History

In 1997 a management buy-in purchased 130 Gala Bingo Clubs from Bass. The management team led the management buy-in. The deal was backed by PPM Ventures.

In December 2000, the Gala Group made its first move into the casino sector with the acquisition, of 26 Ladbrokes Casinos from Hilton Group. This established Gala's leading position within the high-volume, low-stake sector of the gaming market.

In October 2005, Gala Group & Coral Eurobet merged, creating one of the top 100 companies in the UK.

Private equity firms Candover and Cinven acquired the Group in February 2003 for £1.24 billion, and in August 2005 a third investor, Permira, bought a stake in the company valuing Gala at nearly £1.9bn.

In October 2005, Gala Group acquired Coral Eurobet in a deal that created Europe's pre-eminent integrated betting and gaming company with strong market positions in licensed betting offices, bingo and casinos, and a high quality multimedia offer.

In January 2006, the Group acquired the County Clubs Bingo chain in Scotland.

In February 2006, the Group went on to acquire the Leo Casino in Liverpool, from Dolby Management Ltd, increasing the number of casinos in the estate to 31.

Gala owns 162 Clubs, 29 Casinos and one in Gibraltar, nearly 1,600 licensed betting offices. The Group currently has licences to operate 360 outlets in Italy of which about 80% are open.