Online Gambling Founder on Queen's New Year Honours list

Denise Coates, the founder of gambling firm bet365, was among those named on the Queen's New Year Honours list. The daughter of Stoke City chairman Peter Coates, Denise will be made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the community and business.

It's certainly a sign of the times - with gambling companies now in the public eye week in, week out on advertising boardings at football and other sporting grounds - that one of the leading names in what was once considered to be a cut-throat industry has been recognised for helping others. 

The company has established a well-earned reputation for making generous charitable donations. Indeed last year bet365 donated over £400,000 to charitable causes, including a responsible gambling charity as well as donations to a number of organisations for children, the disabled and local groups. 

Having started bet365 in a portable building in a car park in 2000, Coates helped the company grow to today's successful gambling favourite, which now provides employment to 900 people in the Stoke area.

Coates said 'It’s an incredible honour to receive this award. It would not have been possible without the fantastic support and commitment of everybody at Bet365.'

The company also owns Stoke City Football Club, which has been on the receiving end of considerable investment that has helped cement its place among the elite. 'Everyone associated with Stoke City is indebted to Denise and delighted at this fully deserved honour' said Stoke City manager Tony Pulis.

If you fancy joining the UK’s largest online gaming operator for some mobile gambling excitement, then you'll be in good company, with a reported six million people across the globe already part of the bet365 family! 

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