Tag Archives: Brigid Simmonds

BGC announces global sports safeguarding partnership with IBIA

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has announced a global partnership with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) to enhance cooperation on the promotion and safeguarding of sporting integrity. Representing the largest regulated sports betting operators in the world, the Memorandum of Understanding will see the two organisations collaborate on the coordination of their respective global activities in both existing …

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Betting industry’s sports contribution highlighted in BGC report

A recent report commissioned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has focused on the financial contribution made by the industry to the UK’s sports sector and the wider economy. The study, conducted by Ernst & Young, highlighted the £40 million received by the English Football League (EFL) and its clubs from the industry, in addition to over £10 million …

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Gambling industry must take ‘holistic approach’ to 2005 Act review

After the DCMS released its policy document, which aims to bring clarity to UK gambling about what the 2005 Gambling Act review will entail, industry experts began examining the terms of reference to assess how these areas may affect their respective operations. Speaking on the ‘Unpicking the Terms of the UK Gambling Act Review‘ webinar, hosted by SBC, Brigid Simmonds, …

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BGC: Scottish government must reconsider ‘baffling’ gaming machines u-turn

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has expressed its disappointment in the Scottish government’s decision to tell bookmakers to switch off their gaming machines until further notice. It comes just days after Holyrood confirmed it would be lifting the ban on gaming machines, in-store chairs and live racing in betting shops from 22 July. In a letter to BGC chief …

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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 takes over The Senet Group’s duties and responsibilities

UK gambling standards association The Senet Group has this afternoon confirmed that it will transfer its responsibilities outright to the newly formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Established in 2014, the Senet Group was initially formed by the UK’s legacy ‘Big 4’ high-street bookmakers’ Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill and Betfred in a move to streamline industry responsibility standards. Significant achievements …

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BGC backs UK gambling’s ‘progress through collaboration’

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)has detailed its full support of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) ‘collaborative measures’ to reduce gambling harms by improving industry practices. Yesterday afternoon, UKGC Chief Executive Neil McArthur unveiled the Commission’s action plan outlining industry-wide measures and directives and VIP programmes, advertising protections and safer gambling product designs. Co-operating with industry leadership, the UKGC developed …

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DCMS ‘very angry’ over FA streaming rights deal

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has weighed in on the debate surrounding the Football Association’s streaming rights, with Sports Minister Nigel Adams saying that the government is ‘very angry’ with the current arrangement. Reported by the BBC, Adams has confirmed that the government is due to be holding talks with the FA regarding the sale of its …

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BBPA calls for protection to AWPs in wake of government FOBT cutback

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the government’s consultation on gaming machines and social responsibility proposals, and has called on protection for Category C amusement with prize (AWP) machines, so that they continue to form a vital revenue stream for Britain’s pubs. In a detailed response, the BBPA calls for the government to allow a modest …

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