Tag Archives: Malcolm George

Rumoured RGA and ABB merger seeks to alter industry perceptions

UK betting seeks to revamp its public image and wider perception as UK news sources report a potential merger between trade associations Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). A job post on executive search site Ellwood Atfield reports on the formation of ‘NEWCO’, “the working title for a new industry body representing the gambling sector, …

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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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New Gambling Commission stats reveal “very bad news” for betting shops

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has expressed that the latest statistics from the Gambling Commission display “very bad news” for the future of British betting shops. The Gambling Commission revealed that there are now 8,502 betting shops in the UK, a fall of almost 4% within the last six months and a number that represents a continual decline in betting …

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Responsible gambling is at the ‘heart’ of betting shops Peter Craske – ABB

Ahead of next month’s triennial stakes and prizes review by the DCMS, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has reiterated that betting shops continue to offer ‘the safest place to gamble on the high street’. The government is facing mounting pressure from lobbying groups to slash the maximum stakes of FOBTs to just £2, however, the gambling industry has warned …

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ABB comes to the defence of FOBTS

Talking to Paddy O’Connell on BBC Radio Four last Sunday (3 September), The Association of British Bookmakers CEO Malcolm George said that a ‘pan industry solution’ is required if Britain wants to solve problem gambling. George details that the ‘personal interaction’ and ‘face-to-face interaction’ that is utilised in betting shops from shop staff who are able to build a stronger connection …

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GamCare – Betting shops back initiative to help problem gamblers in Chinatown

Betting shops in Chinatown are supporting an initiative by GamCare to offer multi-lingual counselling and treatment programmes for anyone encountering difficulty with their gambling. The service, which is provided by GamCare and ‘The Chinese National Healthy Living Centre’ (CNHLC), means confidential counselling services are provided by a team of qualified and experienced counsellors who speak the languages represented in the …

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Betting industry opens up machine data for evaluation by PwC

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to evaluate Player Awareness Systems (PAS), an independent recent betting industry initiative designed to help people avoid gambling-related harm when using gaming machines in licensed betting offices. PAS systems analyse the behaviour of those logged in and playing on gaming machines, assessing behaviour against a range of problem gambling markers. Alerts …

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ABB – Betting shops to introduce “Responsible Gambling Code” from 1st November

The UK’s eight million betting shop customers are to benefit from improved standards to help them bet safely and responsibly from 1st November, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has announced. The “Responsible Gambling Code” will be introduced by all members of the ABB, and encapsulates a ban on the advertising of gaming machines in shop windows, the development of …

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ABB appoints Malcolm George as new CEO

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has appointed former Dell Government Executive Director Malcolm George as its new CEO. George will take over the leadership of the trade association which was temporarily left without a CEO following the departure of interim CEO Martin Cruddace to Arena Racing Company. George will be the long term replacement to ABB former CEO Dirk …

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