Have an outstanding October with our top tips

A lot of people are going sober for October in support of Macmillan, so what can you do to entice the non-drinkers into your bar or club? We have some great ideas…

Bake off fun

The Great British Bake off is the most talked about TV show at the moment, so why not try to hold Bake Off specials on Tuesday nights? There might only be a few weeks left but your weekly event could gain momentum and could even lead to your own Bake-off charity event once the series has finished. Put Paul and Prue on the big telly, get your chef to create an exclusive sweet treats menu and wait for the Bake off fans to descend.

Live music

If you don’t have any plans to hold live music nights in October, think again. The nights are getting colder and you want to give people a reason to come out. Local battle of the band competitions are always popular but you could also try arranging a few tribute act nights. A Michael Bublé, Lionel Ritchie or Abba tribute could be a huge success and you could charge £5+ a ticket.

Juke boxes and pool

Make your pub or club THE place to go in your local area for entertainment. If you hire a pool table and a digital joke box, you’ll be giving your customers more reasons to stay in your pub or club for longer. It’ll encourage people to chat who mightn’t have chatted otherwise, helping to create a warm, friendly vibe. If you set up a pool league, you could inject some friendly competition and see people making repeat visits 2 or more times a week.
To discuss hiring a pool table and/or juke box, please give us a call on 0161 870 7777 or fill in our contact form.

Charity night

Children In Need have just launched their campaign for 2018 and although the Children In Need night isn’t until November, there’s nothing stopping your running a few events and starting collecting now. You might decide to fill a bath with beans, have a sponsored head shave… get your thinking caps on (and discuss with your regulars). Your local paper might be willing to cover any activity you do and the extra publicity could be just what you need (and you’ll be raising money for worthy causes at the same time.

If there is a charity that is close to your heart, perhaps a local charity, you could opt to run a charity night in their honour instead.

Labour pledge ban on credit card gambling

Following a year-long consultation, Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has announced a number of measures that aim to reduce the risks of problem gambling, including:

• A ban on credit card gambling.
• A ban on advertising during live sports events.
• New rules so gamblers can block gambling transactions on their debit cards.
• A 1% industry levy to fund research into problem gambling.
• New NHS guidelines on gambling addiction and mental health.

The first three of these represent the most direct changes for gamblers themselves, while the last two affect how problem gambling is addressed when it occurs.

So what are the implications of a ban on credit card gambling, an opt-out from debit card gambling by asking your bank, and a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on gambling adverts during sporting events?

Putting right the 2005 Gambling Act

Some of the measures to restrict the gambling industry just restore the controls that were relaxed by the 2005 Gambling Act, introduced under Tony Blair’s Labour government.

The 2005 Gambling Act:

• Allowed gambling adverts on television and radio.
• Proposed the creation of eight super casinos in the UK.
• Introduced the limit of four FOBTs per betting shop.
• Removed ‘no purchase necessary’ clauses from product promotions.

In a sense, some of what is now being proposed appears to be a way to make amends, albeit 13 years later and at a time when Labour are not in government.

‘Bet in play’ gambling ads

Much gambling advertising during live sporting events is for ‘bet in play’ markets and features live odds – putting pressure on punters to place their stakes within seconds.

It’s impossible to target adults only when it is clear that many teenagers and even children will be watching their sporting heroes, making a ban on gambling ads in live sports broadcasts a sensible precaution.

There would naturally be a loss of advertising revenue, but the net benefits are overwhelming – we should be encouraging young people to take up sports, not take up betting on sports.

Gambling on credit cards

Finally, it is hard to object to a ban on credit card gambling. Credit cards by definition spend money that you do not already have – if it is your own money, you can use a debit card instead.

It should be as difficult as possible to run up problem debts while gambling, yet credit card gambling is easy and attracts high interest rates.

By comparison, there are good reasons not to restrict sensible debit card gambling, which only spends money you already have – and which Labour are proposing cardholders should be able to block by asking their banks.

This option would ensure that cardholders are in control of whether their debit card can be used for gambling transactions, which could ultimately allow card readers to be included in a wider variety of gaming machines.

At a time when more and more people head out to the pub with no cash in their pocket, only a debit card, this makes good sense to allow the industry to keep up with society’s preferences as to how they spend their money.