Bacta calls for investment in “economically depressed” coastal areas

Bacta calls for investment in “economically depressed” coastal areas

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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Five MPs attended the first Bacta Parliamentary Lunch of 2018

Bacta CEO John White stressed the need for infrastructural investment in coastal areas by highlighting that UK seaside resorts are often sustained by the income brought in by arcades.

White was speaking about the topics discussed at the recent Parliamentary Luncheon, organised by Bacta and attended by members with businesses in Wales and their constituency MPs.

He told “Our coastal resorts, often covering economically depressed areas, are in many cases sustained by the income seaside arcades attract to the town.

“Investment in coastal areas is therefore a win-win, helping to support a super Leisure offer for holiday makers and day trippers as well as thereby generating additional revenue for other businesses in the town as they spend also on food drink and other goods and services.”

The first Bacta Parliamentary luncheon of 2018 saw White joined in a co-hosting role by Bacta’s National President Gabi Stergides and Chairman of the South Wales region John Bollom, as well as two of the organisation’s Division 4 members John Stergides (Electrocoin) and Phil Burke (Astra Games).

The quintet hosted the following five Members of Parliament - Carolyn Harris (Labour: Swansea East), Gerald Jones (Labour: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney), Chris Davies (Conservative: Brecon and Radnorshire), Madeline Moon (Labour: Bridgend) and Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour: Gower).

Explaining the growing importance of these luncheons, White added: “There’s a lot of political lobbying that Bacta undertakes in partnership with its advisers to drive home the key arguments of the day and their macro impact on the industry.

“A case in point is the FOBT campaign that we ran, which was supported with such vigour by Carolyn Harris MP and parliamentary colleagues Iain Duncan Smith and Sir Peter Bottomley.”

Totally Gaming says: British seaside resorts have always been synonymous with the amusement and gaming business. However, there’s a need for considerable investment to secure a brighter future for those who live, work and play in these struggling areas. The growing influence of these luncheons, as shown by the political support for the recent anti-FOBT campaign, means that Bacta is well placed to drive this agenda.


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