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  • Kerry Logistics Expands UK Network with acquisition of Two Freight Forwarding Companies

    Kerry Logistics, a leading provider of freight and logistics services, has acquired two freight forwarding companies in the UK; Bergen Freight Forwarding Limited based in Manchester in the North West of England and Regency Forwarding Limited with its headquarters in Yorkshire.

    Bergen is a long established company, specializing in sea freight imports from India and the Far East which will help to strengthen Kerry Logistics' freight forwarding capabilities in the UK and Europe.

  • Experian acquires leading provider of credit information to SMEs in the UK

    Experian, the global information services company, announced that it has acquired LM Group Ltd, a leading provider of credit information to small to medium enterprises (SME) in the UK.
    The LM Group, which trades as Riskdisk Ltd, provides commercial credit reports and commercial risk information to approximately 18,000 SME businesses in the UK.  Riskdisk is an existing partner of Experian and integrates Experian’s commercial credit data into its SME product set. Based in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, the company employs 110 people.

  • Anoto acquires 51 per cent of the UK’s Destiny Wireless

    Anoto Tuesday said it has agreed to purchase 51 per cent of the shares in UK based Destiny Wireless Ltd. The company, with 28 employees and net annual sales of GBP 5 million, develops and sells mobile data capture solutions based on Anoto's unique digital pen technology.

    The purchase is in line with Anoto's ambition to secure an efficient value chain for mobile data capture in a number of sectors, including healthcare where Destiny has a strong foothold. It is Anoto's clear strategy to become more market and customer-focused.

  • Yorkshire Building Society to acquire mortgage and savings business of Egg Banking Plc

    Yorkshire Building Society has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Egg Banking plc to acquire its mortgage and savings business.

    Iain Cornish, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society, said the company is looking forward to welcoming Egg’s mortgage and savings customers to the Yorkshire. Continuing to provide them with the outstanding service, administration and value that they have been used to, and which is consistent with Yorkshire’s own approach, will be a priority for the company, said Cornish.

  • Cineflix International sells 69-Hour Factual Package to Italian firm

    Cineflix International has sold a package of factual content totaling some 69 hours to Mediaset, Italy’s largest commercial broadcaster, which will air the programming on factual slots on Italia 1 and the newly launched Mediaset Italia 2, beginning this month.

    The investment was announced last week by Paul Heaney, President and Managing Director of Cineflix International.

  • Riverbed acquires Zeus Technology to expand its IT Performance Business

    Riverbed Technology, the IT performance company, announced that it has acquired Zeus Technology, a privately-owned company that delivers high-performance software-based load balancing and traffic management solutions for virtual and cloud environments.
    The Zeus organization, based in Cambridge, U.K., will become a new business unit of Riverbed®, led by the former CEO of Zeus, Jim Darragh. Riverbed also recently announced the acquisition of Aptimize Limited, a privately-owned company that is a market leader in web content optimization.

  • Playtech signs long-term software contract with major international gaming group, Gala Coral

    Playtech Limited, the international software and content provider to the online and land-based gaming industry, announced that it has signed a significant, long-term software contract with major international gaming group, Gala Coral, to provide its leading technology platform and gaming products to Gala Coral for its online gaming businesses.

  • BT Investment Management acquires London based J O Hambro Capital Management

    BT Investment Management Limited (BTIM) Tuesday announced it has agreed to acquire J O Hambro Capital Management, a privately owned, London-based, boutique active equity investment manager with £7.1 billion of funds under management (FUM).

    The investment is for a price consideration of £209 million (A$314 million), subject to certain approvals. The Acquisition will be funded by BTIM through a combination of equity, debt and cash.

  • Cadence Acquires Azuro to Strengthen its Digital Implementation Flow

    Cadence Design Systems Inc, a leader in global electronic design innovation, Monday announced it has acquired Azuro, Inc., a company that has pioneered a paradigm shift in the digital implementation and optimization of next-generation SoCs.
    Azuro offers unique clock concurrent optimization technology, also known as ccopt, which delivers superior capabilities for designers faced with increasing performance, power and area challenges.

  • Two of the UK’s leading e-safety suppliers partner up to offer comprehensive cloud solution to protect children online

    Two of the UK’s leading suppliers of e-safety, Westcoastcloud and Forensic Software, have partnered up to offer the most comprehensive online child protection solution yet to the education sector.


  • Capella University Acquires Resource Development International Ltd

    Capella Education Company, a provider of online post-secondary education through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, Monday announced that it has acquired Resource Development International Ltd (RDI), an independent provider of United Kingdom (UK) university distance learning qualifications, for £9.3 million ($14.9 million).

    Capella's acquisition of RDI enhances the Company's leadership through access to the fast-growing international higher education market, with a significant presence in the UK and Commonwealth countries.

  • GETCO further Enhances its Global Market Making and Foreign Exchange Trading Capabilities

    Leading global market maker GETCO, Friday announced that it has acquired 100% ownership of Automat, a proprietary trading firm. The terms of the transaction were however not disclosed.

    Based in London, Automat is authorized and regulated by the UK’s Financial Services Authority ((FSA) and focuses on the exchange-traded derivatives and Spot foreign exchange markets.

  • Scotland’s Loganair acquires UK charter specialist Suckling Airways

    Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, announced that it is to acquire Suckling Airways, the Cambridge-based charter specialist.

    Suckling is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Loganair upon completion of the deal at the end of this month, and will continue to trade as a separate airline which holds its own licences and approvals.

  • Higos Insurance Services Acquires Crewkerne Broker

    Higos Insurance Services Ltd has announced further expansion with the acquisition of Vaughan Insurance Brokers in the Somerset market town of Crewkerne.

    Vaughan Insurance Brokers has been operating for more than 30 years in the area. A new high street office has opened at 9 Market Square, Crewkerne from where the re-named Vaughan Insurance Services will now operate.

  • Hammerson plc acquires virtual freehold of 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2

    Hammerson plc has acquired a 999-year leasehold (virtual freehold) interest in 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2, from PRUPIM acting on behalf of the Prudential Assurance Company Ltd for £100 million, including costs.
    99 Bishopsgate is a 26-storey tower providing 31,500m2 of office accommodation in the centre of the City of London. It is occupied by a number of financial and professional services companies including: Deutsche Bank, Latham & Watkins, Korea Development Bank and Charles River Associates International.

  • JDSU Acquires Critical Assets from QuantaSol for CPV Solar Offering

    DSU announced that it has acquired critical product design, patented intellectual property and other assets from QuantaSol, a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) provider based in the United Kingdom.

    JDSU will leverage industry-leading multiple quantum well (MQW) technology from QuantaSol for its CPV cell product platform.  MQW technology allows more light to be converted to electrical power by raising the efficiency of CPV cells, the most important metric in the solar industry.

  • Aegis Group plc strengthens Aegis Media's market position in the UK

    Aegis Group plc, the marketing communications and market research group, announced that it has acquired an initial 75% of the share capital of MediaVest (Manchester) Ltd., the UK-based media planning and buying agency. The remaining 25% of the share capital of MediaVest (Manchester) Ltd. is subject to a put and call option arrangement exercisable from 2016.

  • GB Group plc acquires provider of tracing software and services in the UK, Data Discoveries

    GB Group plc, the leading Identity Management business that provides services in both the UK and internationally, Friday announced the acquisition of Data Discoveries, a provider of tracing software and services in the UK.

    Over the past few years there has been a growing demand for tracing services, with the Credit Services Association (CSA) estimating that over £8 billion of debt will be traded this year and that 70 per cent of all instructions to collect debt will involve some form of tracing.

  • Digital forensics and incident response specialist Foregenix acquires TrustedOne Ltd

    Digital forensics and incident response specialist, Foregenix, has successfully acquired TrustedOne Ltd (TrustedOne), a boutique information security consultancy business based in London, UK.

  • McGraw-Hill Companies’ division acquires the Steel Business Briefing Group

    Platts, a division of McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. (MHP) and a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals and metals information, is to acquire the Steel Business Briefing Group (the SBB Group), a privately held U.K. company and leading provider of news, pricing and analytics to the global steel market.

    The SBB Group provides subscription-based, electronic products to the steel industry and its participants through two principal businesses, Steel Business Briefing (SBB) and The Steel Index (TSI). Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Convio Acquires the UK’s privately held Baigent Digital LLC

    Convio Inc announced that it has acquired privately held Baigent Digital LLC (Baigent), a leading provider of digital strategy, design, technology implementation and online fundraising solutions to charities in the United Kingdom.

    Convio will deliver its proven, integrated constituent engagement solution – including capabilities for online fundraising, special events fundraising, email marketing, content management and CRM -- to the UK market.

  • Sonoco acquires assets of the UK’s Robinson Paperboard Packaging

    Sonoco UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of US based Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies and the world's largest producer of paperboard cans, has completed the acquisition of the assets of Robinson Paperboard Packaging Ltd., a division of Robinson PLC.

  • PetroChina and INEOS complete transaction to form trading and refining joint ventures

    PetroChina Company Limited (PetroChina) and INEOS Group Holdings plc (INEOS) have completed the deal to form trading and refining Joint Ventures between PetroChina International (London) Company Limited, and INEOS Investments (Jersey) Limited.
    The joint ventures include trading and refining activities at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland and the Lavéra refinery in France. The business employs approximately 1,000 people and has a turnover of $15bn. PetroChina has paid US$ 1.015 billion cash for the shares in the joint ventures.

  • Capita Group Plc acquires customer contact specialist Ventura

    The Capita Group Plc (Capita) announced that it has acquired Ventura, a customer contact specialist for a cash consideration of £65 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis.