First Minister seeking ’New Deal for Scottish Business’ including a delay in Deposit Returns Scheme and ‘back to drawing board’ on Alcohol Advertising

The First Minister, Humza Yousaf, has published a new policy prospectus, setting out how he wants the Scottish Government to deliver for Scotland over the next three years. 

In his first major statement to Parliament, the First Minister said three missions, centred on the themes of equality, opportunity and community, will be central to his government. 

ASVA is heartened by the fact that the First Minister announced that he will seek to reach agreement on a ‘New Deal for Scottish Business’. In his statement, he revealed that the launch of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will be pushed from August 2023 to March 2024, that proposals on alcohol advertising will go “back to the drawing board” and that the Scottish Government will look at ways to use Business Rates to boost business and further support communities.

These are all sensible steps and ASVA is pleased that Mr Yousaf has recognised the need to reset the relationship with businesses and has listened to the many voices from within the tourism community, including ASVA’s, about concerns regarding recent policy decisions and proposals and their impact on our industry.   For full details of the prospectus, entitled ‘New Leadership – A Fresh Start’, please click here and you can read the First Minister’s full statement at this link.