Bet365 back New Housing Development in Stoke2017-07-28 08:34:01
Stoke City Football Club and their principal sponsors, UK online gaming giant Bet365, are backing proposed plans to build 100 new executive homes in Lightwood in Stoke. Bet365 have been the shirt sponsors of the Staffordshire based club since 2012 and in May 2016 became the title sponsors of the club’s stadium. Stoke City currently play in the English Premier League where manager Mark Hughes led the ‘Potters’ to a 13th placed finish last season.
A Community Project
Bet365 take a more active role in the affairs of Stoke City football club than many other club sponsors. Bet365 have always prided themselves on being a business rooted in the Stoke community, the company was founded in Stoke-on-Trent in 2000 and still has its headquarters there today. Bet365 have supported numerous community projects in Stoke, the latest being a new housing development on Greenbelt land in the suburb of Lightwood.
Proposals to build on the land between Lightwood Park and Woodpark Lane were first were submitted last year. Since then the project has been met with a number of setbacks. Over 1,300 letters of objection were lodged and the proposed development was rejected by the Stoke-on-Trent City Council by a vote of 11 to 2. This hasn’t dampened Stoke City’s Chief Executive Tony Scholes’ enthusiasm for the development. He believes that the high-end housing will attract people to the city. “We offered our support to this scheme back when it was submitted previously in 2014 and I can confirm our view has not changed. We wholeheartedly endorse any initiative or scheme that promises to benefit the city of Stoke-on-Trent. We believe that the city would prosper significantly from the development of 100 executive homes at Lightwood.”
Bet365 have also shown their support for the development believing that it would help attract high level, skilled workers to the area. Along with 85 organisations and individuals including the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Bet365 are supporting the planning application. Wading into the argument over the controversial development Group Property Director of Bet365, Richard Smith, said “A development such as this will certainly help our organisation to attract the right calibre of staff to the city. It will also give our developing staff opportunity to find suitable housing in the city without having to move out of the area to find the homes they desire as their careers progress with us. The city as a whole will benefit from this as it will lead to a better and more prosperous city."
Bet365 is a UK online gaming company that is licensed by the government of Gibraltar and the UK Gambling Commission. The company has its headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent where it is the largest private sector employer in the city employing 2,500 people. The Bet365 casino provides a fantastic range of Slots, Table Games, Arcades, Video Poker and Live casino. Popular slots at the casino include Ace Ventura, Jekyll and Hyde and Miss Fortune as well as the progressive jackpot slots Age of the Gods and Jackpot Giant. The table games on offer include Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat which are also available at the live casino with live dealers 24/7.