Reports in the National press suggest that Gala Bingo’s parent company Caledonia Investments, is looking for buyers for some of its sites.
In addition, the group is offering space in some locations to third party company to rent.
Gala Bingo’s operating profits fell by 5pc to £746,000 in 2015, which is the latest set of available results, but pre-tax profits dropped heavily from £40.9m in 2014 to £1.9m, almost entirely due to payments from other group companies not being repeated. It appears that Gala has been hit by a shift in bingo players moving online.
Both galabingo.com and galacasino.com are owned by bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral meaning a rebrand would likely be needed if Gala Bingo is to make a push online. Gala is understood to have approached supermarkets Co-op and Nisa about whether they are interested in any of the Gala Bingo sites, as well as gym businesses Gym Box and The Gym, and frozen foods supermarket Farm Foods.
A spokesman for Gala declined to comment on the rebrand but said that the company always reviewed its estate.
UZOHAPP is well prepared for the new £10 banknote that will enter circulation in England and Wales on Thursday 14th September. All banknote readers and recyclers, SCAN COIN and CashComplete solutions are ready to accept the new £10.
The new British £10 represents the very latest in banknote technology. As it is made of polymer, it is cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes. It joins the Churchill £5 in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes. A new £20 note featuring J.M.W Turner will follow in 2020. The new £10 banknote is 15% smaller than the current £10 and has a number of special security features, such as a see-through window, foils that change color when the note is tilted and a built-in ultra-violet feature. The new £10 note features the Queen on the front and Jane Austin, one of Britain’s most-loved authors, on the reverse. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Austin’s death.
SUZOHAPP commits to providing its customers with the necessary software and hardware updates to upgrade their machines and devices. The Bill-to-Bill™ note recyclers and MFL™ bill validators are ready to accept the new banknote through a simple software update. The Comestero solutions are also prepared to accept the new £10. “The updating procedures are quick and simple,” stated John Vallis, Sales Director for SUZOHAPP in the UK and Vice President of Amusement Sales EMEA. “Many customers replaced or upgraded their note acceptors for the new £5 banknote last year, so their equipment will be easily upgradable to the new £10 by using a programming kit. Any customers needing to upgrade their equipment to accept the new £5 or £10 banknotes should contact the UK sales team for advice and support.”
Blueprint Machines are celebrating the phenomenal success of its ground-breaking Aurora cabinet with an offer like no other!
Within the next three or four weeks, the company estimates that the 2000th Aurora cabinet will be purchased in the UK, and when that happens, the buyer will be in for a very pleasant surprise.
“We thought we would award a free machine as a thank you and make the announcement at the ACOS Show, at Chelsea football ground in October,” says Simon Barff, Managing Director at Blueprint Machines. “The cabinet was officially launched at ICE 2015, with the first machines hitting the market in the late spring of that year. The majority have been supplied as B3 but due to the presence the cabinet affords within venue, a large number of customers have also pushed the boat out and taken it for our Cat C Community Cash Vault,” he adds.
The Aurora cabinet is the result of classic German engineering with a scientifically ergonomic design. It features an enhanced sound system and the highest quality twin 27inch monitors. It is fully TiTo or cash compatible. Customers can buy the Aurora with the market-leading B3 Carbon gamepack or with the Titan Hot or Community Cash Vault gamepacks for Category C.
For more details about the Aurora and the free machine offer, contact UK Gaming solutions details for contact UK Gaming Solutions Ltd on Tel: 01765 607700.
All sectors of the gambling industry (arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers, casinos and online) through the Industry Group for Responsible Gabling (IGRG) have, for the first time, agreed to hold a pan-industry Responsible Gambling Week to raise awareness of responsible gambling.
The trade associations driving the week, with the support of their membership, are: bacta, The Remote Gambling Association (RGA), National Casino Forum (NCF), The Bingo Association, The Association of British Bookmakers.
Follow consultation with stakeholders it was agreed that the inaugural national Responsible Gambling Week would run from Thursday 12th October to Wednesday 18th October 2017.
The vision for Responsible Gambling Week is to create a conversation about responsible gambling – with customers, staff, the wider public and key stakeholders. The key objectives of the campaign are to raise awareness of:
- how to gamble responsibly
- the tools that are available to help customers gamble responsibly
- where to find more help and support for those who need it
John White, Chief Executive of bacta said, ‘Responsible Gambling Week is about an industry working together to highlight its year-round commitment to Social Responsibility and the tools we have available to help those with a problem or at risk of developing one. The Week will encourage and enable those who are worried about their gambling, or their friends and family, to talk to us about how we can help. Bacta are delighted to support this IRGR initiative’.
UK chancellor Phillip Hammond (pictured) may still include fixed-odds betting terminals in the upcoming announcements on stakes and prizes in gambling machines.
The Times writes that the earlier claims that the Treasury had stepped back from any ideas on cutting stakes were now being reviewed.
FOBTs could have their stakes reduced to £2, the same as AWPs in pubs, if the authorities give way to pressure groups. In August a review of stakes and prizes was put back to October amid rumours that the Treasury was against change because it collects tax on revenues from machines.
However, it has emerged that Hammond has written to a church bishop that had urged a quick review, and that the chancellor still backed moves to clamp down on the machines.
Namco Funscape is a popular family attraction that hosts a wealth of indoor family activities, such as bowling, games, pool and dodgems, to name just a few. Each visit promises hours of fun. Given the volume of transactions made throughout the facility, it is a challenge for the management to quickly and accurately process coins and tokens each and every day.
Namco Funscape at the Trafford Centre in Manchester leverages the SCAN COIN ICP Active-9 from SUZOHAPP to optimally manage their coins and tokens. The SCAN COIN ICP Active-9 is the only sorter in the market that can sort 9 different denominations into separate bags. It makes use of advanced sensor technology to provide fast, accurate and versatile coin sorting. Furthermore, invalid / fraudulent coins or tokens are always rejected.
This latest generation coin sorter states exactly what it does in its name – Intelligent Coin Processing: ICP. It is designed to be user-friendly and reliable, thus ensuring optimal operational uptime. The custom configuration program enables operators to simply change the coin sorting program and thus stipulate which types of coins / tokens are sorted into which bags.
G-Squared Games has never been a company to follow the herd. The company was launched only four years ago with the declared objective of injecting some fun and improved operator choice into a beleaguered cat C market. With strong returns and a high degree of interaction, G-Squared’s games are already firm favourites with operators and players alike.
Casino King, the company’s eagerly-anticipated cat C digital compendium was revealed during the EAG International Expo at the start of this year. The response was astonishing, with immediate commitments from leading operators and retailers.
Fast-forward seven months and with Casino King’s real time online connectivity and games portfolio combining to deliver outstanding revenues, the company has announced a major product upgrade.
Genting’s Vortex Gaming opens this evening – a state-of-the-art family entertainment centre, bringing an immersive digital experience and iconic gameplay to Resorts World Birmingham.
The Vortex brand has been created especially for Resorts World to complement the existing family entertainment experience in the building such as the wide range of shopping, cinema and restaurants.
Vortex features Embed’s cashless system, supplied by BANDAI NAMCO Management Solutions.
Ian Bennett, Operations Director of Resorts World Birmingham, said: “We have chosen to work with BNAE as a leading gaming brand, who operate fun, family experiences across the UK. Similarly we will be working with Embed as a well-recognised and proven redemption system with a cashless card. This tool is great for guests and our brand, by reducing cashflow risk and manpower, thus allowing more time to focus on delivering an exceptional customer service.”
The report provides, for the first time since 2010, a comprehensive analysis(1) of gambling across all nations of Great Britain – examining the rates of participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling, and explores the associated characteristics and behaviours.
Following new research published by the Gambling Commission today, the regulator has called for a renewed focus on addressing the harms that can arise from problem gambling.
Tim Miller, Commission executive director, says: “For many, gambling is an enjoyable leisure activity. But for some people gambling can become a problem with serious consequences for them, their families and their communities.
“Whilst overall problem gambling rates in Britain have remained statistically stable, our research suggests that in excess of two million people are at-risk or classed as problem gamblers, with very many more impacted by the wider consequences of gambling-related harm.”
Tim adds: “We have a clear commitment to make gambling fairer and safer and these figures show that this is a significant challenge. Success will depend upon us, the industry, government and others, all working together with a shared purpose to protect consumers. The pace of change to date simply hasn’t been fast enough – more needs to be done to address problem gambling.”
Sir Chris Kelly, Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board – the Commission’s expert advisor for research, education and treatment – said: “These new findings show that gambling continues to cause harm to a significant number of people in Great Britain. They underline the importance of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy being pursued with vigour by everyone with a role to play in its delivery.
“The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board’s published assessment of progress with the first year of the Strategy identified a number of priority actions where more can and should be done. Gambling operators have a responsibility for leading a large part of this agenda and need to demonstrate they are making a positive impact through their work to protect customers and promote safe play.”
- 1.4% of gamblers were classed as problem gamblers (0.8% of the population), with 6.4% at-risk (3.9% of the population) – which is similar to the rate published in the 2012 report.
- Problem gambling was more prevalent among people who had participated in a multiple gambling activities in the past year, than those that had just participated in one.
- 63% of adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain had gambled in the past year.
- Men (66%) are more likely to gambling than women (59%).
- Most popular gambling activities were: National Lottery draws (46%), scratchcards (23%) and other lotteries (15%).
- Overall participation was highest among the middle age groups and lowest among the youngest and oldest age groups.
- Those in employment or training were more likely to gamble (69%). Participation by those unemployed was at 56% and 57% for those retired.
UK law firm TLT has joined forces with amusement trade body Bacta to launch a bespoke licensing service for its Scottish members. As the principal trade association for the amusement and gaming machine industry in the UK, Bacta represents amusement arcades, seaside family entertainment venues and other related businesses across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
The new legal service gives arcade and amusement operators who are members of Bacta access to the leading and most experienced gambling law practice in Scotland including partners Stephen McGowan and Caroline Loudon, legal director Niall Hassard and solicitor Michael McDougall. Members will receive a number of benefits through the new service, including an initial free consultation; free health checks on Gambling Commission and licensing board licences and permits and LCCP policies; newsletters; seminars; and access to discounted rates for additional follow up legal services in licensing and beyond.
A comprehensive note of benefits can be located via the members’ area at www.bacta.org.uk. Stephen McGowan, partner and head of licensing (Scotland) at TLT, said: “We have been proud to represent individual amusement operators in Scotland for many years, so it made perfect sense to formalise the relationship with Bacta in order to best serve their members across the country. Operators know that their licence is their livelihood, and having the correct advice is essential. The TLT team look forward to supporting and getting to know the membership.”
John White, CEO of Bacta, said: “There is no doubt that Stephen and his team are leading gambling law experts in Scotland and we are delighted that our members can now access this new TLT service. This is another great example of Bacta working to continuously offer our members the best services and benefits we can.” Bacta members can contact the TLT team via 0333 0061203 or by emailing Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.