Arena Racing Company

Arena Racing Company is the largest racecourse group in the UK created by a merger between Northern Racing and Arena Leisure Plc.

We operate 16 racecourses, across a mix of flat, jump and all-weather tracks, hosting about 35% of the UK's annual horseracing fixtures.

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

ARC runs four of the six all-weather racecourses in the UK offering three different types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park, fibresand at Southwell Racecourse and tapeta at Newcastle and Wolverhampton Racecourses – the only tapeta racing surfaces in Europe.

In 2013 ARC pioneered the All-Weather Championships which see horses compete throughout the winter for the chance of qualifying for a £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday at Lingfield Park. This initiative, along with ARC’s investment in Newcastle, is helping raise the profile and prestige of all-weather racing in Great Britain.

ARC hosts a number of feature race days each year. Doncaster Racecourse is home to the world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger, run each year in September as part of the four-day St Leger Festival. Feature jumps races include the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse, the Welsh National at Chepstow Racecourse and Midlands National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

As well as racing, ARC also operates Newcastle and Sunderland Greyhound Stadia, a hotel at Wolverhampton Racecourse, a 4* Marriot Hotel and Country Club, spa resort and golf course at Lingfield Park and The Border Minstrel public house at Newcastle Racecourse in the grounds of Gosforth Park.

Our versatile venues are also suited for non-raceday activities such as weddings and conferences. With flexible spaces and excellent facilities we can accommodate events of any size and type.

Arena Racing Company is part of the Reuben Brothers Group of Companies. For more information please visit www.reubenbrothers.com


POLICIES RELATING TO MODERN SLAVERY

In accordance with our Corporate Responsibility Policy, and to meet our wider objective to respect the rights of staff and others in the local and wider community, ARC is committed to ensuring that we do not knowingly exploit or benefit from the unlawful treatment of others.

We do not use, or tolerate others’ use of, forced labour or human trafficking practices, including the exploitation of children. We will never knowingly do business with customers, suppliers or other business partners who violate these policies.

ARC is committed to social responsibility, and has zero tolerance for slavery and human trafficking. We hold ourselves and our supply chain accountable and comply with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

ARC recognises that modern slavery is a complex supply chain issue, and we must work in partnership with our customers, suppliers and other organisations to help develop long-term solutions to this issue.

ARC will conduct a periodic review of the policies and procedures implemented by our significant suppliers that ensure their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and update this statement annually.

We apply our employment practices in line with, and in certain aspects exceeding, the requirements of UK and European legislation, to ensure that all employees are properly entitled to work in the UK.

We actively support employee engagement, representation, dialogue and the ability of employees to raise potential concerns or grievances.

To help ensure that there are no obstacles to exposure of any unlawful or unethical practices ARC has implemented a Whistleblowing Policy, including facilities available for staff to report any issues, anonymously if desired, via a third party organisation.


RISK MANAGEMENT

We consider that the greatest risk of slavery and human trafficking is in our supply chain where we undertake procurement activities and where operations and managerial oversight are out of our direct control.

ARC recognises that some of the sectors in which its suppliers operate will be more susceptible to human trafficking and slavery than others, but ARC is committed to driving high standards across all of its supply chains, irrespective of sector.

Where possible, we build long-standing relationships with suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour.

With regards to national or international supply chains, our relationship is preferably with a UK company or branch and we expect these entities to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes. We expect each entity in the supply chain to, at least, adopt ‘one-up’ due diligence on the next link in the chain. It is not practical for us to have a direct relationship with all links in the supply chain.

In relation to our own employment practices, we monitor and review:

  • Issues raised through Public Interest Disclosure
  • Grievances

In relation to supplier standards, we monitor and review:

  • Supplier audit results
  • Suppliers published Modern Slavery Act Statements
  • Supplier ratings