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

People & Jobs

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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Feb 2015£6m Investment - Opening at New Locatons - Job Opportunities ExpectedCheshire-headquartered Hickory's Smokehouse, which currently operates three restaurants, is seeking new locations, possibly including another restaurant in North Wales, after securing £6m funding from private equity firm Piper, in 2014. The investment is expected to create new jobs.
Hickory's Smokehouse Limited
23 Feb 2015£65m Investment - Expanding In US - New Jobs ExpectedLondon-based WorldRemit, the financial technology start-up, has raised almost £65m from a US investor to fund international growth. WorldRemit has opened an office in Denver, Colorado, and plans to expand its online and mobile money transfer service to 10 US states. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities.
WorldRemit Ltd.
£6m£-1.9m1
4527 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
26 Feb 2015£3m Growth Funding Raised - Doubling Production Capacity - £1m Contracts Secured - New Jobs ExpectedSpecialist engineering group Hayward Tyler has raised £3m to fund ambitious expansion plans. The investment is expected to create jobs. The company is doubling the size of its production facilities in Luton in order to capitalise on civil nuclear and sub-sea market opportunities. It has also won Royal Navy contracts worth £1m.
Hayward Tyler Group Limited
£43m£4m3172
627 Feb 2015£130,000 Growth Funding - New Premises - £1m Turnover - Creating JobsPrinting firm Design X-Press is planning to create 6 jobs and increase its £1m turnover after moving to a new site in Consett, County Durham and investing in new equipment. The firm, which has 9 employees has gained new contracts. It secured £130,000 funding to support the expansion.
Design X-Press Limited
1
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Feb 2015Turnover Up 13% To £6m - £1m Growth Funding Secured - Senior Appointments - 4 LocationsJust Costs Solicitors increased its turnover by 13% to more than £6m for 2014/15. It has also secured £1m in funding and made several senior appointments. The firm has grown to employ 100 staff and acts for 300 law firms. It is headquartered in Manchester, with offices in Leeds, London, and Chesterfield.
Just Costs Limited
1
127 Feb 2015Store Opening Programme - Significant Employment Opportunities - Chief Executive Officer AppointedGrocery chain Booths has promoted Chief Operating Officer Chris Dee to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer, to lead the company through a major store opening programme across the north west region. The expansion will create employment opportunities.
E.H.Booth & Co.,Limited
£282m£6m2,99126
25 Feb 2015New European HQ - £16m Investment Programme - Creating 200 Jobs - Management OpportunitiesTATA Technologies, the global engineering services firm, is to develop a new European headquarters building in Warwick, as part of a £16m investment in its operations in the UK and Europe. 200 additional jobs will be created at the new headquarters, including graduate and senior roles.
Tata Technologies Europe Limited
£99m£7m45627
124 Feb 2015Major Growth Strategy - Global Sales Director - Employment Opportunities ExpectedOnline recruitment site MyJobMatcher.com has appointed Richard Nott, formerly website director at TotalJobs Group, as Global Sales Director. The Oxfordshire-based company is entering a period of substantial growth, with further new jobs anticipated.
My Job Matcher Limited
124 Feb 2015Expansion Plans - Chief Operating Officer Appointed - New Retirement ProductsPreston-based Key Retirement Solutions has strengthened its senior management team with a view to further strategic expansion, by appointing Michael Schaefer as Chief Operating Officer. The £21m turnover company plans to expand in the lending and income markets and is launching new retirement products.
KEY RETIREMENT SOLUTIONS LIMITED
£21m£2m15013
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People & Jobs

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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015Outsourcing Print and Digital Services - 20 Employees To Transfer - Cost Saving BenefitsLinklaters, the London law firm, is outsourcing its print room and Digital Services departments to an external provider from April 2015, with cost-saving benefits. The operations will continue to be based at the firm's London headquarters and all 20 employees will be able to transfer to the new provider.
Linklaters Llp
£1,250m£395m4,3461
27 Feb 2015NHS Outsourcing Contract - £5bn Value - Providing IT and Back Office ServicesOutsourcing company Capita has been chosen by the NHS to provide support services such as IT, back-office finance and HR services to a number of clinical commissioning groups. The contract is worth up to £5bn. Capita has a turnover of £3.89bn.
Capita Plc
£3,896m£312m56,4688
27 Feb 2015Launches Digital Datacentre Outsourcing Service - Major Software InvestmentAtos has launched innovative digital datacentre outsourcing services. It has invested in a new software technologies from VMware in order to meet growing demand for the new service, which will make it easier for customers to switch suppliers, reduce costs and update infrastructure.
Atos UK IT Limited
14
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Feb 2015£65m Investment - Expanding In US - New Jobs ExpectedLondon-based WorldRemit, the financial technology start-up, has raised almost £65m from a US investor to fund international growth. WorldRemit has opened an office in Denver, Colorado, and plans to expand its online and mobile money transfer service to 10 US states. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities.
WorldRemit Ltd.
£6m£-1.9m1
127 Feb 2015Placed Into Adminstration - 300 Jobs Lost - 39 Stores To Close - Resolve Acquires 41 StoresCooplands, the South Yorkshire bakery chain, has been placed into administration with the loss of 303 jobs from a workforce of 562. Cooplands' Doncaster head office and production site, and 39 stores, will close. Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 stores and Cooplands' Bap Van delivery business, safeguarding 259 jobs.
Cooplands (Doncaster) Limited (In Admininstration)
£17m£-1.0m61462
124 Feb 2015Opens New Cambridge Offices - Recruiting 100 Staff - £10m TurnoverInternational materials development consultancy Lucideon is continuing its expansion plans with new offices, and research and development facilities, in Cambridge. The company plans to hire 100 new staff during the three years to 2018. Headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Lucideon has turnover of £10m, representing growth of 20%.
Lucideon Ltd
£10m£2m1381
123 Feb 2015New Office Launched - Expanding Across UK - £18m Project In London - Potential Employment OpportunitiesBirmingham headquartered building services specialist JS Wright has launched a new base in Bristol as part of its on-going expansion across the UK. Its London office is currently supporting an £18m contract to fit out more than 400 new homes at Canary Wharf. The expansion is expected to create new jobs.
124 Feb 2015New Manufacturing Facility - Creating 130 Jobs - £17m TurnoverManufacturing and retail business Elite Office Furniture is creating a new 22,692sqm manufacturing, storage, offices and showroom facility in Goole, East Yorkshire. The 130-strong company expects to double staff numbers over a 10 year period. It has an annual turnover of £17m.
Elite Office Furniture (Uk) Ltd.
£17m£5m1142
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
26 Feb 2015£3m Growth Funding Raised - Doubling Production Capacity - £1m Contracts Secured - New Jobs ExpectedSpecialist engineering group Hayward Tyler has raised £3m to fund ambitious expansion plans. The investment is expected to create jobs. The company is doubling the size of its production facilities in Luton in order to capitalise on civil nuclear and sub-sea market opportunities. It has also won Royal Navy contracts worth £1m.
Hayward Tyler Group Limited
£43m£4m3172
127 Feb 2015£130,000 Growth Funding - New Premises - £1m Turnover - Creating JobsPrinting firm Design X-Press is planning to create 6 jobs and increase its £1m turnover after moving to a new site in Consett, County Durham and investing in new equipment. The firm, which has 9 employees has gained new contracts. It secured £130,000 funding to support the expansion.
Design X-Press Limited
1
127 Feb 2015£10m of International Contracts Secured - New 6,000 sq m Warehouse - Expanding in Eastern Europe - Turnover Up 20%Logistics company Transmec has secured international contracts worth £10m. The Essex-headquartered company, with operations in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Bradford, West Yorkshire, increased turnover by 20% over the last 12 months. It has acquired a 6,000 sq m warehouse near Pershore, Worcestershire and is launching a new department at Redditch focused on Eastern Europe.
Transmec UK Limited
£24m£-0.1m1303
26 Feb 2015e-Commerce Expansion - £350,000 Warehouse Investment - 137% Sales Growth - US Market TrialsPersonalised babywear company Infinity Reliance Limited, trading as My 1st Years, increased its sales by 137% in 2014, and expects sales growth of 103% to £6.5m during 2015. The e-tailer has invested £350,000 in a warehouse move, to better serve its UK customers, and is planning to trial its products in the US.
Infinity Reliance Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Feb 2015UK and Overseas Exansion - Opening International Stores - Launching Studio 8 BrandPhase Eight is opening stores in New York, US; Zurich, Switzerland; and the Middle East in 2015, following its acquisition by The Foschini Group. It is also launching a standalone plus-size brand, Studio 8, in the UK and overseas. London headquartered Phase Eight has turnover of £132m.
Phase Eight (Fashion & Designs) Limited
£132m£19m1,621302
27 Feb 2015Store Opening Programme - Significant Employment Opportunities - Chief Executive Officer AppointedGrocery chain Booths has promoted Chief Operating Officer Chris Dee to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer, to lead the company through a major store opening programme across the north west region. The expansion will create employment opportunities.
E.H.Booth & Co.,Limited
£282m£6m2,99126
3927 Feb 2015Placed Into Adminstration - 300 Jobs Lost - 39 Stores To Close - Resolve Acquires 41 StoresCooplands, the South Yorkshire bakery chain, has been placed into administration with the loss of 303 jobs from a workforce of 562. Cooplands' Doncaster head office and production site, and 39 stores, will close. Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 stores and Cooplands' Bap Van delivery business, safeguarding 259 jobs.
Cooplands (Doncaster) Limited (In Admininstration)
£17m£-1.0m61462
127 Feb 2015New Store Planned - Creating Jobs - e-Commerce ServiceA second Argos store is to be opened in East Grinstead, West Sussex, as part of the retailer's on-going expansion. Job opportunities are expected at the new store, which will provide a click and reserve service.
Argos Limited
£3,872m£61m27,086747
26 Feb 2015New Sites Planned - Potential Employment Opportunities - Profits Increased To £680,000Loughborough Building Society is planning to open new sites in Leicestershire, Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire, creating new jobs, after increasing its profits by a third in 2014 to £680,000. It lent almost £40m in loans to house buyers in the year to October 2014, 16% higher than in the previous 12 months.
Loughborough Building Society
6
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Headquarters & Premises

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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
125 Feb 2015School To Close - Low Student Uptake - Budget DeficitKent County Council, based in the South East, is closing the Furness School, a school for children with special educational needs after only half of its places were filled by students. The school also has a serious budget deficit. The closure is expected by August 2015.
Kent County Council
27
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Feb 2015£6m Investment - Opening at New Locatons - Job Opportunities ExpectedCheshire-headquartered Hickory's Smokehouse, which currently operates three restaurants, is seeking new locations, possibly including another restaurant in North Wales, after securing £6m funding from private equity firm Piper, in 2014. The investment is expected to create new jobs.
Hickory's Smokehouse Limited
27 Feb 2015£2.47m Investment - Upgrading Chair Lifts - Attracting International CustomersGlenshee Ski Centre is investing £2.47m to upgrade its chair lifts after securing 75% of the funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. The new lifts will improve access to higher altitude snowfields, potentially attracting more international visitors.
Glenshee Limited
1
125 Feb 2015Opening Second Restaurant - New Jobs ExpectedAmerican drive-thru diner Harvey's actively pursuing sites for another restaurant in Wales following the success of its branch in Rhuddlann. It has two locations under consideration and hope to start on one project shortly. The expansion is expected to create new jobs.
Harvey's New York Bar & Grill
1
26 Feb 2015Global Expansion - Opening New UK Hotels - Employment OpportunitiesMelia Hotels International will open two new Innside by Melia branded hotels in Glasgow and Birmingham as part of its global expansion plans. It is also opening an Innside hotel Dubai, increasing its locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas to 36. The expansion will create employment and business opportunities.
Melia Hotels International
1
125 Feb 2015Business Growth - Opening Second Restaurant - New Jobs ExpectedSeafood restaurant Dylan's is planning to open a second restaurant, in Criccieth, Wales, in summer 2015, creating new jobs. The company opened its first restaurant in Menai Bridge in 2012 and has experienced growing demand from local people and visitors.
Dylan's Restaurant
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
226 Feb 2015Global Expansion - Opening New UK Hotels - Employment OpportunitiesMelia Hotels International will open two new Innside by Melia branded hotels in Glasgow and Birmingham as part of its global expansion plans. It is also opening an Innside hotel Dubai, increasing its locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas to 36. The expansion will create employment and business opportunities.
Melia Hotels International
1
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Growth

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Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
24 Feb 2015Turnover grown to £9.6m - Employees up to 123Sheffield based Ascent Performance group has grown turnover consistently since 2011 to £9.6m and increased employee numbers to 123 over the same period. The company's continued growth is expected to lead to further employment opportunities.
Ascent Performance Group Limited
£10m£0.8m1233
24 Feb 2015Turnover Grown to £9.7m - Employee Numbers up to 73 - Currently RecruitingLeeds based Watershed Packaging, engaged in the sale of packaging, labelling materials and equipment to manufacturing companies, has grown turnover consistently since 2010 to £9.72m and increased employee numbers to 73. Due to the company's continued expansion they are currently recruiting for production staff, a flexographic printer and a trainee office administrator.
Watershed Packaging Limited
£10m£0.5m736
24 Feb 2015Turnover Grown to £8.5m - Employee Numbers up to 70 - Current VacanciesLancashire based North West Timber Treatment, who are engaged in the treatment and waterproofing of timber and the supply of timber and related building materials, have grown turnover year on year since 2009 from £5.6m to £8.54m and increased employee numbers from 56 to 76 over the same period. The company currently have vacancies for drivers and sales personnel.
North West Timber Treatment Limited
£9m£0.3m701
24 Feb 2015Turnover Grown to £128m - Employees Grown to 734Cambridge based Abcam, a group engaged in the development, marketing and selling of antibodies and closely related products, has grown turnover consistently since 2010 to £128m and increased employee numbers over the same period to 734. The company currently has vacancies in administration, customer services, e-commerce, finance, HR, IT, logistics, marketing, product management, sales, scientific support and laboratory. Danielle Norby is Head of HR
Abcam Plc
£128m£43m7343
24 Feb 2015Employees Numbers up 9% to 72 - Turnover up 5% to £13.6m - Currently RecruitingWest Yorkshire based Radicon Transmission, producer of highly engineered systems and associated after market parts and services, has grown turnover 5% to £13.6m and increased employee numbers by 9% to 72. The company are currently recruiting for various roles in finance, sales and design.
Radicon Transmission Uk Limited
£14m£0.2m721
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£35m Increase In Turnover - Profits Fall To £31m - 4,000 LocationsProperty firm William Pears, increased its turnover from £41m to £76m in the year to April 2014. However, profits fell from £37m to £31m. The property business has 4,000 homes and business sites, and employs 120 staff.
William Pears Group Limited
£41m£-4.8m122
27 Feb 2015£10m of International Contracts Secured - New 6,000 sq m Warehouse - Expanding in Eastern Europe - Turnover Up 20%Logistics company Transmec has secured international contracts worth £10m. The Essex-headquartered company, with operations in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Bradford, West Yorkshire, increased turnover by 20% over the last 12 months. It has acquired a 6,000 sq m warehouse near Pershore, Worcestershire and is launching a new department at Redditch focused on Eastern Europe.
Transmec UK Limited
£24m£-0.1m1303
24 Feb 2015Turnover grown to £9.6m - Employees up to 123Sheffield based Ascent Performance group has grown turnover consistently since 2011 to £9.6m and increased employee numbers to 123 over the same period. The company's continued growth is expected to lead to further employment opportunities.
Ascent Performance Group Limited
£10m£0.8m1233
23 Feb 2015Turnover Up 13% To £6m - £1m Growth Funding Secured - Senior Appointments - 4 LocationsJust Costs Solicitors increased its turnover by 13% to more than £6m for 2014/15. It has also secured £1m in funding and made several senior appointments. The firm has grown to employ 100 staff and acts for 300 law firms. It is headquartered in Manchester, with offices in Leeds, London, and Chesterfield.
Just Costs Limited
1
24 Feb 2015Turnover Grown to £9.7m - Employee Numbers up to 73 - Currently RecruitingLeeds based Watershed Packaging, engaged in the sale of packaging, labelling materials and equipment to manufacturing companies, has grown turnover consistently since 2010 to £9.72m and increased employee numbers to 73. Due to the company's continued expansion they are currently recruiting for production staff, a flexographic printer and a trainee office administrator.
Watershed Packaging Limited
£10m£0.5m736
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
26 Feb 2015£3m Growth Funding Raised - Doubling Production Capacity - £1m Contracts Secured - New Jobs ExpectedSpecialist engineering group Hayward Tyler has raised £3m to fund ambitious expansion plans. The investment is expected to create jobs. The company is doubling the size of its production facilities in Luton in order to capitalise on civil nuclear and sub-sea market opportunities. It has also won Royal Navy contracts worth £1m.
Hayward Tyler Group Limited
£43m£4m3172
27 Feb 2015£130,000 Growth Funding - New Premises - £1m Turnover - Creating JobsPrinting firm Design X-Press is planning to create 6 jobs and increase its £1m turnover after moving to a new site in Consett, County Durham and investing in new equipment. The firm, which has 9 employees has gained new contracts. It secured £130,000 funding to support the expansion.
Design X-Press Limited
1
27 Feb 2015£10m of International Contracts Secured - New 6,000 sq m Warehouse - Expanding in Eastern Europe - Turnover Up 20%Logistics company Transmec has secured international contracts worth £10m. The Essex-headquartered company, with operations in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Bradford, West Yorkshire, increased turnover by 20% over the last 12 months. It has acquired a 6,000 sq m warehouse near Pershore, Worcestershire and is launching a new department at Redditch focused on Eastern Europe.
Transmec UK Limited
£24m£-0.1m1303
24 Feb 2015Wins Government Export Agency Contract - £5m Turnover - 60 EmployeesEast Midlands Business has won a five-year Government contract to help companies across the East Midlands start exporting or increase their exports by finding new customers. The not-for-profit organisation has offices in Leicester and Derby. it has turnover of £5m and 60 employees.
East Midlands Business Limited
£5m£-0.1m582
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Feb 2015Scottish Commercial Printer Acquired - Investing In New Technology - Business GrowthGT4 Group, owner of Glasgow-based labels and packaging printer Gavin Watson and creative agency GT4, has acquired fellow Scottish commercial printer Creative Colour Bureau in an all-share deal. The company plans to consolidate CCB into the larger Gavin Watson site, before investing in new technology.
The Gt4 Group Limited
£7m£0.2m772
23 Feb 2015Scottish Commercial Printer Acquired - Investing In New Technology - Business GrowthGT4 Group, owner of Glasgow-based labels and packaging printer Gavin Watson and creative agency GT4, has acquired fellow Scottish commercial printer Creative Colour Bureau in an all-share deal. The company plans to consolidate CCB into the larger Gavin Watson site, before investing in new technology.
Creative Colour Bureau Limited
2
27 Feb 2015Placed Into Adminstration - 300 Jobs Lost - 39 Stores To Close - Resolve Acquires 41 StoresCooplands, the South Yorkshire bakery chain, has been placed into administration with the loss of 303 jobs from a workforce of 562. Cooplands' Doncaster head office and production site, and 39 stores, will close. Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 stores and Cooplands' Bap Van delivery business, safeguarding 259 jobs.
Cooplands (Doncaster) Limited (In Admininstration)
£17m£-1.0m61462
25 Feb 2015Expansion in Scotland - Acquires Engineering Company - Doubling Turnover to £20m - New Office OpenedEngineering consultancy Otto Simon Holdings of Cheadle, near Manchester, has acquired Scottish engineering company John M Henderson's technology and expertise. It has re-employed some John M Henderson staff at a new office in Forfar. The acquisition is expected to help Otto Simon double its £10m turnover.
Otto Simon Limited
1
23 Feb 2015Business Growth - Construction Firm Acquired - Service ExpansionFast-growing Fortis Developments, the student property developer, has acquired construction business Beaumont Morgan Developments. The acquisition will allow Altrincham-based Fortis to provide a complete investment, design and build service to its clients. Beaumont Morgan has operations in Hull and Leeds.
Fortis Developments Ltd
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Feb 2015Rapid Business Growth - Major IT Investment - New Recruitment Software - £42m TurnoverHertfordshire-based Berry Recruitment Group is making a six-figure investment in specialist staffing and recruitment software from Bond International, to help support rapid expansion and maintain competitiveness. Berry Recruitment has a turnover of £42m and 140 employees.
Berry Recruitment Limited
£42m£1m13815
25 Feb 2015New Leeds Office - Meeting Telematics Demand - Business GrowthGreenRoad Technologies, the London-based fleet management software company, has opened a new office in Leeds, Yorkshire. The new office will meet a growing demand for its telematics solutions. The firm is headquartered in the US.
Greenroad Technologies Uk Limited
2
27 Feb 2015Launches Digital Datacentre Outsourcing Service - Major Software InvestmentAtos has launched innovative digital datacentre outsourcing services. It has invested in a new software technologies from VMware in order to meet growing demand for the new service, which will make it easier for customers to switch suppliers, reduce costs and update infrastructure.
Atos UK IT Limited
14
25 Feb 2015GBP 23m Technology Investment - Budget ReducedStaffordshire Police, based in the West Midlands, is to invest GBP 23m in technology, despite having its budget reduced. The force employs 3,500 staff.
Staffordshire Police
3,5001
23 Feb 201526% Sales Growth to £322m - Investing In IT - 2,400 EmployeesTed Baker, the fast-growing UK fashion company, has selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management software, as part of its on-going investment in IT. The retailer has an annual turnover of £322m, up 26% from a year earlier. It employs 2,400 staff.
Ted Baker Plc
£322m£40m2,37723
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Budgets & Expenditure

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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Feb 2015Profits Up 10% to £146m - Marketing Investment - Business ExpansionTravel services provider TripAdvisor increased its revenues by 32% to more than £807m in 2014, while profits grew by 10% to more than £146m. The company has expanded the services offered on its website and now plans to invest in promoting and increasing the scale of its offering.
Tripadvisor Limited
£215m£83m2481
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Feb 2015£65m Investment - Expanding In US - New Jobs ExpectedLondon-based WorldRemit, the financial technology start-up, has raised almost £65m from a US investor to fund international growth. WorldRemit has opened an office in Denver, Colorado, and plans to expand its online and mobile money transfer service to 10 US states. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities.
WorldRemit Ltd.
£6m£-1.9m1
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
25 Feb 2015£6m Investment - Opening at New Locatons - Job Opportunities ExpectedCheshire-headquartered Hickory's Smokehouse, which currently operates three restaurants, is seeking new locations, possibly including another restaurant in North Wales, after securing £6m funding from private equity firm Piper, in 2014. The investment is expected to create new jobs.
Hickory's Smokehouse Limited
26 Feb 2015£3m Growth Funding Raised - Doubling Production Capacity - £1m Contracts Secured - New Jobs ExpectedSpecialist engineering group Hayward Tyler has raised £3m to fund ambitious expansion plans. The investment is expected to create jobs. The company is doubling the size of its production facilities in Luton in order to capitalise on civil nuclear and sub-sea market opportunities. It has also won Royal Navy contracts worth £1m.
Hayward Tyler Group Limited
£43m£4m3172
26 Feb 2015£3m Funding Secured - Growth in Exports - US Revenues Doubled - £10m TurnoverGlasgow-based M Squared Lasers has secured more than £3m of funding to increase exports. The photonic instrument and laser manufacturer has offices in the US, where it doubled its revenues in 2014 as a result of rising demand for laser systems. M Squared employs 50 staff and has a turnover of £10m.
M-Squared Lasers Limited
17
27 Feb 2015£2.47m Investment - Upgrading Chair Lifts - Attracting International CustomersGlenshee Ski Centre is investing £2.47m to upgrade its chair lifts after securing 75% of the funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. The new lifts will improve access to higher altitude snowfields, potentially attracting more international visitors.
Glenshee Limited
1
27 Feb 2015£130,000 Growth Funding - New Premises - £1m Turnover - Creating JobsPrinting firm Design X-Press is planning to create 6 jobs and increase its £1m turnover after moving to a new site in Consett, County Durham and investing in new equipment. The firm, which has 9 employees has gained new contracts. It secured £130,000 funding to support the expansion.
Design X-Press Limited
1
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Performance & Profits

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Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£35m Increase In Turnover - Profits Fall To £31m - 4,000 LocationsProperty firm William Pears, increased its turnover from £41m to £76m in the year to April 2014. However, profits fell from £37m to £31m. The property business has 4,000 homes and business sites, and employs 120 staff.
William Pears Group Limited
£41m£-4.8m122
27 Feb 2015Strong Trading for ASK-Zizzi - 10% Growth In Sales - Profits Up 21% To £18m - 250 LocationsPizza chains ASK and Zizzi, owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint, are trading strongly, with profits up by a fifth. Sales for ASK-Zizzi rose 10% to £119m, while profits increased 21% to nearly £18m in the 28 weeks to 11 January 2015. Ask and Zizzi operate 137 and 110 restaurants respectively across the UK.
Bridgepoint Advisers Limited
£89m£22m394
27 Feb 2015Strong Global Demand - Profits Up 14% To £400m - Licensing Revenues Up 26%Cambridge-headquartered ARM Holdings, which licenses microchip designs to manufacturers, is benefiting from rising global demand for its technology. Operating profit has increased 14% to £400m, helped by a 26% increase in licensing revenues to £361m. Further royalty revenue growth is expected, with major launching products based on Arm's technology in 2015.
ARM Holdings PLC
£715m2,5984
26 Feb 2015Significant Trading Progress - Turnover Doubled To £2.5m - Returns To ProfitPlant Impact doubled turnover for the six months to January 2015 to £2.5m, from £1.2m, helped by the growth of its Veritas product in the Brazilian market. Its Middle East business also performed well. Profit of £0.2m is expected, compared with a £0.5m loss in the comparable prior period.
Plant Impact Plc
£3m£-0.9m1425
26 Feb 2015Profits Up 16% - Turnover Up 5% - Strong Customer GrowthSky, the national broadcasting group, has increased its profits by 16% after its strongest UK customer growth since 2006. Profits for the half year up to December 2014 rose to GBP 675m, and revenues were up 5% to GBP 5.6bn.
Sky Plc
£7,632m£1,161m123
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Performance & Profits

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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£35m Increase In Turnover - Profits Fall To £31m - 4,000 LocationsProperty firm William Pears, increased its turnover from £41m to £76m in the year to April 2014. However, profits fell from £37m to £31m. The property business has 4,000 homes and business sites, and employs 120 staff.
William Pears Group Limited
£41m£-4.8m122
23 Feb 2015Turnover Up 13% To £6m - £1m Growth Funding Secured - Senior Appointments - 4 LocationsJust Costs Solicitors increased its turnover by 13% to more than £6m for 2014/15. It has also secured £1m in funding and made several senior appointments. The firm has grown to employ 100 staff and acts for 300 law firms. It is headquartered in Manchester, with offices in Leeds, London, and Chesterfield.
Just Costs Limited
1
27 Feb 2015Strong Trading for ASK-Zizzi - 10% Growth In Sales - Profits Up 21% To £18m - 250 LocationsPizza chains ASK and Zizzi, owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint, are trading strongly, with profits up by a fifth. Sales for ASK-Zizzi rose 10% to £119m, while profits increased 21% to nearly £18m in the 28 weeks to 11 January 2015. Ask and Zizzi operate 137 and 110 restaurants respectively across the UK.
Bridgepoint Advisers Limited
£89m£22m394
27 Feb 2015Strong Global Demand - Profits Up 14% To £400m - Licensing Revenues Up 26%Cambridge-headquartered ARM Holdings, which licenses microchip designs to manufacturers, is benefiting from rising global demand for its technology. Operating profit has increased 14% to £400m, helped by a 26% increase in licensing revenues to £361m. Further royalty revenue growth is expected, with major launching products based on Arm's technology in 2015.
ARM Holdings PLC
£715m2,5984
27 Feb 2015Strong Business Growth - £500,000 Expansion - Recruiting 13 Additional Staff - New PremisesMedical reagent manufacturer Hart Biologicals is recruiting 13 extra staff and expanding into a 6,500 sq ft unit next to its headquarters in Hartlepool. The firm is investing £500,000 in expansion in response to the continued growth of the business.
Hart Biologicals Limited
2
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015£2.47m Investment - Upgrading Chair Lifts - Attracting International CustomersGlenshee Ski Centre is investing £2.47m to upgrade its chair lifts after securing 75% of the funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. The new lifts will improve access to higher altitude snowfields, potentially attracting more international visitors.
Glenshee Limited
1
25 Feb 2015School To Close - Low Student Uptake - Budget DeficitKent County Council, based in the South East, is closing the Furness School, a school for children with special educational needs after only half of its places were filled by students. The school also has a serious budget deficit. The closure is expected by August 2015.
Kent County Council
27
26 Feb 2015Profits Up 10% to £146m - Marketing Investment - Business ExpansionTravel services provider TripAdvisor increased its revenues by 32% to more than £807m in 2014, while profits grew by 10% to more than £146m. The company has expanded the services offered on its website and now plans to invest in promoting and increasing the scale of its offering.
Tripadvisor Limited
£215m£83m2481
24 Feb 2015Opens New Cambridge Offices - Recruiting 100 Staff - £10m TurnoverInternational materials development consultancy Lucideon is continuing its expansion plans with new offices, and research and development facilities, in Cambridge. The company plans to hire 100 new staff during the three years to 2018. Headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Lucideon has turnover of £10m, representing growth of 20%.
Lucideon Ltd
£10m£2m1381
27 Feb 2015Launches Digital Datacentre Outsourcing Service - Major Software InvestmentAtos has launched innovative digital datacentre outsourcing services. It has invested in a new software technologies from VMware in order to meet growing demand for the new service, which will make it easier for customers to switch suppliers, reduce costs and update infrastructure.
Atos UK IT Limited
14
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Feb 2015e-Commerce Expansion - £350,000 Warehouse Investment - 137% Sales Growth - US Market TrialsPersonalised babywear company Infinity Reliance Limited, trading as My 1st Years, increased its sales by 137% in 2014, and expects sales growth of 103% to £6.5m during 2015. The e-tailer has invested £350,000 in a warehouse move, to better serve its UK customers, and is planning to trial its products in the US.
Infinity Reliance Limited
1
27 Feb 2015Strong Trading for ASK-Zizzi - 10% Growth In Sales - Profits Up 21% To £18m - 250 LocationsPizza chains ASK and Zizzi, owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint, are trading strongly, with profits up by a fifth. Sales for ASK-Zizzi rose 10% to £119m, while profits increased 21% to nearly £18m in the 28 weeks to 11 January 2015. Ask and Zizzi operate 137 and 110 restaurants respectively across the UK.
Bridgepoint Advisers Limited
£89m£22m394
24 Feb 2015Sales Up 5% - International and e-commerce Growth - Fall in UK Sales - 6,000 EmployeesSales at Electrocomponents grew 5% in the four months to the end of January 2015. Growth was particularly strong in eCommerce sales, international revenue and in North America, while France returned to growth. However UK sales were down 2%. Headquartered in Oxford, the electronics and electrical distributor employs 6,200 staff.
Electrocomponents Plc
£1,273m£106m6,2121
24 Feb 2015Major Growth Strategy - Global Sales Director - Employment Opportunities ExpectedOnline recruitment site MyJobMatcher.com has appointed Richard Nott, formerly website director at TotalJobs Group, as Global Sales Director. The Oxfordshire-based company is entering a period of substantial growth, with further new jobs anticipated.
My Job Matcher Limited
23 Feb 2015Korean Company Expands - Focusing on Global Sales - Employment Opportunities ExpectedKorea-headquartered software company TmaxSoft is expanding rapidly into global markets, including the UK. The company has identified market opportunities and is working with local partners to meet rising demand for its Tibero product, and compete more effectively with rivals such as Oracle. It is increasing its local teams as part of the expansion.
TmaxSoft UK Ltd
1
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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
23 Feb 2015£65m Investment - Expanding In US - New Jobs ExpectedLondon-based WorldRemit, the financial technology start-up, has raised almost £65m from a US investor to fund international growth. WorldRemit has opened an office in Denver, Colorado, and plans to expand its online and mobile money transfer service to 10 US states. The investment is expected to create employment opportunities.
WorldRemit Ltd.
£6m£-1.9m1
27 Feb 2015£5.25m Expansion - Creating 45 Jobs - Export Contract Secured - 5,000 EmployeesNestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25m after securing a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups for export to the US market. The Halifax site will be expanded. Nestle employs 5,000 people in the UK and Ireland across 21 sites.
Nestle UK Ltd.
£1,749m£125m5,06410
26 Feb 2015£3m Funding Secured - Growth in Exports - US Revenues Doubled - £10m TurnoverGlasgow-based M Squared Lasers has secured more than £3m of funding to increase exports. The photonic instrument and laser manufacturer has offices in the US, where it doubled its revenues in 2014 as a result of rising demand for laser systems. M Squared employs 50 staff and has a turnover of £10m.
M-Squared Lasers Limited
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27 Feb 2015£10m of International Contracts Secured - New 6,000 sq m Warehouse - Expanding in Eastern Europe - Turnover Up 20%Logistics company Transmec has secured international contracts worth £10m. The Essex-headquartered company, with operations in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Bradford, West Yorkshire, increased turnover by 20% over the last 12 months. It has acquired a 6,000 sq m warehouse near Pershore, Worcestershire and is launching a new department at Redditch focused on Eastern Europe.
Transmec UK Limited
£24m£-0.1m1303
26 Feb 2015e-Commerce Expansion - £350,000 Warehouse Investment - 137% Sales Growth - US Market TrialsPersonalised babywear company Infinity Reliance Limited, trading as My 1st Years, increased its sales by 137% in 2014, and expects sales growth of 103% to £6.5m during 2015. The e-tailer has invested £350,000 in a warehouse move, to better serve its UK customers, and is planning to trial its products in the US.
Infinity Reliance Limited
1
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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
26 Feb 2015e-Commerce Expansion - £350,000 Warehouse Investment - 137% Sales Growth - US Market TrialsPersonalised babywear company Infinity Reliance Limited, trading as My 1st Years, increased its sales by 137% in 2014, and expects sales growth of 103% to £6.5m during 2015. The e-tailer has invested £350,000 in a warehouse move, to better serve its UK customers, and is planning to trial its products in the US.
Infinity Reliance Limited
1
23 Feb 2015Ted Baker Contract Secured - Product Innovation - Headquartered in USCentric Software has been selected by fashion brand Ted Baker to provide product lifecycle management software, partly due to its innovative approach and mobile apps. Centric, which is headquartered in the US, has its UK headquarters in London.
Centric Software Limited
1
24 Feb 2015Sales Up 5% - International and e-commerce Growth - Fall in UK Sales - 6,000 EmployeesSales at Electrocomponents grew 5% in the four months to the end of January 2015. Growth was particularly strong in eCommerce sales, international revenue and in North America, while France returned to growth. However UK sales were down 2%. Headquartered in Oxford, the electronics and electrical distributor employs 6,200 staff.
Electrocomponents Plc
£1,273m£106m6,2121
26 Feb 2015Profits Up 10% to £146m - Marketing Investment - Business ExpansionTravel services provider TripAdvisor increased its revenues by 32% to more than £807m in 2014, while profits grew by 10% to more than £146m. The company has expanded the services offered on its website and now plans to invest in promoting and increasing the scale of its offering.
Tripadvisor Limited
£215m£83m2481
27 Feb 2015New Store Planned - Creating Jobs - e-Commerce ServiceA second Argos store is to be opened in East Grinstead, West Sussex, as part of the retailer's on-going expansion. Job opportunities are expected at the new store, which will provide a click and reserve service.
Argos Limited
£3,872m£61m27,086747
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Renewable Energy

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
27 Feb 2015New Wind Turbine Factory - 200 New Jobs - International Joint VentureWind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has created 200 jobs on the Isle of Wight in a joint venture between Danish company Vestas and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Prototypes for wind turbine blades have been designed and manufactured on the island and serial production of the blades will commence in May 2015.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind UK Ltd
£37m£0.5m1085
27 Feb 2015Increased Tidal Energy Investment - Turnover Increased To £25m - Profits Up By a ThirdAberdeen-based investment business First Tech, increased its profits by around a third to more than £3m in the year to April 2014, while turnover increased from £18m to almost £25m. The company has increased its investment in the emerging tidal energy industry.
First Tech Limited
£19m£3m851
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