Tag: Leisure

Sidoli: Hospitality and leisure a casualty of the government’s balancing act

Paolo Sidoli SB Machines Hospitality Leisure
Managing director of SB Machines, Paolo Sidoli, takes a pragmatic view of the UK government’s Covid-19 response, acknowledging that while its restrictions have made an impact on case numbers, they have been inconsistent and brutal to many businesses, including many of his local customers in Welsh seaside resorts.

Blackpool tops UK unemployment stats

Blackpool unemployment data
Figures from the Centre for Cities suggest that Lancashire’s top resort town is still suffering from the worst level of joblessness in the country. Blackpool’s unemployment figures are cause for concern.

A new form of lockdown: Was the North of England a test case for government’s latest restrictive measures or simply an “illogical” decision?

Lockdown restriction measures
Leisure and hospitality venues were one of the main victims of new lockdown measures incrementally enacted across the north of England this month, as curfews and strict interaction rules hit trade.

Former Pleasure Island site earmarked for new £57m development

Pleasure Island site redevelopment
The former site of Pleasure Island has been chosen for a new multi-million tourism and leisure development, with local businesses welcoming renewed..

Leisure and Brexit: Focus on trade issues, not visas, says Kelly

Paul Kelly BALPPA Brexit tariffs
BALPPA chief executive Paul Kelly has argued that the concerns of leisure stakeholders in any future Brexit deal should lie primarily with the prospect of trade tariffs, and not with issues of sourcing labour.

Gove sparks fears across UK leisure sector with pubs “amongst the last” to open warning

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Publicans can expect to twiddle their thumbs for longer than almost anyone else - as minister for the cabinet office Michael Gove warns that even after clearance to re-open, a return to normal hospitality trading could be a prolonged affair

Jumping profits: Gravity puts franchisees at heart of expansion

Gravity Franchise expansion
Just four years after opening, Gravity’s active entertainment venues are central to 12 UK retail sites, with global expansion already underway. As the operator unveils its franchising strategy...

Seaburn Stack gets approval for Sunderland

Sunderland Seaburn Stack
Sunderland City Council has approved planning proposals for Stack, a shipping container village on the Seaburn seafront set to open in 2020 - the..

Music’s tariff hike could be “potentially devastating” says leisure and hospitality chiefs

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A decision from the organisation responsible for collecting music royalties could place unsustainable pressure on the UK’s hard-pressed night-time economy, say trade chiefs. Stakeholders in Britain’s hospitality trade have reacted with dismay to a decision by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) to hike the cost of playing recorded music at live events. UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said PPL’s decision to...

Leisure and amusements lead high street wish list in survey for Wakefield regeneration

Leisure, amusements, high street, survey, Wakefield, regeneration
Something doesn’t quite add up in the high street debate when it comes to leisure and amusements facilities and their role on the key thoroughfares in Britain’s town centres. Councillors, often ill-informed, tend not to like them; the nimby brigade is definitely no fan and the highly active anti-gambling community, small but exceedingly mouthy, seem to bully their way into...

Crisis averted? Leisure to play important role in future retail spaces, says study

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2019 might be the Year of the Pig (as per the Chinese Zodiac) but it certainly isn’t shaping up to be the year of the British high-street - according to real estate adviser the Atlus Group. The company’s latest forecast of the plight of UK retailers envisions 23,000 shops permanently closing in the coming year, as bricks-and-mortar locations struggle to...

Swingers creators eyeball second concept

Swingers, leisure, london, crazy golf
The concept creators behind one of London’s most exciting leisure brands have entered into an agreement with a real estate firm which will provide them “significant” funds to launch an (as yet mysterious) second concept. Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds of Competitive Socialising launched Swingers as a pop-up crazy golf/food and beverage event in Shoreditch back in 2014 - but...

Haven Leisure commences major reinvestment drive

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Haven, one of the biggest names in UK leisure, is about to embark on an ambitious rollout of new attractions. Holiday park operator Haven Leisure is about to embark on a massive investment scheme this winter which will see it plough more than £100m into ambitious new concepts at five of its locations throughout the country. The crux of the programme...

Blackpool reveals plans for £300 million game changing leisure investment

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Blackpool hasn’t been top of the seaside resort charts without reason. And it intends on staying there with a £300 million reinvention for the amusements capital of the UK. Hi-tech regeneration plans released by Blackpool Council aim to pump £300m into a new leisure complex, in what will be the single largest investment in the resort’s tourist industry for over...

Unified approach helping Blackpool operators boost overnight stays

In that all important battle to attract overnight visitors to the British seaside, the combined efforts of the resort’s biggest operators appears to be making a difference. Blackpool’s biggest amusements and leisure operators have praised the impact of a tourism marketing initiative on business in the resort. Both Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Merlin Entertainments said that teaming up to promote sales...

Leisure and travel industry bosses voted best in the country

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Management within the leisure and travel industry have been voted “the best bosses in the county”, according to a new survey.   Published in the One4all Rewards Review of UK Management whitepaper, the survey of 1,024 UK employees found that leisure and travel bosses - such as those in restaurants and hotels – were voted as one of the best, with...

Balloch businesses welcome Flamingo Land plans

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Two of Balloch’s hotels have welcomed Flamingo Land’s proposed plans for a resort on the West Riverside site in Scotland, citing a potential positive impact on local businesses.   Both management teams of The Tullie Inn and Balloch House Hotel hope it will bring more tourists to the area, which they say Balloch businesses depend on. The response came as Flamingo Land...

Plans to bring bounce to Cleethorpes unveiled

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Extreme Bounce Revolution, the leisure company, has unveiled plans for a multi-million pound family entertainment centre in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.   The company is currently requesting permission from North East Lincolnshire Council to build one of the UK’s “first air-supported dome structures”. Paul Johnson, Extreme’s operations director, explained the structure of the proposed building: “It’s effectively a big tent that is blown up...

North Motherwell summer carnival given go ahead

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Sense has prevailed, and North Motherwell is to have its summer carnival after local councillors dismissed objections aimed to stop the event’s licence application.   It has been confirmed that Spencer’s Funfair will be set up within the next week despite protestations from those living nearby that it would increase traffic and noise pollution in the area. North Lanarkshire Council resoundingly dismissed...

Perfect plan to peck out persistent pigeon problem

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The problem of pigeon faeces in Morecambe could be a thing of the past if a new plan to introduce birds of prey goes ahead.   Media Watch takes a trip to leisure-hotspot, Morecambe, where ominously-titled, The Visitor, is reporting that the introduction of birds of prey into the locality could solve a purportedly persistent pigeon problem and boost local tourism...

Eastbourne seafront set to get its skates on

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The ever controversial owner of Eastbourne Pier has brought plans to the local council for the introduction of both roller and ice skates rinks to the resort town’s seafront.   Sheikh Abid Gulzar says he has met with council bosses relating to a plan to buy land either side of his prized pier landmark to make his roller skates and ice skating...

Amusements cities top railcard destinations list

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The top three most popular seaside destinations for railcard holders are amusements-orientated cities with successful piers, the Rail Delivery Group has revealed.   Brighton, Blackpool and Bournemouth topped the list based on train ticket sales amongst railcard holders during July and August 2016, and are expected to be hugely popular resorts for British holidaymakers this year. All three cities have sizeable amusements...

Luxury Leisure makes green field debut in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth’s town centre has been graced with a new Admiral Casino venue, completed end-to-end by Luxury Leisure’s new in-house team.   National AGC operator Luxury Leisure, part of Novomatic UK, is celebrating its debut green field store opening with the completion of a new Admiral Casino venue in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The venue, located on Commercial Road in the town centre, places the...

Full steam ahead for Great Yarmouth’s ‘Edge’ complex

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After a decade of delays, things are finally moving forward for the jewel of the Norfolk coast’s vast new leisure facility, much to the delight of local operators. For the man behind the vision, Albert Jones, the latest development will see the ambitious plans step away from one edge and on to another - the £35m Edge project which...

Report predicts staycations to fuel bumper year for UK tourism

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Another survey has found that the UK’s tourism and leisure industries are set for a bumper year thanks to continued growth in the trend for staycations.   The report, by Barclays, found that nearly a third (30 per cent) of British holidaymakers expect to spend more of their holiday time in the UK this year. Nearly four in ten respondents (38 per...

DP Leisure to open new 360 Play in Redditch

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Kingsford Shopping Centre in Redditch, Worcestershire, is preparing to welcome a new 360 Play children’s entertainment centre from DP Leisure (DPL) in February 2017. Although it is DPL’s fifth 360 Play site, this will be the first of their children’s entertainment centres to be built within a shopping centre. The Kingfisher shopping centre is owned by Capital and Regional, and executive...

Comment: Back to black – £2bn investment pledge intended to push growth

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Finally, it appears Ms May is turning the tide on the UK’s counter-intuitive approach to recessions, says Aden Simpson, with a £2bn investment pledge intended to push growth through the worst effects of Brexit. While it’s true that much of the UK’s leisure sector is currently winning from the peculiar blend of a weak pound and a not yet Brexit-struck...

Brighton’s i360 reopens after teething problems

Coinslot Brighton i360 attraction
Brighton’s i360 attraction, which closed for two days, reopened on 14 September. The closure came after the observation pod broke down three times in five days, with about 200 people trapped for more than an hour on 11 September. British Airways, which runs the attraction, said the breakdowns happened after automatic brakes were triggered. A spokeswoman said a load imbalance had led...

The staycation is here to stay

Like many operators, Lee Stefani of Harbour Lights Leisure in Fleetwood, has recognised how the market is changing; competition from both bookmakers and home consoles is hurting his fruit machines and video games. At this year’s EAG he intends to keep his eyes on products that will foster his family-friendly coastline experience. “The current trend in staycation is staying,” said...

Why the VAE needs to go the extra mile to impress

While some visitors at VAE will be content to browse, open to whatever's on show, others will enter this year's expo with clear aims. In particular, visitors travelling a long way to attend the event at London's Excel Centre may be more likely to plan in advance how they will (and won't) be spending their valuable time. It’s the latter...