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The Rudd Group Newsletter V6

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This issue features:

  • – Brand new iPub machines
  • – Golden rules of digital signage
  • – Clear Cool new Classeq range


The Rudd Group Newsletter V5

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This issue features:

  • – The Independent Selection
  • – Race Night Success
  • – Are You Prepared For The World Cup?

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The Rudd Group Newsletter V4

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This issue features:

  • World Cup Promo Packs
  • Serious About CCTV?
  • Clear Cool’s Bank Holiday Deals

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The Rudd Group Newsletter V3

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This issue features:

  • Scratch card success?
  • Win at the World Cup
  • Hoshizaki ice makers

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The Rudd Group Newsletter V2

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This issue features:

  • – Updates on Bob Rudd’s product portfolio
  • – Make your happy hour last longer with Innstay’s push button games
  • – Commercial microwaves on low weekly rental

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The Rudd Group Newsletter V1

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This issue features:

  • The difference with digital machines
  • Innovative EPoS solutions on low weekly rentals
  • All about Clear Cool’s new lifetime detergent plan

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The Difference With Digital

Since we started investing in and managing digital fruit machines over 5 years ago the industry has come a long way. It’s now safe to say that most players (not all) have adapted to the new machine style and enjoy the way the machines play.

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Host a Play a Pro Pool Night

Ever wanted to create a brilliant atmosphere in your venue on a quiet night? Why not host a “Play A Pro” pool night?!

Here’s a step by step for a successful event once you’ve bagged yourself a pro (note a “pro” could even be one of your regular pool players who fancies showing off their skills): Read more

Alternative Pool Table Games

We supply pool tables to a variety of venues across the UK, now we want to ensure you’re making the most of them!

Take a look below at some great pool games you may not have heard of. If you would like any of the rules sending out to you to inform your customers please just drop us a note here.

One Pocket Pool

1. One Pocket Pool – For the Pros

  • – Balls are placed into the rack randomly
  • – Each player picks a pocket
    • – This is the pocket they will have to pot their balls in to for the entire game
  • – 1 point is scored for every ball potted into their nominated pocket
  • – When a player reaches 8 points they win the game
  • – Players lose 1 point every time they foul

Find out more about One Pocket Pool here.

Jump Shot Pool

2. Stunt Pool

  • – Here the same rules as 8 ball are applied apart from the fact that straight shots are not allowed
  • – Players can only make shots using the below
    • – Swerve Shot – here the cue is held almost vertical to create a large amount of spin on the cue ball
    • – Jump Shot – here the cue ball must bounce over an obstructing ball
    • – Bank Shot – Any shot that uses the cushion
  • – Feel free to add in your own “stunt shots”

Left handed pool player

3. Opposite-Handed Pool – for a laugh

  • – If you’re bored of playing regular pool then why not give this game a go
  • – Ask each player to use their cue in the opposite way
  • – This will make the game much more difficult ….and a little funnier


Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require any more info, here at Bob Rudd we have all the tools to help you get the most out of your pool table. Take a look at our pool table range here.

The Rudd Group Launch

Hello! We wanted to share the exciting news that we have now created The Rudd Group to encompass all of our entities; Bob Rudd, Innstay UK Ltd and Clear Cool.

We’ve grown a great deal in the last few years and wanted to acknowledge this by creating clarity and distinction between each sector. Check out the new logo:


Incase you didn’t know we operate three organisations:

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Bob Rudd – gaming and amusement machine suppliers

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Innstay – suppliers of innovative technology including EPoS, music systems and security solutions

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Clear Cool – suppliers of ice makers, glass washers and bottle coolers on a rental or purchase basis

If you would like any more info on the above please give us a call on 0800 7311 026 or contact us.

Beat the Buzzer – Duke of Albany, Washington

Last night saw us unite with Brian “Buzzer” Halcrow at The Duke of Albany in Washington as part of our plan to increase the pool offering for our customers.

Buzzer is former world No.8 and UK No.3 in World Eight Ball Pool, he has used his extraordinary talent to travel the world and now he’s travelling the UK with us!

At Bob Rudd we’re keen to increase the emphasis placed on pool and gaming zones of pubs and bars, we see the value in bringing people together in a community venue and encouraging them to participate.

The event last night was a great success and saw regulars from the pool team playing Buzzer alongside pool amateurs who were just up for a laugh. What would normally have been a quiet Tuesday night turned in to a fun filled evening’s entertainment.

If you are interested in hiring Buzzer for the evening please just get in touch – helena.rudd@bobrudd.co.uk and we’ll set it up, you’re certainly in for a night to remember!


Bob Rudd Hosts Elderly at Christmas

We had a great time working with the charity Contact the Elderly to reach out to lonely people in our area at Christmas.

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Blueprint Signs Major Order With Bob Rudd In First Hour Of EAG

Read all about our latest purchase of digital AWPs:

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Warrington Has Moved

As you may know we recently moved our Warrington depot to a bigger location in Wigan. Please see below the reasons why we made the move:

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As we have now increased office space we would like to invite our customers to use our Wigan depot as a meeting space. Please just give Bernie a call on 07808 627152 to arrange.


We’re ready for the Bank of England changes

We’re pleased to announce we are on track with our adjustments for the new polymer note and £1 coin to be released by the Bank of England. Read all about it here!

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Press – It’s All Fun and Games

We’re featured in a fantastic article from The Morning Advertiser, all about how there is still a place for gaming and amusement equipment in British pubs. Click below to read the full piece.

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Latest Press

Read all about our latest piece in the Morning Advertiser here: (Click to enlarge)

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Bob’s Basics

Our new line Bob’s Basics has now arrived!

We’ve been asked by hundreds of customers over the years, do you supply ice makers? can you service my glass washer?…and now we can!

Bob’s Basics is a new division of Bob Rudd Gaming & Amusement Machines focussed on providing the basics every bar needs. To launch we are focussing on the lease and rental of both glasswashers and icemakers. These will have a full service plan so you’ll never be stuck with a faulty machine again.

Our products are brand new and come from one of the leading manufacturers in the UK.


Glass washer lease and rental provided by Bob Rudd

We offer a variety of glass washers to suit your pub’s needs, they are all; fast, economical, energy efficient and space saving.

They have a fast 2 minute wash cycle for maximum efficiency and innovative wash pump to increase water pressure and improve results.

All machines are very easy to use and have EasyClean filters, which means less effort from you or your staff.

Self Contained Icemakers

Ice maker machine rental  from Bob Rudd

These top of the range ice makers provide classic cubes of crystalline ice that cools quickly and melts slowly. We can provide machines that operate from 20 up to 155 kg’s of ice per 24 hours.

Price Plan

We offer each of these products on either a rental or a leased model, with a full service pack.

Our website www.bobsbasics.co.uk will be up and running in the next week or so but in the meantime why not give John a call on 07740 401729 or email him john@bobrudd.co.uk to find out more info on these products.


The Year So Far

Here’s a great article from the Newcastle Journal all about our successes over the past year:

Newcastle gaming machine firm Bob Rudd enjoys strong year with founder’s son as new MD


Recent successes at the Newcastle firm include six figure contract with plc that had never previously used regional operators


A Newcastle firm that supplies gaming machines throughout the entire UK has enjoyed a string of successes since has its founder’s son took over as managing director in May last year.

Nick Rudd, previously operations and marketing director at Bob Rudd Gaming & Amusement Machines, has completed a management buy-out of the company to become the main shareholder, after his father Bob stepped down from the top role to take up chairmanship of the business.

Soon after the changes were initiated, the firm won a contract to become the sole supplier for 30 Harnser Inns pubs, and another with the Archdiocese of Liverpool to supply social clubs with 200 items.

Since then a host of high profile work has come its way including:

* a six-figure, three-year contract involving around 160 machines with a major plc that had never before used a regional operator;

* a 50% volume increase in its supply to Daniel Thwaites, equating to an additional 40 pubs;

* an increased holding with JD Wetherspoon; and

* the sole supply of 35 Enjoy Pubs sites.

“It’s been a busy time – and challenging,” Nick Rudd said of his time at the top so far.

“But being involved in all aspects of the business and being the ultimate decision maker has been interesting.

“It’s been pleasing to see all the work that we’ve won as well as the growth of our existing contracts. We’re improving our operations all the time and continuing to innovate.”

The company, which was established in 1989 and supplies fruit machines, jukeboxes, quiz machines and pool tables, also increased its staff headcount slightly from 120 to 125.

Among those to join was Charlotte Rudd, Mr Rudd’s sister, who has taken up the role of HR director, helping introduce a more “proactive” approach to that aspect of the business.

The company, which has five UK locations, closed its Newark depot to relocate to Nottingham, giving its additional space and a larger, improved catchment area, with easier access to places such as Lancashire.

Improved online presence and social media has also been a running theme, both within Bob Rudd itself and through its sister company Innstay, which was established two-and-a-half years ago.

The latter’s product portfolio is based around attracting customers into pubs, keeping them there for longer periods and encouraging them to return.

Among its offerings are pub entertainment systems, push button games, managed wifi solutions and a new social media management product.

“Going forward, we’re looking at stability,” Mr Rudd said.

“It’s been a busy work and we want to embed the results of that properly and make sure we’re operationally aligned.

“But we are also hoping to bring out a new product range that isn’t gaming and amusement equipment-based but fits well within our infrastructure.”

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Premium is Key

We recently published an article in Coinslot magazine outlining why we believe premium is key and how we deliver a premium offering with all of our products. Read the article below:

Gaming machine supplier, Bob Rudd are currently focusing on how to continue to develop a premium product offer for all of their customers to access. The company are working to set themselves apart from the regional and national competition by delivering a higher product standard across the board.

Bob Rudd Premium Products

 Traditional AWPs have always been the main income stream for the gaming supplier. Bob Rudd are looking at how they can promote other products to deliver a similar life span. Digital AWP is eventually on an upward trend and Bob Rudd’s dedicated digital analyst monitors all of their machines daily to ensure each machine has a menu tailored to the surrounding community.

 Pool tables are an overlooked gem according to the company, “this piece of equipment is key to attracting mid week wet sales. We have developed a Premium Pool offering designed to attract local pool teams. The income generated by such teams in terms of wet and dry sales can turn around mid week trade” Nick Rudd, Managing Director. The Premium Pool Package consists of quality cloth, expert cues and professional level balls to set each site apart from the competition.

 The ever-diminishing position that is the quiz machine has also had a face-lift by Bob Rudd, they now have the ability to attach a Mobile Charging Device to the SWP which has been invented and developed in house by the firm. Technical Director Kevin has worked hard to come up with this viable addition to the historical machine. This offers a service that most customers are now looking for in each venue and it gives the site a chance to monetise this.

 Bob Rudd are a firm believer in moving with the times when it comes to jukeboxes and are continuously upgrading their musical estate with the latest online offering. Customers expect hundreds of thousands of songs at their fingertips and want to be able to find their favourite track quickly and easily. With services such as Spotify, jukebox manufacturers have now realised the need to have genres and pre populated playlists for customers to choose from, and ultimately purchase more than one song from.

Thwaites New Business

 These are just a few of the ways the family run company are upgrading their product portfolio to keep up with the ever changing demands of the licensed trade. Their ongoing enthusiasm for the industry and commitment to their customers has led to significant business gains over the last 12 months. This includes a significant increase in business with Daniel Thwaites with whom they have just signed a new contract; Thwaites have awarded further business in four out of Bob Rudd’s 5 depots. The company are also pleased to announce new business with a major PLC. Bob Rudd look forward to working with both companies to further improve their place in the market.