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How the Health Survey wa METHODOLOGY

1. The Health Survey for England was commissioned by the NHS Information Centre and conducted by NatCen, a not-for-profit independent social research organisation, dedicated to promoting a better-informed society through high quality social research. 2. Two internationally recognised tools were used to measure problem gambling the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association IV (DSM-IV), and the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI). Both of these screening tools were used in the British Gambling Prevalence Surveys (BGPS) 2010 and 2007, which were

commissioned by the Gambling Commission and conducted by NatCen. 3. In previous prevalence surveys commissioned by the Commission, problem gambling measured as a percentage of adults showed that prevalence of problem gambling was 0.9 per cent in 2010 and 0.6 per cent in both 2007 and 1999 according to the DSM-IV screening tool. The second tool, the PGSI screen, showed a measure of 0.7 per cent of the adult population being affected in 2010 against 0.6 per cent in 2007. 4. The number of individuals aged 16 years and over interviewed face-to-face in England for the HSE was 8,000. 5. The Scottish Health Survey (published in September 2013)

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live Efford, MP for Eltham and Shadow DCMS Minister, has C explained the Labour Party’s policy on the much-debated subject of FOBTs and ‘clustering’ of LBOs. Efford stated:“Betting shops in some areas have been associated with antisocial behaviour, crime, making high streets unattractive and dragging down the overall image of town centres. This can lead to other businesses choosing other areas to locate themselves which in turn leads to further decline in the economic viability of the area.” He continued:“This is not the case everywhere and the vast majority of betting shops are not associated with antisocial or criminal behaviour, but where they are it has a major impact. Some local authorities, even Labour ones, have stated that they are eager for empty shops to be filled and if betting shops are the only businesses prepared to invest then they are welcome. This is why Ed Miliband has set

out a comprehensive set of proposals to empower local authorities to take decisions.” According to Efford, Miliband wants to end the process where he believes that locals plead with their councillors not to have another betting shop, but discover when they turn up at licensing meetings that the lawyer representing the betting industry can force the committee to vote against the wishes of the community. “Councillors should be accountable to their local electors for the decisions they take. Provided they can demonstrate that they have acted reasonably in response to local concerns and in accordance with planning procedures they should be free to make their choices and answer for them through the ballot box.” Efford added:“We will amend the licensing powers to allow councils to restrict the number of machines to fewer than four where it is thought to be neces-


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New survey reports reduced ‘problem gambling’ figures PROBLEM GAMBLING

The Gambling Commission believes that ‘problem gambling’ in the UK is on the wane, a conclusion to be drawn from the findings of the most recent Health Survey for England. he most recent Health Survey for England, published by the National Health Service at the close of 2013, has given an up-to-date assessment of gambling participation and problem gambling rates in the UK. The findings suggest that so-called ‘problem gambling’ is in decline - a positive piece of news that will be welcomed by the coin-op industry. Findings based on the data published within the NHS’ survey in December 2013 indicate an overall decline in gambling participation in the UK and a reduction in the level of problem gambling in the population. The data, contained in the Health Survey for England (2012) show that 65 per cent of adults (almost 28m people) in England gambled in the past year. Excluding those who gamble only on the National Lottery draw, the figure is 43 per cent.The rate of problem gambling in the adult population is estimated to be 0.5 per cent on one measure and 0.4 per cent on the other measure used. The Health Survey gambling questions were designed to be broadly comparable with the 2010 British Gambling Prevalence Survey, which gave figures for Great Britain of 73 per cent for gambling participation (56 per cent excluding those who had only gambled on the National Lottery draw), with problem gambling at 0.9 per cent and 0.7 per cent on the corresponding measures. While firm trend figures will not be available until further health surveys,patterns of decline have also been seen in data collected through the Gambling

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covered 4,000 adults and showed that 70 per cent of adults in Scotland gambled in the past year. Both screens (DSM-IV and PGSI) reported a

problem gambling rate for Scotland of 0.7 per cent (approximately 32,000 adults) with a further 220,000 adults ‘at risk’ from gambling.

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sary. Even in those areas where the machines are not perceived to be a problem people deserve protection.We will also require the machines themselves to be modified. We will extend the period between plays from the minimum of 20 seconds as it currently stands to at least 40 seconds. Players will also be warned of how long they have been playing at regular intervals. To encourage interaction with staff, customers will be required to go to the counter to put more money into the machines.”

Miliband wants the betting industry to end the practise of single manning in their shops, and if they fail to act on this, Labour will make it a requirement of the licensing. Efford concluded: “These measures will give local councillors the powers to respond to local concerns about the impact of these machines where necessary. They also introduce safety measures to protect vulnerable adults which this Conservativeled coalition has completely refused to do.”

Commission omnibus survey, and the patterns of distribution for gambling participation appear to remain broadly stable. In particular, younger men tend to gamble on a wide range of activities including those associated more strongly with problem gambling. Problem gambling also appears to be more prevalent in areas where the local environment is more challenging in terms of health

deprivation. This supports the need for more targeted efforts to prevent and mitigate the risks in these groups. The Commission will publish its own in-depth analysis in a series of papers to be published next spring, drawing on the data from both this Survey and the Scottish Health Survey,which was published in September 2013. Rebekah Eden, the Commission’s programme director - evidence and analysis, concluded: “The figures suggest that fewer people are experiencing gambling problems directly, but that there are groups of the population where the risks remain significantly greater. This puts even greater emphasis on the industry finding ways to identify people who are suffering problems or who are at risk, and intervening effectively.”


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Industry Role of RGT comes under BACTA fire

BISL to split into smaller groups

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The work of the Responsible Gambling Trust is coming under close scrutiny from industry quarters. The question that seems to be on the lips of key industry players is: where does the RGT remit begin and end? The line, they argue, has been overstepped.

ACTA’s chief executive Leslie Macleod has questioned the Responsible Gambling Trust’s remit, lack of transparency in its research and whether the charity is sustainable. At BACTA’s recent Annual Conference, he stated:“BACTA has always supported research, education and treatment in relation to gambling related harm. We were one of the founders of GamCare and payment towards research, education and treatment is, and remains, a condition of BACTA membership.” Macleod-Miller continued: “I am not going to pretend that I believe that the latest incarnation of the body which collects and distributes monies for research, education and treatment is satisfactory or necessarily sustainable. We need an effective voluntary arrangement in order to avoid a statutory levy, however, the RGT seems to have caught the Gambling Commission disease and seems to be empire building by refusing to answer straightforward questions, giving opinions about matters which spread well beyond its proper remit. It remains a mys-

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rade body Business in Sport and Leisure will not continue in its current Tformat beyond December 2013, preferring

tery why the RGT thought it was appropriate to make a comment about the triennial when this is the role of the Gambling Commission.” He concluded: “Serious questions have been asked about the direction of the RGT since the announcement was made that the RGT was conducting research into Category B machines. The lack of transparency about exactly what questions have been asked in relation to the Category B research, the timeframe

and the output, must lead us to question whether this is the right vehicle.While the recent Kilimanjaro trek, supported by some of our members including Chris Haley, on behalf of RGT was really admirable, the ducking and weaving that we have experienced in trying to get a clear answer regarding this research, makes me wonder whether their theme music should be ‘Smoke gets in your eyes’ rather than ‘Climb every mountain’.”

to split into smaller groups to more effectively focus upon the areas that concern its current members, including, of course, gambling. As reported in the last issue of Coinslot, BISL’s Machines Sub-Group and Gambling Working Group will continue to meet and work together as a group of vested interests with a shared agenda. CEO Peter Hannibal stated: “We have been busy over the last year or so dealing with the issues our members have brought to the table and with the many changes that have been affecting the machines areas of our industry. Because of our collective engagement the MSG is already recognised as the UK’s largest group of machine manufacturers and related businesses, and looking forward we have developed into a significant force for change and debate both within the industry and in our representations to politicians, regulators and other stakeholders. He concluded on an upbeat note, stating: “From a sector of the industry which has been fractured and fragmented for so long, it is reassuring to see the enthusiasm for change and collaboration from everyone who has engaged with the MSG to date.”

Exmouth operator fears worst over regeneration plans OPERATORS

n Exmouth-based operator is worried he will lose his liveliA hood as part of East Devon District Council’s regeneration proposals. Councillors on the Development Management Committee have approved the £10m, 3.6 hectare Queen’s Drive Leisure Zone proposals. The scheme will include a water sports centre, a large indoor and outdoor play and recreation area, retail areas, restaurants and cafés, holiday accommodation, a public square and parking for 250-plus cars. Chris Wright, who owns Exmouth Fun Park, which has

“from time to time” and were available to discuss queries.The following month, however, Exmouth town councillors refused to back the scheme because they did not feel that existing tenants within the redevelopment zone had been“properly” consulted. However, a council spokesperson has confirmed that both tenants have been invited to submit “innovative” design proposals which meet the requirements of the planning consent and then the council will put these forward to a been in his family for almost four livelihood may disappear. In August 2013, a council future development partner. In decades and is included in the redevelopment zone, said he spokesperson said officials had October 2013, the authority does not know whether his conversations with tenants hosted a meeting for current ten-

ants. Afterwards, all tenants received a briefing setting out the next steps in the development timetable. Wright stressed that he is not opposed to the area’s regeneration, but is worried because he doesn’t know what will happen to his business. He told local press that he is “no further forward” in knowing where he or his business stands in the development plans. He described not knowing as a “killer worry”. Wright concluded:“I am very keen to be involved and included in the scheme but whether this will happen, I don’t know. My concerns are still the same - nothing has changed.”


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Playnation 2 sees families return to coin-op in 2013 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRES

Findings from motorway services operator Playnation have shown that 2013 has seen ‘strong results’ for the family entertainment sector. With £110m of 2 pence pieces pushed, 9.8m miles on racing simulators clocked up, 3.3m toys grabbed and 2.3m tickets redeemed on amusements across the UK in 2013, Playnation believes that traditional family entertainment shows no sign of fading.

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013 has finished on a distinctly upbeat note for the family entertainment sector,according to one of the UK’s leading operators Playnation. The analysis,conducted by the family entertainment provider reveals that despite apparent competition from the thriving mobile gaming and app market, the family entertainment sector remains buoyant, promoting loyalty through the offering of established favourites. Due to the tough economic climate, and supported by the long, hot summer, UK holiday parks and seaside destinations have experienced somewhat of a resurgence in 2013, according to the operator’s findings. Attractions such as amusement parks and bowling centres offering arcade games have seen increased footfall, where patrons have enjoyed an affordable form of leisure suitable for all the family. Dual and multiplayer games such as pool and air hockey are as popular as ever, with 11.3m and 6m games played this year respectively, demonstrating the enduring appeal of real life amusements as an alternative to online gaming. The mobile gaming industry has influenced the family entertainment sector however, as traditional favourites such as grabber machines can be seen stocked with toys centred on apps such as Angry Birds and Doodle

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Jump. The sector has become much more responsive to popular culture with other prizes including children’s film and pop band merchandise. Of the 3.3m toys won in grabbers this year, the most coveted prizes were stuffed ‘Minions’ from the blockbuster film Despicable Me 2, with Peppa Pig and Monsters Inc. characters following closely behind. Adam Hodges,CEO of Playnation, said: “Although the 2013 figures review was a fun way of looking at this year’s results,the numbers really are indicative of the successful year we’ve had. Traditional family entertainment centre games represent great value, great fun and are accessible to everyone. While mobile and console game play satisfies the individual’s needs,our gaming centres bring people together. It’s the true social gaming experience. “Since becoming a standalone company earlier this year,we have directed closer attention to what families want from our products.We have had a fantastic year and will continue to innovate, introducing new twists on old classics to keep British gamers coming back for more.” Playnation was formerly the amusement and leisure division of Inspired Gaming, but now operates as a singular business following a management buyout backed by equity firm Palatine in 2014.

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outh Tyneside-based brothers Tommy and Michael Hearn, who have run bingo halls in the area for 52 years, are retiring, at the ages of 80 and 81 respectively. The Hearns opened the Crown Bingo Hall in South Shields in 1961, along with their late brother Bill, who died in May 2013 at the age of 77. At one point they had seven clubs throughout the borough, but now they’re passing the reins to someone else. Tommy Hearn told local press: “It’s been a wonderful life and it’s been a privilege to run the bingo halls. We’ve had lots of loyal customers over the years and they’ve become friends too. It’s time to move on for us, though.”

He added: “We were probably one of the first bingo halls to open in the country, so we really did pave the way with it. No one thought it would catch on and everyone said it was a 90-day thing, but here we are 52 years later and it’s still going.” Michael Hearn stated: “At 81, I think it’s just about the right time to say goodbye. I think it’ll take a while to settle into a new routine though. I’ve

got some great memories and we’ve had some fantastic nights in here with some great entertainers like Bobby Thompson and Frank Carson. We’re happy to pass the business on and I think it could be an exciting time for it.” Rob Garrard, who owns Beach Bingo in North Shields, is taking over the two bingo halls. The venue in Jarrow will be re-branded to match his existing hall, but Crown Bingo in South Shields will maintain its name. He said: “The brothers have been running it for 52 years, so I’ve got some big boots to fill. Both bingo halls have a great staff and lots of loyal customers that I’m hoping will stick with me. This has always been a traditional, family-run bingo business, and that’s what it’s going to remain.”


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Report underlines data collection differences

Commission issues warning to Light Gaming LICENSING

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NatCen’s Industry Data Scoping report on Category B gaming machines commissioned for the RGT has noted differences in how two major AGC operators collect their machine data. data capture and how many rely on the manual weekly process of capturing information.” In terms of metrics, only a very limited range is available for AGCs, according to the report. These are all aggregate data metrics as game cycle information is not available. The operators did not mention that the number of games played is routinely captured, although is available electronically on some B3 machines. In addition,one operator noted that they were able to record what level of promotions (i.e., free plays) were also being put into the

machine.The report stated: “We assume this is recorded as a separate metric on the metering system. No contextual variables were available but it could be explored with operators how easy or difficult these would be to create.” It continued: “Whilst there is only a fairly limited range of metrics captured by AGC operators, they are fairly consistent in terms of definition and what they are collecting. The main inconsistencies appear about the level to which these data are recorded (daily, weekly etc) and the method used to capture

wo unnamed AGC operators were included in NatCen’s recent research into Category B gaming machines in the UK. The report illustrated significant differences in how the pair collected their data and the range of the data gathered. The report stated:“One operator also used the Playsafe data management system in their AGCs. As noted, this has four different levels of data capture which vary across the operator’s estate. For example, one venue may use level 1 data capture whilst another may use level 3.This makes

the level of data captured for this specific operator variable between venues.” It continued:“The other AGC operator stated that they largely used a manual recording system whereby data were manually recorded from the machine meters on a weekly basis and entered into a database. They did, however, note that some their machines captured information electronically and that a few B3 machines had server-based functionality but were not connected to a network.We are waiting for confirmation from this operator about how many of their B3 machines have electronic

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this information. Even within an operator’s estate, different venues may be using different methods. This has resultant issues for accuracy as some data are recorded using a manual process whereas other data are collected electronically. One operator did say that, where possible, they attempted to reconcile electronic and manual data records.” The report surmised that theAGC sector has very limited levels of data available, only in weekly aggregates, and that only a very narrow range of metrics and data are collected using manual methods.

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he South Parade Trust has claimed the owners of Southsea’s South Parade Pier have offered to sell it to it, subject to price and contract. The trust said negotiations were at “an early stage”, although pier owners Dawn Randall and Fred Nash have yet to comment.

Concept Games’ Diana Garforth has confirmed Lthateeds-based her firm will be ‘triennialready’ come EAG International 2014. She revealed: “Concept Games will be showcasing a full range of new £100 Triennial product for all Electrocoin and Concept games. This will include the offer of a new payment scheme to help the smaller operator get up to date quicker.” Garforth concluded: “Concept will also be showing an exciting new three player as well as our highly successful Golden Winner.”

Council approves pier demolition PIERS

onwy Council has voted in favour of demolishing Colwyn Bay Pier at C a cost of nearly £1m, rather than find the £15m needed to restore the113year-old structure.However,as the pier is protected as a Grade II-listed building, there are doubts whether the demolition would be allowed.

to Light Gaming Limited (trading as Red 9 Gaming) and to attach additional conditions to their operating licence. The reason for the notice follows Light Gaming’s failure to submit regulatory returns and was operating without suitable accounting procedures. Furthermore, the Commission revealed that Light Gaming demonstrated poor financial record keeping in respect of investments received and general business arrangements. The Commission stated: “The lack of a paper trail is a serious omission and falls far short of the standard of accounting and transparency we would expect of the holder of an operating licence.” The Commission accepted, however, that Light Gaming Limited has acted to bring itself into compliance by addressing the concerns. In the circumstances a warning and additional conditions being placed on the operating licence, requiring the licensee to notify the Commission of certain occurrences, were considered appropriate sanctions.


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Dragon joins Grand Pier Sport Relief event

Plastic banknotes to be rolled out from 2016

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The Bank of England will introduce polymer banknotes, starting with a new £5 note featuring Winston Churchill, in 2016, ending 320 years of paper money. ollowing a public consultation in which 87 per cent of 13,000 respondents backed the newstyle currency, the Bank of England said it would introduce ‘polymer’ notes in two years’ time, starting with the new £5 note featuring Winston Churchill in 2016 and the Jane Austen £10 a year later. The new polymer notes stay cleaner, are more secure and more durable, the Bank said. In addition to its large-scale public survey, the Bank discussed the possible move to plastic banknotes with key stakeholders in the cash handling industry. Earlier this year, Dayna Patterson, marketing executive for

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Oldham-based payment solutions group Innovative Technology, welcomed the Bank of England’s announcement that it would review the possibility of circulating polymer banknotes. “In terms of note validation, polymer banknotes pose no additional issues, and note validators will accept and stack as normal,”she told Coinslot.“Polymer banknotes are manufactured from transparent plastic film, specially coated with the ink layer that enables it to carry the printed design features of banknotes.The materials allow the inclusion of ‘windows’ or clear portions in the design, which enhance protection against counterfeits.

Wetherspoons extends Irish reach SINGLE SITE

Theo Paphitis are the first two runners to sign up to the Grand Pier Sport Relief Mile 2014. It will be the third time Paphitis has joined Michael for the BBC-backed event, which raises money for charity through sponsored sporting challenges across the country. The event in Weston-super-Mare, which takes place on March 23, 2014, will see par“By utilising polymer, UK The only update required ticipants choose to run one, three or six miles banknotes can take advantage would be a currency firmware up and down the resort’s promenade of improved security and dura- update to incorporate the new between its seafront arch and the Grand Pier. bility measures. Evidence polymer banknote data. CusMichael commented: “I am delighted points to lower counterfeiting tomers across the industry Theo Paphitis has agreed to join us for the risks and overall higher security, would face minimal disruption Grand Pier Sport Relief Mile again. as polymer allows additional if the introduction of polymer “We have registered early and I hope we security measures to be added, banknotes goes ahead.” can top the 1,000 runners mark for 2014 The move is the latest in a and break our 2012 fundraising total of which is another boost for the industry,” Patterson said.“Poly- long line of changes for ban- £15,000. mer banknotes should be more knotes, first issued in return for “It’s a great event. Everyone has a lot of pleasant to handle as they stay deposits by the Bank when it fun while doing something really worthcleaner and are more durable, was first established in 1694. while for a great cause.” with an average life expectancy Colour £5 notes replaced white All money raised will go towards helping of more than 2.5 times that of ones in the 1950s; the first por- transform the lives of vulnerable people trayal of a monarch came in both in the UK and in some of the world’s the existing UK paper notes. “Note validators produced 1960, when the Queen poorest countries. by Innovative Technology appeared on a new £1 note;and Runners can register to take part in the would not require any hard- the introduction of historical Grand Pier Sport Relief Mile by visiting ware modifications to accept figures such as William Shake- http://www.sportrelief.com and searching the new polymer banknotes. speare started in the 1970s for Weston-super-Mare.

BBPA signs partnership with Pubs of Ulster AGREEMENT

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ong-time supporter of in-pub coin-op entertainment, JD Wetherspoon has exchanged contracts to buy its second pub in the Ireland, with a view to opening up to 20 sites in the country over the next 10 years. The company is to invest more than E1.5m developing the former Newport Cafe in Cork, which will require both planning and licensing permission. The group aims to have the new-look pub open by April 2014. Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin stated: “We are looking at other sites throughout the

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In news which will be of great interest to single site operators hoping for pub sector stability, a new partnership has been developed between Pubs of Ulster and the BBPA.

Republic of Ireland and hopefully they will come to fruition in the near future.” The company is believed to have held talks to buy the Slaughtered Lamb in Swords, north Dublin, in a deal that could be worth up to E2m. In November 2013, the firm confirmed that it had secured its first pub in the Republic, the Tonic Bar in Blackrock.

Beer and pub trade bodies the Pubs of Ulster and the BBPA have joined forces with a view to better lobbying Parliament. The move will enable the two organisations to coordinate their campaigning and representation work, with Pubs of Ulster bringing expertise on Northern Irish public affairs, and the BBPA advising and assisting Pubs of Ulster on Westminster, as well as wider UK issues of concern. Key areas of mutual interest will include be tax-

ation, licensing, alcohol policy,responsible retailing of alcohol, property/planning, and tourism. Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, commented:“For us, decision-making in the devolved administrations is becoming ever more important, as issues that arise in one assembly, can often spread to others. Northern Ireland M P s

also play an important part on decision-making at Westminster.This new partnership will really improve our understanding of key issues facing the trade in Northern Ireland, and I am sure we can also help Pubs of Ulster with their Westminster work.” Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Pubs of Ulster, commented: “With a

number of important issues relating to Northern Ireland (including Beer Duty and VAT) still the responsibility of Westminster, our partnership with The British Beer & Pub Association will not only strengthen our political lobby, but also enhance our understanding of the developing issues in GB which could potentially impact pubs in Northern Ireland. I look forward to sharing knowledge and expertise to the benefit of both memberships.”


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Survey hints at renewed hope for seaside sector SEASIDE TOURISM

A recent VisitEngland survey entitled Domestic Leisure Tourism Trends for the Next Decade has revealed that seaside tourism is attracting greater numbers of families. The good news for the coin-op industry, particularly those in the seaside FEC sector, is that this trend looks set to continue, regardless of the prevailing economic circumstances.

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014 could not just be an excellent year for coastal amusement operators, but the beginning of a glorious decade, according to a new survey, Domestic Leisure Tourism Trends for the Next Decade, compiled by VisitEngland. Despite the on-going tough economic times, one major trend that the report identified is the growing practice of turning ‘VFR’ (visiting friends or relatives) trips into leisure ones. James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, stated: “One driver of this trend in recent years has been economic; with more constrained budgets, consumers wishing to maximise their leisure time have sought to capitalise on family occasions and turn these trips into leisure orientated ones. But other drivers exist as well, and ensure that this trend will become increasingly prominent even after economic recovery.” The study alluded to the fundamental appeal of leisure time and the changing demographic picture of England. Berresford added: “Longer lives and more generations create more family occasions - which in turn create more opportunities for family get-togethers.The

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driving force behind these occasions is not simply financial circumstances consumers are also keen to have a rich experience with their family.” In terms of seaside tourism, the report reveals that some resorts have been unable to compete with a pure beach offer and the more reliable summer weather that some overseas locations can offer has been a threat. Berresford was keen to point out that sunshine is

BRIGHTON COUNCILLORS JOIN ANTI-FOBT LOBBY Brighton and Hove city councillors have unanimously backed a move to see if it can legally limit FOBT stakes down to just £2 a spin, citing research that suggests the machines are the most addictive form of gambling.

not the only attraction of the seaside as a destination. He stated: “Many resorts have been able to successfully adapt and to reinvent to attract new audiences. The changing demographic structure of England may also help resorts in the future. With more children and older people entering the market, having an easily accessible and family-orientated destination will be ideal for intergenerational (and shorter) family holidays. In England, different

FREE PARKING IN BOGNOR

New discs enabling free car parking in Bognor Regis have gone on sale. The yellow cardboard clocks will enable motorists to stay for up to two hours without parking in the 201space Hothamton car park. This extension to the existing free parking scheme in the Lyon Street and Fitzleet car parks will begin on January 1.

resorts can offer other unique experiences – from cuisine to sports.” The report also referred to the traditional, nostalgic appeal of the UK seaside, which Berresford believes has been rekindled by many visitors returning after a long absence. He said:“The importance of nostalgia tourism was echoed by the industry experts, who saw a link between nostalgia and consumer desire for authenticity and meaning - as well as

something safer and more secure than the uncertain future. Several of the industry experts also identified timeshares as a potential wildcard tourism trend. They expect this to be driven by increasingly flexible, time poor consumers, who are happy with the idea of sharing and less tied to a single location.” Berresford continued: “Although economic pressures will continue to have an impact on consumer spending over the medium term, after this period consumers will be keen to maximise their leisure time. For domestic leisure tourism, this might mean combining both domestic leisure trips and trips abroad.” The report surmised that longer term trends in demographics also bode well for the long term future of domestic leisure trips. Berresford concluded:“Several of the demographic trends now emerging will continue to be impactful in the longer term - especially the ageing society and the squeezed middle generation. The intergenerational implications of these demographic trends ensure that domestic trips are a natural fit - and in particular will lead to the long term development of the ‘VFR to leisure’ trend.”

BOURNEMOUTH PUTS ITSELF ON THE MAP

BURNHAM-ON-SEA REGENERATION ON WAY

A new Wayfinding town centre map is now available for free from a selection of locations across Bournemouth. The pocket-sized map, which highlights various leisure, cultural and retail zones in the town, can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre on Westover Road, the Beach Office, hotels and shops.

A project to implement almost £500,000 worth of improvements to Burnham-on-Sea’s town centre is on schedule to come to fruition in 2014, despite delays plaguing the development since 2011.


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EAG International is organised by BACTA and supEAG International will feature more ported by BALPPA than 100 of the biggest and best and Euromat. That coin-op brands, deliver representameans it is run tion of more than 180 companies purely to help the from around the world, demonstrate industry, with the the latest products, services and up- organisers pledggrades and show- ing that delegates case the newest will get the show they need. technologies and innovations.

Global media EAG is supported by a global media list and an intensive press, advertising and promotions campaign. Show organiser Martin Burlin stated: “EAG will generate more interest and more press coverage than you could ever hope for.”

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The show for the industry, by the industry While size certainly isn’t everything, consistent growth in terms of exhibitor and visitor numbers have underpinned an EAG determined to better serve the needs of amusements and soft gaming both in the UK and the rest of the world.

n 21 January 2014 ExCel London will open its doors on the fifth EAG International as around 6,000 amusement and leisure industry professional congregate for the inaugural trade event of the New Year. As EAG International has grown, with individual visits to the ExCel show rising every year since its launch, so have the many reasons to visit. For many of the industry’s operators, EAG International is the event at which they review new products and place orders for the coming year. Several trade associations and other industry bodies will meet at the show to discuss new initiatives and to set agendas for the coming year. For many, the net-

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working aspect of EAG International is as important as its role as a commercial facilitator. EAG International chairman Martin Burlin summed up what he believed the show’s role is from an organiser’s perspective: “Our role is to deliver an event which enables people to see and buy new products but equally important is the opportunity to discuss, share experiences and make sense of what is happening in our industry. Our focus is on the quality of the experience for each and every visitor and exhibitor.” While no-one in the UK coinop sector could construct an argument against the EAG being a must-visit for domestic concerns, the 2014 incarnation will

live up to its ‘International’ tag even more than in years gone by. To back up this assertion, January 21 will see the show floor welcome 14 new exhibitors from the UK, China, Italy, Poland and Spain. The bottom line is that the EAG has quickly built itself a reputation of being an event ‘by the industry, for the industry’, BACTA CEO Leslie MacleodMiller summed up: “The EAG show remains a tribute to BACTA’s ability to demonstrate its commercial acumen and the team ably lead by Martin Burlin and the Advisory Board, continues to work hard to make EAG the benchmark against which international amusement exhibitions are judged. ”


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While everyone knows EAG is the annual industry gathering where products are showcased, often for the first time, Alex Lee investigates the importance of investing in new technologies and innovations which will no doubt appear at ExCel later this month.

alex lee viewpoint nnovation and the use of the latest technology are crucial to the survival of the coin-op sector, but Ichoosing the right technologies with which to innovate can be the toughest challenge. It would be glib, and wrong of me, to start telling you all to speculate to accumulate as you head off in your droves to the EAG International 2014. After all, only you know exactly how much budget you have and which direction you believe your investment should be heading. What I can say with some confidence, however, is that the firms showcased in the next few weeks in Coinslot and Coinslot Review have plenty of evidence - from a raft of satisfied customers - to suggest that their products and services are worthy of serious consideration for operators looking to squeeze some extra efficiency and profitability from their arcade floor. The phrase ‘cash-strapped’ gets bandied about in this publication more than most and while every new or second hand - product requires some form of investment, the initial entry cost of taking on a new system which isn’t going to find a home on your arcade floor may seem off-putting to many. In coin-op, we’ve found that the best technology and the most effective solutions are, in the main, those that work so well and provide so many and varied benefits that we’re barely aware of their existence. In other words, we only notice them on the rare occasion that they go wrong! It’s not about reinventing the reel, pardon the pun, but about honing our products and practises to maximise their potential. We’re lucky as an industry in the sense that we’re receptive to creative ideas and innovative products that utilise the latest available technology. We’re all more than aware of the threats from factors beyond our control such as online gaming, controversial legislation and home entertainment, and that making any sort of profit is tougher than ever. With that in mind, could it be worth investing in a new innovation that other operators have found that boosts their bottom line?

At the up-coming EAG show, cue sports trade association BAPTO plans to stretch the boundaries, revealing that it will be introducing revolutionary new products to its members and other visitors. APTO has attended every EAG International since the show’s launch and is keenly anticipatB ing the upcoming event. Bob Blakeborough explained:“BACTA has always encouraged us to fly the flag and we appreciate the opportunity to engage with the industry at the show.We’re looking forward to discussing the benefits that a wellrun pool operation can bring to the pub environment and the business building assistance we offer to operators.” The British Association of Pool Table Operators was established in 1975 to promote the game of pool in pubs and to negotiate favourable trading terms for its members. BAPTO’s Bob Blakeborough confirmed that the savings achieved by most BAPTO members outweigh their cost of membership. BAPTO members benefit from advice on the introduction of new rules and have access to free promotion kits. Pool is commonly recognised as one of the most profitable games in the coin-op repertoire and enjoys a wide appeal. BAPTO research indicates that over 2,000,000 people in the UK are regular pool players, with 64 per cent playing at least three times per week in their local pub or bar. Yet despite the UK being the world’s second largest pool market,the game has certainly suffered in recent years, primarily due to pub closures. Bob Blakeborough is very clear about the reasons:“In addition to pub closures, the trend toward food-led operations and the smoking ban have hit the game hard. Our members’ tables suffered a 30 per cent revenue decline after the introduction of the smoking ban alone.” “We believe that promotions will drive revenues,

especially where licensees are engaged. In addition to delivering valuable incremental revenues, pool can increase both footfall and dwell time, translating to increased bar takings. It’s important to keep pool affordable and variable pricing models have really helped with this in some pubs,” he confirmed. BAPTO has an impressive library of statistical research on the pool market and is happy to share this data. Furthermore, each year BAPTO organises a three day tournament aimed at pub teams. Categories include a five player team trophy, men’s singles, ladies singles and mixed doubles with a total prize pot of around £11,000. Blakeborough elaborated:“The Annual Tournament is a crucial part of our promotional strategy, giving bread and butter players the opportunity of playing in a meaningful competition. Pool is a game which is promotion driven.There is good media coverage of local leagues but it would be great to achieve a national sponsorship.” Blakeborough hinted that there would be new pool product launches at EAG, but didn’t disclose their exact nature:“I can reveal that one of the products is a unique new cue, specifically designed as an aid to new players.We will also be showing an entirely new cue game, played on a compact bar billiards style table.The show actually represents a great opportunity for small inventors to engage with the market.” The BAPTO stand (651) will be manned by Bob and the association’s Ken Hussey throughout the show. All existing and prospective members are invited to a drinks reception on the stand at 2pm on the second day of the show.

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ECONOMICS FSB WELCOMES DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ommenting on the UK unemployment rate reaching 7.4 per cent, John Allan, C national chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Positive trends in unemployment figures reflect what FSB members tell us. Our quarterly business index finds that small firms are optimistic about staffing levels with many expecting


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Comment Let’s not lose our core values

“If it’s as playable as this we’ll be fine”

alex lee comment s we approach the allimportant 2014 buying season, we should spare a quick thought for the likes of Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Galaga - not just for their nostalgia value, but as inspiration for new ideas, new directions and new product genres for the rest of the year.With everything that’s been going on in certain other sectors lately,coinop video games probably haven’t enjoyed the coverage they perhaps should have done, despite the knowledge that this particular market segment isn’t as big as it once was. I’m no mathematician (some would say I’m no wordsmith), but by my reckoning around 15 per cent of all coin-op machines on display at the up-coming EAG show will be either video games or simulators. Furthermore, many of the biggest and most wellrespected UK-based suppliers and distributors have a broad selection of video games and/or simulators in stock at any given time.This hasn’t always been the case. Back in 1978,Taito’s Space Invaders introduced a genre that became a pastime for millions and a lucrative source of income for those quick and bright enough to jump on the bandwagon. With all due deference to Pong, hitting a block back and forth is no match for

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saving the universe from pixellated aliens devoid of compassion.It created a new pastime, spawned thousands of copies based on its premise of joystick/fire button co-ordination and it filled cashboxes all over the UK. Since the video game explosion of the late 1970s and early 1980s, much has changed in the world, not least in this niche sector of the entertainment industry. While technology has moved on so that a single smartphone app can offer games 100 times more sophisticated than Space Invaders, the basic principles upon which the likes of Galaxians, Gorf et al won players’ hearts still apply today and it is these which can perpetuate the ‘softest’ sector of the coin-op industry, from the factory floor upwards. The intrinsic allure, core values and strengths of Defender, Robotron and the likes should apply to all coinop products, regardless of their category - entertainment, value for money, skill (and random element), competition, looks, design, durability, value for money and that vital ROI.Thankfully, the products we demand expect to see on the EAG show floor should all hit the above requirements and go some way to giving UK operators and their customers - something to cheer about.

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alex lee media watch bumper day of trade in midDecember saw more than A twice as many people as normal visit Blackpool town centre, according to the Blackpool Gazette. Eileen Ormand, manager of Blackpool Business Improvement District, told the paper that Small Businesses Saturday (December 14) saw a 114 per cent rise in people in the town centre after it joined forces with Blackpool Council to drop car park charges for the day. She said: “That is a huge difference to the actual footfall in the town centre. It’s hard to say exactly what impact Small Business Saturday has because we’re in a busy Christmas period but I know the car parks did well.” Hugh Evans, policy director at the North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The feedback we are getting is that things are busy - footfall figures in general seem to be

improving. The people we have spoken to seem to suggest it did what it was intended to do, which is not just increase footfall but also increase awareness of the town’s business sector in what is probably the most important trading period of the whole year.” However, both warned the figures so far may not show the full story and judgement should be reserved until the monthly numbers are out. Evans said: “The only slight concern we have got is we don’t know whether the footfall has been generated by excessive discounting and how much it is because people have more money in their pockets. The January sales seem to have come forward and it could mean a very good Christmas but then a fairly bleak new year.” The council and BID offered free parking on Thursday evenings in the run-up to Christmas on Talbot Road car park, while Houndshill shopping

centre did the same at its own car park. A number of shoppers said the town centre has been busy this year but suggested the free parking schemes need to be better advertised. Houndshill centre manager Debbs Lancelott said: “We are experiencing significant footfall for this time of year, particularly on late night Thursdays which ties in with the free parking initiative.” Council footfall sensors showed an increase of 8,000 people - 29 per cent - on three of the town’s busiest shopping streets during Small Business Saturday compared to the same day in 2012. Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “While the only definitive measure of the success of the campaign and the free parking offer is ultimately how businesses fared, the footfall sensors do give a positive indication the day went well and helped


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“The gambling industry has committed to bring in a number of enhanced player protection measures, including for users of fixed-odds betting terminals, such as voluntary time and monetary limits—for example, after 30 minutes of play a machine will pause. These measures will be in place by 1 March 2014. We expect the industry to implement these new measures swiftly and to monitor their effectiveness closely.” LORD GARDINER OF KIMBLE (CONSERVATIVE)

“The figures suggest that fewer people are experiencing gambling problems directly, but that there are groups of the population where the risks remain significantly greater. This puts even greater emphasis on the industry finding ways to identify people who are suffering problems or who are at risk, and intervening effectively.”

Revised regulation is necessary Lord Stevenson of Balmacara (Labour) believes that the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill should undergo crossparty amendments in order to create an improved and refined Bill.

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“It will be interesting to see the day-visitor figures for 2013 as there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that the pressure on family budgets has seen a significant switch from ‘staycations’ to ‘daycations’ this year.” KURT JANSON, LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES

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give trade a boost.” Elsewhere, councillors in the Hampshire town have voted to stamp out FOBT machines, following similar moves in other UK councils, including Liverpool, according to Coin-op Community. Across Fareham borough there are about 14 betting shops that last year saw £81m gambled on 51 of the machines, also known as fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), with players losing more than £2.5m. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has backed the borough council’s call for restrictions. Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin said the machines now account for over half of bookmakers’ profits. He said: “Fareham has decided that the high street is not the place for hard gambling, especially when these machines are so open to abuse from money launderers.” Fareham Borough Council

leader Councillor Sean Woodward said: “I acted many years ago to remove the scourge of slot machines from Fareham’s chip shops, takeaways and other premises where children could use them unsupervised. “Now we have the march into betting shops of the FOBTs, where up to £100 can be bet every 20 seconds. They are the crack cocaine of gambling. I very much hope our Government will act to bring down the stake to £2 per go.” And finally, further afield the US food and FEC chain Dave and Buster’s is planning to open at least seven new stores next year, the company said following “record-setting” third-quarter results, according to Intergame. The company’s total revenues for the period increased 8.6 per cent year-on-year to $142.3m, while store sales increased 2.4 per cent. Across all stores, food and beverage revenues rose 9.6 per

cent and amusements other revenues rose 7.6 per cent. Adjusted EBITDA was up 10 per cent at $19.8m. CEO Steve King described the company’s third-quarter as “record-setting,” and attributed much of its success to investment in a national cable television campaign and improved sports viewing areas in its stores. “Our most recent openings have gotten off to strong starts and, in doing so, demonstrate the underlying market demand for a differentiated entertainment and dining experience,” King said. “We have now opened a total of five stores this year and we are guiding to between seven and eight new stores for 2014.” He concluded: “The potential for the Dave and Buster's brand is underpenetrated relative to our current footprint and we are addressing our development opportunity in an aggressive, yet disciplined manner.”

Lord Stevenson of Balamacara politics Gambling Act 2005 was piece of legislation Tthathea major has largely stood the test of time. When the legislation was put in place, the then government said that the issues in the Bill would have to be kept under review. A number of areas have subsequently come to light, such as online gambling, which has grown exponentially over the past few years, and we accept that revised regulation is necessary. Gambling is enjoyed by more than 56 per cent of the population,and the figure rises to more than 70 per cent if the purchase of lottery tickets is included. As we said, we welcome the move to create a level playing field between the operators which have remained onshore,and those which have moved offshore,and we would like to make sure that the approach which removes the divide between them is pursued. But as Lady Howe and Lord Morrow have mentioned, we are worried about the paucity of sanctions included within the Bill, which are neither financial nor operational. Although we had a recent report from Ofcom which described the volume of television advertising and the limits on it due to the restrictions on the watershed, it is clear that there is a big loophole which needs to be looked at.This is the situation affecting games that are sports fixtures that start before 9 pm, for which advertising is allowed, and therefore which reaches not only problem gamblers but

also children.We think there is a need for an amendment in this area, and would be interested to see whether there would be support for that around the House. A number of noble Lords have picked up on problem gambling. On the one hand we have an NHS which provides support for those who have addiction problems with drink and in other areas,but does not deal specifically with gambling. In this situation we have to be careful, as we tread a difficult path between a wish to promote an industry from which people gain a great deal of pleasure, and the responsibility to protect the vulnerable. In conclusion, we welcome the Bill as far as it goes, but it needs to go much further. I hope that the Minister will recognise that this is not at heart a partisan issue, but something on which we think we could work together, because there is a need for a rethink on a number of issues. We need to consider seriously some amendment to come from all parts of the House, which would make for a good Committee stage - and from that would come an improved and refined Bill.There is good work in the 2005 Act, which is the basis on which we operate, but we want to improve it where we can, and this Bill will help us to do that.We look forward to working with the government and others in this House to create a licensing system that is the gold standard for the world.


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Enada Spring adopts three-day format “All the large licensees will attend, showing the key role of the Rimini event for the entire amusement world,”the organisers said.“As far as new slot machines are concerned, the [Italian gaming] sector is still awaiting the decree giving the go-ahead to the new generation of units, which will be considerably improved from the point of view of security.An ample reform is also planned for amusement machines, which enables the new solutions offered by the international market to also be used in Italy.” For the first time next year, Enada Spring will run parallel with the European Pinball Championship, beginning on Friday,March 21 under the cupola of Rimini Fiera’s south foyer.

n order to align itself with other international trade shows for the amusements and gaming industry, the 26th annual Enada Spring expo will take place over three days - not four - next year. The 26th annual Enada Spring exhibition is set to take place at Rimini Fiera in Rimini,Italy,on March 19-21, with 400 companies already booked to exhibit at the 40,000sq.m event. The event’s organisers said the decision to hold the event across three days - instead of the traditional four - would align Enada with other international trade shows and will allow a“finetuning” of visitor profiling in order to stimulate business relations.

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day. Access to the stream will be free for users who have registered on the FSB website. BIG HITTERS PREPARE FOR IMA 2014 ull HD devices, highquality multi-games as well as several

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concepts for the “games arcade of the future” are the topics presented at IMA 2014 by the big industry players from January 14-17. Over 150 exhibitors are expected to showcase their new products at the Messe Dusseldorf exhibition hall. Mario Hoffmeister, from domestic

gaming giant Gauselmann, stated: “Commercial gaming is gaining in popularity. More and more people are seeking entertainment with our state-of-the-art gaming machines with small stakes and moderate winnings. I am also optimistic that, in a joint effort and with the help of the

courts, we will stop the threatening legal restrictions.” He predicted: “As in television sets, tablets or smartphones, ‘full HD resolution' will also become the dominant technology in multigame devices.” Christian Arras, CEO of Lowen Entertainment,

added: “IMA 2014 offers the entire industry an excellent opportunity not only to present itself but particularly to enter into an intensive exchange of ideas.” Exhibitors with UK branches or distributors include Cashpoint, Crane Co, JCM, MEI and Suzo International.

Calendar UK EVENTS JANUARY 2014 21-23 EAG International 2014 ExCeL London London UK www.eagexpo.com

FEBRUARY 2014 4-6 ICE Totally Gaming ExCeL London UK www.icetotallygaming.com 11-13 Digital Signage Expo Sands Expo Center Las Vegas Nevada US www.digitalsignageexpo.net

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS DECEMBER 2013

JANUARY 2014 14-17 IMA 2014 Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre Düsseldorf Germany www.ima-messe.com

FEBRUARY 2014 5-7 IAAPI Bombay Exhibition Centre Goregaon India www.iaapi.org

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