A throw of the dice lands makers of 'Snakes and Ladders' with new owner
Saturday 10 August 1996
It has acquired Snakes and Ladders, which manages venture playground facilities, and Yorkshire Playgrounds which installs and runs themed leisure facilities. With the purchase of Snakes and Ladders, Crown says that it has secured the services of its managing director, David Griffiths. Mr Griffiths was previously the chief executive of Wembley Stadium and the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Sports Centre, Hong Kong. The deal has been struck on an earn-out basis which will be calculated as a maximum of twice profits before tax in the third year.
Crown said the acquisition of Yorkshire Playgrounds will also be paid by way of an earn-out calculation over one year. Crown is taking advantage of the increasing number of leisure centres and retailers keen to offer a diversion to younger children.
Crown came to the Alternative Investment Market last December after acquiring a fine art stationery group. It is also distributing a range of arts and craft products based on Walt Disney characters. In June, the company completed its fifth acquisition when it acquired RGM Originals, a greetings card specialist.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
iJobs Money & Business
£32000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Services Manage...
£Neg. (DOE) + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: A Finance Account Manager with...
£40000 - £470000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: Java Developer / J2EE Devel...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: An exciting opportunity h...