The Rank Group plc
is a European gaming
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and leisure business. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange
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and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index
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The company was formed to acquire the business interests of the Rank Organisation
The Rank Organisation was a British entertainment company formed during 1937 and absorbed in 1996 by The Rank Group Plc. It was the largest and most vertically-integrated film company in Britain, owning production, distribution and exhibition facilities....
which itself was formed out of the business interests of its founder, J. Arthur Rank
Joseph Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank was a British industrialist and film producer, and founder of the Rank Organisation, now known as The Rank Group Plc.- Family business :...
Until the start of the 21st century, the group still had a tremendous amount of leisure holdings; however, as the decade progressed they sold their interests in Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, approximately west of central London. The studios have played host to many productions over the years from huge blockbuster films to television shows to commercials to pop promos.The purchase of Shepperton...
and the Odeon
Odeon Cinemas is a British chain of cinemas, one of the largest in Europe. It is owned by Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group whose ultimate parent is Terra Firma Capital Partners.-History:Odeon Cinemas was created in 1928 by Oscar Deutsch...
cinema chain. It also divested itself of its engineering companies such as its share in Rank Xerox, selling Rank Leisure Machine Services to Gametec plus all its Butlins
Butlins is a chain of large holiday camps in the United Kingdom. Butlins was founded by Billy Butlin to provide affordable holidays for ordinary British families....
, Warner and Haven Holidays
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holiday and recreation facilities, which were all sold to Bourne Leisure
Bourne Leisure Holdings Limited is a British private company which owns a number of subsidiary undertakings operating in the leisure and holiday sectors in the United Kingdom....
. They then sold off their nightclub division Rank Entertainment as well as their share of interest in Universal Studios Florida and disposed of their vast Rank film library to Carlton Communications with whom they'd recently also sold their Rank Advertising Film Division.
In December 2005, as Rank sold Deluxe Film (formerly Rank Film Laboritories) for £400m, it effectively ended their sixty year association with the film and cinema business. This meant Rank Leisure had become focussed on their gaming operations with their remaining businesses interests concentrating on Grosvenor and G Casinos, Top Rank and Mecca Clubs, and online gaming through Rank Interactive after the company acquired the Blue Square gaming business in 2003.
Finally leaving all non-gaming leisure behind, in December 2006, Rank sold the Hard Rock business, excluding the London casino venue which was rebranded to a G casino, to the Seminole Tribe of Florida for US$965 million.
is a UK-based social and bingo club leisure company, with sites located across the UK in most major towns and cities. The company also operates Meccabingo.com and Meccagames.com as an extension of the Mecca Bingo brand.
is Rank's interactive gaming business launched on 5 May 1999. Originally a traditional bookmaking business, Blue Square's services now include an online casino
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and online poker
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In 2001 and 2002 Blue Square opened a betting market on races involving snails, hamsters and alligators.
Since the start of the 2007–08 football season, Blue Square has sponsored the Football Conference
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, the highest level of non-league football in England
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(formerly Soames Casino
) is a UK-based chain of over thirty casino
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s located in major towns and cities across the UK with two sister casinos located in Belgium
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is Rank’s Interactive Spanish gaming site launched on 2011. enRacha offers a wide range of Spanish card games, online slots, skill games and casino and poker games.