he meeting, which was attended by hosts Praesepe, as well as representatives from Shipley's, Les Rigby Leisure, George Irvin Amusements, Welcome Break, Moto and Road Chef, highlighted the danger of manufacturers launching their own versions of TITO into the market.
Nick Harding CEO of Praesepe explained: "At our meeting of Wednesday 7th March we agreed to lobby manufacturers to work on this from the basis of a common protocol as opposed to companies adopting a unilateral approach to what is an important issue for the industry at large. It's vital that operators are able to use one form of TITO at each venue which will be far more cost effective, and, we feel, less confusing to the player. The Forum will be writing to all manufacturers urging the introduction of a coordinated approach and making ourselves available to assist in that process."
Reflecting on the success of the first meeting Nick Harding said: "The AGC Forum is all about working to achieve positive outcomes to the practical issues impacting our sector. We were all very pleased at the attendance at our first meeting which included very senior representatives from companies operating some 400 AGC venues, a figure which comprises 40% of the UK market. It was a very positive 'can do' meeting and we were delighted to host Barcrest, one of the UK's foremost manufacturers, who shared their thoughts and analysis on the development of the market, the changing player base, technology and product.
"The next Forum, which is open to all AGC operators to attend, will be held on 12th June when Blueprint will be our guest manufacturer”, he concluded.