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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 20155m Investment - Business Expansion Plans - Potential New JobsITM Power, which manufactures hydrogen fuel technology, plans to scale up its business and expand into new markets, following a 4.9m investment by digger manufacturer JCB. The investment could create employment opportunities at ITM, which is based in Sheffield, and has a turnover of more than 1m.
ITM Power Plc
1m8m692
01 Apr 2015460m Takeover - New Growth Phase Expected - 580 Global Locations - Employment Opportunities AnticipatedSurvitec Group, a manufacturer of personal survival equipment, has secured new investment from Onex Corporation, which is acquiring the Southampton, Hampshire-based firm for almost 460m. Survitec, which has a worldwide network of 580 distributors and service stations, is expected to grow substantially following the takeover, potentially creating employment and business opportunities.
Survitec Group Limited
65m4m5222
9027 Mar 20153m Growth Funding Secured - UK and US Expansion - Creating 90 Jobs - 2m TurnoverKromek, a Sedgefield, Co Durham-based scanner firm, intends to continue to grow in the US and UK after securing 3m bank funding. The firm plans to create 90 jobs, increasing its workforce to 200. Kromek has a turnover of almost 2m.
Kromek Limited
2m-3.3m571
01 Apr 2015395m Investment - Accquired By Arle Capital - Global Expansion Strategy - New Chief ExecutiveInnovia Group is progressing with its growth strategy after its takeover by Arle Capital for 395m. The global company, which manufactures packaging, label and security films, recently appointed Mark Robertshaw as group chief executive to drive growth and innovation. Innovia intends to capitalise on market opportunities, and to expand its specialist films business through investment in new capacity, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Innovia Films Limited
233m15m8834
2526 Mar 201538m Investment - Cyber Security Centre Expansion - 25 New Jobs ExpectedQueen's University in Belfast is investing 38m in its Centre for Secure Information Technologies, potentially creating 25 new jobs. The investment will make the centre a global research and innovation hub to train technology experts of the future.
Queen's University Belfast
3
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
101 Apr 2015395m Investment - Accquired By Arle Capital - Global Expansion Strategy - New Chief ExecutiveInnovia Group is progressing with its growth strategy after its takeover by Arle Capital for 395m. The global company, which manufactures packaging, label and security films, recently appointed Mark Robertshaw as group chief executive to drive growth and innovation. Innovia intends to capitalise on market opportunities, and to expand its specialist films business through investment in new capacity, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Innovia Films Limited
233m15m8834
26 Mar 2015UK Expansion - Creating 4,000 Jobs - 400 New Branches - 5.6bn TurnoverBuilders' merchant Travis Perkins is to create 4,000 jobs and open 400 new branches across the country over a four year period. The new roles will include apprenticeships and opportunities for managers, IT and supply chain professionals. Travis Perkins employs 24,000 people in the UK across 2,000 branches. It has revenues of 5.6bn.
Travis Perkins Plc
5,149m330m21,9371,138
227 Mar 2015Senior Managers Appointed - Major Distribution Contract SecuredNth Degree Imaging, based in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, has appointed Duncan Macdonald as Digital Sales Manager, and Andy Banks as Digital Technical Manager, after being appointed as a UK authorised dealer for Roland DG wide-format printers. The company has 7 employees.
Nth Degree Imaging Ltd
2
130 Mar 2015Exceptional Growth - Appoints New CEO - Expanding Internationally - 127m TurnoverOnline retailer Notonthehighstreet.com, which ranks among the top 25 fastest growing technology businesses in the UK, has appointed Simon Belsham as its new chief executive. The company, which employs 200 staff from its headquarters in Richmond, Surrey, has increased its turnover to a record 127m. It launched a German e-commerce site in 2014.
Notonthehighstreet Enterprises Ltd
21m2m1193
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Mar 2015Restructuring - Relocating Headquarters To Birmingham - Moving 1,000 JobsHSBC is planning to move its UK headquarters, and around 1,000 staff, from London to Birmingham by 2019, as part of the separation of its investment banking operations from its personal and business banking operations. The bank has a turnover of 58.7bn and around 269,000 employees.
HSBC Holdings PLC
58,714m12,185m268,7951,134
30 Mar 2015Major Expansion Plan - New Offices - Creating 450 JobsPensions firm Royal London is planning to create an additional 450 jobs at its base in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where it already employs 1,000 staff. The new jobs will support the firm's ambitious expansion programme and will be based at new offices to be built near to its existing premises.
Royal London Mutual Insurance Society,Limited(The)
4,904m3,0502
31 Mar 2015Company Expansion - New 18,000 Sq Ft Premises - Possible New JobsHydraulic parts company Flowfit has acquired a one acre site providing 18,000 sq ft of offices, manufacturing and storage. The company are currently experiencing huge growth and expansion and the new premises will enable them to expand their engineering and manufacturing division immediately, leading to possible employment opportunities. Managing Director is Simon Parsonage
Flowfit Ltd
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Mar 201527m Investment - Factory Expansion - Export Growth Strategy - 200 New JobsDunbia, the meat processor and distributor, is planning to create 209 new jobs at its plant in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, over a three year period. It is investing 27m to expand the factory to increase output and support export growth. The Dunbia Group employs about 4,000 staff over 13 sites.
Dunbia Limited
764m7m3,2563
101 Apr 2015Plant to Close - Global Market Pressures - 152 Job Losses - 25m TurnoverEastman Chemical is closing its plant in Workington, Cumbria, with the loss of 152 jobs, as a result of a change in global markets. The site will cease production in April 2015. Eastman Chemical has a turnover of 25m.
Eastman Chemical Workington Limited
25m3m1681
31 Mar 2015Multi Million Pound Factory Expansion Plan - 65 New Jobs Planned - 40m InvestmentBridgnorth Aluminium are planning to invest 40m in an expansion to their Bridgnorth factory which will create 65 new jobs. The planning application is to be decided on 15 May 2015. Simon Macvicker is Managing Director
Bridgnorth Aluminium Limited
180m12m2632
101 Apr 2015Major Business Expansion - New Premises - Creating 150 JobsColdharbour Marine, which builds marine and offshore fluid handling systems, is planning to employ up to 150 highly-skilled workers, following its move to a new base in Linby, Nottinghamshire, in December 2014. The firm currently has 30 employees.
Coldharbour Marine Ltd
1
27 Mar 2015International Company - 4.5m Expansion - New Premises - Creating Employment OpportunitiesSulzer, an engineering equipment repair firm, intends to create jobs in a 4.5m expansion. The company has moved its operations in Middlesbrough to a 25% larger site, allowing it to create metal spraying and testing facilities. Switzerland-headquartered Sulzer has bases in Brazil, China, Germany and Mexico.
Sulzer Pumps (UK) Limited
174m20m5914
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
101 Apr 20153m Expansion Continues - New Range Launched - London Hub Opened - 500 EmployeesCeramic products manufacturer Dudson is continuing to expand after securing 3m of growth funding in 2014. It has launched a new range of tableware and opened a London hub to showcase its products. The firm employs 500 people, with turnover approaching 30m. It has manufacturing facilities in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and Digoin, France.
Dudson (Holdings) Limited
28m-1.6m5611
30 Mar 201528m Finance Secured - Investing in Stores - 50 New Jobs ExpectedLeekes, the South Wales-based retail and hospitality group, plans to create 50 jobs after securing 28m bank funding. The firm is growing strongly and is planning to open more stores and invest in existing stores.
Leekes Limited
55m-1.8m61211
131 Mar 201520m Investment - Shopping Centre Expansion - New JobsHammerson Plc's shopping centre in Glasgow is undergoing a 20m expansion, creating a substantial number of jobs. The 10,900 square metre leisure development is nearing completion, and includes nine new restaurants and a Cineworld cinema.
Hammerson PLC
321m435m4101
10026 Mar 2015UK Expansion - Creating 4,000 Jobs - 400 New Branches - 5.6bn TurnoverBuilders' merchant Travis Perkins is to create 4,000 jobs and open 400 new branches across the country over a four year period. The new roles will include apprenticeships and opportunities for managers, IT and supply chain professionals. Travis Perkins employs 24,000 people in the UK across 2,000 branches. It has revenues of 5.6bn.
Travis Perkins Plc
5,149m330m21,9371,138
127 Mar 2015Profits Up 35% To 284m - Rapid International Growth - Major New York Store OpeningSweden headquartered fashion retailer H&M increased its profits by 35% to 284m in the quarter to 28 February 2015, and is continuing with rapid international expansion. The company plans to open a 5,700 sq m flagship store in New York in 2016, which will be one of its largest shops worldwide.
H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited
796m20m5,7891,593
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Headquarters & Premises

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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Mar 201538m Investment - Cyber Security Centre Expansion - 25 New Jobs ExpectedQueen's University in Belfast is investing 38m in its Centre for Secure Information Technologies, potentially creating 25 new jobs. The investment will make the centre a global research and innovation hub to train technology experts of the future.
Queen's University Belfast
3
227 Mar 2015Two New Nurseries - Creating 20 Jobs - 50 Employees - 4 LocationsComplete Clarity is to open its fourth Tiptoes Day Nursery in April 2015, with the creation of up to 20 jobs. The new nursery is in Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire. The company, which employs 50 staff, is also planning to build a new nursery in Willerby, East Yorkshire.
Complete Clarity Limited
1
126 Mar 2015New School Opening - Potential Employment Opportunities - Partnerships With IndustryHumber UTC, a new school focused on the engineering and renewables industries, will open in Scunthorpe, in September 2015, creating employment opportunities. The school will work in partnership with local employers including BAE Systems, Tata Steel, Able UK, Centrica, Clugstons, the RAF and Smart Wind.
Humber UTC Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
131 Mar 201520m Investment - Shopping Centre Expansion - New JobsHammerson Plc's shopping centre in Glasgow is undergoing a 20m expansion, creating a substantial number of jobs. The 10,900 square metre leisure development is nearing completion, and includes nine new restaurants and a Cineworld cinema.
Hammerson PLC
321m435m4101
131 Mar 2015Opening New Cinema - Recruiting 70 StaffCineworld is opening a 14-screen cinema at Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow, in June 2015, creating 70 new jobs.
Cineworld Group PLC
406m38m5,49879
101 Apr 2015New Restaurant - Creating 70 JobsFast food company McDonald's is opening a new outlet at Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow, in June 2015, creating 70 new jobs.
McDonald's Restaurants Limited
1,184m157m39,2961,200
27 Mar 2015Major Expansion Plans - Hotel Extension - 30 New Jobs ExpectedThe Royal Hotel Skegness is to undergo a major expansion which will add an extra 50 bedrooms and create 30 new jobs. The planned scheme, which is expected to start in 2016, would make the hotel one of the largest on the Lincolnshire coast, with 120 bedrooms.
Royal Hotel Skegness
1
126 Mar 201564% Growth In Sales - 800,000 Investment - Opening Third Hotel - 15 New JobsEpic Apart Hotel, the rapidly-growing apartment rental firm, increased its sales by 64% to 750,000 for 2014. The business is opening its third Liverpool hotel in March 2015, creating 15 jobs, following an 800,000 investment. It has further plans for more developments.
Epic Liverpool Limited
3
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Headquarters & Premises

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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 2015Major Expansion Plans - Hotel Extension - 30 New Jobs ExpectedThe Royal Hotel Skegness is to undergo a major expansion which will add an extra 50 bedrooms and create 30 new jobs. The planned scheme, which is expected to start in 2016, would make the hotel one of the largest on the Lincolnshire coast, with 120 bedrooms.
Royal Hotel Skegness
1
126 Mar 201564% Growth In Sales - 800,000 Investment - Opening Third Hotel - 15 New JobsEpic Apart Hotel, the rapidly-growing apartment rental firm, increased its sales by 64% to 750,000 for 2014. The business is opening its third Liverpool hotel in March 2015, creating 15 jobs, following an 800,000 investment. It has further plans for more developments.
Epic Liverpool Limited
3
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Headquarters & Premises

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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
130 Mar 2015Opening New Call Centre - 400 New Jobs ExpectedInsurance firm Hasting Direct is setting up a call centre in Leicester, creating 230 jobs in 2015, with this figure expected to increase to up to 400 through further expansion during 2016 and 2017. The company is headquartered in Bexhill, East Sussex.
Hastings Direct Limited
3
30 Mar 2015Major Expansion Plan - New Offices - Creating 450 JobsPensions firm Royal London is planning to create an additional 450 jobs at its base in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where it already employs 1,000 staff. The new jobs will support the firm's ambitious expansion programme and will be based at new offices to be built near to its existing premises.
Royal London Mutual Insurance Society,Limited(The)
4,904m3,0502
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Growth

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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 2015Profits Up 12% To 782m - Sales Up 7% To 4bn - 53,000 EmployeesHigh Street fashion retailer Next has increased its annual profits by 12.5% to 782m after sales rose by 7% to reach 4bn for the first time. The Leicester-headquartered company has around 53,000 employees.
Next PLC
3,740m723m52,533500
26 Mar 2015Profits Rise By 75% - Number Of Completions Increased - Strong Business GrowthBarratt Developments, the national housebuilder, has experienced a rise in pre-tax profit of 75% in the six months up to December 2014, after increasing completion numbers. The company, which employs 5,365 staff, generates turnover of 3.1bn per year.
Barratt Developments P L C
3,157m410m5,3654
27 Mar 2015Profit Increased To 101m - Fifth Year of Strong Growth - Turnover Up 10% to 2bnGrafton, the builders' merchanting and DIY group, increased its revenue by almost 10% to 2.1bn, while profit increased to 101.2m, for 2014, its fifth successive year of strong profit growth. The group's UK merchanting division performing strongly due to improving market conditions.
Grafton Group (UK) Public Limited Company
68m64m85
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Growth

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Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
31 Mar 2015Turnover up 32.1% to 46.9m - Employe Numbers up 8.4% to 324Cheshire based Rowlinson Group, a group engaged in merchanting of timber and manufacture of timber products through its four companies, have grown turnover over 30% to 46.9m and increased employee numbers over 8% to 34. The company's continued growth could lead to further employment opportunities.
Rowlinson Group Limited
47m0.5m3241
31 Mar 2015Turnover up 15% to 24.5m - Employees Numbers up 16% to 372 - International GrowthWorcestershire based Tricorn, a group engaged in specialist engineering, has grown turnover by nearly 15% to 24.5m and increased employee numbers by over 16% to 372. The company is continuing to target growth in the US as well as pursuing growth in other territories, and their continued expansion could lead to further employment opportunities. Mike Welburn is Chief Executive
Tricorn Group Plc
24m-0.8m3721
31 Mar 2015Turnover grown 27.88% to 30.20m - Employee Numbers up 10% to 111Worcester based Volkerlaser, specialist and civil engineering contractor, has grown turnover nearly 30% to 30.2m and increased employee numbers by nearly 10% to 111. The company's continued growth could lead to further employment opportunities. Mike Weaver is Managing Director.
Volkerlaser Ltd
30m0.9m1116
31 Mar 2015Turnover Grown 7.68% to 9.80m - 132 Employees - Currently RecruitingCheshire headquartered Sg World, a group engaged in the marketing and manufacture of business systems, has grown turnover over 7% to 9.8m and increased employee numbers to 152. The company are currently recruiting for various sales, IT and marketing roles. Mark Haase is Chief Executive Officer
Sg World Limited
10m0.7m1522
31 Mar 2015Turnover Grown 36.86% to 77.32m - Employee Numbers up 14.9% to 154Worcestershire based construction company Speller Metcalfe, have grown turnover over 35% to 77.32m and increased employee numbers by nearly 15% to 154. The company's continued growth will lead to further employment opportunities. Steve Speller is Managing Director
Speller Metcalfe Limited
77m0.4m1544
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
31 Mar 2015Turnover up 47.85% to 21.09m - 49 Employees - Currently RecruitingEssential Supply Products, who are engaged in the manufacture and supply of disposable paper tissue products, have grown turnover nearly 50% to 21m and employ 49 members of staff. The company are currently recruiting for a National Sales Manager
Essential Supply Products Limited
21m0.5m491
31 Mar 2015Turnover up 32.1% to 46.9m - Employe Numbers up 8.4% to 324Cheshire based Rowlinson Group, a group engaged in merchanting of timber and manufacture of timber products through its four companies, have grown turnover over 30% to 46.9m and increased employee numbers over 8% to 34. The company's continued growth could lead to further employment opportunities.
Rowlinson Group Limited
47m0.5m3241
31 Mar 2015Turnover up 15% to 24.5m - Employees Numbers up 16% to 372 - International GrowthWorcestershire based Tricorn, a group engaged in specialist engineering, has grown turnover by nearly 15% to 24.5m and increased employee numbers by over 16% to 372. The company is continuing to target growth in the US as well as pursuing growth in other territories, and their continued expansion could lead to further employment opportunities. Mike Welburn is Chief Executive
Tricorn Group Plc
24m-0.8m3721
31 Mar 2015Turnover grown 27.88% to 30.20m - Employee Numbers up 10% to 111Worcester based Volkerlaser, specialist and civil engineering contractor, has grown turnover nearly 30% to 30.2m and increased employee numbers by nearly 10% to 111. The company's continued growth could lead to further employment opportunities. Mike Weaver is Managing Director.
Volkerlaser Ltd
30m0.9m1116
31 Mar 2015Turnover Grown 7.68% to 9.80m - 132 Employees - Currently RecruitingCheshire headquartered Sg World, a group engaged in the marketing and manufacture of business systems, has grown turnover over 7% to 9.8m and increased employee numbers to 152. The company are currently recruiting for various sales, IT and marketing roles. Mark Haase is Chief Executive Officer
Sg World Limited
10m0.7m1522
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
01 Apr 201518m MoD Contract Secured - 373m Turnover - 2,300 EmployeesUltra Electronics' Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has secured an 18m contract with the Ministry of Defence. The company will supply sonobuoys for Royal Navy helicopters. Ultra Electronics has a turnover of 373m and around 2,300 employees.
Ultra Electronics Ltd
373m65m2,2575
30 Mar 2015100m Contract With BP - 900 Employees - 500m TurnoverOilfield services company Asco has secured a 100m contract to support BP's North Sea operations, building on an existing business relationship with BP. Asco employs 900 staff at various sites in Scotland and has a turnover of around 500m.
Asco UK Ltd
493m11m7305
27 Mar 2015Senior Managers Appointed - Major Distribution Contract SecuredNth Degree Imaging, based in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, has appointed Duncan Macdonald as Digital Sales Manager, and Andy Banks as Digital Technical Manager, after being appointed as a UK authorised dealer for Roland DG wide-format printers. The company has 7 employees.
Nth Degree Imaging Ltd
2
26 Mar 2015Major Contract With Amazon - Digital Market OpportunitiesHeadline Pictures, a Newcastle, Tyneside-based film company has secured a contract to produce a new drama series for web retailer Amazon. Headline Pictures is benefiting from a trend for organisations such as Netflix and Amazon to make their own programmes using income from their digital businesses.
Headline Pictures Limited
2
26 Mar 2015International Expansion - 10,000 Order from Philippines - Staff RecruitmentCabinZero, a Leicester-based cabin rucksack manufacturer, is increasing its presence overseas, and has received an order worth 10,000 for stores in the Philippines. The company is recruiting two additional employees to cope with rising demand for its rucksacks.
TNG Europe Limited
3
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
01 Apr 2015460m Takeover - New Growth Phase Expected - 580 Global Locations - Employment Opportunities AnticipatedSurvitec Group, a manufacturer of personal survival equipment, has secured new investment from Onex Corporation, which is acquiring the Southampton, Hampshire-based firm for almost 460m. Survitec, which has a worldwide network of 580 distributors and service stations, is expected to grow substantially following the takeover, potentially creating employment and business opportunities.
Survitec Group Limited
65m4m5222
01 Apr 2015395m Investment - Accquired By Arle Capital - Global Expansion Strategy - New Chief ExecutiveInnovia Group is progressing with its growth strategy after its takeover by Arle Capital for 395m. The global company, which manufactures packaging, label and security films, recently appointed Mark Robertshaw as group chief executive to drive growth and innovation. Innovia intends to capitalise on market opportunities, and to expand its specialist films business through investment in new capacity, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Innovia Films Limited
233m15m8834
01 Apr 2015Rapid Growth - Life Jacket Manufacturer Acquired - Product and Service ExpansionSafety and Survival Systems International, which trades as 3Si, has further expanded its portfolio of products and services through the acquisition of Bootle, Merseyside-based life jacket manufacturer International Safety Products. 3Si is one of the fastest expanding maritime groups in the UK.
Safety and Survival Systems International Ltd
1
01 Apr 2015Growth Investment Secured - European and UK Expansion - Targeting 300m Turnover - New Jobs ExpectedSandwich supplier Adelie Foods is to expand in the UK and Europe after securing growth investment from HIG Europe. Adelie's European expansion will be supported by HIG's extensive network across the continent. Turnover is expected to grown to almost 300m in 2015. New jobs are expected as a result of the investment.
Adelie Foods Group Limited
256m11m2,673
01 Apr 2015Global Restructuring Underway - Bid Expected From US Firm - Potential New InvestmentWeir Group, the Glasgow headquartered pump and valve manufacturer, is expected to be the subject of a takeover bid from a US firm, possibly General Electric Capital Corporation, Investment Arm. Weir recently implemented a 35m cost saving plan in response to a downturn in the oil sector. The potential new investment could facilitate future growth and business expansion.
Weir Group Plc
2,430m490m13,7507
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 201513.2m Expansion - Investing in Accommodation and Technology - Potential New JobsHoliday park operator Parkdean will invest 13.2m across its 24 parks in Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, Dorset and Hampshire, in 2015, including new holiday accommodation and a wi-fi upgrade. Bookings have increased by 25% and customer growth is expected to continue. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Parkdean Holidays Limited
2m15m1
26 Mar 2015UK Expansion - Creating 4,000 Jobs - 400 New Branches - 5.6bn TurnoverBuilders' merchant Travis Perkins is to create 4,000 jobs and open 400 new branches across the country over a four year period. The new roles will include apprenticeships and opportunities for managers, IT and supply chain professionals. Travis Perkins employs 24,000 people in the UK across 2,000 branches. It has revenues of 5.6bn.
Travis Perkins Plc
5,149m330m21,9371,138
26 Mar 2015Increasing Export Sales - Marketing Campaign - Developing New Website - Creating JobsComfizone, a Coalisland, Northern Ireland-based mattress and bedding manufacturer, is aiming to double its turnover with nine new jobs. The company is investing in marketing and website development in order to grow its export sales across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, with 60,125 of support from Invest Northern Ireland.
Comfizone Ltd
1
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Budgets & Expenditure

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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Mar 2015Increasing Export Sales - Marketing Campaign - Developing New Website - Creating JobsComfizone, a Coalisland, Northern Ireland-based mattress and bedding manufacturer, is aiming to double its turnover with nine new jobs. The company is investing in marketing and website development in order to grow its export sales across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, with 60,125 of support from Invest Northern Ireland.
Comfizone Ltd
1
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 20155m Investment - Business Expansion Plans - Potential New JobsITM Power, which manufactures hydrogen fuel technology, plans to scale up its business and expand into new markets, following a 4.9m investment by digger manufacturer JCB. The investment could create employment opportunities at ITM, which is based in Sheffield, and has a turnover of more than 1m.
ITM Power Plc
1m8m692
01 Apr 2015Global Restructuring Underway - Bid Expected From US Firm - Potential New InvestmentWeir Group, the Glasgow headquartered pump and valve manufacturer, is expected to be the subject of a takeover bid from a US firm, possibly General Electric Capital Corporation, Investment Arm. Weir recently implemented a 35m cost saving plan in response to a downturn in the oil sector. The potential new investment could facilitate future growth and business expansion.
Weir Group Plc
2,430m490m13,7507
01 Apr 2015Acquired by Bain Capital - Investing For Growth - 5 UK Sites - Worldwide Expansion PlansUS headquartered car part manufacturer TI Automotive, is to enter a new phase of growth following its acquisition by Bain Capital. TI Automotive has a UK base in Oxford, as well as bases in Telford, Sunderland, Burnaston and Deeside. The new investment will facilitate expansion across the company, which has facilities in 29 countries.
Ti Automotive Limited
2,065m204m20,0101
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
01 Apr 2015460m Takeover - New Growth Phase Expected - 580 Global Locations - Employment Opportunities AnticipatedSurvitec Group, a manufacturer of personal survival equipment, has secured new investment from Onex Corporation, which is acquiring the Southampton, Hampshire-based firm for almost 460m. Survitec, which has a worldwide network of 580 distributors and service stations, is expected to grow substantially following the takeover, potentially creating employment and business opportunities.
Survitec Group Limited
65m4m5222
27 Mar 20153m Growth Funding Secured - UK and US Expansion - Creating 90 Jobs - 2m TurnoverKromek, a Sedgefield, Co Durham-based scanner firm, intends to continue to grow in the US and UK after securing 3m bank funding. The firm plans to create 90 jobs, increasing its workforce to 200. Kromek has a turnover of almost 2m.
Kromek Limited
2m-3.3m571
01 Apr 20153m Expansion Continues - New Range Launched - London Hub Opened - 500 EmployeesCeramic products manufacturer Dudson is continuing to expand after securing 3m of growth funding in 2014. It has launched a new range of tableware and opened a London hub to showcase its products. The firm employs 500 people, with turnover approaching 30m. It has manufacturing facilities in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and Digoin, France.
Dudson (Holdings) Limited
28m-1.6m5611
01 Apr 2015395m Investment - Accquired By Arle Capital - Global Expansion Strategy - New Chief ExecutiveInnovia Group is progressing with its growth strategy after its takeover by Arle Capital for 395m. The global company, which manufactures packaging, label and security films, recently appointed Mark Robertshaw as group chief executive to drive growth and innovation. Innovia intends to capitalise on market opportunities, and to expand its specialist films business through investment in new capacity, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Innovia Films Limited
233m15m8834
30 Mar 201528m Finance Secured - Investing in Stores - 50 New Jobs ExpectedLeekes, the South Wales-based retail and hospitality group, plans to create 50 jobs after securing 28m bank funding. The firm is growing strongly and is planning to open more stores and invest in existing stores.
Leekes Limited
55m-1.8m61211
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Performance & Profits

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Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 2015Profits Up 35% To 284m - Rapid International Growth - Major New York Store OpeningSweden headquartered fashion retailer H&M increased its profits by 35% to 284m in the quarter to 28 February 2015, and is continuing with rapid international expansion. The company plans to open a 5,700 sq m flagship store in New York in 2016, which will be one of its largest shops worldwide.
H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited
796m20m5,7891,593
26 Mar 2015Profits Rise By 75% - Number Of Completions Increased - Strong Business GrowthBarratt Developments, the national housebuilder, has experienced a rise in pre-tax profit of 75% in the six months up to December 2014, after increasing completion numbers. The company, which employs 5,365 staff, generates turnover of 3.1bn per year.
Barratt Developments P L C
3,157m410m5,3654
27 Mar 2015Profits Fall 9% To 343m - Locations Across the UK - 87,000 EmployeesRetailer John Lewis Partnership's annual profits fell by 9% to 342.7m for the 53 weeks to 31 January 2015. The London-headquartered retailer, which owns the John Lewis and Waitrose chains, has 86,600 employees.
John Lewis Partnership Plc
9,028m424m86,60038
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Performance & Profits

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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 201513.2m Expansion - Investing in Accommodation and Technology - Potential New JobsHoliday park operator Parkdean will invest 13.2m across its 24 parks in Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, Dorset and Hampshire, in 2015, including new holiday accommodation and a wi-fi upgrade. Bookings have increased by 25% and customer growth is expected to continue. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Parkdean Holidays Limited
2m15m1
27 Mar 2015Profits Up 12% To 782m - Sales Up 7% To 4bn - 53,000 EmployeesHigh Street fashion retailer Next has increased its annual profits by 12.5% to 782m after sales rose by 7% to reach 4bn for the first time. The Leicester-headquartered company has around 53,000 employees.
Next PLC
3,740m723m52,533500
26 Mar 2015Profits Rise By 75% - Number Of Completions Increased - Strong Business GrowthBarratt Developments, the national housebuilder, has experienced a rise in pre-tax profit of 75% in the six months up to December 2014, after increasing completion numbers. The company, which employs 5,365 staff, generates turnover of 3.1bn per year.
Barratt Developments P L C
3,157m410m5,3654
27 Mar 2015Profit Increased To 101m - Fifth Year of Strong Growth - Turnover Up 10% to 2bnGrafton, the builders' merchanting and DIY group, increased its revenue by almost 10% to 2.1bn, while profit increased to 101.2m, for 2014, its fifth successive year of strong profit growth. The group's UK merchanting division performing strongly due to improving market conditions.
Grafton Group (UK) Public Limited Company
68m64m85
31 Mar 2015Placed Into Administration - 45 Jobs LostEco Link Power, a Grantham, Lincolshire-based supplier of biomass energy technology, has entered administration, resulting in the loss of 45 jobs. The company had experienced difficulty in securing funding to finance on-going projects.
Eco Link Power Ltd (In Administration)
1
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Products and Services

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01 Apr 20153m Expansion Continues - New Range Launched - London Hub Opened - 500 EmployeesCeramic products manufacturer Dudson is continuing to expand after securing 3m of growth funding in 2014. It has launched a new range of tableware and opened a London hub to showcase its products. The firm employs 500 people, with turnover approaching 30m. It has manufacturing facilities in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and Digoin, France.
Dudson (Holdings) Limited
28m-1.6m5611
30 Mar 2015120,000 Investment - Business Diversification - Investing in Equipment - 25 New JobsScrabster Seafoods, in Caithness, Scotland, is planning to double its workforce from 25 to 50 over a three year period. It is investing in new plant and equipment to enable it to process crabs on-site, and has secured 120,000 of financial support for the expansion.
Scrabster Seafoods Limited
1
01 Apr 20151.4m Funding Cut - 30 Jobs At Risk - Closing CoursesDudley College has lost 1.4m of Government funding and is reducing places for adult learners by 1,000. Courses will be affected and up to 30 jobs are at risk.
Dudley College
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01 Apr 2015Rapid Growth - Life Jacket Manufacturer Acquired - Product and Service ExpansionSafety and Survival Systems International, which trades as 3Si, has further expanded its portfolio of products and services through the acquisition of Bootle, Merseyside-based life jacket manufacturer International Safety Products. 3Si is one of the fastest expanding maritime groups in the UK.
Safety and Survival Systems International Ltd
1
01 Apr 2015Acquired By Chinese Company - Growth Investment - Developing New Products - 1,800 EmployeesBreakfast cereal producer Weetabix is launching products developed for consumers in China after securing investment from Bright Food, a major Chinese food company. Bright Food acquired a 60% shareholding in Weetabix in 2012 and is now taking full control of the company. Headquartered in Kettering, Northamptonshire, Weetabix employs around 1,800 people.
Weetabix Limited
366m112m1,0632
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
01 Apr 2015460m Takeover - New Growth Phase Expected - 580 Global Locations - Employment Opportunities AnticipatedSurvitec Group, a manufacturer of personal survival equipment, has secured new investment from Onex Corporation, which is acquiring the Southampton, Hampshire-based firm for almost 460m. Survitec, which has a worldwide network of 580 distributors and service stations, is expected to grow substantially following the takeover, potentially creating employment and business opportunities.
Survitec Group Limited
65m4m5222
27 Mar 20153m Growth Funding Secured - UK and US Expansion - Creating 90 Jobs - 2m TurnoverKromek, a Sedgefield, Co Durham-based scanner firm, intends to continue to grow in the US and UK after securing 3m bank funding. The firm plans to create 90 jobs, increasing its workforce to 200. Kromek has a turnover of almost 2m.
Kromek Limited
2m-3.3m571
01 Apr 2015395m Investment - Accquired By Arle Capital - Global Expansion Strategy - New Chief ExecutiveInnovia Group is progressing with its growth strategy after its takeover by Arle Capital for 395m. The global company, which manufactures packaging, label and security films, recently appointed Mark Robertshaw as group chief executive to drive growth and innovation. Innovia intends to capitalise on market opportunities, and to expand its specialist films business through investment in new capacity, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Innovia Films Limited
233m15m8834
30 Mar 201527m Investment - Factory Expansion - Export Growth Strategy - 200 New JobsDunbia, the meat processor and distributor, is planning to create 209 new jobs at its plant in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, over a three year period. It is investing 27m to expand the factory to increase output and support export growth. The Dunbia Group employs about 4,000 staff over 13 sites.
Dunbia Limited
764m7m3,2563
30 Mar 2015123,300 Investment - International Expansion - Recruiting StaffThe Highland Brewing Co, based on Orkney, Scotland, is targeting new markets including North America, Japan and Scandinavia after securing 123,300 of growth funding. Demand for the brewery's award-winning range has increased significantly. The company plans to recruit four more staff, doubling employee headcount to eight.
Highland Brewing Company Limited
3
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Mar 2015Increasing Export Sales - Marketing Campaign - Developing New Website - Creating JobsComfizone, a Coalisland, Northern Ireland-based mattress and bedding manufacturer, is aiming to double its turnover with nine new jobs. The company is investing in marketing and website development in order to grow its export sales across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, with 60,125 of support from Invest Northern Ireland.
Comfizone Ltd
1
30 Mar 2015Exceptional Growth - Appoints New CEO - Expanding Internationally - 127m TurnoverOnline retailer Notonthehighstreet.com, which ranks among the top 25 fastest growing technology businesses in the UK, has appointed Simon Belsham as its new chief executive. The company, which employs 200 staff from its headquarters in Richmond, Surrey, has increased its turnover to a record 127m. It launched a German e-commerce site in 2014.
Notonthehighstreet Enterprises Ltd
21m2m1193
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Renewable Energy

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Mar 2015New School Opening - Potential Employment Opportunities - Partnerships With IndustryHumber UTC, a new school focused on the engineering and renewables industries, will open in Scunthorpe, in September 2015, creating employment opportunities. The school will work in partnership with local employers including BAE Systems, Tata Steel, Able UK, Centrica, Clugstons, the RAF and Smart Wind.
Humber UTC Limited
1
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