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  • Origin Enterprises buys United Agri Products Limited and Rigby Taylor Limited

    Origin Enterprises Group announced it has purchased United Agri Products Limited (UAP) and Rigby Taylor Limited. Origin expects the acquisition of UAP to leverage upon its core position in the provision of integrated crop production systems to primary food producers. The other acquisition, Rigby Taylor, extends the Group’s offering into new channels.

  • Coca-Cola Enterprises in partnership with ECO Plastics to expand recycling center in UK

    US based beverage giant Coca-Cola Enterprises has partnered with ECO Plastics to expand a recycling center based in Lincolnshire, UK. The centre recycles plastic bottles and the investment will see it undergo a £15 million refurbishment. The investment is expected to expand the facilities, doubling its overall output.

  • Standex International Corporation acquires U.K. based metal fabrication supplier

    Standex International Corporation acquired U.K. based metal fabrication supplier Metal Spinners Group Ltd. Metal Spinners supplies metal fabrication services to the medical, general industrial and oil and gas markets in the U.S., U.K., and China.

    Metal Spinners Group will provide Standex's Engineering Technologies Group with access to new end-user and geographic markets, as well as high-efficiency metal fabrication capabilities and a customer base that includes global leaders in the medical device industry, stated the announcement.

  • Google acquires the UK’s foremost financial product comparison site BeatThatQuote.com

    Search giant Google Inc has acquired one of the UK’s foremost financial product comparison sites BeatThatQuote.com. The acquisition was for a consideration of £37.7 million. BeatThatQuote reiterated that the deal marks a significant opportunity for the company to develop new and innovative options for personal finance in the UK.

  • Intertek acquires Moody International for a consideration of £450 million

    Intertek Group plc is to acquire the UK’s leading provider of quality and safety services to the global energy industry, Moody International. The investment is for a consideration of £450 million on a cash-free and debt-free basis. Intertek Group is also a leading international provider of quality and safety services.  

  • PPL Corporation acquires the UK’s Central Networks from E.ON UK plc

    In a bid to accelerate the growth of its regulated electricity operations, PPL Corporation has bought Central Networks electric distribution business in central England, the second-largest such business in the United Kingdom.

  • Publicis Groupe acquires the UK’s leading integrated agency Kitcatt Nohr

    Publicis Groupe announced Friday it has purchased the UK’s leading integrated agency Kitcatt Nohr. Kitcatt Nohr will be merged with Digitas in the UK, creating a new agency, Kitcatt Nohr Digitas, which will be part of VivaKi.

    Currently, Kitcatt Nohr employs 68 interactive communication specialists bringing the staff count to 150 at the newly formed agency. The newly formed agency has clients that include Body Shop, British Olympic Association, Delta Airlines, John Lewis, Lexus, NS&I, P&G, Samsung, Shell, Toyota, and Waitrose.

  • UK government approves News Corp's controversial $14 billion takeover of BSkyB

    The British government Thursday approved Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp’s acquisition of BSkyB.  The investment had drawn opposition from UK’s major media operators such as BBC, who objected on grounds that it would create a monopoly. With the approval, the investment is expected to radically change the UK’s media landscape.

  • Barclays Bank PLC to acquire Egg's UK credit card assets

    Barclays Bank PLC has agreed to acquire Egg's UK credit card assets. Under the terms of the transaction, Barclays will purchase Egg's UK credit card accounts, consisting of approximately 1.15 million credit card accounts with approximately £2.3 billion of gross receivables, stated a press release.

  • America based Wabtec acquires UK's Brush Traction Group

    US based Wabtec Corporation has acquired Brush Traction Group, a UK-based provider of locomotive overhauls, services and aftermarket components, for about $31 million. With facilities in Loughborough, England and Kilmarnock, Scotland, the company has annual sales of about $55 million. Wabtec expects the transaction to be accretive in the first year.

  • Gold Bag Inc subsidiary to acquire all outstanding shares of Metallum Resources Plc

    Gold Bag, Inc, which operates as Focus Gold Corp, Monday announced its newly created, wholly-owned subsidiary, Focus Celtic Gold Corporation, will purchase all outstanding shares of Metallum Resources, PLC.  
    Metallum Resources is a gold and base metals explorer with a focus in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland. Metallum, founded in 2006, is an unlisted public company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales.

  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co to acquire business and certain assets of London based Woodbrook Underwriting Agencies Ltd

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co is to acquire the business and certain assets of London based Woodbrook Underwriting Agencies, Ltd. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter 2011. However, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

  • US based Wasserman Media Group acquires the UK’s rights manager and advisory firm Reel Enterprises

    US based sports and entertainment agency Wasserman Media Group has acquired the UK’s rights manager and advisory firm Reel Enterprises. The move is in line with the US firm’s strategy of becoming a global sports rights market-maker. The financial terms of the transaction were however undisclosed.

  • Chinese steel producer Anshan Iron and Steel Group to set up JV holding firm in the UK

    Chinese steel producer Anshan Iron and Steel Group signed a deal with Stemcor that will see the Chinese firm set up a JV holding firm in the UK. Stemcor is the world's largest independent steel trader. The agreement will see the Chinese steel producer set up a joint venture holding company in the UK called Anshan Steel UK Holding Company, which will acquire the USS processing center.

  • Algeco Scotsman acquires UK provider of modular buildings and cabins, RB Farquhar (Hires) Ltd

    Leading global business services company focused on modular space and secure storage solutions, Algeco Scotsman, Tuesday announced its acquisition of RB Farquhar (Hires) Ltd.  RB Farquhar is a provider of modular buildings and cabins in the U.K. Under the terms of the investment, Farquhar Hires' fleet and five operating branches will be integrated into Algeco's business operations in the United Kingdom, known as Elliott.

  • Azelis acquires the UK’s leading specialist supplier of raw materials and ingredients to pharmaceuticals

    Azelis, the leading pan-European specialty chemicals distributor, Tuesday announced it has acquired S&D Group Limited, a UK leading specialist supplier of raw materials and ingredients to the pharmaceutical, food, personal care and performance chemicals industries.

    Azelis said the acquisition of S&D Group is strategically important as it will significantly strengthen the Azelis Life Science business (Pharma, Food & Health and Personal Care), both in terms of portfolio coverage as well as geographic spread.

  • Essar Energy to acquire Shell UK Ltd’s Stanlow refinery and related assets

    Essar Energy plc is to acquire Shell UK Ltd’s Stanlow Refinery and Stanlow related assets. Essar Energy is an India-focused integrated energy company. The investment will be undertaken through an Essar Energy indirect wholly owned subsidiary. The investment is for a consideration of US$350 million in cash.

  • PeopleCube acquires UK based supplier of resource scheduling software

    UK based supplier of resource scheduling software firm, BusinessSolve Ltd, has been acquired by PeopleCube. PeopleCube is a provider of intelligent workplace management technology. The investment comes as PeopleCube’s fifth overall in eight years and second in the UK within five years.

    It more than triples the company’s market penetration in the UK and establishes PeopleCube as the largest company in the workplace management market in terms of revenue, customers, and personnel, read a company press release.

  • Funds advised by H.I.G. European Capital Partners LLP, acquire UK based Fibercore Ltd

    H.I.G. Europe, the European arm of global private equity firm H.I.G. Capital, Wednesday announced that funds advised by H.I.G. European Capital Partners LLP acquired Fibercore Ltd. Fibercore is a UK based global market leader in the design and manufacture of specialty optical fibers, from Cisco.

  • Morrison Supermarkets acquires UK’s multi channel online retailer of baby products Kiddicare

    Morrison Supermarkets announced the acquisition of Kiddicare along with the rights for its technology platform. Kiddicare is a multi channel online retailer of baby products and the transaction cost £70 million. Last year, the multi channel online retailer had a turnover of £37.5 million and has grown by 75% in the past three years.

  • HPI LLC acquires UK based Specialized Manufacturing firm DLE Aero Ltd

    HPI LLC has acquired the UK based DLE Aero Ltd, a services firm specializing in Dry Low Emissions/Dry Low NOx (DLE/DLN) mapping. HPI LLC is a leader in the supply of turbine control, fuel valve replacement and mechanical overhaul services, said the firm’s press release.

    DLE/DLN mapping enables owner/operators of gas turbines realize lower emissions and increased combustion efficiency, enabling compliance with more stringent environmental and permitting regulations in the U.S and E.U.

  • UK Commercial Property Trust purchases St. George’s Retail Park, Leicester, from a JP Morgan Asset Management fund

    UK Commercial Property Trust announced it had purchased St. George’s Retail Park, Leicester, from a fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management. The transaction is pegged at 49.9 million pounds. UK Commercial Property Trust is managed by Ignis Real Estate.

    St. George’s Retail Park is an Open A1 retail park (with food) prominently located within Leicester city centre. Extending to 165,419 sq ft and 522 car spaces, the tenants include Wickes, PC World, Currys, Comet, Aldi, Pets at Home, Next, Brantano, Toys r Us, Mothercare and KFC.

  • HIG Capital LLC acquires the UK’s Aircom International Group from buyout firm Advent International Corp

    US based HIG Capital LLC has bought the UK based mobile phone services provider Aircom International Group.  HIG buys the firm from its buyout owner Advent International Corp. The transaction was for an undisclosed amount.

    In a statement regarding the investment, HIG said Barclays Plc and HSBC Holdings Plc provided a joint debt package to Aircom, which has customers in 135 countries, HIG said in a statement today.

  • Sweden based Teleca acquires UK based SurfKitchen

    Teleca has acquired the UK’s SurfKitchen, effectively adding mobile internet solutions for operators to its wide portfolio. The UK investment further expands Teleca’s portfolio to include persuasive offerings for the mobile operator sector. Teleca believes customers will significantly benefit from the unique combination of SurfKitchen’s strong operator offering, combined with Teleca’s deep relations and skills for the mobile device sector.