Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Tag: Social Responsibility

John White:“Bacta is made up of many businesses large and small sitting across a £2 billion industry employing tens of thousands of people. Ensuring we can deliver for all...

John White Bacta Convention speech
From the machinery of Bacta to the machinations of politics and regulation, CEO John White delivered one of the most extensive reports to the association in many years. But then it was the first major political gathering for the industry since 2019 and with so much on the association’s agenda, a 5,000 word speech was a real deal for the membership. From the gambling review to the Gambling Commission, the seaside to the high street, White took the AGM on a journey through the challenges and changes facing the industry now. Coinslot features the Bacta CEO’s speech in full.

Gambling Commission: “…if anyone is thinking this will mean our priorities will change, they are mistaken. In fact, the Gambling Commission is coming out of this year more focussed...

Sarah Gardner Gambling Commission Bacta Convention 21
The Gambling Commission’s Sarah Gardner stepped in for interim CEO Andrew Rhodes at this year’s Bacta Convention to deliver a detailed and wide ranging communique to the industry - we’re “on the right track” she noted, but more needs to be done.

MERKUR mark a year of positivity as 360 Social Responsibility Program celebrates its first birthday

Sascha Blodau Merkur UK 360 Social responsibility Program first birthday
In October 2020 MERKUR UK General Manager, Sascha Blodau, used the pages of Coinslot to announce the launch of the company’s 360 Program and with it a pledge to take a proactive stance in setting new Social Responsibility standards in the domestic low stake high street gambling entertainment sector.

Regulator’s Tim Miller to address Bacta SR Exchange

Tim Miller Gambling Commission Bacta SR Exchange
SR is right up the Gambling Commission’s street, so who better to deliver the opening guest speech at November’s Bacta SR Exchange than the event circuit’s favourite regulatory figure Tim Miller

Speeding up the SR agenda

Elizabeth Speed Bacta SR Exchange agenda
In the run-up to the Bacta SR exchange which takes place on November 10, Coinslot caught up with Elizabeth Speed, General Counsel, Novomatic UK and chair of Bacta’s social responsibility committee.

OKTO: leading the way in safe, secure, seamless and socially responsible digital payments

OKTO ACOS Simon Dorsen socially responsible digital payments
OKTO, the leading digital payment solutions provider, that counts Xbox, Vodafone and Sony among its portfolio of blue-chip partners, has hit the ground running following its entry into the UK gaming sector.

Bacta bolsters SR team

Russell Edge Bacta compliance appointment
Bacta has made a key appointment to its SR team with the appointment of Russell Edge to the role of Membership, Social Responsibility and Compliance Manager.

Quentin Stott: “Those businesses that invest will get the return”

Quentin Stott Reflex Gaming ACOS 2021
Quentin Stott, managing director of Reflex Gaming, is looking forward to ACOS next week. But then he should be, his company has spent the Covid-era pumping out new games and developing its systems. “We are pointed in a very good direction,” he told Coinslot ahead of his trip to London

Bacta opens portal to improved management and customer tools

Bacta portal goes live
Bacta’s innovative Portal, which allows gambling venues to maintain paperless records of all their customer interactions and self-exclusions, has gone live today. A year in the making, the technological offering will enable members to hone in on efficiencies and develop their social responsibility activities.

BGC reminds government of industry’s progress as gambling review concludes

Wes Himes Betting and Gaming Council Gambling Review
Eager to share the Betting and Gaming Council’s successes with a government currently reviewing gambling regulation, Wes Himes, executive director for standards and innovation at the trade body, wrote a piece for Politics Home detailing all the work done by the BGC since its inception in 2019. And it’s an impressive and engaging transformation from a sector which struggled so desperately with its image pre-BGC days.

Gambling Commission welcomes scrutiny of upcoming review

Tim Miller Gambling Commission executive director
In his ‘Social Responsibility for Gambling Operators’ keynote at the recent Know How’s 2021 conference, Gambling Commission executive director Tim Miller

Bacta confirms Annual Convention, Parliamentary Reception and SR Exchange dates for November

Bacta SR Exchange Parliamentary Reception dates
Bacta has announced the dates of its upcoming SR Exchange, Parliamentary Reception and Annual Convention 2021, with all three events set to be held throughout November.

‘EUROMAT’S biggest challenge is addressing the ignorance that exists amongst policy makers and politicians about our industry’

Jason Frost EUROMAT re-elected
Jason Frost has been reappointed President of EUROMAT and the former Bacta National President wants to waste no time implementing what is an ambitious pipeline of initiatives and campaigns.

OKTO unlocks digital payments directly on to Regal gaming machines across UK pubs

Okto.wallet Regal Gaming UK Pubs
Regal Gaming has raised the bar for pubgoers with the introduction of OKTO.WALLET which allows machine players across the UK to make secure, cashless, mobile payments.

Lifting all restrictions is ‘absolutely critical’ argues pub CEO

Greene King Pubs social distancing restrictions
Greene King says it’s ready to open and play its part in kick-starting the UK economy provided there are no further restrictions and that includes the introduction of vaccine passports.

BactaPortal: Putting Social Responsibility front and centre

bactaPortal launch
Bacta has launched its latest member information resource - the bactaPortal. Steph Norbury talks us through the initiative and explains how it works and how it delivers a ‘more joined-up approach’.

Merkur announces launch of Customer Experience Groups as part of 360 safer gambling commitment

Lola Wood Merkur UK Customer Experience 360 initiative
The ‘Know Your Customer’ philosophy is at the heart of Merkur UK’s latest 360 initiative which has been designed to deliver a safer playing experience for all of its customers.

A portal in any storm

Bacta Portal
Bacta has launched a new business tool bringing more compliance and social responsibility functions to the fingertips of its members. The Bacta Portal is going live soon.

Gauselmann UK argues for the ‘freedom to innovate’ in Gambling Review submission

Sascha Blodau Gauselmann Gambling Review submission
Gauselmann UK has provided government with a comprehensive perspective on the challenges facing the industry and above all wants the review of gambling to provide an opportunity to innovate whilst upholding the highest standards of social responsibility.

Bacta ban on under 18’s playing Cat D complex machines in place from March

Bacta Cat D age limit increase March
From the 1st of March, Bacta Division 1 members will voluntarily raise the age limit for Category D complex machines to 18.

Game Payment: Solving cashless and social responsibility concerns in one smartphone app

Game Payment app cashless solution
As is the case with many great innovations, the Game Payment app, headed by industry trade association Bacta, and supported by directors from Reflex and Essex Leisure, is proving to be useful beyond its intended means as a cashless solution. Reflex’s Mat Ingram reveals that the app’s potential to solve ongoing social responsibility concerns has become its most important feature.

Gambling Business Group: ‘Legislation should not be based on misleading headlines or distorted facts’

gambling review legislation GBG Peter Hannibal
The Gambling Business Group (GBG) has welcomed the long-awaited review of gambling, confirming the importance of preserving the UK industry’s respected position on the world stage.

McArthur strikes conciliatory tone for Safer Gambling Week

Neil McArthur UKGC Gambling Commission Safer Gambling Week
The UKGC head honcho has acknowledged the challenges faced by operators throughout the pandemic, and said the industry’s commitment to social responsibility

Time for a vital review: Flutter chief calls for regulatory overhaul

Flutter Gambling Act self-regulation
Peter Jackson of Dublin’s Flutter Entertainment group says that a review of the Gambling Act is vital to correct the “piecemeal” inconsistencies of online operators self-regulating.

Gambling pandemic? What gambling pandemic?

Gambling Commission showing online casino takings dropping off
Another month, another set of falling numbers with data from the Gambling Commission showing online casino takings dropping off in September as players switched focus to the resumption of top-flight footy

Safer gambling expert Pieter Remmers joins Gauselmann UK’s 360 Advisory Board

Pieter Remmers joins 360 advisory board
Gauselmann UK has moved quickly to establish its 360 programme, inviting one of the world’s leading responsible gambling experts to join its Advisory Board.

Bacta bans under-18s playing Category D cash fruit machines

Bacta Category D under 18s Cash Fruit Machines
In a radical move away from decades of playing on ‘fruit machines’, Bacta members have decided to raise the age limit for players to 18.

Former parliamentary adviser among new YGAM recruits

YGAM James Matthewson and Jo Burnham
As safer gambling charity YGAM continues to expand its reach and impact the organisation has added two new faces to its comms team, both with significant political heft.

Statistics show addiction treatment effective for the bulk of NGTS clients

Marc Etches GambleAware report
A report from GambleAware suggests that a full 60 per cent of those who complete one of its NGTS treatment programmes reduce problem play to the extent they are no longer determined to be “problem gamblers”

Gauselmann’s 360 programme will uncover lessons for the industry, states Bacta chief executive

Bacta John White Gauselmann UK 360 Programme Social Responsibility
The 360 programme announced by Gauselmann UK is already on the radar of the industry’s most influential individuals and organisations.