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The ‘staycation’ factor – impact of Brexit, local politics, domestic tourism and coastal regeneration on family entertainment centres (FEC).

It would be churlish of me not to acknowledge the positive prevailing winds currently blowing the FEC business merrily along. But equally I am a great believer in ‘99% perspiration and 1% inspiration’, and all of our  FEC teams have worked exceptionally  hard to continue developing our offer and with it the all-important customer experience. […]

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Phenomenon of the so called ‘staycation’ is working well for The Fabulous Showboat business.

I’m pleased to report The Fabulous Showboat business has achieved very encouraging results over the last year. The UK tourist industry generally is being positively affected by a strong Euro which is making more people rediscover the fantastic British coast line through the phenomenon of the so called ‘staycation’. I think when circumstances, such as currency […]

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Cash may still be King but with Contactless being the heir apparent – where does that leave gaming?

A report by Payments UK has crystallised what many of us will already know through our own spending behaviour and that is, cash is living on borrowed time and within a generation could well be the preserve of just a cautious and conservative minority of ‘flat worlders.’ Consider the facts, researched and presented by this […]

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I am sure that everyone has certain dates in their mind that they will never forget, e.g. wedding (divorce!), births, Elvis dying etc etc.

Well, the one date that I shan’t be forgetting (in addition to all the aforementioned of course…) is 12th April 2016 as it was the day that we presented our 100th Wheelchair to a super little girl called Faye who suffers from CP. We did this at Portcullis House along with Linda Lindsay of the […]

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The absence of a Triennial Review is undermining the status of a product genre much loved by the family.

Clearly the starting point for any observer of the amusements industry should be to ask why on earth Cranes should be classified as a ‘gaming’ product?  The fact that they are is one of those crazy anomalies which defies sensible analysis.  Equally counter intuitive and, in my opinion, equally damaging is the failure of our […]

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ICE Recap

What a fabulous show last week at ICE (at the risk of being repetitive) was a great show, took up all of Excel and even spilled over into the docks with the appearance of a ‘Mega Yacht’ courtesy of Microgaming (it looked more like an office block than a boat!). I feel sure that most […]

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