Tag Archives: Brigid Simmonds OBE

BGC sets out new rules on football clubs’ gambling social media posts

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has introduced new rules aimed at preventing football clubs from promoting gambling offers and operator websites through official social media accounts. Last week, a handful of Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Scottish Premiership clubs received a letter from a group of ‘50 former gambling addicts’ warning of the risks of advertising betting …

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BGC: Government must do more to support retail

The Betting and Gaming Council has called upon politicians to ‘leave no stone unturned’ when supporting high street shops, urging the Communities and Local Government Select Committee to prioritise the needs of the retail betting industry as part of its inquiry. Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of the BGC, explained that due to restrictions on non-essential retail during the pandemic, betting …

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BGC plays straight bat to NHS demands over marketing

The National Health Service (NHS) has demanded that gambling operators take ‘urgent action’ and stop taking credit card transactions ahead of the ban in April, VIP experiences and even bet to view streaming of sports.  In a letter to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), NHS England‘s National Mental Health Director Claire Murdoch has called for a ban on promotions …

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BGC welcomes GAMSTOP roll out and credit card ban

The betting and gaming industry has taken the new restrictions on credit card payments and enhanced self exclusion requirements as a mainly positive move from the regulator, although there is still some confusion around why there remains some products outside the scope of the new regulations. Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chairman of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), welcomed the move …

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Betting and Gaming Council rolls out multimedia safer gambling campaign

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has launched a new multimedia safer gambling campaign which will support the group’s Safer Gambling Commitments launched in November 2019. The campaign, which will be rolled out via a series of 20-second digital films and associated content, will be tailored towards men between the ages of 18-34 who ‘might be at risk of overindulging …

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Betting and Gaming Council names Michael Dugher as new CEO

Former Labour MP and shadow secretary for Culture, Media & Sport Michael Dugher has been confirmed as the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Issuing a market update this afternoon, BGC governance confirmed the appointment of Dugher inbound for Spring 2020, as he departs his current role as Chief Executive to UK Music, the …

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BGC introduces ‘cooling-off’ measures to UK betting shops

In a bid to support its ongoing commitment to responsible gambling, the newly-formed Betting and Gaming Council has developed a new ‘cooling-off’ feature for gaming terminals, which is due to be introduced across UK betting shops. The Anonymous Player Awareness System (APAS), which has been developed over the last two years, has been designed to identify signs of  potentially harmful gambling behaviour. The …

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UK betting commits to new ‘five core’ safer gambling measures

Chief Executives from a number of UK betting companies have signed up to a new package of safer gambling commitments, which will place a focus on mitigating the associated risks of gambling.  The CEOs from Aspers, bet365, Caesars, Flutter Entertainment, Genting, GVC Holdings, Playtech, Rank Group, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill have all committed to the new set …

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