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UK government expands NHS problem gambling treatment

UK, NHS
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

pubs, budget
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

nhs, bingo, news,
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...

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”

zollipops
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...

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