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tombola HQ - Sunderland's Innovative Technology Hub

tombola is a household name we all know and recognise. However, did you know that Sunderland is home to its £7m office headquarters? In this article, we discuss what makes tombola so unique.

tombola HQ - Sunderland's Innovative Technology Hub


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Situated at Sunderland’s Wylam Wharf, tombola headquarters is the regions best secret.

Walking into the £7m building, this modern space is an example of the great work that is happening in the North East – a region of growth, development and innovation.

With a bistro and gym for employees, tombola have mastered the open-plan office experience that gives everyone a chance to relax, get stuck into work and be inspired to perform their best.

Projects and Developments

Entering the online bingo world in 2006, tombola is a household name that is recognised worldwide.

Having joined Flutter entertainment, a FTSE100 company, they have offices across Europe in Sunderland, Gibraltar, Milan, Madrid and the Netherlands.

Although recognised nationwide, Sunderland is home to its headquarters, which is where most of its projects are built and the tech development begins.

What makes this organisation so unique is its history, which dates to the 1800s. This gives tombola a competitive advantage, with many employees proud to be a part of this special community.

Its core teams are broken down into the following specialities:

  • Game & game engine
  • Platform, testing
  • Product, design & animation
  • R&D
  • Infra & app
  • Operational support
  • Information security
  • Facilities
  • Marketing & social
  • Chat & customer services
  • Safeplay
  • People, finance


So, what is about tombola that is so special? Is it the office, free food, brand name or opportunities?

Andrew McFetrich, Talent Acquisition Leader at tombola, believes it’s a combination of the reputation of the brand, the opportunities and culture.

When someone new joins the team, whether a graduate or senior, they get the opportunity to work on projects independently. This creative freedom means that all games can be made in-house, allowing employees to watch their projects come to life.

From day one, our graduates are contributing to projects. We want everyone to feel valued at tombola, which means giving our employees creative reign.

In fact, some of our graduates are our best developers.

Built on collaboration, employees often cross team and work together to problem solve. Whether it’s the ideation or production, every game has its own history and tombola gives everyone the opportunity to showcase their ideas to the world.

This supportive environment has allowed the formation of many friendships within the organisation, with many forming 5-aside football teams and sports clubs.

From Vegas conferences to regular socials, they have shown that a healthy work-life balance doesn’t just mean flexibility, it’s creating a community where people feel empowered to do their best.

Our staff are down to earth, supportive and hardworking. This has allowed us to build a great community where people can rely on each other.

Induction and recruitment

Starting somewhere new can be overwhelming, especially in tech.

At tombola, they recognise how off putting this experience can be, so run regular inductions to welcome new starters to the team.

This involves introducing the ops support team, HR, learning and development, safeplay, plans and strategy, information security and tombola arcade & bingo.

Focusing on the induction process, they ensure new starters feel comfortable whilst also informed of the business. This type of communication allows staff to settle in at ease and immediately feel a part of the team.

Further, the support team are available to help everyone throughout the business on a daily basis, whether admin or systems.

We’re always reviewing and finding ways to make the tombola induction experience a great one for everyone that joins.

The feedback we receive from our new starters plays a crucial part in paving the way for any changes and enhancements to our programme.

Join tombola

If you’re looking to start your next adventure in tech, then look no further than tombola, one of the UK’s largest software and games companies.

Whether you’re just starting out or not, there’s a place for everyone at this innovative organisation.

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