The inaugural British Casino Awards in February 2018 celebrated the talent in the casino sector, highlighting excellence across the industry.

The National Casino Forum sponsored the Diversity Award, which highlights companies demonstrating proactive attitudes towards gender diversity. The award was presented to Aspers Group/Aspers Westfield, which was also the recipient of the CHIPS Corporate Community Engagement award.

Grosvenor Casinos picked up four awards in the Operator categories and was named Multiple Casino Operator of the Year, Overall Casino Operator of the Year, winner of Best UK Marketing Programme for Goliath Poker and provider of Best UK Casino Customer Service for its customer service hub at Grosvenor, Sheffield.

The Hippodrome Casino, London, picked up two awards, taking home the Independent UK Casino Operator of the Year award and Best UK Casino Restaurant for the Heliot Steak House.

The winner of the European Casino Operator of the Year award was Admiral.

The British Casino Awards recognise outstanding efforts of individuals from across the sector and Paul Baines, from Grosvenor, received the Rising Star award, while the CHIPS Community Engagement Award was presented to Irene Nuqui of Genting UK. Richard Wade, Director of Compliance at The Rank Group, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 38-year career in the gaming industry.

Tracy Damestani, chief executive of the National Casino Forum, said: “We were delighted to support the inaugural British Casino awards. There are so many positive stories to tell and the event was an opportunity for everyone in the industry, and beyond, to take inspiration from the good work being done throughout the sector”.

The event raised more than £9,000 for the CHIPS charity, which is supported by the gaming industry and raises funds to purchase specialised powered wheelchairs for disabled youngsters.