UKGC gets behind National Licensing week with joint inspections

UKGC gets behind National Licensing week with joint inspections

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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The third National Licensing Week runs until Friday

The UK Gambling Commission has advised stakeholders to keep a close eye on its Twitter feed (@GamRegGB) to discover what colleagues are doing to support the Institute of Licensing’s ‘National Licensing Week’, which runs until Friday.

Throughout Britain, Commission colleagues will be supporting regulatory partners with joint inspections in gambling premises, as well as providing training sessions and presentations.

Licensing Week highlights the significant role licensing plays in protecting consumers in everyday life – whether that be catching a taxi, buying a beer, purchasing a dog or placing a bet.

Commission Executive Director Helen Venn said: “We’re very excited about taking part again this year as it’s a chance to shout out about the work licensing bodies do on a daily basis – work that keeps people safe and enables them to enjoy their social and leisure time with confidence.”

This year, colleagues will be supporting Licensing Week with visits to Oxford, Bristol, Exeter, Stockport, Glasgow, Lewisham and many more.

Run by the National Licensing Institute, National Licensing Week is now in its third year and the organisation claims to be  seeing increased participation with organisations taking the opportunity to promote their work and the role that licensing plays.

Said the institute: “The work that goes on behind the scenes by licensees, operators and regulators is often invisible to the public until something goes wrong. NLW is a chance to change that and raise awareness across the country. It's a chance to shout out about the work you do on a daily basis and also a chance to celebrate and promote partnership working.

“The underlying message of the initiative is that licensing is everywhere, we will be using daily themes to demonstrate how licensing affects our daily lives.”

As well as enjoying the support of the Gambling Commission, National Licensing Week is partnered by the British Institute of Innkeeping, the British Beer & Pub Association and the British Retail Consortium.

Totally Gaming says: Licensing is creeping into most aspects of daily life, and that’s especially true of the gaming industry in the UK. If you have time to spare, check out the licensing codes and conditions of practice (LCCP) that bind manufacturers and operators to the highest technical standards and operational excellence. Put in that context, National Licensing Week is an incredibly useful and worthwhile initiative.

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