Retail

Ascot Racecourse reports 10% prize money increase

Ascot Racecourse has reported that an increased investment in racecourse facilities and prize money contributions have contributed to a successful 2018 for the Berkshire course. The racecourse has released its financial results for the 12 months ending 31st December 2018, in which it recorded a pre-tax profit of £6.1m. Guy Henderson, Chief Executive at Ascot, lauded the positive results for …

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Women in Racing promotes female participation at upcoming event

In a bid to promote female participation in the horse racing industry, Women in Racing (WiR) is set to offer a new mentoring programme to those working in the industry. The annual mentoring event, taking place at The AllBright in Mayfair on July 9, will boast an international network of both clubs and academies to help support women throughout their …

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Champions League final drives Super Saturday betting

This weekend’s ‘Super Saturday’ continued to attract mass-interest from UK punters this year, with punters wagering bets on the Epsom Derby, the Champions League Final, and the fight between Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr. The all-English Champions league final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur attracted the most attention from punters in terms of bets placed, closely followed by the Investec …

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IMG confirmed as Bundesliga’s exclusive global licensing representative

International sports marketing agency, publisher and data distributor IMG has confirmed that it has inked a new deal with Bundesliga International which will see them named as the exclusive global licensing representative for the league. As reported by SportsPro media, the new deal will lead to the development and launch of a new licensing programme, focusing upon elevating the engagement …

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Codere seeks to end Sampedro drama at ‘critical AGM’

Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere SA is set to host a ‘critical showdown’ at its annual general meeting set for Monday 26 July, as corporate stakeholders seek to settle the governance dispute between US debt holders and the enterprise founding Martínez Sampedro family. Spanish business news sources report, that Codere investors will seek to remove Martínez Sampedro board representatives’ …

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Boylesports enters UK retail scene with Midlands acquisition

As the UK retail betting scene contracts, Irish independent bookmaker Boylesports is fulfiling its long-term corporate ambition of entering the market with the acquisition of Midlands bookmaker Wilf Gilbert. Ireland’s second largest betting firm has agreed to acquire UK independent bookmaker Wilf Gilbert’s thirteen retail betting properties, however the two firms are keeping mum on the money involved, only citing an ‘undisclosed sum’ . …

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Bookmakers gear up for a bumper-weekend of sports

With one of the racing calendar’s most iconic fixtures taking place this weekend, bookmakers are confident that the Epsom Derby will maintain its popularity during a bumper-Saturday of sports. Betting activity is expected to spike for the derby, as the Epsom Derby remains as the third most popular racing event – just behind Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival. Andrew …

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BetUK.com secures Premiership Rugby partnership

Premiership Rugby has inked a new agreement with the LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group which will see their BetUK.com brand become the rugby league’s official betting partner. The new partnership will focus upon the promotion of the Safe Gambling Campaign, while also naming BetUK.com as the partner for the free-to-play Premiership Rugby Predictor game on the Premiership Rugby app. “We’re delighted …

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UKGC’s May stats reflect retail reality

The UK’s retail landscape has continued to suffer over recent months with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) reporting a 1.5 per cent decrease in the number of shops since March 2018. As part of the biannual statistics published by the regulator, the total number of betting shops has fallen to 8423, while licensed arcades and bingo premises have also dropped …

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Brazil calls for a rethink on LOTEX’s future

The government of Brazil is reported to be ‘assessing its options’ with regards to the sale of state-owned Instant Win (Scratch Card) operator LOTEX – following six straight tender postponements. A reported ‘lack of interest’, would see BNDES, Brazil’s National Development Bank twice suspend this May’s planned tender procedure. BNDES, the agency charged with selling LOTEX, has come under fire …

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