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Racing industry pulls together for community engagement project

Over 50 organisations from the British racing industry came together for the Racing Together Community Day which saw over 250 employees dedicate time to engaging with the local community. Employees volunteered at a number of locations across the country such as Age UK in Camden and Riding for the Disabled in Cheltenham. The Racing Together Community day comes as the …

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Bettor collaboration… GVC backs Safer Online Gambling Group

FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings Plc has strengthened its ongoing ‘Changing for the Bettor’ corporate campaign by partnering with new industry non-profit organisation Safer Online Gambling Group (SOGG). Founded this year, SOGG is a public health non-profit formed by father and son team, David and Adam Bradford, to raise awareness and collaboration across all UK health networks on tackling problem …

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UK heavyweights form ‘Responsible Affiliates in Gambling’

New UK industry trade association ‘Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAIG)’ has been formed in recognition of the role ‘affiliate marketing providers must play’ as part of wider UK industry initiatives promoting social responsibility and safer gambling standards. RAIG is founded by leading UK betting affiliate publishers; the Racing Post, Better Collective and Oddschecker, backing the RAIG’s mandate of ‘promoting social …

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Tom Watson demands thorough review into online casino licence holders

The UK Labour Party has emphasised that online casinos which received licences after 2014 should have to reapply for operating licences after it was found by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) that over one third of operators were asked to improve their standards. The party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has penned a letter to both the UKGC CEO Neil McArthur and Jeremy …

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Jaap Kalma to bring blue chip experience to SBC commercial team

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SBC (Sports Betting Community) has confirmed the permanent appointment of Jaap Kalma as Group Chief Commercial Officer. Kalma has been working with SBC for the past four months in an interim role as Business Development Director overseeing the growth into the sports sponsorship industry, having already partnered with SBC to launch the SBC Sponsorship Forum at last year’s Betting on …

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ASA places more focus on consumer protection

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) has hit a new high with the number of withdrawn or amended ads, as revealed in a newly published annual report. Online advertisements have outnumbered television adverts by almost three to one. While new projects to be undertaken by both organisations, as part of a new five year …

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Horseracing prize money facing cuts as levy drops £17m

British horseracing stakeholders have had to urgently initiate a plan of action following the recent Horserace Betting Levy Board’s (HBLB) announcement that estimated Levy income for the year ended 31st March 2019 will be some £78m, a fall of £17m from last year. News of the fall in yield were presented to racing’s HBLB representatives, Andy Clifton from the Racecourse …

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Gbet: Where KYC is a self-imposed standard not a regulatory obligation

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‘Know your customer’ is a phrase that almost always applies in the betting space to the person at the sharp end of the betting equation, namely the punter placing the bet. But it has equal if not greater importance further up the supply chain, especially if you’re a bespoke software supplier to those wanting to establish or enhance their sports …

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UKGC fines a “timely reminder” of AML stance, says Credas

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The penalty charges handed down by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) this week “won’t be the last of this size” according to Rhys David, CEO of Credas, who said the fines serve as a “timely reminder” of the regulator’s stance towards substandard anti-money laundering (AML) safeguards. The reaction of Credas – a provider of identity verification technology – came in …

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ARC purchases 45% share in i-neda

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has purchased a 45 per cent stake in i-neda Limited which will see them become an equal shareholder in the business alongside Dermot Desmond. The purchase is set to complement ARC’s position in the British horse racing industry, with i-neda set to offer a wealth of experience in developing betting and wagering technology. Kevin Robertson, ARC …

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