Good going for bookie George

SURE BET?: George Carrigill is hoping to take place in a national competition.
SURE BET?: George Carrigill is hoping to take place in a national competition.

DEWSBURY bookie George Carrigill could be on a winner in a top national award scheme.

His chain of six shops is in the final three for an award in a UK challenge.

So Mr Carrigill and his 20-plus staff have their fingers crossed for a good result when the Betview Awards are announced later this month.

“We are delighted to have been nominated for this scheme, which is like the Oscars of the gambling industry,” said Mr Carrigill, who is 78 and has run his local betting shops for more than half a century.

He was told by the Betview magazine that several people had suggested Carrigills would be a good candidate for the Chain of the Year (20 outlets or fewer) title.

“It never crossed my mind to enter,” said Mr Carrigill.

To gauge his chances, Betview has been looking at the chain’s terms of business. “And we have some which others don’t,” said Mr Carrigill.

They include a minimum guarantee and a money-back scheme if a horse is only slightly pipped at the post. A mystery shopper has also visited the firm’s branches.

Carrigills, which includes branches in Dewsbury, Mirfield and Ravensthorpe, will now be judged by its peers.

“But the real prize is the recognition that we are doing something right,” said Mr Carrigill.

The winners will be announced at an event at London’s Dorchester Hotel on March 29.