Gala spokesman said that the company was quitting in order to focus on trying to establish an industry-wide gambling association. “This is not us withdrawing from these associations because we don’t think they’re very good,” he said. “We’ve got a new Gambling Act and a new regulator, but we have separate trade associations where there’s a lot of duplication.”
Rank Group, the Mecca Bingo operator, appears to support the concept of a single association but shows no sign of wanting to follow Gala’s lead for the time being. But the Bingo Association, which will lose a big chunk of its funding, is more forthright, suggesting that the question of a single body “would be more readily asked from the inside out than the outside in”.