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The Rank Group Plc appoints David Williams as Director of Public Affairs

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Rank is pleased to announce the appointment of David Williams as its Director of Public Affairs. David will take up the newly-created role on 3 December 2018, reporting into Rank’s Chief Executive, John O’Reilly, as the Group continues to bolster its senior leadership team as part of the wider business transformational programme. David joins Rank from the racecourse pool-betting operation, Britbet,...

Acknowledging the need for change in Rank

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As the Rank Group posts disappointing financials for the past twelve months, its new helmsman John O’Reilly lays out how he plans to right the ship for the years ahead. You have now been in the business for four months, what have been your first impressions? JO: Since joining I have been made to feel very welcome and I have met...

Rank’s profits suffer amidst new regulatory landscape

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The Rank Group’s first raft of financials under the leadership of John O’Reilly see the company’s management facing an uphill battle, as the real impact of the Gambling Commission’s new due-diligence measures on the UK’s landed casino sector starts to be felt Chief executive of the Rank Group and industry stalwart John O’Reilly has insisted that the company is “undervalued”...

William Hill director appointed chief executive of Rank Group

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Rank Group has appointed William Hill director John O'Reilly as its new chief executive, to succeed Henry Birch next month. O’Reilly brings over 25 years of experience in the betting and gaming industry. O'Reilly previously led Ladbrokes' digital operations, where he was an executive on the board and subsequently launched the Coral brand online. More recently, he was chairman of digital...

Rank issues profit warning ahead of full year results

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Rank Group has issued a profit warning ahead of its full-year results as land based operations continued to underperform in a difficult trading environment. In what is always a volatile market, it was casinos that fielded the hit, whilst bingo slipped just two per cent. In a financial statement Rank Group has warned that poor performances from its land based...

Rank Group profits dip after cautious consumer spending

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The Rank Group has warned that lower consumer spending has impacted the number of gamblers visiting its casinos and bingo halls, with the drop in patrons leading to the company forecasting a lower full-year profit and dropping its shares to a more than three-year low.   The group said on Thursday that revenue at Rank's Grosvenor casinos and Mecca bingo venues...

Carers Trust celebrates thanks to Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino

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Bolton’s Grosvenor Casino and Mecca Bingo reached a fundraising milestone of £1.8m for the Carers Trust.   The Rank Group, which owns both companies, partnered with the Carers Trust in February, 2014. Since then, employees in Bolton have worked to raise money through fundraisers and charity events. Mike Cleary, Mecca Bingo area manager for the North West said: “We’re incredibly proud...

Rank steadies ship in turbulent market conditions

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The Rank Group, which incorporates the Mecca and Grosvenor brands, has posted its half- year results for 2017/18, highlighting overall profit positivity amongst a turbulent land based market.   Rank Group’s financial results for the second half of the 2017 calendar year have shown that an increase in land based efficiency amongst a difficult high street environment and continued growth of...

Digital driving Rank amid a retail reorganisation

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Rank is proving a resilient feature on both the high street and in the city. But digital is the force that seems to be turning the wheels now.   The Rank Group has released its trading update for the 16 weeks up to 15 October in which it has seen a two percent increase in like-for-like revenue. This was categorised by a...

Luda brand to expand to two new premises

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Rank, the owner of both Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo clubs, has confirmed it will be expanding with the launch of two new Luda venues in Weston-super-Mare and Leeds.   Following the initial new brand launch in Walsall Luda premises, which the company says “refreshes the bingo experience and showcases the future of convenience gaming”, Rank will now roll out to...

Mecca Bingo target elusive student market

Leading bingo operator Rank is looking to students and younger people in a bid to boost footfall at its Mecca Bingo sites.
Leading Bingo operator Rank Group is looking to the student and younger people audience sector in a bid to boost footfall at its Mecca Bingo sites. The firm has announced that it is trialing three different event formats aimed at different age groups: students, millennials and 25-45 year olds. “The challenge will be how repeatable the business to these nights is,...

Get the industry in order, or we don’t deserve to flourish says Rank

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Rank CEO Henry Birch talks up the prospects for UK gaming, but warns that this success is dependent on society’s favourable view of the industry. The head of Rank Group offered staunch words to UK gaming this week, warning that if gambling addiction is not taken seriously the industry could “go the same way as tobacco.” Speaking to the Cardiff Business...

Rank reveals plans for ‘convenience’ bingo chain

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A new breed of bingo hall may be making its way to Britain’s high streets in the not-too-distant future, as the Rank Group announces plans to unleash ‘convenience bingo’ on the market. Just days after throwing in the towel on its £3.4bn bid for William Hill, the Rank Group has unveiled plans to put its money on the bingo industry,...