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Mike Ansell and Sound Leisure Create Exclusive Sgt. Pepper Juke

27/09/2017 | 1 comment

Industry veteran Mike Ansell of Lordsvale/Jingle Games has signed a worldwide licence agreement with The Beatles’ company Apple Corps Ltd for a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club themed jukebox.

The limited edition jukebox will be manufactured by Sound Leisure and will be based on the company’s unique vinyl playing Rocket machine.

The iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year. It was the first rock LP to win four Grammy Awards in 1968 and contained some of the most well-known Beatles tracks, including With A Little Help From My Friends and Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds.

Jingle Games will distribute the machine in the UK with Sound Leisure handling all the export orders with their distribution partners.

Mike Ansell stated, “ I am very pleased to be working with Sound Leisure once again, it’s sixteen years since they manufactured the first Beatles jukebox for Lordsvale, which was the Yellow Submarine. The Yellow Submarine has since become a highly collectable sought after jukebox.”

Chris Black, MD of Sound Leisure added, “ It has been a fantastic experience working with Mike and the Apple Corps team again, I believe that we have collectively created a machine that without doubt captures and celebrates this moment in time. Due to the machine being based on our vinyl playing platform, The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Jukebox is probably the most exclusive jukebox ever to be produced.”

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Gamestec scoops Ei Group award for commercial expertise

27/09/2017 | 1 comment

Gamestec, part of NOVOMATIC UK, has won a prestigious award from national pub retail company Ei Group. The UK’s largest operator scooped the Commercial Award (driving results in a two-way relationship) in recognition of the ongoing work, initiatives, training, product development and relationship building it has completed in collaboration with the Operations team within all parts of the Ei Group. Gamestec collected the award at Ei Group’s recent Supplier and Operations Conference in front of an audience of more than 200 suppliers.

Lee Jefferson, Gamestec Sales and Marketing Director, welcomed the award, commenting: “Working so closely and collaboratively with such a forward thinking and progressive organisation such as Ei Group has enabled Gamestec to fully understand their business and, therefore, drive strategy and relationships that work seamlessly together. I am very proud and pleased that we have been given such a prestigious award and would like to thank all involved across both businesses for their focus and commitment in driving the machine strategy.”

Miles Selby, Ei Group’s Procurement Director, noted: “Gaming machines are an integral part of the business for most pubs, providing entertainment to the consumer and an important income stream to the business. So we are delighted to recognise the Gamestec team for their ongoing and valuable commercial contribution and the support they provide the group.”

Gamestec Account Director Sue Noble, who accepted the award, said: “On behalf of all of the teams I work with at Gamestec and Ei Group, I was honoured to pick up this award in recognition of all that we do and the way that we strive to work together. We collaborate with our trading partners to ensure each pub has the right product for its customers and maximise their earning potential. Over the last year we have kept pace with the various strategies within the Ei Group through regular contact with pubs, regional managers and the senior team to ensure there’s a constant focus on fulfilling their priorities.  The incredibly positive outcomes of all that hard work are reflected in the fact we have won such a prestigious award.”

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New Brand Name for Bob Rudd

25/09/2017 | No comments

Independent gaming and amusement machine supplier Bob Rudd has released The Rudd Group to cover the evolution from one company to three separate divisions.

The new brand identity reflects the transition from gaming and amusement machine operator to suppliers of catering equipment through their Clear Cool division and EPoS, Security and Music Systems through separate company Innstay UK Ltd. Although all three entities will remain entirely independent, the group identity has been brought in to better serve customers who receive products from all areas.

As you can see, the new logo clearly represents each sector under the umbrella and reflects the growth from gaming and amusement operator to full licensed trade supplies.

The new website www.theruddgroup.co.uk is used solely as a guide to the group and to point customers to the separate websites for each service.

All customers have been notified of the subtle changes, including new Service Technician and Collector’s uniform and employee ID cards, however day to day running of the companies will remain the same.

Commenting on the launch of The Rudd Group, Managing Director, Nick Rudd said;

“We have grown a great deal in the last 5 years and although Bob Rudd, Innstay and Clear Cool are run independently of one another we do have some customers who benefit from all three services. To aid clarity we decided to create The Rudd Group which cements us in the marketplace and better aligns us for future growth.” 

 

 

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GB gambling industry join forces to launch first ever Responsible Gambling Week

25/09/2017 | No comments

For the first time ever, the gambling industry in Great Britain is coming together to support the launch of Responsible Gambling Week. This national, cross-industry awareness campaign will run from 12th – 18th October 2017 and will aim to get everyone talking about what it means to gamble responsibly.

Responsible Gambling Week, which is led by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), will see every sector of the gambling industry in GB taking part (arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers, casinos and online). This means that over 10,000 gambling venues and online sites and 121,000 employees are set to take part in the biggest ever pan-industry social responsibility campaign.

The theme for this year’s campaign is simply, let’s talk about responsible gambling. All sectors of the gambling industry in GB work constantly to promote responsible behaviour. By coming together with one voice, they want to reach more people and get the country talking about responsible gambling, the tools that are available to keep gambling safe and fun, and where to find help and support for those who need it.

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Old Pound Coin To Be Taken Out of Circulation

25/09/2017 | No comments

From 11.59pm on 15 October 2017, businesses are under no obligation to accept the round £1 coin from customers.  From 16 October 2017 the coins will no longer be accepted in shops, restaurants and other retailers.

A spokesman for The Royal Mint said: “Following the ending of legal tender status, the current round £1 coin can continue to be deposited into a customer’s account, either business or personal, at most high street banks, provided that you hold an account with them.

“Specific arrangements may vary from bank to bank, including deposit limits. It is recommended that you consult with your bank directly.”

All coin handling equipment should now accept the new £1 coins.

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Bacta raises the political stakes

20/09/2017 | No comments

Bacta has embarked on one of the most intensive programmes of political engagement in its recent history initiating three high profile events in the course of a week. On Tuesday 19th September, a bacta delegation comprising President, Gabi Stergides, former President Jason Frost and Chief Executive John White, attended a meeting at Downing Street with Alex Martin, Advisor on Economic Affairs at the Number 10 Policy Unit.

The meeting provided a valuable opportunity for the bacta delegation to explain the association’s broader thinking around its triennial submission concerning stake and prize levels for B3, Category C and Category D, as well as its recommendations for the creation of a new B5 Category of games. Also high on bacta’s agenda were the social responsibility and economic implications of the various FOBT stake levels allegedly under consideration by the government and reported in the national press.

Tuesday’s meeting in Downing Street will be followed by a high level appearance at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. On Monday 25 September, Chief Executive John White will appear alongside the Tom Watson, MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, at a fringe event organised by the Institute for Public Policy Research, the UK’s leading progressive think tank. John White will be part of a panel debating the economic benefits of social responsibility. The following day, Brighton Palace Pier, the UK’s most popular free admission tourist attraction, will be the venue for a bacta organised ‘Fish & Chips & Beer’ lobbying event which will feature MPs, political advisers and journalists.

Reflecting on the programme, Gabi Stergides said: “Part of the role of a trade association is to represent its members through political engagement at the highest level. Our meeting in Downing Street enabled us to progress our arguments regarding social responsibility, underline our industry’s contribution to the national as well as to numerous regional economies and correct the inaccuracies and spurious mathematics being quoted in the press by some consultants. We are looking forward to taking bacta’s strong arguments to the Labour Party Conference and hosting our guests on a seaside icon which is such a compelling case study for the success of amusement led attractions.”

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NRM wins Ladbrokes Coral business

18/09/2017 | No comments

Technology and software solutions supplier, NRM, has announced a significant business win securing a group wide agreement to install its Numbers Betting Platform across the vast majority of the Ladbrokes Coral estate. The contract, which covers some 3,000+ LBOs, was secured following a competitive tender process and was officially launched at a photo-opportunity held at the Ladbrokes LBO in Bloxwich, West Midlands.

Andrew Ludlow, Managing Director and co-owner of NRM said: “This business win with one of gaming’s most respected blue chip companies not only underlines the intrinsic qualities of the Numbers Betting Platform but also the ‘customer first’ culture that’s part of our DNA at NRM.  The process actually began in 2014 when we responded to a request for proposal from Coral and participated in a subsequent competitive tender that was won against some of the industry’s biggest names.  We then progressed from a product trial through to a full roll-out in 2015.

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Alastair Tevendale Retires

15/09/2017 | No comments

One of the most familiar faces in the jukebox industry is retiring. Alastair Tevendale was just 17 years old when he got his first job at High Fidelity and 54 years later he is leaving his job as Technical Sales Manager at Sound Leisure after a wonderful career.

“I joined Hi Fidelity Sound in Leeds age 17,” says Alastair. “After three years High Fidelity was purchased by Music Hire. Two years after the acquisition I left and joined the Ditchburn Organisation where I stayed for three years before leaving and re-joining Music Hire Group in Leeds.
I was with Music Hire/Kunick then for 30 years before joining Alan at Sound Leisure where I have been for 16 great years.

“My time with Sound Leisure has been phenomenal. It has been a privilege to be associated with such a wonderful organisation and I will be forever grateful to Alan Black for offering me a position in the team in the first place all those years ago,” he adds. “Chris and Mike Black, Joanne, my colleagues in Sales department and all the guys in the factory are the people that make this company so special. Thank you.”

“We are very sorry to say goodbye to Al who has been such a valuable member of the Sound Leisure team and a great ambassador for the brand – he has travelled all over to see customers who over the years have appreciated his knowledge and commitment and many have become good friends,” says Chris Black, Sound Leisure Managing Director. “We will all miss Alastair’s dry wit, his modesty, kindness and his vast knowledge of everything to do with jukeboxes. It has genuinely been a pleasure working alongside him and we all wish him the very best and hope he will remain a regular visitor to the factory.”

“During the years that I have been on the road in this industry I have met some fantastic people,” concludes Alastair. “All I can say is that I have valued your friendship greatly and in due course it is my intention to get in my car and start a “Grand Tour” of this wonderful country this time not sell you anything – thank you all.”

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Grant Freerks Dies

14/09/2017 | 1 comment

A well-known name in the US, European and Japanese amusement games industry from the 1980s and 1990s, Grant Freerks of Taito Corporation, has died. Apparently Grant passed away on June 28, but due to the long period of absence from the industry, news is only just filtering through.

He was a major link between the three main global video games markets during the heyday of the Taito Space Invaders game and subsequent games. A fluent Japanese speaker, Grant was based in all three continents at different times, but mostly in London, looking after the European market.

He was, however a familiar figure at Japanese trade shows through those two decades, only leaving Taito when the company went public.

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AMS Open Day A Great Success

13/09/2017 | 2 comments

Leading Kent-based operator Automatic Machine Services Ltd (AMS) held an open day in its new offices in Kensing, Kent yesterday. The spacious new headquarters for AMS on the Chaucer Business Park is the main point for service and repair of equipment and houses 30 staff. The event was well attended and enjoyed good weather and the support of suppliers, including Sound Leisure/Soundnet’s Chris Black and James Luck and Jonathan Lauder from RLMS Sales.

“We have been looking for the right premises to move into for a number of years as we had outgrown our previous location,” said Director Jason Jarrett. “We moved in here in March and all the staff are thrilled with the space.” The premises also include an attractive showroom with innovative media wall, where branded photography can be carried out against a well-lit, logo backdrop ready for social media or press releases.

Guests were treated to a wonderful BBQ lunch and refreshments and one of the AMS staff Nicky Lines provided entertainment in the form of shaving all her hair off – in aid of McMillan Cancer and in support of her father.  Donations can be made here https://t.co/tOghPERGUzhttps://t.co/eho2x7dUXx

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