August 5, 2018 in News

EPIC shortlisted for Positive Social Impact Award as part of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018

EPIC shortlisted for Positive Social Impact Award as part of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018. From EPIC’s conception to date, social responsibility has been centred at our core; through education and training, policy development and review, executive support, risk management and internal audit and forensic investigations, we are committed to improving lives by targeting the destructive impact of…
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May 27, 2018 in News

Sky Bet launch responsible gambling campaign for EFL clubs

"Leeds based online gambling operator Sky Bet has launched a new responsible gambling campaign designed to educate players and staff from every one of the 72 EFL clubs about gambling related harm. The programme, to be delivered by EPIC Risk Management, the leading independent harm minimisation consultancy in the UK, will launch across all clubs over the next season but…
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May 17, 2018 in Views

£2 stake cut on FOBTs

Our CEO, Paul Buck, has just been on National Radio commenting on the announced £2 stake cut on FOBTs. EPIC are in favour of the stake reduction which was needed to protect vulnerable customers.  We also welcome the wider measures that Tracey Crouch has announced to help make gambling fairer and safer.  EPIC continue to work directly and practically with…
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March 29, 2018 in News

Ex-SJP wealth adviser jailed for £800k client gamble

A former St James's Place (SJP) adviser has been jailed for defrauding clients of more than £800,000 to fund his gambling addiction. Mark Pickering was sentenced to 40 months in prison after he was found guilty of defrauding clients to place bets with Betfair in an account which accrued nearly £1.1 million of losses, the Nottingham Post reports. Judge James Sampson said eight clients were defrauded…
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July 4, 2017 in News

EPIC Risk Management Annual Report 2016 – 2017

Annual Report 2016 - 2017 I would like to welcome you to EPIC’s first annual  report. We pride ourselves on innovation and doing things differently. This is shown by the fact that our first annual report covers 18 months from January 2016 to June 2017! Paul Buck | Founder and Group CEO Download now
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April 19, 2017 in News

Chelsea FC commission EPIC Risk Management to work with U/16, U18 and U/23 level players.

Chelsea FC commission EPIC Risk Management to work with  U/16, U18 and U/23 level players. Following the high-profile work that EPIC Risk Management have been doing within professional rugby union and professional cricket over the last 12 months, Chelsea FC have this month commissioned them to deliver gambling awareness education to their elite academy squads at under 16, under 18…
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April 9, 2017 in News

BDO Fraudtrack Report 2017

BDO’s has now released its 14th FraudTrack report. Since 2003 they have been tracking fraud cases reported in publically available sources. FraudTrack includes all fraud cases valued at over £50,000 in the UK. "The significant increase in fraud is quite shocking, but I am not surprised that the second biggest reason for fraud is gambling. If left unchecked, compulsive gambling…
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March 24, 2017 in News

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March 24, 2017 in News

Paul Buck is working with the Professional Cricketers’ Association to highlight the potential dangers

Feature by the BBC "He was jailed for defrauding one of the biggest banks out of more than £400,000. He lost his job, his place in society and served time in prison - and all because of a pathological gambling addiction. Now, Paul Buck is working with the Professional Cricketers' Association to highlight the potential dangers. He has been sharing…
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February 12, 2017 in Views

Bosses could face jail for failure to prevent fraud

Company bosses could be prosecuted for failing to stop their staff committing fraud under new laws being considered by ministers. The plans, which have yet to be officially unveiled, follow similar plans to make company boards liable if staff facilitate tax evasion. Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to end "boardroom excess" and make tackling corporate crime a key focus.…
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December 14, 2016 in News

Problem gamblers cost the UK Government up to £1.2 billion per year

London, Tuesday 13th December The true cost of problem gambling is revealed today in a new report commissioned by GambleAware. The study, completed by the IPPR, estimates that problem gamblers cost the government between £260 million and £1.2 billion per year. The research highlights which parts of Government absorb the worst of the costs of gambling related harm, these are:…
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December 14, 2016 in Views

Gambling is responsible for 12.5% of all frauds in the UK

This year, the BDO analysis of UK fraud shows that the total value of reported fraud in 2015 was £1.5bn, an increase of 110% from the previous year, and the highest value since 2011. The report, which examines reported fraud cases over £50,000 in the UK, finds that the total number of cases, however, fell by 5.2%, with only 519…
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December 5, 2016 in News

Gambling industry urged to support services for problem punters

A charity has called on all organisations that profit from gambling to help fund support services for problem punters after figures showed just 3% are receiving help. GambleAware, formerly known as the Responsible Gambling Trust, said advertisers, lotteries and professional sports clubs as well as the industry itself should contribute to research, education and treatment services. The total number of…
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November 5, 2016 in News

GambleAware warns APPG about ‘overlooked’ problem gambling

GambleAware warns APPG about ‘overlooked’ problem gambling Problem gambling has been ‘overlooked and underfunded for too long’. That was the message delivered by Kate Lampard CBE, Chair of GambleAware, to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). As gambling-related harm is linked to all forms of gambling, not just FOBTs, Lampard set out GambleAware’s strategy…
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September 15, 2016 in News

UK to increase focus on problem gambling, says Gambling Commission boss

Sarah Harrison, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, warned industry stakeholders that the levels of public scrutiny the UK gambling sector had experienced over the past 12 months would not abate in the coming months and responsible gambling policies would take on even more prominence. Delivering the keynote address at the World Regulatory Briefing held in London on Thursday, Harrison said:…
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August 5, 2016 in News

Bookmakers’ attempts to curb problem gambling ‘in disarray’

A system set up by bookmakers to address problem gambling is in disarray, according to campaigners, after a report exposed vast differences in how firms apply the measures. The report, produced by accountancy group PwC and seen by the Guardian, found flaws in how betting shops use “player awareness systems”, which are meant to curb addiction to fixed-odds betting terminals…
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June 28, 2016 in News

Lessons to be learned – Gambling Commission

Lessons to be learned... via Gambling Commission Betfred will pay more than £800,000 in compensation and in contribution towards socially responsible causes as part of a regulatory settlement following a licence review. This payment follows failures by the operator in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility policies. The Gambling Commission’s investigation follows a court case that resulted in a Betfred…
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June 28, 2016 in News

Employees put business data at risk by installing gambling apps on their phones

The average company has more than one gambling application installed on some of its employees' mobile devices, and in some cases as many as 35. If you work for a large, global company, chances are some of your peers have installed gambling apps on the mobile devices they use for work, and that's bad news for IT security. A study…
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April 1, 2016 in News

Gambling related fraud now equates to 12.5% of all fraud

EPIC were interested to read BDO's excellently presented Fraudtrack report recently published and in particular the reference that gambling related fraud now equates to 12.5% of all fraud in terms of motive or £225m in value. Less than 5 years ago gambling fraud was responsible for <1% of the total fraud figure. Further headline figures are that: Fraud has risen 110% in…
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March 14, 2016 in News

RPA and EPIC to deliver Gambling Education Programme

Date: Tuesday 15th March 2016 Issued on behalf of The RPA. The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) has today announced that it will deliver a new Gambling Awareness Education programme to all RPA members in association with EPIC Risk Management. The programme, which will focus on the potential risks posed by gambling, how to identify problematic gambling and where to seek…
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