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Search Trigger Alerts : 5th February 2016 - 12th February 2016

People & Jobs

Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
5010 Feb 2016£8m Investment - Creating 50 Jobs - Premises ExpansionConstruction firm Thornton Roofing, based in Toome in Northern Ireland, is to create 50 jobs as part of an £8m expansion. As part of the growth programme, Thorntons plans to expand its facilities with the addition of a new 1,000 sq m building.
Thornton Roofing (Ireland) Limited
611
2508 Feb 2016£500,000 Invested in Growth - Turnover Increased to £12.5m - Workforce Increased By a FifthStaffordshire-based manufacturer Mec Com has increased its workforce by 25, while turnover has increased to £12.5m after securing £500,000 funding from HSBC.
Mec Com Limited
£10m£0.3m1501
10 Feb 2016£41m Investment - Town Centre Redevelopment - 900 New JobsCalderdale Council is to invest £41m in the regeneration of Halifax town centre. Up to 419 jobs will be created through land developments and 528 through improvements of highways.
Calderdale Council
1
12008 Feb 2016£3m Commercial Loan Secured - 120 New Jobs - International ExpansionDomestic radiator manufacturer Quinn Radiators is creating 120 at its operation in Newport, Wales. The expansion, which is beings supported by a £3m commercial loan from the Welsh Government, will safeguard 410 jobs. Quinn Radiators has also rebranded to QRL Radiator Group as part of its development plans to increase production and exports to meet growing demand overseas.
QRL Radiator Group
£47m£-2.1m2523
4610 Feb 2016£192K Funding Secured - 46 New Jobs - Business ExpansionElectrical and specialist contractor Dowds Group has created 46 skilled jobs in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland after securing £192K of funding from Invest NI. The jobs will include roles across management, technical and business development, as well as electrician and plumbing positions.
Dowds Electrical (Holdings) Limited
1
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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
08 Feb 2016£11m Management Buy-out - New Managing DirectorEE Smith Contracts, the Leicester-based interiors specialist, has been acquired by its management for £11m. The buyout was led by newly-appointed managing director Neil Bottrill.
E.E. Smith Limited
£22m£2m1651
109 Feb 2016eCommerce Company Expands - European HQ Launched in London - General Manager AppointedUS company CloudCraze, the enterprise eCommerce platform, has hired Ian Pollard as general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, to lead the company's international expansion. CloudCraze, has opened European headquarters in London and intends to expand its team in Western Europe.
CloudCraze Software
1
110 Feb 2016Sainsbury's Set For Takeover Bid - Argos Chief Operating Officer Moves to Conviviality RetailArgos, the national retailer, is expected to be the subject of a new takeover bid by supermarket chain Sainsbury's. The new bid will follow a previous bid of £1bn for Argos and DIY-chain Homebase, which has now been sold to Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers. Chief Operating Officer David Robinson has also left Argos to join Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail as its new Managing Director.
Argos Limited
£3,919m£82m27,399747
110 Feb 2016Sainsbury's Set For Takeover Bid - Argos Chief Operating Officer Moves to Conviviality RetailArgos, the national retailer, is expected to be the subject of a new takeover bid by supermarket chain Sainsbury's. The new bid will follow a previous bid of £1bn for Argos and DIY-chain Homebase, which has now been sold to Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers. Chief Operating Officer David Robinson has also left Argos to join Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail as its new Managing Director.
Conviviality Retail Ltd
£356m£-0.5m5421
310 Feb 2016New Group MD - 2 Further Management Moves - Business GrowthStar Refrigeration, based in Scotland, has appointed Dr Andy Pearson as group managing director. The executive board has also appointed Bill Campbell as contracts director and James Ward as operations director. Turnover £43.4m, Employees 308.
Star Refrigeration Limited
£43m£1m30811
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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
05 Feb 2016New Acquisition - Enhances Services - Business GrowthKent based Sanclare has acquired outsourcing specialist Sigma Financial Group. Sigma specialises in credit management and business outsourcing and currently employs around 400 staff in London and Redditch, Worcestershire. The acquisition will expand Sanclare's domestic market and enhance its offering
Sanclare (UK) Ltd
1
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Headquarters & Premises

Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
109 Feb 2016eCommerce Company Expands - European HQ Launched in London - General Manager AppointedUS company CloudCraze, the enterprise eCommerce platform, has hired Ian Pollard as general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, to lead the company's international expansion. CloudCraze, has opened European headquarters in London and intends to expand its team in Western Europe.
CloudCraze Software
1
1310 Feb 2016Subsidiaries Sold - 13 Branches Lost - Business RestructureInsurance firm Swinton Insurance Group has sold its subsidiaries Open and Director to Abbey Insurance, based in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Open and Direct operate 13 branches. Swinton has a turnover of £285m.
Swinton Group Limited
£285m£24m4,027312
112 Feb 2016Overseas Expansion - Dubai Office OpenedIvy Gate, the online estate agency is opening a new office in Dubai, a major real estate market. The Dubai office will be run by Ryan Dougan.
Ivy Gate Property Group Limited
8
08 Feb 2016New Offices - Planned Global Expansion - Company GrowthKILN furniture manufacturer IPS Ceramics has moved into a new base as it looks to expand into new global markets with new and existing products. The move will also see the creation of new management jobs based in the UK and abroad. The company are currently recruiting for a Sales Manager. Ian Wright is Operations Director.
Ips Ceramics Limited
1
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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
10 Feb 2016£8m Investment - Creating 50 Jobs - Premises ExpansionConstruction firm Thornton Roofing, based in Toome in Northern Ireland, is to create 50 jobs as part of an £8m expansion. As part of the growth programme, Thorntons plans to expand its facilities with the addition of a new 1,000 sq m building.
Thornton Roofing (Ireland) Limited
611
09 Feb 2016£60,000 Investment - Printing Technology Upgraded - Increase in Employee NumbersBlackburn, Lancashire-based MGS Technical Plastics has invested £60,000 upgrading its speciality engineering equipment. The investment follows a recruitment drive across all departments.
MGS Technical Plastics Limited
1
09 Feb 2016£1m Investment - Huddersfield Site ExpansionGlazing manufacturer Dual Seal Glass has invested over £1m to double the size of its Huddersfield site, where it employs 110 people.
Dual Seal Glass Ltd.
£15m£1m1051
09 Feb 2016Printing Companies Merge - Extended Premises - Business ExpansionPrinting companies Platinum Printing and Harrogate Printing, based in Harrogate in North Yorkshire, have merged. The businesses will combine at Platinum's existing premises where a production facility has been extended to 24,000 sq ft to accommodate the expanded workforce and machinery.
Harrogate Printing Limited
1
09 Feb 2016Printing Companies Merge - Extended Premises - Business ExpansionPrinting companies Platinum Printing and Harrogate Printing, based in Harrogate in North Yorkshire, have merged. The businesses will combine at Platinum's existing premises where a production facility has been extended to 24,000 sq ft to accommodate the expanded workforce and machinery.
Platinum Print Limited
1
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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
08 Feb 2016£10m Investment - Jaguar Land Rover Dealership Acquired - New PremisesHatfields Motor Group has acquired a Land Rover franchise in Shrewsbury from Shukers, for £5m. The company will now invest a further £5m in relocating the new business and its existing Jaguar dealership in Shrewsbury to a new-build twinned dealership.
Hatfields Garages Limited
£16m472
05 Feb 2016£100,000 Investment - Shopping Parade Refurbishment - Improved ServicesLondon and Cambridge Properties is to invest £100,000 in its 12-unit site at Tilstock Crescent in Sutton Farm, Shrewsbury. The project is to start in March 2016 and will include work to add parking at the front of the centre, improve disabled parking, and update the landscaping. The company has increased employee numbers consistently since 2012 to 140 and more opportunities are possible.
London & Cambridge Properties Limited
£83m£52m1402
10 Feb 2016Rapid Business Expansion - 350 Jobs - New StoresDiscount supermarket chain Aldi is to create 350 jobs in Staffordshire and the West Midlands as it continues its expansion strategy across the UK and opens new stores. Turnover at Aldi is £6,893m.
Aldi Stores Limited
£6,893m£260m11,839378
110 Feb 2016New Store - Creating 50 Jobs - Business ExpansionDiscount retailer B&M is to create 50 jobs as it opens a new store in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset. B&M has over 450 stores across the UK and employs around 20,000 staff.
B & M Retail Limited
£1,526m£151m19,000444
09 Feb 2016Expanding Into Dubai - Opening 15,000 sq ft StoreRetailer John Lewis is planning to open an outlet in Dubai in 2017, to benefit from growth in the Middle East retail market. At 15,000 square feet, the new outlet will be the group's biggest international outlet.
John Lewis PLC
£9,701m£448m92,10042
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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
11 Feb 2016£2.1m Contract Secured - Refurbishment Of LibraryThe University of Chester has appointed Salford-based Graham Construction to complete a £2.1m phase two refurbishment of its main library. The work will be completed by Summer 2016.
Graham Construction Management Limited
£0.6m5
11 Feb 2016£2.1m Contract Awarded - Refurbishment Of Library - Improved ServicesThe University of Chester has appointed Salford-based Graham Construction to complete a £2.1m phase two refurbishment of its main library. The work will be completed by Summer 2016.
University Of Chester Academies Trust
£31m4851
112 Feb 2016New Training Centre - £50,000 LoanConstruction training company Pro-active Safety intends to train 200 apprentices throughout 2016 after opening a new centre in Peterlee, County Durham. It has received a £50,000 loan to support business expansion.
Pro-Active Safety Limited
1
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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
10 Feb 2016£41m Investment - Town Centre Redevelopment - 900 New JobsCalderdale Council is to invest £41m in the regeneration of Halifax town centre. Up to 419 jobs will be created through land developments and 528 through improvements of highways.
Calderdale Council
1
110 Feb 2016New Crematorium Development - Creating Jobs - Business ExpansionMemorial Parks and Crematoria provider Memoria Limited, headquartered in Oxfordshire, is to build a new crematorium in Denbighshire. New full time jobs have been created as a result including positions of Manager, Administrator, Chapel Attendant and Head of Gardens.
Memoria Limited
1
11 Feb 2016Invests £59 million - Upgrading Council PropertiesBirmingham City Council is investing £59 million to refurbish its stock of council properties. The council owns and manages 63,138 residential properties.
Birmingham City Council
3
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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
12 Feb 2016Turnover Increased to £3m - New Gyms Planned - Investing for GrowthFitness company Black Murphy Limited, which trades as Frame, has secured funding for growth and intends to expand outside of London at a rate of two new gyms per year. Turnover grew to £2.8m in 2015, up from £2.1m on the previous year. The expansion is expected to create new jobs.
Black Murphy Limited
4
10 Feb 2016New Cafe Premises - Creating 30 Jobs - Business ExpansionFamily-run Bristol based Boston Tea Party is creating up to 30 front of house jobs at its new café-bar due to open in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, at the end of March 2016. Renovation of the site is under way. A General Manager and Kitchen Manager have already been recruited. Turnover at Boston Tea Party is £9.4m.
The Boston Tea Party Group Limited
£9m£0.6m3111
09 Feb 2016Factory expansion - Production capacity increasedCDE Global, which makes machinery for washing and sorting sand, aggregate and construction waste, has increased product assembly space at its factory by a third to allow for the production of 60 additional machines every year.
Cde Global Limited
£32m£2m1094
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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
09 Feb 2016Invests £20m - Heathrow Hotel RefurbishmentThe Arora Group intends to re-launch its Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel after investing £20m into refurbishing the property.
Arora Holdings Ltd
£52m£-100.4m7887
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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
12 Feb 2016150 New Jobs - Nottingham Call Centre Expansion - £40m TurnoverDomestic and General intends to recruit more than 150 permanent staff at its Nottingham contact centre. The firm, which is one of Nottingham's biggest employers, sells insurance on a range of household appliances. The group has a turnover of £40.1m.
Domestic & General Group Limited
£40m5
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Growth

Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
08 Feb 2016Employee numbers up 75% to 77 - Turnover Grown 35% to £41.7m - Currently RecruitingStaffordshire based Topcashback, a group engaged in advertising and e-commence revenue sharing, have increased employee numbers year on year since 2011 to 77 and grown turnover over the same period from £9m to £41.7m. The company are currently recruiting for marketing and IT personnel.
Topcashback Limited
£42m£1m773
08 Feb 2016Employee Numbers up 30.6% to 47 - Turnover Grown 21.3% to £7,48 - Company GrowthRedditch based paint manufacturer Carrs Coatings, has increased employee numbers over 30% to 47 in the twelve months to March 2015, and grown turnover over 21% to £7.5 during the same period. The company's continued growth is expected to create further employment opportunities.
Carrs Coatings Limited
£7m£0.3m471
08 Feb 2016Employee Numbers Increased 25.9% to 73 - Turnover Grown 17% to £13.4mWorcestershire based MonoSol Af, manufacturer of water-soluble polymer films, compounds, and solutions, has grown turnover year on year since 2010 to £13.4m and increased employee numbers over the same period 73. The company's continued growth is expected to create employment opportunities.
Monosol Af Ltd
£13m£2m731
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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
05 Feb 2016Profits Rise 24% - Revenue Up 3% - Restructure PlannedTelecoms firm BT has recorded a rise of 24% in pre-tax profits to £862m in the third quarter to December 31 2015. Revenue increased 3% to £4.5bn over the same period. BT is to commence a restructure following its takeover of mobile operator EE. Jobs will not be impacted in the short term.
British Telecommunications Plc
£17,979m£3,486m88,700200
09 Feb 2016New £10,000 Contract - 30% Turnover Increase - International ExpansionRemland Carpets, based in Folkestone in Kent, has won a £10,000 order from a Romanian vineyard. The new contract comes as a result of Remland launching its online operation in 2015 which has seen turnover rise by 30%. Additional international orders have been received from France and Germany.
Remland Carpets Limited
1
08 Feb 2016New Premises - Global Growth - Turnover Doubled - New JobsAlloyGator Ltd, UK designer and manufacturer of the patented alloy wheel protection system AlloyGator, has expanded into new premises as it continues to grow its reach globally. The company is currently looking to add to its 15 strong workforce by recruiting local talent. Sales revenue has doubled year on year since March 2010 with a key deal being signed recently worth an additional £10 million over the next five years. Managing Director is Curt Rathbone
AlloyGator Ltd
1
10 Feb 2016Major Growth - Revenue Reaches £6.9m - Creating 60 New JobsNewcastle firm Performance Horizon, which provides online marketing tracking services, is continuing to expand and is to recruit 60 new staff during 2016. Net revenue rose to £6.9m during 2015 and is expected to double in 2016.
Performance Horizon Group Limited
2
12 Feb 2016Exports Support 5% Growth in Sales - Returns to Profit - £101m TurnoverKettle Produce, the Fife, Scotland-based food producer, made a profit of £2.1m in 2015, compared with a loss of £1.1m the previous year. A record vegetable harvest allowed the company to sell surplus crops in the UK and overseas. Turnover grew by 5% to £100.9m.
Kettle Produce Limited
£96m£-1.0m9381
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
11 Feb 2016£67,000 Order Secured - Supplying Smart Meters To IranCambridge-based Cyan Technology has received an order from telecommunications contractor Micromodje for 2,000 smart meters, which will be fitted into street traffic cameras in Iran. The order is worth £67,000.
Cyan Technology Limited
£0.2m£-3.3m271
09 Feb 2016£201m Funding Secured - Designing New SubmarinesBAE Systems has secured £201m funding from the Ministry of Defence for further design work on the next generation of nuclear submarines. BAE's operation in Barrow, Cumbria, is expected to build the new vessels.
BAE Systems PLC
£15,430m£1,300m84,60053
11 Feb 2016£2.1m Contract Secured - Refurbishment Of LibraryThe University of Chester has appointed Salford-based Graham Construction to complete a £2.1m phase two refurbishment of its main library. The work will be completed by Summer 2016.
Graham Construction Management Limited
£0.6m5
11 Feb 2016£2.1m Contract Awarded - Refurbishment Of Library - Improved ServicesThe University of Chester has appointed Salford-based Graham Construction to complete a £2.1m phase two refurbishment of its main library. The work will be completed by Summer 2016.
University Of Chester Academies Trust
£31m4851
09 Feb 2016£1.1bn Contract Secured - 200 New JobsAscent Flight Training, a Bristol-based military aircraft training systems developer, has secured contracts worth £1.1bn from the UK Ministry of Defence. The contract is expected to provide 200 jobs across the UK.
Ascent Flight Training (Holdings) Limited
£21m£3m1191
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
11 Feb 2016£97m Investment - Acquiring Rocket Internet Businesses - Expansion in Europe and South AmericaJust Eat is acquiring online takeaway businesses in Spain and Italy from Rocket Internet, in a £97m deal. Just Eat is also buying the Brazilian and Mexican arms of Foodpanda, a Berlin-based group whose main investor is also Rocket Internet.
Just-Eat Group Holdings Limited
£157m£19m1,01813
05 Feb 2016£21m Investment - New Acquisitions - Business ExpansionBrighton based Learning Technologies Group is to invest £21m in new acquisitions for its e-learning business. It is to acquire Rustici Software LLC, a software specialist, for £18m and will invest £2m to gain a 30% stake in a company called Watershed Systems which has developed learning analytics systems.
Learning Technologies Group Plc
£15m£0.3m1982
08 Feb 2016£11m Management Buy-out - New Managing DirectorEE Smith Contracts, the Leicester-based interiors specialist, has been acquired by its management for £11m. The buyout was led by newly-appointed managing director Neil Bottrill.
E.E. Smith Limited
£22m£2m1651
10 Feb 2016£10m Expansion - Acquires Italian BusinessGateshead electric vehicle component manufacturer Sevcon has acquired Bassi, a battery charging business located in Italy. Bassi, which has 100 employees and revenues of £11.2m, will operate as a division of Sevcon from its present facility near Bologna.
Sevcon Limited
£18m£1m991
10 Feb 2016Subsidiaries Sold - 13 Branches Lost - Business RestructureInsurance firm Swinton Insurance Group has sold its subsidiaries Open and Director to Abbey Insurance, based in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Open and Direct operate 13 branches. Swinton has a turnover of £285m.
Swinton Group Limited
£285m£24m4,027312
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Budgets & Expenditure

IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
05 Feb 2016Creating 20 new jobs in £1m expansionWrexham-based Platts Animal Bedding has invested £1m in new head offices, ICT systems, and an HGV commercial garage. The investment has created 8 jobs, safeguarded another 11, with additional posts planned for the telesales team. An additional £250,000 investment in bulk-loading technology will create further jobs within its Transport division.
R A & C E Platt Limited
1
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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
12 Feb 2016£3m Investment - Marketing CampaignUlster Bank has invested more than £3m in a major marketing campaign as part of a strategy to position itself as number one for customer service, trust and advocacy.
Ulster Bank, Limited
£1,101m£1,767m5,1921
12 Feb 2016Creative Review - Investing in Marketing - £1bn RevenuesOcado, the online grocer, intends to appoint a creative agency as part of its marketing investment. Ocado's revenue grew by 17% to £1.1 billion in 2015. There is speculation that Amazon may be seeking to acquire Ocado.
Ocado Limited
£925m£7m6,4536
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Companies Receiving Investment

Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
12 Feb 2016£660m Partnership - International Investment in Wind FarmDong Energy Power has secured two new investors into Burbo Bank offshore wind farm scheme in Liverpool Bay. Danish pension provider PKA and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group, are together investing £660m in the scheme in return for a 25% ownership interest in the project respectively.
Dong Energy Power (Uk) Limited
£189m£36m3652
08 Feb 2016£300,000 Investment - Technology Partnership With SkyInCrowd, which develops mobile apps for sports fans, has received a £300,000 investment from media company Sky. The investment is part of Sky's strategy to support technology companies which bring benefits to its customers.
Incrowd Sports Ltd
1
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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
09 Feb 2016£80m investment - Rapid Business GrowthLondon-based Alpha Financial Markets Consulting has secured an £80m investment from private equity firm Dunedin. Since it was founded in 2003, Alpha has grown rapidly, raising its profits from £2.3m in 2013 to £8m in 2016.
Alpha Financial Markets Consulting Group Limited
£27m£4m814
08 Feb 2016£3m Commercial Loan Secured - 120 New Jobs - International ExpansionDomestic radiator manufacturer Quinn Radiators is creating 120 at its operation in Newport, Wales. The expansion, which is beings supported by a £3m commercial loan from the Welsh Government, will safeguard 410 jobs. Quinn Radiators has also rebranded to QRL Radiator Group as part of its development plans to increase production and exports to meet growing demand overseas.
QRL Radiator Group
£47m£-2.1m2523
10 Feb 2016£192K Funding Secured - 46 New Jobs - Business ExpansionElectrical and specialist contractor Dowds Group has created 46 skilled jobs in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland after securing £192K of funding from Invest NI. The jobs will include roles across management, technical and business development, as well as electrician and plumbing positions.
Dowds Electrical (Holdings) Limited
1
12 Feb 2016Turnover Increased to £3m - New Gyms Planned - Investing for GrowthFitness company Black Murphy Limited, which trades as Frame, has secured funding for growth and intends to expand outside of London at a rate of two new gyms per year. Turnover grew to £2.8m in 2015, up from £2.1m on the previous year. The expansion is expected to create new jobs.
Black Murphy Limited
4
12 Feb 2016New Training Centre - £50,000 LoanConstruction training company Pro-active Safety intends to train 200 apprentices throughout 2016 after opening a new centre in Peterlee, County Durham. It has received a £50,000 loan to support business expansion.
Pro-Active Safety Limited
1
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Performance & Profits

Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
05 Feb 2016Profits Rise 24% - Revenue Up 3% - Restructure PlannedTelecoms firm BT has recorded a rise of 24% in pre-tax profits to £862m in the third quarter to December 31 2015. Revenue increased 3% to £4.5bn over the same period. BT is to commence a restructure following its takeover of mobile operator EE. Jobs will not be impacted in the short term.
British Telecommunications Plc
£17,979m£3,486m88,700200
12 Feb 2016Exports Support 5% Growth in Sales - Returns to Profit - £101m TurnoverKettle Produce, the Fife, Scotland-based food producer, made a profit of £2.1m in 2015, compared with a loss of £1.1m the previous year. A record vegetable harvest allowed the company to sell surplus crops in the UK and overseas. Turnover grew by 5% to £100.9m.
Kettle Produce Limited
£96m£-1.0m9381
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
11 Feb 2016£7m investment in Wales factory - 500 jobs safeguardedToyota is to build the next generation of hybrid engines at its North Wales plant as part of an investment totalling more than £7m. This will help safeguard the future of the facility, which employs about 500 staff. The engine plant director is Jim Crosbie.
Toyota(G.B.) Plc
£1,840m£6m2913
11 Feb 2016£6m Pre-Tax Loss - £1m Debt Written Often - Pessimistic Business OutlookKent based model railway firm Hornby has recorded pre-tax losses of nearly £6 million for 2015. £1million has also been written-off after Hornby reviewed its stock and balance sheet.
Hornby PLC
£58m£0.3m2521
08 Feb 2016£3m Commercial Loan Secured - 120 New Jobs - International ExpansionDomestic radiator manufacturer Quinn Radiators is creating 120 at its operation in Newport, Wales. The expansion, which is beings supported by a £3m commercial loan from the Welsh Government, will safeguard 410 jobs. Quinn Radiators has also rebranded to QRL Radiator Group as part of its development plans to increase production and exports to meet growing demand overseas.
QRL Radiator Group
£47m£-2.1m2523
05 Feb 2016£21m Investment - New Acquisitions - Business ExpansionBrighton based Learning Technologies Group is to invest £21m in new acquisitions for its e-learning business. It is to acquire Rustici Software LLC, a software specialist, for £18m and will invest £2m to gain a 30% stake in a company called Watershed Systems which has developed learning analytics systems.
Learning Technologies Group Plc
£15m£0.3m1982
08 Feb 2016£1m funding secured - Product development - £13m Revenue ExpectedSoftware company ServicePower, which is headquartered in Stockport, Manchester, has secured a £1m loan for product development. Revenue is expected to have risen around 2% to £13m in 2015.
Servicepower Technologies PLC
£13m£-0.9m1041
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
10 Feb 2016£41m Investment - Town Centre Redevelopment - 900 New JobsCalderdale Council is to invest £41m in the regeneration of Halifax town centre. Up to 419 jobs will be created through land developments and 528 through improvements of highways.
Calderdale Council
1
08 Feb 2016£3m Commercial Loan Secured - 120 New Jobs - International ExpansionDomestic radiator manufacturer Quinn Radiators is creating 120 at its operation in Newport, Wales. The expansion, which is beings supported by a £3m commercial loan from the Welsh Government, will safeguard 410 jobs. Quinn Radiators has also rebranded to QRL Radiator Group as part of its development plans to increase production and exports to meet growing demand overseas.
QRL Radiator Group
£47m£-2.1m2523
10 Feb 2016£14m Modernisation Project - Created 14 Jobs - Business GrowthKnorr-Bremse RailServices is to acquire 40 new trains as part of a £14m modernisation project. The project will create 14 new jobs at the company's Springburn facility in Glasgow as part of a record ScotRail investment. Turnover at Knorr-Bremse is £92.5m.
Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (Uk) Limited
£93m£4m3762
05 Feb 2016New Acquisition - Enhances Services - Business GrowthKent based Sanclare has acquired outsourcing specialist Sigma Financial Group. Sigma specialises in credit management and business outsourcing and currently employs around 400 staff in London and Redditch, Worcestershire. The acquisition will expand Sanclare's domestic market and enhance its offering
Sanclare (UK) Ltd
1
10 Feb 2016Manufacturing Operations Expansion - Creating 225 Jobs - Product DevelopmentLuxury motor yacht manufacturer Sunseeker International, headquartered in Poole in Dorset, is creating 225 new jobs. The new roles will be based at its manufacturing operations, covering construction and engineering trades, and will support new product development. Turnover at Sunseeker is £195.98m.
Sunseeker International Limited
£196m£-37.3m2,1121
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Hot Topic

Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
11 Feb 2016Investment In Technology - New Marketing Strategy - Sales RiseOnline holiday provider On The Beach, based in Cheadle in Greater Manchester, has recorded strong growth in revenues and bookings. On The Beach has invested in new technology and launched a new marketing strategy which has facilitated growth. Turnover is £45m with a profit of £9.2m.
On The Beach Limited
£45m2391
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Cloud Computing & Virtualisation

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
09 Feb 2016Invests in UK Data Centre - Cloud Services Expansion - Targeting Public SectorCalifornia-headquartered software company Oracle is investing in its data centre in Slough, Berkshire. The company is expanding the cloud services hosted at the centre to provide Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to public and private sector organisations.
Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
£672m4,5723
09 Feb 2016Creating 90 Jobs - US Tech Firm Expands - £500,000 FundingAlert Logic, a US-headquartered tech firm with online retail company Amazon among its clients, is creating 90 jobs in Belfast. Invest NI has offered the firm £572,000 of support for the new jobs, due to be in place by 2018.
Alert Logic UK Ltd
£2m£-3.3m2
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
11 Feb 2016£97m Investment - Acquiring Rocket Internet Businesses - Expansion in Europe and South AmericaJust Eat is acquiring online takeaway businesses in Spain and Italy from Rocket Internet, in a £97m deal. Just Eat is also buying the Brazilian and Mexican arms of Foodpanda, a Berlin-based group whose main investor is also Rocket Internet.
Just-Eat Group Holdings Limited
£157m£19m1,01813
11 Feb 2016£67,000 Order Secured - Supplying Smart Meters To IranCambridge-based Cyan Technology has received an order from telecommunications contractor Micromodje for 2,000 smart meters, which will be fitted into street traffic cameras in Iran. The order is worth £67,000.
Cyan Technology Limited
£0.2m£-3.3m271
08 Feb 2016£3m Commercial Loan Secured - 120 New Jobs - International ExpansionDomestic radiator manufacturer Quinn Radiators is creating 120 at its operation in Newport, Wales. The expansion, which is beings supported by a £3m commercial loan from the Welsh Government, will safeguard 410 jobs. Quinn Radiators has also rebranded to QRL Radiator Group as part of its development plans to increase production and exports to meet growing demand overseas.
QRL Radiator Group
£47m£-2.1m2523
11 Feb 2016£37m Contract in Australia - £233m RevenuesClarke Energy, the distributed power generation specialist, has won a major share of a £37m contract to upgrade a power station in Australia for the Northern Territory Government. The Knowsley, Liverpool-based company made record revenues of £233m in the year to October 2015.
Clarke Energy Limited
£233m£19m1,0353
05 Feb 2016£2.3m Funding Secured - International ExpansionGlasgow-based Speyside Distillers Company has secured £2.3m of new bank funding which will allow it to grow its international presence.
Speyside Distillers Company Limited
341
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
11 Feb 2016£97m Investment - Acquiring Rocket Internet Businesses - Expansion in Europe and South AmericaJust Eat is acquiring online takeaway businesses in Spain and Italy from Rocket Internet, in a £97m deal. Just Eat is also buying the Brazilian and Mexican arms of Foodpanda, a Berlin-based group whose main investor is also Rocket Internet.
Just-Eat Group Holdings Limited
£157m£19m1,01813
09 Feb 2016eCommerce Company Expands - European HQ Launched in London - General Manager AppointedUS company CloudCraze, the enterprise eCommerce platform, has hired Ian Pollard as general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, to lead the company's international expansion. CloudCraze, has opened European headquarters in London and intends to expand its team in Western Europe.
CloudCraze Software
1
12 Feb 2016Overseas Expansion - Dubai Office OpenedIvy Gate, the online estate agency is opening a new office in Dubai, a major real estate market. The Dubai office will be run by Ryan Dougan.
Ivy Gate Property Group Limited
8
11 Feb 2016Expands Into Turkey - New Distribution Partnership - e-commerce Investment - Sales Jobs CreatedJ&C Joel, which manufactures and installs theatre curtains, has agreed a distribution partnership with Turkish company Eramita. The company has made significant investments in stock, an e-commerce website and a skilled sales force
J. & C. Joel Limited
£12m£-0.1m861
12 Feb 2016Creative Review - Investing in Marketing - £1bn RevenuesOcado, the online grocer, intends to appoint a creative agency as part of its marketing investment. Ocado's revenue grew by 17% to £1.1 billion in 2015. There is speculation that Amazon may be seeking to acquire Ocado.
Ocado Limited
£925m£7m6,4536
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Renewable Energy

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
12 Feb 2016£660m Partnership - International Investment in Wind FarmDong Energy Power has secured two new investors into Burbo Bank offshore wind farm scheme in Liverpool Bay. Danish pension provider PKA and KIRKBI A/S, parent company of the LEGO Group, are together investing £660m in the scheme in return for a 25% ownership interest in the project respectively.
Dong Energy Power (Uk) Limited
£189m£36m3652
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