Monday, August 8, 2022

Tag: Bingo Association

Bingo Association chief executive Miles Baron joins Dabbers judging panel

Bingo Association chief executive Miles Baron joins Dabbers judging panel
The entertainment value of bingo will be centre stage when four exotically named finalists battle it out for the title Dabber’s ‘Next Top Bingo Caller’.

National Bingo Day returns with £100,000 prize jackpot

National Bingo Day
National Bingo Day is to return this year on 27 June, with clubs across the country taking part to raise money for charity and compete for a share of a £100,000 prize.

Cross industry agreement reached on Safer Game Design Code

John White Safer Game code design
Sector trade bodies, Bacta, the Bingo Association and the BGC, have this week finalised work on a Safer Game Design Code for gaming machines in the land-based sector.

Operators join forces once again for National Bingo Day

National Bingo Day
Operators from both retail and online will collaborate for National Bingo Day on 27 June, launching a host of exclusive games, events, activities and promotions in the week leading up to the big day.

Industry perspectives: The chancellor’s spring statement

industry perspective chancellors spring statement
It’s not necessarily about what’s happened, says Bacta CEO John White, it’s all about what’s going to happen. And the chancellor’s spring statement doesn’t seem to have addressed the elephant in the room - inflation.

“The devil will be in the detail”: Just how much will Spring Statement changes help businesses?

Will Spring Statement help business
The Chancellor has announced a freeze on the business rates multiplier for 2022-23, along with a rise in the Employment Allowance, but in the all-important matter of retaining the 12.5 percent rate of VAT for the hospitality and tourism industry, Mr Sunak has bottled it. There was little in the Statement to put a spring in the industry’s steps.

Miles Baron: “The best way back for the GC is getting its basic services fit for purpose”

Miles Baron Bingo Association
There’s a measured tone in the Bingo Association’s response to the APBGG report on the Gambling Commission. There is a need for checks and balances on the regulator, it says, and it must restore its services back to a level ‘fit for purpose’. However, there is an internal reshaping necessary at the Commission - what’s needed more than ever is stronger leadership and stronger emphasis on the quality people at the GC who ‘work hard to maintain dialogue and communication with the industry’.

Gambling Commission stands its ground against parliamentary group’s critical report

Gambling Commission stands its ground against parliamentary groups critical report
As strong as it was brief, the Gambling Commission has waved away the criticisms by the APBGG report into its activities.

Limit setting to be in place on all B3 machines by end of June 2022

John White Cat b3 limit setting
Spend limits and time limits are to be fitted on all Bacta members’ B3 machines that are technically and reasonably able to host the necessary software. The trade body announced the news this week, confirming it will survey the initiative, which has been backed by the Gambling Commission, once the June 30 2022 deadline has passed.

The recovery may take longer than anticipated, says Baron, but “we hope for some wins to give us a chance to innovate and grow”

Miles Baron Bingo Association
Miles Baron discusses Covid, the gambling review and changes to the way bingo operates, but he has a special new year’s wish for his association members, their teams and their all-important customers. “They need a break,” he says. “They have survived so well up to now and I would love to see them rewarded for all the stress, pressure and mental hardship they have endured with a prosperous 2022.” And so say all of us.

Industry aligns on B3 limit setting

Tony Boulton Miles Baron Industry aligns on B3 limits
The industry is taking a unified approach to time and money limits on B3 machines with key stakeholders meeting last week to step up a review on new safer gambling tools and limits.

Bacta continues gambling review dialogue with new minister

Chris Philp Gambling Minister
Recently appointed gambling minister Chris Philp is certainly getting to know stakeholders in the industry with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DCMS holding his second meeting with Bacta since his appointment two months ago.

The Bingo Association and Clarion Gaming collaborate to promote bricks and mortar bingo sector at ICE London

Excel London ICE London Bingo Association hub
It’s going go be a full house at ICE London in February as the Bingo Association is coming to town. An agreement between organisers Clarion Gaming and the BA will bring a strong contingent of land-based bingo stakeholders to the ‘greatest show on earth’.

Cat B3 limit setting talks reopen

John White Cat B3 limit setting talks reopen
The launch of standardised limit-setting on Category B3 machines has returned to the industry agenda following the end to Covid-enforced restrictions.

Operators begin preparations for Safer Gambling Week 2021

Safer Gambling Week 2021
Operators across the UK have begun preparations for Safer Gambling Week 2021, with participants keen to replicate the “huge success” of last year’s campaign.

National Bingo Day almost doubles charity target

National Bingo Day almost doubles charity target
The Bingo Association has announced that the total charitable donation raised during National Bingo Day 2021 was nearly double the event’s £15,000 target, as players across the country came together to show their support for Variety.

Hippodrome Casino CEO named as first ICE London Ambassador

Simon Thomas ICE London Ambassador
Simon Thomas CEO of the London Hippodrome Casino and one of land-based gaming’s most respected personalities, has accepted an invitation to become the first ICE London Ambassador

BA ‘delighted that National Bingo Day was a great success’

Hanley MP National Bingo Day
The first ever National Bingo Day hit the mark on Sunday with the event ‘achieving all its objectives’ said the bingo trade association. Whilst not a full house, a direct impact of the decision to delay the easing of lockdown, the event was fully supported with hundreds of clubs around Britain backing the initiative.

‘Save it for the bingo’: But how much bingo will be left to save it for?

Andrew Reilly Hollywood Clubs Save it for the bingo
In Jon and Lucy Richardson’s brilliant TV comedy, the central catchphrase of ‘Save it for the bingo’ raises a laugh every time the dour comedian says it. But in the real world of bingo clubs, life’s not so funny: the lack of direct and targeted government support is putting the popular sector in jeopardy. Coinslot talks to Hollywood Clubs’ Andrew Reilly about his latest effort to get the sector some support.

Industry to unite for Safer Gambling Week 2021

industry to unite for Safer Gambling Week 2021
Bacta, The Betting & Gaming Council and the Bingo Association are once more to join forces in promoting responsible gaming this November, as part of Safer Gambling Week 2021.

Scottish bingo clubs receive £50,000 funding lifeline

Scottish bingo clubs receive £50,000 funding lifeline
After a well-orchestrated campaign by the Bingo Association, independent bingo operators in Scotland will finally get the same financial support as similar hospitality businesses across the country.

Neil McArthur resigns as Gambling Commission CEO

Neil McArthur Gambling Commission
Lasting almost three years as chief executive of the Gambling Commission, Neil McArthur has resigned from his duties at the regulator, which will now start recruitment for an interim CEO

National Bingo Day marked for Sunday 27 June

National Bingo Day 27 June
National Bingo Day is now a registered awareness day in the UK, and will take place on the 27 June, the same day as in the US.

Bingo Association highlights bingo loneliness lifeline

Bingo loneliness campaign
The Bingo Association has highlighted just how integral bingo halls are to lonely and vulnerable people across the UK, as part of its “Bingo is my lifeline”

Bingo in 2020: A year where bingo – and much of the industry – found themselves at the back of the queue

Miles Baron Bingo Association 2020 Review
Chief executive of the Bingo Association Miles Baron reflects on a year in which licensed bingo found itself cast as “the orphans no one wanted to look after”. Ironic considering the entertainment impact bingo has on so many people’s lives. But there are positives driving the sector forward, once fairness and consistency have been restored to the decision-making processes of the key authorities.

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

Nick Harding renews calls for Low Stake Alliance

Nick Harding Dreaming of White Paper
Former Talarius and Praesepe chief executive Nick Harding says that consolidation between the low-stakes gaming sectors will be crucial to weather any new UK gambling act . The time has come, he says, for a unified and coherent response

Bingo Association unveils new underage gambling prevention strategy

Bingo Association Age Verification Check
The Age Check Certification Scheme has partnered with the Bingo Association to implement an industry-leading age verification programme across more than..

A blessed chance for stability, says Bingo Association chief

Miles Baron Bingo Association
If the strength of the Conservative win stops the political flip-flopping and dizzying number of reshuffles, then consider Miles Baron of the Bingo Association a happy man.

National bingo caller of the year announced

Bingo Caller of the year
The winner of UK-wide national Bingo Game Caller of the year competition has been named. Donna Kunyo from Club 3000 MIddleton came out on top at the..