Retail

William Hill closes 70 shops ahead of machine tax increase

William Hill has closed 70 shops since the budget and intends to close another 12 shortly, according to the bookmaker’s interim report. HM Treasury’s announcement of an increase in MGD from 20 per cent to 25 per cent from 1 March 2015 saw the bookmaker pledging to close 109 outlets in order to absorb the higher taxation costs, and the …

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Customer-friendly results hit William Hill’s bottom line

William Hill has announced a 26% drop in profits after tax to £98.6m for the first half of the year, although net revenue over the period increased by 7% to £805.2m. Group operating profit was 2 per cent lower at £176.9m, which the bookmaker said reflected the impact of more customer-friendly results year on year, particularly in the first quarter. …

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BHA shuffles 2015 fixture list to avoid clash

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in conjunction with Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), British Champions Series and Channel 4, is pleased to announce a series of alterations to the Fixture List from 2015 with the result of ensuring that Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting is no longer held on the same day as QIPCO British Champions Day in mid-October. The Showcase meeting will …

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BAGS to remind tracks to keep an eye on bookmakers

BAGS, the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service, has said that it will address the concerns highlighted by the Gambling Commission over the robustness of the mechanism to deliver SPs for greyhound racing. The organisation issued a statement, saying: “The Commission comments that although there will be no criminal charges, there remains a degree of concern about the integrity of the markets …

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Sahara trek raises £50,000 for Responsible Gambling Trust

The Responsible Gambling Trust has thanked volunteers who raised more than £50,000 for the charity on its latest fundraising expedition. A team of 21 volunteers trekked the Sahara Desert in March to raise funds for the UK’s leading funder of research, education and treatment of problem gambling. They have so far raised £52,000 with donations still being made. The organisation’s …

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Dispute over horseracing coverage continues in South Africa

A row over broadcast rights to horseracing in South Africa doesn’t appear to be heading to a conclusion soon if press statements from all the warring partners are any indication. The Phumelela-part owned Tellytrack has been aggressively defending its commercial licences of late by clamping down on any retail bookmaker showing its racing TV channel for the domestic environment. Tellytrack …

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Betting industry needs to strengthen greyhound SP system

The system that returns SPs in greyhound racing may be ‘inherently fragile and vulnerable to the risk of manipulation’ according to the Gambling Commission, and the regulator believes it’s up to the betting industry to do something about it. The concerns have been aired after the Gambling Commission investigated a series of suspicious betting patterns at Sittingbourne Greyhounds at the …

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Health & Safety review upgrades SIS OB operations

LBO channel broadcaster SIS Racing’s Outside Broadcast division is aiming to set new benchmarks in the way it operates its on-course services. SIS has launched several new initiatives in support of its field-based operational staff, including a dedicated website. Vic Ridley, Operations Manager, SIS Betting Support and OB Services, who has overseen the launch, said: “This is all part of …

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Tabcorp agrees deal for £58.4m ACTTAB

Australian wagering operator Tabcorp has reached an agreement with the Australian Capital Territory Government to acquire ACTTAB for AUS$105.5 million (£58.4m). ACTTAB is a territory-owned provider of totalisator and fixed odds wagering, Keno and Trackside products. The business offers its services and products through a distribution network comprised of 53 retail outlets located throughout Canberra, as well as telephone and …

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Talarius rejoins BACTA

Talarius, the UK’s largest operator of Adult Gaming Centres (AGCs), announced that it will be rejoining BACTA, citing the UK trade body for the amusements and leisure sector’s recent change in leadership. The company stepped down from BACTA in April last year, however, with the recent appointment of John White as BACTA’s new Chief Executive, Talarius will once again become …

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