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People & Jobs

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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
02 Mar 2015£63m Investment - Major Hospital Development - Potential Employment OpportunitiesBirmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a £63m contract to contractor Kier to redevelop Birmingham Women's Hospital. The four-year scheme will provide new gynaecology, maternity and in-patient facilities. It will help the trust meet rising demand for its service, and potentially create new jobs.
Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust
1
02 Mar 2015£63m Contract Secured - Major Hospital Development - Potential Employment OpportunitiesContractor Kier has secured a £63m contract to redevelop Birmingham Women's Hospital for Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust. The scheme is expected to create substantial employment opportunities. It is expected to be fully complete early in 2019.
Kier Group PLC
£2,954m£35m15,33516
4527 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
04 Mar 2015£3m Funding Secured - 400 Potential New Jobs - £4m TurnoverNorwich-based NWES, regional enterprise agency, is to receive £3m of government funding to provide grants to local businesses in order to create 400 new jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk over the two years to 2017. NWES has a turnover of £4.4m and 60 employees.
Norfolk And Waveney Enterprise Services
£4m£0.3m594
05 Mar 2015£350,000 Investment - New Premises - Overseas Expansion - New Jobs ExpectedAmerex Fire International has acquired a new site in Cwmbran, Wales, with a £350,000 investment supported by Barclays. The company, which employs 14 staff, provides fire-fighting products to the UK, Europe and India, and is planning to enter new markets. Its on-going expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Amerex Fire International Limited
1
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
103 Mar 2015£10m Funding - Major Contract Extension - New Products - Chief Executive In PostRentSmart, a Manchester technology finance firm with 100 staff, has secured £10m bank funding to expand and launch new products. The company has extended a contract with Dixons Retail Group, which allows it to offer its service through PC World and Currys stores and websites. It has appointed a new Chief Executive, Fernando de Vicente.
Rentsmart Limited
£10m£3m661
03 Mar 2015Strong Revenue Growth - Passenger Numbers Up 30% - Launching New Tours - Sales Team StrengthenedTravel company Adventures Unlimited, which trades as Collette, increased passenger numbers by 30% in 2014, significantly increasing its revenues, after appointing new management and expanding its sales team. The company is launching tours to Newfoundland in 2014.
Adventures Unlimited Inc
1
127 Feb 2015Store Opening Programme - Significant Employment Opportunities - Chief Executive Officer AppointedGrocery chain Booths has promoted Chief Operating Officer Chris Dee to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer, to lead the company through a major store opening programme across the north west region. The expansion will create employment opportunities.
E.H.Booth & Co.,Limited
£282m£6m2,99126
103 Mar 2015Senior Management Changes - Mergers and Acquisitions Head Leaves - FD Post Remains VacantRetailer Sports Direct's Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Jeff Blue, is leaving the company at the end of March 2015. Mr Blue was also standing in as Finance Director for Bob Mellors, who has not been replaced since he left the company in 2014.
Sports Direct International PLC
£2,706m£249m17,165560
103 Mar 2015Senior Management Change - Chief Executive Officer ResignsPremier League football club Queens Park Rangers is continuing to restructure its staff. Philip Beard has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the club and will leave in March 2015. His resignation follows the recent departure of former Manager Harry Redknapp.
Queens Park Rangers Football & Athletic Club,Limited,(The)
£105m£0.2m1072
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People & Jobs

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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015Outsourcing Print and Digital Services - 20 Employees To Transfer - Cost Saving BenefitsLinklaters, the London law firm, is outsourcing its print room and Digital Services departments to an external provider from April 2015, with cost-saving benefits. The operations will continue to be based at the firm's London headquarters and all 20 employees will be able to transfer to the new provider.
Linklaters Llp
£1,250m£395m4,3461
27 Feb 2015NHS Outsourcing Contract - £5bn Value - Providing IT and Back Office ServicesOutsourcing company Capita has been chosen by the NHS to provide support services such as IT, back-office finance and HR services to a number of clinical commissioning groups. The contract is worth up to £5bn. Capita has a turnover of £3.89bn.
Capita Plc
£3,896m£312m56,4688
27 Feb 2015Launches Digital Datacentre Outsourcing Service - Major Software InvestmentAtos has launched innovative digital datacentre outsourcing services. It has invested in a new software technologies from VMware in order to meet growing demand for the new service, which will make it easier for customers to switch suppliers, reduce costs and update infrastructure.
Atos UK IT Limited
14
02 Mar 2015International Outsourcing Contract - 118 Locations Worldwide - 3,800 EmployeesSweden-based Exova Metech, part of the Edinburgh-headquartered Exova Group, a leading laboratory-based testing company, has agreed an outsourcing deal with Sartorius-Werkzeuge of Germany. Exova operates at 118 facilities in 23 countries and employs 3,800 staff worldwide.
Exova Group (UK) Limited
£5m£-3.1m197
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
127 Feb 2015Placed Into Adminstration - 300 Jobs Lost - 39 Stores To Close - Resolve Acquires 41 StoresCooplands, the South Yorkshire bakery chain, has been placed into administration with the loss of 303 jobs from a workforce of 562. Cooplands' Doncaster head office and production site, and 39 stores, will close. Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 stores and Cooplands' Bap Van delivery business, safeguarding 259 jobs.
Cooplands (Doncaster) Limited (In Admininstration)
£17m£-1.0m61462
127 Feb 2015New 20,000 sq ft Premises - Relocating Birmingham Office - Potential Rail ContractsUS-headquartered engineering firm Jacobs is planning to relocate its Birmingham office to new 20,000 sq ft premises at the Colmore Business District scheme. With the operating company behind the high-speed rail project HS2 basing its headquarters nearby, the move would place Jacobs in a favourable position to take advantage of supply chain opportunities.
Jacobs U.K. Limited
£865m£19m1,9753
127 Feb 2015Global Client Service Centre Opened - 250 Jobs Created - Training Programme LaunchedRecruitment process outsourcing provider Alexander Mann Solutions has opened a new global client service centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, creating 250 new jobs. The firm has also launched its Belfast Recruitment Academy, a pre-employment training programme. Graduates of the programme are offered roles with the firm.
Alexander Mann Solutions Limited
£556m£15m74322
127 Feb 2015Developing Major Distribution Centre - Creating 300 Jobs - 1,900 OutletsBuilders' merchant Travis Perkins is to build a new Regional Distribution Centre in Coventry, where 300 jobs will be created. The plans also include offices and storage space. Travis Perkins currently operates 1,900 outlets and has 24,000 employees in the UK and Ireland.
Travis Perkins Plc
£5,149m£330m21,9371,138
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
105 Mar 2015£350,000 Investment - New Premises - Overseas Expansion - New Jobs ExpectedAmerex Fire International has acquired a new site in Cwmbran, Wales, with a £350,000 investment supported by Barclays. The company, which employs 14 staff, provides fire-fighting products to the UK, Europe and India, and is planning to enter new markets. Its on-going expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Amerex Fire International Limited
1
127 Feb 2015£130,000 Growth Funding - New Premises - £1m Turnover - Creating JobsPrinting firm Design X-Press is planning to create 6 jobs and increase its £1m turnover after moving to a new site in Consett, County Durham and investing in new equipment. The firm, which has 9 employees has gained new contracts. It secured £130,000 funding to support the expansion.
Design X-Press Limited
1
127 Feb 2015£10m of International Contracts Secured - New 6,000 sq m Warehouse - Expanding in Eastern Europe - Turnover Up 20%Logistics company Transmec has secured international contracts worth £10m. The Essex-headquartered company, with operations in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Bradford, West Yorkshire, increased turnover by 20% over the last 12 months. It has acquired a 6,000 sq m warehouse near Pershore, Worcestershire and is launching a new department at Redditch focused on Eastern Europe.
Transmec UK Limited
£24m£-0.1m1303
04 Mar 2015£1.9m Expansion - New Jobs - £160K Funding SecuredSTEEL door manufacturer Robust UK has created 12 jobs as part of its £1.9 million expansion as it prepares to move into a former pottery site. It comes as Robust secured £160,000 of Regional Growth Fund backing to support the move, which will give the company the space to make 100 per cent of its products in the UK. A total of 60 employees will move to the new factory. The company plan to further expand until 2018 and anticipate more job opportunities. Sales Director is Paul Williams
Robust Uk Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015Store Opening Programme - Significant Employment Opportunities - Chief Executive Officer AppointedGrocery chain Booths has promoted Chief Operating Officer Chris Dee to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer, to lead the company through a major store opening programme across the north west region. The expansion will create employment opportunities.
E.H.Booth & Co.,Limited
£282m£6m2,99126
3927 Feb 2015Placed Into Adminstration - 300 Jobs Lost - 39 Stores To Close - Resolve Acquires 41 StoresCooplands, the South Yorkshire bakery chain, has been placed into administration with the loss of 303 jobs from a workforce of 562. Cooplands' Doncaster head office and production site, and 39 stores, will close. Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 stores and Cooplands' Bap Van delivery business, safeguarding 259 jobs.
Cooplands (Doncaster) Limited (In Admininstration)
£17m£-1.0m61462
104 Mar 2015Opening 14 Branches - Creating Jobs - 100 UK Stores - 5% Growth In SalesToy retailer The Entertainer is opening its 100th branch, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The company plans to open a total of 14 branches in 2015, creating new jobs. It employs 1,200 people in stores and another 150 based at its Amersham head office. Sales grew by more than 5% in 2014.
The Entertainer (Amersham) Limited
£107m£6m1,19736
127 Feb 2015New Store Planned - Creating Jobs - e-Commerce ServiceA second Argos store is to be opened in East Grinstead, West Sussex, as part of the retailer's on-going expansion. Job opportunities are expected at the new store, which will provide a click and reserve service.
Argos Limited
£3,872m£61m27,086747
102 Mar 2015New Store - 180 Jobs Created - Turnover £5.6bnAround 180 jobs could be created when a new Waitrose supermarket opens in Milngavie, Scotland. The store is planned to be opened in Spring 2015. The company has a turnover of £5.6bn and employs over 54,000 members of staff.
Waitrose Ltd
£5,641m£221m54,335340
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Headquarters & Premises

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Healthcare Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
102 Mar 2015£63m Investment - Major Hospital Development - Potential Employment OpportunitiesBirmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a £63m contract to contractor Kier to redevelop Birmingham Women's Hospital. The four-year scheme will provide new gynaecology, maternity and in-patient facilities. It will help the trust meet rising demand for its service, and potentially create new jobs.
Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust
1
104 Mar 2015£25m Investment - Mental Health Unit Opens - Two New Hospitals Planned - Creating JobsMersey Care NHS Trust has opened a £25m unit in Liverpool, providing 80 beds for people with mental health issues, as part of its efforts to improve mental health care in the region. The trust has ambitions to build two more new hospitals in Merseyside, creating employment opportunities.
Mersey Care NHS Trust
37
405 Mar 2015Expansion in Norway - Four Clinics Acquired - £12m Growth Funding - 650 EmployeesProsthetics manufacturer Chas A Blatchford, has acquired four Norwegian rehabilitation clinics after securing £12m bank funding. Blatchford, which has 650 employees globally, has manufacturing premises in Basingstoke, Hampshire, and the US, with sales operations in France and Germany, and joint ventures in India and Russia.
Chas.A.Blatchford & Sons,Ltd
£64m£4m6572
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Headquarters & Premises

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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
104 Mar 2015School Extension Plan - Growing Demand For Places - Potential New JobsSt Mary's Primary School in Kettering, Northamptonshire, is planning to add two new classrooms, and extend a number of existing rooms, to meet growing demand for school places. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
St Mary's Church of England VA Primary Academy
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£2.47m Investment - Upgrading Chair Lifts - Attracting International CustomersGlenshee Ski Centre is investing £2.47m to upgrade its chair lifts after securing 75% of the funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. The new lifts will improve access to higher altitude snowfields, potentially attracting more international visitors.
Glenshee Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
102 Mar 2015Recruiting 200 Staff - New Hotel Opening - Management OpportunitiesHilton Hotels is recruiting 200 staff for the new Hilton at the Ageas Bowl hotel in Hampshire, which is nearing completion. The company is seeking an Executive Head Chef, Revenue Manager and Human Resources Manager. The hotel is expected to open in May 2015.
Hilton International Hotels (UK) Limited
£65m£36m1
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£35m Increase In Turnover - Profits Fall To £31m - 4,000 LocationsProperty firm William Pears, increased its turnover from £41m to £76m in the year to April 2014. However, profits fell from £37m to £31m. The property business has 4,000 homes and business sites, and employs 120 staff.
William Pears Group Limited
£41m£-4.8m122
27 Feb 2015£10m of International Contracts Secured - New 6,000 sq m Warehouse - Expanding in Eastern Europe - Turnover Up 20%Logistics company Transmec has secured international contracts worth £10m. The Essex-headquartered company, with operations in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Bradford, West Yorkshire, increased turnover by 20% over the last 12 months. It has acquired a 6,000 sq m warehouse near Pershore, Worcestershire and is launching a new department at Redditch focused on Eastern Europe.
Transmec UK Limited
£24m£-0.1m1303
05 Mar 2015Turnover Up 18% To £25m - Effective Business Strategy - Growth Across All Divisions - 4 LocationsLaw firm Thrings, which has offices in London, Bristol, Bath and Swindon, increased its turnover by 18% to £25m in 2014, helped by good service and clear pricing. The company's commercial property, agriculture and commercial divisions all experienced substantial growth.
Thrings Llp
£21m£5m30517
27 Feb 2015Strong Global Demand - Profits Up 14% To £400m - Licensing Revenues Up 26%Cambridge-headquartered ARM Holdings, which licenses microchip designs to manufacturers, is benefiting from rising global demand for its technology. Operating profit has increased 14% to £400m, helped by a 26% increase in licensing revenues to £361m. Further royalty revenue growth is expected, with major launching products based on Arm's technology in 2015.
ARM Holdings PLC
£715m2,5984
27 Feb 2015Increased Tidal Energy Investment - Turnover Increased To £25m - Profits Up By a ThirdAberdeen-based investment business First Tech, increased its profits by around a third to more than £3m in the year to April 2014, while turnover increased from £18m to almost £25m. The company has increased its investment in the emerging tidal energy industry.
First Tech Limited
£19m£3m851
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
02 Mar 2015£63m Contract Secured - Major Hospital Development - Potential Employment OpportunitiesContractor Kier has secured a £63m contract to redevelop Birmingham Women's Hospital for Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust. The scheme is expected to create substantial employment opportunities. It is expected to be fully complete early in 2019.
Kier Group PLC
£2,954m£35m15,33516
27 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
27 Feb 2015£130,000 Growth Funding - New Premises - £1m Turnover - Creating JobsPrinting firm Design X-Press is planning to create 6 jobs and increase its £1m turnover after moving to a new site in Consett, County Durham and investing in new equipment. The firm, which has 9 employees has gained new contracts. It secured £130,000 funding to support the expansion.
Design X-Press Limited
1
27 Feb 2015£10m of International Contracts Secured - New 6,000 sq m Warehouse - Expanding in Eastern Europe - Turnover Up 20%Logistics company Transmec has secured international contracts worth £10m. The Essex-headquartered company, with operations in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Bradford, West Yorkshire, increased turnover by 20% over the last 12 months. It has acquired a 6,000 sq m warehouse near Pershore, Worcestershire and is launching a new department at Redditch focused on Eastern Europe.
Transmec UK Limited
£24m£-0.1m1303
03 Mar 2015£10m Funding - Major Contract Extension - New Products - Chief Executive In PostRentSmart, a Manchester technology finance firm with 100 staff, has secured £10m bank funding to expand and launch new products. The company has extended a contract with Dixons Retail Group, which allows it to offer its service through PC World and Currys stores and websites. It has appointed a new Chief Executive, Fernando de Vicente.
Rentsmart Limited
£10m£3m661
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Awards

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Mar 2015Business Development Strategy - Invests £200,000 in Equipment - Significant Industry AccreditationMorris Lubricants has invested £200,000 in new equipment at its Shrewsbury laboratory to ensure the quality of its products and allow it to apply for prestigious industry accreditation. Morris Lubricants is a subsidiary of Paterson Enterprises, a £49m turnover company with 140 employees. Job Opportunities could be possible.
Morris Lubricants Limited
1
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
04 Mar 2015£60m Takeover - Acquired By US Company - 5 Locations - £16m TurnoverThe UK and European division of Zolfo Cooper, an adviser on corporate restructurings, is being acquired by AlixPartners, a New York-based advisory firm, for around £65m. Zolfo Cooper is owned by Better Capital and has offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, and Glasgow. It has a turnover of £16m.
Zolfo Cooper Holdings Limited
£16m£1m1844
05 Mar 2015£105m Investment - International Expansion - Sustained Business GrowthAspen Pumps, the Hailsham, East Sussex-based air conditioning and refrigeration pump manufacturer, in being acquired by 3i Group in a £105m transaction. 3i will support Aspen Pumps' ambitious plans for international growth. Aspen grew by 12% annually between 2009 and 2014.
Aspen Pumps Limited
£24m901
05 Mar 2015£105m Investment - Acquires Majority Stake in Aspen Pumps - Supporting International Growth3i is acquiring Aspen Pumps, the Hailsham, East Sussex-based air conditioning and refrigeration pump manufacturer, in a £105m transaction. 3i will support Aspen Pumps? ambitious plans for growth internationally. London-headquartered 3i Group has a turnover of £693m and 280 employees.
3i Group plc
£693m£519m2779
04 Mar 2015Takeover Talks Terminations - 888 Rejects Offer - £1.5bn Turnover - 2,400 LocationsWilliam Hill and online rival 888 have ended discussions over a possible takeover. William Hill's offer, which valued 888 at £700m, has been rejected as too low. London-headquartered William Hill has a turnover of £1.5bn and 17,000 employees. It has 2,390 betting shops across the UK.
William Hill PLC
£1,487m£303m17,0892,400
27 Feb 2015Placed Into Adminstration - 300 Jobs Lost - 39 Stores To Close - Resolve Acquires 41 StoresCooplands, the South Yorkshire bakery chain, has been placed into administration with the loss of 303 jobs from a workforce of 562. Cooplands' Doncaster head office and production site, and 39 stores, will close. Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 stores and Cooplands' Bap Van delivery business, safeguarding 259 jobs.
Cooplands (Doncaster) Limited (In Admininstration)
£17m£-1.0m61462
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Mar 2015Technology Investment - Underwriting Partnership - 30% Growth in New BusinessScottish Provident, a division of the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society, has increased new business by 30% after investing in application process technology from UnderwriteMe. The system, which allows advisers to apply to Scottish Provident on behalf of clients, has substantially improved efficiency.
Royal London Mutual Insurance Society,Limited(The)
£4,904m3,0502
27 Feb 2015Launches Digital Datacentre Outsourcing Service - Major Software InvestmentAtos has launched innovative digital datacentre outsourcing services. It has invested in a new software technologies from VMware in order to meet growing demand for the new service, which will make it easier for customers to switch suppliers, reduce costs and update infrastructure.
Atos UK IT Limited
14
02 Mar 2015Investing in Technology - International Expansion - Considering Further Acquisitions - 600 EmployeesFast growing online travel search firm Skyscanner is considering further acquisitions to strengthen its technology base. The company acquired Hungarian mobile developer Distinction and China-based search company Youbibi, in 2014. Skyscanner has 400 staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a further 200 across China, Singapore, US, Spain and Hungary.
Skyscanner Limited
£65m£22m2462
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Budgets & Expenditure

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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Mar 2015£4.5m Marketing Investment - 17% Growth In Sales - 16,800 EmployeesDiscount supermarket chain Aldi spent £4.5m on TV and print advertising in January 2015. The company's sales increased by 17% year-on-year. Atherstone, West Midlands-headquartered Aldi has 16,800 employees.
Aldi Stores Limited
£5,272m£271m11,839378
03 Mar 2015Trebles Sales - Plans Further Expansion - Marketing PartnershipStorMagic, a Bristol-based data storage specialist, has trebled sales and entered into a joint marketing agreement with rival firm VMware, which allows the two companies to sell each others? products. The agreement is expected to result in further business growth.
Stormagic Limited
03 Mar 2015138% Increase in Spending on Advertising - 14% Growth in Sales - Market Share IncreasedSupermarket chain Lidl increased its spending on TV and print advertising by 138% in January 2015. Sales increased by 14% year-on-year the company increased its market share. Lidl has a turnover of £245m.
Lidl Limited
£245m12,628580
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
05 Mar 2015£72m Investment - UK and US Expansion - Opportunities In Cloud Computing MarketOnline accounting software company Xero, has raised £72m from Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management, to fund global growth, particularly in the UK and US. The company aims to capture a significant share of the UK market for cloud technology. Xero has offices in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Xero (UK) Limited
£2m441
04 Mar 2015£60m Energy Fund - Supporting 30 Renewable Energy ProjectsAlbion Community Power, which builds and operates community-scale energy initiatives, is to allocate a £60m fund to around 30 smaller-scale renewable-energy projects across the UK, including a hydro-power scheme near Crianlarich, Stirling. The UK Green Investment Bank is investing £50m in the fund, and Strathclyde Pension Fund a further £10m.
Albion Community Power
1
02 Mar 2015£4m Bank Funding Secured - Overseas Sales Growth - £15m TurnoverStockport-based engineering company FPE Global is planning further export growth after securing new bank funding worth £3.7m. The company, which manufactures machinery for dry bulk material handling, has a turnover of £15m, around half of which comes from overseas markets. Export sales have grown substantially in recent years.
FPE Global Limited
£14m£0.6m601
04 Mar 2015£3m Funding Secured - 400 Potential New Jobs - £4m TurnoverNorwich-based NWES, regional enterprise agency, is to receive £3m of government funding to provide grants to local businesses in order to create 400 new jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk over the two years to 2017. NWES has a turnover of £4.4m and 60 employees.
Norfolk And Waveney Enterprise Services
£4m£0.3m594
05 Mar 2015£350,000 Investment - New Premises - Overseas Expansion - New Jobs ExpectedAmerex Fire International has acquired a new site in Cwmbran, Wales, with a £350,000 investment supported by Barclays. The company, which employs 14 staff, provides fire-fighting products to the UK, Europe and India, and is planning to enter new markets. Its on-going expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Amerex Fire International Limited
1
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Performance & Profits

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Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£35m Increase In Turnover - Profits Fall To £31m - 4,000 LocationsProperty firm William Pears, increased its turnover from £41m to £76m in the year to April 2014. However, profits fell from £37m to £31m. The property business has 4,000 homes and business sites, and employs 120 staff.
William Pears Group Limited
£41m£-4.8m122
27 Feb 2015Strong Trading for ASK-Zizzi - 10% Growth In Sales - Profits Up 21% To £18m - 250 LocationsPizza chains ASK and Zizzi, owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint, are trading strongly, with profits up by a fifth. Sales for ASK-Zizzi rose 10% to £119m, while profits increased 21% to nearly £18m in the 28 weeks to 11 January 2015. Ask and Zizzi operate 137 and 110 restaurants respectively across the UK.
Bridgepoint Advisers Limited
£89m£22m394
27 Feb 2015Strong Global Demand - Profits Up 14% To £400m - Licensing Revenues Up 26%Cambridge-headquartered ARM Holdings, which licenses microchip designs to manufacturers, is benefiting from rising global demand for its technology. Operating profit has increased 14% to £400m, helped by a 26% increase in licensing revenues to £361m. Further royalty revenue growth is expected, with major launching products based on Arm's technology in 2015.
ARM Holdings PLC
£715m2,5984
02 Mar 2015Strong Christmas Sales - £90m Profit Expected - 10,000 EmployeesJD Sports Fashion's sales grew by 12% in the five weeks to 3 January 2015. Annual profit is expected to exceed the top end of market expectations, which up to £90m. The retailer is headquartered in Bury, Lancashire, and employs more than 10,000 staff.
JD Sports Fashion PLC
£1,331m£59m10,508400
04 Mar 2015Strong Business Performance - 53% Profits Growth To £202m - New Mortgage Lending Up 25%Coventry Building Society increased its profits by 53% to almost £202m for 2014. The building society also benefited from an upturn in the housing market with new mortgage lending increasing by 25% to £7.4bn.
Coventry Building Society
11
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Performance & Profits

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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
02 Mar 2015£4m Bank Funding Secured - Overseas Sales Growth - £15m TurnoverStockport-based engineering company FPE Global is planning further export growth after securing new bank funding worth £3.7m. The company, which manufactures machinery for dry bulk material handling, has a turnover of £15m, around half of which comes from overseas markets. Export sales have grown substantially in recent years.
FPE Global Limited
£14m£0.6m601
27 Feb 2015£35m Increase In Turnover - Profits Fall To £31m - 4,000 LocationsProperty firm William Pears, increased its turnover from £41m to £76m in the year to April 2014. However, profits fell from £37m to £31m. The property business has 4,000 homes and business sites, and employs 120 staff.
William Pears Group Limited
£41m£-4.8m122
05 Mar 2015Turnover Up 18% To £25m - Effective Business Strategy - Growth Across All Divisions - 4 LocationsLaw firm Thrings, which has offices in London, Bristol, Bath and Swindon, increased its turnover by 18% to £25m in 2014, helped by good service and clear pricing. The company's commercial property, agriculture and commercial divisions all experienced substantial growth.
Thrings Llp
£21m£5m30517
03 Mar 2015Trebles Sales - Plans Further Expansion - Marketing PartnershipStorMagic, a Bristol-based data storage specialist, has trebled sales and entered into a joint marketing agreement with rival firm VMware, which allows the two companies to sell each others? products. The agreement is expected to result in further business growth.
Stormagic Limited
03 Mar 2015Technology Investment - Underwriting Partnership - 30% Growth in New BusinessScottish Provident, a division of the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society, has increased new business by 30% after investing in application process technology from UnderwriteMe. The system, which allows advisers to apply to Scottish Provident on behalf of clients, has substantially improved efficiency.
Royal London Mutual Insurance Society,Limited(The)
£4,904m3,0502
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Performance & Profits

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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
02 Mar 2015£63m Investment - Major Hospital Development - Potential Employment OpportunitiesBirmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a £63m contract to contractor Kier to redevelop Birmingham Women's Hospital. The four-year scheme will provide new gynaecology, maternity and in-patient facilities. It will help the trust meet rising demand for its service, and potentially create new jobs.
Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust
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04 Mar 2015£315m Investment Programme - Social Housing Development PlannedCentral Bedfordshire Council is planning to invest £315m in local services and communities from April 2016. Significant investment is planned for independent living schemes and sheltered housing. The council plans to spend £64m on social care health and support services, £44m services for children and £36m on community services.
Central Bedfordshire Council
1
04 Mar 2015£25m Investment - Mental Health Unit Opens - Two New Hospitals Planned - Creating JobsMersey Care NHS Trust has opened a £25m unit in Liverpool, providing 80 beds for people with mental health issues, as part of its efforts to improve mental health care in the region. The trust has ambitions to build two more new hospitals in Merseyside, creating employment opportunities.
Mersey Care NHS Trust
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27 Feb 2015£2.47m Investment - Upgrading Chair Lifts - Attracting International CustomersGlenshee Ski Centre is investing £2.47m to upgrade its chair lifts after securing 75% of the funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. The new lifts will improve access to higher altitude snowfields, potentially attracting more international visitors.
Glenshee Limited
1
03 Mar 2015£10m Funding - Major Contract Extension - New Products - Chief Executive In PostRentSmart, a Manchester technology finance firm with 100 staff, has secured £10m bank funding to expand and launch new products. The company has extended a contract with Dixons Retail Group, which allows it to offer its service through PC World and Currys stores and websites. It has appointed a new Chief Executive, Fernando de Vicente.
Rentsmart Limited
£10m£3m661
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015New Store Planned - Creating Jobs - e-Commerce ServiceA second Argos store is to be opened in East Grinstead, West Sussex, as part of the retailer's on-going expansion. Job opportunities are expected at the new store, which will provide a click and reserve service.
Argos Limited
£3,872m£61m27,086747
04 Mar 2015L'Agent Store Opened - Jobs Created - UK and International Expansion - e-commerce WebsiteRetailer Agent Provocateur has opened its first L?Agent standalone store in London, creating new jobs, after opening stores in New York and Los Angeles, and launching an e-commerce website. The L?Agent lingerie brand, launched in 2013 as a wholesale line, has grown swiftly. London-headquartered Agent Provocateur has a turnover of £39m.
Agent Provocateur Limited
£39m£4m32711
02 Mar 2015Investing in Technology - International Expansion - Considering Further Acquisitions - 600 EmployeesFast growing online travel search firm Skyscanner is considering further acquisitions to strengthen its technology base. The company acquired Hungarian mobile developer Distinction and China-based search company Youbibi, in 2014. Skyscanner has 400 staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a further 200 across China, Singapore, US, Spain and Hungary.
Skyscanner Limited
£65m£22m2462
05 Mar 2015Ecommerce Site Launched - UK Sales Growth - Retail PartnershipsAmerican watch brand Timex has tripled its sales in the UK since launching its own e-commerce website in November 2014. The brand has secured partnerships with retailers such as Goodhood, End Clothing, and ASOS.
Timex Group UK
1
05 Mar 2015Ecommerce Services Provider Expands - Acquires Sonuts Division - Lauches Service In FranceWe Are Pentagon, the London-headquartered ecommerce service provider for online marketplaces, has acquired the managed services division of French provider, Sonuts. The acquisition will extend Pentagon's service to 16 new online marketplaces.
We Are Pentagon Limited
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Renewable Energy

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
04 Mar 2015£60m Energy Fund - Supporting 30 Renewable Energy ProjectsAlbion Community Power, which builds and operates community-scale energy initiatives, is to allocate a £60m fund to around 30 smaller-scale renewable-energy projects across the UK, including a hydro-power scheme near Crianlarich, Stirling. The UK Green Investment Bank is investing £50m in the fund, and Strathclyde Pension Fund a further £10m.
Albion Community Power
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27 Feb 2015New Wind Turbine Factory - 200 New Jobs - International Joint VentureWind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has created 200 jobs on the Isle of Wight in a joint venture between Danish company Vestas and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Prototypes for wind turbine blades have been designed and manufactured on the island and serial production of the blades will commence in May 2015.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind UK Ltd
£37m£0.5m1085
05 Mar 2015Investment in Renewable Energy - Significant Cost Savings - Revenue Gains - £27m TurnoverLubricant manufacturer RS Clare has hired renewable specialist TGE Group to install renewable technologies at its head office in Liverpool. The investment will help RS Clare substantially reduce its energy costs and gain additional revenues through Government incentives. RS Clare has turnover of £27m.
R.S.Clare & Co.,Limited
£27m£3m1453
27 Feb 2015Increased Tidal Energy Investment - Turnover Increased To £25m - Profits Up By a ThirdAberdeen-based investment business First Tech, increased its profits by around a third to more than £3m in the year to April 2014, while turnover increased from £18m to almost £25m. The company has increased its investment in the emerging tidal energy industry.
First Tech Limited
£19m£3m851
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
02 Mar 2015£4m Bank Funding Secured - Overseas Sales Growth - £15m TurnoverStockport-based engineering company FPE Global is planning further export growth after securing new bank funding worth £3.7m. The company, which manufactures machinery for dry bulk material handling, has a turnover of £15m, around half of which comes from overseas markets. Export sales have grown substantially in recent years.
FPE Global Limited
£14m£0.6m601
03 Mar 2015£4.5m Marketing Investment - 17% Growth In Sales - 16,800 EmployeesDiscount supermarket chain Aldi spent £4.5m on TV and print advertising in January 2015. The company's sales increased by 17% year-on-year. Atherstone, West Midlands-headquartered Aldi has 16,800 employees.
Aldi Stores Limited
£5,272m£271m11,839378
03 Mar 2015Trebles Sales - Plans Further Expansion - Marketing PartnershipStorMagic, a Bristol-based data storage specialist, has trebled sales and entered into a joint marketing agreement with rival firm VMware, which allows the two companies to sell each others? products. The agreement is expected to result in further business growth.
Stormagic Limited
03 Mar 2015Technology Investment - Underwriting Partnership - 30% Growth in New BusinessScottish Provident, a division of the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society, has increased new business by 30% after investing in application process technology from UnderwriteMe. The system, which allows advisers to apply to Scottish Provident on behalf of clients, has substantially improved efficiency.
Royal London Mutual Insurance Society,Limited(The)
£4,904m3,0502
27 Feb 2015Strong Trading for ASK-Zizzi - 10% Growth In Sales - Profits Up 21% To £18m - 250 LocationsPizza chains ASK and Zizzi, owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint, are trading strongly, with profits up by a fifth. Sales for ASK-Zizzi rose 10% to £119m, while profits increased 21% to nearly £18m in the 28 weeks to 11 January 2015. Ask and Zizzi operate 137 and 110 restaurants respectively across the UK.
Bridgepoint Advisers Limited
£89m£22m394
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Cloud Computing & Virtualisation

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
05 Mar 2015£72m Investment - UK and US Expansion - Opportunities In Cloud Computing MarketOnline accounting software company Xero, has raised £72m from Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management, to fund global growth, particularly in the UK and US. The company aims to capture a significant share of the UK market for cloud technology. Xero has offices in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Xero (UK) Limited
£2m441
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
05 Mar 2015£72m Investment - UK and US Expansion - Opportunities In Cloud Computing MarketOnline accounting software company Xero, has raised £72m from Accel Partners and Matrix Capital Management, to fund global growth, particularly in the UK and US. The company aims to capture a significant share of the UK market for cloud technology. Xero has offices in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Xero (UK) Limited
£2m441
04 Mar 2015£60m Takeover - Acquired By US Company - 5 Locations - £16m TurnoverThe UK and European division of Zolfo Cooper, an adviser on corporate restructurings, is being acquired by AlixPartners, a New York-based advisory firm, for around £65m. Zolfo Cooper is owned by Better Capital and has offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, and Glasgow. It has a turnover of £16m.
Zolfo Cooper Holdings Limited
£16m£1m1844
27 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
02 Mar 2015£4m Bank Funding Secured - Overseas Sales Growth - £15m TurnoverStockport-based engineering company FPE Global is planning further export growth after securing new bank funding worth £3.7m. The company, which manufactures machinery for dry bulk material handling, has a turnover of £15m, around half of which comes from overseas markets. Export sales have grown substantially in recent years.
FPE Global Limited
£14m£0.6m601
05 Mar 2015£350,000 Investment - New Premises - Overseas Expansion - New Jobs ExpectedAmerex Fire International has acquired a new site in Cwmbran, Wales, with a £350,000 investment supported by Barclays. The company, which employs 14 staff, provides fire-fighting products to the UK, Europe and India, and is planning to enter new markets. Its on-going expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Amerex Fire International Limited
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