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UK Gambling Commission outlines public trust strategy

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UK Gambling Commission chief executive, Neil McArthur, has asked operators across the UK's betting industry to work together and make Britain the safest and fairest gambling hub in the world. Speaking at the Raising Standards Conference at the International Conference Centre, Birmingham, McArthur said: “I want consumers in Britain to be able to enjoy the fairest and safest gambling in...

UK enters Brexit future with new 50 pence coin variant

HM Treasury, new 50p
The cash-boxes of Britain’s coin-op machines will soon receive a new commemorative fifty-pence coin - in celebration of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Although chancellor Phillip Hammond isn’t expected to unveil official plans for the coin until later this week, early details gleaned by the Independent indicate the coin will bear the words “Friendship With All Nations,” and...

GiG Games receives approval to supply games to B2C operators in the UK

GiG Games, B2C operators, UK, gambling commission
Gaming Innovation Group Inc. has been granted permission to offer its in-house games under its B2B licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The licence complements GiG’s software and B2C licence in the UK. It will enable the Company to offer its new games services to its existing white label customers as well as external brands operating in the...

Select secures new £5m facility

Select Gaming, finance, pub retail, uk
Select Gaming announced this week that it has completed the refinancing of its £5.2m credit facilities. The conclusion of this process firmly cements the company’s position as the UK’s leading independent operator to the pub retail sector. John Powell, Managing Director commented, “Our refinancing strategy was a key objective for 2018 and we are very pleased to have completed this...

Night-time economy essential to reversing UK’s high-street decline, say councils

Night time economy
A new study has found widespread support among local authorities for the development and support of Britain’s night-time economy. The vast majority of local councils believe that the night-time economy, including pubs and clubs, could be the key to preventing wider high-street decline. A new study conducted by think-tank the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and brewing trade association. The Portman...

Park Holidays cashes in on “well entrenched” staycation trend

Parks Holidays
Park Holidays has reported revenues of nearly £150m and profits of almost £35m as it continues to invest in its 29 strong portfolio of UK holiday parks. Results for 2017 show the company has increased its profits for the year to £34.6m, up from £31.8m a year earlier. Revenue for the operator also rose to £149.7m, up from £131.5m, which...

Instance Automatics secures UK and Irish market for US “after you eat treat”

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Instance Automatics has secured the exclusive rights to market US confectionary product Zollipops in the UK and Irish leisure, amusement and fairground market. The sugar-free, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher compliant lollipop will be made available by the amusement arcade supplier as a healthier alternative to sugar-rich sweets. “Many of the companies we deal with are looking for a...

‘My TouchTunes’ supports launch of the world’s most advanced jukebox

NSM Angelina best jukebox
The fortnightly Coinslot music feature created and sponsored by TouchTunes has been rebranded as‘My TouchTunes’ coinciding with renewal of the agreement with GB Media and the UK launch of the Angelina, the latest ground breaking jukebox to come out of the TouchTunes stable. Developed in conjunction with Sound Leisure in order to meet the specific needs of the UK market,...

Rise of payment technology to feature heavily at ACOS

GeWeTe
GeWeTe’s UK and Ireland sales manager Mark Edmundson talks expo timing and the importance of finding that important touch point for the industry ahead of the new year. Coinslot: In broader terms, how have you assessed the summer season? Mark Edmundson: “This year has been unusual with the weather being so good for such a long period, allowing people to plan...

ACOS: A very British affair

Karen Cooke
The return of an amusement industry event in autumn has gone down well. ACOS has filled the traditional exhibition slot to warm acclaim; it was a show waiting to happen. The woman behind it, Karen Cooke, talks to Coinslot about aspirations and expectations. Karen Cooke knows her stuff; she’s been delivering trade shows for the amusements industry for decades. And...

RGW gears up for annual campaign

responsible gambling
The 2018 Responsible GamblingWeek will benefit from a completely new online presence in its drive to reach out to new audiences and spread its core message. The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has launched a brand new web- site that will provide a central resource for information point for supporting organisations, customers, staff and the the general public alike. Alongside this...

Cleethorpes seafront proposal divides local legislators

Cleethorpes seafront
Serving as indication that not all development on Britain’s coast is welcome development - local activists in Cleethorpes are calling for a period of “proper consultation” ahead of plans to build three residential apartment blocks in direct proximity to the seafront. “One Cleethorpes” has the backing of the town’s MP Martin Vickers - who envisions the 99-apartment complex as a...

Hospitality leaders rally against tourism tax plans

Senior figures within the UK hospitality industry have hit out over tourism tax proposals that could have a significantly damaging effect on the crucial market sector. Key voices within the hospitality industry have urged chancellor Philip Hammond policy to override plans to impose a tourism levy on overnight stays in major UK cities. A number of councils, including those in Birmingham,...

VisitEngland survey: Tourism continuing to thrive in Blighty

Brighton-Palace-Pier
Neither Brexit nor terrorism could dampen the English tourist industry last year, with footfall up at two of Britain’s biggest amusement operations and throughout the coast. Both Brighton Pier and Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land theme park ranked among the highest visited attractions in the country last year,according to VisitEngland’s annual survey of participating leisure sites. Brighton’s iconic seaside magnet drew over 4.6m...

Mediawatch: The show must go on, says Tom Rush

Dolphin
Dolphins, dogs and David Cameron all take centre stage in this week’s production of Mediawatch: The Musical, although initial opening night reviews have been less than kind. Starting off not in Britain but in Brittany we find news that one particularly amorous dolphin has led to a blanket swimming ban in a seaside village. ITV News reports that Landevennec is under...

Fears of no-deal Brexit grow as government releases contingency plan

Brexit
Negotiating ministers have assured the public that a deal is likely to be reached by November at the latest - but the release of detailed “no-deal” Brexit advisory papers has shaken up some in Westminster. New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has issued a raft of documents - which he says provides “practical and proportionate” guidance for British businesses to draw...

Keep calm and carry on

Brexit
Chris Webster argues that the funny thing about all this dithering over Brexit is that in a thousand years time, none of it will matter a jot anyway. Now let’s not throw our toys out the pram. There’s a degree of schadenfreude in some coverage of the news that contingencies are in place for a no-deal Brexit scenario. We were...

Oasis Retail Services hits £9m turnover milestone

Gambling
Gaming and amusement firm Oasis Retail Services has seen its turnover grow to £9m according to a recently released financial report. For the year ending 31 December 2017, the company saw operating profit increase by eight percent to £2.4m and overall turnover grow by 6.3 percent. A statement accompanying the report read: “We are extremely pleased with the overall performance of...

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

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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...

UKGC heralds launch of four-year data drive

Gambling
The Gambling Commission and its partners are, apparently, still in the dark as to the characteristics of UK problem gambling - as they choose an extended exercise in number-crunching over expediting the passing of common-sense legislation. In the latest move to tighten its grip on the industry, the Gambling Commission will soon reach out to operators throughout the land, in an...

Virtual Reality and/or Video Resurrection

Virtual Reality
With news of yet another bespoke virtual reality venue in the UK, Chris Webster thinks a sweet-spot of opportunity finally presents itself to the innovating arcade proprietor. Pundits have been touting virtual reality as a prospective game-changer in entertainment for over thirty years. The concept, meanwhile, has been knocking about even longer, even being partially realised as a training tool...

Tyneside council opens floor ahead of gambling policy review

Gateshead
The council of South Tyneside are inviting consultation with both members of the public and gaming operators within their jurisdiction,ahead of a fresh draft of its statement of policy towards gambling regulation and public health required by the Gambling Act. Sandwiched neatly between Newcastle and Sunderland,the South Shields-based governing body has welcomed public input throughout a ten-week consultation period ending...

Gambling Commission to crackdown on operators who don’t treat consumers fairly

Gambling Commission
New rules from the Gambling Commission, which come into force from 31 October 2018, mean gambling companies that break advertising rules or breach consumer law will face tougher action. The new requirements, which follow an open consultation, provide "stronger protection for consumers" and ensure they are treated fairly by gambling businesses The changes mean: - It will be easier to take action,...

Bourne Leisure hits £1bn in turnover as King slams the government

Bourne Leisure
Slowly but surely, Bourne Leisure has grown into a business with over £1bn in turnover. But while the company’s 2017 financial results are strong, managing director Dermot King thinks the location of operation - the Great British seaside - has been let down by government. Bourne Leisure achieved a group turnover of just over £1bn in 2017, an increase of...

Pressure mounts on FOBT stake cut implementation

Houses of Parliament
April 2020 is simply not good enough for politicians chasing a £2 maximum stake on FOBTs, with MPs signing an Early Day Motion and the House of Lords piling pressure on the government. An Early Day Motion calling for the immediate implementation of a £2 maximum stake on FOBTs is gaining traction with MPs as pressure also mounts on the...

A year in the life of the regulator: Rising costs, expanding reach and not everything is exactly what it seems

gambling commission
Warning: If you are a regulator of a sensitive disposition, please read this comment with care. Ken Scott reads between the lines of the Gambling Commission’s Annual Report and sees a regulator in desperate need of a change of perspective. More glass empty, than glass half full, the GC has an agenda - its existence depends on the successful...

London Resorts push for multiple licence partners

Rollercoaster
The seemingly perennial planning stage of the £3.5bn London Resorts theme park is rolling one once more with the release of new information around licence partnerships. The project had started under the banner of entertainment giants Paramount but a split between the company and developers London Resorts Company Holdings (LRCH) was announced last year. It is now understood that the group...

“Yes, Minister in real life”: New UK insurance rules dampen staycation spirit

UK Seaside
As the warm weather continues to boost staycation figures across the country, a new insurance directive - extended beyond its original intention by the UK government - is costing B&B and hotel owners, and by association the entire tourism and attractions industry. UK-based B&B and hotel operators are being forced to choose between paying-up to insurance companies or providing a...

House of Lords backs bookmakers in two year FOBT implementation

House of Commons
The Association of British Bookmakers has hit back at claims by the Local Government Association that a delay on FOBT maximum stake implementation is caused by the industry “blocking an early implementation.” The claims, made by Councillor Simon Blackburn, chair of the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board, were dismissed by the ABB as necessary for a significant alteration to...

Blackpool amusement park moves a step closer

Blackpool amusement park
The possibility of a second amusement park at Blackpool has moved a step closer after the resort’s council claimed it is close to drafting agreements for the development of the Central Station site as a new leisure destination...

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