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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
317 Nov 2017£97,650 Funding Secured - New Products - Jobs Created - International ExpansionVitesse Global. the Leicestershire-based automotive business, has secured £97,650 from the University of Derby's Invest to Grow programme. The company will use the funding to develop new products and forge new international relationships, with its products already being sold in Dubai, France and New Zealand. 3 jobs have also been created to accommodate the company's growth.
Vitesse Global Limited
1017 Nov 2017£1m Machinery Investment - Imported from Japan - New Jobs - New Products - Business GrowthIG Design, the Wales-based wrapping paper manufacturer, has made a £1m investment in new machinery and is creating 10 jobs as part of plans to diversify its product offering. The new equipment has been imported from Japan and is the result of a partnership with Cardiff-based firm CCS McLays, which supplies retailers with bespoke retail packaging supplies and goods not for resale. IG Design Group generates turnover of £311m and currently employs 2,106 staff.
IG Design Group Plc
£311m£14m2,1062
5216 Nov 2017£100m Investment Plan - Developing New Products - Upgrading 3 Shropshire Sites - 52 New JobsMüller, the Glasgow-headquartered dairy processor, is to invest £100m in its UK yogurt and desserts business by 2021, as part of plans to develop new branded and own-label products. The company will upgrade capacity and capabilities at its three sites in Shropshire, which includes doubling the size of its Telford facility, adding 8.46 hectares, in a £40m investment which will create 52 jobs. The firm will also increase its marketing spend by 25% before 2021. Muller Wiseman Dairies employs 4,926 staff.
Muller Wiseman Dairies Limited
4,9267
14 Nov 2017UK Business Launch - New Office in Birmingham - Jobs Expected - Director AppointedBurns & McDonnell, the US-headquartered engineering and construction firm, has opened its first UK office in Birmingham. New jobs are expected. To facilitate the launch, the company has appointed Jeff Casey as UK Business Development Director. Burns & McDonnell's UK business is led by Managing Director Jonathan Chapman.
Burns & McDonnell Europe (UK) Limited
1
4014 Nov 2017Spending Reduction Plans - 40 Jobs Lost - £13m Savings SoughtNewcastle City Council is to cut 40 jobs as part of plans to save £13.3m. By 2020, the council will have reduced its budget by £282m over a decade, and since 2010 has cut 2,500 jobs. Newcastle City Council is led by Councillor Nick Forbes.
Newcastle City Council
23
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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
114 Nov 2017UK Business Launch - New Office in Birmingham - Jobs Expected - Director AppointedBurns & McDonnell, the US-headquartered engineering and construction firm, has opened its first UK office in Birmingham. New jobs are expected. To facilitate the launch, the company has appointed Jeff Casey as UK Business Development Director. Burns & McDonnell's UK business is led by Managing Director Jonathan Chapman.
Burns & McDonnell Europe (UK) Limited
1
220 Nov 2017Slight Profit Growth Expected - 2 Claims to Cost £40m - Management Restructure - 2 Directors DepartGKN, the West Midlands-headquartered engineering group, expects its 2017 profits to increase only slightly on the £658m earned in 2016, as a result of 2 external claims expected to incur costs of £40m. The company has also failed to improve productivity in its North American aerospace business. In addition, a management restructure is currently underway, with Chief Executive Nigel Stein to be replaced by Kevin Cummings, currently Head of Aersospace, and Finance Director Adam Walker departing the firm. GKN employs 58,000 people across 30 countries.
GKN Holdings Plc
£8,822m£335m51,38113
1114 Nov 2017Profit Expectations Decline by £15.2m - New Chairman - Investing in TechnologyPendragon, the national vehicle retailer, is expecting pre-tax profits of £60m in 2017, down from previous expectations of £75.2m. The company has altered its expectations as a result of weak consumer confidence and the consequent price correction in the used car market. The firm will now develop its software and online technologies, and has also appointed a new Chairman, Chris Chambers, who will replace Mel Egglenton. Pendragon Plc generates turnover of £4,537m.
Pendragon PLC
£4,537m£100m9,6531
117 Nov 2017New UK and Ireland Managing Director - Accelerating UK Growth - Business ExpansionPladis Foods, the global confectionery and biscuit manufacturer, has appointed former KP Snacks Chief Executive Nick Bunker as the new Managing Director of its UK & Ireland business. Bunker will be in charge of accelerating the growth of the firm's UK brands, including McVities and Jacobs, alongside expansion in other snacking categories. The company was created in 2016 by its parent, Yildiz Holdings, bringing together its biscuit, chocolate and confectionery businesses into one £3.85bn-turnover multinational firm.
Pladis Foods Limited
1
15 Nov 2017Management Buyout - Financial Backing Secured - Business ChangeEuropean Process Plant, the Surrey-based bakery equipment supplier, has undergone a management buyout, supported by financial backing from Allied Irish Bank. The buyout was led by Managing Director Steve Merritt and his team. The previous owners, Keith Stalker and Josie Mitchell, are taking a step back from the business but will provide ongoing support to the management team. EPP employs 22 staff and has a turnover of £6.45m.
European Process plant Limited
£6m£0.3m2210
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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017Outsourcing Telecommunicatons Infrastructure - Contract with NTL - £1.85m DealThe Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, headquartered in Glasgow, is to outsource its entire communications infrastructure to telecommunications firm NTL in a £1.85m deal. The association's 4 UK offices will be connected using NTL's Nationwide Ethernet, and NTL will also be responsible for its call charging. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' IT Director is Mark Devine.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
1
20 Nov 2017Outsourcing Division grows by 25% - 50 New Clients - New Jobs - International GrowthAnderson, Anderson & Brown, the Scottish accountancy firm, has increased fee income within its outsourcing division by 25% since 2016. The company secured 50 new clients over the period, with an increasing number of international clients. To accommodate its growth, the company has created 5 jobs and promoted 5 existing members of staff. Anderson, Anderson & Brown generates turnover of £16.3m and employs 169 staff.
Anderson Anderson & Brown Llp
£16m£3m1691
20 Nov 2017Executive Departure - Chief Operating Officer to Step DownSerco Group, the outsourcing firm, has accepted the resignation of its Chief Operating Officer Ed Casey. The company generates UK turnover of £1,270.7m and employs 43,176 staff.
Serco Group PLC
£3,011m£42m43,1761
20 Nov 2017Contract With Mail Technology Firm - Improved Efficiency - Reduced CostsOpus Trust Marketing, the Leicester-based outsourced communications company, has awarded a contract to mail and messaging technology specialist Pitney Bowes as part of its strategic development plans. The company has invested in Pitney Bowes' Pulse inserting system and 2 of its Epic multi format inserters, as well as signing up to its Early Adopters programme. Opus Trust expects the contract to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enable the company to adhere to regulatory deadlines. The firm generates turnover of £21.6m.
Opus Trust Marketing Limited
£22m£1m1611
20 Nov 2017Contract Awrded - Outsourcing Fleet Management - New Technologies - Business GrowthPinnacle Group, the London-based housing, property management and regeneration specialist, has outsourced the management of its 280-strong vehicle fleet to Glasgow-headquartered Fleet Alliance. The contract includes full maintenance and Fleet Alliance will also implement its cloud-based fleet management and reporting suite, e-Fleet, and introduce a telematics partner to increase compliance. The outsourcing plan was led by Procurement Manager Sarah Russell.
Pinnacle Group Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
116 Nov 2017£470k Funding Secured - New Berkshire Office - International Expansion - US Launch PlannedContent Calendr, the social media planning firm based in London, has secured £470k in funding. The company has now raised £1.1m from investors to date, and will use the funds to expand into international markets, with a US launch planned for 2018. The funding will also be used to invest in new technologies, sales and marketing. To support its growth, the company has opened a new UK office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and a technology hub in Poland.
Content Calendr Limited
1
14 Nov 2017User Numbers Tripled - Extra Office and Lab Space Taken On - Rapid Business GrowthCell Therapy Sciences, the Coventry-based veterinary sciences company, has tripled the size of its business since its launch in 2014. The company has increased the number of vets using its services from 30 to 100, and has taken on extra laboratory and office space at the University of Warwick Science Park. Cell Therapy Services is led by Science Director Dr Joanna Miller.
Cell Therapy Sciences Limited
1
114 Nov 2017UK Business Launch - New Office in Birmingham - Jobs Expected - Director AppointedBurns & McDonnell, the US-headquartered engineering and construction firm, has opened its first UK office in Birmingham. New jobs are expected. To facilitate the launch, the company has appointed Jeff Casey as UK Business Development Director. Burns & McDonnell's UK business is led by Managing Director Jonathan Chapman.
Burns & McDonnell Europe (UK) Limited
1
15 Nov 2017Relocating to New Wirral Head Office - 30,000 Sq Ft - Jobs Expected - International DemandEvoke Creative, the Merseyside-based manufacturer of interactive kiosks, is relocating to a new 30,000 sq ft head office on the Wirral and is expanding its team as a result of growing international demand. The company generates turnover of £1.25m and is led by Founder Dean Ward.
Evoke Creative Limited
1
1214 Nov 2017New £13m Headquarters - 140,000 Sq Ft - Staff to Relocate - 100 New Jobs - Business GrowthKimal, the Worcestershire-based medical device manufacturer is to relocate to new headquarters at the £120m Worcester Six business park, creating 100 new jobs. The new 140,000 sq ft headquarters will be constructed in a £13m investment. The company has outgrown its existing accommodation at Droitwich and Redditch, and employees at these 2 centres will be relocated to the new headquarters. The company will continue to operate at sites in Bromsgrove and Uxbridge. Kimal Plc generates turnover of £35.44m.
Kimal Plc
£35m£1m2503
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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£500k Biomass Boiler Investment - 5-year Renewable Energy Plan - Business GrowthBoardlink Group, the Flintshire-based specialist manufacturing company, has invested £500k in the installation of biomass boilers. The investment comes as part of the firm's 5 year plan to switch to sustainable and renewable energy. The company has installed the Fröling biomass boilers to fuel its 32,500 sq m site based in Hawarden, North Wales. Boardlink generates £22.5m in turnover and specialises in carton board sales, conversion and lamination, as well as the manufacturing of carton board ready-meal trays, paper plates and a wide range of catering and janitorial cloths.
Boardlink Group Limited
£0.9m£-0.2m55
16 Nov 2017£38m Investment in West Yorkshire Facility - Company Rebranded - Acquired by Australian FirmGreen Investment Group. the Edinburgh-headquartered banking firm, is to invest £38m in the construction of a 70MW waste-to-energy facility in West Yorkshire. The bank was rebranded as GIG after its acquisition by Australian bank Macquarie in August 2017. The investment is the bank's first under private ownership, and will support construction of Wheelabrator Tecnologies' Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 EfW plant, which is being developed as part of a 50:50 joint venture with SSE. The investment forms part of a wider £207m debt facility issued by a syndicate of lenders including MUFG, Investec Bank plc and Banco de Sabadell S.A. Green Investment Group generates turnover of £58.8m.
UK Green Investment Bank Plc
£59m1192
16 Nov 2017£100m Investment Plan - Developing New Products - Upgrading 3 Shropshire Sites - 52 New JobsMüller, the Glasgow-headquartered dairy processor, is to invest £100m in its UK yogurt and desserts business by 2021, as part of plans to develop new branded and own-label products. The company will upgrade capacity and capabilities at its three sites in Shropshire, which includes doubling the size of its Telford facility, adding 8.46 hectares, in a £40m investment which will create 52 jobs. The firm will also increase its marketing spend by 25% before 2021. Muller Wiseman Dairies employs 4,926 staff.
Muller Wiseman Dairies Limited
4,9267
14 Nov 2017User Numbers Tripled - Extra Office and Lab Space Taken On - Rapid Business GrowthCell Therapy Sciences, the Coventry-based veterinary sciences company, has tripled the size of its business since its launch in 2014. The company has increased the number of vets using its services from 30 to 100, and has taken on extra laboratory and office space at the University of Warwick Science Park. Cell Therapy Services is led by Science Director Dr Joanna Miller.
Cell Therapy Sciences Limited
1
15 Nov 2017Relocating Operations - New 43,500 Sq Ft Premises - Production Capacity Doubled - £1.7m Funding Secured - 15 New JobsGRH Food Company, the Gwynedd-based cheese processing firm. is doubling its production capacity in a £6.5m investment which is expected to create 15 jobs. The company is relocating to a new 43,500 sq ft facility at Snowdonia Business Park near Porthmadog, which will include a Cheese Innovation Centre. The investment is supported by a £1.7m grant from the Welsh government. GRH Food Company generates turnover of £14.4m and employs 65 staff.
GRH Food Company Limited
£14m£1m651
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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
117 Nov 2017New Wimbledon Store - 12,000 Sq Ft - 70 New Jobs - Business GrowthWilko, the national retailer, is opening a new 12,000 sq ft store in Wimbledon, creating 70 new jobs. The launch of the new store is being led by Retail Director Anthony Houghton. The company generates turnover of £1,512.8m.
Wilko Retail Limited
£1,513m£18m21,054295
114 Nov 2017New Store in Cornwall - New Jobs - Business ExpansionPeacocks, the national clothing retailer, has created jobs with the opening of a new store in Launceston, Cornwall. The company's parent, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, generates turnover of £576.3m.
Peacocks Stores Limited
6,000400
116 Nov 2017New North East Store - 14 New Jobs - Business GrowthScrewfix, the national DIY chain, is creating 14 jobs at its new branch in Washington, North East. The company employs 6,274 staff at 140 locations across the UK. In 2016, Screwfix Direct Ltd generated turnover of £1,057.37m.
Screwfix Limited
142
20 Nov 2017New Coventry Location - 200 Jobs Expected - Hotel Development Project - Additional 42,614 Sq Ft of SpaceMoto Holdings, the Bedfordshire-headquartered operator of service stations, is creating 200 new jobs with the construction of a new motorway service station on the M6 near Coventry. The company is building a 100 bedroom hotel with an additional 42,614 sq ft of internal space housing a restaurant, shops, tourist information and a games/leisure area. Moto operates 43 locations across the UK, employing 5,118 staff.
Moto Holdings Limited
£779m5,1181
214 Nov 20172 New Stores in Cornwall - 90 Jobs in Total - Business ExpansionB & M, the national discount retailer, has created 90 jobs in Cornwall with the opening of 2 new stores. The company has opened sites in Launceston and Wadebridge. The company is recruiting sales assistants, floor managers and cleaners. B & M Retail generates turnover of £2,252.3m.
B & M Retail Limited
£2,252m£198m19,000444
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Healthcare Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
14 Nov 2017Staffordshire Care Home Complete - 2 Care Homes Under Construction - Business GrowthWildgoose Construction, headquartered in Derbyshire, has built a new multi-million pound care home in Staffordshire. The firm was the main build contractor for the new £5.6m Oulton Abbey Care Home in Stone, which will be managed by The English Benedictine Order of Oulton Abbey. The site will provide specialist care for dementia patients, with 49-bedrooms, 40 nursing home rooms and 9 specialist dementia rooms. The company is also building a 50-bed home for Peterborough Care in Peterborough, and a 50-bed care home and 69 apartments for City of Bradford Metropolitan Council. Wildgoose Construction is led by Executive Chairman Jonathan Wildgoose.
Wildgoose Construction Limited
£50m£1m843
117 Nov 2017Anglesey Care Home Acquired - 50 Jobs Secured - 70 New Jobs Expected - £250k InvestmentFairways Care, the North Wales-headquartered care company, has acquired the Sant Tysilio care home on Anglesey, securing 50 jobs. The company will invest £250k in the renovation of the site, with a further 70 jobs expected. Fairways Care now operates 5 care homes in Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy and employs a total of 370 staff.
Fairways Care Limited
£5m£0.0m2154
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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
17 Nov 2017Leeds College Contract Secured - 57,000 Sq Ft - Supported by £12m GrantClugston Construction has secured work on the second £13m phase of a campus development for Leeds College of Building. Phase 2 of the development will include a 57,000 sq ft, four storey building with a range of classrooms and workshops. The project is being supported by an £12m grant through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal. £1m will also be spent refurbishing the Leeds College of Building's North Street campus.
Clugston Construction Ltd
£102m£1m4034
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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Nov 2017Ugandan Airport Contract Secured - £215m Loan from UK Export Finance - Business GrowthColas, the West Sussex-based civil engineering group, has secured a £215m loan from UK Export Finance. The company will use the funding to build Kabaale Airport in western Uganda. Colas Limited generates turnover of £221.45m and employs 1,296 UK staff.
Colas Limited
£221m£3m1,29621
2114 Nov 20172 New Service Centres - Jobs in Stoke & Birmingham - £1bn Digitisation ProgrammeThe Ministry of Justice is to open 2 new courts and tribunals service centres in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham as part of its £1bn programme to digitise the justice system. The new Stoke facility will create 300 jobs at Bennett House, which currently houses the city's immigration court, due to close in April 2018 with 86 jobs lost. The new centres will process cases, issue court orders and hearing notices, answer telephone calls and deal with online inquiries. The Ministry of Justice is led by Justice Minister Dominic Raab.
Ministry of Justice
1
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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017Scottish Restaurant to be Refurbished - £400k Investment - New Jobs - Business GrowthBuzzworks, the Scottish hospitality group, is to invest £400k in the refurbishment of The Treehouse restaurant in Ayr, creating 10 new jobs. The restaurant is one of five House brand venues operated by Buzzworks across the west of Scotland, and its refurbishment will modernise the site in line with the firm's portfolio. The company generates turnover of £12.82m and employs 387 staff.
Buzzworks Holdings Limited
£13m£1m3871
17 Nov 2017Northamptonshire Pub to be Refurbished - 20 New Jobs - Six-Figure InvestmentGreene King, the national leisure company which operates the Hungry Horse pub brand, is refurbishing a pub in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in a six-figure investment which will create 20 new jobs. Greene King generates turnover of £2,073m and employs 41,486 staff.
Greene King PLC
£2,073m£366m41,4861,900
616 Nov 2017New West Midlands Brewery - New Jobs - £1m Investment - 6 New Bars Planned - Business ExpansionSadler's, the West Midlands-based craft brewer, has opened a new £1m brewery in Lye, Dudley, creating 8 new jobs. The new brewery will quadruple the company's production capacity, and will be operated in addition to the firm's existing site, where its experimental range of beers will be produced. The company also plans to open 6 new bars across the West Midlands in 2018 as a result of increased demand.
Sadler's Brewhouse Limited
38
117 Nov 2017New Peterborough Restaurant - 60 New Jobs - £1m Investment - Business ExpansionGastro Pubs, the Norfolk-based restaurant chain trading as Middleton's Steakhouse and Grill, has opened a new site in Peterborough, in a £1m investment which has created 60 jobs. The restaurant is the largest in the company's portfolio, and has the capacity to cater for 180 diners across 2 floors, as well as an additional 50 covers for al fresco dining. The company operates 5 other locations, which are based in Norwich, Milton Keynes, Watford, Colchester and Middleton, near King's Lynn.
Gastro Pubs Limited
£5m£0.0m1
14 Nov 2017New Hotel Development - £10m Investment - 20 New Jobs - Business ExpansionThe Hamilton Park Racecourse Company is developing a new 118-bedroom hotel at its site in South Lanarkshire, with 20 new jobs expected. The development constitutes a £10m investment which will double the size of the business by 2020. The Hamilton Park Racecourse Company is led by Chief Executive Vivien Currie.
The Hamilton Park Racecourse Company Limited
2
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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
114 Nov 2017New Hotel Development - £10m Investment - 20 New Jobs - Business ExpansionThe Hamilton Park Racecourse Company is developing a new 118-bedroom hotel at its site in South Lanarkshire, with 20 new jobs expected. The development constitutes a £10m investment which will double the size of the business by 2020. The Hamilton Park Racecourse Company is led by Chief Executive Vivien Currie.
The Hamilton Park Racecourse Company Limited
2
120 Nov 2017New Coventry Location - 200 Jobs Expected - Hotel Development Project - Additional 42,614 Sq Ft of SpaceMoto Holdings, the Bedfordshire-headquartered operator of service stations, is creating 200 new jobs with the construction of a new motorway service station on the M6 near Coventry. The company is building a 100 bedroom hotel with an additional 42,614 sq ft of internal space housing a restaurant, shops, tourist information and a games/leisure area. Moto operates 43 locations across the UK, employing 5,118 staff.
Moto Holdings Limited
£779m5,1181
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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
114 Nov 2017New North East Contact Centre - 35 Staff Recruited from Thomas Cook - New Social Media Division - 35 Jobs ExpectedHays Travel, the Sunderland-headquartered travel agent, has opened a new contact centre in Newcastle. The contact centre will serve as the company's dedicated social media division, after 35 staff were recruited from Thomas Cook's North East support team. A further 35 Jobs are expected as the division expands. Hays Travel generates turnover of £332m.
Hays Travel Ltd
£332m£6m1,08043
17 Nov 2017Jobs Created - 100 Roles Available - Recruiting Call Centre StaffWest Yorkshire Police are recruiting 100 call centre staff at its headquarters in Wakefield to manage high emergency call rates. The police force's Human Resources Director is Hilary Sykes.
West Yorkshire Police
1
15 Nov 2017Expansion in Doncaster - 100 New Jobs - 90% of Overseas Jobs to Transfer to UKBT, the national telecommunications firm, is creating 100 jobs at its call centre in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, as part of plans to transfer work from India to the UK. The new jobs include 30 roles for apprentices. The company is currently relocating 90% of roles at its international call centres to the UK. BT generates turnover of £24,062m.
British Telecommunications Plc
£24,062m£3,170m105200
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Growth

Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
17 Nov 2017Turnover up 19% to £46m - Business Growth - Added 70 JobsUnderwood Meat Company Limited, based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has grown its turnover by 19% to £46.1m. The butcher and meat distributor has also expanded its workforce from 181 to 253 in its latest fiscal year.
Underwood Meat Company Limited
£46m£2m2533
14 Nov 2017Steady Growth - £53m Turnover - Created JobsBokomo Foods (UK) Ltd, a producer and distributor of cereals, has increased its turnover of 14.7% to £53.2m and invested in recruitment. The company, based in Northamptonshire, has expanded its workforce from 231 to 252 in its latest financial year.
Bokomo Foods (Uk) Ltd
£53m£3m2521
14 Nov 2017Spending Reduction Plans - 40 Jobs Lost - £13m Savings SoughtNewcastle City Council is to cut 40 jobs as part of plans to save £13.3m. By 2020, the council will have reduced its budget by £282m over a decade, and since 2010 has cut 2,500 jobs. Newcastle City Council is led by Councillor Nick Forbes.
Newcastle City Council
23
14 Nov 2017New Training Investment Programme - 5 Staff Enrolled - Business GrowthCameron Homes, the Staffordshire-based property developer, has introduced a new training investment programme as part of a major commitment to staff training and career progression. 5 members of staff have been enrolled on courses as part of the plans. Cameron Homes generates turnover of £30.65m and is led by Managing Director Ian Burns.
Cameron Homes Limited
£31m£4m521
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Land & Building Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Nov 2017In Administration - 35 Jobs Lost - Buyer SoughtRowlescourt Engineering, the Derbyshire-based rail engineering firm, has entered administration and ceased trading due to pressure from competition, with 35 jobs lost. A buyer is now being sought for the company's land, buildings and equipment, which includes the freehold on industrial and office premises at the firm?s 1.66-acre site, a range of CNC and conventional machine tools and equipment, office furniture, computers and CAD equipment.
Rowlescourt Engineering Limited (In Administration)
1
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Overseas Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Nov 2017Turnover up 47% - Triple Digit Order Growth in Canada - 43% Rise in Global Orders - Acquiring HungryhouseJust Eat, the online food delivery firm, increased its revenues by 47% during the third quarter of 2017 following the continued success of its Canadian business SkipTheDishes. The company now expects its full-year turnover to be up to £15m higher than previously forecast. UK orders grew by 22% over the period compared with 28% in 2016, and global orders rose by 43% after SkipTheDishes recorded triple digit order growth. The company is now in the process of acquiring rival Hungryhouse.
Just-Eat Group Holdings Limited
£376m£73m1,62113
20 Nov 2017Turnover Rises by £43m - Profits Down 22% - International Sales Growth - Increased CostsHusqvarna UK, the County Durham-based chainsaw and lawnmower manufacturer, has experienced a decline in profits of 22% to £6.5m during 2016, despite an increase in turnover of £43m to £196.4m. The company failed to capitalise on increased international sales for its robotic products as a result of a rise in costs caused by fluctuating exchange rates. Husqvarna UK Limited operates through four main divisions, employing a total of 305 staff.
Husqvarna UK Limited
£153m£8m3052
14 Nov 2017Increasing Headcount - New Contracts Secured - 11 New Partners - International GrowthFoster + Partners, the London-headquartered architecture and design practice firm, is increasing its headcount after securing a number of new international and UK contracts. In the year to April 2017 the company's Asian income rose from £30m to £53m and the firm added 11 senior partners, including its first female senior partner. Pre-tax profits fell to £25.2m from £28m. and revenues in the Middle East declined from £100m to £68m. UK revenue has risen by £1m to £25m.
Foster + Partners Limited
£225m£32m1,2651
16 Nov 2017First Half Revenues Rise by 12.6% - Gross Profit at £48.2m - Expanding through Acquisitions - International GrowthHarvey Nash, the global technology recruitment and outsourcing group, has increased its revenue by 12.6% to £425.3m in the six months to July 2017. Gross profit has also risen by 2% to £48.2m. The company has achieved record turnover in Benelux and has improved its performance in the Nordics and Asia Pacific. Harvey Nash has implemented an expansion strategy focused on the demand for executive and technology recruitment from clients undergoing digital transformation, and added to the Group's capacity with 2 acquisition during the period. The firm employs 2,662 UK staff.
Harvey Nash Group PLC
£784m£9m2,6625
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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£973k Bank Funding Secured - Investing in Sales & Marketing - £2m Turnover TargetedDean Packaging, headquartered in Gwent, has secured £973k in funding from Santander Business Banking, which will be used to invest in the firm's marketing and sales capabilities and expand its reach. The company is targeting £2m in turnover by 2018. Dean Packaging is led by Director Ian Kennedy.
Dean Packaging Limited
2
15 Nov 2017£7m Turnover Expected - Plans for Expansion - Business GrowthUtilities Design and Planning, the Salford-based provider of traffic management services, expects to achieve a record turnover of £7m in 2017. The company has plans to expand its reach beyond the North West and double its current revenues. Utilities Design and Planning is led by Director David Hilton.
Utilities Design & Planning Limited
321
16 Nov 2017Written Premiums up 25%- Market Share Rises to 7.2% - Revenues Increase to £538.3mHastings Direct, the national insurance firm, has delivered profitable growth for the 8th consecutive quarter since its listing on the London Stock Exchange. Gross written premiums have risen 25% to £714.3m for the nine months to September 2017, and net revenue increased by 22% to £538.3m. The company has increased its number of live customer policies by 14% compared with the same period in 2016 and its market share of UK private car insurance has grown from 6.4% to 7.2%. The company is led by Chief Executive Gary Hoffman.
Hastings Direct Limited
1
15 Nov 2017Turnover up 47% - Triple Digit Order Growth in Canada - 43% Rise in Global Orders - Acquiring HungryhouseJust Eat, the online food delivery firm, increased its revenues by 47% during the third quarter of 2017 following the continued success of its Canadian business SkipTheDishes. The company now expects its full-year turnover to be up to £15m higher than previously forecast. UK orders grew by 22% over the period compared with 28% in 2016, and global orders rose by 43% after SkipTheDishes recorded triple digit order growth. The company is now in the process of acquiring rival Hungryhouse.
Just-Eat Group Holdings Limited
£376m£73m1,62113
17 Nov 2017Turnover up 19% to £46m - Business Growth - Added 70 JobsUnderwood Meat Company Limited, based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, has grown its turnover by 19% to £46.1m. The butcher and meat distributor has also expanded its workforce from 181 to 253 in its latest fiscal year.
Underwood Meat Company Limited
£46m£2m2533
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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017Written Premiums up 25%- Market Share Rises to 7.2% - Revenues Increase to £538.3mHastings Direct, the national insurance firm, has delivered profitable growth for the 8th consecutive quarter since its listing on the London Stock Exchange. Gross written premiums have risen 25% to £714.3m for the nine months to September 2017, and net revenue increased by 22% to £538.3m. The company has increased its number of live customer policies by 14% compared with the same period in 2016 and its market share of UK private car insurance has grown from 6.4% to 7.2%. The company is led by Chief Executive Gary Hoffman.
Hastings Direct Limited
1
20 Nov 2017Turnover Rises by £43m - Profits Down 22% - International Sales Growth - Increased CostsHusqvarna UK, the County Durham-based chainsaw and lawnmower manufacturer, has experienced a decline in profits of 22% to £6.5m during 2016, despite an increase in turnover of £43m to £196.4m. The company failed to capitalise on increased international sales for its robotic products as a result of a rise in costs caused by fluctuating exchange rates. Husqvarna UK Limited operates through four main divisions, employing a total of 305 staff.
Husqvarna UK Limited
£153m£8m3052
20 Nov 2017Slight Profit Growth Expected - 2 Claims to Cost £40m - Management Restructure - 2 Directors DepartGKN, the West Midlands-headquartered engineering group, expects its 2017 profits to increase only slightly on the £658m earned in 2016, as a result of 2 external claims expected to incur costs of £40m. The company has also failed to improve productivity in its North American aerospace business. In addition, a management restructure is currently underway, with Chief Executive Nigel Stein to be replaced by Kevin Cummings, currently Head of Aersospace, and Finance Director Adam Walker departing the firm. GKN employs 58,000 people across 30 countries.
GKN Holdings Plc
£8,822m£335m51,38113
14 Nov 2017Sales up 16% - Record Rise in Profit to £180m - Online GrowthSelfridges & Co, the London-based retailer, has increased its sales by 16% for the year to January 2017 amid growth in its online operations. The company has also experienced a record rise in profit of 18% to £180m, following a £300m investment programme which started in 2014. Selfridges & Co employs 2,469 staff.
Selfridges & Co. Limited
2,4694
15 Nov 2017Revenues Decline 2.9% - Profits Rise to £526.11m - Drop in Lawyer NumbersDLA Piper, the London-headquartered law firm, has experienced a 2.9% decline in revenues to £2.02bn for the full year in 2015, as a result of currency exchange rate losses. Net profits rose to £526.11m from £495.2m. The total numbers of lawyers employed at the firm declined by 140 over the period, to 3,615. DLA Piper is led by Office Managing Partner Lord Tim Clement-Jones.
Dla Piper International Llp
£768m£265m4,9167
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Cash Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
14 Nov 2017Spending Reduction Plans - 40 Jobs Lost - £13m Savings SoughtNewcastle City Council is to cut 40 jobs as part of plans to save £13.3m. By 2020, the council will have reduced its budget by £282m over a decade, and since 2010 has cut 2,500 jobs. Newcastle City Council is led by Councillor Nick Forbes.
Newcastle City Council
23
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Number of Employees Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Nov 2017Revenues Decline 2.9% - Profits Rise to £526.11m - Drop in Lawyer NumbersDLA Piper, the London-headquartered law firm, has experienced a 2.9% decline in revenues to £2.02bn for the full year in 2015, as a result of currency exchange rate losses. Net profits rose to £526.11m from £495.2m. The total numbers of lawyers employed at the firm declined by 140 over the period, to 3,615. DLA Piper is led by Office Managing Partner Lord Tim Clement-Jones.
Dla Piper International Llp
£768m£265m4,9167
14 Nov 2017Ranked in Accountancy Age Top 50 - Fee Income at Record High of £13.1m - 16 New Recruits - Business GrowthSmith Cooper, the Midlands-based accountancy and business advisory firm, has climbed 7 places to 47th in the Accountancy Age Top 50 + 50 2017. Fee income at the business has reached a record high in 2017, now at £13.1m, and 16 new staff members have been recruited. The company operates 6 offices in the Midlands and is led by Managing Partner James Bagley.
Smith Cooper Holdings Limited
1292
17 Nov 2017Expansion in Essex - New Jobs - Business GrowthCarewatch, the Buckinghamshire-headquartered care provider, is creating new jobs Southend, Essex. So far in 2017, the company has created jobs in London, Northumberland, County Durham and Cheshire. In 2015, Carewatch generated turnover of £68m and employed 4,544 staff.
Carewatch Care Services Limited
£68m£-5.6m4,544150
17 Nov 2017140 Jobs Cut - Turnover Down 39% - Pre-Tax Losses Widened to £12.4mClyde Union, the Yorkshire-based pumps specialist, cut 140 jobs in 2016 as as a result of a downturn in global oil and gas markets. The firm's total headcount fell from 547 to 402 over the period, with revenue declining by 39% to £45.2m. Pre-tax losses also widened from £1.5m to £12.4m. The company is owned by American engineering firm SPX.
Clyde Union DB Limited
£27m£4m1112
20 Nov 201710,000 New Jobs - Care Roles Across the UK - Business ExpansionHome Instead Senior Care, the Warrington-headquartered care company, is to create 10,000 jobs across its 190 UK offices. In 2016, the company increased its staff numbers by 25% and will recruit care workers as part of its ongoing expansion. Hone Instead Senior Care is led by Managing Director David Dunn.
Home Instead Senior Care UK Limited
65
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UK Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
14 Nov 2017Increasing Headcount - New Contracts Secured - 11 New Partners - International GrowthFoster + Partners, the London-headquartered architecture and design practice firm, is increasing its headcount after securing a number of new international and UK contracts. In the year to April 2017 the company's Asian income rose from £30m to £53m and the firm added 11 senior partners, including its first female senior partner. Pre-tax profits fell to £25.2m from £28m. and revenues in the Middle East declined from £100m to £68m. UK revenue has risen by £1m to £25m.
Foster + Partners Limited
£225m£32m1,2651
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
17 Nov 2017£3m Crossrail Contract Secured - Partnership with Mott MacDonald - Business GrowthArup Group, the London-headquartered design and engineering consultancy, has secured a £3m contract with Transport for London as part of its partnership with Mott MacDonald. The companies will drive down design costs on the £31bn Crossrail 2 mega-project. Arup Group generates turnover of £1,239.92m, and employs 12,806 staff at 15 locations.
Arup Group Limited
£1,240m£28m12,80615
17 Nov 2017£3m Crossrail Contract Secured - Partnership with Arup Group - Business GrowthMott MacDonald, the engineering, management and development consultancy, has secured a £3m contract with Transport for London as part of its partnership with Arup Group. The companies will drive down design costs on the £31bn Crossrail 2 mega-project. Mott MacDonald generates turnover of £1,407.2m, and employs 15,004 staff at 29 locations.
Mott Macdonald Group Limited
£1,407m£63m15,00429
15 Nov 2017£39.9m Funding Deal Secured - Financing £35m Manchester Project - Business GrowthMcGoff Group, the Greater Manchester-based construction firm, has secured a £39.9m funding deal with development property finance specialist Wellesley Finance. The funding will finance the company's £35m Manhattan-inspired Downtown apartment scheme in Manchester, to be delivered in multiple stages by 2022. The company generates turnover of £26.46m.
Mcgoff And Byrne Limited
£26m£0.3m7330
17 Nov 2017£1m Machinery Investment - Imported from Japan - New Jobs - New Products - Business GrowthIG Design, the Wales-based wrapping paper manufacturer, has made a £1m investment in new machinery and is creating 10 jobs as part of plans to diversify its product offering. The new equipment has been imported from Japan and is the result of a partnership with Cardiff-based firm CCS McLays, which supplies retailers with bespoke retail packaging supplies and goods not for resale. IG Design Group generates turnover of £311m and currently employs 2,106 staff.
IG Design Group Plc
£311m£14m2,1062
14 Nov 2017£1.4m Contract Secured - Heating for 66 Homes - Business GrowthJ S Wright, the Birmingham-based building services provider, has secured a £1.4m contract at a new affordable housing development in South-East London. The company will provide energy efficient heating and ventilation for all 66 homes at The Reach in West Thamesmead. The scheme will comprise a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, a communal garden, and a commercial unit. J S Wright is led by Managing Director Marcus Aniol.
J S Wright & Co Limited
3
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Awards

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
14 Nov 2017Ranked in Accountancy Age Top 50 - Fee Income at Record High of £13.1m - 16 New Recruits - Business GrowthSmith Cooper, the Midlands-based accountancy and business advisory firm, has climbed 7 places to 47th in the Accountancy Age Top 50 + 50 2017. Fee income at the business has reached a record high in 2017, now at £13.1m, and 16 new staff members have been recruited. The company operates 6 offices in the Midlands and is led by Managing Partner James Bagley.
Smith Cooper Holdings Limited
1292
16 Nov 20172 Food Manufacture Excellence Awards - Record Turnover Achieved - Business GrowthSK Chilled Foods, the Stockton-on-Tees-headquartered ethnic snacks manufacturer, has been awarded the Food Manufacture Company of the Year trophy at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. The company, which achieved record turnover of £60.1m in 2016, was also named Chilled Food Manufacturing Company of the Year. SK Chilled Foods is led by Managing Director Jeremy Faulkner.
S.K. Chilled Foods Limited
£59m£2m4303
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£38m Investment in West Yorkshire Facility - Company Rebranded - Acquired by Australian FirmGreen Investment Group. the Edinburgh-headquartered banking firm, is to invest £38m in the construction of a 70MW waste-to-energy facility in West Yorkshire. The bank was rebranded as GIG after its acquisition by Australian bank Macquarie in August 2017. The investment is the bank's first under private ownership, and will support construction of Wheelabrator Tecnologies' Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 EfW plant, which is being developed as part of a 50:50 joint venture with SSE. The investment forms part of a wider £207m debt facility issued by a syndicate of lenders including MUFG, Investec Bank plc and Banco de Sabadell S.A. Green Investment Group generates turnover of £58.8m.
UK Green Investment Bank Plc
£59m1192
15 Nov 2017Turnover up 47% - Triple Digit Order Growth in Canada - 43% Rise in Global Orders - Acquiring HungryhouseJust Eat, the online food delivery firm, increased its revenues by 47% during the third quarter of 2017 following the continued success of its Canadian business SkipTheDishes. The company now expects its full-year turnover to be up to £15m higher than previously forecast. UK orders grew by 22% over the period compared with 28% in 2016, and global orders rose by 43% after SkipTheDishes recorded triple digit order growth. The company is now in the process of acquiring rival Hungryhouse.
Just-Eat Group Holdings Limited
£376m£73m1,62113
15 Nov 2017Staffordshire Firm Acquired - Undisclosed Sum - Business ExpansionIESA, the Warrington-based business process outsourcer, has acquired Staffordshire-based Active Supply Holdings, the £40m-turnover automotive and aerospace supply chain management firm, for an undisclosed sum. The company, which is backed by Gresham Private Equity, generates turnover of £170.87m and employs 355 staff.
Iesa Limited
£171m£4m3551
16 Nov 2017Raising £3.7m in Funding - Further Acquisitions Planned - Business ExpansionAggregated Micro Power Holdings, the London-headquartered specialist in the sale of wood fuels and the development of distributed energy projects, is to raise up to £3.7m through the placing of 3,781,044 new ordinary shares. The company will invest the funding in its ongoing plan to expand through acquisitions, having recently acquired wood pellet firms Billingtons and the wood pellet supply business of Patchwork Energy. Aggregated Micro Power Holdings is led by Chief Financial Officer Mark Tarry.
Aggregated Micro Power Holdings Plc
£0.2m£-0.5m151
14 Nov 2017Manchester Warehouse Acquired - £2.4m Deal - 50,361 Sq Ft - Jobs Expected - Business ExpansionElcometer, the testing and inspection equipment manufacturer, has acquired a 50,361 sq ft manufacturing warehouse in the Openshaw area of Manchester for £2.4m. The company purchased the building, which is adajcent to its current unit, from IDL as part of its expansion strategy. New jobs are expected. Elcometer generates turnover of £31.12m and employs 262 staff,
Elcometer Limited
£31m£5m2621
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Budgets & Expenditure

IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
14 Nov 2017Profit Expectations Decline by £15.2m - New Chairman - Investing in TechnologyPendragon, the national vehicle retailer, is expecting pre-tax profits of £60m in 2017, down from previous expectations of £75.2m. The company has altered its expectations as a result of weak consumer confidence and the consequent price correction in the used car market. The firm will now develop its software and online technologies, and has also appointed a new Chairman, Chris Chambers, who will replace Mel Egglenton. Pendragon Plc generates turnover of £4,537m.
Pendragon PLC
£4,537m£100m9,6531
16 Nov 2017Outsourcing Telecommunicatons Infrastructure - Contract with NTL - £1.85m DealThe Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, headquartered in Glasgow, is to outsource its entire communications infrastructure to telecommunications firm NTL in a £1.85m deal. The association's 4 UK offices will be connected using NTL's Nationwide Ethernet, and NTL will also be responsible for its call charging. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' IT Director is Mark Devine.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
1
14 Nov 2017New Contracts Secured - New Equipment Purchased - Marketing Campaign & Website Relaunch - Business GrowthIntegrity Security Group, the Solihull-based security specialist, has won new contracts and is expanding its offering after securing £20k from Birmingham City Council's ERDF backed Business Growth Programme. The company, which is on course to deliver a £3.5m record year in 2017, used the grant to buy a new 14.3 metre mobile elevated work platform and launch a new marketing campaign, which included the relaunch of its corporate website. This has already led to a deal with West Bromwich's Envira Ltd to upgrade CCTV and fire alarm systems. Integrity Security Group employs 150 staff at 3 locations.
Integrity Security Group Ltd
1503
20 Nov 2017Contract Awrded - Outsourcing Fleet Management - New Technologies - Business GrowthPinnacle Group, the London-based housing, property management and regeneration specialist, has outsourced the management of its 280-strong vehicle fleet to Glasgow-headquartered Fleet Alliance. The contract includes full maintenance and Fleet Alliance will also implement its cloud-based fleet management and reporting suite, e-Fleet, and introduce a telematics partner to increase compliance. The outsourcing plan was led by Procurement Manager Sarah Russell.
Pinnacle Group Limited
1
20 Nov 201750 New Jobs - Includes 30 IT Staff - New IT Project - Business GrowthAllen & Overy, the international law firm, is creating 50 new jobs in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company is recruiting 30 IT staff as well as 20 workers in other areas of its business, such as HR, marketing and business support. Allen & Overy now employs over 500 staff in Belfast, and the recruitment drive coincides with a major new IT project, being led by its Belfast teams, that will deliver a suite of cutting-edge tools to the company's network of 44 offices worldwide.
Allen & Overy LLP
£1,310m£563m4,5322
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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£973k Bank Funding Secured - Investing in Sales & Marketing - £2m Turnover TargetedDean Packaging, headquartered in Gwent, has secured £973k in funding from Santander Business Banking, which will be used to invest in the firm's marketing and sales capabilities and expand its reach. The company is targeting £2m in turnover by 2018. Dean Packaging is led by Director Ian Kennedy.
Dean Packaging Limited
2
16 Nov 2017£470k Funding Secured - New Berkshire Office - International Expansion - US Launch PlannedContent Calendr, the social media planning firm based in London, has secured £470k in funding. The company has now raised £1.1m from investors to date, and will use the funds to expand into international markets, with a US launch planned for 2018. The funding will also be used to invest in new technologies, sales and marketing. To support its growth, the company has opened a new UK office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and a technology hub in Poland.
Content Calendr Limited
1
16 Nov 2017£100m Investment Plan - Developing New Products - Upgrading 3 Shropshire Sites - 52 New JobsMüller, the Glasgow-headquartered dairy processor, is to invest £100m in its UK yogurt and desserts business by 2021, as part of plans to develop new branded and own-label products. The company will upgrade capacity and capabilities at its three sites in Shropshire, which includes doubling the size of its Telford facility, adding 8.46 hectares, in a £40m investment which will create 52 jobs. The firm will also increase its marketing spend by 25% before 2021. Muller Wiseman Dairies employs 4,926 staff.
Muller Wiseman Dairies Limited
4,9267
14 Nov 2017New North East Contact Centre - 35 Staff Recruited from Thomas Cook - New Social Media Division - 35 Jobs ExpectedHays Travel, the Sunderland-headquartered travel agent, has opened a new contact centre in Newcastle. The contact centre will serve as the company's dedicated social media division, after 35 staff were recruited from Thomas Cook's North East support team. A further 35 Jobs are expected as the division expands. Hays Travel generates turnover of £332m.
Hays Travel Ltd
£332m£6m1,08043
17 Nov 2017New Distillery & Bottling Hall - £22m Investment - International Sales Growth - Global Marketing CampaignWilliam Grant & Sons, the Scotland-based drinks group, has completed a £22m grain distillery and state-of-the-art new bottling hall at Tullamore Dew in Ireland. The company is expanding after increasing its global sales from 840,000 cases to 1.1 million since 2014. The firm has also launched a new global marketing campaign, called 'Beauty of Blend'. William Grant & Sons is led by Chief Executive Officer Simon Hunt.
William Grant & Sons Limited
£2m£1m1,0301
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Telecomms

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017Outsourcing Telecommunicatons Infrastructure - Contract with NTL - £1.85m DealThe Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, headquartered in Glasgow, is to outsource its entire communications infrastructure to telecommunications firm NTL in a £1.85m deal. The association's 4 UK offices will be connected using NTL's Nationwide Ethernet, and NTL will also be responsible for its call charging. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' IT Director is Mark Devine.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
1
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Companies Receiving Investment

Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
17 Nov 2017£97,650 Funding Secured - New Products - Jobs Created - International ExpansionVitesse Global. the Leicestershire-based automotive business, has secured £97,650 from the University of Derby's Invest to Grow programme. The company will use the funding to develop new products and forge new international relationships, with its products already being sold in Dubai, France and New Zealand. 3 jobs have also been created to accommodate the company's growth.
Vitesse Global Limited
17 Nov 2017£97,650 Funding Awarded - Invest To Grow Programme - Supporting International Expansion - Jobs CreatedThe University of Derby has awarded £97,650 to Leicestershire-based automotive business Vitesse Global. The company will use the funding to create jobs, develop new products and forge new international relationships, with its products already being sold in Dubai, France and New Zealand. The funding was awarded from the university's £16.5m Invest to Grow programme. The University of Derby generates turnover of £152.31m
University Of Derby
£152m2,0912
16 Nov 2017£470k Funding Secured - New Berkshire Office - International Expansion - US Launch PlannedContent Calendr, the social media planning firm based in London, has secured £470k in funding. The company has now raised £1.1m from investors to date, and will use the funds to expand into international markets, with a US launch planned for 2018. The funding will also be used to invest in new technologies, sales and marketing. To support its growth, the company has opened a new UK office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and a technology hub in Poland.
Content Calendr Limited
1
13 Nov 2017Raising £30m - Using Funds for ExpansionThe City Pub Company plans to raise £30m from Aim exchange float to fund its expansion and growth. The £14.9m turnover company operates 34 pubs across the country. The company plans to double the size of its estate over the next four years.
The City Pub Company (East) Plc
£15m£0.6m2101
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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£973k Bank Funding Secured - Investing in Sales & Marketing - £2m Turnover TargetedDean Packaging, headquartered in Gwent, has secured £973k in funding from Santander Business Banking, which will be used to invest in the firm's marketing and sales capabilities and expand its reach. The company is targeting £2m in turnover by 2018. Dean Packaging is led by Director Ian Kennedy.
Dean Packaging Limited
2
16 Nov 2017£470k Funding Secured - New Berkshire Office - International Expansion - US Launch PlannedContent Calendr, the social media planning firm based in London, has secured £470k in funding. The company has now raised £1.1m from investors to date, and will use the funds to expand into international markets, with a US launch planned for 2018. The funding will also be used to invest in new technologies, sales and marketing. To support its growth, the company has opened a new UK office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and a technology hub in Poland.
Content Calendr Limited
1
15 Nov 2017£39.9m Funding Deal Secured - Financing £35m Manchester Project - Business GrowthMcGoff Group, the Greater Manchester-based construction firm, has secured a £39.9m funding deal with development property finance specialist Wellesley Finance. The funding will finance the company's £35m Manhattan-inspired Downtown apartment scheme in Manchester, to be delivered in multiple stages by 2022. The company generates turnover of £26.46m.
Mcgoff And Byrne Limited
£26m£0.3m7330
16 Nov 2017£38m Investment in West Yorkshire Facility - Company Rebranded - Acquired by Australian FirmGreen Investment Group. the Edinburgh-headquartered banking firm, is to invest £38m in the construction of a 70MW waste-to-energy facility in West Yorkshire. The bank was rebranded as GIG after its acquisition by Australian bank Macquarie in August 2017. The investment is the bank's first under private ownership, and will support construction of Wheelabrator Tecnologies' Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 EfW plant, which is being developed as part of a 50:50 joint venture with SSE. The investment forms part of a wider £207m debt facility issued by a syndicate of lenders including MUFG, Investec Bank plc and Banco de Sabadell S.A. Green Investment Group generates turnover of £58.8m.
UK Green Investment Bank Plc
£59m1192
20 Nov 2017Ugandan Airport Contract Secured - £215m Loan from UK Export Finance - Business GrowthColas, the West Sussex-based civil engineering group, has secured a £215m loan from UK Export Finance. The company will use the funding to build Kabaale Airport in western Uganda. Colas Limited generates turnover of £221.45m and employs 1,296 UK staff.
Colas Limited
£221m£3m1,29621
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Private Finance Initiatives / PPI Initiatives

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Nov 2017Relocating Operations - New 43,500 Sq Ft Premises - Production Capacity Doubled - £1.7m Funding Secured - 15 New JobsGRH Food Company, the Gwynedd-based cheese processing firm. is doubling its production capacity in a £6.5m investment which is expected to create 15 jobs. The company is relocating to a new 43,500 sq ft facility at Snowdonia Business Park near Porthmadog, which will include a Cheese Innovation Centre. The investment is supported by a £1.7m grant from the Welsh government. GRH Food Company generates turnover of £14.4m and employs 65 staff.
GRH Food Company Limited
£14m£1m651
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Performance & Profits

Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Nov 2017Turnover Rises by £43m - Profits Down 22% - International Sales Growth - Increased CostsHusqvarna UK, the County Durham-based chainsaw and lawnmower manufacturer, has experienced a decline in profits of 22% to £6.5m during 2016, despite an increase in turnover of £43m to £196.4m. The company failed to capitalise on increased international sales for its robotic products as a result of a rise in costs caused by fluctuating exchange rates. Husqvarna UK Limited operates through four main divisions, employing a total of 305 staff.
Husqvarna UK Limited
£153m£8m3052
20 Nov 2017Profits Increase to £11m - Decline in Turnover - International Growth - £6.5m Investment in R & DWrights Group, the County Antrim bus manufacturing firm, made a pre-tax profit of £11m in 2016, with turnover decreasing by £10m to £264m. The company invested £6.5m in research and development over the period, and has expanded internationally, establishing an assembly facility in Malaysia and a joint venture in India. The firm's plans for expansion are centred around the increasing demand for low and zero emission buses. Wrights Group employs 1,741 staff.
Wrights Group Limited
£276m£13m1,7411
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£973k Bank Funding Secured - Investing in Sales & Marketing - £2m Turnover TargetedDean Packaging, headquartered in Gwent, has secured £973k in funding from Santander Business Banking, which will be used to invest in the firm's marketing and sales capabilities and expand its reach. The company is targeting £2m in turnover by 2018. Dean Packaging is led by Director Ian Kennedy.
Dean Packaging Limited
2
15 Nov 2017£7m Turnover Expected - Plans for Expansion - Business GrowthUtilities Design and Planning, the Salford-based provider of traffic management services, expects to achieve a record turnover of £7m in 2017. The company has plans to expand its reach beyond the North West and double its current revenues. Utilities Design and Planning is led by Director David Hilton.
Utilities Design & Planning Limited
321
16 Nov 2017£500k Biomass Boiler Investment - 5-year Renewable Energy Plan - Business GrowthBoardlink Group, the Flintshire-based specialist manufacturing company, has invested £500k in the installation of biomass boilers. The investment comes as part of the firm's 5 year plan to switch to sustainable and renewable energy. The company has installed the Fröling biomass boilers to fuel its 32,500 sq m site based in Hawarden, North Wales. Boardlink generates £22.5m in turnover and specialises in carton board sales, conversion and lamination, as well as the manufacturing of carton board ready-meal trays, paper plates and a wide range of catering and janitorial cloths.
Boardlink Group Limited
£0.9m£-0.2m55
16 Nov 2017£470k Funding Secured - New Berkshire Office - International Expansion - US Launch PlannedContent Calendr, the social media planning firm based in London, has secured £470k in funding. The company has now raised £1.1m from investors to date, and will use the funds to expand into international markets, with a US launch planned for 2018. The funding will also be used to invest in new technologies, sales and marketing. To support its growth, the company has opened a new UK office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and a technology hub in Poland.
Content Calendr Limited
1
17 Nov 2017£3m Crossrail Contract Secured - Partnership with Mott MacDonald - Business GrowthArup Group, the London-headquartered design and engineering consultancy, has secured a £3m contract with Transport for London as part of its partnership with Mott MacDonald. The companies will drive down design costs on the £31bn Crossrail 2 mega-project. Arup Group generates turnover of £1,239.92m, and employs 12,806 staff at 15 locations.
Arup Group Limited
£1,240m£28m12,80615
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
17 Nov 2017£97,650 Funding Secured - New Products - Jobs Created - International ExpansionVitesse Global. the Leicestershire-based automotive business, has secured £97,650 from the University of Derby's Invest to Grow programme. The company will use the funding to develop new products and forge new international relationships, with its products already being sold in Dubai, France and New Zealand. 3 jobs have also been created to accommodate the company's growth.
Vitesse Global Limited
17 Nov 2017£1m Machinery Investment - Imported from Japan - New Jobs - New Products - Business GrowthIG Design, the Wales-based wrapping paper manufacturer, has made a £1m investment in new machinery and is creating 10 jobs as part of plans to diversify its product offering. The new equipment has been imported from Japan and is the result of a partnership with Cardiff-based firm CCS McLays, which supplies retailers with bespoke retail packaging supplies and goods not for resale. IG Design Group generates turnover of £311m and currently employs 2,106 staff.
IG Design Group Plc
£311m£14m2,1062
16 Nov 2017£100m Investment Plan - Developing New Products - Upgrading 3 Shropshire Sites - 52 New JobsMüller, the Glasgow-headquartered dairy processor, is to invest £100m in its UK yogurt and desserts business by 2021, as part of plans to develop new branded and own-label products. The company will upgrade capacity and capabilities at its three sites in Shropshire, which includes doubling the size of its Telford facility, adding 8.46 hectares, in a £40m investment which will create 52 jobs. The firm will also increase its marketing spend by 25% before 2021. Muller Wiseman Dairies employs 4,926 staff.
Muller Wiseman Dairies Limited
4,9267
14 Nov 2017UK Business Launch - New Office in Birmingham - Jobs Expected - Director AppointedBurns & McDonnell, the US-headquartered engineering and construction firm, has opened its first UK office in Birmingham. New jobs are expected. To facilitate the launch, the company has appointed Jeff Casey as UK Business Development Director. Burns & McDonnell's UK business is led by Managing Director Jonathan Chapman.
Burns & McDonnell Europe (UK) Limited
1
20 Nov 2017Profits Increase to £11m - Decline in Turnover - International Growth - £6.5m Investment in R & DWrights Group, the County Antrim bus manufacturing firm, made a pre-tax profit of £11m in 2016, with turnover decreasing by £10m to £264m. The company invested £6.5m in research and development over the period, and has expanded internationally, establishing an assembly facility in Malaysia and a joint venture in India. The firm's plans for expansion are centred around the increasing demand for low and zero emission buses. Wrights Group employs 1,741 staff.
Wrights Group Limited
£276m£13m1,7411
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Hot Topic

Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
14 Nov 2017Sales up 16% - Record Rise in Profit to £180m - Online GrowthSelfridges & Co, the London-based retailer, has increased its sales by 16% for the year to January 2017 amid growth in its online operations. The company has also experienced a record rise in profit of 18% to £180m, following a £300m investment programme which started in 2014. Selfridges & Co employs 2,469 staff.
Selfridges & Co. Limited
2,4694
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Renewable Energy

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£500k Biomass Boiler Investment - 5-year Renewable Energy Plan - Business GrowthBoardlink Group, the Flintshire-based specialist manufacturing company, has invested £500k in the installation of biomass boilers. The investment comes as part of the firm's 5 year plan to switch to sustainable and renewable energy. The company has installed the Fröling biomass boilers to fuel its 32,500 sq m site based in Hawarden, North Wales. Boardlink generates £22.5m in turnover and specialises in carton board sales, conversion and lamination, as well as the manufacturing of carton board ready-meal trays, paper plates and a wide range of catering and janitorial cloths.
Boardlink Group Limited
£0.9m£-0.2m55
16 Nov 2017£38m Investment in West Yorkshire Facility - Company Rebranded - Acquired by Australian FirmGreen Investment Group. the Edinburgh-headquartered banking firm, is to invest £38m in the construction of a 70MW waste-to-energy facility in West Yorkshire. The bank was rebranded as GIG after its acquisition by Australian bank Macquarie in August 2017. The investment is the bank's first under private ownership, and will support construction of Wheelabrator Tecnologies' Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 EfW plant, which is being developed as part of a 50:50 joint venture with SSE. The investment forms part of a wider £207m debt facility issued by a syndicate of lenders including MUFG, Investec Bank plc and Banco de Sabadell S.A. Green Investment Group generates turnover of £58.8m.
UK Green Investment Bank Plc
£59m1192
16 Nov 2017Pre-Tax Losses Reduced - £239k Investment in Recycling Firm - Business GrowthLimitless Earth, the London-headquartered investment company, has reduced its pre-tax losses to £61,320 in the first half of 2017, down from £65,477 in 2016. The company invested £239k over the period in Saxa Gres, a company specialising in industrial material recycling and waste to energy. The company is focused on environmental and social investments, and has previously invested in companies such as Exogenesis and Chronix Biomedical.
Limitless Earth Plc
1
16 Nov 2017New West Yorkshire Facility - Jobs Expected - 50:50 Joint Venture - £207m Funding SecuredWheelabrator Technologies, the US-based energy specialist, is to construct a 70MW waste-to-energy facility in West Yorkshire, with jobs expected. The Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 EfW plant is being developed as part of a 50:50 joint venture with SSE, and the company's stake is supported by a £207m debt facility issued by a syndicate of lenders including MUFG, Investec Bank plc, Banco de Sabadell S.A and Green Investment Group. Wheelabrator Technologies operates 7 locations across the UK.
Wheelabrator Technologies
2
16 Nov 2017New West Yorkshire Facility - Jobs Expected - 50:50 Joint VentureSSE, the Scottish energy firm, is to construct a 70MW waste-to-energy facility in West Yorkshire, with jobs expected. The Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 EfW plant is being developed as part of a 50:50 joint venture with Wheelabrator Technologies. SSE Plc generates turnover of £29,038m and employs 21,000 staff.
SSE Plc
£29,038m£926m21,0062
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£973k Bank Funding Secured - Investing in Sales & Marketing - £2m Turnover TargetedDean Packaging, headquartered in Gwent, has secured £973k in funding from Santander Business Banking, which will be used to invest in the firm's marketing and sales capabilities and expand its reach. The company is targeting £2m in turnover by 2018. Dean Packaging is led by Director Ian Kennedy.
Dean Packaging Limited
2
16 Nov 2017Written Premiums up 25%- Market Share Rises to 7.2% - Revenues Increase to £538.3mHastings Direct, the national insurance firm, has delivered profitable growth for the 8th consecutive quarter since its listing on the London Stock Exchange. Gross written premiums have risen 25% to £714.3m for the nine months to September 2017, and net revenue increased by 22% to £538.3m. The company has increased its number of live customer policies by 14% compared with the same period in 2016 and its market share of UK private car insurance has grown from 6.4% to 7.2%. The company is led by Chief Executive Gary Hoffman.
Hastings Direct Limited
1
14 Nov 2017User Numbers Tripled - Extra Office and Lab Space Taken On - Rapid Business GrowthCell Therapy Sciences, the Coventry-based veterinary sciences company, has tripled the size of its business since its launch in 2014. The company has increased the number of vets using its services from 30 to 100, and has taken on extra laboratory and office space at the University of Warwick Science Park. Cell Therapy Services is led by Science Director Dr Joanna Miller.
Cell Therapy Sciences Limited
1
20 Nov 2017Turnover Rises by £43m - Profits Down 22% - International Sales Growth - Increased CostsHusqvarna UK, the County Durham-based chainsaw and lawnmower manufacturer, has experienced a decline in profits of 22% to £6.5m during 2016, despite an increase in turnover of £43m to £196.4m. The company failed to capitalise on increased international sales for its robotic products as a result of a rise in costs caused by fluctuating exchange rates. Husqvarna UK Limited operates through four main divisions, employing a total of 305 staff.
Husqvarna UK Limited
£153m£8m3052
15 Nov 2017Sales up 9% - Now at £96.3m - Investment Plan - Jobs Expected - Business GrowthSykes Seafoods, the Manchester-based fresh and frozen seafood supplier, has experienced record sales growth, with revenues rising by 9% to £96.3m, following a year of investment. The company's long-term strategic investment plan has also created the infrastructure for continued growth, with new jobs expected. Sykes Seafoods currently employs 126 staff.
Sykes Seafoods Limited
£96m£6m1261
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Nov 2017£470k Funding Secured - New Berkshire Office - International Expansion - US Launch PlannedContent Calendr, the social media planning firm based in London, has secured £470k in funding. The company has now raised £1.1m from investors to date, and will use the funds to expand into international markets, with a US launch planned for 2018. The funding will also be used to invest in new technologies, sales and marketing. To support its growth, the company has opened a new UK office in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and a technology hub in Poland.
Content Calendr Limited
1
16 Nov 2017£38m Investment in West Yorkshire Facility - Company Rebranded - Acquired by Australian FirmGreen Investment Group. the Edinburgh-headquartered banking firm, is to invest £38m in the construction of a 70MW waste-to-energy facility in West Yorkshire. The bank was rebranded as GIG after its acquisition by Australian bank Macquarie in August 2017. The investment is the bank's first under private ownership, and will support construction of Wheelabrator Tecnologies' Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 EfW plant, which is being developed as part of a 50:50 joint venture with SSE. The investment forms part of a wider £207m debt facility issued by a syndicate of lenders including MUFG, Investec Bank plc and Banco de Sabadell S.A. Green Investment Group generates turnover of £58.8m.
UK Green Investment Bank Plc
£59m1192
17 Nov 2017£1m Machinery Investment - Imported from Japan - New Jobs - New Products - Business GrowthIG Design, the Wales-based wrapping paper manufacturer, has made a £1m investment in new machinery and is creating 10 jobs as part of plans to diversify its product offering. The new equipment has been imported from Japan and is the result of a partnership with Cardiff-based firm CCS McLays, which supplies retailers with bespoke retail packaging supplies and goods not for resale. IG Design Group generates turnover of £311m and currently employs 2,106 staff.
IG Design Group Plc
£311m£14m2,1062
20 Nov 2017Ugandan Airport Contract Secured - £215m Loan from UK Export Finance - Business GrowthColas, the West Sussex-based civil engineering group, has secured a £215m loan from UK Export Finance. The company will use the funding to build Kabaale Airport in western Uganda. Colas Limited generates turnover of £221.45m and employs 1,296 UK staff.
Colas Limited
£221m£3m1,29621
14 Nov 2017UK Business Launch - New Office in Birmingham - Jobs Expected - Director AppointedBurns & McDonnell, the US-headquartered engineering and construction firm, has opened its first UK office in Birmingham. New jobs are expected. To facilitate the launch, the company has appointed Jeff Casey as UK Business Development Director. Burns & McDonnell's UK business is led by Managing Director Jonathan Chapman.
Burns & McDonnell Europe (UK) Limited
1
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