Sussex MPs Sir Peter Bottomley (Con: Worthing West) and Rt Hon Nick Herbert (Con: Arundel and South Downs) will be attending a presentation to honour the work of Findon resident Phil Silver who has made a leading contribution to the development of a social responsibility culture in Britain’s adult gaming centres, seaside arcades and bingo clubs. Phil will receive the Bacta Community Award at a presentation taking place at 2pm on Friday 18 May at Connaught Leisure, Marine Parade, Worthing.
Highlighting his work with social responsibility organisations including GamCare, the national provider of information and support for anyone affected by problem gambling and the Gordon Moody Association, the first charity in the UK dedicated to providing residential treatment to help problem gamblers, Bacta National President Gabi Stergides said: “In a career with Bacta spanning three decades Phil Silver has made what I would argue is the single biggest contribution to social responsibility in the low stake gaming industry. Thanks in no small part to Phil, Bacta was the first gaming industry body to work in partnership with GamCare and his contributions as a Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association have been invaluable. In his role as Bacta’s Compliance Officer he has assisted our members, who are based throughout the country, implement the social responsibility commitments that are a requirement of being part of the trade association. His contribution to the development of an industry that upholds the highest standards of social responsibility cannot be underestimated.”
Commenting on the industry recognition, Phil Silver said: “I am delighted to receive this award which marks the end of my long career with Bacta. Members of the trade association understand that it’s not enough to simply support social responsibility and customer protection, businesses have to demonstrate it. We have undertaken some pioneering work and I’m extremely proud that I was able to make a small contribution to the massive issue of social responsibility in gaming.”
Bacta represents the amusement and gaming machine industry in the UK, encompassing high-tech and creative manufacturers, machine suppliers for pubs, clubs and bingo halls, as well as operators of Family Entertainment Centres and over 18s Gaming Centres. Bacta members include the whole of the amusement machine supply chain in the UK, which has a collective turn-over of nearly £2bn across more than 500 companies, operating in excess of 310,000 machines.