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  • Independent bookies appeal to Theresa May over FOBTs

    first_img Independent bookmakers in the United Kingdom have made a written appeal to Prime Minister Theresa May, imploring the disregarding of a proposed £2 Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) maximum stake.Ahead of government judgement on proposed wagering reduction, various representatives issued a reminder and agreement with May when she stated “From dynamic start-ups to established family firms, our small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our country,” and a desire to “want to build an economy that works for all, and that means working with, and listening to, smaller firms.”However, in an era when “betting shops are already closing at an alarming rate,” the independent bookies state that a £2 maximum stake will essentially represent a ban on FOBTs and as a result throw small businesses onto the scrap heap.Discussing the potential fallout of such a stark reduction in its letter, independent bookies state that: “Customers will not play FOBT games at this staking level as they are unable to spread their bets and de-risk their play. “These are gaming customers who will not switch to betting on horses or football but will simply go online or to other venues and we will not be able to compete or trade as viable businesses. “At a £2 stake many of our family enterprises will close, our staff – including members of our own families – will lose their jobs, and all the monies to government, local councils and racing will be lost. The consequences for our businesses would quite simply be disastrous.Before urging the government to, in essence, consider advice from within: “The government’s own advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), warn “we would find it difficult to regard so strong an action (cutting from £100 to £2) as being proportionate on the basis of the existing evidence” and could lead to “a variety of unintended and potentially harmful consequences.”Another key area of discussion is responsible gambling, with the letter highlighting stringent staff training and insisting good customer service in part of their DNA: “We are not faceless companies. We are small businesses who know our customers well, and have survived in the face of stiffer and stiffer competition from major operators, the expansion of online gambling and the National Lottery.“We care about our customers and know most of them by name. We know if they have had a bad day or have been enjoying a family celebration, we offer them teas and coffees and a chat, and a place for them to meet their friends and enjoy their leisure pursuit in a friendly, safe and responsible environment.”Concluding, the independent bookies added: “If you really want to help problem gamblers then we are best placed to help you achieve that. We implore you not to throw small businesses like ours on the scrap heap by imposing a £2 maximum stake.” Submit Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

  • BUNDORAN CELEBRATES WATER WONDERFUL WORLD

    first_imgWATER wonderful world.Bundoran’s best kept secret is a secret no longer as the town’s Waterworld centre was given the seal of approval by junior tourism Minister Michael Ring last night.The Minister was in the county’s capital of fun to re-open the multi-million euro makeover of the complex. And he declared: “This is an all-year-round facility for locals and tourists alike. And it’s great to be in Donegal on a sunny day to announce it.”Chairman of Bundoran Waterworld Cllr Michael McMahon paid tribute to the contractors, architects and staff who had worked tirelessly across the winter months to ensure that the complex was ready for the 2013 season.“An enormous amount of work has gone into this project – one of the only construction projects to be undertaken in the area in the past 6 months. We now have one of the top indoor water parks on the island with top class facilities to suit all ages from toddlers to adults – this includes 5 new family fun features,” he said.Minister Ring, accompanied by the chairman of Bundoran Waterworld Cllr Michael McMahon and the chairman of Bundoran Town Council Philip McGlynn, cut the ribbon on the Galleon Ship, one of the five new features that the complex boasts now that renovations have been completed. It joins the gravity speed slide, 3 lane multi slide, aqua children’s slide and toddler pool, which in turn complement the existing wave pool, twister, tornado flume slide, speed rapids and more! Michael RingGeneral Manager of Waterworld Bundoran Anderson Keys was keen to point out other improvements made to the facility including a brand new building management system, a biomass boiler, disability access system, emergency lighting, fire alarm and energy efficient fabrication on the entire shell of the building.He said: “We hope these improvements add to everyone’s enjoyment of Waterworld. The new features widen the age range of guest that we can cater for so we look forward to a busy 2013 season’. He added ‘our annual charity day happens this Saturday 1st June where we donate a percentage of each entrance fee to charity. We’ve raised thousands of euro in the past for various charities and we hope that visitors to Waterworld will continue to support our efforts to give back’.Head of Operations, North West, Martina Kerr Bromley, said “Failte Ireland were delighted to support the tourism development of Waterworld to the value of €236,000.“Waterworld is a hugely important tourism business for Bundoran and the county and it offers a value, quality, excellent family activity. Tourism is a key industry in Bundoran and the town continues to welcome thousands of visitors each year – continued investment in tourism product is essential to attract visitors and drive economic benefit.“We are delighted to have given this investment to Waterworld and that the project has come to fruition and we congratulate Anderson Keys and his team for all their hard work in having the improvements ready and open for 2013 season.” BUNDORAN CELEBRATES WATER WONDERFUL WORLD was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more