Easing of Covid restrictions sees loosening of purse strings as Brits...

The easing of Covid restrictions has coincided with a loosening off people’s purse strings, according to data from Nationwide’s latest quarterly Spending Report that shows both essential and non-essential spend have soared.

Blackpool rocks once again over ‘freedom weekend’

Blackpool celebrated its first major event since the pandemic began last weekend as Fat Boy Slim brought the seaside town back to life during Blackpool Rocks The Return.

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New VR experience for BPP’s Twister

Brighton Palace Pier is to host the world’s first “Ride with VR” experience, which will see those riding The Twister taken to new heights through a specially designed virtual reality adventure.

Whitehouse Leisure unveil a raft of new licensed and own-brand plushes

On the back of their successful Product Showcase events in June, Whitehouse Leisure has announced a brand new product launch schedule, urging customers to get in touch to ensure their stock is secured for the remainder of the season.

Game Payment partners with London Pinball

Bacta owned Game Payment Technology has extended its portfolio of partners with London Pinball signing up to the payment app.

Busy JNC overcomes supply challenges

Machine supplier and manufacturer JNC Sales has reported it is “busy getting machines out the door” as demand increases for new products and proven mechanics

Your customers are willing to pay for quality this summer, says...

As a distributor of Italian-made children’s rides that cost £2 per ride, SB Machines has seen its products bloom as the economy reopens and British holidaymakers flock to their favourite seaside resorts, with managing director Paolo Sidoli attributing the success to a pent up demand for high quality experiences.

Essex Leisure backs Blueprint Alphamax Cat C

Preparations are well advanced for the reopening of the economy on July 19 and leading single site operator, Essex Leisure, is backing its judgement placing a substantial order for Blueprint’s Alphamax cabinet. Greg Wood explains why.

Regulating against the tide? Gambling Commission releases survey into cashless payments,...

Land-based gamblers think cashless payments make it easier to overspend; that’s the Gambling Commission’s take on a recent survey. Its conclusion is an app to track cashless payments could reduce any potential harm from cashless gaming. What, then, would it say about spending on Amazon, Apple Store and every online retail outlet?

Age UK calls on government to introduce Universal Service Obligation to...

In its new report ‘Short-changed: How the decline of cash is affecting older people’, charity Age UK warns that being cut off from cash and banking services is tantamount to being excluded from society

Entain all set to pilot multi-sports VR experience

Entain has announced its intention to pilot a VR multi-sports entertainment experience. Building upon the operator’s partnership with Verizon Media, the VR “sports club” entertainment experience will be made available on the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset.

Grand Pier triples Skill Cut Winner order

Weston’s Grand Pier has tripled its Skill Cut offering, becoming the latest operator to increase its order after sampling the popular cabinet with its unique giant plush on the arcade floor.

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Majestic Bingo working on next original game after Don’t Find The...

After earning a nomination for Innovator of the Year at the upcoming International Gaming Awards, Majestic Bingo is continuing to invest in new ideas to bring excitement and theatre to its clubs, with operations director Eric Howell revealing a new development is underway in the form of a fixed odds game with a rollover jackpot.

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Freedom day has delivered a mixed bag of fortunes for the...

There is a ‘genuine shortage of staff’, observes Bacta’s John White, and it’s making opening tough work for some operators. But the crucial summer holiday period is starting and the industry needs to start rebuilding balance sheets for the winter.