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People & Jobs

Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Aug 2015£750,000 Investment - Restaurant Chain Expansion - Creating JobsViva Brazil, the Liverpool-headquartered Brazilian-style steakhouse chain, has invested £750,000 in a new restaurant in Newcastle. It is also planning to open a further restaurant in Birmingham later in 2015, creating jobs. The company will have five branches by the end 2015, with further ones planned in 2016.
Viva Brazil Ltd
1
2026 Aug 2015£750,000 Investment - Bar Refurbishment - 20 New JobsThe Walkabout bar in Swansea city centre is undergoing a major refurbishment in a £750,000 investment. Twenty new jobs have been created.
Walkabout Limited
1
26 Aug 2015£6m Growth Funding - Major Contracts Secured - Potential New jobsProdrive Composites, a carbon fiber composites manufacturer, has secured £6m growth funding. The company has gained significant contracts in the automotive and aerospace sectors and expects sales to grow from £13m in 2014 to £15m in 2015. Prodrive Composites employs nearly 200 people. The investment is expected to create new jobs.
Prodrive (Holdings) Limited
£53m£-9.6m4522
24 Aug 2015£50,000 Funding Secured - Business Growth Strategy - Potential JobsBirmingham based commercial cleaning business Complete Clean Management has secured new growth capital to support its new expansion plans for 2015-2016. Invoice finance firm Positive Cashflow Finance, also based in Birmingham, has provided £50,000. Jobs could be created as a result.
Complete Clean Management Ltd
1
40027 Aug 2015£20m Investment - 400 New Jobs - Business ExpansionWarwickshire based Sertec Group, based in Coleshill, has secured £20m in bank funding in order to replace old equipment and continue with its expansion. The car parts manufacturer will create up to 400 new jobs by 2018 as a result. Turnover at Sertec is £5.6m.
Sertec Group Holdings Limited
£6m£0.8m802
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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
126 Aug 2015£2.2m Loss Made - CFO Resigns - Successor SoughtChief Financial Officer of London based Clear Leisure, Nilesh Jagatia, has resigned with immediate effect, due to other work commitments. Clear Leisure is a fast growing investment company creating a portfolio of companies within the Leisure sector and associated industries. A successor is being sought. Clear Leisure recorded a loss of £2.2m in its accounts for 2014.
Clear Leisure Plc
1
127 Aug 2015£14m Investment - 200 New Jobs - Director Of Communications AppointedManchester based cloud hosting specialist UKFast is creating 200 jobs as part of its plans to expand. UKFast has also invested £14m in a new data centre and promoted its PR Manager Elizabeth Donevan to Director of Communications. Turnover at UKFast is £23.4m and employs 170 people.
Ukfast.Net Limited
£23m£5m1702
127 Aug 2015Trade Associations Merge - Chief Executive Officer Appointed - Moving to New OfficesThe Debt Managers Standards Association and the Association of Professional Debt Solution Intermediaries are to merge their debt solution trade associations. The merged association, which will operate under the DEMSA brand, has appointed Kevin Still as CEO, and is moving to new offices in Leeds.
Debt Managers Standards Association Limited
1
127 Aug 2015Successor To Midlands Chairman Appointed - Management MovesGlobal financial and professional services firm PwC has appointed Matt Hammond as its new Midlands Regional Chairman. Mr Hammond will replace Mark Smith. Mr Hammond is currently Regional Chairman for PwC's West and Wales region. His replacement is yet to be announced. Turnover at PwC is £2,483m and they employ 18,000 staff.
Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP
£2,483m£798m18,09639
24 Aug 2015Restructuring For Future Growth - Management Changes - Turnover DoubledPiovan UK, an industrial equipment distributor, is to appoint a general manager for its operations office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Current General Manager Andrew Gibbens, will focus on sales. Piovan UK has almost doubled its turnover in the UK and Ireland in the two years to 2015.
Piovan Uk Limited
1
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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Aug 2015Turnover Up 23% To £47m - Strong Demand For Recruitment ServicesRecruitment consultancy Outsource UK, which has offices in Manchester, London, Swindon, and Staffordshire, has increased its turnover by 23% to £46.8m. Demand for staff grew in the financial services sector, and the firm's Manchester-based engineering division grew 6% compared with the previous year.
Outsource UK Limited
£38m£0.7m471
25 Aug 2015Acquiring Oil and Gas Consultancy - £2bn Turnover - 8,500 StaffOutsourcing specialist Accenture is to acquire Schlumberger Business Consulting, a management consulting pro­vider focused on the energy sector. The acquisition will enhance Accenture's business, digital and technology capabilities. Headquartered in London, Accenture UK has a turnover of £2.1bn and 8,500 employees.
Accenture (Uk) Limited
£2,136m£144m8,4994
24 Aug 2015Acquires Logistics Consultancy - Supply Chain Capabilities Strengthened - £2bn TurnoverAccenture, the technology and outsourcing consultancy, has acquired Wokingham-based Total Logistics, a logistics and supply chain consultancy, strengthening its retail and consumer goods capabilities. US company Accenture has UK headquarters in London. It has a turnover of £2.12bn.
Accenture (Uk) Limited
£2,136m£144m8,4994
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Headquarters & Premises

Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Aug 2015£2.7m Property Investment - Two Office Buildings AcquiredPalladium Group has acquired two office buildings in Liverpool's commercial office district, for a total of £2.7m, from vendor Moorfield. The two buildings offer a total of 40,603 sq ft of office accommodation. Real estate company Palladium specialises in portfolio and development investments.
Palladium Group of Companies EEIG
1
24 Aug 2015£170,000 Grant Secured - New Larger Premises - 50 Jobs CreatedTelecoms company TenTel is to create more than 50 new jobs after securing a £170,000 grant. The money will help Teltel re-locate to larger premises in the Edinburgh area. Tentel currently employs 50 people and expects to increase the team to more than 100 full-time staff by the end of 2016.
Tentel Limited
1
127 Aug 2015Trade Associations Merge - Chief Executive Officer Appointed - Moving to New OfficesThe Debt Managers Standards Association and the Association of Professional Debt Solution Intermediaries are to merge their debt solution trade associations. The merged association, which will operate under the DEMSA brand, has appointed Kevin Still as CEO, and is moving to new offices in Leeds.
Debt Managers Standards Association Limited
1
128 Aug 2015Second UK Office Opened - New Jobs Created - Business ExpansionDesign practice Gensler is to open its second office in the UK. It is to lease a 3,000 sq ft premises in Digbeth, Birmingham. The base will be led by Alistair Cory, Gensler's Leader of UK Regional Markets at the firm. Jobs will be created as a result. Turnover at Gensler is £49.9m.
Gensler And Associates/International,Ltd.
£50m£1m16952
28 Aug 2015Relocates IT Support - Cornish Office Opened - Call Centre Jobs CreatedKing's College London has relocated its IT support team to Newquay, Cornwall. As a result of cost savings secured by the move, the college has hired three more call-centre staff, raising the total to 25.
King's College London
1
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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£700K Investment - Increased Global Customer Base - £10m Sales TargetBRIERLEY Hill manufacturer Alloy Wire, which is completely owned by its staff, has invested more than £700,000 to increase its global customer base and is targeting £10 million of annual sales by 2016 after increasing its capacity across its Black Country and Yorkshire sites. Mark Venables is Managing Director
Alloy Wire International Limited
£9m£2m301
24 Aug 2015£165,000 Investment - New Facilities - Business Expansion - Potential JobsElectronics manufacturer Assembled Electronic Solutions (AES) is embarking on a new growth strategy by expanding its premises with a £165,000 investment in new facilities. Based in Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire, AES currently employs 24 people with new jobs expected following the investment.
Assembled Electronic Solutions Limited
1
126 Aug 2015New 17,500 sq. ft. Factory - Creating 50 Jobs - Export Growth - European Contract SecuredZip-Clip is to build a new 17,500 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Welshpool. The £2m investment will create an additional 50 jobs by 2020. Zip-Clip exports to 22 countries, with sales expected to double in volume and value by 2017. It recently secured a substantial new contract to supply a major European client.
ZIP-CLIP LTD
1
427 Aug 2015Expands with Acquisitions - Four New Depots - £69m TurnoverCPL Distribution, the Sheffield-headquartered solid fuel distributor, has acquired four companies from Rudrum Holdings. The acquisition gives CPL depots on the south coast of England and Isle of Man, where it is under-represented. CPL Distribution has turnover of £68.6m.
CPL Distribution Limited
£69m£2m28456
24 Aug 2015Contract Lost - Power Station To Close - 240 Jobs At RiskScottish Power is planning to close Longannet power station in Fife, in 2016, after the plant lost out on a short-term National Grid contract. High carbon taxes and high transmission charges have made the plant unsustainable. The plant currently employs 236 people, and some opportunities will be available for redeployment.
Scottish Power Limited
£8,231m£717m6,81513
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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£200m Investment - Upgrade To Shopping Centre - 2000 New JobsUnion Square Developments are to invest £200m in upgrading its shopping centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. The investment will include an increase in retail space, a hotel, extra parking and an IMAX cinema. One thousand construction jobs and 1,000 retail jobs will be created as a result. Work on the extension will commence by early 2017, with completion expected in Spring 2019.
Union Square Developments Limited
£15m2
1128 Aug 2015Store Closure - 45 Jobs Lost - New Store To Open - Creating JobsSupermarket chain Tesco is to close a Metro store in Neath, Port Talbot in October 2015 and open a new store in Neath in November 2015. Forty five jobs will be lost as a result of the closure, 20 new jobs will be created at the new store. Tesco has a turnover of £63,557m and employs almost 400,000 staff.
Tesco PLC
£63,557m£2,631m391,8683,300
124 Aug 2015Opening New Store - Creating 120 JobsRetailer Primark is opening a store in Omagh, Northern Ireland, in September 2015, creating 118 new jobs. The new Primark store will have 30,000 square feet of retail space.
Primark Stores Ltd.
£2,584m27,365250
125 Aug 2015Opening Hampshire Store - 30 New JobsDiscount retailer Poundworld is opening a store in Gosport, Hampshire, in August 2015, creating 30 new jobs.
Poundworld Retail Ltd
£345m£6m4,475120
126 Aug 2015Opening BMW Motorcycle Dealership - 10 New Jobs - £114m Turnover - 360 StaffBowker, the Preston, Lancashire-headquartered dealer group, is opening a new 13,000 square foot BMW motorcycle dealership on Preston docks in September 2015, creating 10 new jobs. The £114m turnover firm employs 360 staff.
W.H.Bowker Limited
£114m£2m3562
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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015Major Contract - Train Station Expansion - Funding SecuredTranslink is to extend its park and ride facility at Whiteabbey Train Station in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, creating additional parking spaces. The expansion is funded by the Department for Regional Development, and the procurement process for the contract for the project is well underway.
Translink (NI) Limited
1
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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
127 Aug 2015£750,000 Investment - Restaurant Chain Expansion - Creating JobsViva Brazil, the Liverpool-headquartered Brazilian-style steakhouse chain, has invested £750,000 in a new restaurant in Newcastle. It is also planning to open a further restaurant in Birmingham later in 2015, creating jobs. The company will have five branches by the end 2015, with further ones planned in 2016.
Viva Brazil Ltd
1
126 Aug 2015£750,000 Investment - Bar Refurbishment - 20 New JobsThe Walkabout bar in Swansea city centre is undergoing a major refurbishment in a £750,000 investment. Twenty new jobs have been created.
Walkabout Limited
1
26 Aug 2015£200m Investment - Upgrade To Shopping Centre - 2000 New JobsUnion Square Developments are to invest £200m in upgrading its shopping centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. The investment will include an increase in retail space, a hotel, extra parking and an IMAX cinema. One thousand construction jobs and 1,000 retail jobs will be created as a result. Work on the extension will commence by early 2017, with completion expected in Spring 2019.
Union Square Developments Limited
£15m2
124 Aug 2015New Restaurant - 30 Jobs Created - Business ExpansionPub and restaurant operator Mitchells & Butler has opened a new Harvester Salad & Grill restaurant in Ryhope, Sunderland. Thirty new jobs have been created as a result. Turnover at Mitchells & Butler is £1,613m and they employ over 32,000 people.
Mitchells & Butlers Retail Ltd
£1,613m£232m32,29213
25 Aug 2015Local Authority Launches Lettings Firm - 400 New Homes - Jobs CreatedTelford and Wrekin Council have launched a new private lettings firm in Telford, Shropshire, creating jobs. Nuplace is to build and manage more than 400 homes for the private rental market, using brownfield sites owned by the council.
Nuplace Limited
1
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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£200m Investment - Upgrade To Shopping Centre - 2000 New JobsUnion Square Developments are to invest £200m in upgrading its shopping centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. The investment will include an increase in retail space, a hotel, extra parking and an IMAX cinema. One thousand construction jobs and 1,000 retail jobs will be created as a result. Work on the extension will commence by early 2017, with completion expected in Spring 2019.
Union Square Developments Limited
£15m2
125 Aug 2015New Hotel in Scotland - Creating 25 Jobs - Scottish Portfolio Increased To 66Hotel operator Premier Inn is to create 25 new jobs opening a new hotel in St Andrews, Scotland, in autumn 2015. The new 65-bedroom hotel and restaurant will increase its hotel portfolio to 66 in Scotland.
Premier Inn Hotels Limited
£289m£62m3,433650
124 Aug 2015New Hotel Development - Creating Jobs - Business ExpansionBudget hotel chain Premier Inn are to open a new town centre hotel in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Jobs will be created across all disciplines as a result. Premier Inn has a turnover of £288.7m and has over 700 hotels.
Premier Inn Hotels Limited
£289m£62m3,433650
124 Aug 2015New Hotel Development - Creating Jobs - Business ExpansionMultinational hotels company IHG are to open a new Holiday Inn Express hotel in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Jobs will be created across all disciplines as a result. IHG has a turnover of £1,255m and over 800 hotels across nearly 100 countries.
Intercontinental Hotels Group PLC
£1,255m£459m7,797236
124 Aug 2015New Hotel Development - Creating 55 Jobs - Portfolio ExpansionDevelopers Scarborough Group are to build a town centre hotel and retail development in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Forty full time and 15 part time jobs are expected to be created as a result. The Scarborough Group has a turnover of £49m.
Scarborough Group International Limited
£49m£12m1681
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Call Centres

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
28 Aug 2015Relocates IT Support - Cornish Office Opened - Call Centre Jobs CreatedKing's College London has relocated its IT support team to Newquay, Cornwall. As a result of cost savings secured by the move, the college has hired three more call-centre staff, raising the total to 25.
King's College London
1
28 Aug 2015Major IT Investment - Customer Service Enhancements - £37m TurnoverSaxon Weald, a housing association responsible for the managing homes across Sussex and Hampshire, has invested in a new Customer Relationship Management system from IT firm Orchard. The new system provides enhanced Customer Service and more efficient processes for staff. Saxon Weald has a turnover of £36.6m.
Saxon Weald Homes Limited
£37m£12m1643
128 Aug 2015Investing in Growth - Fulfilment Operation Opened - New Logistics PartnershipsCarte Blanche Group, the greetings card company, has opened a new fulfilment operation in Chichester following major investment. The company has also partnered with delivery firms DPD and Interlink Express, improving its service to Independent Retailers.
Carte Blanche Group Limited
£43m£-0.2m2741
25 Aug 2015Call centre business wins multi-million pound contractWebhelp, a call centre company that employs thousands of Scottish people, has recently secured a large contract from Shop Direct. The contract, for the provision of customer service, is worth over £200 million and will allow the business to expand substantially.
Webhelp TSC
23
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Growth

Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015Turnover tripled in 5 years - significant growth continuesWakefield-based home improvement company Conservatory Outlet Limited has tripled turnover in the 5 years since May 2010. In Q1 of its current financial year, the company increased sales by 15%, suggesting that it is on course for a sixth consecutive year of significant growth. Greg Kane and Michael Giscombe are joint owners.
Conservatory Outlet Limited
£12m£1m931
27 Aug 2015Turnover Up 23% To £47m - Strong Demand For Recruitment ServicesRecruitment consultancy Outsource UK, which has offices in Manchester, London, Swindon, and Staffordshire, has increased its turnover by 23% to £46.8m. Demand for staff grew in the financial services sector, and the firm's Manchester-based engineering division grew 6% compared with the previous year.
Outsource UK Limited
£38m£0.7m471
27 Aug 2015Turnover To Rise 40% - New Product Development - Potential JobsCumbria based home fragrance manufacturer Wax Lyrical is targeting a 40% increase in turnover. New product ranges and development of a new home fragrance product will see turnover reach £14.5m by the end of 2015 and increase turnover to £20m by 2017. Wax Lyrical currently employs 135 staff and the new product developments could create additional jobs.
Wax Lyrical Limited
£13m£2m1313
26 Aug 2015Contract Completed - £7.2m Turnover - Company GrowthKINGSWINFORD firm Fives has completed the successful installation and commissioning of an order for a leading API tube manufacturer, located near to Osaka, in Japan. The company has grown turnover nearly 7% to £7.2m and their continued growth and expansion in the international markets could lead to employment opportunities. Jon Dunn is Managing Director
Fives Bronx Limited
£7m£1m121
24 Aug 2015Appoints New Managing Director - UK and International Expansion - 6% Year-on-Year Growth - £84m TurnoverKettle Foods, the Norwich-based crisps maker, has appointed former Tesco director Ashley Hicks as Managing Director, succeeding Dominic Lowe. The Kettle brand is continuing to grow, both in the UK and Europe, with a growth rate of almost 6% year-on-year. Kettle Foods has a turnover of £83.9m.
Kettle Foods Ltd.
£84m£12m4771
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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015Profits Up 45% - International and UK Growth - £1m Investment - Recruitment PlansStoke-on-Trent based pottery firm Portmeirion intends to continue to invest in production and staff after profits for the first half of 2015 increased by 45% to £1.8 million. The figures are attributed to strong sales growth in UK, USA and other export markets. Portmeirion is investing £1.5m to expand production capacity.
Portmeirion Group Uk Limited
£43m£7m5601
27 Aug 2015Profits Rise 12% - Turnover up 11% - Best Employer Award - Growth PlansEdinburgh based commercial law firm Burness Paull has recorded a 12% increase in annual profits to £23.2m for the year ending July 2015. Fee revenue rose 11%to £51.3 million during the same period. Burness Paull was voted "Large Employer of the Year" at the 2015 Insider Best Employer awards and plans to implement its Dynamic Growth Plan which will create jobs.
Burness Paull LLP
£46m£21m3303
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Tangible Assets Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Aug 2015£16,000 Grant Secured - Investing in Machinery - Increasing Production - New JobsTruNet, based in Measham, Leicestershire, has received a £16,000 grant towards the cost of new machinery which will allow it to increase the production of plastic packaging for soft meat products. The expansion will create two new jobs.
Trunet Packaging Services Ltd
1
25 Aug 2015Profits Up 45% To £2m - International and UK Growth - £1m Investment in Production - Recruitment PlansStoke-on-Trent based pottery firm Portmeirion intends to continue to invest in production and staff after profits for the first half of 2015 increased by 45% to £1.8 million. The figures are attributed to strong sales growth in UK, USA and other export markets. Portmeirion is investing £1.5m to expand production capacity.
Portmeirion Group Public Limited Company
£58m£7m7001
26 Aug 2015Invests £2m in Equipment - 16 New Jobs - Significant Business GrowthPackaging firm Roberts Mart has invested £2m in new equipment, leading to the creation of 16 new jobs at its Leeds-based production facility. The investment will help the company meet growing demand for its packaging films, particularly from the food sector.
Roberts,Mart & Co.Limited
£22m£0.4m1231
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£6m Growth Funding - Major Contracts Secured - Potential New jobsProdrive Composites, a carbon fiber composites manufacturer, has secured £6m growth funding. The company has gained significant contracts in the automotive and aerospace sectors and expects sales to grow from £13m in 2014 to £15m in 2015. Prodrive Composites employs nearly 200 people. The investment is expected to create new jobs.
Prodrive (Holdings) Limited
£53m£-9.6m4522
27 Aug 2015£50,000 Investment Secured - Expansion Into US Market - Business GrowthCommunications business Fourteen IP has expanded its client base into the US market after securing new contracts in Florida and New York. The expansion was made possible following £500,000 investment from The North West Fund for Venture Capital. Fourteen IP employs more than 40 people in Newton-le-Willows and Leigh in Merseyside.
FOURTEEN IP COMMUNICATIONS
2
28 Aug 2015£16m Defence Contract Secured - International Client - Business GrowthMeggitt, which specialises in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, has won a new £16m contract. The three-year contract includes operator and maintenance support for training activities, incorporating onsite support for health, usage and equipment monitoring at major bases across Canada. Turnover at Meggitt is £224m.
Meggitt Aerospace Limited
£224m£31m1,4784
28 Aug 2015Transportation Company Enters Administration - 70 Jobs LostSeventy jobs have been lost at Berkshire-headquartered airfreight transportation company Watkins & Sole. Administrators KRE Coporate Recovery, who were appointed in June 2015, have been unable to find a buyer for the business. Watkins & Sole lost a major £2.5m contract in September 2014 which accounted for more than 50% of the firms business.
Watkins & Sole (Transport) Limited (In Administration)
£6m£0.0m53
28 Aug 2015Transportation Company Enters Administration - 70 Jobs LostSeventy jobs have been lost at Berkshire-headquartered airfreight transportation company Watkins & Sole. Administrators KRE Coporate Recovery, who were appointed in June 2015, have been unable to find a buyer for the business. Watkins & Sole lost a major £2.5m contract in September 2014 which accounted for more than 50% of the firms business.
Watkins And Sole Limited (In Administration)
£4m£-0.1m2091
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Awards

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Aug 2015Profits Rise 12% - Turnover up 11% - Best Employer Award - Growth PlansEdinburgh based commercial law firm Burness Paull has recorded a 12% increase in annual profits to £23.2m for the year ending July 2015. Fee revenue rose 11%to £51.3 million during the same period. Burness Paull was voted "Large Employer of the Year" at the 2015 Insider Best Employer awards and plans to implement its Dynamic Growth Plan which will create jobs.
Burness Paull LLP
£46m£21m3303
25 Aug 2015Global Award - Major Contract With Co-op - Innovative Back-up SystemTaylor Made Computer Solutions of Fareham, Hampshire, has won the Asigra award for Best Cloud Backup and Recovery Implementation, in recognition of its provision of an innovative back-up and recovery system for Southern Co-operative.
Taylor Made Computer Solutions
£10m£0.8m1071
24 Aug 2015Best Hospitality Award Won - Business SuccessLuxury accommodation provider Henlle Hall Holidays, based in Gobowen, has won an award for being the best hospitality company in Shropshire. Henlle Hall Holidays was named the winner of the Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality category at the recent Shropshire Business Awards.
Henlle Hall Holidays Limited
1
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015£460m Acquisition - Shareholder Approval - Business ExpansionGaming software developer, Playtech, is to acquire contracts-for-difference provider Plus500 for £459.6m following approval by all shareholders. The merger will be completed by 30 September 2015. Playtech currently has over 3,600 employees.
Playtech Ltd
1
24 Aug 2015£12.5bn Merger - Mobile Business Acquisition - Ofcom ApprovedTelecoms firm BT is looking to acquire mobile network provider EE. The proposed merger is worth £12.5bn and a completion date of March 2016 is anticipated. The merger has been approved by national telecoms regulator Ofcom. BT has a turnover of £18,287m and employs 87,800 people.
British Telecommunications Plc
£18,287m£3,147m87,800200
24 Aug 2015£12.5bn Merger - Acquisition By Telecoms Giant - Ofcom ApprovedTelecoms firm BT is looking to acquire mobile network provider EE. The proposed merger is worth £12.5bn and a completion date of March 2016 is anticipated. The merger has been approved by national telecoms regulator Ofcom. EE has a turnover of £6,482m and employs around 12,850 staff.
Everything Everywhere Limited
£6,482m£6m12,849700
27 Aug 2015Trade Associations Merge - Chief Executive Officer Appointed - Moving to New OfficesThe Debt Managers Standards Association and the Association of Professional Debt Solution Intermediaries are to merge their debt solution trade associations. The merged association, which will operate under the DEMSA brand, has appointed Kevin Still as CEO, and is moving to new offices in Leeds.
Debt Managers Standards Association Limited
1
26 Aug 2015Potential New Acquisition - Business Growth Strategy - Turnover £44mAs part of its business growth strategy, London based insurance broker and risk adviser Marsh is looking to takeover Bristol based insurance, brokerage and advisory business Jelf. Marsh has a turnover of £44m.
Marsh & McLennan Companies UK Limited
£44m£44m526
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Budgets & Expenditure

IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Aug 2015£14m Investment - 200 New Jobs - Director Of Communications AppointedManchester based cloud hosting specialist UKFast is creating 200 jobs as part of its plans to expand. UKFast has also invested £14m in a new data centre and promoted its PR Manager Elizabeth Donevan to Director of Communications. Turnover at UKFast is £23.4m and employs 170 people.
Ukfast.Net Limited
£23m£5m1702
28 Aug 2015Relocates IT Support - Cornish Office Opened - Call Centre Jobs CreatedKing's College London has relocated its IT support team to Newquay, Cornwall. As a result of cost savings secured by the move, the college has hired three more call-centre staff, raising the total to 25.
King's College London
1
28 Aug 2015Major IT Investment - Customer Service Enhancements - £37m TurnoverSaxon Weald, a housing association responsible for the managing homes across Sussex and Hampshire, has invested in a new Customer Relationship Management system from IT firm Orchard. The new system provides enhanced Customer Service and more efficient processes for staff. Saxon Weald has a turnover of £36.6m.
Saxon Weald Homes Limited
£37m£12m1643
27 Aug 2015Investing in Digital Systems - Production Improvements - Reduced CostsPWPFS Print and Design, a commercial print company based in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, is investing in software products from Prepress UK as it strengthens its digital offering. The new software has led to improved press setup times, and reduced ink consumption with subsequent cost savings.
PWPFS Print & Design
1
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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015£3m Fundraising Campaign - Support For Cancer CharityKitchen company Benchmarx is planning to raise £3million for cancer charity Macmillan. Benchmarx will raise the cash in stores through a number of different local initiatives, including ongoing donations for kitchen deliveries. Turnover at Benchmarx is £71m and employs 395 staff.
Benchmarx Kitchens And Joinery Limited
£71m£0.0m3952
26 Aug 2015£1m Investment - 5 New e-commerce Sites - Doubling Sales to £10mEcomnova, the e-commerce gifting site operator, has raised £1m to help expand its portfolio in Europe, invest in marketing and double sales to £10m over a one year period. The company, which has offices in Manchester and London, plans to open five more e-commerce sites in 2015, giving it 11 in total.
Ecomnova Limited
2
24 Aug 2015£1m Fundraising - Major Development Plans - New Jobs Expected - Future International ExpansionEvogro, a Kent-based technology company which makes salad and herb growing systems, hopes to raise £250,000 from investors through crowdfunding site Crowdcube, in order to expand its team and invest in sales, marketing and product development. Evogro plans to raise a further £750,000 in 2016 to fund future growth and international expansion
Evogro Ltd
1
25 Aug 2015New Social Media Campaign - Enhanced ServicesNorthamptonshire County Council's emergency planning team is launching a new social media campaign. The month-long campaign starts on 1 September 2015 and asks people to plan for a range of emergencies including flood, fire and evacuation. Social media platforms Facebook and Twitter will be used.
Northamptonshire County Council
1
25 Aug 2015Investing in Growth - 30 New Partners - Profits rise 6% - £211m TurnoverLegal firm Irwin Mitchell increased its profits by 6% in the year to April 2015, with turnover up around 4% to £210.6m. The strong results follow investment in personnel, marketing, new offices and infrastructure. During the 2014/15 year, the group made 29 appointments at partner level.
Irwin Mitchell Llp
£187m£52m1,7134
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Companies Receiving Investment

Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£6m Growth Funding - Major Contracts Secured - Potential New jobsProdrive Composites, a carbon fiber composites manufacturer, has secured £6m growth funding. The company has gained significant contracts in the automotive and aerospace sectors and expects sales to grow from £13m in 2014 to £15m in 2015. Prodrive Composites employs nearly 200 people. The investment is expected to create new jobs.
Prodrive (Holdings) Limited
£53m£-9.6m4522
27 Aug 2015£50,000 Investment Secured - Expansion Into US Market - Business GrowthCommunications business Fourteen IP has expanded its client base into the US market after securing new contracts in Florida and New York. The expansion was made possible following £500,000 investment from The North West Fund for Venture Capital. Fourteen IP employs more than 40 people in Newton-le-Willows and Leigh in Merseyside.
FOURTEEN IP COMMUNICATIONS
2
24 Aug 2015£50,000 Funding Secured - Business Growth Strategy - Potential JobsBirmingham based commercial cleaning business Complete Clean Management has secured new growth capital to support its new expansion plans for 2015-2016. Invoice finance firm Positive Cashflow Finance, also based in Birmingham, has provided £50,000. Jobs could be created as a result.
Complete Clean Management Ltd
1
26 Aug 2015£1m Investment - 5 New e-commerce Sites - Doubling Sales to £10mEcomnova, the e-commerce gifting site operator, has raised £1m to help expand its portfolio in Europe, invest in marketing and double sales to £10m over a one year period. The company, which has offices in Manchester and London, plans to open five more e-commerce sites in 2015, giving it 11 in total.
Ecomnova Limited
2
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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£700K Investment - Increased Global Customer Base - £10m Sales TargetBRIERLEY Hill manufacturer Alloy Wire, which is completely owned by its staff, has invested more than £700,000 to increase its global customer base and is targeting £10 million of annual sales by 2016 after increasing its capacity across its Black Country and Yorkshire sites. Mark Venables is Managing Director
Alloy Wire International Limited
£9m£2m301
27 Aug 2015£20m Investment - 400 New Jobs - Business ExpansionWarwickshire based Sertec Group, based in Coleshill, has secured £20m in bank funding in order to replace old equipment and continue with its expansion. The car parts manufacturer will create up to 400 new jobs by 2018 as a result. Turnover at Sertec is £5.6m.
Sertec Group Holdings Limited
£6m£0.8m802
24 Aug 2015£1m Fundraising - Major Development Plans - New Jobs Expected - Future International ExpansionEvogro, a Kent-based technology company which makes salad and herb growing systems, hopes to raise £250,000 from investors through crowdfunding site Crowdcube, in order to expand its team and invest in sales, marketing and product development. Evogro plans to raise a further £750,000 in 2016 to fund future growth and international expansion
Evogro Ltd
1
24 Aug 2015£165,000 Investment - New Facilities - Business Expansion - Potential JobsElectronics manufacturer Assembled Electronic Solutions (AES) is embarking on a new growth strategy by expanding its premises with a £165,000 investment in new facilities. Based in Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire, AES currently employs 24 people with new jobs expected following the investment.
Assembled Electronic Solutions Limited
1
27 Aug 2015£16,000 Grant Secured - Investing in Machinery - Increasing Production - New JobsTruNet, based in Measham, Leicestershire, has received a £16,000 grant towards the cost of new machinery which will allow it to increase the production of plastic packaging for soft meat products. The expansion will create two new jobs.
Trunet Packaging Services Ltd
1
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Performance & Profits

Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015Tech Startup Raising Funds - £5m Loss - Headcount Tripled To 150Blippar, the London-headquartered augmented reality company, made a loss of £4.9m in its last financial year, as it more than tripled its headcount from 43 to 154, in the expectation of future growth. The firm has already raised £26.9m, and expects to raise further funds in the 12 months to August 2016.
Blippar.Com Ltd
£0.9m1
25 Aug 2015Profits Up 45% To £2m - International and UK Growth - £1m Investment in Production - Recruitment PlansStoke-on-Trent based pottery firm Portmeirion intends to continue to invest in production and staff after profits for the first half of 2015 increased by 45% to £1.8 million. The figures are attributed to strong sales growth in UK, USA and other export markets. Portmeirion is investing £1.5m to expand production capacity.
Portmeirion Group Public Limited Company
£58m£7m7001
25 Aug 2015Pre-Tax Loss Of £76m - Turnover Down 12% - Contracts Lost - Potential Job LossesOutsourcing giant Serco, based in Hook in Hampshire, has recorded a pre-tax loss of £76.2m in the six months to the end of June 2015, down from a £10.9m profit in the same period in 2014. Revenues fell 12% to £1.79bn following a loss of contracts. Jobs could be at risk as a result.
Serco Group PLC
£4,288m£144m94,9802
24 Aug 2015Oil Price Affects Half Year Performance - 5,000 Jobs Lost - £50m Fall in Profits - Turnover Down 20% To £2bnOil services firm Wood Group has cut 1,000 UK jobs, 3,000 in the US and 1,000 in the Middle East, from a 40,000-strong workforce. Profit for the first six months of 2015 was £102.9m, down from around £149m a year earlier, reflecting the impact of falling oil prices. Revenue fell by 20% to £1.98bn.
John Wood Group Plc
£4,216m£319m31,94021
25 Aug 2015Investing in Growth - 30 New Partners - Profits rise 6% - £211m TurnoverLegal firm Irwin Mitchell increased its profits by 6% in the year to April 2015, with turnover up around 4% to £210.6m. The strong results follow investment in personnel, marketing, new offices and infrastructure. During the 2014/15 year, the group made 29 appointments at partner level.
Irwin Mitchell Llp
£187m£52m1,7134
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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£6m Growth Funding - Major Contracts Secured - Potential New jobsProdrive Composites, a carbon fiber composites manufacturer, has secured £6m growth funding. The company has gained significant contracts in the automotive and aerospace sectors and expects sales to grow from £13m in 2014 to £15m in 2015. Prodrive Composites employs nearly 200 people. The investment is expected to create new jobs.
Prodrive (Holdings) Limited
£53m£-9.6m4522
24 Aug 2015£50,000 Funding Secured - Business Growth Strategy - Potential JobsBirmingham based commercial cleaning business Complete Clean Management has secured new growth capital to support its new expansion plans for 2015-2016. Invoice finance firm Positive Cashflow Finance, also based in Birmingham, has provided £50,000. Jobs could be created as a result.
Complete Clean Management Ltd
1
26 Aug 2015£2.2m Loss Made - CFO Resigns - Successor SoughtChief Financial Officer of London based Clear Leisure, Nilesh Jagatia, has resigned with immediate effect, due to other work commitments. Clear Leisure is a fast growing investment company creating a portfolio of companies within the Leisure sector and associated industries. A successor is being sought. Clear Leisure recorded a loss of £2.2m in its accounts for 2014.
Clear Leisure Plc
1
27 Aug 2015Turnover Up 23% To £47m - Strong Demand For Recruitment ServicesRecruitment consultancy Outsource UK, which has offices in Manchester, London, Swindon, and Staffordshire, has increased its turnover by 23% to £46.8m. Demand for staff grew in the financial services sector, and the firm's Manchester-based engineering division grew 6% compared with the previous year.
Outsource UK Limited
£38m£0.7m471
27 Aug 2015Turnover To Rise 40% - New Product Development - Potential JobsCumbria based home fragrance manufacturer Wax Lyrical is targeting a 40% increase in turnover. New product ranges and development of a new home fragrance product will see turnover reach £14.5m by the end of 2015 and increase turnover to £20m by 2017. Wax Lyrical currently employs 135 staff and the new product developments could create additional jobs.
Wax Lyrical Limited
£13m£2m1313
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015£3m Fundraising Campaign - Support For Cancer CharityKitchen company Benchmarx is planning to raise £3million for cancer charity Macmillan. Benchmarx will raise the cash in stores through a number of different local initiatives, including ongoing donations for kitchen deliveries. Turnover at Benchmarx is £71m and employs 395 staff.
Benchmarx Kitchens And Joinery Limited
£71m£0.0m3952
27 Aug 2015£20m Investment - 400 New Jobs - Business ExpansionWarwickshire based Sertec Group, based in Coleshill, has secured £20m in bank funding in order to replace old equipment and continue with its expansion. The car parts manufacturer will create up to 400 new jobs by 2018 as a result. Turnover at Sertec is £5.6m.
Sertec Group Holdings Limited
£6m£0.8m802
24 Aug 2015£1m Fundraising - Major Development Plans - New Jobs Expected - Future International ExpansionEvogro, a Kent-based technology company which makes salad and herb growing systems, hopes to raise £250,000 from investors through crowdfunding site Crowdcube, in order to expand its team and invest in sales, marketing and product development. Evogro plans to raise a further £750,000 in 2016 to fund future growth and international expansion
Evogro Ltd
1
24 Aug 2015£1.6m Finance Secured - 16 New Jobs - Product DevelopmentScottish confectionery maker Tilly Confectionery, based near Falkirk, is to create up to 16 new jobs after securing a £1.6m finance package. The funds will be used for product development and expansion into the Canadian market following a rise in demand for their products. Tilly's employs 33 people and projects turnover to grow to £5m by 2020.
Tilly Confectionery Limited
2
27 Aug 2015Turnover To Rise 40% - New Product Development - Potential JobsCumbria based home fragrance manufacturer Wax Lyrical is targeting a 40% increase in turnover. New product ranges and development of a new home fragrance product will see turnover reach £14.5m by the end of 2015 and increase turnover to £20m by 2017. Wax Lyrical currently employs 135 staff and the new product developments could create additional jobs.
Wax Lyrical Limited
£13m£2m1313
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Hot Topic

Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£1m Investment - 5 New e-commerce Sites - Doubling Sales to £10mEcomnova, the e-commerce gifting site operator, has raised £1m to help expand its portfolio in Europe, invest in marketing and double sales to £10m over a one year period. The company, which has offices in Manchester and London, plans to open five more e-commerce sites in 2015, giving it 11 in total.
Ecomnova Limited
2
27 Aug 2015Expands Into Australia - New E-Commerce Site - International Sales Up 250%Manchester-based leisurewear and footwear retailer Cotton Trader has launched a dedicated Australian website. The e-commerce site will allow customers to shop using the Australian dollar and receive their goods within 7 days. Since Cotton Traders launched internationally in 2012, international sales have grown by 250%. Turnover at Cotton Traders is £80m.
Cotton Traders Holdings Limited
£80m£6m1,0912
27 Aug 2015E-Commerce Site Launched - Business GrowthBirmingham headquartered high-end retailer Cookes Furniture has launched its new e-commerce website. The retailer has expanded its business by offering its range of furniture on a new mobile-friendly website. Products were previously only available in stores in the Midlands and Dorset. Cookes has a turnover of £9.2m.
Cookes Furniture Limited
£9m£-0.2m692
26 Aug 2015Acquires 4Care and Eyewearbrands - UK and European Expansion - £27m TurnoverMyoptique Group, the London-based eyewear business, has acquired the leading German eyewear business 4Care, as well as the largest UK premium online eyewear business Eyewearbrands. MyOptique Group's prescription eyewear business grew 50% in the last year. The £27m turnover firm has 150 employees.
Myoptique Group Ltd
£27m£-1.6m1552
26 Aug 2015Acquired By MyOptique Group - Operational EfficienciesBolton, Lancashire-based Eyewear Brands, the largest UK premium online eyewear business, has been acquired by London-based online optical company MyOptique Group. The acquisition of Eyewear Brands will give MyOptique Group greater scale and operational efficiencies in its premium designer business.
Eyewear Brands Limited
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Aug 2015Restructuring For Future Growth - Management Changes - Turnover DoubledPiovan UK, an industrial equipment distributor, is to appoint a general manager for its operations office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Current General Manager Andrew Gibbens, will focus on sales. Piovan UK has almost doubled its turnover in the UK and Ireland in the two years to 2015.
Piovan Uk Limited
1
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Cloud Computing & Virtualisation

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Aug 2015Global Award - Major Contract With Co-op - Innovative Back-up SystemTaylor Made Computer Solutions of Fareham, Hampshire, has won the Asigra award for Best Cloud Backup and Recovery Implementation, in recognition of its provision of an innovative back-up and recovery system for Southern Co-operative.
Taylor Made Computer Solutions
£10m£0.8m1071
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Aug 2015£1m Investment - 5 New e-commerce Sites - Doubling Sales to £10mEcomnova, the e-commerce gifting site operator, has raised £1m to help expand its portfolio in Europe, invest in marketing and double sales to £10m over a one year period. The company, which has offices in Manchester and London, plans to open five more e-commerce sites in 2015, giving it 11 in total.
Ecomnova Limited
2
24 Aug 2015£1m Fundraising - Major Development Plans - New Jobs Expected - Future International ExpansionEvogro, a Kent-based technology company which makes salad and herb growing systems, hopes to raise £250,000 from investors through crowdfunding site Crowdcube, in order to expand its team and invest in sales, marketing and product development. Evogro plans to raise a further £750,000 in 2016 to fund future growth and international expansion
Evogro Ltd
1
25 Aug 2015Secures Polish Motorway Contract -£1bn Turnover - 15,300 EmployeesMott MacDonald is to supervise construction of two sections of the A1 motorway in Poland. Headquartered in Croydon, Mott Macdonald has a turnover of £1.23bn and 15,300 employees.
Mott Macdonald Group Limited
£1,231m£62m15,29529
27 Aug 2015Revenue Rises 15% - 95% Customer Retention - International ExpansionZenith Hygiene Group, an independent UK manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products, has recorded a 15% rise in revenue for the year ended 28th February 2015. Zenith has also reached a 95% year-on-year customer retention rate and is planning to expand overseas to continue growth. Turnover is £42.5m and Zenith employs 325 staff.
Zenith Hygiene Group Plc
£43m£0.2m3251
27 Aug 2015Revenue Falls 8% - Weak PC Sales - Global Restructuring Nears Completion - 55,000 Jobs LostHewlett-Packard's revenue has fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, with weak PC sales and lower demand from corporates for its services. Total revenue fell 8% in the 2014/2015 third quarter. The US-headquartered firm is nearing the end of a multi-year restructuring which has eliminated around 55,000 jobs.
Hewlett Packard Holdings Limited
£-7.5m10
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