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Creating an amazing common room on a budget

Colleges have closed for the summer, with students looking forward to relaxing until Results Day in August. During the holidays is the ideal time to make cosmetic and structural changes to the building and give tired rooms a mini-makeover. It’s amazing the difference a lick of paint can make. In this blog post, we’ll give you tips and show you easy ways you can transform your common room. Consider how the room is used Is the current common room a popular place for students to hang out, or is it somewhere they avoid? If it isn’t used – why is this? Is it uninviting? Are the walls beige, the furniture broken and the room sparse? Sometimes the location of the room itself can be an issue, if it’s in an area of the college that has low footfall, it might get forgotten about. Is there an unused room elsewhere that could make a better common room? Think like a student Put yourself in your students’ shoes. What would you like to see in the common room? Comfortable seating is a must. A basic kitchen in the corner so they can make themselves a hot drink and some toast would be popular addition. There will need to be at least one table that they can use to study on (or eat), but the common room will mainly be used for students wanting to socialise and relax between lessons. Friendships will be formed in the common room so why not have a pool table? It can be a great ice breaker and encourage students to have a bit of friendly competition....

Music consultation gives pubs the blues … but we could help

Do you own/run a pub? A fee consultation is currently taking place that could leave a bad taste in your mouth. The music licencing company (PPL) believe that fees need to be raised for the specially featured entertainment tariff (SFE). The current fee has been in place for thirty years. If you play music for just an hour and there are only a handful of punters you’re already expected to pay £2.25 in tax, which is a lot. The SFE tariff applies to the playing of recorded music at events such as discos and DJ nights and affects nightclubs, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Many are predicting that the fee will increase substantially which could make things difficult for your business. Many establishments could be forced to cut down or stop their music and disco nights – which could have huge implications on their turnover and profit. What can be done? The SFE are asking for feedback so take a look at their consultation report and let them know how you feel. You can do this by clicking here > Now is the time to act. Is there anyway I could get around any changes? Having a video jukebox could help you avoid having to pay the fee, as your punters will be in control and the music won’t be on continuously for hours at a time. Hiring a digital jukebox to position by your bar or elsewhere in your pub or club could cost less than you think and generate extra income too. Speak to Manco Automatics today by calling us on 0161 870 7777 or by...

Is your hotel entertaining enough?

It doesn’t matter how big or small your hotel is, or where it’s located, you must make the most of every single customer who passes through your doors. The hotel world is cutthroat and if you are to succeed where others fail, you must make the most of entertainment. Fruit machines and pool tables Having the right fruit machine by your bar or seating area can draw people in. Whether it’s workers on business trips, families enjoying a short break or pensioners enjoying a week-long stay, they appeal. People love showing off their competitive sides. As well as generating an income from the machines themselves, you should also feel a benefit behind the bar as people will no doubt ask for another drink while they play. If you have room, why not trial a pool table too? You can hire both fruit machines and pool tables from Manco Automatics. Kids activities If you want to be known as a family-friendly hotel, you could consider having a themed play room somewhere in your hotel. The room doesn’t have to be massive and you don’t need to spend a fortune kitting it out, but a few board games, a games console, ball pool and some baby toys could go down a treat. A lick of paint and a few large character wall stickers can make a huge impact (and should you want to change the room back, the stickers can be easily removed). Musical acts In peak season, it could be beneficial to have a singer or comedian on. They can attract not only your guests but outsiders to come in...

Five Reasons Your Office Needs a Pool Table

A game of pool has been proven to improve focus, physical health and even happiness levels, which is why it’s the new office lunch-time essential. If you’re still not convinced though, take a look at our top five reasons your office needs a pool table.   It’s good for your mental and physical health. As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog on the health benefits of pool tables, playing pool is an effective form of exercise, exercising your muscles and burning calories. This is beneficial to your employees who will be fitter and healthier and also benefit you as an employer since a healthier workforce will take less time off – win-win.   It helps to improve focus and boost mood. Exercise in general produces endorphins which boost mood, this means a quick game of pool can be the perfect pick-me-up on a Monday morning to boost motivation and moral. Pool specifically has been scientifically proven to improve concentration and build focus, meaning your employees are more productive and happy – what’s not to love?   It looks trendy and tells people what your company is about You want your office to be a positive reflection of your business and what it stands for. The inclusion of a pool table in your office will tell visitors that you enjoy fun, friendly competition and creativity. Not only does a pool table reflect well on your company’s image, it also gives your office a cool trendy vibe. As discussed in a previous blog, pool tables are in demand with trend setters, therefore the addition of one in your office will ensure...