Tag: Scotland

Scotland confirms indicative date of 24 August for arcades to re-open

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The Scottish Government gave separate consideration in its review this week to the case of AGCs, FECs, and machines in pubs and bookmakers. Instead of re-opening, they were given a door slammed in their face until 24 August. The industry is distraught.

“Scotland’s Theme Park” back in business

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Scotland’s only major theme park has been resuscitated out of administration by what appears to be a new generation of the park’s former owner’s family.

Scottish FECs set for “conditional” July re-opening

Scottish FECs AGCs could open July
Scottish arcades and FECs may be able to return to business on 15 July, subject to the success of wider measures to facilitate a restart to the country’s tourism industry.

M&D defend asset purchase of collapsed company

M&D Lochview Theme Park new company
The directors of M&D Leisure have defended their decision to purchase part of the collapsed amusement park firm through a newly established company as “the best option” for the future.

“Scotland’s Theme Park” goes into administration

Scotland theme park closes
The list of economic victims of the coronavirus shutdown grew yet further last week, with the sad news that Scotland’s largest theme park had been forced into administration.

Scotland’s Funfairs Licensing Bill set to benefit travelling showmen

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A new Bill proposed by Scottish Parliament to unify funfair licensing fees could prove a welcome boost to the country’s showmen community, a move enthusiastically welcomed by the Scottish Showmen’s Guild.

MSP warns of Brexit effect on Scottish gaming industry

MSP warns of Brexit
Scotland’s further education minister Richard Lochhead has warned “any kind of Brexit” would be detrimental to Dundee’s thriving games technology market..

Lightning strikes at Sims’ 50th

Sims Automatics, NSM Music, Scotland, jukebox, operator, gaming, amusement
Sims Automatics, Scotland’s largest independent operator of gaming and amusement equipment, and NSM Music, the UK’s leading jukebox manufacturer are uniting in celebration of two impressive milestones. 1969 might have been all about flower power, but it’s Glasgow-based Sims Automatics who have shown real staying power over the last 50 years - and this month installed their 500th NSM Music...

Asian-themed “kitchen disco” with a little bit of retro arcade action

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The British pub continues to evolve in increasingly specific form - as demonstrated by the latest project taken on by two burgeoning Scottish pub entrepreneurs. Kevin Bowie and Stephen Warisito jointly own TW Pubs, whose most recent venture is take charge of two new leases from Hawthorne Leisure: one of which has been transformed into an Asian-themed drinking hole. The pair,...

Plans for second Slot Leisure outlet in Dundee

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Dundee AGC operator has submitted plans to local councillors for a second location in the city. Slot Leisure already run a location in the town’s Kellier shopping centre, but have stated their intent to open up another outlet in nearby Reform street. Such a move would make Slot Leisure the sole amusement arcade on Reform street-which once played host to Booth’s...

Sturgeon steps-in to hand tourist tax debate to national consultation

Nicola Sturgeon
At the Scottish Tourism Alliance conference this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon entered the long-running debate on the country’s need for a tourist levy, taking the issue out of council hands, and putting it up for a national consultation. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that there is to be a national consultation on councils getting the power to...

Dumfries parents aim to DIY the FEC

A couple in the Scottish town of Dumfries are so desperate for a local FEC that they have decided to try and operate one for themselves. So far, the team of two have spent six months and £13,500 of their £15,000 budget identifying two suitable sites for the FEC, one in a new building and the other in an undisclosed...

Glasgow struggles for legal means of B2 redress

Lawmakers in Scotland’s largest city wish to clamp down on FOBT stakes, but fear the litigious clout of the bookmaker. Glasgow City Council fears legal reprisal if it attempts to enforce its desired crackdown on maximum FOBT stakes, according to a new document put before local legislators last week. There are at present 800 of the machines distributed across the city’s...

GambleAware invests £750,000 in Scottish youth problem gambling initiative

The Scottish charity, Fast Forward, has secured a £750,000 grant from GambleAware to run a major national youth problem gambling initiative across the country for three years. The funding will be put towards the development of a new Scottish Gambling Education Hub, with an aim to help organisations address gambling issues with young people across Scotland. A particular focus of the...

Edinburgh tourism tax plan challenged

A plan to tax tourists visiting Edinburgh that was previously announced by a council leader has been summarily dismissed by Scotland’s tourism secretary. Adam McVey, SNP leader of Edinburgh council, had said that a city-wide tourism levy was “ready for implementation” next year, a claim that has now been refuted by the national government’s Fiona Hyslop. She commented on Twitter: “So...

Buzz Bingo makes 99-year-old bingo lover’s dream come true

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Bingo fanatic, Mima Heaney, who celebrates her 100th birthday on 20th July, is the oldest resident in Banknock, Scotland - a fact she is extremely proud of. The bingo superfan, who was born into a family of children in 1918 – as the First World War ended, always played bingo with her husband and now plays with her daughter. As...

Verdant Leisure up 18 percent in first quarter

Verdant Leisure
Holiday park operator Verdant Leisure has reported an 18 percent hike in first-quarter sales on the back of a rising level of staycations. The company, with eight holiday parks in Scotland and the north of England, projects that revenue will rise this year by £10 million. “2017 was a great year for Verdant Leisure, we invested heavily in our portfolio, improved...

Flamingo Land reveal Loch Lomond plans

Loch Lomond
Flamingo Land has released its plans for the proposed development at Loch Lomond as the operator seeks “planning permission in principle” for the attraction. The blueprints include a 60 room hotel, 105 self-catering lodges, 20 houses, a monorail, a brewery, a leisure area, restaurants and retail areas,with the surrounding woodland to be used for forest adventure rides, tree top walks...

Calamity council could ban popular ride from Largs promenade after single complaint

Largs ride
The Scottish west coast seaside resort of Largs could be set for a planning dispute after the local council objected to a much-loved ride on the town’s promenade after one single complaint. Local businessman and amusements operator Quilly Clark could be forced to remove his high flying elephant ride from its popular seaside location after a single complaint was made to...

Scottish councils want the power to ban FOBTs

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Local authorities in Scotland want the power to ban FOBTs following the Gambling Commission’s “disappointing” £30 maximum stake recommendation. Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow council, supports the campaign for a £2 maximum stake, however due to the uncertainty of its realisation, she believes councils should have the power to ban FOBTs completely. “There is cross-party agreement that we did want to...

Scottish MPs say ‘No’ to FOBTs

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Last week politicians from Midlothian, Scotland came together from both sides of the political spectrum to campaign against fixed odds betting terminals.   In a show of cross party unity, Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP), Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley (Lab), and the three local councillors joined forces to campaign against the use of fixed odds betting terminals in Midlothian. “We need...

Scottish Government rules out controversial ‘tourism tax’

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A major win for operators and tourism as a whole came just before Christmas, with the Scottish government confirming that plans for a ‘tourist tax’ in Edinburgh - or any other Scottish cities - will not go ahead.   Willie Macleod, executive director,BHA Scotland, said: “The Scottish government's firm commitment to rule out a ‘tourist tax’ is fantastic news for our...

Scottish bingo hall to close in new year

Peterhead’s Gala Bingo Hall is to close its doors in the new year, after the building and adjoining nightclub, Drummers Bar, were sold at auction to a private buyer.   A spokeswoman for Gala said: “The decision to sell the club has not been an easy one, and does not in anyway reflect on the performance of our management team and...

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...

Lawrence Amusements in Girvan up for sale after 55 years

Girvan Lawrence's
After 55 years under family management, Lawrence’s Amusements in Girvan is ready to change hands. Having worked in the arcade since the age of eleven, Rita Richmond, and her husband Lawrie, discuss what is set to be their last season in the industry.   After offering an oasis of entertainment to the many holidaymakers and travellers between Scotland and Ireland for...

All hands hoay for MandD’s new ride, Dancing Galleons

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M&D’s, the Scottish theme park, has opened a new pirate-themed ride for visitors over the age of eight called the Dancing Galleons.   Billed as the “only one of its kind in the UK”, the Dancing Galleons features 14 pirate ships that jump high and low and “sail the ocean waves”. Jensen Taylor Connelly, director of M&D’s Theme Park, said: “The Dancing...

Business rates staying down, as Holyrood listen to status quo

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As industry gears up for Scottish Tourism Week, Holyrood has made further concessions to its business rate reliefs in the wake of widespread concern, extending provision to even more in the leisure and hospitality sectors.   Scottish Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, has announced that a 12.5 percent rate rise cap for business rates in the country, previously rather limited, was to...

Scottish independence: Once more with feeling

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Nicola Sturgeon has fired the starting pistol on the process that will see Scotland vote on independence once more, and this time it may be in the economic interests of the country to do so, says Tom Rush.   Scotland will once more hold a referendum over its position within the United Kingdom, but now with the added issue of membership...

Scotland’s finance secretary announces business rates cap

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Scotland’s finance secretary has moved to calm concerns over sharp business rate rises by capping increases at 12.5 percent for 8,500 hospitality firms, but some believe this to be but a temporary fix for a deeper issue.   The Scottish finance secretary has backtracked over raising business rates and announced a 12.5 percent cap on rate increases for 8,500 hospitality firms. The...

Verdant adds Scottish caravan park to portfolio

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The leisure site operator, Verdant Leisure, has secured a new park with 300 pitches on the Scottish border. Verdant Leisure, operator of caravan parks, has acquired the Crosslaw Caravan Park in the east coast village of Coldingham for what appears to be a seven figure deal. Crosslaw Caravan Park, a complex in the Scottish Borders boasting 300 pitches, was purchased from...