Retail

Ministerial statement: Betting shops and gambling

Minister for gambling Helen Grant MP has made this statement to Parliament: “The 2005 Gambling Act was introduced by the then Government with the aim of liberalising the gambling market in Great Britain. Nearly seven years on from the Act’s implementation, the gambling industry has developed in innovative ways, with new products now marketed and made available on a greater …

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Government to announce new betting restrictions

The UK government is expected to introduce new mandatory measures for bookmakers today as it looks to stave off pressure from Labour on the gambling industry. Among the changes will be a tightening up on advertising, a shift in the planning laws to put betting shops in their own category and the enshrinement of the recent ABB machine code into …

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Union warns against knee-jerk LBO closures

Trade union Community is concerned ahead of an expected announcement by the government that will provide new powers to local councils to curb the opening of high street betting shops and that the stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals might be changed. The news follows Friday’s announcement of 420 potential job cuts at high street bookmaker William Hill. Responding to …

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Two new racecourse applications approved

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that two applications for new or converted racetracks to enter the 2015 fixture allocation process have been approved by its Board. The two applications are: From Great Leighs Estates Limited (GLEL) for a new racecourse on the site of the former racecourse Great Leighs, now to be known as Chelmsford City racecourse. From …

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Quickspin & Gala Coral agree UK retail partnership

Gambling operator Gala Coral and casino games developer Quickspin have agreed an inventory partnership which will see Quickspin gaming inventory available to customers through Gala Coral UK retail betting shops. Quickspin games will be available to customers through infinity gaming machines in Coral retail betting shops. The games developer stated that their games inventory is due to be adapted to …

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GTECH appoints Donna Kimmel as VP of Human Resources

GTECH has announced that Donna Kimmel has joined its senior management team to help lead the global Human Resources organisation. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, she will be responsible for overseeing Human Resources operations for GTECH’s Americas and International regions as well as the centralised Products and Services organisation and corporate level Human Resources functions. Kimmel, who brings more …

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LBO staff take 1m signatures to Downing Street

Betting shop staff are to present a petition signed by 1m people to Downing Street today in a bid to get the government to push back its current relentless changes to the regulation of bookmakers. Campaigns against FOBTs, so called ‘clustering’ of shops and the accusations that the industry is targeting poor areas has left the government feeling vulnerable to …

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Hill comes to Coral

John Hill is the latest member of the Coral PR team after signing for the bookmaker earlier this month. Hill joins Coral having previously worked for Betfred since 2012 where he was at the forefront of Betfred TV which launched in March 2013. He also assisted their in-house media team, including representation on talkSPORT during their partnership with the national …

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Football favourites impact William Hill profits

Two weekends of winning favourites on the football has severely impacted William Hill’s Q1 figures, with the bookmaker announcing a 14% drop in operating profit for the period. The two weekends of ‘unfavourable sporting results’ saw a 25% drop in operating profit for the firm’s retail business and a 6% drop in its online sportsbook. However the firm also marked …

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SNP raises concerns over FOBT’s in Scotland

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called for further regulation regarding Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) in the UK. The political party  who are rallying for the independence of Scotland from the UK, reported that  £4.4 billion (€5.3 billion/$7.4 billion)  had been wagered FOBT’s in 2013, raising concerns on problem gambling in Scotland. SNP politician Stuart McMillan raised supported for …

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