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October 2017
Responsible Gambling Week comes to Glasgow
June 2017
Bookies launch responsible gambling campaign in Merkinch
May 2017
MSPs back responsible gambling campaign
March 2017
Winning the fight against crime
New figures have revealed a dramatic drop in recorded crime in bookmakers over the past five years.
February 2017
ABB tackles hidden problem of gambling among young
A new project aimed at tackling problem gambling among young people has been launched across the West of Scotland.
December 2016
Thousands back their local bookie
Thousands of betting shop customers in Scotland have backed their local bookie.
October 2016
Problem gambling fails as more Scots take a punt
Problem gambling in Scotland fell in 2015 as more people gambled, according to Scottish Government figures.

Scots betting chief warns further regulation could cost jobs

Ladbrokes Coral boss Jim Mullen has passionately defended the industry he first joined as a teenager, urging politicians to think about the potential impact of further regulation on the industry. Speaking at a Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Glasgow Talks event, Mr Mullen, who is originally from Lanarkshire, said the industry was committed to tackling problem gambling, with shop staff trained to intervene when problems arose. He said that with 19,000 employees Ladbrokes was one of the biggest retailers in the UK and warned that calls for further regulation, including a £2 stake cap on gaming machines, would have a devastating economic impact. Read an interview with Jim Mullen >

ABB in the news

"The stakes are high for bookmakers." Read the article >

"Don't believe the spin." Read the article >

"Sniffy middle-class forget that betting shops helps keep town centres alive." Read the article >

"Closing high street shops will not make problem gambling go away."  Read the article >

"Don't bet on the bookies being able to beat tax hikes and over regulation." Read the article >

"Game on to ensure UK's betting responsibly." Read the article >

"Tough times ahead for independent bookies but don't write them all off." Read the article >


ABB has produced a number of useful guides which highlight its commitment to responsible gambling and the positive economic contribution the industry makes.

Myths & Machines >
Why High Street Betting Shops are the Safer Bet >
Betting Shops - Supporting Scotland's Economy >

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