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Scotbet chairman calls for government support as ‘future remains uncertain’

John Heaton, Chairman of Scotbet, has stated that Scotland’s independent bookmakers are facing a fight for survival, as businesses enter an unprecedented autumn and winter trading period. Bookmakers in Scotland were permitted to reopen their doors in June – however, with current government restrictions, Heaton stated that ‘there is no end in sight to the economic calamity that Covid has …

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BGC chooses Kevin Schofield as communications and digital lead

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has strengthened its senior leadership team after confirming that Kevin Schofield has been appointed as Director of Communications and Digital. Schofield will join the BGC later this year, having accrued over 25 years experience in journalism by working at a range of media outlets including The Scotsman, The Herald, Daily Record and The Sun. …

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Scotbet Chairman criticises over-regulation of high street bookmakers

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John Heaton, Chairman of Scotbet, has called upon the Scottish government to ‘strike a balance that respects the right of punters to spend their leisure time and money as they choose, while protecting the small number who get into difficulty’. Writing a column in The Scotsman, he cited the perceived problem of gambling addiction as a major reason for the …

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