Schedule

Future of the UK high-street bookmakers – Thursday 13 September 2018

The Soho Hotel, London

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2.00pm

Screening Room 1

Introduction and welcome

Scott Longley, Event Coordinator

Welcome comments from Scott Longley at Clear Concise Media
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2.10pm

Screening room 1

Keynote introduction

Lyndsay Wright, director of strategy and sustainability, William Hill

Lyndsay Wright will discuss the issues raised by William Hill’s Nobody Harmed responsible gambling campaign

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2.25pm

Screening Room 1

Panel – replacing B2s

Moderator: Scott Longley

Panellists:

  • John Pettit, managing director for UK and Ireland, Playtech BGT
  • Paul Witten, product director, SIS
  • Alex Frost, chief executive, Alizeti Capital
  • Phil Horne, chief executive, SG Gaming UK
  • Eugene Delaney, head of B2b, Racing Post
The loss of a large percentage of B2 revenue will fundamentally alter the business model for the UK high-street bookmakers. With multi-channel efforts gathering pace and with self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) already making a mark, what more can the bookies do to further enhance their existing offer to retain and expand its existing audience? What will be the response of the media providers? What lessons can be learnt from elsewhere and what does the retail experience in Ireland, Italy and elsewhere tell us?
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3.10pm

Indigo Room

Coffee break

A chance to network with fellow guests.
Potential panellists will include representatives from suppliers plus industry consultants.
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3.30pm

Screening Room 1

Keynote speech

Nick Rust, chief executive at the British Horseracing Authority

Nick Rust from the BHA will look at the current position of racing with regard to its relationship with the bookmakers.
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4.00pm

Screening Room 1

Analysts’ chat

Moderator: Andrew Gellatly

Panellists:

  • Simon Davies, Canaccord Genuity
  • Gavin Kelleher, Goodbody 
  • Simon French, independent analyst
  • Diane Wehrle, Spring Board retail consultancy
  • Nigel Hinchcliffe, KPMG
Talking to the sector analysts about recent changes in the market. What do they expect from the new GVC? How do they think the major chains will respond to the gaming machine revenue shortfall? What hope is there for the independent sector?
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4.45pm

Screening Room 1

Securing the future – the new regulations and the way forward

Moderator: Andrew Gellatly

Panellists:

  • Steve Ketteley, Wiggin 
  • Sarah Ramanauskas, senior partner, Gambling Integrity
  • Ian Ince, global head of regulatory and compliance affairs, Playtech
  • Ian Hogg, chairman, Shopworks
The timing of the potential legislation means that it will likely be at least late 2019 before the new rules come into force. This panel will discuss in detail the ins and outs of the new regulations, the ongoing relationship between the land-based betting sector and the Gambling Commission and what the future of regulation of betting shops looks like. It will also discuss future political risk and look at how the industry can achieve its regulatory aims going forward and how it can achieve better results through its lobbying efforts.
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5.30pm

Indigo Room

Drinks reception

 

A chance to network with fellow guests.
Potential panellists will include representatives from suppliers plus industry consultants.

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