Retail

Budget bumps up machine tax for bookies

In an unexpected blow for the bookmaking sector, Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the Machine Games Duty tax rate for B2 gaming machines is to increase to 25% from 20%. In the budget statement, Osbourne said: “The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has a review underway to consider the regulation of Category B2 gaming machines (also known as …

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Bingo duty cut sees immediate market growth

The Rank Group has committed to a programme of investment and job creation in its bingo clubs as a consequence of today’s Budget announcement that bingo duty would be reduced from 20% to 10%. The duty reduction brings the taxation of bingo into line with most forms of gambling in Great Britain, including sports betting, football pools and online gambling …

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Belfast High Court refuses Ladbroke’s appeal against planning decision

A Belfast High Court judge has rejected all aspects of an appeal from Ladbrokes against a decision of the NI Planning Service to grant planning permission for the extension of two local independent bookmakers outlets in the city. Sean Graham and Toal’s bookmakers were granted planning approval to extend their outlets in Castle Street and High Street respectively. Ladbrooke’s parent …

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Gala Coral gets Thorne on its side

Gala Coral Group has announced that Fiona Thorne has joined its management team in the newly created role of Corporate Affairs Director. Thorne, former CEO of Fishburn Hedges, takes up her new role in early April. She will report to Gala Coral Group CEO Carl Leaver. In the new role Thorne will be responsible for the development and delivery of …

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‘Impossible’ task of finding a new Ralph Topping

William Hill chairman Gareth Davies has described the task of finding a like-for-like replacement for CEO Ralph Topping as ‘impossible’. With Topping looking to take retirement next year, it has fallen to Davies to head up the search for his successor and it is something that he ‘really goes to town on’. Speaking with CITY AM, Davies said that Topping …

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Betfred Refunds United Title Bets

Betfred has taken the unusual approach of refunding all customers who placed a bet on Manchester United winning the English Premier League. Owner Fred Done, who has made considerable marketing gains by settling title bets early, is now taking a different approach in a move which will cost the firm £200,000. Done told the Manchester Evening News: “These loyal fans …

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Webis Holdings Enter Pari Mutuel Partnership with Hong Kong Jockey Club

Hong Kong Jockey Club Horse Race Betting Limited (HKJC) and Webis Holdings have confirmed a partnership to allow Webis Holdings’ WatchandWager.com brand  access to promote HKJC “pari-mutuel” pools. Webis Holdings commented that the deal was the first of its kind, as “no other wagering operator in the world is currently able to wager internationally into these betting pools.” Connecting into …

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Bookies Fund Wi-Fi at Cheltenham

UK Bookmakers have donated a vast sum of money in order to improve the Wi-Fi  network at the historic Cheltenham Racecourse. The group consisting of Coral, BetVictor, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Paddy Power and bet365, have donated to the racecourse management in order to improve mobile access and connection for punters at the Cheltenham Festival. In previous race years certain areas …

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Susan Boyle wanted ‘normal’ betting shop job

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has explained her application for a cashier’s job in her local betting shop as a ‘desire to be normal’. The performer, who shot to global recognition after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent with a rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Misérables, had picked up an application form from a Ladbrokes shop in her West …

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Boylesports to buy up its HQ

Irish bookmaker Boylesports is planning on investing €1.5m (£1.2m) to buy its headquarters in Louth as the property comes up for sale at auction. According to the Irish Independent, it is part of a wider trend within the business to start buying up the properties from which the bookmaker does its business – it suggested that Boylesports is in active …

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