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Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Card charges face UK crackdown


Te government is planning to bring forward new legis- lation to tackle “excessive” card surcharges imposed by businesses such as travel and entertainment operators. It follows Office of Fair


Trading recommendations and will lead to a ban on charges for all forms of pay- ment, not just debit cards. Te ban will be enforced


across “most retail sec- tors” and will ensure the UK becomes the first nation to introduce forthcoming EU legislation due by late 2012. Mark Hoban, financial sec-


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Te new ban on “excessive” charges will apply to all forms of payment


retary to the Treasury, said: “[Consumers] have a right to understand the charges they may incur up front and not be hit through a hid- den last minute payment surcharge.


“We’re leading the way in Europe by stop-


ping this practice. Te government remains committed to helping consumers get a good deal in these difficult times.”


New family entertainment centre opens in Stevenage


DP Leisure has opened a second 360 Play fam- ily entertainment centre at Stevenage Leisure Park in Hertfordshire, following the success of its first venue in Milton Keynes. Te new 24,000sq ſt (2,230sq m) venue, which is housed within the former Liquid and


Envy nightclub, is approximately a third larger than the company’s inaugural facility. DP Associates designed the 360 Play centre,


which boasts three main zones covering physi- cal play, creative play and skills play on ground floor level. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=S4k0f


Leisure firms ‘neglecting’ over-65s


Te majority of leisure and hospitality busi- nesses in the UK are “neglecting” the growing over-65s market, according to new research published by Barclays Corporate. A total of 160 senior executives across the


sector were surveyed as part of the study, with 88 per cent claiming to be “either engaged or highly engaged” with the demographic. However, 62 per cent said their businesses


did not offer any “specific services of products” towards over-65s and 82 per cent of those hav- ing no plans to introduce any in the future. Just 3 per cent of firms polled are planning


a major investment in provision for the over- 65s market, despite its projected growth of 1.4 million people over the next five years. Mike Saul, head of hospitality and leisure


at Barclays Corporate, said: “Tis lack of tan- gible engagement with a generation that has,


24 Just 3 per cent of operators plan to invest in over-65s


for decades, shaped what leisure is in the UK should be something of a wake-up call. “As the industry struggles against multiple


headwinds, it would be a mistake to overlook the opportunities this healthier ageing popu- lation presents.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=t0J8N


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