Job losses still possible at Welsh casino as Midlands venue licence hangs by a thread

TAGs: Aspers Casino, birmingham, Grosvenor Casino, Swansea

union jackOver 100 jobs are still at risk at a casino in the South Wales city of Swansea as a consultation on its future continues. The Aspers casino, which opened in September 2007, is no longer commercially viable, according to the company. The consultation, which began earlier on this year, is looking to close the venue and the company has already said that it will find any workers displaced a job at one of their other venues. A spokesperson told thisisSouthWales: “The future of the business is still under review and we continue to consult with the staff. It is not possible for us to make further comment at this time”.

The other Aspers venues are in Newcastle, Northampton and London with another opening in Milton Keynes next year.

A judge has ruled that a licence shouldn’t have been awarded to Grosvenor Casinos for their latest venue. It could threaten the plans for a £6 million casino close to Birmingham that would have created in the region of 120 jobs and given a boost to the local economy. Instead the licence, which was transferred from the company’s Mecca Bingo in Halesowen to the new venue adjacent to M5 junction three, may now not be moved.

It came about after rival operator Clockfair Ltd filed a challenge and the judge pointed out that one venue cannot have two licences at the same time. If constructed, the new G Casino would be part of a £15 million complex planned by St Modwen, which will also include offices and a hotel. It’s set to open in 2013 and the coming weeks will decide if a casino will be there or not.


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