Tag Archives: Mecca Bingo

Rank calls for venue gambling laws to be rebalanced 

Rank Group Plc has urged the government to radically overhaul the laws governing UK land-based gambling venues, as a remit of its ongoing review of the 2005 Gambling Act.  Yesterday, the LSE gambling group published its 2020/2021 results, which revealed statutory losses of £93 million – as Rank’s trading was gutted by Grosvenor Casino and Mecca Bingo properties observing lockdown …

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Rank stomachs £93m lockdown loss as leadership eyes strongest venue returns

Rank Group Plc has disclosed statutory losses of £93 million, as the LSE gambling group closes accounts on a year ravaged by COVID-19 headwinds.  Publishing its preliminary results for 2020/2021 trading (12-months ending 30 June) Rank registered a 50% decline in underlying net gaming revenues to £288 million. Year trading saw Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino properties restricted to ‘59% …

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Reawakened Rank secures options on £25m credit facility

Rank Group has entered an agreement with Lloyds Bank that will provide the LSE listed gambling group access to a £25 million (€29m) revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available to Rank for a period of two years , providing its business with additional liquidity and ‘the opportunity, when we are confident that the Group is delivering sustainable …

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Bingo Association confirms full house for National Bingo Day

The Bingo Association has confirmed that this Sunday 27 June, all members (retail and online) will participate in the UK’s first-ever ‘National Bingo Day’. The initiative was announced last March, as the UK government published its lockdown easing roadmap, with the Bingo Association calling for all industry stakeholders to help bingo’s hospitality venues return to business.  Securing its 27 June …

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Rank completes Hawkeye customer care monitoring upgrade

Rank Group Plc has deployed its proprietary-built ‘Hawkeye’ real-time safer gambling monitoring system, observing customer engagements across its flagship online properties of Grosvenor Casino and Mecca Bingo. Updating stakeholders, the LSE gambling group completes a key 2021 corporate directive, ‘investing significantly’ to revamp its customer care capacity, allowing its teams to better identify player risks and carry-out interventions were necessary.  …

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Stevie Shaves: All eyes on Buzz Bingo’s critical reopening…

After a year of business closure under UK lockdown rules, Buzz Bingo will reopen its +90 venues to the general public from Monday 17 May. Chief Commercial Officer Stevie Shaves tells SBC why all industry stakeholders should be paying close attention to Buzz Bingo’s reopening duties as a critical indicator of the sector’s retail future trading against future unknowns… ___________________ …

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Rank prioritises safe venue return as lockdown drains group performance   

Rank Group Plc has revealed that trading under lockdown conditions for its most recent quarterly reporting period has resulted in a 72% fall in group like-for-like revenues. This morning, the LSE gambling group published a Q3 2020/2021 trading and corporate liquidity update for the period ending 31 March, which stated that its Grosvenor and Mecca venue net revenues performance had …

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National Bingo Day launched to aid critical venue recovery

UK bingo’s biggest land-based operators, Mecca and Buzz Bingo, have joined forces to launch ‘National Bingo Day’ on Sunday 27 June – providing a vital boost for all British bingo venues returning to business from lockdown.  Accustomed to being celebrated across the US, Buzz and Mecca have launched Britain’s version of ‘National Bingo Day’, championed by the Bingo Association. Helping …

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Rank Group records £42m interim loss as Covid drains venue performance

Rank Group Plc has reaffirmed its confidence in being able to navigate the continued challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on its business. Publishing its H1 2020/2021 interim results for the six months ending 31 December 2020, Rank has recorded underlying group-wide losses of £42 million – representing a 171% swing on 2019/2020 profits of £59 million.  As previously …

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William Hill and Flutter top GambleAware Q1-Q3 donors

GambleAware has released its donor list for the first three quarters of 2020, with William Hill topping the list, followed by Flutter Entertainment and bet365. Publishing its industry donation figures for 1 April – 30 December 2020, GambleAware revealed that William Hill made a pledge of £1.04 million, with £540,000 donated. Following William Hill was Flutter Entertainment – the holding …

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