Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Tag: Data

British Chambers of Commerce calls for an energy price cap for SMEs and more temporary visas as supply chain disruption persists

British Chamber of Commerce calls for energy price cap SMEs visas supply chain
80 percent of firms in a new British Chambers of Commerce survey have experienced an increase to their prices over the past 12-months with nearly half (46 percent) categorising these as ‘significant’.

Simon Barff: Pub machine revenue making steady recovery ahead of crucial Christmas period

CLMS managed pubs machine data
Software provider CLMS shares its data on pub machine performance over the last few months compared to 2019 figures, with managing director Simon Barff outlining a slow but steady recovery for the pub sector, albeit with some geographical variation due to players shifting away from city centre activity. Is there a new normal on the way?

Commission congratulates itself over credit card ban

Credit card use online gambling
The Gambling Commission’s ban of credit card use on all forms of gambling except lotteries and competitions has been hailed a success by the regulator, which whipped up its own interim report on the matter ahead of an independent evaluation in 2023.   In need of a good news story after a year of criticism, the Gambling Commission has decided to...

Gambling Commission: “The overall problem gambling rate has decreased significantly”

Gambling Commission statistics problem gambling
The Gambling Commission’s latest survey of problem gambling for the quarter ending September 2021 has revealed that the rate has halved in the past year from 0.6 per cent to 0.3 percent. It’s now at its lowest ever level.

Southend visitation “definitely” up on 2020

Southend visitation up on 2020
Data from Google has revealed a significant increase in footfall in Southend this summer, with numbers rising from 24 percent below pre-pandemic levels in 2020 to just five percent lower between July and September this year.

Boom time: August bank holiday spend biggest since Christmas 2019

Barclaycard data card transactions August Bank Holiday
Barclaycard has revealed UK card transactions made during the August bank holiday were the highest since Christmas 2019, with leisure and entertainment the biggest benefactors.

Crunch point for cash as close to 8,000 ATMs removed from service

Which Survey ATMs
Consumers who are looking to withdraw and spend cash in nearby shops or on the high street are those being hardest hit if they are left without a way to access it locally, claims Which? consumer survey.

Tardy timings: Commission struggling to get licences over the line on time

Gambling Commission licence applications
These are tough times for the regulator with the Gambling Commission under fire on multiple fronts. The last thing it needs then is a failure to meet its obligations on bread and butter stuff like approving licence applications. But in this area too, it's struggling despite statistical pirouettes to parliamentarians suggesting otherwise.

Select Committee reports that 213 bank branches are ‘last in town’ putting access to cash at risk

Access to Cash branch closures
Access to cash has attracted cross party support and the picture emerging from the Commons Treasury Select Committee is not good news for the millions of individuals and small businesses who rely on it.

Ruling the waves: Britain driving global preference for online gaming

YouGov report online gaming
Solidified by pandemic lockdowns over the last 18 months, Britain’s increasing preference for online gaming over retail makes it a nation driving the global trend - with 63 percent of gamblers globally preferring online to offline, according to YouGov.

Spend at pubs and bars up by over 30 percent in July compared to 2019

Pubs and bars spend up 30 percent in July
Entertainment saw growth for the first time since the pandemic began, with pubs, bars and clubs experiencing a strong month, as a quarter of Brits admit to dipping into savings to make the most of post-lockdown life.

Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone: Problem gambling rates fall despite pandemic concerns

problem gambling survey
After 18 months of voicing unfounded concerns regarding the pandemic’s effect on problem gambling, the Gambling Commission has released new data showing the problem gambling rate has actually fallen in the last year, with online participation increasing only due to the National Lottery. Who’d have thought it? Clearly no-one as the figures continue to be tucked away by the regulator.

Perspective: IDS is watching You!

Iain Duncan Smith Perspectives
Perhaps there exists somewhere a ‘sliding doors’ alternative universe where Iain Duncan Smith resisted internal party wrangling, demonstrated hidden depths of charismatic competence and led the Conservative Party to power in the 2005 General Election, mulls Paul Leyland of Regulus Partners. If so, it seems likely that the State might now resemble something between the Rule of the Major-Generals and George Orwell’s Airstrip One.

So where’s the spiralling gambling pandemic? Online playing trends emerge from Covid’s grasp

online gambling trends pandemic
The pandemic has released its grip over online gambling trends as activity steadily decreases back to pre-Covid levels, with major sporting events once again becoming the key driver for increased activity. So, what happened to this wild west gambling spree during Covid?

Bingo report predicts live decline but sustained populartity

Bingo report
Online casino firm Leanbackplayer’s UK Bingo Industry Review 2021 has predicted a further decline in live bingo, despite the sector delivering 70 percent of the industry’s revenue. Is that wishful thinking from the online-backed study?

Staycations will give Britain a £5billion boost as coastal resorts seek to extend their traditional season

Staycation boost coastal resorts seek season extension
The rehabilitation of domestic tourism may rest on an ability to extend the season beyond August which will mean attracting a new demographic.

May sales slip 26 percent at managed pubs, restaurants and bars

Coffer CGA Business Tracker data
Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar groups recorded a 26 percent drop in total sales in May from the same month in 2019, the new edition of the Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals.

Players make an enthusiastic return to machines

Simon Barff MD CLMS
The first week of reopening has shown machine play reach 82 percent of pre lockdown levels. The figure is uncannily similar to last year’s pattern of return following the first 2020 lockdown. Simon Barff, MD of CLMS, talks us through the early trends.

UK pubs spend £285m on reopening preparations

Pub investment on reopening
Data collected by the BBPA has revealed that UK pub operators spent £285m in supporting leased and tenanted publicans prepared for outdoor reopening on 12 April

Traditional shopping patterns shift as consumers look local

high street data shopping Lloyds Bank
The pandemic has changed the way we shop as the high street is set to be redefined. Local is the new normal.

“No evidence” of gambling surge during lockdown, confirms regulator

No evidence gambling surge during lockdown data
Contrary to much of its alarmist rhetoric, the regulator has copped to the fact that its data-set proves that at-home gambling rates remained largely unchanged - despite ongoing lockdown measures. In a gambling review environment, evidence - and ‘no evidence’ - is everything.

“No hard evidence” on pub curfews, admits Vallance

Patrick Vallance Pub hospitality
It’s universally accepted that the hospitality sector has been hit the hardest in the Covid fall-out, not least the publicans who are on the floor. In a week where over 1,000 more pubs will close in and around the capital, beers sales likely to be 90 percent down on last December and income from machines and jukes at an unprecedented low, Coinslot takes a trip around the pub trade to see if it was all worth it.

Gambling Commission releases industry stats for a bygone era

Gambling Commission historical data
New numbers from the regulator detail the industry’s year up until March 2020 - a compilation of largely irrelevant numbers in the context of nine months of lockdown. But, one important trend for post-Covid deliberation emerges; the land-based sector is finding it hard to move forward with confidence.

Last resort: Seaside footfall drops by half as government urged to act

Centre for Cities UK Coastal resorts Seaside Footfall
With footfall at UK coastal resorts dropping by almost half this autumn, the government must act fast to shore up coastal communities already suffering long-term economic neglect - or risk the £8bn delivered annually by seaside tourism to the UK economy.

Hospitality finds it voice against post-lockdown policies

Pub Hospitality Covid policies
Enough seems finally to have been enough - with a number of hospitality leaders now speaking out against the prospect of yet more punitive Covid policies from government…despite data showing them not to be the problem.

Gambling pandemic? What gambling pandemic?

Gambling Commission showing online casino takings dropping off
Another month, another set of falling numbers with data from the Gambling Commission showing online casino takings dropping off in September as players switched focus to the resumption of top-flight footy

Pub closing time? Shepherd Neame warns that city centre pubs will close for good

Shepherd Neame City Centre pubs closing warning
In a sign of the shift in commercial influence from city centre to the suburbs, Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, has issued a stark warning as to the viability of many of its pubs in central London at the same time as confirming a brighter future for locals in residential areas.

Barff: Curfew has cost pub gaming a third of its revenue

Pub gaming revenue Simon Barff CLMS data
The MD of data specialists CLMS has denounced the “irrational and irresponsible” actions of government in its clampdown on hospitality - which has cost coin-op stakeholders and the wider pub trade as much as 40 per cent of regular income. Simon Barff talks exclusively to Coinslot about the trends and the future.

Curfew cuts machine play in pubs by 40 per cent

CLMS data pub machine
According to new data from analytics specialist CLMS, the introduction of curfew has seen pub machine takings plummet by well over a third - with Bacta concurring that the scenario facing Cat C operators is “absolutely dire”.

Easing of lockdown sees small transfer of play from online to machines, says UKGC

Gambling Commission data figures ease of lockdown transfer
The latest data from the Gambling Commission indicates that the lifting of lockdown led to gains for landed slots, at the expense of digital equivalents. But only slightly.