Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Tag: Data

“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.

Paper track and trace carries data protection risks, says tech company

paper Test and trace NHS
A data software company has said that publicans may be opening themselves up to legal action by using pen and paper to take customers details as per the NHS’ Test & Trace programme.

Fear of travel may encourage consumers to turn to local venues for entertainment, but the government must play its part

UKHospitality Tourism data
There isn’t a soundbite or a slogan the government can throw at the hospitality industry that will ease their fears. And the latest UKHospitality research suggests far more support is needed to bring optimism back to our domestic tourist resorts

Online gambling accounts fell through April and May, GC stats shows

Gambling Commission data
The Gambling Commission had to grasp at straws to find a gloomy angle in its latest round of survey data, which tracked dwindling numbers of player accounts online throughout both the first and second months of lockdown

Commission issues new guidelines for online operators in lockdown

GC data online gambling during lockdown
The Gambling Commission has said new data suggests a hike in spend and playtime on gambling sites since the introduction of lockdown, prompting it to tighten regs on digital operators.

CPI unveils latest in cashless technology with data delivery

Following a recent logo rebranding, Crane Payment Innovations took to ICE 2019 with a stand dedicated to demonstrating how both cashless and its data provision can point the way forward for operators. With cashless a clear focus for many operators at ICE 2019, CPI’s ticket purchasing kiosk took centre stage on the payment solution company’s stand this year. The E-Choice system, equipped...

Butlin’s reassures customers suffers after data hack

Bourne Leisure Butlin's Haven
Butlin’s has reassured its customers that their payment details are secure after the leisure operator fell victim to a data hack last week. The firm said that 34,000 of its guests may have had their personal information stolen by hackers, and has set up “dedicated team” to contact the affected customers. “I would like to reassure guests that no financial data...

White and Miller progress Bacta case in Whitehall

Bacta Whitehall Tracey Crouch
Bacta has followed up its meeting with former Conservative party leader, Iain Duncan Smith, with another appointment at Whitehall, this time with Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society. The member for Chatham and Aylesford and the politician with responsibility for the gambling industry in all of its guises, met with Bacta chief executive...

Data experts call for clarity on GDPR and AML

GBG data experts GDPR AML Peter Murray
A leading industry data expert has called for clarity from gambling regulators on balancing GDPR and AML   With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to impact upon the industry in May 2018, a leading identity data intelligence expert is warning of the regulatory conflict that may arise, and the unintended consequence that may hinder the industry’s attempts to...

ALMR calls for machine boost for pub sector

ALMR Pub stakes
In its submission to the DCMS consultation, the ALMR has asked the government to increase the automatic entitlement of machines and allow contactless payment, as well as urging an upward review of Cat C stakes and prizes.   The ALMR has called on the government to provide “a much needed revamp” to gaming machines in pubs, both from a social and...

Investment key to growth in Flamingo Land returns

Flamingo Land
The owners of Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land have set a clear example of how investing in your key assets can pave the way to increased success.   Major investment in key areas of Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land theme park has yielded welcome growth in both turnover and pre-tax profits. The Malton-based facility, which comprises a theme park, zoo and holiday village, saw pre-tax...

Mecca poll shows Brits embrace the power of the emoji

Coinslot - Emjoi Mecca Bingo
As the Emoji Movie hits cinemas, Mecca Bingo has undertaken a poll which shows the British public has heart eyes for the humble emoji.   The Mecca Bingo poll data shows that seven-in-ten Brits admit emojis work better than words and just over a third of Brits admitting they’d be happy to see emojis replace words altogether. Also, over half the nation...

“There are lies, damned lies and statistics “

Coinslot - FOBT stakes statistics review cost commission
As the dust begins to settle on the latest Gambling Commission Annual Report, something still doesn’t sit right with its gambling statistics, suggests Ken Scott.   Mark Twain declared “there are lies, damned lies and statistics.” Which is probably a useful reference point whenever it comes to assessing gambling statistics. The latest set, found in the recent Gambling Commission Annual Report,...

Scientific Games reports seventh consecutive quarter of growth

ICR - Scientific report growth
Scientific Games has recorded its seventh consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth as the company announces intent to refinance a portion of its debt.   Scientific Games Corporation has released its second quarter 2017 results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 and announced plans to take advantage of favorable market conditions to refinance a portion of its debt to lower...

Majority of Brits want to go cashless at theme parks

Coinslot - Theme parks
Cash is king, but for how long? The customer is saying they want more cashless in theme parks, according to a recent survey of visitors.   Sixty percent of British visitors at theme parks have said they would like use cashless payments when next visiting, according to a new survey. Omnico’s Theme Park Barometre interviewed 677 respondents from the UK - along...

ICE tops gaming expos as audited attendance tops 30,000

ICE sits at the summit of gaming expos as audited attendance tops 30,000
ICE 2017 has been confirmed as the most successful edition on record with attendance independently audited at 30,213, up 6% year-on-year and the sixth consecutive year of growth experienced by gaming’s leading business-to-business event.   Arguably the most notable statistic relates to a double digit increase in the number of non-UK based attendees to ICE which totalled 20,032, up 18% on...

Operators invest as industry stats show sustained AGC yield growth

Coinslot - norwich Gambling Commission stats GGY AGC FEC machine
Industry statistics released by the Gambling Commission show renewed machine investment and increasing gross gambling yield for AGC, but a slight fall in performance for FEC and bingo sector.   Amusements operators invested in 9 percent more machines from October 2015 - September 2016 (compared to the period March 2015 - April 2016), amounting to 21,839 machines, according to Gambling Commission...

Select Gaming invests in Cloud technology

ICR - Select Gaming Cloud Platform
The UK’s largest independent supplier of gaming and amusement equipment, Select Gaming, has embraced Cloud technology as part of a major investment. Select Gaming has confirmed its sights are firmly set on the future with the announcement a major strategic investment in an integrated cloud-based computing solution for the entire business. The family owned and managed company, which has more than...