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Rank Group is looking into the possibility of setting up a new casino in either Belfast city centre or the Titanic Quarter, with the creation of 400 jobs.
17-Dec-2014


Rank Group has sold the assets of its Blue Square Bet business to Betfair for £5m.
03-Apr-2013


Rank Group is to acquire 23 casinos from Gala Coral for £205m, and will convert them to the G Casino and Grosvenor brands.
14-May-2012


Rank Group is said to be considering plans to start opening new Mecca bingo clubs, following a revival in fortunes at its existing 98 clubs.
13-Feb-2012


Rank is planning to expand its chain of casinos to 45, including 30 in the G-Casino format, with the creation of 1,400 jobs over the next three years.
01-Aug-2011


Rank Group has started recruiting up to 100 staff for a new £8m Grosvenor G Casino due to open at the Wharf Retail Park in Stockton later this year.
13-Jul-2011


Rank Group is to be acquired by Guoco, as the Hong Kong-based investment group has increased its stake in the gaming operator to 56%.
09-Jun-2011


Rank is to invest a further £50m in upgrades to its chain of bingo clubs and casinos this year.
28-Feb-2011


Rank Group is planning to invest £50m in new casinos in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Scarborough, Stockton, Birkenhead, Edinburgh, Reading, Southend and the West Midlands over the next few years.
04-Aug-2010


Rank Group has acquired the casino at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from Isle of Capri for £0.6m, and it will be converted into a G Casino at a cost of £1m.
27-Apr-2009


Rank has secured licensing approval to set up a £6m casino in Southend-on-Sea.
09-Apr-2007


Rank is to sell its Hard Rock business to Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment of the US for £490m, including 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four hotels and two casinos.
08-Dec-2006


Rank has sold the Clermont Club casino in London to BIL International of Singapore for £31m.
28-Aug-2006


Rank has announced that Deluxe Media Services has sold its Blackburn-based CD replication business to a subsidiary of Entertainment Distribution Company for £3m.
24-Jul-2006


Rank is to sell its DVD replication and media distribution operations in West Sussex and Enfield to Sony for £5.9m.
03-Jul-2006


Rank has sold its Deluxe film processing business to MacAndrews & Forbes of the US for £433m, in order to focus on gambling and leisure.
29-Dec-2005


Rank is planning to expand its casino operations by applying for five new regional licences, and will open its first Blue Square betting shop in London.
01-Mar-2004


Rank has submitted plans for the development of a £8m casino and bingo hall in Bolton.
09-Dec-2003


Rank has sold its games and slot machine businesses, which trade under the names of Leisure Machine Services and Seasonal Amusements and employ 800 staff, to Gamestec Leisure for £30m.
31-Oct-2003


Rank is looking to open five bingo and casino gaming complexes over the next five years at a cost of up to £30m, as part of its strategy to benefit from the changes to gambling legislation.
08-Sep-2003


Rank has acquired Disctronics, the CD replicator with factories in Blackburn, Crawley, France and Italy, for £34m, in order to expand its Deluxe film services business.
30-Jun-2003


Rank is linking up with Sol Melia to expand the Hard Rock hotel chain across Europe and Asia, with up to £600m of financing from Becker Ventures.
19-Jun-2003


Rank is to acquire Blue Square, the internet and telephone betting company, for £65m.
21-Jan-2003


Rank has secured a licence to set up a Hard Rock casino at the former Fashion Cafe in London's West End next year.
13-Dec-2001


Rank is hoping to apply for casino licences at up to 60% of its 123 bingo clubs, and has also announced plans to open six Hard Rock cafes in the UK by the end of next year.
10-Sep-2001


Rank is to relocate the Grosvenor Casino in Blackpool to the Sandcastle on the promenade this summer, at a cost of £3.5m.
22-May-2001


Rank has sold its UK holiday business to Bourne Leisure Group for £700m, including Haven and Butlin's holiday camps, Warner country hotels and Oasis leisure parks.
28-Sep-2000


Rank is planning to set up a Hard Rock Casino at the £150m Printworks development in Manchester.
18-Sep-2000


Rank has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Universal Studios Escape, the Orlando theme park operation, to the Blackstone Group for £185m.
05-Jun-2000


Rank has bought the London Park Tower Casino from London Clubs International for an initial £14m, in order to expand its Grosvenor Casinos division.
18-Apr-2000


Rank has sold Pinewood Studios to a consortium backed by 3i for £62m, which could be followed by the sale of its remaining film-related activities.
23-Feb-2000


Rank has acquired a digital disk duplication business from Pioneer North America for £11m, and will spend £6m expanding the facility.
23-Feb-2000


Rank is selling its chain of 75 Odeon cinemas to Cinven for £280m, and the business will be merged with Cinven's 57 ABC cinemas.
22-Feb-2000


Rank has announced plans to set up a £2.8m Grosvenor Casino at the Five Ways leisure development in Birmingham.
24-Jan-2000


Rank Group is to open a new call centre in Bognor Regis to handle reservations for its holiday division, with 200 new jobs being created and a further 200 being relocated from other offices.
16-Dec-1999


Rank has announced that more than 500 jobs will be created at the £40m Sky Dome leisure complex in Coventry.
16-Jul-1999


Rank is seeking 180 staff for a new call centre at Bognor, which will become the national headquarters for holiday reservations for all Rank holiday companies.
12-May-1999


Rank Group is acquiring Parkdean Holidays, the provider of self-catering holidays, from Vardon for £38m and will convert the 10 sites to its Haven format.
26-Feb-1998


Rank Group is planning a £1.5bn expansion of its leisure division over the next five years, including new bingo clubs, bars, nightclubs and Odeon cinemas.
04-Apr-1997


Rank Group is to open a £100m Oasis Forest Holiday Village in Cumbria in May, creating up to 900 jobs.
17-Feb-1997


Rank Organisation has acquired the Canadian outlets of Hard Rock Cafes for £36m.
27-Dec-1996


Rank Organisation is to sell its Shearings coach holiday business to a management buy-out, for a price expected to be around £80m.
05-Nov-1996


Rank is acquiring the Tom Cobleigh pub group for £96m, and aims to integrate the brand into its other leisure outlets.
25-Sep-1996


Rank Organisation is acquiring full control of the Hard Rock Cafes for $410m, thus gaining a further 13 outlets and 4 franchises.
08-Jun-1996


Rank Organisation is to build a £80m Oasis holiday village near Folkestone, creating 700 jobs.
03-Feb-1996


Rank has won planning permission to build an Oasis holiday village in the Lake District.
27-Sep-1995