.”

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OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR TIED PUB REFORM

Over 90 per cent of responses to a consultation on West of Scotland MSP Neil Bibby’s proposed Tied Pubs Bill backed a change in the law.

The proposal formally lodged today would create a statutory Pubs Code to regulate the relationship between tied pub tenants and their pub-owning landlords and an independent Adjudicator to enforce the code. Tied pub tenants in Scotland would gain similar rights to those in England and Wales, with restrictions eased on the range of drinks they can stock.

93 per cent of consultation respondents supported the Bill, including 87 per cent who described themselves as ‘fully supportive’.

The Bill is backed by a broad coalition including the Scottish Licensed Trade Association(SLTA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), GMB Scotland, the STUC and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

West Scotland MSP Neil Bibby MSP said: 

“This proposal is about fairness, choice and jobs. Fairness for tied pub tenants, choice for Scotland’s pub goers and jobs in the pub and brewing industries. My Bill would reset the relationship between tied licensees and their landlords, giving tied tenants in Scotland similar rights to those in England and Wales, and it would make it easier to bring locally-brewed products into the tied pub sector.

“Too often tied deals are one-sided and uncompetitive. With a broad coalition behind the Bill and backing from an overwhelming 93 per cent who responded, this consultation has demonstrated very clearly that the sector has to change.

“I have now formally lodged my proposal and I am asking MSPs of all parties to work with me to deliver a much-needed change in the law and a fairer deal for Scotland’s tied pubs and the brewing industry.”

In a statement, licensed trade body, the SLTA said:

“The SLTA echoes the support of the majority of respondents to the tied house consultation who are calling for a statutory Pubs Code and Adjudicator in Scotland to give Scottish tied house tenants the same protection as their counterparts in England and Wales. The status quo is not an option and our message remains the same – ‘there is an urgent need to have parity with the rest of the UK’. It is totally unacceptable for Scotland’s tenant licensees to be left in the very vulnerable position they find themselves in.

“Tied pub reform will end the discriminatory, unfair and uncompetitive marketplace that tied house tenants are locked into and will reverse the serious negative effect on the economy, particularly local economies.”

Sarah Bellis, CAMRA Director for Scotland says: 

“CAMRA welcomes the consultation results which show that an overwhelming 93% of respondents agree with CAMRA that change is needed to protect Scottish licensees tied to the large pub companies.

“Many pubs in Scotland are struggling because pub companies take more than is fair or sustainable from tied licensees’ profits by forcing them to buy their beer directly from them at inflated prices rather than on the open market. Licensees are further hit by paying above market value for rents and consequentially struggling to make a living, contributing to pub closures across Scotland.

“We therefore fully support Neil Bibby’s Pubs Code Bill, which calls for a powerful pubs code to govern the relationship between pub companies and their tenants to ensure licensees are treated fairly.”

GMB Organiser Martin Doran said: 

“Neil Bibby’s consultation on tied pub reform has demonstrated the strength of feeling and the breadth of the coalition in favour of change.  The Scottish Government should now move quickly to support legislative proposals which can deliver fairness for tied pubs tenants, give more choice for punters and help create a more level playing field for Scottish brewers who, as they should know, are significant employers.

“GMB Scotland members working in the Scottish brewing industry certainly understand that a fairer tied pubs market will help to sustain good jobs in their industry.  MSPs, of all parties, should be in no doubt that tied pub tenants and brewing industry workers alike support these proposals and now want to see change delivered.”

Colin Borland, Head of Devolved Nations at the FSB said:

“Neil Bibby’s proposed Bill will give the pub industry the New Year boost it needs by giving small businesses the opportunity to be free-of-tie – meaning lower prices and more choice for customers and greater take-home pay for tied tenants.

“FSB is calling on the Scottish Government to back local pub owners, get behind the Bill and call time on ineffective industry self-regulation.”