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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...

A uniquely British sector

Blueprint, cat c, gaming, uk, industry
Having already established itself at the forefront of the Cat C market, the Blueprint dedication to constant improvement remains unwavering, commented Gavin Wright, head of UK sales. Coinslot: What is it about Cat C units that makes them so popular for both consumers and operators? Gavin Wright: Category C occupies a unique place at the heart of the UK pub retail...

Eastbourne slated for town-centre cash injection

Eastbourne, seaside, town-centre, industry, uk
Eaststbourne town council is to set to spend £3m in a drive to improve its town-centre, and make it more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists The funding is being provided by the South East Local Enterprise (SELEP), and will focus on the eastern end of the coastal town’s retail zone - where planners envision new street furniture, signage, soft landscape...

Semnox Solutions launches new redemption kiosk

Semnox Solutions, redemption kiosk, launch, uk, industry
The new redemption kiosk from Semnox Solutions offers an innovative, automated take on the classic swag shop model. The all new redemption kiosk from Semnox Solutions is the first of its kind in the industry and offers a fast and hassle-free gift redemption process. Customers need merely scan their cards or ticket receipts to see the gifts available based on...

Harry Levy: Just the ticket

Harry Levy, redemption market, ticket, UK, gaming
The rapid ascension of redemption within the UK gaming market has helped foster a culture of creativity and innovation that shows little signs of slowing, commented Harry Levy commercial director Matthew Deith. The importance of the UK redemption market in recent years is without question. Growing customer demand for the winning of tickets paired with a strong culture of innovation...

Innovation and reliability go hand in hand for Electrocoin

Electrocoin Innovation reliability jackpot UK gaming market
Offering a combination of “familiarity and a higher jackpot” Electrocoin’s brand new B4 product proved the star of the stand at ICE 2019, alongside sure-fire hits for the UK gaming market. Innovation was a topic forefront in the minds of attendees at this year’s ICE, something which manufacturer and supplier Electrocoin kept at the heart of its offering. With the firm...

New amusement park planned for Scarborough seafront

Scarborough seafront, amusement park, uk,
Scarborough could soon have a brand new amusements park designed to attract up to half a million visitors a year to its seafront. It would be the creation of Flamingo Land, which already operates a successful site in Malton, 20 miles inland from Scarborough, and now hopes to open a second at the popular Yorkshire resort. The company has now put...

Confidence up in tourism industry, says UKinbound

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Flying in the face of Brexit uncertainty, British tourism association UKinbound claims that the confidence of the country’s tourist operators is actually on the rise - and has been bolstered by a flurry of forward-bookings made during the last weeks of 2018. At its annual convention in Glasgow last week, the trade body unveiled the findings of its November/December 2018...

Gauselmann expands its UK holding with Project joining the global group

Gauselmann, expansion, UK, Project, gaming
One of the UK’s most pioneering independent games developers has joined the big boys of global gaming. Project has signed up to the Gauselmann stable following its acquisition by Blueprint Gaming to create a formidable force in the marketplace. Blueprint Gaming has an eye for quality with its games portfolio making significant headway in the UK market. But last week...

Wexel Gaming showcase British innovation to the international bingo market

Wexel Gaming, bingo market, uk, innovation
After a successful EAG, Hull-based digital bingo manufacturer Wexel Gaming returned to the ExCel on 5 February with a more international market in mind for its linked bingo solutions. Wexel Gaming exhibited its collection of digital bingo solutions in ICE 2019’s bustling Bingo Pavillion last week, with the manufacturer looking to appeal to the expo’s international audience. Showcasing several different systems...

Haven unveils visuals as £100m investment starts to roll out

Haven, investment, holiday parks, uk,
£100 million is a lot to spend and Haven will be doing just that over the coming months to redevelop their holiday park offering. Last week the company unveiled some of the visuals of what visitors can expect to see this coming season. Haven announced its £100m investment plan late last year and has already got stuck into its revamp...

Hastings Pier set for March reopening

Hastings Pier, March, reopening, seaside, uk
Hastings Pier is scheduled to reopen within three months, following a meeting between Hastings Borough Council, Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, and owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar. The pier, which was closed in December to repair damage done by an electrical fire and acts of vandalism, will welcome visitors again as of March. “This was a productive meeting in which I...

Blueprint: Best in content

Blueprint, content, Gavin Wright, uk
With a stand that featured notable product debuts, updates on well-known classics and new market concepts, Blueprint’s focus - as ever - is on progression, commented Gavin Wright, head of UK sales. With a reputation for bringing the best in content to the UK market, Blueprint is once again taking strides ahead of the rest in the first quarter of...

The London Resort reveals new park plans

London-Resorts, uk
The latest plans for a new theme park in Dartford, The London Resort, have been announced, revealing a five-year-late opening date of 2024. Themed rides, attractions, and experiences are on the agenda, as well as daytime and night-time shows and parades. A range of hotels including flexible space capable of hosting conferences, exhibitions and events will also be built, with...

Blackpool posts five year plan for “first-class tourism product”

Blackpool, tourism, product, uk
A five year plan for Blackpool, which includes investment in transport links and the completion of the new conference centre at Winter Gardens,has been laid out by the council. The blueprints spell out a timeline for finishing the tram extension up the Prom and developing the £300m plans for Blackpool Central Station, as well as proposing changes to the town’s...

UK government expands NHS problem gambling treatment

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The UK government has announced a significant increase in problem gambling treatment funding as part of its ten year strategy for the NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan, announced on 7 January, outlined the provision of £2.3bn annually for mental health treatment by 2023, including dedicated problem gambling services. “There will be a new guarantee that investment in primary, community and...

BACTA’s moment in the limelight

BACTA, uk, amusements, industry
We all know how narrow a window of opportunity can be and, argues Chris Webster, BACTA must not miss the one currently presenting itself. In another and alternate parallel universe, away from the trials and tribulations of cobbling copy together for this worthy rag,I do a bit of acting. It’s a fickle whore of a business. I’ve been arrested for murder,...

UK video game developers unite

video game, developers, UK, industry
Those working within the UK’s video game industry are to become some of the first in the world to have access to a dedicated trade-union for their sector. A subdivision of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), Game Workers Unite was announced the week before Christmas as the UK’s first video game development union, alongside pledges to crack...

New Virtual Reality experience in line for UK and Ireland debut

Virtual Reality, Zero Latency VR, UK, Ireland, debut
The Zero Latency VR multiplayer experience is set to enter the UK market after Ireland-based Virtual Reality Gaming (VRG) secured the rights for two franchise locations. Having started in Australia, Zero Latency has rolled out its unique take of VR gaming to a number of global markets but as yet only counts two within Europe - Madrid and Lisbon. As per...

Haven Leisure commences major reinvestment drive

Haven Leisure, reinvestment, UK, leisure,
Haven, one of the biggest names in UK leisure, is about to embark on an ambitious rollout of new attractions. Holiday park operator Haven Leisure is about to embark on a massive investment scheme this winter which will see it plough more than £100m into ambitious new concepts at five of its locations throughout the country. The crux of the programme...

Innovation key to changing ‘High street low’, says Ken Scott

high street, innovation, uk, industry
The warning signs are there according to the latest footfall statistics on Britain’s high streets. A resilient industry must become even more resilient and, suggests Ken Scott, ever more innovative. Just what you want going into Christmas, some festive cheer from the economy - footfall on high streets up and down the country fell 3.2 percent in November compared to...

Ron Watt’s looks back on the early days of Astra Games

JPM, Astra, Games, sega, uk
"After JPM I was doing some consultancy for Eddie Morales with SEGA SA: I knew that Eddie wanted to expand the business so I convinced him to look to do something in the UK. "He was receptive to the idea so I invited my friends Jack Jones and Alan Parker to be part of the adventure and it was Jack...

UK keeps an eye on the loot as America investigates

UK, loot boxes, news, America, usa
The growth in popularity of so-called “loot-boxes” in video games has proved sufficiently alarming that the US Federal Trade Commission is set to launch an official inquiry on the subject. The boxes of randomised content - which can enhance or adapt gameplay - can be either won by players or purchased for hard currency. Such is their coveted status that...

Independent Leisure win the race to install UK’s first Angelina

Independent Leisure, jukebox, installations, UK, Angelina
Independent Leisure has become the first UK company to install an Angelina with the leading operator siting the world’s most advanced jukebox in Thetford, Norfolk. Independent Leisure is one of the growing number of operators taking advantage of TouchTunes’ fixed music fee terms which provide operators with access to all of the features of the Angelina, including access to one...

Plans for major development in Blackpool set for imminent release

Blackpool, uk development,
An announcement regarding plans to build a major year-round leisure destination in Blackpool is expected within weeks. Plans for a “major new leisure development” in the heart of Blackpool are set to be released imminently as the local council looks to improve the resort’s year-round offering. Nick Gerrard, programme director for growth and prosperity at Blackpool Council, revealed that the project...

Chancellor reaffirms pub support

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Philip Hammond has reaffirmed his support for British pubs ahead of announcing the nation’s third quarter GDP results. The Chancellor made his latest positive comments during a tour of Fuller’s brewery where he was accompanied by the beer maker’s chief executive, Simon Emeny and BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds. “The success story of British brewing was clear to see from my...

Doctors prescribing bingo to reduce non-medical appointments

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GPs are prescribing activities such as bingo and dancing in a new pilot scheme to aid their workloads. In 37 practices across Croydon, the pilot scheme has seen doctors referring ‘frequent attendees’ to 112 activities including bingo, in an attempt to reduce ‘non-medical’ appointments. According to doctors, the scheme has seen a marked reduction in people using appointments for non-medical issue. Dr...

UK Gambling Commission outlines public trust strategy

Gambling Commission, consultation, responsible gambling strategy
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...

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