Bacta, ALMR and BBPA agree pub summit programme

Bacta, ALMR and BBPA agree pub summit programme

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Posted by James Walker
John White: ‘The businesses and jobs of many Bacta members are linked directly to the health of the pub sector’

Bacta, the UK gaming and amusement industry trade association, has agreed a programme of quarterly meetings with the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

The tripartite meetings will provide an opportunity for machine operators and representatives from the on-trade to discuss issues facing gaming and amusements equipment in the pub sector, including how to appeal to Millennials, legislation impacting the sector and the opportunities that exist to add value to the machine sector through the use of new technologies that are being deployed by games manufacturers.

“Following a successful pilot meeting with the ALMR and the BBPA, I am delighted that we have agreed a regular programme,” said Bacta chief executive, John White.

“The latest industry data calculated by PricewaterhouseCoopers, showed there are circa 107,000 gaming and amusements machines sited in UK pubs, and the businesses and jobs of many Bacta members are linked directly to the health of the pub sector.

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers is the voice of more than 90% of managed pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes across the UK. The British Beer and Pub Association is the country’s leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies.

“Machines remain a valuable income stream for many pubs,” said BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds. “This will be a useful forum for working in partnership with Bacta and ALMR to consider issues affecting machines in pubs, and we look forward to working with them.”

The pub summit programme has been announced as Bacta continues to push for a reduction on the stake of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in UK bookmakers.

“It is crucial that Bacta sees both a substantial reduction on the stake on FOBTs and a positive response to our request for changes to existing stake and prize levels on gaming machines across the board,” White told TotallyGaming.com last month.

Totally Gaming says: Although the UK pub closure rate is declining, the industry continues to battle against high taxes and increased competition from other leisure operators. The tripartite meetings between Bacta, ALMR and BBPA will bring together some of the industry’s leading voices, all of which are campaigning for the long-term prosperity of British pubs.

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