Bacta host first pub summit with key focus on triennial review

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The pub sector joined forces with Bacta on 22 May to discuss issues surrounding the postponed triennial review.


The importance of achieving a positive outcome to the triennial review of stakes and prizes was top of the agenda at Monday’s inaugural Pub Summit, hosted by Bacta.

The summit, which was organised by Bacta in conjunction with sister bodies, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and the British Beer and Pub Association, provided a valuable opportunity for machine operators and representatives from the on-trade to debate the immediate issues facing the sector as well as the development of the business in a post-triennial economy.

Bacta Division 2 chairman, Essex Leisure’s Greg Wood, said there are huge areas of mutuality between the machine sector and the on-trade.

He confirmed: “The AWP remains the most profitable four square feet of the pub footprint but its status as an important contributor to many pub businesses is under immense pressure from licensed betting offices due to the presence of the B2 machine.

“The businesses and jobs of many Bacta members are linked directly to the pub sector through the manufacture, supply and operation of equipment including gaming machines, jukeboxes and pool, and it is vital that the trade bodies maintain a close dialogue and help ensure a sustainable and healthy industry which benefits all parties.”

The latest industry data calculated by research undertaken by PwC, showed there was over 107,000 gaming and amusements machines sited in UK pubs.

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