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Search Trigger Alerts : 23rd January 2015 - 30th January 2015

People & Jobs

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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jan 2015£750,000 Growth Investment - Exporting to Abu Dhabi - UK and International Expansion - Potential New JobsEdinburgh-based Edesix, which makes wearable video camera technology, has secured contracts with the police force in Abu Dhabi. It is expanding to meet an expected increase in demand globally for its products, potentially creating new jobs. The company secured £750,000 in 2014, to fund expansion.
Edesix Ltd
1
1629 Jan 2015£502,000 Investment - Expanding Exports - International Market Opportunities - 16 New JobsHunter Apparel Solutions in Londonderry is investing £502,000 and providing 16 new jobs. The company, which employs 45 staff, has secured assistance of £96,000 from Invest Northern Ireland to expand exports in order to capitalise on a developing market opportunity for clothing made in the UK.
Hunter Apparel Solutions Limited
371
328 Jan 2015£500K Investment - New Apprentices - Company GrowthAlloy Heat Transfer, based in Dudley, invested heavily in 2014 and have committed a further £500,000 investment in new plant, training and workshop improvements. Working with The Black Country Skills Factory and Dudley College, AHT have taken on a further three apprentices, bringing their total workforce to an impressive 55 members of staff. Sales and New Projects Manager, Ian Perks
Alloy Heat Treatment
13
929 Jan 2015£49,500 Growth Funding - Business Expansion - New Jobs CreatedLondonderry-based Allpipe Engineering Ltd has taken on nine staff to support its strategy to grow sales in the pharmaceutical and health food sectors. The mechanical and electrical contracting business, now employs 119 at its Maydown plant. The new jobs were supported by a £49,500 grant from Invest Northern Ireland.
All Pipe Engineering Limited
3
1529 Jan 2015£45,000 Funding Secured - Creating 15 Jobs - £600,000 Investment - Expanding Export SalesFleming Agri-Products, a manufacturer of agricultural and ground maintenance machinery, is investing almost £600,000 to expand export sales and create 15 new jobs, including a senior position in sales and marketing. The company is receiving marketing support plus £45,000 from Invest NI to support the expansion.
Fleming Agri-Products Limited
£8m£0.9m811
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
129 Jan 2015£45,000 Funding Secured - Creating 15 Jobs - £600,000 Investment - Expanding Export SalesFleming Agri-Products, a manufacturer of agricultural and ground maintenance machinery, is investing almost £600,000 to expand export sales and create 15 new jobs, including a senior position in sales and marketing. The company is receiving marketing support plus £45,000 from Invest NI to support the expansion.
Fleming Agri-Products Limited
£8m£0.9m811
26 Jan 2015Stock Market Listing - Raising £130m Growth Funding - International Expansion Plans - Directors AppointedInfrastructure investor John Laing is planning to list on the London Stock Exchange, to raise around £130m to fund new investments. The company has strengthened its board preparation for listing and future international expansion.
John Laing Public Limited Company
£224m£144m1,4856
327 Jan 2015New Jobs - Sales Team ExpandedPoole, Dorset-based VoIP Unlimited, the IP services provider, has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Jess Loce and Matthew Darkins as Sales Executives, and Jamie Shergold as Account Manager. The company has also added a new team member to its provisioning department.
VoIP Unlimited
1
128 Jan 2015Marketing Director Appointed - Company GrowthMimi Turner, the former communications director for Northern & Shell, has joined 65twenty, the company behind online publications The Lad Bible and The Sport Bible, as its first marketing director. Turner will report to 65twenty's co-founders Alex Solomou and Arian Kalantari and will be based in Manchester and London.
65twenty Ltd
1
1128 Jan 2015Group Financial Controller Appointed - Turnover £78.43m - 592 EmployeesWalker Greenbank, the furnishings supplier, has appointed Mike Gant as Group Financial Controller from March 2015. Gant joins the company from Britvic where he served as finance Director, and will replace Alan Dix who will leave the company at the end of April after a handover period. The company has a turnover of £78.43m and employs 592 members of staff.
Walker Greenbank Plc
£78m£7m5925
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People & Jobs

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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Jan 2015Virgin Atlantic Airways Contract Secured - £4.9bn TurnoverTata Consultancy Services has secured a major outsourcing contract to provide digital services to Virgin Atlantic Airways. Tata will set up a private cloud for the airline and cloud-based services and support. Tata's UK operations are headquartered in London and the company has turnover of £4.9bn.
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
£4,931m13
27 Jan 2015Outsources Digital Services - Investing in Cloud Computing - £2.2bn TurnoverVirgin Atlantic Airways has outsourced IT to Tata Consultancy Services. The agreement will provide a range of digital services for Virgin Atlantic's customers. Tata will set up a private cloud for the airline and provide IT services and support. Virgin Atlantic Airways has a turnover of £2.2bn.
Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited
£2,234m£-84.9m8,4807
27 Jan 2015JD Williams Contract Secured - Refurbishing Call Centre - 55O Employees To TransferSerco has secured a major contract to run a Manchester call centre for womenswear business JD Williams. Around 550 employees will transfer to Serco as part of the agreement. Serco, which is headquartered in Hook, Hampshire, plans to refurbish the call centre.
Serco Group PLC
£4,288m£144m94,9802
27 Jan 2015Council Pension Contract Terminated Early - £3.9bn TurnoverCapita?s contract to provide pension scheme administration services to Kensington & Chelsea Council, and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, has been terminated early. The two authorities will outsource pension scheme administration to Surrey County Council from April 2015. The contract with Capita was due to expire in September 2015. Capita has a turnover of £3.9bn.
Capita Plc
£3,896m£312m56,4688
27 Jan 2015Call Centre Outsourced To Serco - Refurbishment Plans - 550 Employees To Transfer - Customer Service ImprovementsWomenswear business JD Williams has outsourced its Manchester-based call centre to Serco, allowing the company to communicate with customers through social media and web chat services. Around 550 employees will transfer to Serco as part of the agreement. Serco plans to refurbish the call centre.
J.D. Williams & Company Limited
£741m£102m3,1902
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Jan 2015New Premises - £37.48m Turnover - 299 EmployeesFollowing continued expansion by James Fisher Nuclear, specialist in design and engineering services to the Nuclear and aerospace industries, the company are to relocate to larger premises leased from Cushman & Wakefield. The company has a turnover of £37.48m and employ 299 members of staff.
James Fisher Nuclear Limited
£37m£3m2992
127 Jan 2015Good Business Performance - Moves To New Office - Senior AppointmentSocial media and marketing business Pepamint has appointed Emma Rushworth as Account Manager, and moved to offices in Meltham, West Yorkshire, following a successful year in 2014.
Pepamint Media
1
28 Jan 2015Global Expansion - Singapore Office - £7.5m RevenueMARKET research specialist B2B International has continued its global expansion with the launch of a new permanent office in Singapore, its third in the Asia-Pacific region. B2B is now accelerating its international development strategy and extending its network across global markets.
B2B International Ltd
1
130 Jan 2015European Expansion - German Office Opened - Commercial Director AppointedClothing group Perry Ellis Europe, which owns the Farah and Original Penguin brands, is launching an office in Düsseldorf, Germany, to support its growth in Europe. The office will be led by the group's new Commercial Director for the German, Austrian and Swiss markets Sven Adam.
Perry Ellis Europe Limited
£33m£-1.4m1585
29 Jan 2015Centre of Excellence - Investment in Facilities - Turnover up nearly 20%Aico, supplier of domestic fire and carbon monoxide protection products, has launched a new training and demonstration facility at its premises in Oswestry, Shropshire. The company has invested following an increase of nearly 20% in turnover to £54.49m
Aico Limited
£54m£3m461
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
126 Jan 2015£29m Investment - New Manufacturing Plant - Creating 540 Jobs - Targeting £150m RevenuesAntrim, Northern Ireland-based Randox is to create 540 jobs over four years following a planned £29m investment in new manufacturing and engineering and research and development facilities. Randox, which employs 800 people in Northern Ireland, aims to increase its revenues by 60% to £150m by 2018.
Randox Laboratories Limited
£78m£11m7042
126 Jan 2015£16m Investment - New Premises - Creating 225 Jobs - Targeting £20m Sales IncreaseAntrim, Northern Ireland-based Camden Group is investing £16m in a new extrusion facility, and creating 225 new jobs over the three years to 2018. The window and door manufacturer is undertaking a research and development project aimed at increasing external sales by £20m over three years.
Camden Group Limited
£26m£-1.2m4141
126 Jan 2015£10m Investment - New 4,500 sq m Aerospace Factory - Employment Opportunities ExpectedThe University of Sheffield has selected engineering company NG Bailey to deliver mechanical and electrical work on a new 4,500 sq m Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Factory for aerospace research. Work will begin onsite early in 2015, creating employment opportunities. The development is supported by a £10m higher education grant.
The University of Sheffield
13
227 Jan 2015Strong Growth - Company Expansion - New Locations - Job GainsNottingham-based parcel firm Parcelhub, has opened two new depots following strong growth. Parcelhub, which employs 70 in Nottingham, has taken premises and recruited staff in Dinnington and Coventry. It has also revamped its website. The firm launched in 2010 and has contracts with Yodel, Parcelforce and UK Mail
Parcelhub Limited
26 Jan 2015Sheffield University Contract Secured - 4,500 sq m Aerospace Factory - Employment Opportunities Expected - £380m TurnoverEngineering company NG Bailey has been selected by the University of Sheffield to deliver mechanical and electrical work on a new 4,500 sq m Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Factory for aerospace research. Work will begin onsite early in 2015, creating employment opportunities. NG Bailey has a turnover of £380m and 2,600 employees.
NG Bailey Group Limited
£380m£1m2,62615
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jan 2015£470,000 Investment - Store Refurbishment - Community ProgrammeThe Co-operative is investing more than £470,000 to refurbish its store and petrol station Stonehaven, Scotland. The store will also have a community pioneer, Neil Smith, appointed as part of a new programme that sees a member of the store team with an additional remit to foster a strong involvement in community activity, from volunteering opportunities to helping develop solutions to meet local needs.
Co-Operative Group Limited
£6,366m£-2,885.0m90,0005,000
330 Jan 2015£1m Expansion - Creating 100 Jobs - Opening 3 Stores - Call Centre OpportunitiesTravel company Barrhead Travel is to create 100 jobs in a £1m expansion, to meet increasing demand. The company, which has 850 staff, plans to create jobs at stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and contact centres in Larbert and Cumbria. It also plans to open three new stores in Edinburgh, creating further jobs.
Barrhead Travel 2007 Limited
£83m£1m6641
229 Jan 2015Two Stores Closed - 10 Jobs Lost - Seeking New LocationsThe DVD and video rental chain Xtra-vision is closing two stores in Londonderry and Strabane, Northern Ireland, with the loss of 10 jobs, as part of an ongoing review of store performance. The company plans to explore high profile locations for new stores that will allow us it to broaden its customer engagement.
Xtra-vision Entertainment Limited
1
27 Jan 2015Strong Trading - Profits Up by 47% to £3.2m - Opening Stores in Scotland - New Jobs ExpectedCheshire-based Conviviality Retail, which owns Bargain Booze, increased sales by 2.6% in the two weeks to 4 January 2015. In the 26 weeks to December 2014, profits increased by almost 47% to £3.2m. Conviviality is partnering with Scotmid to expand its stores into Scotland, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Conviviality Retail Ltd
£356m£6m3531
29 Jan 2015Restructuring - Closing 43 Stores - 2,000 Job LossesTesco is closing 43 unprofitable stores around the country in the next couple of months. Nationwide, around 2,000 people will lose their jobs. In total, 18 Express, 12 Metro, seven superstores and six Homeplus stores will be closed down. The restructuring follows falling sales and profit warnings.
Tesco PLC
£63,557m£2,631m391,8683,300
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Headquarters & Premises

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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jan 2015£900m Investment - New Army Facilities - 6,500 Construction JobsThe Ministry of Defence is to invest £900m to create new residential accommodation, workshops and storage facilities for the army, in the Salisbury Plain area of Wiltshire. The investment will support up to 6,500 new construction jobs.
Ministry of Defence
3
28 Jan 2015£14m Transformation - Completion Summer 2015A 14million transformation of Newcastle International Airport continues to make progress. The transformation should be completed in the summer. Newcastle International is the largest airport in the North East, supporting 3,200 jobs on site and a further 4,600 across the region. Airport Commercial Director Gill Caleary
Newcastle International Airport Limited
£50m£17m2481
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
126 Jan 2015US Brand Expands in UK - Opening 3,600 sq ft Restaurant - Creating 50 JobsFive Guys, the American Burger & Fries brand, will open its second Glasgow restaurant in Silverburn in February 2015. The new 3,637 sq ft restaurant brings an additional 50 jobs to the city.
Five Guys Ltd
1
30 Jan 2015Proposed New Store - Planning Permission Applied For - New JobsA branch of Argos is likely to open inside Spaldings Homebase store, creating around 15 jobs. Home Retail Group, which owns both of the big High Street names, intends keeping its existing Argos store in Spalding which is on a long lease until September 2021
Argos Limited
£3,872m£61m27,086747
26 Jan 2015Opening 40 UK Stores - Fitness Business Launched - 200 Gyms Planned - New Jobs ExpectedRetailer Sports Direct intends to open 40 UK stores in 2015, in response to growing demand for its products. The company has also launched a fitness arm and is planning to create a 200-strong chain of gyms. The expansion plans are expected to create jobs. Sales increased by 24% to £2.7bn in 2014.
Sports Direct International PLC
£2,706m£249m17,165560
126 Jan 2015New Restaurant Opened - 30 Jobs Created - Business ExpansionGondola Restaurants Limited has opened a new Zizzi,restaurant at Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow, creating 30 new jobs.
Gondola Restaurants Limited
£194m£3m4,85139
126 Jan 2015Business Expansion - Glasgow Restaurant Opened - 25 New JobsPizzaExpress has opened a new restaurant at Silverburn shopping centre in Glasgow, creating 25 new jobs.
Pizzaexpress (Restaurants) Limited
£335m£49m8,851436
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Headquarters & Premises

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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jan 2015£1m Expansion - Creating 100 Jobs - Opening 3 Stores - Call Centre OpportunitiesTravel company Barrhead Travel is to create 100 jobs in a £1m expansion, to meet increasing demand. The company, which has 850 staff, plans to create jobs at stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and contact centres in Larbert and Cumbria. It also plans to open three new stores in Edinburgh, creating further jobs.
Barrhead Travel 2007 Limited
£83m£1m6641
27 Jan 2015JD Williams Contract Secured - Refurbishing Call Centre - 55O Employees To TransferSerco has secured a major contract to run a Manchester call centre for womenswear business JD Williams. Around 550 employees will transfer to Serco as part of the agreement. Serco, which is headquartered in Hook, Hampshire, plans to refurbish the call centre.
Serco Group PLC
£4,288m£144m94,9802
27 Jan 2015Call Centre Outsourced To Serco - Refurbishment Plans - 550 Employees To Transfer - Customer Service ImprovementsWomenswear business JD Williams has outsourced its Manchester-based call centre to Serco, allowing the company to communicate with customers through social media and web chat services. Around 550 employees will transfer to Serco as part of the agreement. Serco plans to refurbish the call centre.
J.D. Williams & Company Limited
£741m£102m3,1902
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jan 2015£4.3m Investment - International Expansion - £10m of Contracts Secured in US - Turnover Doubled to £30mSTATS Group, the Aberdeenshire oil and gas pipeline firm, has secured a further £4.3m investment to support international expansion, notably in the US where it recently secured contracts worth £9.9m, and also in the Middle East. STATS has doubled its turnover to £30m since 2012, and the latest investment could create further jobs.
STATS (UK) Ltd
£26m£2m1892
28 Jan 2015£10m Investment - Record Turnover of £300m - 18 OfficesAir Charter Service is investing £10m over the next five years advancing the aircraft charter company's booking technologies and online presence. The company is set to achieve record turnover of £300 million in the year ending January 31. Chairman and Founder is Chris Leach
Air Charter Service Group Plc
£250m£1m2701
29 Jan 2015Turnover up 36.44% to £36.85m - Employees up to 224Staffordshire based Prince Minerals, a group engaged in the manufacture and sale of predominantly mineral based products, has grown turnover over 36% to £36.85m and increased employee numbers by over 210% to 224. As a growing and dynamic global company with locations across Europe, America and Africa, employment opportunities are possible.
Prince Minerals Limited
£37m£-0.8m2241
28 Jan 2015Rapid Growth - New Stores Planned - Sales up 20.5%DISCOUNT retailer B&M Bargains continued its rapid growth in its third quarter as sales and new store openings grew. Excluding its new German business UK sales went up 20.5% to £493.8m with like for like sales growth of 4.5% on top of a strong quarter the previous year. At the end of the quarter the UK business had 417 stores trading, having opened 24 stores. The company expect to open at least 50 new stores in the UK this financial year, and has a strong pipeline of at least 45 new stores across the UK for the following financial year. Chief Executive is Simon Arora
B & M Retail Limited
£935m£88m11,374400
29 Jan 2015Profit Rises 10% To £8.4m - Revenues Up 23% To £104m - Export Orders SecuredPorvair, the King's Lynn, Norfolk-headquartered filtration and environmental technologies company, has increased its pretax profit by 10% to £8.4m. Revenue has increased by 23% to a record £104.0m. The company has secured export orders to the US, India and Korea.
Porvair Plc
£84m£9m6116
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jan 2015£750,000 Growth Investment - Exporting to Abu Dhabi - UK and International Expansion - Potential New JobsEdinburgh-based Edesix, which makes wearable video camera technology, has secured contracts with the police force in Abu Dhabi. It is expanding to meet an expected increase in demand globally for its products, potentially creating new jobs. The company secured £750,000 in 2014, to fund expansion.
Edesix Ltd
1
28 Jan 2015£200m prison maintenance deal - Five Year Deal - Possible ExtensionCarillion has signed a pair of contracts to provide facilities management services for public sector prisons. The two contracts cover approximately 50 prisons for an initial five year period, with the potential two subsequent one-year extensions, subject to satisfactory performance. The company has a turnover of £3.3bn and employs 25,915 member of staff
Carillion PLC
£3,333m£124m25,91517
30 Jan 2015£15m Defence Contract Secured - 16 New Jobs - 350 Jobs Secured - £124m TurnoverShip repair company A&P Group has been secured a new £15m contract with the Ministry of Defence to install military capabilities in four new tankers. The contract will create 16 new jobs, including 6 new apprenticeships, and will help secure 350 jobs at its site in Falmouth, Cornwall. A&P Group has a turnover of £124.3m.
A&P Group Limited
£124m£8m6781
29 Jan 2015£110m+ biomass fuel supply deal - Commencing March 2017Stobart Group has secured a 14-year £110m-plus deal to supply fuel to a waste wood-fuelled biomass plan near Margam in South Wales. The build period will be 24-26 months, with commissioning scheduled for early 2017 and operations due to commence in March 2017. Stobart Group is not involved in the financing of the project, which is being funded by equity from Glennmont Partners and project finance from a club of lenders. Richard Butcher, Stobart Energy & Infrastructure Chief Executive
Stobart Group Ltd
63
27 Jan 2015Virgin Atlantic Airways Contract Secured - £4.9bn TurnoverTata Consultancy Services has secured a major outsourcing contract to provide digital services to Virgin Atlantic Airways. Tata will set up a private cloud for the airline and cloud-based services and support. Tata's UK operations are headquartered in London and the company has turnover of £4.9bn.
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
£4,931m13
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Awards

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jan 2015Ongoing Business Growth - Business Person of the Year AwardCoventry, West Midlands-based TR Fleet, a fleet management consultancy, is continuing to grow and expects to build on a promising start to 2015. The company expanded into Australia in 2014. Managing Director, Julie Summerell, has been named Business Person of the Year for 2014 by the Solihull News.
TR Fleet Limited
9
27 Jan 2015Major Export Success - Regional Business Award - £10m Invested in Growth - £33m TurnoverPeterborough-based Redring Xpelair Group, which manufactures air and water solutions, has grown to become an international brand, helped by a recent £10m investment into its head office and production facilities. The £32.6m turnover company, which now exports 40% of its output, was named Exporter of the Year at regional business awards.
Redring Xpelair Group Ltd
£33m£-0.9m2682
30 Jan 2015Investing for Growth - Partnership With Ford - Business Award SecuredAppyParking, a parking app created by Dan Hubert, has secured funding from Rosemont Group Capital Partners. The app was named winner of motor company Ford's Traffic Tamer App and International Congestion Challenge, and AppyParking is subsequently in talks with Ford to install the app in a number of forthcoming vehicles.
AppyParking Limited
1
27 Jan 2015Business Growth - Staff Recruitment - Elearning Development Company AwardPlymouth-based Sponge UK has continued its expansion with the appointment of a Learning Solutions Architect. The growing firm created 20 jobs in 2014 and was named Elearning Development Company of the Year at the Elearning Awards.
Sponge Uk Limited
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jan 2015£53m takeover of GSH - Stoke Centre of Excellence - Employment OpportunitiesISS UK Ltd has purchased the UK, Ireland and European operations of GSH as a vehicle for growth in its technical services delivery. The former GSH Stoke HQ will remain the centre of excellence for the business and will continue to support the UK mobile technical services business for the foreseeable future. The acquisition opens an array of roles across the enhanced technical services business. Richard Sykes is ISS UK and Ireland Chief Executive.
ISS UK Limited
£17m£3m1482
29 Jan 2015Uk & European Operations Sold - £72m Turnover - 800 EmployeesISS UK Ltd has purchased the UK, Ireland and European operations of GSH as a vehicle for growth in its technical services delivery. The former GSH Stoke HQ will remain the centre of excellence for the business and will continue to support the UK mobile technical services business for the foreseeable future. GSH achieved revenues of approximately £72 million last year in the year ended 31 December 2014 and employs about 800 staff in total. Clive Clarke, UK and Ireland managing director
GSH Group PLC
£146m1,5652
26 Jan 2015Stock Market Listing - Raising £130m Growth Funding - International Expansion Plans - Directors AppointedInfrastructure investor John Laing is planning to list on the London Stock Exchange, to raise around £130m to fund new investments. The company has strengthened its board preparation for listing and future international expansion.
John Laing Public Limited Company
£224m£144m1,4856
30 Jan 2015Pitbull Studio Acquired - Employees Transferred - MD Moves to New RoleSunderland based Pitbull Studio has agreed a deal with Epic Games to become Epic Games UK, with Pitbull's 45-strong team now forming the UK division of the company. The deal will see Pitbull's team transfer to Epic Games UK and the company's managing director Robert Troughton move to a new role, with responsibilities for the development of the company's Guildford and Leamington Spa offices, as well as an active role internationally. Tim Sweeney is Epic's founder and CEO
Epic Games Uk Ltd
28 Jan 2015Management buy-out - 45 EmployeesNDT, the Sheffield-based industrial testing business, has undergone a management buy-out. Co-managing director Tim Elwell, who joined the firm as a metallurgist in 1991, now owns 100% of the shares after buying out Peter Firth who is leaving the company. The company currently employs 45 people.
N.D.T. Limited
1
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Jan 2015£500K Investment - New Apprentices - Company GrowthAlloy Heat Transfer, based in Dudley, invested heavily in 2014 and have committed a further £500,000 investment in new plant, training and workshop improvements. Working with The Black Country Skills Factory and Dudley College, AHT have taken on a further three apprentices, bringing their total workforce to an impressive 55 members of staff. Sales and New Projects Manager, Ian Perks
Alloy Heat Treatment
13
27 Jan 2015£3m Marketing Investment - TV Ad and Blogger Campaign - £467m TurnoverFrozen food manufacturer Birds Eye is investing £3m in digital marketing with a TV advertising campaign complemented by PR, digital and social activity, as well as a 12-month campaign with food blogger Katie Bryson. London-based Birds Eye has a turnover of £467m.
Birds Eye Ltd
£467m£85m6513
28 Jan 2015£10m Investment - Record Turnover of £300m - 18 OfficesAir Charter Service is investing £10m over the next five years advancing the aircraft charter company's booking technologies and online presence. The company is set to achieve record turnover of £300 million in the year ending January 31. Chairman and Founder is Chris Leach
Air Charter Service Group Plc
£250m£1m2701
30 Jan 2015£100,000 Investment - New Machinery - 11 EmployeesBasildon based Trade finisher Kaps Finishing has invested in three new Robatech and Stahl machines to enable it to increase its in-house service offerings. The company has 11 employees and an turnover of around £400K. Managing director Stephanie Thompson
Kaps Finishing Limited
1
27 Jan 2015Strong Business Growth - £350,000 Investment - Digital Print Department RefurbishedHealeys, the Ipswich-based print group, has invested £350,000 in a complete refurbishment of its digital print department following 40% growth in digital revenues over the 13 months to January 2015. Digital print revenue increased 10% to £3.5m in 2014, accounting for 20% of turnover. The investment will support further growth.
Healeys Printers Limited
2
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Budgets & Expenditure

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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Jan 2015£3m Marketing Investment - TV Ad and Blogger Campaign - £467m TurnoverFrozen food manufacturer Birds Eye is investing £3m in digital marketing with a TV advertising campaign complemented by PR, digital and social activity, as well as a 12-month campaign with food blogger Katie Bryson. London-based Birds Eye has a turnover of £467m.
Birds Eye Ltd
£467m£85m6513
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Jan 2015£300k investment - New Jobs - Development CapitalGeospatial Insight, a Coleshill company which provides information and intelligence via aerial and satellite imagery, has secured investment of more than £300,000 from venture capital specialist Midven. The investment will help with the recruitment of additional staff and provide development capital. Managing director David Fox
Geospatial Insight Limited
1
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
30 Jan 2015£900m Investment - New Army Facilities - 6,500 Construction JobsThe Ministry of Defence is to invest £900m to create new residential accommodation, workshops and storage facilities for the army, in the Salisbury Plain area of Wiltshire. The investment will support up to 6,500 new construction jobs.
Ministry of Defence
3
26 Jan 2015£750,000 Growth Investment - Exporting to Abu Dhabi - UK and International Expansion - Potential New JobsEdinburgh-based Edesix, which makes wearable video camera technology, has secured contracts with the police force in Abu Dhabi. It is expanding to meet an expected increase in demand globally for its products, potentially creating new jobs. The company secured £750,000 in 2014, to fund expansion.
Edesix Ltd
1
29 Jan 2015£502,000 Investment - Expanding Exports - International Market Opportunities - 16 New JobsHunter Apparel Solutions in Londonderry is investing £502,000 and providing 16 new jobs. The company, which employs 45 staff, has secured assistance of £96,000 from Invest Northern Ireland to expand exports in order to capitalise on a developing market opportunity for clothing made in the UK.
Hunter Apparel Solutions Limited
371
28 Jan 2015£500K Investment - New Apprentices - Company GrowthAlloy Heat Transfer, based in Dudley, invested heavily in 2014 and have committed a further £500,000 investment in new plant, training and workshop improvements. Working with The Black Country Skills Factory and Dudley College, AHT have taken on a further three apprentices, bringing their total workforce to an impressive 55 members of staff. Sales and New Projects Manager, Ian Perks
Alloy Heat Treatment
13
29 Jan 2015£49,500 Growth Funding - Business Expansion - New Jobs CreatedLondonderry-based Allpipe Engineering Ltd has taken on nine staff to support its strategy to grow sales in the pharmaceutical and health food sectors. The mechanical and electrical contracting business, now employs 119 at its Maydown plant. The new jobs were supported by a £49,500 grant from Invest Northern Ireland.
All Pipe Engineering Limited
3
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Performance & Profits

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Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Jan 2015Strong Trading - Profits Up by 47% to £3.2m - Opening Stores in Scotland - New Jobs ExpectedCheshire-based Conviviality Retail, which owns Bargain Booze, increased sales by 2.6% in the two weeks to 4 January 2015. In the 26 weeks to December 2014, profits increased by almost 47% to £3.2m. Conviviality is partnering with Scotmid to expand its stores into Scotland, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Conviviality Retail Ltd
£356m£6m3531
27 Jan 2015Profits Up 7% to 7.6bn Euros - 3% Fall in Sales - Difficult Market ConditionsConsumer products manufacturer Unilever increased pre-tax profits by 7% in 2014, to 7.6bn euros, however the company is concerned about growth prospects for 2015 due to continuing weak market conditions. Sales declined 2.7% to 48.4bn euros due to a negative currency impact.
Unilever PLC
£40,433m£6,103m7,00030
29 Jan 2015Profit Rises 10% To £8.4m - Revenues Up 23% To £104m - Export Orders SecuredPorvair, the King's Lynn, Norfolk-headquartered filtration and environmental technologies company, has increased its pretax profit by 10% to £8.4m. Revenue has increased by 23% to a record £104.0m. The company has secured export orders to the US, India and Korea.
Porvair Plc
£84m£9m6116
29 Jan 2015Pre-tax profit up to £19.3m - Total Debt Reduced - New Banking FacilityManchester based Property company Burntwood, has grown its pre tax profit 56% to £19.3m. The business also successfully reduced its total debt from £590m to £440m and from 66% to 55% of the value of its buildings. In doing so, it agreed a new £300m, five-year banking facility with RBS, Barclays, HSBC and Santander at the end of 2014. Chief executive Chris Oglesby
Bruntwood Group Limited
£106m£46m4644
28 Jan 2015Company Growth - Sales up 8.1% - 51 New Stores Opened - 764 StoresSales at the UK greeting cards and gifts retailer, Card Factory, rose 8.1% year-on-year over the period from February to December 2014. Like-for-like sales grew 1.8% and the group opened 51 new stores and saw further growth in the online business, Getting Personal. Chief executive Richard Hayes
Card Factory Stores Limited
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Jan 2015Strong Trading - Profits Up by 47% to £3.2m - Opening Stores in Scotland - New Jobs ExpectedCheshire-based Conviviality Retail, which owns Bargain Booze, increased sales by 2.6% in the two weeks to 4 January 2015. In the 26 weeks to December 2014, profits increased by almost 47% to £3.2m. Conviviality is partnering with Scotmid to expand its stores into Scotland, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Conviviality Retail Ltd
£356m£6m3531
27 Jan 2015Strong Business Performance - Sales Up 24% To £108m - New ProductsFinsbury Food's sales increased by 24% to £107.6 million in 2014, helped by the acquisition of Sheffield-based Fletchers, which contributed £16m to revenues. Cardiff-headquartered Finsbury, which makes bread and cakes, traded strongly at Christmas, with sales aided by new products.
Finsbury Food Group PLC
£176m£7m2,28912
27 Jan 2015Strong Business Growth - £350,000 Investment - Digital Print Department RefurbishedHealeys, the Ipswich-based print group, has invested £350,000 in a complete refurbishment of its digital print department following 40% growth in digital revenues over the 13 months to January 2015. Digital print revenue increased 10% to £3.5m in 2014, accounting for 20% of turnover. The investment will support further growth.
Healeys Printers Limited
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27 Jan 2015Sales Increased By 110% - Website Sales Up 270%Jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu's annual sales grew by 110% in 2014 compared to 2013. December sales grew by 237% compared to 2013. The London-based company also increased its direct-to-customer sales via its website by 270% in 2014.
Astrid & Miyu Ltd
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30 Jan 2015Restructuring Subsidiaries - 80 Jobs At Risk - Reducing Costs - £748m TurnoverShepherd Building Group is planning to cut 80 jobs at two York-based subsidiaries, Portasilo and Portastor, in order to reduce costs and address trading challenges. The two sister companies, which employ approximately 250 staff, manufacture plant and systems for the storage and handling of particulate materials. Shepherd Building Group has a turnover of £748m.
Shepherd Building Group Limited
£748m3,2281
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jan 2015£327,000 Investment - Creating Jobs - Developing New ProductsLondonderry-based Modern Democracy, which provides election and voting software, is investing £327,000 and creating four new jobs, with Invest Northern Ireland assistance, to develop products and services for use within the elections industry.
Modern Democracy Limited
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27 Jan 2015Strong Business Performance - Sales Up 24% To £108m - New ProductsFinsbury Food's sales increased by 24% to £107.6 million in 2014, helped by the acquisition of Sheffield-based Fletchers, which contributed £16m to revenues. Cardiff-headquartered Finsbury, which makes bread and cakes, traded strongly at Christmas, with sales aided by new products.
Finsbury Food Group PLC
£176m£7m2,28912
30 Jan 2015Partnership With ESPN Extended - New Sport Content - Digital Media Initiatives PlannedBT Sport and ESPN have signed a seven-year agreement to expand the range of ESPN content on BT Sport and to potentially collaborate on digital media initiatives.
BT Group PLC
£18,287m£3,145m88200
27 Jan 2015Outsources Digital Services - Investing in Cloud Computing - £2.2bn TurnoverVirgin Atlantic Airways has outsourced IT to Tata Consultancy Services. The agreement will provide a range of digital services for Virgin Atlantic's customers. Tata will set up a private cloud for the airline and provide IT services and support. Virgin Atlantic Airways has a turnover of £2.2bn.
Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited
£2,234m£-84.9m8,4807
26 Jan 2015Opening 40 UK Stores - Fitness Business Launched - 200 Gyms Planned - New Jobs ExpectedRetailer Sports Direct intends to open 40 UK stores in 2015, in response to growing demand for its products. The company has also launched a fitness arm and is planning to create a 200-strong chain of gyms. The expansion plans are expected to create jobs. Sales increased by 24% to £2.7bn in 2014.
Sports Direct International PLC
£2,706m£249m17,165560
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Cloud Computing & Virtualisation

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Jan 2015Outsources Digital Services - Investing in Cloud Computing - £2.2bn TurnoverVirgin Atlantic Airways has outsourced IT to Tata Consultancy Services. The agreement will provide a range of digital services for Virgin Atlantic's customers. Tata will set up a private cloud for the airline and provide IT services and support. Virgin Atlantic Airways has a turnover of £2.2bn.
Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited
£2,234m£-84.9m8,4807
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Jan 2015£750,000 Growth Investment - Exporting to Abu Dhabi - UK and International Expansion - Potential New JobsEdinburgh-based Edesix, which makes wearable video camera technology, has secured contracts with the police force in Abu Dhabi. It is expanding to meet an expected increase in demand globally for its products, potentially creating new jobs. The company secured £750,000 in 2014, to fund expansion.
Edesix Ltd
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29 Jan 2015£502,000 Investment - Expanding Exports - International Market Opportunities - 16 New JobsHunter Apparel Solutions in Londonderry is investing £502,000 and providing 16 new jobs. The company, which employs 45 staff, has secured assistance of £96,000 from Invest Northern Ireland to expand exports in order to capitalise on a developing market opportunity for clothing made in the UK.
Hunter Apparel Solutions Limited
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29 Jan 2015£45,000 Funding Secured - Creating 15 Jobs - £600,000 Investment - Expanding Export SalesFleming Agri-Products, a manufacturer of agricultural and ground maintenance machinery, is investing almost £600,000 to expand export sales and create 15 new jobs, including a senior position in sales and marketing. The company is receiving marketing support plus £45,000 from Invest NI to support the expansion.
Fleming Agri-Products Limited
£8m£0.9m811
26 Jan 2015£4.3m Investment - International Expansion - £10m of Contracts Secured in US - Turnover Doubled to £30mSTATS Group, the Aberdeenshire oil and gas pipeline firm, has secured a further £4.3m investment to support international expansion, notably in the US where it recently secured contracts worth £9.9m, and also in the Middle East. STATS has doubled its turnover to £30m since 2012, and the latest investment could create further jobs.
STATS (UK) Ltd
£26m£2m1892
29 Jan 2015£2m Funding Package - Targeting New UK and Overseas Markets - Creating JobsRoute Monkey, the mobility software specialist, plans to increase its 30-strong workforce by a third, and expand in the UK and overseas, after receiving a £2.25m funding package from Clydesdale Bank. The company is headquartered in Livingston, West Lothian, and has an office in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Route Monkey Limited
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Jan 2015Sales Increased By 110% - Website Sales Up 270%Jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu's annual sales grew by 110% in 2014 compared to 2013. December sales grew by 237% compared to 2013. The London-based company also increased its direct-to-customer sales via its website by 270% in 2014.
Astrid & Miyu Ltd
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29 Jan 2015Investing £194,000 in Growth - e-Commerce Expansion - New JobsQuinnspares (NI) in Londonderry is investing £194,000 and creating 5 jobs with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland. The company, which has 16 staff and provides spares for white goods, aims to double online sales outside Northern Ireland. It intends to invest in marketing and expand its e-commerce operations.
Quinnspares (N.I.) Limited
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
29 Jan 2015£45,000 Funding Secured - Creating 15 Jobs - £600,000 Investment - Expanding Export SalesFleming Agri-Products, a manufacturer of agricultural and ground maintenance machinery, is investing almost £600,000 to expand export sales and create 15 new jobs, including a senior position in sales and marketing. The company is receiving marketing support plus £45,000 from Invest NI to support the expansion.
Fleming Agri-Products Limited
£8m£0.9m811
26 Jan 2015£16m Investment - New Premises - Creating 225 Jobs - Targeting £20m Sales IncreaseAntrim, Northern Ireland-based Camden Group is investing £16m in a new extrusion facility, and creating 225 new jobs over the three years to 2018. The window and door manufacturer is undertaking a research and development project aimed at increasing external sales by £20m over three years.
Camden Group Limited
£26m£-1.2m4141
27 Jan 2015Strong Trading - Profits Up by 47% to £3.2m - Opening Stores in Scotland - New Jobs ExpectedCheshire-based Conviviality Retail, which owns Bargain Booze, increased sales by 2.6% in the two weeks to 4 January 2015. In the 26 weeks to December 2014, profits increased by almost 47% to £3.2m. Conviviality is partnering with Scotmid to expand its stores into Scotland, potentially creating employment opportunities.
Conviviality Retail Ltd
£356m£6m3531
27 Jan 2015Strong Business Performance - Sales Up 24% To £108m - New ProductsFinsbury Food's sales increased by 24% to £107.6 million in 2014, helped by the acquisition of Sheffield-based Fletchers, which contributed £16m to revenues. Cardiff-headquartered Finsbury, which makes bread and cakes, traded strongly at Christmas, with sales aided by new products.
Finsbury Food Group PLC
£176m£7m2,28912
27 Jan 2015Sales Increased By 110% - Website Sales Up 270%Jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu's annual sales grew by 110% in 2014 compared to 2013. December sales grew by 237% compared to 2013. The London-based company also increased its direct-to-customer sales via its website by 270% in 2014.
Astrid & Miyu Ltd
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