Tag: UK

NHS boss calls for mandatory gambling treatment levy

UK NHS gambling harm reform
Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for NHS England, says the public sector is left to “pick up the pieces” of gambling harm - and criticised the current voluntary funding system.

BetConstruct Given the Green Light to Provide Talisman & Big Hi-Lo under its UKGC Licence

BetConstruct green light Provide Talisman & Big Hi-Lo under its UKGC Licence
SoftConstruct (Malta) Limited is pleased to inform about the successful registration of Talisman & Big Hi-Lo with the UKGC.

Sazka hires UK’s Olympic bid-winner for National Lottery effort

Sazka hires Sir Keith Mills National Lottery bid
Czech gambling operator, Sazka, has hired the chairman of London’s 2012 Olympic bid to support its application to run the UK's National Lottery.

Pragmatic Solutions granted a B2B remote operating licence in the UK

Pragmatic Solutions granted UK b2b licence
Rapidly growing iGaming platform technology provider, Pragmatic Solutions, has obtained a Remote Operating Licence to support their service to UK-licenced gaming operators.

Wiggin: Clarification on the ‘credit conundrum’

credit conundrum Wiggin
It came as no surprise when the UK’s Gambling Commission announced that its licensees were to be banned from accepting payments from domestic players via credit cards, writes Jason Fisher, partner at Wiggin. There were, however, questions in the market as to the exact reach of this prohibition and how it would be applied in practice.

Virtual Grand National raises £2.6m for the NHS

Virtual Grand National NHS Fundraising
British bookmakers donated £2.6m in profits to the UK’s National Health Service after the Grand National became the first televised virtual horse race

UK Racing likely to be suspended until June

Nick Rust British Horseracing Authority racing resumption estimate
The British Horseracing Authority said it hopes to resume flat racing behind closed doors at some stage in May - although June appears to be the new favourite.

Business rate relief expanded to gaming firms

UK High Street Bookmakers
High street bookmakers have been thrown a vital lifeline, with the chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing they are now eligible for business rate relief.

State interventions: mixed blessings for gambling firms

Unprecedented stimulus packages have assured consumer demand remains buoyant through the coronavirus pandemic. This bodes well for online firms while..

British bookies on voluntary shirt sponsorship ban

Shit sponsorship british bookies gambling
Following last month’s furore over gambling companies streaming FA matches through their apps, leading British bookies are now considering a voluntary ban..

Only three charities qualify for RET contributions

RET Contributions
The UK Gambling Commission has published its list of just three approved charities to which licensed operators must direct their annual contributions for..

In-app streaming deals trigger MPs ahead of gambling review

FA streaming MP gambling
News of the UK Football Association allowing betting firms to live stream matches has triggered an emotional debate in the House of Commons in January..

Is cash out creating bad feeling between bookies and bettors?

cash out betting bookies Richard Hayler
Over the past few years, cash out has rapidly become an obligatory part of a bookies’ offer, but despite its ubiquity, customers still harbour major..

UK market weighs impact of credit card betting ban

UK Credit Card betting ban
While intuitive and politically popular, the UK’s ban on betting with credit cards has been criticised as yet another simplistic solution to a complex problem, with dubious benefits for vulnerable groups.

Bidders line up for UK National Lottery tender

National Lottery tender
Several big names have already thrown their hats in the ring for a licence to run the UK’s largest gambling operator, the National Lottery.

Participation, problem gambling down in UK, says no one

Problem Gambling Survey UK
A new poll from the Health Survey of England shows both gambling participation and problem gambling have continued to fall in 2018 - yet UK papers are determined to..

New UK parliament to press on with gambling regulation

Boris Johnson Conservative election
Business has bounced in the wake of an emphatic election victory for the Conservative Party. For gambling companies this may be seen as the least-worst..

Time to rally the troops

David Clifton Politics UK Gambling Act
The UK government’s more radical tendencies can only be tempered by a united industry making a compelling case for self-regulation - writes David Clifton..

MPs vow to ‘go after’ online firms ‘just like we did with FOBTs’

MPs online firms
The assault on British betting shops has done little to dampen anti-gambling fervour in Westminster, as MPs release yet another radical report - this time..

UK election aftermath ‘incredibly difficult’ to plan for, says EY 

UK election
Irena Scullion, Senior Manager from EY, talks us through the main political parties’ manifestos, and the potential impact on the gambling sector.

UK election hopefuls put gambling in the crosshairs

Election Gambling Commission Westminster
As British voters head towards the third general election in just four years, it appears all the manifestos on offer include a significant tightening of..

Gambling Business Group: Betting on the future

GBG betting william hill
William Hill has taken a progressive step to reposition the gambling experience and it’s not a moment too soon, states Peter Hannibal, CEO of the..

Lib dems call demand ‘overhaul’ of responsible gambling approach

Jo Swinson Lib Dems overhaul responsible gambling
The UK’s third political party, the Liberal Democrats, have upped their rhetoric on British gambling ahead of the snap election - calling for an overhaul of responsible messaging

Regulus: The UK and its gambling growth myth

Regulus UK gambling growth
Crowing about growth may attract talent and investors, but as we’ve seen in the UK gambling market, too much success can also raise the wrong eyebrows..

Redefining ‘money’s worth’ could capture more than loot boxes

gambling redefining loot boxes
In efforts to ensure loot boxes can be covered by UK regulations, a DCMS select committee is recommending a broadening of the term “money’s worth” within..

UKGC ‘persuaded’ of credit card betting harm, consults on action

UKGC credit card betting
The UK Gambling Commission says it is already persuaded of the “risks of harm associated with using credit cards for online gambling” and is launching..

David Clifton: Why small operators should take note of Big Five pledge

David Clifton Big Five Pledge
As Britain’s largest operators commit to a tenfold increase in funding for research and treatment of problem gambling, we asked licensing expert...

Gamesys launches Virgin Bet sportsbook with SBTech

Gamesys launches Virgin Bet
Gamesys is hoping to shake up the UK market with a new sportsbook product, Virgin Bet, backed by one of the world’s best known brands, and powered by..

Britain’s opposition party demands licence reapplication for all UK firms

Tom Watson MP online UK Licence reapplication
The opposition Labour Party has called for all online operators in the UK to be forced to reapply for their licences. Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson made

British bosses at odds over sport sponsorship

Football Sponsorship
As GVC’s Kenny Alexander announces he will unilaterally pull all ads and sponsorship from British sport, while challenging others to do the same, rival..