A casino manager who built his career in the North East has returned to the area to head up one of the region’s best-known entertainment venues.
Nigel Hartland from Coventry, West Midlands, has been announced as the new general manager of Aspers Casino Newcastle following years of successful service with the Aspers Group.
Having started his career in the bingo industry in the West Midlands. he then spent many years working in Scotland and the North East, opening bingo venues in Dundee, Edinburgh, Middlesbrough and South Shields.
After joining Aspers Casino Newcastle in 2009 as a project manager, he soon found considerable success in the industry, going on to become general manager at Aspers Casino Northampton and opening the group’s latest venue, Casino MK in Milton Keynes, last year.
The return to Newcastle, he said, represented an exciting challenge.
“Aspers Casino Newcastle was the first Aspers Casino to open back in 2005 so it is held in high esteem,” Hartland said.
“It’s been very successful in Newcastle and like any business it must adapt and change with the times.
“We have great plans for the site but as always, looking after our customers is the primary concern.
“We want people to enjoy every aspect of their visit to Aspers, be that on the gaming floor, in our Freya’s Restaurant, or in our Sports Bar on Stowell Street.
“We recently held some VIP nights for our members and it was great to meet some of our customers and chat to them about our plans for the casino.”
Hartland added that Newcastle remained a “great city” surrounded by wonderful countryside.
“I love that you can drive ten minutes outside the city centre and be at the coast or roaming in Northumberland,” he said.
“I really like the bustle of the city contrasted with the peace and tranquillity of the country; it’s great to be back in the North East.”