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  • Agreement with Switzerland to secure billions in unpaid tax

    The Government is today initialling an historic agreement with Switzerland to tackle offshore tax evasion. The agreement will resolve the long-standing abuse of Swiss banking secrecy by those who seek to conceal the proceeds of tax evasion and is expected to secure billions of pounds of unpaid tax for the UK exchequer from 2013.

  • High Court orders closure of Century Property Group Ltd

    The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills has presented a petition in the High Court to wind up in the public interest Century Property Group Ltd, formerly Century Land Group Limited.

    The company operates a land banking business selling small plots of land for investment through its website

    The company’s business address is 7th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HU.

  • Paving the business way to fame and fortune for Yorkshire's top talent

    Yorkshire’s burgeoning music and film industries are being urged to seize the chance to showcase their talents on the global stage.

    Musicians, managers, producers, film and interactive entrepreneurs are being encouraged to take the first step toward international success by attending a one-off briefing event in Leeds.

  • Government agreement with Switzerland to secure billions in unpaid tax

    The Government is today initialling an historic agreement with Switzerland to tackle offshore tax evasion. The agreement will resolve the long-standing abuse of Swiss banking secrecy by those who seek to conceal the proceeds of tax evasion and is expected to secure billions of pounds of unpaid tax for the UK exchequer from 2013.

  • Trade mark and copyright crime targeted in new training project

    The Intellectual Property Office and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have joined forces to give prosecutors in England and Wales a new tool to help them tackle intellectual property (IP) crime.

    IP crime is the counterfeiting of trade-marked goods such as clothes, pharmaceuticals, car parts and electrical goods and the piracy of copyrighted material such as CDs, DVDs, software and games.

    More than 350 prosecutors from the CPS are currently being specially trained to build successful cases against counterfeiters and pirates.

  • Microsoft Dynamics reseller, eBECS Limited Acquires Business and Key Assets Of ePartners UK Limited

    Award-winning Microsoft Dynamics reseller, eBECS Limited, which operates from offices in the UK, North America, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and China, Friday, announced its acquisition of the business and key assets of fellow Microsoft Gold Partner business solutions consultancy ePartners UK Limited, a subsidiary of ePartners Inc.

  • UK Government announces new Enterprise Zone for East Kent

    The Government has today announced a major package of incentives for Discovery Park, Sandwich as part of a new Enterprise Zone. The package could support up to 2,600 jobs and 190 businesses.

    The Enterprise Zone package for Discovery Park will encourage new start up businesses and other investors with simplified planning rules and millions of pounds in tax breaks to promote growth.

  • BBC Worldwide in £121 million sell off to Private equity firm Exponent

    BBC Worldwide and Exponent Private Equity Thursday announced that they have signed a sale and licensing agreement for the publication of titles currently published by BBC Magazines, BBC Worldwide's consumer magazines business.

    Under the terms of the deal Exponent will acquire, in full, Radio Times and a number of magazines less closely aligned to the BBC, as well as the rights to publish BBC-branded titles under licensing and contract arrangements.

  • Demand for “Brand Britain” makes exporting a real treat for London confectioner

    The company has been developing, producing and marketing its own products for the last two years.

    “We wanted to be in charge of our own destiny, do things our own way, and control the process from initial idea to sales and distribution” says Business Development Manager Jaime Waring. “Part of that was approaching our products in a brand-led manner - a lot of confectioners are distributors of brands that they don’t own or control.”

  • Tyneside firm generates high voltage success in Venezuela

    Newcastle engineering firm Houghton International is celebrating after landing one of its biggest ever single export orders, thanks in part to support it received from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

    The company, based in Walker, manufactures high voltage coils that are used in the repair and maintenance of large electrical motors and generators. It has just won an order worth $210,000 from Venezuelan company Sidelco for its pioneering Hi Flex coil system.

  • Australia’s Campbell Page enters the UK Welfare to Work market

    Campbell Page, an Australian not-for-profit community, employment and training provider has entered the UK Welfare to Work market. Campbell Page UK has acquired North Wessex Training Ltd, a UK welfare-to-work training company.

    North Wessex Training Ltd is a training services provider operating in Wiltshire. Formed in 1988, it has worked closely with Job Centres and other like-minded bodies to become an integral part of Wiltshire's employment support structure.

  • ECGD helps Lancashire wallpaper company roll out its products in Russia

    ECGD, the UK export credit agency, has supported the UK's largest wallpaper manufacturer to help increase its exports to Russia. Russia is the world's largest consumer market for wallpaper, three times larger than the UK market.

  • Record £800 million for groundbreaking research in UK to benefit patients

    The Government today announced a record £800 million funding to boost research and allow the development of ground breaking medicines, treatments and care for patients.

    This is the UK's largest ever investment in 'early stage' health research which will fund advances in diagnosis, prevention and treatment, benefitting patients with diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The thirty one awards include funding for four new Biomedical Research Units which specialise in dementia research.

  • Quarto Acquires Award-Winning British Book Publisher Frances Lincoln Limited

    Quarto, one of the largest international co-edition book publishers, has acquired British book publisher Frances Lincoln Limited (FLL) for L4.5 million in cash.

    FLL is well known for its award-winning children's list and its authoritative horticultural titles. FLL has a backlist of over 1500 titles and published 150 books last year.

  • UK Government announces 11 new Enterprise Zones to accelerate local growth

    The location of eleven new Enterprise Zones, designed to boost local growth and create over 30,000 new jobs by 2015, were announced today by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles.

    At Budget the Government announced 11 Enterprise Zones in the country s largest cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Merseyside and Newcastle, as well as inviting applications for 10 more in other areas.

  • General Physics acquires TK Holdings Ltd and its subsidiary Beneast Training Ltd

    GP Strategies Corporation, the corporate parent of global performance improvement solutions provider General Physics Corporation (GP), announced that GP’s wholly-owned subsidiary, General Physics (UK) Ltd, has acquired the entire share capital of TK Holdings Ltd and its subsidiary Beneast Training Ltd, an independent training provider located in the United Kingdom.

    Beneast generated revenue of $8 million for the year ending July 2011 and GP Strategies anticipates that the acquired business will be accretive to earnings-per-share in 2011.

  • UKTI facilitates groundbreaking Indian deal for Brighton video-on-demand firm

    CEO Richard Harris created MiShorts as a paid-for download service devoted to short films and to promoting the work of independent film makers. Its online library is updated daily with films from UK and international sources to watch online or download to everything from mobile devices to HD TVs.

  • Amscreen acquires the entire Sales and Marketing Operation of Digicom

    Lord Sugar’s Amscreen, the UK’s largest nationwide Digital out of Home network owner, Monday announced that it has acquired the entire Sales and Marketing Operation of Digicom.

    Digicom is the specialist Digital out of Home Sales house founded two years ago by Tom Goddard, who now becomes Deputy Chairman and Shareholder of Amscreen and will support CEO Simon Sugar in the key areas of Media Sales and Development.

  • Allocate Software Group acquires Zircadian Holdings Limited

    Allocate Software Group announced that it has acquired Zircadian Holdings Limited, the leading provider of software and consultancy services for managing all hospital doctors in the NHS.

    The company is currently working with over 142 UK organizations and 107 NHS Trusts who principally use their custom built software applications, Junior Doctor Portal and Consultant Portal.

  • Barclays buys significant equity share in RES’ Wadlow Wind Farm project

    RES Thursday agreed to the sale of a significant share of its equity in the Wadlow Wind Farm project in Cambridgeshire to Barclays Infrastructure Funds.

    Construction of Wadlow Wind Farm began in June 2011, and full power generation is scheduled for October 2012. The project will consist of 13 x 2MW turbines with a combined installed capacity of 26 MW and will provide clean, green energy which will power the equivalent of 15,000 homes (or 29 per cent of the homes in the South Cambridgeshire District).

  • Reich buys Surenet Agency Limited in its second acquisition since June

    Reich announced it has completed its second acquisition in two months, having just purchased independent insurance broker Surenet Agency Limited.
    The second acquisition follows the recent announcement that Reich Insurance has added Bolton broker D. Barnett to its network. This latest move further demonstrates Reich's commitment to growing its portfolio, both organically and through acquisitions.

  • Innovative Output Solutions acquires Lateral Group Limited

    Innovative Output Solutions (IOS), a UK-based subsidiary of DST Systems Inc. announced the acquisition of Lateral Group Limited. Lateral Group is a UK company with operational facilities located principally in London, Nottingham and Edenbridge, and is engaged in integrated, data driven, multi-channel marketing.

  • Dunkermotoren GmbH acquires Copley Motion Systems

    Dunkermotoren GmbH, headquartered in Bonndorf, Germany and the parent of Dunkermotoren USA Inc. (Dunkermotor), has acquired the Copley Motion Systems (CMS) business, based in Basildon in the U.K.
    CMS develops and manufactures highly dynamic linear motor systems. The CMS operation, which is the inventor of the tubular linear motor and an innovation leader in linear direct drives, will be known as Dunkermotoren Linear Systems.

  • First colleges gain right to award own degrees in UK

    Two further education colleges have become the first institutions to be given the right to award their own foundation degrees.

    The Privy Council has granted foundation degree awarding powers to the Corporation of Newcastle College and the Corporation of New College Durham, following detailed scrutiny of their applications by the Quality Assurance Agency.

    Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable said: