Tag Archives: Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)

Rank MD hits back at ‘senseless’ casino closures

The closure of casinos across Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire has been branded as a ‘senseless’ move by Jonathon Swaine, managing director of Rank Group, after the regions entered England’s new tier three restrictions. The new measures will mean that a number of Rank’s Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo venues will be forced to close their doors, having only recently …

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BGC slams ‘unfair and unnecessary’ betting shop closures

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the Business Secretary Alok Sharma to block the ‘unfair and unnecessary’ closure of betting shops and casinos across the country, citing concerns over potential mass job losses. Across Lancashire and Liverpool, and soon to include Wales and potentially Greater Manchester, betting shops have been included in the list of businesses having to …

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Wales closes betting shops as country enters ‘firebreak’ lockdown

UK gambling faces another shock as First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford confirms that the country will enter a ‘time-limited firebreak’ from 6pm on Friday. The measures, which will last for 17 days, will take Wales back to the lockdown restrictions introduced in March and will result in the closure of 366 betting shops. Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses …

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Lancashire betting shops the latest to close their doors as county moves into Tier 3

Lancashire is the latest region to be moved into Tier 3 of England’s new lockdown system, which will see approximately 100 betting shops across the county forced to close their doors from Saturday. Downing Street made the decision to move the entire region including the cities of Lancaster and Preston – into the ‘very high’ alert tier, which has been …

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BGC: Merseyside closures ‘hugely disappointing’ 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has expressed its disappointment over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decisions to close betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres across Merseyside. During an address to the nation last night, Johnson outlined a new nationwide three tier system to combat the rising spread of COVID-19, which is expected to come into force from tomorrow.  Responding …

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Betting awaits critical verdict on Northern restrictions

Betting faces yet another major blow this week after growing media speculation has suggested that betting shops and casinos will be forced to close their doors across the north of England. UK businesses await another tense week of Downing Street verdicts, with regards as to how the government will handle further covid restrictions seeking to avoid a further national lockdown.   …

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Casinos attempt to avoid ‘catastrophic closures’ with ban on alcohol sales

Casinos have outlined plans to ‘avoid catastrophic closures’ and potential job losses by offering to halt the sale of alcohol within their venues. It comes after Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that casinos and hospitality venues across the central belt of Scotland will close their doors following a recent surge in coronavirus cases. While the measures have attracted criticism from the hospitality …

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BGC: New VIP guidance demonstrates commitment to improving industry standards

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has praised the new guidelines rolled out by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), stating that the new measures are a clear demonstration of the industry’s commitment to drive up standards. From 31 October, operators must establish whether ‘spending is affordable and sustainable as part of the customer’s leisure spend’ before making a customer a …

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UKGC plans to ‘stamp out’ VIP malpractice with new guidelines

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has released new strict guidance for licence holders which will aim to stamp out malpractice in the management of ‘VIP’ customers. Stamping out the ‘irresponsible incentivisation of high value customers’ has become a key area for change, according to the UKGC, after the regulator reported failings in customer protection.  Furthemore, The House of Lords select …

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BGC members commit to new design code on game safeties

Maintaining the industry’s commitment to upholding safer gambling standards across all online gambling disciplines, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has unveiled its ‘new code conduct for the design of online games’. Last Spring, the BGC announced that its members would address concerns on ‘intensive slots and game designs’ as part of the industry’s ‘new action plan’ which had seen …

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