The North West

Manchester looks set to command increasing attention over 2007 after the city emerged as the surprise winning bidder for the UK’s first super-casino licence.

This North West Special Report analyses what helped influence the Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) in identifying Manchester as the successful bidder over rivals such as Blackpool.

As a pilot the Manchester casino will be subject to close monitoring, and the report provides an overview of the criteria that the city had to, and will have to, fulfil in order to convince the CAP, as well as the relevant council, of its suitability to house the UK’s first super-casino.

And while it seems the decision on location has been made, there remains a very real threat of local authorities that were unsuccessful in their bids challenging the decision through judicial review.