Tag: Bacta

Amusements back in action by 15 June

Boris Johnson briefing AGCs reopen
With the government announcing that “betting shops and arcades” can re-open on 15 June, Bacta has confirmed that AGCs can make a comeback next month, with a clarification on FEC’s return date underway.

Bacta’s call for October bank holiday gains traction

John White Bacta extra Bank Holiday
It started out as a point for consideration in Bacta’s presentation to government on the plan to get the UK amusement machine sector back to work. Now, the concept of an extra bank holiday in post lockdown Britain is seriously under consideration by 10 Downing Street.

Flying a kite: Tourism body proposes social distancing mark as a ‘ring of confidence’ for nervous consumers

Social Distancing kite mark
Social distancing is the frame within which business will hang its medium term future in. But what will it entail, and more importantly, can it lure a retiscent customer back? Coinslot spoke to Bacta about the idea of a social distancing kite-mark currently being floated around the tourism industry.

‘Why couldn’t a single venue on the high street offer all forms of gaming?’

Jason Frost Chairman Euromat single venue gaming
Euromat president Jason Frost takes a look at what the new normal will look like for the industry, once we get back up and running.

John White: the road ahead

John White lockdown
As the UK begins tentative steps to reopen, BACTA chief executive John White gives his perspective on how and when amusements business might expect to exit lockdown

Bacta presents the industry’s post-Covid-19 needs

Bacta John White industry’s post-Covid-19
Bacta lodged its post-coronavirus requirements to government last week. Coinslot includes extracts from the association’s paper entitled: ‘Returning the FUN to Britain’s high streets and seaside towns - A plan to get the amusement machine sector back to work’

Back to life, but to a new reality

Bacta members discussions
Following discussions with Bacta members, several measures to allow responsible operation of premises have been proposed by the trade association.

Bacta lodges industry plan to bring back high streets, seasides and national morale

Bacta plan bring back seaside high streets morale
With FECs and AGCs still paying operating costs of up to 55 percent while locked down, Bacta has called for more support from the government while publishing it’s plan to safely return morale-boosting entertainment back to Britain’s high streets and seaside resorts

Linda Malcolm steps down from Bacta after 20 years

Linda Malcolm Bacta
Bacta has announced the departure of membership and operations manager Linda Malcolm, after 20 years spent working for the association.

Bacta to finalise ‘Reopening’ proposals

Bacta John White
Bacta members will consult this week on the association’s proposals to get Britain’s amusements machine sector back to work.

Countering Coronavirus: The trade body way

Parliament sunset trade association members coronavirus
It’s been a busy time for trade associations who have been keeping their members updated and represented on the Coronavirus. Bacta has been tackling the issues with energy, the body’s latest update to the industry outlines a measure of its current activity over just a few days this week.

Bacta pours cold water on ‘pubs closed to Christmas’ story

John White Bacta pubs
Bacta chief executive John White has described national media stories claiming that pubs will remain closed until Christmas as nothing more than ‘unhelpful speculation.’

Bacta members provide charity lifeline amid uncertain times

Bacta Charitable Trust donations support
Bacta has stated it is “heartened” by the support shown by members for local charities, with £23,000 earmarked by the Charitable Trust for donations to worthy causes around the coast

One billion plus at stake: Latest VAT ruling opens the door for closure on tax position on gaming machines

oyal Courts of Justice HMRC VAT
The dust will never settle long on the battle between HMRC and the gaming industry over VAT due on S16/21 and S31/34 machines from twenty years ago.

John White: What makes you tick?

bacta John White
It’s been a remarkably busy time for bacta and its chief executive John White. Despite a diary packed with Zoom calls John took some time to reflect on life lessons, lobbying and letting your heart rule your head

It’s not for banks to decide who gets government support?

Banks John White Development Bank of Wales
The Development Bank of Wales has revealed that the bank will not lend to AGCs or FECs that make over 50 percent turnover from their over 18 machines. But Bacta’s John White says it’s not for banks to decide which sectors get support

HMRC lose VAT appeal on tax exemption on gaming machines

Wednesday was not a good day at the office for an already pressurised HMRC, as the ghost of tax exemption on machines came back to haunt the taxman.

Covid-19 casts a long shadow over Bacta supported Rays of Sunshine

Laura Barnett, chief executive of Rays of Sunshine, is budgeting for a pandemic induced £1m drop in income this year. In an exclusive interview with Coinslot..

SilverTime set the standard with striking sign of support for the NHS

SilverTime NHS Support
Edward Reed, director of SilverTime, which boasts nine AGCs all situated in north west London, is putting his support of the NHS quite literally in the shop window.

Tourism Alliance issues three point request to Chancellor

Coinslot - Bumper year uk tourism leisure barclays brexit tourism alliance
The Tourism Alliance, the umbrella trade association for UK tourism and hospitality and which includes Bacta and the British Beer and Pub Association amongst its members, has written to The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, requesting changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme..

Commission job-cuts sign of the regulator “giving up,” says Harris

Carolyn Harris Gambling Act reform Gambling Commission
News that the Gambling Commission may be axing dozens of staff has caused a veritable shit-storm in Westminster: with long-term critics seizing on it as further proof of an organisation “unfit for purpose”.

Bacta steps up and takes case to government

Bacta steps up to the plate
Bacta had a rapid response to the Coronavirus Crisis which has earned high praise for the trade association and the team led by chief executive, John..

Bacta urges action to preserve seaside heritage

preserve seaside heritage Bacta Coney Beach
With social distancing already putting significant strain on the UK leisure industry, Bacta has written to the government calling for immediate aid for the country’s seaside operators and attractions that “form part of our national heritage”

Preparing for battle and standing shoulder to shoulder

Coronavirus Covid-19
With non-essential businesses facing mandatory closure, Bacta has been active circulating the most up-to-date information in terms of monetary relief available to its members

Bacta: War-time level of support required

Bacta War-time level of support required COVID-19
John White has said he and the rest of the Bacta staff are burning the candle at both ends in trying to secure unprecedented relief measures for a time of unprecedented health crisis

Blueprint Operations MD takes on divisional Bacta role

David Purvis Blueprint Operations
Blueprint Operations, Managing Director and experienced industry executive, David Purvis, has been elected to serve on Bacta’s Division 4

A crisis like no other

Bacta John White
In an excerpt of a letter to Bacta members, CEO John White asks all members to ensure their local politicians understand the gravity of the global pandemic for the sector

Bacta sets out battle plan for Covid-19 crisis

John White Bacta Covid-19
In the face of the serious threat the current global pandemic poses to amusements businesses, Bacta has joined with other sectors to call for an abolition or suspension of outgoing payments to government and banks.

Redemption has been a salvation for the seaside

redemption seaside saviour
Rarely does a whole new genre of product revolutionise the sector, but since its inception in the 90’s, redemption has been doing just that - so much so..

Bacta: We have more to gain than lose in new Gambling Act

Brighton Beach Bacta Gambling Act
As he gets ready to meet the DCMS’ latest fresh faces, Bacta CEO John White speaks to Coinslot about the Government’s intention to review the Gambling Act, explaining that while there’s always a risk to the process, the amusements industry has more to gain than lose.