Licensed operators make their point at open events
Date: 4 March
The Gambling Commission’s nationwide series of open events are
proving an effective platform for meeting and discussing issues
with groups of smaller licensed operators.
In total to date, more than 200 smaller gambling businesses have
attended the first five of the 15 events, in Bolton, Lancaster,
Cardiff, Chester and Plymouth. Arcade operators, off-course
bookmakers, on course bookmakers and gaming machine suppliers have
attended the events.
The main feature of each day has been an open forum with senior
figures at the Commission. Operators have been able to make clear
their concerns about the industry and the Commission has clarified
its approach to issues such as self-exclusion and test
There has been a frank exchange of views at each event and
despite the difficult economic times in the industry the majority
of operators have backed the events. To date, over 70% of those who
attended rated the overall day as good or excellent overall.
The Commission’s Chief Executive Jenny Williams, who attended
the events in Cardiff and Chester, said: “This has been an
invaluable opportunity to listen to the industry’s concerns about
the impact of the Gambling Act 2005 and to explain our
“We look forward to meeting more operators and hearing what they
have to say in the next three months.”
Still to come are towns and cities as diverse as Weymouth (next
event on Monday 22 March), Louth, Rotherham and Dunblane. Operators
can find out more or book a place by calling (0121) 230 6666 or
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest. It does so by keeping crime out of
gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly,
and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed
or exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating
all gambling in Great Britain other than the National Lottery and
spread betting, which are the responsibility of the National
Lottery Commission and the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
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