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The industry must be allowed to innovate, says Bacta CEO John White

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Costs are rising, stakes and prizes have remained stagnant, and the high-street economy is struggling. In the next gaming review (which, in theory, would be this year), the industry must be given “new categories of machines to allow us to innovate”, says Bacta CEO John White. With dust finally setting on the Triennial Review decision, and stakes and prizes on...

BACTA’s moment in the limelight

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We all know how narrow a window of opportunity can be and, argues Chris Webster, BACTA must not miss the one currently presenting itself. In another and alternate parallel universe, away from the trials and tribulations of cobbling copy together for this worthy rag,I do a bit of acting. It’s a fickle whore of a business. I’ve been arrested for murder,...

Free seminar spots for international EAG visitors

EAG, seminars, visitors, bacta
A limited number of free spaces for the Foundations Entertainment University event at EAG have been allocated for international visitors. The Foundation’s course will encompass the entire third day of the seminar schedule and will cover all aspects of the ever-evolving amusements industry. Topics to be discussed will include: Redemption design, electronic payments, marketing, virtual and augmented reality, how premises design...

Gabi Stergides: All’s well that ends well!

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Bacta National President, Gabi Stergides reflects on a year in which the association pulled off a lobbying coup that many would not have bet on. Looking back on 2018 what were the high points and the low points? There’s no doubt that 2018 will go down as one of the most dramatic and significant years for Bacta and the well being...

FACTA EAG dinner moves venue

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Following the runaway success of its inaugural edition the second Bacta-hosted EAG dinner is to be held at a larger venue in 2019. Set to take place on Tuesday 15 January the association will welcome guests to the Excel Crowne Plaza from 7.30pm-1am. The 2018 dinner - held on board the Sunborn Yacht - was a complete sell out and organisers...

SR workshops transform strategies into action for operators

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At the recent Social Responsibility Exchange, organised by Bacta, operators went to discuss strategies to deliver enhanced customer protection. What they...

Frontline members make self-exclusion suggestions

GambleAware, self-exclusion
GambleAware took the opportunity to ask operators their views for improving self- exclusion strategy, using shared experience to develop the most effective and mutually-beneficial policies. When trade body Bacta confirmed its inaugural Social Responsibility Exchange, it recognised that its success would hinge on operator engagement. And that was in evidence at the self-exclusion section of the programme where Bacta members...

Frost warns of online industry threat to gaming’s reputation

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Social responsibility has forced its way to the top of the industry agenda and, says Euromat president Jason Frost..

Bacta members herald success of first Social Responsibility Exchange

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'A truly excellent initiative for which BACTA should be applauded’ is how Byron Evans, commercial director at Praesepe..

Britain’s seaside a “two-speed” economy, claims Lord Bassam

Britain, seaside, economy, Lord Bassam, bacta
Coastal regeneration might well be a “complex” issue, but Lord Bassam of Brighton pledged to BACTA members that the House of Lords’ commission on the subject “wouldn’t duck the tough questions”. By his own admission shadow chief whip of the House of Lords, Baron Steve Bassam of Brighton, hadn’t even heard of Bacta until earlier this year - when his...

Stergides warns that “player tracking would kill our industry”

Gabi Stergides Bacta Convention 2018
Outgoing Bacta president Gabi Stergides thanked members for their efforts during the FOBT stake reduction campaign...

McArthur rings in a new era of industry-regulator relations

Neil McArthur Bacta Convention 2018 Coinslot
Gambling Commission CEO Neil McArthur delivered a slightly sweet and sour speech at last week’s Bacta AGM.

Putting people at the very heart of industry

James Miller Bacta Convention 2018
James Miller started the transition process towards his presidency taking the stage at the Bacta Convention to signal where his term will lead the trade...

Bacta proffers the hand of friendship to Mims Davies

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Bacta welcomed the new sports minister Mims Davies in her new role and discussed what sets the coin-op sector apart from the wider gambling industry during a parliamentary reception on 21 November. “Mims has been in the job 11 days, but she has immediately grasped the brief about our industry, which is all about fun,” chief executive John White explained. “It’s...

Bacta find a new discourse with launch of social responsibility policy

BACTA AGM 2018 Social Responsibility John White
Association chief John White used his platform at the Bacta AGM to announce a new code of social responsibility for members

Stergides thanks industry for a presidential term of successes

Gabi Stergides Bacta AGM 2018
After a busy two years in Bacta’s highest office, Gabi Stergides delivered his parting speech to the association’s AGM hall..

Mim’s the Word: Government looking at additional player protections for B3s

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Speaking during a parliamentary reception held by Bacta last week, Mims Davies, the new minister for Sport, Civil Society and Loneliness, confirmed that her

Bacta the future: Amusements industry not standing still when it comes to social responsibility

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While the FOBT stake reduction will undoubtedly be a major focus during John White’s keynote address at this year’s Bacta Convention, the association’s CEO will situate the controversy within the broader context of social responsibility and suggest there is still more work to be done. Social responsibility will be a key theme in John White’s keynote address at the 2018...

Unlocking ticket redemption in the EU

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At this year’s IAPPA, European trade association Euromat organised a meeting on the future of ticket redemption in the EU, in which amusements stakeholders from across Europe discussed the risks and threats the industry faces from a lack of understanding on behalf of politicians. Reflecting on the debate, Bacta national president Gabi Stergides thanked his “European friends” for the meet-up,...

Stergides letter “received attention” from Downing Street prior to FOBT date change

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A letter from Bacta national president Gabi Stergides “received attention” from the Prime Minister in the week leading up to government’s decision to push forward the date of the £2 maximum stake implementation on FOBTs. On 2 November, Stergides sent a letter to the government outlining the need for an April 2019 implementation date, rather than the proposed October 2019...

Bacta looks forward to a new narrative

John White Coinslot Bacta annual convention
The broad reach of Bacta will be in evidence this week when the membership gathers in London for the annual convention. Coinslot asked John White what we...

Bacta members play their part in Responsible Gambling success

Responsible Gambling Week
Bacta member companies throughout the country have played a full and active part helping to make the second Responsible Gambling Week a success.   Billed as a national conversation surrounding what constitutes Responsible Gambling, the initiative was designed to trigger conversations between customers and staff working across the spectrum of gaming establishments including AGCs, bingo clubs and FECs. Alongside training programmes...

Bacta rules out joining a union

Bacta, union, Gambling Compliance, Praesepe
Bacta has sent the strongest signal yet that they are not up for joining a super trade association, a proposition that was floated a few weeks ago. Rather, they want to distinguish themselves at the softest end of the gambling spectrum. The chances of a gaming and gambling super body emerging are becoming more remote; at least one including the...

Deal or no deal? Katherine Morgan shines a light on politics and the industry

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Katherine Morgan is the deputy managing partner at Interel Consulting and is Bacta’s public affairs and political adviser. She recently worked with Bacta to successfully campaign for the FOBT £2 stake. She has worked in political consultancy for ten years and was formerly the senior adviser to a Government Minister in the Treasury. In a Coinslot exclusive, she shines...

ATMs being removed from pubs, AGCs and FECs, reports Bacta

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ATMs are being removed from pubs, AGCs and FECs due to changes in commercial terms, according to Bacta, reporting information coming in from its members. To get to the bottom of the issue, the trade body has contacted the UK Treasury, which is currently in the process of producing a report on ‘cash and digital payments’ after consulting interested parties...

FOBT delay costs Treasury money, says latest research

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The Government is set to lose money by delaying implementation of a £2 stake on Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), new research suggests. Analysis from Cebr shows that a two-year delay in implementation of the new stake limit, announced in May, not only has a social cost, but could see the Exchequer miss out on an annual revenue boost of up...

Bacta’s first Social Responsibility Exchange to precede Parliamentary Reception and Annual Convention

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Kate Lampard CBE, chair of GambleAware, has been named as the keynote speaker at Bacta’s first Social Responsibility Exchange, a free to attend one day educational initiative being held on 21 November, the day prior to the Bacta Annual Convention. The event, which will also feature Lee Willows from YGAM, GamCare’s Anna Hemmings and Helen Rhodes from the Gambling Commission,...

Ditching the 2p would “decimate the industry”

Following a report from the Bank of England stating that the removal of 1p and 2p coins would cause “no economically significant impact on inflation”, CEO of Bacta John White and president of Euromat Jason Frost rushed on to local and national radio to set the record straight. Removing the 2p would “decimate the industry”, according to operator and Euromat president...

Bacta focuses on future with new website

As part of their commitment to transparency and meeting the needs of the fast-paced industry within which its members work, Bacta has this summer launched its new website. Chief executive John White explained: “The new website reflects how far Bacta has come as a trade association and with its intuitive functionality and new resources it also highlights our aim to...

Bacta to voice members’ outrage over B2 delay at Treasury meeting

John White
So how long does it take to change the FOBT stake to £2? Most in the machines industry find it risible that two years has been proposed as the necessary bedding in time. If the stake were increased to £200, they smile, it could probably be ready in two hours. Trade body Bacta are going to government next week...