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Search Trigger Alerts : 15th September 2017 - 22nd September 2017

People & Jobs

Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Sep 2017£7m Investment - New Autonomous Systems Facilities - 60 Jobs SafeguardedDefence company Thales is planning to invest £1m in a maritime autonomy trials and training centre in Plymouth, Devon, and £6m in an unmanned aircraft systems test, development and training centre, at West Wales Airport in Aberporth. The investment will sustain 60 jobs across the two sites.
Thales Uk Limited
£944m£72m5,1213
15 Sep 2017£500,000 Investment - New 15,000 sq ft Factory - Creating JobsNewcastle upon Tyne-based chocolatier, Sweetdreams Ltd, has invested £500,000 in a new 15,000 sq ft factory in order to increase production. The expansion will create new jobs.
Sweetdreams Limited
1
3515 Sep 2017£3m Investment - New Load Handling Facility - Creating 150 JobsLondonderry Garage, which provides specialist lifting equipment, is building a £2.5m load handling facility in Stockton on Tees after securing £300,000 of growth funding. The firm intends to create up to 150 new jobs, including 35 in the year to September 2018, as a result of the expansion.
Londonderry Garage (S.E.) Limited
£7m£0.3m401
20 Sep 2017£3m Funding Raised - Investing in Technology - Currently RecruitingPeak Business Insight Ltd, the data analytics specialist, has secured £2.5m in a funding round led by venture-capital firm MMC Ventures. The company will use the money to invest in machine leaning and AI technologies, as well as further accelerating growth. Peak is headquartered in Manchester and is currently recruiting.
Peak Business Insight Limited
3
15 Sep 2017£21m Investment - 18 Gyms Acquired - Opening 20 New Sites - Creating JobsThe Gym Group has acquired 18 gyms from Lifestyle Fitness for £20.5m. The rapidly-growing company expects to open 20 new sites in the Midlands and north of England in 2017, creating a significant number of jobs.
The Gym Group Plc
£74m£8m23598
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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
118 Sep 2017New Advisory Head - Turnover £50m - 48 UK Locations - 500 StaffBusiness-recovery specialist Begbies Traynor has appointed Jeff Jones to head up its advisory service in the North West. Begbies Traynor is headquartered in Manchester and generates turnover of £50.1m. The company employs over 500 staff across its 48 UK offices.
Begbies Traynor Group Plc
£50m£4m53634
218 Sep 2017Expands Manchester Team - Turnover £125m - Workforce of 100Law firm Field Fisher has hired two new partners into its Manchester office. David Bowcock will join the company's corporate team, while Krista Powell has come into the real-estate team. Field Fisher generates turnover of £124.9m and employs around 1000 staff across 16 global offices.
Field Fisher Waterhouse Llp
£125m£51m5973
115 Sep 2017Expanding Senior Team - New Business Development ManagerNerak-Wiese, the vertical elevation specialist, has recruited Nigel Avison as Business Development Manager for its unit load solutions. The company is based in Wales.
Nerak-Wiese Limited
1
118 Sep 2017Expanding Manchester Team - New Partner - Global Workforce of 2600Law firm Squire Patton Boggs has appointed James Fitzgibbon as partner at its Manchester office. The company, which has UK locations in London, Birmingham and Leeds, as well as its Manchester site, employs a global workforce of 2600.
Squire Patton Boggs Mena Llp
£0.3m£-0.9m3
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Headquarters & Premises

Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Sep 2017Southampton Office Opened - 50 New Jobs - UK Expansion Strategy - £41m TurnoverCare provider Helping Hands, a division of Midshires Care Limited, has opened an office in Southampton, creating 50 new jobs. Helping Hands now operates 56 branches nationwide. Turnover grew by 20% to £40.7m for the year to September 2015.
Midshires Care Limited
£52m£8m2,3041
120 Sep 2017Rapid Expansion - New Office - Workforce of 90 - IT Job OpportunitiesRapidly expanding digital-health firm Northwest Ehealth has moved to new 12,000 sq ft offices at Manchester Science Park, with the company will now able to house its entire 90-person workforce under one roof. Northwest Ehealth has reported a strong business year in 2017 following a number of new contract wins and the continued expansion of its workforce. The company is currently recruiting for additional IT staff.
NORTHWEST EHEALTH LIMITED
1
119 Sep 2017New Manchester Office - Global Revenue £150.8m - Currently RecruitingGlobal video advertising company Teads has opened a new office in Manchester, its second site in the UK. The company reported revenue of £150.8m globally for 2016, up 39% on the previous year. Teads has 500 staff working in 28 offices across 21 countries, and is currently recruiting at its London location.
Teads Limited
2
118 Sep 2017New Manchester Office - Employment Opportunities - 23 UK LocationsNottingham-based online-property-auction firm John Pye Property has opened an office in Manchester with further plans to expand in the North West. New jobs will be created as a result. The company, which operates 23 sites across the UK, generates turnover of £9.8m and employs a workforce of over 200.
John Pye & Sons Limited
£10m£0.5m2011
118 Sep 2017New Manchester Location - 25 UK Sites - Turnover £12mGlobal space, community, and services company WeWork has acquired 40,000 sq ft of office space in Manchester. The location will be the company's 25th in the UK. WeWork generates turnover of £11.9m
WeWork Uk Limited
£12m£-14.3m19
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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Sep 2017£7m Investment - New Autonomous Systems Facilities - 60 Jobs SafeguardedDefence company Thales is planning to invest £1m in a maritime autonomy trials and training centre in Plymouth, Devon, and £6m in an unmanned aircraft systems test, development and training centre, at West Wales Airport in Aberporth. The investment will sustain 60 jobs across the two sites.
Thales Uk Limited
£944m£72m5,1213
115 Sep 2017£3m Investment - New Load Handling Facility - Creating 150 JobsLondonderry Garage, which provides specialist lifting equipment, is building a £2.5m load handling facility in Stockton on Tees after securing £300,000 of growth funding. The firm intends to create up to 150 new jobs, including 35 in the year to September 2018, as a result of the expansion.
Londonderry Garage (S.E.) Limited
£7m£0.3m401
118 Sep 2017New £2m Logistics Hub - 25 Jobs Created - Sales GrowthGarden-products retailer Smart Garden Products has moved to a new £1.8m logistics hub in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The site will create 25 new jobs with the company planning to increase its workforce to 80 by 2022. Sales are also expected to grow, rising from £40m to £100m a year. Smart Garden Products has its head office in Oxfordshire and generates turnover of £18.6m.
Smart Garden Products Ltd
£19m£-0.8m501
118 Sep 2017New Premises - Rapid Business Growth - Turnover £12mSchoolwear manufacturer Rowlinson Knitwear has bought a 76,000 sq ft property in Stockport, Manchester with a multimillion-pound funding package from HSBC. The new premises will support the firm's recent rapid growth. Rowlinson generates turnover of £11.6m and employs around 40 staff.
Rowlinson Knitwear Limited
£12m£2m421
118 Sep 2017New Logistics Hub - 2m sq ft Site - Turnover £11mProperty and regeneration company Harworth is to build a 2.4m sq ft logistics hub in Bolton, Lancashire. The South Yorkshire-based firm generates turnover of £10.9m.
Harworth Estates Investments Limited
£11m£29m2
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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
115 Sep 2017Opening New Cafe - Creating 20 Jobs - Ongoing Expansion ProgrammePatisserie Valerie is planning to open a new store in Worthing, West Sussex, later in 2017, as part of a strategy to open 20 new cafés annually. Twenty new jobs will be created at the Worthing store.
Patisserie Holdings Limited
£0.1m1,909137
115 Sep 2017Opening Huntingdon Store - Creating 45 JobsRetailer TK Maxx is opening a 1,487 sq m store in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, in October 2017, creating 45 jobs.
TK Maxx
£53m£0.2m31
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Educational Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
115 Sep 2017Children's Nursery Closure - 14 Jobs At RiskBolton Council is planning to close Harvey Nursery in Bolton, Lancashire, because it can no longer afford to subsidise it. Fourteen jobs will be lost if the closure goes ahead. The nursery has an annual deficit of almost £68,000.
Bolton Council
3
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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
21 Sep 2017Leisure Sector - 18 New Gyms Acquired - Turnover up 23% to £74m - Rapid Expansion PlansRapidly expanding discount-gym operator The Gym Limited has acquired 18 locations from Lifestyle Fitness for £20.5m. The new sites, based mainly in the Midlands, the North East and North West, will add to the company's ongoing expansion plans for these area. The Gym Limited, which operates 98 gyms across the UK, has increased its turnover 22.6% to £73.5m, contributing to a year-on-year rise since 2011. Projected turnover for next year is over £90m with the company on target to open 20 new locations in 2017.
The Gym Limited
£74m£10m1351
118 Sep 2017Business Growth - New Manchester Restaurant - 400 UK LocationsRestaurant chain Pizzaexpress is to open a new site in the South-Manchester area of Chorlton in 2018. Pizzaexpress operates over 400 locations across the UK.
Pizzaexpress Group Limited
£27m£2m2371
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Growth

Cost of Sales Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Sep 2017Sales Rise 204% - Rapid Business Growth - Currently Recruiting - Workforce of 130Online entertainment community The LADbible Group is one of the 100 British private technology, media and telecoms companies with the fastest growing sales, recording annual sales growth of 208% since 2014. The company is headquartered in Manchester, where it employs 90 staff members, with a second office in London, which houses 40 personnel including its sales and marketing teams. LADbible is currently recruiting across a variety of job roles.
THE LADBIBLE GROUP LIMITED
1
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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Sep 2017Year-on-Year Growth - Turnover Rises to £65m - 43 New Staff RecruitedFreeth Cartwright, the Nottinghamshire-based law firm, has expanded year-on-year since 2009, with turnover in its latest returns up 15.3% to £65.3. The company also added 43 staff to its workforce in 2016, taking total headcount to over 300. At the current rate of growth Freeth Cartwright will achieve revenues of around £75m and expand staff numbers to over 350 in the next 12 months. The company operates from 11 offices in the Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire, the South East and London.
Freeth Cartwright LLP
£65m£25m28211
20 Sep 2017Year-on-Year Growth - Projected Turnover £75m - Currently RecruitingPanelco Limited, a manufacturer of decorative and structural wood-based panels, has recorded year-on-year growth since 2010. In its latest returns the company increased its turnover by 31.7% to £57.4m. Projected growth for the year ending December 2017 is around £75m if current expansion rates are maintained. Stoke on Trent-headquartered Panelco employs a workforce of 162 staff and is currently recruiting.
Panelco Limited
£57m£5m1624
19 Sep 2017Turnover up 9% to £22m - 45 Jobs Created - Outperforming Industry SectorLancashire-headquartered hotel operator Leisureplex continues to expand. Turnover has risen 9.1% to £21.6m, with employee headcount increasing 8.7% from 518 to 563. Over 50 new staff will be recruited in the next 12 months as a result of the firm's expansion. Leisureplex's growth of 9.1% is over 4 times higher than the industry sector as a whole at 2%. The company currently operates 21 sites across the UK.
Leisureplex Limited
£22m£4m5631
20 Sep 2017Turnover up 47% to £8m - Projected Growth to £16m - Expanding WorkforceRecruitment firm Armstrong Craven Limited has increased its turnover by 46.8% to £8.4m in its latest financial year. This has contributed to sustained growth since 2013. If the company continues to expand at the same rate it will achieve revenues of around £16m in the next 12 months. Armstrong Craven has UK offices in London and Manchester, as well as international locations in Geneva and Singapore. The company is currently recruiting in the UK.
Armstrong Craven Limited
£8m£2m57
20 Sep 2017Turnover Rises to £16m - Workforce over 300 - Projected Growth to £18mLaw firm BB Legal Limited continues to expand, with turnover increasing 13.3% to £16.4m. At the current rate of growth the company can expect to achieve revenues of over £18m for 2017. Employee numbers are also rising, with BB adding 70 staff to its workforce since 2014 and taking current personnel headcount to over 300. BB Legal operates from 7 offices across the North West and is currently recruiting.
Bb Legal Limited
£16m£0.6m3117
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
18 Sep 2017Partnership Formed - Expanding Services - Turnover £12mCommercial-vehicle leasing firm Hexagon has formed a partnership with Launceston Truck Service Ltd to improve its service and support facilities to customers in the South-West. Derbyshire-based Hexagon generates turnover of £11.5m and operates from 9 depots across the UK.
Hexagon Leasing Limited
£12m£2m173
18 Sep 2017New Contract Secured - Workforce of 90 - 200 ClientsSoftware, eCommerce and fulfilment specialist Exact Abacus has secured a contract with health-food-supplements company YourZooki to provide stock control software, channel management, inbound logistics, fulfilment and delivery. Exact Abacus is based in Lancashire and employs 90 staff with a client base of over 200.
Exact Abacus Ltd.
1
18 Sep 2017New Contract Secured - Business Growth - Employment OpportunitiesDesign agency Milk Design Limited has been appointed by Legoland Discovery Centre to create and develop a new children's pack for its 18 global locations. Milk, which specialises in young-customer engagement, is based in Manchester with a second office in London. The company employs 17 personnel across the 2 locations and is currently recruiting.
MILK DESIGN LIMITED
1
18 Sep 2017Caerphilly Factory to Re-Open - 130 New Jobs - £9.6m Investment - Contract with London Cab CompanySapa Components, the Norwegian engineering firm, is to re-open its factory near Caerphilly in South Wales. The factory was closed in 2014 but will re-open following a £9.6m investment that will create 130 jobs by 2022. The investment is backed by £550k from the Welsh Government. The company has been working with the London Electrical Vehicle Company since 2015 and the site will make components for a new zero emissions capable London cab.
Sapa Components Uk Limited
£44m£5m2791
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
19 Sep 2017Merges with German Rival - Turnover up 28% to £21m - 21 New JobsTransport firm Carousel Logistics has merged with German rival LSi Logistik which operates out of Munich. Kent-based Carousel has expanded in its latest financial year, increasing turnover by 27.6% to £21.4m and adding 21 new staff to its workforce at a rate of 29.6%. The company specialises in logistics support for the Agriculture, Medical, Technical, Engineering, Luxury Goods and Energy sectors and operates from 5 UK locations and 5 sites across Europe.
Carousel Logistics Limited
£21m£2m922
15 Sep 2017Majority Shareholding Acquired - 14 Staff - Turnover to Reach £14mThe majority shareholding of Aberdeen-based logistics company Intercargo Services has been acquired by multinational marine services company Privinvest Group. Intercargo employs 14 staff and expects turnover to reach £14m for 2017.
Intercargo Services Limited
91
15 Sep 2017Business Expansion - Acquisition of Lister Trade Frames - £9m TurnoverGJB Holdings Limited has acquired Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire-headquartered Lister Trade Frames out of administration. GJB Holdings, an Essex-headquartered manufacture of upvc windows, had a turnover of £9.4m for the year to June 2016. It employs 103 staff.
Gjb Holdings Limited
£9m£0.4m1031
15 Sep 2017Business Expansion - Acquires Employment Law PracticeMaidstone, Kent-based Outset Legal LLP, has acquired Nicholas Moore Specialist Employment Lawyers Ltd out of administration, safeguarding three jobs. The acquisition is part of Outset Legal's focus on smart technology.
Outset Legal LLP
3
19 Sep 2017Bought out of Administration - 56 Jobs Saved - Turnover £6mLancashire-based haulage contractor T.T. Express (Oldham) Limited has been acquired out of administration by the TT Express Group Limited. As part of the sale, all 56 members of staff transferred to the purchaser. T.T. Express (Oldham) recorded a pre-tax loss of £43,000 on turnover of £6.6m in its latest financial year.
T.T. Express (Oldham) Limited
£7m£-0.0m712
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Budgets & Expenditure

Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Sep 2017Rebranding Operation - Turnover £172m - Employment OpportunitiesForklift-truck manufacturer Jungheinrich UK has rebranded its Systems & Projects operation to Logistics Systems. Jungheinrich UK is based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and generates turnover of £172.3m. The company is currently recruiting.
Jungheinrich UK Limited
£172m£9m7638
18 Sep 2017New Brand Positioning - 37 UK Locations - Currently RecruitingBusiness-to-business delivery firm Tuffnells Parcels Express has recently worked with marketing consultancy Intermedia to transform its marketing strategy and develop its brand positioning. The Sheffield-based company will now focus on its local service provision. Tuffnells, which operates from 37 UK depots with a fleet of over 900 vehicles, generates turnover of £175.7m and is currently recruiting.
Tuffnells Parcels Express Limited
£176m£12m2,80930
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Companies Receiving Investment

Venture Capital

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Sep 2017Raising £350,000 - Staff Recruitment - Opening New Retail Site - £0.5m TurnoverLondon-headquartered Hiver Beers is raising £350,000 to fund its next phase of expansion. The start-up company intends to recruit additional sales and marketing personnel, launch a second Retail and Experience site, and invest in the Hiver brand. Turnover grew to £472,000 in the year ending 2017, representing 99% year-on-year growth.
Hiver Beers Ltd
3
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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Sep 2017£3m Funding Raised - Investing in Technology - Currently RecruitingPeak Business Insight Ltd, the data analytics specialist, has secured £2.5m in a funding round led by venture-capital firm MMC Ventures. The company will use the money to invest in machine leaning and AI technologies, as well as further accelerating growth. Peak is headquartered in Manchester and is currently recruiting.
Peak Business Insight Limited
3
19 Sep 2017£1m Investment Received - New Site Planned - 50 Job OpportunitiesTailored Fire & Security has received £1.1m in funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority's core investment fund. The company, which specialises in the design and installation of fire & security systems, will use the investment to open a new site and create 50 job opportunities. Tailored Fire & Security currently employs around 80 staff at its head office in Manchester.
Tailored Fire & Security Group Limited
1
18 Sep 2017Investment Secured - Supporting Business GrowthMedical-technology firm eLucid mHealth has secured investment from the GM&C Life Sciences Fund. The Manchester-based firm will use the funding to facilitate growth and support product launch into clinical trials.
eLucid mHealth Ltd
2
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Performance & Profits

Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
18 Sep 2017Caerphilly Factory to Re-Open - 130 New Jobs - £9.6m Investment - Contract with London Cab CompanySapa Components, the Norwegian engineering firm, is to re-open its factory near Caerphilly in South Wales. The factory was closed in 2014 but will re-open following a £9.6m investment that will create 130 jobs by 2022. The investment is backed by £550k from the Welsh Government. The company has been working with the London Electrical Vehicle Company since 2015 and the site will make components for a new zero emissions capable London cab.
Sapa Components Uk Limited
£44m£5m2791
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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Sep 2017£2m Investment - New Injection Moulding TechnologyThe PFF Packaging Group has invested £1.5m in new injection moulding technology, significantly strengthening its position in the sector and extending its food packaging product line.
PFF Packaging Limited
£27m£1m2172
15 Sep 2017Investing in Fleet - Turnover £258m - Workforce of 2000Kitchen-retail specialist Wren Kitchens has invested in new vehicles for its delivery fleet to service its network of 61 store showrooms across the UK. Wren has a growing tunrover of £257.5m and employs over 2000 staff.
Wren Kitchens Limited
£338m£11m3,0542
15 Sep 2017Expands Fleet - Turnover £64m - Workforce of 450Oil Monster, the Deeside-based waste-oil collector and recycler which trades as Cleansing Service Group Limited, has added a new vehicle to its fleet. The Cleansing Group has a growing turnover of £63.9m and employs around 450 staff.
Cleansing Service Group Limited
£66m£6m48217
15 Sep 2017Expanding Services - Investing in Fleet - Turnover £13mA R Demolition Limited, the demolition and land reclamation firm, has expanded its services by adding a new vehicle to its fleet. The Warwickshire-based company generates turnover of £13.2m and employs around 90 staff.
A R Demolition Limited
£13m£0.2m921
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Hot Topic

International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
15 Sep 2017Raising £350,000 - Staff Recruitment - Opening New Retail Site - £0.5m TurnoverLondon-headquartered Hiver Beers is raising £350,000 to fund its next phase of expansion. The start-up company intends to recruit additional sales and marketing personnel, launch a second Retail and Experience site, and invest in the Hiver brand. Turnover grew to £472,000 in the year ending 2017, representing 99% year-on-year growth.
Hiver Beers Ltd
3
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