Almost every High Street has a Coral. We’re as much part of British society as your local Supermarket. At current reckoning we have over 1800 Betting Shops the length and breadth of the Country. That’s quite some portfolio!
Who could have imagined such a popular and substantial business would grow from the single greyhound pitch Joe Coral started in 1926 with money borrowed from a friend. The business grew, purchasing greyhound and speedway tracks (off venue betting shops weren’t allowed yet), and then in 1961, following the changes in legislation, Joe was one of the first to open a High Street Bookmakers. The business has changed in ownership over the following fifty years, with big players bringing renewed investment into the Company to expand the portfolio.
Today we are one of the most dynamic and renowned bookmakers - as our business extends into exciting new areas: We own two Greyhound Racing Stadia at Romford and Hove. We also operate Betting Shops at three of Britain’s biggest racecourses – Cheltenham, Epsom, and Sandown Park, plus shops at both Gatwick and Stansted Airport.
Our Telebet operation revolutionised telephone gaming, not to mention our online casino, an online gaming and an online poker sites. We even have our own broadcasting operation and Channel - Coral TV.
Coral was the first major UK Bookmaker to sign to Turf TV on 22 December 2007.
We employ over 9000 betting shop staff within the UK. We have interests in China and a new Support Centre - One Stratford Place. – less