About us

ABB Scotland is the trade body for high street betting shops in Scotland, a sector which employs 5000 people and contributes £110 million a year in taxes and business rates every year. Our members include Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Paddy Power, Scotbet and a host of smaller family run, independent Scottish bookmakers.

ABB Scotland promotes and represents the interests of the industry to decision makers and in the media. It also drives industry wide responsible gambling initiatives and makes regular submissions to the Scottish Government, UK Government and Gambling Commission on matters affecting betting shops.

Our members are regulated by the Gambling Commission and are subject to strict rules set out by the ABB in its Responsible Gambling Code. The Code covers a range of measures, including staff training, self exclusion, advertising, age verification and responsible gambling.

Betting shops were legalised in Scotland in 1961 and provide a safe environment where around 650,000 customers enjoy spending their leisure time and money in their local bookies.

The Safer Bet

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your local high street bookie? With contributions from shop staff, retail and business experts and the voluntary sector, this short video highlights the substantial contribution betting shops have made in Scotland, creating jobs and investment, providing community support and promoting responsible gambling. It's what makes them the safer bet.

Our Scotland Representative

ABB activity in Scotland is overseen by Donald Morrison, a communications professional with over 20 years experience in media relations and public affairs, including senior management roles. He has an MA Hons in History and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen and an LLM in International Law and Security from the University of Glasgow.

Donald is responsible for delivering the ABB's public relations strategy, acting as lead media spokesman, driving responsible gambling campaigns and engaging politicians, businesses, charities and community groups in support of the ABB's responsible gambling and community agenda.