Retail

DCMS confirms Boggis & Palmour as National Lottery Community Fund board members

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has confirmed the appointments of civil service and fundraising veterans Emma Boggis and Danielle Palmour as Board members of the ‘National Lottery Community Fund’. The Community Fund, which is commonly known as the ‘Big Lottery Fund’, acts as an independent public body responsible for distributing money raised by National Lottery …

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Codere backs business plan despite 2018 dramas

Embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere SA closes its full-year 2018 accounts reporting group-wide losses of €40 million, primarily attributed to significant Argentine market adjustments. Reported throughout 2018, Codere has been forced to navigate the +100% collapse of the Argentine Peso against the Euro, with the gambling group detailing FX losses of circa €34 million. In its Argentina market …

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UKGC report finds gambling participation on the rise

A report released by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) looking into ‘Gambling participation in 2018: behaviour, awareness and attitudes’ has found that the number of people who have participated in gambling has increased since December 2017. The survey, carried out by telephone and online by independent market research company Populus, found that 46 per cent of respondents had participated in …

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BHA plans Board changes amid need to improve industry collaboration

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will be making changes to its Board composition, in a bid to increase industry involvement among its members. It comes as a move to improve its decision-making process at the BHA, including the ways in which it consults both the racing industry and wider stakeholders, in addition to strengthening collaboration between the sport’s leadership and …

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Eurobet rolls out Kiron & Highlight Games ‘SOCCERBET’ augmented Serie A virtual game

Industry virtual games supplier Kiron Interactive has in partnership with Highlight Games launched Highlight’s unique virtual video football game ‘SOCCERBET’™ with Italian legacy bookmaker Eurobet. Eurobet becomes the first European incumbent to launch a SOCCERBET virtual sports game developed by Kiron in partnership with gaming ‘real-time’ development studio Highlight Games, featuring exclusive Serie A achieve footage and simulations. Updating the market, Kiron details that …

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William Hill US issues call for lead creative agency

UK marketing news source CampaignLive has disclosed that FTSE250 betting group William Hill Plc, has issued a call-to-market for a North American agency to lead the brand and marketing development of its William Hill US sportsbook property. William Hill governance has made no secret, that 2019 will be the year in which the FTSE group establishes itself as the leading …

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Arc takes a firm stance on prize-money position

Arena Racecourse Company (ARC) has responded to threats of further boycotts from trainers over the cuts to prize-money contributions, by pointing out that the racing group will not be changing its position. The group’s CEO, Martin Cruddace, was on hand at Lingfield this Saturday to observe the Betway Winter Derby card. The meeting had been reduced from seven to five …

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Rumoured RGA and ABB merger seeks to alter industry perceptions

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UK betting seeks to revamp its public image and wider perception as UK news sources report a potential merger between trade associations Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). A job post on executive search site Ellwood Atfield reports on the formation of ‘NEWCO’, “the working title for a new industry body representing the gambling sector, …

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Casa Pariurilor upgrades MTS retail provisions with NSoft

Fortuna Entertainment Romanian sportsbook subsidiary Casa Pariurilor has moved to upgrade its retail in-play wagering provisions installing the managed-trading-services (MTS) solution of NSoft. The partnership sees Casa Pariurilor expand its retail services agreement with NSoft, a partner of the Romanian legacy bookmaker since 2014, acting as lead supplier of Lotto-Six, Virtual Sports and further draw-based games provisions. Moving forward, Casa …

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Trainers blast ‘ridiculous’ cuts to Arc prize-money

Mark Johnston, a leading horse trainer, has blasted the Arena Racing Company’s (Arc) contribution to the prize-money as the racing group prepares to offset the government cuts to FOBT stakes. Arc announced in December 2018 that it “simply cannot continue” to maintain its current contributions to the prize-money fund, and would be issuing a reduction to its contribution by £3m. …

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