Joyce’s Column: July

26/07/2017 | No comments

Two well-known industry personalities that were missing at the recent London Open Day were Dawn Millroy and Peter Rubin and both had intended to attend the event as they both look so forward to it, but due to circumstances beyond their control this was not possible.

Dawn who was waiting for an operation on her heel received a call from the hospital stating they had had a cancellation and could do her operation on no other than the Open Day, so of course she didn’t really have a choice in the matter, the heel operation had to come first. Anyway on this note Dawn I’m sure we all would like to send you best wishes and hope the operation has been a success and we look forward to seeing you at ACOS in October.

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Sterling reviews for Daytona!

24/07/2017 | No comments

Sega continues to receive glowing reports for its latest and legendary driving game Daytona Championship USA. The company recently reported that operators are saying it’s the “number one driver on location”; and additionally to meet demand they had expanded manufacturer to a second factory.

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New UK £10 note unveiled

19/07/2017 | No comments

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has unveiled the design of its new polymer £10 note featuring the world-renowned author, Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of her death.

The note will be issued on September 14. It is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users identify it. This is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

It is expected to last 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around five years in total – and stay in better condition during day-to-day use. It joins the Churchill £5 note in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes, with a new £20 note featuring the well-known British landscape painter, JMW Turner, set to follow in 2020.

Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.

Speaking at Winchester Cathedral, the resting place of Jane Austen, Carney said: “Our banknotes serve as repositories of the country’s collective memory, promoting awareness of the United Kingdom’s glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens. The new £10 note celebrates Jane Austen’s work. Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.”

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White’s Week: fine weather to wait for Review

18/07/2017 | No comments

I am sure everyone is crossing their fingers that the generally fine weather of recent weeks continues into the school holidays (already up and running in Scotland) – it would be a welcome boost for the sector.  We certainly need something to cheer us up after yet another delay to the Review of Stakes and Prizes was announced by Minister, Tracey Crouch, a couple of weeks ago, a Review that also promises to deal with the long-festering problem of £100 stakes on FOBTs.

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Bacta announce launch of President’s Community Awards

13/07/2017 | No comments

RLMS Managing Director, Tony Glanville and Bell-Fruit’s Group Sales and Customer Liaison Manager, Vanda Osinska, are the first recipients of the President’s bacta Community Awards, an initiative introduced by National President, Gabi Stergides to recognise the sterling work undertaken by bacta members in their local and regional communities.  

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Bacta take charity contribution to £310,000 as redemption initiative proves just the ticket

10/07/2017 | No comments

#Tickets2Wishes, the simple and fun redemption initiative developed as part of UK trade association bacta’s fundraising campaign in aid of Rays of Sunshine, has been described as “a fantastic example of using creativity to generate much welcomed funds but also raising awareness of Rays of Sunshine at the same time” by the charity’s CEO, Jane Sharpe.

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Man v Lakes – Peter Davis Updates us on Muddy Hell Fire Ultimate Challenge

05/07/2017 | No comments

Well it’s just under two weeks to go until Man v Lakes and this is what lies ahead!!

On Saturday 15th July Tony and Sarah Glanville and I will set off bright and early on a 26.2 mile running event like nothing we have experienced so far. We will enter the Lake District by striking out with an audacious and surreal crossing of the quicksands of Morecambe Bay, before plunging north through mountainous country on a rollercoaster running route that brings us to the foot of England’s most famous Lake. A shore-to-shore crossing of Windermere at its narrowest point will set the stage for what is yet to come: Proceeding higher into the hills and forests of the area and immersing ourselves into the Lake itself, tackling short wades, swims,* slides, jumps and an amazingly bold floating assault course.

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SUZOHAPP receives the Innovation Award at ATMIA Conference for Cash Recycling Technology

28/06/2017 | No comments

The ATMIA “ATM and Cash Innovation” Conference took place on June 13 & 14 in London. This edition celebrated the 50th anniversary of the ATM industry which has revolutionized financial services, access to cash and human spending habits.  At the Celebratory Gala Dinner, the first 50 years and the future of ATMs were commemorated and awards were given to organizations that made unique contributions to the development of the ATM industry over the years.

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David Morosoli Presents Holloway Certificate

28/06/2017 | 1 comment

On Tuesday 20th June 2017 I met with Malcolm Graham to present the certificate of appreciation awarded to his great uncle, John Henry Holloway by the Amusement Trades Association on or around 1st March 1946.  John Holloway was one of four sons of Jack Holloway, who in 1925 with his brother Charles founded the Samson Novelty Company in a basement in Dean Street, Soho. 

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Gambling Commission holds regional workshops for two popular arcade hotspots

26/06/2017 | No comments

The Gambling Commission has visited two regions popular for arcade and family entertainment centres, reinforcing key licence requirements as well as discussing local risk assessments, anti-money laundering and assurance statements.

The Commission hosted a workshop in Grimsby on 14 June, and a second one in Taunton on 21 June, with over 40 local arcade and family entertainment centre owners attending.

Helen Venn, programme director at the Gambling Commission comments: “We appreciate that it’s sometimes hard for small businesses to feel they are being given the same voice as larger gambling businesses.

“This is why we have decided to host these events – the first in Grimsby and the second in Taunton – to give local arcade owners the opportunity to hear first-hand from Commission compliance and policy experts about the expectations and challenges facing their businesses straight from the regulator.

“It’s been a really important opportunity for us to engage with smaller operators on a face-to-face basis, but also to reemphasise with the importance of gambling businesses taking their anti-money laundering and social responsibility requirements seriously.

“We will be looking at hosting further events later in the year, but in the meantime will be offering a webinar to other businesses that couldn’t attend.”

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