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Castle Bingo remains “cash generative” against trading headwinds

Castle Bingo remains cash generative
Cardiff-based bingo chain Castle Bingo saw a healthy increase in revenue last year, but has conceded that landed bingo’s forward-looking picture remains challenging; a forecast Castle is taking head-on. Welsh bingo operator Castle Leisure netted £32m in revenue across its estate landed in the year ending September 30 - with six of its eleven clubs defying market trends and post...

99.75 percent uptime is key to ‘outstanding’ Bingo Express performance

The bingo sector is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance in its range of offering to the market. Among the innovators is Bingo Express which has recorded a pretty impressive uptime rate. New data released by Bingo Express, the ground-breaking Ticket on Demand (ToD) bingo system, shows a near perfect record for reliability, a factor, which in part explains its cash...

Spend per head up as Majestic Bingo post confident 2017 results

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With both main stage bingo and machines performing strongly for Majestic Bingo in 2017, the operator will continue its strategy of refurbishments and acquisitions for the years ahead, all while developing new customers and fresh gaming products. Majestic Bingo has posted a one percent growth in overall customer stake money for 2017, with customer spend per head increasing from £16.99...

Mecca Bingo Ellesmere Port set to close, say staff

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Official confirmation is still pending, but Mecca E-Port looks set to close-up shop - as owners the Rank Group try to batten down the hatches. Regulars and staff at the Mecca Bingo club in Ellesmere Port are claiming that their venue will imminently shut down due to low attendance figures. Rumours circulated on social media last week that staff had been...

Majestic prepares to re-launch Regent Bingo

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Recently finished upgrades at the Spalding bingo hall has provided the legacy club with “a new lease of life,” say management. A re-launch party has been scheduled for Majestic’s Regent Bingo club in Spalding, Lincolnshire, following on the back of a £200,000 refurbishment effort. The work has seen the historic club rebranded in line with the rest of the Majestic estate,...

Gala rebrands 98 more bingo halls

Gala Leisure is continuing the rebrand of its retail bingo halls with 98 more venues set to launch as Buzz Bingo throughout September and October. Following the company’s initial announcement in May, which saw only a handful of clubs make the rebrand, Gala Leisure is pushing forward to launch 49 more clubs by 15 September,with each club hosting its own...

Four bingo players net over £150,000 at same bingo hall in one month

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Players at Castle Bingo, in Merthyr Tydfil have been left stunned as after a set of huge wins in the space of one month. One player took home £50,000 at the end of July - followed by two £47,000 jackpots and another £10,000 win. The first winner, mother-of-three, Judith, from Tredegar, was introduced to bingo by her husband 20 years ago...

The Rank Group plc reaches £2m charity milestone

Last month Mecca’s senior team faced a bushtucker trial challenge as The Rank Group reached a fundraising milestone of £2m with Carers Trust. Team members from The Rank Group Plc, which owns Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos, are celebrating after reaching a fundraising milestone of £2m for deserving charity, Carers Trust. The partnership between Carers Trust and The Rank Group Plc...

Dagenham bingo players scoops £1.6m win from 40p stake

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A Dagenham bingo player has hit the ultimate jackpot after winning a huge £1.6 million from a stake of just 40p whilst playing on Meccabingo.com. The player, who has asked to remain anonymous, scooped the win from only one spin during a spontaneous game of The Mighty Tusk, a game chosen by the player entirely at random. Being a member online...

CHIPS has a ball for its 500th presentation with Strictly’s Anton Du Beke

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The UK gaming industry took centre stage recently as CHIPS presented the 500th powered wheelchair thanks to donations made by a wide range of organisations from across the sector including BEACON BINGO, CASHINO, CLARION GAMING, NRM and THE RANK GROUP. In a presentation at London’s Reform Club, Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke took time out of a busy...

Council knock back Blackpool regeneration plan

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Plans to turn a failing pub site into a £6.8m bingo hall have been struck down in Blackpool after the council voiced concerns about the negative impact it would have on traffic. Bingo, Club 3000 style, just isn’t worth travelling for according to Blackpool council. Blackpool Council’s planning committee has unanimously voted to oppose a £6.8m bingo project over menial...

Bingo player scoops £1.2m win from £1 stake

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An Ilford bingo player has hit the ultimate jackpot after winning a lifechanging £1.2 million from a stake of just £1 whilst playing on Meccabingo.com. The player, who has asked to remain anonymous, scooped the win during a spontaneous game of Cinderella’s Ball, a game chosen by the player completely at random. Being a member online for some years, the lucky...

Blackpool’s £6.8m bingo project recommended for approval

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A multi-million pound bingo hall project that as recently as last month appeared dead in the water has been given fresh hope of approval in Blackpool. Plans to turn an underperforming pub into a £6.8m Club 3000 bingo venue in Blackpool have been recommended for approval by town councillors, having previously been dismissed over perceived build issues. The project was initially...

Amusements round-up: Hastings Pier sign slashed; Bingo hall go ahead and Mecca leaves Ashford

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Pier sign slashed A sign highlighting the far-reaching support for Hastings Pier’s new ownership has been vandalised. Some in the town are unhappy with the sale of the site, but new boss, Sheikh Abid Gulzar remained buoyant. “I am very disappointed that anybody would want to do this. Suffice to say I am 100 percent focused on the future of...

Special needs school in Cumbria gifted with new coach

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Sandside Lodge School has been presented with a brand new minibus by the Bingo Association chief executive Miles Baron and Majestic Bingo Limited’s Head of Marketing Kirstie Gee. The Bingo Association funded the specially adapted minibus for the special needs school, which caters for 2 to 19 year olds with ASD, severe learning difficulties and a range of other conditions. Officially...

Bingo hall requires investment lifeline

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A struggling bingo hall in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire is facing the threat of closure if an investor cannot be found within the next month. The owner of Byron Bingo, Tharmalingam Sritharan, fears that the business he has proudly run for 14 years may face closure this month unless a suitable investor can be found to help turn the site’s fortunes around....

First Buzz Bingo sites launch

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The first wave of Buzz Bingo venues has started with the Clactonon- Sea branch celebrating its celebratory opening on 30 June. The company, led by CEO Chris Matthews and backed by Caledonia Investments, stated its hope that the relaunch will...

Buzz Bingo makes 99-year-old bingo lover’s dream come true

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Bingo fanatic, Mima Heaney, who celebrates her 100th birthday on 20th July, is the oldest resident in Banknock, Scotland - a fact she is extremely proud of. The bingo superfan, who was born into a family of children in 1918 – as the First World War ended, always played bingo with her husband and now plays with her daughter. As...

Gala Leisure is to relaunch all Gala Bingo clubs as Buzz Bingo with £40 million investment plan

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Gala Leisure, owners of the UK’s biggest chain of bingo clubs, which currently trade under the licensed name, Gala Bingo, has relaunched as Buzz Bingo. The re-launch comes with a surge of investment, rolling out in five clubs initially, with investment to all clubs following in the months after. The team at Buzz Bingo, lead by Chris Matthews, CEO, and...

Mecca Bingo rebuffs buyout petition

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An online petition designed to pressure the Rank Group into selling a Mecca bingo hall in Taunton has been met with stiff opposition from operators. A group that had attempted to have a bingo hall in Taunton turned into a mixed entertainment venue has been told in no uncertain terms that it has no chance in the endeavour. The Mecca Bingo branch...

Bingo Express celebrates £6m jackpot landmark

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Bingo Express, the Ticket on Demand (ToD) bingo system, owned by a co-operative of high street operators and powered by technology developed by NRM, recently celebrated its seventh birthday a period during which it has entertained players in 80 sites...

Club 3000’s plan deemed too far away from town centre by contradictory committee

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Blackpool Council’s planning committee has recommended the refusal of Club 3000’s plan to turn a retail park pub into a bingo hall due to the site in question being 300m too far away from the town centre boundaries. While acknowledging the application represents “significant inward investment into the town”, the planning committee recommendation stated the proposals fail to satisfy the...

Kelly returns to retail bingo for Gala Leisure rebrand

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To assist in the rebranding of its clubs to Buzz Bingo,Gala Leisure has appointed industry veteran John Kelly as non-executive chairman. Kelly, who founded the Gala Coral Group,has been recruited into the post after serving as chairman of Ladbrokes Coral until it was bought by online rival GVC. He joins the company as it presses ahead with a £40m overhaul,which not...

Mecca Bingo employee recognised for top customer service service skills

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Mecca Bingo employee, Sarah Mannion, is celebrating after scooping the award for Excellence in Customer Service, at the Women in Gaming (WiG) Diversity Awards. The WiG Diversity Awards, which is in its ninth year, help create a progressive and positive arena, bridging the gender gap, and inspiring future generations of girls into the gaming and technology sectors. Mannion beat off competition...

Bingo Association and Variety present adapted coach to Isleworth school

Bingo Association
As part of the Bingo Association’s ongoing fundraising efforts with charity partner Variety, Oaklands special needs school has become the latest recipient of a Sunshine Coach. The Bingo association has presented a Variety Sunshine Coach to Oaklands School, Isleworth. The specially adapted minibus, the twelfth donated by the association in the last three years, was presented to the special needs school...

Gala Leisure to relaunch all clubs as Buzz Bingo with two-year £40 million investment plan

Gala Bingo
Bingo is back, according to Gala Leisure, as the operator prepares to re-launch all its clubs with a new name; Buzz Bingo - and the aim of bringing a bigger sense of community to Britain’s favourite game. Gala Leisure, which currently trades its bingo hall’s under the licensed name Gala Bingo, is set to re-launch as Buzz Bingo. The new...

Majestic Bingo makes list of 1000 companies to inspire Britain

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Majestic Bingo has been included in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000, a list of leading luminaries in the small to medium sized business category. The independent bingo operator started its journey in 2014 with the purchase of seven bingo clubs owned by Seldis Cooper and eight Apollo clubs owned by Top Ten. In April 2016 the addition of Grand...

Bingo hall revamp aims to cross X Factor with Who Wants To Be a Millionaire

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The traditional British bingo hall is set for makeover from the founder of ping pong bar Bounce and mini golf club Puttshack. Adam Breeden, founder of Social Entertainment Ventures says his version of the British favourite - called HiJingo! - will be combine Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the X Factor, and a rock gig. "We are in the process...

Castle Jackpot: £100,000 won by Castle members in seven days

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Four lucky Castle Bingo players have been celebrating taking home a total of over £100k of Castle Jackpot prize money in the last 7 days alone. The game is an exclusive game played by all of the Castle Clubs. If the winner calls the Castle 45 number on one line they win an extra £10,000, on two lines they win...

Castle Make a Wish Come true for bingo fan

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Swn-Y-Mor Care Home have recently started a ‘Make a Wish’ scheme where residents can place a star on the tree with their Wish. A variety of things have been wished for, from having smoked salmon and prawns for dinner, tracking down a cousin they haven’t seen for years or a day trip to Folly Farm. Betty Isaacs knew straight away...

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