“The leisure and wider hospitality and late-night industries in Scotland have been faced with a challenge beyond compare. Profitable, well-run businesses are going to be stretched to their limit and beyond. However, in the face of adversity, we have seen manifest what we always knew was true – this is a collegiate industry dedicated to service. Whether that is the service demonstrated by drinks producers gearing up to make hand sanitizer or large late-night venues like the SEC Campus given over to emergency hospitals and the countless bars and venues arranging delivery of food and essentials to their communities. Professional advisors and representative organisations like the NTIA have been dedicated to informing their clients and members about changes and working pro bono on practical solutions alongside lobbying for more government support.
Make no mistake, there are and will be corporate and cultural casualties from COVID-19 in Scotland but it won’t be without a collective fight!”