We’re not afraid of MGD

21/11/2012

“MGD the best thing to happen to small operators for ages, as usual it is the big boys making all the noise!” says Craig Truelove in a comment on our Coin-op Community website last week.

This followed a similar comment that was sent to me from an operator the week before which said, “The MGD is the LIFELINE needed for small operators, how can you honestly claim that is is no help. I for one would be closing the doors finally after this summer if the MGD was not around the corner. Quite simply, how can an industry run on paying tax & duty BEFORE it has been generated?

“If the “big boys” will finally pay a bit more then yippee, they have had it so good for too long, & if this MGD keeps businesses open and people employed then it is at last the best thing for the industry for years.”

In fact it seems that a growing number of small businesses are largely unfazed at the new MGD tax, despite warnings in the press that it could spell the end for some seaside businesses.

Critics have said it could put 11,000 jobs at risk and lead to the end of the traditional seaside amusement arcade.

But representatives from Carousel Amusements and Camelot, on Fore Street, and Slots Amusements, in Newquay told This is Cornwall, that they are unsure what impact the new tax could have.

Mark Pope, manager of Carousel, said it was too soon to tell how the duty would affect businesses and the Government tended to “take with one hand and give with the other”.

“Whether it will cost us more in the long run is debatable,” he said. “I’m not really sure it will affect that much. It will be interesting to see what happens.”

The manager of Camelot said he couldn’t say too much as the venue is part of a national chain, but expected the new duty to be “favourable” to the business.

A representative for Slots also said they were controlled by a parent company but was not concerned by the tax.

However, Tom Roach, of chartered accountants Francis Clark in Truro, said businesses should be aware of how the new duty might affect them.

“Increasing the indirect tax on operating gaming machines will have a big impact on amusement arcades,” he said.

Mr Pope said Carousel had switched its focus to family games, as people generally turned to online sites for gambling or home consoles for their video games.

He said: “In the past 18 months or so we’ve noticed more families coming to Newquay.”

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