From Candy to Tickets
The story of the British Group begins in 1958, with the founding of British Confectionery Company Limited. We were originally wholesalers of candy and related products to loyal and committed customers, many of whom had ties to the bingo industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This work eventually lead to our diversification into bingo supplies, where we provided paper, dabbers and other accessories to halls throughout the province. Eventually, as a result of client demand, we began to sell break-open tickets, or Nevadas, to those same halls
Seeing a strong market opportunity, we decided to develop our own ticket manufacturing capability. In 1992, we won the contract to supply break-open tickets to the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). It has now been over 18 years since that turning point, and we have never looked back.
British Bazaar, our break-open ticket division, grew and quickly expanded its scope of operations. We were successful in winning the contract for the Manitoba Lottery Corporation, one we held for many years. In 2008 we were awarded a contract to supply break-opens to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. We also began to look beyond Canada, making our move into international markets such as the United States and United Kingdom
A Time of Crisis, a Time of Opportunity
In 2005, British Group was dealt the greatest setback in our corporate history. In September of that year our facility was destroyed by fire just as the day shift began work. Although there were no injuries, the damage to the company was enormous. However, what could have been the end became a chance at a new beginning.
We reinvented ourselves after the fire, with a promise to make our new plant the most advanced and efficient facility of its kind in the industry. Partnered with print industry giants including Heidelberg and Automatan, our new plant is equipped with state-of-the-art machines and has several times more production capacity than before. When we returned to operations in the summer of 2006, it was with a renewed purpose and determination.
With our new plant has come new capabilities. British has now expanded aggressively into the commercial printing industry and we have continuously increased our range of print, bindery and specialty die-cutting services. Coupling our new equipment with talented, committed people has made our Commercial Print division a serious player in the industry.
As we begin a new decade, British Group is looking forward to a future of continued success and growth. With our feet still firmly planted in the break-open gaming industry, we continue to make inroads into commercial printing, sign-making and specialty die-cutting as well as expanding our digital horizons with new British Group Interactive projects.