Retail

Bingo documentary gets BBC upgrade 

The BBC has added its Northern Ireland’s ‘True North – Big Night at the Bingo’ episode to its ‘Our Lives’ social documentary series available on the iPlayer platform for all UK audiences. First broadcast in January on BBC’s Northern Ireland network, Big Night at the Bingo follows the patrons and employees of West Belfast’s ‘Westway Bingo Hall’ on its busiest …

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ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings 

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed that greyhound racing at Belle Vue greyhound stadium has been temporarily suspended. The racing group revealed that the lack of crowds has meant that fixtures have become ‘uneconomical’ to operate during the pandemic. As a result, Belle Vue’s existing BAGS fixtures will be moved to sister tracks within the ARC group. Rachel Corden, Greyhound …

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Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week

Paddy Power has announced that it will reopen all betting shops in England, plus 150 Irish estates from Monday 15 June – ‘just in time for Royal Ascot’ (16-20 June). The bookmaker stated that its betting shops in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain closed until further notice by regional governments. Helping its retail staff work under unprecedented circumstances, Paddy …

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PMU appoints French racing figurehead Philippe Augier as new Chairman

French horseracing operator PMU has confirmed the election of Philippe Augier as new Chairman leading its corporate governance initiatives. Augier’s chairmanship was ratified following PMU’s annual general meeting and has received the approval of key racing stakeholders France Galop, as French horseracing’s governing body, and Le Trot – the operating company of French racing venues. The appointment sees PMU act swiftly …

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UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races

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British greyhound racing will fast-track to phase three of its operational policy, giving tracks the green light to run unlimited races with gaps of 20 minutes. Following a review of its five-phase ‘COVID-19 Operational Policy’, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) confirmed that racecourses that have successfully completed Phase Two will be able to fast-track to Phase Four from …

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Workforce wellbeing leads GVC Holdings retail reopening 

As it plans to reopen its retail betting venues on Monday 15 June, GVC Holdings has published its ‘comprehensive plan’ of actions and requirements to ensure safety standards across all Ladbrokes and Coral estates.  Leadership of the FTSE100 betting group stated that its reopening plan has been designed ‘to exceed the guidelines’ set by the UK government and World Health …

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Russell Colvin joins FSB as retail lead

Industry platform provider FSB has enhanced its Business Development team after naming Russell Colvin as the new Head of Retail Sales. Colvin has joined the firm from Playtech’s BGT Sports division where he held the role of Commercial Director. In his new role, Colvin will oversee the sales of FSB’s retail products such as its Self Service Betting Terminal and …

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Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting

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Svenska Spel has called for the Swedish government to ban lottery betting, emphasising that ‘secondary lotteries’ are reducing the market share held by not-for-profit lottery operators. Svenska Spel CEO Patrik Hofbauer hit out at ‘shadow games’ operators for offering lotteries without a licence, which he argued poses a risk to the financial health of sports clubs and other nonprofits in …

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IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale

IGT Group has sanctioned a ‘tender offer’ to ‘purchase for cash’ an aggregate sum of $300 million, representing 6.25% of its corporate senior secured debt notes, due for repayment in 2022. The New York-listed gambling technology and lottery systems supplier has undertaken its debt sale subject to terms and conditions set forth in its ‘offer to purchase’ summary published on …

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Greek leisure approval sees OPAP return to full capacity

Athens-listed gambling group OPAP SA has returned to full operational capacity after reopening its ‘PLAY’ gaming hall venues across Greece. OPAP has reopened its gaming venues following last week’s approval by the Greek government to allow all leisure enterprises (hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc) to return to business after it eased COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. The decision has allowed OPAP to …

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