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Bacta members herald success of first Social Responsibility Exchange

Folder Bacta AGM Social Responsibility Exchange
'A truly excellent initiative for which BACTA should be applauded’ is how Byron Evans, commercial director at Praesepe..

Bacta find a new discourse with launch of social responsibility policy

BACTA AGM 2018 Social Responsibility John White
Association chief John White used his platform at the Bacta AGM to announce a new code of social responsibility for members

Bacta looks forward to a new narrative

John White Coinslot Bacta annual convention
The broad reach of Bacta will be in evidence this week when the membership gathers in London for the annual convention. Coinslot asked John White what we...

Bacta members play their part in Responsible Gambling success

Responsible Gambling Week
Bacta member companies throughout the country have played a full and active part helping to make the second Responsible Gambling Week a success.   Billed as a national conversation surrounding what constitutes Responsible Gambling, the initiative was designed to trigger conversations between customers and staff working across the spectrum of gaming establishments including AGCs, bingo clubs and FECs. Alongside training programmes...

Seaside regeneration: Lords see life from the operational side

Bacta seaside amusements Regeneration MP delegation
Brighton Pier’s Anne Ackord and a delegation of top Bacta officials gave Lib Dem and labour peers a tour of the city’s amusements industry during last week’s party conference. The message was very clear: more needs to be done to maximise the opportunities that Britain’s seaside communities can offer.   Lord McNally: “Do you feel you have the right voices in...

Bacta to voice members’ outrage over B2 delay at Treasury meeting

John White
So how long does it take to change the FOBT stake to £2? Most in the machines industry find it risible that two years has been proposed as the necessary bedding in time. If the stake were increased to £200, they smile, it could probably be ready in two hours. Trade body Bacta are going to government next week...

FOBT stake cut delay until April 2020 is “unacceptable”

FOBT, stakes, Industry, politics, finance
According to The Times, a cut to the maximum stake on FOBTs will not be implemented until April 2020 following a backroom deal between the Treasury and bookmakers. Bacta, however, aims to ensure this “unacceptable” timeline does not occur. The long-sought after cut to the maximum stake on FOBTs will not be implemented until April 2020 following reports of a...

Pushing at an open door? Bacta sees room for dialogue between the Triennial lines

John White
Two weeks after the decision to reduce the maximum stake on FOBTs, the analysis of the wider implications of just what the Review into stakes and prizes and social responsibility means for our industry has begun. Aside from the stake reduction, there was seemingly little else to cheer the industry other than an uplift in stakes and prizes for...

Bacta’s John White: FECs are the centerpiece of seaside-onomics

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As the government begins to take more of an interest in coastal communities and FOBTs are finally set to leave the agenda, CEO of Bacta John White explains that now is the time to sell the Great British seaside - and remind everyone what makes it so special. While there’s no escaping the fact that the weather is the “preeminent...

John White to represent Bacta at Euromat 2018 Summit

John White Coinslot bacta
For the Euromat 2018 Summit, taking place 4 -6 June, will be a very busy time. Formed in 1974, Bacta is the leading UK trade association, representing the interests of more than 500 companies in the gaming arena. The Association plays a very active role in Euromat, having joined some 18 years ago. Bacta chief executive John White is to...

Bacta look to develop relationship with club sector

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Bacta and CORCA, the Committee of Registered Club Associations, have agreed an informal programme of co-operation on matters of mutual interest, following a meeting between senior representatives of the two organisations.   Facilitated by Dransfield Managing Director, Chris Haley, who also serves as Bacta Treasurer, the meeting was chaired by Lord Smith of Hindhead, CBE, Chief Executive of the Association of...

Bookmaker shares plummet as Chancellor Philip Hammond accepts £2 limit for FOBTs

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Shares in the UK’s biggest bookmakers have plummeted after reports Philip Hammond had accepted a £2 maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). William Hill shares dropped a staggering 14 per cent in...

Chancellor Philip Hammond accepts £2 limit for FOBTs

FOBT, stakes, Industry, politics, finance
A move to cut the maximum stake on FOBTs is set to be announced by the treasury in two weeks. Chancellor Philip Hammond had previously delayed the decision over the issue of lost tax revenue from the machines. The government said in January that the maximum stake on FOBTs would be cut from £100 a spin to somewhere between £50...

Bacta Charitable Trust confirm four partnerships

bacta charitable trust
Bacta members will now be raising much needed funds on behalf of four deserving causes. In addition to the incumbent Rays of Sunshine, the bacta Charitable Trust has agreed to partner the Macmillan/Royal Marsden, Great Ormond Trust Hospital and the Teenage Cancer Trust. The three additional charities were selected by the Trustees following nominations made by Bacta members.   Bacta chief...

Bacta join forces with C of E at APPG Impact Event

bacta APPG Impact Event
Bacta joined forces with a broad range of stakeholders and individuals including the Church of England, The Royal Society for Public Health, numerous local authorities, gambling addicts, reformed addicts and representatives from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons in an unequivocal show of support for a reduction in the maximum FOBT stake to £2.   The All Party...

White completes first leg of bacta member meetings

John White bacta meetings
Bacta Chief Executive John White has completed the first leg of a national tour, meeting with bacta members from the West of England, South Wales, Southern, London and Eastern regions. The tour, which provides a valuable opportunity for members to raise issues of both national and local importance was undertaken last week (12 – 16 March).   Expanding on the importance...

‘Surprised and disappointed’: Bacta’s John White reacts to Gambling Commission’s FOBT advice

Coinslot - John White review
After the Gambling Commission recommended reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs to a vague “£30 or less”, Coinslot spoke with Bacta CEO John White on the decision and whether there’s still a chance for a £2 stake.   Coinslot: What do you make of the Gambling Commission’s recommendations? John White:  The evidence that they relied on pointed to a different conclusion...

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...

Iain Duncan Smith supports bacta case for £2 stake

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A senior bacta delegation comprising National President, Gabi Stergides and Chief Executive, John White supported by Oliver Hogan, Head Economist at the influential Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), met with former leader of the Conservative Party, Iain Duncan Smith, last week to present the findings of CEBR analysis on the economic impact on bookmakers of a reduction...

Bacta confirm first EAG Dinner is sold out

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Bacta has been forced to post the sold out signs following what it is describing as a ‘hugely encouraging’ response to its first EAG dinner which is taking place on the Tuesday night of what is the industry’s showpiece UK event. The dinner, which is being held on the Sunborn Super-Yacht hotel situated in Royal Victoria Dock, less than a...

John White: “The problem is B2’s maximum stake, not those who want to solve it.”

Coinslot - John White review
  After attending the GambleAware harm minimisation conference last week, Bacta CEO John White disagreed with criticisms directed at those supporting the campaign to reduce the £100 maximum stake on FOBTs.   Following criticism of the FOBT stake reduction campaign at GambleAware’s harm minimisation conference, CEO of Bacta John White has responded by saying: “The problem is B2’s maximum stake, not those...

Simon Bradbury to drive social responsibility at bacta

Simon Bradbury bacta
Bacta has confirmed the promotion of Simon Bradbury to the newly created post of Head of Social Responsibility and Compliance.   ‘Brad’ who joined bacta in 2014 serving as Regional Compliance Officer covering the Midlands, North West, Yorks and Lincs region, will succeed Phil Silver who retires on November 23rd, closing a three decade span working with the association. "I am delighted to...

John White’s Playdium Picks

Coinslot - John White review
After staging a hugely successful ACOS, exhibition organiser Karen Cooke, hands the Playdium Picks baton to John White, CEO of bacta.   John White loved his time with bacta so much that he came back for a second helping! John first joined the association as a fresh faced, 26 year old with a degree in Politics and American Studies and a...

Brighton Palace Pier CEO receives industry award

Anne Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Brighton Pier Group plc, receives the Bacta Community Award from Bacta Chief Executive, John White (left) and Bacta President, Gabi Stergides
Anne Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Brighton Pier Group plc, has been recognised for her services to the amusements industry.   Anne, who was appointed to the newly created role as Chief Executive of the company in June 2017, received the Bacta Community Award from the association’s President, Gabi Stergides at a presentation held on Brighton Palace Pier. Reflecting on the award...

Bacta raise the political stakes

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Bacta has embarked on one of the most intensive programmes of political engagement in its recent history initiating three high profile events in the course of a week.   On Tuesday 19th September, a bacta delegation comprising President, Gabi Stergides, former President Jason Frost and Chief Executive John White, attended a meeting at Downing Street with Alex Martin, Advisor on Economic...

Bacta press home calls for progressive review to enhance economy

Coinslot - John White review
Bacta chief executive John White has reassured members that contrary to recent speculation, the review of FOBT stakes has not been shelved and is encouraging chancellor Philip Hammond to take a holistic view of the broad and powerful economic benefits contained within the association’s triennial submission.   Commenting on last week's story which appeared in the Daily Mail, White said: “I...

Amusements – An industry for now and the future

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Appearing in a local newspaper feature, Robert Braddick, owner of Ho!barts in Westward Ho!, and John White, CEO of Bacta, set the record straight regarding the health of the industry.   When local news comes knocking for the amusements industry it can often produce less than fair and balanced results. Last week, Devon Live aimed to do a feature on the...

Policy before party politics

As Theresa May attempts to “stabilise the ship she said was stable”, Bacta has said its policy objectives will not be affected by the snap election result - as long as party politics doesn’t slow things down. Indeed, Bacta CEO John White noted that despite many of the trade body’s objectives being uncontroversial, there is a probability that, to some...

Meeting the needs of Millennials tops pub summit agenda

Coinslot - Fixed odds bacta pubs pub
Bacta, the trade association whose members include the manufacturers and operators of gaming machines, pool tables and jukeboxes, has agreed a programme of quarterly meetings with the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and The British Beer And Pub Association.   The tripartite meetings will provide an opportunity for machine operators and representatives from the on-trade to discuss issues facing gaming and...

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals are ‘sucking the life out of pubs’ argues gaming expert

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Triennial Review of stakes and prizes needed to stem loss of machine income in pubs.   The pub fruit machine (AWP) is in the commercial equivalent of intensive care and unless the UK government addresses this in its triennial review of stakes and prizes, the prognosis could be terminal. The bleak outlook has been provided by Colm Taylor, whose company, CLMS,...