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BGC demands reopening guarantees and no tax rises ahead of crucial budget 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has joined wider UK industries in calling for the HM Treasury to extend business rates relief and help the economy emerge from lockdown.  UK business currently waits for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to present his spring statement on Wednesday 3 March, when he will announce the Budget proposals for 2021, outlining the fiscal measures and …

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GambleAware reports positive NGTS Scotland & Wales results 

GambleAware has published its first report that tracks residents’ use and access to the ‘National Gambling Treatment Service’ (NGTS) facilities across Scotland and Wales. The data for Scotland and Wales has been independently collected by healthcare research consultancy ViewitUK – as GambleAware aims to provide stakeholders with a regional view of NGTS developments.  In Scotland, the NGTS treated a total …

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More than half of Scottish betting shops temporarily closed under Tier 4 measures

More than half of Scottish betting shops temporarily closed under Tier 4 measures

Approximately 500 betting shops are expected to close their doors in Scotland from Friday evening when a number of local authorities will enter ‘Level Four’ restrictions. Under the measures, all non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and all other hospitality across 11 authorities will be forced to close until 11 December as the government aims to suppress rising coronavirus cases. Announcing the …

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SNP warned of inbound job losses over tier-2 casino closures

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been warned by UK casino leaders that “hundreds of Scottish jobs’” have been placed at risk following the SNP’s enforcement that casino venues should be temporarily shut. New Scottish Government COVID-19 emergency measures enforced that any region placed under ‘Level 2’ requires local casinos to close entirely. Bosses have called on the Scottish First …

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SPFL launches Championship OTT powered by StreamAMG

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has launched an exclusive online streaming platform operated by OTT specialist StreamAMG, broadcasting all Scottish Championship matches. The OTT platform has been launched to cater for international audiences, helping overseas fans follow live action of Scotland’s second tier of professional football. Meanwhile, domestically Scottish Championship clubs will be allowed to use the platform for …

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Scottish restrictions ‘a huge blow’ for casinos says BGC

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at the new restrictions imposed by the Scottish government, warning that the measures ‘will come as a huge blow to casinos’. The new temporary measures, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday, came into force at 18:00 last night, and will run until Friday 25 October.  Casinos and bingo halls, in …

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Scotbet chairman calls for government support as ‘future remains uncertain’

John Heaton, Chairman of Scotbet, has stated that Scotland’s independent bookmakers are facing a fight for survival, as businesses enter an unprecedented autumn and winter trading period. Bookmakers in Scotland were permitted to reopen their doors in June – however, with current government restrictions, Heaton stated that ‘there is no end in sight to the economic calamity that Covid has …

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BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the governments of Scotland and Wales to publish their plans with regards to reopening casino venues, bringing clarity to affected employees and business owners. As England’s casinos begin to reopen from Saturday 1 August, Scottish and Welsh counterparts remain in the dark, having been given no indication as to their future business …

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