Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tag: Pub

OKTO underlines commitment to UK market with appointment of Rob Peché

Rob Peché appointment OKTO
OKTO, the international fintech brand which was named Mobile Payment Solution of the year at December’s SBC Awards, has underlined its commitment to the UK market with the appointment of experienced gaming industry senior executive Rob Peché to the post of UK Country Manager.

Ed and shoulders above the rest

Soundnet TouchTunes Ed Sheeran tops jukebox most played charts
Soundnet and TouchTunes have released their combined music play charts for 2021 and it appears that brand new releases combined with a strong back catalogue are best when it comes to the UK pub-goers music tastes.

NRM is making a positive stand with a clean sweep of UK gaming expos

NRM Group UK Gaming Expos
When you’ve got a positive story to tell get out there and tell it - that’s the upbeat message coming from the team at NRM.

Older patrons impact dip in sales at Wetherspoons

Older patrons impact dip in sales at JD Wetherspoon
Falling sales of bitter and stout contribute to 8.9 percent dip in sales compared to numbers achieved two years ago. Wetherspoons is having to weather the storm.   Leading PubCo JD Wetherspoon has highlighted a two-tier market with younger drinkers driving sales of cocktails, and rum (up 45 percent and 26 per cent respectively) compared with a decrease in sales of...

Simon Barff: Pub machine revenue making steady recovery ahead of crucial Christmas period

CLMS managed pubs machine data
Software provider CLMS shares its data on pub machine performance over the last few months compared to 2019 figures, with managing director Simon Barff outlining a slow but steady recovery for the pub sector, albeit with some geographical variation due to players shifting away from city centre activity. Is there a new normal on the way?

OKTO: ‘Addressing the digital demographic is essential for the future of retail gaming’

OKTO Filippos Antonopoulos
Filippos Antonopoulos is CEO of OKTO, a company that’s processed £1.5bn of payments, is active in multiple jurisdictions and partners with household brands including Xbox, Vodafone and Sony. Having confirmed partnership agreements with Regal Gaming & Leisure, Inspired Entertainment and Bob Rudd, he explains why engaging with the digital demographic is so vital and expands on his ambitions for and commitments to UK gaming.

JD Wetherspoon unveils plans for worker directors as company confirms record loss

JD Wetherspoon confirms record loss
Tim Martin has confirmed an imaginative plan to bring experience and knowledge to its board but can’t escape record pre-tax loss of £154.7 million.

Penny Arcade to open in Kidderminster pub

Penny Arcade plans Kidderminster
A new retro arcade is to open in Kidderminster this month, following an extensive refurbishment of the town centre pub Pennies.

Four Thieves branches out into virtual reality

Four Thieves Pub VR
The Four Thieves in London is the UK’s first pub to have its own virtual reality centre, showing the increasing desire by landlords to diversify their offering.

Marston’s trading “better than expected”

Marston's trading performance
Marston’s has stated trading for the three months since 17 May has been “better than expected,” with sales across managed and franchised pubs at 92 percent of the same period in 2019.

Barff:“I would envisage a raft of movement in the next six months… with some new and exciting entrants to the market emerging”

Simon Barff CLMS reopening
Last week Simon Barff, MD at CLMS, gave an early indication of how the public were responding to reopening; and at 82 percent of pre-Covid levels, it was..

NRM’s ‘toolkit’ of technology enables operators to engage, entertain and grow revenue

As the country emerges from lockdown and NRM’s AGC, bingo, pub and holiday park customers begin the process of reconnecting with their players they will be able to draw on a range of dedicated tech solutions all of which are making an important contribution to the way in which consumer-facing businesses are able to enhance engagement, maximise efficiencies and grow revenue.

Lifting all restrictions is ‘absolutely critical’ argues pub CEO

Greene King Pubs social distancing restrictions
Greene King says it’s ready to open and play its part in kick-starting the UK economy provided there are no further restrictions and that includes the introduction of vaccine passports.

Purvis outlines a blueprint of planning, preparation and positivity

David Purvis Blueprint Operations safer gambling
The team at Blueprint Operations is gearing up for the reopening of AGCs, Bingo Clubs and the indoor areas of pubs with a commitment to support its customer-base coupled with a healthy dose of optimism for the future.

Gauselmann UK argues for the ‘freedom to innovate’ in Gambling Review submission

Sascha Blodau Gauselmann Gambling Review submission
Gauselmann UK has provided government with a comprehensive perspective on the challenges facing the industry and above all wants the review of gambling to provide an opportunity to innovate whilst upholding the highest standards of social responsibility.

Andrew Ludlow confirms new NRM structure as Paul Whitbread steps down after 26-years

Andrew Ludlow NRM Paul Whitbread
NRM is that rare breed - a cutting-edge technology provider with a heritage. Paul Whitbread’s retirement signals a new era for the company as Andrew Ludlow guides its’ future...

Bridlington AGC receives council approval

Bridlington AGC plans approved
East Riding Council’s eastern area planning sub-committee has approved plans submitted by Amber Taverns to convert a former M&S in Bridlington into a pub, restaurant and AGC.

ATM withdrawals down, must they come back up?

ATM Cash Withdrawals
Withdrawals from cash machines in the UK have fallen by £37bn during the 12 months of the Covid pandemic.

The Pub Supply Chain: A year of knock-backs

Pub supply chain
As part of Bacta’s divisional perspectives, Steph Norbury speaks to Inspired’s Peter Davies and Dransfied’s Chris Haley about the impact the past year has had on the pub supply chain

Gauselmann UK executive Steve Sharp appointed GBG chairman

Steve Sharp new chair Gambling Business Group
Steve Sharp will be bringing all the breadth and depth of his 40+ years working in the industry to his new role as Chairman of the influential strategic body, the Gambling Business Group.

Letter to MPs asks for rethink on affordability

Horse Racing Gambling Review Affordability checks
Criticism of the Gambling Commission’s controversial proposal to introduce affordability checks is mounting with horse racing and the land-based sector both voicing concerns regarding the direction of travel.

Sascha Blodau: “Our job is to protect the interests of our UK customers….”

Sascha Blodau Gauselmann
Sascha Blodau: Without doubt 2020 has been the most challenging year that I can remember. From a business perspective it has been punctuated by lockdowns, curfews and businesses opening and closing depending on their location and their classification

OKTO: As cashless becomes king, land-based gaming requires an industry-specific solution

OKTO As cashless becomes king, land-based gaming requires an industry-specific solution
As a provider of digital payments for the entire high street, fintech firm OKTO stands out as having a unique cashless solution that caters to the nuanced needs of the UK’s highly regulated land-based gaming sector...

Shot in the arm: Vaccine prompts hospitality shares jump

Covid vaccine hospitality share boost
The news that pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech have developed an effective Covid vaccine saw shares in hospitality, leisure, pub and tourism firms jump by up to 52 percent on 9 November.

Lock-mess: Scotland locked down in all but name

Nicola Sturgeon Scotland hospitality lockdown
Scotland’s hospitality sector needed more draconian Covid measures like a hole in the head. Instead, many businesses suggest Nicola Sturgeon has misfired with a killshot right through the heart of the wide based industry.

Pubs continue to get raw deal, despite the facts

Analysis of Public Health England’s statistics of coronavirus cases suggests that the UK’s pub industry has been unfairly maligned as being a major contributive agent to the current spike in positive testing for the virus.

Blueprint puts content centre stage with appointment of Alan Claypole as head of product

Alan Claypole appointment Blueprint Operations
Blueprint Operations has bolstered its senior team following the appointment of Alan Claypole to the position of Head of Product, reporting directly to Managing Director David Purvis.

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

Michael Gove Comments Pub sector
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

Wetherspoons to open new premises in early 2020

Pub Wetherspoons
JD Wetherspoons has set out plans to add up to fifteen new pubs to its roster next year as the firm continues to post strong sales figures across food and gaming.   In its Q3 financial report, the pub chain revealed that total sales were up 5.6 percent against the same period last year, and 5.3 percent on a like-for-like basis. In...

Blueprint: ‘Delivering the very best in content’

James Lowe Blueprint B4 content
James Lowe, head of content, Blueprint Operations, comments on the company’s continued commitment to delivering the very best in B4 content and player experiences.