Tag Archives: Manchester

UX Best Practice…Degree 53 publishes ‘Casino Lobby Report’

Manchester-based industry design, innovation and software development agency Degree 53 has published a a report evaluating the desktop casino lobby user experience (UX) of ten leading online gambling operators in the UK. The research highlights the strongest and weakest features that online casino owners need to take into account, such as how easily users can register or log in, find …

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Degree 53 seeks new recruits for ‘Gaming Specific’ division

Manchester-based digital design agency Degree 53 has launched a dedicated ‘Gaming’ division focused on creating bespoke web and project development services for igaming/betting customers. Stating its intent to grow its services within the gambling sector, Degree 53 management has confirmed that it will support the division with 20+ new dedicated roles. Managing Director of Degree 53, Andrew Daniels, commented on …

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Betfred ‘back in the black’ for 2015/16

Filing its corporate accounts for tax year 2015/16, independent bookmaker Betfred has posted pre-tax profits of £32.4 million reversing operating losses of £88 million recorded in 2014/15.  Issuing a short statement attached to its year-end filing (period ending 25 September 2016), Betfred governance stated that wagering through increased player activity had grown significantly throughout its business properties. As a result, …

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Andrew Daniels: Degree 53 – Winning Hearts & Minds…UX as a customer retention tool

Andrew Daniels Managing Director of specialist mobile and web development agency Degree 53 details to SBC readers why in a digitally connected world, UX design has to be at the forefront of all industry development as stakeholders are faced with increased customer retention costs.  Degree 53 is a digital agency, specialising in providing solutions to the gambling industry. The company …

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CEO John Haddock leaves Betfred

Industry news sources have reported that John Haddock has left as Chief Executive Officer of independent bookmaker Betfred. Haddock departs following thirty years’ service with the Manchester-based bookmaker, having served as CEO since August 2014  when he replaced Fred Done at the head of the company after years serving as managing director. As yet, Betfred governance has not disclosed any details …

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Betfred to win Ladbrokes-Coral UK betting shop portfolio bid

The Irish Independent has reported this weekend that Betfred is set to win its bid to acquire 360 betting shops from the £2.3 billion Ladbrokes-Coral merger. The Manchester-based firm is reported to have pipped Irish independent bookmaker Boylesports for the Ladbrokes-Coral retail inventory which was put up for sale in order to meet UK CMA competition standards.    As the …

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New football app Gloryhunter signs deal with Betfred

Gloryhunter, the company behind a new football app described as the ‘most original, real-time football game since fantasy football’, has signed an exclusive partnership deal with Betfred. Gloryhunter players can now view updated odds from Betfred for every match and win monthly points and prizes from both Betfred and Nike, another listed partner. At the end of the 2016/17 season, …

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GamCare launches Gamble Aware Week in Cardiff, Glasgow & Manchester

Gambling harm and addiction prevention charity GamCare has launched its ‘Gamble Aware Week’ in the UK cities’ of Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester. Aiming to raise public awareness of problem gambling conditions GamCare will be offering free drop-in information and advice sessions for anyone concerned about gambling. GamCare detailed that the sessions would be ‘friendly and informal’, focusing on giving the …

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Betfred closes in on Ladbrokes-Coral betting shops

The Sunday Times has reported that Betfred is nearing a deal to buy hundreds of betting shops, as the Ladbrokes-Coral merger enters the final stages of its UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) review. As part of its merger completion, Ladbrokes-Coral has been forced to sell a significant number of betting shops in order to secure UK competition approval and …

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Increased costs and taxes see Betfred ‘in the red’ for 2015

Despite increasing corporate revenues to £10 billion, UK bookmaker Betfred has posted an operating loss of £76.6 million (52-week period ending 27 September 2015). Filing its annual return with UK Companies House the Manchester-based operator reported that its financial performance had been impacted by increased gambling taxes which lowered operating margins. Furthermore, the bookmaker like its industry competitors was hit …

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