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Computers & Electronics - 2001
TTPCom, the developer of digital wireless communications technology, is to set up a new 45,000 sq ft headquarters on the Melbourn Science Park in Royston next year.
Liverpool City Council is in talks with British Telecom about the possibility of setting up a call centre to handle calls on behalf of other UK local authorities, which could create 500 jobs.
Seeda, the South East of England Development Agency, is planning to set up 10 more high technology business centres in order to bring start-up companies and universities together with established businesses and venture capitalists.
Signum Circuits, the Selkirk-based telecoms company, has been bought out of receivership by a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, saving 94 jobs.
QA, the IT training consultancy, is to set up a new administration centre for 200 staff at the Delta Business Park in Swindon in January.
Mice is to acquire Expocentric, the developer of 3D computer presentation models, for £26m.
Alphyra is to sell the Disposal Group to Calyx for about £7m, and the proceeds will be used to extend its terminal network across a number of European markets.
Kalamazoo is to sell its software business to UCS of the US for £14m in order to make up a shortfall in its pension scheme, and the remaining operations are being placed into liquidation.
Capita Group has acquired the Industrial Society's workforce training and development business, which runs about 150 courses and trains 50,000 people a year, for up to £24m.
Marconi has sold its optical components business to Bookham Technology in a £20m deal that will give Marconi a 9% stake in Bookham.
London Electricity has set up a new subsidiary called 51 degrees to offer broadband capacity in central London to other telecoms companies.
Fayrewood is to acquire UMD, the Spanish computer hardware distributor, for £17m.
Telecom Service Centres has announced plans to create 600 jobs at call centres throughout the west of Scotland and the Highlands over the next two years, following a rise in demand from the telecoms and financial services industries.
Circatex, a management buy-out team, has bought the Viasystems printed circuit board plant in South Shields out of receivership for undisclosed terms, saving more than 800 jobs.
Marconi is to invest £15m in the production of 28,000 internet-enabled payphone terminals, which will be installed and managed by British Telecom at sites around the country.
Cable & Wireless is to acquire PSINet Japan, the supplier of internet services, for £7.2m.
British Telecom is to invest £12m in a pilot project offering broadband internet access in remote parts of Cornwall, and will supply hardware and business support as part of an all-inclusive package.
Northbrook Technology has announced plans to create 300 jobs in Belfast and 250 in Londonderry in a £11m investment in software development.
Torex has acquired Figure Retail Systems, the supplier of point of sale systems, for £3m and Oxhealth.com for £0.4m.
Anite is to acquire FSS Group, the supplier of travel reservation software, for up to £10m, and is considering plans to transfer some of its research activities to Latvia.
Intelliplus is to acquire Medius Networks, the small Reading-based telecoms company that operates a voice and data network at the IX Europe site near Heathrow.
Cable & Wireless is planning to buy Exodus Communications, the US web-hosting company currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in a £700m investment.
Hutchison 3G is looking into the possibility of setting up a call centre at the vacant BT building in Nantgarw near Cardiff, with the creation of 400 jobs, and is said to be in negotiations with the Welsh Development Agency.
Zeus Technology has raised £3.5m in a fourth funding round, in order to develop new distribution channels for its internet software.
Eurotel Systems has acquired the telephone system installation and maintenance business of Future Integrated Telephony for £1.2m, and will relocate the 40 Coventry-based staff to new premises at Brandon Court.
E-blana, the Dublin-based software company, is to set up a new office at the Atek centre in Armagh in January, which will involve the relocation of 30 employees and the creation of up to 10 new jobs.
Omne Communications, the provider of TV, telephone and internet services via underground cables, has launched its new Lancaster and Morecambe division, and plans to bring more than 150 jobs to the district.
Torex has acquired McKeown Software, the Letchworth-based supplier of financial and procurement systems to the NHS, for £12m.
LANergy is planning to double the workforce of 13 scientists at its new headquarters in Newport, in order to develop new communications networking technology.
Tribal has acquired APD Technical for up to £10m, and is planning to raise £21m in a share placing to fund further acquisitions for its professional support services business.
Time2Learn is to acquire Intellexis International for £2.2m, in order to expand its financial and personal development e-learning business.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced plans to set up a £9m Centre for Advanced Software Technology in Bangor, in order to initiate the development of a cluster of software companies in North Wales.
Communisis, the information management company, is planning a £1.2m expansion at its factory in Lisburn, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Hutchison 3G is to set up a headquarters and customer care centre for its new-generation mobile phones business in Glasgow, with the creation of more than 600 jobs over the next three years.
IQE has raised £20m in a rights issue to fund the production of a new silicon wafer for Motorola, which could lead to the creation of about 300 jobs in Wales.
Obvious Solutions has acquired Icarus, the Manchester-based recruitment consultancy, for £0.5m, and is now looking to expand into London and the US.
QSP's intellectual property assets have been bought out of receivership by Walker Interactive Systems of the US, saving about 100 Tyneside jobs.
Eurocall is to acquire the UK business of RSL Communications for about £10m, in order to gain £2m of monthly telephone billings and up to 25 staff.
Skanska Networks has acquired MGT, the Leeds-based telecoms installation contractor with 400 staff, for £4.2m and plans to establish a new head office in the city.
Terence Chapman is considering plans to expand into management consulting, using the £16m proceeds from the sale of its back-office software business.
Anite has acquired Braid Hill Holdings, the Edinburgh-based supplier of public sector software, for about £0.3m.
Tribal Group has acquired Cambridge Training & Development, the e-learning consultancy, for £4.2m.
Axon, the IT services company, is to acquire the Bywater business transformation consultancy for £7m.
Xnet is to open a software integration and support centre in Belfast, creating 30 jobs over the next three years.
Asita Technologies is to receive an investment of £16m from Softbank Europe Ventures and the European Technology Fund for the development of internet encryption products.
Thus has sold its Interactive Media & Content phone services business to iTouch for £3.5m.
Computacenter is to acquire GE Capital IT Solutions' UK and French operations for £2m, while GECITS will acquire Computacenter's German business for £0.2m, as part of a new international alliance.
The National Assembly for Wales is to invest £18m in speeding up the installation of broadband internet technology over the next six months, with the money going to Welsh schools, colleges and local authorities.
Northbrook Technology, a subsidiary of US-based Allstate Insurance, is to set up a 70,000 sq ft office at the Lanyon Place development in Belfast.
Sage has acquired Coala, the French supplier of business management software, for £13m.
Superscape is to shed 34 jobs from its 118-strong workforce and refocus its virtual reality business on the mobile phone market, which will involve the development of 3D games and messaging systems.
Sopheon has confirmed plans to acquire Orbital Software of Edinburgh for £13m, which is expected to lead to job cuts among the 325-strong combined workforce.
RM has acquired Softease, the Derbyshire-based educational software developer, for up to £4.9m.
Sun Microsystems of the US has been selected as the private sector partner for the development of a £400m global online university, and will get an equity stake in the operating company UK eUniversities Worldwide.
ITG Group has acquired the Dunfermline-based Transaction Services Division of De La Rue for £6m, in order to expand its business servicing cellular and utility prepayments.
Inca Digital is planning to expand its workforce from 70 to 250 over the next four years, following the relocation of its print technology research operation to larger premises in Cambridge.
E-know.net of Telford has secured a further £1.2m of venture capital from 3i to fund its expansion in the business software market.
Europa Magnetics is seeking government funding to expand its computer disks factory and offices in Cramlington, which could lead to the creation of 200 jobs.
Xaar is to relocate its inkjet printing technology manufacturing base from Cambridge to Stockholm by April with the loss of 45 jobs, and the Cambridge site will focus on research.
Clarity Commerce Solutions is to acquire Flex Systems, the supplier of leisure management systems to local authorities, for £3.9m.
Innovation Group has acquired Cosy, the Fareham-based supplier of systems development and integration services, in a £9m deal.
British Telecom is to set up a £90m BT Ignite data centre at the Celtic Gateway development in Cardiff Bay, which will provide website hosting services and employ 200 people by the end of next year.
TS&S Global is planning a £1.5m expansion at its Kingsway telecoms repair facility in North Lincolnshire, including a new factory, warehouse, offices and a probable increase in the 160-strong workforce.
Celoxica is raising £20m of venture capital to fund the development of software for silicon chip design.
I-documentsystems, the supplier of document management systems, has opened an office in Glasgow and aims to create up to 45 jobs helping councils establish electronic services.
118UK, the provider of directory inquiry information services, is to create 250 new jobs at its Cardiff call centre, in preparation for the deregulation of the market.
RMR is to acquire Learning Angles, the London-based developer of online training and electronic learning products, for £0.4m.
National Grid has agreed to install radio antenna for Hutchison 3G's mobile phone network on up to 1,000 of its electricity pylons.
Garlands is recruiting a further 100 staff at its outsourcing call centre in Hartlepool, and plans to open a third Teesside centre in the coming months which will employ 500 staff within three years.
Lucent Technologies is planning to close two offices in Malmesbury and Chippenham, although some of the administration and research staff may be relocated to other sites in Swindon.
Colt Telecom has raised £400m in a share issue to finance the expansion of its European network of internet hosting centres.
Native Networks, the Israeli-based developer of optical computer networks with 84 staff, is planning to relocate its headquarters to London.
Amino Communications has raised a further £3m of private equity for the continued expansion of its Cambridge-based network appliances business.
Stortext, the Edinburgh-based software company, has secured a further £3.8m of venture capital in order to invest in R&D, new premises in Dunstable and the expansion of its sales and marketing team.
Barric, the Diss-based contract electronics manufacturer with 35 staff, has undergone a £1.9m management buy-out.
IMS Response is to create an additional 150 jobs at its call centre near Keighley in Yorkshire, due to rising demand for its customer response services.
Nexsan Technologies is planning to relocate the Derby office of its data storage equipment business and 20 staff to larger premises at Pride Park in March, with the creation of 10 new jobs.
Virgin Mobile is creating a further 100 jobs at its mobile phone customer call centre in Trowbridge.
Digital Bridges has secured a further £13m of venture capital to fund the expansion of its Dunfermline-based mobile games business.
NewNet is relocating its internet business to larger premises on the Cams Hall Estate in Fareham, and expects to create up to 50 new jobs.
Insight Enterprises, the US hardware and internet technology group, has confirmed plans to start work on the development of a £70m headquarters in Sheffield next year, with the creation of 1,700 jobs.
Damovo, the communications direct sales and service operation, is planning to create 140 jobs at a new site in Glasgow.
Sage is to acquire Micro Information Products, the US provider of specialised business applications for non-profit organisations, for £14m.
Imagination Technologies is to acquire Cross Products, the Leeds-based developer of microprocessor tools, for £4.2m.
Reed Executive is planning to invest £6m in its internet-based recruitment business this year.
Telegate, the German information services provider, has announced plans to create 400 jobs at a new call centre in Dumfries, following Oftel's decision to open the 192 directory enquiries service to competition.
Misco is expanding its computer products sales and support centre in Wellingborough, and expects the workforce to grow from 250 to 600 over the next five years.
Merant is to relocate its US headquarters from Maryland to Oregon at a cost of £10m, as part of the reorganisation of its internet software business.
Pressac, the communications equipment manufacturer, is considering plans to close its head office in Derby and relocate the 10 staff to other sites.
Project Telecom has won planning permission for the £4m expansion of its customer services centre in Newark, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Marlborough Stirling is to acquire Exchange FS, the operator of trading platforms, for £87m, in order to expand its financial services software business.
Tiny is creating 100 new jobs at its customer service and technical support centres in Redhill.
BDR Consulting is to set up a £0.8m e-business systems integration campus at the Floral Buildings in Belfast's new Market Quarter, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Prudential has terminated a £35m contract with Unisys for the development of systems for the online processing of new pensions and policies, and may look for a new partner.
BPS Teleperformance is setting up a new teleservices call centre in Edgbaston later this month, as part of an expansion at its Birmingham-based business that will create 275 jobs.
Carmarthenshire County Council has announced that Elev8 Solutions of Ireland is planning to set up an outsourcing call centre in Ammanford, with the creation of 266 jobs.
Damovo, the former direct sales operation of Ericsson, is looking to set up a global headquarters in the UK, and potential sites are being considered in Scotland, London, Manchester and the Thames Valley.
Merant is to sell its DataDirect enterprise data business to Golden Gate Capital of the US for £21m.
Morse has acquired a 51% stake in Integracion de Sistemas Abiertos, the Spanish software company, for £1.8m, with an option to acquire the remaining stake.
Torex is to acquire Hiscom, the Dutch supplier of hospital information systems, for £21m.
Ericsson is looking to sell its St James's Square head office in London, in order to relocate the staff to an office in Wigmore Street.
CITEL Technologies has secured £5.4m of private equity to fund the expansion of its Nottingham-based computer telephony business.
Spektra Systems is planning to create 60 new jobs in its e-commerce software business, having just opened a new office at the Alba Campus in Livingston.
Quest, the US software group, is creating 20 jobs at a new sales and support office in Sheffield.
Carlisle City Council is to consider plans from Capita BS for the development of a £3m business centre at Kingmoor Park, which will house up to 500 staff working for the former design and business service of Cumbria County Council.
Redbus Interhouse, the operator of internet co-location facilities, is to drop plans for a £20m expansion programme in 2002, but will go ahead with its immediate plan to triple its space in London and add sites in Prague and Amsterdam.
Hewlett-Packard is to acquire Compaq for £15.7bn to create a world leader in personal computer equipment, but up to 15,000 jobs could be lost in the merged business.
Tribal Group has acquired Ben Johnson-Hill Associates, the provider of diagnostic services to further education colleges, for £3.3m.
Planit Holdings is to acquire Licom Systems, the Coventry-based supplier of CAD software to the metal and woodworking industries, for £6.1m.
Anite has acquired Parsec Systems, the Aylesbury-based e-business services group, for an initial £7m.
Public Network is planning to raise £1.2m in a flotation on Aim, in order to fund the expansion of its network of 300 public internet kiosks.
The Scottish Executive is taking steps to encourage the development of broadband internet services in rural areas, which will involve users being grouped together and tenders being offered to telecoms companies.
Mission Testing is to acquire Special Testing Solutions, the Manchester-based software testing company with 43 staff, for £3.7m.
Compass Software has acquired Guided Image, the Leicestershire-based supplier of design software, for an initial £1.5m.
Sphinx CST, the Lynx subsidiary, is to sell its Cisco networking products business to Ingram Micro for about £10m.
Neptune Developments is in negotiations with a call centre operator interested in taking Hangar Two at the former city airport in Speke, which could lead to the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Harvey Nash is to acquire Broadbay Networks, the US recruitment company, for up to £2.2m.
Tiny is transferring its PC production from China to Scotland with the creation of 160 jobs, having awarded a £40m five-year manufacturing contract to Fullarton Computer Industries of Prestwick.
Serif, the Nottingham-based desktop publishing and software company, is planning to recruit up to 50 sales staff, upgrade its warehousing operation and expand its customer call centre.
AIT Group, the supplier of IT solutions for retail financial services, is planning to acquire Information Management Associates of the US for £12m.
CampusLink has acquired NetNet, the rival supplier of telecoms services to universities.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from TCI and Stonemartin for the development of a £50m internet exchange next to the proposed City-Science project in the Merchant City area.
Tiscali of Italy has acquired Tiny Online from Tiny Computers for £8m, in order to expand its internet service business in the UK.
BitWise is planning to relocate its Dunfermline-based software development centre to larger premises at the Carnegie Campus Business Park, with the creation of up to 45 new jobs.
Chelsfield and TrizecHahn are to sell their Global Switch telehousing joint venture to Risanamento Napoli for £305m, and will then take a majority stake in the Italian property group.
British Telecom and Gilat of the US are to introduce a high-speed satellite internet service in rural areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland from November, which will require the installation of satellite dishes.
Kymata, the Livingston-based optical components company, has been acquired by Alcatel Optronics of France for £82m.
Nord Anglia has acquired Belle Associates, the specialist education consultancy that delivers online training packages to schools and libraries, for up to £2m.
Mettoni has acquired Symetris, the supplier of communications systems and e-business solutions, for £4.4m, and the enlarged operation will form the core of the new Mettoni Systems Integration business.
Vertex is planning to launch a major recruitment drive to fill 700 jobs at its new £6.5m call centre in Whitehaven, which is due to open in November.
British Telecom is considering plans to open luxury warehouse-style apartments in a number of unused telephone exchanges, starting with the top three floors of the Marylebone exchange in London.
ITG is raising £18m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its computer services business into France and Germany, and will rename itself Alphyra.
Global Highland is creating more than 40 jobs following the creation of two new divisions - Global Highland Management Services and Global Highland Training & Consultancy.
PeopleDoc, the Edinburgh-based collaboration software specialist, has been acquired by Hummingbird of Canada for £13m.
Ellis Fairbank, the Yorkshire recruitment group with about 100 consultants, has undergone a £19m management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Development Capital.
Unilever is planning to create a further 50 jobs at its new European IT infrastructure headquarters in Flintshire, taking the total workforce at the site to more than 500.
Photonic Materials has raised £8m of venture capital to fund the development of a manufacturing facility for its optoelectronics technology.
Computing Devices Canada has won a £1.8bn contract to supply a battlefield radio system to the Ministry of Defence, and will set up a headquarters at Blackwood in Wales and create up to 1,600 jobs at sites across the UK.
The government is to relaunch a radio spectrum auction in order to encourage the development of high-speed internet services in rural areas.
Misys is to shed 150 jobs in its banking software division, including 20 in the UK, and will relocate its online support facility to Manilla.
OneClickHR has acquired Parker Technologies, the Stoke-based developer of workplace time recording solutions, for up to £1.5m.
IBM is setting up a regional headquarters at the Thorpe Park business park on the outskirts of Leeds, and the building is expected to house around 400 staff after completion in March 2002.
Innovation Group has acquired MTW, the US supplier of insurance software, for £59m.
Diagonal has acquired Claritas Information Security for up to £1.2m, in order to expand its secure networks division.
Screen is to acquire Pentyre, the Hemel Hempstead-based software developer, for up to £2m, in order to expand its security and communication systems business.
Intelliplus has acquired Airserve, the Sussex-based mobile commerce company, for undisclosed terms.
Mitek Group, the computer component distributor, is to relocate from High Carr Business Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme to a larger warehouse and office block at the Rosevale Business Park.
Newell & Budge, the Edinburgh-based IT services company, is to undergo a £5m management buy-out backed by 3i, and is seeking acquisitions to expand the business throughout the UK.
Yospace is to receive £0.25m from the West Midlands Advantage Technology Fund to expand its wireless technology business into the region.
AVT Microsystems is planning to expand its workforce from 40 to 80 over the next 18 months, following its move into larger offices in Maid Marian Way, Nottingham.
Caudwell is said to be considering plans to open a new mobile phone repair factory outside North Staffordshire, due to a shortage of skilled labour in the area.
DCS is to sell its IT outsourcing division to management for £21m, in order to focus its software business on the logistics and automotive markets.
Unisys is to set up an office at the 43,000 sq ft Station House in Milton Keynes.
Protherics is selling its computer-aided molecular design business to Tularik of the US for £6.7m.
FKI has acquired Dator, the Danish software controls company with annual sales of £4m, in order to expand its Logistex business.
Easby Electronics, the electronics distributor, has undergone a £8m management buy-out.
AdVal Group is to acquire Terra Nova Media, the supplier of website design and e-business services with annual turnover of £1.1m.
Deltron Electronics has acquired C&K Components and Euroind of Italy for £5.8m, as part of a strategy to become a leading European supplier of electromechanical components.
Baron Corporation, the Leeds-based software supplier, is to merge with Euro System Projects of Surrey in a £2m deal that will lead to 18 redundancies among the 53 staff.
ECsoft has bought S17, the Swedish IT services company with 63 staff, from Framfab, in order to strengthen its back-office systems and project management operations in Sweden.
Scipher is to acquire Probot Communications for £0.7m, in order to expand its Wavelength Digital wireless communications business.
ClientLogic is setting up a call centre in Exeter to support customers of British Telecom's internet service, and has already recruited 230 of the 270 staff required.
Marconi is planning to shed a further 4,000 jobs from its worldwide workforce, including 570 at a plant in Poole, and has also announced the sale of its medical systems division to Philips for £780m.
Domestic & General has acquired Inkfish, the operator of call centres in Slough, Redhill and Brighton, for up to £14m.
Polatis is planning to increase the workforce at its new optical switch manufacturing centre on the Cambridge Science Park from 40 to 100 over the next 12 months.
Iomart has bought Actis, the Glasgow-based internet security company, out of liquidation for undisclosed terms.
Centrica has acquired the UK division of One.Tel, the Australian telecoms company that went into administration in May, for £58m.
Eurocall has bought Callcom, the Manchester-based telecoms installation company, out of administration.
NCorp, the developer of online trading software, is moving to larger premises at the Cambridge Business Park and plans to increase its 25-strong workforce by 50% over the next 12 months.
Deltron Electronics has acquired Hawnt Electronics, the distributor of electromechanical components, for £6.8m.
Anite is to acquire Didgicom, the developer of travel software, for up to £1.8m.
Meridio, the developer of document management software products, is to invest £11m in Belfast with the creation of 120 new jobs.
Comeleon is looking to create up to 300 jobs in its County Durham-based business over the next three years, due to anticipated demand for its personalised imaging technology from mobile phone users.
Serco has acquired Total IT, the IT and project management consultancy, for £1.2m.
Horizon Technology has bought parts of eNet Systems out of receivership for £0.8m, in order to expand its IT solutions business.
EDS is creating a further 50 jobs in Swansea to meet rising demand for its IT services.
Marconi is to merge its Ipsaris telecoms network with Easynet Group in a £330m reverse takeover that will provide Easynet with access to a national broadband network.
Sopheon is to acquire the Technology and Information Services division of Aventis Research, gaining access to the German market for the supply of software solutions to the life sciences sector.
ICS Computing, the Belfast-based software development and payroll services company, is planning to open new offices in London, Glasgow and Dublin.
The South East England Development Agency has announced that Krystaltech Lynx Europe, the German distributor of computer components, is to set up a UK headquarters at Cams Hall in Fareham, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Vodafone is to create a further 50 jobs at its mobile phone customer contact centre in Blacklands Way, Abingdon.
Misys is to acquire Sunquest, the US healthcare systems supplier, for £287m, in order to expand its Medic Computer Systems subsidiary.
Radiant Networks is raising £25m in third-round funding to develop its Cambridge-based broadband technology business.
Plasmon is raising £10m in a share placing to fund the development of ultra density optical drives.
Anite is to acquire Rox Mariehamn, the Finnish IT services company, for up to £0.3m.
IMS Response is creating 50 new jobs at its call centre in Steeton, near Keighley, due to rising demand for its customer response services.
Liverpool City Council has been approached by FiberCore of the US about the possibility of setting up a fibre optics factory in the city, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Technology for Business has acquired Avenue Legal Systems, the legal software company with offices in Fareham and Manchester, for £3m.
Misys is to acquire DBS Management, the supplier of IT services to the financial adviser sector, for £75m.
Opal Telecom of Warrington is to invest a further £20m on its telecoms network, product range and salesforce and is creating 50 new jobs.
Nimans is creating 50 new jobs at its telecoms distribution business in Salford Quays, following the recent relocation of its business-to-business mail order operation into new premises.
Acuid has secured £5.7m in equity finance from HgCapital to fund the development of new technology for increasing computer processing speeds, and is planning to set up a design centre in Scotland or Ireland.
Aerofone, the mobile phone service provider, has been acquired by Stanhope Communications for £20m.
InVision Software of Germany is to set up a £0.5m software development centre in Londonderry with the creation of 30 jobs.
British Telecom is forming a partnership with Deutsche Telekom to develop third generation mobile networks in the UK and Germany, which will involve their BT Wireless and One-2-One subsidiaries sharing capital expenditure.
Merant is to sell its Merant Micro Focus software tools business to Golden Gate Capital and Parallax Capital Partners of the US for £45m, in order to focus on e-commerce.
Great Universal Stores has sold Breathe.com, the internet service provider, to Affinity Internet for £1.7m.
Eurocopy has acquired County Business Machines, the Stoke-based supplier of photocopiers and fax machines, for £1.4m.
Business Systems Group has acquired the design business of Atomic Tangerine for up to £6.7m, in order to expand its online solutions division.
OneClickHR has acquired MicroSolve Training, the supplier of computer training services from offices in Manchester and Edgware.
ANT is to relocate its internet software business to larger premises on the Cambridge Business Park, and plans to double the size of its 60-strong workforce.
SAS of the US is planning to double the size of its Glasgow-based software development business over the next 12 months, adding an unspecified number of jobs to the existing 21.
British Telecom has dropped plans to set up an 800-seat call centre in Nantgarw near Caerphilly, and an alternative occupier is now being sought.
Transacsys has acquired Trinity Web Consultancy, the software development and integration company, for £0.1m.
SSS is setting up a new software development office in Nottingham, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Innovation Group is to expand its insurance software business with the £8m acquisition of three companies - IBS, SDS and Reboot.
Idesta is raising £6m of venture capital funding to expand its Glasgow-based mobile software business, and will create a further 125 jobs.
Telewest is to acquire Rapid Travel Solutions for up to £10m, which will enable it to connect travel agents to its broadband internet network.
Liberty Information Technology of the US is to create a further 40 software development jobs in Belfast this year.
Charteris has acquired The Mandelbrot Set, the supplier of e-business solutions, for up to £5m.
Bright Station has raised £13m in a share placing to fund the development of its Smartlogik knowledge management software.
Intec Telecom Systems is to acquire Dataphone, the Leicestershire-based provider of telecoms software solutions, for £1.1m.
SureSkills of Ireland is setting up a computer training and consultancy business at Upper Arthur Street in Belfast, with the creation of 22 jobs.
Melville Craig, the recruitment agency with 260 staff in Scotland, has been acquired by TMP Worldwide, the US owner of the Monster.com jobs website.
Isoft has acquired the UK and Australian operations of Eclipsys, the US healthcare software solutions company, for £6.1m.
Management Consulting Group is to acquire Czipin & Partners for an initial £11m, in order to expand its management consultancy business into Austria and Germany.
Carphone Warehouse is to acquire Communications de Mobile Cellulaires, the French telecom services company, for £54m.
Total Repair Solutions is planning to double its workforce to 600 after moving its mobile phone repair business to a new £3m headquarters in Clydebank early next year.
ICL is considering plans to vacate its office in the West End of London and relocate staff to its other properties, in order to introduce modern working practices.
Sysdrill, the Aberdeen-based software company, has been acquired by Paradigm Geophysical, the worldwide provider of information solutions for the oil and gas industry.
British Telecom is to scrap the Cellnet mobile phone brand in order to develop a new international identity in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Joshua Consulting is to open a residential call centre training academy at Talgarth in Mid Wales next month.
Glotel, the telecoms recruitment company, has scrapped plans to open a further six branches this year, and two offices are being closed and merged into a larger operation in Birmingham.
IRevolution is planning a reverse takeover of SEP Industrial to gain a stock market listing, and a share issue will raise £10m for the development of its systems integration business.
Fibernet has acquired ICG Interconnect, the German supplier of computer networks, for £1.8m.
DAT Group is recruiting a further 22 staff at its new mobile solutions office in York.
Belkin Components is planning to set up a 238,000 sq ft office and distribution centre at the Express Park in Rushden.
Madison Dearborn Partners is providing £57m of private equity to EON Communications for a £265m project to develop a broadband cable network in northwest England and southwest Scotland.
Xpert Systems, the Warrington-based integrated communications and technology services provider with 210 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Gameplay has sold its UK and Scandinavian mail order computer games business to management for a nominal sum, in order to focus on the distribution of games over the internet.
Parthus is to acquire Chicory Systems, the US mobile technology company, for £29m.
Cable & Wireless is to acquire Digital Island, the US internet services group, for £239m.
Royalblue is planning to sell its HelpDesk and Rostrvm divisions to management, in order to focus on software for the financial services market.
Opsys has secured £8m of venture capital backing to fund the development of research facilities for its light-emitting materials business in the US and the UK.
Iomart has sold its Madasafish internet service provider business to an unnamed private company for £3m, in order to focus on business services.
Trace Computers is to acquire Datawise Training & Consultancy Services for £7.3m, in order to expand its software development and consultancy business.
Synstar has sold its Italian computer services division to Gruppo ATR for £0.3m.
Sendo has announced plans to set up a mobile phone research plant at Sheldon in Birmingham, which could create up to 500 jobs over the next three years.
Virgin is looking to set up a mobile phone service in Japan by next April, and talks are taking place with local operators to lease airtime.
Vodafone has sold its Tele-ring mobile phone business in Austria to Western Wireless of the US for undisclosed terms.
Computer People is planning to create up to 40 new jobs at its computing staff recruitment call centre in Stoke-on-Trent.
IXEurope has raised £12m in equity finance to fund the expansion of its chain of European internet hotels to up to 14 centres by the end of the year.
DuPont Photomasks is to close its semiconductor components plant in Hamilton with the loss of up to 36 jobs, and the equipment will be relocated to other sites.
Birmingham City Council has awarded a £5m contract to Lagan Technologies of Belfast to develop a new online system that will provide a link between local residents and the various council departments.
Oxford University has secured a £10m donation for the development of an internet institute, which will provide a forum to debate the impact of the internet on society.
Actebis Distribution, the computer components distributor, is planning to open a new office in Newport, South Wales, to house a specialist sales team for high-end system integrator and assembler customers.
Terence Chapman is looking to expand its IT consultancy business into Germany and the Far East, and will open an office in New York within six months.
British Telecom is planning to vacate its City of London headquarters over the next two years, and up to 500 staff will be relocated to smaller offices.
Dan Technology has sold Dan Network Solutions, the internet communications company with 40 staff, to a management buy-out for £1m.
Kazoo3D, the developer of 3D software, is to undergo a reverse takeover by The Zoo Media Corporation in a £6.8m deal.
Southern Derbyshire Chamber is relocating its headquarters to the Riverside Business Park in Raynesway, where it will employ 70 staff.
Altran of France is planning to expand its UK network of technology consultants, with the creation of 500 jobs over the next two years.
Butler Group, the IT research consultancy, has undergone a £10m management buy-out and plans to open new offices in continental Europe over the next 12 months.
Big Blue International, the mobile phone dealer, is to set up a new call centre at Ystradgynlais with the creation of 130 jobs, and will also create a further 100 jobs at its existing call centre in Swansea.
FI has bought the remaining 80% of Synergy International Consulting for up to £28m, in order to expand its IT services business.
One-2-One is to build six new offices at the Hatfield Business Park, and Kier has won the £60m construction contract from developer Arlington Securities.
Action for Employment is expanding its recruitment and training service by opening new offices in towns and cities throughout the country.
Knowledge Management Software is to acquire Raging Software, the US developer of internet software, for £2m.
PC Medics is planning to raise £0.9m in a flotation on Aim in order to reduce debt and expand its London-based computer repair business into other regions.
Red-M has raised £30m of venture capital to fund the development of wireless networking products based on Bluetooth technology.
Specialist Computer Centres is to create up to 200 jobs after winning a £390m contract to supply desktop systems and services to Computer Sciences Corporation.
Vosper Thornycroft is to acquire Hospitality Plus, the provider of training services to the hospitality and other service sectors, for £10m.
Inkfish is planning to set up a call centre in Brighton to provide customer contact services to other companies, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Simclar is planning to acquire the cable and printed circuit board-making subsidiary of Medicore of the US for up to £10m.
Esgem, the embedded software designer, is to relocate its headquarters from Wotton-under-Edge to Emersons Green, and plans to create about 20 new jobs by the end of next year.
Morse is to acquire Delphis Holdings, the helpdesk support and IT consultancy, for up to £40m.
Soutron, the database software company, is to merge with Esprit Information Solutions of Coventry, which will increase its Derby-based workforce from 20 to about 30.
Terence Chapman is to sell TCA Synergo, the supplier of broking software, to Automatic Data Processing of the US for £15m, and the proceeds will be invested in its core TCA Consulting business.
Elite Electronics is planning a £3m expansion at its fibre-optics factory in Enniskillen over the next three years, with the creation of 114 jobs.
SEEL has bought BlueSky Technology, the Edinburgh-based data communications company, out of receivership for undisclosed terms, saving 30 jobs.
ICL has completed the sale of its local government applications software business to Anite for £13m.
IBM is planning to create a further 150 jobs at its new human resources call centre department in Portsmouth, which already employs more than 200 people.
Blue 8 Technologies, the Nottingham-based developer of geographical information systems, has undergone a £3.5m management buy-out from its German parent in a deal backed by Friends Ivory & Sime Private Equity.
Cedalion, the Edinburgh-based bespoke software developer, is to create 50 new jobs following a £1.3m equity injection from Northern Venture Managers, and is also seeking acquisitions.
A2Z Computers, the manufacturer of custom-built computers, is creating up to 40 new jobs over the next year with a £2m expansion into larger premises in Loughborough.
Dolphin Telecom is to shed 600 jobs, mostly in Germany, in order to reduce costs and focus on the development of telecoms networks in the UK and France.
Zen Internet is to relocate its e-commerce business and 27 staff to a new £1.5m head office in Rochdale.
Skillsoft of the US is setting up a £1.1m e-learning development centre at Quay Gate House in Belfast, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Redbus Interhouse is planning to expand its European network of internet hosting centres from three to 20 over the next 12 months.
Atlantic Telecom is selling its French operations to Inmetex for undisclosed terms, in order to avoid the cost of setting up DSL internet access in France.
ClientLogic is to set up a customer services call centre at Great Northern Road in Derby with the creation of about 500 jobs.
Sage is to acquire Interact, the US supplier of customer relationship management software, for £183m.
Parc Technologies has secured £15m of private equity funding to expand its telecoms network software business.
Mitel Networks is to merge with sister company March Networks, and has announced plans to invest £52m in research and development with the creation of 40 jobs in Glasgow and 60 in south Wales.
Matsushita Mobile Communication Development of Japan is to set up an engineering development centre in Thatcham in April, with the creation of 400 jobs over the next two years.
One-2-One is to install mobile phone masts at more than 250 Shell service stations.
CityReach International has raised £40m of equity finance to expand the range of services provided at its eight data centres, including internet access, managed data storage and managed servers.
ICS Computing is to create 144 jobs at a new facility in Newtownards and an additional 53 at its existing Belfast office over the next three years, as part of a strategy to focus on the growing market for payroll application services.
Orincon Corporation, the US data processing and software group, is to open a European headquarters on the Birchwood Industrial Park in Warrington next month, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Seven C (7C) is to create 500 jobs at a call centre in Birkenhead, having decided to relocate its Vodafone mobile phone customer services business from Swindon.
Celestica is planning to reorganise its electronics business in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire by relocating its repair facilities from Bradwell Wood and Byley to showcase plants at Telford and Kidsgrove.
Transacsys has acquired Public Access Terminals, the developer of smart card software with 35 employees in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, for undisclosed terms, and its GiroVend office at High Wycombe will become the operational head office.
Kamelian has raised a further £5.2m to fund the expansion of its optical component manufacturing facilities in Oxford and Glasgow.
Insight Enterprises, the US computer and software group, has announced plans to invest £67m in a new European headquarters in Sheffield with the creation of 1,700 jobs.
The government has announced a £70m fund to boost technology investment, including £20m to set up a centre for producing intelligent products, £30m for electronic trade and £20m for a national computing grid for scientists.
Pindar has sold its Pindar Systems software development division to management for £8m, and up to 80 staff will be moved to a new headquarters building on York Science Park in the summer.
Commtag has secured £3.4m from Amadeus Capital Partners to fund the development of its wireless technology business.
Motorola has indicated that it could build a second software development centre in either Inverness or Dundee with the creation of up to 600 jobs, if the new Livingston site proves successful.
Celtic House is investing about £5m in BlazePhotonics, a start-up business spun out of the University of Bath, for the development of a production facility for a new pure silica optical fibre.
Sophos has announced plans to create 400 new jobs in its anti-virus business over the next two years, as part of a £30m expansion that will involve moving to a new headquarters at the Abingdon Science Park.
Cannock Chase Technical College is to build a £4.2m technology and training centre at its campus in Bridgtown.
Kingston Communications has acquired Milgo Solutions from Platinum Equity in a £23m deal, as part of a strategy to develop a nationwide communications network.
Chubb has sold its internet security business to Baltimore Technologies for undisclosed terms.
Spring Group has acquired Hy-phen for £0.6m, in order to use Hy-phen's web-enabled software to expand its online recruitment service.
Project Telecom has bought 55,000 subscribers from Hutchison Cellular Services for £14m, in order to expand its business reselling services from large telecoms groups to corporate customers.
IT Alliance is to create a further 23 jobs at its new software development and testing centre in Belfast.
Geneva Technology, the Cambridge-based telecoms billing software company with 400 staff, has been acquired by Convergys of the US for £354m.
Digital Rum has raised £11m of venture capital to fund the development of software for wireless commerce.
Guardian iT is considering plans to expand its computer disaster recovery business by opening new facilities in New York, Edinburgh and Zurich.
Specialist Computer Holdings has acquired Compelsource, the desktop services division of Compel, for up to £18m.
Anadigm, the Crewe-based producer of analogue semiconductors and associated software, has secured £10m of venture capital to fund the development of a global distribution network.
Midwich, the Norfolk-based distributor of computer products, has undergone a management buy-out from Electron House in a deal worth about £15m.
Project Telecom is planning to create 200 new jobs in its Newark-based telecoms business, with most of the vacancies being in customer service, IT, account management and sales.
Marlborough Stirling is planning a flotation in the spring which could value the business at up to £350m, and the proceeds will be used to develop new software products for the financial services sector.
Reuters has acquired Diagram, the French financial software company with 230 staff, for £43m.
Psion, the manufacturer of handheld computer devices, is to shed 100 jobs and drop plans to develop a wireless personal organiser.
Netshopper is linking up with a number of other North West companies to launch a new e-commerce business in Sefton, and suitable premises are being sought for about 30 staff.
British Telecom is to relocate a call centre from Oxford's Paradise Street to a new building on the Oxford Business Park in June, and 40 of the 76 staff will move to the new site.
Project Telecom is planning to expand its corporate services business using most of the £17m raised from its recent flotation.
Controlled Electronic Management Systems, the Belfast-based electronic security company with a workforce of 50, has been acquired by Sensormatic Electronics Corporation of the US for undisclosed terms.
Highlands & Islands Enterprise is to set up a new 33,000 sq ft headquarters at the Inverness Retail and Business Park in January 2002, while 20 jobs will be created at a new network service centre at Benbecula in the Western Isles.
MousePower is planning to create a further 30 jobs at its digital design business in Corsham, Wiltshire, having formed an alliance the Winsome New Media Group.
Lattice has announced plans to expand its 186k telecoms division, which will involve spending £450m on a national fibre optic network and an extension to its central London network.
Burns e-Commerce Solutions has sold a majority stake in the business to Mercury Private Equity for £4.5m, and now plans to expand its sales operation and move into the US market.
Kirklees Council is planning to set up a new £0.25m call centre in Huddersfield with the creation of 20 jobs, as its current telephone system cannot cope with demand.
Colt Telecom is planning to double its number of internet hosting centres to 20 this year and will set up fibre-optic city networks in Manchester, Valencia, Lisbon, Copenhagen and the Hague.
Cable & Wireless has announced plans to expand its Globalnet high-speed internet access service into the UK and other European countries.
Barron McCann, the IT services company, is creating between 50 and 100 jobs by relocating some functions from Burton to new offices in Derby over the next 18 months.
Orange is to relocate its London headquarters to a new building at Paddington Basin by the end of 2002, which will involve moving 100 staff.
TeleWork has acquired Solus, the London-based supplier of staff scheduling software, for £6.7m.
TeleCity is seeking additional funding of £50m to finance the expansion of its computer facilities business.
Your Move is seeking 70 new staff at its estate agency call centre on the Newcastle Business Park in Tyneside.
Mitel has sold its Mitel Networks communications division back to its original UK-based founder for £160m.
Manpower is to create up to 200 jobs at a new call centre at the former Claridge Mill in Selkirk, and is in talks with companies who may use the facility.
Robert Walters is to acquire Dunhill Group, the Australian recruitment consultancy, for up to £13m, and is now looking to expand into Spain, Italy and South Korea.
Media Square has acquired e.plan, the Birmingham-based digital media and e-business company, for £4m.
Synthetic Dimensions has acquired Probe, the London-based database support and direct marketing services company, for £0.6m.
Tessella Support Services, the scientific software developer, is looking to recruit up to 70 staff at offices in Burton, Abingdon, Cambridge, Winchester, Warrington and Den Haag.
Leicester City Council has set up a Call Centre Forum with a number of other local organisations to seek European funding to establish a call centre college in the city.
Elateral is planning to raise £30m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its salesforce and the geographical reach of its marketing software business.
Digit, the internet and network solutions company, is to open a new office in Aberdeen and is looking to recruit eight e-business consultants, developers and project managers.
Intelek is planning to raise £10m in a share issue to fund the expansion of its electronics manufacturing business, and has also announced the acquisition of satellite modem company Paradise Datacom.
Sema, the computer services group, has agreed to a £3.6bn takeover offer from Schlumberger, the US oil services group.
Atmel of the US is to start production at its new North Tyneside microchip factory in June, and is looking to recruit 500 people by the end of the year.
Whitehead Mann is to acquire Change Partnership for £4m, in order to expand its range of headhunting and consulting services.
Marconi is to invest £40m in the acquisition of a minority stake in ArrayCom, the US developer of smart antenna technology for mobile phone networks.
Welwyn Components is creating 60 new jobs at its electronics factory in Bedlington, following a £2m investment in an extension.
Yes Telecom is planning to open five new regional offices throughout the UK, as part of a £20m expansion scheme that will create 50 jobs.
Labtech is planning a further expansion at its microwave printed circuit boards factory at Presteigne in Mid Wales, which will create up to 30 jobs over the next 12 months.
Dataflex Design Communications has bought Eurotel Telecoms, the Winchester-based supplier of intelligent routers, out of receivership, saving 23 of the 70 jobs.
Pace Micro Technology is to acquire Xcom Multimedia Communications, the French supplier of digital TV technology, for up to £40m.
Quasar Microwave Technology is seeking permission to expand its mobile phone components factory near Bovey Tracey in Devon, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Sendo, the Birmingham-based mobile phone company, has secured a £6.7m government grant to set up a £36m research and development centre.
CCC Network Systems of the US is to create a further 150 jobs in Belfast over the next three years, with vacancies in engineering and hardware and systems development.
Xenicom, the Bristol-based supplier of software services to mobile phone operators, has secured a £2m investment from venture capitalist group 3i to expand its operations worldwide.
Orchestream is to acquire Crosskeys Systems, the Canadian internet software company, for £25m.
Thus has dropped plans to install equipment in British Telecom exchanges, and will instead focus on expanding its Demon Internet business and reselling BT's wholesale service.
Acer of Taiwan is to set up a computer technical support centre in Belfast, with the creation of 143 jobs.
Warthog has raised £5m in a share placing to expand its computer games business, and now plans to recruit 30 new staff.
C-MAC Network Systems of Canada is to open a £14m electronics factory in Carrickfergus in November, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Arena Group has acquired CP Independent Systems, the Heckmondwike-based supplier of office machines and computer systems, for undisclosed terms.
Bookham Technology has acquired Measurement Microsystems, the Canadian software company, for £32m.
InterCall of the US is planning to create 100 jobs at a new call centre for its conferencing business in Gloucester.
British Telecom is to create about 100 new jobs in Scotland in order to roll-out its ADSL high-speed internet service, and is using Hampshire-based recruitment specialist White & Nunn to find 545 engineers throughout the UK.
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is looking to recruit a further 250 staff at its One-2-One mobile phone call centre in Moray.
The Meteorological Office is looking to recruit a number of IT and science specialists in Bracknell, in preparation for its relocation to Exeter in 2003.
MoTech Software is to set up a European headquarters for its global software and IT consultancy business in Livingston, where it will create 250 jobs over the next 12 months.
Avaya, the US voice and data network specialist, is to close offices in Farnborough, Fleet, Winchester and Gerrards Cross and set up a new UK headquarters in Guildford, where it will employ up to 550 staff.
Surface Technology is starting work on a £4.7m expansion at its microchip machine factory in Newport, which will create 83 new jobs.
Redstone Telecom is to launch high-speed internet access services in Southampton, Portsmouth, Newbury, Cambridge and Nottingham over the next few months, having reached agreement to set up DSL equipment outside British Telecom exchanges.
Magenta NetLogic is planning to double its 30-strong workforce over the next year in order to expand its telecoms software business into overseas markets.
British Telecom has agreed to open up more of its telephone exchanges to competition, in order to enable rival operators to install high-speed internet access equipment at more profitable locations.
Wisdom Information Technologists of Livingston is planning to expand its IT management consultancy into England by opening up to 10 satellite operations, and will then move into continental Europe.
Intec Telecom Systems is to acquire CHA Systems, the US supplier of billing software, for £11m.
British Telecom is to set up a new call centre in Fort William with the creation of 200 jobs over the next year.
Parity has acquired Prime Selection, the IT resources company, for £5.9m.
Eurotel Systems has bought Intercom Communications, the Bulwell-based integrated business communications company, and the business and 40 staff will be relocated to a new site in Nottingham.
Amphion Semiconductor, the communications software company, has secured £6m of private equity to fund the expansion of its office network and to recruit a further 30 staff in Belfast.
Entranet is to create 50 new jobs at its online financial services business in Scotland this year, having opened a new office in Edinburgh.
Marconi is selling five European telecoms equipment factories, including sites in Coventry and Liverpool, to Jabil Circuit of the US for £260m.
Idesk is to receive £10m of additional funding to expand its corporate internet services into overseas markets and to develop new products.
Cable & Wireless is to invest £300m in a new transatlantic cable being built by Alcatel to carry internet traffic, and will become the exclusive distributor of capacity.
Marconi is planning to build a £35m research and development centre in Nottingham with the creation of 500 jobs, which would involve moving from its Beeston premises to the Nottingham Science Park.
Condat, the German IT company, is to invest £5.5m at a new site in Edinburgh city centre over the next three years, with the creation of 25 jobs.
CardBASE Technologies, the supplier of smart card solutions for secure e-commerce, is to invest £1.9m in Belfast, with the creation of 90 jobs over the next three years.
Marconi is to set up a £33m telecoms research centre at New Delhi in India in April, employing up to 200 engineers.
Apax Partners and a number of banks are investing £34m in Pure Wafer, a start-up business that will develop a silicon wafer reclaim plant in Swansea with the creation of 120 jobs.
Merant is to acquire the enterprise unit of NetObjects of the US for £12m, in order to expand its e-business software operation.
Great Universal Stores has bought Breathe.com, the internet service provider, out of administration for £1.4m, and will save at least 80 of the 140 jobs.
Oxford Semiconductor is planning to recruit a further 20 design engineers following its move to Milton Park, near Abingdon.
Rentokil Initial has sold Initial Personnel Services, the recruitment business, to a management team backed by Bridgepoint Capital for £23m.
One-2-One is planning to recruit 100 people a month at its new Merthyr Tydfil mobile phone customer service centre until June.
Intercede is planning to raise £2.2m in a flotation on Aim, in order to fund the expansion of its security software business.
Speech Recognition Company is raising £5m of private equity to fund the expansion of its business into new telephony voice recognition services.
Screen has acquired a communications systems division from BAe Systems for £1m, which will enable it to supply software to the fire service market.
Innovation Group is to acquire Pyramid Acquisition Corp, the US supplier of insurance software, for £14m.
Network Disaster Recovery has undergone a management buy-out, in a £25m deal supported by the private equity division of Close Brothers.
Dataflex has acquired Paxdata Networks, the supplier of telecoms equipment, for £1.4m.
Spring Group has sold its Spring Skills and Spring Education operations to Protocol Associates for £74m, and the proceeds will be used to expand its IT staffing business.
Highlander is to relocate its sales and marketing staff to larger premises in Wilkinson Street, Sheffield, as part of the ongoing expansion of its IT solutions business.
Lazy Software has raised £3.5m of venture capital to fund the worldwide expansion of its database software business.
Norcom, the Inverness-based business services consultancy, has undergone a £2m management buy-out, and is now planning to open new operations in Aberdeen and elsewhere.
Kenexa Technology, the US human resources software company, has opened a European headquarters in Sheffield and expects to create 60 jobs by May.