Tag: Bacta

Marshal law: Government’s latest restrictions will have “an immediate cooling effect on public confidence

restrictions lockdown measures
For an industry already under pressure, the latest mini-lockdown measures unveiled by the government on Wednesday will undoubtedly be damaging, but nowhere near as worrying as the impact the announcement will have on public confidence, the industry trade bodies say

The Cullis’: ‘Proud to be a fourth generation family business’

Cullis's Amusements Bacta Year of the Coast
As part of its Year of the Coast campaign, Bacta took to Scotland to trace the history of Cullis’s Amusements and where it stands today - at the heart of Scotland’s communities stretching from Glasgow to the south west of the country.

EAG Expo: A case of when not if

EAG 2021 will happen
An EAG Expo will definitely happen in 2021,” the chairman of the exhibition Martin Burlin, told Coinslot late Wednesday afternoon

Phoenix Leisure: Mannings and adjusting to Covid life

David Manning Phoenix Leisure Felixstowe
In a special series of interviews conducted to promote the industry’s Save Our Seaside campaign, Bacta talked to some of its long standing members about the role the amusements sector plays in its community. This week Coinslot features Felixstowe veteran David Manning.

Bacta: Welsh government stance on AGCs is “pendantic”, “outrageous” and “kafkaesque”

Welsh flag business relief grants
Bacta CEO John White has called Cardiff out on its absurd “nothing to do with us” stance, as a rising number of Welsh arcade owners are asked to payback Covid-19 business relief grants. The Principality is being questioned over its principles, questions seemingly it’s not keen to answer.

Clacton Pier launches new NHS pusher

Clacton Pier NHS pusher
Clacton Pier has unveiled a new charity initiative in its amusement arcade, with all profit from one of its popular pushers going to support the NHS.

Bacta rallies the industry around its SOS call

Bacta SOS saveourseaside
Britain is in recession, employment levels are at their lowest for decades and coronavirus is continuing to keep its stranglehold on efforts to drive an economic fight-back. Acutely aware of the warning signs, Bacta has launched an industry-wide campaign to bring the message home to the legislators: Save Our Seaside.

Cross-party think tank calls for affordability checks, weekly spending caps, tax reform and new legislation measures

Social Market Foundation gambling reform think tank
Another week and yet another report into how gambling must be controlled. This time it’s the Social Market Foundation, a cross-party think tank that prides itself on being in the centre-ground of British politics

Government dismisses industry VAT and MGD reduction request

VAT MGD reduction request dismissed
The government has dismissed a request from Bacta for the amusements industry to be included in the temporary 5 percent VAT rate for tourist businesses.

“Pay us back your grant money,” Welsh council tells yet another AGC owner

emergency grant repayment request showcase amusements welsh government
As arcades remain closed - seemingly indefinitely - throughout Wales, yet another AGC operator has been told by their local authority to repay £25,000 of emergency grant money.

Face to face: Arcades provide mask guidance

face masks guidance
Arcades across the country are recommending visitors wear face coverings, in order to help operators do all they can to protect against a second wave of Coronavirus.

Scotland confirms indicative date of 24 August for arcades to re-open

Scotland AGCs FECs Arcades re-opening
The Scottish Government gave separate consideration in its review this week to the case of AGCs, FECs, and machines in pubs and bookmakers. Instead of re-opening, they were given a door slammed in their face until 24 August. The industry is distraught.

Tony Boulton takes on key PR and political role at Gauselmann UK

Tony Boulton Gauselmann UK
Tony Boulton, a pioneering figure in modern day game design and a key figure in Bacta, has taken on a new directorial role at Gauselmann UK. The former..

ACOS and EAG back on track

Autumn Coin-Op show ACOS EAG Expo Swan Events
Organised by Swan Events, the two-day trade show, which premiered back in 2014, is still scheduled to take place at Olympia London on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October.

Bacta steps up call for temporary tax cuts for coastal arcades

John White Bacta Call for MGD Tax cuts
Bacta has stepped up its campaign to secure further support measures for the amusements industry, calling on the government to reduce MGD for a temporary period.

Bacta advise members to follow the guidance as they keep their eye on the bigger prize

John White Bacta re-opening
Bacta’s chief executive John White reports back on what he’s heard from those operators able to re-open after 100-plus days in limbo.

Sunak gets his goodie bag out but gimmicks may not hide the devil in the detail

Rishi Sunak
He may be the golden boy of politics, but Rishi Sunak still knows how to play a trick or two with a nimble sleight of hand.

Paying the price? “Radical overhaul” required for Gambling Commission, say parliamentary accounts committee

Meg Hillier Public Accounts Committee
The NAO’s Public Accounts Committee has described the regulator as “toothless” and issued an “urgent” call for a hardline review of the Gambling Act. Not good news for the Gambling Commission, and highly unlikely to be good news for the industry either.

And the Lords said: “There is no need to wait … time for action” on new gambling legislation

social and economic impact gambling lords report
The House of Lords Select Committee report on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has been released.

Amusements venues ready for Britain’s grand re-opening

AGCs FECs re-opening
While bowling and casinos will have to wait a while longer before the green light is given, AGCs, piers FECS, and bingo are eager and prepared for Britain’s grand reopening.

Giles Watling MP, leads parliamentary charge in defence of industry

Giles Watling AGCs reopening
The government has finally ended lockdown for the arcade sector giving the green light to re-open on Saturday 4 July. But that was looking decidedly dodgy just seven days ago, until intervention from dozens of MPs on behalf of their constituency AGC operators went into action. Leading the way was Clacton MP Giles Watling.

Arcades and FECs to open on July 4th

Boris Johnson Lockdown easing BBC News AGCs FECs re-open arcades
Arcades, FECs, bingo halls and pubs were given the green light to re-open on July 4, with the added comfort of a reduction in social distancing to 1 metre.

Government sticks to AGC postponement despite MP uproar

AGCs U-Turn remain closed AGC
Warnings of arcade redundancies from Bacta, MPs, and arcades across the country have fallen on deaf ears, as the government maintains its last-minute U-turn to push back AGC reopenings to July.

Hammer blow to the industry: Bacta urges minister to reverse its AGC re-opening decision

John White CEO Bacta AGCs reopen letter MP
Bacta has written to the the minister for sport, tourism and heritage, Nigel Huddleston MP, urging the government to permit AGCs to re-open immediately.

White on Bacta’s initial reaction to government U-turn

John White Bacta interview AGC U-turn
In an exclusive interview with Coinslot, Bacta chief executive John White provides his take on a U-turn that is costing the industry millions while Licensed Betting Offices, the competitors on the high street, are open for business.

Has the government reverted to type and scuppered additional bank holiday proposal?

October bank holiday
A hospitality industry proposal that originally emanated from Bacta to introduce an October half term bank holiday has been rejected by government due to..

Two-metre distancing still stands for most pubs

Empty pub 2 metre social distancing
Whilst thousands of protestors amass in the streets with barely a peep from government, the UK’s publicans are still staring down the barrel of a two-metre distancing guideline which will prevent almost a quarter of them from opening until late summer.

Industry unites to promote Safer Gambling Week

Safer Gambling Week
Now entering its fourth year, Safer Gambling Week 2020 will see the UK gambling industry come together this November to raise awareness of safer gambling habits

UK amusements industry stunned by government U-turn on re-opening

Boris Johnson AGCs Adult Gaming Centre reopening u-turn
The UK gaming and amusements industry were advised earlier this evening that the government has decided to reverse its decision to allow adult gaming centres to open on Monday 15 June

A new normal awaits: The industry sets the wheels in motion for getting back to work

Coronavirus reopening webinar Bacta
Bacta is preparing to launch a specially tailored web-seminar to ensure that its membership is fully briefed and has the necessary support to open up with the easing of restrictions.