Tag Archives: BGC

UK government backs £100m RET commitment from ‘big four’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new era for responsible gambling as the UK’s four leading operators have pledged to spend £100 million on improving treatment support services. The £100 million funding, which is backed by bet365, Flutter Entertainment, GVC Holdings and William Hill, will be issued to GambleAware who will be the main commissioning agent for …

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BGC: UK betting to donate all Royal Ascot ‘Britannia Stakes’ profits to charity

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) will launch the betting industry’s latest charity initiative on Gold Cup Day (Thursday 18 June) at Royal Ascot. Regarded as the festival’s ‘biggest wagering day’, the BGC confirmed that 13 UK betting brands will commit to donating all win and each-way profits taken from the heritage handicap Britannia Stakes (race-start: 16:10 BST). Profits raised …

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Workforce wellbeing leads GVC Holdings retail reopening 

As it plans to reopen its retail betting venues on Monday 15 June, GVC Holdings has published its ‘comprehensive plan’ of actions and requirements to ensure safety standards across all Ladbrokes and Coral estates.  Leadership of the FTSE100 betting group stated that its reopening plan has been designed ‘to exceed the guidelines’ set by the UK government and World Health …

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BGC – Casinos ready to reopen from 4 July

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

Communicating on behalf of its members, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has declared that England’s casinos will be ready to reopen and service the public safely from 4 July. As part of the government’s ‘stage 3’ arrangement of lockdown easings, hospitality and leisure businesses across England will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, providing that they adhere to …

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BGC appoints Joff Cooke as first COO

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has strengthened its executive leadership team by confirming the appointment of Joff Cooke as its first Chief Operations Officer (COO). A figurehead in leadership of multi-million-pound educational organisations, programmes and resources, Cooke joins the BGC’s executive team from the University of Exeter Student Guild, where he formerly served as CEO (2017-2020). Cooke has led …

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Winning Post: Advertising kerfuffle paints a cynical picture

The betting and gaming industry has, undoubtedly, been tested when it comes to mitigating the impact of the coronavirus crisis both for its stakeholders and players. Regulus Partners begins the week by looking at the new guidance for operators issued by the UK Gambling Commission, the ban on advertising from BGC members and the pending return of UK horse racing …

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BGC commits £10m to fund GamCare & YGAM’s education support programme

Strengthening its safer gambling mandate, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has confirmed the launch of a new £10 million funded ‘education and support programme’ across the UK. The learning programme, co-developed by GamCare and YGAM, is seeking to educate 11-19 year olds on problem gambling awareness, addictive behaviours and the real-life consequences of gambling addiction. The BGC explained that the …

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BGC backs UK furlough extension as vital support 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has backed the government continuing its UK furlough scheme until October, branding it a much needed measure to help support around 64,000 of the industry’s workforce. Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged that the government would continue its business relief measures, in which a furlough scheme has been established to pay ‘80% of wages up …

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BGC urges Welsh government to cover betting in relief programme 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to the Welsh government, urging for a rethink on the terms attached to its business relief programme, which have excluded bookmakers and gambling enterprises from retail reprieves. BGC CEO Michael Dugher has written to Welsh First Minister Rebecca Evans warning the government that more than 2,000 jobs will be placed at risk …

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Carolyn Harris – The BGC is no improvement for UK gambling… it just puts up walls! 

Day five’s morning session of the SBC Digital Summit concluded with the ‘Gambling in Society‘ panel, which focused on the ways gambling can ‘re-appraise its position’ to regain the trust of consumers, regulators, media and wider society. The ongoing global crisis has emphasised the need for gambling companies to re-establish their community bonds, as corporate conduct and social responsibility are …

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