Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: UK

Entain brings online instore in retail revamp

Entain brings online in-store retail revamp
Entain has confirmed 30 “betting shops of the future” will open across the country this year, as the group embarks on a digitisation initiative to remodel core sites in the UK and Italy.

Bourne Leisure records first pre-tax loss since 2004

Bourne Leisure revenue loss
Bourne Leisure has reported its first pre-tax loss in over a decade, after repeat site closures and travel restrictions halved 2020 revenue to £506.8m.

Lights! Coastline! Action! – UK seaside is cinema star

Happyland film camera crew seaside
As restrictions ease across the UK, it’s not just tourists and holidaymakers flocking to the coast, as camera crews from Disney, Amazon and Netflix all head to the great British seaside.

Brexit has paved the way for an increase in contactless spend to £100

contactless payment increase
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, could accelerate both the value and the volume of contactless transactions, confirming that cash is on the way out and underlining further the importance to both the industry and machine players of securing the ability to provide alternative and modern payment methods.

Government urges tourism sector action ahead of Brexit

Brexit Tourism sector challenge UK EU
The secretary of state for business has penned a letter to the tourism and hospitality sector, urging firms to put measures in place in order to prepare for the UK’s upcoming exit from the EU

Retail industry concerned over betting shop decline

Retail concerned betting shop decline closures
The Retail Times has expressed concern over the effect betting shop closures could have on the UK high street, noting the sizeable online growth delivered by prolonged lockdowns.

“We need the regulars to return”: Player numbers cause bingo hall concern

UK Bingo needs players return
Despite employing stringent safety measures, UK bingo venues are still suffering from a lack of visitors, prompting calls for players to return and rediscover the lure of the hall. The question is: will the new normal allow a full house?

Haven reports double booking figures as holiday parks fill up

Haven bookings
Haven has reported online bookings almost doubled since launching Haven Hideaways in May, with the company employing an extra 500 staff to cope with increased demand.

Storm Francis unleashes “unseasonable” wrath on UK coastline

Storm Francis UK coastline
The British coastline was lashed by “unseasonably” strong winds this week, as Storm Francis pelted much of the UK with heavy rain and gusts of almost 80mph.

Seaside set for struggle despite staycation boost

Seaside resorts deprivation
The BBC has reported that the UK’s seaside resorts are in line to face disproportionate deprivation in the wake of Coronavirus, despite visitation increasing in the immediate future.

William Hill to shut 119 betting shops

William Hill closures
William Hill is set to permanently close 119 of its UK betting shops due to the economic impact of Covid-19 on the retail environment.

UK: Regulation – peer review reveals path to redemption?

UK regulation Regulus Partners comment
Analysts Regulus Partners have a sharp eye when it comes to the legislatory framework in gambling jurisdictions, and last week’s flurry of activity in the UK found the specialists is fine form. Are the Brits on the path to redemption they ask? Apparently, it all comes down to which door the industry chooses to go through - although neither of which are without significant adjustment

Holidaymakers urged to reconsider refund demands on UK domestic tourism

UK Tourism urged after lockdown
The Daily Express has urged UK residents to support tourism businesses, after VisitBritain predicted the domestic sector could lose £11bn if movement restrictions remain in place until the August bank holiday weekend.

Harald Neumann: “We’re planning to further invest in the UK arcade sector”

Harald Neumann Novomatic
With the company all set to celebrate its 40th anniversary and having recently concluded several years of consolidation, Novomatic’s CEO and chairman Harald Neumann is bullish on the UK market as he discusses the firm’s plans to open between 40 to 60 new arcades in the country this year.

Bigger, better and busier: ICE returns for ExCeL for 2020

ICE 2020
With ICE 2020 truly offering something for everyone, any one of the predicted 35,000 visitors to ICE this year could not fail to be impressed by the..

Pubs lead the way on sustainability and environment

pub enviroment
The British Beer and Pub Association has reported that almost a third of UK pubs consider removing plastic options from their venues “very important,”..

Reports of record bingo site closures as living bingo halls bite back

online bingo site closures
The number of UK-facing online bingo sites closing this year has topped last year’s figure after only eight months, with BingoDaily reporting 44 closures..

August washout drives surge in international travel

August washout
The extremes of Britain’s weather came into sharp focus last week with the release of new market research indicating that August has been such a washout..

Amusement operations winded by latest stormy weather

Amusement closure stormy weather
The weekend’s tumultuous weather has hampered amusement operations across the UK, leading to temporary site closures and unexpected event cancellations.

Dover MP continues to push for council control of Godden’s Banksy

Dover MP pushing council control over Godden's Banksy
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke has revealed he continues to press Dover District Council to list the Godden family’s Banksy mural.

International holidays slashed as Brits opt for staycations

Staycation Bournemouth beach
Tour operators can’t give trips to Greece and Turkey away, as political, economic and climatic factors keep Brits at home for the summer. The staycation is

Cutting FOBT stakes to £2 is the right thing to do

FOBT, stakes, UK, jeremy wright, gamcare
On the date of implementation for FOBT maximum stake cuts, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Jeremy Wright posted a blog backing his predecessor’s decision and emphasising that where there is evidence of gambling-related harm, the DCMS will act. Today the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals will be cut from £100 to £2 in bookmakers...

Ilkeston set for new AGC

Coinslot-FEC AGC
Erewash Borough Council has approved plans to turn the Queens Counsel pub in Ilkeston into an AGC, following a February application by owner Lifewave Ltd. The Market Place venue will convert its first and ground floors into an amusement centre, creating six to eight new jobs. “These proposals present an opportunity to breathe new life into the site, which will soon...

GamCom talks tough as lowered FOBT stakes go into effect

GamCom, FOBT, politics, uk, b2 machines
The implementation of new maximum stakes on B2 machines this week served as an opportunity for the regulator to wag its finger not just at bookies, but also at the AGC and remote sectors. Ahead of the £2 stake limit on B2 terminals coming into force this week, the Gambling Commission wrote to bookmakers to “remind them of their responsibilities”...

Bacta’s enhanced social responsibility charter takes effect

Bacta, social responsibility, gambling, charter, uk, effect
Bacta, the trade association for the UK’s amusement and gaming machine sector, has today enacted an updated social responsibility charter and code of practice. From today, bacta’s 490 members must abide by thirteen pledges informing areas including player protection, staff training, premises maintenance and age verification. The enhanced charter and code covers bacta’s policies on how members can help people to...

Breakthrough in Ireland with gaming bill amendment

Ireland, gaming bill, amendment, uk
Changes to Ireland’s ancient Gaming and Lotteries Act are set to raise maximum stakes and prizes on gaming machines for the first time in over half a century, as the Republic seeks to establish a dedicated gambling regulator. It has long been promised, but finally it seems the government of the Republic of Ireland has taken significant steps in modernising...

There’s a prickly problem on the beaches of Cleethorpes – but used needles are no laughing matter

Cleethorpes, beaches, uk, seaside, needles
GrimsbyLive, the safety team’s co-ordinator Pat Gilding underlined that the origins of the bio-hazardous sharps weren’t necessarily in the town itself. “They often wash in on the beach from other places, not necessarily from Cleethorpes,” he said. “We’ve had them appear in The Pier Gardens before. It’s society. It happens all over in every resort in the UK, not just...

Grimsby social clubs swear by amusement offerings

Grimsby, social clubs, amusement, working mens clubs, uk
Working Men’s Clubs in the UK are under pressure. Kingsley Park last week displayed its exasperation at intransigent VAT assessments which threaten the future of 3,000 similar clubs. And the working environment among local communities are shifting away from the WMC heartlands. But one thing is certain: soft gaming is essential to their survival. Grimsby social clubs have spoken out...

ACOS 2019 stand bookings grow

ACOS, UK, Bookings, coin op, amusements
With stand bookings already well ahead of last year, ACOS 2019 is promising an outstanding product showcase for the UK’s amusements and coin-op sectors. The 2019 event will take place on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd October at its iconic Olympia London home. Anticipating another busy event, Organiser Karen Cooke explains, “ACOS is a highly targeted show, with a strong...

Pub owners urged to embrace vaping

Pub owners, vaping, ecigarettes, uk, legislation
With the practice of vaping continuing to grow as smoker numbers decline, embracing the practice in British pubs and entertainment centres could increase footfall. Following the advice from Public Health England that no health risks have been identified through passive vaping, a report from the Morning Advertiser stated that allowing the activity could boost revenue. “Vaping can definitely reverse the smoking...