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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jun 20159m grant to transform castleUp to 130 jobs will be created following a 9 million Lottery grant which will transform a historic castle in County Durham into a top class tourist destination with faith at its centre.
Counter Context Limited
1
50026 Jun 201575m Investment - Manchester Broadband Expansion - Creating 500 JobsVirgin Media has started work on a 75m project to bring super-fast broadband to Manchester, creating 500 jobs and benefiting 150,000 homes and businesses. The 467m turnover company will eventually invest 3bn across the country to bring ultrafast connectivity to four million premises.
Virgin Media Limited
467m1,780m14,07419
30 Jun 2015630,000 Growth Funding Secured - New York Office Opened - Doubling UK StaffBiotech company Biogelx, a spin-out from Strathclyde University, has secured 630,000 of funding to build its presence in the US, where it recently opened an office in New York. Biogelx intends to double headcount at its Scottish headquarters, and double turnover over the five years to 2020.
Biogelx Limited
1
25 Jun 20155m Aerospace Order Securued - New Jobs Expected - 60m Turnover - 900 StaffAvingtrans has secured a 5m order for its Sigma components aerospace division to supply fabricated assemblies to Belgian group, Sonaca. The contract will be managed from Sigma's base at Farnborough, Hampshire and has the potential to create employment opportunities. Nottingham-headquartered Avingtrans has turnover of 60m and around 900 employees.
Avingtrans PLC
60m3m8751
26 Jun 201550m Order Secured - Employment Opportunities Expected - 1bn TurnoverJCB has secured a 50m order from plant hire firm A-Plant, to supply 1,550 JCB machines. The order follows a 35m order from A-Plant placed in 2014 for 1,000 machines. JCB, which has a 1bn turnover, will manufacture the machines at its three factories in Staffordshire, potentially creating employment opportunities.
J C Bamford Excavators Limited
1,023m44m2,11615
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
126 Jun 2015Sales Director Appointed - Expansion of Export Business - Staff Headcount Increased To 80 - 10m TurnoverCaerphilly-based Direct Healthcare Services, which manufactures pressure care products, has appointed Stuart McAllister as sales director to help increase exports. Turnover grew to 10m over the three years to 2015, while employee numbers increased from 20 to 80. Manufacturing space has been expanded by 40% to 45,000 sq ft.
Direct Healthcare Services Ltd
1
30 Jun 2015Restructuring South African Subsidiary - 400 Management Jobs At RiskAnglo American's platinum mining subsidiary, Rustenburg Platinum Mines, is cutting 420 jobs in South Africa, as part of a strategy to improve financial stability by reconfiguring its operations into large, more efficient mining complexes. The restructuring will mainly affect managerial and supervisory positions.
Anglo American PLC
17,362m89m95,0001
40026 Jun 2015Restructuring - Hundreds of Management Redundancies - Recruting Engineers and TraineesBabcock International is making top-level managers redundant, while investing in engineers and apprentices. The restructuring will affect up to 200 managers in Plymouth, Devon, and several hundred in Faslane, Scotland. Babcock is actively recruiting 110 apprentices, 65 graduate trainees and 300 engineers across the two locations.
Babcock International Group PLC
3,321m233m28,385296
226 Jun 2015Management Buy-out - Growth Strategy - New Jobs ExpectedSoutham, Warwickshire-based Engineering Technology Group has undergone a management buyout. The engineering company is entering a new stage of growth, with employment opportunities expected. Martin Doyle is now managing director, and John Temple is Executive Chairman.
The Engineering Technology Group Limited
9m501
129 Jun 2015Management Buy-out - Bank Funding Secured - Expansion PlansWestsell, a packaging materials wholesaler, based near Bath, Somerset, has undergone a management buy-out supported by Lloyds Bank and led by Dale Cheasley, who becomes Managing Director. Westsell is now targeting growth by identifying new contract opportunities and enhancing its product line.
Westsell Limited
1
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People & Jobs

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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jun 2015Major Council Contract Secured - Operating 15 Sites in Wales - 2.5m Investment - Employment Opportunities ExpectedWealden Leisure, trading as Freedom Leisure, has secured a 15-year contract with Powys County Council to operate 15 leisure facilities in mid-Wales. Freedom Leisure will oversee a 2.5m investment across the 15 sites, including new IT systems. The contract has the potential to create employment opportunities.
Wealden Leisure Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
130 Jun 2015630,000 Growth Funding Secured - New York Office Opened - Doubling UK StaffBiotech company Biogelx, a spin-out from Strathclyde University, has secured 630,000 of funding to build its presence in the US, where it recently opened an office in New York. Biogelx intends to double headcount at its Scottish headquarters, and double turnover over the five years to 2020.
Biogelx Limited
1
130 Jun 2015Targets International Expansion - Turnover Tripled To 3m - Relocated To Larger Premises - Jobs CreatedLabour 4 U, a Tyne And Wear recruitment company, tripled its turnover to 3.2m for 2014, and is planning to establish an overseas office in Rotterdam, as part of its growth plans. The company has increased its staff team from 2 to 11, and has moved to larger offices.
Labour 4 U (UK) North East Limited
2
130 Jun 2015Relocates to Larger Offices - Business GrowthBell Cornwall Recruitment has moved to 2,250 sq ft of office space in Birmingham as its client list continues to grow. The firm currently has a team of ten consultants.
Bell Cornwall Associates Limited
1
125 Jun 2015Reduces German Operation - Expected Fall in Revenues - Job Losses in BerlinOlswang, the London-headquartered law firm, is to separate-off its office in Berlin, leaving Munich as its only base in Germany. Thirteen Berlin-based equity partners and their colleagues will leave the firm later in 2015, leading to a reduction in revenues in the short-term.
Olswang Llp
118m34m5801
125 Jun 2015Recruitment Firm Expansion - New Office - Jobs CreatedRapidly growing north east recruitment firm Nigel Wright has opened its fourth office in the UK. The new office in Teesside has resulted in the creation of jobs. Nigel Wright currently has offices in Newcastle, London and Aberdeen and has seen earnings rise 64% to 1.12m during 2014-2015.
Nigel Wright Group Holdings Limited
14m-0.8m11212
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jun 20153m Investment - Production Expansion - International Aerospace Sector Growth - 32 New JobsDenroy Plastics is investing 3m to develop its aerospace production facility in Bangor, Northern Ireland, as part of a strategy to grow sales within the international aerospace sector. The company plans to create 32 new jobs by 2017. Denroy recenlty secured a multi-million pound contract with Triumph Aerostructures based in Texas.
Denroy Plastics Limited
8m0.2m1602
130 Jun 2015250,000 Investment - New Premises - Creating 40 Jobs - 15 LocationsCornwall Glass and Glazing has secured 250,000 growth funding and is creating 40 jobs at Westcountry Glass, its branch in Plymouth. Westcountry Glass is to move to larger premises and will invest in equipment to make it more competitive. Cornwall Glass employs 200 people over 15 sites in south west England.
Cornwall Glass & Glazing Limited
13m0.8m2002
30 Jun 201520m Investment Plan - Gold Mining Extension - Creating 130 JobsOmagh Minerals is planning to create around 130 jobs in Omagh, Northern Ireland, with the extension of a gold mining operation in the Cavanacaw area. The company expects to invest 17m to 20m in the operation.
Omagh Minerals Limited
3m0.1m442
126 Jun 20151.6m Investment - New 93,672 sq ft Premises - New Jobs ExpectedTrade drinks merchant Inverarity Morton has acquired a 93,672 sq ft industrial property in Glasgow for 1.6m. The company has outgrown its current 30,000 sq ft premises on the city. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Inverarity Vaults Limited
6m342
25 Jun 2015Wind Turbine Contract - 48m Deal - 5 Wind Farms Planned Across UKRenewable Energy Generation, the Surrey headquartered green energy firm, has contracted global wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa in a 48m deal. Gamesa will supply and maintain 19 turbines, which will be based at the company's 5 planned onshore wind farms across the UK.
Renewable Energy Generation Limited
2
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
126 Jun 201538m Investment - 45m Shopping Centre Expansion - New Hotel and Leisure Premises - Creating JobsTH Real Estate has purchased Dalton Park shopping centre in Murton, Sunderland, from Peveril Securities for 38m. Construction has started on a 45m expansion with space pre-let to Morrisons, Cineworld, KFC, Pizza Express, Prezzo and Frankie and Benny's. The expansion will include a new hotel and pub, and will create jobs.
Th Real Estate Limited
1
26 Jun 201524m Investment - Major Security Upgrade - 9,000 sq m Terminal Extension - New Jobs ExpectedBristol Airport is investing 24m to further extend the terminal building and transform the way passengers pass through the security process. The 9,000 square metre extension will feature state-of-the-art security technology, and new customs facilities and shops. The investment will create employment opportunities.
Bristol Airport Limited
70m29m2212
25 Jun 20151bn Sales - Expanding in Spain - Opening UK Stores - Creating JobsPoundland, the Willenhall, West Midlands-headquartered discount retailer, made profits of 36.2m in 2014/15, up from 20.5m a year earlier, while sales exceeded 1bn for the first time. Poundland is expanding in Spain, where it has opened seven Dealz stores. It plans to increase UK store numbers to 750, creating jobs.
Poundland Limited
998m41m12,806340
129 Jun 2015Store and Garden Centre Opening - 156 Jobs - New Retail Concept - 6m InvestmentNext is planning to open a large home and garden store in Plymouth selling fashion, homeware and DIY products, creating 156 new jobs. The retailer is investment 6m in the store, which is part of a new concept.
Next PLC
3,740m723m52,533500
125 Jun 2015Store Plans Extended - Multi-million Pound Investment - Potentially Creating 40 JobsDiscount food retailer Aldi, which has secured planning permission for a 1,485sqm store in Oakham, Rutland, is acquiring additional land, providing space for a store 20% larger than originally planned. The planned multi-million pound investment would create 40 jobs.
Aldi Stores Limited
5,272m271m11,839378
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Headquarters & Premises

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Healthcare Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
130 Jun 20152.5m Investment - New Imaging FacilityWalton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is investing 2.5m in a pioneering intra operative magnetic resonance imaging facility at the Walton Centre in Fazakerley, Liverpool.
Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
1
3626 Jun 2015Laurel Funerals Acquisition - 38m Investment - 36 Sites Purchased - 256m TurnoverDignity, the Sutton Coldfield-based funeral services provider, is acquiring 36 of Laurel Funerals' 83 sites for 38m. Laurel Funerals has expanded significantly in the three years to 2015, under the ownership of Duke Street Capital, which has now sold all the company. Dignity has a turnover of 256m.
Dignity Plc
257m75m22
4726 Jun 2015Laurel Funerals Acquisition - 37m Investment - 47 Sites PurchasedNottingham-headquartered Funeral Services Partnership has purchased 47 of Laurel Funerals' 83 sites for 37m, with funding support from August Equity. Laurel Funerals has expanded significantly in the three years to 2015, under the ownership of Duke Street Capital, which has now sold all the company.
Funeral Services Partnership Limited
1101
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Headquarters & Premises

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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jun 201524m Investment - Major Security Upgrade - 9,000 sq m Terminal Extension - New Jobs ExpectedBristol Airport is investing 24m to further extend the terminal building and transform the way passengers pass through the security process. The 9,000 square metre extension will feature state-of-the-art security technology, and new customs facilities and shops. The investment will create employment opportunities.
Bristol Airport Limited
70m29m2212
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
126 Jun 201538m Investment - 45m Shopping Centre Expansion - New Hotel and Leisure Premises - Creating JobsTH Real Estate has purchased Dalton Park shopping centre in Murton, Sunderland, from Peveril Securities for 38m. Construction has started on a 45m expansion with space pre-let to Morrisons, Cineworld, KFC, Pizza Express, Prezzo and Frankie and Benny's. The expansion will include a new hotel and pub, and will create jobs.
Th Real Estate Limited
1
101 Jul 2015Opening Restaurant in Cardiff - 15 New JobsThe Real Italian Pizza Company will create 15 jobs when it opens in Cardiff in August 2015. The business already operates an outlet in Bath, Somerset.
The Real Italian Pizza Company Limited
1
30 Jun 2015Major Council Contract Secured - Operating 15 Sites in Wales - 2.5m Investment - Employment Opportunities ExpectedWealden Leisure, trading as Freedom Leisure, has secured a 15-year contract with Powys County Council to operate 15 leisure facilities in mid-Wales. Freedom Leisure will oversee a 2.5m investment across the 15 sites, including new IT systems. The contract has the potential to create employment opportunities.
Wealden Leisure Limited
1
29 Jun 2015Business Growth - 20 New Jobs - Multi-million Pound Investment - 300 EmployeesThe Vale Resort in Glamorgan, Wales, is recruiting 20 more staff to accommodate growing business and an 80% room occupancy rate. It is also in the process of filling 20 positions currently vacate. The company currently has 300 employees. The recruitment follows a multi-million pound redevelopment of Hensol Castle.
Vale Of Glamorgan Hotel Limited
11m1m3322
126 Jun 2015Acquisition by South African Firm - Profits Up 18% to 124m - 100m Expansion - New JobsThe Virgin Active fitness business, which is being sold to Brait private equity in South Africa, increased its profits by 13% to 124m in 2014, while revenue grew 4% to 638.6m. Virgin Active is launching a fully tech-enabled club in London imminently, as part of a 100m three-year investment which will create new jobs.
Virgin Active Limited
74m0.5m2,045121
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Headquarters & Premises

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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jun 201538m Investment - 45m Shopping Centre Expansion - New Hotel and Leisure Premises - Creating JobsTH Real Estate has purchased Dalton Park shopping centre in Murton, Sunderland, from Peveril Securities for 38m. Construction has started on a 45m expansion with space pre-let to Morrisons, Cineworld, KFC, Pizza Express, Prezzo and Frankie and Benny's. The expansion will include a new hotel and pub, and will create jobs.
Th Real Estate Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
525 Jun 2015Restructuring Control Centres - Recruiting Staff - Closing 5 SitesPolice Scotland is recruiting staff for its control centre in Loanhead, as part of an ongoing restructure of police control centres. Recent investment in innovative technology has improved the service. Five control rooms will be closed, putting jobs at risk.
Police Scotland
16
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Growth

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Tangible Assets Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Jun 20152m Investment - Creating 25 Jobs - 20m Revenues ExpectedFruitapeel, a Liverpool-based manufacturer of fruit juices and smoothies has invested in 2.3m in new processing equipment which is expected to reduce overheads and increase profits. The investment will create 25 new jobs and grow revenues to 20m. The new positions will be based at its facility at Pontyclun, Wales.
Fruitapeel Limited
14m0.3m831
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Growth

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Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
01 Jul 2015Workforce Increased 6% - New Jobs - Business GrowthFabrication specialist Winstanley & Co, based in Worcester, has increased its workforce by 6.3%. Five new jobs have been created bringing the total number of employees to 84. Winstanley has a turnover of 6.3m.
Winstanley & Co Limited
6m0.4m841
01 Jul 2015Workforce Expands 6% - New Jobs - Business GrowthManufacturer Reddiplex, based in Droitwich in Worcestershire, is continuing to expand and has increased its workforce by 6.2%. Nine new jobs have been created, bringing the total number of employees to 137. Reddiplex has a turnover of 18.98m.
Reddiplex 2011 Ltd
19m3m1371
01 Jul 2015Turnover UP 22% to 65.1m - Employee Numbers up 3.4% to 211Kidderminster based Amada United Kingdom, supplier of machines, tools and engineer services, have grown turnover over 22% to 65.1m and increased employee numbers by nearly 5% to 211. The company have recently launched new products and are currently recruiting for various engineering roles.
Amada United Kingdom Limited
65m5m2111
01 Jul 2015Employee numbers up to 178 - New Products - Turnover 108.4mWorcestershire based Marubeni - Komatsu, distributor of construction and industrial machinery, have grown employee numbers by nearly 3% to 178 during the 12 months to March 2014, and increased employee numbers year on year since 2010. The company have recently increased their product range in the UK and have a turnover of 108.4m.
Marubeni - Komatsu Limited
108m5m1785
28 Jun 2015Employee Growth Up 35% - 11 New Jobs - Business ExpansionDeveloper and building contractor Benniman, based in Bromsgrove, has increased its workforce by 35%. Eleven new jobs have been created bringing the total number of employees to 31. Benniman has a turnover of 27.2m.
Benniman Limited
27m1m312
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Jun 20152m Investment - Creating 25 Jobs - 20m Revenues ExpectedFruitapeel, a Liverpool-based manufacturer of fruit juices and smoothies has invested in 2.3m in new processing equipment which is expected to reduce overheads and increase profits. The investment will create 25 new jobs and grow revenues to 20m. The new positions will be based at its facility at Pontyclun, Wales.
Fruitapeel Limited
14m0.3m831
25 Jun 20151bn Sales - Expanding in Spain - Opening UK Stores - Creating JobsPoundland, the Willenhall, West Midlands-headquartered discount retailer, made profits of 36.2m in 2014/15, up from 20.5m a year earlier, while sales exceeded 1bn for the first time. Poundland is expanding in Spain, where it has opened seven Dealz stores. It plans to increase UK store numbers to 750, creating jobs.
Poundland Limited
998m41m12,806340
30 Jun 2015Targets International Expansion - Turnover Tripled To 3m - Relocated To Larger Premises - Jobs CreatedLabour 4 U, a Tyne And Wear recruitment company, tripled its turnover to 3.2m for 2014, and is planning to establish an overseas office in Rotterdam, as part of its growth plans. The company has increased its staff team from 2 to 11, and has moved to larger offices.
Labour 4 U (UK) North East Limited
2
01 Jul 2015Secures Renewables Contract - Leeds Office Expansion - 250,000 Turnover ExpectedVeritas Recruitment Solutions has expanded its Leeds office after securing contracts in the renewables sector. The firm now employs four people and is expected to reach turnover of 250,000 in 2015.
Veritas Recruitment Solutions Ltd
1
30 Jun 2015Recruiting UK Staff - Opening US Office - 100% Growth in SalesRiverview Law is recruiting lawyers and other professionals to work at its centre in Wirral, where is already employs 100 people. The firm is also opening a second US office, in New Jersey, to support significant growth, with sales growing at 100% per annum.
Riverview Law Limited
2m-2.6m132
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Jun 20155m Aerospace Order Securued - New Jobs Expected - 60m Turnover - 900 StaffAvingtrans has secured a 5m order for its Sigma components aerospace division to supply fabricated assemblies to Belgian group, Sonaca. The contract will be managed from Sigma's base at Farnborough, Hampshire and has the potential to create employment opportunities. Nottingham-headquartered Avingtrans has turnover of 60m and around 900 employees.
Avingtrans PLC
60m3m8751
26 Jun 201550m Order Secured - Employment Opportunities Expected - 1bn TurnoverJCB has secured a 50m order from plant hire firm A-Plant, to supply 1,550 JCB machines. The order follows a 35m order from A-Plant placed in 2014 for 1,000 machines. JCB, which has a 1bn turnover, will manufacture the machines at its three factories in Staffordshire, potentially creating employment opportunities.
J C Bamford Excavators Limited
1,023m44m2,11615
25 Jun 201550m Contract Secured - Employment Opportunities Expected - 500m TurnoverInternational oilfield support services company ASCO, has secured a contract worth 50m for work in the North Sea for Marathon Oil UK. The contract, which will be serviced out of ASCO's base in Peterhead, Scotland, has the potential to create employment opportunities. ASCO has a turnover of 493m.
Asco UK Ltd
493m11m7305
30 Jun 20153m Investment - Production Expansion - International Aerospace Sector Growth - 32 New JobsDenroy Plastics is investing 3m to develop its aerospace production facility in Bangor, Northern Ireland, as part of a strategy to grow sales within the international aerospace sector. The company plans to create 32 new jobs by 2017. Denroy recenlty secured a multi-million pound contract with Triumph Aerostructures based in Texas.
Denroy Plastics Limited
8m0.2m1602
29 Jun 20151.8m of New Orders - Up to 100 New Jobs - Updated Website - New Practice ManagerJohnson Design Partnership, the Shropshire-based architecture firm, has secured 1.8m worth of new business, which allowing the company to create up to 100 jobs. The firm has also updated its website and appointed Kim Chesters as its new practice manager.
Johnson Design Partnership Limited
1
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Jun 201580m Takeover Talks - Potential Bid from Hong Kong Company - 118m TurnoverPromeathean World, the Darwen, Lancashire-based classroom education provider, is in early-stage talks over a potential 80m takeover bid from Hong Kong-listed NetDragon Websoft. Promeathean World has customers worldwide. It has a turnover of 118m and 670 employees
Promethean World Plc
118m-7.9m6712
29 Jun 201522m Investment - Bathroom Manufacturer Acquired - New ProductsWilmslow, Cheshire-based Norcros is acquiring the Croydex Group, a 20m-turnover manufacturer of bathroom furnishings and accessories based in Hampshire, for 22m. The acquisition will broaden Norcros's product offer and provide opportunities to increase revenue.
Norcros Plc
200m7m1,5653
29 Jun 2015136m Acquisition - Expansion in Spain - Significant Market Opportunities - Profits Up 10% To 200mDS Smith, the London-headquartered packaging group, is acquiring Spanish company Grupo Lantero's corrugated products business for 136m, increasing its market share in Spain, an important and growing market for corrugated packaging, to around 10%. DS Smith's profit increased by 20% to 200m for the year to April 2015.
DS Smith PLC
4,035m218m21,4644
01 Jul 2015100m Investment - Acquired by Caledonia Investments - Growth StrategyA majority stake in fund manager Seven Investment Management is being acquired by Caledonia Investments, a 1.6bn listed investment trust. Seven Investment's management team are also re-investing their own money, as part of the transaction which values the business at 100m.
Seven Investment Management LLP
42m15m1661
26 Jun 20151.6m Investment - New 93,672 sq ft Premises - New Jobs ExpectedTrade drinks merchant Inverarity Morton has acquired a 93,672 sq ft industrial property in Glasgow for 1.6m. The company has outgrown its current 30,000 sq ft premises on the city. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Inverarity Vaults Limited
6m342
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jun 201524m Investment - Major Security Upgrade - 9,000 sq m Terminal Extension - New Jobs ExpectedBristol Airport is investing 24m to further extend the terminal building and transform the way passengers pass through the security process. The 9,000 square metre extension will feature state-of-the-art security technology, and new customs facilities and shops. The investment will create employment opportunities.
Bristol Airport Limited
70m29m2212
29 Jun 20151.8m of New Orders - Up to 100 New Jobs - Updated Website - New Practice ManagerJohnson Design Partnership, the Shropshire-based architecture firm, has secured 1.8m worth of new business, which allowing the company to create up to 100 jobs. The firm has also updated its website and appointed Kim Chesters as its new practice manager.
Johnson Design Partnership Limited
1
25 Jun 2015Restructuring Control Centres - Recruiting Staff - Closing 5 SitesPolice Scotland is recruiting staff for its control centre in Loanhead, as part of an ongoing restructure of police control centres. Recent investment in innovative technology has improved the service. Five control rooms will be closed, putting jobs at risk.
Police Scotland
16
30 Jun 2015Major Council Contract Secured - Operating 15 Sites in Wales - 2.5m Investment - Employment Opportunities ExpectedWealden Leisure, trading as Freedom Leisure, has secured a 15-year contract with Powys County Council to operate 15 leisure facilities in mid-Wales. Freedom Leisure will oversee a 2.5m investment across the 15 sites, including new IT systems. The contract has the potential to create employment opportunities.
Wealden Leisure Limited
1
29 Jun 2015Job Cuts - 10 Librarian Posts Lost - E-Learning Focus - Cost Saving PlansThe Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, based in Yorkshire, will cut 10 jobs at its libraries. The Institute is making a move towards e-learning in an effort to save money.
Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education
1
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Budgets & Expenditure

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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jun 2015International Sales Growth - Doubling Dubai Operation - Jobs CreatedKitchenmaster, a cleaning product manufacturer based in Carryduff, Northern Ireland, has surpassed 1m worth of sales to the United Arab Emirates. Invest NI has provided support with research and development, marketing, staff recruitment and expansion across Europe and the Middle East. Kitchenmaster intends to double the size of its Dubai operation.
Kitchenmaster (N.I.) Limited
1
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jun 201520m Investment Plan - Gold Mining Extension - Creating 130 JobsOmagh Minerals is planning to create around 130 jobs in Omagh, Northern Ireland, with the extension of a gold mining operation in the Cavanacaw area. The company expects to invest 17m to 20m in the operation.
Omagh Minerals Limited
3m0.1m442
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jun 2015630,000 Growth Funding Secured - New York Office Opened - Doubling UK StaffBiotech company Biogelx, a spin-out from Strathclyde University, has secured 630,000 of funding to build its presence in the US, where it recently opened an office in New York. Biogelx intends to double headcount at its Scottish headquarters, and double turnover over the five years to 2020.
Biogelx Limited
1
30 Jun 2015250,000 Investment - New Premises - Creating 40 Jobs - 15 LocationsCornwall Glass and Glazing has secured 250,000 growth funding and is creating 40 jobs at Westcountry Glass, its branch in Plymouth. Westcountry Glass is to move to larger premises and will invest in equipment to make it more competitive. Cornwall Glass employs 200 people over 15 sites in south west England.
Cornwall Glass & Glazing Limited
13m0.8m2002
26 Jun 2015250,000 Growth Investment - Expansion in North America - Product Development Plans - New Jobs ExpectedLingerie designer, Panache Lingerie, is to further expand overseas, particularly in North America, and invest in new, innovative product ranges, after securing 250,000 growth funding. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities. Sheffield-headquartered Panache employs 170 staff, and has operations in New York, New Jersey and China.
Panache Lingerie Limited
24m0.3m1261
01 Jul 2015100m Investment - Acquired by Caledonia Investments - Growth StrategyA majority stake in fund manager Seven Investment Management is being acquired by Caledonia Investments, a 1.6bn listed investment trust. Seven Investment's management team are also re-investing their own money, as part of the transaction which values the business at 100m.
Seven Investment Management LLP
42m15m1661
29 Jun 2015Management Buy-out - Bank Funding Secured - Expansion PlansWestsell, a packaging materials wholesaler, based near Bath, Somerset, has undergone a management buy-out supported by Lloyds Bank and led by Dale Cheasley, who becomes Managing Director. Westsell is now targeting growth by identifying new contract opportunities and enhancing its product line.
Westsell Limited
1
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Performance & Profits

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Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Jun 20151bn Sales - Expanding in Spain - Opening UK Stores - Creating JobsPoundland, the Willenhall, West Midlands-headquartered discount retailer, made profits of 36.2m in 2014/15, up from 20.5m a year earlier, while sales exceeded 1bn for the first time. Poundland is expanding in Spain, where it has opened seven Dealz stores. It plans to increase UK store numbers to 750, creating jobs.
Poundland Limited
998m41m12,806340
29 Jun 2015136m Acquisition - Expansion in Spain - Significant Market Opportunities - Profits Up 10% To 200mDS Smith, the London-headquartered packaging group, is acquiring Spanish company Grupo Lantero's corrugated products business for 136m, increasing its market share in Spain, an important and growing market for corrugated packaging, to around 10%. DS Smith's profit increased by 20% to 200m for the year to April 2015.
DS Smith PLC
4,035m218m21,4644
30 Jun 2015Strong Financial Performance - Profits Grow 60% To 900,000 - 9m of New SavingsDudley Building Society increased its profits by almost 60% to 887,000 for the year to March 2015. New mortgage lending increased from 31m in 2013-2014 to 52.2m, and new savings grew by 9.5m.
Dudley Building Society
1
29 Jun 2015Reduction In Orders - Operating Profits Down - Poor Business PerformanceDialight, the Middlesex-based lighting manufacturer, has experienced a shortfall in orders in the US and Europe, which is expected to impact first half operating profits. The reduction in orders is believed to be linked in part to a slowdown in the oil and gas sector.
Dialight Plc
160m16m1,9401
25 Jun 2015Doubled In Size - 34m Turnover - 18m Order Book - New Jobs ExpectedFitzgerald Contractors has doubled in size to 34m turnover since a management buyout from parent company Bouygues in 2013. Profits have increased from 775,000 to 1.5m. The company has increased its maximum contract size to 8m and its forward order book has reached a record level of 18m, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Fitzgerald Contractors Limited
27m0.8m751
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jun 2015Strong Financial Performance - Profits Grow 60% To 900,000 - 9m of New SavingsDudley Building Society increased its profits by almost 60% to 887,000 for the year to March 2015. New mortgage lending increased from 31m in 2013-2014 to 52.2m, and new savings grew by 9.5m.
Dudley Building Society
1
29 Jun 2015Reduction In Orders - Operating Profits Down - Poor Business PerformanceDialight, the Middlesex-based lighting manufacturer, has experienced a shortfall in orders in the US and Europe, which is expected to impact first half operating profits. The reduction in orders is believed to be linked in part to a slowdown in the oil and gas sector.
Dialight Plc
160m16m1,9401
25 Jun 2015Recruitment Firm Expansion - New Office - Jobs CreatedRapidly growing north east recruitment firm Nigel Wright has opened its fourth office in the UK. The new office in Teesside has resulted in the creation of jobs. Nigel Wright currently has offices in Newcastle, London and Aberdeen and has seen earnings rise 64% to 1.12m during 2014-2015.
Nigel Wright Group Holdings Limited
14m-0.8m11212
25 Jun 2015Placed Into Administration - 80 Jobs At Risk - Major Customer LostDobson & Crowther, a manufacturer of bespoke envelopes, based in Denbighshire, Wales, has been placed into administration, putting 79 jobs at risk. The company had to restructure in 2014 after the loss of its biggest customer.
Dobson & Crowther Limited (In Administration)
9m-0.0m951
25 Jun 2015Manufacturing Expansion - Major Investment - New Jobs Expected - Nearing 55m TurnoverGrimsby-based motorhome manufacturer Auto-Trail is planning to add a further 5,000 sq m to its 11,000 sq m facilities in a multi-million pound investment, which will provide further jobs. The company has achieved continuous growth, and is on course for 55 million turnover.
Auto-Trail V.R. Limited
49m7m1441
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jun 201575m Investment - Manchester Broadband Expansion - Creating 500 JobsVirgin Media has started work on a 75m project to bring super-fast broadband to Manchester, creating 500 jobs and benefiting 150,000 homes and businesses. The 467m turnover company will eventually invest 3bn across the country to bring ultrafast connectivity to four million premises.
Virgin Media Limited
467m1,780m14,07419
26 Jun 2015250,000 Growth Investment - Expansion in North America - Product Development Plans - New Jobs ExpectedLingerie designer, Panache Lingerie, is to further expand overseas, particularly in North America, and invest in new, innovative product ranges, after securing 250,000 growth funding. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities. Sheffield-headquartered Panache employs 170 staff, and has operations in New York, New Jersey and China.
Panache Lingerie Limited
24m0.3m1261
01 Jul 2015Turnover UP 22% to 65.1m - Employee Numbers up 3.4% to 211Kidderminster based Amada United Kingdom, supplier of machines, tools and engineer services, have grown turnover over 22% to 65.1m and increased employee numbers by nearly 5% to 211. The company have recently launched new products and are currently recruiting for various engineering roles.
Amada United Kingdom Limited
65m5m2111
29 Jun 2015Store and Garden Centre Opening - 156 Jobs - New Retail Concept - 6m InvestmentNext is planning to open a large home and garden store in Plymouth selling fashion, homeware and DIY products, creating 156 new jobs. The retailer is investment 6m in the store, which is part of a new concept.
Next PLC
3,740m723m52,533500
29 Jun 2015Partnership With Point Mobile - Product Portfolio ExpandedAuto ID solutions provider GaneData has strengthened its product portfolio through a new distribution agreement with manufacturer Point Mobile. Leeds-headquartered GaneData will focus on building the Point Mobile brand in the UK.
Gane Datascan Limited
1
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Jun 201580m Takeover Talks - Potential Bid from Hong Kong Company - 118m TurnoverPromeathean World, the Darwen, Lancashire-based classroom education provider, is in early-stage talks over a potential 80m takeover bid from Hong Kong-listed NetDragon Websoft. Promeathean World has customers worldwide. It has a turnover of 118m and 670 employees
Promethean World Plc
118m-7.9m6712
30 Jun 2015630,000 Growth Funding Secured - New York Office Opened - Doubling UK StaffBiotech company Biogelx, a spin-out from Strathclyde University, has secured 630,000 of funding to build its presence in the US, where it recently opened an office in New York. Biogelx intends to double headcount at its Scottish headquarters, and double turnover over the five years to 2020.
Biogelx Limited
1
30 Jun 20153m Investment - Production Expansion - International Aerospace Sector Growth - 32 New JobsDenroy Plastics is investing 3m to develop its aerospace production facility in Bangor, Northern Ireland, as part of a strategy to grow sales within the international aerospace sector. The company plans to create 32 new jobs by 2017. Denroy recenlty secured a multi-million pound contract with Triumph Aerostructures based in Texas.
Denroy Plastics Limited
8m0.2m1602
26 Jun 2015250,000 Growth Investment - Expansion in North America - Product Development Plans - New Jobs ExpectedLingerie designer, Panache Lingerie, is to further expand overseas, particularly in North America, and invest in new, innovative product ranges, after securing 250,000 growth funding. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities. Sheffield-headquartered Panache employs 170 staff, and has operations in New York, New Jersey and China.
Panache Lingerie Limited
24m0.3m1261
25 Jun 20151bn Sales - Expanding in Spain - Opening UK Stores - Creating JobsPoundland, the Willenhall, West Midlands-headquartered discount retailer, made profits of 36.2m in 2014/15, up from 20.5m a year earlier, while sales exceeded 1bn for the first time. Poundland is expanding in Spain, where it has opened seven Dealz stores. It plans to increase UK store numbers to 750, creating jobs.
Poundland Limited
998m41m12,806340
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jun 2015Online Beauty Retailer Expands - Creating 100 Jobs - New Distribution Centre - 40 Turnover TargetOnline beauty retail business Escentual.com has moved to a 36,000sq ft fulfilment centre in Cardiff. The move will create an additional 100 jobs over the three years to 2018, and safeguard a further 20. The company expects turnover to grow from 18m to more than 40m in three years.
R.K. AGGARWAL LIMITED
12m0.8m472
30 Jun 2015Business Growth - New Office Opened - Jobs Created - Investing in DigitalRed Hot Property, a north east England-based estate agency has achieved continued growth throughout 2015. The company has opened a new office in Whickham, near Newcastle upon Tyne, creating two jobs. It has also developed a new website and is increasing its social media activity to grow sales.
Red Hot Property
4
30 Jun 2015Business Expansion - Launches Online Store - 54m Turnover - 200 EmployeesRedeem, the Scotland-headquartered mobile phone recycling company, has launched a new Envirofone online shop, allowing customers to acquire the latest mobile phones. Redeem recycles phones at its facility in Macclesfield, Cheshire. It has turnover of 54m and more than 200 employees.
Redeem Holdings Limited
54m0.5m2181
26 Jun 201518 Jobs Created - Kidderminster Digital Store OpenedAn Argos digital shop has opened in Kidderminster, creating 18 new jobs. The new store, based within a Homebase store, will offer online shopping in a physical store.
Argos Limited
3,872m61m27,086747
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Renewable Energy

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Jun 2015Wind Turbine Contract - 48m Deal - 5 Wind Farms Planned Across UKRenewable Energy Generation, the Surrey headquartered green energy firm, has contracted global wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa in a 48m deal. Gamesa will supply and maintain 19 turbines, which will be based at the company's 5 planned onshore wind farms across the UK.
Renewable Energy Generation Limited
2
01 Jul 2015European Wind Farm Contract Secured - New Jobs Expected - 88m Turnover - 450 EmployeesHartlepool-based JDR Cable Systems has secured a contract with E.ON, to supply cabling technology and services for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. The 17-month duration contract commenced in May 2015, potentially creating employment opportunities. JDR Cable Systems has a turnover of 88m and 450 employees.
JDR Cable Systems (Holdings) Ltd
88m4m4535
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jun 2015Expansion in China - Strong Demand from Far East - Launching New Ranges - 10m TurnoverAlfred Brown, the 10m textiles company is showcasing its products in China, as demand from the Far East increases. Sales to Japan have doubled in four years. Overall production has increased 20% in five years, with exports accounting for 25% of sales. The Leeds-based firm, which employs 85 people, is launching new ranges.
Alfred Brown(Worsted Mills) Limited
9m0.7m912
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