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Joyce’s Column: June

21/06/2017 | No comments

We really are a caring industry when it comes to charity and not just the industry’s sponsored charity, but other charities too and below are some of the efforts made by people from the industry to support charity.

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There can only be one topic of conversation in this edition of White’s Week – the election!

12/06/2017 | No comments

I find myself saying for the third time in a year ‘I didn’t see that coming’.  Only a few days ago a significant Conservative majority was on the cards and now on Friday morning, like many, I am digging through the ashes of a campaign that has resulted in a hung Parliament.

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Thank you from Albert Corrigan, HB Leisure

12/06/2017 | No comments

Dear Bacta Friends

We did it !!! Thank you all very much, I am overwhelmed by all the support the industry have given me, my family and my friends.

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Gamesman create new Sales Engineer position to enhance customer facing service

02/06/2017 | No comments

Gamesman, the international gaming equipment and systems manufacturer, part of the Esterline Corporation, has created a new role within the organisation which brings together the combined skill sets provided by engineering and marketing specialists. The dual Sales Engineer function requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with clients, all set against a strong engineering background and detailed product knowledge.
 

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Casey Memorial Announced

31/05/2017 | No comments

A memorial service for industry veteran Jim Casey, a well-known developer and manufacturer of amusement games, has been set for Friday, June 16.

Casey, who died on May 9, will be remembered at a service to be held at 2pm at the Church of Ireland, Offley Street, Athy, County Kildare.

Anne Casey, Jim’s widow has invited his friends to speak if they so wish. Please contact her directly if you would be interested.

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Hollywood Bowl profits up 7.9%

24/05/2017 | No comments

In its six month report, ending March 31, the UK-based ten-pin bowling operator, Hollywood Bowl, revealed revenues of £59.3m, an increase of 7.9 per cent from the same period last year.

The report also confirmed the company’s completion of two Bowlplex rebrands within the six-month period with two more planned for the second half of the year. It also completed the refurbishment of one further Hollywood Bowl in H1 with an additional five planned for H2, two of which are already underway.

Stephen Burns, CEO of Hollywood Bowl commented: “The strength of this first half trading performance reflects the continued progress we have made in delivering against our three growth priorities – opening new centres and acquisitions, growing like for like revenue and continuing to improve our existing estate through our refurbishment and rebrand programme.

“We will continue to focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience every time, investing in our customer proposition and our centres to continue the growth of the business. This customer focus, combined with our disciplined capital and cost management, gives us confidence in delivering another year of progress, and reporting results in line with board expectations

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Joyce’s column: May

24/05/2017 | 1 comment

ITM Leisure’s Janet Kelly enjoyed some happy celebrations recently when her daughter Danielle married Matt Tummey at Our Lady’s Church, St Annes. Lancashire with the reception being held at the seafront hotel The Grand also in St Annes.  Danielle and Matt honeymooned in New York and Las Vegas.  Janet was delighted with the day she said everything went as planned even down to the weather, had they decided to get married the week before or the week after the weather would have been dreadful.  Congratulations Danielle and Matt and hope you have a long and happy married life together.

I received an email from ITP Imports Ian Mottershead who informs me that he’s very much back in the game in the industry.  He has set up a redemption site for ITP Imports with the operator in mind due to VAT being a cost of the sale as they can’t claim it back.  Their range has been specially selected with all ages/sexes catered for, and at the present time there are around 500 lines available with further new lines added on a weekly basis. Their website is www.redemption.itpimports.co.uk  it is a very user friendly site the cartons are retail outer cartons , the cartons being 24 pieces the minimum order is £500, which really for not a lot of outlay you get a lot of product, which is what we all want.  Why don’t you take a look for yourselves, I don’t think you will be disappointed in fact quite the opposite I think you will be highly impressed.

Many congratulations to RLMS’s Tony Glanville and his wife Sarah who both ran in the recent London Marathon for BACTA’s charity Rays of Sunshine raising over £17,000 from the generous Coin-Op Industry , relatives and friends.

So sorry to hear of the death of my old long standing friend Jim Casey who died recently in Ireland. I knew had had been ill on and off for a few years, but when I saw him at the recent Irish show he looked quite well and said he felt much better.  ‘Our Jim’ was born in Ireland and later moved to England where he worked as an apprentice engineer and then did his National Service (as was compulsory in those days) and he served in West Germany and it was whilst here he assisted a cafe owner in repairing a jukebox and this gave him a taste for what was to become the rest of his life, the amusement industry.

After his National Service he returned to England and like many people Jim began with just one machine but it was not very long before his business had expanded and he was trading in both London and the Home Counties, he then met and married Ann who has been his rock over many years.

Always a man full of ideas, he searched machine design and manufacturing and created a successful career in this field. In the l980’s Jim and Ann set up Gayton Games, based in Northampton from which over the number of years many new and innovative games were developed and manufactured from this stable, and his most famous success was ‘Lucky Eggs’ which was a plastic egg vending machine and this was a great public attraction game and brought him phenomenal recognition. In fact I think that many of today’s vending machines of a similar ilk possibly came from the Lucky Eggs design. Jim always had a hankering to move back to Ireland to his roots and he and Ann did this and they spend many happy years together there, with Jim of course always full of ideas for machines, and some which were exhibited as recently as EAG 2015 and also the Irish show in the same year. Right up to his recent passing he was working on re-inventing one of his former machines, I just hope that one of his many friends can follow this through to fruition to add to the ‘Casey Legacy.’

I have many memories of some of my times spent with Jim and his wife Ann and in next month’s chat column I will tell you of some of them. I would also like to offer my sincere condolences to his wife Ann, their dear adopted family of Pauline, Jeffrey and Teri who will miss Jim so much, but they will have many, many happy memories of this man that enriched their lives.

Another of our elder statesmen of the industry Roy Deeming was quite upset with the news of Jim’s death and he says he will miss Jim greatly but will keep many happy memories over such a long lifetime of knowing this unique man – who was always full of ideas and he remembers Jim when as ‘Young Boys’ they trod the streets of London and Hertfordshire seeking business together. Roy says we should all remember this great man who made life seem a joy to whoever he met, and he was truly a great man who created happiness wherever he went.

 

 

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The ‘staycation’ factor on FECs by Nick Harding CEO at Praesepe plc

15/05/2017 | No comments

 

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#Tickets2wishes – A new innovative fundraising opportunity for FEC operators

15/05/2017 | No comments

#Tickets2wishes is a fundraising initiative administered by bacta in aid of Rays of Sunshine, bacta’s charity partner since 2012.  It is a very simple formula whereby customers donate their leftover redemption tickets into a tube, then whatever the ticket value, the operator match the amount and pass it on to bacta, who in turn donate it to Rays of Sunshine.  Any money you donate is tax deductible, so it’s a winner all around! Kits costs £100 plus VAT.

This is an excellent opportunity for staff to engage with customers, thus promoting operator’s businesses with positive PR and increase their social media profile. Families either on holiday or having fun for the day, will appreciate the opportunity to support other families who are less fortunate. 

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TouchTunes App registers 6m users as smartphone meets smart jukebox

15/05/2017 | No comments

Playdium’s status as the preferred jukebox for the Spotify Generation and 21st century consumers of music in general has been put into sharp focus, courtesy of the latest user data released by TouchTunes. As of the beginning of May the TouchTunes App has recorded an astonishing six million registered users in the United States, with new sign-ups averaging 25,000 a week. Such a phenomenal level of take-up has had a direct and profound impact on income with more than 30% of all jukebox revenue now being generated via the TouchTunes App.

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