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Northern Ireland launches public gambling consultation

A Northern Irish government department has confirmed that it will launch a public consultation on the creation of a new gambling policy and the effects of problem gambling. The consultation will form the basis of the advice which will be given to the next minister for communities, who will form a new gambling policy once the Northern Ireland Executive and …

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IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has outlined plans to bring the UK and Irish gambling industries together as part of this year’s Responsible Gambling Week 2019. The aim of the campaign, which will take place from November 7 – November 13, is to promote an industry-wide conversation regarding safer gambling methods, as well as the promotion of tools, …

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October sees GamCare Helpline become a 24hr service

UK problem gambling support and treatment charity GamCare has reminded its betting industry and national health stakeholders that from 1 October 2019, the ‘National Gambling Helpline’ will be run as a 24-hour service. The National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133) updates its operating schedule of 8am-to-midnight, transforming into a ‘UK Helplines’ accredited 24-hour support structure open every day of the year. …

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Glasgow City Council to develop new approach to tackle problem gambling

Glasgow City Council is preparing to stage a summit in order to examine gambling related challenges in the city and develop a new framework to combat and reduce gambling harms.  The summit, which will feature academics, third sector, health professionals, youth workers and individuals who have suffered with gambling problems, was approved at a meeting of the Council’s Wellbeing, Empowerment, …

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GVC sharpens CSR focus with Foundation launch

In a bid to support its ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, GVC Holdings has launched The GVC Foundation which will oversee the coordination and support of the gambling group’s objectives and donations around the world. The new foundation will primarily focus upon responsible gambling, sports integrity and gambling regulation research, education and treatment of problem gambling, as well as …

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Winning Post: Has Norway reached a Tipping point on loss limits?

Opening the week, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners offers its insight into reviews to the UK gambling policy, changes to the Belgian advertising mandate, and Norway’s proposed maximum loss limits. UK: in Parliament – Watson keeps powder dry in rain-swept Brighton Britain’s ongoing political and constitutional crisis finally swept petty discourse on gambling policy aside this week – but only …

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JPJ transitions to Gamesys Group Plc

The governance of JPJ Group declares a ‘new era’ for the company, as it completes its £490 million takeover of long-term technology partner Gamesys (transaction first announced 13 June). Completing its enlargement, JPJ Group changes its corporate identity to ‘Gamesys Group Plc’, trading on the London Stock Exchange under the new ticker of ‘GYS’ as of this morning. As previously …

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Racing must ‘adapt where necessary’ says BHA’s Nick Rust

Releasing its annual report and accounts for 2018, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA)’s chief executive Nick Rust explained that the ‘the BHA’s mandate to regulate independently on equine welfare was regularly questioned’ as it has been ‘challenged on multiple fronts.’ The report, released yesterday, includes a foreword from both Rust and new BHA chair Annamarie Phelps. Rust explained that while …

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GAMSTOP confirms Mike Dixon Non-Exec appointment

The governance of GAMSTOP has announced the appointment of Mike Dixon, current CEO of Addaction, as a further Non-Executive Director for UK gambling’s self-exclusion scheme. An expert in developing treatment support networks and operating voluntary communities, Dixon has served as Chief Executive of addiction recovery and mental health charity Addaction since May 2017. The executive has held further leadership positions …

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Onefootball strengthens Sportradar partnership to drive OTT ambitions

Football media platform Onefootball has deepened its partnership with Sportradar by appointing the sports data intelligence firm to develop its OTT proposition. Berlin-headquartered Onefootball seeks to expand its football content capacity showcasing ‘premium football rights’ across its digital platforms via PPV modules delivered by Sportradar. Covering over 100 international leagues comprehensively, Onefootball operates the world’s most popular football app, which last …

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