United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Headquarters in Milton Keynes with 59 sites across the United Kingdom
Arts / Entertainment
Sport, Amusement And Recreation
Sports Activities And Amusement And Recreation Activities
93.12 - Activities of sports clubs

124 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 September 2014
Employment effect (start)
15 September 2014
Foreseen end date


A UK chain that operates venues specialising in snooker and pool as well as darts, bingo and screen sports, Rileys Sports Bar, has made 124 staff redundant after going into administration. Of those workers who were made redundant, 104 staff worked at 15 of the bars and a further 20 worked in the company’s head office located in Milton Keynes. The 15 venues that have closed are located in Belle Vue (Manchester), Cardiff, Coatbridge, Derby, Edinburgh, Exeter, Guildford, Hull, Luton, Peterborough Orton, Peterborough QClub, Plymouth, Rugby, Scunthorpe and Wigan.

The remaining 44 venues continue to trade as administrators consider options. This is the third time the company has gone into administration in recent years. Prior to the appointment of the administrators, Rileys operated 59 venues across the United Kingdom, employing 522 staff. At its peak, there were 165 clubs in the Rileys chain.



Eurofound (2014), Riley Sports Bars, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 77561, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77561.