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How did 2019 treat Willow Communications ?

2019 was a fantastic year for Willow Communications across all areas of our business; retail bingo, casino, AGC, hospitality and leisure. The granting in 2019 of our Gambling Commission licences to provide facilities for the playing of bingo was a catalyst to further develop our established and proven BiGD platform (Bingo Information Graphical Display), which is now used by most UK multi-site retail bingo operators. 2020 promises to be a very busy year with exciting new bingo and jackpot games being launched with several of our retail bingo clients. Our Bingo and Jackpot manager software is deployed on our BiGD platform to provide paper based games presented on the in-venue public display screens to deliver dynamic rich media game content.

New roles

The Bingo Association’s new Head of Governance and Compliance, Paul Swindon

The Bingo Association was pleased to announce a new member of its management team at the end of last year, Paul Swindon, who joins Chief Executive Miles Baron and the team from the British Association of Removers. While not joining immediately from a gambling background, Paul is no stranger to the industry or trade associations.

Born and bred in Harrow, Paul studied Business and Finance, attending college in Watford, and currently lives in Hatfield: in respect of the Association’s offices in Dunstable, he has always been very much a local.

Setting the Standard


GamCare’s Safer Gambling Standard: One Year On

GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice and support for those affected by gambling related harms across Great Britain. Alongside operating the National Gambling Helpline, open 24-hours a day and offering a range of support and treatment services nationwide, they also use their expertise to provide training and accreditation for the gambling industry, including through the Safer Gambling Standard.

The Safer Gambling Standard was launched a year ago and working alongside the BSI, (British Standards Institution,) GamCare has ensured that the Standard is a recognised mark for gambling operators licensed in Great Britain: to date five gambling businesses have already completed and achieved the accreditation, with more en-route. Currently 20 operators are actively working with GamCare on achieving accreditation.

If You Can’t Measure It – You Can’t Manage It



EBI Software is an industry leading developer of data integration and business information software.  With two industry technologists at its helm; Tony Eyre, with over 28 years of product innovation and product marketing in UK gambling sectors, and Chris Cowan, with more than 35 years developing business information software for manufacturing and supply chain management businesses.




As many Bingo Life readers will already know The Bingo Association has been supporting Variety the Children’s Charity since 2015, with amazing success, thanks to the support and hard work of bingo operators, club staff and the amazing generosity of bingo players up and down the country. The hard work and generosity has brought the total raised to date to over £1.3 million – a staggering amount of money!

The Bingo Association – AGM 2019


The Bingo Association AGM this year was ousted from its regular venue, the Hippodrome Casino, by the very popular live show Magic Mike, that is in residence through to 4th January 2020. Forced to find a new venue, the Association elected to move east, to the City of London and Salters Hall.

The Salters’ Company, originating from 1394, is one of the Great Twelve City Livery Companies, ranked number nine in the order of precedence:

• Mercers

• Grocers

• Drapers

• Fishmongers

• Goldsmiths

• Merchant Taylors

• Skinners

• Haberdashers

• Salters

• Ironmongers

• Vintners

• Clothworkers

The New National Bingo Game


The National Bingo Game has been a long standing favourite amongst bingo players and throughout its thirty year plus history, and has always offered players great prizes and life-changing cash wins. During this time it has seen a number of changes to the game format, helping to keep it fresh and appealing.

The last upgrade to the game format took place on 30th April last year and saw the game offering more prizes, with claims becoming instant for the first time ever: these changes have proved popular with operators and players alike.


















WhichBingo.co.uk, the UK’s biggest website and community dedicated to online bingo reviews,  is getting ready to welcome over 180 industry guests to London’s Madame Tussauds on Wednesday 26th June for the WhichBingo Awards 2019.

This annual event, now in its sixth year, celebrates the very best in the UK online bingo and slots market, with a total of 11 award categories decided by a public vote of bingo players, and another 7 award winners chosen by a panel of industry experts.

At last year’s event, it was Mecca Bingo who came out on top as they walked away with a trio of awards, including Best Playtech Bingo Site, Best Customer Service and Most Socially Responsible Operator. This year, newcomers such as Buzz Bingo are looking to make their mark.

Gaming Progression on Show G2E Asia 2019

Bingo Life interview with Josephine Lee, Chief Operating Officer of Reed Exhibitions, Greater China

Can you provide us examples of other key speakers at this year’s conference?
“We’ll be officially announcing our G2E Asia 2019 speaker line-up in February. As with last year and many editions before, it’s guaranteed to be an exciting assembly of influential leaders that are fully representative of Asia’s gaming and entertainment industry.”
What else can visitors to G2E Asia expect to see on the exhibition floor as well as the Conference?

BINGO all the way:Leisure Electronics / Wexel Gaming return to the Bingo Pavilion for ICE 2019

Chris Shipley Sales & Projects Manager at Leisure Electronics Ltd & Wexel Gaming chats to Bingo Life 

For Leisure Electronics and Wexel Gaming, ICE offers a very a different visitor demography to EAG, covering a much broader audience in terms of the markets it caters to and creating a great opportunity for both companies to showcase products and connect with other sectors, such as online, betting, bingo, etc. Factoring in international delegates attending the show, the audience becomes huge.