How to maximise the appeal of your pub

According to a new YouGov poll of 2,000 house hunters on behalf of property website, 1 in 4 people want their new home to be within a 15-minute walk away of a good pub. They were happy for banks, schools and churches to be further away.

For landlords, this survey confirms how important pubs are to communities and it also highlights how important it is to attract people who have just moved into your area to your pub. After all, you want them to become regulars at your pub and not at a competitor’s down the road.

Judging a book by its cover

The outside of your pub is very important as you want to impress people, whether they’re driving or walking past. Make sure your outside space is clean and tidy at all times. It needs to be well-light, with smoking shelters and heaters. If your paintwork is looking drab, now is the time to consider repainting. Posters should be fresh and appealing, enticing people in with special offers and meal deals.

Consider your drinks range

Do you offer anything other pubs in your area don’t? For instance, do you have new speciality beers every month or hold craft beer events? Why not see if your current regulars have got any recommendations.

What entertainment do you offer?

As well as offering a wide selection of drink and food, you need to think about installing a pool table if you don’t have one already. They can be hired from Manco Automatics for a very reasonable price. Every time they’re used, you’ll be earning extra money and if you hold regular pool competitions you could create a real buzz in your local area.

A digital juke box is another way of generating extra income and drawing people in. Having the latest songs available (as well as classic tracks) will mean that every kind of music lover is catered for. Fans of pub quizzes will love playing on quiz machines and fruit machines might be something you want to consider too.

At the end of the day, you want your pub to offer the whole package so that it’s at the forefront of people’s minds next time they want to meet up with friends or enjoy a night out.


12-sided £1 coin problems start for slot machines

If you read the tabloids you’re likely to have seen alarmist headlines in recent days, claiming that the new 12-sided £1 coin due to enter circulation in March 2017 “won’t work in slot machines”.

Depending on your choice of newspaper, you could be forgiven for thinking we are facing a coin-operated apocalypse, with some publications seeming to say the new coins cannot be used in slot machines at all.

But this is not the case – as we have mentioned in recent weeks, many gaming machines, pool tables, juke boxes and other coin-operated equipment should just need either a software update or a replacement hardware cash slot.

It’s important to do this promptly, so that when the new 12-sided £1 coin enters circulation in March 2017, all of your gaming machines are already equipped to accept it.

Remember also to make sure they do not continue to accept the round pound as payment once it is no longer legal tender.

We are taking enquiries now on this issue – so if you have slot machines in need of attention, we will be happy to help.

Incidentally, during the last few months of the round pound, it’s worth looking out for £1 coins minted in 2016, which will be the last circular £1 coins.

Although the Royal Mint has produced round £1 coins this year, they are only available as part of collectors’ sets – and will therefore only enter circulation if one of those sets is split up and spent as ordinary currency.

This should mean very few 2016 £1 coins ever go into circulation before the new 12-sided £1 coin replaces them in March – and that could ultimately make them worth much more than their face value in the years to come.

If you have any enquiries about retrofitting your gaming machines, pub pool tables and juke boxes to support the 12-sided £1 coin, or if you still need to upgrade note slots to accept the polymer £5 note, contact us immediately to make sure your machines are not paying out on non-legal tender.

Peer approval can drive demand for slot machine hire

slot machinesIf you’re interested in slot machine hire, you might be keen to learn more about the type of person who is likely to play on your machine.

Recently published research in the academic journal International Gambling Studies sheds some light on this, based on a study of Norwegian adolescents.

The research was particularly interested in the factors that encourage people to start gambling in the first place, hence the decision to target relatively young participants.

Over 2,000 people of both genders responded to a postal questionnaire, and while their age meant most were in full-time schooling, a fifth also had part-time jobs.

The researchers found broad agreement that people should be free to decide for themselves whether they want to gamble or not, and that doing so is “not a fool’s game”.

Individuals with family and friends who approve of gambling are more likely to approve of it themselves – a case of ‘peer approval’ more than of ‘peer pressure’, and described as “the strongest correlation by far”.

The study also found men more likely to feel favourable towards gambling, along with those with more knowledge about it, and ‘sensation seekers’ such as those who would seek out an exotic holiday.

So once you arrange your own slot machine hire, you are likely to see your machine played on mostly by thrill-seeking men with past experience of gambling – which is perhaps the outcome many people might have predicted.