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World Cup drives online growth at GVC

first_imgFinance World Cup drives online growth at GVC Online revenue was up 18% in the first half 18th July 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Sports bettingcenter_img Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC Holdings said the FIFA World Cup was a “good one”, as it cited the tournament as the main reason behind a strong online performance during the first half of the year.Overall net gaming revenue (NGR) climbed 8% year-on-year, with this growth partly driven by GVC’s online business, which performed well in the period and posted NGR 18% higher than last year.GVC noted that prior to the World Cup kicking off in Russia, online NGR was up 15% and the early stages of the tournament helped push this to a higher level by the end of the half.The World Cup ran from June 14 to July 15, with GVC’s six-month period ending on June 30. The period included the completion of the company’s £4bn (€4.49bn/$5.55bn) acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral in March.Keith Alexander, chief executive of GVC, said: “I am pleased to report this positive trading update whilst at the same time undertaking the integration of the Ladbrokes Coral business.“The strong momentum across the online business has continued and means we are well placed to deliver against our full year expectations.”Although GVC reported a 3% decline in UK retail like-for-like revenue in the first half, the company did say that trends improved due to a lengthy spell of good weather in the UK and higher betting levels during the World Cup.“The World Cup tournament as a whole has been a good one for the group, helped by a better than expected gross win margin but also importantly volumes and value of new customer deposits,” the company said in a statement.In contrast, European retail NGR was up 29% year-on-year, but GVC said this was “helped by a soft comparative”. Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

RG Week special: Mapping the problem gambling maze, part 1

first_imgLegal & compliance 8th November 2019 | By Joanne Christie Email Address Regions: Asia Europe US Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter As co-founder of the International Problem Gambling Centre and executive director of the University of Nevada’s International Gaming Institute, Dr Bo Bernhard has been on the front line of efforts to understand and treat problem gambling for 25 years. In this first part of a two-part interview, he tells Robin Harrison how a small, underfunded area of research has evolved into an issue debated across the industry.Speaking to some of the industry’s lifers, the people who have spent decades in gambling, it quickly becomes clear that each experienced a sliding doors moment that led them into the sector. But for Dr Bo Bernhard, as a fifth-generation Las Vegas native, it hardly seems a stretch for him to move into a career in the industry.Yet he too has a similar story, involving sport. He was a student at Harvard, playing on the university soccer team, and when the teams were announced before a match, the players’ hometowns were read out.“I had one professor who cared enough to come to a game and when he heard I was from Las Vegas, he suggested I do a paper for his class on responsible gambling,” Bernhard says.This led to him attending a Gamblers Anonymous meeting and, for want of a better word, he found himself hooked. “It really captured me, this compelling group of hurting people that growing up in Las Vegas I had no idea about,” he explains.This led to an honours thesis, which in turn led to a doctoral dissertation, to gambling becoming the focus of his research, to his involvement in establishing Las Vegas’ largest problem gambling facility. Fast forward a few years and we find him serving as executive director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute.Bernhard was involved in the launch of the problem gambling centre while he was in graduate school, before stepping down to take over the UNLV role. He now heads a 38-strong team, which looks “to deal with any question, problem or challenge you may have about the global gaming industry”.“It’s interesting, because in every field we deal with, whether it’s policy, innovation, operation, whatever, the problem gambling issue pops up,” he points out.Bitter experience Having played that football match in 1994, Bernhard has been researching problem gambling for 25 years now. Travelling worldwide to meetings, conferences and symposiums, he admits to being amazed at how much it has grown. In May this year, UNLV held the world’s largest research conference on gambling, attracting more than 600 attendees from 35 countries.“It was a very happy moment for me to see how this field has grown,” he says. “As a teacher I really like that part of our mission, which is teaching people, who then teach others, who then grow the field, and I’ve been really excited to be part of this wave.”He picks out Dr Robert Custer as “the founding clinical father” and his protégé Dr Robert Hunter – one of Bernhard’s teachers – as the pioneers of problem gambling research and treatment. But as it becomes more global, he says, the importance of diversity has become more and more apparent.“The conversation in Asia on problem gambling is quite different from that conversation in Australia, which is quite different from the United States,” Bernhard explains. “And it reflects the culture: the US is more individualistic whereas Asia is more collectivist, and the conversation is informed by those cultural norms that we’re so familiar with in broader society, which play out in similar ways with problem gambling.”In his eyes, exporting a treatment that works in one jurisdiction or culture to another is a “real danger”. This isn’t just a viewpoint; it’s a lesson learned from bitter experience.“I was working with the South Korean government when it opened the Kangwon Land Casino & Hotel, which is the only casino on the Korean peninsula that allows locals to gamble,” he explains. “When they were doing that they obviously needed to create a problem gambling safety net, and I came armed with data from the National Council on Problem Gambling that showed telephone helplines were a solution.“We opened it up in South Korea, at great expense, and nobody called. What we started to learn was that, just as ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ over here, what happens in the Korean family stays in the Korean family.“You don’t reach out to some stranger on the phone and start airing your dirty laundry, which is shameful to you, your family and your ancestors, reflecting this sort of more collectivist anthropological mindset, where people are part of this long line of family,” Bernhard says. “The last thing they are going to do is tell strangers about shameful things.”As he says, it wasn’t just a hunch that went wrong. The effectiveness of helplines, in the US at least, was backed up by extensive data.This, he argues, shows the importance of cultural sensitivity – “I know that’s a cliché,” he says – but it’s hard to disagree.For example, at May’s research conference, Japanese treatment professionals told delegates about how they incorporated a Buddhist mindset into treatment. In essence, this is a focus on mindfulness and meditation, with the problem gambler exploring their thoughts, and where the gambling urge comes from, to control it and avoid action on it.Essentially, the professionals were describing what would be called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the West. “But this Buddhist approach will work far better in Japan than me coming in wearing my white coat telling people I’m going to introduce them to CBT,” Bernhard says. “That would flame out and die.”His scepticism of ‘silver bullet’ measures extends to new controls such as voluntary limits and even emerging responsible gaming solutions, including affordability checks.“Even some of the noble intentions, such as affordability checks, may flag one person who may be in a very different situation to another who may also be flagged, and put them in the same box,” he says. “As a researcher I’m also concerned about the well-intentioned measures that may ultimately have a negative effect.”Read the second part of iGB’s interview with Dr Bo Bernhard here.To find out more about Responsible Gambling Week and the resources available, please visit the website Topics: Legal & compliance People RG Week special: Mapping the problem gambling maze, part 1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling University of Nevada’s International Gaming Institute’s Bo Bernhard has been on the front line of efforts to understand problem gambling for 25 years. 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UK and US growth offsets Nordic struggles for NetEnt in Q1

first_img22nd April 2020 | By contenteditor Finance UK and US growth offsets Nordic struggles for NetEnt in Q1 NetEnt has put a 23.9% year-on-year increase in revenue during the first quarter primarily down to growth within the UK and US market, though the supplier said both Sweden and Norway continued to underperform. Email Address NetEnt has put a 23.9% year-on-year increase in revenue during the first quarter primarily down to growth within the UK and US market, though the supplier said both Sweden and Norway continued to underperform.Revenue for the three months through to 31 March 2020 totalled SEK518.0m (£41.8m/€47.4m/$51.4m), up from SEK418m in the corresponding period last year.NetEnt’s slot games were responsible for 90% of all gaming revenue during the quarter, compared to 10% from table games. Meanwhile, the UK was its single biggest market, contributing 19% to total revenue, ahead of the Nordic region on 18%.In terms of business elsewhere, the majority of its revenue came from the rest of Europe, with this making up 43% of overall revenue in Q1, while the other 20% of revenue came from the rest of the world.Though NetEnt did not provide exact figures for all individual countries, chief executive Therese Hillman singled out a number of markets where it saw growth.“Most of the growth came from the US and the UK, while developments in Sweden and Norway continued to be negative,” Hillman said. “Locally regulated markets accounted for 50% of group gaming revenue in the quarter.“The largest locally regulated markets for the group were UK (19% of gaming revenues), Italy (8%) and USA (7%). Sweden accounted for only 6% of gaming revenues, which is significantly lower than before the re-regulation of the Swedish market.”Looking at spending, and operating expenses for the quarter were up by 36.4% year-on-year to SEK398.4m. Personnel expenses jumped 10.5% to SEK140.3m, while depreciation and amortisation costs climbed 56.0% to SEK109.5m and other operating costs 56.9% to SEK148.8m for the quarter.NetEnt also noted that its earnings were hit by SEK26.0m in restructuring costs related to the integration of Red Tiger. Last month, NetEnt said that it had fully integrated the slot developer it acquired in September last year into its business.As the increase in spending surpassed revenue growth for Q1, this meant that operating profit dropped 5.6% from SEK126.1m in the first quarter of 2019 to SEK119.1m this year.Profit before tax also fell by 32.4% to SEK88.5m, and after paying SEK6.5m in tax – down from SEK10.7m last year – profit stood at SEK82.0m, down 31.8% from SEK120.2m in 2019.However, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was up 16.8% year-on-year to SEK229.0m.Reflecting on the quarter as a whole, Hillman said although earnings were down, NetEnt put in place a number of organisational changes, and that these, coupled with the full integration with Red Tiger, would have a positive impact on financial performance from Q2 onwards.“The changes lead to a reduction in the workforce by approximately 120 employees, mainly in Stockholm, and are expected to result in cost savings of SEK150m starting in the second half of 2020,” Hillman said.“This means that we are increasing our estimate of potential synergies from the acquisition to around SEK250m annually, including revenue synergies.“Red Tiger keeps performing above our expectations with its award-winning games and the expansion to new markets continues. During the quarter, Red Tiger games were launched with customers on the regulated markets in Italy and Slovakia, and with large operators like Svenska Spel in Sweden and Sky in the UK.”Hillman also recognised the ongoing challenges related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, saying it “has put the world in an exceptional situation, leaving nobody unaffected”. However, she added that the outbreak has not yet had an impact on the supplier’s financial performance.“The health and safety of our employees has the highest priority in the NetEnt Group, while we continue to work hard to secure a good development for the company both in the shorter and longer term,” Hillman said.“It is difficult to predict the effects of the Covid 19-situation on the economy in general and our sector in particular, but we believe that the underlying trend of digitalisation in gaming will continue and offer growth opportunities for NetEnt in the future.“So far, the financial performance of our business has not been negatively affected by the outbreak of Covid-19.”Analysts at Regulus also weighed in, saying while NetEnt improved its position in the UK and held its own in Italy, struggles in core markets such as Sweden and Norway are areas of concern. Regulus also pointed out that despite attempting improvements in the live dealer, slots are responsible for 90% of revenue.In terms of the impact of coronavirus, Regulus said a key development priority for NetEnt needs to be customer wellbeing as opposed to operational opportunities.Regulus said: “Q1 is still largely ‘pre Covid’, activity in Q2 will look very different from a financial perspective and needs to look very different in terms of corporate response.”center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Finance Strategylast_img read more

Investrust Bank Plc Q12011 Interim Report

first_imgInvestrust Bank Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Investrust Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investrust Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Investrust Bank Plc (  2011 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileInvestrust Bank Plc is a wholly-owned commercial and retail financial services institution in Zambia, providing products and services in two segments: retail and operations, and wholesale banking. Investrust Bank offers a wide range of transactional accounts, aswell as solutions for wealth building, sole proprietor accounts, club society accounts and farmer accounts. The company offers short- to medium-term finance for project and working capital requirements, contractual and project security through guarantees, bid and performance bonds, and advance payment bonds. Its lease financing division is focused on movable and immovable assets in agriculture, tourism, information technology, transport and mining. Other financial service offerings range from discounting of bills of exchange, invoice discounting and shipment financing to buying and selling government securities, commercial papers trading, and treasury call accounts. Investrust Bank has a national network with 27 branches and 3 agencies located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Investrust Bank Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

May & Baker Nigeria Plc ( 2015 Annual Report

first_imgMay & Baker Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about May & Baker Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the May & Baker Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: May & Baker Nigeria Plc (  2015 annual report.Company ProfileMay & Baker Nigeria Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical diagnostics, foods and consumer healthcare products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include anti-diabetics, anti-infectives, anti-malaria, analgesics, cough & cold treatments, multivitamins and anxiolytics. May & Bake Nigeria Plc produce a range of Mimee noodles and Lily still water. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. May & Baker Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

NPF Microfinance Bank Plc ( Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgNPF Microfinance Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about NPF Microfinance Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NPF Microfinance Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NPF Microfinance Bank Plc (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileNPF Microfinance Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for both serving and retired Officers and men and women employed by the Nigeria Police Force as well as the general banking public. The company is the leading microfinance institution in Nigeria and also offers loans, advances, money market products and financial advisory services to the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. The company has developed specialised products which includes Police After Service Account, Police Focal Account and IGP Premium Bond. Established in 1993, NPF Microfinance Bank Plc was granted its full license to operate as a Community Bank in 2002. It converted from its Community Bank status to a Microfinance Bank following a directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria. Its head office is in Obalende, Nigeria and its branch network extends to all the Police commands in the country. NPF Microfinance Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Maendeleo Bank Plc ( Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgMaendeleo Bank Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Maendeleo Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Maendeleo Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Maendeleo Bank Plc (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMaendeleo Bank Plc is a leading financial institution in Tanzania offering banking products and services to micro entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises and corporate clients. It offers the full spectrum of financial solutions ranging from current, savings and time deposit accounts to micro, small and medium-sized loans. Maendeleo Bank also offers insurance solutions for business, domestic, motor, personal accident, group personal accident and all risks insurance; as well as foreign exchange products, investment services in government securities and mobile and internet banking. Maendeleo Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget Bitcoin! Here’s how I plan to turn £20.06 into a million

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Harvey Jones | Friday, 14th February, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Just look at Bitcoin go! At time of writing, the price is closing in on $10,000, as investors treat it as a safe haven amid growing coronavirus concerns. A year ago it traded at just over $3,000, so those who bought then have more than tripled their money.My worry with Bitcoin is its immense volatility. You could invest £1, £5k or £10k at today’s price, and have absolutely no idea what your money will be worth in a week or two. Worse, the higher the entry point, the greater your potential losses, so approach with caution.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Make a millionIf you want to make a million and retire in comfort, I would recommend you ignore Bitcoin and invest free of tax inside a Stocks and Shares ISA instead. Naturally, you won’t triple your money in a year, but the stock market can also turn small sums into very big ones.I was reminded of this yesterday, when I received an email saying I had just earned the princely sum of £20.06. That still leaves me £999,979.94 short of a million, but it is going to get me there, eventually.That £20.06 is just over double the hourly minimum wage, yet I didn’t have to put in two hours work to generate it. It was sent free by my online trading platform, in the form of a dividend payment from the BlackRock Latin American Investment Trust, in which I now hold £1,592.20.Roll up! Roll up!It isn’t a one-off. In November 2019, the trust paid me £18.55. In August, £23.15. In May, £18.04. In February, £14.34. In total, it paid me £74.08 last year. For doing nothing.It will do the same in 2020, in 2021, 2022, and beyond, for as long as I hold the fund. Over the years, this money will add up.I bought the fund 15  years ago, originally investing £489,33. It has delivered a total return of 225% since then, with capital growth and reinvested dividends. If it does the same over the next 15 years, then my stake will be worth £5,174.65.Imagine if I’d invested £5k. Then it would grow to more than £50k.There’s more!This isn’t the only dividend payment I received in January. Another holding, HSBC All-Share Index, paid me £69.06, again, for doing nothing. Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies investment trust handed me £61.07. There were plenty of other payments and I don’t have to pay tax on any of them, inside my ISA.If you build a balanced portfolio of dividend-paying shares and funds, people send you money for free. It may not be much at first, but it will roll up, especially if you reinvest the money to buy extra stock or units (which will pay even more dividends).Over the years, all these payments will grown into something substantial. They could even help you build a £1m portfolio. So think twice about rushing into Bitcoin, whose price could go anywhere. Stocks and shares give you a much surer chance of retiring in comfort and style. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Forget Bitcoin! Here’s how I plan to turn £20.06 into a million Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Harvey Jones holds investment funds BlackRock Latin American, HSBC FTSE All-Share and Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies, but no other share mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

England captain Tom Mitchell: “The enjoyment of sevens drives itself”

first_imgIt’s a good thing that one of the game’s most recognisable figures has such an appetite for the fight in the harsh environment of sevens rugby. In this most punishing of years – with a ten-leg series and the Rio Olympics in August – there is a push to attract as many new fans to the sport as possible and the players will have a role in that.“It’s not so much that we have to sell the game,” Mitchell says, “it’s about regularly educating and enlightening people about how the game works. Spreading the enjoyment of sevens drives itself – the thing that attracts people to it is the excitement.”Fans may still have something to learn about the game. Do you? “You never stop learning about yourself. There is the leadership challenge, where you look at how to get the best out of people. And there are some new guys who have pushed for spots. You can never be 100% sure how someone will do in games. It was a rough summer of rehab for England captain Tom Mitchell, so he’s relishing the on-field trials of 2016, writes RW’s Alan Dymock. BEING BACK is more than just a relief for England sevens captain Tom Mitchell. It also offers a series of welcome challenges for the man who endured a torrid summer, having fractured his leg and dislocated his ankle in May.To make matters worse, he had an additional op on his knee. All told he had five months of rehabilitation hell. So while sevens never gets easier, he is glad to be in the battles again. “I’m not back to my best quite yet,” Mitchell tells Rugby World. “But I’m happy at last to be back on the field and back in with the England boys.“Part of the challenge of being back is physical but for me it’s not about making gains in strength and speed, it’s about maintaining. Feeling ‘back’ is subjective – and the mental aspect of it is my leadership. There is a different challenge in making sure boys who are new to England Sevens fit in and are learning lessons.”Here Mitchell touches on what it takes to be a team leader. He sees himself as a playmaker and for that he cannot just “execute basic skills”.He cannot just be happy with a few moments of brilliance either. He must consistently drive his team.Fully focussed: Mitchell takes contact during a matchAnd he must ensure the others in the squad are happy off the park, ready to give their all on it. It’s not easy when you’re still toiling to get back to your very best. But Mitchell does admit to an unlikely addiction to the really tough training sessions and brutal conditioned games. Running free: Tom Mitchell takes on the New Zealand sevens side center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “A lot of people play Premiership sevens, for example, but the step up to the World Series is huge. Cam Cowell and Ruaridh McConnochie fully deserved their first caps.”This was first published in the March issue of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Meriweather returns to Apopka and the people he loves

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSBrandon MeriweatherTakeout Waiter Previous articleInvestigative journalist killed in car bombingNext articleApopka collects 66,000 cubic yards of debris Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!     Payne also notes that when you order from them, you are investing in a local owner that lives and works in the Apopka community.“You are supporting a local restaurant that employs people and feeds your local community and you are paying and supporting a local driver that lives and works in your community… not a large faceless tech company that has never been to your town, much less met the restaurant partners nor the drivers that take the orders you give them. The bottom line is when you order from Takeout Waiter, you are investing locally.”And investing locally is what Brandon Meriweather is all about. Barbara McLeod October 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. October 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm We use your service every week if not twice a week! Thank you center_img   Takeout Waiter delivery charges average $4.99, but may vary based on size or distance. The delivery times average 45 – 60 minutes, but may be faster or longer based on traffic, weather or restaurant cook times.“That’s one of the best parts about us – the delivery fee is inexpensive,” said Meriweather. “It’s only $4.99 compared to much higher charges from other delivery services. We also have a variety of restaurants.”The list of restaurants includes Bayridge Sushi, Beef O’ Brady’s, Charlie Graingers, Chili’s, Firehouse Subs, Hurricane Grill and Wings, Nalan Sultan Mediterranean Grill, Seafood Heaven, Something Fishy, Subway, and Taverna Italiano Italian Grill. Apopka Resident You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 2 COMMENTS Reply The VOICE of Business feature: Takeout WaiterBrandon Meriweather is a great guy. He played a hard-hitting brand of football that he carries throughout his life, but never lost his heart of gold as it applies to his family and friends.In his storied football career, Meriweather helped lead the Apopka Blue Darters to the their first state championship in 2001. At the college level, he played for the Miami Hurricanes where he was named to the All-America team and played in the Senior Bowl.In the National Football League, Meriweather was drafted by the New England Patriots, competed in a super bowl, and two pro bowls before retiring from the NFL in 2016.And if he never stepped on a football field, he would still be a great guy.Meriweather and his cousin Shedric Payne bought an Apopka-based delivery service called Takeout Waiter that brings local restaurant food right to your front door. If you aren’t using this service, you should be.Meriweather played in a Super Bowl and two pro bowls while on the New England Patriots.But Meriweather, while excited about the opportunity, took on this venture to help out his cousin.“I told him I’ll put the money up as long as he works it,” said Meriweather. “And we’ll split the profits 50/50, and it will be great for both of us. So we met with the owner and a week later we bought the Apopka franchise.”Payne is grateful for the opportunity to partner with his cousin.“I had a troubled background, but I kept going, kept pushing and kept trying,” he said “But I never gave up. And it’s great working with Brandon.”The two cousins grew up together. They lived in the same house as children for seven years, and the bond between them is evident.Part of Meriweather’s plan is to help friends and family who struggled in the past have bright futures. And all of those friends and family reside locally.“Apopka is home. My daughter is here. My family is here. Everybody I love is here.”Meriweather also wants to spread the idea of entrepreneurship to his fellow NFL players, who he fears could run through their savings quickly in retirement.“Life after football is difficult, but I want to bring other players into this. I know they are going to need avenues to spend their time. Because when you retire, there’s nothing to do. It’s hard to find something to do after you retire. That’s why a lot of former NFL players go broke. What do you do after you retire. Most of us don’t have work experience. I never had a job in my life. A lot of NFL players sit at home and spend money after they retire. They have a lifestyle of spending money, and if they can’t stop, they eventually go broke.”Meriweather played during a golden age of football. He was teammates with Tom Brady, and lists his most noteworthy events as interceptions of some of the great quarterbacks of all time.“Playing in a Super Bowl and pro bowls were memorable, but picking off Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees were the most memorable moments. Those guys are legends.”Despite stories like those that could keep football fans on the edge of their seats for hours, he says the most interesting thing he has done was his first delivery for Takeout Waiter.“I always knew how to play football. That was normal to me. But my first delivery was completely out of my comfort zone. First, I had to find the restaurant, but my GPS took me to a neighborhood nowhere near it. But I have a great dispatcher, who guided me back to the right place.”However, finding the restaurant was only half the battle.“I walked in and the restaurant had never done a delivery either. So I didn’t know if I needed a receipt, and I forgot my hot bag in the car… but we got through it. Lenny (the dispatcher) walked me through the process.”He also remembers his days as a Blue Darter, and the leadership that a brand new coach named Rick Darlington meant to him.“When Coach D (Darlington) first got to Apopka, it was like an immediate change in atmosphere. We were doing tests and running drills we never did before. It was the first time I was ever nervous when it comes to football, but he was making us better players.”There was also a moment of trust that Darlington showed in Meriweather that he never forgot.” I remember going into a game. We were playing Colonial, and one of the coaches said I wasn’t starting, but I was going to play a lot. Coach D came up to me and asked if I was ready and I said ‘yeah’. He looked at me funny as if he sensed something, and asked if I was starting, and I told him no but that the coach said I was going to play a lot. He walked away, and about five minutes later that same coach approached me and said ‘you are starting’. I knew it had to be Coach D telling him to start me. That was the first time he stuck out his neck for me. He showed he believed in me and I played my heart out for him. And it worked out great from there.”According to its website, Takeout Waiter is a nationwide network of franchisees that locally own and operate restaurant delivery services like a family business. Local owner operators focus on enhancing their community by driving new delivery sales for local restaurants, creating delivery jobs for local citizens and most of all providing a convenient meal delivery service to residents and office workers that will save them time and hassle while improving their quality of life.“This is good for the community job market too,” said Payne. “It’s bringing jobs to the area. You can be your own boss when you drive for us.” Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I wish I knew…I needed Bayridge delivered yesterday!!!last_img read more