I recently received an email from Eleanor Eldridge the widow of the late larger-than-life industry character Hal Eldridge and her email contained some sad news. PC Electronics run by Peter Cove and his son Gary who used to rent premises from Hal and Eleanor when they had their company Majormatics in Cricklewood, and Eleanor received a call from Gary saying that Peter had died at the age of 80.Continue reading...
Gabi Stergides, President of bacta has written directly to the Prime Minister Theresa May to urge her to review the proposed changeover date for FOBTs from April 2020 to April 2019. We publish the letter in full below.Continue reading...
The fearless team Blueprint have been sending in pictures and video from their incredible 400 mile cycle ride from Newark to Espelkamp in Germany.
Nicola Wallbank, Key Account Manager, Andy Hall, Key Account Manager and Gavin Wright, Sales Manager have accepted the challenge, with Content Manager James Lowe acting as support crew. The team set off on June 11, finishing in Germany on Thursday June 14.Continue reading...
In the small town of Gainsborough, once a thriving manufacturing hub of agricultural machinery – you can find CLMS housed behind a plain façade. A passer-by might wonder what kind of business goes on inside, as no clues are given, but this is the way Colm Taylor has always liked to keep things – under the radar!
I have encountered Colm’s name and face many times over the years, however, I have never interviewed, or even spoken to him before. The invitation to visit was too unexpected to resist, especially as I am also about to meet two new characters, namely Chris and OLGA. Chris Canning Jones is the MD of CLMS, increasingly taking a pivotal role in the business.Continue reading...
Some new product was on show from JNC, UDC and Crown Lesiure, among others and both Derek Horwood for UDC and Kevin Weir for Electrocoin reported a satisfactory outcome to the day and passed on news of a successful start to the year for the many UK seaside arcade owners who called in for the Open Day.
This event will be an opportunity for thought leaders to collectively inform the evolution of the pub gaming industry.
As hosts, Marston’s Telecoms will lead on the benefits of the natural synergy between the network and pubs. Their pub gaming industry specialist will review the gaming sector for retailers, operators, manufacturers and customers.
Through the presentations and feedback Marston’s will combine insights to consider the viable future of pub gaming.
Introducing ‘Gaming Synergy’ an introduction by Tony Ford, Operations Director of Marston’s Telecoms
Beyond Connectivity presented by Mike McMinn, Managing Director of Marston’s Telecoms
A viable future for pub gaming presented by Russell Wood, pub gaming industry specialist, Director of Waypoint
Working lunch and discovery. Reflect on the presentations over lunch and network with peers. Take time to view the latest prototype gaming design
The Gambling Commission has published its six-month update to the gambling industry statistics.
Figures provide a snapshot of activity, market changes and trends across all gambling sectors for the period October 2016 to September 2017.
- £13.9bn total gross gambling yield (GGY) of the Great Britain gambling industry (0.7% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
- £4.9bn total GGY for the online sector (3.7% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
- 35% market share of the remote sector (1.0% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
- 106,366 total number of employees in the Great Britain gambling industry (0.8% decrease from Mar 2017)
- 8,532 total number of betting shops in Great Britain (3.2% decrease from Mar 2017)
- 183,928 total number of gaming machines in Great Britain (0.7% decrease from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017) (excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)
- 649 total number of bingo premises in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (2.0% increase from Mar 2017)
- 152 total number of casino premises in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (2 more than Mar 2017)
- 1,810 total number of licensed arcades in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (3.5% decrease from Mar 2017).
Well we did it! The announcement that the maximum permitted stake on a Category B2 gaming machine will be reduced from £100 to £2 is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people, not least those bacta members who wrote to their MPs, lobbied them directly and who ensured their views were communicated to the local press. My thanks to you all. We have achieved what is arguably the biggest public policy win in bacta’s history.Continue reading...
A brave trio of Blueprint Machines employees is tackling a 400-mile cycle from Newark in the UK to the Gauselmann Group’s headquarters in Espelkamp, Germany in order to raise funds for a children’s charity.
Nicola Wallbank, Key Account Manager, Andy Hall, Key Account Manager and Gavin Wright, Sales Manager will attempt the challenge, with Content Manager James Lowe acting as support crew. The team will set off on June 11, finishing in Germany on Thursday June 14.Continue reading...
The value of having a well dressed pusher has been put into sharp focus with research undertaken by RLMS showing a substantial cash box lift, in some cases of up to 30%. The company, which has exclusive UK distribution rights to the Bulldog Games brand of pushers and redemption equipment launched to huge acclaim at January’s EAG, believe the skill and insight of operators is helping to make centrepiece attractions such as the eight player Deal or No Deal into amongst the top earning products on an FEC floor.
RLMS Sales Executive Freddie Shreeve, who has been heavily involved in the sales drive behind the Bulldog range, says the combination of high quality British engineered product and the expertise of seaside operators is a winning combination. He explained: “There’s absolutely no doubt that dressing a pusher to suit the motivations and interests of the customer base is a great skill and one which has a direct impact on cash in box.”
He continued: “From the time I’ve spent with the Bulldog Range at a large number of coastal resorts, it’s clear that UK operators have an encyclopaedic knowledge of their customers built up over many years. Not only do operators have a deep understanding of the psychology of playing but they also require an up to the minute knowledge of trends, tastes and fashions. It’s a precise set of skills that illustrate how well seaside businesses know their customers.”Continue reading...
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