Licensed Trade Hero 2020 is a brand new category at this year’s Scottish Bar & Pub awards reflecting the times we’re living through and this got us thinking about Hospitality Heroes that have gone above and beyond during the Covid crisis. Today we honour Angus-based Licensing solicitor Janet Hood.
Solicitor Janet Hood is on the frontline fighting for the rights of the Scottish licensed trade through good times and bad. Intensely passionate about this industry, during the Covid crisis Janet has scrutinised licensing boards taking too long to process applications and long been asking where’s the evidence for the restrictions? As well as posing other questions like is the postcode checker for the five-tier system going to change immediately when an area changes tiers? And what happens if an operator with no phone signal has bookings?
Said Janet, “I’ve been involved in hospitality since I was a girl, working in hotels and pubs as a bartender and a chambermaid and my stepmother ran The Royal Stewart in Crieff and husband’s family also ran restaurants and hotels.
“When I set up on my own I was delighted to work in an industry that makes people happy. I care about my community and I care about the trade and working to help it move forward through this difficult time as well as guide it through normal times with legal and business advice.”