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People & Jobs

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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
830 Jul 2015£600,000 Investment - £125,000 Grant - Larger Premises - New JobsAkramatic Engineering, a sheet metal and fabrication business in Alfreton in Derbyshire, is to add 8 new staff to its workforce following its relocation to larger premises as part of a £600,000 investment. The company has received a grant of £125,000 which will form part of the investment. Akramatic has a turnover of £2m.
AKRAMATIC ENGINEERING CO. LIMITED
£2m1
28 Jul 2015£4m Contract Secured - Gas Infrastructure Investment - Potential New Jobs - £38m TurnoverFulcrum, the Sheffield-based provider of utilities infrastructure, has won a £3.95m contract to build an eight-mile gas pipeline to four distilleries in Speyside, Scotland. The investment is being funded by Chivas Brothers, Diageo and Ian MacLeod Distillers. The contract has the potential to create employment opportunities.
Fulcrum Utility Services Limited
£38m£-4.4m2053
20028 Jul 2015£177m Funding Raised - New Glasgow Office - Creates 200 JobsEdinburgh based technology firm Fanduel has raised £176.5m from investors. The funds will be used to market its product in the US and Canada, develop new products and expand its management team. FanDuel is also to open a new office in Glasgow, creating 200 software specialist jobs.
FanDuel Limited
1
30 Jul 2015£1.4m Funding Secured - Potential New Jobs - Business GrowthLancashire recruitment firm Protec Recruitment is planning rapid growth after securing £1.4m of funding. Protec currently has 6 full time staff and 200 agency workers. The new funds will enable Protec to expand and potentially create jobs.
Protec Recruitment Services Limited
1
17230 Jul 2015Yorkshire Power Station To Close - 172 Job Losses - Rising CostsSSE, the Scottish energy firm, will close Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire by March 2016, with the loss of 172 jobs. The company is closing the plant as a result of rising costs and environmental legislation.
Sse Plc
£30,585m£611m19,8941
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
303 Aug 2015Turnover up 40% - New Jobs - Team PromotionsFINANCIAL planning consultancy Pareto FP has achieved a 40% increase in turnover while making a series of internal promotions and new appointments to support its ongoing expansion. The Manchester-based business has seen turnover rise to £2.75m while profits have increased by 34%. The company has strengthened its 29 strong team with three new team members and three promotions.
Pareto Law Limited
£14m£2m2219
28 Jul 2015Management Buyout - £3m Turnover - 20 Staff - Business Growth PlansSmethwick, West Midlands-based manufacturer LA Metals has completed a management buy-out of the business from the founding partners. The buy-out was led by Joe Mullally, Managing Director and Andy Woolliscroft, Sales Director, supported with funding from NatWest. The company, which has 18 staff and average annual turnover of £3.5m, is entering a new growth phase.
L.A. Metals Limited
1
129 Jul 2015Investing for Growth - Creating 10 Jobs - New Finance Director - Targeting £6m TurnoverMeetupcall, a conference call firm, based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, plans to create 10 IT jobs after securing new investment. One of the new investors, David Parkes, will become the firm's financial director. Meetupcall intends to grow the business to £6m turnover in the three years to 2018.
Progressive Voice Services Limited
1
104 Aug 2015Expansion In Wolverhampton - New Dentists & Clinical Director - Business GrowthPerfect Profiles, the Bedfordshire-based dental firm, is expanding its operation in Wolverhampton, West Midlands in response to customer demand. The company has recruited 4 new dentists and a new Clinical Director. Managing Director Mike Silford.
Perfect Profiles Limited
1
1130 Jul 2015Department Mergers - New Customer Director - 3 Year Turnaround StrategyJacques Vert Group has merged its marketing, digital and ecommerce teams and appointed former My-Wardrobe.com chief executive David Worby to head up the department on an interim basis as Customer Director. The new team will be responsible for providing a comprehensive, data-driven view of the customer, maximising customer acquisition and retention and providing a consistent customer experience across all channels. Chief Executive Tim Davies is overseeing a three-year turnaround strategy for the business, which includes a focus on growing its online sales.
Jacques Vert Group Limited
£184m£-12.4m1,5772
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People & Jobs

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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Aug 2015NI Call Centre Contract - 200 Jobs Secured - All Ireland Rationalisation PlansTeleperformance, the Bristol-based customer service provider, has secured a contract to run a contact centre in Northern Ireland. The firm will take over the management of Liberty Insurance's Enniskillen call centre, securing 200 jobs. Liberty Insurance awarded the contract as part of its ratonalisation plans for Ireland.
Liberty Insurance Limited
2
29 Jul 20155 Years IT Provision Outsourced - £451k Contract Awarded - Technology UpgradeStaffordshire Police has awarded American technology company Insight a £451,000 contract. Insight will provide advanced IT services as well as maintenance and support for a five year period. Staffordshire Police employ 3,500 people.
Staffordshire Police
3,5001
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
128 Jul 2015£177m Funding Raised - New Glasgow Office - Creates 200 JobsEdinburgh based technology firm Fanduel has raised £176.5m from investors. The funds will be used to market its product in the US and Canada, develop new products and expand its management team. FanDuel is also to open a new office in Glasgow, creating 200 software specialist jobs.
FanDuel Limited
1
131 Jul 2015New Leeds Base - 400 New Jobs - Website And App DevelopmentSky, the national broadcasting company, is to create another base in Leeds, Yorkshire, employing up to 400 people in the development of websites and apps. The company already employs 1,200 people in and around Leeds in a range of roles, including technologists, customer service advisers, sales teams and engineers.
Sky Plc
£7,632m£1,161m123
128 Jul 2015New Hull Office - 20 New Jobs - Business ExpansionPaymentSense, the London-based payments processor, has acquired a new office in Hull, Yorkshire, creating 20 jobs. The new base will serve as the firm's new training centre. The company also has offices in London, India and the US.
Paymentsense Limited
£13m£-1.0m1401
103 Aug 2015New Contact Centre - Jobs Created - Business GrowthWales based multi-sector recruiter Centric has opened a new contact centre recruitment division in response to increasing demand. The division is based in Cardiff in Wales and jobs have been created as a result. Centric has five offices throughout Wales.
Centric Recruitment (People) Limited
5
128 Jul 2015Employment Growth - New 10,000 Sq Ft Office - Business ExpansionEquator Design, the Nottingham-based design agency, has grown rapidly since its merger with Manchester-based GJ Creative in 2012. Its workforce has increased from 15 to 60 since 2013 and the company recently moved to new 10,000 sq ft premises.
Equator (GJ) Limited
3
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jul 2015£600,000 Investment - £125,000 Grant - Larger Premises - New JobsAkramatic Engineering, a sheet metal and fabrication business in Alfreton in Derbyshire, is to add 8 new staff to its workforce following its relocation to larger premises as part of a £600,000 investment. The company has received a grant of £125,000 which will form part of the investment. Akramatic has a turnover of £2m.
AKRAMATIC ENGINEERING CO. LIMITED
£2m1
130 Jul 2015Yorkshire Power Station To Close - 172 Job Losses - Rising CostsSSE, the Scottish energy firm, will close Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire by March 2016, with the loss of 172 jobs. The company is closing the plant as a result of rising costs and environmental legislation.
Sse Plc
£30,585m£611m19,8941
04 Aug 2015New Factory Premises - Creating 60 Jobs - Business ExpansionParkacre Enterprises, who manufacture and package health supplements, is to expand its premises in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. The proposed extension could see 60 new full time jobs created. Parkacre currently employs 120 people.
Parkacre Enterprises Limited
1
29 Jul 2015Larger Premises - £250 Bank Investment - New JobsA WORCESTERSHIRE vehicle tuning business Viezu Technologies has bought a larger site in Bidford on Avon following a £250,000 investment from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The increase in space has enabled Viezu Technologies to significantly increase its production capabilities and the business, which currently employs 14 members of staff, now plans to create three new jobs in the near future. Managing Director Paul Busby
Viezu Technologies Ltd
1
31 Jul 2015Expansion plans - 12,000 sq ft Distribution Centre - Company GrowthWARWICKSHIRE logistics firm Pack Smart, is expanding following a period of sustained growth and a need to capitalise on the growth of ecommerce and online shopping. The company has expanded its logistics operation with a new dedicated 12,000 sq ft distribution centre. Co-founder and Director SeŠnna Holland
Pack Smart Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
31 Jul 2015Survey Highlights Demand For High Street Stores - 53% In FavourMSC Group, the Leeds-based marketing agency trading as Live & Breathe, has urged e-commerce giant Amazon to consider launching on the high street after conducting an independent survey. Of the 1,000 people polled, 53% wanted to see Amazon open retail outlets, compared with 13% for Asos and 10% for Etsy.
Msc Group Limited
2
31 Jul 2015Survey Highlights Demand For High Street Stores - 53% In FavourMSC Group, the Leeds-based marketing agency trading as Live & Breathe, has urged e-commerce giant Amazon to consider launching on the high street after conducting an independent survey. Of the 1,000 people polled, 53% wanted to see Amazon open retail outlets, compared with 13% for Asos and 10% for Etsy.
Amazon.co.uk Ltd
£449m£18m5,91215
104 Aug 2015New £300m Regeneration Scheme - Partnership With Council - Creates 100 JobsProperty development and urban regeneration company Muse Developments is working alongside Doncaster Council on a new £300m regeneration scheme in the city in West Yorkshire. The development will include a 18,000 sq ft cinema, in addition to four high quality family restaurants and will create around 100 jobs. Muse Developments has a turnover of £61.6m.
Muse Developments Limited
£62m£0.0m514
104 Aug 2015New Store - Creating Jobs - Business ExpansionRetailer TK Maxx is to open a new store in Cannock, Staffordshire. Due to open in August 2015, jobs will be created as a result. TK Maxx has a turnover of £71.7m.
Tk Maxx
£72m£0.2m34
104 Aug 2015New Store - 80 Jobs Created - Business ExpansionSports and leisure retailer Sports Direct has opened a new superstore in Leeds city centre. Eighty jobs have been created as a result. Sports Direct operates 420 stores in the UK and has a turnover of £2,706m.
Sports Direct International PLC
£2,706m£249m17,165560
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Headquarters & Premises

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Healthcare Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
130 Jul 2015New £7m Care Home - 100 New Jobs - Business GrowthPendine Park Care Organisation, the North Wales-based care company, is constructing a new £7m dementia care home in Caernarfon, North Wales, which will create 100 new jobs by December 2015. Owner Mario Kreft.
Pendine Park Care Organisation Ltd
1
04 Aug 2015Expansion In Wolverhampton - New Dentists & Clinical Director - Business GrowthPerfect Profiles, the Bedfordshire-based dental firm, is expanding its operation in Wolverhampton, West Midlands in response to customer demand. The company has recruited 4 new dentists and a new Clinical Director. Managing Director Mike Silford.
Perfect Profiles Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
129 Jul 2015New £65m Motorway Service Station - 300 New Jobs - Business ExpansionMotorway service station operators Extra MSA Group has submitted a planning application to build a new £65m service station on the M42 near Solihull, West Midlands. The complex will create 300 new jobs and is expected to open by 2017. Extra currently has 9 service stations around the UK.
Extra Msa Property (Uk) Limited
£2m99
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Aug 2015Two multi-million pound contracts secured - Company expansion - Recruitment DriveWORCESTERSHIRE-based internet service provider Airband has won two major contracts which will we see its Midlands network expand across Wales and the West Country. The first contract for the Cymru Infill project is to be completed by June 2017. The second contract is for Devon and Somerset?s national parks running throughout 2016. Established six years ago in the UK, the family run, wireless broadband provider specialises in delivering broadband to rural communities that mainstream providers are unable or unwilling to reach. Airband is now undergoing a recruitment drive to help increase its administration and technical engineering teams in order to deliver the contracts. Redmond Peel is founding partner
Airband Limited
1
129 Jul 2015New £65m Motorway Service Station - 300 New Jobs - Business ExpansionMotorway service station operators Extra MSA Group has submitted a planning application to build a new £65m service station on the M42 near Solihull, West Midlands. The complex will create 300 new jobs and is expected to open by 2017. Extra currently has 9 service stations around the UK.
Extra Msa Property (Uk) Limited
£2m99
104 Aug 2015New £300m Regeneration Scheme - Partnership With Council - Creates 100 JobsProperty development and urban regeneration company Muse Developments is working alongside Doncaster Council on a new £300m regeneration scheme in the city in West Yorkshire. The development will include a 18,000 sq ft cinema, in addition to four high quality family restaurants and will create around 100 jobs. Muse Developments has a turnover of £61.6m.
Muse Developments Limited
£62m£0.0m514
03 Aug 2015New contract with BAE Systems - 10 Year Relationship - 70 New JobsWincanton has won a new contract with BAE Systems to supply its Military Air & Information operations. The contract will begin immediately, building on the existing services provided by Wincanton, with around 150 personnel dedicated to BAE MAI and will see Wincanton extend its ten year relationship with the defence company. Wincanton will also become the operator of a new purpose built Defence Logistics Centre, due to be completed in 2016, which will see Wincanton become the first non BAE Systems business operating in the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone. The move will consolidate operations, bringing cost savings for BAE Systems and will see Wincanton generate 70 new jobs for the local area.
Wincanton PLC
£1,098m£57m29,00018
104 Aug 2015New Restaurant - Creating Jobs - Business ExpansionRestaurant chain Burger King is to open a new store in Cannock, Staffordshire. Due to open in August 2015, jobs will be created as a result. Burger UK has a turnover of £4.5m.
Burger King (United Kingdom) Limited
£5m£0.3m201
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Headquarters & Premises

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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
103 Aug 2015New City Centre Hotel - 100 Jobs - Business ExpansionHotel operator Hilton us to open a new city centre hotel in Hull. The hotel will create at least 100 full and part-time jobs which will include waiting and bar staff, supervisory and management roles. The hotel will open at the end of 2016. Hilton has a turnover of £65.4m.
Hilton International Hotels (UK) Limited
£65m£36m1
03 Aug 2015Contract Secured - New Hotel Development Project - Creates 500 JobsHull based property developers Lexington Avenue Leisure has secured a new contract with Hilton International Hotels to build a new 167 bedroomed hotel. The development in Hull City Centre will create between 400 and 500 jobs during the construction phase. Construction is due to be completed by the end of 2016.
Lexington Avenue Leisure Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Aug 2015Vodafone - 150 New Jobs - GlasgowBritish telecoms company Vodafone is to create 150 new jobs in Scotland as part of an expansion into the home phone and broadband market. The new posts will be based at its call centre in Glasgow, which currently employs 50 people.
Vodafone Group Public Limited Company
£38,346m£-3,913.0m89,14647
03 Aug 2015Sky - 200 new jobsBroadcaster, Sky, is to create 400 new jobs across the UK, including 200 new roles across its Scottish contact centres in Uddingston, Dunfermline and Livingston.
Sky Plc
£7,632m£1,161m123
29 Jul 2015Rapid Growth - 20 New Call Centre Jobs - 6,000 Employees - 10 LocationsTelecom Service Centres is creating 20 new jobs at its Webhelp UK customer service centre in Greenock, Scotland, in response to demand from clients. The facility will be working at full capacity following the recruitment. Fast-growing Webhelp UK has a 6,000-strong team based across 10 UK sites.
Telecom Service Centres Ltd
£93m£10m5,9808
03 Aug 2015New Contact Centre - Jobs Created - Business GrowthWales based multi-sector recruiter Centric has opened a new contact centre recruitment division in response to increasing demand. The division is based in Cardiff in Wales and jobs have been created as a result. Centric has five offices throughout Wales.
Centric Recruitment (People) Limited
5
03 Aug 2015NI Call Centre Contract - 200 Jobs Secured - All Ireland Rationalisation PlansTeleperformance, the Bristol-based customer service provider, has secured a contract to run a contact centre in Northern Ireland. The firm will take over the management of Liberty Insurance's Enniskillen call centre, securing 200 jobs. Liberty Insurance awarded the contract as part of its ratonalisation plans for Ireland.
Liberty Insurance Limited
2
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Growth

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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Jul 2015Industry Rejuvenated - Turnover Grown to £15.3m - Profits DoubledThe owner of Shropshire brick maker Blockleys, Michelmersh Brick Holdings, has seen business growing on the back of a rejuvenated construction sector. The company enjoyed 13 per cent increase in turnover to £15.3 million, while operating profit almost doubled, from £1.4 million to £2.7 million.
Michelmersh Brick Holdings Plc
£26m£1m2806
30 Jul 201532% growth - Ecommerce Platford Gains Momentum - £150m InvestmentHouse of Fraser?s like-for-like sales rose 8.1% in its first quarter, as its ecommerce platform gained further momentum. Online sales rose 40% during the 13 weeks to May 2, building on the 32% growth the retailer reported in its full-year results in April. House of Fraser was acquired by Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group for £480m last year, who are set to invest £150m in its UK operations during the next four years, revamping shops and developing its ecommerce platform.
House of Fraser Ltd
163
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Growth

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Operating Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jul 2015Profit Up 24% - 31 New Jobs - Business GrowthMon Motors, a Cwmbran-based car dealer, has recorded a 24% rise in pre-tax profits. Pre-tax profits rose to £3.1m from £2.5m in 2013. Turnover grew to £294.3m, up from £258.3m. The average number of staff employed by the business also increased to 657 from 626. Mon Motors has ten showrooms across South Wales and West England.
Mon Motors Limited
£258m£3m6262
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Growth

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Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Jul 2015Employment Growth - New 10,000 Sq Ft Office - Business ExpansionEquator Design, the Nottingham-based design agency, has grown rapidly since its merger with Manchester-based GJ Creative in 2012. Its workforce has increased from 15 to 60 since 2013 and the company recently moved to new 10,000 sq ft premises.
Equator (GJ) Limited
3
30 Jul 2015Employee Numbers up 9% to 97 - Turnover Grown 13.2% to 37.24mWorcester based Rick White (Holdings) is a group engaged as an investment holding company of a trading group through its subsidiary White Logistics & Storage, has grown turnover over 13% to 37.24m and increased employee numbers nearly 10% to 97.
RICK WHITE (HOLDINGS) LIMITED
£7m£0.2m971
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Aug 2015£30m Half Year Revenues - £60m Turnover Forecast - Company GrowthSouthern steelwork specialist Bourne, which owns steelwork contractor Bourne Steel and car park turnkey specialist Bourne Parking, has reported strong half-year revenues approaching £30m, and is now forecasting turnover to top £60m for the full year. In the previous year to 31 October 2014, the Poole-based contractor achieved £48m in sales, generating a £1.3m pre-tax profit. Chief executive Steve Govier
Bourne Group Holdings Ltd
£48m£1m1762
29 Jul 2015Turnover Reaches £1.2m - 4 Times Average Growth - Business ExpansionBeauty clinic Skinviva, headquartered in Castlefield in Manchester has recorded a rapid rise in turnover to £1.2m. Company growth is four times faster than the industry average. Skinviva has 40 clinics across the North West.
Skinviva Ltd
1
03 Aug 2015New Products - Turnover Growth Expected - Business ExpansionBullitt Group, a Berkshire-based mobile phone manufacturer, has released a new range of audio equipment in partnership with Ministry of Sound. The company has previously partnered with brands such as JCB and Kodak, and now exports to 75 countries. The firm has doubled in size year on year and expects turnover to hit £65m during 2015.
Bullitt Group Limited
£31m£3m402
28 Jul 2015Industry Rejuvenated - Turnover Grown to £15.3m - Profits DoubledThe owner of Shropshire brick maker Blockleys, Michelmersh Brick Holdings, has seen business growing on the back of a rejuvenated construction sector. The company enjoyed 13 per cent increase in turnover to £15.3 million, while operating profit almost doubled, from £1.4 million to £2.7 million.
Michelmersh Brick Holdings Plc
£26m£1m2806
30 Jul 2015Employee Numbers up 9% to 97 - Turnover Grown 13.2% to 37.24mWorcester based Rick White (Holdings) is a group engaged as an investment holding company of a trading group through its subsidiary White Logistics & Storage, has grown turnover over 13% to 37.24m and increased employee numbers nearly 10% to 97.
RICK WHITE (HOLDINGS) LIMITED
£7m£0.2m971
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Jul 2015£4m Contract Secured - Gas Infrastructure Investment - Potential New Jobs - £38m TurnoverFulcrum, the Sheffield-based provider of utilities infrastructure, has won a £3.95m contract to build an eight-mile gas pipeline to four distilleries in Speyside, Scotland. The investment is being funded by Chivas Brothers, Diageo and Ian MacLeod Distillers. The contract has the potential to create employment opportunities.
Fulcrum Utility Services Limited
£38m£-4.4m2053
31 Jul 2015£250K Investment - Special Products Division launch - New ContractsMANUFACTURER Brandauer has invested more than £250,000 into a new Special Products Division that will improve its one-off, prototyping and low volume manufacturing capabilities. The company employs 56 people and has secured £70K worth of orders in the week the Division has been open. Mark Fenney is Special Products Division Manager
Brandauer Holdings Limited
£8m£0.7m511
03 Aug 2015£24m Portsmouth Water contract - Company Growth - Turnover £23.7mLondon-based utilities specialist Cappagh Contrators has signed a deal with Portsmouth Water to carry out mains replacement for the next five years. The £24m contract will cover planned mains replacement works for the water company?s 300,000 customers in Southern Hampshire and West Sussex.
Cappagh Contractors Construction (London) Limited
£24m£1m1051
03 Aug 2015£11 million Order Secured - Company Growth - Turnover £1bnJCB has secured a major order from one of Europe's leading plant hire companies worth more than £11 million. Netherlands-based Boels Rental has signed a deal for 250 JCB machines, it is the fourth major order in four years that Boels Rental has awarded to JCB and means the company now has more than 1,300 JCB machines across Europe. JCB Group Managing Director of Global Accounts is Jo Bamford
J C Bamford Excavators Limited
£1,023m£44m2,11615
03 Aug 2015Water Contract Secured - Joint Venture - £23.5m TurnoverSouth East based J Browne, in a joint venture with Cappagn, has secured the Portsmouth Water Company's contract to provide sewerage network maintenance services across Southern Water?s entire region.
J. Browne Group Holdings Limited
£24m£0.8m1201
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Aug 2015Third Business Acquired - Company GrowthHuddersfield based digital marketing agency Attercopia has acquired MediaCo, its third business in less than seven months. Attercopia also owns WSI Yorkshire, Cloudspotting and Proof Digital, with offices in Leeds, WIltshire, and Edinburgh. Steve Harvey-Franklin, managing director
Attercopia Ltd
1
28 Jul 2015Palletways Expands Network - New Haulage Firm - Extended West Midlands CoverageAs part of its business development strategy Europe's largest and fastest growing palletised freight networ Palletways has added Worcestershire based haulage firm S Walker Transport to its network. S Walker will provide haulage services in the Birmingham and Coventry area for Palletways. S Walker has a fleet of 40 vehicles and employs 60 people.
Palletways (Uk) Limited
£146m£8m3487
28 Jul 2015Management Buyout - £3m Turnover - 20 Staff - Business Growth PlansSmethwick, West Midlands-based manufacturer LA Metals has completed a management buy-out of the business from the founding partners. The buy-out was led by Joe Mullally, Managing Director and Andy Woolliscroft, Sales Director, supported with funding from NatWest. The company, which has 18 staff and average annual turnover of £3.5m, is entering a new growth phase.
L.A. Metals Limited
1
28 Jul 2015Joins Freight Network - Expands Opportunities - Business Growth PlansWorcestershire haulage firm S Walker Transport has joined Palletways, Europe's largest and fastest growing palletised freight network, as part of its business development strategy. S Walker will provide haulage services in the Birmingham and Coventry area for Palletways. S Walker has a fleet of 40 vehicles and employs 60 people.
S Walker Transport Limited
1
29 Jul 2015Competitor Takeover - £898 Value - Chief Executive To RetireLondon headquartered online gambling firm Bwin.party has been takenover by competitor 888 Holdings in a cash and stock deal valued at about £898m. Completion is expected in early 2016 and will deliver cost savings of £45m by the end of 2018. Bwin's Chief Executive Norbert Teufelberger, will not be joining the board of the new company but will provide it with consultancy services.
Bwin.party Marketing (UK) Limited
£21m£2m1421
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
31 Jul 2015New Leeds Base - 400 New Jobs - Website And App DevelopmentSky, the national broadcasting company, is to create another base in Leeds, Yorkshire, employing up to 400 people in the development of websites and apps. The company already employs 1,200 people in and around Leeds in a range of roles, including technologists, customer service advisers, sales teams and engineers.
Sky Plc
£7,632m£1,161m123
30 Jul 2015Enhance site experience - New hosting services - Security ServicesMarks & Spencer is constantly improving its online offering with help from AT&T ecommerce Services. Since launching its new website last year, M&S is giving its customers a more visual, interactive way to shop online. The retailer is also using security services from AT&T to keep customer information and M&S corporate assets more secure. Richard Presant is Operations Manager
Marks And Spencer P.L.C.
£10,310m£695m85,813711
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Budgets & Expenditure

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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
31 Jul 2015Survey Highlights Demand For High Street Stores - 53% In FavourMSC Group, the Leeds-based marketing agency trading as Live & Breathe, has urged e-commerce giant Amazon to consider launching on the high street after conducting an independent survey. Of the 1,000 people polled, 53% wanted to see Amazon open retail outlets, compared with 13% for Asos and 10% for Etsy.
Msc Group Limited
2
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jul 2015£600,000 Investment - £125,000 Grant - Larger Premises - New JobsAkramatic Engineering, a sheet metal and fabrication business in Alfreton in Derbyshire, is to add 8 new staff to its workforce following its relocation to larger premises as part of a £600,000 investment. The company has received a grant of £125,000 which will form part of the investment. Akramatic has a turnover of £2m.
AKRAMATIC ENGINEERING CO. LIMITED
£2m1
31 Jul 2015£250K Investment - Special Products Division launch - New ContractsMANUFACTURER Brandauer has invested more than £250,000 into a new Special Products Division that will improve its one-off, prototyping and low volume manufacturing capabilities. The company employs 56 people and has secured £70K worth of orders in the week the Division has been open. Mark Fenney is Special Products Division Manager
Brandauer Holdings Limited
£8m£0.7m511
03 Aug 2015£20m turnover - £125K Investment - Workshop ExpansionConstruction and fit-out specialist Medlock FRB is investing £125,000 to expand its workshop which supplies bespoke joinery. The upgrade will create more manufacturing space and will fund the purchase of additional machinery in line with a growing order book. The workshop achieved sales of £1.35m in 2014, during which a record 90 projects were completed. Medlock is targeting workshop revenues of £1.7m for this calendar year. The facility currently occupies 20,000 sq ft at Medlock?s Oldham headquarters and employs nearly 20 people. Managing Director is Andy Dunster
Medlock Frb Limited
471
28 Jul 2015£177m Funding Raised - New Glasgow Office - Creates 200 JobsEdinburgh based technology firm Fanduel has raised £176.5m from investors. The funds will be used to market its product in the US and Canada, develop new products and expand its management team. FanDuel is also to open a new office in Glasgow, creating 200 software specialist jobs.
FanDuel Limited
1
30 Jul 2015£1.4m Funding Secured - Potential New Jobs - Business GrowthLancashire recruitment firm Protec Recruitment is planning rapid growth after securing £1.4m of funding. Protec currently has 6 full time staff and 200 agency workers. The new funds will enable Protec to expand and potentially create jobs.
Protec Recruitment Services Limited
1
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Finance Initiatives / PPI Initiatives

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jul 201510 Jobs Created - £85K Grant Secured - New Office Space AcquiredECOMMERCE website developers Purpose Media have been able to expand, creating 10 jobs, after a grant of £85,000 was secured from D2N2's Unlocking Investment for Growth programme, allowing Purpose to acquire a 2,200 sq ft office space adjacent to their current premises. Purpose has continued to grow after exceeding its turnover target by 66%. The firm increased employee numbers from 10 to 20 developers, SEO specialist and support staff. Matt Wheatcroft is Managing Director
Purpose Media UK Limited
15
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
03 Aug 2015£30m Half Year Revenues - £60m Turnover Forecast - Company GrowthSouthern steelwork specialist Bourne, which owns steelwork contractor Bourne Steel and car park turnkey specialist Bourne Parking, has reported strong half-year revenues approaching £30m, and is now forecasting turnover to top £60m for the full year. In the previous year to 31 October 2014, the Poole-based contractor achieved £48m in sales, generating a £1.3m pre-tax profit. Chief executive Steve Govier
Bourne Group Holdings Ltd
£48m£1m1762
03 Aug 2015£24m Portsmouth Water contract - Company Growth - Turnover £23.7mLondon-based utilities specialist Cappagh Contrators has signed a deal with Portsmouth Water to carry out mains replacement for the next five years. The £24m contract will cover planned mains replacement works for the water company?s 300,000 customers in Southern Hampshire and West Sussex.
Cappagh Contractors Construction (London) Limited
£24m£1m1051
03 Aug 2015£20m turnover - £125K Investment - Workshop ExpansionConstruction and fit-out specialist Medlock FRB is investing £125,000 to expand its workshop which supplies bespoke joinery. The upgrade will create more manufacturing space and will fund the purchase of additional machinery in line with a growing order book. The workshop achieved sales of £1.35m in 2014, during which a record 90 projects were completed. Medlock is targeting workshop revenues of £1.7m for this calendar year. The facility currently occupies 20,000 sq ft at Medlock?s Oldham headquarters and employs nearly 20 people. Managing Director is Andy Dunster
Medlock Frb Limited
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30 Jul 2015£1.4m Funding Secured - Potential New Jobs - Business GrowthLancashire recruitment firm Protec Recruitment is planning rapid growth after securing £1.4m of funding. Protec currently has 6 full time staff and 200 agency workers. The new funds will enable Protec to expand and potentially create jobs.
Protec Recruitment Services Limited
1
30 Jul 2015Yorkshire Power Station To Close - 172 Job Losses - Rising CostsSSE, the Scottish energy firm, will close Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire by March 2016, with the loss of 172 jobs. The company is closing the plant as a result of rising costs and environmental legislation.
Sse Plc
£30,585m£611m19,8941
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Jul 2015£177m Funding Raised - New Glasgow Office - Creates 200 JobsEdinburgh based technology firm Fanduel has raised £176.5m from investors. The funds will be used to market its product in the US and Canada, develop new products and expand its management team. FanDuel is also to open a new office in Glasgow, creating 200 software specialist jobs.
FanDuel Limited
1
28 Jul 2015Palletways Expands Network - New Haulage Firm - Extended West Midlands CoverageAs part of its business development strategy Europe's largest and fastest growing palletised freight networ Palletways has added Worcestershire based haulage firm S Walker Transport to its network. S Walker will provide haulage services in the Birmingham and Coventry area for Palletways. S Walker has a fleet of 40 vehicles and employs 60 people.
Palletways (Uk) Limited
£146m£8m3487
03 Aug 2015New Products - Turnover Growth Expected - Business ExpansionBullitt Group, a Berkshire-based mobile phone manufacturer, has released a new range of audio equipment in partnership with Ministry of Sound. The company has previously partnered with brands such as JCB and Kodak, and now exports to 75 countries. The firm has doubled in size year on year and expects turnover to hit £65m during 2015.
Bullitt Group Limited
£31m£3m402
03 Aug 2015New Products - Turnover Growth Expected - Business ExpansionBullitt Group, a Berkshire-based mobile phone manufacturer, has released a new range of audio equipment in partnership with Ministry of Sound. The company has previously partnered with brands such as JCB and Kodak, and now exports to 75 countries. The firm has doubled in size year on year and expects turnover to hit £65m during 2015.
Ministry Of Sound Group Limited
£40m£2m1051
30 Jul 2015New Grocery Service - London Initially - Country Roll OutThe ecommerce company Amazon is planning to launch its Fresh grocery service in the UK in September 2015. The service will initially just be available in London but could be rolled out in Leeds by April 2016, and other cities not long after that. The company has been working on some internet gadgets to make the process easier
Amazon.co.uk Ltd
£449m£18m5,91215
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Cloud Computing & Virtualisation

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jul 2015Business Growth - Creating 12 Jobs - High Demand for Cloud Software - 30 EmployesStaffordshire based Recruitive is experiencing high demand for its cloud based software technology. Currently employing 26 staff, the company is planning to recruit a further 12 employees within the next 12 months.
Recruitive Limited
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jul 2015Partnership With Brazilian Firm - International ExpansionFifth Ring, the Aberdeen-based firm, have struck up the alliance with Brazilian corporate communications agency Zoom Out. The partnership will see both companies expand their presence in the worlds major oil and gas producing regions.
Fifth Ring Limited
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29 Jul 2015Investing £6m in Growth - £19m Sales Target - International Expansion - Successful eCommerce StrategyLeesa Sleep, an online luxury mattress business, is launching in the UK, after securing success in America. Leesa is focused on international expansion having secured £5.7m finance for growth. It expects sales to exceed £19m in its first year, and is headquartered in Manchester, with manufacturing facilities in Glossop, Derbyshire.
Leesa Sleep Limited
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29 Jul 2015International Expansion - Distributor Secured In PortugalLeicester-based lingerie brand Tutti Rouge is expanding internationally through a partnership with Portugal-based wholesaler Joy & Happiness. Tutti Rouge will be the first full bust lingerie brand in the portfolio for the agency.
Tutti Rouge Ltd
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31 Jul 2015Finance Secured - Exporting To Japan - Business ExpansionSure Stone, the Newcastle-based landscaping products manufacturer, is set to expand after securing a cash injection from the Finance for Business North East Microloan Fund. The company has recently started selling to Japan. Managing Director David Oliver.
Sure Stone Northern Limited
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31 Jul 20155,500 UK Jobs Lost - Nigerian Jobs Also Cut - £2.56bn Savings Sought - Rising Oil PricesRoyal Dutch Shell, the international oil company, is to cut 5,500 UK jobs as part of cost-cutting plans. The company needs to save £2.56bn to counter rising oil prices. A further 1,000 estimated jobs will be cut in Nigeria. The company currently employs 94,000 people.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
£284,415m94506
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
04 Aug 2015The Hut Group - New FundraisingThe company is working with investment bankers at Barclays, to sell between 50 and 100 million pounds of new shares. The Hut Group will use the money to fund potential acquisitions. The company has 145 employees and operates from 3 different locations.
The Hut Group Limited
£184m£5m1453
31 Jul 2015Survey Highlights Demand For High Street Stores - 53% In FavourMSC Group, the Leeds-based marketing agency trading as Live & Breathe, has urged e-commerce giant Amazon to consider launching on the high street after conducting an independent survey. Of the 1,000 people polled, 53% wanted to see Amazon open retail outlets, compared with 13% for Asos and 10% for Etsy.
Msc Group Limited
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31 Jul 2015Survey Highlights Demand For High Street Stores - 53% In FavourMSC Group, the Leeds-based marketing agency trading as Live & Breathe, has urged e-commerce giant Amazon to consider launching on the high street after conducting an independent survey. Of the 1,000 people polled, 53% wanted to see Amazon open retail outlets, compared with 13% for Asos and 10% for Etsy.
Amazon.co.uk Ltd
£449m£18m5,91215
30 Jul 2015Signed to Borderfree - Ecommerce Platform - £28bn Overseas OpportunityHarrods, Browns, Space NK Apothecary, The Dune Group, Aspinal of London, Trunki, Brand Outlet, Austin Reed, Viyella, CC and Soletrader have signed to international ecommerce service provider Borderfree's ecommerce platform. The BFX platform is designed to integrate with a retailer?s existing ecommerce infrastructure and international operations, enabling retailers to market and sell to customers in more than 220 countries and territories and more than 74 currencies worldwide. With the UK firmly in first position as the world?s largest online exporter, the technology represents a potential £28-billion overseas opportunity to UK retailers.
Austin Reed Group Limited
£109m£-1.4m1,010289
30 Jul 2015Signed to Borderfree - Ecommerce Platform - £28bn Overseas OpportunityHarrods, Browns, Space NK Apothecary, The Dune Group, Aspinal of London, Trunki, Brand Outlet, Austin Reed, Viyella, CC and Soletrader have signed to international ecommerce service provider Borderfree's ecommerce platform. The BFX platform is designed to integrate with a retailer?s existing ecommerce infrastructure and international operations, enabling retailers to market and sell to customers in more than 220 countries and territories and more than 74 currencies worldwide. With the UK firmly in first position as the world?s largest online exporter, the technology represents a potential £28-billion overseas opportunity to UK retailers.
Dune Group Ltd
£139m£5m1,9702
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