Gambling Commission to cultivate grass roots
By staff
The Gambling Commission will be raising its profile by participating in this year’s Betting Show (Birmingham NEC Pavilion, 19-20 October). The Gambling Commission, which will be officially launched in October 2005, and will subsequently be located in Birmingham City Centre, will take a lead role in the highly popular Betting Show seminar programme as well as having a presence on the exhibition floor.

Peter Dean, current chairman of the Gaming Board for Great Britain, will make one of his first public addresses as chairman of the Gambling Commission, describing the Commission and explaining its new scope and regulatory approach in terms of licensing, codes of practice and the on-going consultation process.

The transition team charged with managing the changeover from Gaming Board to Gambling Commission, believe that this year’s Betting Show provides them with an ideal opportunity to widen the process of continuous dialogue with the betting industry, as decreed by Government when the Act was passed. Spokesperson, Andrew Fraser explained: “The Commission will begin regulating the betting industry in 2007 and it is our remit to listen and learn, as well as helping industry professionals understand and act upon the changes taking place. Having attended the Betting Show as visitors last year, we decided that it is an excellent forum at which to meet formally and informally with operators, and service providers.'

Fraser added: “Peter Dean will speak about the key issues facing the gambling industry and the Commission when he addresses the seminar audience, and we will be on hand on the exhibition floor for the duration of the show to meet and greet the industry’s grass roots to offer our help and support on any regulatory issues they may have.”

For more information on the 2005 Betting Show, visit Further details on the Gambling Commission and the Gaming Board for Great Britain can be found at and respectively.

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