‘Shaping the Future’ is the theme which will run through the 2023 Bacta Annual Convention taking place on 22 November at London’s County Hall.
The theme will be taken-up by a stellar line-up of guest Convention speakers including the Minister for Gambling, The Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP, Kate Nicholls Chief Executive UKHospitality, Michael Dugher, CEO Betting and Gaming Council, Andrew Rhodes CEO UK Gambling Commission and Miles Baron CEO Bingo Association.
The Convention will also include a presentation from the Bank of England which will outline the latest expert insight on payments trends including what the Bank is doing to protect access to cash which is in line with current Government policy.
Bacta CEO John White who is curating content for November’s industry event believes that 2023 is one of the most significant years in the history of the trade association. He explained: “I honestly don’t think there’s been a more significant Convention in our history as a representative trade body with huge macro issues to prepare for.
“This year we’ve had the long awaited publication of the Government’s White Paper on gambling reform the outcomes of which will transform the industry; in addition bacta has undergone its own head-to-toe restructure in advance of its 50th birthday which we celebrate next year and political observers are debating whether we will have a May 2024 or an October 2024 General Election.
“The Convention comes at a perfect time to explore what will be hugely significant issues, challenges and opportunities drawing on the insight and knowledge of our invited guests. Each speaker will have their own unique take on what the future will look like for our sector with Andrew Rhodes providing the Convention keynote explaining how the Gambling Commission is preparing for the new regulatory landscape.”
November’s Convention will also be the first to take place under the newly configured bacta. “The final building block was set earlier this month with the election of six members to the new 11-person bacta National Council” stated White. “The Convention provides an opportunity for members to learn how the new bacta will be addressing the challenges and the opportunities which lie ahead.”