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NEWS 4 September 2017
Gala Bingo prepares for sale and brand overhaul
By Manuel Marti
Gala Bingo has announced its plans for a significant overhaul in future months. The company is seeking to sell off a selection of its sites as the firm prpares itself for a rebrand.

Caledonia Investments, private equity owners of Gala Bingo since 2015, is planning to sell some of its sites, as well as offering some companies the option of taking up excess space in various locations.

The last available set of figures for Gala Bingo were back in 2015, where operating profits fell by 5% to £746,000. Moreover, pre-tax profits heavily dropped from £40.9m in 2014 to £1.9m, due to payments from other group companies not being repeated.

Potential buyers including supermarket chains Co-op, Nisa and Farm Foods, in addition to Gym Box and The Gym have been approached about whether they are interested in any of Gala sites.

Sources suggest that the name being considered for the rebranding is Buzz Bingo. A spokesman for Gala declined to comment on the rebrand; however, she said that the company always reviewed its estate.

“We regularly review opportunities to invest in our estate and create added value services for our customers. There may be occasions where clubs are considered for disposal but this will be on a case-by-case basis.”
IN-DEPTH 21 February 2018
Blockchain: Better the Devil you know?
The battle of the blockchain rages on. The technology that underpins cryptocurrency has proved deeply divisive, both in the gaming industry and wider financial markets. Up until now blockchain has suffered from a reputation as a tool for circumvention of controls and a platform for the underworld, but could the decentralised and transparent nature of the technology transform the gaming landscape as it promises? We asked two of the world's leading experts on blockchain gaming if it has finally come of age