Tag Archives: Association of British Bookmakers (ABB)

William Hill confirms 700 shops to close following FOBT losses

UK bookmaker William Hill has confirmed that it will be closing approximately 700 betting shops, impacting 4,500 members of staff, following the introduction of the controversial FOBT legislation on 1 April. As detailed in a media statement, William Hill had entered into a consultation process with its retail colleagues. The statement explained: “This follows the Government’s decision to reduce the …

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Greyhound Board appoints former RSPCA Chief Exec as Chairman

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has announced the appointment of Jeremy Cooper as its new Chairman. Cooper’s last position was as Chief Executive of the RSPCA, where he devised and implemented a five-year strategic plan. Prior to that, he was responsible for overhauling the RSPCA Freedom Food brand and relaunching it as RSPCA Assured, while turning it into …

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Ladbrokes chief warns of £2 FOBT ramifications

Ladbrokes Coral Chief Executive Jim Mullen has emphasised that cutting the stakes of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will not only have negative economic implications, but will also “fail to adequately address any issue of problem gambling”. Mullen was responding to a report in the Sunday Times, which claimed newly appointed culture secretary Matt Hancock is in favour of delivering a …

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Malcolm George ABB – Industry must fight for fair narrative on problem gambling

Malcolm George the Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), has stated that the industry trade body is committed to cleaning up gambling’s image but warns that the ‘frenzied debate’ on problem gambling does not help any stakeholders. Speaking to PR-Week, George details that the UK betting industry has suffered ‘from a lack of quality debate’ and ‘media …

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Industry awaits ‘game changing’ DCMS industry FOBTs report

UK industry stakeholders are bracing themselves for this April’s industry review of fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs) and advertising standards by the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The DCMS industry publication could become an industry ‘game changer’ should the government move to reduce maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100 to a £2 limit, triggering the industry’s worst scenario. Focusing on improving …

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