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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
3025 Apr 20189.5 million Funding Secured - 30 New Jobs - Acquisition Plans - Business ExpansionInternet Fusion, the Lincolnshire-based e-commerce business, has secured a 9.5 million finance package from HSBC. The firm will use the cash to make acquisitions, increase revenue by a third and create 30 new jobs. The online retail company, which sells everything from equestrian equipment to Seasonal Affective Disorder light products, operates 12 separate websites. The firm, founded in 2002, employs 250 staff. Martin Brailsford is Chief Executive at Internet Fusion.
Internet Fusion Limited
13m0.6m1
23 Apr 2018Workforce Reduction in Newcastle - 120 Jobs Cut - Challenging Energy MarketSiemens, the international engineering and technology firm with UK headquarters in Surrey, is to cut 120 jobs within its Power Generation Services and Power and Gas UK & Ireland division in Newcastle. The company will reduce its workforce to protect the future of the business as a result of the challenging energy market. The job losses represent more than a fifth of the site's 500-strong workforce. Darren Davidson is Managing Director at Siemens.
Siemens Plc
1,939m214m5,72046
23 Apr 2018Transferring Work to Italy - County Durham Workload Full - No Jobs at RiskHitachi Rail Europe, the Japanese transport firm, is to transfer work from its County Durham factory to Italy as a result of an increased workload. The firm was due to make a new fleet of intercity trains for Transpennine Express at its plant in Newton Aycliffe. However, these trains will now be built at Pistoia, Tuscany as the production line at Aycliffe will be full in 2019. No jobs are at risk.
Hitachi Rail Europe Limited
574m6m48010
19 Apr 2018Selling Scottish Creameries - Investing In Sites - Possible RedundanciesFirst Milk Limited, a dairy processor, is selling two of its Scottish creameries in Arran and Campbeltown. The decision to sell was due to the premium cheese products the creameries were producing required significant investment and were not part of the company's future growth plans. The company plans to invest the revenue from the sales into its creameries in Haverfordwest and the Lake District, which it has invested 40 million into over the past five years.
First Milk Limited
5
524 Apr 2018Roxburghshire Store Refurbished - New Jobs Created - Business GrowthLidl, the supermarket retailer with turnover of around 419 million, has refurbished its store in Kelso, Roxburghshire, creating 5 new jobs. The company employs over 19,000 UK staff.
Lidl Limited
419m20,000725
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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 2018Relocated to New Derby Base - Recruiting for Senior Positions - Business Growth PlansYellow Group, the Derbys-based rail consultancy, has relocated to new premises in the city. The business has moved from its Rail Technical Centre, which has been its home since 2007, to Ascot Drive on Haydock Park Road. The new base has been dubbed Yellow House and will allow Yellow Group to progress with its growth plans. The company is also recruiting for 3 senior level positions. Yellow Group's Managing Director is Andy Kevins.
Yellow Rail Limited
1
25 Apr 2018New IT Director - Plan to Double Turnover - Busines GrowthCommercial, the Cheltenham-headquartered business services company with turnover of 50.5 million, has appointed Richard Blundell as its new IT Services Divisional Director. Commercial employs 300 people, 70 of whom work in IT services, and Blundell expects to double the division's turnover by 2020.
Commercial Corporate Services Limited
50m1m2832
1124 Apr 2018New Director of Income Generation - Plan to Grow ProfileEllenor, the Kent-based hospice charity, has appointed Linda Trew as its new Director of Income Generation, replacing Rachel Holweger. Trew will be responsible for developing new sources of income streams to achieve long term sustainable income growth, increased profile and greater supporter engagement. As Director of Income Generation, she will work closely with Gary Taylor, Head of Retail to grow and strengthen this area of fundraising and develop income generation across Ellenor's 15 shops across the county. Claire Cardy is Chief Executive of Ellenor.
Ellenor Lions Hospices
7m1692
123 Apr 2018Executive Appointed - New Product Director - Business GrowthLegal & General, the national insurance firm with turnover of 78,000 million, has appointed Mark Jones to the role of Product Director, UK Protection for its insurance division. Jones, who is a highly respected industry leader in protection, joins Legal & General from Sun Life. He will be responsible for the development of both retail and group protection products across all distribution channels and will report to Steve Griffiths, Managing Director for UK protection.
Legal & General Group PLC
77,969m8,93911
125 Apr 2018Executive Appointed - New Group Finance Director - Business GrowthCarclo, the supplier of technical plastics products to the medical and electronics sectors, has appointed Sarah Matthews-DeMers as its new Group Finance Director. The company, which generates turnover of 138.3 million and employs over 1,400 staff, is led by Chief Executive Chris Malley.
Carclo PLC
138m12m1,4182
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Headquarters & Premises

Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 2018Relocated to New Derby Base - Recruiting for Senior Positions - Business Growth PlansYellow Group, the Derbys-based rail consultancy, has relocated to new premises in the city. The business has moved from its Rail Technical Centre, which has been its home since 2007, to Ascot Drive on Haydock Park Road. The new base has been dubbed Yellow House and will allow Yellow Group to progress with its growth plans. The company is also recruiting for 3 senior level positions. Yellow Group's Managing Director is Andy Kevins.
Yellow Rail Limited
1
25 Apr 2018Private Equity Investment Secured - Refurbishing Head Office - Plan to Grow Branch Network through AcquisitionsHuws Gray, the Anglesey-headquartered building supplies company which operates from 57 trading locations and employs almost 800 staff, has secured backing from Inflexion Private Equity. The business, which plans to grow its branch network and invest in existing locations, will continue to be majority owned and led by the existing management team. Huws Gray will use the funding to refurbish its head office and make further acquisitions in 2018, after it recently acquired Penrith Building Supplies, it's first purchase in the Cumbria area. The company, led by Managing Director Terry Owen, has stores across North and Mid Wales, the Midlands, the North West of England and Yorkshire.
Huws Gray Limited
148m20m65127
23 Apr 2018Jobs at New Carmarthen Headquarters - Range of Roles - Business GrowthS4C, the Welsh television broadcaster, is creating 12 positions ahead of its move to its new headquarters Canolfan S4C: Yr Egin in Carmarthen, which is opening in late 2018. The company is recruiting for a range of roles, including head of legal and business affairs, communication team leader, a junior graphic designer and social media content producer. S4C currently employs 135 staff split between Cardiff and Caernarfon, with 55 positions to relocate to the new headquarters. Owen Evans is S4C's Chief Executive.
S4c2 Cyf.
0.4m0.0m2
123 Apr 2018Expansion into England - New Gloucestershire Office - 20 New JobsMactaggart and Mickel Homes, the Scottish housebuilder, is to open a new office in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire as part of plans to expand into England. The company's English subsidiary, which already has 2 new developments underway in Oxfordshire, will create 20 jobs with the opening of the new site. Mactaggart and Mickel's Group Director is Andrew Mickel.
Mactaggart & Mickel Timber Systems Ltd
6m-0.2m4266
120 Apr 2018Airport Expansion - 200 million Development - 600 New Jobs - Plan includes Hotel & OfficesCranfield University is expanding its airport in a 200 million development which will create 600 jobs. The expansion will help the university realise its ambition to develop a state-of-the-art airport for private jets and help maintain the facility for its research objectives. The plans include new aircraft hangars and an associated business terminal, new office space, a hotel and various upgrade works within the airport. Rob Abbott is Director of Aviation Operations at Cranfield University.
Cranfield University
1
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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
219 Apr 2018Selling Scottish Creameries - Investing In Sites - Possible RedundanciesFirst Milk Limited, a dairy processor, is selling two of its Scottish creameries in Arran and Campbeltown. The decision to sell was due to the premium cheese products the creameries were producing required significant investment and were not part of the company's future growth plans. The company plans to invest the revenue from the sales into its creameries in Haverfordwest and the Lake District, which it has invested 40 million into over the past five years.
First Milk Limited
5
119 Apr 2018Reopening Cornwall Tin Mine - 300 Jobs Expected - Plan to List on Stock ExchangeStrongbow Exploration, the international mineral exploration firm, is to reopen a tin mine in Cornwall with 300 jobs expected. The company, which plans to list on the London Stock Exchange in June 2018, will reopen the South Crofty mine in Camborne by 2021 and expects to supply up to 1.5% of the world's tin, generating revenues of up to 77 million a year. Strongbow Exploration is led by Chief Executive Richard Williams.
Strongbow Exploration (UK) Limited
1
1123 Apr 2018Relocating to Rotherham - 2.5 million Extension - 20 New Jobs - Tripling CapacityX-Cel Superturn, a Sheffield-based manufacturer of machined components, is to relocate all of its operations to Rotherham, with 20 jobs expected, under plans for a 2.5 million extension and new building. The company will triple its coating capacity in 2018 and is creating roles in coating, machinery and quality, with further jobs for apprentices. The current Sheffield site will be sold in a bid for greater efficiency. X-Cel Superturn's Group Commercial Director is David Barton-Phillips.
X-Cel Superturn (Gb) Limited
14m0.0m1294
23 Apr 2018Relocating to Poole - New 5.5 million Site - Rising International SalesDorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based business with 115 staff, is to relocate its factory to a custom-built 5.5 million site in Poole. The company, which was acquired from Wellness Foods in 2014 by the Jordans and Ryvita Company, part of Associated British Foods, has experienced rapid growth with 40% of sales now made internationally. Andy Prudence is Site Manager at Dorset Cereals.
Dorset Cereals Limited
1
24 Apr 2018Recruiting New Staff - Expanding Stainless Steel Fabrication - Night Shift Introduced - Business GrowthKMF, the precision sheet metal engineering firm, is recruiting 6 new welding staff following a 500,000 investment in its new purpose-built manufacturing facility. The company is now looking to expand its stainless steel fabrication operations, and has introduced a night shift at the new premises. Nadine Rowley is Head of Marketing and PR at KMF.
K.M.F. (Precision Sheet Metal) Limited
31m2m3352
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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Apr 2018Roxburghshire Store Refurbished - New Jobs Created - Business GrowthLidl, the supermarket retailer with turnover of around 419 million, has refurbished its store in Kelso, Roxburghshire, creating 5 new jobs. The company employs over 19,000 UK staff.
Lidl Limited
419m20,000725
25 Apr 2018Private Equity Investment Secured - Refurbishing Head Office - Plan to Grow Branch Network through AcquisitionsHuws Gray, the Anglesey-headquartered building supplies company which operates from 57 trading locations and employs almost 800 staff, has secured backing from Inflexion Private Equity. The business, which plans to grow its branch network and invest in existing locations, will continue to be majority owned and led by the existing management team. Huws Gray will use the funding to refurbish its head office and make further acquisitions in 2018, after it recently acquired Penrith Building Supplies, it's first purchase in the Cumbria area. The company, led by Managing Director Terry Owen, has stores across North and Mid Wales, the Midlands, the North West of England and Yorkshire.
Huws Gray Limited
148m20m65127
120 Apr 2018New Store - 12 Jobs Created - Business ExpansionGreggs PLC, a retailer of freshly baked produce, is creating 12 jobs by opening a new store in Upminster, London.
Greggs PLC
894m73m16,8001,800
123 Apr 2018New Rhyl Store - 10 New Jobs - Business GrowthGreggs, the national baked goods retailer, has opened a new shop in Rhyl, North Wales, creating 10 new jobs. The company generates turnover of 894 million.
Greggs PLC
894m73m16,8001,800
23 Apr 2018New Bedfordshire Distribution Centre - 400 New Jobs - 1,000 UK Stores by 2022Aldi, the supermarket retailer, is to open a new 82,000 sq m distribution centre in Elstow, Bedfordshire, creating 400 new jobs in the area. The company has the long-term ambition of operating 1,000 UK stores by 2022. Matthew Barnes is Chief Executive Officer of Aldi UK.
Aldi Stores Limited
8,744m211m30,116620
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Healthcare Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Apr 2018New Derby Development - 840 Jobs Expected - Business GrowthRedrow Homes, the national housebuilder, is to construct a 350-home development in Mickleover near Derby, creating 840 jobs. The site will incorporate a new primary school, public open space, children's play areas and doctor's surgery. Mary Timlin is Sales Director for Redrow Homes East Midlands.
Redrow Homes Limited
1,663m318m2,07615
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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 20186.5 million Investment Secured - Doubling Operations by 2023 - New Locations in PipelineKids Planet, the North West-based nursery group, has secured a 6.5 million investment from the BGF as part of plans to double the size of its operations by 2023. The company provides nursery care and education to about 3,000 children. Since opening its first two nurseries in Warrington and Widnes, the operator has grown both organically and through the acquisition of several nurseries to become one of largest businesses of its kind in the region. BGF initially invested 10 million into Kids Planet in 2016 to support acquisitions and nursery fit-outs. Since then, it has expanded from 17 to 23 sites. It has a number of new locations in the pipeline including developments in Great Sankey, Hoylake, Manchester city centre and EllenBrook. Clare Roberts is Chief Executive of Kids Planet.
Kids Planet Day Nurseries Limited
13m2m5881
124 Apr 2018New Lisburn Facility - Refurbishing Dundonald Site - 1.25 million Invested in Total - 30 New JobsClear Day Nurseries, the Northern Irish childcare provider, is opening a new 1 million facility in Lisburn, creating 30 new jobs. The company, which has 170 staff and operates 6 other units, is also refurbishing the Little Gems Day Nursery in Dundonald in a 250,000 investment. Clear Day Nurseries' Operations Manager is Audrey McCracken.
Clear Day Nurseries
6
23 Apr 2018New Derby Development - 840 Jobs Expected - Business GrowthRedrow Homes, the national housebuilder, is to construct a 350-home development in Mickleover near Derby, creating 840 jobs. The site will incorporate a new primary school, public open space, children's play areas and doctor's surgery. Mary Timlin is Sales Director for Redrow Homes East Midlands.
Redrow Homes Limited
1,663m318m2,07615
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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
125 Apr 2018New Wiltshire Site - 5,511 Sq Ft - Jobs Expected - Business ExpansionEasy Jose Coffee, the coffee shop chain, is expanding after agreeing a ten-year lease on new 5,511 sq ft premises in Westbury, Wiltshire. A coffee training school is planned at the new site, with new jobs expected. The company was founded in 2010 by Jos Melim.
Easy Jose Coffee Ltd
1
123 Apr 2018New West Yorkshire Branch - 15 New Jobs - Business GrowthCosta, the national coffee shop chain with turnover of 886 million, is opening a new branch in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, with 15 new jobs expected. The new outlet will be the company's 7th in the town.
Costa Ltd
886m90m11,0933,500
23 Apr 2018New Rhyl Store - 10 New Jobs - Business GrowthGreggs, the national baked goods retailer, has opened a new shop in Rhyl, North Wales, creating 10 new jobs. The company generates turnover of 894 million.
Greggs PLC
894m73m16,8001,800
123 Apr 2018New Milton Keynes Nightclub - 40 New Jobs - 500,000 Investment - Business GrowthStonegate Pub Company Limited is to launch its new Popworld nightclub in Milton Keynes in a 500,000 investment, creating 40 jobs. The company employs around 14,000 staff and operates 692 premises over two divisions, 25 of which are Popworld nightclubs.
Stonegate Pub Company Limited
643m19m12,864690
123 Apr 2018New Edinburgh Restaurant - 70 New Jobs - Expansion into East ScotlandBuzzworks, the Scottish hospitality group, is to recruit more than 70 team members its new Scotts Bar & Restaurant at Port Edgar Marina in Edinburgh. The site will be the company's first venture in the east of Scotland. Buzzworks Holdings, which currently manages 10 venues in Scotland, is led by Managing Director Kenny Blair.
Buzzworks Holdings Limited
15m1m43811
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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
120 Apr 2018Airport Expansion - 200 million Development - 600 New Jobs - Plan includes Hotel & OfficesCranfield University is expanding its airport in a 200 million development which will create 600 jobs. The expansion will help the university realise its ambition to develop a state-of-the-art airport for private jets and help maintain the facility for its research objectives. The plans include new aircraft hangars and an associated business terminal, new office space, a hotel and various upgrade works within the airport. Rob Abbott is Director of Aviation Operations at Cranfield University.
Cranfield University
1
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Growth

Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Apr 2018Food Wholesale & Distribution - SE England - Continued Growth - 49% Turnover GrowthFresh Fruit wholesalers and distributors, Premier Fruits, continues to expand sales with a growth of c17m since 2011. The company, based in London, has also increases its staff numbers from 54 to 224 in its latest fiscal year. Premier Fruits is led by Managing Director Richard Hickson.
Premier Fruits (Covent Garden) Limited
53m2m2246
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Land & Building Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Apr 2018New Road Project - Access to Yorkshire Site - Potential for 1,000 New JobsSterling Capitol, the West Yorkshire-based property development and investment company, is to construct a new road at Capitol Park in Goole, Yorkshire. The project will allow access to a 32-acre site, providing opportunities for new businesses to open in the enterprise zone, with potential for 500,000 sq ft of warehousing space and 1,000 new jobs. The company is led by Director Mike Heydecke.
Sterling Capitol Plc
5m1m73
26 Apr 2018Food/Beverage Industry - Suffolk (March 2018) - 35million Expansion & Relocation - Continued GrowthTreatt plc are relocating and expanding their global headquarters to a new 10-acre site within the Enterprise Zone at Suffolk Park in Bury St. Edmunds. Treatt is a long-established company which moved to Bury St Edmunds in the early 1970s. The company employs almost 200 staff at the UK site and supplies customers across the globe. The estimated 35 million investment in the new site will enable the company to have facilities which are fit for purpose for the future. The company has seen huge growth in the 10 years between 2007 and 2017, with turnover rising from c38m to over 100m and profits quadrupling from just over 3m to over 13m in the same period.
Treatt Plc
110m14m3313
24 Apr 2018Acquiring Newton Abbot Land - Key Employer to Relocate - Potential Job OpportunitiesTeignbridge District Council, based in Devon, is to acquire land in Newton Abbot. The land will be let to a key employer in the town, who will relocate to safeguard jobs for local people and create future employment opportunities.
Teignbridge District Council
1
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Overseas Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Apr 2018Relocating to Poole - New 5.5 million Site - Rising International SalesDorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based business with 115 staff, is to relocate its factory to a custom-built 5.5 million site in Poole. The company, which was acquired from Wellness Foods in 2014 by the Jordans and Ryvita Company, part of Associated British Foods, has experienced rapid growth with 40% of sales now made internationally. Andy Prudence is Site Manager at Dorset Cereals.
Dorset Cereals Limited
1
25 Apr 2018Pet Food Industry - East Midlands - 26% Growth in Sales - Focus on Export DevelopmentNottingham based, Armitage Pet Care, recently won 3rd place (Highly Commended) as Exporter of the Year. The business identified a key reason for the award was the focus on export development over the past couple of years leading to a sales increase of 26% in 2016/2017 and increasing the number of countries supplied from 26 to 33 (48%). The business reported a sales turnover of over 40m during 2016/17 from 33m the previous year.
Armitages Pet Products Limited
43m7m1331
25 Apr 2018New Contract Secured - First Work in Holland and UK Mainland - Rapid Business GrowthBM Steel, the Northern Irish-based steel fabrication company, has secured its first business in Holland and on the UK mainland, estimated to be worth 800,000 in its first year. The contract is a joint venture with GB structural engineering business JB Towers to supply the company's products to DAEL Telecomm to service the Dutch and British telecom markets. Since 2017, the company has doubled its workforce and almost trebled its turnover, thanks to its export strategy. Mike Mathers is Director of BM Steel.
B M Steel Fabrications Limited
2
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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 20189.5 million Funding Secured - 30 New Jobs - Acquisition Plans - Business ExpansionInternet Fusion, the Lincolnshire-based e-commerce business, has secured a 9.5 million finance package from HSBC. The firm will use the cash to make acquisitions, increase revenue by a third and create 30 new jobs. The online retail company, which sells everything from equestrian equipment to Seasonal Affective Disorder light products, operates 12 separate websites. The firm, founded in 2002, employs 250 staff. Martin Brailsford is Chief Executive at Internet Fusion.
Internet Fusion Limited
13m0.6m1
19 Apr 2018Pharmaceutical Industry - Northern Ireland - Growth in Turnover - Significant Asset ReductionNicobrand Ltd, a Northern Ireland based manufacturer of pharmaceutical nicotine products continues to demonstrate a growth in turnover with a 65% rise between 2015 and 2016 whilst at the same time reducing their tangible assets by over 17m.
Nicobrand Limited
11m5m281
26 Apr 2018Pet Food Industry - East Midlands - 26% Growth in Sales - Focus on Export DevelopmentNottingham based, Armitage Pet Care, recently won 3rd place (Highly Commended) as Exporter of the Year. The business identified a key reason for the award was the focus on export development over the past couple of years leading to a sales increase of 26% in 2016/2017 and increasing the number of countries supplied from 26 to 33 (a 48% increase). The business achieved a sales turnover of over 40m during 2016/17, up from 33m the previous year.
Armitages Pet Products Limited
43m7m1331
25 Apr 2018New IT Director - Plan to Double Turnover - Busines GrowthCommercial, the Cheltenham-headquartered business services company with turnover of 50.5 million, has appointed Richard Blundell as its new IT Services Divisional Director. Commercial employs 300 people, 70 of whom work in IT services, and Blundell expects to double the division's turnover by 2020.
Commercial Corporate Services Limited
50m1m2832
25 Apr 2018New Contract Secured - First Work in Holland and UK Mainland - Rapid Business GrowthBM Steel, the Northern Irish-based steel fabrication company, has secured its first business in Holland and on the UK mainland, estimated to be worth 800,000 in its first year. The contract is a joint venture with GB structural engineering business JB Towers to supply the company's products to DAEL Telecomm to service the Dutch and British telecom markets. Since 2017, the company has doubled its workforce and almost trebled its turnover, thanks to its export strategy. Mike Mathers is Director of BM Steel.
B M Steel Fabrications Limited
2
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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Apr 2018Profits Increased - Investing in Product - International Growth PlansSeabrook Crisps Limited, a manufacturer and supplier of potato crisps, has grown its profits pre-tax profit to 4.72m from 4m. This follows 23.5m refinance provided by Apera Capital in December 2017, which has supported growth plans, increased capacity and reduce costs. The company, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, is also investing in its international growth and product development.
Seabrook Crisps Limited
25m4m1342
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Cost of Sales Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 2018Pet Food Industry - East Midlands - 26% Growth in Sales - Focus on Export DevelopmentNottingham based, Armitage Pet Care, recently won 3rd place (Highly Commended) as Exporter of the Year. The business identified a key reason for the award was the focus on export development over the past couple of years leading to a sales increase of 26% in 2016/2017 and increasing the number of countries supplied from 26 to 33 (48%). The business reported a sales turnover of over 40m during 2016/17 from 33m the previous year.
Armitages Pet Products Limited
43m7m1331
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Number of Employees Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 2018New Contract Secured - First Work in Holland and UK Mainland - Rapid Business GrowthBM Steel, the Northern Irish-based steel fabrication company, has secured its first business in Holland and on the UK mainland, estimated to be worth 800,000 in its first year. The contract is a joint venture with GB structural engineering business JB Towers to supply the company's products to DAEL Telecomm to service the Dutch and British telecom markets. Since 2017, the company has doubled its workforce and almost trebled its turnover, thanks to its export strategy. Mike Mathers is Director of BM Steel.
B M Steel Fabrications Limited
2
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Apr 2018Partnership with CollectPlus - New Click and Collect Service - Online ExpansionHolland & Barrett, the UK and Ireland's leading health food chain, has partnered with CollectPlus, the store-based delivery and returns service, to offer Click & Collect and Returns services at over 7,000 CollectPlus stores nationwide. The deal forms part of plans to expand Holland & Barrett's online offering. Geoff Shucksmith is Supply Chain & Logistics Director at Holland & Barrett.
Holland & Barrett Retail Limited
444m108m4,8001,300
20 Apr 2018New Packaging and Marketing - Contract Awarded to Brand Design Agency - Business GrowthButchers Pet Care, the Northamptonshire-based dog food maker, has introduced new packaging and digital marketing for its dog food range. Butcher's created the first grain free super food for dogs back in 1987 and since then the iconic tripe has become a UK market leader. Rachel Collinson is General Manager, Food for Dogs at Butcher's Pet Care.
Butchers Pet Care Limited
1
24 Apr 2018New Jobs - Growing Cloud Accounting Team - Partnership with Xero - Business ExpansionHayward Wright, the accountancy firm with offices in Worcester, Redditch and Solihull, is to create 13 jobs as part of plans to grow its cloud accounting team. The company has become a Platinum partner with cloud-based accounting platform Xero, which is one of the world leaders in its field, putting Hayward Wright in the top 2% of Xero's UK partners. The firm plans to double its number of clients from 200 to 400 by 2020, with a focus on securing business from academy schools. Alistair Hayward-Wright is Hayward Wright Accountancy Group's Managing Director.
Hayward Wright Limited
3
25 Apr 2018New Contract Secured - First Work in Holland and UK Mainland - Rapid Business GrowthBM Steel, the Northern Irish-based steel fabrication company, has secured its first business in Holland and on the UK mainland, estimated to be worth 800,000 in its first year. The contract is a joint venture with GB structural engineering business JB Towers to supply the company's products to DAEL Telecomm to service the Dutch and British telecom markets. Since 2017, the company has doubled its workforce and almost trebled its turnover, thanks to its export strategy. Mike Mathers is Director of BM Steel.
B M Steel Fabrications Limited
2
23 Apr 2018Expanding Across East Midlands - Contract with Major Banking Firm - Business GrowthHarper Recruitment Group, based in Nottingham, has ambitious plans to expand its presence across the East Midlands. The company has also secured work with a major banking firm to recruit for 50 new customer services jobs in Nottingham. Harper Recruitment's Divisional Manager is Rebecca Spicer.
Harper Recruitment Limited
1
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Awards

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Apr 2018Food Sourcing/Distribution - North West England - Fastest Growth - Investment in Distribution and staffingLancashire based fresh food sourcing and distribution company, Wellocks, is currently one of the fastest growing 1000 companies in the UK. The company has achieved sustained growth from about 32 million in 2014 to over 50 million in 2017. Building on their trusted reputation and expansion prospects, a further substantial investment in the the distribution fleet is now underway, along with a recruitment drive. James Wellock is the Managing Director of the business.
Richard Wellock & Sons Limited
55m3m4311
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 20189.5 million Funding Secured - 30 New Jobs - Acquisition Plans - Business ExpansionInternet Fusion, the Lincolnshire-based e-commerce business, has secured a 9.5 million finance package from HSBC. The firm will use the cash to make acquisitions, increase revenue by a third and create 30 new jobs. The online retail company, which sells everything from equestrian equipment to Seasonal Affective Disorder light products, operates 12 separate websites. The firm, founded in 2002, employs 250 staff. Martin Brailsford is Chief Executive at Internet Fusion.
Internet Fusion Limited
13m0.6m1
19 Apr 2018Reopening Cornwall Tin Mine - 300 Jobs Expected - Plan to List on Stock ExchangeStrongbow Exploration, the international mineral exploration firm, is to reopen a tin mine in Cornwall with 300 jobs expected. The company, which plans to list on the London Stock Exchange in June 2018, will reopen the South Crofty mine in Camborne by 2021 and expects to supply up to 1.5% of the world's tin, generating revenues of up to 77 million a year. Strongbow Exploration is led by Chief Executive Richard Williams.
Strongbow Exploration (UK) Limited
1
25 Apr 2018Private Equity Investment Secured - Refurbishing Head Office - Plan to Grow Branch Network through AcquisitionsHuws Gray, the Anglesey-headquartered building supplies company which operates from 57 trading locations and employs almost 800 staff, has secured backing from Inflexion Private Equity. The business, which plans to grow its branch network and invest in existing locations, will continue to be majority owned and led by the existing management team. Huws Gray will use the funding to refurbish its head office and make further acquisitions in 2018, after it recently acquired Penrith Building Supplies, it's first purchase in the Cumbria area. The company, led by Managing Director Terry Owen, has stores across North and Mid Wales, the Midlands, the North West of England and Yorkshire.
Huws Gray Limited
148m20m65127
25 Apr 2018Merger with Diversey - Creates 170 million Turnover Firm - Business Review PlannedZenith Hygiene, the Hertfordshire-headquartered cleaning and hygiene products manufacturer, has merged with Diversey to create a 170 million turnover company. The move comes after Bain Capital's acquisition of Zenith in October 2017. Bain Capital acquired Diversey in September 2017. The combined group will employ about 1,000 staff across the UK and Ireland. A review of the business will now be conducted alongside Bain Capital and Diversey's legal team. Zenith's Founder and Chief Executive is Ringo Francis.
Zenith Hygiene Group Plc
67m2m4587
25 Apr 2018Kent Firm Acquired - Offering Expanded - Business GrowthThe Broker Network, the Yorkshire-headquartered insurance firm, has acquired Kent-based Weald Insurance Brokers, which specialises in commercial risks, fleet and motor insurance and employs over 40 staff. The purchase allows The Broker Network, which generates 10 million in turnover firm and employs over 140 staff, to expand its offering.
The Broker Network Limited
10m1m1442
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Budgets & Expenditure

IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 2018New IT Director - Plan to Double Turnover - Busines GrowthCommercial, the Cheltenham-headquartered business services company with turnover of 50.5 million, has appointed Richard Blundell as its new IT Services Divisional Director. Commercial employs 300 people, 70 of whom work in IT services, and Blundell expects to double the division's turnover by 2020.
Commercial Corporate Services Limited
50m1m2832
23 Apr 201849 Branches to Close - 1,230 Jobs Lost - 925 Roles Created Elsewhere - 3 billion Technology InvestmentLloyds Banking Group, the national banking and financial services firm, is to shut 49 Lloyds and Halifax branches across the country, with 1,230 jobs lost. The group is creating 925 roles elsewhere in the business as part of a 3 billion investment in technology and training, taking the overall job losses to 305, and will expand its mobile branch network by another seven to 36 to help offset the branch closures.
Lloyds Banking Group PLC
48,313m80,4182,300
23 Apr 201830 New Jobs - Opening 2nd Office - New Website - Business ExpansionBidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Limited, the Derbyshire-based legal costs company, is to create 30 jobs as part of its plans for expansion. The firm will also be launching a new training programme in conjunction with opening its second office in May 2018, and is also investing in technology and a new website. Rebecca Bidwell is Director at Bidwell Henderson.
Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Limited
1
26 Apr 2018150 New Technology Jobs - Based in Milton Keynes and London - Business GrowthArgos, the national retailer, is recruiting 150 permanent technology and digital specialists who can support its growing digital business. Argos develops its own technology, and the new roles range from graduate right up to principal level and include software development engineers, software engineering managers, machine learning engineers, Big Data engineers and product managers. The jobs will be based at the Argos head office here in Milton Keynes and its technology hub in London. John Rogers is Chief Executive Officer at Argos.
Argos Limited
4,286m-1.6m28,139747
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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Apr 2018New Packaging and Marketing - Contract Awarded to Brand Design Agency - Business GrowthButchers Pet Care, the Northamptonshire-based dog food maker, has introduced new packaging and digital marketing for its dog food range. Butcher's created the first grain free super food for dogs back in 1987 and since then the iconic tripe has become a UK market leader. Rachel Collinson is General Manager, Food for Dogs at Butcher's Pet Care.
Butchers Pet Care Limited
1
24 Apr 2018Executive Appointed - New Chief Commercial Officer - Chief Marketing Officer DepartsPladis Foods, the global confectionery and biscuit manufacturer, has appointed Dmitry Ivanov to the newly created global position of Chief Commercial Officer. Ivanov, who will also join the executive committee, will bring together the global marketing, digital and research and development teams to align them with a consumer-centric, commercial focus. Lale Saral Develioglu, Chief Marketing Officer, has left the business to pursue other endeavours.
Pladis Foods Limited
1,434m168m7,4177
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Companies Receiving Investment

Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 20189.5 million Funding Secured - 30 New Jobs - Acquisition Plans - Business ExpansionInternet Fusion, the Lincolnshire-based e-commerce business, has secured a 9.5 million finance package from HSBC. The firm will use the cash to make acquisitions, increase revenue by a third and create 30 new jobs. The online retail company, which sells everything from equestrian equipment to Seasonal Affective Disorder light products, operates 12 separate websites. The firm, founded in 2002, employs 250 staff. Martin Brailsford is Chief Executive at Internet Fusion.
Internet Fusion Limited
13m0.6m1
25 Apr 20186.5 million Investment Secured - Doubling Operations by 2023 - New Locations in PipelineKids Planet, the North West-based nursery group, has secured a 6.5 million investment from the BGF as part of plans to double the size of its operations by 2023. The company provides nursery care and education to about 3,000 children. Since opening its first two nurseries in Warrington and Widnes, the operator has grown both organically and through the acquisition of several nurseries to become one of largest businesses of its kind in the region. BGF initially invested 10 million into Kids Planet in 2016 to support acquisitions and nursery fit-outs. Since then, it has expanded from 17 to 23 sites. It has a number of new locations in the pipeline including developments in Great Sankey, Hoylake, Manchester city centre and EllenBrook. Clare Roberts is Chief Executive of Kids Planet.
Kids Planet Day Nurseries Limited
13m2m5881
25 Apr 2018Private Equity Investment Secured - Refurbishing Head Office - Plan to Grow Branch Network through AcquisitionsHuws Gray, the Anglesey-headquartered building supplies company which operates from 57 trading locations and employs almost 800 staff, has secured backing from Inflexion Private Equity. The business, which plans to grow its branch network and invest in existing locations, will continue to be majority owned and led by the existing management team. Huws Gray will use the funding to refurbish its head office and make further acquisitions in 2018, after it recently acquired Penrith Building Supplies, it's first purchase in the Cumbria area. The company, led by Managing Director Terry Owen, has stores across North and Mid Wales, the Midlands, the North West of England and Yorkshire.
Huws Gray Limited
148m20m65127
19 Apr 2018New Product Launched - 80,000 Funding Sought - Business GrowthHuman Food, the Welsh manufacturer of organic daily nutrition bars, has launched its product to market as the world's first meal replacement to be made of 100% natural ingredients. The firm is currently seeking 80,000 in Kickstarter funding to get full scale production up and running. Human Food is led by Founder Ky Wright.
Human Food Coop Ltd
1
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Performance & Profits

Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Apr 2018Beverages Industry - South Wales - Continued Plant InvestmentSpring Water producers Princes Gate have continued to invest in facilities and machinery since adding 2m to their investment of c10m in 2015 to just over c12m in 2016. Despite this, they have seen a -2.35% falls in their profit margins.
Princes Gate Spring Water
15m0.7m461
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Apr 20186.5 million Investment Secured - Doubling Operations by 2023 - New Locations in PipelineKids Planet, the North West-based nursery group, has secured a 6.5 million investment from the BGF as part of plans to double the size of its operations by 2023. The company provides nursery care and education to about 3,000 children. Since opening its first two nurseries in Warrington and Widnes, the operator has grown both organically and through the acquisition of several nurseries to become one of largest businesses of its kind in the region. BGF initially invested 10 million into Kids Planet in 2016 to support acquisitions and nursery fit-outs. Since then, it has expanded from 17 to 23 sites. It has a number of new locations in the pipeline including developments in Great Sankey, Hoylake, Manchester city centre and EllenBrook. Clare Roberts is Chief Executive of Kids Planet.
Kids Planet Day Nurseries Limited
13m2m5881
23 Apr 2018Transferring Work to Italy - County Durham Workload Full - No Jobs at RiskHitachi Rail Europe, the Japanese transport firm, is to transfer work from its County Durham factory to Italy as a result of an increased workload. The firm was due to make a new fleet of intercity trains for Transpennine Express at its plant in Newton Aycliffe. However, these trains will now be built at Pistoia, Tuscany as the production line at Aycliffe will be full in 2019. No jobs are at risk.
Hitachi Rail Europe Limited
574m6m48010
24 Apr 2018Roxburghshire Store Refurbished - New Jobs Created - Business GrowthLidl, the supermarket retailer with turnover of around 419 million, has refurbished its store in Kelso, Roxburghshire, creating 5 new jobs. The company employs over 19,000 UK staff.
Lidl Limited
419m20,000725
19 Apr 2018Reopening Cornwall Tin Mine - 300 Jobs Expected - Plan to List on Stock ExchangeStrongbow Exploration, the international mineral exploration firm, is to reopen a tin mine in Cornwall with 300 jobs expected. The company, which plans to list on the London Stock Exchange in June 2018, will reopen the South Crofty mine in Camborne by 2021 and expects to supply up to 1.5% of the world's tin, generating revenues of up to 77 million a year. Strongbow Exploration is led by Chief Executive Richard Williams.
Strongbow Exploration (UK) Limited
1
23 Apr 2018Relocating to Rotherham - 2.5 million Extension - 20 New Jobs - Tripling CapacityX-Cel Superturn, a Sheffield-based manufacturer of machined components, is to relocate all of its operations to Rotherham, with 20 jobs expected, under plans for a 2.5 million extension and new building. The company will triple its coating capacity in 2018 and is creating roles in coating, machinery and quality, with further jobs for apprentices. The current Sheffield site will be sold in a bid for greater efficiency. X-Cel Superturn's Group Commercial Director is David Barton-Phillips.
X-Cel Superturn (Gb) Limited
14m0.0m1294
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Apr 2018Workforce Reduction in Newcastle - 120 Jobs Cut - Challenging Energy MarketSiemens, the international engineering and technology firm with UK headquarters in Surrey, is to cut 120 jobs within its Power Generation Services and Power and Gas UK & Ireland division in Newcastle. The company will reduce its workforce to protect the future of the business as a result of the challenging energy market. The job losses represent more than a fifth of the site's 500-strong workforce. Darren Davidson is Managing Director at Siemens.
Siemens Plc
1,939m214m5,72046
24 Apr 2018Recruiting New Staff - Expanding Stainless Steel Fabrication - Night Shift Introduced - Business GrowthKMF, the precision sheet metal engineering firm, is recruiting 6 new welding staff following a 500,000 investment in its new purpose-built manufacturing facility. The company is now looking to expand its stainless steel fabrication operations, and has introduced a night shift at the new premises. Nadine Rowley is Head of Marketing and PR at KMF.
K.M.F. (Precision Sheet Metal) Limited
31m2m3352
20 Apr 2018Partnership with CollectPlus - New Click and Collect Service - Online ExpansionHolland & Barrett, the UK and Ireland's leading health food chain, has partnered with CollectPlus, the store-based delivery and returns service, to offer Click & Collect and Returns services at over 7,000 CollectPlus stores nationwide. The deal forms part of plans to expand Holland & Barrett's online offering. Geoff Shucksmith is Supply Chain & Logistics Director at Holland & Barrett.
Holland & Barrett Retail Limited
444m108m4,8001,300
19 Apr 2018New Product Launched - 80,000 Funding Sought - Business GrowthHuman Food, the Welsh manufacturer of organic daily nutrition bars, has launched its product to market as the world's first meal replacement to be made of 100% natural ingredients. The firm is currently seeking 80,000 in Kickstarter funding to get full scale production up and running. Human Food is led by Founder Ky Wright.
Human Food Coop Ltd
1
20 Apr 2018New Packaging and Marketing - Contract Awarded to Brand Design Agency - Business GrowthButchers Pet Care, the Northamptonshire-based dog food maker, has introduced new packaging and digital marketing for its dog food range. Butcher's created the first grain free super food for dogs back in 1987 and since then the iconic tripe has become a UK market leader. Rachel Collinson is General Manager, Food for Dogs at Butcher's Pet Care.
Butchers Pet Care Limited
1
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Hot Topic

Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Apr 2018Partnership with CollectPlus - New Click and Collect Service - Online ExpansionHolland & Barrett, the UK and Ireland's leading health food chain, has partnered with CollectPlus, the store-based delivery and returns service, to offer Click & Collect and Returns services at over 7,000 CollectPlus stores nationwide. The deal forms part of plans to expand Holland & Barrett's online offering. Geoff Shucksmith is Supply Chain & Logistics Director at Holland & Barrett.
Holland & Barrett Retail Limited
444m108m4,8001,300
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Apr 2018Relocating to Poole - New 5.5 million Site - Rising International SalesDorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based business with 115 staff, is to relocate its factory to a custom-built 5.5 million site in Poole. The company, which was acquired from Wellness Foods in 2014 by the Jordans and Ryvita Company, part of Associated British Foods, has experienced rapid growth with 40% of sales now made internationally. Andy Prudence is Site Manager at Dorset Cereals.
Dorset Cereals Limited
1
23 Apr 2018Plan to Cut Hundreds of Jobs - Reducing Production at Sunderland PlantNissan, the vehicle manufacturer, is to cut hundreds of jobs at its plant in Sunderland. Some 7,000 staff work at the plant with thousands of other people employed by suppliers. The company will reduce production after the collapse in sales of diesel cars in Britain with new car sales falling by almost 6%.
Nissan Motor (GB) Limited
2,508m35m201205
20 Apr 2018Food Wholesale & Distribution - SE England - Continued Growth - 49% Turnover GrowthFresh Fruit wholesalers and distributors, Premier Fruits, continues to expand sales with a growth of c17m since 2011. The company, based in London, has also increases its staff numbers from 54 to 224 in its latest fiscal year. Premier Fruits is led by Managing Director Richard Hickson.
Premier Fruits (Covent Garden) Limited
53m2m2246
19 Apr 2018Food Industry - Norfolk - 100m growth in 6 years - 200 Jobs CreatedPoultry processing and distribution firm, Banham Poultry Ltd, have continued to see sales grow from just over 90m in 2011 to over 190m in 2017. This follows the contract to supply supermarket chain Morrisons in 2014 which also helped to create 200 new jobs at its plant in Attleborough.
Banham Poultry Limited
192m0.8m9061
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Cloud Computing & Virtualisation

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Apr 2018New Jobs - Growing Cloud Accounting Team - Partnership with Xero - Business ExpansionHayward Wright, the accountancy firm with offices in Worcester, Redditch and Solihull, is to create 13 jobs as part of plans to grow its cloud accounting team. The company has become a Platinum partner with cloud-based accounting platform Xero, which is one of the world leaders in its field, putting Hayward Wright in the top 2% of Xero's UK partners. The firm plans to double its number of clients from 200 to 400 by 2020, with a focus on securing business from academy schools. Alistair Hayward-Wright is Hayward Wright Accountancy Group's Managing Director.
Hayward Wright Limited
3
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Apr 2018Relocating to Poole - New 5.5 million Site - Rising International SalesDorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based business with 115 staff, is to relocate its factory to a custom-built 5.5 million site in Poole. The company, which was acquired from Wellness Foods in 2014 by the Jordans and Ryvita Company, part of Associated British Foods, has experienced rapid growth with 40% of sales now made internationally. Andy Prudence is Site Manager at Dorset Cereals.
Dorset Cereals Limited
1
25 Apr 2018New Contract Secured - First Work in Holland and UK Mainland - Rapid Business GrowthBM Steel, the Northern Irish-based steel fabrication company, has secured its first business in Holland and on the UK mainland, estimated to be worth 800,000 in its first year. The contract is a joint venture with GB structural engineering business JB Towers to supply the company's products to DAEL Telecomm to service the Dutch and British telecom markets. Since 2017, the company has doubled its workforce and almost trebled its turnover, thanks to its export strategy. Mike Mathers is Director of BM Steel.
B M Steel Fabrications Limited
2
23 Apr 2018New 40,000 Sq Ft Unit - New Clean Room Facility - 50 New Jobs - International ExpansionSPI Lasers UK, the Southampton-based fibre laser manufacturer with over 300 staff, is to expand into a new unit at Wellington Park, creating 50 new jobs. The new site will add 40,000 sq ft of office and product development space, meeting rooms and a staff canteen, as well as another 20,000 sq ft production clean room facility. The company's expansion plan includes increasing its presence in the US and Asia. Dr Mark Greenwood is CEO at SPI Lasers.
SPI Lasers Plc
-0.0m3003
23 Apr 2018Contract Taken Over by US Firm - 300 Jobs SecuredAspire Defence, teh company set up in 2006 by Carillion and US firm KBR to look after new homes and bases for the British Army, has been taken over by KBR after Carillion entered liquidation. The move secures the jobs of around 300 people in total working on the Aspire contract. Stuart Bradie is CEO and President of KBR.
Aspire Defence Limited
289m21m131
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