Friday, September 25, 2020

Tag: Pub

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.

The straw that broke the ocean’s back

Pubs reduce plastic waste
Leading voices in the pub and retail industries are asking their affiliates to get serious on ditching plastic straws, as the UN warns of a planetary crisis of marine waste

The Prismatic phenomenon!

Ian Shreeve Prismatic
Ian Shreeve, sales and marketing director responsible for Astra Games and Bell-Fruit Games, explains how proven content from the best games developers..

White praises Cat C’s “straight contribution to the bottom line”

John White praises Pub Cat C Contribution
Speaking to Bacta’s CEO John White, the importance of Cat Cs in the pub environment is evident. But, he suggests, it could be even more so if contactless payments are brought into play.

Pub closure rate markedly down – but don’t hold your breath, says CAMRA

Pub closure rate down CAMRA industry
The frequency of pub- closures in the UK has slowed from its dizzyingly high peak in 2014, but remains worryingly high, according to industry observers. Statistics for 2018 show that on an average week last year, 14 pubs closed their doors permanently - that’s down from 29 five years ago. Acknowledging the plight of publicans, government took action in 2017 and...

BBPA considers age verification after pub sting

BBPA, age verification, pub, sting
The British Beer and Pub Association has stated it will consider the introduction of nationwide age verification protocols in response to a joint campaign between Bolton Council and the UKGC to target Cat C pub machines. The operation, which saw the council enlist volunteers between 15 and 16 to enter a dozen local public houses and attempt to gamble on...

Pubs celebrate freeze on beer duty

Brexit, BBPA, no deal, beer, pubs
Last week saw the British Beer and Pub Association celebrate a freeze in beer duty, which would have been slated to increase on Friday had chancellor Phillip Hammond not vetoed the move in his autumn budget last October. In mark of the occasion, Hammond spent the day at a brewery in Liverpool, where he praised the social and economic contributions...

The last straw: BBPA backs plastic ban

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The bbpa has thrown its support behind the government’s initiative to ban plastic straws and stirrers across the UK pub sector

Is cashless necessary for the future of FECs?

Cashless payment phone
For pub machines it’s vital, for AGCs it’s important, but is a cashless system necessary for the future of the FEC, holiday park and seaside sector? Last week, Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael, Namco’s Trevor Sutton and Kevin Scott, head of arcades at Bourne Leisure provided their insights via the Bacta AGM Tech panel. Michelle Michael, owner of the Grand Pier,...

Chancellor reaffirms pub support

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Philip Hammond has reaffirmed his support for British pubs ahead of announcing the nation’s third quarter GDP results. The Chancellor made his latest positive comments during a tour of Fuller’s brewery where he was accompanied by the beer maker’s chief executive, Simon Emeny and BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds. “The success story of British brewing was clear to see from my...

More Angelinas are appearing on pub walls earning money: momentum is building

Angelina, pub, jukebox, touchtones
There’s no turning down the volume on James Luck’s enthusiasm for TouchTunes’ latest phenomenon, Angelina. The company’s commercial director talks to Coinslot about what the pioneering jukebox brings to the market and how they are driving this momentum on to a new level. Do you think the way pub retailers are viewing their music options has changed recently? Yes: there is...

Cost of a pint now judged “unaffordable” by most Brits

A new survey finds that over half of UK adults may be struggling to cough-up the change for a pint in their local. All the more reason, then, for investment in the pub machines sector. The exorbitant price of a beer in pubs may well be keeping swathes of punters at home, suggests pub advocacy group The Campaign for Real...

More than 100 MPs back early day motion to save British pubs

Over 100 MPs have backed an early day motion calling on the UK Government to reduce the tax burden on British pubs. With 18 pubs across the country closing each week, MPs have rallied their support for a motion tabled by chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, Tony Perkins MP, to alleviate taxation on the great British...

An Invincible appeal of gaming machines as pub reopens in Portsmouth

The Invincible
A pub in Portsmouth is fighting against the trend of property closures and reopening when many in the area had consigned the premises to loss. And that’s good news for machine manufacturers. The Portsea pub, The Invincible, is truly living up to its name and is reopening under new management after a nearby property development application had seen it close. Owners...

Stonegate Pub Company forecast £6m World Cup boost

England fans
One of Britain’s biggest pub companies feels its set to score a big, even if England make an early exit from the upcoming World Cup. Simon Longbottom, chief executive of the Stonegate Pub Company, said the prevalence of foreign players in the Premiership will keep fans interested in the tournament, even if England bow out early in the tournament. “England going...

UK pub sector puts the facts straight

Beer and Pub Story
‘The Beer and Pub Story 2017’ highlights key issues for beer and pub sector The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has released ‘The Beer and Pub Story 2017’, setting out why beer and pubs matter so much to the UK economy. The new leaflet has been produced in association with The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), The Society of...

“Pinball parlour” offers fresh new option for Dublin

Coinslot pinball
“Pinball parlour” offers fresh new option for Dublin Billing itself as a “pinball parlour”, a new pub has opened in Dublin, following a public fundraising campaign. Claiming to be the first pub of its kind in Ireland, Token opened on 5 June, offering visitors a retro arcade experience and “food truck staples”, along with the traditional pint pulling. The pub opened in...

Bacta host first pub summit with key focus on triennial review

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The pub sector joined forces with Bacta on 22 May to discuss issues surrounding the postponed triennial review.   The importance of achieving a positive outcome to the triennial review of stakes and prizes was top of the agenda at Monday’s inaugural Pub Summit, hosted by Bacta. The summit, which was organised by Bacta in conjunction with sister bodies, the Association of...

Positive outlook for a very British pastime post Brexit?

Coinslot - Pub industry UK Brexit
Last summer’s Brexit vote may have left many pub owners facing uncertain futures, but diligent work from industry leaders and trade bodies have shored up the standing of the institutions, which now have grounds for optimism, says Tom Rush.   The seemingly endless back and forths are over, Article 50 has been triggered and the UK is set for some form...

Profits up at pub industry giant Wetherspoon

Coinslot - Wetherspoon Tim Martin Revenue report
Tim Martin, Chairman of JD Wetherspoon Plc the renowned British pub chain, hits out at the government and supermarkets.   Wetherspoon’s preliminary results for the 26 weeks ended 22 January 2017 show Revenue up 1.4% to £801.4m and profit before tax increase from £36m in 2016 to £51.4m. Like-for-like sales were +3.3% with Operating profit jumping from £49.4m to £65.1m. Commenting on...

Budget is a curate’s egg for UK pub sector

Coinslot - BBPA Budget Pub
British Beer and Pub Association welcomes pub specific rates relief but slates beer tax hike as 'hugely damaging'.   The pub sector, which constitutes an important market for suppliers of gaming, jukebox and amusements equipment, has sent out a warning on the implications of the hike in beer tax whilst providing a cautious welcome to the proposals on rate relief. Commenting on today’s...