Legal firm Emms Gilmore Liberson confirm the end of four year project as their £7.6million Casino 36 opens in Wolverhampton.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he opening of the £7.6m Casino 36 in Wolverhampton marks the conclusion of a complex four year project for Peter Adkins, head of the regulatory team at Emms Gilmore Liberson.
Located in Temple Street in the centre of Wolverhampton, Casino 36 has created 100 jobs for local people.
The Small Casino Premises Licence gained by Casino 36 is one of only eight permitted to be issued throughout the country under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005.
A further eight Large Casino licences can be issued. Other than these 16 licences no new casino licences can be issued in the country, making the licences highly sought after.
The complications of handling one of the very few new casino licence applications made the job very interesting. The licensing team at City of Wolverhampton council were very supportive throughout.
Under the terms of the licence, Casino 36 will contribute £36,000 towards counselling programmes for problem gamblers and their families, as well as community initiatives.
Peter Adkins said: “I was delighted to have been asked by Casino 36 to advise them and to handle the multiple applications needed for this project. It has been very satisfying to see the project through to conclusion.
“The complications of handling one of the very few new casino licence applications made the job very interesting. The licensing team at City of Wolverhampton council were very supportive throughout.”
Local unemployed people have been recruited for roles in the casino, restaurant and bar, with the council and Job Centre Plus helping source croupiers, hospitality staff, bar staff, waiting staff and cleaners. An initial 15 trainee croupiers have been taken on, after undergoing training with The National Gaming Academy.
A ‘Small Casino’ is far larger than most existing casinos in the UK. To fall within the category defined by the Act it has to have a minimum table gaming area of 500 sq m and a minimum non-gambling area of 250 sq m. A ‘Large Casino’ has a minimum of double that area.
CAPTION: Peter Adkins (left), of Emms Gilmore Liberson, joins Casino 36 owner Adrian Ballard at the new venue in Wolverhampton.