What is the Gambling Commission and why is Manco part of it?

The Gambling Commission is the regulatory body for UK gambling activities, which includes everything from bingo halls to bookmakers, and some categories of gaming machines like those supplied by Manco Automatics Ltd.

In order to be allowed to supply gaming machines legally, companies must be licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission – and you’ll be glad to hear Manco Automatics Ltd are fully licensed as required.

You can check this on the Gambling Commission website: click the ‘Find licensees’ tab at the top-right, and then click the link to ‘use the operator search to find licensees’.

Type ‘Manco’ in the licensee name box and click ‘Search’ to see our record, complete with our head office address, Gambling Commission reference number, and our licensed activities (a non-remote technical supplier of gaming machines).

You’ll see that our reference matches the full Gambling Commission licence number displayed on our website: 000-005661-D-101615-002.

Why does this matter? Well, the Gambling Commission has several key functions, including making sure that gambling in the UK is fair and takes place ‘in the open’.

Regulation also helps to make sure that vulnerable individuals and children are protected from harm, and keeps crime out of the UK gambling sector.

A licensed operator that fails to protect vulnerable people is likely to find their licence revoked very quickly, while any sanctions imposed on licensees are also displayed as part of their record on the Gambling Commission website.

More importantly though, if a gaming machine supplier is not licensed by the Gambling Commission, it is likely that they are breaking the law by providing equipment for your premises, which potentially leaves you at risk of legal action too.

In such circumstances, you should inform the Gambling Commission immediately – and then contact Manco Automatics Ltd to enquire about ordering replacement gaming machines that are fully legal, licensed and regulated.

Getting ready for party season

Now is the time to start thinking about how you can make your venue stand out from the crowd this party season. People are already getting excited about Christmas, thanks in part to Christmas decorations, mince pies and tins of chocolates already being in the shops. Before then though, you’ve got Halloween and Bonfire night to plan for.

Digital juke boxes

Every good party needs music to sing along and dance to. Trying to cater for everyone’s tastes can be tricky if you’re relying on just a CD behind your bar but if you have an attractive digital juke box in one corner, your customers will be able to pick their own tracks. You can choose whether to profit share or rent.


Get out your decorations from last year and bin any that are damaged or look like they’ve seen better days. It’s worth investing in some good quality decorations that will last you many years. Think about your windows, you want them to entice people passing to come inside. Lightening is very important as it helps create the right atmosphere.

Safety considerations

If you’re going to be holding a bonfire and firework display, then you’ll need to think about safety and let the relevant authorities know as soon as possible. Click here to find out more >


Does your current layout need rethinking for the party season? Would moving some tables and stools create more space that you could put to better use? Perhaps you could introduce a pool table or two, pull tab machines and/or fruit machines? Not only would your customers like them but they should help generate more income too. If you already have some, maybe now is the time to get them serviced as you don’t want them to breakdown in the run-up to Christmas.


Will you need to hire more staff for the party season? Perhaps now is the time to start recruiting so you can make sure they’re up to speed by the time things get busy. You might also want to think about ways your staff can compliment your décor. Perhaps they could wear Christmas jumpers or t-shirts?

Get help

To find out how you can make the most of your available space and improve your profitability, give Manco Automatics a call on 0161 870 7777. You can hire or buy jukeboxes, fruit machines, pool tables, quiz machines and pull tabs. We also offer a maintenance service.