Last call to prepare note slots for the polymer £10

Time is running out for the paper £10 note, which ceases to be legal tender at 11:59pm on Thursday March 1st 2018.

You should hopefully have already had any note slots on your fruit machines and gaming machines adapted to accept the new polymer £10 note since it entered circulation last September.

But with the paper £10 still in many people’s wallets and purses in the months since then, you may have opted to accept both versions until now.

It is time to put a stop to that – for obvious reasons.

After March 1st 2018, the paper £10 will no longer be legal tender in the UK, and the only place that will be obliged to exchange them for the polymer replacement will be the Bank of England itself.

That means that if you have note slots that currently still accept the paper £10, you could face a situation where somebody wins a big payout using money that is not actually legal tender.

While the Bank of England will still exchange the old notes, you would most likely face a trip to London to get them changed – which might prove to be false economy if you end up with a relatively small number of paper notes.

It’s easy to update gaming machines and fruit machines to stop them from taking the paper £10 note, especially if you’ve already had them upgraded to accept polymer £5 and £10 notes in recent years.

Assuming the machine is compatible with polymer £5 notes and has already been adjusted to reject paper £5 notes, it should be perfectly possible to do the same for £10 notes too.

In many cases it’s just a software update that is required, and by this stage the only hardware replacements that might be needed should be for machines that have not yet been adapted for polymer banknotes at all.

Incidentally, if you do still have gaming machines on your premises that have never been adapted for polymer notes, it is even more important to get them upgraded for the new currency, as the old paper £5 is already well out of circulation.

As always, the days immediately around the changeover date will be the busiest as businesses call in the engineers at the last minute – and it’s reasonable to want to accept paper £10 notes right up to the deadline.

The sooner you can get an engineer visit booked in, the better it will be, and if there are any February slots still available by the time you book, it’s smart to get paper notes deactivated while you still have time to get any last takings paid into the bank before March 1st.


Easter Will Be Here Before You Know It

It’s not too early to start thinking about Easter and getting prepped for the bank holidays. This year, Easter is early with Good Friday on the 30th March, Easter Sunday on the 1st April and bank holiday Monday on the 2nd April.

Something for the whole family

When the kids are off over Easter you have the opportunity to run some family events. Easter egg hunts are always popular, why not hide laminated Easter egg cards around your beer garden and reward any children who go on the hunt with a chocolate egg at the end? Alternatively, you could hide lots of real chocolate eggs but this could work out more expensive and a couple of older kids could end up snaffling all of them, leaving younger ones disappointed. You could have a hunt on more than one day to increase trade, parents might appreciate something to do mid-week and may even stop for lunch/a cheeky half.

An Easter fun day could go down a treat with everyone, you could have an egg hunt, egg and spoon race, bouncy castle (if space allows), family quiz and pool competition. If you don’t have a pool table already you could order one from Manco Automatics. Renting a pool table or two could cost less you think and can be a real asset to your pub or club. You may find that there’s demand for it long-term and it could help keep your tills ringing.

Think about the music

To make your pub or club the go-to destination over the bank holiday weekend, consider having live music. It can really draw in the crowds and get people buzzing. You could have one band or act on, or consider having a mini-Battle of the Bands competition. If you turn it into a charity performance, you could raise some vital funds for a worthy cause. Why not ask your regulars what they think?

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