Blogs

September 18, 2020

Jenni Garratt: Betting shops are top of the league for preventing under-18s using betting products

Jenni Garratt of Serve Legal writes about how consistent age verification testing has driven up pass rates.   It’s a very straight forward situation. Excluding the […]
September 14, 2020

Brigid Simmonds: We are delighted that betting shops are open again, but the Government must do more to save the High Street

I really enjoy shopping, but the best trips are those where you can combine browsing your favourite store in the high street, while having some leisure […]
September 4, 2020

Graham Sharpe: Reflecting on 60 years since the legalisation of betting shops provides a warning for the future

Like many youngsters in the late 1960s, I wanted to rebel in some shape or form. So when I was temporarily out of work as a […]
July 25, 2020

Alex Oswald: It’s time for the Scottish Government to tell casinos when they can get back to business

First thing’s first: we were delighted when word came through last week that casinos in England had been given the green light to open their doors […]
July 11, 2020

Matt Rudd: As a casino manager I’ve gone the extra mile to get ready for reopening. Now we’re asking government to give us the good news.

Moments before I sat down to write this blog, I received the pretty depressing news that casinos are set to remain closed for the foreseeable future. […]
July 9, 2020

Andy Bennett: The Scottish Government must lift the ludicrous restrictions on betting shops like mine before it’s too late

Covid-19 has changed the way we behave in so many different ways. Businesses closed their doors in mid-March, unsure if they would ever open again, as […]
June 27, 2020

John Heaton: The Scottish Government is treating bookmakers and their customers with contempt

John Heaton, Scotbet, writes:   Three months ago, we brought the shutters down on our 30 shops not knowing when they would open up again. It […]
June 25, 2020

John O’Reilly: It’s time for the Government to review their decision and let us reopen our casinos as soon as possible

John O’Reilly: It’s time for the Government to review their decision and let us reopen our casinos as soon as possible   It’s been a baffling […]
June 13, 2020

Michael Dugher: As the lockdown eases, betting shops are ready to re-open safely from June 15

Monday 15 June is a significant day for the country. After months of being closed, the UK Government announced that many ‘non-essential retail’ shops in England […]
June 10, 2020

Greg Knight: June 15 is a red letter day for the betting industry and I can’t wait to safely re-open our doors again.

June 15 is a red letter day for our industry, when thousands of betting shops across England open their doors again after nearly three months of […]