Following what has been a pivotal five years in the fortunes of Blueprint Operations (trading as Blueprint Machines), UK Managing Director, Simon Barff is set to leave the business.

In a statement from the company, Sascha Blodau, UK general manager for the Gauselmann Group said: “It is with regret that we announce Simon’s departure after a successful and transformative five and a half years with the company. Under his guidance the manufacturing division has seen continued growth across all areas of the UK business and has cemented the Gauselmann product line as the leading brand in the UK market. We would like to thank Simon for his efforts during his time with Blueprint and wish him our very best.”

“I have had a great time working with the board of the Gauselmann Group, without whose support the success we achieved would have been impossible," said Barff. "I would like to thank everyone at Gauselmann for all the assistance and support they have given me, and I wish them every future success.”

In the wake of the departure, Blueprint Operations announced the appointment of, David Purvis, who will assume responsibility for all business activities with immediate effect. Purvis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a long and successful career across the various international gambling markets, previously holding MD and CEO positions with some of the gambling industry’s leading players. More recently he has been working closely with the Gauselmann Group on several management consultation projects.

“The opportunity to carry on the great work at Blueprint Operations is an exciting challenge and it is something that I’m really looking forward to," said Purvis. "The foundations of the company are firmly set, so we’ll be looking to build on the recent successes and solidify our market position with some fantastic new game releases and further product developments over the coming year.