MERKUR UK has led the way in terms of explaining the AGC proposition of low stake low prize gaming entertainment to MPs – Bob Everitt, the Conservative member of parliament for Milton Keynes North is the latest.
Ben Everitt, the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North, became the latest member of parliament to gain an insight to the far reaching safer gambling undertakings, and substantial economic contributions to the high street made by MERKUR UK when he visited the MERKUR Slots venue in his constituency in Wolverton.
Jointly hosted by Tony Boulton, MERKUR UK’s Director of Public and Political Relations, and Head of Compliance, Amanda Kiernan, Mr Everitt was the 30th MP to learn more about the commitments and challenges facing the business ahead of the gambling White Paper which is scheduled for publication in December.
Reflecting on what was another successful MP visit, Tony Boulton said: “This was the latest in our programme of meetings with MPs which enable us to introduce the company’s venues across the UK, build relationships with our elected representatives, demonstrate the role MERKUR venues play in the community and highlight the work of our safer gambling 360 Program.
“In terms of specifics, we discussed the difficulties that the industry is experiencing recruiting staff and in particular the large proportion of candidates who fail to attend interview, and explain how our machine offering is fundamentally softer than other sectors which is reflected in the size of our average stake which is between 30p and 40p. We also expanded on our desired outcomes from the Gambling Review notably cashless payments, the 80/20 rule and the importance of having a regular review of stake and prize levels, taking place at least once every three years.”
With MERKUR UK’s head office based in Milton Keynes, albeit in a neighbouring constituency, the conversation also extended to Ben Everitt’s vision for the development of the Buckinghamshire town. Tony Boulton explained: “Mr Everitt is lobbying for Milton Keynes to be awarded city status in 2022, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year. MERKUR UK head office employs 130 staff and achieving city status is something that we support as a company.
“He is also a supporter of the campaign to establish a new technical university in the constituency and we were pleased to be able to demonstrate at first hand the latest generation of Blueprint digital gaming equipment and our status as an industry that’s underpinned by advanced entertainment technology.”