The results are in and the prizes have been handed out for this year’s Mecca Bingo Awards, which are given out by the company to employees and bingo halls which have managed to perform particularly well over the last twelve months. Scooping the prize for the Operations Manager of the Year was Richard Astill, who is in charge of the Mecca Bingo Club in Bedford.

This is a great honour to receive for any manager, as Astill certainly agreed on accepting the award. I would like to say a big thank you to all the other team members at Mecca Bedford. They make my job a lot easier because of their hard work and dedication,’ he said after being told that he had won. He added, ‘It also helps that we have such fantastic club customers in Bedford. Friendly, fun and always up for a laugh, they make coming in to work every day a pleasure.’

There are a large number of bingo halls which come under the Mecca Bingo family, and that is what makes this award all the more special for the individual who manages to claim it each year – and winning could even mean that a step higher up the ladder is on the cards. The managing director of Mecca Bingo, Mark Jones, said of the award ‘The Operations Manager of the Year award is for the ops manager who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their everyday working lives. From helping the general manager to increase sales, to mucking in with the team, to ensuring the customers have a great night in the clubs, Richard has done it all and with a smile on his face. He is also the club’s charity champion and environmental champion.’

Astill added that the award was especially fantastic for him because of the fact that it was one that was given out in recognition of his work in the company by his peers, which for him makes it a bigger award than the others which he earned through his own efforts.