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The future for the betting and gaming industry in the UK

Morning, Monday, 13th May 2024


This conference will focus on implementation of proposed reforms to the betting and gaming industry in the UK.


It takes place in light of the Government’s High stakes: gambling reform for the digital age white paper published in April 2023, and will be an opportunity to assess key developments in policy and regulation and their implications for the sector, its customers and its partners.


The conference is bringing stakeholders together with policymakers to discuss practicalities and issues surrounding the implementation of changes to licensing conditions and technical standards, as well as options for introduction of the proposed statutory levy in anticipation of the Government’s response to the recent consultation on its structure, distribution and governance.


Discussion will consider the operation of the statutory levy, including issues surrounding the proportionality of rates, the potential financial impact on the sector, and what will be needed to optimise a collaborative structure between funding recipients in research, prevention and treatment (RPT) bodies.


Delegates will assess proposed changes to the 80/20 machine rule in land-based premises and the recent announcement of maximum online stake limits, examining what will be needed if proposals are to be implemented by September 2024.


It will be an opportunity to explore options for implementation of enhanced consumer safety measures, both online and in land-based premises, including practicalities of proposed changes to speed of play and game design, with forthcoming responses to Gambling Commission consultations on white paper reforms expected shortly.


There will also be discussion on next steps for tackling gambling-related harm, heightened age-verification in land-based premises, and strengthened financial vulnerability checks, including the impact on the industry and its consumers, and options for the creation and operation of an independent industry ombudsman.


Further sessions will assess the financial and regulatory impact of proposed reforms, implications on M&A activity and market dynamics, the impact of emerging technologies and AI, and future opportunities for increased modernisation of the land-based sector.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Sarah Fox, Deputy Director, Gambling and Lotteries, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Andrew Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, Gambling Commission; and Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams, Director, Betting Research Unit, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Cabinet Office; DBT; DfC, NI; DfE; HMRC; HM Treasury; Home Office; and the Welsh Government; as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.



Keynote Speakers

Andrew Rhodes

Chief Executive Officer, Gambling Commission

Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams

Director, Betting Research Unit, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Sarah Fox

Deputy Director, Gambling and Lotteries, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Keynote Speakers

Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams

Director, Betting Research Unit, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Andrew Rhodes

Chief Executive Officer, Gambling Commission

Sarah Fox

Deputy Director, Gambling and Lotteries, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Speakers

Zöe Osmond

Chief Executive Officer, GambleAware

Steve Ketteley

Partner, Wiggin

Rasmus Kjaergaard

Chief Executive Officer, Mindway AI

Richard Hayler

Managing Director, Independent Betting Adjudication Service

Tony Kelly

Managing Director, RedCard

Professor Agnes Nairn

Co-Director, Bristol Hub for Gambling Harms Research

Ainslie Andrews

Director of Compliance, BetFred

Kizzie Fenner

Senior Legal Counsel, 888 William Hill

Philip James

Partner, Eversheds Sutherland