BACTA South West Show – The One Stop Operator Shop
The response to the inaugural BACTA South West Open Day and Race Night has been incredible, says Jason Frost, chairman of the South West Region.
Jason, who took over from Mal Kravis late last year, believes that despite the ongoing difficult economic times, the industry is ready for another date in the show calendar.
“Perhaps it is a case that we have been cutting back for so long that we are ready for another event like this. In addition, we have received an extremely positive response to our Race Night, so there is obviously demand for a social occasion of this nature,” he says.
The Open Day and subsequent Race Night will be held on May 7 at the The Devon Hotel, Matford, Exeter EX2 8XU. It starts at 10.00am and finishes at 4.00pm. There will also be a free bar at the show and lunch provided between 12 and 2.
“I urge BACTA members to come and join us for the show as we will also have a number of experts on hand in areas such as compliance and MGD who will be able to answer all sorts of queries, during the day,” says Jason.
“In the last few years, business has not been so great for most of us in the trade and it was felt that this was not a time to ask members to raise money for charity especially at a time when many were struggling to keep their heads above water themselves, but things have changed ever so slightly, and now that MGD is upon us we need a bit of networking and meeting up with our fellow operators, suppliers and clients more than ever,” he adds.
The Open day will begin at 10am in the The Devon Hotel and there will be an exhibition with suppliers of gaming and amusement and ancillary equipment including Cummins Allison, Harry Levy Amusements, Embed Playsafe, JNC Sales, PMS International, RH Trading, RLMS, SEGA Amusement Europe, Ultimate Fan and Zone Leisure.
Following the show at around 4.00pm, delegates will move to Exeter race course for the last race meet of the season, which is also ladies night. The BACTA South West committee has secured a private room with a balcony overlooking the winline, that seats over 120 people. For those who have not yet secured a ticket to this evening event – speed is of the essence as almost all the tables are now fully booked.
“All proceeds from the day will go to BACTA’s nominated charity Rays of Sunshine who will give a short presentation at the start of the evening. I can tell you from a personal level they are a fantastic charity run with passion and vigour,” says Jason who raised £2,000 for the charity last year in a banger rally.
A charity auction will be held on the night including some truly incredible prizes and Jason promises – no cuddly toys.
BACTA South West Region has been aided in its organization of the Open Day by Karen Cooke of Swan Events, who has very kindly donated her expertise to Jason and the team.
“I would really like to thank Karen for her tireless hard work and good humour in helping us to organize this event. If there is anyone else who would like to book exhibition space then please contact her as soon as possible. Finally, I would like to thank those who have already booked space and tickets for the racing. I look forward to seeing old and new friends – it should be great fun, which is something we could all do with after the last few years!” concludes Jason.
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