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London casinos warn against blanket 10pm curfew

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has confirmed that London casinos are prepared to close their bar premises in order to avoid a curfew being imposed on the capital’s entertainment venues. The BGC’s statement comes as the government reviews further lockdown measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as the UK enters its autumn months. Latest news reports suggest …

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Rank outlines plans to reopen Grosvenor venues

Rank Group Plc has communicated its plans to reopen 44 Grosvenor Casino venues across England from 1 August, adhering to the government’s social distancing orders and public safety rules.  Grosvenor, the UK’s largest land-based casino operator, will begin the staggered reopening of a selected number of venues in England from Saturday 1 August – as Wales and Scotland’s casinos remain …

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Rank lowers profit guidance as Mecca venues begin reopening 

Rank Group Plc has issued a market update as it begins to reopen its Mecca Bingo venues across England from Saturday 4 July.    Absorbing COVID-19 impacts and costs, Rank stated that its group underlying profits will fall at the lower end of its provided £48-58 million guidance for the year ending 30 June 2020. Despite the closure of its entire …

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William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate 

William Hill has followed counterparts Betfred and Rank Group Plc in issuing an HMRC claim on compensation owed from tax charges related to fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).  The FTSE bookmaker could stand to secure a multi-million £ tax rebate on FOBT charges issued between 2005 and 2013. William Hill’s HMRC rebate stands from an April High Court ruling that favoured …

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Rank confirms Euro business support to navigate COVID-19 impact 

Rank Group Plc is the latest gaming industry incumbent to issue a COVID-19 update to investors, today citing a slowdown in UK venue trading over the last three weeks. The LSE operator stated that despite the slowdown its UK venue portfolio of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo ‘remained profitable last week’. Following the UK government’s civil advice to avoid leisure …

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Transformation directives see Rank confident of beating year expectations

Issuing a corporate filing, the governance of LSE-listed gambling group Rank Plc has this morning disclosed that ‘further positive trading’ will see the company deliver underlying operating profits ahead of market expectations. Updating investors, Rank governance underlines significant progress in its ‘corporate transformation programme’ which has underpinned growth within its Digital, Grosvenor and International units. Based on current trading trends, …

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Rank pleased with Grosvenor progress as critical Stride integration begins

Rank Group Plc has detailed further progress for the firm’s transformation objectives and confidence in future prospects, as the London listed gambling group publishes its latest trading update for the quarter ending 30 September 2019. Rank records a 10% increase in group like-for-like net gaming revenues (NGR), detailing strong continued growth across its digital channel up 16% NGR. Maintaining its digital …

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GVC strengthens operational division with two new hires

GVC Holdings has strengthened its senior operational management team by announcing the appointment of a new director of payments and compliance, and a new gaming product director. Set to join the operator’s leadership in early November, Gabriele Griesbacher will assume the role of Director of Payments, while Colin Cole-Johnson takes up the role of Gaming Product Director. Shay Segev, Chief …

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Rank’s Luda project fails to find a new bingo audience

In its interim update, the governance of London-listed Rank Group Plc has revealed that its Luda Bingo project has failed to live up to management expectations. Updating investors, Rank governance details that the three Luda venues launched in Walsall, Weston-super-Mare and Leeds, failed to gain traction with bingo consumers. Launched in July 2017, the Luda venues aimed to attract younger …

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Rank appoints John O’Reilly as new Chief Executive

The governance of FTSE 250 gambling firm Rank Group Plc has this morning confirmed the appointment of John O’Reilly as  Chief Executive Officer, replacing outbound Henry Birch as its corporate leader. A 25-year industry leadership veteran, John O’Reilly joins Rank from William Hill Plc, where he served as Non-Executive Director (2017-2018). Furthermore, O’Reilly previously led and grew Ladbrokes’ digital operations …

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