We’re all familiar with pub fruit machines, but you might not realise that you can hire a fruit machine for a social club, members club, or any other kind of club for that matter.
Many people also don’t realise that because you only allow members onto your premises, the rules that apply to social club fruit machines are not so restrictive.
Because of this, and the other reasons we’ll look at below, hiring social club and members club fruit machines can be a great idea to keep guests entertained and bring in extra revenue.
Rules on social club fruit machines
You can have the following members club fruit machines on your premises:
- One B3a fruit machine with jackpot up to £500
- Up to three B4 fruit machines with jackpots up to £400
There’s a limit of three machines in total either way – so if you choose to install a category B3a fruit machine on your premises, it must substitute for one of your B4 fruit machines if you already have three of those.
What will it cost upfront?
You might be surprised to learn that you can potentially install a hired fruit machine in a social club at zero upfront cost.
Manco Automatics have members club fruit machines to hire on profit share agreements – that means rather than paying a fixed rental fee for the machine, you share a percentage of any profit with us.
That means you should always come out in profit overall, and all of our hired fruit machines include ongoing maintenance as and when it is needed, again at no cost to you.
Do I pay VAT on takings?
There is no VAT on the takings from gaming machines – this was replaced in 2013 by Machine Games Duty, which must still be paid.
For clients on profit share agreements, you pay VAT to Manco Automatics on our share of the profits; however, because the vast majority of private clubs fall below the de minimis threshold for VAT, you should be able to reclaim the tax paid on this portion.
Putting you in control
We believe in giving you control over how much money you make from your hired fruit machines – so we offer a free consultation to decide the best fruit machines for social clubs like yours, from the branding right through to the stakes and jackpot payout.
Our rental fruit machines can even be equipped with note feeders, allowing your members to stake using the new polymer banknotes and making sure they don’t take all the £1 coins from your till!