Plastic £5 notes trigger the time of change for slot machines

The new polymer £5 note has entered circulation, and marks the beginning of a five-year period of change for British currency and for slot machines whether they accept only coins, or both coins and notes.

Paper £5 notes cease to be legal tender in May 2017, so you will need to ensure your machines are up-to-date before that time.

£10 notes make the change in 2017 too, with £20 notes due to be plastic by 2020, so you need to make sure your fruit machines can be upgraded again – ideally with software updates rather than further hardware replacements.

And in 2017 when the £1 coin switches from its circular shape to an uneven 12-sided design, it will raise challenges of its own.

We are already working hard to upgrade slot machine coin slots where we can, and again this may mean a software upgrade, or a hardware replacement for fruit machines with older coin slots.

Only a few gaming machines cannot support the new coin or notes, but if this is the case we can supply more modern alternative machines as needed – the same goes for quiz machines and pool tables.

We are keen to use this five-year period as an opportunity to remove the oldest machines, and make sure all of our customers have more future-proof modern gaming machines that can be updated using software patches rather than further hardware replacements in future.

As mentioned, it is crucial to make sure your slot machines don’t still accept a particular note or coin after it has ceased to be legal tender – as while new notes with a very low serial number are selling for anywhere between £200 and £50,000, old paper notes won’t be as useful from May 2017 onwards.

Top five updates your venue will need to get winter ready

The run-up to Christmas is going to be hectic so make sure you’re prepared. Your tills will be ringing and you’ll have the opportunity to increase your takings tenfold, but only if you consider what your customers want.

Here are the top 5 venue updates you’ll need this winter:

  1. A smoking shelter

Your smoking shelter should offer protection from the elements and be big enough for several people to use it at the same time. No one wants to get soaked to the skin if it starts to rain. You might want to get some de-icing salt so you can create a safe route to and from the shelter if it gets icy.

  1. A juke box

You want your venue to be buzzing, even midweek and one way to do this is by having a juke box so people can choose their favourite tunes. Hire one today.  To find out more, click here >

  1. Outdoor heaters

It’s amazing the difference outdoor heaters can make. You want to maximise your available space so let people enjoy themselves on your patio/garden area even on cold nights by having heaters. This can drastically increase your capacity and stop people from going elsewhere if your inside space seems too crowded when they first arrive.

  1. Pool tables

Having pool tables can draw in new customers, entertain your regulars and boost your income. You can hire pool tables in a wide range of different colours and set the coin validators to a price of play of your choosing. To find out more, click here >

  1. Extra fridges

If you have space, you should consider installing some extra fridges for displaying bottles or extra shelves. You don’t have to keep having to go to the cellar to restock on busy nights, you want everything close to hand.

Manco Automatics can help

Want more ways to make your venue as profitable as possible this winter? Give Manco Automatics a call on 0161 870 7777. We are the people to speak to if you want to hire jukeboxes, pool tables, quiz machines, fruit machines or pull tabs.