Neil Coates, who had a long history in the UK coin machine industry beginning with the Peter Simper Organisation in 1985 and ending with Electrocoin, has died aged 72.
Neil had been ill for a number of years and was eventually in a nursing home where he died on Saturday, May 20. In 1989 he formed PCP (Powell, Coates and Powell) Micro Products. He joined Electrocoin to form the Famous Games brand that was subsequently fully incorporated into the Electrocoin Group, but had headed up PCP until 2008.
He fell ill shortly after that and was in a nursing home in Bath for many years. Neil Coates leaves a wife, Marion, two sons and several grandchildren.
The funeral details are not yet known.
The Bulldog Games brand of pushers and redemption equipment, which has reported Q1 sales that are 86 percent ahead of pre-launch forecasts, is being made available to operators on a unique revenue share agreement. RLMS Sales, the exclusive distributors for the Bulldog range, has introduced a ground breaking option that will enable operators to share in the cash box through to the completion of the October half term holidays when they will then be given an option to buy.
Tony Glanville, Managing Director of RLMS Sales, believes the array of purchasing options makes Bulldog a brand that’s accessible to every location and every business type. He explained: “We continue to work very closely with seaside operators and to understand the market dynamics and the contributions that we can make to help maximise profits. Clearly, the most important component part is the development of outstanding product and I’m delighted at the response that we’ve experienced both at EAG when we launched the brand and in the subsequent order book.
“The second area we have focussed on is making the range available to the widest audience possible. The revenue share option is a sign of the confidence that we have in Bulldog. After operators have sited our products for the season we believe that having experienced the products on site that they will exercise the option to purchase. Whatever the outcome they will be able to add the energy and dynamism of the industry’s newest pusher brand to their operation without having to make any capital expenditure. It’s a win-win situation which we are delighted to be able to offer. The shares option is one of a number that RLMS has created for the industry. Operators can take advantage of a two year rental agreement with an option to purchase, an HP arrangement which is available over a two year term and a straightforward purchase. The key objective is to make Bulldog a brand to be enjoyed by everyone.”
The Bulldog brand is manufactured in the UK and is backed by a comprehensive and detailed after sales and technical support which has been developed to keep machine downtime to an absolute minimum.
Happyland Amusements arcade owned by Bournemouth council could be replaced with a new hotel.
The site, , is just yards from the borough’s planned £70 million BIC hotel scheme, which has drawn controversy with claims the council is taking risks with taxpayers’ money.
At the recent Bournemouth Development Plans Conference, attended by developers and major local property owners, Bill Cotton, council executive director of economy and environment, said the borough was looking to market Happyland for redevelopment as a hotel.
However Councillor Philip Broadhead, cabinet member for economic growth, said the council would be seeking interest from the open market rather than investing in redevelopment itself as on the BIC hotel site.
“We have a 999 year lease on it and the Meyrick Estate own the freehold, so everything has to be done by agreement with Meyrick,” he said. “We are trying to put together terms on how we can improve the seafront in general. Nothing is formalised yet, but we are trying to progress something on that site, not for us to do but for the open market to do.”
The new mayor of Southend has promised a ‘massive’ investment in the town’s pier, during his acceptance speech. Derek Jarvis said, “Over the next five years, our iconic pier will benefit from a massive investment to sustain it for the future.Within a couple of years a redesigned pier entrance and new pavilion housing a relocated Pier Museum.”
Mr Jarvis added: “We all have a duty to foster a feeling of wellbeing and pride in our town. It is all too easy to let some of the bad news around drown out everything, that is great and good about the place we live in.”
Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world – extending 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary. It is a Grade II listed building.
Bulldog Games the pusher and redemption brand that was unveiled to the industry at EAG, has enjoyed a stellar launch with sales 86% ahead of forecasts. The figures cover the first quarter of 2018 and relate to sales of Bulldog’s 4, 6 and 8 player Deal or No Deal models, Monopoly 2p Roll Down, Monopoly Skyscraper and Ben Bones.
RLMS Managing Director, Tony Glanville, whose team is responsible for distributing the Bulldog range in the UK, believes the brand has brought a new zest and energy to what is a mature market. He said: “The response we received from operators at EAG was nothing short of phenomenal and I’m delighted to confirm that the enthusiasm for the Bulldog brand has been sustained and is evident in the order book.
“Bulldog is the result of an extensive and in-depth R&D process which has drawn on the experience and insight gained by consulting with many of the industry’s most knowledgeable and respected FEC operators. Their thinking and vast experience has inspired the brand and it’s that level of attention to detail, the quality of the build – which is exclusively UK-based – and the appeal of exclusive licenses that are instantly recognisable which explain what are fantastic and highly encouraging figures.”
The architects responsible for the Stirling Prize-winning rebuild of Hastings Pier have pledged money to a new crowdfunding campaign to take the attraction into community ownership.
dRMM won the prestigious architecture award in October 2017 for its work on the regeneration of the pier and just a month later, the pier went into administration.
The practice has pledged its design and planning application fee for future work on the pier towards the crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise an initial £500,000 towards buying and running the venue.
A statement on the crowdfunding page said: ‘Friends of Hastings Pier (FOHP) have created a business plan that will keep the freehold of the pier community-owned while transforming it into a profitable and sustainable business.
‘The bid has a real chance of winning, if we can show that we have community support and financial backing.’
The campaign needs to raise £1 million to convince administrators that it has the ability to sustain the pier for two years.
It said: ‘Raising half a million pounds now from individuals and organisations will keep us “in the game” and encourage other funders to invest alongside you to make our pier a success.’
The Guardian newspaper reports that a decision on B2 stakes could be made as early as tomorrow and Theresa May risks a defeat in the House of Commons unless she goes for a £2 stake.
It is believed that Iain Duncan Smith is leading a group of around 25 Conservative MPs in a bid to persuade May ‘not to waver’ in the face of last ditch lobbying by bookmakers. The group has written a letter, which has been seen by The Guardian, saying it is the Government’s ‘moral duty’ to restrict FOBTs, which they say “are causing many social harms and leading to huge financial losses for those who can least afford it.”
“Given the support for a £2 stake from every other political party, the strength of feeling among Conservatives means a more lenient approach would put May at risk of becoming the first prime minister to suffer a defeat on a statutory instrument since James Callaghan 40 years ago,” states the paper.
Rank Group has appointed John O’Reilly to the position of CEO to replace Henry Birch. O’Reilly was previously with William Hill and Ladbrokes for 25 years, where he developed online betting operations and expansion outside of the UK. O’Reilly left William Hill this time last year and will start at Rank on May 7.
Rank Chairman Ian Burke said O’Reillybrings with him “a wealth of gambling industry experience, particularly in digital. His impressive reputation and track record for delivering growth mean he is well-equipped to drive our performance going forward,”
O’Reilly stated, “I am excited to be joining Rank, a company synonymous with the UK gaming industry. Rank has very strong brands which resonate with customers and a growing digital offering and I look forward to building on this strong platform and taking Rank onto its next stage of development.”
Injustice Arcade; the DC Comics themed card-vending arcade game developed and manufactured by Raw Thrills and exclusively available from BANDAI NAMCO Amusement Europe Ltd. (BNAE) has been wowing the players at Brean Leisure’s Unity Farm Holiday Park.
Mike Childs, Arcade Manager at Unity Farm, commented, “At first, we thought it was a bit of a slow burner, but by the second week on site, it was on fire!”
“The concept of collecting a set of cards works particularly well on a holiday park where there is a lot of repeat business,” says Geoff Spencer, regional sales manager. “The cashbox figures on Injustice at Brean were incredible for just a couple of weeks on site. We can really recommend this title for other holiday parks looking to feel some heat this summer!”
Each play of Injustice Arcade vends one of 200 collectible cards starring one of the DC Comic Universe characters with famous Heroes including the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman as well as some of the most sinister villains, including The Joker, Harley Quinn and Bane which can then be used to be played in the game. Players can build a unique team of three in any combination or put characters together that have compatible abilities to unleash a devastating super attack!
Justice League, released in 2017 was the latest in a string of hit movies featuring the DC Comics characters, which included Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad. This year, fans are eagerly awaiting Aquaman and Shazam! while Wonder Woman 2 is in pre-production for release in 2019. “DC Comics characters are constantly relevant to kids today through the marketing around the movies, which is making them as popular as they have ever been,” adds Geoff. “We are definitely seeing the massive marketing around the movies as a benefit when it comes to our range of DC Comics themed games.”
Brean Leisure operates two arcades – one at Brean Leisure Park and the other at the Unity Farm Holiday Park Unity Park is one of Somerset’s top camping and caravan parks with various caravan, lodge and glamping options, situated on the doorstep of miles of golden beaches.
Max Davit of GT Promotions City Slots brand has taken delivery of his latest batch of Blueprint Alphastar Category C Community machines. With this latest installation, the forward-thinking independent company from London and the South East now operates in excess of 100 Blueprint machines.
Max commented, “As a result of working closely with Gaming Solutions on the Blueprint brand and the innovative game mix we are seeing continual growth which has made the latest investment an easy decision.”
David Sherwin of Gaming Solutions added ‘With as many as 14 playing positions in some of GT Promotions’ shops it highlights the upward trend that Blueprint Cat C & B3 is delivering. It’s a delight to work with a switched-on operator such as Max.”