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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

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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

ATM Machine
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”

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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

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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...

Bacta set out party conference campaign

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Bacta has outlined a programme of lobbying activities during ‘Party Conference Season’ during which the association will be taking its arguments on behalf of the industry to all three major political parties. The lobbying programme starts in Brighton on 17 September when the south coast resort will host the Liberal Democrats. One week later and Bacta will be in Liverpool...

Change of the guard: Jeremy Wright appointed new culture secretary

Jeremy Wright
In Monday’s cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Theresa May moved Jeremy Wright from attorney general to secretary of the DCMS, shifting Matt Hancock to health minister. Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam, has been appointed the new secretary of state for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by Prime Minister Theresa May. On Monday 9 July, following the resignation...

Chasing rabbits

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As the Gambling Commission takes aim at Cat D, Sam Spencer mixes his metaphors to suggest the regulator is wasting energy on chasing rabbits, while allowing wolves to prowl. When the DCMS suggested Bacta must provide potential player protection measures on Cat D to allow stakes and prizes to be increased,the industry was setaback. Quite simply,there has never been any evidence,...

Park Avenue helps raise over £5k for Bacta trust

Park Avenue Bacta Charitable Trust
Fund raising at June’s highly successful Park Avenue Open Day generated a total of £5,613 for the Bacta Charitable Trust. The sum, which was presented by Electrocoin to Bacta Charitable Trust Chairman, Jimmy Thomas, marked a return...

Gambling Commission targets Cat D for player protections despite “no compelling evidence”

Neil Mcarthur
After giving provenly harmful FOBTs an easy ride in their recommendations on the Triennial Review, the Gambling Commission is taking an aggressive approach on Cat D machines, calling for player protection measures despite self-confessed lack of evidence. The very same self-described ‘evidence-based’ regulator that suggested a £30 maximum stake on FOBTs - contrary to both statistical data and popular opinion...

Bacta hold latest Parliamentary Lunch for Welsh based MPs

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While Bacta continues to keep the pressure on MPs concerning the implementation of the £2 stake for FOBTS, there is more to the association’s dialogue with UK parliamentarians. Brexit and coastal investment were very high on the agenda when Welsh constituency MPs met with Bacta delegates last week. Concerns surrounding the impact of Brexit on the manufacturing sector, the delay...

Brit awards

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Clarion, the people behind ICE, collected the exhibition industry’s top award recently. So what, asks Ken Scott, does it mean to be the most influential company in your sector for the last 25 years? For anyone who attended ICE this year, we probably witnessed the greatest gaming business exhibition of modern times. There were 34,000 people from some 150 plus...

Gabi Stergides: Implement FOBT cut ASAP

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In a letter to the Prime Minister, Bacta president Gabi Stergides expresses the need for swift implementation of the decision to cut FOBT stakes to £2, while also offering the trade association’s assistance to Theresa May’s advisor. As President of bacta, the trade association representing the UK Amusement Industry, I am writing to welcome the Government’s decision in reducing the...

Bacta request to meet PM advisors

Gabi Stergides
In a letter addressed to Theresa May, Bacta has reiterated the importance of FOBT stake cut implementation and requested to meet with the Prime Minister’s advisors. President Gabi Stergides sent the letter on Tuesday 26 June, thanking May for her “commitment and leadership” in the decision to cut FOBT stakes, but also expressing concern regarding reports that implementation could take...

Treasury branded “morally reprehensible” over FOBT cut delay

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In Money Vs. Morality round two, chancellor Philip Hammond is against the ropes once again, with MPs branding the reported 2020 delay to FOBT maximum stake cuts as “morally reprehensible”. MPs including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, Carolyn Harris, and Ronnie Cowan, have written a letter to the Prime Minister urging her step-in on the FOBT stake cut implementation...

FOBT stake cut delay until April 2020 is “unacceptable”

Coinslot FOBTs
According to The Times, a cut to the maximum stake on FOBTs will not be implemented until April 2020 following a backroom deal between the Treasury and bookmakers. Bacta, however, aims to ensure this “unacceptable” timeline does not occur. The long-sought after cut to the maximum stake on FOBTs will not be implemented until April 2020 following reports of a...

Bacta supports YGAM with £14,000 donation

Young Gamblers
Money to help safeguard young people against problem gambling. Bacta, the trade association for the UK’s amusement and gaming machine industry, has presented a cheque for £14,000 to Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) to help it with its work in safeguarding young people against problem gambling. Lee Willows, Chief Executive of YGAM says “We are hugely appreciative of Bacta’s support to...

1,500th pusher bed triggers Bulldog donation

Bulldog triggers donation
Bacta President Gabi Stergides and Shafiya Shah, Corporate Account Manager at the Rays of Sunshine charity, were on hand at the recent Park Avenue Open Day to accept a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of the Bulldog Games brand of pusher and redemption equipment.

Pushing at an open door? Bacta sees room for dialogue between the Triennial lines

John White
Two weeks after the decision to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs, the analysis of the wider implications of just what the Review into stakes and prizes and social responsibility means for our industry has begun. Aside from the stake reduction, there was seemingly little else to cheer the industry other than an uplift in stakes and prizes for...

Bacta’s John White: FECs are the centerpiece of seaside-onomics

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As the government begins to take more of an interest in coastal communities and FOBTs are finally set to leave the agenda, CEO of Bacta John White explains that now is the time to sell the Great British seaside - and remind everyone what makes it so special. While there’s no escaping the fact that the weather is the “preeminent...

Heber to exhibit at the Park Avenue Open Day

Heber will be exhibiting at the renowned Park Avenue Open Day on Wednesday and will be displaying their latest USB gaming I/O controls controllers and power supply units. Electrocoin and UDC will open their doors once again for the popular Park Avenue Open Day, London with over 30 companies taking part and in support of the BACTA charitable trust. This...

Bulldog sales will trigger £1,000 charity donation by RLMS

Bulldog Games RMLS
Visitors to next week’s Park Avenue Open Day from 5 - 7 June, will have the opportunity to trigger a £1,000 donation to the Bacta charity, Rays of Sunshine, courtesy of Bulldog Games’ exclusive distributor, RLMS Sales. The Bulldog range, comprising eight, six and four position Deal or No Deal and Monopoly, officially licensed pushers, have proved a huge hit...

Bacta strengthen compliance team with David Miller

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Bacta has strengthened its field based compliance team with the appointment of former police officer David Miller to the post of Regional Compliance Officer with responsibility for London and the Home Counties as well as Eastern and Southern regions...

Phil Silver honoured by MPs for social responsibility

Bacta Community MPs Phil Silver
Conservative Party MPs Sir Peter Bottomley and Rt Hon Nick Herbert attended a presentation to honour former Bacta Compliance Officer, Phil Silver and to mark his contribution to the development of a social responsibility culture...

Renewed focus on coastal resorts show it’s time to back the Great British seaside

Bournemouth Pier
With the House of Lords, Labour, the Bank of England, UKHospitality, BALPPA and Bacta all renewing focus on coastal communities, now is the time to band together and back the Great British seaside. Recently, it has become clear that a renewed focus is turning towards coastal communities and their economies. This fresh attention comes not only from Bacta, BALPPA and UKHospitality,...

Bacta win argument as £2 FOBT stake confirmed

Gabi Stergides
Bacta President Gabi Stergides has welcomed the UK government’s decision to cut the maximum stake of fixed odds betting terminals to £2, which was announced at 7am this morning (17 May).......

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