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Search Trigger Alerts : 21st March 2015 - 28th March 2015

People & Jobs

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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 20155m Investment - Business Expansion Plans - Potential New JobsITM Power, which manufactures hydrogen fuel technology, plans to scale up its business and expand into new markets, following a 4.9m investment by digger manufacturer JCB. The investment could create employment opportunities at ITM, which is based in Sheffield, and has a turnover of more than 1m.
ITM Power Plc
1m8m692
9027 Mar 20153m Growth Funding Secured - UK and US Expansion - Creating 90 Jobs - 2m TurnoverKromek, a Sedgefield, Co Durham-based scanner firm, intends to continue to grow in the US and UK after securing 3m bank funding. The firm plans to create 90 jobs, increasing its workforce to 200. Kromek has a turnover of almost 2m.
Kromek Limited
2m-3.3m571
2526 Mar 201538m Investment - Cyber Security Centre Expansion - 25 New Jobs ExpectedQueen's University in Belfast is investing 38m in its Centre for Secure Information Technologies, potentially creating 25 new jobs. The investment will make the centre a global research and innovation hub to train technology experts of the future.
Queen's University Belfast
1
23 Mar 201519.5m Investment Programme - Heritage Centre Development - Employment Opportunities ExpectedThe Auckland Castle Trust is investing 2.5m to build a tower and observation platform at Auckland Castle in Durham, as part of a wider plan to turn the castle into a nationally important heritage centre. A further 17m regeneration of the site is planned. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities.
The Auckland Castle Trust
3m201
27 Mar 201513.2m Expansion - Investing in Accommodation and Technology - Potential New JobsHoliday park operator Parkdean will invest 13.2m across its 24 parks in Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, Dorset and Hampshire, in 2015, including new holiday accommodation and a wi-fi upgrade. Bookings have increased by 25% and customer growth is expected to continue. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Parkdean Holidays Limited
2m15m1
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Mar 2015UK Expansion - Creating 4,000 Jobs - 400 New Branches - 5.6bn TurnoverBuilders' merchant Travis Perkins is to create 4,000 jobs and open 400 new branches across the country over a four year period. The new roles will include apprenticeships and opportunities for managers, IT and supply chain professionals. Travis Perkins employs 24,000 people in the UK across 2,000 branches. It has revenues of 5.6bn.
Travis Perkins Plc
5,149m330m21,9371,138
227 Mar 2015Senior Managers Appointed - Major Distribution Contract SecuredNth Degree Imaging, based in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, has appointed Duncan Macdonald as Digital Sales Manager, and Andy Banks as Digital Technical Manager, after being appointed as a UK authorised dealer for Roland DG wide-format printers. The company has 7 employees.
Nth Degree Imaging Ltd
2
1125 Mar 2015Senior Management Change - New Chief Executive AppointedRenfrewshire-headquartered First Milk, a dairy farmer-owned milk supplier, has appointed Mike Gallacher as its new chief executive, replacing Kate Allum in the role. First Milk has dairy operations across the UK.
First Milk Limited
1
24 Mar 2015Relocating To 10,000 sq ft Premises - 160 New Jobs - Management OpportunitiesMacclesfield, Cheshire-based AV Support, which designs aircraft systems, plans to relocate to a 10,000 sq ft unit at Alderley Park, Cheshire, to improve its ability to compete against manufacturers in the US and China. The move will create 160 new jobs, including roles for manufacturing engineers, administrators and managers.
AV Support Limited
1
24 Mar 2015Opening Cafe and Cocktail Bar - Recruiting 37 Staff - Management OpportunitiesThe Vincent Cafe and Cocktail Bar is opening in Liverpool, in May 2015. The company is recruiting 37 new staff for the 6,000 sq ft, including roles for Bar Managers.
Vincent Cafe & Cocktail Bar Liverpool Limited
1
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People & Jobs

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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Mar 201515m Investment - New Leisure Centre - Outsourcing AgreementHinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is investing 15m in a new leisure centre in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The centre, which is being built by contractor Pelikaan, is expected to open in spring 2016, and will be run by Places for People Leisure.
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
1
23 Mar 2015Major Outsourcing Agreement - Leisure Centre Contract Secured - New Jobs ExpectedPlaces for People Leisure is to run a new, 15m leisure centre in Leicestershire for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. The council is investing 15m in the centre, which is being built by contractor Pelikaan. New jobs are expected when the centre opens in spring 2016.
Places For People Group Limited
485m114m4,7862
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
124 Mar 2015Rapid Growth - Expands into London - New Business Secured - Recruiting StaffNorwich-based digital marketing agency, Fountain Partnership, has continued its rapid expansion by opening a new office in London. The company has grown to a staff of 12, doubling its turnover each year since 2009. It has secured two new clients in London and is planning to recruit additional staff.
Fountain Partnership Ltd
2
24 Mar 2015New Contract Secured - Major Development In Cardiff - 1,000 New Jobs ExpectedProperty consultancy Bilfnger GVA has been instructed to identify possible locations in Cardiff for a new office building of between 130,000 sq ft and 160,000 sq ft, for a proposed project which could bring 1,000 new jobs to the city. The name of the client has not been revealed.
Gva Grimley Limited
113m8m1,15712
124 Mar 2015Creating 200 Jobs - New Consumer Relationship Centre - 105m TurnoverVideo games developer Ubisoft is to open a consumer relationship centre in Newcastle, creating around 100 jobs in 2015, with the potential to create a further 100 jobs in the future. Headquartered in Chertsey, Surrey, Ubisoft has a turnover of 105m.
Ubisoft Limited
105m2m481
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
124 Mar 2015Relocating To 10,000 sq ft Premises - 160 New Jobs - Management OpportunitiesMacclesfield, Cheshire-based AV Support, which designs aircraft systems, plans to relocate to a 10,000 sq ft unit at Alderley Park, Cheshire, to improve its ability to compete against manufacturers in the US and China. The move will create 160 new jobs, including roles for manufacturing engineers, administrators and managers.
AV Support Limited
1
125 Mar 2015Relocated To Larger Premises - 62,000 University Contract Secured - International Customer Base - Jobs CreatedCrosbys, based in Newcastle, is to supply catering equipment for Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, under a 62,000 contract. Crosbys has moved to larger premises to house its growing team. It now supplies catering supplies and equipment to more than 2,000 customers across the UK and overseas.
Bob Crosby Agencies Limited
1
1325 Mar 2015Rapid Business Growth - Expanding into West Midlands - Recruiting 150 Staff - New Cycling WarehouseOnline cycling store Wiggle is making a multi-million pound move to new warehousing in Bilston, West Midlands, which will become the national delivery hub for the fast-growing business. Wiggle plans to recruit 150 staff for the warehouse. It is closing three warehouses in Portsmouth, but will retain its headquarters in the city.
Wiggle Limited
168m11m3891
27 Mar 2015International Company - 4.5m Expansion - New Premises - Creating Employment OpportunitiesSulzer, an engineering equipment repair firm, intends to create jobs in a 4.5m expansion. The company has moved its operations in Middlesbrough to a 25% larger site, allowing it to create metal spraying and testing facilities. Switzerland-headquartered Sulzer has bases in Brazil, China, Germany and Mexico.
Sulzer Pumps (UK) Limited
174m20m5914
25 Mar 2015Improved Financial Performance - 10m Investment - Positive Business OutlookPork supplier Karro Food Group is investing 10m into processing and production across its operations, including Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Malton, North Yorkshire, and Haverhill, Suffolk. The company is well-ahead of schedule with a five year turnaround plan and is positive about its future outlook, with a significantly improved financial performance in 2014.
Karro Food Group Limited
534m38m3,4661
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Mar 201550m Investment - Major Shopping Centre RefurbishmentBritish Land is investing 50m to refurbish the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. The refurbishment, which will start in autumn and will be completed by 2018, will help ensure the centre attracts premium and lifestyle retailers and a broader range of customers.
The British Land Company PLC
384m2311
10026 Mar 2015UK Expansion - Creating 4,000 Jobs - 400 New Branches - 5.6bn TurnoverBuilders' merchant Travis Perkins is to create 4,000 jobs and open 400 new branches across the country over a four year period. The new roles will include apprenticeships and opportunities for managers, IT and supply chain professionals. Travis Perkins employs 24,000 people in the UK across 2,000 branches. It has revenues of 5.6bn.
Travis Perkins Plc
5,149m330m21,9371,138
127 Mar 2015Profits Up 35% To 284m - Rapid International Growth - Major New York Store OpeningSweden headquartered fashion retailer H&M increased its profits by 35% to 284m in the quarter to 28 February 2015, and is continuing with rapid international expansion. The company plans to open a 5,700 sq m flagship store in New York in 2016, which will be one of its largest shops worldwide.
H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited
796m20m5,7891,593
124 Mar 2015Opening New Store - Creating 22 JobsThe Co-operative Group is planning to open a new food store in Catshill, Worcestershire, creating 22 jobs.
Co-Operative Group Limited
6,366m-2,885.0m90,0005,000
2325 Mar 2015Closing 23 Stores - 792m Loss - Job LossesSupermarket Morrisons has fallen to a loss of 792m after it wrote down the value of its store estate due to difficult market conditions. The retailer is to close 23 under-performing M Local stores in 2015, with the loss of a significant number of jobs.
WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC
17,680m-95.0m128500
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Headquarters & Premises

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Healthcare Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
124 Mar 201550 New Jobs - Local Authority Contract Secured - Opening New Care FacilityCare provider, HaywardCare, has won a new contract with Cannock Chase Council and is planning to recruit between 20-50 extra carers to carry out the work, which could almost triple its workforce. The company has two assisted living properties, both in Cannock, Staffordshire, and is opening a third in 2015.
HaywardCare Ltd
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Mar 20158m Investment - Planned Improvements To CampusThe University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council are considering plans to invest 8m in developing a pedestrian and cycle friendly environment at the university campus.
The University of Sheffield
1
26 Mar 201538m Investment - Cyber Security Centre Expansion - 25 New Jobs ExpectedQueen's University in Belfast is investing 38m in its Centre for Secure Information Technologies, potentially creating 25 new jobs. The investment will make the centre a global research and innovation hub to train technology experts of the future.
Queen's University Belfast
1
227 Mar 2015Two New Nurseries - Creating 20 Jobs - 50 Employees - 4 LocationsComplete Clarity is to open its fourth Tiptoes Day Nursery in April 2015, with the creation of up to 20 jobs. The new nursery is in Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire. The company, which employs 50 staff, is also planning to build a new nursery in Willerby, East Yorkshire.
Complete Clarity Limited
1
126 Mar 2015New School Opening - Potential Employment Opportunities - Partnerships With IndustryHumber UTC, a new school focused on the engineering and renewables industries, will open in Scunthorpe, in September 2015, creating employment opportunities. The school will work in partnership with local employers including BAE Systems, Tata Steel, Able UK, Centrica, Clugstons, the RAF and Smart Wind.
Humber UTC Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
123 Mar 201519.5m Investment Programme - Heritage Centre Development - Employment Opportunities ExpectedThe Auckland Castle Trust is investing 2.5m to build a tower and observation platform at Auckland Castle in Durham, as part of a wider plan to turn the castle into a nationally important heritage centre. A further 17m regeneration of the site is planned. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities.
The Auckland Castle Trust
3m201
24 Mar 201515m Investment - New Leisure Centre - Outsourcing AgreementHinckley and Bosworth Borough Council is investing 15m in a new leisure centre in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The centre, which is being built by contractor Pelikaan, is expected to open in spring 2016, and will be run by Places for People Leisure.
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
1
124 Mar 2015Opening Cafe and Cocktail Bar - Recruiting 37 Staff - Management OpportunitiesThe Vincent Cafe and Cocktail Bar is opening in Liverpool, in May 2015. The company is recruiting 37 new staff for the 6,000 sq ft, including roles for Bar Managers.
Vincent Cafe & Cocktail Bar Liverpool Limited
1
27 Mar 2015Major Expansion Plans - Hotel Extension - 30 New Jobs ExpectedThe Royal Hotel Skegness is to undergo a major expansion which will add an extra 50 bedrooms and create 30 new jobs. The planned scheme, which is expected to start in 2016, would make the hotel one of the largest on the Lincolnshire coast, with 120 bedrooms.
Royal Hotel Skegness
1
126 Mar 201564% Growth In Sales - 800,000 Investment - Opening Third Hotel - 15 New JobsEpic Apart Hotel, the rapidly-growing apartment rental firm, increased its sales by 64% to 750,000 for 2014. The business is opening its third Liverpool hotel in March 2015, creating 15 jobs, following an 800,000 investment. It has further plans for more developments.
Epic Liverpool Limited
3
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Headquarters & Premises

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Hotel Development Projects

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

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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
124 Mar 2015Creating 200 Jobs - New Consumer Relationship Centre - 105m TurnoverVideo games developer Ubisoft is to open a consumer relationship centre in Newcastle, creating around 100 jobs in 2015, with the potential to create a further 100 jobs in the future. Headquartered in Chertsey, Surrey, Ubisoft has a turnover of 105m.
Ubisoft Limited
105m2m481
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Mar 2015Turnover Grown 113% to 47.06m - Employees Growth up 90.30% to 1,079.00The Yorkshire Traction Company, who are engaged in the operation of a fleet of buses, have grown turnover 113% to 47.06m and increased employee numbers by 90% to 1,079. The company are actively recruiting for various positions.
The Yorkshire Traction Company Limited
47m2m1,0796
23 Mar 2015Turnover Grown 100% to 7.41m - Employee Numbers up 106% to 99Leeds based RPP Group, a group engaged in the provision of consultancy services to the property and construction industry, has grown turnover nearly 100% to 7.41m and increased employee numbers 106% to 99. The company's continued growth could lead to employment opportunities.
Rpp Group Holdings Limited
7m0.9m991
27 Mar 2015Profits Up 12% To 782m - Sales Up 7% To 4bn - 53,000 EmployeesHigh Street fashion retailer Next has increased its annual profits by 12.5% to 782m after sales rose by 7% to reach 4bn for the first time. The Leicester-headquartered company has around 53,000 employees.
Next PLC
3,740m723m52,533500
27 Mar 2015Profit Increased To 101m - Fifth Year of Strong Growth - Turnover Up 10% to 2bnGrafton, the builders' merchanting and DIY group, increased its revenue by almost 10% to 2.1bn, while profit increased to 101.2m, for 2014, its fifth successive year of strong profit growth. The group's UK merchanting division performing strongly due to improving market conditions.
Grafton Group (UK) Public Limited Company
68m64m85
25 Mar 2015Major Growth Strategy - Targeting 500m Turnover - Creating 300 JobsLytham St Annes, Lancashire-based accountancy firm Danbro, plans to increase turnover by 174m to 500m and increase its workforce from 185 to 500, in a five-year plan. Danbro intends to launch new services and is considering acquisitions. In 2014 Danbro made a pre-tax profit of 4.7m.
Danbro Holdings Limited
170m5m3,7861
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Growth

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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 2015Profits Up 12% To 782m - Sales Up 7% To 4bn - 53,000 EmployeesHigh Street fashion retailer Next has increased its annual profits by 12.5% to 782m after sales rose by 7% to reach 4bn for the first time. The Leicester-headquartered company has around 53,000 employees.
Next PLC
3,740m723m52,533500
26 Mar 2015Profits Rise By 75% - Number Of Completions Increased - Strong Business GrowthBarratt Developments, the national housebuilder, has experienced a rise in pre-tax profit of 75% in the six months up to December 2014, after increasing completion numbers. The company, which employs 5,365 staff, generates turnover of 3.1bn per year.
Barratt Developments P L C
3,157m410m5,3654
25 Mar 2015Profits Rise 69% - Sale Prices Up 11% - 6,000 New Homes Per Year PlannedBovis Homes, the Kent-based property group, has increased its profits by 69% to 133.5m. The company built a record number of homes in 2014 and saw average sale prices rise by 11%. The firm, turnover 556m, now intends to build 6,000 new homes per year.
Bovis Homes Group PLC
556m83m7413
27 Mar 2015Profit Increased To 101m - Fifth Year of Strong Growth - Turnover Up 10% to 2bnGrafton, the builders' merchanting and DIY group, increased its revenue by almost 10% to 2.1bn, while profit increased to 101.2m, for 2014, its fifth successive year of strong profit growth. The group's UK merchanting division performing strongly due to improving market conditions.
Grafton Group (UK) Public Limited Company
68m64m85
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Growth

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Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Mar 2015Turnover Grown 113% to 47.06m - Employees Growth up 90.30% to 1,079.00The Yorkshire Traction Company, who are engaged in the operation of a fleet of buses, have grown turnover 113% to 47.06m and increased employee numbers by 90% to 1,079. The company are actively recruiting for various positions.
The Yorkshire Traction Company Limited
47m2m1,0796
23 Mar 2015Turnover Grown 100% to 7.41m - Employee Numbers up 106% to 99Leeds based RPP Group, a group engaged in the provision of consultancy services to the property and construction industry, has grown turnover nearly 100% to 7.41m and increased employee numbers 106% to 99. The company's continued growth could lead to employment opportunities.
Rpp Group Holdings Limited
7m0.9m991
23 Mar 2015Employees Numbers up 78% to 355 - Turnover Grown to 32.59m - Actively RecruitingGlasgow based Golden Charter, a company involved in the marketing, promotion, sale and administration of a comprehensive range of funeral plans throughout the UK, has grown turnover by over 66% to 32.59m and increased employee numbers by 78% to 355. The company is actively recruiting for various positions.
Golden Charter Limited
33m1.0m3551
23 Mar 2015Employees Numbers up 105% to 696 - Turnover Grown 17.5% to 90.16mCrossroads Group, a group engaged in the sale of commercial vehicles and the supply of ancillary goods and services for commercial vehicles, buses and coaches, has increased employee numbers by 105% to 696 and grown turnover 17.5% to 90.16m
Crossroads Group Limited
90m2m6961
23 Mar 2015Employee Numbers up 113% to 1,196 - Turnover Grown 80% to 30.19mRotherham based Parseq, a provider of business to business services, has grown turnover over 80% to 30.19m and increased employee numbers by 113% to 1,196. The company's continued growth and rapid expansion could lead to further employment opportunities. Derwyn Jones is Chief Executive
Parseq Limited
30m0.6m1,1964
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Mar 201526m of International Orders - Positive Business Outlook - 19m TurnoverPennant International Group, a Cheltenham-based defence sector, has a strong order book and is confident in revenues for 2015. On-going work includes a 16m contract with BAE Systems Australia, and a 10.5m contract renewal with the Canadian Department of National Defence. Turnover fell from 18.7m in 2013 to 17.8m in 2014.
Pennant International Group Plc
19m2m1255
25 Mar 2015Successful Overseas Strategy - Growth In UK and Internationally - 60,000 Dubai Contract SecuredUS2U, the Norfolk-based management consultancy, has secured a 60,000 contract with a client in Dubai to deliver one-on-one coaching to six executives. The firm has also secured work with the University of East Anglia and Alstom power in the UK, as a result of its growing reputation for working internationally.
Us2u Consulting Limited
1
27 Mar 2015Senior Managers Appointed - Major Distribution Contract SecuredNth Degree Imaging, based in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, has appointed Duncan Macdonald as Digital Sales Manager, and Andy Banks as Digital Technical Manager, after being appointed as a UK authorised dealer for Roland DG wide-format printers. The company has 7 employees.
Nth Degree Imaging Ltd
2
25 Mar 2015Rugby World Cup Contract Secured - 5.5m Turnover - Potential New JobsRhino, the rugby equipment maker has won the Rugby World Cup 2015 licensee contract. The Somerset-based business, with an annual turnover of 5.5m, also expects to be the official match ball and apparel supplier to the Guinness PRO12 rugby union league. The contracts are expected to create employment opportunities.
Rhino Rugby Limited
1
25 Mar 2015Relocated To Larger Premises - 62,000 University Contract Secured - International Customer Base - Jobs CreatedCrosbys, based in Newcastle, is to supply catering equipment for Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, under a 62,000 contract. Crosbys has moved to larger premises to house its growing team. It now supplies catering supplies and equipment to more than 2,000 customers across the UK and overseas.
Bob Crosby Agencies Limited
1
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Awards

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Mar 2015Soreen Export Plans - Targeting 50m Malt Loaf Sales - Seeking Royal WarrantFood company Samworth Brothers is planning to expand its malt loaf brand Soreen into export market and is considering applying for a royal warrant on the product. Sales have increased by 58% to 34.7m in three years, with a target of 50m by 2017. Soreen employs 160 staff in Manchester.
Samworth Brothers (Holdings) Limited
791m35m7,48716
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Mar 20151.7bn Takeover - Acquired By Spanish Bank - Expansion Plans - 630 BranchesTSB Bank has agreed to a 1.7bn takeover by Spanish bank Sabadell. Lloyds Banking Group sold off 50% of TSB in 2014 and Sabadell is now acquiring the remaining 50% stake. Sabadell will build on the TSB brand name and support and accelerate its retail growth strategy. TSB has 8,600 staff and 631 branches.
TSB Bank Plc
824m4,721183
25 Mar 2015Major Growth Strategy - Targeting 500m Turnover - Creating 300 JobsLytham St Annes, Lancashire-based accountancy firm Danbro, plans to increase turnover by 174m to 500m and increase its workforce from 185 to 500, in a five-year plan. Danbro intends to launch new services and is considering acquisitions. In 2014 Danbro made a pre-tax profit of 4.7m.
Danbro Holdings Limited
170m5m3,7861
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

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

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Marketing

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

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Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 20155m Investment - Business Expansion Plans - Potential New JobsITM Power, which manufactures hydrogen fuel technology, plans to scale up its business and expand into new markets, following a 4.9m investment by digger manufacturer JCB. The investment could create employment opportunities at ITM, which is based in Sheffield, and has a turnover of more than 1m.
ITM Power Plc
1m8m692
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 20153m Growth Funding Secured - UK and US Expansion - Creating 90 Jobs - 2m TurnoverKromek, a Sedgefield, Co Durham-based scanner firm, intends to continue to grow in the US and UK after securing 3m bank funding. The firm plans to create 90 jobs, increasing its workforce to 200. Kromek has a turnover of almost 2m.
Kromek Limited
2m-3.3m571
27 Mar 201513.2m Expansion - Investing in Accommodation and Technology - Potential New JobsHoliday park operator Parkdean will invest 13.2m across its 24 parks in Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, Dorset and Hampshire, in 2015, including new holiday accommodation and a wi-fi upgrade. Bookings have increased by 25% and customer growth is expected to continue. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Parkdean Holidays Limited
2m15m1
26 Mar 2015Increasing Export Sales - Marketing Campaign - Developing New Website - Creating JobsComfizone, a Coalisland, Northern Ireland-based mattress and bedding manufacturer, is aiming to double its turnover with nine new jobs. The company is investing in marketing and website development in order to grow its export sales across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, with 60,125 of support from Invest Northern Ireland.
Comfizone Ltd
1
25 Mar 2015Improved Financial Performance - 10m Investment - Positive Business OutlookPork supplier Karro Food Group is investing 10m into processing and production across its operations, including Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Malton, North Yorkshire, and Haverhill, Suffolk. The company is well-ahead of schedule with a five year turnaround plan and is positive about its future outlook, with a significantly improved financial performance in 2014.
Karro Food Group Limited
534m38m3,4661
27 Mar 2015Growth Funding Secured - Opens Third Site - Jobs CreatedVehicle repair specialist DJ Willis & Sons has opened a new site in Wednesbury, West Midlands, after securing a six-figure finance package. The firm currently operates out of two Birmingham depots. The company plans to purchase new equipment and has recruited two more staff, adding to an existing headcount of eight.
D.J. Willis & Sons Limited
2
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Performance & Profits

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Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 2015Profits Up 35% To 284m - Rapid International Growth - Major New York Store OpeningSweden headquartered fashion retailer H&M increased its profits by 35% to 284m in the quarter to 28 February 2015, and is continuing with rapid international expansion. The company plans to open a 5,700 sq m flagship store in New York in 2016, which will be one of its largest shops worldwide.
H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited
796m20m5,7891,593
26 Mar 2015Profits Rise By 75% - Number Of Completions Increased - Strong Business GrowthBarratt Developments, the national housebuilder, has experienced a rise in pre-tax profit of 75% in the six months up to December 2014, after increasing completion numbers. The company, which employs 5,365 staff, generates turnover of 3.1bn per year.
Barratt Developments P L C
3,157m410m5,3654
25 Mar 2015Profits Rise 69% - Sale Prices Up 11% - 6,000 New Homes Per Year PlannedBovis Homes, the Kent-based property group, has increased its profits by 69% to 133.5m. The company built a record number of homes in 2014 and saw average sale prices rise by 11%. The firm, turnover 556m, now intends to build 6,000 new homes per year.
Bovis Homes Group PLC
556m83m7413
27 Mar 2015Profits Fall 9% To 343m - Locations Across the UK - 87,000 EmployeesRetailer John Lewis Partnership's annual profits fell by 9% to 342.7m for the 53 weeks to 31 January 2015. The London-headquartered retailer, which owns the John Lewis and Waitrose chains, has 86,600 employees.
John Lewis Partnership Plc
9,028m424m86,60038
25 Mar 2015Closing 23 Stores - 792m Loss - Job LossesSupermarket Morrisons has fallen to a loss of 792m after it wrote down the value of its store estate due to difficult market conditions. The retailer is to close 23 under-performing M Local stores in 2015, with the loss of a significant number of jobs.
WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC
17,680m-95.0m128500
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 201513.2m Expansion - Investing in Accommodation and Technology - Potential New JobsHoliday park operator Parkdean will invest 13.2m across its 24 parks in Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk, Dorset and Hampshire, in 2015, including new holiday accommodation and a wi-fi upgrade. Bookings have increased by 25% and customer growth is expected to continue. The expansion is expected to create employment opportunities.
Parkdean Holidays Limited
2m15m1
25 Mar 2015Rapid Business Growth - Expanding into West Midlands - Recruiting 150 Staff - New Cycling WarehouseOnline cycling store Wiggle is making a multi-million pound move to new warehousing in Bilston, West Midlands, which will become the national delivery hub for the fast-growing business. Wiggle plans to recruit 150 staff for the warehouse. It is closing three warehouses in Portsmouth, but will retain its headquarters in the city.
Wiggle Limited
168m11m3891
27 Mar 2015Profits Up 12% To 782m - Sales Up 7% To 4bn - 53,000 EmployeesHigh Street fashion retailer Next has increased its annual profits by 12.5% to 782m after sales rose by 7% to reach 4bn for the first time. The Leicester-headquartered company has around 53,000 employees.
Next PLC
3,740m723m52,533500
26 Mar 2015Profits Rise By 75% - Number Of Completions Increased - Strong Business GrowthBarratt Developments, the national housebuilder, has experienced a rise in pre-tax profit of 75% in the six months up to December 2014, after increasing completion numbers. The company, which employs 5,365 staff, generates turnover of 3.1bn per year.
Barratt Developments P L C
3,157m410m5,3654
25 Mar 2015Profits Rise 69% - Sale Prices Up 11% - 6,000 New Homes Per Year PlannedBovis Homes, the Kent-based property group, has increased its profits by 69% to 133.5m. The company built a record number of homes in 2014 and saw average sale prices rise by 11%. The firm, turnover 556m, now intends to build 6,000 new homes per year.
Bovis Homes Group PLC
556m83m7413
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Mar 2015Major Growth Strategy - Targeting 500m Turnover - Creating 300 JobsLytham St Annes, Lancashire-based accountancy firm Danbro, plans to increase turnover by 174m to 500m and increase its workforce from 185 to 500, in a five-year plan. Danbro intends to launch new services and is considering acquisitions. In 2014 Danbro made a pre-tax profit of 4.7m.
Danbro Holdings Limited
170m5m3,7861
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Renewable Energy

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

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Mar 2015Soreen Export Plans - Targeting 50m Malt Loaf Sales - Seeking Royal WarrantFood company Samworth Brothers is planning to expand its malt loaf brand Soreen into export market and is considering applying for a royal warrant on the product. Sales have increased by 58% to 34.7m in three years, with a target of 50m by 2017. Soreen employs 160 staff in Manchester.
Samworth Brothers (Holdings) Limited
791m35m7,48716
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Mar 20153m Growth Funding Secured - UK and US Expansion - Creating 90 Jobs - 2m TurnoverKromek, a Sedgefield, Co Durham-based scanner firm, intends to continue to grow in the US and UK after securing 3m bank funding. The firm plans to create 90 jobs, increasing its workforce to 200. Kromek has a turnover of almost 2m.
Kromek Limited
2m-3.3m571
23 Mar 201526m of International Orders - Positive Business Outlook - 19m TurnoverPennant International Group, a Cheltenham-based defence sector, has a strong order book and is confident in revenues for 2015. On-going work includes a 16m contract with BAE Systems Australia, and a 10.5m contract renewal with the Canadian Department of National Defence. Turnover fell from 18.7m in 2013 to 17.8m in 2014.
Pennant International Group Plc
19m2m1255
25 Mar 20151.7bn Takeover - Acquired By Spanish Bank - Expansion Plans - 630 BranchesTSB Bank has agreed to a 1.7bn takeover by Spanish bank Sabadell. Lloyds Banking Group sold off 50% of TSB in 2014 and Sabadell is now acquiring the remaining 50% stake. Sabadell will build on the TSB brand name and support and accelerate its retail growth strategy. TSB has 8,600 staff and 631 branches.
TSB Bank Plc
824m4,721183
25 Mar 2015Successful Overseas Strategy - Growth In UK and Internationally - 60,000 Dubai Contract SecuredUS2U, the Norfolk-based management consultancy, has secured a 60,000 contract with a client in Dubai to deliver one-on-one coaching to six executives. The firm has also secured work with the University of East Anglia and Alstom power in the UK, as a result of its growing reputation for working internationally.
Us2u Consulting Limited
1
23 Mar 2015Soreen Export Plans - Targeting 50m Malt Loaf Sales - Seeking Royal WarrantFood company Samworth Brothers is planning to expand its malt loaf brand Soreen into export market and is considering applying for a royal warrant on the product. Sales have increased by 58% to 34.7m in three years, with a target of 50m by 2017. Soreen employs 160 staff in Manchester.
Samworth Brothers (Holdings) Limited
791m35m7,48716
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Mar 2015Rapid Business Growth - Expanding into West Midlands - Recruiting 150 Staff - New Cycling WarehouseOnline cycling store Wiggle is making a multi-million pound move to new warehousing in Bilston, West Midlands, which will become the national delivery hub for the fast-growing business. Wiggle plans to recruit 150 staff for the warehouse. It is closing three warehouses in Portsmouth, but will retain its headquarters in the city.
Wiggle Limited
168m11m3891
26 Mar 2015Increasing Export Sales - Marketing Campaign - Developing New Website - Creating JobsComfizone, a Coalisland, Northern Ireland-based mattress and bedding manufacturer, is aiming to double its turnover with nine new jobs. The company is investing in marketing and website development in order to grow its export sales across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, with 60,125 of support from Invest Northern Ireland.
Comfizone Ltd
1
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