B4 and B3a Fruit Machine Hire and Maintenance

Club Fruit Machine Hire Manchester

The rules that apply to club fruit machines are a little different than those for pub fruit machines, in light of your private membership and tighter control over who has access to your premises and to your gaming machines.

As such, you have flexibility over what fruit machines you hire – including the stakes and the prizes available, as well as the branding and general design of the unit, and these factors can all combine to affect the amount you earn from your gaming machines.

There are two main types of club fruit machines:

  • Category B4 – Cash prizes up to £400.
  • Category B3a – Cash prizes up to £500.

Category B4 machines are the most common in clubs, and if your club falls below the de minimis limit for VAT, which it almost certainly does, you will be able to reclaim any tax paid to the fruit machine hire provider.

You can have up to three Category B4 machines installed on your premises, and to boost takings we would recommend opting for machines with a note recycler fitted, allowing them not only to take payment using notes, but to pay out prizes in paper money too.

Category B3a machines do not incur Amusement Machine Licence Duty, and no VAT is paid on takings, but you can only have one, and it must be in place of one Category B4 gaming machine.

Again, if you are below the de minimis limit, any tax paid to the fruit machine hire provider should be able to be claimed back, and machines hired on a profit-share agreement are usually entirely cost-free upfront as a result.

Whatever premises you are working with, our advisors can help you to decide what will work best for you, based on our many years of experience supplying club fruit machines to Manchester’s most popular establishments.

Call our Manchester office on 0161 870 7777 to speak to our friendly team for a free, no-obligation consultation and to hear about how you can get fruit machines installed on your premises FREE with no monthly costs!

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