Those Bookmakers who have opted to receive their TRP payments without deduction at source should check their Bank accounts as the BRBA has now made the final distribution of monies received from TRP to repay to OCB's.

Those who were persuaded to use an alternative route should make their own enquires about any remaining payments that may be due to them.

The BRBA will continue to keep you up to date on industry issues.


Victor Lee

Sadly passed away on Friday 14th January.

He started working on tracks with Bryan D Hazell for 20 years and in the later years for J Riddley.

Bryan D Hazell Racing team sends their condolences to his family, Vic has remained a very good friend over the years and he will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.

R.I.P Vic!

Funeral details are:

Wednesday 2nd February

12:00 St Johns Church Gateshead
Low Fell

13:00 Saltwell Crematorium
Saltwell Rd S
Low Fell

Reception to be held at:
Angel View Inn
Low Eighton


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Watson who passed away peacefully on 28th December.

Our deepest sympathies go to his family.

Funeral details are:
13:30 on Tuesday 18th January. Family flowers only please.
Rose Hill Crematorium
Cantley Lane


****Attention Members****

New Covid Rules and Guidance!
Point to Point Optins
Can be found under the Point to Point options above in the drop down menu.

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Chester Bookmakers Meeting.

There will be a Bookmakers meeting Wednesday 15th December, the BRBA will be sending a representative.

If any bookmaker would like an issue raising please contact the office before Tuesday 14th December.
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York Bookmakers Meeting.

There will be a Bookmakers meeting on Thursday 16th December, with a representative from each enclosure.

If any bookmaker would like an issue raising please contact the office before Friday.
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Beverley Bookmakers Meeting.

There will be a Bookmakers meeting on Friday 10th December, with a representative from each enclosure.

If any bookmaker would like an issue raising please contact the office before Friday.

Funeral Details for Leslie Steele:

Thursday 2nd December @ 13:40.

Stonefall Crematorium,
Wetherby Road


R.I.P Leslie

Leslie for many years was the focal point of the northern ring and no doubt the best known bookmaker of his day, while not averse to standing them for plenty he was undoubtedly the ultimate trader who would never turn down a profit and start again.
They were different times and along with Elland Road dogs he would trade up to 300 days a year, he even timed his retirement perfectly just as the exchanges were starting to bite and enjoyed a long and happy retirement with his family to live to the remarkable age of 101.
He leaves behind his widow Joan and his twin daughters Angela and Caroline and his Grandchildren.

R.I.P from everyone at the BRBA.

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*****Attention Members*****

Further good news for you on data payments

Bookmakers will now have received their quarter 3, 2021 data payments in full, if signed up for direct payments from RMG (as advised by the BRBA) once again without any deduction.

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In line with the BRBA's policy of openness and inclusion, the agenda for the next Directors meeting is published in the Members only area of the website.

Any Director will be happy to give you an update.

Responses from DCMS to Various Communications from the BRBA
(Click Here)
We will continue to update members about our discussions from our contacts in Parliament.
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Starting Prices and On-course Data

On Monday 25 October 2021 several members of the BRBA board met with Nick Rust (Chairman of the Starting Price Regulatory Commission). The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the current Starting Price (SP) mechanism and to determine whether it was the intention of the SPRC to further revise the mechanism so that the SP calculation included data provided by on-course bookmakers.

Nick Rust explained that the SPRC had been reviewing the temporary arrangements for returning SPs which had been brought in during June 2020 when racing returned behind closed doors following a suspension. Without on-course bookmakers, an emergency system was put it in place using samples from a number of off-course betting operators. The SPRC had subsequently announced in March 2021 that it had decided that SPs would reflect prices available in the whole of the UK market, meaning that off-course prices would form the majority of the sample for the SP.The temporary system remained in place at that point, and continues to do so. Although it has worked well, after 16 months the SPRC felt it was time to move from temporary arrangements to a more permanent system which fully reflected the current market situation.

Whilst the SPRC sets policy for the SP mechanism, it does not have the power to force betting operators (whether on-course or off-course) to provide their price data to be considered as part of the mechanism. In its October board it had concluded that it wanted to more clearly define the qualifying criteria for a price source (which would be based around availability of the supply of the price as well as the technical protocols in place to deliver a data feed to PA’s SP validation system) and seek to encourage betting operators to take part so as to provide as wide a variety of qualifying price sources as possible from which the SP in any given race could be determined.

Nick Rust said that the SPRC board would welcome the inclusion of on-course prices and felt sure that there would be no issue on meeting the qualifying criteria on “available supply of price”. A technical solution would need to be devised. He pointed out that when the SPRC made its statement in March about the decision to no longer solely rely on on-course prices, off-course betting operators were keen to keep a feed of on-course prices in the sample and had (through the Betting and Gaming Council) offered a sum of £70,000 to assist with a technical solution. He felt this money would still be available to on-course operators if they wanted to work to a solution that met the technical requirements to feed in to PA.

Since the meeting the BRBA has contacted both RDT and Elite with a view to developing a data system on behalf of on-course bookmakers which would meet the stringent requirements of the new SP mechanism. We intend to hold further talks with Nick Rust, RDT and Elite to further discuss the provision of on-course data in accordance with the required format.

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Update on Latest JCR & BRBA Bookmakers Meeting

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***** Attention Members *****
More Good News on Data Payments


As a result of our continuing negotiations with TRP, the BRBA are pleased to announce that we have now received data payments on behalf of members from TRP for Q3 (the quarter ended 30/09/2019). The payments received represent 20% of the payment bookmakers received from TRP in the same quarter 2019.
These payments have now been distributed.

Please remember that the BRBA, distributes 100% of the data monies we receive on your behalf. We do NOT make deductions from data monies we collect FOR YOU to pay Directors salaries for the administration of BRBA services. This has not been the case of another distribution body who have previously paid Directors and Company Secretary fees from data monies they collect on behalf of bookmakers.
The office has returned to normal hours, 9am - 2pm, Monday - Friday.
In accordance with the mandate given to the BRBA board at our recent AGM several members of the board met with Ed Gretton (Director of Racing RMG) on Friday 23 September 2021 to discuss the subject of data payments to on-course bookmakers under the terms of the data contracts issued by RMG to BRBA members in 2018.

We are pleased to announce that the meeting went well and we received a verbal undertaking from Ed that data payments (subject to RMG board approval) will continue in line with the terms and conditions of your individual data contracts with RMG.

Once Ed has consulted with the RMG board we hope to receive written confirmation of RMG’s commitment to continue making data payments. We intend to post the confirmation letter on the BRBA website in due course.

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Happy 90th Derrick Wright!

From all the BRBA members
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Good news for Wetherby Bookmakers
*****Attention BRBA & ESBA Members ******

We are once again offering members the chance to enjoy bulk purchasing discounts at Aintree in 2022.

Grand National 2022 Prices

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The marketing fee for ARC Racecourses is now live online and is effective from 1st September.

The marketing fee can be found in the same section for booking the DBB fee for each racecourse, example below;

Annual 1

The link in this section takes you to the Annual Members Page where the Annual Marketing Fee can be purchased.

Annual 2
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ARC Advance Purchase Update & Refunds Process Message

An update to the booking process following on from the introduction of the advance purchase of Daily Betting Badges across all our racecourses. We ask that bookmakers use their trading name on the booking form when purchasing their Daily Betting Badges online. This will ensure that the pitching up process is as efficient as possible and also assist with the refund process where applicable.

The refund process if you are not attending a meeting that you have already purchased a Daily Betting Badge for is to reply to the confirmation or ticket email that you have received requesting a refund at the earliest opportunity and no later than when gates open for that particular meeting, the same process applies if requesting a refund for an additional staff member ticket that is no longer required. The tickets will be cancelled and a refund will be processed back to the card on which the purchase was made.

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, a refund is required post gates opening then again reply to the confirmation email explaining the circumstances and the request will be confirmed via the Racing Office once cross referenced with the information supplied on the day by the Betting Ring Manager. Any refund queries should be made by replying to the confirmation email.

If you experience any issues with the booking process please contact the relevant number below in normal business hours, alternatively contact the racecourse directly;

Doncaster, Yarmouth, Newcastle, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton – contact 01302 499 731.

Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Ffos Las, Fontwell, Hereford, Lingfield, Royal Windsor, Worcester – contact
01342 831 791
***** Attention Members *****
Due to a 20% world wide increase in paper prices it is regretted that the current BRBA members price cannot be sustained.

Members orders placed before 1st September will be at the existing price of £115 for 4 boxes delivered to any U.K. address.
While current stock lasts.

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Those members who have elected to have their data monies collected by the BRBA should check their Bank accounts as the latest TRP payments have now been transferred from the BRBA clients account to members accounts.
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Follow the link to eServices and log in to make sure you are up to date with the Gambling Commission renewals.


For those members who are attending Linda's funeral on Wednesday, her family have asked us to warn mourners that due to continuing restrictions only a maximum of 100 are allowed in Church which may mean some having to stand outside.

There will be no restrictions at the wake afterwards at Swarcliffe WMC where all will be welcome.
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Update on JCR and BRBA Meeting
For those attending the funeral of Linda next Wednesday, her family have suggested you where a splash of yellow as it was Linda's favourite colour.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to MND please follow this link....
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The booking fee that has been applied up to this point when bookmakers have purchased their Daily Betting Badge has now been rectified in our booking system and no booking fees will be applied for future purchases.

All bookings up to this point that had a booking fee applied will have the fee refunded to the original payment method. The refund will be returned within a maximum of 30 days.
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Chepstow & Ffos Las Update

ARC will continue to operate with a limit of 50% of Bookmakers pitches in operation at Chepstow and Ffos Las fixtures that are taking place prior to the 9th August due to the restrictions still in place in Wales. There will be no Daily Betting Badge Fee for the fixtures at these two courses and this will be in place until the 8th August. As of the 9th August onwards all bookmakers will be able to return to Chepstow and Ffos Las and the Daily Betting Badge Fee of 3 x admission price up to the 1st September will be applied.

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ARC Message

From the 19th July onwards Bookmakers must purchase their Daily Betting Badges online in advance for all ARC courses, there will be no facility to purchase at the site on the day. Online purchase can be made until 11am on the Raceday with the e-ticket being delivered straight to a smartphone via e-mail. These can also be printed for presentation if preferred.

The online Daily Betting Badge fee will give admission for the bookmaker and one member of staff as well as including the AGT daily fee.

Bookmakers with multiple pitches must buy a ticket for each pitch.

For bookmakers who are annual members, there is the option to buy a badge with the payment reduced by 1x. These badges will not include an admission barcoded ticket and you will need to scan your annual member badge to gain entry to the site.

The Annual Marketing Fee will not be payable until 1st September 2021.

Go to the racecourse website and purchase the bookmaker’s tickets using the promo code WBTRB (Follow this link for an example).

Further to the easing of COVID restrictions on Monday 19 July, we are delighted to be able to welcome back increased numbers of spectators and indeed more bookmakers.

Accordingly, from that date the temporary reduction of bookmaker numbers will cease, and we will revert to the pre-COVID bookmaker numbers.

Bookmakers must purchase their DBB and admission badges online in advance (available up until 10.30 on racedays). Remember that the DBB is discounted online by one multiple to enable bookmakers who are annual members to use their badge to gain entry. If you are not an annual member you must purchase an admission badge for you and your staff. There are no longer restrictions on how many members of staff you may take with you. Please note you will not get access to the racecourse without a pre-purchased online DBB or admission ticket. There will not be a Badge Box in operation.

Refer to ‘JCR ADVANCE PAYMENTS’ follow the link to purchase DBB and admission badges. DBB will now be charged at the applicable multiple, rather than the hitherto x3 rate. The AMF will not be charged until 1st September 2021.

There may be locally imposed COVID protocols at some racecourses, and if so bookmakers and staff must of course comply with such.

Finally, for those bookmakers that have not been able to attend since early last year, welcome back to JCR racecourses.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Linda McDonnell who passed away after a long battle with motor neurone disease.

Our deepest sympathies go to her husband Gerry and their daughters.

Funeral details are:
13:00 on Wednesday 28th July at Manston St James
Church Lane
LS15 8JB

And afterwards at Swarcliffe WMC
Swarcliffe Ave
LS14 5HD

Please contact the office between 12:00 - 14:00, Monday - Friday, if you would like contact to Gerry for more information.

R.I.P Linda

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Note for your diary
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The 97th Annual General Meeting of the BRBA will be held on Sunday 12th September at the Mercure Hotel Wetherby.

Members will be given full details soon.
Members who wish to advertise their availability for work to other bookmakers may do so free of charge on the Classified Ads section of the website.
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ARC Message for On-course Bookmakers

Following the recent government announcement of a further delay to the full lifting of restrictions ARC are pleased to announce that we will continue with our current policy of not charging a Daily Betting Badge fee for on course bookmakers and their staff up to and including the 18th July (a maximum of 3 people including the bookmaker allowed).

From the 19th July ARC will reintroduce the Daily Betting Badge fee at a rate of 3 x public admission price across all our racecourses, this rate will remain in place until the end of August.

On the 1st September normal Daily Betting Badge fees will be reintroduced along with the Annual Marketing Fee across all ARC racecourses.

Please note that the Daily Betting Badge fees and the Annual Marketing Fee will no longer be payable by cash and the process for payment will be confirmed before fees are reintroduced on the 19th July.

To accommodate social distancing rules we will continue to operate a maximum capacity of 50% of bookmaker pitches until the 19th July.
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After consultatuon with senior industry figures the BRBA sent the following email to AGT onSunday regarding last weeks intial announcement regarding rule 4 deduction's and its potential consequences.
(The Email)
Additional Restriction Grants

In an effort to engage with various authoritative bodies on behalf of its members, the BRBA board recently wrote to  Paul Scully MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) and  Nigel Huddleston MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), regarding a letter they had circulated to Local Authority Chief Executives thanking them for the efforts they have made in delivering the financial support to businesses made available under various Government grant schemes (see BRBA letter on website).

Our letter made reference to the experiences reported to us by some of our members who on applying for support under the ARG scheme found a number of local authorities where they had invested in picks less then helpful. In our letter we also enquired about help under the Restart Scheme for on-course bookmakers.

The BRBA has now had a response in respect of its letter from Paul Scully MP (see letter from Paul Scully MP on website), setting out the Governments position regarding the administration of Additional Restriction Grants and Restart Grants.

As members will see Paul Scully encourages businesses that have not been able to access support, or who are unsure about the support available, to contact their nearest Business Growth Hub.
(Letter to Paul Skully 09/04/21)                          (Letter from Paul Skully 20/05/21)
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As the Covid lockdown becomes increasingly relaxed, government guidelines re paying spectators at race meetings is as follows:
Either 4000 or 50% of usual attendance which is the smaller. Although these are only guidelines it is expected that all racecourses will operate with these figures.

Therefore, bookmaker numbers will need to be adjusted proportionately. This raises the question of how the number of bookmakers will be determined and in what areas.

Although the bookmaker associations can make suggestions to the final analysis the decision as to how many bookmakers will be allowed to bet and in what areas will rest with individual courses.

The former issue will be determined based on punter- bookmaker ratios. A range of ratios from 200/1 to 100/1 have been considered, the reason for the large spread being in part down to the ability of the Punters to get to the Bookmakers.

Whatever the decision taken by individual racecourse some bookmakers and punters will not be satisfied but it is in the interests of the racecourses to satisfy both punters and bookmakers. Thus, determination of the appropriate ratio is difficult and will differ from racecourse to racecourse, because of the fact that the percentage of spectators betting will differ on different courses and different days.
It may be further complicated by the fact that local authorities can intervene in this process.
The above details will be in place until June 21st when the guidelines will probably be adjusted by the government.The choice of which bookmakers will be able to attend meetings is less complicated since it will be determined by the seniority lists.

Now that some bookmakers are returning back to work a warning has been issued by Tony Styles to his northern chums to the presence of forged £20 notes.

Things to look out for are;

Serial numbers are not identical, (current batch we have been warned about end in 552)
Check the colouring between ones you may already have.

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More good news for BRBA Bookmakers

As a result of our continuing negotiations with TRP the BRBA are pleased to announce that we have now received data payments on behalf of members from TRP for Q1 (the quarter ended 31/03/2020). The payments received represent 20% of the payment bookmakers received from TRP in the same quarter last year. These payments will be distributed shortly.

Please remember that the BRBA, distributes 100% of the data monies we receive on your behalf. We do NOT make deductions from data monies we collect FOR YOU to pay Directors salaries for the administration of BRBA services. This has not been the case of another distribution body who have previously paid Directors and Company Secretary fees from data monies they collect on behalf of bookmakers.
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ARC are pleased to announce that there will be no entry fees for on course bookmakers and their staff (up to a maximum of 3 people including the bookmaker) when the next stage of covid restrictions are lifted on the 17th May across all ARC racecourses. This will be reviewed for fixtures from the 21st June onwards based on any restrictions that may still be in place from that date. ARC will stagger the reintroduction of on course bookmaker entry fees on, or after the 21st June, so that they gradually increase to normal levels in stages rather than in one go.In addition to this ARC will not be charging any marketing fees to on course bookmakers until the 1st September this year.To accommodate social distancing rules we will operate a maximum capacity of 50% of bookmaker pitches until the 21st June at the earliest. Spectator numbers are restricted to a maximum of 4,000 between 17th May and 21st June and actual attendances will be determined by each individual racecourse in line with COVID restrictions.
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Follow the link below.
Message from York Racecourse


Message to Bookmakers with a List Position on Jockey Club Racecourses’ (JCR) Tracks
We are delighted to be able to welcome back spectators and on-course bookmakers with effect from 17 May.

As you are aware, between 17th May and 21st June, spectator numbers are restricted to a maximum of 4,000. The precise spectator number will be determined by individual racecourses taking into consideration COVID-19 and other Health & Safety factors, and notified accordingly.On-course bookmaker numbers will be determined by assessing the actual number of spectators that can access betting areas and them applying the 1 : 150 ratio of bookmakers to members of the public with such access.During this period, bookmakers will be charged for a Daily Betting Badge at a rate of 3 x the public admission price.  All Daily Betting badges will need to be pre-paid, prior to arrival at the racecourse.  All persons attending to work on a pitch (maximum of two persons per pitch) will be required to supply contact details for the Government Track and Trace system and confirm they are happy to comply with the Jockey Club Code of Conduct.  The applicable Daily Betting Badge fee for the remainder of the year will be notified before 21st June.There will not be an Annual Marketing Fee charge, this will be reviewed on 1st September 2021.We look forward to the gradual return to welcoming more people back to JCR tracks during this year.
Members are reminded that the dates proposed for relaxation of restrictions are the earliest dates for return and these will only be confirmed seven days before, i.e. 10th May and 14th June.

On top of this local restrictions could also well apply and we will try and keep members updated.

Government Grants & SupportTo Clarify the position regarding Government grant support.To the best of our knowledge bookmakers were entitled to apply for grant support under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme.Bookmakers were able to apply under the rules of the ARG scheme to the Local Authority in the area where they resided for support, and also to other Local Authorities where they had invested in pitches (picks).As ARG support is discretionary not all Local Authorities awarded grant aid to bookmakers, and some Local Authorities chose not to award a grant to bookmakers residing outside the area of their boundary.ARG schemes are now drawing to a close, in fact most Local Authorities are no longer accepting applications for support under the ARG scheme. Bookmakers are advised to visit their Local Authority website, and the websites of other Local Authorities where the hold pitches, to see whether ARG schemes are still open and, if so, are advised to apply quickly.A letter has been sent on behalf of BRBA members to Paul Scully MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) and Nigel Huddleston MP.(Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) bringing to their attention the experiences of some of our members who have applied for ARG support and also asking if a scheme similar to the Restart Grant scheme (applicable to businesses with a rateable value), is being considered for businesses like ours (see copy of our letter by clicking here). We intend to publish, in due course, any response we receive to our letter from Paul Scully MP and/or Nigel Huddleston MP.Keep Safe
We have just received an email about a new Discretionary grant being avaliable to us in the Leeds area.

Please check with your local authorities to see if any new funding is available to you.


REVIEW OF GAMBLING ACT 2005DCMS are in the process of reviewing the 2005 Gambling Act. One of the main reasons for doing so is:To make changes where necessary to ensure an effective regularity framework is in place, to ascertain whether further protections are needed, and that the regularity framework is fit for the digital age.On behalf of its members the BRBA board, in consultation with various significant stakeholders, prepared a detailed response to the planned review by the DCMS in its review of the 2005 Act.This response has now been submitted to DCMS in accordance with the timeframe set for submitting responses.

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Gambling Commission and DCMSMembers should be aware that the Association has previously written to the AGT and RCA on behalf of members strongly opposing the daily betting administration fee increases of 25% and 30% AGT announced in December of last year.Following contact from members expressing concerns over the increase in licence fees of 15% now proposed by the Gambling Commission the Association can confirm that it has written to both the Gambling Commission and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) regarding the Commission’s proposal.Follow the links below to view the following:
1. Response to Gambling Commission proposal
2. Letter of concern to the DCMSThe BRBA Board can assure its members that it continues to pursue the matter of increases in daily betting administration fees and the proposed licence fee increases on their behalf.Keep Safe
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Everyone is advised to check the BHA website regularly due to fixture changes from July onwards.

Our old friend and colleague Victor Lee has shared some very sad news with us.

It is with great sadness & regret to announce the death of Robert Denman on Monday 1st of March after losing his battle with leukemia.
Known to everyone as Bob he was well known on the northern and Scottish tracks.He was a
member of our association for 38years.
R.I.P  Bob
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As BRBA members are aware the Board recently wrote to AGT regarding the message “A New Message for all Bookmakers” posted on their website. In the message the AGT made an attempt to justify their decision to significantly increase daily Betting Administration Fees.
In our response to the message we challenged the AGT’s decision to increase BAF’s and asked for additional information and clarification regarding several points on which the fee increase decision was based. We have now received the following message from Tim Moore (Managing Director AGT):

“We note the contents of your letter dated 8th February 2021. However, we do not intend to go into any further detail on these matters than we have done already”.


“Tim Moore - Managing Director”
The BRBA Board can assure its members that it continues to pursue this matter on their behalf.

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The BRBA have been campaigning on behalf ALL on course bookmakers regarding what would appear to be cases of discrimination against us from certain banks.

For those (BRBA or not) who feel they have a complaint please see the contact details attached.

Please contact the office should you need any help with future applications.

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Due to the concern raised by members over recent SP returns we have written to the SPRC to seek further clarity.
Please see the attached letter.
Response to AGT message for ALL Bookmakers

Please see linked below the Association’s response to this notice.
(Letter to AGT)
We will of course share with you any intended reply from AGT.

Membership Fees
In recognition of the hardship members are experiencing under the on-going lockdown restrictions the BRBA Directors have agreed that for the year 1st May 2021 to 30th April 2022 BRBA membership fee will remain at £50.

The Fee is set at a level which will cover compulsory payments made by the association on behalf of members i.e members Public Liability Insurance and research into gambling harm. Any shortfall in the association's income against expenditure in the coming year will be met from the association's reserves.
Requests for payment of fees will be sent out to members in due course.

Following the recent message posted on the AGT website (A New Message for all Bookmakers), in an attempt to explain the AGT's decision to significantly increase daily Betting Administration Fees (BAFS), the BRBA Board, having received a number of calls from members opposed to the fee increase, has written directly to Tim Moore at AGT regarding the decision to increase fees.

In our letter the ojection of our members to the BAF increases has been made clear, and each of the points put forward by AGT in support of their fee increases have been addressed.

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Please note the BRBA is in the process of balloting members to seek their views on the daily betting administration fees announced recently by AGT Ltd. Depending on the outcome of the ballot a decision will be made in respect of any further action the Board may take regarding the fee increases and in formally asking RCA to thoroughly review what we believe is an administration of gambling on tracks model which, in terms of cost to bookmakers, is unsustainable.You should receive an email from us regarding the ballot by the 28th January. Should you fail to receive your email then please contact the BRBA main office by telephone (0113 264 0241). The office is currently manned 12 - 2, Monday to Friday.

As a result of negotiations with TRP the BRBA are pleased to announce that we have now received data payments from TRP for the Q4 (the quarter ended 31/12/2019). The payments received represent 20% of the payment you received from TRP in the same quarter last year. These payments will be distributed shortly.Please note that the BRBA distributes 100% of the data monies we receive on your behalf. We do NOT make deductions from data monies we collect FOR YOU to pay administration fees, salaries or bolster our reserves.
Further data payments from TRP are subject to ongoing review.
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Bookmakers are advised to check their Local Authority websites on a daily basis in order to get the maximum benefit from the grants available.
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Today (5th January 2021) following the introduction of the Government's latest Covod-19 national lockdown plans...

Rishi Sunak has announced a £4.6bn fresh financial support package for struggling UK companies a day after the government imposed its toughest Covid-19 restrictions since last spring. The chancellor said the Treasury would provide £4bn of one-off “top-up grants” for an estimated 600,000 retail, hospitality and leisure companies, which can each claim up to £9,000. There will also be a new £594m discretionary fund made available for councils to support other businesses that are not eligible for those grants but are affected by the restrictions.
Racecourse Attendance Guidance

Following the Government announcement on 4th January 2021 re new Covid-19 national lockdown rules the BHA have issued the following statement:

 "We can confirm racing will continue behind closed doors during the upcoming national lockdown".

This means that bookmakers will NOT be allowed to operate on-course at any racecourse until further notice.
Administration of Gambling on Tracks

Based on the number of calls we have received from members relating to the decision by AGT to impose significant daily betting administration fee increases, at a time when bookmakers are themselves experiencing restrictions and trading difficulties, the Board of the BRBA would like to assure members that we are in the process of writing to the RCA to put on record on their behalf our objections to the proposed fee increases. In our letter to RCA we will also reiterate previous concerns regarding the affordability and sustainability of the current administration of gambling on tracks service, and again bring to the attention of RCA that going forward we are looking for a thorough review of the administration service.
The Office will now be taking telephone calls Monday - Friday for two hours from 12.00 to help keep members up to date with any news.
ARG Grants

Bookmakers are reminded to submit their applications as early as possible to comply with their Local Authority deadlines.
We would like to hear from anyone having problems or suffering from what they feel may be discrimination towards our industry.
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New business support grant available

Please check your local council for more details as this is for Leeds.

Grants are now available for businesses who have not had any other financial support because of coronavirus restrictions.The scheme is aimed at businesses struggling to pay fixed business costs due to the impact of coronavirus. This can include home-based businesses.This grant can be used to pay for things such as:
  • rent and service charges for business premises
  • business related insurance such as public liability insurance
  • commercial vehicle costs
  • membership fees to a professional body
  • essential licence costs
You will not qualify if your business has had any other financial support from us or from the government (like a grant or Self-Employment Income Support).Find out more and apply at Coronavirus – grants for businesses.
Members are advised to apply as soon as possible with their local authority for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) and/or the Supply Chain Grant.
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Due to concerns expressed by a number of members we have written to the DCMS questioning the collection of licensing fees by the Gambling Commission during a period in which On Course Bookmakers have not been able to operate as a result of Government restrictions.

The letter to the DCMS is attached for your attention
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Point to Point waiting list forms were sent out on Tuesday, this year the fee per track is reduced to £1 from the usual £3.

Please ensure completed forms and payment is returned before 31st December.
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Due to the continuing hardship being endured by our members it has been agreed that existing Point to Point authorization's and Reps cards do not have to be renewed for the 20-21 season and waiting list fees will be reduced by 67% to £1 per fixture.All members will receive their calendar or Diary as usual this year.The Directors are meeting each Friday and if any member wants to raise any questions for the meeting please e-mail the office.
Message to Bookmakers with List Positions at Jockey Club Racecourses.

As you are aware from the Winter Plan announced by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, outdoor sporting events in Tier 1 & Tier 2 in England will be able to offer public attendance with effect from Wednesday 2 December 2020.This is obviously very welcome news and we look forward to welcoming back racegoers and on-course bookmakers next week.  The maximum attendances set by the government for racecourses in Tier 1 areas is 4,000, and for those in Tier 2 2000, however each racecourse has calculated their own socially distanced capacity, which is dependent on the areas available for spectators and approval by the local Safety Advisory Group and Public Health Officials.It is of great importance on Health & Safety grounds, that we control and know in advance the number of people that will be on site each raceday.  Accordingly, for that reason we are unable to allow unrestricted bookmaker attendance and will temporarily reduce the Bookmaker Number at each racecourse while the public attendance restrictions remain in place.In order to determine the maximum Bookmaker Number we have, as a guide, used a ratio of one bookmaker to 150 members of the public. Each racecourse will calculate the number of bookmakers required for each raceday using this guide, together with the number of pitches that will be available, ensuring social distancing and all Covid protocols are being followed on each site.  Racecourses are working with their local Safety Advisory Group and Public Health Officials to agree their capacities, it is likely that the first raceday at each course will be a test event and therefore lower than the socially distanced capacity which will be used going forwards.  The aim will be to retain as closely as possible the ratio of Tattersalls to Rails bookmakers as per the existing Bookmaker Number.The temporary maximum Bookmaker Number (by betting area) per racecourse will be notified via the website in due course, along with the opting in arrangements.We are pleased to confirm that bookmaker fees (including an additional member of staff) will not be levied for the remainder of 2020 and look forward to the public and bookmakers being back on our racecourses.
All Bookmakers who receive their TRP data fees via the BRBA will by now have received the first of their lockdown data fees.

We would like to stress that these are additional funds received from TRP as the BRBA had a policy of 100% distribution of data monies it receives without deduction.
A big thank you to JCR from ALL on course Bookmakers for their generous gesture regarding our on course fees
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A big thank you to Arena Racing from ALL on course Bookmakers for their generous gesture regarding our on course fees
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It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Edward "Teddy" Martin.
Stalwart tictac and floor man of the northern bookmaking fraturnity for over fifty years.

"As we lay them, we lower them"
New Stockton Crematorium
Junction Road
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News Update
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During these long periods of inactivity Bookmakers should contact their hardware providers for advice on how to keep their batteries and equipment maintained.
The Directors would like to thank the members who have contacted their MP's and we are pleased to inform you that they will be putting our case forward next week in Parliament.

Some changes are currently happening to the website, all members will need to contact us via the Contact Us page or directly via email for a new login to get access to the Members Area and the Forums.

Once the new logins are confirmed please make sure to click "Accept Cookies" before logging in.

The Forum will be starting a fresh as the old plugin used hasn't been updated and we have had to go with a newer one.

Members attending events behind closed doors need to establish what fees if any will be paid to both the Racecourse and AGT.

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The Directors of the BRBA are delighted to inform members that we have negotiated on your behalf an additional payment from TRP effective from 1st July 2020 of 20% of your 2019 quarterly payments.
This agreement with TRP is set to continue until further notice.

Along with all payments made by the BRBA these will be made without any deduction.

There is a Board Meeting on 29th September to discuss the continuing effects of the pandemic on our industry.

Should anyone like to make suggestions please contact one of the Directors.

We understand that many Bookmakers are having problems opening or maintaining business bank accounts. We would like to hear from any bookmaker member or not, who feels that they have been discriminated against by the Banking sector for being an OCB to present a robust presentation. All e-mails will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The latest letters to and from the Gambling Commission can be found in the GC section in the members-only section.

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Message from Arena Racing

As agreed with AGT, all bookmakers attending a raceday under the current trial of on-course betting are required to have completed Covid-19 training. This can be either the BHA's official training programme accessible via Racing2Learn here or the training for those in the amber zone (i.e. owners' zone) accessible here.

Please note that numbers are strictly limited to one bookmaker plus a maximum of two workers.

We look forward to seeing you next week for the St Leger Festival.

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Urgent notice for ALL Bookmakers

Self Employed second Grant available.

Whist we all understand that public safety must take absolute priority, given the levels of concern raised on card only betting, we have prepared a document on this issue which we have sent to our contacts at the various Racecourse Groups. This could supplement any Government advice they have had...

Cash VS Card

On a more positive note, after recent communication we are told it is proposed that a small number of bookmakers will be invited to attend a race meeting sometime next week and they will be allowed to accept cash bets alongside debit card transactions.

The crowd will only consist of owners and COVID protocols must be strictly observed.

Given the ongoing problems ALL on Course Bookmakers are having with the banking sector, we have written to both the Banking Ombudsman and the Gambling Commission CEO, please follow the link below.

Would any On Course Bookmaker who would like to contribute to this please e mail the Office.

Urgent notice for Members in the Members only section on the top of the Gambling Commission page along with the letter on your behalf to the Commission.

It's with great sadness we have just been informed of the death of long-standing friend and former member Pat Ryan.

As soon as we have any further details we will let you know.
We all send our deepest sympathies to his family.

R.I.P. Pat

At Fridays Board meeting it was agreed that whilst we would be pleased to help with any trial for the return to attended racing we are completely opposed to the removal of choice for our customers on the use cash or card to make their purchases with Bookmakers in contrast of with any other type of transaction.

We are continuing to work directly and via the AGT technical group with racecourses on an equitable and trouble free return to on course bookmaking.

Business Banking

The BRBA has been working closely with other stakeholders in the industry, to establish a low cost Group Scheme for the benefit of ALL on course Bookmakers and we hope to update you soon.

Due to the current situation the office is now closed.

The Directors will still be monitoring the emails.

Stay safe.

BRBA Board.

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Members are remined to submit their quarterly General Betting Duty returns.

Notice for ALL On Course Bookmakers.

The BRBA has been working with all levels at the Commission in an effort to reduce your costs.

Sadly it would appear the only path to do so is to consider reducing your days at the next renewal. Please see the attached advice from the CEO which you should consider taking if this will help but you will need to give 4-6 weeks notice.

Letter sent to the Gambling Commission 26/03/2020

Response from the Gambling Commission regarding non-remote fees 06/04/2020

It is with great sadness to announce that one of our longest serving members Terry (Dubber) Dolan has passed away on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 aged 89. Terry passed away peacefully with his Son Paul and loved ones by his side.

Funeral to be held on 8th July, unfortunately due to the covid restrictions, a private service will be held and a celebration of life will be arranged at a later date.

Should anyone wish to give a donation to Marie Curie, this can be done through this link:

Sending prayers and blessings for Terry and his family at this sad time, may you rest in peace.


Congratulations to Leslie R Steele on his telegram from the Queen from the Directors and members of the BRBA.

Throughout the 80's and 90's Leslie was the focal point of the Northern betting ring where he would handle money from punters and firms alike and as those who worked with him can testify there was never a dull day and always fun too, win or lose Leslie was always a Gent.

An amazing life and still going strong!
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You could claim up to £10,000

Discretionary business grants could be claimed for Bookmakers via your local council.

Use the link above and search for more details via your own local council's website.


Online education module Covid-19 information for industry participants

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We have been asked by the HBLB to inform members that the C.O.D certificates are available by e mail should you require one.

Please contact the HBLB directly.
June 2020 Newsletter
With some good news for subscribers.
Regulatory returns temporary extension to submission dates.
All Bookmakers are reminded to submit their Annual Regulatory Returns at their earliest opportunity.
We try and update the Covid-19 notice daily for the benefit of ALL in our industry.

Any Bookmaker BRBA member or not that has information to share please contact the office.
COVID-19 updates for all Bookmakers
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Urgent notices from Ascot

May racedays
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Royal Ascot 2020

Due to the ongoing suspension of racing, the advance booking service for Royal Ascot due to open on 6th April will be postponed until further clarity on resumption is available.
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
Income Support Scheme for Self-Employed
Government Job Retention Scheme Update

Job Retention Scheme
We have written to both the Gambling Commission and AGT to review their fees given the current crisis.
The Board has agreed that until Racing is resumed the annual 20/21 subscription fees should not be paid.

Stay safe
This may help some Bookmakers during this time.

Those of you that are classed as "Self-employed" can follow this link to the Universal Credit website and follow their instructions if apply to you.

Some of you maybe classed as a "Small Business" and updates can be followed from the Government webite.
Grand National Tickets Refund

For all those that bought their tickets via the BRBA.

I have been in touch with the Jockey Club, they have confirmed our refund will be made and could take a couple of weeks. Once this process has been done refunds will be issued ASAP.

Ronald Hall Senior passed away last night after a short illness.

Ron Hall Senior was on course for over 60 years a charactor who regualarly backed and stood by his opinions part of the old school. He will be sorely missed by his sons Ronald of Hallsports and Martin.

RIP Ronald.

Badsworth & Bramham P2P
Unfortunately this meeting ABANDONED. (Updated 9:20am on Monday 16th March 2020).

Message from the Gambling Commission

We are consulting on changes to our regulatory data reporting requirements.

Our proposals seek to make data requirements more efficient for licensees, and for us, by only requesting data that supports our regulatory aims. These changes seek to:
  • improve data quality and the efficiency of regulation
  • reflect our continued focus on consumers and social responsibility
  • ensure requirements are reconciled against our current and future data needs
  • streamline our existing requirements and, where possible, reduce regulatory burden
The consultation is split into two parts. Part 1 details changes to information reporting requirements within the LCCP, and Part 2 focuses on regulatory returns and official statistics.

Could you please make your members aware of this consultation and encourage them to offer their views via the link above.

Kenny Gill unfortunately passed away on Monday 2nd March, he was a well respected worker for Billy Day, Matt, BK Racing and many other northern bookmakers. Our sympathies are extended to his family.

Flint and Denbigh

Following an inspection on the 3rd March, due to the track being unraceable the decision has been made to postpone the Flint

and Denbigh Point to Point, from Sunday 8th to Sunday 15th March subject to all the necessary officials being arranged.

(Updated 2:45 pm 3rd March).


TRP Data

Bookmakers who have elected to have their TRP data monies paid to them by the BRBA will now have received their payment

without deduction.


The agenda can be found in the members area for the board meeting being held on 13/02/2020.


The draft minutes from the 95th AGM are available in the Report & Accounts tab on the website.

The winners of the draw for last years Rewards points is in item 4.

For 2020 there will be separate raffles for Cheltenham and Aintree.


Message for all Cheltenham Bookmakers

As per the meeting notes from the Bookmakers' Liaison Committee Meeting held on 2 October 2019 displayed on the AGT website, this is a brief reminder that there will no longer be a Badge Box in operation during any future race meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.

In line with the practice that has been in operation for several years at The Festival, bookmakers badge purchase - Daily Betting Badges, Annual Marketing Fee payments, AGT Daily Fee payments are now available only online, along with admission tickets - for all Cheltenham race meetings. Those bookmakers on The Festival List will be aware that badges are available in advance, now up until 10.00 on the morning of racing.

Should a bookmaker decide not to attend the race meeting prior to pitching in, having bought badges online, a full refund for unused badges / tickets will be provided upon request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (order number and badge/ticket details required).

For full instructions please follow this link.

I look forward to welcoming on-course bookmakers to Cheltenham in 2020 and beyond, and take this opportunity to wish you and your staff a happy and prosperous New Year.

David Mackinnon
Heads of Operations

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Following last seasons successful trial in the York Clocktower Enclosure of matching the number of picks available to the number of badges purchased from the badge box at pitching in time this will be continued in 2020 when there are less than 30 badges bought on any day.

The policies of no refunds will be continued along with late arrivals betting in the three pitches at the bottom of the steps.

Urgent Notice to ALL Racecourse Bookmakers.

Due to a number of Bookmakers failing a recent age verification test, the Gambling Commission's Enforcement Department has written to those failing.

Our own testing results are still disappointing and we must improve and if you have any doubts about a customer appearing to be under 21, you need to challenge them to prove that they are at least 18.

All On course Bookmakers should be aware that as a result of a warning by the Gambling Commission the BRBA have engaged Serve Legal to perform AV tests on ALL Northern Racecourses. Regrettably the pass rates for ALL those tested are still below expectation and we must warn ALL Bookmakers to be more vigilant. Obviously we are writing to BRBA Members to give them their results.

serve legal logoFollowing the robust warning from the Gambling Commission on the poor pass rates with AV testing in our sector we have engaged Serve Legal to do random tests in the North and the first results throughout June are very disappointing and we will be writing inform members of their results.

Would ALL involved please continue to be vigilant as your licence is at risk.

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Message from RCA

Special Conditions E

AGT, the BRBA and the FRB have just been informed that the Gambling Commission will be taking a more robust approach on Bookmakers failing AV tests and we will write to you shortly.
Please ensure that you display the signage issued by the BRBA & FRB at all times and make your staff aware of your challenge 21 policy.


"We have today (Thursday) published the following on our website:

Consultation on Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) relating to customer interaction

Consultation on Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) relating to additional ADR standards

A call for evidence on gambling website blocking software.

Full details are available on the Consultations page of our website."

Rule 4 information for Bookmakers Tattersalls rule 4
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Urgent Notice Regarding Data Payments

On behalf of our members who attended the Seminar at Dewsbury and were advised not to sign the TTV agreement we instructed the BRBA's Solicitors to establish what payment will be made for the period to 31.03.2018 by the FRB to match the 21 per day paid by the BRBA. The FRB's Solicitors reply is attached which unfortunately is self explanatory. All updates will be posted on this website.

Letter to FRB

Reply from FRB
Updated 07/08/2018