Hull’s casino gamble pays off

Hull has been
awarded one of the 17 new casino licences envisaged under the 2005 Gambling Act.

Malaysian gaming group Genting, which is also in the
running for the proposed Solihull casino licence that could help transform the
NEC into a leisure destination, is thought to have agreed to buy the Hull licence from original
applicants Apollo Resorts and Leisure.

“I can confirm that Apollo Resorts and Leisure was granted a provisional
statement for the large casino in
Hull on
the proposed site of the former
Clarence Flour Mill, Great Union
Street, Hull,” Hull
City Council Leader Carl Minns told CN.

“I am pleased to see that Apollo has the confidence to
invest in the city, which alongside other investment will bring more jobs,” the councilor
added.

Apollo is also on the shortlist for a casino licence in
Newham, East
London.  

Hull City Council’s Green Ports project team, meanwhile,
has been working on a project that could mean more jobs and big training
programmes impacting the local
meetings sector.

Siemens and
Associated British Ports (ABP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 20
January for the Green Port Hull development at Alexandra Dock. A deep water berth is to be
built by ABP at a cost of £100m, as well as a £80m wind turbine factory, which
subject to planning permission, could be up and running in 2014. 

Secretary of State Chris Huhne declared that
Siemens and the Humber “were the first out of the traps” in the race for
offshore wind manufacturing jobs.

The local meetings industry stands ready to benefit from
training and administrative work to support the skills and supply chains.   

Councillor Minns said the council would “move heaven and
earth to make sure local people have the access to the training and
development they will need to have
the skills for the jobs coming to the city”.

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