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Live 5 Gaming Awarded Alderney Licence

05/04/2017 | No comments

Live 5 Gaming is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded its Alderney Gambling Commission licence.

“At the beginning of the year we hosted a delegation from the Alderney Gambling Commission at our offices in the beautiful Hilton Hall near Wolverhampton,” says Chief Executive of Live 5 Gaming Lloyd Butler. “They were able to view the complexities of our business first hand. We are delighted that they have chosen to grant us our Alderney licence. This is another massive step forward for Live 5 as we seek to strengthen our position in the mobile marketplace.”

“Several of our games have been ordered by blue chip clients and our development schedule is being increased to meet demand,” adds Chairman Roy Howell.

 

About Live 5 Gaming

Live5 was created to capitalise on the huge growth and opportunities in the online/retail sectors. Live 5 fully focuses on quality content development.

Live 5’s core values are:

INNOVATION

DEVELOPING & RETAINING RELATIONSHIPS

DELIVERING ON TIME.

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Tourism Sector Backs Campaign for Lighter Evenings

29/03/2017 | No comments

Ahead of the advent of British Summer Time last weekend, Britain’s leading amusement and leisure parks called on the Government to shift UK clocks to Central European Time, putting the UK one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in the summer – creating lighter evenings all year round.

Such a move would create up to 80,000 new jobs and boost the economy by £2.5-3.5bn a year, claimed BALPPA/

It would also reduce carbon emissions – 447,000 tonnes of CO2 on winter calculations alone – improve public health by encouraging more outdoor activity and prevent some 80 road deaths a year, saving the NHS £138m.

Leisure day visits make up about 50% of the tourist industry and are currently constrained by the early advent of darkness in the winter months. By putting the clocks forward by an hour all year round, visitor attractions would benefit significantly.

Paul Kelly, Chief Executive of British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions (BALPPA), commented:

“BALPPA is strongly in favour of UK time being shifted permanently ahead by one hour. This simple, relatively low-cost change would have far reaching positive benefits for the tourism and hospitality industry, as well as on health, wellbeing and crime across the UK’’.

“We will continue to lobby government to secure this important change which would provide a vital boost to domestic tourism in what are otherwise challenging times for the industry’’.

BALPPA is the trade association that represents the interests of owners, managers, suppliers and developers in the UK’s commercial leisure parks, piers, zoos and attractions sector. Our organisation speaks for over 300 members, including iconic attractions such as Alton Towers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Brighton Pier, Bristol Zoo, Clacton Pier, Drayton Manor, Gulliver’s World, Lightwater Valley, the London Eye, Skegness Pleasure Beach, Teignmouth Grand Pier and Thorpe Park.

 

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Arcade Club –Europe’s biggest videogame dedicated arcade!

29/03/2017 | 1 comment

by Arcade Editor Toby na Nakhorn

A firm believer in barcades across the US, I long wondered why no one had exploited the gaping hole in the market back here. Everyone likes beer. And who doesn’t like games? Why weren’t more people jumping onto this? Arcade Club appeared out of nowhere in 2014, with the opening statement; “Europe’s largest video and pinball arcade”. How could a dedicated videogame arcade just pop up in England and declare itself as Europe’s biggest? I wanted answers. Not only that, following BBC 2’s coverage by “Collectaholics” I knew this was something more substantial than a flash in the pan. They already had my attention.

Arcade Club is based in Bury, Manchester a family business run by Andy Palmer and his team. Andy charges £10 entry per day, and the whole arcade is set to free play once you enter. Would this “pay on the door” system, which has been successful in the US with its strong arcade culture, be viable over here?

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Batman Begins to bring players together!

20/03/2017 | No comments

When it comes to iconic comic book super heroes there are none more famous than the caped crusader himself, Batman. And when allied to one of the hottest performing multi-players currently on the market, Astra Games’ Batman Begins, his character really does come to life. 

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Joyce’s Column: March

18/03/2017 | No comments

Oliver Murden son of  Electrocoin’s Andrew Murden appears to be following in his dad’s footsteps when it comes to playing music, just like Andrew, Oliver is keen on playing the drums, and played them and sang a Happy Birthday to Andrew on his recent birthday.  Oliver will celebrate his third birthday in Tenerife and I hope that you will be able to reciprocate Andrew and play for Oliver.

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Gamesman Celebrate at ICE

15/03/2017 | No comments

Gamesman was recognised for ‘two decades of innovation’ at February’s ICE Totally Gaming exhibition.  Senior executives from the Esterline Corporation owned gaming equipment components and systems manufacturer, received a celebratory ICE cake from Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion’s gaming division in a presentation which took place on the third day of the record breaking exhibition.

Reflecting on the three days of business and networking, Gamesman Sales Director, Martin Rigby, said: ‘It was a great honour to be recognised for the hard work and commitment invested by the team over the last 20-years.  ICE is our home show and to a large extent it has been part of our journey from a small and enterprising company focussed almost exclusively on the UK street market to our current status as part of Esterline and with a wholly owned factory in China and an office in Las Vegas.  The contacts, contracts and insight we have gained at ICE over the years has made a significant contribution to our present position in the market.”

He added: “ICE has always delivered and this year’s show was no exception.  There were more people, more countries and more quality than ever before and that’s coming after what was a really good ICE 2016.  ICE sets the tempo for the rest of the year and I’m delighted that Gamesman has got off to such a positive and progressive start to 2017.”

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Dublin Show sees AMATIC Marry Tradition with Technology

14/03/2017 | No comments

AMATIC Industries has a long history of supplying the Irish market – with both electronic roulette and slot machine solutions. Together with local partner Genesis Games, AMATIC Industries has built up a strong market share over the years.

Many Irish players have become accustomed to the AMATIC look. The team at AMATIC appreciates this and have created a special solution for the Irish market. The next-generation roulette wheel offers a host of new benefits and normally this would go hand-in-hand with a new design. The traditional AMATIC design has become a brand in its own right in Ireland. “Therefore, we offer the best of both worlds”, explains Thomas Engstberger of AMATIC. “The Retro electronic wheel offers all the benefits of the former roulette wheel yet it is housed in the design that many players in Ireland know and love. We listen to our customers and when they tell us they want the traditional look with the latest technology, we make this happen. As a family-managed business we know how important it is to provide solutions our customers are looking for”. 

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bacta Midlands Summer Ball – from James Miller

08/03/2017 | No comments

I am pleased to announce this year’s bacta Midlands Summer Ball (please find attached invitation) and Bell Fruit Golf day which will be taking place at a new venue, the  Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, Birmingham, CV7 7HR (near the NEC) on Friday 9th June 2017.

Last year’s event was a great success, everyone had a very enjoyable evening (just ask Parveen!!) raising an amazing £11,000.00 for Rays of Sunshine.

Due to the success and popularity of last year’s event I expect demand for tables to be extremely high, so I would advise booking early to avoid disappointment.  

Ticket prices remain the same as last year at £55.00 + VAT per person (£550.00 + VAT for tables of 10).

Overnight accommodation at the hotel for bed and breakfast is priced as follows;

Twin/Double £115 per room

Single £105 per room

 https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/cvtgs-forest-of-arden-marriott-hotel-and-country-club/

For Golf day bookings please contact Vanda at Bell Fruit on VOsinska@bellfruitgames.co.uk 

For Ball bookings – tables / seats  please contact either myself on james@hjmleisure.co.uk , Nigel Davis on nigeldavis@praesepeplc.com , Vanda Osinska on VOsinska@bellfruitgames.co.uk or Parveen Sharma on parveen@bacta.org.uk

It would be great if could join us this year, your support would be very much appreciated. This will be a night to remember

Regards,

James Miller

Bacta Midlands Chairman

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Kieran Corrigan National 3 Peaks Challenge

08/03/2017 | No comments

Please see the letter below from Albert Corrigan of HB Leisure who together with his family is attempting the gruelling 3 Peak Challenge on 19th May 2017, raising funds for Rays of Sunshine in memory of his son, Kieran Corrigan.

As many of you may be aware, Kieran worked for HB Leisure in a management role for the Alton Towers/HB arcade operation. Kieran was immensely proud of his role with HB Leisure and was greatly respected. Please follow the link at the end of this email to donate.

“The saying goes ‘ your life can turn on a sixpence’

On the 29th May 2016 our wonderful 21 year old son Kieran suffered what would be a fatal intraventricular Haemorrhage one of the rarest forms anyone can have the misfortune to suffer and almost always with a fatal outcome – no warning no pain – healthy one minute and gone the next. Our lives would never be the same again.

As a family we vowed to continue to celebrate Kieran’s Life through his many interests and achievements and to keep his memory and enthusiasm for life going, by doing and taking part in things important to him.

Kieran was extremely proud of his family heritage within the Amusement Business and was himself the 5th generation of our family to be involved. His love of the business and his constant efforts to make sure children were always catered for to enjoy the best possible time made it perfect to link the KC Challenge to bacta’s partnership with the incredible Rays of Sunshine Charity who bring hope and happiness to seriously ill children in the UK by granting wishes and entertaining hundreds of hospital children.

The KC 3 Peaks challenge is aiming to raise as much money as possible in order that we can grant as many wishes as we can. I (together with family and friends) will start the ascent of Ben Nevis at 5:30pm on the 19th May then onto Scafell Pike and Snowden in order to complete all 3 peaks within the 24 hour period to qualify for a successful challenge.

Please donate as freely as you can so we can reward these amazingly brave children and commemorate the life of an incredibly talented young man who was taken from us far too soon.

Please follow this link to donate to Rays of Sunshine in memory of Kieran

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kieran-corrigan3peakschallenge

 

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Rank VAT Case Update by bacta’s John White

01/03/2017 | 1 comment

A number of members have recently asked me about the state of play with their ‘Linneweber’ or ‘Rank’ VAT claims.  Below is a short summary of the situation.

1.            The Supreme Court ruled in favour of HMRC in 2015. This case, brought by Rank and often referred to as Linneweber 1, challenged HMRC on the grounds of fiscal neutrality.  That is to say that the VAT treatment of similar goods or services should be the same.  The case, which relates to a period between 2002 and 2005, centred on the differing treatments of so-called Section 16 machines (the takings of which were not liable to VAT) and other gaming machines.  Rank argued that they were  sufficiently similar to warrant the same tax treatment and therefore the company should not have paid VAT on the takings on their gaming machines during that period.  As this argument failed in the Supreme Court then claims for this period have been lost. 

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