NEC Group faces rival for Solihull casino bid

The NEC Group long-term
plans for a £90m casino to be built near the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in
Solihull are facing competition as Grosvenor
Casinos have applied for a license for a similar venture, the Coventry News
reports. 

The rival company has bid
for a large casino in Shirley, which is currently undergoing a multi-million
pound town centre regeneration scheme. However, the local authority can only
approve one scheme and has said that it will approve the bid that represents the
greatest “economic, financial and social benefits” to the borough. Solihull
Metropolitan Borough Council’s Stage One of the casino licence application
closed on 31 July 2010.

“We have always believed
that The NEC site represents a very strong opportunity as a proposed site,”
chief operating officer for the NEC Group, John Hornby, tells CN. “A leisure and entertainment complex,
incorporating a large casino, at The NEC would provide a vital catalyst for
wider investment, which will allow The NEC both to compete on a global scale and
continue to support the regional economy by attracting even more visitors to the
region.”

The NEC Group’s bid
includes a 150-slot machine casino, hotel, spa, bars and restaurants and is
estimated to generate 1,000 local jobs.

The Group are partnering
with Genting UK for the project. “We look forward
to supporting our partners, Genting UK in their application for a large
casino license through the Solihull Metropolitan Council competition,” he
adds.

Paul Colston

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