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Casino Life Issue 136 Guest Comment by Brigid Simmonds Chairman of the UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC)


The Betting and Gaming Council launched last November, and we’ve brought together betting shops, online operators and Casinos as one voice, representing 90% of the overall gambling sector.

It’s an exciting opportunity for everyone, to raise standards across the industry, and highlight all the work we do together to make gambling an enjoyable and safe leisure activity as we can for all of our customers, wherever and however they choose to gamble.

And we have a lot of customers that enjoy what we do – betting and gaming has played an important part in the social lives of people for many years. 46% of the population gamble at least once a month and the overwhelming majority do so safely. We also employ collectively over 100,000 people, with 14,000 people working in casinos alone. As an industry we contribute over £3billion a year to the treasury and make an important contribution to both our high streets and tourism industry.

To read more please click here see page 5 Casino Life Issue 136