Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: Bingo

Bolton braces: Do leisure closures form template for local lockdown?

Bolton local lockdown
The government has imposed a number of local lockdown measures on the Greater Manchester town of Bolton, offering a sobering indication of what could be in store for similarly affected UK towns in the coming months.

19-year old wins £50,000 jackpot at Majestic’s Hippodrome club in Bishop Auckland

Majestic Bingo Hippodrome Club
Majestic Bingo managing director Mark Jepp hopes the news of a major £50,000 winner at his Hippodrome Club in Bishop Auckland will lead to a surge in admissions as superstitious punters look to follow in the footsteps of the lucky local 19-year old jackpot winner

Bingo set to “continue its resurgence” post-Covid

UK Bingo continued resurgence
UK bingo “will continue its resurgence” in the wake of Coronavirus”, the South Atlantic news agency Merco Press predicted in its recent appraisal of the popular gaming sector

Majestic vision:

Majestic Bingo Full House
The bingo industry could be the subject of a national free-to-air tv series following a hugely positive response to a pilot featuring Majestic Bingo that was broadcast on BBC Wales last week.

Blueprint puts content centre stage with appointment of Alan Claypole as head of product

Alan Claypole appointment Blueprint Operations
Blueprint Operations has bolstered its senior team following the appointment of Alan Claypole to the position of Head of Product, reporting directly to Managing Director David Purvis.

Millennials are replacing night clubs and dancing shoes with bingo clubs and dabbers according to Mecca survey

Mecca Bingo survey
Ahead of its 60th birthday celebrations taking place next year, Mecca Bingo has conducted its own extensive survey of 2,000 players generating a rich seam of media friendly facts, figures and social insights

No full houses: Bongo’s Bingo adapts to new future

Bongo's Bingo adapts
When it comes to customer innovation, it’s always worth a look at Bongo’s Bingo. This time though, it’s Bongo’s looking directly at themselves about changes..

GeWeTe: Demand for TiTo on the rise

Mark Edmundson GeWeTe TiTO
Increased Covid-19 demands on customer-facing AGC and bingo staff has led to a surge in TiTO enquiries, reports GeWeTe

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..

Gauselmann drives the industry’s call for a cut in MGD

Sascha Blodau Gauselmann MGD cut call
Industry giant Gauselmann is urging the Chancellor to cut MGD to 5 percent and start to rebuild the industry supply chain.

Lockdown takes its toll on Buzz Bingo as 26 clubs close in CVA arrangement

Buzz Bingo CVA
It was the kind of news no-one wanted nor expected, but Covid-19 claimed another victim from the industry this week as Buzz Bingo, considered in the prime of its health pre-coronavirus, found itself in the grip of a CVA.

KE Entertainments loses appeal for backdated VAT monies

UK Supreme Court KE Entertainments HMRC VAT overpayments
There was a disappointing outcome at the UK Supreme Court for bingo operator KE Entertainments whose appeal to overturn a decision by HMRC not to repay £435,630 in taxes for the period 1996-2004 was turned down.

Bingo begins its recovery with phased re-opening

BJs Bingo phased re-opening
UK bingo has one of the toughest tasks ahead in terms of getting Covid-ready; its demographic and role in the community is a key challenge for operators. But the sector has responded with a blend of caution and vigour to ensure that it’s a full house, if not in numbers, definitely in spirit.

Majestic successfully completes first stage of re-opening but issue stinging criticism of government approach

Mark Jepp Majestic Bingo
Mark Jepp, managing director of Majestic Bingo, has issued a cautionary note about the commercial viability of some businesses in the hospitality sector which have seen their customer base ‘scared to death’ by government messaging and the..

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.

Majestic has lockdown to thank for re-inventing its online bingo offering

Mark Jepp Majestic Bingo
For Mark Jepp lockdown has been the making of a new era for Majestic Bingo. He talks to Coinslot about how he has set about re-building the brand.

Simon Thomas: What makes you tick?

Simon Thomas Hippodrome Casino What makes you tick
From his first paid job with Singer & Friedlander merchant bank to being chief executive of the world-renowned Hippodrome Casino, Simon Thomas reflects on the journey of aspirations, emotions and motivations that make him tick

Gambling Commission releases industry stats that shows an industry in transition

Gambling Commission data industry statistics released
Contraction across the board was the key take-away from the regulator’s latest assessment of the size and scale of the gambling industry…and that was before the age of Corona. The Gambling Commission’s statistics through to September 2019 are now out

‘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.

“Bingo is a community” – Glasgow Mecca leads local support

mecca bingo Glasgow
Staff at Mecca Bingo in Glasgow’s East End have teamed up with a number of local charities and organisations to help provide food and support to the area’s elderly and in need.

Gala offer free online bingo to help over 65’s stay connected during lockdown

GalaBingo bingo like a boss advert has confirmed that it will be providing games free of charge for those aged 65 or over until the current lockdown is lifted.

House! Timeless appeal of bingo brings neighbours together

home bingo
It’s hard to deny that bingo’s role at the heart of a community has been well-proven during the last month, with lockdown now seeing households up and down the country using the family favourite game to stay connected despite the distance

Mecca Swansea step in to provide free meals to the vulnerable

Swansea Mecca Bingo
The Labour MP for Swansea East, Carolyn Harris, has praised the team at her local Mecca Bingo Club for their efforts in helping to provide free meals to the vulnerable as part of efforts to keep the community safe.

Bongo’s bingo owner wins naming battle

Bongo's Bingo planning permission granted
Jonathan Lacey (stage name Jonny Bongo) has won a high court battle over the rights to the Bongo’s Bingo brand. Lacey first created the events when..

Bongo’s brings its bingo online

Bongos Bingo online
Following the restrictions placed on communal social activity across the UK, Bongo’s Bingo has brought its popular bingo evening online, allowing players across the country to compete for prizes worth up to £2,500.

Buzz Bingo launches new Buzz Live platform

Buzz Bingo has announced the launch of its new online platform Buzz Live, allowing customers to play online games hosted by live callers.
Buzz Bingo has announced the launch of its new online platform Buzz Live, allowing customers to play online games hosted by live callers.

Liverpool planners approve Bongo’s Bingo site

Bongo's Bingo planning permission granted
Liverpool City Council has approved planning permission for Content, a warehouse in the city’s Baltic Triangle, to serve as the home of Bongo’s Bingo.

Hijinks in store for trendy new London bingo venue

Hijingo Bingo Shoreditch
The company behind indoor the ping-pong and mini-golf brands Bounce and Puttshack is about to try their hand at bingo, with a brand new venue dubbed Hijingo

Inspired to present Community Kings in the nation’s capital

Inspired EAG Community Kings - Charmed Community EAG
This is an exciting year for Inspired; a new opportunity for the global gaming and entertainment group to unleash its inspiration and make its mark on the UK landscape.

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.