Is your Student Union making the grade?

Is your Student Union making the grade?

When students are deciding which university they want to go to, it’s not just the courses and grades they look at. They want to experience the best of student life, and the Student Union has a big part to play.

Every year, the University Review Website Student Crowd names the top Student Union in the UK. This year, 7,849 students rated their own Student Union experience out of five stars, helping to name the top 20 student unions.

The Top 5 Student Unions for 2018 were:

Loughborough University – 4.88 stars

University of Sheffield – 4.82 stars

University of Dundee – 4.75 stars

University of Leeds – 4.60 stars

Cardiff University – 4.48 stars

How to boost your chances for next year

Loughborough University SU must be delighted to have topped the table but they, and all the SUs in the list will have to keep thinking of innovative ways to keep their students happy. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are our top tips…

  • Pool tables

Whether you place a couple in the bar area or in the SU coffee shop/chill out room, pool tables can be a great addition. They can help make the SU even more of a meeting place as friendships are made over the pool table. A weekly or monthly competition could be just the ticket, especially if you have a leaders board on display, pitting different courses against each other.

Renting a table could cost less than you think and there are so many colour schemes and designs to choose from when you rent from Manco Automatics.

  • Music

Students love music, whether it’s a live band playing or a digital jukebox. They want to be given the choice of choosing the music they’re listening to – so let them, by installing a digital jukebox. It will cater for the wide spectrum of music tastes as it has thousands of tracks in its library. Digital jukeboxes can be hired too, for less than you ever imagined a week.

  • Fruit machines

A way of entertaining students and earning some extra revenue for your SU. You could put one by your bar or in the corridor outside your club area, for students to have a go while they’re waiting to go inside.

Let’s have a chat

We’ve got loads more ideas. To chat to us about how we can help you make your SU the place to be, give us a ring on 0161 870 7777 or fill in our enquiry form.

Five types of entertainment machine to add profit and pleasure to your premises

We all want to be entertained on a night out, but if you’re a club owner or pub manager, how do you decide between all the different types of on-premises entertainment machines that are out there?

Here are the five main types of entertainment machines for pubs and clubs provided by Manco, and a look at how each differs from the others.

 

Pub fruit machines

 

Pub fruit machines are all about entertainment value, with plenty of features and extended gameplay, along with reasonable jackpots that can realistically be won.

With note feeders, they can accept relatively large stakes, but the features and theming help to make sure that there’s still plenty of enjoyment for the player during longer sessions.

Thanks to our profit-share arrangements, pub fruit machines can be installed without a rental outlay for you as the host venue, and we simply split any earnings in line with the terms of the agreement.

 

Pull tab machines

 

Elite pull tab machines offer an alternative for instant win gratification and the prospect of cash prizes with a variety of stake levels.

Multi-column pull tab machines can be configured with individual ticket prices for each column and again are available with banknote validators for higher stakes and multiple purchases.

 

Quiz machines

 

Quiz machines are a great social option, allowing groups of players to crowd around and chip in answers or pool their knowledge, and again offer prolonged gameplay with a fairly small initial stake for the customer.

Because it takes skill to win – including having the necessary knowledge to correctly answer quiz questions – these are classified as ‘skill with prizes’ machines rather than as games of chance.

Networked machines also allow you to join up with nationwide scoreboards and tournaments, or install new updates, question packs and entirely new game titles via an internet connection.

 

Pub pool tables

 

Pub pool tables are a good way to provide entertainment without the gambling element, as there is no expectation of a cash prize when customers start a game, which in turn means no payouts to offset against your profits.

A pub pool table is another excellent social option for clubs, whether for individual players to go head-to-head, or for larger groups to play doubles or take it in turns – and the pool table in any reasonably popular venue is rarely left out of use for long.

 

Jukeboxes

 

Finally, jukeboxes again offer a different form of entertainment value, without any cash prizes to pay out, by putting your customers in control of the music they hear while in your pub, club or other venue.

It’s a good way to keep people engaged in their own entertainment and can help to retain customers for longer while they wait for their song to come on, in addition to the direct profit made by their payment for each song credit upfront.

Is your Student Union making the grade?

When students are deciding which university they want to go to, it’s not just the courses and grades they look at. They want to experience the best of student life, and the Student Union has a big part to play.
Every year, the University Review Website Student Crowd names the top Student Union in the UK. This year, 7,849 students rated their own Student Union experience out of five stars, helping to name the top 20 student unions.
The Top 5 Student Unions for 2018 were:

Loughborough University – 4.88 stars
University of Sheffield – 4.82 stars
University of Dundee – 4.75 stars
University of Leeds – 4.60 stars
Cardiff University – 4.48 stars

How to boost your chances for next year

Loughborough University SU must be delighted to have topped the table but they, and all the SUs in the list will have to keep thinking of innovative ways to keep their students happy. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are our top tips…

Pool tables

Whether you place a couple in the bar area or in the SU coffee shop/chill out room, pool tables can be a great addition. They can help make the SU even more of a meeting place as friendships are made over the pool table. A weekly or monthly competition could be just the ticket, especially if you have a leaders board on display, pitting different courses against each other.

Renting a table could cost less than you think and there are so many colour schemes and designs to choose from when you rent from Manco Automatics.

Music

Students love music, whether it’s a live band playing or a digital jukebox. They want to be given the choice of choosing the music they’re listening to – so let them, by installing a digital jukebox. It will cater for the wide spectrum of music tastes as it has thousands of tracks in its library. Digital jukeboxes can be hired too, for less than you think.

Fruit machines

A way of entertaining students and earning some extra revenue for your SU. You could put one by your bar or in the corridor outside your club area, for students to have a go while they’re waiting to go inside.
Let’s have a chat

We’ve got loads more ideas. To chat to us about how we can help you make your SU the place to be, give us a ring on 0161 870 7777 or fill in our enquiry form.

Alternatives to FOBTs for profit and pleasure alike

As the net continues to close on high-stakes fixed-odds betting terminals, which have been linked with heavy losses in short amounts of time, and an increased risk of problem gambling, what are the alternatives to FOBTs for venues that want to turn a profit, but still provide customers with a pleasurable experience?

Here are five alternatives to FOBTs that can still bring in the stakes, while giving your customers a range of different entertainment experiences and potentially the chance of a cash payout too.

Pub fruit machines

Pub fruit machines are all about entertainment value, with plenty of features and extended gameplay, along with reasonable jackpots that can realistically be won.

With note feeders, they can accept relatively large stakes, but they do not have the negative perception that is associated with FOBTs, or the rapid-fire gameplay that can lead to huge losses in a matter of minutes.

Thanks to our profit-share arrangements, pub fruit machines can be installed without a rental outlay for you as the host venue, and we simply split any earnings in line with the terms of the agreement.

Pull tab machines

Elite pull tab machines offer an alternative for instant win gratification and the prospect of cash prizes with a variety of stake levels.

Multi-column pull tab machines can be configured with individual ticket prices for each column and again are available with banknote validators for higher stakes and multiple purchases.

Quiz machines

Quiz machines are a great social option, allowing groups of players to crowd around and chip in answers or pool their knowledge, and again offer prolonged gameplay with a fairly small initial stake for the customer.

Because it takes skill to win – including having the necessary knowledge to correctly answer quiz questions – these are classified as ‘skill with prizes’ machines rather than as games of chance, and networked machines can allow you to join up with nationwide scoreboards and tournaments, or install new updates, question packs and entirely new game titles via an internet connection.

Pub pool tables

Pub pool tables are a good way to provide entertainment without the gambling element, as there is no expectation of a cash prize when customers start a game, which in turn means no payouts to offset against your profits.

A pub pool table is another excellent social option, whether for individual players to go head-to-head, or for larger groups to play doubles or take it in turns – and the pool table in any reasonably popular venue is rarely left out of use for long.

Jukeboxes

Finally, jukeboxes again offer a different form of entertainment value, without any cash prizes to pay out, by putting your customers in control of the music they hear while in your pub, club or other venue.

It’s a good way to keep people engaged in their own entertainment and can help to retain customers for longer while they wait for their song to come on, in addition to the direct profit made by their payment for each song credit upfront.

Fairer Gambling founder wins ‘safe bet’ against US FOBT manufacturer

The latest development in the campaign against FOBT machines in the UK came from an unlikely location – around 3,000 miles away, in fact.

Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, which has been working to ban high stakes fixed-odds betting terminals (or FOBTs) in the UK, took legal action in the US against one of the manufacturers of the machines.

SG Gaming is one of only two FOBT manufacturers who supply the UK market, but the court case related to its parent company, Scientific Games, which also manufactures card shuffling machines for casinos.

What was the dispute?

The circumstances of the case date back to 2012 when ShuffleMaster, a manufacturer of casino card shuffling devices, brought a lawsuit against a competitor, Shuffle Tech, for infringement of patents.

ShuffleMaster was later acquired by Bally’s Gaming, which in turn was acquired by Scientific Games, making them the defendant in the recent legal action.

Mr Webb served as a source of funding for the claimants and as a consultant on the trial, which ended with Scientific Games being fined over $100 million for anti-competitive practices.

Because of US rules relating to court cases that preserve healthy market competition, this amount was tripled with some court fees also paid back to the claimants – totalling around $325 million in all.

‘A safe bet’

Speaking to the Guardian, Mr Webb admitted that the financial opportunity was part of the reason for bringing the case in the first place.

“It was an investment, it was a bet, to the extent that I knew I’d got the best of it and knew the other player was a weak player and our hand was stronger,” he explained.

His share of the payout is likely to go in part towards funding the UK campaign against FOBTs, which are supplied to the UK only by SG Gaming and one other manufacturer.

But Mr Webb and the Campaign for Fairer Gambling have faced criticism from UK bookmakers, who claim that the Campaign is working to protect the profitability of UK casinos, rather than in the best interests of gamblers.

Closer to home

Meanwhile, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling continues its claim against Malcolm George, CEO of the Association of British Bookmakers, for libel damages following a debate on Channel 4 News.

After the debate, Mr George allegedly made statements about the Campaign’s Matt Zarb-Cousin that have been the subject of a libel claim since November 2017.

In July 2018 a ruling at the High Court determined that the comments had seriously damaged Mr Zarb-Cousin’s reputation and went beyond the acceptable limits of personal opinion, allowing the case to proceed to trial at a later date.

Commenting on that case in the Guardian, Mr Webb said: “It is evil of them to make this assertion [that the Campaign has commercial motives]. It’s dog whistle code for saying there is something wrong with the Campaign.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/09/man-behind-fobt-curb-wins-case-against-machine-manufacturer
https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/culture/opinion/campaign-fairer-gambling/97495/parent-company-fobt-supplier-loses-over-315

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