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Search News : 16th October 2014 - 23rd October 2014

People & Jobs

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Job Gains / Losses

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
1817 Oct 20148m Investment - Opening UK Hotels - 18 New Jobs in NewcastleHotel chain Tune has invested 8m in a new hotel in Newcastle, which will create 18 new jobs when it opens in October 2014. The global chain has four hotels in London and is soon to open new hotels in Canary Wharf, London; and Edinburgh.
Tune Hotels Regional Services (UK) Limited
1
16 Oct 2014500m Joint Venture - New Wind Farm Projects - Creating JobsGreen energy company Ecotricity and construction firm Skanska are forming a joint venture called Skylark which will invest 500m in new wind farm developments in Britain. A range of new jobs will be created, from planning experts through to scientific, technical, construction and maintenance roles.
Ecotricity Group Ltd
66m4m2851
16 Oct 20144m Investment - New Brewery - Job Opportunities ExpectedNoah Beers is planning to invest 4m in a new 15,000 square foot brewery in the same building as its current facility in Glasgow. The company is expected to create jobs at the new facility, which is expected to be operational by May 2015.
Noah Beers Limited
2
20 Oct 201433,000 Investment - Increasing Production - New Jobs Created - Turnover and Profit GrowthSeabrook Crisps, the Bradford-based crisp manufacturer, has invested 32,730 into its business, purchasing new machinery and creating new jobs, after securing growth funding. It is aiming to focus on innovation, improve production flexibility and increase sales. Turnover increased by 1.7m in 2014 and profit grew to 1.3m.
Seabrook Crisps Limited
23m-0.5m1681
16 Oct 20143.5m Factory Opened - Creating 70 JobsTIS Cumbria, which manufactures items for use in the nuclear decommissioning process, has opened a new 3.5m factory in West Cumbria. The new facility has created 20 jobs already and is expected to create 50 more in the next year.
TIS Cumbria Limited
3
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People & Jobs

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Management Moves

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
220 Oct 2014Senior Management Moves - CEO and COO Leave CompanyAfren Plc, a London-headquartered oil and gas explorer, has terminated the contracts of its Chief Executive Officer Osman Shahenshah and Chief Operating Officer Shahid Ullah. The company has a turnover of 973.8m.
Afren Plc
974m291m2945
120 Oct 2014Seeking eCommerce Director - International and UK Expansion - Foreign Websites LaunchedBoohoo.com, the Manchester-headquartered online fashion retailer, is planning to appoint it's first ecommerce Director. The company is focused on further international expansion and UK sales growth. Growth in continental Europe accelerated during the six months to August 2014, helped by the roll-out of foreign language websites.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
121 Oct 2014New Finance Director - Job Reduction Process Continuing - 12m Cost Savings StrategyManchester-based McBride, which makes household products for retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda, is on schedule to save 12m by June 2016. The company is cutting 400 jobs due to a fall in sales caused by supermarket price competition. Chris Smith will join the company as Finance Director from 7 January 2015.
McBride PLC
761m15m4,8985
120 Oct 2014New Chief Executive Officer Appointed - 2.9bn TurnoverConstruction firm Balfour Beatty has appointed Leo Quinn of QinetiQ as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Quinn replaces Andrew McNaughton, who stood down earlier in 2014. London-headquartered Balfour Beatty has a turnover of 2.9bn.
Balfour Beatty Group Ltd
2,909m-37.0m14,46333
116 Oct 2014Appoints FM Operations Director - 30% Turnover GrowthRapidly-growing Shepherd FM has strengthened its senior management team by appointing Ian Neal as operations director. London-headquartered Shepherd FM increased its turnover by 30% in 2013.
Shepherd Engineering Services Ltd
193m6m9076
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People & Jobs

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Outsourcing

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 2014Business Expansion - Acquires Pre-Employment Screening Company - New ServicesMitie Group, the strategic outsourcing company, has acquired Procius, specialist in pre-employment screening. The acquisition will add new capabilities to Mitie's Total Security Management business, enhancing services to customers and supporting growth.
MITIE Group Plc
2,221m83m72,24891
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Headquarters & Premises

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Office Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
117 Oct 201420m Investment - Housing and Commercial Development - New Jobs ExpectedPaper Mill Lane Properties is planning to transform the former Fisons factory in Bramford, Suffolk, in a 20m project which will create new jobs. The development will include a business centre, restaurant and 170 homes.
Paper Mill Lane Properties Limited
1
117 Oct 2014New funding Secured - Major Business Park Development - 750 Potential New JobsNewquay Airport's Aerohub Enterprise Zone in Cornwall has received 6m of new funding to establish the first phase of a business park that is expected to create 750 jobs.
Aerohub Enterprise Zone
1
20 Oct 2014New Leeds Office Complex - 70,000 Sq Ft - Council SupportAllied London Property Investments, the London-based developer, is constructing a new 70,000 sq ft office complex in Leeds. Construction is expected to start during Spring 2015. Leeds Council has also agreed to support transport and infrastructure changes, including a new shuttle bus and improved cycle routes and facilities.
Leeds City Council
17
16 Oct 2014Hull Office Opened - New Jobs Created - Major Contract ExpectedWates Living Space, the affordable housing division of Wates Group, has opened an office in Hull with a team of six people. The company is working on a 5m residential development in Hull and is the preferred bidder for a contract to maintain council homes for Hull City Council.
Wates Group Limited
852m23m2,0741
120 Oct 2014Business Growth - Opening Service Centre in Brazil - Potential New JobsHartlepool-based offshore cable maker, JDR Cable Systems, intends to increase its 160-strong staff team after securing government growth funding earlier in 2014. The company has secured significant international contracts and is opening a service centre in Brazil, in November 2014. JDR has a turnover of 83.6m.
JDR Cable Systems (Holdings) Ltd
84m-1.0m4332
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Headquarters & Premises

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Industrial Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
116 Oct 20144m Investment - New Brewery - Job Opportunities ExpectedNoah Beers is planning to invest 4m in a new 15,000 square foot brewery in the same building as its current facility in Glasgow. The company is expected to create jobs at the new facility, which is expected to be operational by May 2015.
Noah Beers Limited
2
116 Oct 20143.5m Factory Opened - Creating 70 JobsTIS Cumbria, which manufactures items for use in the nuclear decommissioning process, has opened a new 3.5m factory in West Cumbria. The new facility has created 20 jobs already and is expected to create 50 more in the next year.
TIS Cumbria Limited
3
117 Oct 2014280,000 Investment - 3,500 sq ft Expansion - Creating New Jobs - Turnover TrebledWindow manufacturer Building Products Solutions is investing 280,000, including an 80,000 grant, to expand its premises in Rotherham, South Yorkshire by 3,500 sq ft. The company is bringing production in-house and creating seven jobs. Turnover is expected to reach 2.4m in 2014, trebling over five years.
Building Product Solutions Limited
1
117 Oct 201420m Expansion Plan - 450 Potential New Jobs - Major Housing DevelopmentDairy producer, Grahams the Family Dairy, is planning a 20m expansion of its plant in Stirling, Scotland, which would create 450 new jobs, doubling the company's workforce. The expansion would be funded by a proposed development of 600 homes, in partnership with housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes.
Grahams The Family Dairy Group Limited
67m1m4001
120 Oct 2014New R&D Facility - 10 New Jobs - 34m TurnoverElectronics manufacturer TDK-Lambda is opening a new 2,600 sq ft R&D facility in Bristol by December 2014. The facility will employ 8-10 engineers, and will work in addition to TDK-Lambda UK?s main R&D operations in Ilfracombe, North Devon. The company has turnover of 34m and employs 300 staff.
Tdk-Lambda Uk Limited
34m1m3013
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Headquarters & Premises

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Retail Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Oct 2014Proposed Cheltenham Flagship Store - Advanced NegotiationsJohn Lewis could be set to open a flagship store in Cheltenham town centre as negotiations with BlackRock, the owners of the Beechwood Shopping Centre, are at an advanced stage.
John Lewis PLC
9,028m421m86,60042
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Headquarters & Premises

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Public Service Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
1116 Oct 2014Selling Ripon Police Station - Relocating To New PremisesNorth Yorkshire Police is planning to sell Ripon police station and move to a new site in the town in the 18 months to April 2016. It has conditionally agreed to sell the property to CFK Developments, which is to develop the police station into retirement accommodation, in partnership with McCarthy & Stone.
North Yorkshire Police
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Leisure Premises

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
117 Oct 20148m Investment - Opening UK Hotels - 18 New Jobs in NewcastleHotel chain Tune has invested 8m in a new hotel in Newcastle, which will create 18 new jobs when it opens in October 2014. The global chain has four hotels in London and is soon to open new hotels in Canary Wharf, London; and Edinburgh.
Tune Hotels Regional Services (UK) Limited
1
17 Oct 2014Government Funding - New Homes - New JobsHOUSING association Stafford and Rural Homes is to build affordable homes across Staffordshire after securing multi-million pound Government funding. As well as providing new homes for local people, the projects are expected to deliver a significant jobs increase for the area. Chris Poulton is Director of Asset Management and Development
Stafford and Rural Homes Limited
1
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Headquarters & Premises

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Hotel Development Projects

GainLossDateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
116 Oct 201415m Investment - Extending London Hotel - Potential New Jobs - 12m TurnoverShiva Hotels is investing 15m to refurbish and extend Kingsway Hall Hotel, near Covent Garden, London. The investment is expected to create employment and business opportunities. Shiva Hotels, which has turnover of 12m, owns 10 other hotels around the UK, either operational or in development.
Shiva Hotels Limited
12m0.0m2191
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Growth

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Number of Employees Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Oct 2014Further Growth - 15 Trainees Recruited - 50% Growth in Staff NumbersYorkshire-based accountancy practice BHP has recruited fifteen new trainees across its five offices, having already increased staff levels by more than 50% over the three years to 2014.
Bhp Financial Planning Limited
111
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Growth

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Employee Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
17 Oct 2014New Staff Hired - Employment Scheme - Business GrowthLam-Plas, the County Durham-based polymer engineering company, has hired 2 new staff as part of its expansion plans. The new employees were initially taken on by housing association Derwentside as part of s scheme to help the unemployed back into work. The company operates from 2 locations in the North East.
Lam-Plas (Durham) Limited
2
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Growth

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Turnover Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
17 Oct 2014280,000 Investment - 3,500 sq ft Expansion - Creating New Jobs - Turnover TrebledWindow manufacturer Building Products Solutions is investing 280,000, including an 80,000 grant, to expand its premises in Rotherham, South Yorkshire by 3,500 sq ft. The company is bringing production in-house and creating seven jobs. Turnover is expected to reach 2.4m in 2014, trebling over five years.
Building Product Solutions Limited
1
17 Oct 2014Turnover Growth up 60% to 20m - Employment Opportunities - Business ExpansionC B Financial Services is involved in trading of financial products relating to foreign currencies, commodities and contracts for difference.
C B Financial Services Limited
20m4m261
17 Oct 2014Turnover Growth up 25% to 14m - 243 Employees - Positive Business OutlookMidsomer Norton Schools Partnership is engaged in running one primary and two secondary schools in Midsomer Norton and surrounding villages.
Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership
14m2431
17 Oct 2014Turnover Growth up 17% to 14m - 10 Current Vacancies - Positive Business OutlookPrior's Court Foundation is engaged in providing education and residential care for young people aged 5-25 with autism, learning difficulties and complex needs.
Prior's Court Foundation
14m3482
17 Oct 2014Turnover Grows 16% to 14m - 119 Employees - Positive Business OutlookInteractive Investor Plc is a group engaged as online broker and investing portal, the mobile app focused brand shareprice for dealing and shares information, and two personal finance magazines, moneywise and money observer.
Interactive Investor Plc
14m-0.1m1191
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Growth

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Profit Growth

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Oct 2014Pre-tax Profits up to GBP 1m - GBP 26.4m Turnover - 170 EmployeesEurocaps Limited, manufacturer and supplier of soft gelatine encapsulation products has increased profits to 1m, grown turnover to 26.5m and increased employee numbers year on year over the last five years from 96 to 170.
Eurocaps Limited
26m1m1821
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New Business Wins & Company Awards

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Contracts, Orders

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Oct 2014500m Joint Venture - New Wind Farm Projects - Creating JobsGreen energy company Ecotricity and construction firm Skanska are forming a joint venture called Skylark which will invest 500m in new wind farm developments in Britain. A range of new jobs will be created, from planning experts through to scientific, technical, construction and maintenance roles.
Ecotricity Group Ltd
66m4m2851
16 Oct 201430m Contract Secured - Wind Farm DevelopmentCarillion has secured a 30m contract to design and build the UK's longest onshore high voltage connection for an offshore windfarm in Norfolk. Wolverhampton, West Midlands-headquartered Carillion has a turnover of 3.3bn and 26,000 employees.
Carillion PLC
3,333m124m25,91517
16 Oct 2014Partnership with Ecotricity - 500m Joint Venture - Creating JobsConstruction firm Skanska and green energy company Ecotricity are forming a joint venture called Skylark which will invest 500m in new wind farm developments in Britain. A range of new jobs will be created, from planning experts through to scientific, technical, construction and maintenance roles.
Skanska UK Plc
1,121m40m5,2003
20 Oct 2014New Leeds Office Complex - 70,000 Sq Ft - Council SupportAllied London Property Investments, the London-based developer, is constructing a new 70,000 sq ft office complex in Leeds. Construction is expected to start during Spring 2015. Leeds Council has also agreed to support transport and infrastructure changes, including a new shuttle bus and improved cycle routes and facilities.
Leeds City Council
17
17 Oct 2014International Business Growth - Secures Export Contract to Czech Republic - Sales and Marketing InvestmentLisburn, Northern Ireland-based Hilden Brewery, has secured a five-figure contract to export its beers to the Czech Republic, where there is growing demand for niche beers. The brewery, which has annual turnover of more than 1m, is planning a sales and marketing campaign, and is planning to expand throughout Europe.
Hilden Brewing Co
1
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Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers, Acquisitions & Flotations

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 201420m Acquisition - Social Housing Services Expansion - 865.6m TurnoverGloucester-based support services group Mears, has acquired London-based Omega Group, a provider of residential lettings and management services to the social housing market. The 20m acquisition is part of Mears' strategy to expand in the social housing market. Mears has a turnover of 865.6m.
Mears Group Plc
866m24m15,5328
22 Oct 2014Restruturing - 350 Job Losses - Phones4U Business Acquired - New Sales Roles350 jobs are at risk at digital communications company EE, as the company streamlines its marketing, legal, finance, IT and communications teams. However, the company is creating sales and customer service jobs, following its acquisition of Phones4u's mobile business, Life Mobile.
Everything Everywhere Limited
6,482m6m12,849700
16 Oct 2014Merges with Harrison Priddey & Co. - Business expansionSolihull accountants and business advisers Jerroms has merged with Bromsgrove firm, Harrison Priddey & Co. Harrisons employ 14 people and provide a range of accountancy and tax practice. The 2 firms will practice under the name of Jerroms, though the Bromsgrove site will be called Jerroms Priddey. The total number of staff is now 70.
Jerroms Llp
1
20 Oct 2014Business Expansion - Acquires Pre-Employment Screening Company - New ServicesMitie Group, the strategic outsourcing company, has acquired Procius, specialist in pre-employment screening. The acquisition will add new capabilities to Mitie's Total Security Management business, enhancing services to customers and supporting growth.
MITIE Group Plc
2,221m83m72,24891
16 Oct 2014Acquired By Irish Company - 14 Wind Turbine ProjectsEnergy services provider KN Energy has been purchased by Dublin-based renewable energy investment group NTR, giving NTR 14 new wind turbine projects in Northern Ireland. KN Energy is headquarted in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
KN Energy Limited
1
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Budgets & Expenditure

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IT

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 2014Seeking eCommerce Director - International and UK Expansion - Foreign Websites LaunchedBoohoo.com, the Manchester-headquartered online fashion retailer, is planning to appoint it's first ecommerce Director. The company is focused on further international expansion and UK sales growth. Growth in continental Europe accelerated during the six months to August 2014, helped by the roll-out of foreign language websites.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
22 Oct 2014Restruturing - 350 Job Losses - Phones4U Business Acquired - New Sales Roles350 jobs are at risk at digital communications company EE, as the company streamlines its marketing, legal, finance, IT and communications teams. However, the company is creating sales and customer service jobs, following its acquisition of Phones4u's mobile business, Life Mobile.
Everything Everywhere Limited
6,482m6m12,849700
20 Oct 2014Redesigns e-commerce Site - Digital Marketing CampaignAs part of its digital strategy, Avon Products has launched its redesigned website, www.avon.com, to improve the shopping experience for consumers. The launch will be promoted through a digital media campaign. The Northampton headquartered company has turnover of 291m and 1,640 employees.
Avon Cosmetics Ltd
291m7m1,63914
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Budgets & Expenditure

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Marketing

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
22 Oct 2014Restruturing - 350 Job Losses - Phones4U Business Acquired - New Sales Roles350 jobs are at risk at digital communications company EE, as the company streamlines its marketing, legal, finance, IT and communications teams. However, the company is creating sales and customer service jobs, following its acquisition of Phones4u's mobile business, Life Mobile.
Everything Everywhere Limited
6,482m6m12,849700
20 Oct 2014Redesigns e-commerce Site - Digital Marketing CampaignAs part of its digital strategy, Avon Products has launched its redesigned website, www.avon.com, to improve the shopping experience for consumers. The launch will be promoted through a digital media campaign. The Northampton headquartered company has turnover of 291m and 1,640 employees.
Avon Cosmetics Ltd
291m7m1,63914
17 Oct 2014International Business Growth - Secures Export Contract to Czech Republic - Sales and Marketing InvestmentLisburn, Northern Ireland-based Hilden Brewery, has secured a five-figure contract to export its beers to the Czech Republic, where there is growing demand for niche beers. The brewery, which has annual turnover of more than 1m, is planning a sales and marketing campaign, and is planning to expand throughout Europe.
Hilden Brewing Co
1
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Companies Receiving Investment

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Private Equity / Bank Funding

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 201433,000 Investment - Increasing Production - New Jobs Created - Turnover and Profit GrowthSeabrook Crisps, the Bradford-based crisp manufacturer, has invested 32,730 into its business, purchasing new machinery and creating new jobs, after securing growth funding. It is aiming to focus on innovation, improve production flexibility and increase sales. Turnover increased by 1.7m in 2014 and profit grew to 1.3m.
Seabrook Crisps Limited
23m-0.5m1681
17 Oct 2014280,000 Investment - 3,500 sq ft Expansion - Creating New Jobs - Turnover TrebledWindow manufacturer Building Products Solutions is investing 280,000, including an 80,000 grant, to expand its premises in Rotherham, South Yorkshire by 3,500 sq ft. The company is bringing production in-house and creating seven jobs. Turnover is expected to reach 2.4m in 2014, trebling over five years.
Building Product Solutions Limited
1
20 Oct 2014Sold to Belgian Investor - Business Development Plans - 105m TurnoverCeDo, a Telford, Shropshire-based manufacturer of household disposables such as refuse sacks and cling film, has been sold by its private equity owner Rutland Partners to Straco, a private Belgian investment company. Straco intends to continue to grow and develop the business and is retaining the existing management team.
CeDo Limited
105m11m2591
17 Oct 2014New funding Secured - Major Business Park Development - 750 Potential New JobsNewquay Airport's Aerohub Enterprise Zone in Cornwall has received 6m of new funding to establish the first phase of a business park that is expected to create 750 jobs.
Aerohub Enterprise Zone
1
20 Oct 2014Management Acquires 51% Stake - 0.85m Funding - Positive Business OutlookThe Board of renewable energy company, Ice Energy Technologies, has bought 50.6% of its shares from SIG Plc for a nominal cash payment of 1, with further payments of up to 5m depending on performance. SIG is also providing a 0.85m loan. The deal gives Witney, Oxfordshire-based Ice Energy flexibility and a continuing trading partner.
Ice Energy Technologies Limited
15m-1.3m693
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Performance & Profits

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Profits

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 201433,000 Investment - Increasing Production - New Jobs Created - Turnover and Profit GrowthSeabrook Crisps, the Bradford-based crisp manufacturer, has invested 32,730 into its business, purchasing new machinery and creating new jobs, after securing growth funding. It is aiming to focus on innovation, improve production flexibility and increase sales. Turnover increased by 1.7m in 2014 and profit grew to 1.3m.
Seabrook Crisps Limited
23m-0.5m1681
21 Oct 2014Record First Quarter Growth - Increase in UK and International Revenues - Profits Doubled to 21m - Jobs CreatedGloucestershire-based engineering business Renishaw increased its revenues by 28% to 101.4m in first quarter to September 2014. Revenues grew 27% in the UK, 60% in the Far East, 10% in the Americas and 4% in Europe. Profits increased from 10.6m to 21.3m. Staff headcount in Gloucestershire has grown to 2,000.
Renishaw Plc
347m82m3,0925
20 Oct 2014Etailer Expands Internationally - Profits up 23% - Sales up 31%Fashion etailer Boohoo.com increased its pre-tax profit by 23% to 4.5m in the six months to August 2014, while sales increased by 31% to 67.2m. UK sales grew by 47%, and sales in Europe grew by 43% supported by the launch of websites in Spain and Germany. Further international expansion is planned.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
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Performance & Profits

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Business Performance

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 201433,000 Investment - Increasing Production - New Jobs Created - Turnover and Profit GrowthSeabrook Crisps, the Bradford-based crisp manufacturer, has invested 32,730 into its business, purchasing new machinery and creating new jobs, after securing growth funding. It is aiming to focus on innovation, improve production flexibility and increase sales. Turnover increased by 1.7m in 2014 and profit grew to 1.3m.
Seabrook Crisps Limited
23m-0.5m1681
16 Oct 2014Restructuring - Slower Than Expected Growth - Job Losses in FinlandFinland-headquartered Rovio, the entertainment media company, is restructuring due to slower than expected growth. The firm, which has a UK office in London, is making 130 of its Finland-based employees redundant, representing 16% of the workforce. Revenues increased 128.4m in 2013.
Rovio UK Limited
1
21 Oct 2014Record First Quarter Growth - Increase in UK and International Revenues - Profits Doubled to 21m - Jobs CreatedGloucestershire-based engineering business Renishaw increased its revenues by 28% to 101.4m in first quarter to September 2014. Revenues grew 27% in the UK, 60% in the Far East, 10% in the Americas and 4% in Europe. Profits increased from 10.6m to 21.3m. Staff headcount in Gloucestershire has grown to 2,000.
Renishaw Plc
347m82m3,0925
16 Oct 2014Further Growth - 15 Trainees Recruited - 50% Growth in Staff NumbersYorkshire-based accountancy practice BHP has recruited fifteen new trainees across its five offices, having already increased staff levels by more than 50% over the three years to 2014.
Bhp Financial Planning Limited
111
20 Oct 2014Etailer Expands Internationally - Profits up 23% - Sales up 31%Fashion etailer Boohoo.com increased its pre-tax profit by 23% to 4.5m in the six months to August 2014, while sales increased by 31% to 67.2m. UK sales grew by 47%, and sales in Europe grew by 43% supported by the launch of websites in Spain and Germany. Further international expansion is planned.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
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Performance & Profits

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Products and Services

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 2014New TV Ibdustry Report - Sexism An Issue - Audit On DiversityThe National Union of Journalists is reporting that sexism is still a problem within the TV industry, with women still earning less than men overall. The union is now calling for an industry-wide audit on diversity.
National Union of Journalists
1
16 Oct 2014Expansion Funding Secured - 20 New Jobs - Investing In MachineryWhat More UK, a plastics manufacturer based in Hyndburn, Lancashire, is creating 20 new jobs after securing a Government grant. The 38.3m turnover company is investing in new 88,000 sq ft premises and purchasing machinery which will allow it to expand its range of products and increase production.
What More Uk Limited
38m5m1531
17 Oct 2014Creating Jobs - Sales Campaign - New Energy Saving ProductHartlepool-based Durable Technologies is creating 4 jobs after investing 200,000 to manufacturer its Light Harvester energy saving light control product in the region. The firm plans to sell 7,000 units in 2014.
Durable Technologies Limited
1
20 Oct 2014Business Expansion - Acquires Pre-Employment Screening Company - New ServicesMitie Group, the strategic outsourcing company, has acquired Procius, specialist in pre-employment screening. The acquisition will add new capabilities to Mitie's Total Security Management business, enhancing services to customers and supporting growth.
MITIE Group Plc
2,221m83m72,24891
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Hot Topic

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International

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 2014Sold to Belgian Investor - Business Development Plans - 105m TurnoverCeDo, a Telford, Shropshire-based manufacturer of household disposables such as refuse sacks and cling film, has been sold by its private equity owner Rutland Partners to Straco, a private Belgian investment company. Straco intends to continue to grow and develop the business and is retaining the existing management team.
CeDo Limited
105m11m2591
20 Oct 2014Seeking eCommerce Director - International and UK Expansion - Foreign Websites LaunchedBoohoo.com, the Manchester-headquartered online fashion retailer, is planning to appoint it's first ecommerce Director. The company is focused on further international expansion and UK sales growth. Growth in continental Europe accelerated during the six months to August 2014, helped by the roll-out of foreign language websites.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
16 Oct 2014Restructuring - Slower Than Expected Growth - Job Losses in FinlandFinland-headquartered Rovio, the entertainment media company, is restructuring due to slower than expected growth. The firm, which has a UK office in London, is making 130 of its Finland-based employees redundant, representing 16% of the workforce. Revenues increased 128.4m in 2013.
Rovio UK Limited
1
21 Oct 2014Record First Quarter Growth - Increase in UK and International Revenues - Profits Doubled to 21m - Jobs CreatedGloucestershire-based engineering business Renishaw increased its revenues by 28% to 101.4m in first quarter to September 2014. Revenues grew 27% in the UK, 60% in the Far East, 10% in the Americas and 4% in Europe. Profits increased from 10.6m to 21.3m. Staff headcount in Gloucestershire has grown to 2,000.
Renishaw Plc
347m82m3,0925
17 Oct 2014International Business Growth - Secures Export Contract to Czech Republic - Sales and Marketing InvestmentLisburn, Northern Ireland-based Hilden Brewery, has secured a five-figure contract to export its beers to the Czech Republic, where there is growing demand for niche beers. The brewery, which has annual turnover of more than 1m, is planning a sales and marketing campaign, and is planning to expand throughout Europe.
Hilden Brewing Co
1
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Hot Topic

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Ecommerce

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
20 Oct 2014Seeking eCommerce Director - International and UK Expansion - Foreign Websites LaunchedBoohoo.com, the Manchester-headquartered online fashion retailer, is planning to appoint it's first ecommerce Director. The company is focused on further international expansion and UK sales growth. Growth in continental Europe accelerated during the six months to August 2014, helped by the roll-out of foreign language websites.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
20 Oct 2014Redesigns e-commerce Site - Digital Marketing CampaignAs part of its digital strategy, Avon Products has launched its redesigned website, www.avon.com, to improve the shopping experience for consumers. The launch will be promoted through a digital media campaign. The Northampton headquartered company has turnover of 291m and 1,640 employees.
Avon Cosmetics Ltd
291m7m1,63914
20 Oct 2014Etailer Expands Internationally - Profits up 23% - Sales up 31%Fashion etailer Boohoo.com increased its pre-tax profit by 23% to 4.5m in the six months to August 2014, while sales increased by 31% to 67.2m. UK sales grew by 47%, and sales in Europe grew by 43% supported by the launch of websites in Spain and Germany. Further international expansion is planned.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
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Hot Topic

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Renewable Energy

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
16 Oct 2014500m Joint Venture - New Wind Farm Projects - Creating JobsGreen energy company Ecotricity and construction firm Skanska are forming a joint venture called Skylark which will invest 500m in new wind farm developments in Britain. A range of new jobs will be created, from planning experts through to scientific, technical, construction and maintenance roles.
Ecotricity Group Ltd
66m4m2851
16 Oct 201430m Contract Secured - Wind Farm DevelopmentCarillion has secured a 30m contract to design and build the UK's longest onshore high voltage connection for an offshore windfarm in Norfolk. Wolverhampton, West Midlands-headquartered Carillion has a turnover of 3.3bn and 26,000 employees.
Carillion PLC
3,333m124m25,91517
16 Oct 2014Partnership with Ecotricity - 500m Joint Venture - Creating JobsConstruction firm Skanska and green energy company Ecotricity are forming a joint venture called Skylark which will invest 500m in new wind farm developments in Britain. A range of new jobs will be created, from planning experts through to scientific, technical, construction and maintenance roles.
Skanska UK Plc
1,121m40m5,2003
20 Oct 2014Management Acquires 51% Stake - 0.85m Funding - Positive Business OutlookThe Board of renewable energy company, Ice Energy Technologies, has bought 50.6% of its shares from SIG Plc for a nominal cash payment of 1, with further payments of up to 5m depending on performance. SIG is also providing a 0.85m loan. The deal gives Witney, Oxfordshire-based Ice Energy flexibility and a continuing trading partner.
Ice Energy Technologies Limited
15m-1.3m693
16 Oct 2014Acquired By Irish Company - 14 Wind Turbine ProjectsEnergy services provider KN Energy has been purchased by Dublin-based renewable energy investment group NTR, giving NTR 14 new wind turbine projects in Northern Ireland. KN Energy is headquarted in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
KN Energy Limited
1
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Sales

   DateHeadlineSummaryOrganisationTurnoverProfitEmployeesLocations
22 Oct 2014Restruturing - 350 Job Losses - Phones4U Business Acquired - New Sales Roles350 jobs are at risk at digital communications company EE, as the company streamlines its marketing, legal, finance, IT and communications teams. However, the company is creating sales and customer service jobs, following its acquisition of Phones4u's mobile business, Life Mobile.
Everything Everywhere Limited
6,482m6m12,849700
21 Oct 2014New Finance Director - Job Reduction Process Continuing - 12m Cost Savings StrategyManchester-based McBride, which makes household products for retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda, is on schedule to save 12m by June 2016. The company is cutting 400 jobs due to a fall in sales caused by supermarket price competition. Chris Smith will join the company as Finance Director from 7 January 2015.
McBride PLC
761m15m4,8985
17 Oct 2014International Business Growth - Secures Export Contract to Czech Republic - Sales and Marketing InvestmentLisburn, Northern Ireland-based Hilden Brewery, has secured a five-figure contract to export its beers to the Czech Republic, where there is growing demand for niche beers. The brewery, which has annual turnover of more than 1m, is planning a sales and marketing campaign, and is planning to expand throughout Europe.
Hilden Brewing Co
1
20 Oct 2014Etailer Expands Internationally - Profits up 23% - Sales up 31%Fashion etailer Boohoo.com increased its pre-tax profit by 23% to 4.5m in the six months to August 2014, while sales increased by 31% to 67.2m. UK sales grew by 47%, and sales in Europe grew by 43% supported by the launch of websites in Spain and Germany. Further international expansion is planned.
Boohoo.Com UK Limited
110m11m3942
17 Oct 2014Creating Jobs - Sales Campaign - New Energy Saving ProductHartlepool-based Durable Technologies is creating 4 jobs after investing 200,000 to manufacturer its Light Harvester energy saving light control product in the region. The firm plans to sell 7,000 units in 2014.
Durable Technologies Limited
1
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