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Support the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society

As Scotland's hospitality and licensed trade charity, The Ben is increasingly concerned about the impact of #Coronavirus on the people of our industry both in terms of health but also potential financial hardship.

The Ben is here as a safety net for anyone who works in our trade and is facing extreme financial hardship as a result of the virus, and we may be in a position to offer one-off financial assistance on a case by case basis.

If this applies to you or any colleagues please contact chris@bensoc.org.uk or call our office on 0141 353 3596.


BEN WEEK! 24th October - 31st October 

We will be hosting our very first BEN WEEK this year! We are reaching out to everyone in the hospitality and licensed trade industry in Scotland to come together to fundraise for us! We require over £300,000 per year to help the people of our trade who have fallen upon hard times.  

Please get in touch to start fundraising! 















You can speak to a Breathing Space advisor on 0800 83 85 87.

The Breathing Space phoneline is available:

  • 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday)
  • 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).

If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support out with these hours you can contact Samaritans on 116 123.

Your call will be confidential and will be taken by a trained Samaritans volunteer. The phoneline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are ill and feel it can't wait until your GP surgery re-opens you can call NHS 24 on 111. For an emergency ambulance you should dial 999.




Please also refer to the Scottish License Trade Association for further updates

Apply for Help

Have you worked in the trade and have a financial need? If so, you can apply to the BEN for help...

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