Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tag: High Street

New openings prompt recruitment drive for Mr P’s

Mr Ps Classic Amusements openings prompt recruitment
Mr P’s Classic Amusements has launched a new recruitment drive, as owners Amelia and Dave Douglas look ahead to a new site opening as part of “a great year.”

“This is anti-business”: Southend’s arcadians condemn car parking price increase

Southend parking price increase plans
Amusement business owners and residents alike have criticised Southend Council’s plans to extend parking charges on the seafront, highlighting the significant role the area plays in driving the town’s economy.

Upbeat Gambling Business Group confirms 3-year strategy with High Street representation top of the agenda

Peter Hannibal Gambling Business Group High street Gaming influence
The Gambling Business Group has hit the ground running and will be using the power of its representation to reflect the important contributions made by gambling entertainment brands operating on the high street.

A disunited kingdom: The frustrations of a principality

disgruntled kingdom - frustrations of a principality
With the respective governments of Wales, Scotland and England all going their own ways in their response to the wildfire spread of Omicron, members of Bacta have found themselves operating under different rules from one another based on which third of Britain their business calls home.

Ballin’s success in merging gaming and hospitality offers hope for high street

Ballin' Maidstone high street entertainment venue
A new multi-purpose entertainment venue in Maidstone has offered further clues as to the possible future of the high street, combining leisure, hospitality and entertainment to create an “exceptionally popular” experience.

Luxury Leisure on a mission to expand its ‘operational footprint’

Paul Hyman Luxury Leisure 2021 review
It was back to normal in many ways at Luxury Leisure as 2021 saw the operator emerge from lockdown with ‘strong trading’ and a hamper full of new initiatives. Back on the greenfield site acquisition trail, new health and well-being programmes and venue refurbs have been packing the end of year schedule. Paul Hyman explains.

Gambling Business Group explains high street strategy and introduces SME membership rate

Gambling Business Group explains high street strategy and SME membership rate
Less than three weeks since the Gambling Business Group unveiled a new targeted strategy to enhance the business environment for high street operators, with membership spiking and a new SME category established, the group is on the road cultivating alliances.

Enfield Council calls for more powers to reject AGC applications

Enfield Council calls for more powers to reject agc applications
Ahead of a gambling review, local authorities - still riled up by the now defunct FOBT - are becoming restless at their inability to reject licence applications for gambling premises on the high street. Enfield Council are calling for more power from government, but will that call get heard before the upcoming review, or will high street gaming have time to continue its clean up of the reputational mess left by B2 machines?

Rhyl considers new FEC to check high street decline

Rhyl considers new FEC to check high street decline
Rhyl Town Council is considering plans from Bright Spot Arcade to transform a discount store into a new FEC, as the authority looks to develop “a wider range of popular leisure activities” in the town centre. The amusements industry is taking centre-stage in the high street revival.

Gambling Business Group high street commitment resonates with the industry

Peter Hannibal Gambling Business Group High street gaming influence
The revival of the high street, and the role that high street gaming will play in that recovery, has become the new political frontier. The Gambling Business Group last week announced a laser focus on the task - GBG chief executive Peter Hannibal reports on developments.

Product design, age verification and cashless wallets on Gambling Commission’s radar

Sarah Gardner Gambling Commission Bacta AGM Product design Cashless wallet
Aside from repeating the new Gambling Commission mantra - “gambling is normal, harm must not be” - the regulator’s Deputy CEO Sarah Gardner honed in on product design, age verification and cashless wallet technology as three areas to watch during her speech to this year’s Bacta AGM.

PwC pre-Christmas survey results show it’s a case of swings and roundabouts for businesses on the high street

PwC Christmas Survey results swings and roundabouts for businesses on high street
With one in four consumers intending to spend more this festive season, PwC is predicting a total spend of £21 billion - a 12 percent year-on-year increase - but there are significant challenges facing high street retailers.

New Admiral AGC approved for Basingstoke

New Admiral AGC approved for Basingstoke
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has approved plans submitted by Novomatic’s high street brand Admiral to convert a former William Hill in the town into a new AGC.

New venues accounting for 30 percent of Blueprint machine orders post ACOS

David Purvis Blueprint Operations new venues high street orders post ACOS
Now that the dust has settled on what was a successful ACOS, exhibitors are able to provide a more detailed picture of the market: for Blueprint the emergence of new high street venues is helping to drive machine sales.

High Street gaming finds its voice with powerful new representation

Peter Hannibal Gambling Business Group High street Gaming influence
Leading gaming operators on the high street are coming together in order to shift the dial in terms of representation and influencing real change.

Comment – Regulation in Crisis? / Misleading Covid stats damaging businesses on high street

Comment 2759 regulation in crisis
The conveyor belt of Gambling Commission chief executives has churned out yet another bully - it must be part of the job description. Andrew Rhodes has this week told the industry it’s not doing anywhere near enough on social responsibility - it may be a new face, but it’s the same old words. Bullying is part of the Gambling Commission’s DNA.

Support welcome but reform needed for “sickly” pub sector

pub sector support
The pub sector needs a tax overhaul, according to Gavin Young, landlord of the Plough and Barleycorn on the Isle of Wight, who welcomed a reduction in beer duty and business rates in the recent budget - but emphasised that it’s not enough.

MERKUR mark a year of positivity as 360 Social Responsibility Program celebrates its first birthday

Sascha Blodau Merkur UK 360 Social responsibility Program first birthday
In October 2020 MERKUR UK General Manager, Sascha Blodau, used the pages of Coinslot to announce the launch of the company’s 360 Program and with it a pledge to take a proactive stance in setting new Social Responsibility standards in the domestic low stake high street gambling entertainment sector.

British Retail Consortium: Retail sales getting back on track ahead of Christmas

High street spending British Retail Consortium
Confident consumers are back on the high street spending ahead of Christmas although fears mount of inflationary price rises.

Shop vacancy rate plateaus but over 14 percent of high street premises still remain unoccupied

British Retail Consortium shop vacancy rate plateaus 14 percent high street premises remain unoccupied
The latest figures from the British Retail Consortium provide some grounds for optimism but the fact remains that 10 percent of high street shops have been empty for over a year.

Autumn Budget Industry Response

industry response Autumn Budget ©UK Parliament_Jessica Taylor
It wasn’t worth waiting up all night for Santa but Bacta did take some positives from the chancellor’s budget statement. Business rates reduction, beer duty freeze and the prospect of extra cash percolating around the system are all good for the sector. But still no MGD cut which is really what the industry needs.

A fillip from Philp? Bacta meets new gambling minister

Chris Philp Gambling Minister Bacta meeting
It hasn’t taken new gambling minister Chris Philp long to get tucked into his new post, meeting Bacta within a few weeks of taking over his new portfolio.

Entain brings online instore in retail revamp

Entain brings online in-store retail revamp
Entain has confirmed 30 “betting shops of the future” will open across the country this year, as the group embarks on a digitisation initiative to remodel core sites in the UK and Italy.

The ugly face of local decision making: Chongie shouted down but not out as Leyton High Street licence appeal commences

Chongie Entertainment Leyton High Street licence appeal commences
The face of local licensing procedures turned a little ugly in July when Chongie Entertainment's application for an AGC on Leyton High Street was turned down by Waltham Forest Council.

Retail shop closures continue but arcades offer a chink of light for high street’s long term recovery

retail High Street recovery
Britain’s high streets may be doing a little better than last year - but nearly 9,000 closures in the first half of 2021 is still not good.

Minister for State Dinenage heads to Gosport for a Game Nation visit

Neil Finch Caroline Dinenage MP Game Nation visit
Game Nation regional director Neil Finch has been a busy man on the political front lately, welcoming MPs and government ministers to his AGCs recently.

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.

Cash on site makes AGCs a target for criminals

John White cash on site makes AGCs target criminals
A recent rise in robberies at AGCs further underlines the need for the introduction of cashless payments, Bacta CEO John White contends.

Luxury Leisure wins licence application for Haringey AGC

Luxury Leisure wins licence application Haringey AGC
Haringey Council has granted Luxury Leisure a premises licence for a new adult gaming centre in Green Lanes.

Gravity looks to leisure to revive high street

Gravity development high street Wandsworth Michael Harrison
Ahead of opening a new 100,000 sq ft immersive entertainment hub in a former Debenhams in Wandsworth, Gravity Active Entertainment’s co-founder has hailed “a changing of the guard” on the UK high street.