Open events

What is an open event?

An opportunity for smaller licensed operators to air concerns and suggestions regarding compliance with the Gambling Act 2005. At the same time we update attendees on our developing approach to risk based regulation.

This is part of a nationwide exercise to develop our relationship with smaller licensed operators - without relying on time consuming compliance visits.

We hosted 15 open events at locations covering England, Scotland and Wales between February and June 2010. Key decision makers from the Commission attended each of the events and in total, 622 representatives of 592 smaller licensed operators attended. The attendance represents 31% of Commission licensed Category A – C operators in the AGC/FEC and non-remote betting sectors.

We covered a range of topics, selected following feedback from operators, and including fees, keeping children out, regulatory returns and effective self-exclusion.

We also invited suggestions on topics to be discussed via bookings. Specific sessions were available for on-course bookmakers, arcades and off-course bookmakers.

We have published an information update detailing some of the issues discussed at the open events held in 2010:

Open events information update - September 2010

There are no open events scheduled at present, but if you would like to register an interest in attending future events or would like further information please contact us.

Events were held in York, Watford, Dunblane, Newcastle, Norwich, Rotherham, Walsall, Bolton, Lancaster, Cardiff, ChesterPlymouth, Weymouth and Louth.


Page last reviewed: June 2011