White’s Week: We did it!

30/05/2018 | No comments

Well we did it!  The announcement that the maximum permitted stake on a Category B2 gaming machine will be reduced from £100 to £2 is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people, not least those bacta members who wrote to their MPs, lobbied them directly and who ensured their views were communicated to the local press.  My thanks to you all.  We have achieved what is arguably the biggest public policy win in bacta’s history.

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Blueprint Team’s Epic Cycle for Bereaved Kids

30/05/2018 | No comments

A brave trio of Blueprint Machines employees is tackling a 400-mile cycle from Newark in the UK to the Gauselmann Group’s headquarters in Espelkamp, Germany in order to raise funds for a children’s charity.

Nicola Wallbank, Key Account Manager, Andy Hall, Key Account Manager and Gavin Wright, Sales Manager will attempt the challenge, with Content Manager James Lowe acting as support crew. The team will set off on June 11, finishing in Germany on Thursday June 14.

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Well dressed pushers can drive income by up to 30% state RLMS

30/05/2018 | No comments

The value of having a well dressed pusher has been put into sharp focus with research undertaken by RLMS showing a substantial cash box lift, in some cases of up to 30%. The company, which has exclusive UK distribution rights to the Bulldog Games brand of pushers and redemption equipment launched to huge acclaim at January’s EAG, believe the skill and insight of operators is helping to make centrepiece attractions such as the eight player Deal or No Deal into amongst the top earning products on an FEC floor.

RLMS Sales Executive Freddie Shreeve, who has been heavily involved in the sales drive behind the Bulldog range, says the combination of high quality British engineered product and the expertise of seaside operators is a winning combination. He explained: “There’s absolutely no doubt that dressing a pusher to suit the motivations and interests of the customer base is a great skill and one which has a direct impact on cash in box.”

He continued: “From the time I’ve spent with the Bulldog Range at a large number of coastal resorts, it’s clear that UK operators have an encyclopaedic knowledge of their customers built up over many years. Not only do operators have a deep understanding of the psychology of playing but they also require an up to the minute knowledge of trends, tastes and fashions. It’s a precise set of skills that illustrate how well seaside businesses know their customers.”

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Joyce’s Column: May

23/05/2018 | No comments

A couple of months ago in my chat column I told you about Sound Leisure’s Michael Black and his wife Susie new addition to the family Ella Rose, and I thought it would be nice to attach a photo of the lovely Ella Rose then we can all see what a wonderful little baby she is.

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Connected Entertainment set new standards with free staff Jigsaw training

21/05/2018 | No comments

Connected Entertainment, whose Jigsaw brand has become the touchscreen entertainment system of choice with major holiday park groups and independents alike, has underlined its commitment to the sector through the provision of unique free of charge pre-season training for staff working for all of its holiday parks customers. 

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TouchTunes celebrates 7th year of Teenage Cancer Trust partnership

15/05/2018 | No comments

TouchTunes, the world leader in digital jukebox technology, is celebrating another year of partnering with Teenage Cancer Trust. TouchTunes has been supplying music for over 40 jukeboxes in their units in hospitals and clinics throughout the UK since 2011.

The company is part of a community of leading brands and personalities that support Teenage Cancer Trust, including Apple Music, NME, The Groucho Club and Liam Gallagher’s fashion label, Pretty Green.

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William Hill shareholders rebel over pay

09/05/2018 | No comments

William Hill’s shareholders have rebelled over boardroom pay, with over 30 per cent rejecting a rise for chief executive Philip Bowcock.

In the betting firm’s AGM on Tuesday, almost a third of ballots were cast voting against the remuneration report that detailed a 9.1 per cent pay rise for Bowcock.

Last year, his total pay rose from £600,000 to £1.3m.

The move follows on from Institutional Shareholder Services advising investors to vote against the report.

Addressing the concerns in a statement, William Hill said: “The Board remains of the view that the processes followed and the decision taken in 2017 was appropriate and can be justified in the context of the key events and industry challenges of last year, many of which are ongoing.

“The Board remains firmly committed to maintaining an open dialogue with shareholders and advisory bodies on key remuneration decisions in 2018 and beyond. This includes the commitment already made to further engage prior to the grant of awards under the Performance Share Plan for the 2018 financial year.”

William Hill is now on a public register of firms in which more than 20 per cent of shareholders have voted against a resolution.

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Ireland next country to install Pinnacle jackpot solution from APEX gaming

09/05/2018 | No comments

Dr. Quirkey’s is a major chain of arcades in Ireland and is one of the most important operators in the country. Many fellow operators look to Dr. Quirkey’s to see which are the latest innovations that can be offered to players in Ireland.

The latest innovation at Dr. Quirkey’s is the PINNACLE PREMIUM 8 JACKPOT ISLAND from APEX gaming. This all-in-one jackpot island solution offers the ultimate in gaming entertainment and has been received extremely positively by operators from around the world. A total of 8 Pinnacle Premium SL slots are united under the large display to bring the game – Dragon Egg – alive. With up to 16 different jackpot levels, this solution attracts all types of players, each one having their corresponding chance of winning the jackpot.

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Bank of England approval for Innovative Technology note validator range

26/04/2018 | No comments

Leading cash handling equipment manufacturer Innovative Technology Ltd (ITL) is pleased to announce Bank of England (BoE) certification for their note validator range.

The NV9 Spectral & NV200 Spectral, NV9, NV10 and NV200 banknote validators all received a 100% result for their ability to accept authentic banknotes and reject counterfeits. The test was conducted using notes from all GB issuing banks, from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Andy Bullock, Senior Business Development Manager commented, “Having just launched the NV9 Spectral at ICE 2018, this is the first time our newest unit has received Bank of England approval. The 100% result demonstrates the high-level of security and reliability of our products. We value the importance of collaborating with the BoE. Their support allows us to ensure our currency datasets are always up to date, something which has been even more important recently with the introduction of the new polymer banknotes. We will ensure that the new polymer £20, due to enter circulation in 2020 is incorporated into our GBP currency dataset well in advance of its introduction through our co-operation with the BoE.”

The full results for the testing of automatic banknote handling machines can be found on the BoE website here.


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Joyce’s Columm: April

24/04/2018 | No comments

My April column is chat from the recent Irish Show held at The Red Cow Hotel, Dublin this was the 39th Irish Show and as always it was such a happy, friendly show with business transacted in a civilised way, to be honest the Irish show is my favourite show.

PMS were first time exhibitors at the show and were very happy with it, they felt that they had made great contacts and new accounts and the atmosphere of the show was terrific and that they will definitely be back next year for the 40th show.

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