Tag: Pubs

Greene King to be sold to Hong Kong operator CKA

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Enthused by a weak pound and the pub sector’s recession-proof characteristics, CKA, owned by one of the richest families in Hong Kong, has snapped..

BT Sport announces new pub initiative

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BT Sport have announced a new free BT Sport Sprint Team service which is available for both new and existing pubs and clubs customers. Following on from last season's successful BT Sport Google Digital Garage programme, BT Sport have created an enhanced and new free service to help customers make the most of their BT Sport subscription. The BT Sport...

Customers expect cashless commerce, even on Cat C

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Two Cherries Technologies’ Howard Gant explains that while pubs have been hit hardest by the exponential decline of cash transactions, AGC and bingo clubs..

Fight not over for BBPA despite positive pub figures

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The BBPA has stated the industry “cannot be complacent,” despite a recent report from Altus Group highlighting a 44 percent decline in pub closures..

No deal Brexit to be “avoided at all costs” says BBPA

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Both on-trade and off-trade beer sales were up throughout the third quarter of 2018 - but the BBPA insists that the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is already punishing the hard-pushed pub sector. The sale of beer throughout the country grew by over 4 per cent in the third quarter of 2018, but Brexit uncertainty has driven some customers to...

Pubs falling short of policing underage fruit machine play, says regulator

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The Gambling Commission has called on the pub sector to take action following a recent study which indicates a rise in underage gambling in drinking establishments. A new study by the Gambling Commission estimates that only just over 10 percent of English pubs actively intervene to stop underage players from accessing gaming machines.

Carving a niche: The new challenge for the pub landlord

As pubs increasingly try to be all things to all people, new research suggests that it is in carving out a specific niche that the pub-landlord best positions his venue for high-returns. The latest research on British market trends from research firm the Mintel group shows significant disparity between demographics of customers: older drinkers seek a more traditional pub experience,and...

UK roundup: Yorkshire coastlines, tourism, and British pubs

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Concerns raised over coastal BID Concerns have been raised over a business improvement district designed to help boost the east Yorkshire coastline. Later this year more than 1,700 tourism businesses will go to ballot over the project but some in the industry have voiced worry about the impact of paying another levy on top of business rates. Industry awaits NI tourism...

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...

Gaming machines seized from Selby pubs in tax evasion crackdown

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  Six gambling machines, which owe HM Revenue and Customs around £19,000 in unpaid tax, have been seized from pubs in Selby.   Officers from HMRC, with support from Gambling Commission, North Yorkshire Police and Selby District Council, visited five pubs in the town on 20 February 2018. The operation uncovered the illegally sited and unregistered gaming machines, where duty was not being...

Cashless not waiting for stragglers

Britain will move beyond "peak cash" later this year, according to data gathered by the Guardian, which also shows JD Wetherspoon cash payments falling by about five percentage points every year for the past four years.   Indeed, the pub chain’s cash purchases in 2016-17 were around 60 percent - still above the halfway mark, but down from 78 percent in...

Wetherspoon boss slams Brexit doomsayers in trading update

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JD Wetherspoon saw its sales rise in the second half of 2017, as its chair cast doubt on the negative economic impact of Brexit.    The pub company issued an update on current trading for the six months ending 28 January 2018, showing a 4.3 percent increase in sales in the 13 weeks to 29 October 29, or 6.1 percent growth on a...

Pub body calls for rise in Cat C stakes and prize

BBPA Responds to Latest Government Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the Government’s consultation on gaming machines and social responsibility proposals, and has called on the Government to ensure that Category C amusement machines (also known as fruit machines) in pubs remain attractive to customers, so that they...

CAMRA campaign against “ticking time bomb” pub rates garners parliamentary support

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The budget in March was a mixed bag for pubs, with minor rates relief for many dampened by increased beer duty for all. Before the next budget on 22 November, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has piled on pressure for further relief.   The Campaign for Real Ale has warned that pub business rates are a “ticking time bomb” as...

JD Wetherspoon earnings grow amidst plans for market investments

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JD Wetherspoon, the UK’s biggest chain of pubs, continues to grow regardless of penalising tax and Brexit. With significant growth in earnings and money aside for new investments, things are looking fairly good for the pub giant.   JD Wetherspoon has released their H1 results announcing a 43 percent earnings growth on last year. Like-for-like sales increased by four percent and profits...

BT Sport to celebrate sporting pub landlords

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BT Sport will be rewarding pub landlords who “go the extra mile to create an amazing sporting experience for their customers” with a life-sized statue.   Launching this week, the BT Manager of the Month award is aimed at landlords who “make their pub more than a pub, highlighting their role in connecting sport with the community,” the company said in...

BBPA issues warning over beer tax in upcoming budget

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued a warning that today's rocketing inflation rate should not be used to ratchet up beer taxes in the autumn budget, as currently planned.   Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer, is planning an inflation-based increase, which the association reckons will undo the benefits of the government’s three, one penny cuts in beer...

Pub operators accused of MRO blocking by adjudicator report

Following changes to the pub codes last year, which implemented options for certain tenants to be released from pub ties - and the complete removal of a gaming machine tie -, a report has emerged showing that pub operators are not making the market rent only option (MRO) easy for tenants.   The pubs code adjudicator’s office has commissioned a report...

Hardy – continuing to hit the high notes with TouchTunes

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Nick Hardy has enjoyed a high profile career which has included senior marketing and leadership roles working for a variety of well known gaming, entertainment and media brands. His latest position, confirmed in January, continues in the same vein, helping to drive the European business development strategy for TouchTunes, the world’s largest invenue interactive music and entertainment platform.   You were...

BT Sport backs pubs ahead of strongest season yet

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The next 12 months will see BT Sport’s strongest season of premium live sport ever as the company also plans to raise the profile of pubs and clubs in UK communities.   BT Sport has confirmed its lineup for this season includes the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League and, for the very first time, five English teams...

Reflex’s Game Master achieves pub sector success

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Reflex Gaming has reported that the company’s latest digital Cat C machine, Game Master, has received a significant number of recent orders.   “Following an exceptionally strong test period for Game Master, which ran for the entire first half of the year, we are now seeing retailers and operators getting behind the product in significant numbers,” commented Quentin Stott, managing director...

Morning Advertiser and MatchPint partner on sports in pubs conference

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The Morning Advertiser and MatchPint have teamed up to launch a free one-day conference to focus on making the most of showing sport in pub venues.   The Morning Advertiser and MatchPint, along with event partners, will discuss and showcase the best and most effective ways to show sport in pubs as well as suggesting the best marketing ideas to encourage...

Meeting the needs of Millennials tops pub summit agenda

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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,...

Tory budget offers scant relief in face of pint price hike

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Philip Hammond’s spring budget has offered the British pub industry a small level of rate reliefs whilst hiking up the alcohol duty in a move that could add a £125m to the cost base of pubs.   The UK Government’s spring budget has offered a mixed result for the British pub industry, with underwhelming rate relief measures being offered in an...

Peer calls for local communities to have more say in the fate of pubs

Pub conversions have been called into question by Lord Marlesford who wants more input from local residents with regards to their fate.   Lord Marlesford, conservative peer, former county councillor and chairman of Marlesford Parish council, has called for changes over pub conversions. Lord Marlesford said: “There are two reasons why pubs close. The main one is that there is not the...

Report: Pubs contribute £23bn to UK economy

A report published by Oxford Economics has found that the beer and pub industry in Britain is a major contributor to the British economy. With employment in the sector rising, thanks to serial beer duty cuts of late, the question is: how will the pub industry sustain this going into Brexit Britain without further tax concessions? A new report by...

Jeremy Nelson – Pubs find a new way to save profits

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Jeremy Nelson, founder of Leisure Games, North Wales, has observed that more and more pubs are opting to profit share fruit machines rather than hire them out for a set period of time. Profit sharing comes in an interesting shape and size for the operator. The deal can can either make pub owners a little extra cash, as they are...

Is slowing pub decline good news for machines?

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New data indicates that the rate of pub closures is slowing, but is this good news for coin-op? The decimation of the pub industry over the past decade has played a role in the fortunes of Cat C machines, while the rise in food-led establishments amongst the many public houses that remain has also exerted a negative effect. Recently released data...

Pub groups pushing for triennial progress

Those in the pub sector with a vested interest in the health of the machine industry have thankfully not been shy about expressing themselves in private and in public about their desire for action on Cat C machines.   The pub industry continues to provide an important pillar of machine industry, so it’s no surprise to hear that the BBPA, as...