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People & Jobs

Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
321 Feb 2018Voluntary Redundancies - Cost-Cutting ReviewCustoms House, a South Tyneside-based arts venue, has accepted 3 voluntary redundancies in a bid to balance its books. The company, which now employs 51 people, will continue to review its operations in an effort to make further savings. The Customs House Trust's Executive Director is Ray Spencer.
The Customs House Trust Limited
3m701
4220 Feb 2018Trading Ceased - 42 Jobs Lost - Rising CostsBalmoral Knitwear, the Ayrshire-baed textiles firm, has ceased trading with the loss of 42 jobs. The decision was caused in part by the rising cost of imported materials, following the recent strengthening of sterling. The knitwear firm's sister business, Balmoral Mill, will continue to operate its shop and cafe, employing about eight people.
Balmoral Knitwear Limited
1
110016 Feb 2018Tesco's Cardiff call centre closes with loss of 1,100 jobsTesco's Cardiff, South Wales, call centre closed on Friday 16th Feb 2018 with 1,100 jobs lost. In June 2017, Tesco said it was consolidating its customer engagement centres into a single site in Dundee, Scotland where 250 jobs would be created. This was to ensure its business was "sustainable and cost effective.
Tesco Plc
55,917m1,017m464,5203,300
5015 Feb 2018Premises Extension - 50 New Jobs - New Products - Business ExpansionSAS International, the Northern Irish metal ceiling and architectural metalwork manufacturer, is to create 50 jobs as part of its plans for expansion. The company is extending its manufacturing facilities in Maybole, which will add capacity to its range of metalwork products. SAS International currently employs around 100 staff.
Sas International Limited
92m2m8214
100090021 Feb 2018Plan to Simplify Business - 3 Sites to Close - 900 Jobs at Risk - 1,000 New Jobs at Other Sites2 Sisters Food Group, the UK's largest poultry supplier, is planning to close three of its factories, putting 900 jobs at risk. The company will close two of its West Midlands factories in Smethwick and Wolverhampton, plus a third in Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire as part of plans to simplify its business. The plans also include the creation of up to 1,000 jobs at other plants around the UK within the poultry supply chain, including 300 at its site in Devon, 250 at its factory in Perth, 35 in Anglesey, and 30 in Lincolnshire.
2 Sisters Food Group Limited
989m-2.2m5,27049
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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
121 Feb 2018UK Sales Team Strengthened - New Accounts Manager - Business GrowthHumax, the electronics manufacturer, has appointed James Sandison as national accounts manager, with a brief to manage sales of smart home and connected solutions, supporting national account partners. He will report to sales director Rob Peacock.
Humax Electronics Co. Ltd
95m3m293
120 Feb 2018Sales Up 18% - Profits Drop by 8% - New Chief ExecutiveDunelm Group, the homeware retailer, has increased its sales by 18%, despite profit before tax and exceptional costs falling 8% to 60 million. The company believes annual operating costs will outstrip sales growth as it invests on the integration of its Worldstores acquisition. Nick Wilkinson, the former boss of Evans Cycles, has joined the company as chief executive.
Dunelm Group Plc
881m129m8,968140
119 Feb 2018New President and Managing Director - Brand Development - Busines GrowthWyndham Hotel Group has appointed Dimitris Manikis as President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa. He will be responsible for the development of all Wyndham brands, including Ramada and Days Inn, in the region as well as maximising the performance of all new and existing franchise and managed hotels. The company has 75 hotels in the UK.
Wyndham Hotel Group Europe Limited
10m0.6m442
120 Feb 2018New Head of Operations - Strengthening Engineering & Technical Teams - Automation Introduced - Output up 25%Holmesterne Farm Co, the 19m-turnover ready meals and processed meat manufacturer, has appointed Shaun Bedford as its new Head of Operations, to be responsible for strengthening the firm's engineering and technical teams. Bedford has already introduced automation to Holmesterne's key manufacturing lines to speed up production processes and increase output by 25%. The company operates 2 production plants and employs over 150 staff.
Holmesterne Farm Co. Limited
19m0.7m1511
1116 Feb 2018New Group Director - Language Services Expanded - Business GrowthBBC World Service has appointed Jamie Angus as Director of the BBC World Service Group. Angus, whose previous roles at the BBC include acting editor of Newsnight, editor of World At One and The World This Weekend, has been acting director of the World Service since the start of this year, and replaces Fran Unsworth. The company recently expanded to 41 language services.
BBC Worldwide Ltd
876m49m1072
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Headquarters & Premises

Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 2018New Office in Greece - Business Development Manager Appointed - International ExpansionHarris Pye, the global engineering group, has opened a new office in Greece. The company has launched Harris Pye Greece/Mediterranean based in Glyfada, Athens and appointed Tony Gennadopoulos as Business Development Manager ? Greece/Mediterranean. Harris Pye is led by Chief Executive Officer Mark Prendergast.
HARRIS PYE GROUP LIMITED
85m0.2m7002
119 Feb 2018New Office in Edinburgh - Plan to Expand into Dundee & Inverness - Business GrowthCollabor8te, the operator of co-working space in Glasgow, is to expand into Edinburgh. The company is also planning to open locations in Dundee and Inverness. The company is led by Founder Teresa Jackson.
COLLABOR8TE LIMITED
2
19 Feb 2018New London Project - 23,000 Sq m Mixed-Use Scheme - Business GrowthMarks Barfield, the architectural practice, has designed a new mixed-use project for construction in Euston, London. The 23,000 sq m development will include 17,000 sq m of Grade A office space, and is due for completion in 2020. Marks Barfield is led by Managing Director Julia Barfield.
Marks Barfield Ltd.
1
119 Feb 2018New Glasgow office - Digital Lead Appointed - Currently RecruitingMuckle Media, the creative PR and digital marketing agency, has opened a Glasgow office and appointed Director Pauline McLaughlin to lead the agency's digital and social media offering. McLaughlin, who was formerly director of digital agency Equator?s PR and social media division, will oversee the Glasgow office and be digital lead at the agency. Muckle Media, which acquired Platform PR in 2015, currently employs 19 people at its offices in Edinburgh and Inverness. The new office is based in Glasgow's Charing Cross and is recruiting at all levels. Muckle Media is led by Managing Director Nathalie Agnew.
MUCKLE MEDIA LTD
2
21 Feb 2018Engineering business expansion - 1.8 million funding - investing in HQ and equipmentThe UKF Group, a Bromsgrove, West Midlands stainless steel business has secured its head office site and purchased new machinery with a 1.8m funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. UKF manufactures a range of steel products, such as welded stainless steel tubular components and exhaust tubes, across four operating divisions that include: UKF Stainless, The Joint Perforating Company (JPC), Ferrari Stainless & Alloys and Stainless Metal & Alloys.n The Group recently secured a 1.35 million loan from Lloyds Bank to purchase the rented site it operates from on Buntsford Park Road. This has enabled the business to take ownership of its established head office and focus on further investment and growth. UKF Group has also received a 450,000 asset finance facility from Lloyds Bank to purchase a new, state-of-the-art laser cutting machine. The business can now expand its product offering to customers without impacting day-to-day cash flow. Phil Morris is the Group Chairman at UKF Group.
Ukf Stainless Holdings Limited
22m0.2m731
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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
21 Feb 20184 million - Distillery expansion plan - new jobs - fast growing brandEden Mill has ambitious plans to create a new distillery and brewery near its current headquarters in Fife, Scotland. The 4 million expansion project will enable an increase in the production of gin, beer and whisky and retain space for further expansion. Eden Mill is one of Scotland?s fastest growing brands. Pending approval of the application, Eden Mill aims to be on site by summer 2018 with the buildings operational by autumn 2018. Paul Miller is the co-founder of Eden Mill.
EDEN MILL ST ANDREWS LTD
2
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
1
21 Feb 2018Samworth site merger set to create 'savoury pastry centre of excellence'Samworth Brothers is planning to create a Savoury Pastry Centre of Excellence with the merger of two bakery operations in Callington, Cornwall.
Samworth Brothers Limited
902m47m7,77516
121 Feb 2018New Business Park Planned - 1,500 New Jobs Expected - 47,000 Sq mExeter Estates, the office and warehouse developer, is to build a 47,000 sq m business park on land between Exminster and Kennford in Devon. The new park will provide up to 1,500 new jobs, across a range of uses. Exeter Estates is led by Director Ian MacLean.
EXETER ESTATES LIMITED
2
121 Feb 2018Lampeter Site to Close - Operation Moved to Carmarthenshire - New Welsh Jobs ExpectedDunbia Limited, the Irish meat supplier, is to relocate ts operation in Felinfach near Lampeter to its Dawn Meats plant at Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire. Around 170 staff currently employed at the Felinfach site will be able to transfer their employment. The company employs around 1,100 staff in Wales, and expects this number to increase in 2018.
Dunbia Limited
768m13m3,5841
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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Feb 2018New Winchester Store - 32 New Jobs - 1.437 Sq mTK Maxx, the fashion retailer, is opening a new 1,437 sq m store in Winchester, Hampshire. The new site will create 32 new jobs.
TK Maxx
53m0.2m31
115 Feb 2018New Chester Store - Jobs Created - Business GrowthJoules, the fashion retailer, has opened a new store at Broughton Retail Park in Chester, creating jobs. The company is recruiting sales assistants, supervisors, assistant managers and managers.
Joules Clothing Limited
10
121 Feb 2018New Cheltenham Store - Jobs Expected - Business GrowthSkechers, the US footwear retailer, is to open a new concept store in Cheltenham. New jobs are expected. There are currently two concept stores in Bristol and the other branches are located in Exeter, Plymouth and Bath. Simon Hussey is Marketing Officer for Skechers.
Skechers USA Ltd.
138m3m3261
21 Feb 2018Greggs reveals plan to accelerate store openingsGreggs is aiming to grow its estate to almost 2,000 stores in the coming year with the opening of up to 130 new sites.
Greggs PLC
894m73m16,8001,700
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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 2018Cutting Some Services - Community Hub in Haverfordwest Planned - 1 million Savings SoughtPembrokeshire County Council is to close register offices, youth services and libraries as part of plans to save about 1 million. The authority wants to close some facilities and open a community hub in Haverfordwest in a bid to put services under one roof. The authority has predicted an 18.6m funding gap for 2018/19.
Pembrokeshire County Council
1
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Growth

Overseas Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
21 Feb 201840 million Funding Secured - Plan to Grow Exports by 25% - Sales Rise by 10% - Business GrowthKTC Edibles, the West Midlands-based supplier of cooking oil, spreads, canned goods and condiments, has secured 40 million in funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which will be used to accelerate its growth overseas. The company, which employs 275 staff across its 2 sites in Wednesbury and Liverpool, plans to increase its global export operations by 25% by 2023. KTC Edibles increased its sales by 10% in its last financial year and now generates turnover of 233 million. Renga Ramamoorthy is Finance Director at the firm.
K.T.C. (Edibles) Limited
215m2m2871
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
1
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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
21 Feb 201840 million Funding Secured - Plan to Grow Exports by 25% - Sales Rise by 10% - Business GrowthKTC Edibles, the West Midlands-based supplier of cooking oil, spreads, canned goods and condiments, has secured 40 million in funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which will be used to accelerate its growth overseas. The company, which employs 275 staff across its 2 sites in Wednesbury and Liverpool, plans to increase its global export operations by 25% by 2023. KTC Edibles increased its sales by 10% in its last financial year and now generates turnover of 233 million. Renga Ramamoorthy is Finance Director at the firm.
K.T.C. (Edibles) Limited
215m2m2871
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
1
20 Feb 2018Sales Up 18% - Profits Drop by 8% - New Chief ExecutiveDunelm Group, the homeware retailer, has increased its sales by 18%, despite profit before tax and exceptional costs falling 8% to 60 million. The company believes annual operating costs will outstrip sales growth as it invests on the integration of its Worldstores acquisition. Nick Wilkinson, the former boss of Evans Cycles, has joined the company as chief executive.
Dunelm Group Plc
881m129m8,968140
20 Feb 2018Sales Growth - Decline in Profits - Ongoing Price Investments - Rise in CustomersAsda, the supermarket retailer, has achieved sales growth for the fourth consecutive quarter but has experienced a decline in profits due to ongoing price investments. The company attracted 348,000 new customers to its stores in December 2017. Asda Group is led by Chief Executive Roger Burnley.
ASDA Group Limited
21,666m845m161,451383
20 Feb 2018Revenue Growth of 4.5% - Profits Up - Business PerformanceIreland-headquartered Kerry Group's has increased its revenue by 4.5% to 5.6 billion, with operating profit up 4.2% at 689 million. The company's consumer foods division has increased its full-year sales to 1.17 billion, but operating profit fell 8% to 95.2 million, because of the adverse impact from sterling. The company's snacking division continued to drive category growth, while its grocery dairy business maintained growth in a challenging category environment.
Kerry Foods Ltd
414m43m2,78729
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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Feb 2018Sales Up 18% - Profits Drop by 8% - New Chief ExecutiveDunelm Group, the homeware retailer, has increased its sales by 18%, despite profit before tax and exceptional costs falling 8% to 60 million. The company believes annual operating costs will outstrip sales growth as it invests on the integration of its Worldstores acquisition. Nick Wilkinson, the former boss of Evans Cycles, has joined the company as chief executive.
Dunelm Group Plc
881m129m8,968140
19 Feb 2018Profits Down 23% - Raising 40 million for Acquisitions - Turnover GrowthCVS Group, the veterinary clinic company, has experienced a 23% fall in first-half profit after rising costs offset an acquisition-related surge in revenue. The company is currently raising 40 million to fund further acquisitions. CVS Group is led by Chairman Richard Connell.
CVS Group Plc
218m12m4,1301
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Number of Employees Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
1
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
1
16 Feb 20181.4 billion LAX Contract - Joint Venture Success - International GrowthBalfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has secured a 1.4 billion contract at Los Angeles International Airport as part of its joint venture with Fluor Corporation, Flatiron West and Dragados USA, called LAX Integrated Express Solutions or LINXS. The companies will design, build, finance, operate and maintain a 2.25-mile system that is set to connect the LAX central terminal to a yet-to-be constructed rental car facility, six stations and a vehicle maintenance centre. The project is the first major public-private partnership in the US civil infrastructure market for Balfour Beatty Investments, which is a 27% equity owner in the LINXS joint venture. Balfour Beatty Group is led by chief executive Leo Quinn.
Balfour Beatty Group Ltd
3,468m1,25523
19 Feb 2018Thorntons Cake Range Relaunched - New Products - Business GrowthFinsbury Food Group, the Cardiff-based specialist baker, is relaunching its licensed Thorntons celebration cake range with the addition of four new products. The new range aligns with the ambitions of Thorntons owner Ferrero for the brand as a whole, following a 6m investment in the company since February 2017. Jack Cook-Broussine is Brand Manager for Finsbury Food Group.
Finsbury Food Group PLC
314m14m3,16212
16 Feb 2018ROI Contract Secured - Working Across 13 Government Departments - Business GrowthDMS Personnel Consultants, the County Down-based training specialist, has been appointed by the Irish Civil Service to deliver a range of CIPD qualification programmes, working with individuals across 13 government departments. DMS Ireland is led by managing director Lynn Carson.
DMS PERSONNEL CONSULTANTS (IRELAND) LIMITED
2
21 Feb 2018New School Catering Contract - 1.1m Deal - Business GrowthOlive Dining has secured a deal with Chipstead Valley Primary School in Coulsdon, London, worth 1.1m. The contract caterer provides meals to primary and secondary schools around the South East of England. It beat two other operators to the deal. Olive Dining will take over from in-house services and will include catering for a breakfast and after school club alongside staff and pupil meals.
Olive Dining Ltd
1
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Awards

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Feb 2018Actively Recruiting - Success of Agency Partnership - Business Impact of the Year Award - Overseas ExpansionElla's Kitchen, the London-based children's food manufacturer, is actively recruiting following the success of its partnership with global customer insight agency C-Space. The company developed an online product development community with C-Space, which led to both companies winning the Business Impact of the Year award at the MRS Research Live Awards 2017. Ella's Kitchen is also continuing its expansion in Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Ella's Kitchen Group Limited
57m10m581
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 2018Profits Down 23% - Raising 40 million for Acquisitions - Turnover GrowthCVS Group, the veterinary clinic company, has experienced a 23% fall in first-half profit after rising costs offset an acquisition-related surge in revenue. The company is currently raising 40 million to fund further acquisitions. CVS Group is led by Chairman Richard Connell.
CVS Group Plc
218m12m4,1301
19 Feb 2018In Administration - 20 Jobs Lost - Trading Ceased - Buyer SoughtThe Ultimate Food Company (Kendal), the premium Christmas pudding maker, has ceased trading with 20 jobs lost. The company also traded as The Ultimate Plum Pudding Company. A buyer is now being sought for the business and its assets.
The Ultimate Food Company (Kendal) Limited (In Administration)
1
21 Feb 2018Granarolo buys Midland Food Group - 62 Million turnover increaseGranarolo, a leading domestically owned agro-industrial operator in Italy has bought Midland Food Group, the UK-based consolidated chilled, ambient and frozen foods distributor. Midland Food Group has been operating in Britain for over 40 years, mainly focusing on foodservice distribution but with a growing retail presence. Midland Food Group supplies thousands of customers from two sites: Willenhall, where it also manufactures and packs a range of fine foods, and Basingstoke. Dairy is 30% of Midland?s portfolio. The company also distributes hams and other cooked meat products, an extensive range of Continental meats such as chorizos and salamis, and a full range of ambient products for the food service industry. The group has a manufacturing arm producing pastry products, sandwich fillings and cooked meats, and an e-commerce portal, IDeli. The acquisition of Midland puts Granarolo UK Britain behind only Graarolo Italy and France in terms of turnover. Granarolo?s manufacturing facility in Saint Omer in northern France, near the Channel Tunnel will play an increasingly strategic role as a result of the boost to distribution capacity in the UK. The deal will give Granarolo 62m extra turnover.
Midland Food Group Limited
1
16 Feb 20183V Group Acquired - Includes Production Sites in Devon & Wales - Business ExpansionSHS Group, the Belfast-based owner of sparkling juice drink Shloer and alcopop WKD, has acquired a majority shareholding in 3V Group, the Hampshire-based owner of nut butter brand Meridian and organic squash label Rocks, for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes 3V's production sites in Devon and Wales. SHS Group owns a number of premium branded products and also supplies own-label herbs and spices. The company is led by Chief Executive Officer Elaine Birchall.
Shs Group Limited
379m21m7643
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Budgets & Expenditure

IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 20182 million Ticket Machine Project - Station and Train Improvements - Business GrowthChiltern Railways is investing 2 million in a project to replace tickets machines in all its stations. The new machines have already been put in place in Gerrards Cross, Princes Risborough and London Marylebone. The project also includes a 1.5 million investment in on-station improvements like waiting and customer facilities and on-train enhancements. Alan Riley is Customer Services Director at Chiltern Railways.
The Chiltern Railway Company Limited
186m-0.8m8243
20 Feb 2018Technology Investment - New Aerial VehiclesWest Sussex County Council is investing in drone technology to be used by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and help the unit co-ordinate resources on the ground. The new aerial vehicles will also help the council use the technology for surveying buildings, check roofing, bridge inspections and potentially for use in other community work. Louise Goldsmith is leader of West Sussex County Council.
West Sussex County Council
1
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Companies Receiving Investment

Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 2018Dog food subscription service Butternut Box raises 5 million to launch new products and to hire new staffButternut Box, a UK-based subscription service for home-cooked dog food, has raised 5 million to develop new products and hire more staff. Its new backers include Literacy Capital, chaired by Paul Pindar, former chief executive of Capita, and White Star Capital, which bet on razor subscription start-up Dollar Shave Club. The firm was started by ex-Goldman Sachs traders Kevin Glynn and David Nolan, after Mr Nolan discovered home-cooked food improved the health of a sickly dog his family had adopted. Butternuts products are free from grain, which upsets some dogs stomachs, and are cooked fresh each week before being delivered.
DOGMATES LTD T/A Butternut Box
2
21 Feb 2018Artificial intelligence services - 2.8 million expansion fundingnStatusToday, the London-based start-up launched its beta version last year and already has 200 companies signed up from over 22 countries. The firm, which uses AI to help companies understand their employees, has closed a seed funding round of 2.79m led by LocalGlobe, with participation from Notion Capital and Firstminute capital. StatusToday, built on cutting edge innovation including three patent-pending technologies, launched in beta in mid-2017 and already has 200 companies from 22 countries signed up. The new investment will help to attract more companies to the service, further improve the AI and expand its multi-national team. The company currently has 14 employees, based in London and the Ukraine.n
STATUSTODAY LTD
2
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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
21 Feb 201840 million Funding Secured - Plan to Grow Exports by 25% - Sales Rise by 10% - Business GrowthKTC Edibles, the West Midlands-based supplier of cooking oil, spreads, canned goods and condiments, has secured 40 million in funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which will be used to accelerate its growth overseas. The company, which employs 275 staff across its 2 sites in Wednesbury and Liverpool, plans to increase its global export operations by 25% by 2023. KTC Edibles increased its sales by 10% in its last financial year and now generates turnover of 233 million. Renga Ramamoorthy is Finance Director at the firm.
K.T.C. (Edibles) Limited
215m2m2871
19 Feb 2018Profits Down 23% - Raising 40 million for Acquisitions - Turnover GrowthCVS Group, the veterinary clinic company, has experienced a 23% fall in first-half profit after rising costs offset an acquisition-related surge in revenue. The company is currently raising 40 million to fund further acquisitions. CVS Group is led by Chairman Richard Connell.
CVS Group Plc
218m12m4,1301
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Performance & Profits

Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Feb 2018Sales Up 18% - Profits Drop by 8% - New Chief ExecutiveDunelm Group, the homeware retailer, has increased its sales by 18%, despite profit before tax and exceptional costs falling 8% to 60 million. The company believes annual operating costs will outstrip sales growth as it invests on the integration of its Worldstores acquisition. Nick Wilkinson, the former boss of Evans Cycles, has joined the company as chief executive.
Dunelm Group Plc
881m129m8,968140
19 Feb 2018Profits Down 23% - Raising 40 million for Acquisitions - Turnover GrowthCVS Group, the veterinary clinic company, has experienced a 23% fall in first-half profit after rising costs offset an acquisition-related surge in revenue. The company is currently raising 40 million to fund further acquisitions. CVS Group is led by Chairman Richard Connell.
CVS Group Plc
218m12m4,1301
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
21 Feb 201840 million Funding Secured - Plan to Grow Exports by 25% - Sales Rise by 10% - Business GrowthKTC Edibles, the West Midlands-based supplier of cooking oil, spreads, canned goods and condiments, has secured 40 million in funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which will be used to accelerate its growth overseas. The company, which employs 275 staff across its 2 sites in Wednesbury and Liverpool, plans to increase its global export operations by 25% by 2023. KTC Edibles increased its sales by 10% in its last financial year and now generates turnover of 233 million. Renga Ramamoorthy is Finance Director at the firm.
K.T.C. (Edibles) Limited
215m2m2871
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
1
19 Feb 20182 million Ticket Machine Project - Station and Train Improvements - Business GrowthChiltern Railways is investing 2 million in a project to replace tickets machines in all its stations. The new machines have already been put in place in Gerrards Cross, Princes Risborough and London Marylebone. The project also includes a 1.5 million investment in on-station improvements like waiting and customer facilities and on-train enhancements. Alan Riley is Customer Services Director at Chiltern Railways.
The Chiltern Railway Company Limited
186m-0.8m8243
20 Feb 2018Trading Ceased - 42 Jobs Lost - Rising CostsBalmoral Knitwear, the Ayrshire-baed textiles firm, has ceased trading with the loss of 42 jobs. The decision was caused in part by the rising cost of imported materials, following the recent strengthening of sterling. The knitwear firm's sister business, Balmoral Mill, will continue to operate its shop and cafe, employing about eight people.
Balmoral Knitwear Limited
1
19 Feb 2018Thorntons Cake Range Relaunched - New Products - Business GrowthFinsbury Food Group, the Cardiff-based specialist baker, is relaunching its licensed Thorntons celebration cake range with the addition of four new products. The new range aligns with the ambitions of Thorntons owner Ferrero for the brand as a whole, following a 6m investment in the company since February 2017. Jack Cook-Broussine is Brand Manager for Finsbury Food Group.
Finsbury Food Group PLC
314m14m3,16212
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Feb 20186.5m Decline in Sales - Packaging Overhaul - New ProductsGillette, the razor manufacturer, has responded to a 6.5m decline in sales with its biggest packaging overhaul in more than 10 years. The redesigned packaging coincides with the launch of new and upgraded products.
Gillette U.K. Limited
31m2m1813
20 Feb 20186.5m Decline in Sales - Packaging Overhaul - New ProductsGillette, the razor manufacturer, has responded to a 6.5m decline in sales with its biggest packaging overhaul in more than 10 years. The redesigned packaging coincides with the launch of new and upgraded products.
Gillette U.K. Limited
31m2m1813
20 Feb 20186.5m Decline in Sales - Packaging Overhaul - New ProductsGillette, the razor manufacturer, has responded to a 6.5m decline in sales with its biggest packaging overhaul in more than 10 years. The redesigned packaging coincides with the launch of new and upgraded products.
Gillette U.K. Limited
31m2m1813
19 Feb 20182 million Ticket Machine Project - Station and Train Improvements - Business GrowthChiltern Railways is investing 2 million in a project to replace tickets machines in all its stations. The new machines have already been put in place in Gerrards Cross, Princes Risborough and London Marylebone. The project also includes a 1.5 million investment in on-station improvements like waiting and customer facilities and on-train enhancements. Alan Riley is Customer Services Director at Chiltern Railways.
The Chiltern Railway Company Limited
186m-0.8m8243
19 Feb 2018Thorntons Cake Range Relaunched - New Products - Business GrowthFinsbury Food Group, the Cardiff-based specialist baker, is relaunching its licensed Thorntons celebration cake range with the addition of four new products. The new range aligns with the ambitions of Thorntons owner Ferrero for the brand as a whole, following a 6m investment in the company since February 2017. Jack Cook-Broussine is Brand Manager for Finsbury Food Group.
Finsbury Food Group PLC
314m14m3,16212
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   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
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20 Feb 2018Sales Up 18% - Profits Drop by 8% - New Chief ExecutiveDunelm Group, the homeware retailer, has increased its sales by 18%, despite profit before tax and exceptional costs falling 8% to 60 million. The company believes annual operating costs will outstrip sales growth as it invests on the integration of its Worldstores acquisition. Nick Wilkinson, the former boss of Evans Cycles, has joined the company as chief executive.
Dunelm Group Plc
881m129m8,968140
21 Feb 2018Sales Growth - 27.4% Rise in Milk Price - Business PerformanceArla Foods, the dairy products manufacturer, increased its sales last year as a result of higher milk prices, which enabled the co-operative to increase payments to its farmer-owners by 27.4%. This year?s sales are expected to be in the range of 8.82bn-9.26 compared with the 9.09bn achieved in 2017. The firm, which is owned by 11,200 farmers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium, is led by Chief Executive Peder Tuborgh.
Arla Foods UK Plc
0.4m512
21 Feb 2018Revenue Growth - Profits up 15% - 16% Rise in Online Sales - Rapid Store ExpansionHotel Chocolat, the chocolate retailer, has increased its first half revenue by 15 per cent to 71.7m, while profit before tax grew by 15 per cent to 12.9m. Hotel Chocolat has defied high street gloom with rapid store expansion, and has vowed to open even more in the coming period. In the 26 weeks to 31 December, it opened 10 new stores. In addition to physical stores, the company sells through its own website, posting sales growth of 16 per cent through the platform, as well as through the likes of Ocado and Amazon. The company is led by chief executive Angus Thirlwell.
Hotel Chocolat Limited
20m1m42510
20 Feb 2018Profits Drop to 4.3 million - Falling DemandLaura Ashley, the national retailer with 161 UK stores, has experienced a decline in profits to 4.3 million from 7.8 million a year earlier, as a result of falling demand for its homeware products. The company's Finance Director is Sean Anglim.
Laura Ashley Holdings Plc
401m29m2,559221
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
21 Feb 201840 million Funding Secured - Plan to Grow Exports by 25% - Sales Rise by 10% - Business GrowthKTC Edibles, the West Midlands-based supplier of cooking oil, spreads, canned goods and condiments, has secured 40 million in funding from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, which will be used to accelerate its growth overseas. The company, which employs 275 staff across its 2 sites in Wednesbury and Liverpool, plans to increase its global export operations by 25% by 2023. KTC Edibles increased its sales by 10% in its last financial year and now generates turnover of 233 million. Renga Ramamoorthy is Finance Director at the firm.
K.T.C. (Edibles) Limited
215m2m2871
19 Feb 2018334,000 Premises Expansion - Export Plans - Sales to Reach 2m - Business GrowthG Simmons & Sons, the Walsall-based pork scratching manufacturer, is to expand its premises with a 334,000 investment, following record demand for the product. The company is also planning to expand distribution into Europe. Since 2016, the company has secured 6 new contracts and hired 3 new staff members, and company sales are expected to reach 2m in 2018. G Simmons & Sons is led by Director Shaun Simmons.
G. Simmons & Sons Ltd
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16 Feb 2018Irish Expansion - New Jobs - New Contracts - Technical Director AppointedSweco, the engineering consultancy, is to double the headcount in its Irish office to 20 over the next 12 months. The company has won roles on several key frameworks including work for Dublin Airport and Irish Water, we well as a four-year framework in Northern Ireland. Sweco, which operates in Ireland from its office in Cork, has also appointed Tina Raleigh as Technical director to spearhead its environment team in Ireland.
Sweco Uk Limited
55m3m3
21 Feb 2018Helistrat launches international networkHelistrat, the environmental consultancy and contract manager, is planning international expansion. align themselves with partners who emulate the company?s own values, ambitions and skills. The result will be a network of resources deployed in Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Middle East, the Americas, Southeast Asia and China. Once these are successfully established, a review will be undertaken ahead of further expansion later in 2018. The Helistrat global service will be managed centrally from the UK. Helistrat?s Managing Director is Martyn Oakton.
Helistrat Group Holdings Limited
25m2m581
20 Feb 2018French Supermarket Deal Secured - Supplying 100 Stores - International GrowthJust Live a Little, the Northern Irish luxury breakfast granola producer, has won a supply deal with French supermarket chain Auchan. The company, which sells in UK supermarket chains Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Ocado, will supply its Whole Almond and Cranberry & Cashew granolas to 100 supermarkets in France. Just Live a Little currently exports to international markets including Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and UAE. The company's Commercial Director is Jill Crawford.
Just Live A Little Limited
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