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Rumoured RGA and ABB merger seeks to alter industry perceptions

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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Winning Post – FOBT waiting game continues

Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column. UK: Problem Gambling Rate Declines – That’s Good, Right? Good things it appears, do come to those who wait. GB Gambling Commission executives have made much in recent times of the need …

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Mark Bird GBGB: Greyhound racing cannot fix welfare issues without increased bookmaker funding

Mark Bird the MD of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has penned an open letter to Paul Darling, Chairman of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) and Clive Hawkswood, leader of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), urging the industry figureheads to support further funding measures for sustaining UK greyhound racing. Bird states that greyhound racing faces a funding …

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Malcolm George ABB – Industry must fight for fair narrative on problem gambling

Malcolm George the Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), has stated that the industry trade body is committed to cleaning up gambling’s image but warns that the ‘frenzied debate’ on problem gambling does not help any stakeholders. Speaking to PR-Week, George details that the UK betting industry has suffered ‘from a lack of quality debate’ and ‘media …

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Anti-FOBT report authors labelled ‘all tank and no think’

A much-trailed report into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from the right-leaning think tank ResPublica has been slammed for “parroting” the line taken by the report’s paid sponsors the Campaign for Fairer Gambling (CFG). The report published this week entitled ‘Wheel of Misfortune: the case for lowering the stakes on FOBTs’ called for the reduction of the maximum stake applicable for …

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Industry heads unite behind Responsible Gambling Week

Placing social responsibility at the forefront of the industry, the first ever ‘Responsible Gambling Week’ (RG Week – 12-18 October) has been met with great enthusiasm by sector stakeholders. Driven by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), every vertical of the UK gambling industry (arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers, casinos and digital) will take initiative in driving the message of …

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Labour Party wants mandatory industry levy to tackle problem gambling

The UK Labour Party is expected to announce plans for a compulsory industry levy, which will fund the treatment of problem gambling. UK media reports that the levy plan is being spearheaded by Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who will unveil the policy later today during his Labour 2017 Party Conference speech in Brighton. Under Watson’s plans, a compulsory gambling …

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Responsible gambling is at the ‘heart’ of betting shops Peter Craske – ABB

Ahead of next month’s triennial stakes and prizes review by the DCMS, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has reiterated that betting shops continue to offer ‘the safest place to gamble on the high street’. The government is facing mounting pressure from lobbying groups to slash the maximum stakes of FOBTs to just £2, however, the gambling industry has warned …

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ABB comes to the defence of FOBTS

Talking to Paddy O’Connell on BBC Radio Four last Sunday (3 September), The Association of British Bookmakers CEO Malcolm George said that a ‘pan industry solution’ is required if Britain wants to solve problem gambling. George details that the ‘personal interaction’ and ‘face-to-face interaction’ that is utilised in betting shops from shop staff who are able to build a stronger connection …

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ABB & Scottish gambling stakeholders launch ‘Merkinch Gamble Support Week’

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has launched a ‘first of its kind’ community initiative in the Merkinch area of Inverness to promote responsible gambling and provide counselling support for anyone concerned about their gambling activity. Titled the ‘Merkinch Gamble Support Week’ this social initiative is the result of a partnership between the Association of British Bookmakers in Scotland (ABB …

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