Friday, January 15, 2021

Tag: FECs

Councils floundering to get grants right, says Holland

Reece Holland Bridlington
Bridlington industry figure Reece Holland says that government has done a “marvellous” job of supporting British business, but when it comes to supporting amusements - it’s local authorities who are letting the side down

Bacta “tea-leaves” suggest no route to re-opening until May

John White Bacta re-opening timeline
Bacta has told members that noises out of Westminster suggest re-opening in time for Easter could be a long-shot for most amusement outfits. The spring-board for UK plc is more likely to be May.

Bacta zooms in on regions

Bacta Zoom meeting
Bacta has always prided itself on the relationship it has with the membership. And in a somewhat perverse twist, this engagement seems to have flourished under Covid-19 conditions. Chief executive John White talks to Coinslot about how, in the worst of times, the association has managed to get the best from its members.

Loss of Cat D necessary and sustainable for an industry set for reshape, says Eason

Ian Eason Instance Automatics Cat D
The no-nonsense Lincolnshire supplier has praised Bacta’s self-imposed ban on under-18 Cat D play within FECs, arguing it shows amusements squarely in the camp of entertainment and not gambling. Ian Eason believes this is an issue the industry has needed to resolve for some time.

Paul Terroni: It’s always darkest before the dawn

Paul Terroni Novomatic UK
Whilst acknowledging this year as having been “incredibly tough”, Novomatic UK’s head of business strategy Paul Terroni has urged amusement stakeholders to hold on just a little longer - and ride the wave of a resurgent economy (and new Gambling Act) in 2021.

No dice: Tier 3 arcades to remain shut despite industry lobbying

No 10 Downing St
The government has said its decision to close Tier 3 AGCs - despite LBOs staying open - hinges on a reclassification of arcades as “entertainment” instead of “non-essential retail”. Bacta and AGC operators disagree and plan to continue their call to re-open

Debbie Bollard: Many pubs “will not survive” this winter of discontent

Debbie Hough Bollard
Responding to the government’s newly unveiled plans for winter 2020, licensing expert Debbie Bollard said that “devastation” of the pub sector would have inevitable knock-on effects for amusement stakeholders.

Three tiers and an industry locked down in all but name

Three Tier Industry lockdown Boris Johnson hospitality
The hospitality and leisure sector seems to have lost patience with what one social posting described as Boris’ bull. And in fairness, this week’s Covid-19 Winter Plan, unveiled by the Prime Minister, did not go down well with an industry that’s spent most of 2020 closed and faces the Christmas to Easter period under threat of closure as it dances around the government’s coronavirus tiers. For amusements and gaming businesses, they’re facing tough decisions and great hardship during another missed key selling season; industry figures offer their take on the PM’s plan.

Ho ho no: Government unveils new post-lockdown restrictions

Government unveils post lockdown restrictions Boris Johnson
The government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan will see FECs and AGCs both facing closure in tier-three zones, whilst a further tightening on pub-trading has led UK Hospitality to claim that the government is “killing Christmas”. But that’s not the only thing the counter-Covid campaign is killing.

Bacta contributes to APPG discussion, but did they listen?

Westminster Bacta Delegation APPG discussion
Bacta’s James Miller and Trevor Sutton have gone before members of parliament’s Gambling Harm committee to put the industry’s side of the story across on the subject of Cat D machines in FECs. To say the response was disheartening would be an understatement; the APPG appear to be very much tied to a Thatcher ideology - this group is not for turning.

Local council pushed for AGC closures as Bacta lobbies to overturn the mistake

Tier 3 restrictions mistake Liverpool
While ‘amusement arcades’ have been allowed to remain open by the government, Bacta has learned that adult gaming centres were apparently singled out to close by the local council in Liverpool as the trade association moves to correct the mistake

Bacta: Welsh government stance on AGCs is “pendantic”, “outrageous” and “kafkaesque”

Welsh flag business relief grants
Bacta CEO John White has called Cardiff out on its absurd “nothing to do with us” stance, as a rising number of Welsh arcade owners are asked to payback Covid-19 business relief grants. The Principality is being questioned over its principles, questions seemingly it’s not keen to answer.

Face to face: Arcades provide mask guidance

face masks guidance
Arcades across the country are recommending visitors wear face coverings, in order to help operators do all they can to protect against a second wave of Coronavirus.

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

Scotland confirms indicative date of 24 August for arcades to re-open

Scotland AGCs FECs Arcades re-opening
The Scottish Government gave separate consideration in its review this week to the case of AGCs, FECs, and machines in pubs and bookmakers. Instead of re-opening, they were given a door slammed in their face until 24 August. The industry is distraught.

Masks not required for arcades

masks not essential arcades
As the government mandated the wearing of face masks in all shops and supermarkets from July 24, Bacta understands that visitors to arcades will not be required to wear a face covering.

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.

OKTO ready to answer industry’s cashless question, once and for all

OKTO cashless payments solution
International fintech provider OKTO is ready to give Britain’s retail gaming sectors a much needed post-lockdown boost by offering the definitive solution to the longstanding challenge of cashless payments.

“The Government must act very quickly as we are already seeing companies that have been trading for many years close down”

John Stergides Electrocoin
Electrocoin’s John Stergides is in determined mood; all parts of the industry, he argues, have not had the full benefits of support from government and local authorities.

Amusements venues ready for Britain’s grand re-opening

AGCs FECs re-opening
While bowling and casinos will have to wait a while longer before the green light is given, AGCs, piers FECS, and bingo are eager and prepared for Britain’s grand reopening.

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.

Government sticks to AGC postponement despite MP uproar

AGCs U-Turn remain closed AGC
Warnings of arcade redundancies from Bacta, MPs, and arcades across the country have fallen on deaf ears, as the government maintains its last-minute U-turn to push back AGC reopenings to July.

Scottish FECs set for “conditional” July re-opening

Scottish FECs AGCs could open July
Scottish arcades and FECs may be able to return to business on 15 July, subject to the success of wider measures to facilitate a restart to the country’s tourism industry.

Now’s the time to get to the bottom of what was a collective failure before it has the chance to happen all over again

AGCs collective failure licensing regime Peter Hannibal Gambling Business Group
Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the cross-sector strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, proposes a back to basics education programme even down to the use of the ‘A’ word.

Covid-19 crisis prompts 17 percent increase in BALPPA membership

Paul Kelly BALPPA
The British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions has announced a significant increase in membership during the pandemic.

“Luckily we are a robust industry, one that is always innovating and looking to new opportunities”

Mark Horwood UDC
UDC are closely following the UK Government guidelines and carefully following industry advice in readiness to re-opening. Our plan is to re-open once the government have granted permission for FEC’s to open so that we are able to support our customers from day one.

Is summer cancelled? Machines sector could be closed until Autumn

Machines Sector closed
As ‘Stay Home’ changes to ‘Stay Alert’, the amusement machines sector is expected to stay closed until Autumn despite a 4 July starting date for pubs and restaurants that can be “Covid-19 secure”. Summer is in danger of being cancelled, leaving the industry in need of extended and extensive support.

ATMs being removed from pubs, AGCs and FECs, reports Bacta

ATM Machine
ATMs are being removed from pubs, AGCs and FECs due to changes in commercial terms, according to Bacta, reporting information coming in from its members. To get to the bottom of the issue, the trade body has contacted the UK Treasury, which is currently in the process of producing a report on ‘cash and digital payments’ after consulting interested parties...

The stalwarts of Bridlington

Shaws Premier Amusements
While big chains such as McDonalds, Woolworths and Marks and Spencer have all fallen off Bridlington’s busiest high street, amusements arcades such as Shaws Premier Amusements have remained stalwart. But for how much longer? With a beautiful harbour, two sandy beaches and several stately FECs, Bridlington has always been one of the most popular resorts alongYorkshire’s coastline - but businesses...

The Bulldog Games range licensed to entertain

Tony Glanville
Monopoly is just one of the licences that RLMS is pushing into the marketplace with major success. But Ben Bones and Hamster’s Ball also are making their mark as impressively. Pushers are playing a central role in developing whole family spend for operators, according to RLMS Sales, exclusive distributors of the Bulldog Games brand. “When we are discussing the family market...