Tag Archives: John O’Reilly

Rank responds to press speculation on controversial share placement 

Rank Group Plc has quelled press speculation that it will undertake a new share placement to raise working capital to help its venues and properties mitigate autumn lockdown proceedings and further COVID-19 impacts. The LSE gambling group issued its response to a Sky News report, which detailed that Rank would pursue a £70 million emergency funding round, undertaken through a …

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SNP warned of inbound job losses over tier-2 casino closures

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been warned by UK casino leaders that “hundreds of Scottish jobs’” have been placed at risk following the SNP’s enforcement that casino venues should be temporarily shut. New Scottish Government COVID-19 emergency measures enforced that any region placed under ‘Level 2’ requires local casinos to close entirely. Bosses have called on the Scottish First …

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Casino leaders call for ‘lifeline’ as government imposes 10pm curfew

The casino industry has been left reeling after yesterday’s announcement of further coronavirus restrictions, which have seen the government impose a blanket 10pm curfew on their venues. Responding to the measures, The Rank Group has called upon the government to urgently consider expanding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support businesses affected by the new measures. Earlier this week, London …

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Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust

Rank Group has strengthened its commitment to supporting unpaid carers across the UK after extending its partnership with Carers Trust through until 2021. Since its inception more than six years ago in February 2014, Rank colleagues and customers have raised £2.6 million for the charity, with the money raised benefiting over 12,000 unpaid carers. Over the last 12 months, Rank …

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Rank gifts Ipswich Town’s Magical Vegas sponsorship to Carers Trust

Rank Group has ‘gifted’ its sponsorship of League One football team Ipswich Town FC to Carers Trust, with the charity’s logo due to feature prominently on the team’s home kit for the 2020-21 season. The team’s shirt currently features the logo of Rank online casino subsidiary, Magical Vegas. The sponsorship was donated to raise awareness of the organisation which supports …

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Rank to begin phased reopening of Mecca venues on 4 July 

Rank Group has announced that it will begin the ‘phased reopening’ of its Mecca Bingo venues operating across England from 4 July.  In accordance with the government’s public safety measures, 36 Mecca venues will reopen on 4 July across England, as Rank re-establishes its retail footprint having been forced to close all gambling venues from mid-March as the UK entered …

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John O’Reilly: UK government needs to act now to avoid casino job losses

John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank Group, has stated his disbelief at the UK government refusing to allow England’s casinos to reopen on 4 July, as previously anticipated and prepared for by licensed operators. Rank’s CEO branded the government’s latest easing orders on leisure and hospitality venues as ‘baffling’ and ‘incoherent’, with the government allowing England’s bingo venues to reopen …

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Rank Group preparing for ‘difficult trading conditions’ following COVID-19 lockdown

Amid COVID-19 disruptions, Rank Group has revealed that it is ‘preparing for difficult trading conditions’ when it reopens its venues. Publishing a trading update for the quarter to 31 March 2020, Rank’s like-for-like net gaming revenue was down 4% for the quarter, while total NGR saw an increase of 5%. Rank Group has predicted that annual underlying operating profit will amount …

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