Our Members

ABB Scotland represents some of Scotland’s biggest and best known bookmakers including Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Paddy Power and Scotbet, as well as a host of smaller, independent bookmakers, many of them family run over many decades.

Ladbrokes Coral is one of the world’s largest betting companies and the biggest operator in Scotland with almost 440 shops employing around 2,500 people. The company contributes around £12 million to the economy and sponsors the Scottish Premier Football League, the Scottish Grand National in Ayr and the Lanark Silver Bell.

One of the oldest bookmakers in the UK, William Hill traces its history back to the early 1930s. Today the company has a global reach with operations in 10 countries including Italy, Israel, Spain, The Phillipines, Australia and the US. In Scotland, William Hill operates around 300 shops and employs 1,500 people. William Hill is a major supporter of Scottish sport as sponsors of the Scottish Cup and Ayr Gold Cup.

Ireland’s largest bookmaker, Paddy Power also has a substantial presence in Scotland with 20 shops across the country, employing around 100 people.

Formed in the early 1990s, Scotbet is the largest independent high street bookmaker in Scotland. Headquartered in Edinburgh, it has around 50 shops in Central Scotland, the Borders and the Highlands. The company employs around 150 people, many of them in smaller communities.

Among our smaller members are Glasgow based Morton Bookmakers, one of Scotland’s oldest bookmakers and Freddie Williams Bookmakers in Ayrshire, established four decades ago by one of the legendary figures of Scottish betting and still family run.

The bookie at the heart of the community

There are fewer independent bookmakers in Scotland than ever before but these businesses - often family run over many decades - continue to provide employment and enjoyment for local people. Julie Williams runs one of the Scotland's longest running bookmakers, establised more than 40 years ago by her father. In this Scotsman profile, Julie talks about her story, her commitment to responsible gambling and the role her business plays as a community hub. Read the article >

View from the shop floor

With almost 25 years experience in the betting industry between them, Fiona Scott and Tracey Campbell are typical of our experienced shop staff - passionate about their customers and communities and committed to promoting responsible gambling. Fiona and Tracey share their own experiences and their fears for the future of the industry and the 5,000 jobs it supports in Scotland.


Read their stories >

Back Your Local Bookie

Thousands of betting shop customers in Scotland have backed a campaign to support their local bookie. Increased regulation and competition in the gambling industry have taken their toll on high street betting in the UK with more than 300 shops shut over the past two years, including dozens in Scotland. A new website Back Your Local Bookie has been set up to allow customers and staff to show their backing for the industry as the UK Government considers further regulation of betting shops.

Learn more about Back your Local Bookie and Sign the Petition >

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