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Sarah Hanratty, the Senet Group’s new CEO

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Sarah Hanratty, the Senet Group's new CEO
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Senet Group, the UK body dedicated to addressing problem gambling through consumer information programmes, announces that it has appointed Sarah Hanratty as its new chief executive from 6 August 2018. Sarah is currently deputy chief executive and director of corporate affairs at the Portman Group, the responsibility body for UK alcohol drinks producers. Sarah joined the Portman Group in 2010 as head of communications from the National Lottery Commission and previously worked at the Cabinet Office. She replaces outgoing chief executive George Kidd, who left Senet at the beginning of June 2018.

At the Portman Group, Sarah was responsible for policy, strategy and communications to promote responsible marketing and reduce alcohol misuse. The Portman Group is a not-for-profit organisation funded by eight member companies, representing every sector of UK drinks production and collectively accounting for more than half of the £40 billion UK alcohol market.

The Senet Group was created in January 2015 in response to public concerns regarding gambling and gambling advertising. As an independent body it supports the Gambling Commission’s work to make services safer and fairer, in particular through player messaging such as its award-winning campaign: When the Fun Stops, Stop, which is now open to the whole industry.

Gillian Wilmot, Chairman of the Senet Group, said:
Gambling is enjoyed safely by millions of people as a leisure activity each year, yet the industry faces an immense challenge to regain the public’s trust and confidence. Sarah brings a wealth of experience in effecting change across the alcohol sector and has done much to secure its sustainability as a category which adds positively to society and our national way of life.

Sarah Hanratty said:
I am delighted to be joining the Senet Group, bringing my experience from the Portman Group where member companies are recognised for their responsibility leadership. I see many parallels with the Senet Group, whose partners and Board have already achieved a great deal, not least through its stand-out responsible player messaging and public commitment to improve player safety. I look forward to building on this strong foundation and the important work in the gambling sector done to date.

Sarah has worked on a wide range of industry-led initiatives to reduce alcohol misuse and promote safe and vibrant night time economies. These include the Government’s Responsibility Deal and the Home Office’s Modern Crime Strategy. She has led thought leadership and stakeholder engagement programmes to promote understanding of the UK’s drinking habits and to enable targeted policy responses.

Sarah is also a non-executive director on the board of the Royal Yachting Association, a position she has held since 2014 and was named as one of Cranfield School of Management’s 100 Women to Watch List 2017. She began her career in local government and is a Member of the Company of Public Relations Practitioners, Women on Boards, PRCA and Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR).

The Senet Group is a UK body dedicated to addressing problem gambling through consumer messaging such as: “When the Fun Stops, Stop”, and initiatives with leading operators to improve player safety.

Source: Senet Group

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Betway becomes official global betting partner of the Mzansi Super League T20

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Betway has agreed a three-year-deal to become the official betting partner of the Mzansi Super League T20 – further adding to its cricket sponsorship portfolio.

The tournament, which takes place in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay, Cape Town and Paarl, is broadcast live in the UK and the first fixtures have already provided some great action.

Former South African international AB de Villiers impressed the locals as he hit fifty in vain as Tshwane Spartans were beaten by Cape Town Blitz, while Nelson Mandela Bay Giants beat the Jozi Stars.

Betway’s latest seven-figure-deal comes just months after it was confirmed as the official betting partner of both the men’s and women’s Cricket West Indies (CWI) sides.

Betway’s Anthony Werkman, said: “We are really pleased to be on board at the start of this new look T20 tournament.

“Being involved as a global partner shows the ambition Betway has to become a recognised worldwide supporter of elite professional sport, and the names appearing in this tournament certainly fit that bill.

“I am sure that the crowds will enjoy the games and we look forward to delivering an exciting experience for our customers too over the next three years.”

Cricket South Africa CEO, Thabang Moroe, added: “We are thrilled to have sports betting brand, Betway, on board to join our roster of sponsors, all whom have committed to helping us take Mzansi T20 to the world through the game of cricket.”

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Praesepe put faith in Project pokers

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L-R: Börris Luengen (Praesepe CFO), Tony Boulton (Project MD) Nigel Davis (Praesepe, Head of Gaming Machines) Mark Schertle (COO, Praesepe) and Andy Tipple (Praesepe, Head of Product)
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Project has received what it is describing as a ‘substantial order’ from Praesepe, part of the Gauselmann group of companies, for its specialist poker themed games comprising Red Hot Poker, Jacks or Better and the Cat C lite, Hi Lo Poker.

Confirming the order, Praesepe’s Head of Gaming Machines, Nigel Davis, said:We have a long and successful history of working with Project, one of the industry’s leading independent machine innovators. Project was the first to fully understand poker and over the last decade has mastered the art of translating the dynamics of the game into an array of stylish B4, Cat C and Cat C lite machines. We’ve found that poker attracts a different segment of the player base into our venues. They don’t perceive themselves as being slots players but poker players, which means that as an operator we are not simply cannibalising spend from one machine to another. Attracting new income is the lifeblood of any business and poker themed games bring new customers into our venues. I am confident the Project pokers that we have ordered will further enhance the fantastic Cashino customer experience.

Project Managing Director, Tony Boulton stated:We are delighted at the faith shown by Praesepe in our products. We have spent a lot of time understanding the psyche of the poker player and working hard to deliver new and enhanced experiences for poker aficionados. Poker doesn’t go out of fashion, it works across machine categories and it can be deployed either as a stand alone machine or, as we’ve demonstrated in 5 Star Games, as part of a mixed game style compendium. Key to its success and its longevity is the fact that it generates differentiated income courtesy of its’ distinct player base.

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Continent 8 Named “International Business of the Year” at the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence

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Continent 8 Named “International Business of the Year” at the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence
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Continent 8 Technologies, the award-winning, multi-jurisdictional global data solutions provider, has been named the 2018 “International Business of the Year” at the prestigious Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence held last night at the Villa Marina, Isle of Man.

This year, Continent 8 was shortlisted in the “International Business of the Year category” – one of the most sought after awards of the night. Now in its 13th year, the Awards for Excellence has recognised more than 300 local companies since the awards started, creating a unique opportunity to recognise success for companies, individuals, the public sector, and the charitable sector.

This is the second time Continent 8 has been recognised for success and innovation. In 2014, Continent 8 was honoured as the “Company of the Year”. At that time, the judges remarked that Continent 8 demonstrated a clear strategy, as well as innovative ways of sourcing and delivering service on and off island. They recognised that Continent 8 had a firmly established local and international profile and has served as a strong ambassador on behalf of the Island.

Continent 8’s CEO Michael Tobin stated about this year’s award, “We are truly honoured to be recognised as this year’s International Business of the Year. Our success and growth are directly attributed to our global team of experts, our ability to develop long-term partnerships, and by offering the most sophisticated, innovative, and reliable services to our customers.” Mr. Tobin, described the award as a “Humbling recognition of our relentless pursuit of service and innovation on a global scale and our commitment to the growth of the Isle of Man.”

In accepting the award on behalf of Continent 8 David Black thanked the organisers, judges, shareholders, the global team and led a touching tribute following the recent tragic loss of colleague, Paul Steer.

Continent 8 is an award-winning, multi-jurisdictional global network solutions provider that connects, manages, and secures the world’s most valuable information. Its advanced data centers and high-quality networks support critical online operations in both private and public-sector organisations in over 30 locations across Europethe United States and Asia. For more information visit www.continent8.com.

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