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‘Turning jobs into careers’: Merkur Slots celebrates latest long-service award

Merkur UK long service award
16 percent of the team at Merkur UK have spent over a decade working for the brand which is investing in their personal and professional development turning jobs into careers.

Professionalism and team dedication help MERKUR UK to deliver across the board

Sascha Blodau Merkur UK 2021 Review
Brands that are comfortable in their own skin and that have a clear direction can do powerful things. MERKUR UK has set the pace in safer gambling, in its support of community-based not for profit organisations and its engagement with MPs and policy makers. Not a company to rest on its laurels, it has set ambitious targets for 2022.

Bacta picks up plaudits at its annual convention

Bacta picks up plaudits at its annual convention
Following last week’s AGM, politicians and Bacta members have both “acknowledged the thorough and effective work of the trade association”. In a dispatch issued by the trade body, we get a glimpse of how Bacta’s work has been reaching out to people. In its very own words, here’s the association’s review in its post AGM release.

MERKUR Initiative reaches new heights

Merkur Initiative reaches new heights
MERKUR UK has underlined its credentials as a good corporate citizen supporting a charity ascent of Kilimanjaro.

MERKUR mark a year of positivity as 360 Social Responsibility Program celebrates its first birthday

Sascha Blodau Merkur UK 360 Social responsibility Program first birthday
In October 2020 MERKUR UK General Manager, Sascha Blodau, used the pages of Coinslot to announce the launch of the company’s 360 Program and with it a pledge to take a proactive stance in setting new Social Responsibility standards in the domestic low stake high street gambling entertainment sector.

OKTO signs with MERKUR Slots and MERKUR Bingo to extend growing cashless relationship with UK machine players

OKTO Merkur ACOS 2021
OKTO continues to build its presence in the UK cashless payments marketplace with a new deal signed with the MERKUR Slots and MERKUR bingo brands.

MERKUR team members and their customers secure charitable support for local hospice emergency appeal

Raise The Roof charity appeal Merkur initiative
MERKUR Initiative was launched in order to provide support to those smaller local charities that make a huge difference to the communities they serve. Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Raise the Roof appeal fits that description perfectly.

Low point for high street: One in seven shops shuttered with vacancies at a record high

UK High Street low point British Retail Consortium
The size of the challenge facing businesses on the high street has been put into sharp focus following the latest data-set published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Sascha Blodau: “We are in line with July 2019 which is where we wanted to be”

Sascha Blodau pingamodium staff shortages
The customers are pleased to be back, as are MERKUR UK where performance is back in line with pre-lockdowns. But pingamodium and staff shortages have laid significant challenges in the path of freedom day.

Staff shortages in abundance across the amusements and gaming sector

Staff Shortages gaming sector
The message to the UK’s political elite is pretty stark: you’re underestimating the problem of staff shortages - at our peril. The lack of staff at operations around the amusements and gaming sector is very real. Coinslot speaks to a range of operators and discovers a unity - “recruitment has been hard and will get harder”.

MERKUR UK’s Sascha Blodau joins gaming industry and fintech leaders at OKTO’s first European Digitalisation Forum

European Digitalisation Forum OKTO
80 percent of transactions in UK pubs are non-cash which made the first European Digitalisation Forum organised by OKTO both timely and relevant.

Freedom day Delay: The national operator perspective

Sascha Blodau Merkur Slots Freedom Day Delay
The government has confirmed that it will delay the final lifting of lockdown restrictions for a further month. This will entail continued social distancing, capacity restrictions, Covid measures in venues, facemasks and home working. MERKUR UK’s Sascha Blodau answers some important questions.

There’s no Delta dawn for industry as lockdown easing is delayed

Boris Johnson lockdown easing delayed
“Another kick in the balls” is how machine supplier Ian Eason described Boris Johnson’s decision to move ‘freedom day’ on to July 19.

MERKUR announces support for National Trust Woodland Appeal

National Trust Woodland Appeal
In the latest progressive initiative from MERKUR, the brand has broken new ground by supporting the National Trust’s Woodland Appeal which will see it fund the planting of 1,500 trees at the same time as spreading awareness of the work of the Trust amongst staff, customers and the broader stakeholder community.

MERKUR GROUP consolidates UK rebranding programme

Merkur Slots frontage
Bringing all of its consumer-facing businesses under the umbrella of the MERKUR brand represents a clear sign of intent. The new website, MERKURGROUPUK.CO.UK, details the full scope of its commitment to these shores and the philosophy that underpins it.

Actions speak louder than words as MERKUR UK’s 360 Program delivers across multiple fronts

Sascha Blodau Merkur 360 Gauselmann
Since launching six months ago MERKUR UK’s 360 Program has hit the ground running launching a series of key safer gambling initiatives.

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.

Merkur Initiative will help hundreds of local communities and good causes

Merkur Initiative 360 programme
Getting to the heart of the communities that they serve is the driver behind the latest venue-based programme from Gauselmann UK.

Response to Budget 2021 – part 2

Budget 2021 response Cashino Bromley
For Gauselmann UK’s General Manager Sascha Blodau, the decision to steer away from tax increases is the biggest plus in the chancellor’s budget this week. The extension of furlough and business rates relief also run very high on his checklist.

Retail body argues for early return of non-essential retail as lockdown costs sector £22bn

High Street retail lockdown costs
Action on rates, rents and grants is essential to drive non-essential retail recovery and provide the support to kick-start the broader economy. And that must include the high street amusements and leisure offerings.   The British Retail Consortium has made a powerful case for lifting the restrictions on non-essential retail at the earliest opportunity alongside a robust programme of financial assistance...

Gauselmann seek partnership approach to planning the way out of lockdown

Cashino Bromley partnership approach to re-opening
Gauselmann UK, one of the leading low-stake gambling investors on Britain’s high street, has urged government to work with the industry and agree an action plan prior to publication of the government’s exit strategy which is expected later this month.

Supply chain: Locked down and locked out of government support measures

Cashino Bromley Sascha Blodau Gauselmann
“The consequences of not having a robust supply chain would, in my opinion, have disastrous consequences for the industry,” argues Gauselmann UK’s GM Sascha Blodau.

Gauselmann UK’s 360 Advisory Board meets for the first time

Gauselmann UK 360 advisory programme logo
The make-up of Gauselmann UK’s 360 Advisory Board provides clear confirmation that the safer gambling message is being taken extremely seriously by the company.

Gauselmann Group celebrates over 7,000 years of long-service and looks to the future

Paul Gauselmann staff long service
Gauselmann continues to set new records on many levels, now it’s raised the bar on long-service.

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

Three tiers and an industry locked down in all but name

Three Tier Industry lockdown Boris Johnson hospitality
The hospitality and leisure sector seems to have lost patience with what one social posting described as Boris’ bull. And in fairness, this week’s Covid-19 Winter Plan, unveiled by the Prime Minister, did not go down well with an industry that’s spent most of 2020 closed and faces the Christmas to Easter period under threat of closure as it dances around the government’s coronavirus tiers. For amusements and gaming businesses, they’re facing tough decisions and great hardship during another missed key selling season; industry figures offer their take on the PM’s plan.

Gambling review is not imminent, says DCMS secretary … but it will happen

Shooter game gambling review
Getting the Covid-19 pandemic under control has taken priority over the government’s promised gambling review, which was expected this month but has now been described as ‘not imminent’ by the DCMS’ permanent secretary Sarah Healey - much to the disappointment of anti-gambling campaigners. So, how does the industry view the bigger picture?

Safer gambling expert Pieter Remmers joins Gauselmann UK’s 360 Advisory Board

Pieter Remmers joins 360 advisory board
Gauselmann UK has moved quickly to establish its 360 programme, inviting one of the world’s leading responsible gambling experts to join its Advisory Board.

Gauselmann’s 360 programme will uncover lessons for the industry, states Bacta chief executive

Bacta John White Gauselmann UK 360 Programme Social Responsibility
The 360 programme announced by Gauselmann UK is already on the radar of the industry’s most influential individuals and organisations.

Government’s Covid strategy needs to be more granular, argues head of Gauselmann UK

Sascha Blodau Covid Strategy EUROMAT
Sascha Blodau, General Manager Gauselmann (UK), has urged the government to adopt a more granular or detailed strategy to help combat the spread of Covid-19.