Two licensed trade associations have joined forces to create a new organisation and give licence holders in Aberdeen City and Shire a stronger voice on issues that affect their livelihood.
The new Aberdeen City and Shire Licensed Trade Association is the result of the amalgamation of Aberdeen Excise Licensed Holders Association and Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire Licensed Trade Association.
Both associations have a long history, dating back to the 1890s.
Finlay Cran, of The Albyn in Aberdeen, has been appointed as president of ACSLTA, which was officially launched on Tuesday at an event at the city’s Marcliffe Hotel.
He said there were a numerous benefits for members, including the ability to influence and shape policy at national level.
“We believe there is strength in numbers so it made sense for Aberdeen Excise Licensed Holders Association and Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire Licensed Trade Association to pool our resources and work together to ensure there is consistency and harmonisation across the licensed trade,” he said.
The new association is also affiliated to the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, giving members a voice at national level and membership of the City and Shire association at no extra cost.
Mr Cran added: “As well as having a combined voice to speak out on issues that affect us all, such as minimum pricing, anti-social behaviour and changes to legislation, all members have access to a national buying group, which means they can have greater purchasing power for their goods and services. Specialist licence trade insurance is also available, which if taken, pays the member’s association fee the following year.
“We will continue to have a presence at the local licensing forum and meet regularly with local licensing officials.
“This will ensure we are fully conversant with all licensing legislation and be in a position to give our members free advice and contact information whenever required.
The move has been welcomed by local licensing boards.
Convener of the Aberdeenshire North Licensing Board, Councillor Stuart Pratt, added: “We are very much looking forward to working with the new association and building on the good relationship we had with the previous organisations.
“Both the Aberdeen Excise Licensed Holders Association and the Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardineshire Licensed Trade Association have a significant history, but it is important that they develop and adapt to ensure license holders the fullest and most influential representation.”
For more information on the new association, contact secretary Jack Dempster on 01651 851720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org