Playnation secures Park Resorts contract
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Playnation, the leading UK provider of family entertainment machines sector, has secured a four year contract with Park Resorts.

The deal follows a highly competitive tender process and will allow Playnation to continue to supply the award-winning holiday park operator with machines across its 48 UK locations.

The contract comes after a hugely successful year for Playnation, in which the company continued to grow its high profile partnerships with several household names in the leisure sector, including Whitbread and Welcome Break. Playnation secured this latest win as a result of its commitment to delivering healthy profit growth for Park Resorts and ongoing investment in new products from all manufacturers available to the international market.

Park Resorts has equally enjoyed a period of growth, following several key acquisitions in the holiday park sector alongside Electra, the company’s Private Equity backer. Park Resorts will benefit from the provision of Playnation’s products and expertise in its Family Entertainment Centres, as well as its state-of-the-art Server Based Games machines.

Adam Hodges, CEO, Playnation, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have renewed this contract with Park Resorts. As well as a commitment to providing constant innovation, Playnation also focuses on people development and we believe this has been crucial to our success. We have a lot to offer Park Resorts in the next four years, and can’t wait to get started!”

David Boden, CEO, Park Resorts, commented: “We are devoted to investing in our Parks and the quality of entertainment offered at each location is an extremely important part of this. As such, this new contract with Playnation will play a key part in our continued expansion - we very much look forward to a long and profitable relationship together.”

Playnation was established in 2013 following a management buyout backed by Palatine Private Equity. The company is a market leader for Family Entertainment Centres and currently operates machines in over 1,700 locations, within holiday parks, bowling alleys, airports, pubs and motorway service stations, including Butlins, Haven, Parkdean, Welcome Break, Moto, Roadchef, Talarius and MFA Bowl.

Forrest completes £1.5m solar installation for United Utilities
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Palatine Private Equity portfolio company Forrest has completed a £1.5m solar panel installation at Fleetwood Water Treatment Works (WTW) on behalf of United Utilities.

The project saw Forrest install a 1.32 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system covering the roofs of four commercial buildings at the site, equating to one and a half football pitches.

United Utilities’ treatment works in Fleetwood is one of its most energy intensive sites and the new solar system will generate over 1.1m kWh per year to be used directly by the site.

The work is part of United Utilities ongoing carbon reduction plans and follows the completion of a similar project at Lostock Water Treatment Works in 2014 where Forrest installed a 160 kWp solar panel system.

Paul McCarren, Energy Director, Forrest, said: "The scale of United Utilities’ required energy consumption, combined with its commitment to meet long-term carbon targets, has led to this significant investment in their own energygeneration. We believe Forrest is the contractor of choice across the UK for installations of this complexity."

Neil Carroll, Energy Manager, United Utilities, said: "For a business like ours, solar energy just makes sense. Our treatment facilities consume a significant amount of energy and, after piloting solar power at our site in Lostock, we’ve begun to roll out solar installations across other plants to help us meet our target of halving our 2006 carbon emissions levels by 2035."

Full house for Playnation with Majestic Bingo win
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Palatine Private Equity portfolio company Playnation has secured a four-year deal with Majestic Bingo, the 3rd biggest bingo operator in the UK, to supply machines to 100% of its sites across the UK.

The new contract will see Playnation enter a brand new market as it installs its Server Based Games across the Majestic Bingo’s entire estate.

Stuart Green, Director of National Accounts, Playnation said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Majestic Bingo, along with adding further to the success and growth of our Server Based Games offering. The new partnership means we can continue to develop and enhance our, and Majestic Bingo’s, customer offering, providing the best experience possible.”

Mark Jepp, Managing Director, Majestic Bingo commented: “We’re delighted to have Playnation as our partner as we launch our first Server Based Games TITO product, a key part of our on-going strategy and driver within our business. We’re looking forward to working together as we expand our business, not just in SBG but with further products and initiatives going forward.”

Playnation was established in 2013 following a management buyout backed by Palatine Private Equity. The company is a market leader for Family Entertainment Centres and currently operates machines in over 1,500 locations, within holiday parks, bowling alleys, airports, pubs and motorway service stations, including Butlins, Haven, Park Resorts, Parkdean, Welcome Break, Moto Roadchef and MFA Bowls.

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