Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

Record £105m Levy sees BGC committed to safeguarding UK racing’s future

SBC News Record £105m Levy sees BGC committed to safeguarding UK racing’s future

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has reiterated its support to help maintain a sustainable and prosperous long-term future for British horseracing. The BGC announced that the latest figures on direct payments to the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) are expected to generate £105 million in funding for the UK’s heritage sport. This record figure, projected by the HBLB, marks …

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BGC launches interim code on risk checks in support of UKGC pilot on customer affordability

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum. Michael Dugher.

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has established a new ‘voluntary code on customer checks’ to minimise frictions of financial checks and improve consistencies in know-your-customer (KYC) duties. The voluntary code was designed in collaboration with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to help raise standards and reduce the need for private financial document requests when verifying customers. As cited by …

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BGC raises £15,000 for charities over Grand National weekend 

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Betting and Gaming Concil’s (BGC) Grand National Charity Bet campaign has managed to raise more than £15,000 for good causes. Launched in time for the Grand National, the campaign saw over 50 parliamentarians placing a charity bet on last weekend’s race. The funds were then distributed to their charities of choice by some of the UK’s biggest betting operators.  Christian …

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BGC launches Grand National ‘Charity Bet’ campaign with highest MP participation.

SBC News BGC launches Grand National 'Charity Bet' campaign with highest MP participation.

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has relaunched its ‘Charity Bet’ campaign for the 2024 Grand National, celebrating British horseracing’s marquee event. Organised by the trade body for UK gambling, this year’s Charity Bet campaign will see “More than 50 MPs from both sides of the House visiting local betting shops to place a Charity Bet on the Grand National.” …

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BGC doubles down on financial risk checks amendments ahead of Parliamentary debate

SBC News BGC doubles down on financial risk checks amendments ahead of Parliamentary debate

The UK’s Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the government to not skip on its commitments made regarding frictionless financial risk checks. This comes ahead of the announced Parliamentary debate confirmed by the Petitions Committee for 26 February after a petition on the matter led by The Jockey Club secured the required 100,000 signees. So far, the Council has …

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BGC changes chair as Simmonds steps away from UK gambling 

SBC News BGC changes chair as Simmonds steps away from UK gambling 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has confirmed that Brigid Simmonds (OBE) will step down as Chair of the industry trade and standards body for UK gambling.  The former Chief Executive of The Pub Association, Simmonds was appointed the BGC’s inaugural Chair in 2019, tasked with representing a “united betting and gaming industry” ahead of the Gambling Review being initiated …

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BGC: Simplified tax measure will become a Trojan horse for UK gambling  

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum. Michael Dugher.

The Treasury has been warned by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) not to impose a simplified measure on UK gambling taxes, branded as a ‘Trojan horse’ for the industry and its diverse stakeholders. Last week’s Autumn Statement saw Chancellor Jeremy Hunt confirm that the Treasury would consult on proposals to bring remote betting into a single tax framework, replacing …

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SGWeek 2023 nets record coverage promoting safer gambling tools

SBC News SGWeek 2023 nets record coverage promoting safer gambling tools

The Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) has reported a significant increase in the reach and coverage of Safer Gambling Week (#SGWeek), noting a 70% rise in promotional activities compared to the previous year. The surge resulted in over 50 million interactions on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and another unnamed platform. In its seventh iteration, Safer Gambling Week, held …

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BGC: UK big five bookmakers racing media payments to rise by £30m

William Hill and PA Betting Services renew racing data deal

The financial contribution made to British racing by the country’s largest bookmakers is set to rise in 2024, according to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). Payments from Entain, Flutter Entertainment, bet365, 888/William Hill and Betfred will increase by £30m, the standards body and trade association revealed today. This ‘record cost increase to broadcast races’ will see the total payment …

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