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EPIC named 12th best SME business in the UK

EPIC Risk Management is delighted to have learned that its been recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 SMEs.

From hundreds of entries across every sector, EPIC Risk Management has been ranked in the top 15, having made it to twelfth position overall in the Elite Business 100 (EB100).

The EB100 are the businesses to watch for the future. It recognises excellence in the SME community and ranks them across a broad range of criteria, from their longevity in the marketplace, year-on-year growth to how they embrace innovation and contribute to the community.

The SME industry contributes over £2 trillion in turnover to the UK economy, employing 44% of the British workforce. The last 12 months have been challenging, with many SMEs navigating a landscape of hardship. EPIC has been able to demonstrate remarkable resilience to survive and thrive thanks to a robust infrastructure and proven business model.

Describing EPIC as ‘change makers in the British industry’, Scott English, brand director of Elite Business, explained that the gambling harm minimisation consultancy ‘deserve their place in the top 15 of the Elite Business 100’, which they paint as the ‘definitive league table [that] exemplifies the very best of SMEs in the UK’.

The welcome praise was warmly received by EPIC’s senior director, John Millington, who responded:

“I think it’s immensely positive for the business. Just to be recognised in the Top 100 is an achievement in itself, but to be recognised as number 12 is testament to the success that we’ve had as a business over the last ten years.

“Trying to be a socially driven business with a real purpose to reduce the impacts of gambling related harm on people and organisations, whilst also being commercially sustainable, brings some unique challenges.

“However, the passion for what we try to do and what we’re trying to achieve is a melting pot for success, ultimately.

“There’s an immense sense of pride across the business for what we do, how we do it, and what we’ve managed to achieve as a business. I think this is a deserved recognition of the hard work that everybody contributes to that.”

EPIC will celebrate the achievement at the awards evening on March 17th in London and be included in the EB100 digital guide and online directory with viewership of over half a million people.

About EPIC Risk Management

EPIC Risk Management is a socially driven and commercially sustainable business, with the aim of helping people, and businesses, to avoid the destructive effects of gambling related harm. We do this via education and awareness programmes, independently accredited training and board level down advisory and consultancy. Our expert team, many of whom have lived experience of gambling harm, work directly with the sectors who are statistically and evidentially the highest risk sectors for gambling harm, which has seen us work across professional sport, within schools, the gambling industry, financial services, the Armed Forces and criminal justice system amongst others. To date we have worked across 28 countries and have a growing presence in the USA as sports gambling opens state by state.

Clients in sport include the English Football League, NFL Player Association, Professional Cricketers Association, Rugby Players Association, Major League Soccer and Chelsea FC. The awareness programmes in sport are some of the biggest ever done in world sport.

Our uniquely experienced personnel also consult some of the leading gambling operators, regulators and policy makers, helping them to implement measures for industry leading player protection initiatives, as well as training their outwardly facing workforce on mechanisms for harm reduction interactions with their customers.

Around 40% of our workforce has lived experience of gambling harm. What we deliver is bespoke to the target audience, largely through our face-to-face powerful sessions but with an increasing leverage of digital technology. Our work is evidence based and grounded in the latest academic research, ensuring we keep up to date with any new advances in gambling protection measures from all over the world, alongside rapidly changing laws.

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