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LBO staff take 1m signatures to Downing Street

Betting shop staff are to present a petition signed by 1m people to Downing Street today in a bid to get the government to push back its current relentless changes to the regulation of bookmakers. Campaigns against FOBTs, so called ‘clustering’ of shops and the accusations that the industry is targeting poor areas has left the government feeling vulnerable to …

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Commission begins review of conditions and codes

The UK Gambling Commission has started a review into strengthening the social responsibility and player protection/harm minimisation elements of its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice, and its Guidance to Licensing Authorities. This review was referenced at page 8 of the LCCP responses document published on 31 March. The review, which is being led by Gambling Commission Commissioner Rachel Lampard, takes …

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Mark Davies Camberton: gambling industry has fallen behind the curve

Ahead of the Betting on Football Conference – 8th of May Stamford Bridge, Team SBC catches up with Mark Davies of Camberton Public Relations to discuss marketing context and brand management ahead of new legislation for igaming and sports betting operators. Mark Davies is an expert at gaming and sports betting public relations, corporate communications, reputation management and stakeholder management. …

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Coral Connect demonstrates Playtech’s multi-channel solution

Playtech, the international designer, developer and licensor of software for the online, mobile, TV and land-based gaming industry, has announced the successful launch of its ground-breaking “multi-channel” solution – which was heavily previewed at this year’s ICE Totally Gaming show. Multi-channel is already fully operational across the entire Coral betting shop estate in the UK, 1,800 shops. The “Coral Connect” …

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Culture secretary quits over expenses scandal

UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller has quit following a long-standing row over expenses. In a letter to the Prime Minister, she said the controversy ‘has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing’. Miller had been sanctioned by the independent parliamentary commissioner for standards over expenses claims for a second home that her parents lived in and …

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Cameron to order review of FOBTs

UK newspaper The Guardian yesterday broke the news that Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a review of the UK Gambling Code of Conduct. Reports suggest that the Prime Minister is keen to issue wagering restrictions and add further amendments to the Code. In a supposed leaked letter to the newspaper, the PM asks that the voluntary code introduced in …

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David McMorrow: The changing face of the betting shop

BettorRetail frontman David McMorrow, former marketing guru at William Hill and Ladbrokes, discusses with SBC’s David Kelly how loyalty cards and gaming machines have energised retailers, although difficulties remain. How has Odds On!-Ladbrokes’ loyalty reward programme, changed the retail betting industry? Odds On! was the first betting loyalty card on the high street and was launched back in 2008. While …

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Tax increase hits bookmaker shares

Shares in Ladbrokes fell by almost 12 percent to 139.8p yesterday, while market leader William Hill was down 7 percent at 350.1p, as the market responded to Chancellor George Osborne’s latest tax raid on the betting industry. The Treasury increased the rate of Machine Games Duty (MGD) on games with a stake higher than £5 from 20% to 25%, with …

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Government ‘soaking’ of bookmakers will have consequences

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) claims that Chancellor George Osborne’s increase in tax on B2 Gaming Machines to 25% could see 30 per cent of the country’s betting shops in jeopardy. The organisation said in a statement: “The impact of the new Machine Games Duty (MGD) which came into effect last year and cost the industry an extra £50 …

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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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