Sean Quinn and his family have followed through on plans to establish a local base of operations for their new online gambling venture by setting up an office in Ballyconnell town this week.
“QuinnBet will have staff working there from [this] week,” the new betting company's chief executive officer Sean Quinn Jr informed The Anglo-Celt last week.
The fledgling firm took up space at the Connall building (pictured above) on the town's Main Street, overlooking the Woodford River.
The local office is expected to serve in managing part of QuinnBet’s growing customer services division, and starts out with up six people being employed there in a mix of full-time and part-time positions.
Other tenants in the Connall building include the Office for Social Protection, and McAveety McKenna Solicitors, as well as several other local businesses.
Launched last month, and financially backed by ex-billionaire Mr Quinn himself, QuinnBet is the latest attempt by the family to restablish an enterprising foothold since being dramatically ousted from the group of businesses founded by their patriarch in April 2011.
Owned by Belbridge Consultancy and registered in Belturbet, amongst the family members also involved in Quinn Bet is Mr Quinn Sr’s son-in-law, Stephen Kelly, who is married to Aoife. He serves as the betting firm’s chief financial officer, while Niall McPartland, married to Ciara, acts as the company’s legal and compliance officer.
Mr Quinn Sr’s youngest daughter Brenda, once charged with ownership of the Slieve Russell Hotel near Ballyconnell, is understood to be working as Quinnbet’s Operations Manager, while the tycoon’s eldest daughter Collette, is understood to be involved in recruiting for the new business.
Mr Quinn’s nephew Seamus McMahon from Belturbet is named as a QuinnBet director.
Mr Quinn Jnr, Mr Kelly and Mr McMahon have all received certificates of personal fitness to run a bookmaking business, as per the regulations passed in 2015.
Mr Quinn Jr had, following the launch of the business, stressed an interest in the company having a base of operations closer to the family’s traditional Border heartlands. In the initial start-up phase the business has been operating from an office in Blanchardstown.
“We are in the very early stages with QuinnBet and the number of employees we have will depend on how successful we are, but I can confirm that we are looking to establish a presence in the local area,” he previously told the Celt.
Mr Quinn Jr also indicated an interest in seeking “a permanent resolution” regarding elements of their former business empire.
Set to offer a diverse sportsbook, QuinnBet launched a new mobile app in recent weeks and by mid-September the family aim to launch ‘QuinnCasino’.
Upping the stakes in taking on the betting industry powerhouses such as Paddy Power-Betfair, the family have been quick to register the once famous ‘Q’ brand to a business named Quinnsports also.
QuinnBet is regulated under Irish law, while its London-headquartered partner FSB Technology has been licensed by the UK gambling authorities.