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Gambling Premises Data

Clifford McDowell

Management of licences and gambling premises data is the responsibility of local licensing authorities, normally the Local Authority for the area where the business is located. However, in some instances local decisions may be overruled by national government.

The Gambling Commission maintains a national register of Licensed Gambling Premises and operators, this covers England Wales and Scotland (Northern Ireland operate a different system). This includes the address, name of the operator and type of gambling licenced. A gambling license may include the following:

  • Bingo
  • Betting Shop
  • Adult Gaming Centre
  • Family Entertainment Centre
  • Casino
  • Casino 2005
  • Pool Betting
  • Betting Intermediary

The national register is reliant on information being provided by the relevant licensing authorities and gambling businesses to populate the register.

If a Licensed Gambling Premise is part of a larger company (e.g. Ladbrokes or Paddy Power) then the controller will also require an operator’s licence. If a company is only trading online they will still require an operators licences. All operators also need to list their trading names e.g. Betpoint Group UK Limited are also trading under the names ‘Pokerplex24’ and ‘Casinoplex’.

Gambling Premises Data in the News

William Hill plans 700 store closures putting 4,500 jobs at riskSource: BBC News
Ladbrokes Opens Concept Betting Shops to Recoup Losses over FOBT Stake CutSource: Gambling News
Thousands of Betting Shops Are Being AxedSource: About Manchester

Utilising Gambling Premises Data with Doorda

Gambling Premises Data is great for tracking the health of the high street as well as individual companies operating in the sector. Doorda matches each address to their registered company number so you can track activity across great Britain via DoordaProperty. You can get even deeper insights if you use DoordaBiz to explore the structure and status of the company, this includes directors and regulatory data as well as Companies House data.

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