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Do you run a B&B or Guest House in Scotland?
We are here to help, support, inform & represent YOU...

The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association (SBBA) is the trade association for B&B, guest house and small independent hotel owners in Scotland. It is affiliated with the award-winning UK Bed & Breakfast Association, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The SBBA was officially launched five years ago (in November 2016) at Guest Scotland in Edinburgh, and welcomed by the then Scottish Tourism Minister Fiona Hyslop MSP.

We are here to inform, support and represent our members, and to "fight your corner" with Governments (in Edinburgh, Westminster and until recently Brussels) and with regulators and the giant global tech platforms that dominate our industry. Current priorities include opposing the damaging and misconceived "Short-Term Lets" Licensing scheme legislation as originally proposed - which would affect every small B&B in Scotland (in "Use Class 9" - ie houses).

** BREAKING NEWS ** 8 October 2021:
Minister "Listens" to SBBA and others and makes
"pragmatic and significant changes" to STL proposals

Today (Friday 8 October), the Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison has outlined “pragmatic and significant” changes to the proposed licensing scheme for short-term lets in Scotland.

Ms Robison has set out the changes in a letter to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, ahead of laying the licensing legislation in the Scottish Parliament next month.

These include:
  • the removal of overprovision powers from the legislation;
  • a simplification of the way that neighbours are notified about licence applications;
  • reducing public liability insurance requirements [specifically in response to concerns raised by the Scottish B&B Association in the Working Group); and
  • removing personal names from the public register.

    The Minister has undertaken that "Revised guidance will be developed with stakeholders, with an emphasis on: a risk-based, intelligence-led approach to property inspections; keeping costs and fees under control; and using all the flexibilities in the legislation to facilitate responsible home sharing and bed and breakfast".

    Ms Robison said:
    “Regulation of short-term lets is vital to balance the needs and concerns communities have raised with wider economic and tourism interests.
    “Following our recent consultation and engagement with stakeholders, we are making some pragmatic and significant changes to improve the proposed legislation.
    “We are therefore addressing issues raised by stakeholders whilst still allowing licensing authorities to ensure short-term lets are safe and address issues faced by neighbours.
    “This means local authorities can respond to the needs and concerns of local communities and neighbours to short term lets without imposing onerous bureaucracy on responsible tourism businesses.
    “I am grateful to those stakeholders who have taken part in theconsultation. I look forward to continuing to work constructively with the tourism sector and councils to finalise and implement the licensing scheme effectively.”

    Why join the Scottish B&B Association (SBBA)?

  • We are your independent voice - we have never received a penny of funding from the Scottish Government, the Westminster Government, or any public body. We are supported by our subscribing members only
  • Receive regular detailed SBBA member emails
  • Receive regular detailed UK B&B Association member emails
  • Support the Association's campaigns, eg on a level playing-field for B&Bs, fairer treatment of B&Bs by online travel agents (OTAs)
  • Get FREE full membership of the (UK) B&B Association - worth £60
  • Get password member access to the B&B Association member resource pages
  • Receive a FREE eBook ("How to Start & Run a B&B") - worth £9.99
  • Access member deals including up to 20% off linens, up to 40% off printing & promotional items, up to 30% off electrical appliances, 15% off B&B insurance and more
  • Representation as your trade association in any dispute you may have with a regulatory body or local authority
  • Access to guidance documents for B&Bs & guesthouses on Covd-secure operating

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    The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Association is a member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the umbrella organisation representing all of Scotland's tourism trade associations.

    Hospitality directly employs 256,000 people in Scotland (an increase of 15% since 2010), supports a further 153,000 jobs in the supply chain and contributes 4.6 billion pounds in "Gross Value Added" to Scotland's economy.

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