The Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association have joined forces to unify opinions on the gambling sector.
UK.- The Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association have joined forces. They have combined into the Betting and Gaming Council, which will give a united voice to the UK gambling sector.
The group will formally launch later this year, in autumn, and will allow UK-licencees to apply for membership.
Brigid Simmonds will step down from her CEO position at the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to chair the Council. She will leave her current position on October 11.
“The gambling industry is a hugely significant contributor to the leisure industry and the economy,” Simmonds said. “There are however, critical issues facing the sector and that is why I will ensure creating a safe gambling environment is top priority.”
Simon Emeny, BBPA Chairman, said: “During her tenure, Brigid has led numerous successful campaigns to reduce beer duty and improve access for pubs to business rates relief.
“She is powerful in her argument and a rapier-sharp in negotiating with politicians. I know I speak on behalf of all the BBPA members when I say that the BBPA’s loss is most definitely the gambling industry’s gain.”