Get ready for the New Year with Manco Automatics

This year has been probably the most difficult ever for many businesses in the hospitality sector, but the New Year holds the promise of a brighter future as the COVID-19 vaccines reach an ever-increasing proportion of the UK and global population.

As we look ahead to 2021, it’s time to be both optimistic and realistic, and to prepare to make the most of new opportunities that emerge over the coming 12 months.

It’s still hard to know exactly what will happen, but in a year’s time the hospitality sector should be in a much stronger position – so let’s all do the groundwork now to help make sure that happens.

Stay safe and clean

The pandemic has heightened customer awareness of cleanliness and hygiene, so make these a hallmark of your operations for the future.

You can carry out simple tasks like cleaning quiz machine screens and giving pub fruit machines a wipe down regularly – even during opening hours so punters can see your staff doing it.

Most coin-op machines are built of materials that are easy to clean, especially if you do so regularly, so this can become a real selling point for the foreseeable future.

Add more entertainment

For a lot of people, the overriding emotion of 2020 has been boredom. Extraverts have faced being furloughed from work and banned from seeing family and friends.

Once restrictions are lifted, we’re likely to see a lot more people taking advantage of local amenities and looking for ways to stay entertained while they’re out for the evening.

Add as many options as possible to your premises. Pub fruit machines, quiz machines and pool tables are the obvious, but take a look at our instant-win pull tab machines too.

Put your jukebox to work

A modern digital pub jukebox does a lot, lot more than just play music – it can be the heart of your weekly entertainment schedule.

Download the latest chart releases, complete with music videos, and link to speakers and screens around your premises so punters can enjoy their chosen songs no matter where they are sat.

Your jukebox and screens can also display adverts for any upcoming sports fixtures – another thing many people have missed during lockdown – to draw in more of a crowd for live events.

Finally, a digital pub jukebox can play automated pub quizzes and bingo, so you can schedule even more entertainment throughout the week.

Let’s make 2021 count

We’ve all got a lot of living to do, to catch up on missed opportunities during this difficult year, so let’s make 2021 the best it can be, whatever happens.

Until then, we all at Manco Automatics would like to wish our customers a very merry Christmas, health and prosperity for the New Year.

Add a pool table to your holiday home or cottage

Many people would love to have a pool table at home, but it’s not always possible to devote the space to a proper pub pool table in your own home.

But putting a pool table in a holiday home or cottage makes a lot of sense, whether for your own enjoyment or for the entertainment of paying guests.

A pub pool table can be the centrepiece of a games room and makes a real selling point when taking bookings from families and groups like stag parties.

Reasons to put a pool table in a holiday home

There are lots of different reasons to put a pool table in a holiday home:

  • Attract families and larger group bookings
  • Create on-site entertainment in remote locations
  • Use a holiday cottage as an employee perk

It’s a list that goes on and on, but already you can see the broad appeal that comes with having a pool table right there in your holiday home.

This not only increases your chances of taking bookings if you rent out your holiday cottage, but also potentially allows you to raise your rent.

Promote your pool table

If you decide to install a pool table in your holiday home, make sure you mention it in your listing on booking sites.

Leading booking sites like Holiday Cottage Compare even allow users to filter their search to only show properties with a games room or pool table – so having one in place will help you to make the cut.

With the option of fixed monthly rental fees when you hire a pool table from Manco Automatics, you know exactly what your expenses will be and can set the pool table to free vend if you wish, rather than asking guests to pay per game.

Remember the consumables

Once your holiday home pool table is in place, make sure you check on the consumables, including the condition of the cues and tips, and how much chalk you have left.

At Manco Automatics we include many of the consumable items at no additional cost, so if you’d like to know more about how we can keep your holiday cottage pool table fully stocked with everything you need, just ask.

Pool tables are a great option in all kinds of entertainment spaces, from holiday homes to staff rooms and university common rooms – if you have any of these or a similar location to fit out, give Manco a call on 0161 870 7777 and we’ll be happy to help.