Bacta to assemble in the Birdcage

Bacta Convention
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The industry gathers forces in a fortnight’s time in what will be one of the most important gatherings in its history. The Bacta Convention is back on the schedule and with a weighty agenda to boot.


The Bacta Convention returns on 25 November with its first in-person assembly for two years at a new venue at 1 Birdcage Walk, London. The occasion will be dominated by discourse on the gambling review with John Whittingdale MP, the former Gambling Minister, addressing Bacta members with what is hoped will be a valuable insight into Government position on the review.

Andrew Rhodes, interim CEO at the Gambling Commission, will also speak during the morning session of the event – his first face to face engagement with the industry en masse. So briefly in the post, his immediate criticisms of the industry will likely not go unchallenged, particularly with the backdrop of problem gambling rates dropping to their lowest ever level. In addition, business and economics research specialists Cebr will present their report on the size and impact of the AGC sector.

The rest of the day will follow the traditional pattern, with Jimmy Thomas, Chairman of the bacta Charitable Trust making a presentation of the trust’s activities, Chris Haley, Bacta Treasurer, will present the accounts for the year, and Martin Burlin, EAG Chairman, up dating members on the exhibition. In addition, Jason Frost, former bacta President and President of EUROMAT, will update members on the situation in Europe.

Elections will be held and John White will compere a Division Open Forum, comprising of Joseph Cullis, Peter Davies, Steve Ambrose and Tony Boulton for Divisions 1,2,3 and 4 respectively. Bacta President Greg Wood and Vice President Trevor Sutton will also address the delegation during the event.

Trevor Sutton commented: “This Bacta Convention will be particularly important for our members. It will provide an opportunity for us all to take stock of what we have endured over the past couple of years, when our businesses were forced to close and our meetings had to be held remotely. This coming together of our association in London creates a focus for us all on the challenges that still face us and the opportunities that we might explore. I am particularly looking forward to hearing what John Whittingdale MP will say to us, although his tenure as Minister Responsible for Gambling was unfortunately rather short, he is a long-time friend to the industry and should be able to reveal some of the key aims of Government as we head into the Gambling Review.”

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