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  • Vislink plc acquires the entire issued share capital of Gigawave Limited

    Vislink plc, the global technology business specializing in secure communications products and services for the news & entertainment and law enforcement & public safety markets, announced it acquired the entire issued share capital of Gigawave Limited for a cash consideration of £3.75 million.

  • Ryder completes its acquisition of the UK’s Hill Hire plc

    Ryder Europe announced that it has completed the purchase of 100% of the equity in nationwide truck rental and contract hire company Hill Hire from Lloyds Banking Group. The cash transaction values Hill Hire at £154 million.

    The purchase was agreed by both parties based on the strength of the Ryder bid and the significant complementary benefits of bringing the two businesses together.

  • Verity Systems sells all the technology and production rights of the HP based Panther printing system

    Microtech Systems announced Monday it has acquired all the technology and production rights of the Hewlett Packard (HP) based Panther printing system from former UK printer supplier, Verity Systems. Verity Systems ceased production of the popular ink jet based system in first quarter of this year to focus on their core business of magnetic degaussing systems and solutions.

  • Hempel acquires UK-based decorative coatings manufacturer Crown Paints

    Danish-based company, Hempel, announced Friday the acquisition of UK-based decorative coatings manufacturer, Crown Paints Ltd. The move comes as part of the company’s One Hempel – One Ambition growth strategy.
    The Decorative segment represents a significant part of the global coatings industry and is expected to keep growing. Therefore, the acquisition of a company strong in the Decorative market is an important part of Hempel’s strategy.

  • idoodlesoftware inc. in license agreement for entire software portfolio of the UK’s Immersive Education Limited

    idoodlesoftware inc., an education software company offering innovative solutions to bridge the gap between traditional and digital learning, announced Friday that it has signed an exclusive license for North and Central America and the Caribbean with the United Kingdom's pre-eminent educational software developer Immersive Education Limited for their entire software portfolio.

  • Ryder System Inc. acquires Bradford, England-based Hill Hire plc

    Ryder System Inc, a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, Thursday announced it has acquired Bradford, England-based Hill Hire plc, an independently run and wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group.

    Hill Hire is a UK market leader in commercial truck leasing, rental and maintenance, with a solid base of contractual customers. The stock acquisition was completed on June 8, 2011 at a cash price of approximately £154 million (approximately $252 million).

  • Concur to acquire privately held GlobalExpense

    Concur, a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management Wednesday announced it has agreed to acquire privately held GlobalExpense, a London-based market leader in Web-based end-to-end expense management, for £12 million.

    The acquisition also includes a performance-based contingent earn-out of up to £2 million. Concur expects the acquisition to close in its fourth fiscal quarter. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

  • Air Business buys the UK’s premier subscription and publishing services bureau

    St. Albans-based Air Business has successfully acquired Quadrant Subscription Services (QSS), one of the UK’s premier subscription and publishing services bureau. The deal sees QSS transferring ownership from Reed Business Information, who will remain as a client for the long-term, to become part of the expanding Air Business group. The acquisition is further indication that Air Business is continuing to pursue its stated strategy of intelligent growth.

  • Dentsu Acquires Steak Group Ltd

    Dentsu, the world’s number one consolidated agency network and the world’s fifth largest marketing communications holding company, announced Friday that it has acquired 100% of the share capital of Steak Group.

  • Jones Group Inc. acquires Europe's largest luxury shoe retailer based in the United Kingdom

    The Jones Group Inc. announced it has acquired Kurt Geiger, Europe’s largest luxury shoe retailer based in the United Kingdom, from Graphite Capital, a leading UK mid-market private equity firm.

    The investment was for a cash consideration of approximately $350 million (or 215 million pounds Sterling) in cash, inclusive of debt acquired. The transaction, which was financed with cash on hand, is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share, exclusive of any required purchase accounting adjustments.

  • ProQuest acquires British Nursing Index, a cornerstone database for nursing and midwifery in the U.K.

    ProQuest, an information firm central to global research, has acquired British Nursing Index (BNI), a cornerstone database for nursing and midwifery in the U.K. British Nursing Index has been compiled through a partnership of the libraries at Bournemouth University, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal College of Nursing and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Software AG acquires the UK’s Metismo Ltd

    Software AG has acquired Metismo Ltd and will integrate its leading mobile application development technology into the webMethods integration platform. As a result, Software AG customers will be able to quickly and easily extend integrations and process interaction to virtually any mobile device, such as an Android™, Blackberry®, iPad, iPhone and Windows Phone 7.

  • Rockwell Automation acquires leading Industrial Automation Repairs and Service Provider

    Rockwell Automation, Inc. announced that it has purchased Lektronix, a leading independent industrial automation repairs and service provider in Europe and Asia, headquartered in Cannock, U.K.

  • Recruitment Support Services plc acquires certain assets from the administrator of Skills Market Limited

    Recruitment Support Services Plc announced the purchase of certain assets from the administrator of Skills Market Limited. Skills Market Limited had recently seen the withdrawal of a long term investor in the company and was therefore unable to continue trading in its current form. Skills Market Limited was best known for its iProfile and Skills Passport products.

  • Jones Lang LaSalle Merges with the UK’s King Sturge

    Global commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) announced it will merge with international property consultancy King Sturge.  The combined firm will be the clear leader in the UK and also in continental Europe, with greatly enhanced strength and depth of service capabilities across the region that will directly benefit the clients of both companies.

  • CORE Projects & Technologies acquires ITN Mark Education Ltd

    CORE Projects & Technologies ltd has announced its acquisition of ITN Mark Education Ltd; a UK based Education Solutions Company which is a national provider of supply teachers and teaching assistants. CORE acquired ITN Mark for about US$ 25 million, through its subsidiary Core Education and Consulting Solutions (UK) Ltd.

  • Xerox Corp. acquires U.K.-based print consultancy and software solution provider, NewField IT

    Xerox Corporation has acquired NewField IT, a U.K.-based print consultancy and software solution provider. The acquisition expands Xerox’s market-leading managed print services (MPS) portfolio that serves workplaces of any size.

  • Leaders Lettings acquires the largest specialist lettings agency in East Anglia, JSM

    Bowmark Capital, the mid-market private equity investment firm, Thursday announced the acquisition of JSM Property Management (JSM) by its portfolio company, Leaders Lettings, the UK’s largest dedicated residential lettings and property management agency.

    JSM is the leading specialist lettings agency in East Anglia, with six branches, in Cambridge, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Woodbridge and Norwich.  

  • AFL acquires leading telecommunications network implementation and integration provider, TCC Group

    AFL has signed an agreement to acquire TCC Group, a leading telecommunications network implementation and integration provider based in Bracknell, UK. TCC Group will join the AFL global portfolio to provide communications services to the European markets.

    Jody Gallagher, President and CEO of AFL, reiterated his excitement by the prospects and opportunities this transaction will bring to both companies, adding that he is confident there will be real benefit to existing and future customers.

  • Climaveneta acquires chiller distribution in UK from the Swiss based Walter Meier Group

    Climaveneta has acquired the chiller distribution in UK from the Swiss based Walter Meier Group. Following the acquisition in 2009 of its distributor in Poland and in February 2011 of an independent distributor in India, the purchase of Walter Meier (Climate UK) Ltd. is a further step in Climaveneta’s strategy of growth in key markets.

  • Janson Media acquires Worldwide Rights to Feature Documentary “Crossing Borders”

    Janson Media announced Monday that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Crossing Borders Films of the UK to release the powerful feature documentary film Crossing Borders to worldwide television, DVD, VOD, and New Media markets.

  • Scottish and Southern Energy plc acquires wind farm from Renewable Energy Systems Group

    Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) has reached agreement on the acquisition of a wind farm close to its existing Keadby power station in North Lincolnshire, from Renewable Energy Systems Group (RES).

    The Keadby Wind Farm was developed by RES Group and the 34 turbine project received planning consent in 2008. Once constructed, the project will have an installed capacity of between 68 and 85MW and provide enough clean, green energy to power the equivalent of between 38,000 and 47,000 UK homes

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc acquires Sterilin Ltd

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, Friday announced that it has acquired Sterilin, Ltd., a leading provider of single-use plastic products serving the microbiology, life sciences and clinical markets. Headquartered in South Wales, U.K., the company has approximately 270 employees and 2010 full year revenue of approximately $35 million.

  • Forum Energy Technologies acquires the UK’s Specialist ROV Tooling Services Ltd

    US based Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (FET) Thursday announced the acquisition of Specialist ROV Tooling Services, Ltd of Insch, Scotland, U.K. Specialist is a leading provider of intervention tooling and custom engineered product solutions for the subsea intervention market.

    The acquisition of Specialist and its reputation for responsive, innovative subsea solutions further demonstrates Forum’s commitment to strengthen its broad range of subsea products and services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.