Tag Archives: John White

Bacta trials new measures on ‘category D’ fruit machines

Bacta the UK trade association for amusement/arcade sector stakeholders has moved to update its ‘code of- conduct’ and further trial new safety measures on ‘category D’ machines. The directive follows the conclusion of Bacta’s ‘general meeting’ on 9 July, in which associate members discussed new provisions to be sanctioned on category D fruit machines. Bacta members have agreed to evaluate …

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Bacta launches campaign to ‘re-energise British seaside communities’

Bacta, the trade association for the UK amusement/arcade sector, has launched its ‘Siding with the Seaside’ campaign to ‘re-energise Britain’s coastal communities, who in recent years have faced increasingly challenging economic conditions’. The campaign sees Bacta champion coastal communities, by driving greater awareness of the unique business and economic challenges faced by British coastal towns. Bacta governance highlights that at …

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APBGG: There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to tackling problem gambling

Industry figureheads and wider health and education stakeholders addressed the issue of whether ‘the gambling  industry is giving players enough control?’ – at the latest meeting of the Parliamentary All Party Betting and Gaming Group  –APBGG – (7 May 2019). The subject matter was discussed by Sarah Hanratty, Chief Executive Officer at the Senet Group; Damon De Ionno, Managing Director …

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Bacta keeps its copper coins

The British Amusement Catering Trade Association (Bacta) has welcomed the decision by the UK Treasury not to remove any coins or notes from circulation. Last March, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond called for the reassessment of UK Currency’s ‘lowest denominations’, focusing on whether 1p and 2p coins had become ‘obsolete’. Acting on behalf of British amusement interests, Bacta …

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bacta underlines responsibility commitment in updated charter & code

bacta – the trade association for UK amusement and gaming machine industry stakeholders has moved to update its social responsibility charter and code of practice. Seeking to develop its strongest responsibility code, starting this month bacta will demand that all its 490 members abide by ‘thirteen pledges’ on principals relating to player protections, staff training, premises maintenance and age verification. Supporting …

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UK Government confirms FOBTs April 2019 cut

The UK government has confirmed this afternoon that it will bring forward its planned FOBTs £2 machine wagering reduction from October to April 2019. UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has announced the government’s policy U-turn on the contentious issue of FOBTs wagering which has divided government departments. The 2018 Budget announcement on 29 October, saw the UK treasury criticised for failing to …

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Bookmakers could be set for substantial FOBT payout

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have returned to the news once again, after a first-tier tribunal found in the favour of bookmakers, which could potentially see them rake in a billion pounds in paid VAT from 2005 to 2013. The original decision by the tribunal deemed that Category B2 games should have been VAT exempt from 2005 to 2013, after …

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Bacta members to voice B2 outrage in Treasury meeting

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Bacta has detailed that its members are to convey industry outrage over a proposed delay in implementing the £2 stake on FOBTs (fixed odds betting terminals), at a Treasury meeting next week. The meeting, which is set to be held at The Treasury on Wednesday 25 July, will see a senior delegation of figures from the UK trade association, including …

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John White – Bacta – UK government has not ‘shelved’ FOBTs review

Bacta Chief Executive John White has reassured members that contrary to recent speculation, the review of FOBT stakes has not been shelved and is encouraging Chancellor Philip Hammond to take a ‘holistic view’ of the broad and powerful economic benefits contained within the association’s triennial submission. Commenting on last week’s FOBTs story which appeared in the Daily Mail, stating that …

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Talarius rejoins BACTA

Talarius, the UK’s largest operator of Adult Gaming Centres (AGCs), announced that it will be rejoining BACTA, citing the UK trade body for the amusements and leisure sector’s recent change in leadership. The company stepped down from BACTA in April last year, however, with the recent appointment of John White as BACTA’s new Chief Executive, Talarius will once again become …

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