Coin-op trade body Bacta is enjoying its highest level of membership in almost a decade, with the total number of businesses and organisations signed up topping 500 this summer.
Membership of Bacta has increased by 26 percent over the 12 month period to August 2016. The figures, announced by association chief executive John White, confirmed that the number of member organisations as of 31 August, 2016 had reached 501, up from 398 during the previous year.
On the release of the figures, John White said: “I am delighted that membership of Bacta has been growing at a rate of over eight companies each month, increasing the number of organisations under the Bacta umbrella by a very healthy 103. Membership of the association is at its highest level since 2007 which is very encouraging, particularly in the context of the programme of mergers and acquisitions that has taken place in the UK, continuing difficult trading conditions and the challenges of operating gaming on the high street in the face of unfair competition.
“We are working very hard to represent all sectors of the amusements and gaming industry and having a growing membership gives our arguments greater weight.”
“We are working very hard to represent all sectors of the amusements and gaming industry and having a growing membership gives our arguments greater weight. I have met with a number of our newer members during my tour of the Bacta regions and I have been pleased to be able to discuss with them many of the added value benefits of membership including access to Bacta’s Energy Broker, the free legal advice we provide and our insurance panel.”
The trade body chief exec is currently on a wide ranging tour of the country, meeting members across the UK throughout September and early October. Over the next seven days, White will be meeting with members from the Eastern (14th) and South Wales (20th) regions.
On the subject of membership, White concluded: “Whilst this is positive news I am also aware of those parts of the industry in which we are under represented. Division 2 [Machine Suppliers] is a case in point and the team will be working hard alongside its chairman Charles Baker to explore how we can make Bacta a more relevant prospect to operators.”