Tag Archives: Michael Dugher

BGC: UK casinos need a guarantee of July reopening 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called for ministers to guarantee the reopening of UK casinos in July to avoid industry job losses. BGC CEO Michael Dugher re-emphasised that UK casinos had undertaken all necessary steps to ensure that venues are ‘covid proof’ and able to reopen safely in July, with the majority of UK leisure and hospitality businesses. …

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Scottish bookies urge rethink on ‘crazy’ reopening plans

Scottish bookmakers have slammed Holyrood’s decision to reopen betting shops without chairs or live racing, stating that the ruling is ‘crazy’ and a ‘slap in the face’ for bookies which have most likely been struggling during the lockdown period. Scotland’s 900 betting shops – employing around 4,500 people – have been closed since March as part of the national effort …

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Casinos left in the cold by Boris’ final easing orders

UK Casinos have been excluded from the government’s list of leisure and hospitality venues that will be allowed to reopen for business on 4 July. In the House of Commons this afternoon, Boris Johnson announced  a series of final lockdown easing measures for businesses across England, in which pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen providing they …

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Scottish bookmakers to reopen for ‘transactional services’ on 29 June

Scottish betting shops have been given the green light to reopen on 29 June, but will only offer a transactional service. Under the government’s next phase for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the Scottish government will prevent betting shops from showing live races, while there will also be a ban on seating within the shops to discourage people from gathering. In a …

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BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes

UK Bookies have raised £250,000 for Cancer and Covid-19 charities after taking a beating on Thursday’s Britannia Stakes race at Royal Ascot. Earlier this week, Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) members vowed to donate all profits, after levy and duties were deducted, from win and each-way bets made on the race to charity. Participating bookmakers included Paddy Power Betfair, bet365, …

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NHS warns industry not to ‘open the floodgates’ to excessive advertising

Claire Murdoch, the director of mental health at NHS England, has urged betting companies to avoid ‘aggressive advertising campaigns’ following the return of the football season. Murdoch suggested that the NHS’ problem gambling centres will struggle to cope with ‘avoidable harm’ as a result of excessive gambling advertising, emphasising that the industry must not ‘open the floodgates of addiction’. “The …

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BGC: GRG APPG approach will only serve the black market 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued an immediate response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm’s (GRH APPG) radical demand for an overhaul of UK gambling laws.  Yesterday, the cross-party group published ‘30 evidence-based recommendations’, calling for the government to overhaul Gambling Act laws, as well as a restructuring of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Publishing independent …

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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: 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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