Retail

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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Shadow Charity Minister praises YGAM’s ‘resilience under lockdown’

Rachael Maskell, the Shadow Minister for UK Charities, has branded the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) as ‘a leading example of how charities have innovated’. The Labour MP for York Central praised the work of YGAM staff who continue to deliver the charity’s youth education programmes on gambling, despite also navigating the unprecedented challenges of national lockdown. Maskell, …

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Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE 

The Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG) has launched a new ‘e-learning module’ to improve LGBT+ awareness and inclusivity with UK racing. The digital module has been launched to coincide with the month of PRIDE and has been further sanctioned as one of the mandatory licensing courses at the British Racing School and National Horseracing College.  DiRSG has made the …

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John O’Reilly: UK government needs to act now to avoid casino job losses

John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank Group, has stated his disbelief at the UK government refusing to allow England’s casinos to reopen on 4 July, as previously anticipated and prepared for by licensed operators. Rank’s CEO branded the government’s latest easing orders on leisure and hospitality venues as ‘baffling’ and ‘incoherent’, with the government allowing England’s bingo venues to reopen …

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SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels

Sports Information Services (SIS) has outlined plans to return to ‘full strength’ with the resumption of its greyhound service from 29 June. In line with the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) guidance, which will see the removal of the 20 minute gap between races, SIS will be able to operate over 640 races a week, including a return to …

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National Lottery reimagines ‘It Could be You’ for a new century

Camelot Group has launched the National Lottery’s new nationwide advertising campaign, repurposing its flagship main lottery draw tagline ‘It Could be You’. The campaign, which was developed by London creative agency Adam&Eve DDB, will see the National Lottery return to its original tagline launched in 1994. Debuting this June across terrestrial TV, radio and digital formats, the campaign will feature …

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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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Danske Spil elects ‘political heavyweight’ Peter Christensen as new Chairman 

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Denmark’s gambling and national lottery monopoly operator Danske Spil has announced the inbound appointment of Peter Christensen as new Chairman. A former MP for Denmark’s Venstre Liberal Party, Christensen has previously served as Minister of Taxation (2011) and Minister of Defence (2015) under the cabinet of former Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen. The appointment was confirmed by Nicolai Wammen, Denmark’s …

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KSA issues technical requirements on ‘CRUKS’ self-exclusion register 

The Dutch gambling regulatory authority, De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has published its technical specifications and operator procedures relating to its national self-exclusion scheme. The Remote Gambling Act (KOA) stipulates that all licensed incumbents (digital and retail) must participate in the KSA’s ‘Central Register for Exclusion of Games of Chance’ (CRUKS).  The KSA will initially launch its CRUKS programme for land-based arcade …

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HKJC appoints Philip Chen as new Chairman

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has named Philip Chen as the new Chairman of the Club after being elected by the firm’s Board of Stewards. Chen will take over from Dr Anthony Chow, who has stepped down from the HKJC after 18 years as a Steward, two of which were as Chairman.  Chen has been a member of the …

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