Bacta’s 2017 political engagement programme has hit the ground running.
In the first month of what promises to be an important year for the UK industry, bacta has already met with Damian Collins, MP, who serves as Chairman of the DCMS Select Committee and accepted an invitation to meet with Jane Ellison, MP, Financial Secretary to The Treasury.
Bacta Chief Executive, John White, who attended the face to face briefing with incoming National President, Gabi Stergides, stated: “Taking our members’ issues and concerns to the heart of government is an important part of the bacta remit. As an MP representing a coastal constituency (Folkestone and Hythe), Damian Collins was very supportive of the bacta agenda on the importance of infrastructure investment, the industry’s role in protecting seaside heritage and the contributions made by bacta members to UK tourism and numerous seaside economies, many of which suffer from above national average levels of unemployment.
“Taking our members’ issues and concerns to the heart of government is an important part of the bacta remit.”
He added: “We were also able to explain bacta’s Triennial submission in greater detail, why it’s so important to level the gaming playing field on the high street and the compelling case for our proposed B5 gaming category. I would like to thank Damian Collins for what was a very positive meeting. We are now looking forward to progressing our arguments on gaming taxation following our invitation to meet with Jane Ellison, MP.”