Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: FEC

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.

Government’s new Covid-19 restrictions leave operators scratching their heads

Track and trace
A new raft of restrictions supposedly in service of preventing the spread of Coronavirus have demonstrated their irrelevance in how bewildering and unenforceable they are.

Hollywood Bowl opens York venue

Hollywood Bowl York
Hollywood Bowl has opened a new £2.8m bowling alley in York Community Stadium, featuring 24 lanes, an amusement arcade, redemption area and American diner and bar.

The Cullis’: ‘Proud to be a fourth generation family business’

Cullis's Amusements Bacta Year of the Coast
As part of its Year of the Coast campaign, Bacta took to Scotland to trace the history of Cullis’s Amusements and where it stands today - at the heart of Scotland’s communities stretching from Glasgow to the south west of the country.

Mr P’s back and busy, but with circa £100,000 lost to lockdown

Mr P's Classic Amusements
Mr P’s Bognor Regis FEC has been “strikingly busy” since re-opening on 4th July, with the operator thanking “fantastic visitors” and support from its loyal customers.

Skill Cut Winner goes to the fair

Skill Cut Winner Electrocoin
Electrocoin’s Skill Cut Winner, which can be found at all major FECs, theme parks, bowling centres and single sites throughout the UK, is now a big winner with travelling fairs.

Hard ball: New soft play regulations labelled “madness” by operators

Soft Play Public Health England
An absurd stipulation on minimum ventilation space from the much maligned Public Health England has left soft play operators bewildered as to how they might now turn a profit.

Sidoli on re-opening: Finding opportunity in adversity

Paolo Sidoli SB Machines
In optimising the number of children’s rides at any one site, Paolo Sidoli of SB Machines has prioritised quality over quantity in the face of pandemic guidelines.

Lane7 confirm October opening for Leicester venue

Lane7 Ten Pin Bowling Leicester
Lane7 has revealed its latest bowling and entertainment complex, located in the former Leicester Central Station, will open this October.

Government minister found Milling around Harker Leisure

Harkers Leisure MP visit
Government minister, the Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP, certainly knows how to mix in esteemed circles. At the beginning of the week it was a tour of Powys with PM Boris Johnson, and two days later it was off to Rhyl to spend time with arcadian Craig Harker at Harker Leisure.

Does she mean us? Is gambling really the new tobacco?

Carolyn Harris Gambling new tobacco
Is gambling really the new tobacco? Industry figures speak about the consequences of such an association, how it undermines confidence in social responsibility initiatives and how important it is to recognise the distinct gambling sectors.

Skegness defenders rally after Worst Resort rating

Skegness residents and holidaymakers have defended the Lincolnshire town, after a Which? poll saw it ranked last out of 100 UK seaside resorts.

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..

Industry tales of re-opening

Arcades re-opening Caesars Palace Gt Yarmouth
Clacton Pier, Harbour Lights and Caesar’s Palace share their experiences of Independence Day.

Bacta advise members to follow the guidance as they keep their eye on the bigger prize

John White Bacta re-opening
Bacta’s chief executive John White reports back on what he’s heard from those operators able to re-open after 100-plus days in limbo.

Richardson and Holland opt to remain closed past July 4

Happidrome not re-opening yet
Two high profile operators, Martin Richardson in Southend and Reece Holland in Whitby, have elected not to open just yet. They explain the rationale behind a very difficult decision.

Nessa’s Slots hits the market

Island Leisure Amusement Arcade
A piece of British cultural history is going on sale this week as Island Leisure Amusement Arcade has been placed on the market.

The fact is that no one knows what the ‘new normal’ will be

David Purvis Blueprint Operations New Normal
During the lockdown the Blueprint team has been working hard on ensuring that we would be able to support our customers’ reopening strategies courtesy of a programme of new games releases introduced alongside menu enhancements.

Isle of Wight Council approves new Ryde arcade

Isle of White Ryde AGC permission granted
Dreambay Leisure Limited has been granted permission by Isle of Wight Council to establish a new AGC at Peter Pan’s Funfair and Amusements, on Ryde seafront.   During the council’s first virtual meeting on 1 June, plans for the Over 18s area in the indoor arcade were approved by the Licensing sub-committee. “The family-based business, which has been operating the playground for...

Godden gears up for re-opening with clear Covid-secure commitment to staff and customers

Jeremy Godden Godden Gaming and Gordon Henderson MP
Jeremy Godden, managing director of Godden Gaming, is preparing to open the doors at his Palace Amusements AGCs supported by a full range of personal protection equipment, hygiene protocols and health initiatives for both customers and staff.

A new normal awaits: The industry sets the wheels in motion for getting back to work

Coronavirus reopening webinar Bacta
Bacta is preparing to launch a specially tailored web-seminar to ensure that its membership is fully briefed and has the necessary support to open up with the easing of restrictions.

Demand for Game Payment app leaps by 800 percent as pub sector focus on cashless machine solution

Quentin Stott Game Payment app increase
The industry’s cashless innovation, the Game Payment app, is making its mark even before gaming and hospitality operations get the green light to re-open. Almost 300 orders have been lodged for the app, an eight-fold increase in the space of just one week.

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

Euromat makes a significant impression as Covid-19 webinar generates glowing reviews

Euromat webinar
The Covid-19 virus knows no borders, so when it comes to tackling the fall-out from the pandemic an international perspective seems an obvious route to take. European trade body Euromat took the lead with a recent webinar addressing the vast issues now facing the global industry.

“We will overcome this”: Stergides confident of industry future

John Stergides Electrocoin
With the summer of 2020 potentially set to be wiped from the calendar, Coinslot spoke to Electrocoin MD John Stergides about his strategy for the immediate future, as well as the trials overcome by the industry in the past.

UK operators monitor the progress of casino protection measures across the pond

Amusement venues could mirror US protection measures
Gaming and amusement venues in the UK could begin to introduce customer temperature checks, staggered machine access, and mandatory face masks if new measures proposed by US casinos are indicative of how the industry will adapt to a socially-distant near future.

Blackpool to suffer more than most from lockdown, says new report

lockdown economic impact Blackpool
A new report by think-tank the Centre for Cities has once again highlighted the degree of regional disparity in Britain when it comes to the economic impact of the country’s ongoing lockdown misery.

John White: the road ahead

John White lockdown
As the UK begins tentative steps to reopen, BACTA chief executive John White gives his perspective on how and when amusements business might expect to exit lockdown

Bacta presents the industry’s post-Covid-19 needs

Bacta John White industry’s post-Covid-19
Bacta lodged its post-coronavirus requirements to government last week. Coinslot includes extracts from the association’s paper entitled: ‘Returning the FUN to Britain’s high streets and seaside towns - A plan to get the amusement machine sector back to work’

Back to life, but to a new reality

Bacta members discussions
Following discussions with Bacta members, several measures to allow responsible operation of premises have been proposed by the trade association.