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International holidays slashed as Brits opt for staycations

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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

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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...

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...

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