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British Salt, the Cheshire-based salt supplier with 125 staff, is considering plans for a £100m management buy-out from US Salt Holdings.
22-Dec-2006


St Ives is to sell the corporate finance printing activities of St Ives Financial to Bowne & Co of the US for about £4m.
22-Dec-2006


Silverdell is to acquire Redhill Analysts, the Dorking-based asbestos and environmental consultancy with four offices, for up to £10m.
21-Dec-2006


Wolseley has announced six new acquisitions for a total £27m, including Hudson Plumbing Supplies of Canada, Onda-Lay Pipe & Rental of the US, Page's Appliances of the US, Tonto Verde Construction of the US, Atout K-RO of France and Etablissments Pochon Felix of France.
21-Dec-2006


Onyx Group has acquired Teesside-based Business Continuity Centres for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to set up disaster recovery centres on Tyneside and Teesside in 2007.
21-Dec-2006


Next Generation Clubs has expanded its chain of health and fitness clubs with the acquisition of the Amida Club in Beckenham, the Amida Club in Hampton and the Odyssey Health Club in High Wycombe.
21-Dec-2006


Barclays is to acquire Nile Bank, the Ugandan commercial bank with 18 branches and 228 staff, for undisclosed terms.
21-Dec-2006


William Jackson & Son has acquired Parripak, the Bedfordshire-based vegetable processing company with 230 staff, for undisclosed terms.
21-Dec-2006


Dennis Eagle, the Warwick-based refuse truck manufacturer with 580 staff at eight sites, has been acquired by Ros Roca of Spain for an estimated £102m.
21-Dec-2006


Bond International Software has acquired Gowi Group, the HR software developer with 120 staff in London, Portsmouth, Crawley, Lingfield and Wootton Bassett, for £8.9m.
20-Dec-2006


Johnson Service has sold part of the business of Johnson Hospitality Services to Surrey-based Spaceworks Furniture Hire for £0.8m, and the remainder will be closed by the end of the year.
20-Dec-2006


Cookson is to sell its US-based Monofrax fused-cast refractories business to RHI of Austria for £23m.
20-Dec-2006


Quantum Microponents has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 70 jobs at its computer parts factory in Skelmersdale, but 28 jobs have been lost with the closure of its site in Cannock.
20-Dec-2006


Rosewood Packaging has acquired Alexander Box Company, the Cumbernauld-based supplier of printed corrugated packaging with 39 staff, for undisclosed terms.
20-Dec-2006


WFEL, the Stockport-based manufacturer of military bridges with 160 staff, has undergone a £48m management buy-out from Kidde Group with the backing of Dunedin Capital Partners.
20-Dec-2006


Alexon is to sell Dolcis, the shoe retailer with 67 shops and 132 concessions, to Hamsard 3032 for £2.7m.
19-Dec-2006


Kingston Communications has acquired JAM IP, the Maidenhead-based IP contact centre solutions company, for an initial £2.6m.
19-Dec-2006


Scottish Power has acquired the Hatfield Moor gas storage site in South Yorkshire from Edinburgh Oil & Gas for £11m.
19-Dec-2006


Guardian Media Group has acquired the radio operations of Saga Group for undisclosed terms, including services in the West Midlands, East Midlands and Glasgow.
19-Dec-2006


Rentokil Initial has acquired the Campbell Brothers pest control business in Australia for £19m.
19-Dec-2006


BSS Group is to acquire AHED, the Wakefield-based distributor of heating, plumbing and bathroom products, for £14m.
18-Dec-2006


Cosalt is to acquire the Maritime Safety Division of the Bofort Group for £8m, including operations in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.
18-Dec-2006


Carlisle Group has acquired Chadwick Nott, the legal recruitment company with offices in London, Bristol and Birmingham, for an initial £2m.
18-Dec-2006


Chemring is to sell its McMurdo marine electronics business to Signature Industries for up to £4.5m.
18-Dec-2006


Sillars Holdings, the Hartlepool-based road construction company with 190 staff, has been acquired by Downer EDI of Australia.
18-Dec-2006


MSW, the Long Eaton-based supplier of commercial flooring systems with 200 staff, has undergone a £24m management buy-out backed by Barclays Ventures.
18-Dec-2006


Boat International, the boating magazine, has undergone a £29m management but-out backed by August Equity.
18-Dec-2006


Tragus Holdings, the operator of Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia restaurants, is to be sold by Legal & General Ventures to Blackstone Group for £267m.
18-Dec-2006


Inchcape is to acquire European Motor Holdings for £263m, in order to expand its car dealership presence in northern England and in premium brands.
18-Dec-2006


Carole Nash, the motorcycle insurance company with 350 staff, is to be acquired by Groupama UK for an estimated £70m.
18-Dec-2006


Gallaher, the cigarette manufacturer, is to be acquired by Japan Tobacco for £7.5bn.
18-Dec-2006


BSkyB has acquired 365 Media, the operator of betting and sports websites, for £96m.
18-Dec-2006


Langley Holdings has acquired ARO Group, the French welding equipment company with 600 staff, for undisclosed terms.
18-Dec-2006


Shine is planning to acquire three independent TV companies for £65m, including Kudos Film & Television, Firefly and Princess Productions.
18-Dec-2006


Wraith, the provider of portable accommodation units, is to be acquired by TDR Capital for £30m.
18-Dec-2006


The Lawn Tennis Association has agreed to sell Queen's tennis club in west London to its members for £35m.
18-Dec-2006


Activity Superstore, the gift experience company, has undergone a management buy-out under the name of Days of Your Life.
18-Dec-2006


Busy Bees, the Staffordshire-based chain of 46 childcare nurseries, is to be acquired by ABC Learning Centres of Australia for £71m.
15-Dec-2006


Citigroup is to acquire Quilter, the wealth management company with 300 staff at ten offices, from Morgan Stanley for £230m.
15-Dec-2006


Entertainment Rights is to acquire Classic Media Holdings, the US-based owner of a portfolio of children's characters, for £107m.
15-Dec-2006


Johnson Matthey is to sell its ceramics division to Pamplona Capital Partners for £153m, including manufacturing operations in the UK, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Malaysia, India, China and the US.
15-Dec-2006


Scafftag, the Barry-based industrial safety products company with 45 staff, has been acquired by Brady Corporation of the US for undisclosed terms.
15-Dec-2006


Floors 2 Go, the Birmingham-based chain of 140 flooring stores, is to undergo a £52m management buy-out backed by Alchemy.
15-Dec-2006


Ex Pac, the West Yorkshire-based glass printing firm with 90 staff, has undergone a management buy-out under the name of KSA.
15-Dec-2006


CCA, the Preston-based greetings card maker with 180 staff, has been acquired by The Taylor Corporation of the US.
15-Dec-2006


Caledus has acquired Brunel Oilfield Services UK, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of engineered polymer thermoplastic casings, for undisclosed terms.
15-Dec-2006


Keenpac, the Leicester-based retail packaging company with 700 staff around the world, has been acquired by Bunzl for an estimated £60m.
15-Dec-2006


Aquilo is to sell Aquilo Motor Services, the Northwich-based provider of motor claims management services, to Nationwide Accident Repair Services for £1.3m.
14-Dec-2006


Eleco has acquired Asta, the Thame-based construction project management software company with 54 staff, for £7.6m.
14-Dec-2006


Spice is to acquire ParGas, the public sector gas and heating services company with about 150 staff in London and the South East, for an initial £9.5m.
14-Dec-2006


Colliers CRE has acquired two surveying firms for a total £3.9m, including Jansons of Uxbridge with 25 staff and Paul & Company with 12 staff in Wetherby, Glasgow and Bristol.
14-Dec-2006


Fibres Worldwide, the Grimsby-based fibres manufacturer with 170 staff, is to be bought out of administration by China National Bluestar Corporation.
14-Dec-2006


Tellings Golden Miller is to acquire a National Express coach operation from Arriva Northumbria for £0.6m, including routes from Newcastle, London, Cambridge and Southampton.
13-Dec-2006


Calyx is to acquire Mentec, the IT services company with sites in Leicestershire and Ireland, for £10m.
13-Dec-2006


Cognetas is planning to sell Azelis, the Italian chemicals distributor that owns Runcorn-based Chance & Hunt, to 3i for £212m.
13-Dec-2006


Stationery Box, the chain of 140 stationery stores, has been acquired by retail restructuring specialist Hilco.
13-Dec-2006


Carter & Carter is to acquire Quantica Training, the London-based vocational training company with 125 staff, for £12m, as well as NTP, the Sheffield-based company with 220 staff, for £7.9m and IMS, the Bradford-based company with 30 staff, for £3.5m.
12-Dec-2006


Arriva has acquired Transcentrum Bus, the Czech bus operator with 200 staff, for about £5m.
12-Dec-2006


DWF is planning to merge with Ricksons, the law firm with offices in Preston and Leeds, to create a combined group with about 800 staff.
12-Dec-2006


Global Resources has acquired Banford Associates, the oil services consultancy with 15 Inverurie-based staff and 50 field inspectors, for undisclosed terms.
12-Dec-2006


Browns Furniture Company of Glasgow has merged with Satelliet UK of London, creating a new furniture group called Satelliet Browns with 30 staff.
12-Dec-2006


RPM International of the US has acquired The Dane Group, the Manchester-based pigments manufacturer, for £11m.
12-Dec-2006


Brittons of Devon has been bought out of administration by Tredinnick Fine Foods, securing the future of 107 jobs at its pie factory in Newton Abbot.
12-Dec-2006


Prohire has acquired Midland Vehicle Contracts of Cobridge in a multi-million pound deal, creating a combined group with a fleet of 2,000 vehicles.
12-Dec-2006


Wykes, the Leicester-based yarn manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Stoke-based pottery firm Taylor Tunnicliff, securing the future of 57 jobs.
12-Dec-2006


Pearson is to sell its government services division to Veritas Capital of the US for £340m, and is now looking to spend up to £280m on bolt-on acquisitions and the expansion of its existing operations.
12-Dec-2006


OneClickHR has sold its payroll bureau and its Employee Intranet product operation to Northgate Information Solutions for £0.4m.
11-Dec-2006


Discover Leisure has sold YorkBoat, the York-based provider of boat trips, to Bithell Boats for £2m.
11-Dec-2006


NPS Property Consultants has acquired John Packer Associates, the East Sussex-based building services company with 20 staff.
11-Dec-2006


ERDC, the Edinburgh-based civil engineering and sports surfaces group with 133 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
11-Dec-2006


Autocruise, the South Yorkshire-based motorhome manufacturer with 140 staff, has undergone a £13m management buy-out backed by private equity investor Inflexion.
11-Dec-2006


Blake Lapthorn Linnell has merged with Tarlo Lyons to create a combined law firm with more than 700 staff across London and the South East.
11-Dec-2006


John Haggas has acquired KM Group, the Stornoway-based manufacturer of Harris Tweed textiles with 80 staff.
11-Dec-2006


Dickinson Dees is to merge with Philip Ashworth & Co, the York-based law firm with ten staff, and at least 50 jobs are expected to be created at a new office in York over the next three years.
11-Dec-2006


McNicholas, the London-based utility contractor with 1,300 staff, is to be acquired by Skanska of Sweden for about £50m.
11-Dec-2006


Huntleigh Technology, the medical equipment manufacturer, is to be acquired by Getinge of Sweden for £409m.
11-Dec-2006


GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire Domantis, the Cambridge-based biotechnology research company, for £230m.
11-Dec-2006


Action Sports Media is to merge with Permanent Publishing and 4130 Publishing to create a combined extreme sports publishing group with 24 magazines.
11-Dec-2006


Maxwell Batley is to merge with Winward Fearon to create a combined London-based property law firm called Maxwell Winward with 90 staff.
11-Dec-2006


Caffe Nero, the chain of 290 coffee bars, is to undergo a £225m management buy-out.
08-Dec-2006


Misys has acquired SC Fino Capital, the Romanian financial software development company with 67 staff.
08-Dec-2006


Rank is to sell its Hard Rock business to Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment of the US for £490m, including 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four hotels and two casinos.
08-Dec-2006


Scott Wilson has acquired Cameron Taylor, the London-based consulting engineer with 330 staff at ten offices, for £14m, as well as DGP, the Manchester-based consultancy with 180 staff, for £14m.
08-Dec-2006


InTechnology is to sell its electronic components distribution division to the European subsidiary of Arrow Electronics for £41m, involving the transfer of up to 200 staff.
08-Dec-2006


Tecnolink, the Milton Keynes-based reprographics company with 35 staff, is to be acquired by LTG Technologies for £1.4m, and LTG plans to change its name to Imagelinx.
08-Dec-2006


Laird Group has acquired Steward, the US manufacturer of ferrite-based products, for £26m, as well as Coolab, the Swedish manufacturer of thermoelectric modules, for £9m.
08-Dec-2006


United Business Media has acquired OAG Holdings, the provider of passenger and cargo flight information to the global aviation industry, for £2.5m.
08-Dec-2006


Inpharmatica, the drug discovery company with 30 staff in Cambridge and London, is to be acquired by the BioFocus division of Galapagos for £8.4m.
08-Dec-2006


Begbies Traynor has sold Rockfield Civil Engineering out of administration to a management team, securing the future of about 15 jobs in Leicester.
08-Dec-2006


Flowphonics, the Glasgow-based digital rights management firm, has been acquired by Arbinet of the US for undisclosed terms.
08-Dec-2006


James Fisher is to acquire FT Everard, the operator of 11 coastal tankers, for £52m.
07-Dec-2006


Synergy Healthcare is planning to acquire Isotron, the sterilisation services company, for £180m.
07-Dec-2006


Europackaging, the Birmingham-based supplier of bags and disposable products, is expected to be acquired by MidOcean Partners for about £180m.
07-Dec-2006


Luminar has sold its entertainment division in a £79m partial sale-and-leaseback deal with property company Prestbury, in order to focus on its Oceana, Liquid and Lave & Ignite nightclubs.
06-Dec-2006


Wilmington has bought the Press Gazette trade magazine out of administration, and will invest £0.1m expanding its web presence.
06-Dec-2006


Equazen Nutraceuticals, the London-based supplements supplier, has been acquired by Galencia of Switzerland for undisclosed terms.
06-Dec-2006


Healthcare Locums has acquired Elite Recruitment Specialists for £0.4m, ODP for £0.3m, Fairstaff Agency for £0.2m and Mecs Medical for £0.5m, as part of a strategy to focus on specialist healthcare recruitment.
06-Dec-2006


Thompson Building Centres has acquired Fossway Builders' Merchants, which has 50 staff at sites in Newcastle and Gateshead, and is now planning to invest £2m in a new warehouse, branch renovations and the creation of 20 jobs.
06-Dec-2006


Eaga Group has acquired Heat, the central heating company with 320 staff at offices in Belfast and Leeds, for undisclosed terms.
06-Dec-2006


Towergate Partnership has acquired THB Clowes and THB Financial Services from THB for up to £11m, including insurance, pensions and executive benefits offices in Warwick and Nottingham.
05-Dec-2006


Datatec is to acquire CSF Solutions, the enterprise IT solutions provider, and a CSF Managed Services data centre in Bracknell for £6m.
05-Dec-2006


Nasstar is to acquire Network Support International, the email software company that trades as Virtual Email, for £0.8m.
05-Dec-2006


Coms has acquired Exchange XT, the internet telephony supplier, for £0.5m.
05-Dec-2006


Retec Digital is to acquire Media 4 UK, the Bedford-based provider of hardware installation and maintenance services, for £0.2m.
05-Dec-2006


Change Recruitment Group, the recruitment company with 104 staff at offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, has undergone a £14m management buy-out backed by NBGI Private Equity.
05-Dec-2006


Supreme Group, the Blackpool-based promotional products manufacturer with 200 staff, has been acquired by 4imprint of Trafford Park for £12m.
05-Dec-2006


Peacock Group has sold its chain of 92 fragrance shops to a consortium including the owner of Manchester-based perfume distributor Per Scent for £20m.
05-Dec-2006


Savills has acquired Hepher Dixon, the regeneration specialist with 80 staff at offices in London, Milton Keynes, Leeds and Cardiff, as well as Peterborough-based property firm Dickens Watts & Dade.
05-Dec-2006


Brahm has acquired Swamp for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Leeds-based marketing agency with 185 staff.
05-Dec-2006


Portman Film & Television, the independent TV production company, is to be acquired by the Digital Rights Group, funded by a £3m cash injection from Ingenious Media Active Capital.
05-Dec-2006


Lafarge of France is to sell its roofing business to PAI Partners for £1.3bn.
05-Dec-2006


Creston has acquired PAN Advertising, the Surrey-based healthcare advertising company, for up to £19m.
05-Dec-2006


Premier Foods is planning to acquire RHM for £1.2bn, in order to create the country's largest food production group with 40 factories and 18,000 staff.
05-Dec-2006


Bank of New York is to acquire Mellon Financial of the US for £8.4bn, which could lead to the loss of more than 500 jobs at UK sites including London, Leeds, Edinburgh and Essex.
05-Dec-2006


Intertek has acquired Alta Analytical Laboratory Corporation, the US pharmaceutical testing company, for £13m.
05-Dec-2006


Jacques Vert, the womenswear retailer, is to sell its wholesale division to Lagrummet December 1331 of Sweden for £2.1m.
04-Dec-2006


Axon Group has acquired Zytalis, the US provider of SAP consulting services, for an initial £7.7m.
04-Dec-2006


Veris has acquired two property management companies in Ireland - Glenrye Properties Services and Premier Property Management - for an initial £5.4m.
04-Dec-2006


Jelf Group is to acquire Haines Wallace Insurance Brokers of Plymouth, which will add about £4.5m to its gross written premium.
04-Dec-2006


VI Group has acquired Camtek, the Malvern-based CAM software company, for £2.8m.
04-Dec-2006


Equity Insurance Group, the insurance broker, is to be acquired by IAG of Australia for £570m.
04-Dec-2006


Bupa is to acquire Clinovia, the Harlow-based provider of home care support services, for £88m.
04-Dec-2006


Hampson Industries has acquired Composites Horizons, the US manufacturer of aircraft composite materials, for £12m.
04-Dec-2006


ITV has acquired Enable Media, the owner of the Scoot online directory, for about £3m.
04-Dec-2006


Bigmouth Media of Edinburgh has merged with Global Media of Germany, creating a combined internet marketing group with an estimated value of £100m.
04-Dec-2006


Fuller Smith & Turner has acquired five pubs in Hampshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire for £7.2m, including two from Gourmet Holdings.
01-Dec-2006


First Artist Corporation has acquired Dewynters, the London-based entertainment industry marketing services agency, for up to £16m.
01-Dec-2006


Rentokil Initial is to acquire Target Express, the Coventry-based parcel delivery company with 39 branches, for £210m, in order to expand its City Link division.
01-Dec-2006


Coombs Quality Bakers of Leicester has been acquired by Hampshires Bakery, securing the future of 130 jobs.
01-Dec-2006


Verna Group has sold its domiciliary care business, which employs 1,000 carers and administrators at 13 offices in the Midlands and the North, to Chesterfield-based Direct Health Group for undisclosed terms.
30-Nov-2006


Future is to sell its Italian magazine publishing business to Sprea Editori for £0.7m, and is also planning to invest £6.7m in its internet strategy next year.
30-Nov-2006


Western & Oriental has acquired Made to Measure Holidays, the Chichester-based skiing and mountain holidays specialist, for up to £0.9m.
30-Nov-2006


Supporta has acquired TQS, the Birmingham-based business process outsourcing company with 177 staff at six offices, for an initial £4.8m.
29-Nov-2006


BBA Aviation is to sell Becorit, the German rail friction manufacturer, to Wabtec Corporation of the US for £29m, in order to focus on aviation services.
29-Nov-2006


Gallacher Bros, the County Durham-based haulage firm with 30 staff and 22 vehicles, has been acquired by TAL Logistics of Sheffield.
29-Nov-2006


Classic Furniture, the Shropshire-based furniture supplier with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
29-Nov-2006


London Town has bought 167 pubs from Save Investments for £95m, including 162 freehold and five leasehold properties.
29-Nov-2006


Scottish Power, the Glasgow-based power generation and distribution group, is to be acquired by Iberdrola of Spain for £11.6bn.
29-Nov-2006


Incisive Media is to acquire MSM International, the publisher of financial services magazines, for £22m.
28-Nov-2006


Halma has acquired Tritech Holdings, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of underwater asset monitoring equipment, for an initial £8m.
28-Nov-2006


IFG Group is to acquire Langtry Trust Company, the Jersey-based financial services company, for an initial £3.4m.
28-Nov-2006


Ekay has acquired Wallace Barnaby & Associates, the Guernsey-based marketing and advertising agency, for £1.7m.
28-Nov-2006


Alex Stewart Assayers, the metals and minerals testing company with 130 staff at its Knowsley headquarters and 50 global offices and franchises, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Close Brothers Private Equity.
28-Nov-2006


Bank Restaurant Group is to acquire the Individual Restaurant Company in a reverse takeover deal worth up to £15m, creating a combined chain of 20 restaurants.
28-Nov-2006


Lambert Smith Hampton is to acquire Young & Butt, the property agency with 25 staff at offices in Southampton and Fareham, for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to double the size of its business over the next five years.
27-Nov-2006


Atisreal is to acquire Neilson Holt, the Southampton-based property agency with nine staff.
27-Nov-2006


Skelair has acquired Crushing & Recycling, the Preston-based reclamation firm, for undisclosed terms.
27-Nov-2006


Moorgate Paper has acquired Fredk Johnson Paper Group, the Enfield-based paper merchant with nine staff.
24-Nov-2006


Sirvis IT is to acquire Technology Management Group, the IT services company, for £2.1m.
24-Nov-2006


Ennstone Johnston has acquired May Gurney Surfacing, the Norfolk-based surfacing contractor, for £0.5m.
24-Nov-2006


BiB Group has acquired Scanlon Insurance Services of Bedale, North Yorkshire, and is now seeking further acquisitions in North East market towns.
24-Nov-2006


Nottingham City Council has sold Tollerton Airport to Truman Aviation for about £5m, and the site will be renamed Nottingham City Airport and used for pilot training and an air taxi service.
24-Nov-2006


QHotels has acquired the Telford Golf & Country Club Hotel in Shropshire for undisclosed terms, and is planning a £5m refurbishment of the site in 2007.
24-Nov-2006


Northern Foods is to sell Fletchers Bakeries, Chilled Pastry, Park Cake Bakeries and Smiths Flour Mills to Vision Capital for £160m, including sites in Sheffield, Whitefield, Harlesden, Barnsley, Market Drayton, Nottingham, Trowbridge, Shaftesbury, Trafford Park, Oldham, Bolton, Worksop, Langley Mill and Holbeach.
23-Nov-2006


Home Delivery Network has acquired Famac, the Carrickfergus-based parcel delivery company, securing the future of 150 staff.
23-Nov-2006


Alliance Trust has acquired Albany Ventures, the Edinburgh-based venture capital investment company with gross assets of £0.5m.
23-Nov-2006


Genetix Group has acquired Applied Imaging Corporation, the cell imaging company with 65 staff in Newcastle and the US, for £14m.
23-Nov-2006


Real Time Engineering, the IT consultancy with 140 staff in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, London and Qatar, has been acquired by Sword Group of France for up to £15m.
23-Nov-2006


Talarius, the chain of amusement arcades, is to be acquired by Tattersall's and Macquarie of Australia for £137m.
23-Nov-2006


ICI is to sell Quest, the Dutch flavours and fragrances business with 3,400 staff at sites including Ashford and Bromborough, to Givaudan of Switzerland for £1.2bn.
23-Nov-2006


Enterprise Inns has sold 137 Scottish pubs to Retail & Licensed Properties for £115m.
22-Nov-2006


West Ham United, the London-based football club, is to be acquired by an Icelandic consortium called WH Holding for £85m.
22-Nov-2006


Brakspear, the Henley-based pub company, is to be acquired by JT Davies Group, its biggest shareholder, in a £106m deal.
22-Nov-2006


Spectrum Printing Services, the Leicester-based printing company with 22 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
22-Nov-2006


Erinaceous has acquired Nolan Associates, the civil and structural engineer with 60 staff in Birmingham and Leicester, for £13m.
22-Nov-2006


Bollington Group has acquired TMIS, the motor trade insurance broker that trades as FM Green, for £5m.
22-Nov-2006


Greene King has sold 155 pubs to Admiral Taverns for £56m, taking Admiral's total chain to 1,950.
21-Nov-2006


Uniq has sold its Belgian salad products business to investment group Gilde for £41m.
21-Nov-2006


Proactis has acquired Requisoft, the West Midlands-based e-procurement software solutions company, for £0.8m.
21-Nov-2006


Bernard Matthews is to acquire Cherryridge Poultry of Cromer, securing the future of 20 jobs.
21-Nov-2006


ABN has sold five poultry farms operated by its Sullivan Poultry division in Cambridge, Workshop and York to Ebco of Bilbrough in a multi-million pound deal.
21-Nov-2006


United Business Media has sold BackBeat Books, its US-based book publishing business, to Hal Leonard Corporation for £1.2m.
20-Nov-2006


Spice has acquired Apollo Heating, the Manchester-based supplier of domestic and commercial heating systems with 180 staff, for £10m.
20-Nov-2006


Wagon is to sell five metal stamping plants to SONAS for £10m, including the transfer of 948 staff at sites in Tyseley, Wantage and France.
20-Nov-2006


Photostatic Anglia, the Norwich-based office equipment supplier, has undergone a management buy-out.
20-Nov-2006


Listawood, the Norfolk-based manufacturer of promotional gifts, has been bought out of administration by AT Promotions, securing the future of 245 jobs.
20-Nov-2006


United Co-operatives is planning to merge with Leeds Co-op, the operator of 60 food, travel, funeral and optical outlets with 700 staff.
20-Nov-2006


WR Refrigeration has acquired the UK service and contracting operations of Hussmann Europe, including 180 staff at a head office in Glasgow and four branch offices, for undisclosed terms.
20-Nov-2006


Vectura is to acquire Innovata, the Nottingham-based supplier of inhaler products for asthma and diabetes, for £129m.
20-Nov-2006


Blackwell Publishing, the Oxford-based academic publisher, is to be acquired by John Wiley & Sons of the US for £572m.
20-Nov-2006


Esporta, the chain of 52 fitness clubs, is to be sold by Duke Street Capital to the Halabi family trust for about £460m.
20-Nov-2006


Build Center is acquiring three builders' merchants in Stockport, Wallasey and Liverpool from Murdock Group.
20-Nov-2006


Bibby Distribution has acquired Archfield Shipping, the London-based air freight forwarding company.
20-Nov-2006


Mouchel Parkman is to acquire Ewan Group for up to £11m, Traffic Support Limited for up to £26m and the Hornagold & Hills partnership for up to £11m, in order to expand its highways, water and management consultancy.
17-Nov-2006


CareTech has acquired 13 freehold care homes in Kent from Counticare Holdings and Hazeldene for £15m, taking its total network to 127.
17-Nov-2006


BT is planning to acquire PlusNet, the Sheffield-based broadband company, for £67m.
17-Nov-2006


RPS is to acquire Thonger Safety Associates, the East Sussex-based environmental services company, for £2.5m, as well as Harper Somers O'Sullivan of Australia for £1.2m.
17-Nov-2006


Tarsus Group is to acquire an 80% stake in Medical Conferences International, the US operator of medical sector exhibitions and conferences, for an initial £19m.
17-Nov-2006


HML Holdings has acquired London & Provincial Properties, the Hendon-based property management company, for £0.2m.
17-Nov-2006


GKN has acquired Liuzhou Steel Rim Factory, the Chinese manufacturer of off-highway wheels with 550 staff, for £4m.
17-Nov-2006


Diamond Lifestyle, the Cambridgeshire-based provider of advice and brokering finance to council house tenants with 80 staff, is to be acquired by Enterprise North for up to £9m.
17-Nov-2006


Atteys has merged with Taylors of Sheffield to create a combined legal firm with nine offices and more than 300 staff.
17-Nov-2006


Silvanus Services has merged with Landscapes Southwest of Calstock, creating a combined environmental contracting group with 100 staff at seven offices across the South West and Midlands.
17-Nov-2006


Essentially Group has acquired Accounts Eight, the provider of financial management services to sports and media companies, for £1.5m.
16-Nov-2006


Ticketline UK, the Cardiff-based ticket agency with annual turnover of £6m, has undergone a management buy-in.
16-Nov-2006


Dell has acquired ACS, the Glasgow-based IT systems management company with 250 staff, for undisclosed terms.
16-Nov-2006


Unispec, the Evanton-based pipeline inspection company with 30 staff, has been acquired by CRC-Evans Pipeline International of the US for undisclosed terms.
16-Nov-2006


PTS Consulting has acquired Improcom, the IT and communications consultancy with offices in Lutterworth and London, for undisclosed terms.
16-Nov-2006


Williams Lea is to acquire The Stationery Office, the Norwich-based printing and publishing company, from Apax Partners for undisclosed terms.
16-Nov-2006


Boalloy, the Congleton-based trailer and vehicle body manufacturer, has been acquired by JMF of Northern Ireland for undisclosed terms.
15-Nov-2006


Blackburn Brakes, the Blackburn-based car parts supplier with branches in Accrington and Clitheroe, has undergone a management buy-out.
15-Nov-2006


ProtectaGroup has acquired four Remax estate agency branches in Canton, Talbot Green, Tonypandy and Neath, and will increase the 15 jobs to 25.
15-Nov-2006


Derwent Valley has agreed to acquire London Merchant Securities for £1bn, creating a combined London-based property development group called Derwent London with 5.6m sq ft of office space.
15-Nov-2006


Serious Food Company has acquired Simply Organic, the Midlothian-based supplier of soups and ready meals, for undisclosed terms.
15-Nov-2006


DCC has acquired a 90% stake in Realpower, the holding company of Nottingham-based waste management company Wastecycle, for an initial £5.8m.
14-Nov-2006


Ferraris has sold its respiratory products division and ZAN Messgerate to a new company called NSpire Health for £2m, in order to focus on IVD Controls and its Oxford Cryosystems business.
14-Nov-2006


Maxima has acquired Intertech Solutions Ireland, the Dublin-based IT services company with 33 staff, for £4.1m.
14-Nov-2006


Sage has acquired Protx Group, the London-based online payment services company, for £20m.
14-Nov-2006


C&M Group, the Aberdeen-based electrical engineer with 70 staff, is planning to undergo a multi-million pound management buy-out.
14-Nov-2006


Space2Work has acquired FP Construction, the Wakefield-based office refurbishment company with 22 staff, for undisclosed terms.
14-Nov-2006


Europcar is to acquire the European operations of Vanguard Car Rental for £448m, including the Alamo and National brands.
14-Nov-2006


Akeler, the London-based property developer with 38 staff, is expected to be sold by Macquarie Global Property Advisors to Macquarie Goodman for £640m.
14-Nov-2006


White Young Green has acquired Adams Kara Taylor, the London-based civil engineering consultancy, for £10m.
14-Nov-2006


Himar Performance Specialties, the Bradford-based industrial chemicals company, is to be acquired by Willington for up to £1m.
13-Nov-2006


Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Time Research, the Chile-based market research company with 51 staff, for undisclosed terms.
13-Nov-2006


Austin Reed, the fashion retailer, has accepted a £49m takeover bid from Darius Capital.
13-Nov-2006


Hornby is to acquire Humbrol, the Hull-based manufacturer of Airfix model kits, out of administration for £2.6m, and production could transfer to China.
13-Nov-2006


Towergate has acquired Paymentshield, the buildings and contents insurance company, for undisclosed terms, and the 300 Paymentshield staff will relocate to a new office in Southport in early 2007.
13-Nov-2006


Esh Group is planning to buy William Dobson, the Tyneside-based electrical contractor with 20 staff, out of administration.
13-Nov-2006


Bowring Transport has acquired Whitkirk Waste Solutions, the North Yorkshire-based waste transport company with 20 staff.
13-Nov-2006


Dairy Crest is to acquire St Hubert, the French spreads supplier with 178 staff, from Uniq for £248m.
10-Nov-2006


Media Square has sold Karen Earl Sponsorship, the London-based sports sponsorship consultancy, to The Engine Group for £3.5m.
10-Nov-2006


Lavendon is to acquire Gardemann Group, the German supplier of powered access rental equipment with 250 staff at 23 depots, for £31m.
10-Nov-2006


Dine is to acquire Garritts, the Yorkshire-based catering company that provides services at Allerton Castle, for undisclosed terms.
10-Nov-2006


Hunter Diving, the Dumfries-based manufacturer of diving suits, has been acquired by Trelleborg of Sweden, and production will transfer to Lithuania in early 2007.
09-Nov-2006


Fernan Retail has bought the Christies chain of 21 discount stores in Scotland out of administration, saving 140 jobs.
09-Nov-2006


Envair, the Haslingden-based supplier of laboratory cleaning products, has been bought out of administration by Bassaire of Southampton, securing the future of 26 jobs.
09-Nov-2006


Wyevale Garden Centres has acquired Bridgemere Garden World near Stoke-on-Trent for about £15m.
09-Nov-2006


KBC Advanced Technologies has acquired Veritech, the US energy consultant, for £0.9m.
08-Nov-2006


Vitec Group has acquired Tomcat Global Corporation, the US manufacturer of aluminium structures for live events with 140 staff, for an initial £7.6m.
08-Nov-2006


Davidson Partnership, the Birmingham-based quantity surveyor with 25 staff, has been acquired by Oxford-based building consultants Ridge for undisclosed terms.
08-Nov-2006


SeaVation, the Aberdeenshire-based provider of subsea excavation services with 12 staff, has been acquired by Ability Group of Norway for about £5.5m.
08-Nov-2006


Norscot Truck & Van has acquired G Mutch Mechanical Services, the vehicle parts and services company with 30 staff in Dundee and Perth, for undisclosed terms.
08-Nov-2006


Ten Alps has acquired Cameron Publishing, the Gateshead-based publisher with 47 staff, for up to £0.8m, and is now in negotiations to acquire TV production companies.
08-Nov-2006


Barclays is to acquire Indexchange, the German provider of exchange traded funds, for £161m, in order to expand its Barclays Global Investors business.
08-Nov-2006


C3 Imaging, the digital printing company with ten branches, has been acquired by O'Flaherty Holdings.
07-Nov-2006


Supporta has acquired Bay Associates Consulting, the Cardiff-based firm of civil and structural consulting engineers with 36 staff, for an initial £1.9m.
07-Nov-2006


Vp has acquired MEP Hire, the Scottish supplier of press fitting, electro fusion and pipe threading machines, in order to expand its Hire Station tool hire subsidiary.
07-Nov-2006


Work Group has acquired RCC HR, the Knutsford-based provider of recruitment communications services, for up to £4.4m.
07-Nov-2006


Severn Trent has sold Severn Trent Property, including 500 acres of development land in distribution hubs across the Midlands, to Prologis Development for £72m.
07-Nov-2006


Technology Services Group has acquired CCL Technologies of Kingston for undisclosed terms, and CCL's 12 staff will relocate to TSG's existing office in central London.
07-Nov-2006


Aptec Technologies, the County Durham-based textiles manufacturer with 35 staff, has been bought out of administration by Dean Street for £0.3m.
07-Nov-2006


Powerhouse Fitness has acquired the former Fitness Network stores in Nottingham, Chessington, Battersea and within a Selfridges store in London, as well as a 57,000 sq ft distribution centre on Clydebank Industrial Estate.
07-Nov-2006


Balls Brothers has acquired the Lewis & Clarke chain of seven gastro pubs in London for undisclosed terms.
07-Nov-2006


Mitsui Babcock, the Crawley-based power station equipment company with 4,000 staff worldwide, has been acquired by Doosan Heavy Industries of South Korea for £89m.
07-Nov-2006


St Ives has acquired Service Graphics, the supplier of point-of-sale material with 400 staff in London, Bristol, Edenbridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hayes, Nottingham, Salisbury, Skelmersdale and Wales, for £18m.
07-Nov-2006


TT Electronics has acquired Apsco, the US prototype development and testing company, for £15m.
07-Nov-2006


Phoenix IT has acquired Servo Computer Services, the Derbyshire-based hardware and software services company, for £30m.
07-Nov-2006


RSM Robson Rhodes, the accountancy firm, is to be acquired by its US partner RSM McGladrey.
07-Nov-2006


Tenon Recovery has sold 123 of the Three Cooks bakery outlets out of administration to Cooks the Bakery, while 37 sites have been closed.
07-Nov-2006


British Airways is to sell its BA Connect regional airline operations in Manchester and Birmingham to Flybe for undisclosed terms, with the loss of a "couple of hundred jobs".
06-Nov-2006


Micro Focus is to acquire HAL Knowledge Solutions, the Italian portfolio management software company, for £2.3m.
06-Nov-2006


Archimedes Pharma has acquired Link Pharmaceuticals of Horsham, West Sussex, for almost £25m.
06-Nov-2006


Erinaceous has acquired Painter Salter, the Birmingham-based commercial property management firm with 11 staff, for £0.8m.
06-Nov-2006


Jarvis is to sell its Prismo road markings business to Ennis Paint of the US for £9.5m.
06-Nov-2006


Kiotech International is to acquire Agil, the Reading-based supplier of animal feed additives with 11 staff, from Lawrence for £5.5m.
06-Nov-2006


Anite Group is to acquire Nemo, the Finnish mobile phone network testing business, from Elektrobit Group for £57m.
06-Nov-2006


Eicom is to acquire Green Light Cable & Satellite, the programme rights acquisition agency, and also has an option to acquire Renown Productions.
06-Nov-2006


Expanded Metal Company, the Hartlepool-based manufacturer of expanded metal mesh components with 225 staff, has been acquired by Gibraltar Industries of the US.
06-Nov-2006


Portman Travel has acquired P&O Travel's offices in London, Heathrow, Southampton and Liverpool from US-based Carnival for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its independent travel consultancy.
06-Nov-2006


Lookers has acquired two Kia car dealerships in Macclesfield and Stockport.
06-Nov-2006


The Box Room, the Tamworth-based printing company, is to be acquired by SGS International of the US.
03-Nov-2006


Healthcare Locums is to acquire Blue Group International Holdings, the social work agency, for up to £14m.
03-Nov-2006


Innovation Group is to acquire First Notice Systems, the US provider of claim-reporting outsourcing services to the property and casualty insurance market, for £27m.
03-Nov-2006


Cranswick has acquired Delico, the Milton Keynes-based manufacturer of pre-packed cooked meats, for £18m.
03-Nov-2006


Wolseley has acquired six companies for £61m, including Gulf Refrigeration Supply, Kandall Fabricating & Supply, Lee Window & Door and Perfection Truss of the US, Woodcote of the Czech Republic and Hjalmars of Sweden.
03-Nov-2006


James Fisher Defence has agreed a deal with the Defence Sales Agency to acquire the assets of the UK submarine rescue service for undisclosed terms, in order to provide rescue services to other countries.
03-Nov-2006


John Menzies has acquired Express Baggage, the Heathrow-based provider of luggage services, in order to expand its Menzies Aviation subsidiary.
03-Nov-2006


Arup has acquired Rossmore Group, the Solihull-based management consultancy with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
03-Nov-2006


Hill Dickinson has merged with Hill Taylor Dickinson, creating a combined law firm with more than 900 staff at offices in the North West and London.
03-Nov-2006


Claimar Care has acquired Surecare Community Services, the nationwide network of 27 domiciliary care businesses, and First Call Community Systems, which operates in Kidderminster, Bolton and the Wirral, for a total £1.6m.
02-Nov-2006


Farley Group has acquired Calcutt Maclean Standen East Kent, the estate agent with offices in Canterbury and Wye, as well as the fine art auction house Calcutt Maclean Standen Fine Art.
02-Nov-2006


Hill & Smith has acquired Metnor Galvanizing, the Chesterfield-based provider of galvanizing and related services, for £6.5m.
02-Nov-2006


Axon Group has acquired Premier HR Solutions, the US provider of SAP HR consulting services, for an initial £6m.
02-Nov-2006


James Fisher has acquired Gjerde Lofteteknikk, the Norwegian marine services company, for £0.6m.
02-Nov-2006


Daniels Chilled Foods has acquired Farmhouse Fare, the Clitheroe-based desserts manufacturer with annual turnover of £4.7m, for undisclosed terms.
02-Nov-2006


Ultimate Leisure has acquired The Potthouse and The Advocate bars in Belfast from Life Inns for £1.4m, taking its Northern Ireland estate to six venues.
02-Nov-2006


PayPoint is to acquire Metacharge, the internet payment processing company with offices in London and Bath, for £8.4m.
02-Nov-2006


Waterman has acquired a 51% stake in AHW Consulting Engineers of Australia for £1.6m.
02-Nov-2006


Claimar Care is to acquire BR Care Group, the domiciliary care provider with 150 staff in Bradford, Sutton-in Craven, Rochdale and Chester, for up to £1.4m.
01-Nov-2006


Just Car Clinics has bought two car accident repair businesses from the Ilkeston Consumer Co-operative Society for £0.2m, including sites in Ilkeston and Grantham.
01-Nov-2006


National Britannia has acquired Corporate Governance through Controls Assurance, the Oxfordshire-based company that assesses building risk for asbestos and legionnaires' disease.
01-Nov-2006


Royal Bank of Scotland is to acquire GreatBanc, the US commercial bank operating in the Chicago area, for £95m.
01-Nov-2006


Greystone Financial Services, the independent financial advisors with 60 staff in Altrincham and London, has undergone a management buy-out.
01-Nov-2006


Hilton Hotels has sold its London and Birmingham Metropole hotels to Tonstate for £417m, but will retain the management contracts.
01-Nov-2006


BioProgress is to acquire the US pharmaceutical trading assets of AirPharma for £4.2m, including 20 brands.
31-Oct-2006


Biofutures International is planning to acquire Zurex Corporation, the Malaysian company that holds a licence to produce biodiesel derived from palm oil, for £17m.
31-Oct-2006


Swinton has acquired Graysons Insurance Consultants, the taxi insurance broker based in Liverpool, Widnes and Wirral, for undisclosed terms.
31-Oct-2006


Bayford & Co has acquired Askham Oils, the Penrith-based oil distribution company, for undisclosed terms.
31-Oct-2006


Inver House Distillers, the Airdrie-based whisky company with 150 staff and five Scottish distilleries, has been acquired by International Beverage Holdings for an estimated £60m.
31-Oct-2006


Butterfly Hotels has bought the 74-room Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage from Corus Hotels and the 110-room Express by Holiday Inn in Castle Bromwich from Hotel Vienna.
31-Oct-2006


Process Combustion, the Harrogate-based supplier of heat transfer equipment with 60 staff, has been acquired by Roberts-Gordon of the US for undisclosed terms.
31-Oct-2006


Kirker Holidays, the London-based upmarket travel company with 45 staff, has been acquired by Kuoni of Switzerland for an estimated £15m.
31-Oct-2006


Catlin is to acquire Wellington Underwriting, the London-based insurance company, for £591m.
31-Oct-2006


Speedy Hire has acquired Lifting Gear Hire, the lifting equipment rental company with 309 staff at 34 depots, for £13m.
31-Oct-2006


Concateno has acquired Medscreen, the London-based provider of drug and alcohol testing services with 49 staff in Canary Wharf, 60 UK collection officers and 260 overseas contractors, for £30m.
30-Oct-2006


ClinPhone has acquired Datalabs, the US-based provider of clinical data collection services with 57 staff, for £36m.
30-Oct-2006


Rexam has confirmed the sale of part of its food plastic packaging operations in Gloucestershire, Sweden and Denmark to an undisclosed buyer for £25m.
30-Oct-2006


Azure Solutions has sold its Martlesham-based Advanced Communications Monitoring business to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
30-Oct-2006


Atisreal has acquired Fuller Peiser, the commercial property services company with 220 staff at six offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield and Edinburgh.
30-Oct-2006


Collins Stewart Tullett is to acquire Hawkpoint, the corporate advisory firm with 120 staff in London and France, for an estimated £130m, as well as Chapdelaine Corporate Securities of the US for £50m.
30-Oct-2006


John Laing, the construction group with a portfolio of 50 PFI and PPP projects, has accepted a £957m takeover offer from Allianz of Germany.
30-Oct-2006


Lion Capital is to acquire Contessa, the chain of 66 lingerie stores, for undisclosed terms, and the stores will be converted to the La Senza format.
30-Oct-2006


The Wren Press has acquired Papyrus, the London-based stationery printer with outlets in Chelsea and Bath.
27-Oct-2006


HandMade is to acquire Sequence Film, the film sales and marketing company, for up to £4.5m.
27-Oct-2006


Homeserve has acquired Digital Insurance Services, the Great Yarmouth-based household insurance company with 45 staff, for an initial £3m.
27-Oct-2006


Rentokil Initial has acquired a further 16 of its City Link franchises through the £25m acquisition of Tiger Haulage, Abbott Enterprises, Hallamgate Enterprises and Greenway Bird Express.
27-Oct-2006


Vibtech, the Larbert-based developer of seismic testing technology with 12 staff, has been acquired by Sercel of France for £32m.
27-Oct-2006


Grove Energy has sold most of its UK North Sea oil and gas licences to EnCore Oil, in return for 9.9m EnCore shares.
26-Oct-2006


Townends Chartered Accountants of Goole has merged with Robinson & Co of York to create a combined accountancy group with more than 80 staff.
26-Oct-2006


FWL Technologies, the Liverpool-based software services company with 104 staff in the UK and 116 in India, has been bought out of receivership by Anisa UK and Four Soft.
26-Oct-2006


United Biscuits, the biscuits and snacks manufacturer with 7,500 staff at sites in Liverpool, Leicester, Rotherham, Ashby, Carlisle and Manchester, is to be acquired by a consortium of private equity firms PAI and Blackstone for £1.6bn.
26-Oct-2006


BT has acquired Counterpane Internet Security of the US for about £21m, in order to expand its global services division.
26-Oct-2006


Go-Ahead has acquired Marchwood Buses, the Southampton-based bus and coach operator with 51 vehicles, for £3m, in order to expand its Solent Blue Line subsidiary.
25-Oct-2006


Synexus Clinical Research is to acquire Clinical Research Centers of South Africa for up to £1.8m, as part of a strategy to create a multi-country clinical trials operation.
25-Oct-2006


Armstrong Laing Group, the Knutsford-based software company, has been acquired by Business Objects of the US for £30m.
25-Oct-2006


BBA Group is planning to spin off its Fiberweb non-woven materials business with a flotation on the London Stock Exchange in November.
25-Oct-2006


Zetar has acquired Salamanda, the York-based manufacturer of coated fruit and nut products, for up to £2.2m, in order to expand its Kinnerton subsidiary.
24-Oct-2006


Groupe Guillin of France has acquired Premier Packaging, the Canterbury-based supplier of thermoformed trays, for undisclosed terms.
24-Oct-2006


Robinson & Sawdon, the Hull-based construction company with 45 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
24-Oct-2006


White Young Green has acquired Trench Farrow, the project management consultancy based in London and Swindon, for £4.5m.
24-Oct-2006


Rotala has acquired Zak's Bus & Coach Services, the independent bus and coach operator in the West Midlands with annual turnover of £2.1m.
23-Oct-2006


Terra Industries, the fertiliser manufacturer with 400 staff at sites in Billingham and Bristol, has announced plans to merge with Kemira GrowHow, the Finnish company that also has about 400 UK staff.
23-Oct-2006


Bison has sold Bison Structures, its Tetbury-based structural steel fabrication division, to SIAC Construction of Ireland.
23-Oct-2006


Datamonitor is to acquire Ovum, the London-based technology research company, for £42m.
23-Oct-2006


Hydrex has acquired Gorrel, the New Forest-based construction equipment rental company, for undisclosed terms.
23-Oct-2006


Chloride is to acquire Cener, the Spanish power protection company, for £6m.
20-Oct-2006


Huntsworth is to acquire Quiller Associates for an initial £5.9m, in order to expand its Hudson Sandler public relations business.
20-Oct-2006


MJ Gleeson is to sell its engineering division, the Leatherhead-based water services business with 950 staff throughout the country, to Black & Veatch of the US for £36m.
20-Oct-2006


Cape is to acquire DBI Group, the industrial cleaning company, for an initial £12m, including the DBI Industrial Services and DBI Offshore Services subsidiaries.
20-Oct-2006


Jon George, the Redditch-based desserts supplier with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
20-Oct-2006


Harkness Hall, the Stevenage-based manufacturer of PVC screens, has undergone a £6.7m management buy-out from Allen McGuire & Partners.
20-Oct-2006


PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold FP&S out of administration to TTD, securing the future of 211 jobs at the Norfolk-based vehicle parts and services business.
19-Oct-2006


GCap Media has sold its Century FM radio stations in Manchester and Gateshead to Guardian Media Group for £60m.
19-Oct-2006


Devon County Council is to sell Exeter Airport to a consortium of Balfour Beatty and London City Airport for £60m.
19-Oct-2006


Scott Wilson Group is to acquire Ferguson McIlveen, the property and infrastructure consultancy with 250 staff in Belfast, Glasgow, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Swansea, for £10m.
18-Oct-2006


Ashtead Group has acquired Lux Traffic Controls, the Wiltshire-based supplier of traffic control systems with a nationwide network of 44 depots, for £16m.
18-Oct-2006


Care Monitoring 2000, the Sutton Coldfield-based provider of health monitoring services with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
18-Oct-2006


TMI Foods, the meat products supplier with sites in Coventry and Northampton, has been acquired by Dawn Farm Foods of Ireland for undisclosed terms.
18-Oct-2006


Vecta Software Corporation, the Oxford-based supplier of sales intelligence software, has been acquired by Electronic Data Processing for £0.9m.
17-Oct-2006


Morson has acquired Bluetec, the London-based provider of professional personnel to the construction industry with 41 staff, for £2m.
17-Oct-2006


Wilmington Group has acquired Mercia Group, the Leicester-based accountancy training company with 70 staff, for £7.1m.
17-Oct-2006


Spiritel is to acquire Networks Direct UK, the provider of voice, broadband, wholesale line rental and non-geographic numbers, for £1.6m.
17-Oct-2006


Findel has bought a number of European Home Retail businesses out of administration for £34m, including Kitbag sports, I Want One Of Those gifts, the remaining 40% of Home Farm Hampers and Kleeneze UK home shopping.
17-Oct-2006


Portmeirion has bought Pimpernel, the Consett-based tablemat company, out of administration for £0.3m, but may not retain the remaining 20 staff.
17-Oct-2006


Ramon Hygiene Products, the Leicester-based textiles manufacturer with 140 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
17-Oct-2006


TSC Foods, the North Lincolnshire-based sauces and soups manufacturer with 250 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Gourmet Invest NV.
17-Oct-2006


WW Group, the Leeds-based clothing supplier with 140 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new management-backed company called Star Garment.
17-Oct-2006


Minova, the Chipping Norton-based speciality chemicals company with 17 sites in ten countries, is to be acquired by Orica of Australia for £357m.
17-Oct-2006


Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Villarenters, the holiday rental property website, for an initial £3m.
17-Oct-2006


Thames Water, the water company with more than 13m customers in London and the South East, is to be acquired by a consortium led by Macquarie of Australia for £8bn.
17-Oct-2006


Kwik Save has acquired 45 stores from Somerfield, taking its total chain to 229, and has also finalised a £30m refinancing package.
17-Oct-2006


Talarius has acquired Displaymatics, the Hampshire-based chain of nine gaming centres, for £5.2m, taking its total estate to 196.
17-Oct-2006


Waterline Group has acquired Brian Donaldson Distribution, the Glasgow-based kitchen distributor, for up to £0.5m.
16-Oct-2006


Parasol, the Warrington-based accountancy outsourcing company with 80 staff, has undergone a £24m management buy-out and plans to expand its workforce to 110 over the next few years.
16-Oct-2006


XKO Group is to sell its software and services division to a new company called UK Software Holdings for up to £15m, in order to focus on the revenue assurance sector.
16-Oct-2006


Ulster Stores has acquired the De Gruchy department store in Jersey from Merchant Retail Group for undisclosed terms.
16-Oct-2006


Mwnci, the Cardiff-based TV production company with 12 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
16-Oct-2006


Bezier has acquired Pointer, the Leicester-based supplier of point-of-sale material with annual turnover of £15m, for undisclosed terms.
13-Oct-2006


Debts.co.uk has acquired Neville Eckley & Co, the chartered accountancy with 18 staff at four offices in the South East, for an initial £0.3m.
13-Oct-2006


Quantica is to sell Quantica Healthcare, its healthcare recruitment division with 76 staff at 11 sites, to Advantage Healthcare Group for £4.5m.
13-Oct-2006


Rybrook Holdings has acquired three Mercedes-Benz North Yorkshire car dealerships in York, Harrogate and Scarborough for undisclosed terms, including 180 staff.
13-Oct-2006


Matalan, the discount clothing retailer, has agreed a £817m takeover offer from its original founder.
12-Oct-2006


Wincanton is to acquire RDL Holdings, the provider of supply chain services to the building industry with 350 staff at 38 sites, for £22m, as well as Lane, the Bristol-based home delivery company, for up to £2m.
12-Oct-2006


H&T Group has acquired two pawnbroking stores in Gravesend and Chatham from Plandeal Pawnbrokers, taking its total chain to 73.
12-Oct-2006


Air Partner is to acquire Gold Air International, the Biggin Hill-based private jet operator, for £4.4m.
12-Oct-2006


London City Airport has been acquired by a consortium comprising American International Group and Global Infrastructure Partners for about £750m.
12-Oct-2006


Carphone Warehouse is to acquire the AOL internet access business in the UK from Time Warner for £370m, and 100 of the 500 AOL jobs are expected to be cut by the end of the year.
12-Oct-2006


Aesica is to acquire a pharmaceuticals factory at Ponders End in north London from Merck & Co for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 74 staff and the creation of 20 new jobs over the next few months.
11-Oct-2006


Diploma has acquired CBISS, the Tranmere-based supplier of environmental monitoring equipment with 54 staff, for an initial £5.3m.
11-Oct-2006


GE Robinson & Co, the Salford-based timber company with 120 staff, has been acquired by Haldane Fisher of Northern Ireland for more than £7m.
11-Oct-2006


Menzies Hotels is to be acquired by a new private equity partnership called Piccadilly Hotels for £180m, and a further £180m will be invested in the expansion of the 16-strong chain of hotels.
11-Oct-2006


Community Foods, the London-based supplier of dried fruit and nuts with more than 70 staff, has been acquired by the Milk Marque farmers co-operative.
11-Oct-2006


Maxima has acquired Cognition Solutions, the ERP software company with 47 staff in Manchester and Cheltenham, for £7.4m.
10-Oct-2006


Informa is to acquire Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, the US publisher of books and academic journals, for £38m.
10-Oct-2006


DM has acquired the Home Gaming business of Invox, which rents data generated from direct mail and responses to competitions from premium rate lines and texts, for £2m.
10-Oct-2006


Headlam Group has acquired Concept Midlands, the West Bromwich-based commercial flooring distributor, for £1.7m.
10-Oct-2006


Wolseley has expanded its plumbing and heating products business with the £111m acquisition of three US companies - Lawrence Plumbing, Murdock ECD and Northern Water Works Supply - and Finnish kitchen cabinet distributor Helatukku.
10-Oct-2006


AAP Metal Fabrication Services has undergone a management buy-out, and will now expand its factory in Jarrow from 8,000 sq ft to almost 16,000 sq ft .
10-Oct-2006


Pfizer is to acquire PowderMed, the Oxford-based DNA vaccines company, for up to £214m.
10-Oct-2006


GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire CNS, the US supplier of consumer healthcare products, for £303m.
10-Oct-2006


Vitec Group is to acquire ALC Broadcast, the holding company for the Autoscript prompting business subsidiaries in the UK and the US with gross assets of £2.1m.
09-Oct-2006


Keller Group has acquired Anderson Drilling, the US-based provider of heavy foundations, for £11m.
09-Oct-2006


John Menzies has acquired Perth Cargo Centre, the Australian cargo handling business with gross assets of £1.3m.
09-Oct-2006


James Fisher has acquired Strainstall Group, the Cowes-based supplier of safety and productivity monitoring systems with 145 staff, for £7m.
09-Oct-2006


Jarrold Publishing has sold its calendar printing business to Ajanta Offset of India, with the transfer of ten of the 14 Norfolk-based staff.
09-Oct-2006


Fenner has acquired EGC, the US manufacturer of seals and precision components, for £8m.
09-Oct-2006


Caithness Glass has been bought out of administration by Devon-based Dartington Crystal, securing the future of 45 jobs in Perth.
09-Oct-2006


Cognetas is planning to sell BWG, the operator of Spar stores in Ireland and the West of England, to management for £263m.
09-Oct-2006


Elvi, the chain of 25 fashion stores and 57 concessions, is to undergo a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, with backing from Langholm Capital.
09-Oct-2006


Marston Hotels, the chain of 12 hotels, is expected to be acquired by Alchemy Partners for about £180m and then merged with Alchemy's QHotels business.
09-Oct-2006


Gondola, the chain of about 520 pizza and pasta restaurants, is to be acquired by private equity firm Cinven for £559m.
09-Oct-2006


Erinaceous has acquired Monaghans, the quantity surveyor with 65 staff in Sheffield, Manchester, Kendall, London and Edinburgh.
09-Oct-2006


Innovate Logistics has acquired Corby Chilled Distribution of Northamptonshire, creating a combined network of 2,000 staff and 500 vehicles.
09-Oct-2006


Holiday Supplies, the Southport-based travel company with about 20 staff, has been acquired by Kuoni of Switzerland for more than £12m.
06-Oct-2006


Mitchells & Butlers is to sell 102 of its smaller pubs to Trust Inns for £101m.
06-Oct-2006


Formation Group is to sell its Sports Marketing division to Sportfive of Germany for up to £11m, including Fox Sports, RC&A Sports Management, Bermitz Sports Advertising, Sponsormatic and Active Sports Marketing.
06-Oct-2006


Amaro, the Gateshead-based leaflet distributor with 120 staff, has been acquired by Mediaforce, but administrators KPMG will close its Rotherham depot with the loss of 80 jobs.
06-Oct-2006


Albert Bartlett & Sons has acquired Naturally Best, the Lincolnshire-based vegetable packing company with 120 staff, for undisclosed terms.
06-Oct-2006


Osborne has sold Cathedral Works Organisation, its Chichester-based stonemasonry subsidiary with 81 staff, to a management buy-out.
06-Oct-2006


Ladbrokes has acquired North West Bookmakers, the chain of 16 betting shops with 60 staff in Northern Ireland.
05-Oct-2006


Norman Hay has sold BK Engineering, its Leighton Buzzard-based precision machine and sheet metal business, to management for £0.1m.
05-Oct-2006


Scrivens has acquired Ronald Brown Group, the chain of 21 opticians in London and the South East, for undisclosed terms, taking its total chain to 138.
05-Oct-2006


Kaytu Systems, the Tyneside-based sheet metal company with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out, and now plans to create ten new jobs.
05-Oct-2006


Riverdale Paper has expanded its paper recycling business with the acquisition of the former Severnside processing operation at Thornley in Durham for undisclosed terms.
05-Oct-2006


Farley is expanding its property services business with the £5.3m acquisition of three companies - Calcutt Maclean Standen West Kent, BTF Lester of Kent and Blenheim Bishop of London.
05-Oct-2006


Jessops is to acquire MacKinnons of Dyce, the chain of 20 photography stores in Scotland and Northern Ireland, for £0.8m.
05-Oct-2006


Bunzl has acquired Cole Harford, the US supplier of disposable products, for undisclosed terms.
05-Oct-2006


Sharp Interpack has confirmed the acquisition of Rexam Plastic Packaging, the Bristol-based food plastic packaging business with 150 staff, from Rexam.
04-Oct-2006


Tarsus Group has acquired Proseg SARL, the French exhibition operator, for £3.2m.
04-Oct-2006


Umeco has acquired Antavia, the French aerospace maintenance company, for up to £8.6m.
04-Oct-2006


PD Ports has sold H&L Garages, its Mercedes Benz truck dealership with 300 staff at branches in Killingholme, York, Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Hull, to a management team.
04-Oct-2006


Fuller Smith & Turner is to sell the Brigstow Hotel in Bristol to Pedersen Hotel Group for £17m.
04-Oct-2006


Leadbitter has acquired Denne Construction of Kent for £17m, in order to strengthen its position in the affordable housing sector.
04-Oct-2006


Optimisa has acquired Andrew Irving Associates, the London-based market research company, for £0.3m.
03-Oct-2006


Barclays Bank is to sell some of its vendor finance operations in the UK and Germany to CIT Group of the US, including gross assets of £1.1bn.
03-Oct-2006


Acambis has sold Berna Products, the US-based distributor of oral typhoid vaccines with 15 staff, to Crucell for £9m.
03-Oct-2006


Silverjet has acquired Flyjet and Skylease for up to £5.5m, in preparation for the launch of its business-class airline service to the US.
03-Oct-2006


Medal Entertainment & Media has acquired UGD Britannia Music, the CD and DVD direct marketing company, for £1.5m.
03-Oct-2006


Vebnet has acquired 4th Contact, the London-based employee benefits company with 11 staff, from Star Technology for up to £0.6m.
03-Oct-2006


Macfarlane Group is to acquire Bloomfield Supplies, the Gloucester-based packaging distributor with 22 staff, for up to £2m.
03-Oct-2006


United Business Media has acquired US Newswire, the US-based distributor of press releases, from Medialink Worldwide for an initial £10m.
03-Oct-2006


Chemring has acquired BDL Systems, the Poole-based manufacturer of radio frequency initiators and electronic countermeasure equipment, for £9m.
03-Oct-2006


Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Mectec Electronik, the Swedish print and labelling equipment company with net assets of £1m.
03-Oct-2006


Hastings Insurance Services, the East Sussex-based car insurance broker with 1,400 staff, has been acquired by Insurance Australia Group for £140m.
03-Oct-2006


DLT Training, the Bridgend-based freight logistics training company with annual turnover of £0.9m, has undergone a management buy-out.
03-Oct-2006


Samuel Grant Group has sold CL Plastics, its Bradford-based polythene extrusion and converting business, to Povoas Packaging in a multi-million pound deal.
03-Oct-2006


EFinancial Careers, the online recruitment company, has been acquired by Dice of the US for £48m.
03-Oct-2006


South East Water has been sold by Macquarie to Australian banking group Westfield for £665m.
03-Oct-2006


Handbag.com, the network of women's websites, has been acquired by Hearst Corporation's NatMag for about £22m.
03-Oct-2006


Braemar Seascope has acquired Hi-Bar, the Gatwick-based environmental services company, for up to £0.3m, in order to expand its DV Howells subsidiary.
02-Oct-2006


Sondex has acquired Ultima Labs, the US-based oilfield technology company, for £4.8m.
02-Oct-2006


Holidaybreak has acquired two German tour operators - Carpe Diem and TravelWorks - for an initial £6.7m.
02-Oct-2006


Seymour Pierce Ellis, the Crawley-based private client agency stockbroker with 21 staff, is to be acquired by Dowgate Capital for £4.6m.
02-Oct-2006


Lycetts is to acquire Hamilton & Partners, the Newmarket-based bloodstock insurance broker, increasing its workforce from 125 to 161.
02-Oct-2006


Lotus Construction, the Otley-based construction company with annual turnover of £19m, has undergone a £2.6m management buy-out.
02-Oct-2006


William Grant & Sons has acquired full ownership of First Drinks Brands, the Southampton-based drinks distributor with 99 staff, having bought Bacardi Martini's 50% stake in the business.
02-Oct-2006


AWG, the owner of Anglian Water, has agreed to a £2.2bn takeover offer from a consortium led by Colonial First State, but a bidding war could develop.
02-Oct-2006


Kingston Communications is to acquire Smart421, the Ipswich-based IT services company, for £24m.
02-Oct-2006


Shed Productions has acquired Screentime Partners, the global TV distribution company, for an initial £2m.
29-Sep-2006


Careforce Group has acquired Keycare Services, the provider of domiciliary care services with 130 staff in Workington and Carlisle, for up to £1.3m.
29-Sep-2006


Huntsman is to sell its Teesside-based European base chemicals and polymers division to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation by the end of the year, with the transfer of about 840 jobs.
29-Sep-2006


Chieftain Group has acquired Bringover, the Stockton-on-Tees-based machinery maintenance company with ten staff, and the business will relocate to a larger site in Middlesbrough.
28-Sep-2006


Empresaria has acquired a 51% stake in EU Resource, the Nottingham-based recruitment company specialising in temporary labour for the manufacturing sector, for an initial £0.2m.
28-Sep-2006


Rok is to acquire Tulloch Construction Group, the building and related services business with 875 staff in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Elgin, Fort William, Inverness, Tain, Nairn and Thurso, for £31m.
28-Sep-2006


Dairy Crest is to sell most of its own-brand cheese business to First Milk for £62m, including 750 staff at creameries in Wrexham, Haverfordwest and Aspatria in Cumbria.
28-Sep-2006


Rainford EMC, the St Helens-based supplier of electromagnetic equipment, has undergone a £2.5m management buy-out backed by the Merseyside Special Investment Fund.
28-Sep-2006


Duke Street Capital is to acquire a 58% stake in 2e2, the Newbury-based IT services company valued at £132m.
28-Sep-2006


Statpro is to acquire FRI, the Canadian investment management company, for £25m.
28-Sep-2006


Allied London, the London-based property developer, has undergone a £500m management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland and Delancey.
28-Sep-2006


Sinclair Pharma is to acquire Ashbourne Pharmaceuticals, the Northampton-based pharmaceuticals marketing company, for £1.3m.
28-Sep-2006


Vantis has acquired the non-audit business of Sharles Group of London for up to £2.5m, in order to expand its accounting and tax advisory business.
27-Sep-2006


Cello Group has acquired SMT Consulting, the Oxford-based strategy and research consultancy with 35 staff, for up to £8.8m.
27-Sep-2006


AWS Electronics has acquired Jantec Electronic Services, the Bedfordshire-based electronics manufacturer with 23 staff, for undisclosed terms.
27-Sep-2006


Aggreko has acquired General Electric's energy rentals division for £112m, in order to expand its portable power generators business into new markets around the world.
27-Sep-2006


Severn Trent is to sell Severn Trent Laboratories, its US analytical environmental testing business, to TestAmerica Holdings for £85m.
26-Sep-2006


SMC Group has acquired four Scottish architectural firms for a total £11m, including Parr Architects, Jenkins & Marr, Davis Duncan and Hugh Martin, as well as Hickton Madeley of the Midlands for an initial £1m.
26-Sep-2006


Crerar Hotels has acquired Chevin Country Park Hotel in Otley, West Yorkshire, for about £5m, and is now interested in buying some of the Swallow hotels out of administration.
26-Sep-2006


Oval Insurance has acquired Wilkinson Rogers, the Huddersfield-based commercial insurance broker with annual premiums of £7m.
26-Sep-2006


Tullow Oil is planning to acquire Hardman Resources, the Australian oil exploration company, for £581m.
26-Sep-2006


Medical Solutions is to sell its Dubai-based pathology business to Global Fund Company Bahrain, Global Investment House KSCC of Kuwait and International Healthcare Holdings for £16m.
25-Sep-2006


William Cook is to sell its defence engineering plant at Stanhope in County Durham to a management buy-out, with the transfer of 230 staff.
25-Sep-2006


Howard Basford has bought Gateway Autos, the Manchester-based bodyshop, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
25-Sep-2006


Incisive Media, the business magazines publisher, is to be acquired by Apax Partners for £199m.
25-Sep-2006


Hansatech, the printed circuit boards manufacturer with sites in King's Lynn, Cambridge and Poole, has been acquired by PartnerTech of Sweden for £5.8m.
22-Sep-2006


Just Car Clinics has bought Parsons Accident Repair Centre of Hartlepool out of administration, securing the future of 26 jobs.
22-Sep-2006


M2 Digital, the Manchester-based supplier of copiers and printers with 100 staff, has sold a majority stake to ECI Partners for an estimated £20m, and is now looking to open offices in Cambridge, Bristol and Glasgow.
22-Sep-2006


Pearl Fittings, the plumbing products supplier with 200 staff at Europower in Leeds and 1,000 staff at IBP in the West Midlands, has sold a majority stake to US private investment firm Sun Capital Partners.
22-Sep-2006


Shamrock Travel, the coach transport company with 300 staff in Abercynon, Swansea, Barry and Newport, has been acquired by Veolia Transport.
22-Sep-2006


Group 4 Securicor has acquired Strategic Technologies EM, the Canadian electronic curfew monitoring company, for £1.5m.
21-Sep-2006


Imagesound has acquired Impact Automedia, the Clydebank-based provider of instore retail audio and visual services, from Clydebroadcast Products.
21-Sep-2006


Access Intelligence is to acquire Management Services 2000, the York-based developer of compliance software for the financial services industry with nine staff, for an initial £2m.
21-Sep-2006


Hallcalm, the Hartlepool-based steel fabrication company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and now plans to double the 19-strong workforce over the next three years.
21-Sep-2006


Ilkeston Co-op Motor Group has sold a Citroen, Mazda and Seat car dealership in Lincoln to Advantage Motor Group of Mansfield, and six of the site's 90 jobs will be lost.
21-Sep-2006


Mercury Group is to sell its Navitas Hemway facilities management subsidiary to a management buy-out for £0.15m, in order to focus on its London-based commercial property agency.
20-Sep-2006


Masternaut has acquired GE Mobile Solutions, the Skipton-based mobile computing technology company, and will rename the business as Three-X Communication.
20-Sep-2006


International Power has acquired the 140MW oil-fired OCGT Indian Queens power station in Cornwall from AES for £32m.
20-Sep-2006


Corsie Group has acquired Kaloss International, the supplier of health and beauty products, for £0.4m, and will relocate the business from Chesterfield to Musselburgh.
20-Sep-2006


Intrum Justitia, the credit management services firm, has sold its field services division to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 22 staff.
20-Sep-2006


Stewart Milne has acquired Nuttall Construction, the Manchester-based housebuilder with about 100 staff, for undisclosed terms, and aims to double the size of the business over the next three years.
20-Sep-2006


Game Group is to acquire The Games Wizard, the Australian video games retailer with 14 stores and eight franchises, for £1.5m.
20-Sep-2006


Senior is to acquire Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, the US manufacturer of aircraft parts, for £59m.
20-Sep-2006


British Car Auctions, the network of 40 auction sites, is expected to be acquired by buy-out group Montagu for £450m.
20-Sep-2006


Sanctuary is to sell Sanctuary Post, its London-based music services business, to a management buy-out.
20-Sep-2006


Irwin's has acquired Howell House, the Northern Ireland-based cake and biscuit manufacturer.
20-Sep-2006


Rowse Honey, the Wallingford-based honey supplier, has been acquired by Wellness Foods for an estimated £70m.
20-Sep-2006


WSP Group has acquired Environmental Strategies Consulting, the US-based environmental consultancy with 120 staff at ten offices, for £5.3m.
19-Sep-2006


Flying Brands has acquired Greetings Direct, the greetings card direct sales company, for £12m.
19-Sep-2006


Go-Ahead has acquired Docklands Minibuses for £3m, in order to expand its London General bus subsidiary.
19-Sep-2006


Ecotec has acquired CSR Survey, the Staffordshire-based market research company with five full-time staff and a pool of up to 600 interviewers, for undisclosed terms.
19-Sep-2006


Internacionale, the Glasgow-based chain of 147 Au Naturale homewares and Internacionale fashion stores, has undergone a £45m management buy-out backed by Penta Capital.
19-Sep-2006


London & Edinburgh Swallow Group has sold 68 hotels and 172 pubs out of administration to Flodrive Group, securing the future of about 2,500 jobs.
19-Sep-2006


Slimma has acquired Splendour, the lingerie company, for undisclosed terms.
19-Sep-2006


Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises has acquired Harbourmaster Taverns, the Hull-based chain of five managed pubs, for undisclosed terms.
19-Sep-2006


Radstone Technology, the Towcester-based defence technology company, has accepted a £130m takeover offer from GE-Fanuc Embedded Systems of the US.
19-Sep-2006


Farley Group has acquired Wright Todd Property Services of East Sussex and Kent for £1m, as well as Geoffrey Fitch & Company, the Cirencester-based estate agent, for up to £0.25m.
18-Sep-2006


Avingtrans is to acquire B&D Patterns, the Hinckley-based manufacturer of jet engine components with 155 staff, for up to £10m.
18-Sep-2006


MFI is planning to sell its 200 furniture stores to Merchant Equity Partners for a nominal sum, in order to focus on its Howden Joinery business.
18-Sep-2006


Cruise, the Glasgow-based chain of nine fashion stores, has been acquired by Arev for about £7m, and plans to open ten new outlets over the next few years.
18-Sep-2006


Channel 4 is to acquire a 50% stake in Taste Events, the operator of food and restaurant festivals valued at £3m.
18-Sep-2006


Bovey Castle, the Devon-based hotel and golf course, has been acquired by Hilwood Resorts & Hotels for £26m.
18-Sep-2006


Duco International, the printing blanket manufacturer with 130 staff in Slough and Swindon, is to be acquired by Day International of the US.
15-Sep-2006


United Business Media has sold a number of US print media titles to The Wicks Group of Companies for £25m.
15-Sep-2006


Coolabi has bought the business and assets of the children's division of Zenith Entertainment out of administration.
15-Sep-2006


Punch Taverns is to acquire Mill House Inns, the chain of 82 pubs in the South and Midlands, in a £164m deal.
15-Sep-2006


Meggitt has acquired Keith Products, the US supplier of compact air conditioning systems, for an initial £16m.
14-Sep-2006


Whitworth Hall, the Durham-based country house hotel, has been acquired by the Autumn Care Group, and is planning to create 30 new jobs over the next three years.
14-Sep-2006


Hudson Global Resources has sold its Scottish industrial division, including 16 staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow, to a management buy-out for more than £1m, as part of a strategy to focus on professional services recruitment.
14-Sep-2006


Orion Group has acquired Cogan Resources, the London-based recruitment firm specialising in the oil and gas market, and the 55 staff will transfer to Orion's London office.
14-Sep-2006


Certex UK has bought Global Defence Procurement out of administration, securing the future of nine jobs in Plymouth and Portsmouth.
14-Sep-2006


Whitehead Mann, the executive recruitment firm, is to be acquired by Palladian Investments for £26m.
14-Sep-2006


SHL, the recruitment services company, has been acquired by private equity firm HgCapital for £100m.
14-Sep-2006


Nationwide is to acquire the Bournemouth-based Portman Building Society in a £1.2bn merger, creating a combined group with 827 branches.
13-Sep-2006


Gladstone is to acquire a 60% stake in Valuenetics, the Danish software development company.
13-Sep-2006


Teesland has acquired Partnership Incorporations, the operator of collective property investment schemes, for £2m.
13-Sep-2006


Spiritel is to acquire Callplan, the telecoms services company that sells through a network of more than 70 independent agents, for up to £0.6m.
13-Sep-2006


Travelzest is to acquire Itravel2000, the Canadian online travel agent, for up to £24m.
13-Sep-2006


Ovum is to acquire Orbys Consulting, the London-based sourcing strategy and supplier selection consultancy, for up to £3.6m.
13-Sep-2006


Finning has sold its West Midlands-based materials handling division to Sammons Enterprises of the US for £85m, and the 986 staff will be transferred to the Briggs Equipment UK subsidiary of Sammons.
13-Sep-2006


Motherwell Bridge, the engineering group with 1,100 staff, has undergone a £15m management buy-out backed by JO Hambro Capital Management.
13-Sep-2006


Alterian has acquired Nvigorate, the Surrey-based developer of marketing resource management software with 12 staff, for £0.3m.
12-Sep-2006


Heywood Williams is to acquire Carlisle Brass Group, the architectural hardware distributor with sites in Carlisle, Blackburn and Preston, for £48m.
12-Sep-2006


Jourdan has acquired Clinipak of Buckinghamshire for £2.2m, in order to expand its Westfield Medical sterilisation packaging material business.
12-Sep-2006


Wilcare Wales, the Llandow-based electric reclining chair supplier with 27 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
12-Sep-2006


Edward Billington & Son has sold Classic Couverture, the Speke-based chocolate manufacturer with 110 staff, to Archer Daniels Midland Company of the US for £10m.
12-Sep-2006


Schneider Electric has acquired GET Group, the electrical accessories manufacturer with sites in London, Birmingham and Glasgow, for £44m.
12-Sep-2006


Daily Mail & General Trust has sold its Study Group International language training business to CHAMP Private Equity and Petersen Investments for £75m.
12-Sep-2006


Toptable has acquired City-eating Group, the online restaurant booking service, for undisclosed terms.
12-Sep-2006


Sumus has acquired Financial Services Advice & Support, the Dunfermline-based independent financial advice network, for an initial £0.9m.
11-Sep-2006


Hat Pin has acquired Alexander Mann Financial Markets, the financial services executive search company with 42 staff in London and Hong Kong, for £7m.
11-Sep-2006


BAe Systems is to acquire National Sensor Systems, the US supplier of electro-optical sensor systems with 20 staff, for £4.6m.
11-Sep-2006


Stanley Leisure, the chain of 45 casinos, has accepted a £639m takeover bid from Genting International of Malaysia.
11-Sep-2006


Permira is to acquire Principal Hotels, the chain of six four-star hotels, from Royal Bank of Scotland for an estimated £300m.
11-Sep-2006


Fitness First is planning to acquire Fitness Exchange, the London-based chain of ten clubs, for more than £10m.
11-Sep-2006


Frontline Television, the London-based TV production company with 20 staff, is to undergo a management buy-out and will then be renamed as The Club.
11-Sep-2006


Cushman & Wakefield has acquired Andrew Mayer Tyser for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its property investment team in the City of London.
11-Sep-2006


Erinaceous has acquired Keelan Westall, the Hampshire-based property insurance broker, for about £19m.
11-Sep-2006


Woodward Foodservice has acquired DBC Foodservice, the catering supplier with 13 depots and 800 staff, from Danish Crown Group.
08-Sep-2006


Abbot (Kings Langley), the Hertfordshire-based stationery supplier with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
08-Sep-2006


Pipex Communications is to acquire Toucan, the telecoms services provider, from IDT Telecom for £24m, as well as the Bulldog broadband business from Cable & Wireless for £12m.
08-Sep-2006


Aga Foodservice has acquired Amana Commercial Microwaves of the US from the Whirlpool Corporation for £26m.
08-Sep-2006


GlynWebb, the Oldham-based chain of 27 DIY stores with 650 staff, has been sold by private equity firm Endless to a consortium of local businessmen for undisclosed terms.
08-Sep-2006


Liverpool Victoria has acquired ABC Insurance Solutions of Croydon for undisclosed terms, and is also looking to invest £150m in the expansion of its general insurance business with the creation of 500 jobs.
08-Sep-2006


Medal Entertainment & Media has sold the Fountain Television Studios in Wembley to InvestinMedia for £1.5m.
07-Sep-2006


Glanbia has acquired Seltzer Companies, the US supplier of speciality ingredients to the nutritional supplements market, for £56m.
07-Sep-2006


Claimar Care is to acquire MK Homecare, the Milton Keynes-based domiciliary care provider with 33 care workers, for up to £0.4m.
07-Sep-2006


Blue Boar Contracts has acquired Fen Ditching, the Cambridgeshire-based dredging contractor with seven staff, for undisclosed terms.
07-Sep-2006


Ultimate Leisure has acquired The Attic bar in Newcastle city centre from Absolute Leisure for £2.6m, taking its total chain to 36.
07-Sep-2006


Murray Metals Group has acquired Tipton & Mill Steels of the West Midlands for undisclosed terms.
07-Sep-2006


Iberdrola has acquired the 18MW Clachan Flats wind farm project in Scotland from AMEC Wind Energy and the 2.5MW Darracott wind farm in Devon from West Coast Energy.
07-Sep-2006


Woolworths has acquired Total Home Entertainment Distribution, the wholesaler of entertainment products, from 3i for £20m.
06-Sep-2006


Rheochem is to acquire Wimbledon Oil & Gas for £7.3m, including ten North Sea licence blocks.
06-Sep-2006


Aitchee Engineering Associates of Surrey has been acquired by the Fire Testing Technology subsidiary of Judges Capital for £0.2m.
06-Sep-2006


Felix Group is to acquire the digital kiosk business of 4Kiosk Solutions for £0.1m.
06-Sep-2006


Glen Group has acquired Explore, the Edinburgh-based IT services company, for £0.1m.
06-Sep-2006


CTC Marine Projects, the Darlington-based marine trenching contractor, is to be acquired by DeepOcean ASA of Norway for £76m.
06-Sep-2006


NES Group, the Altrincham-based engineering recruitment company with 275 staff, is to undergo a £80m management buy-out backed by Graphite Capital.
06-Sep-2006


City Invoice Finance, the Manchester-based finance company with 45 staff, has been acquired by Venture Finance, the Sussex-based division of ABN Amro, for undisclosed terms.
06-Sep-2006


Philpotts, the Chester-based chain of 13 sandwich shops, has been sold to a management team backed by Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets for £8m.
06-Sep-2006


Horizon Technology is to sell Clarity Ireland, the Irish distributor of IT products with 49 staff, to Westcoast for £4.2m.
05-Sep-2006


Milltech, the Sunderland-based business training company with 26 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
05-Sep-2006


Armstrong Watson is to merge with Manson & Partners, the Dumfries-based firm of chartered accountants with 35 staff.
05-Sep-2006


TriVest VCT has sold Secure Mail Services, the Northampton-based provider of business mail solutions with 550 staff, to Candover for about £4.2m.
05-Sep-2006


Zibrant has acquired Rand, the events management company with 30 staff in Canterbury and Coventry, and nine jobs will relocate from Coventry to Derby.
05-Sep-2006


Hargreaves Services is to acquire Norec, the Barnsley-based provider of contract management services to the power generation, utilities and minerals industries with 510 staff, for £5.5m.
05-Sep-2006


RAB Capital is to acquire Northwest Investment Management, the London-based hedge fund manager, for up to £20m.
05-Sep-2006


Holmes Place, the chain of 46 gyms, is to be acquired by Virgin Active for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group of 174 sites.
05-Sep-2006


BSS Group is to acquire Spendlove C Jebb, the plumbing and heating merchant with branches in Belfast, Enniskillen, Lisburn and Leeds, for £13m.
04-Sep-2006


Gladstone is to acquire London Systems, the provider of registration and cashless payment systems to schools, for £0.5m.
04-Sep-2006


Hornby has acquired Heico Modell, the German distributor of model railway accessories, for a nominal sum.
04-Sep-2006


Four Seasons Health Care, the Wilmslow-based chain of 416 care homes and hospitals, has been acquired by finance group Three Delta for £1.4bn.
04-Sep-2006


Arleigh International has acquired Midland Chambers, the leisure products supplier, making it the leading provider of consumables for the holiday park market.
04-Sep-2006


La Pizza Company, the West Sussex-based bakery products manufacturer with 17 staff, has undergone a buy-in management buy-out backed by Vantis Corporate Finance.
04-Sep-2006


Sytner has acquired nine DaimlerChrysler and BMW car dealerships from Ryland Group for undisclosed terms, including sites in Carlisle, Newcastle, Stockton, Sunderland, Birmingham, Warley, Cardiff, Newport and Sutton Coldfield.
04-Sep-2006


Huveaux is to acquire Letts Education and Leckie & Leckie, the Scottish publishers of study guides, from Veronis Suhler Stevenson for £12m.
04-Sep-2006


RDF Media is to acquire The Comedy Unit, the Glasgow-based TV production company with 20 staff, for up to £11m.
01-Sep-2006


Delling Group is to acquire Printcenter i Linkoping, the Swedish printing company, for £0.4m.
01-Sep-2006


Easco has expanded its metals recycling business with the acquisition of Essex-based SB Wheeler & Sons for £15m and Norwich-based Peruzzi's Metals for undisclosed terms.
01-Sep-2006


Hillendale Land Rover, the Lancashire-based car dealership, has undergone a management buy-out.
01-Sep-2006


London Clubs International, the casino operator with sites in London, Southend and Brighton, is to be acquired by Harrah's Entertainment of the US for £279m.
01-Sep-2006


Stadium Group has acquired KRP Power Source, the Newbury-based distributor of power supplies, for £0.7m.
31-Aug-2006


Independent Pharmacy Care Centres has acquired seven AC Ferguson and MH Gill pharmacies in the West Midlands, taking its number of outlets to 34.
31-Aug-2006


Acetate Products, the acetate manufacturer with 750 staff in Derby and Coventry, is to be acquired by Celanese Corporation of the US for undisclosed terms.
31-Aug-2006


Inchcape is to acquire a 75% stake in the Axel Car Toyota and Lexus dealership in Russia for up to £38m.
31-Aug-2006


Reed Printers, the Penrith-based commercial printer with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
30-Aug-2006


ScreenFX has acquired POPtv, the independent media sales company, for under £0.1m.
30-Aug-2006


Dermasalve Sciences has acquired Healthy & Essential, the Fleetwood-based distributor of skin care products, for about £1m.
30-Aug-2006


Media Square has acquired a majority stake in Leonhardt & Kern, the German advertising agency with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
30-Aug-2006


Cavendish Press, the Manchester-based news agency with 11 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
30-Aug-2006


Bunzl has acquired Morgan Scott, the Canadian food service distributor, and United American Sales, the US safety equipment supplier.
30-Aug-2006


Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Simply Energy, the operator of the SimplySwitch website that compares household utility bills, for up to £22m.
30-Aug-2006


Exalia, the London-based web hosting company, has been acquired by NBT for £3.2m.
29-Aug-2006


Poulters, the Leeds-based marketing agency, has been acquired by Bezier of Wakefield for undisclosed terms.
28-Aug-2006


Batley Foundries, the Batley-based iron products manufacturer with 14 staff, has undergone a £1.5m management buy-out.
28-Aug-2006


Swansure Group has acquired Adminicle, the Cirencester-based insurance services outsourcing company with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
28-Aug-2006


Unilever is to sell its Birds Eye and Iglo frozen food brands to private equity firm Permira for £1.16bn, including operations in the UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands.
28-Aug-2006


Erinaceous is to acquire Egan Lawson, the London-based property investment company with 14 staff, for about £10m.
28-Aug-2006


Rank has sold the Clermont Club casino in London to BIL International of Singapore for £31m.
28-Aug-2006


Fibernet, the telecoms network provider, is to be acquired by Global Crossing of the US for £50m.
28-Aug-2006


Millar McCowan has been bought out of administration by Principal Capital Management, securing the future of 140 jobs at its confectionery manufacturing operations in Broxburn and Stenhousemuir.
28-Aug-2006


House of Fraser, the chain of 61 department stores, is to be acquired by a consortium led by Baugur of Iceland for £351m.
28-Aug-2006


Menzies Corporate Restructuring has sold the Pims printing plant in Somerset out of administration, and the business will be combined with London-based Garden House Press.
25-Aug-2006


Character Print & Design, the Essex-based printing company with 24 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
25-Aug-2006


Meggitt is to acquire Firearms Training Systems of the US for £76m.
25-Aug-2006


JDF Logistics, the Barnsley-based transport and warehouse company with 125 staff, has undergone a management buy-out with funding of £1.5m from the South Yorkshire Investment Fund.
24-Aug-2006


TNT has sold its logistics division, which includes 7,500 staff in the UK, to US-based private equity firm Apollo Management for £1bn.
24-Aug-2006


Robinson Cleaning & Support Services is to acquire Waveney Laundry in Ballymena for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 65 staff.
23-Aug-2006


John Menzies has acquired Malmo Main Air Cargo, the Swedish cargo handling and trucking services company, in order to expand its Menzies Aviation subsidiary.
23-Aug-2006


Delling Group is to acquire Eckerud Scandinavian, the Swedish exhibition company, for an initial £1.5m.
23-Aug-2006


Hamworthy has acquired Serck Como, the German supplier of desalination equipment and heat exchangers, for £5.3m.
23-Aug-2006


Capula, the IT services company with 180 staff at offices in Stone, Gloucester and Cumbria, has undergone a £30m secondary management buy-out backed by Dunedin Capital Partners.
23-Aug-2006


Chortex, the Lancashire-based towel manufacturer, has undergone a £2.6m management buy-out backed by GE Commercial Finance.
23-Aug-2006


Marchpole is to acquire Homebody, the supplier of luxury clothing to Selfridges, Harrods and boutiques across the country, for up to £1.4m.
22-Aug-2006


Milestone is to sell its Oxfordshire-based Property Weekly publishing business to Tindle Newspapers for £1.4m.
22-Aug-2006


Micro Librarian Systems, the Stockport-based software company with 35 staff, has undergone a £8m secondary management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.
22-Aug-2006


Keston Boilers, the Bromley-based boiler manufacturer with a factory in Romania, has been acquired by Caradon Plumbing for undisclosed terms.
22-Aug-2006


Rexam is to acquire Truepack, the Indian pharmaceutical packaging company, for £5m.
22-Aug-2006


Rack Industries, the Bingley-based supplier of storage systems and mezzanine floors, has undergone a management buy-out.
22-Aug-2006


LogicaCMG is to acquire WM-data, the Swedish IT services company, for £882m.
22-Aug-2006


CRH is to acquire Ashland Paving & Construction, the US-based asphalt and aggregates supplier, for £688m.
22-Aug-2006


Alexander Forbes is to sell its London-based international insurance broking business to Lockton of the US for £68m.
22-Aug-2006


Nation Water Treatments has acquired W4, the Bury St Edmunds-based water treatment company, for undisclosed terms.
21-Aug-2006


Travelodge is to be acquired by Dubai International Capital for £675m, and DIC is looking to double the chain of budget hotels by 2010.
21-Aug-2006


Shouksmiths has acquired Keda Plumbing, the Bolton-based plumbing company with 20 staff.
21-Aug-2006


Berkeley Consulting, the construction consultancy with offices in Camberley, London, Glasgow and Birmingham, has been acquired by AYH for undisclosed terms.
21-Aug-2006


Hodkin & Jones has sold Decathlon Drainage, the high-performance drainage system, to Marshalls for undisclosed terms.
21-Aug-2006


Stephens Wholesale, the health and beauty wholesaler, has been acquired by Vitality Group and the distribution operation will be transferred from Dartford to North London.
21-Aug-2006


Baggeridge Brick, the West Midlands-based brick supplier, is to be acquired by Wienerberger of Austria for £89m.
21-Aug-2006


Enza Group, the Warrington-based Mercedes-Benz truck dealership with outlets in Manchester and Stoke, has undergone a £5m management buy-out.
18-Aug-2006


AT Communications has acquired Rocom, the telecoms equipment supplier with offices in Wetherby, London and Manchester, for £17m.
17-Aug-2006


Top Ten Holdings has acquired Lance Leisure, the operator of a bingo club in Mexborough, for £1.1m.
17-Aug-2006


Keller Group has acquired Piling Contractors, the Australian foundations contractor, for an initial £9.6m.
17-Aug-2006


Wolseley has acquired six companies for a total £36m, including Lunts Heath of Widnes, parts of Martin Architectural, Water Works Supplies and Palermo Supply of the US, Depont Materiaux of France and Marmon Keystone Anbuma of Belgium.
17-Aug-2006


ASL Systems, the Gateshead-based automotive wiring systems manufacturer with 100 staff, has been bought out of administration by Motherson Sumi Systems of India.
17-Aug-2006


Tenon has sold its accountancy operations in the South West to a management buy-out operating under the name of The Old Mill Group.
17-Aug-2006


Southern Cross Healthcare has acquired 270 beds at four care homes in the North of England from United Health for £18m.
16-Aug-2006


Acumen Waste Services, the Teesside-based waste consultancy with 48 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Lloyds Development Capital for undisclosed terms.
16-Aug-2006


Namco Europe has acquired Number Ten Group, the operator of bowling centres in Romford, Braintree, Norwich and Rugby, for undisclosed terms.
16-Aug-2006


Tarmac has sold its TopPave concrete landscaping blocks business, including sites in Pocklington and Poole, to Brett Landscaping & Building Products for undisclosed terms.
16-Aug-2006


McInerney has acquired Bowey, the Tyneside-based housebuilder, for £24m.
16-Aug-2006


Lynnet Leisure is to acquire the Rogano seafood restaurant in Glasgow for more than £6m.
16-Aug-2006


Enterprise Inns has sold 769 of its smaller pubs to Admiral Taverns for £316m, taking the Admiral chain to 1,825 outlets.
15-Aug-2006


Aston Villa Football Club has agreed to a £63m takeover offer from the US owner of the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise.
15-Aug-2006


Swinton has acquired the Budget Group's high street insurance intermediary business, taking its nationwide branch network to 442.
15-Aug-2006


Executive Care Group has acquired Allan Water, the Scottish care home operator, for more than £20m, and is now looking to build a further five care homes in Scotland.
15-Aug-2006


Tiscali has acquired Video Networks, the operator of the Homechoice TV service in London and Stevenage.
15-Aug-2006


Camellia is planning to acquire Hill Martin, the financial planning company, for an initial £4.2m, in order to expand its Duncan Lawrie subsidiary.
14-Aug-2006


General Capital Group, the financial services company with offices in London, Ipswich and Lowestoft, is to undergo a £13m reverse takeover by cash shell Clan Homes.
14-Aug-2006


Hawkshead has been bought out of administration by Vertical Acquisitions, securing the future of 380 jobs in its chain of 28 outdoor clothing stores.
14-Aug-2006


AEA Technology is to sell its railway consultancy and signalling operations to companies represented by Vision Capital Group for up to £58m.
14-Aug-2006


Lookers has acquired a further ten car dealerships in the South East from HR Owen for up to £25m, including Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler Jeep, Lexus and Land Rover sites.
14-Aug-2006


Trinity Mirror is to sell the recruitment consultancy division of Hotgroup to a management buy-out operating under the name of Ochre House for £11m.
14-Aug-2006


Tangerine Confectionery has bought the Blackpool-based sugar confectionery division of Burton's Foods for about £10m, increasing its workforce by 180 to 630.
14-Aug-2006


Regent Inns has bought the chain of 31 Old Orleans restaurants from Punch Taverns for £26m.
11-Aug-2006


Spirent Communications has acquired Imperfect Networks, the US developer of security testing solutions, for an initial £2.2m.
11-Aug-2006


United Freight Distribution has bought part of Sandy Bruce Trucking out of administration for undisclosed terms, which should minimise job losses from the 130-strong workforce at sites in Aberdeen, Coatbridge and West Sussex.
11-Aug-2006


Sage is to acquire Emdeon Practice Services, the US healthcare software company, for £297m.
10-Aug-2006


Hilton Hotels Corporation is to sell its chain of 24 LivingWell health and fitness clubs to Bannatyne Fitness for about £90m.
10-Aug-2006


RM is to acquire Music Education Supplier, the supplier of school equipment, for up to £1m.
10-Aug-2006


Bell Truck Sales has acquired the Pearsons Mitsubishi car dealership at Longbenton, Tyneside, for undisclosed terms, including 23 staff.
10-Aug-2006


Wake Smith has merged with Benson Clegg Solicitors, creating a combined Sheffield-based legal firm with more than 180 staff.
10-Aug-2006


Ennstone has acquired Jackson Precast, the East Midlands-based precast concrete manufacturer with 34 staff, for £6m.
09-Aug-2006


Provalis is to sell its medical diagnostics business to Bio-Metrics UK for £1.6m, and the remaining company will be placed into members' voluntary liquidation.
09-Aug-2006


Wynnstay Group has acquired Glasson Group, the Lancaster-based distributor of animal feed materials, for £2.5m.
09-Aug-2006


Detica is to acquire MA International, the management consultancy with 130 staff and offices in London and New York, for up to £32m.
09-Aug-2006


Rykneld Tean has acquired APB Products, the Telford-based manufacturer of straps and fastening devices, taking its total workforce to 100.
09-Aug-2006


Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, the Leeds-based supplier of liquid medicines with 170 staff, has undergone a £93m management buy-out from US-based Savient Pharmaceuticals.
09-Aug-2006


Lion Capital is planning to acquire Kettle Foods, the snacks manufacturer with operations in the US and UK, for about £150m.
09-Aug-2006


Pearson is to acquire Mergermarket, the provider of financial information to investment banks with offices in London, New York and Hong Kong, for £101m.
09-Aug-2006


Debenhams has acquired nine department stores in Ireland from Roches Stores, and is also looking to open up to 20 of its small-format Desire stores across Ireland and Northern Ireland.
09-Aug-2006


Whitbread is to sell 239 of its freestanding pub restaurants to Mitchells & Butlers for £497m, in order to focus on sites that combine a pub restaurant with a Premier Travel Inn.
07-Aug-2006


Howard Basford has acquired the Roberts & Ellis accident repair business in Mold for undisclosed terms, taking its chain of bodyshop sites to eight.
07-Aug-2006


Johnsons Photopia, the Staffordshire-based distributor of photographic equipment with 70 staff, has undergone a multi-million pound management buy-out.
07-Aug-2006


ISL Computers has acquired Microworld, the Huddersfield-based IT services company, for undisclosed terms.
07-Aug-2006


Fine Colour Packaging of Nottingham has been bought out of administration by a management team operating under the name of Simply Cartons, securing the future of more than 100 jobs.
07-Aug-2006


Wester Ross Salmon has undergone a £1.1m management buy-out, securing the future of 50 jobs at its salmon farming business in Ullapool.
07-Aug-2006


HR Owen has sold three Audi car dealerships in Finchley Road, Hatfield and Whetstone to a management buy-out operating under the name of Spire Automotive for £4.7m.
07-Aug-2006


Frost Cars has acquired the City Vauxhall car dealership in Chichester from City Motor Holdings for undisclosed terms.
07-Aug-2006


Pentagon Group has acquired the New Crown Sharpes Vauxhall car dealership in Nottingham.
07-Aug-2006


Stephen James has acquired three BMW and two Mini car dealerships in the South East from the Whitehouse Group for undisclosed terms.
07-Aug-2006


Polymers Direct, the polymer distributor with offices in Newbury and Warwick, is to be acquired by Chance & Hunt.
07-Aug-2006


MetalFX, the Guiseley-based developer of metallic colours for printers, is to be acquired by Ciba Speciality Chemicals of Switzerland for undisclosed terms.
07-Aug-2006


Mitchell Charlesworth has merged with Tollit & Stockton of Chester to create a combined accountancy business with more than 130 staff.
07-Aug-2006


Vernaware, the Bolton-based insulation products manufacturer with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
07-Aug-2006


Security Printing & Systems, the Manchester-based security and passport printer, is to be acquired by 3M of the US.
07-Aug-2006


Wayzgoose Print has acquired Clearpoint Colour Print of Nottingham for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 55 staff.
07-Aug-2006


McNeill Menary Travel, the Belfast-based travel agency, has been acquired by Traveldev of Ireland, creating a combined ski holidays group with 25 staff in Dublin and 35 in Belfast.
07-Aug-2006


Maybin has acquired Grove Services Group for undisclosed terms, adding 2,300 staff to its existing 4,200-strong workforce in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
07-Aug-2006


RDF Media is to acquire The Foundation TV Productions, the Kent-based TV production company, for an initial £4m.
07-Aug-2006


Titan Move, the holding company for Harringtons Caravans, is to acquire Leisure World Group for £5.7m, creating a chain of camping sales centres in Cheshire, Hampshire, Kent, South Wales and Tyneside under the name of Discover Leisure.
07-Aug-2006


Computer Software Group has acquired Videss, the legal software developer with offices in Leeds and Swindon, for £7m.
07-Aug-2006


NWF Group has acquired Browns of Burwell, the East Anglia-based fuel distribution company, for £1.4m.
07-Aug-2006


Cumulus Technology, the mobile data services development company, has been acquired by WIN for £2m.
07-Aug-2006


Cozart has acquired HL Scandinavia, the Swedish drugs testing company, for about £1m.
07-Aug-2006


Ultra Electronics has acquired Winfrith Safety Systems, the Dorset-based supplier of neutron flux detectors with 24 staff, from Canberra Harwell for £3.1m.
07-Aug-2006


Cohort is to acquire MASS Consultants, the defence systems house with about 100 staff at sites in St Neots and Lincoln, for an initial £12m.
07-Aug-2006


VTR is to acquire Clear Post Production, the London-based animation and effects company, and Clear will relocate to the VTR site in Dean Street.
07-Aug-2006


Lloyds TSB Insurance has acquired the general insurance business of Pearl Group, including gross assets of almost £60m.
07-Aug-2006


Caudwell Group, the mobile phone company, has been sold for £1.46bn, with Doughty Hanson acquiring the wholesale distribution division and Providence Equity Partners acquiring the Phones4U chain of shops.
07-Aug-2006


Metal Bulletin, the financial publisher, is to be acquired by Euromoney Institutional Investor for £221m.
07-Aug-2006


Links of London, the chain of 45 jewellery stores, has been acquired by Foli Follie for £45m.
04-Aug-2006


City Index is to acquire IFX, the financial spread betting company, for £58m.
04-Aug-2006


GKN has acquired Stellex Aerostructures of the US for an estimated £90m, as well as US-based Rockford Powertrain for £26m.
04-Aug-2006


Specialised Petroleum Services of Aberdeen has been acquired by M-I Swaco of the US for £89m.
04-Aug-2006


Gaucho Grill, the restaurant chain, is to undergo a £55m secondary management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners.
04-Aug-2006


Kier has acquired Hugh Bourn Developments, the Lincolnshire-based housebuilder, for £53m.
03-Aug-2006


Northern Foods has sold NFT Distribution, the Alfreton-based transport business with 1,200 staff, to a management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners for £51m.
03-Aug-2006


McCarthy & Stone, the retirement homes builder, is to be acquired by a consortium led by HBOS for £1.06bn.
02-Aug-2006


Avery Weigh-Tronix, the Birmingham-based scale manufacturer with 1,000 staff, is planning a £84m management buy-out backed by European Capital.
01-Aug-2006


LDV, the Birmingham-based van manufacturer with 850 staff, has been acquired by Gaz Group of Russia for £50m.
01-Aug-2006


All3Media, the TV production company, has been acquired by private equity firm Permira in a £212m deal.
01-Aug-2006


Detica is to acquire Inforenz, the Surrey-based information forensics company, for up to £2m.
01-Aug-2006


Dairy Crest is to acquire Express Dairies, including two dairies in Liverpool and Nottingham and 77 small distribution depots, from Arla Foods for £33m.
28-Jul-2006


Accuma is to expand its personal debt advice business with the acquisition of Byrom & Keeley Financial Services for £5.8m and Loan Line for £10m.
28-Jul-2006


Universal Aerial Platforms, the Essex-based access hire firm with 86 staff, has gone into administration through KPMG.
27-Jul-2006


Huveaux has acquired Political Wizard, the online political monitoring company, for up to £4.9m.
27-Jul-2006


ADDleisure is to acquire a 90% stake in the In Moments company, in order to expand its fitness equipment business into high street fitness centres.
27-Jul-2006


Willmott Dixon is to sell its Widacre social housing division to Inspace for £65m.
26-Jul-2006


Wolseley is to acquire DT Group, the Danish building materials company, from CVC Capital Partners for £1bn.
25-Jul-2006


Peter Black Holdings, the Yorkshire-based footwear and cosmetics supplier with annual sales of £223m, has been acquired by private equity firm Endless.
25-Jul-2006


Morse is to sell its hardware reselling operations in Germany and Austria to Becom Group for up to £6.5m.
25-Jul-2006


Rank has announced that Deluxe Media Services has sold its Blackburn-based CD replication business to a subsidiary of Entertainment Distribution Company for £3m.
24-Jul-2006


Avesco has acquired Mazzo Events, the Dutch audio-visual services company, for £0.2m.
24-Jul-2006


IQE has acquired the US-based electronic materials business of Emcore Corporation for about £9m.
24-Jul-2006


Amtico, the Coventry-based manufacturer of floor coverings with 700 staff, has been acquired by ABN Amro Capital for about £100m.
24-Jul-2006


Regus is to acquire Managed Office Solutions, which has nine sites in London and the Thames Valley, for undisclosed terms.
24-Jul-2006


John David Group has bought 14 airport sports stores from Hargreaves for £5m.
24-Jul-2006


Microlease, the telecoms test equipment company, has undergone a £30m management buy-out backed by private equity firm LDC.
21-Jul-2006


Polimoon is to acquire Plastohm, the French industrial moulding and packaging group with a site in Washington, Tyne & Wear, for about £27m.
21-Jul-2006


Graphoprint, the Flintshire-based printing company, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
21-Jul-2006


Deloitte & Touche has sold the Fine Colour Whitham packaging business out of administration to Southern Enterprise Group, securing the future of 83 jobs.
21-Jul-2006


Appian Technology has acquired Genesis UK, the developer of automatic number plate recognition systems with sites in Cheshire and Somerset, for an initial £1.4m.
21-Jul-2006


Premier Farnell is to sell KENT, its automotive consumables business, to Barnes Group of the US for £22m.
21-Jul-2006


BBI Holdings is to acquire Qnostics, the Glasgow-based supplier of molecular quality control reagents, for an initial £0.2m.
21-Jul-2006


Hyder Consulting is to acquire ACLA, the planning and landscape architecture consultancy operating in China and Singapore, for an initial £3.2m.
21-Jul-2006


Redstone has acquired Tolerant Group, the Stoke-on-Trent-based network security solutions company with 36 staff, for £3.7m.
20-Jul-2006


RPS has acquired Burks Green, the Newark-based architectural firm with about 200 staff, as well as associated companies Basicshare and Martindale Holdings, for up to £21m.
20-Jul-2006


MMP Group of Newton Aycliffe has sold its plastering and dry lining division out of administration to a management team operating under the name of Plaslines, securing the future of 41 jobs.
20-Jul-2006


GAP Group has acquired J&S Plant of Lincoln for £1.3m, taking its plant hire network to 56 sites.
20-Jul-2006


Cramer Systems, the supplier of operations support systems software with offices in Bath and London, is to be acquired by Amdocs of the US for £205m.
20-Jul-2006


Ashtead is to acquire NationsRent, the US construction equipment rental company, for £548m.
20-Jul-2006


Intec Telecom Systems is to acquire EUR Systems, the US outsourced telecoms billing company, for about £7m.
19-Jul-2006


Rok has acquired Kingfisher Building Company, the West Midlands-based social housing company with about 50 staff, for £4.5m.
19-Jul-2006


Lloydspharmacy has acquired RF Foskett & Son, the Derbyshire-based chain of three pharmacies with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
19-Jul-2006


Inspicio is to acquire Eclipse Scientific, the Cambridgeshire-based provider of chemical and microbiological testing services, from Clearbrook Capital Partners for £47m.
19-Jul-2006


Sondex has acquired Bluestar Tools, the Canadian manufacturer of drilling instrumentation, for up to £11m.
19-Jul-2006


Misys is to sell Apollo, its French asset management business, to Atos Euronext Market Solutions for £1.6m.
19-Jul-2006


Hanson has acquired Formpave, the Gloucestershire-based concrete block paving manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
19-Jul-2006


Delcam has acquired International Manufacturing Computer Services, the US-based CAM software developer, for £1.7m.
18-Jul-2006


Waitrose is to acquire six stores in Eastbourne, Formby, Hexham, Lymington, Poole and Southampton, as well as a non-operational distribution site at Aylesford in Kent, from Morrisons for more than £80m.
18-Jul-2006


Trinity Mirror is to sell its Inside Communications magazines and exhibitions business to Ocean Media for £41m.
18-Jul-2006


Terra Firma is to sell the waste disposal business of Waste Recycling Group to FCC of Spain for £1.4bn.
18-Jul-2006


Tesco has acquired Leader Price, the Polish chain of 220 convenience stores, for £72m.
18-Jul-2006


VICS, the Manchester-based mobile video research company, is to be acquired by 2ergo.
18-Jul-2006


NTR has acquired Wastelink and RU Recycling for undisclosed terms, in order to create the UK's largest recycling-led waste management business.
18-Jul-2006


NWF Group has acquired Arthur A Gent & Sons, the garden centre company based in Ashton under Lyne, for £0.9m.
17-Jul-2006


Benjys, the chain of 70 sandwich outlets, has been bought out of administration by private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw for undisclosed terms.
17-Jul-2006


Freeplay Energy, the research and development company, is planning to merge with its US-based distributor Dixie Sales Company, and will also raise £2.5m in a share placing.
17-Jul-2006


La Senza, the chain of 120 lingerie stores, has been acquired by Lion Capital for undisclosed terms.
17-Jul-2006


Scott Tod, the Powys-based cash machines manufacturer, is to be acquired by a fund part-owned by Rutland Trust for £7.4m.
17-Jul-2006


Skipton Building Society has acquired a 90% stake in Sterling International Brokers, the London-based provider of money broking services, for £4.7m.
14-Jul-2006


E2V Technologies is to acquire Atmel Grenoble, the French electronic components supplier with 450 staff, for £76m.
14-Jul-2006


SurfControl is to acquire BlackSpider Technologies, the Reading-based provider of network security services, for up to £20m.
14-Jul-2006


Aviva is to acquire AmerUs Group, the US-based life insurance company, for £1.6bn.
14-Jul-2006


Leeds Building Society has won approval to merge with Mercantile, the Wallsend-based building society with 12 branches.
14-Jul-2006


One Advice Group, the Sale-based consumer debt company with 212 staff, is planning to raise up to £27m in a share placing, and has also announced the £3m acquisition of Sale-based Abacus Financial Consultants.
14-Jul-2006


Danwood Group has acquired Swan Office Systems, the Newcastle-based office equipment supplier, for undisclosed terms.
13-Jul-2006


Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired three online media companies for a total £17m, including Auto Exposure, Interbase and The Appointment.
13-Jul-2006


Park Group is to sell its unsecured home collected loan portfolio to CL Finance for £8m.
13-Jul-2006


Premier Foods has agreed to acquire the UK and Irish operations of Campbell Soup for £460m, including brands such as Oxo, Batchelors, Homepride and Fray Bentos.
13-Jul-2006


First Choice Holidays has acquired YMT Vacations, the US-based tour operator, for up to £27m.
13-Jul-2006


Audus Noble has sold its PVC jars and cap moulds operation out of administration to Northumbria Blow Mouldings.
13-Jul-2006


Giles Insurance Brokers, the Glasgow-based insurance company with 17 branches and 300 staff, has undergone a £45m management buy-out backed by private equity firm Gresham.
12-Jul-2006


Abbey National has sold part of its James Hay pensions administration business to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
12-Jul-2006


Bobst has sold Apollo, its Bedfordshire-based packaging machinery business with 15 staff, to a new company called Apollo Sheeters.
12-Jul-2006


Smith & Nephew has acquired OsteoBiologics, the US supplier of bone graft substitutes, for £39m.
12-Jul-2006


Genesis APS, the North Yorkshire-based manufacturer of equipment for the flooring industry with 31 staff, has undergone a £4.5m management buy-out.
12-Jul-2006


Vodafone has acquired Yes Telecom, the Manchester-based telecoms company with 110 staff, for an estimated £30m.
12-Jul-2006


John Grose Group has acquired the assets of former MG Rover franchisee RC Edmondson out of administration for undisclosed terms, including sites in Ipswich and Woodbridge.
12-Jul-2006


Tangent Communications has acquired C360UK, the marketing technology company, for £4.5m.
12-Jul-2006


James Bros, the Poole-based fabricated steel company with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
12-Jul-2006


Deans Foods is to merge with Stonegate to create a combined egg supply group called Noble Foods.
12-Jul-2006


CBG Group has acquired ET Knagg, the general insurance broker with offices in Poulton-le-Fylde and Blackpool, for £1.3m.
11-Jul-2006


Spirent Communications has acquired Scientific Software Engineering, the US developer of wireless network software with 24 staff, for an initial £5.4m.
11-Jul-2006


SatCom Group is to acquire World Communications Center, the US provider of satellite communication solutions, for an initial £2.2m.
11-Jul-2006


Expomedia has acquired ATS Events, the organiser of The Adventure Travel & Sports Show in London, for an initial £1m.
11-Jul-2006


Premier Research Group has acquired Scirex Corporation, the US-based provider of outsourced clinical services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries with offices in London and Poland, for £16m.
11-Jul-2006


Millfield Connect has been bought out of administration by The Money Portal, securing more than 100 jobs at its Hull-based financial advice call centre.
11-Jul-2006


Harris Allday, the Birmingham-based stockbroker, is to be acquired by EFG International of Switzerland for undisclosed terms.
11-Jul-2006


NCC Group has acquired Source Harbor, the US escrow software company, for up to £0.8m.
10-Jul-2006


Low & Bonar is to acquire Colbond Investments, the Dutch non-woven textiles manufacturer, for £72m.
10-Jul-2006


Interflora, the flower delivery service, has accepted a £66m takeover offer from FTD of the US, but the deal must be agreed by its 1,800 member florists.
10-Jul-2006


DCC has acquired Carlton Fuels, the Merseyside-based oil distribution company with 118 staff, for up to £15m.
10-Jul-2006


Candover Partners is to acquire DX Services for £349m, and will merge it with Secure Mail Services to create a combined mail delivery business with 1,840 staff.
10-Jul-2006


Complete Product Company has acquired APB Colour Printing of Bristol for undisclosed terms.
07-Jul-2006


MyTravel is to acquire Encore Cruises, the Canadian cruise holidays company, from First Choice for £1.8m.
07-Jul-2006


Buller Jeffries is to acquire Dawkins & Grey, the Birmingham-based legal firm with six staff.
07-Jul-2006


Somerfield is to sell nine convenience stores in Aberdeenshire to the Lothian Borders & Angus Co-operative Society for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 190 staff.
07-Jul-2006


GLJ Interiors, the Willenhall-based suspended ceilings and partitioning company with 12 staff, has undergone a £1.2m management buy-out.
07-Jul-2006


PGI Group is to sell Chillington, its Walsall-based wheelbarrow manufacturing division, to Bescot Construction Tools for £0.8m.
06-Jul-2006


United Drug has acquired MASTA, the Leeds-based medical advisory service and vaccines distributor with 60 staff, for £15m.
06-Jul-2006


Bunzl has acquired Southern Syringe Services, the London-based supplier of consumables to the NHS, private hospitals and nursing homes.
06-Jul-2006


Ultravox, the Manchester-based hearing aid retailer with 138 branches, has been acquired by Amplifon of Italy for £60m.
06-Jul-2006


Brodies is to merge with Bishops Solicitors of Glasgow, creating a combined legal firm with more than 360 staff.
06-Jul-2006


Valpak has acquired the Waste Management Group's waste plastics sorting site in Preston, in order to expand its Valient Recycling operation.
06-Jul-2006


Homelux Nenplas, the Ashbourne-based plastic extrusion and tile accessory supplier, has undergone a management buy-out.
06-Jul-2006


United Business Media has acquired Commonwealth Business Media, the publisher of various media titles in the US, for £83m.
06-Jul-2006


WPP has acquired Zaaz, the US digital marketing company with 65 staff, for undisclosed terms.
06-Jul-2006


Castlebeck, the chain of 15 residential care and rehabilitation centres, is to be sold by HgCapital to Lydian Capital Partners for £255m.
06-Jul-2006


Spirax-Sarco has acquired an 80% stake in UltraPure Group, the US manufacturer of pure steam generators, for £2.7m.
05-Jul-2006


BBI Holdings has acquired Audiometrics and CDx, the Sunderland-based suppliers of blood glucose meters, for an initial £0.2m.
05-Jul-2006


Office2office has acquired Alpha Office, the East Grinstead-based office products supplier, for £2.4m.
05-Jul-2006


Connaught has acquired the contract maintenance business and 200 staff of Botes Building out of administration for £3.3m, but Botes sister company HN Edwards is now in administration, affecting 127 staff in Basingstoke and Witney.
05-Jul-2006


Co-operative Group has acquired 30 Gordon Davis pharmacies in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire and ten Raygale Chemists in the north-east, taking its total network to 429 branches.
05-Jul-2006


Smith Anderson has sold its Securecycle waste paper collection subsidiary out of administration to management for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 23 jobs in Fife.
05-Jul-2006


Christy, the Cheshire-based towels manufacturer with 464 staff, has been acquired by Welspun of India for about £15m.
05-Jul-2006


Emap has acquired AME Info, the Dubai-based business information company with 20 staff, for an initial £13m.
05-Jul-2006


Accuma Group has acquired Thomas Charles & Co, the London-based consumer debt advice company with 19 staff, for an initial £2m.
04-Jul-2006


Quantica has acquired Interactive Training Management, the work-based training company with 23 staff in Manchester, Chester and Birkenhead, for £0.4m.
04-Jul-2006


Jelf Group has acquired Auto Business Solutions, the Chippenham-based asset finance broker with five staff, for undisclosed terms.
04-Jul-2006


United Business Media has acquired MeXi Solutions, the Belgian communication and data access solutions provider, for £1.8m.
04-Jul-2006


Land Instruments International, the Dronfield-based temperature measurement specialist with 180 staff, has been acquired by Ametek of the US.
04-Jul-2006


Shoreham Airport has been sold by Brighton & Hove City Council and Worthing Borough Council to property company Erinaceous, which will lead to more flights to popular European destinations.
04-Jul-2006


MJ Gleeson has sold Concrete Repairs, its Surrey-based division with 200 staff, to a management buy-out for £3m.
04-Jul-2006


Ovum is to acquire Summit Strategies, the US-based IT research company, for £0.6m.
04-Jul-2006


Torex Retail is to acquire Retail-J, the Hertford-based developer of electronic point-of-sale software with 20 staff, for £50m.
04-Jul-2006


Dobbies Garden Centres has acquired the Grovelands Garden Centre near Reading for £5.3m.
04-Jul-2006


N Brown has acquired Gray & Osbourn, the catalogue retailer with sites in Sheffield and Peterborough, for £8.2m.
04-Jul-2006


Ascribe has acquired HE Information Systems, the supplier of clinical information systems to the NHS, for £6.5m.
03-Jul-2006


ILX Group is to acquire The Corporate Training Group, the London-based financial training company with 16 staff, for an initial £7m.
03-Jul-2006


Fitness First has acquired three LivingWell health clubs in Australia from Hilton Hotels Corporation for about £10m, and HHC is now looking to sell its 25 UK clubs.
03-Jul-2006


Rank is to sell its DVD replication and media distribution operations in West Sussex and Enfield to Sony for £5.9m.
03-Jul-2006


Brambles has sold Cleanaway UK, its waste disposal business with 7,500 staff and two recycling facilities in Greenwich and Rainham, to Veolia Environnement of France for £595m.
03-Jul-2006


Shanks has acquired Smink Beheer, the Dutch waste management company with 170 staff, for £59m.
03-Jul-2006


Spacelabs Healthcare is to acquire Del Mar Reynolds Medical, the cardiac monitoring business, from Ferraris Group for £14m.
03-Jul-2006


ICI is to sell Uniqema, the oleochemicals and surfactants manufacturer with sites in Bromborough, Wilton, continental Europe, Asia and the US, to Croda International for £410m.
30-Jun-2006


Supporta has acquired Datacare Business Services, the Oxfordshire-based data archiving company, for an initial £2.8m.
30-Jun-2006


White Young Green has acquired Nolan Ryan Partnership, the Irish quantity surveying and project management company with 72 staff, for £10m.
30-Jun-2006


Linear Composites, the West Yorkshire-based composites manufacturer with 32 staff, has been acquired by Macceferri Group of Italy for undisclosed terms.
30-Jun-2006


Clyde Materials Handling, the supplier of conveying and injection systems with 110 staff in Doncaster, Brazil, the US and elsewhere, has been acquired by Process Handling in a £7.3m reverse takeover.
29-Jun-2006


Harwich Express Freight, the Harwich-based haulage and warehousing company with annual turnover of almost £4m, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
29-Jun-2006


A&M Plastic Solutions, the Fareham-based vacuum forming company with 22 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team, and will now be renamed Mimtec.
29-Jun-2006


Taylor & Whiteley, the Huddersfield-based manufacturer of car turbo chargers with 70 staff, has been acquired by VTL Holdings for undisclosed terms.
29-Jun-2006


Rollalong Hire, the Dorset-based portable accommodation supplier with eight regional hire centres, has undergone a £11m management buy-out backed by Barclays Ventures.
29-Jun-2006


J Pickles Healthcare has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, securing the future of more than 25 jobs at its health and beauty products business in Lancashire.
28-Jun-2006


Kingspan has acquired Xtratherm Group, the rigid board insulation manufacturer with sites in Chesterfield and Ireland, for up to £60m.
27-Jun-2006


Cello Group is to acquire Farm Communications, the London-based branding agency, for up to £2.3m.
27-Jun-2006


Worthington Nicholls has acquired Project Air, the Rugeley-based installer of air conditioning systems with 23 staff, for £4.6m.
27-Jun-2006


Balfour Beatty is to acquire Birse, the regional construction, civil engineering and plant hire company, for £32m.
27-Jun-2006


Computer Software Group has acquired Laserform International, the legal software developer with offices in London, Bristol and Lymm, for £4.8m.
27-Jun-2006


Mavinwood is to acquire Independent Inspections, the upholstery restoration company, for an initial £10m, funded by a £12m share placing.
26-Jun-2006


Zenith Hygiene has acquired Baker Hygiene & Health Care Supplies, the Leicester-based supplier of healthcare products to private care homes, for £1m.
26-Jun-2006


Asfare has acquired Collins Youldon, the Harlow-based manufacturer of hose reels and cable drums with 28 staff, for £0.9m.
26-Jun-2006


Murgitroyd is to acquire Fitzpatricks Group, the Glasgow-based provider of patent and trade mark services, for an initial £1.3m.
26-Jun-2006


South Lakeland Caravans, the operator of nine lodge and caravan parks in the Lake District area, has been acquired by Legal & General Ventures for an estimated £100m.
26-Jun-2006


De Vere, the hotels group, has accepted a £723m takeover offer from Alternative Hotel Group, and the business will be combined with AHG's chain of Verve conference centres.
26-Jun-2006


Esprit Ski, the skiing holidays company, is to undergo a £20m management buy-out backed by Isis Equity Partners.
26-Jun-2006


David Morris Stores, the jewellery retailer, has been acquired by Coleridge & Murphy, and the new owner is looking to open new outlets.
26-Jun-2006


Rosebys, the chain of 300 home furnishings stores, is expected to be acquired by GHCL of India for up to £27m.
26-Jun-2006


Stagecoach is to sell its London bus operations to Macquarie of Australia for £264m, including 1,300 buses and 4,300 staff.
26-Jun-2006


Redstone is planning to acquire Symphony Telecom for £17m, funded by a £20m share issue.
26-Jun-2006


Silverdell, the asbestos removal company, is to be acquired by cash shell Bow Lane Capital in a £22m reverse takeover.
26-Jun-2006


Pennine Natural Gas, the Cheshire-based gas supplier, is to be acquired by Gazprom of Russia for undisclosed terms.
26-Jun-2006


Mosaic Fashions is to acquire Rubicon, the owner of the Principles and Warehouse fashion chains, for £353m, creating a combined group with 1,700 stores in 27 countries.
26-Jun-2006


Barclays is to acquire HomEq Servicing, the US mortgage servicing company, for £256m.
26-Jun-2006


VI Group is to acquire Plastics & Computer International, the Italian plastics software consultancy, for £0.6m.
23-Jun-2006


Real Affinity is to acquire Conferaccom, the Swindon-based events management company that trades as Venues Unlimited and has 85 staff, for up to £2m.
23-Jun-2006


Atkins has acquired Mantix Group, the programme management consultancy with 60 staff in Ipswich and London, for £8.7m.
23-Jun-2006


Zetar is to acquire Humdinger, the Hull-based dried fruit supplier with 80 staff, for up to £13m.
23-Jun-2006


Communications Direct has acquired Quay Contact, the Manchester-based mobile phone reseller with almost 100 staff, creating an enlarged group with the capacity for more than 700 operators at four sites.
23-Jun-2006


European Colour, the Stockport-based pigments supplier, is to be acquired by a newly-formed company called Pochteca for £2.6m.
23-Jun-2006


Custom Fleet, the Carlisle-based car leasing company with 60 staff, is to be acquired by GE Commercial Finance of the US, prompting speculation that it could be combined with the Manchester site of GE Fleet Services UK.
23-Jun-2006


Experian is to acquire Eiger Systems, the Rugby-based provider of bank account validation and payment processing systems with 80 staff.
23-Jun-2006


O2 is to acquire Be, the broadband internet provider, for £50m, as part of a strategy to integrate mobile phone and internet technology.
22-Jun-2006


Exwold Technology, the Hartlepool-based agrochemicals company with 65 staff, has undergone a management buy-out, and has also announced the acquisition of Woking-based Crack Processing.
22-Jun-2006


Charles Taylor Consulting has acquired MGI Loss Adjusters of Canada for up to £2.2m.
22-Jun-2006


Lavendon has acquired AMP Access, the supplier of powered access machines with 57 staff at four depots in the south-west, for £3m.
22-Jun-2006


Wolseley has spent a further £89m on seven acquisitions, including Ivybridge Building Supplies of Devon and a number of US-based distributors of plumbing and heating products.
22-Jun-2006


Sykes Group has acquired Bennetts Typewriter & Office Supplies to create a combined Nottingham-based office products business with more than 70 staff.
22-Jun-2006


Trainline, the online rail tickets supplier with 91 staff in Edinburgh and London and a further 600 staff at outsourced call centres, is to be sold to Exponent Private Equity for £163m.
22-Jun-2006


SQW is to merge with Oxford Innovation to create a company called SQW Group with 150 staff, in order to operate a chain of innovation centres and advise local authorities in encouraging small businesses.
22-Jun-2006


Foster Yeoman, the Somerset-based building materials company with 700 staff, is to be acquired by Holcim of Switzerland for an estimated £300m.
22-Jun-2006


Aquilo has acquired IT Solutions, the Leeds-based provider of IT equipment replacement and repair services, for up to £1.5m.
21-Jun-2006


Avingtrans has acquired a 75% stake in Sigma Precision Components, the provider of services to the aerospace industry with offices in Tamworth and China.
21-Jun-2006


BioProgress is to acquire Segix Farma, the Italian pharmaceuticals company that specialises in the anti-infective, gastrointestinal and oncology sectors, for up to £1.3m.
21-Jun-2006


Vail Williams has acquired Property Management Services, the Birmingham-based commercial property consultancy with six staff.
21-Jun-2006


Galaxy Travel, the East Anglian chain of 20 travel agency branches, has been acquired by Harvey World Travel of Australia.
21-Jun-2006


A&G Moulding of Hull has acquired the sign component moulding business of Aston Designs of Exeter for undisclosed terms.
21-Jun-2006


Vue Entertainment, the cinema operator, is to undergo a £350m management buy-out.
21-Jun-2006


Dunfermline Press has acquired William Trimble, the Enniskillen-based newspaper publisher, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Ulster News Group subsidiary.
20-Jun-2006


Golley Slater has acquired McCann Erickson's marketing services business in Leeds, with the transfer of 55 staff.
20-Jun-2006


Silcock Dawson has acquired John Ryan Partnership, the Leeds-based building services company.
20-Jun-2006


Hoopers has acquired the Bulloughs department store in Carlisle.
20-Jun-2006


GVA Grimley has acquired Osmond Tricks, the Bristol-based property consultancy, and the 20 Osmond Tricks staff will relocate to the GVA Grimley office at University Gate next month.
20-Jun-2006


Leisure & Gaming has acquired the BetShop Group, the online gambling company and chain of Italian betting shops, for up to £32m.
20-Jun-2006


Dawson Holdings has acquired the news wholesaling business of Kent-based JG Palmer for £5m.
20-Jun-2006


Stanley Leisure has acquired the Harbour House casino in Southampton for £5.9m.
20-Jun-2006


Punch Taverns has sold five former Spirit pubs in London to a new company called Food & Fuel.
20-Jun-2006


Clarkson is planning to acquire Genchem, the shipping services company with 47 staff in London, Ipswich, Great Yarmouth, Bristol, Liverpool and Southampton.
19-Jun-2006


Capita Group is to acquire Sinclair Henderson, the Exeter-based investment fund administration business with 90 staff, from Iimia Investment Group for an initial £10m.
19-Jun-2006


Incisive Media is to acquire AVCJ Group, the Hong Kong-based conferences, magazines and research company, for an initial £3.2m.
19-Jun-2006


Debtmatters is to acquire Loanmakers, the Bolton-based secured loans broker, for an initial £10m.
19-Jun-2006


Spice Holdings is to acquire Inenco Holdings, the Lancashire-based energy management company with 130 staff, for £12m.
19-Jun-2006


Chapelhouse Motors has acquired the West Coast Saab and Hyundai car dealership in Southport for undisclosed terms.
19-Jun-2006


Oxford Property Consultants has agreed to sell its fund management business to CBRE Investors for an estimated £4m.
19-Jun-2006


Barclays Private Equity is set to acquire Blemain Group, the loans company, for about £350m.
19-Jun-2006


Red Vision, the visual effects company with sites in Bristol, Manchester and London, has been acquired by Inspired Gaming Group for up to £20m.
19-Jun-2006


Mears has acquired Laidlaw Scott, the Glasgow-based maintenance contractor, for an initial £2.1m.
19-Jun-2006


Greene King is to acquire Hardys & Hansons, the Nottingham-based brewer and chain of 260 pubs, for £270m.
16-Jun-2006


Flomerics is to acquire NIKA, the German software company with 68 staff, for an initial £8m.
16-Jun-2006


Freshwater has acquired Clear, the London-based provider of consultancy and training services with nine staff.
16-Jun-2006


Alstom Energy Recovery Systems, the Ealing-based manufacturer of heat exchange equipment, has undergone a management buy-out from Alstom Group.
16-Jun-2006


Cobham has acquired Domo, the Hampshire-based provider of wireless digital video surveillance technology with 21 staff, for up to £10m.
15-Jun-2006


Cybit Holdings has acquired Bluefinger, the Somerset-based vehicle and maritime telematics company, for £1.6m.
15-Jun-2006


Genus has sold its SyAqua shrimps business in Brazil to a management buy-out for £3.2m.
15-Jun-2006


Expro International has acquired PWS, the provider of well testing services to the global oil and gas industry, for £366m.
15-Jun-2006


Colliers CRE has acquired Locum Consulting Group, the Haywards Heath-based consultancy with 20 staff and annual turnover of £1.8m.
15-Jun-2006


Begbies Traynor has acquired Wilson Pitts, the Leeds-based corporate and personal insolvency firm with 17 staff, for an initial £1.1m.
15-Jun-2006


Wensum Company has sold its menswear business to a new company called Wensum Tailoring for £0.5m, in order to focus on its Wensum Corporate uniforms business.
15-Jun-2006


Lagan has bought the specialist piling division of Dew Construction from the receivers of parent company Dew Pitchmastic, securing the future of 25 jobs.
15-Jun-2006


ECHG, the English Churches Housing Group, is to merge with The Riverside Group later this year, creating a new Liverpool-based national housing association, but up to 175 ECHG jobs will be lost in Leicester.
15-Jun-2006


Empiredirect has bought six Miller Brothers electrical stores out of administration, securing 100 jobs in Bolton, Derby, Wetherby, Dudley, Loughborough and Romford.
15-Jun-2006


Celsis International is to acquire In Vitro Technologies, the US provider of testing products and services to the pharmaceutical industry, for £16m.
15-Jun-2006


Axa is to acquire Winterthur, the Swiss insurance company with an office in Basingstoke, from Credit Suisse for £5.4bn.
15-Jun-2006


Barratt Developments is to acquire Squire Bridge, the Guildford-based property developer, for £25m.
15-Jun-2006


DCT Civil Engineering has bought the frameworks and regions divisions of Dew Construction out of receivership for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 40 jobs in Oldham and Coventry.
14-Jun-2006


Pasta King, the Newton Abbot-based chilled meals supplier with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
14-Jun-2006


Dairygold Food Ingredients has acquired Dan Dairies, the Leeds-based soft cheese company with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
14-Jun-2006


Wisden is to acquire Hawk-Eye, the ball tracking system used by broadcasters of tennis and cricket matches, from Tinopolis for about £5m.
14-Jun-2006


Heinz has sold the Linda McCartney vegetarian ready meals brand to Hain Celestial Group of the US for about £10m.
14-Jun-2006


Babcock International has acquired the ABB high-voltage power lines and mobile telecoms business in South Africa for £4.5m.
14-Jun-2006


Savills has acquired Hamilton Osborne King, the Irish commercial property company with 250 staff, for £34m.
14-Jun-2006


Maintel has acquired District Holdings, the telecoms equipment supplier, for £1m.
13-Jun-2006


European Motor Holdings has acquired a Land Rover car dealership in St Helens from Hartwell for £0.5m.
13-Jun-2006


Careforce has acquired Sycamore Rise, the provider of domiciliary care services with 150 staff at sites in Burnley, Clitheroe and St Anne's, for up to £1.5m.
13-Jun-2006


DIC Entertainment has acquired CPG, the London-based licensing agency operating in the entertainment and sports industries, for an initial £3.8m.
13-Jun-2006


Travelzest is to acquire Fair's Fare, the Ealing-based travel planning company, for £3.9m.
13-Jun-2006


Findel has acquired Letterbox Mail Order, the Cornwall-based mail order and online retailer of children's gifts and toys, for £7m.
13-Jun-2006


Curidium, the London-based drug discovery company, is to be acquired by Aim-listed Cielo Holdings in a £3.9m reverse takeover.
13-Jun-2006


Filtronic is to sell most of its wireless infrastructure division to Powerwave Technologies of the US for £184m, and has also announced plans to spend £45m expanding its semiconductor factory in Newton Aycliffe.
13-Jun-2006


Rentokil Initial is to sell its US-based manned guarding operations to Allied Security Holdings for £40m.
13-Jun-2006


Goy Harris Cartwright has acquired Berkeley Fund Managers of Coventry for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of nine staff.
12-Jun-2006


Reuters is to acquire Application Networks, the risk management software company with offices in the US and London, for £22m.
12-Jun-2006


Markham Vaughan Gillingham has acquired Edwards Hardwick & Partners, the Bristol-based warehouse property specialist, for undisclosed terms.
12-Jun-2006


Original Shoe Company, the Ayrshire-based chain of 50 shoe stores, has been acquired by Sports World for undisclosed terms.
12-Jun-2006


RM is to acquire CAZ Software, the Australian supplier of educational software, for £1.2m.
12-Jun-2006


InterQuest is to acquire Sand Resources, the Kent-based IT recruitment company, for £5.2m.
12-Jun-2006


Sage Group is to acquire Baurer, the German business management software company, for £16m.
09-Jun-2006


Telephonetics is to acquire Voice Integrated Products, the Poole-based computer telephony company with 64 staff, for £12m.
09-Jun-2006


Milestone has sold Passion, the Oxford-based radio station, to Absolute Radio International for £0.3m.
09-Jun-2006


Spice Holdings has acquired Breval Technical Services, the Glasgow-based heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company, for £8.4m.
09-Jun-2006


Metal Castings has been bought out of administration by US-based Marathon Asset Management, securing the future of more than 200 jobs at its Worcester-based aluminium die-casting business.
09-Jun-2006


Autobar has acquired Vendaid Automatic Caterers, the Oldbury-based vending supplies company with 21 staff.
09-Jun-2006


Resolution is to acquire the closed life funds of Abbey for £3.6bn, but its Albert Dock site in Liverpool will close with the loss of 120 jobs.
09-Jun-2006


Greenvale, the potato supplier with 700 staff at sites in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Shropshire and Berwickshire, has been acquired by Produce Investment for about £11m.
09-Jun-2006


Bizspace, the managed workspace provider, is to be acquired by Highcross for £77m.
09-Jun-2006


Hyder Consulting has acquired Munnich Projekt und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, the German civil engineering firm with 15 staff, for £0.3m.
08-Jun-2006


Invocas has acquired Wilson & Co, the Edinburgh-based insolvency practice, for £0.1m.
08-Jun-2006


Synexus Clinical Research is to combine its Wigan and Chorley operations onto one site in Bolton, and has also announced the £1m acquisition of Diagnostic Units, the Hungarian clinical trials company.
08-Jun-2006


Ness Motors has acquired a Renault dealership with 31 staff in Perth for undisclosed terms.
08-Jun-2006


Punch Taverns is planning to sell 290 pubs to US-based private equity firm GI Partners for £570m, including 50 Two for One sites, 15 Bar Room bars and 30 branded as Q's.
08-Jun-2006


JP Corry, the Belfast-based network of 14 builders' merchants, has been acquired by Saint-Gobain of France for £75m.
07-Jun-2006


Yorkshire Building Society is to acquire Abbey National's Sharesave business for undisclosed terms.
07-Jun-2006


Pitchmastic PmB, the Sheffield-based supplier of structural waterproofing and anti-skid roads with 44 staff, has been acquired by Washington-based GJP Holdings.
07-Jun-2006


Yule Catto has sold its Reabrook chemical products business in Derbyshire to a management buy-out for £4m, securing the future of 200 jobs.
07-Jun-2006


BAA, the airports operator, has accepted a £16bn takeover bid from a consortium led by Ferrovial of Spain.
07-Jun-2006


Robert Wiseman Dairies is to acquire the Newlands Farm fresh milk business, including dairies at Pensilva and Okehampton, from Milk Link for £5.5m.
07-Jun-2006


Claimar Care Group is to acquire Medgal Care, the domiciliary care provider based in Dukinfield, Cheshire, for £0.3m.
06-Jun-2006


Karspace Management, the Kent-based provider of car park and traffic management services, has been acquired by Mission Capital for up to £2.6m.
06-Jun-2006


Umeco is to acquire Aerodyne Advanced Composites, the South African automotive composites manufacturer with 130 staff, for an initial £1.5m.
06-Jun-2006


UK Automatic Vending Supplies, the St Helens-based ingredients supplier with 35 staff, is to be acquired by Eurogran of Denmark for undisclosed terms.
06-Jun-2006


Charles Taylor Consulting has acquired Vertex Administration, the Isle of Man-based supplier of software to the international insurance and pensions industry, for undisclosed terms.
05-Jun-2006


Pochin has sold its Pipeline Drillers division to a management team for £0.4m.
05-Jun-2006


Morrell Products has bought VT Technology, the automotive sound insulation manufacturer with 144 staff at sites in Chesterfield and Loughborough, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
05-Jun-2006


Wolviston Management Services has acquired YOH UK Staffing Solutions, the Warrington-based staffing services company with 140 staff, for undisclosed terms.
05-Jun-2006


Evolution Group is to acquire Williams de Broe, the investment bank with 250 staff, from ING Group for £15m.
05-Jun-2006


Sportech is to sell its Bet Direct betting business to 32Red of Gibraltar for £12m.
05-Jun-2006


Ultraframe, the Clitheroe-based conservatory roofing company, is to be acquired by Latium Holdings for £29m.
05-Jun-2006


Thus is to sell Demon Netherlands, its Dutch internet business, to KPN for £47m.
05-Jun-2006


Azzurri, the Newbury-based data communications company with offices in Fareham, High Wycombe, Leeds, Kingston, Hull, Burnley, Birmingham and East Kilbride, has been acquired by PPM Capital for £182m.
05-Jun-2006


TTP Communications, the Royston-based wireless technology company, is to be acquired by Motorola for £103m.
05-Jun-2006


Isoft is to sell its Swiss software operations to Nexus for £1m.
05-Jun-2006


Tiger Aspect, the TV and film production company, is to be acquired by US-owned IMG Media for £30m.
05-Jun-2006


Rixonway, the Dewsbury-based kitchen manufacturer with 285 staff, has undergone a £20m management buy-out backed by private equity firm August Equity.
02-Jun-2006


Benson Box has acquired Print Design & Graphics, the Tyneside-based packaging company with 158 staff, for undisclosed terms.
02-Jun-2006


Lagan has acquired Peter Martin Associates, the US social services software company, and has also received a £6m funding package from Casenove Private Equity.
02-Jun-2006


Broker Network Holdings is to acquire the general insurance business of Towry Law for £12m, creating a new subsidiary with offices in Birmingham, Bracknell, Glasgow, Leeds, Leominster and London.
02-Jun-2006


Jelf Group has acquired Cherwell Insurance Management, the Oxfordshire-based general insurance broker with 11 staff, for undisclosed terms.
02-Jun-2006


Applied Optical Technologies is to acquire GenuOne, the US developer of anti-counterfeiting software with 28 staff, for £7m.
02-Jun-2006


Touchstone Group has acquired Vorsprung Business Solutions, the IT consultancy with 25 staff at offices in Manchester and Glasgow, for up to £1.7m.
02-Jun-2006


Ideal Shopping Direct is to acquire Superstore TV, the craft products supplier with offices in Manchester and China, from Simply Media TV for £0.5m.
02-Jun-2006


Scott Wilson Group is to acquire Roscoe Postle Associates, the Canadian mineral resources consultancy, for up to £2.4m.
02-Jun-2006


United Business Media has acquired Cable Digital News, the US-based online news channel, for less than £0.2m.
02-Jun-2006


Eaga Group has acquired Everwarm, the Livingston-based insulation and heating provider with 130 staff, from Tulloch.
01-Jun-2006


Esh Group has bought Stephen Easten out of administration, securing 105 jobs at the Northumberland-based property restoration business.
01-Jun-2006


HMV has reached agreement for the £63m acquisition of the Ottakar's chain of 141 book stores.
01-Jun-2006


Pearson has acquired Chancery Software, the US student software company, for undisclosed terms.
01-Jun-2006


Charterhouse has acquired Intelligent Print Solutions, the Kent-based print management company, for undisclosed terms.
31-May-2006


AT Communications is to acquire Britannia Telecom, the Bolton-based voice and data reseller, for £3.8m.
31-May-2006


SMC Group is to acquire Charter Partnership, the architecture firm with 120 staff at offices in London, Bedford, Bournemouth and Ipswich, for an initial £3.6m.
31-May-2006


Chemring is to sell its McMurdo marine lights business to Daniament of Denmark for £2.8m, as part of a strategy to focus on countermeasures and energetics.
31-May-2006


CareTech has acquired Lonsdale Midlands, the provider of learning disability care services with 28 sites, for £15m.
31-May-2006


Field & Lawn Marquees has acquired The Marquee Company of Northampton for £1m, and is now looking to double in size by 2011.
30-May-2006


Cinque Ports has acquired South Devon Parks, the operator of caravan parks in Paignton and Dawlish, for £10m.
30-May-2006


Peak Group, the Aberdeen-based oilfield services company, is to be acquired by Ability Group of Norway for about £26m.
30-May-2006


Symbiosis Group, the London-based print services company, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Arcnor Media, saving 23 of the 35 jobs.
29-May-2006


Telent, the telecom support services company with 2,000 staff at sites in Coventry, Chorley and Basildon, has accepted a £346m takeover offer from Fortress Investment Group of the US.
29-May-2006


United Co-operatives has acquired P Williams, the chain of 56 pharmacy branches with 600 staff in the North West and East Midlands, for undisclosed terms.
29-May-2006


Gartmore, the investment bank, is to be sold by Nationwide Mutual of the US to a management buy-out and Hellman & Friedman for about £500m.
29-May-2006


Mayborn, the supplier of baby products, is to be acquired by Jake Acquisitions for £116m.
29-May-2006


ADL is to acquire the Solutions 40-bed nursing home in Leeds for £2.3m, taking its total chain of care homes to 12.
26-May-2006


Acal is to sell its air conditioning and refrigeration business to Parker Hannifin International for an initial £8m, including sites in the UK, France, Germany and the US.
26-May-2006


Associated British Ports has sold its AMPORTS business in the US to an affiliate of Lincolnshire Equity Fund for £57m.
26-May-2006


Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired Methuen Drama for £2.3m, in order to expand its A&C Black subsidiary.
26-May-2006


Newcastle Building Society is to acquire Universal, its smaller local rival with 130 staff, and four Universal branches are expected to close.
26-May-2006


Augean has acquired Credential Hazardous Waste, the hazardous waste collection and transfer company with sites in Hinckley and Worcester, for £8.1m.
25-May-2006


Capita Symonds has acquired Ruddle Wilkinson, the firm of architects with offices in Peterborough and London, for undisclosed terms.
25-May-2006


DCS Group, the Warwickshire-based software company, is to be acquired by Reynolds & Reynolds of the US for £11m.
25-May-2006


IPT is to acquire Directinet, the French online marketing company, for £22m, funded by a £11m share placing.
25-May-2006


Invensys has sold its building management systems operations in the US and Asia to Schneider Electric of France for £157m.
25-May-2006


Clear Channel Outdoor has acquired the UK business of Van Wagner, the London-based outdoor advertising company with 20 staff.
25-May-2006


Tristel is to acquire Vernagene, the Bolton-based supplier of water treatment and hygiene control products, for £1m.
24-May-2006


Adventis Group is to acquire Roundhouse Advertising of Hertford and The Coltman Media Company of London for a total £8.7m.
24-May-2006


Alpha Strategic is to acquire Winton Advisors from Winton Capital Management of London for £0.3m.
24-May-2006


SmartFocus is to acquire Email Reaction, the digital marketing software company with 15 staff in London and Southampton, for £1.6m.
24-May-2006


Hargreaves Services has acquired Gilbraith Tankers of Lancashire for £2m, in order to expand its Hargreaves Bulk Liquid Transport business.
24-May-2006


Sage is to acquire a 50% stake in UBS, the Malaysian supplier of business management software, for £7m.
24-May-2006


Francis Graves has acquired Rose Project Services, the project management and building consultancy with 32 staff in London, Tewkesbury and Bristol, for undisclosed terms.
24-May-2006


Charterhouse Development Capital has sold Avent, the Suffolk-based baby products company, to Philips of the Netherlands for £460m.
24-May-2006


Personal Screening has acquired Mermaid Diagnostics, the spin-out from the University of Birmingham that has developed a nicotine testing device.
23-May-2006


Integral Services, the Bristol-based facilities management company with 2,000 staff at 12 sites, has undergone a secondary management buy-out backed by Momentum Corporate Finance.
23-May-2006


AG Barr has acquired Strathmore Mineral Water Company, the Forfar-based bottled water supplier, from Constellation Brands for £15m.
23-May-2006


Amec is to sell Spie, its French engineering services business, to private equity firm PAI for £708m, as part of a strategy to focus on project management.
23-May-2006


Avon Rubber is to sell its automotive components business to a management buy-out backed by Red Diamond Capital for £63m, and has also announced plans to shed about 100 jobs at its site in Wiltshire.
23-May-2006


John Menzies is to acquire North West Wholesale News, the Preston-based newspaper and magazine wholesaler, in order to expand its Menzies Distribution division.
22-May-2006


Nightingales, the Shropshire-based mail order clothing retailer with 65 staff, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Northern Venture Managers.
22-May-2006


ATH Resources has acquired A Ogden & Sons, the Doncaster-based coal washing and processing company, for £25m.
22-May-2006


AE Yates has acquired Steel Pile Installations, the Lancaster-based sheet piling contractor, for undisclosed terms.
22-May-2006


Associated British Foods is to acquire a 51% stake in Illovo Sugar, the South African sugar company, for £317m.
22-May-2006


TRL, the Tewkesbury-based developer of communications and surveillance equipment, is to be acquired by L-3 Communications of the US for £90m.
22-May-2006


Swan Street Motors has been bought out of administration by the Wests Garage Group, securing the future of 29 of the 56 jobs at its Renault car dealership in King's Lynn.
19-May-2006


Alliance Pharma is to acquire Caraderm, the Northern Ireland-based developer of dermatological sprays, for £0.3m.
19-May-2006


Walter Scott & Partners, the Edinburgh-based fund management company, is to be acquired by Mellon Financial of the US for undisclosed terms.
19-May-2006


EurotaxGlass, the automotive data supplier, has undergone a £325m management buy-out backed by Candover.
19-May-2006


Matrix Communications is to sell its integration unit to Calyx of Ireland for up to £40m, in order to focus on its Fujin mobile content filtering business.
18-May-2006


TNT Post has acquired the JD Williams courier business from N Brown Group, which will enable it to offer a delivery service to 80% of the UK.
18-May-2006


Domino Printing Sciences has acquired Enterprise Information System, the US-based developer of RFID track and trace solutions.
17-May-2006


Archibald Young has acquired the goodwill and order book of the aluminium sand casting foundry business of Edinburgh-based Charles Henshaw & Sons for undisclosed terms.
17-May-2006


Eastlake Group of East Kilbride has acquired Calvert Morgan of Northern Ireland, creating a combined commercial interiors business with 130 staff and turnover of £27m.
17-May-2006


Frontier Post has acquired Skyline Audio Post Production of London, and Skyline's TV production facilities are being relocated to Frontier's site in Wells Street.
17-May-2006


Jones Lang LaSalle is to acquire Rogers Chapman, the commercial property company with 60 staff in London, Cranford and Bracknell.
17-May-2006


Next Generation Clubs, the chain of tennis clubs, has been acquired by London & Regional for £200m.
17-May-2006


Pentagon Protection, the supplier of specialist window films, has sold its GlassTech automotive division to management for a nominal sum.
16-May-2006


DCC has acquired a 50% stake in William Tracey Group, the Glasgow-based recycling and waste management company with 255 staff, for £16m.
16-May-2006


Viridor Waste Management has acquired Wyvern Waste Services, the landfill, power generation and recycling business, from Somerset County Council for £25m.
16-May-2006


Maxima has acquired QED Business Systems, the Slough-based IT services company with 26 staff, for up to £4.8m.
16-May-2006


United Business Media has sold Industrial Equipment Market and The Trader to Metropolis International for £9m, Trade-It to Friday-Ad for £4m and The Knowledge and Benn's Media to Wilmington for £1.6m.
16-May-2006


T Jolly Services, the Lancashire-based building contractor with 140 staff, has merged with Norman Peplow Electrical, the Preston-based company with 19 staff.
16-May-2006


Tarmac Minerals & Materials, the Stoke-on-Trent-based company with 70 staff, has been acquired by Prince Minerals of the US for about £4m.
16-May-2006


Equator Group, the Aim-listed film library, is to acquire HandMade Holdings, the film production company, in a £15m reverse takeover.
16-May-2006


Speedy Hire has acquired LCH Generators, the generator hire company with 196 staff at depots in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Wigan, Coventry, London and Portsmouth, for £55m.
16-May-2006


Virgin Group has sold its V2 music publishing business to Morgan Stanley for undisclosed terms, in order to clear the way for the launch of a new music TV channel.
16-May-2006


Tiso has acquired Alpine Bikes, the Scottish bicycle retailer with 50 staff at three stores and two concessions.
16-May-2006


GlynWebb, the chain of 27 DIY stores with 650 staff, has been acquired by private equity fund Endless for undisclosed terms.
15-May-2006


Garden Isle, the Wisbech-based frozen foods manufacturer with 130 staff, has been acquired by LambWeston Meijer for undisclosed terms.
15-May-2006


Lion Foods, the Runcorn-based sauces and condiments manufacturer with more than 100 staff, has been acquired by Aarhus Karlshamn UK of Hull.
15-May-2006


AstraZeneca is to acquire Cambridge Antibody Technology, the Cambridge-based biotechnology company with 300 staff, for £700m.
15-May-2006


Compass Finance is to acquire Debt Advisor, the debt advisory firm, for £2m, and is also raising £4m in a share placing to expand its IVAs business.
15-May-2006


Severn Trent has sold its Biffa waste management business in Belgium to Veolia of France for £30m.
15-May-2006


Ascribe has acquired the health division of Jade Software Corporation, which provides IT solutions to hospitals in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, for up to £3.4m.
12-May-2006


Carter & Carter has acquired Remit, the motor industry training company, from the Retail Motor Industry Federation for £25m, in order to expand its government-funded apprenticeship programmes for automotive technicians.
12-May-2006


Imagesound has acquired Music Styling, the provider of bespoke music content to hotels, for up to £0.8m.
12-May-2006


Lloyds British Testing has acquired Rota Handling, the Dudley-based lifting and handling specialist, for undisclosed terms, and will relocate the business to its site in West Bromwich.
12-May-2006


Knight Frank has acquired C2G Property Solutions, the industrial property firm, for undisclosed terms.
12-May-2006


Farley Group is to acquire CJ Hole Country, the Somerset-based chain of estate agents and surveyors, and the 12 offices will be converted to the Humberts brand.
11-May-2006


Advanced Power Components has acquired Hero Electronics, the Bedfordshire-based electronic components distributor, for £2m.
11-May-2006


TM Lewin has undergone a £50m management buy-out backed by the Bank of Scotland, and is now planning to expand its chain of clothing stores from 37 to 50.
11-May-2006


Trinity Mirror has acquired Email4Property, the internet directory service, for £4.4m.
11-May-2006


SQS Software Quality Systems of Germany is to acquire Cresta, the London-based software testing company with 200 staff, for up to £18m.
11-May-2006


Vale-Tech has acquired Inovex Systems, the Corby-based supplier of ink dispensers with annual turnover of £0.7m.
10-May-2006


Statpro has acquired Kizen, the South African supplier of compliance software solutions to asset managers, for an initial £0.5m.
10-May-2006


Work Inc has acquired Steelcase, the Warrington-based office furniture manufacturer, for more than £1m.
10-May-2006


Experian has acquired Backgroundchecking, the Marlow-based company that checks the background of job candidates, for undisclosed terms.
10-May-2006


Kingsley Cards, the Skipton-based greetings cards supplier with 209 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team, and will now trade as Riverdale Publishing.
10-May-2006


Sara Lee of the US has sold Courtaulds Textiles, its clothing manufacturing business with 1,000 UK-based staff, to PD Enterprises of Hong Kong for undisclosed terms.
10-May-2006


Babcock International has acquired Alstec, the Leicestershire-based nuclear and airport services company with 1,200 staff throughout the country, for £45m.
10-May-2006


United Drug has acquired Endoscopy UK, the Forest of Dean-based medical products distributor, for £6.1m.
09-May-2006


Jelf Group has acquired Brian D Thomas Insurance Services, the insurance company with 30 staff in Swansea, Cardiff and Bridgend, for undisclosed terms.
09-May-2006


Broker Network Holdings has acquired Adam & Gaskell, the commercial insurance broker with offices in Lancaster, Garstang and Carnforth, for undisclosed terms.
09-May-2006


Electric Word has acquired Chris Kington Publishing, the publisher of teacher resources, for an initial £0.1m.
09-May-2006


Fransen Transport, the Kidderminster-based refrigerated haulage company, has been acquired by Birmingham-based Cherrystone Investments for undisclosed terms.
09-May-2006


TASC Diamond Drillers and TASC Fire Protection Services have been acquired by management, which will affect about 60 Sheffield-based staff.
09-May-2006


Reebitex Fabrics, the Ilkeston-based textiles supplier with 55 staff, has been acquired by Whitaker Services of Rochester for undisclosed terms.
09-May-2006


DataCash is to acquire ProcCyber Services, the payment service provider with 233 staff in South Africa and London, for £61m.
09-May-2006


Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired two online media businesses for £46m, including dating company Allegran and automotive advertiser Data Media & Retail, in order to expand its Associated Newspapers division.
09-May-2006


Fowler Welch Coolchain has bought RF Fielding, the Stockport-based haulage firm, out of administration.
09-May-2006


Innovate Logistics has bought a cold store in Portbury, Bristol, from the administrators of Celsius First.
09-May-2006


Robinson has acquired VR Plastics, the Nottinghamshire-based plastic injection moulding company with 85 staff, for £2.8m.
08-May-2006


Larking Gowen has acquired Manning & Girling, the Ipswich-based accountancy firm with 18 staff.
08-May-2006


Waverley TBS has acquired Cellar Wines Direct, the Welsh drinks wholesaler, for undisclosed terms.
08-May-2006


Telecom Service Centres has acquired Outsourced Credit Management, the Halifax-based debt collection and credit management company with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
08-May-2006


Travelzest is to acquire Peng Travel, the Romford-based tour operator, for £1.8m.
08-May-2006


Richmond Foods, the ice cream manufacturer with 850 staff, is to be acquired by private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management for £182m.
08-May-2006


Pearson is to acquire an 80% stake in Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori, the Italian publisher of educational books, for undisclosed terms.
08-May-2006


Merlin Packaging has acquired four businesses from Mondi Packaging, including sites in Great Yarmouth, Stoke, Glasgow and Gateshead, creating a combined corrugated sheet board group with annual turnover of £20m.
08-May-2006


Wyndeham Press has acquired JGA Design Strategies, the Essex-based packaging design consultancy with 12 staff, for undisclosed terms.
05-May-2006


Inchcape is to acquire Lind Automotive Group, the car dealership with 21 retail sites in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent, for £71m.
05-May-2006


JJB Sports has acquired Golf TV, the operator of The Golf Channel and The Golf TV Pro-Shop Channel, for up to £3.3m.
05-May-2006


Aegis Group is to acquire a 70% stake in New Voice, the Chinese marketing and events company, for up to £5.4m.
05-May-2006


Owl Video Systems, the Uckfield-based supplier of multimedia and video projection systems, has undergone a management buy-out.
05-May-2006


PowerKut has acquired the Coventry-based operations of Nanson Engineering & Metrology and associate company Rugby Instruments for £0.3m, creating a combined tools and components business with 30 staff.
05-May-2006


Wolseley has acquired a number of US companies for £49m, including Efficient Electric, United Electric, United Plumbing, DSI and Davies Water Equipment Company.
05-May-2006


Eclipse Scientific has acquired Advanced Micro Services, the Irish cattle disease testing company, as well as Food Technology Centre, the Manchester-based food microbiology and chemistry testing services company.
05-May-2006


Begbies Traynor has acquired the Salisbury and Southampton accountancy offices of Middleton Partners for an initial £1m, with the transfer of 16 staff.
04-May-2006


Onyx Group, the Middlesbrough-based internet company with 42 staff, has undergone a management buy-out and is considering plans for a flotation within two years.
04-May-2006


Albanet, the Dingwall-based IT services company, has been bought out of administration by Alchemy Plus for undisclosed terms.
04-May-2006


Petrofac has acquired PPS Group, the oil industry training company, for up to £2m, which will involve the transfer of 40 staff.
04-May-2006


CareTech has acquired 14 residential care homes in Staffordshire from Delam Care for £8.1m, taking its total number of sites to 78.
04-May-2006


Tulloch has acquired RPA, the Bathgate-based supplier of insulated wall panels with 20 staff.
04-May-2006


Archant Life has acquired Advent Media, the Stafford-based regional magazine publisher, for undisclosed terms.
03-May-2006


Accident Exchange Group has acquired DCML, the provider of software solutions to the automotive industry, for up to £12m, and has also announced the development of a new headquarters and distribution centre in Coleshill.
03-May-2006


Syndicate Asset Management has acquired LAinvest, the Bournemouth-based fund management and financial services company, for £1.4m.
03-May-2006


Snugpak, the West Yorkshire-based insulated clothing supplier with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
03-May-2006


PJ Musgrave of Matlock has merged with Paul Adams of the West Midlands to create a combined electrical services contractor called PJM Adams with more than 70 staff.
03-May-2006


Interserve has acquired MacLellan Group, the Redditch-based facilities management company with 14 offices nationwide, for £118m.
03-May-2006


Torex Retail is to acquire TQIPS, the provider of project management services with offices in Bromsgrove and West Sussex, for £11m.
03-May-2006


Computer Software Group is to acquire AIM Group, the Hull-based developer of software for legal and professional services firms, for £5.3m.
03-May-2006


Gascoyne & Beever, the Sheffield-based architectural metal worker, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Co-operative Bank.
02-May-2006


Aviva has sold the vehicle solutions businesses of RAC to VT Group for £87m, including Lex Transfleet, Lex Defence, Lex Defence Management and RAC Software Solutions.
02-May-2006


Northern Foods is planning to sell its NFT chilled distribution business to a management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners for up to £60m.
02-May-2006


Bakkavor of Iceland has acquired Laurens Patisseries, the Newark-based chilled desserts company, for £130m, as well as New Primebake, the bread products supplier, for undisclosed terms.
02-May-2006


Networkers International, the telecoms recruitment company, is to be acquired by the Aim-traded cash shell Streetnames for £22m.
02-May-2006


Hunter Rubber Company, the Dumfries-based boot maker, has been bought out of administration by a consortium that includes Pentland for about £3m, securing the future of 64 jobs.
02-May-2006


BT Group has acquired Dabs.com, the Bolton-based online electrical products retailer, for an estimated £30m.
02-May-2006


Yell has acquired TPI, the Spanish phone directories company, for £2.3bn, and the deal was partly funded by a £350m share placing.
02-May-2006


Systems Union, the Farnborough-based software company with 45 offices in 20 countries, has been acquired by Extensity of the US for £220m.
02-May-2006


Bruce Shaw Group has sold BSFM, the Irish facilities management company, to Newcourt Group for £3.3m.
28-Apr-2006


IPT is to acquire Direct Excellence of Twickenham and MPCI of West Sussex for an initial £0.5m, on order to expand its market research business.
28-Apr-2006


AP Hydraulics of Leamington Spa has been bought out of administration by Caparo Braking, securing the future of 170 jobs in its automotive braking systems business.
28-Apr-2006


Interface Fabrics, the textiles manufacturer with 120 staff at its Meltham factory and 100 at its Mirfield office, has undergone a £16m management buy-out from US parent Interface Inc.
27-Apr-2006


Manugistics, the US-based developer of supply chain software with an office in Bracknell, has been acquired by JDA Software for £118m.
27-Apr-2006


Paragon Group has acquired Aiza, the Lutterworth-based print management company with 42 staff, for undisclosed terms.
27-Apr-2006


Wilson Bowden has acquired Roland Bardsley Homes, the housebuilder with nine sites near Manchester, for £25m.
27-Apr-2006


Irwin Mitchell is to merge with Alexander Harris of Altrincham to create a combined law firm with 1,860 staff throughout the UK and Spain.
27-Apr-2006


WILink, the online investor relations company, is to be acquired by SV Investment Partners of the US for £26m.
27-Apr-2006


Tanfield Group has acquired the powered aerial platform equipment business of UpRight for £7.3m, including operations in Ireland, Japan and the US.
27-Apr-2006


Coburg Group has acquired Aroma Coffee, the supplier of coffees and espresso machinery, and will relocate the business from Southall to the Coburg site in Woolwich.
26-Apr-2006


Carclo is to sell CTP Gills Cables, the Tamworth-based cables manufacturer, and its 50% stake in CTP Suprajit Automotive of India to Suprajit Engineering for £2.2m.
26-Apr-2006


Whitestone Weavers has bought the intellectual property rights of the Gaskell Mackay luxury carpets business out of administration for undisclosed terms.
26-Apr-2006


Kroll has sold DB Actif, the UK licence holder for the Elle clothing brand, out of administration to L Wear, securing the future of 270 jobs.
26-Apr-2006


Cadbury Schweppes is to acquire Carlyle Group's 53% stake in the US-based Dr Pepper Seven Up Bottling Group for £198m, and will also acquire the All American Bottling Company for £36m.
26-Apr-2006


Carron Energy, the owner of the Uskmouth coal-fired power station, has been sold by Rutland to a consortium led by Deutsche Bank for £125m.
26-Apr-2006


Pearson is to acquire National Evaluation Systems, the US provider of teacher certification tests, for an estimated £73m.
26-Apr-2006


Centrica has bought the customer base of Entergy Solutions within the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas grid for £17m, in order to expand its US-based Direct Energy subsidiary.
25-Apr-2006


Aspen Clean Energy is to sell Aspen Clean Fuels, the manufacturer of alkalyte fuels, to Lantmannen Energi of Sweden for £13m.
25-Apr-2006


Western & Oriental has acquired Travel Management Team, the Yorkshire-based conference and incentive travel company, for an initial £0.3m.
25-Apr-2006


Wolseley has acquired AC Electrical, the electrical products distributor with 40 branches, for £18m, as well as K&R Building Supplies of Penzance and US-based companies Davis Homes and Pipe Products.
25-Apr-2006


Vantis has acquired the non-audit business of Buckinghamshire-based Rouse & Co for an initial £1.9m.
25-Apr-2006


Carillion is to sell Environmental Sciences Group, the testing solutions consultancy with 800 staff and 16 offices, to Inspicio for £16m.
25-Apr-2006


Abbot Group is to acquire Songa Drilling, the Norwegian drilling rig operator, for £247m.
25-Apr-2006


General Healthcare, the private hospital operator, is to be acquired by a buy-out group led by Netcare of South Africa for £2.3bn.
25-Apr-2006


Nanotech Energy is to acquire Impact Funding UK, the personal loans company, in a £3.2m reverse takeover.
24-Apr-2006


Lambert Smith Hampton is to acquire Poolman Harlow, the Swansea-based property agency, taking its nationwide office network to 28.
24-Apr-2006


Wyevale Garden Centres has accepted a £310m takeover offer from a consortium that includes Baugur of Iceland, and the chain of 114 garden centres will now be repositioned to target older people.
24-Apr-2006


Bristol Water, the supplier of drinking water to more than 1m customers, is to be acquired by Agbar of Spain for £165m.
24-Apr-2006


Royal Bank of Scotland is to acquire 46 Marriott-branded hotels from Whitbread and Marriott International for £951m.
24-Apr-2006


Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Genscape, the US-based provider of real-time energy generation and transmission information, for an initial £73m.
21-Apr-2006


Creston is to acquire ICM Research for up to £37m and Tullo Marshall Warren and Colombus Communications for up to £38m, in order to expand its market research and direct marketing operations.
21-Apr-2006


Mobile Streams has acquired Cyoshi Mobile, the German supplier of mobile media content, for £2m.
21-Apr-2006


Interior Services Group is to acquire the Asian operating businesses of ISG Asia for about £5m, including facilities management and project management services employing over 280 staff.
21-Apr-2006


Regus is to buy back a 58% stake in its UK serviced offices business from Alchemy Partners for £88m.
20-Apr-2006


IQ-Ludorum is to acquire First Pay, the online payments company specialising in integrated debit card solutions, for £3m.
20-Apr-2006


Keyworld Investments has bought Goldshore, the provider of employee benefit and reward schemes, out of liquidation, and has also announced plans to relocate to a new office in central Milton Keynes.
20-Apr-2006


Kestrel Furniture, the Norwich-based kitchen and furniture maker with 22 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
20-Apr-2006


Circle Technical Services has acquired Ramstud, the US portable friction-welding technology company, for undisclosed terms, and has also announced plans to relocate to a larger site in Kintore.
20-Apr-2006


Essential Publishing, the Colchester-based publisher of six consumer magazines with 75 staff, has been acquired by Hubert Burda UK.
20-Apr-2006


AFI Aerial is to acquire Alan Drew, the supplier of high-rise platforms with sites in Watford, Woolwich, Milton Keynes and Loughborough, for undisclosed terms.
20-Apr-2006


Alchemy Laboratories, the Dundee-based manufacturer of diagnostic tests, is to be acquired by BBI for £4.5m.
19-Apr-2006


Medisys, the supplier of blood glucose testing kits, is to sell its operating business to Arkray of Japan for £24m, and will now focus on investments in biopharmaceutical and diagnostic companies.
19-Apr-2006


Kennametal Sheffield, the cutting tools manufacturer with 170 staff, is to be acquired by Suncraft International Corporation of China, and will revert to its former name of Presto International.
19-Apr-2006


FKI has acquired Harrington Generators International, the Derbyshire-based supplier of specialist generators, for £6m.
19-Apr-2006


Halma has acquired Mikropack GmbH Aufbautechnik in der Sensorik, the German manufacturer of photonic accessories, for £1.5m.
19-Apr-2006


Statpro has acquired Alphai, the Australian supplier of performance measurement software solutions to asset managers, for an initial £1.4m.
19-Apr-2006


CPL Heating & Plumbing has acquired Halsall Heating, the Southport-based heating, plumbing and electrical contractor with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
19-Apr-2006


City Dispense Services, the St Helens-based supplier of dispense equipment, has undergone a management buy-out from City Refrigeration Holdings.
19-Apr-2006


Credential Environmental has acquired Tyre Collection Services, the Wednesbury-based tyre recycling company, for undisclosed terms.
19-Apr-2006


Watermark Group is to acquire ICL, the Heathrow-based in-flight catering subsidiary of Japan Airlines International, for a nominal sum.
18-Apr-2006


Incisive Media is to acquire CIFT, the London-based provider of financial training services to banks and other financial institutions, for an initial £3m.
18-Apr-2006


Cobham has sold Precision Antennas, the Stratford-upon-Avon-based supplier of telecoms antennas with 500 staff, to Andrew Corporation of the US for £15m.
18-Apr-2006


John Pring & Son, the Cheshire-based wire manufacturer with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for an estimated £4m.
18-Apr-2006


Carmasters, the Bridlington-based car valeting and repair services company, has been bought out of receivership by a management team, securing the future of 75 jobs.
18-Apr-2006


Monstermob has acquired W-Infinity, the Chinese mobile phone content company with 170 staff, for £46m.
18-Apr-2006


Schmidlin UK, the cladding company, has been bought out of administration by Lindner of Germany, but the future of the 250 staff is not yet certain.
18-Apr-2006


Caledonian Building Systems, the modular building contractor with annual turnover of £80m, has been acquired by Champion Enterprises.
18-Apr-2006


Smurfit Print, the Denbighshire-based envelope manufacturer with 135 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Smurfit, and will be renamed Dobson & Crowther.
14-Apr-2006


CBRE has acquired Austin Adams, the property and land development agency with 24 staff in Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth.
14-Apr-2006


Darlow Smithson Productions, the TV production company with annual turnover of £44m, has been acquired by TWI.
14-Apr-2006


DSG International is to acquire a 75% stake in Fotovista Group, the French parent company of the Pixmania online consumer electronic products business, for £185m.
13-Apr-2006


Swan Hunter is to sell its Port Clarence shipyard on Teesside to Hartlepool-based Wilton Engineering Services.
13-Apr-2006


Shanks has acquired Eden Recycling, the materials recycling company with 27 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh, from Murray International Holdings for undisclosed terms.
13-Apr-2006


Scot Group has acquired Flightform, the franchise holder for Dollar and Thrifty, creating a network of 90 car hire outlets trading as Dollar Thrifty UK.
13-Apr-2006


Travelsphere, the escorted holidays company, is expected to be acquired by private equity firm Electra Partners Europe.
13-Apr-2006


Playgolf has sold Playgolf Heaton Park, which operates a golf centre in North Manchester, to Mack Trading for £0.5m.
12-Apr-2006


Amec has acquired ATM Enterprise, the French nuclear engineering company with 620 staff, for £14m.
12-Apr-2006


Polaron has sold Oxford Nanoscience to Imago Scientific Instruments of the US for £2.5m.
12-Apr-2006


Scottish & Newcastle is to acquire the Foster's beer brand in Europe from Foster's Group for £309m, funded by a £210m share placing.
12-Apr-2006


Torex Retail is to acquire Savista Corporation, the US-based provider of EPOS software solutions with 80 staff, for £31m.
12-Apr-2006


CPOS Systems, the Liverpool-based EPOS developer, has been acquired by Palmteq of Australia, and its workforce will rise from 16 to 24.
12-Apr-2006


Babcock International has sold three businesses to management buy-outs, including IETG, the manufacturer of flow monitoring equipment, EPS, the German site services company and Eve Trakway, the site access equipment supplier.
12-Apr-2006


Keller Group is to acquire Phi Group, the excavation contractor with offices in Dunfermline, Harrogate and Cheltenham, for an initial £5m.
11-Apr-2006


Horizon Technology has acquired Enterprise Process Consulting, the Irish SAP consulting partner, for an initial £1.4m.
11-Apr-2006


United Business Media has sold the Culverhouse Cross TV complex in Cardiff to ITV for £19m.
11-Apr-2006


Clarion Homes, the Yarm-based housebuilder with 40 staff, has been acquired by Woodford Group for undisclosed terms.
11-Apr-2006


Wylie & Bisset has acquired John Gray & Co of Port Glasgow, creating a combined accountancy group with more than 100 staff.
11-Apr-2006


Aquabeau of Halifax has sold its three bath brands out of administration, with Plumbing Imports taking the Airbath and Appollo brands and a private investor taking Aquarius.
11-Apr-2006


Cabot Financial, the debt purchasing company with more than 300 staff, has been acquired by Nikko Principal Investments for £275m.
11-Apr-2006


Duke Street Capital is to acquire sandwich supplier Food Partners, as well as Buckingham Foods and Thomas Food Group, for a total £100m.
11-Apr-2006


Reid Furniture, the chain of 28 furniture stores with 440 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
10-Apr-2006


Sciantec Analytical Services, the Thirsk-based chemical analysis laboratory with 19 staff, has merged with NRM of Bracknell to form holding company Cawood Scientific.
10-Apr-2006


Eliza Tinsley, the manufacturer of chains, ropes and hardware, has been bought out of administration by the Atlantic Group of India, securing the future of up to 90 jobs at Cradley Heath.
10-Apr-2006


The Chase, the design consultancy with 40 staff in Manchester, London and Preston, has been acquired by Hasgrove for undisclosed terms.
10-Apr-2006


Compass has sold its Select Service Partner travel concessions business for £1.8bn, with Macquarie Bank getting the Moto motorway service stations division and EQT Partners getting the airport and railway concessions.
10-Apr-2006


International Greetings has acquired Alligator Books, the publisher of children's books, for an initial £2.5m.
10-Apr-2006


Lionhead Studios, the Guildford-based computer games developer, has been acquired by Microsoft.
10-Apr-2006


Video Island is to merge with Lovefilm to create a combined DVD rental group valued at about £80m.
10-Apr-2006


ICI is to sell Cimsec, the manufacturer of tile adhesives and grouts with annual sales of £14m, to Henkel of Germany for undisclosed terms.
10-Apr-2006


Balfour Beatty has acquired Edgar Allen, the rail track products manufacturer, from Carillion for £9.5m.
10-Apr-2006


Castlewood Farm Products has acquired Dairygold's food service operation in Northern Ireland for undisclosed terms.
07-Apr-2006


Spirax-Sarco has acquired AFTCO, the US flow measurement company, from AMJ Equipment Corporation for £1.6m.
07-Apr-2006


Bunzl has acquired Allcare Disposable Products, the Australian supplier of disposable products to food processors with annual revenue of £10m.
07-Apr-2006


M&H Plastics has acquired HPL Jars & Containers, the Liverpool-based manufacturer of injection-moulded jars with 70 staff.
07-Apr-2006


ITV has sold its Granada Learning educational publishing business to private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson for up to £53m.
06-Apr-2006


Eleksen, the electronic sensor technology company, is to be acquired by Bora Communications for £19m.
06-Apr-2006


Tellings Golden Miller has acquired Hylton Castle Motors, the provider of coach hire and bus services in Tyne & Wear.
06-Apr-2006


Swan Plant Services, the Knutsford-based maintenance equipment supplier with 60 staff, has been sold out of administration by DTE Leonard Curtis to a management buy-in with financial backing from Cattles Invoice Finance.
06-Apr-2006


Williamson Motors has acquired a Citroen car dealership in Darlington from Springfield for £1m, with the transfer of 22 staff.
06-Apr-2006


Rapra, the plastics and rubber research company with 118 staff, has been bought out of administration by Smithers Group of the US.
06-Apr-2006


Trianco, the Sheffield-based central heating manufacturer with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
06-Apr-2006


Fulmar, the book and commercial printing company, is to be acquired by CPI for about £33m.
05-Apr-2006


Cadbury Schweppes is to sell Bromor Foods, its South African soft drinks business, to Tiger Brands for £109m.
05-Apr-2006


Wolseley has acquired Nevill Long, the supplier of interior building products with nine branches, from James Latham for £10m.
05-Apr-2006


Homeserve is to acquire the glazing division of Pilkington Building Products for £6.5m, including seven branches and 113 staff.
05-Apr-2006


Nexus Management has acquired Fix IT Worldwide, the London-based IT services company with eight staff.
05-Apr-2006


United Business Media has acquired the National Venue Show, the Birmingham NEC-based exhibition for event organisers, for £1.5m.
05-Apr-2006


NTL has agreed to acquire Virgin Mobile for £962m, in order to create a Virgin-branded group offering cable TV, internet access, fixed line telephony and mobile phone services.
05-Apr-2006


SLI Glass, the Doncaster-based manufacturer of glass light bulbs, has been bought out of administration by Glazteknology, securing the future of 165 jobs.
05-Apr-2006


Portland Hotels has acquired the 137-bedroom Jurys Hotel in the West End of Glasgow for about £10m, and will invest £3m upgrading its interior.
05-Apr-2006


Duke Street Capital is to sell Paragon Healthcare Group, the chain of 250 residential care homes, to private equity firm HgCapital for £322m.
05-Apr-2006


Sports Interactive, the London-based video games developer valued at about £30m, is expected to be acquired by Sega of Japan.
05-Apr-2006


Qinetiq is to acquire Ocean Systems Engineering of the US for £30m, in order to expand its Apogen Technologies division.
05-Apr-2006


Evolutions has acquired Nats Post Production, the London-based TV production company with facilities in Soho Square and Oxford Street.
05-Apr-2006


RTT, the Wallington-based electrical and mechanical services company, has sold RTT Group and RTT Engineering Services out of administration to a former manager, with the transfer of 250 staff.
05-Apr-2006


Scottish & Southern Energy has sold Thermal Transfer, the supplier of clean manufacturing environments with 425 staff in East Kilbride, Glossop and Swindon, to the ETDE subsidiary of Bouygues Construction for £20m.
04-Apr-2006


Atkins has acquired MSL Engineering, the oil and gas engineering consultancy with 70 staff in Egham, Trinidad and the US, for £6.8m.
04-Apr-2006


McBride has acquired the household liquids business of Sanmex International for £6.5m.
04-Apr-2006


RDF Media is to acquire Presentable, the Cardiff-based independent TV production company, for an initial £2m.
04-Apr-2006


TripleArc has sold part of Stream GWC, its Swindon-based direct mail business, to Formpro Mail Marketing of Bristol for a nominal sum.
04-Apr-2006


S&B UK, the Salford-based manufacturer of laboratory furniture, has undergone a management buy-out from its Dutch owners, securing the future of 50 jobs.
04-Apr-2006


Traltec UK of Welshpool has acquired TP Moulding of Telford, creating a combined injection moulding group with 300 staff.
04-Apr-2006


Bekaert of Belgium has acquired Cold Drawn Products, the West Yorkshire-based shaped wires manufacturer with 170 staff, for £12m.
04-Apr-2006


Hermes Private Equity has acquired the Mayfair Gaming chain of eight bingo clubs from Risk Capital Partners for about £28m.
04-Apr-2006


Adstream has acquired Quickcut, the print-based ad delivery company, for £35m, creating a combined London-based group with 200 staff.
03-Apr-2006


Polaron has sold the Vacuum Chamber business of Oxford Nanoscience to Weltonbridge for £0.2m.
03-Apr-2006


Zest Group has acquired Greensleeves Records, the independent record label and reggae music publisher.
03-Apr-2006


Ten Alps has acquired McMillan-Scott, the business-to-business publisher with 250 staff in London, Macclesfield and Manchester, for up to £12m.
03-Apr-2006


Marks & Spencer is to sell its Kings supermarkets business in the US to a consortium of investors for £35m.
03-Apr-2006


DM is to acquire Dodd Marketing, the Ross-on-Wye-based list broker and promoter of games, for up to £9m.
31-Mar-2006


Zetar is to acquire Readifoods, the Sleaford-based natural snacks supplier with 40 staff, for up to £4.2m.
31-Mar-2006


Supporta has acquired SNH, the domiciliary care company operating in Lanarkshire and Aberdeenshire, for an initial £6m.
31-Mar-2006


Co-operative Group has acquired an 86% stake in Fairways, the chain of 49 funeral parlours in East Anglia, London, Hampshire and Worcestershire with 225 staff, for £11m.
31-Mar-2006


Sovereign Oilfield has acquired Maxwell Downhole Technology for up to £3.2m, in order to gain access to technology that tracks the direction in which drills are moving.
31-Mar-2006


Eliza Tinsley has sold its MH Berlyn tools manufacturing operation in Cradley Heath out of administration to H&E Knowles, securing the future of 60 jobs.
31-Mar-2006


Clarity Commerce Solutions is to acquire MATRA Systems, the global software solutions provider to the retail sector, for an initial £2.5m.
30-Mar-2006


CPL Resources has acquired Nursefinders UK, the London-based nurse placement agency, in order to expand its Medical Recruitment Specialists business.
30-Mar-2006


Bennetts, the chain of 11 electrical stores with 400 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
30-Mar-2006


Celsius First has been bought out of administration by Yearsley Group, securing the future of 170 jobs at its frozen food distribution sites in Grimsby, Glasgow and Wisbech.
30-Mar-2006


Scorpio Print Finishing of Pudsey has been split into two businesses, forming new companies called Alpha Media and Scorpio Print Finishers and securing the future of 230 jobs.
30-Mar-2006


Spooner Industries, the Ilkley-based oven supplier with 105 staff, has undergone a £0.3m management buy-in, and is now looking to set up a new £3.5m facility next to the current site.
30-Mar-2006


First Technology has sold its crash test dummies business to private equity firm HgCapital for £50m, as parent company Honeywell plans to focus on First Technology's gas sensing and automotive operations.
30-Mar-2006


All3Media has acquired Artist Rights, the talent agency, for almost £10m.
30-Mar-2006


Hyder Consulting has acquired Livic, the owner of the Bettridge Turner & Partners land development and town planning business with 75 staff.
30-Mar-2006


Wolseley is to acquire Brandon Hire, the chain of 143 tool hire outlets, for £72m.
29-Mar-2006


Misys is to acquire Neomalogic, the French trade finance solutions provider, for £8.3m.
29-Mar-2006


Adare Group, the printing company with 1,200 staff at 17 sites, has undergone a £120m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate, and its headquarters will relocate from Dublin to Leeds.
29-Mar-2006


White Young Green has acquired Farningham McCreadie Partnership, the town planning consultancy with offices in Edinburgh and Belfast, for £2.2m.
29-Mar-2006


White Young Green has acquired Tweeds, the construction consultancy with 150 staff in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Mold and the Isle of Man, for an initial £11m.
29-Mar-2006


Bodycote International is to acquire Saab Metech of Sweden, ACT Laboratories of the US and Warrington Fire Research of the UK for a total £29m, in order to expand its testing division.
29-Mar-2006


Supreme Care Homes, the Teesside-based operator of four care homes with 240 staff, has been acquired by Avery Healthcare of Northampton for undisclosed terms.
29-Mar-2006


Boxmore Plastics has sold its Lurgan-based operation in Northern Ireland to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and the new business will be renamed Beverage Plastics and relocated to the Silverwood Business Park in Craigavon.
29-Mar-2006


Independent News & Media is to acquire PropertyNews, the internet property site that covers Northern Ireland and neighbouring counties in the Republic.
28-Mar-2006


Cobham has completed the sale of Wallop Defence Systems to Esterline Technologies Corporation for £44m.
28-Mar-2006


Metalrax has acquired Advanced Handling, the material handling equipment manufacturer with 160 staff in Peterborough and Romania, for up to £2.2m.
28-Mar-2006


APP Group has acquired Stowes the Printers of Stoke-on-Trent for undisclosed terms, creating a combined printing and publishing business with 29 staff.
28-Mar-2006


SMC Group has acquired Alstop Design, the architect with offices in London, Canada, China and Singapore, for £1.8m.
28-Mar-2006


MJ Gleeson is to sell its rail engineering business to Morgan Sindall for £23m, with the transfer of 143 staff.
28-Mar-2006


Jacksons Jolliffe Cork has sold Fawcetts Quality Butchers, the Sunderland-based chain of 19 butchers and delicatessens, out of administration to management for undisclosed terms.
28-Mar-2006


Belden CDT has sold its Manchester-based cables factory to management for £16m, securing the future of 230 jobs, and it will trade as B3 Cable Solutions.
28-Mar-2006


Harvestime, the Walsall-based bakery, has been acquired by Canadian Maple Leaf Bakery UK, securing the future of 250 jobs.
28-Mar-2006


Daily Mail & General Trust is to sell its Aberdeen Journals publishing business to DC Thomson for £132m, and has also announced plans to combine Northcliffe and Associated Newspapers into a single division.
28-Mar-2006


Adept Telecom is to acquire Admiral Managed Networks, the fixed-line telecoms reseller, for up to £1.6m.
27-Mar-2006


IMEX has acquired DWJ Colourprint, the commercial printing company with sites in Port Talbot and Baglan, for undisclosed terms, and will consolidate the business at its site in Swansea this summer.
27-Mar-2006


Wyndeham Press, the printing company, is set to be acquired by Dagsbrun of Iceland for £81m.
27-Mar-2006


Savills has acquired Blair Kirkman, the retail property company, for about £10m, and 26 staff will relocate to Savills' Grosvenor Hill office in London in May.
27-Mar-2006


The Pier, the homewares retailer with 45 stores, has been acquired by Lagerinn of Denmark for £8.6m, and is planning to open ten new outlets.
27-Mar-2006


Charisma Colourprint has bought Cherry Print, the Leeds-based printing company with 31 staff, out of administration.
24-Mar-2006


Caudwell Group has sold Homecall, its Manchester-based telephone services business with more than 700 staff, to Pipex Communications for an estimated £43m.
24-Mar-2006


Braemar Seascope has acquired DV Howells, the pollution response company with 27 staff in Milford Haven, Harlow, Rotherham, Huddersfield, Falmouth, Didcot and Perth, for an initial £0.4m.
23-Mar-2006


Sage is launching a bid to acquire Visma, the Norwegian accounting software company, for £334m.
23-Mar-2006


IMI has sold Phoenix Interiors, the fit-out company with 35 staff, back to its original management team.
23-Mar-2006


Multi Group has sold Berry Recruitment, its St Albans-based general recruitment subsidiary, to management for £1.9m.
22-Mar-2006


Stream Group has acquired Pan American Mobile, the US-based fixed-line premium rate services provider, for up to £2.5m.
22-Mar-2006


Patisserie UK, the Livingston-based cake and dessert manufacturer with 50 staff, has been sold by Enterprise Foods to management for undisclosed terms.
22-Mar-2006


Marken, the London-based clinical trials courier, is to be sold by Deutsche Post to private equity firm 3i.
22-Mar-2006


RR Donnelley has acquired OfficeTiger, the US print management company with a sales office in London, for £142m.
21-Mar-2006


ICI has acquired the fragrance business of US-based Shaw Mudge for undisclosed terms.
21-Mar-2006


Sherwood Group has bought the Charnos lingerie business from the administrators of Nelson IA for £0.6m, which will involve the transfer of 44 staff.
21-Mar-2006


Bartercard is to acquire D-ISC Holdings, the developer of corporate intranet software, for £1.8m.
21-Mar-2006


Carlisle Airport is to be sold by Haughey Airports to WA Developments International in a multi-million pound deal.
21-Mar-2006


Flowcrete has acquired Ivory Industrials, the South African resin flooring company with annual turnover of £5.5m, for undisclosed terms.
21-Mar-2006


Beta Technology, the Doncaster-based technology funding company with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
21-Mar-2006


Wolverhampton & Dudley has acquired Celtic Inns, the chain of 70 pubs in South Wales and southern England, for £44m.
21-Mar-2006


Loose's, the Norwich-based catering equipment supplier with 20 staff, is to be acquired by Alliance Disposables of Crewe for undisclosed terms.
20-Mar-2006


Halliburton is planning to sell KBR Production Services, its engineering unit with 2,500 Aberdeen-based staff, to management for about £100m.
20-Mar-2006


Corus is planning to sell most of its aluminium operations to Aleris International of the US for £570m, including sites in Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.
20-Mar-2006


Swallow Hotels has acquired six more Scottish hotels, including the Ballachulish Hotel near Glencoe, The Isles of Glencoe Hotel, the Oban Caledonian Hotel, the Carnoustie Golf Hotel, the Gleddoch House Hotel at Langbank and the Huntly Arms in Aboyne.
20-Mar-2006


Parkdean, the chain of 20 caravan parks, is to be acquired by private equity firm Alchemy for £140m.
20-Mar-2006


Body Shop International, the beauty products retailer with more than 2,000 stores in 53 countries, is to be acquired by L'Oreal of France for £652m.
20-Mar-2006


USwitch, the online price comparison company, is to be acquired by EW Scripps of the US for £210m.
20-Mar-2006


Laird Group has acquired RecepTec Holdings, the aerials supplier, for £51m, and has also announced a £118m rights issue to fund further acquisitions.
20-Mar-2006


Ascribe has acquired Barwick Systems, the Stockton-based supplier of hospital patient administration systems, for £2m.
16-Mar-2006


Sovereign Capital Partners has acquired Alkare, the Swansea-based provider of mental health care with 120 staff, and now plans to open further homes and therapy centres in Wales.
16-Mar-2006


Jewson has acquired Connells Building Supplies, the Suffolk-based builders' merchant with sites in Framlingham, Ipswich, Woodbridge and Stowmarket, for undisclosed terms.
16-Mar-2006


Oval Insurance has acquired CWB of Dunton Bassett and Malyon Lestrange of Broxbourne, as part of a strategy to expand its regional insurance broking business.
16-Mar-2006


Cytomyx Holdings is to sell its Cytomyx Limited subsidiary to Serologicals UK for £4m, in order to focus on its US-based biorepository business.
15-Mar-2006


Claimar Care Group is to acquire Walsall Homecare, the Walsall-based domiciliary care provider with 50 care workers, for £0.2m.
15-Mar-2006


Maiden, the outdoor advertising company, is to be acquired by US-owned Titan Outdoor for £11m.
15-Mar-2006


Nevisprint of Fort William and Highland Printers of Inverness have been acquired by NBH Holdings, creating one of Scotland's largest printing groups with 100 staff.
14-Mar-2006


Wagon is to acquire Oxford Automotive, the automotive metal components supplier with 3,300 staff in France, Germany and Turkey, for £128m.
14-Mar-2006


Robert Wiseman Dairies has acquired the fresh liquid milk business of Definitely Devon, which is jointly owned by Torridge Vale and the Co-operative Group, for £0.8m.
14-Mar-2006


Healthcare Locums has acquired BBL Europe, the Ilford-based healthcare recruitment company, for £10m.
14-Mar-2006


Brecon Pharmaceuticals, the pharmaceutical services company with 280 staff, has been acquired by AmerisourceBergen of the US for £28m.
14-Mar-2006


Wrights Pies has acquired Flaky Pastry, the Cannock-based pork pie manufacturer, for less than £0.2m.
14-Mar-2006


Glatfelter of the US has bought the JR Crompton paper mill in Lydney, Gloucestershire, out of administration for £37m, securing the future of up to 240 jobs.
14-Mar-2006


Sinclair Pharmaceuticals is to acquire Group CS Dermatologie, the French skincare company, for £37m.
14-Mar-2006


Computer Software Group is to acquire Care Business Solutions of Godalming for up to £3.6m.
14-Mar-2006


Rentokil Initial has sold its Canadian manned guarding business to Garda World Security Corporation for £30m.
13-Mar-2006


RPS Group has acquired Ecos Consulting, the Australian provider of environmental consultancy services to the energy and minerals industries with 15 staff, for £0.5m.
13-Mar-2006


WPP has acquired the outstanding 81% stake in MediaCom North, the Manchester-based media investment management network with 45 staff.
13-Mar-2006


Biotrace International has acquired the remaining 61% stake in Target Diagnostica, the Italian supplier of microbiology products, for about £0.3m.
13-Mar-2006


North Sea Ventilation, the Hull-based heating and ventilation equipment company with 80 staff, has been acquired by Hastie Group of Australia for £0.9m.
13-Mar-2006


Letts Filofax, the Midlothian-based diary maker with 510 staff, has been acquired by Phoenix Equity Partners for £45m.
13-Mar-2006


Whitbread has acquired seven Holiday Inns for £34m, and will convert them to its Premier Travel Inn brand over the next six months.
13-Mar-2006


Gala has acquired 41 VCbet betting shops from Victor Chandler International for an estimated £30m.
13-Mar-2006


Sweet China is to acquire Essential Box Confectionery, the supplier of confectionery gift products, in order to establish a trading and manufacturing base in China.
10-Mar-2006


Petards has acquired European Innovation Manufacturing Centre, the camera technology company, for up to £1.8m.
10-Mar-2006


BSS Group has acquired Price Tools Sales, the Birmingham-based supplier of hand-held power tools, for £8.5m.
10-Mar-2006


Healthcare Homes Group has acquired Pri-Med Group, the Suffolk-based chain of seven care homes with 300 staff.
10-Mar-2006


WightCable North, the cable TV and broadband company with 76 staff in Lancaster, Carlisle and Irvine, has been acquired by the owner of Netfonics for undisclosed terms.
10-Mar-2006


Francis Clark of Exeter is to merge with Whites of Taunton, creating a combined accountancy group with 26 partners and more than 230 staff.
10-Mar-2006


Center Parcs, the operator of four holiday villages, is to be acquired by private equity firm Blackstone for £205m.
10-Mar-2006


Laird Group has acquired Antenex, the US manufacturer of wireless communications antennae with 80 staff, for £8.6m.
09-Mar-2006


Vp has acquired Bukom General Oilfield Services, the supplier of compressors, boilers, heat exchangers and other equipment, for £5.7m, in order to expand its Airpac division.
09-Mar-2006


Dunn-Line, the bus and coach operator, is to be acquired by Veolia Transport UK for £9.7m.
09-Mar-2006


Bright Futures, the mobility retailer, is to sell its trading subsidiaries - including Cascade Ventures, Mobility Group, Youreable, Scootermart Mobility Centres and Ortho-Kinetics - to Sussex Wellbeing for £0.9m.
09-Mar-2006


TD Bingham and Nickson Davis have merged to create a combined Liverpool-based civil and structural engineering group with 40 staff.
09-Mar-2006


Buckingham Foods, the sandwich manufacturer, has been acquired by Food Investment Group with the support of Duke Street Capital.
09-Mar-2006


John Menzies has acquired Aeroground, the US air cargo services handling company with 1,200 staff at nine airports, for £16m.
09-Mar-2006


Octopus Asset Management has backed the £7.5m management buy-out of 110 franchised Perfect Pizza outlets from Papa John's.
09-Mar-2006


Antalis is to sell its two envelope manufacturing plants in Aberdeen and Dagenham to Mayer-Kuvert of Germany for undisclosed terms.
08-Mar-2006


Northern Bank has sold its mortgage, deposit and current account operations in the Isle of Man to the Isle of Man Bank for undisclosed terms.
08-Mar-2006


Mitie has acquired Initial Security, the manned guarding business of Rentokil Initial that has 6,000 staff at 18 branches, for £75m.
08-Mar-2006


Marine Harvest, the fish farming company, has been sold by Nutreco to Geveran Trading of Norway in a £805m deal.
08-Mar-2006


Street CraneXpress of Sheffield has acquired Integral Cradles, the London-based facade access supplier.
08-Mar-2006


Portman Building Society has agreed to acquire the Lambeth Building Society, which has 130 staff at nine southern branches.
08-Mar-2006


Berkeley Berry Birch has sold Berkeley Independent Advisers and Berry Birch Noble Financial Planning to Tenet Group of Leeds for up to £2.3m.
08-Mar-2006


CT Glass, the Bradford-based glass and mirror supplier, has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 114 jobs.
07-Mar-2006


IMI has acquired Truflo, the valve manufacturer, for £120m, and is now looking to spend a further £80m on bolt-on acquisitions over the next few years.
07-Mar-2006


BOC, the industrial gases group, is to be acquired by Linde of Germany for £8bn.
07-Mar-2006


Talarius has acquired Leisurama, the chain of 19 gaming and bingo centres in the north of England, for £12m.
06-Mar-2006


Telent is to sell its Chorley-based payphones manufacture and repair business to Teknowledge Group for an initial £0.3m.
06-Mar-2006


Polaroid has sold Wideblue, its Vale of Leven-based design development department with 15 staff, to management for undisclosed terms.
06-Mar-2006


Bank of Scotland Corporate has provided a £10m debt and equity package to support a management buy-out at Mono Global, the Glasgow-based mobile telecoms support company with 150 staff at five sites.
06-Mar-2006


Lupus Capital has acquired Schlegel, the manufacturer of window seals, for £84m in a reverse takeover.
06-Mar-2006


Drivers Jonas has acquired Erdman Lewis Rating, the property rating business with 14 staff in London and Reading.
06-Mar-2006


Galliford Try is to acquire Morrison Construction Services, Morrison Highway Maintenance and Morrison Project Investments from AWG for £42m, with the transfer of more than 1,500 staff at offices throughout the country.
03-Mar-2006


Hanson is to acquire Civil & Marine, the producer of cement substitutes with five grinding plants and four distribution depots, for £245m, as well as Material Service Corporation, the US aggregates producer, for £170m.
03-Mar-2006


Tepnel Life Sciences has acquired the Cambridge-based GenXTrak DNA extraction business from Whatman for undisclosed terms.
03-Mar-2006


CBG Group has acquired Spencer Lavery Associates, the insurance broker, for £0.6m, and will relocate the business to its Manchester office.
03-Mar-2006


Total Butler has sold its fuel oil distribution depots in Penclawdd and Port Talbot to Thomas Silvey for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of 18 staff.
03-Mar-2006


Maybin Support Services, the Ballymena-based provider of cleaning, security, hygiene and facilities management services with more than 3,000 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
03-Mar-2006


Richard Harsher, the Romsey-based bookbinding and printing company, has been acquired by private equity firm Media & Print Investments.
02-Mar-2006


Tomkins has acquired Selkirk Americas, the US manufacturer of venting and air products, in order to expand its Air Systems Components business.
02-Mar-2006


Calyx has acquired Entropy, the Irish IT security specialist, for £3.4m.
02-Mar-2006


Pendragon has sold five Reg Vardy Volkswagen car dealerships in Leicester, Redditch, Stafford, Stourbridge and Wolverhampton to Volkswagen Group UK.
02-Mar-2006


TDG has acquired Mond, the Belgian speciality chemicals distributor, for £18m, and is now seeking further acquisitions.
02-Mar-2006


Laird Group has expanded its security systems business with the acquisition of Balance UK for £3.5m and US-based Bandlock Corporation for £10m.
02-Mar-2006


Low & Bonar has acquired Geo-Tipptex, the Hungarian manufacturer of non-woven geotextiles, for £10m.
02-Mar-2006


Granville Baird Capital Partners has backed a £20m management buy-out at Choices, the Livingston-based care services provider with 700 staff.
02-Mar-2006


Facilitators UK has acquired Quality Management Scotland, the Perth-based business support consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
02-Mar-2006


Loch Fyne Restaurants is planning to spin off its Le Petit Blanc restaurant chain, and £6m of equity finance will be used to expand the new Blanc Brasseries business from five to 20 sites over the next four years.
02-Mar-2006


InterQuest is to acquire PeopleCo Worldwide, the Harrogate-based recruitment company, for £5.4m.
02-Mar-2006


BBA Group has acquired Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing, the US supplier of aviation parts, for £37m.
01-Mar-2006


Dicom Group has acquired Learning Computers International, the German supplier of advanced learning systems, for £3.8m.
01-Mar-2006


Halma has sold its high-power resistors business to Telema of Italy for £13m.
01-Mar-2006


Tyrone Crystal, the Dungannon-based crystal glass company, has been acquired by two Northern Ireland-based businessmen, securing the future of 35 jobs.
01-Mar-2006


Co-operative Group has sold Syncro, its engineering division with 400 staff in Salford, Manchester, Gateshead, Paisley and Bristol, to Aston Ventures for undisclosed terms.
01-Mar-2006


Wyndeham Press has acquired Icon Reproduction, the London-based pre-press company, for an initial £2m.
28-Feb-2006


Avad Group has acquired a 60% stake in Lynx DPM, the Oxfordshire-based printing company with 45 staff.
28-Feb-2006


Kenmore Homes has acquired the Glasgow-based development and building operations of Hamilton Holdings for £6m, more than doubling its staff to about 50.
28-Feb-2006


Grosvenor Wilton, the Kidderminster-based carpet manufacturer with 28 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
28-Feb-2006


Pilkington, the St Helens-based glass manufacturer, is to be acquired by Nippon Sheet Glass of Japan for £2.2bn.
28-Feb-2006


Huws Gray Fitlock has acquired four Wirral-based building firms for undisclosed terms - Heswall DIY, Redrock Designs, Ault Bros and Fabbies Builders & Timber Merchants.
27-Feb-2006


National Grid has agreed to acquire KeySpan, the US gas distribution company, for £4.2bn.
27-Feb-2006


Maxima has acquired Seabrook Research, the Irish software distribution company, for £0.5m.
27-Feb-2006


Somerfield is to sell 19 Kwik Save supermarkets to Netto, 20 to Aldi, seven to Lidl and 171 to the Back to the Future consortium, while the remaining 102 will be converted to the Somerfield format.
27-Feb-2006


London Clubs International has agreed to sell its Les Ambassadeurs casino in London to Twinwood of Indonesia for £115m.
27-Feb-2006


Kelda is to sell its Aquarion water business in the US to Macquarie Bank for £491m.
27-Feb-2006


CareTech has acquired two residential care homes in London for £2.7m, taking its chain to 61.
27-Feb-2006


Jil Sander, the fashion brand, has been acquired by Change Capital Partners for undisclosed terms, and is now planning to open stores in London, China, Japan and Russia.
27-Feb-2006


Ark-H has acquired Diss Promotional Services, the Norfolk-based promotions division of Bounty UK, which will involve the transfer of 185 staff.
24-Feb-2006


Hannibal, the Leicester-based labels company with 58 staff, has been sold by the administrator of TP8 to MSO Group.
24-Feb-2006


CBG Group has acquired Swinburne James, the insurance broker with offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Burnley, for up to £1.2m.
24-Feb-2006


Sanderson Group has acquired Megabyte, the retail software company with 66 staff in Bradford and Hampshire, for up to £2.5m.
24-Feb-2006


Green Tyre Company, the Middlesbrough-based manufacturer of puncture-proof tyres, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Flat Free Tyres.
24-Feb-2006


Morgan Crucible is to acquire the ceramic fibres business of Cookson for £13m, including production sites in Poland and the US.
23-Feb-2006


Rexam is planning to acquire Airspray, the Dutch manufacturer of foam pumps with 140 staff and annual sales of £31m.
23-Feb-2006


Go-Ahead is to acquire Probus Management, the Birmingham-based bus operator with more than 100 vehicles, for £2.4m.
23-Feb-2006


UHV Design, the East Sussex-based manufacturer of instruments used to manipulate objects in ultra-high vacuum chambers, has been acquired by Judges Capital for an initial £0.7m.
23-Feb-2006


Aegis Group has acquired Integrator, the South African marketing company, for up to £5.6m.
23-Feb-2006


Sovereign Oilfield has acquired OIL Corporation, the Aberdeen-based oil services company with about 100 staff, for up to £4.8m.
23-Feb-2006


Lavendon has acquired Kestrel Powered Access, the Bristol-based company with 27 staff, for £4.3m.
23-Feb-2006


Lloyds TSB has sold its banking operations in Paraguay to HSBC for £8.6m, which will involve the transfer of 200 staff at six branches.
23-Feb-2006


Jelf Group has acquired Goss Group, the insurance broker with 170 staff in Reading, Guildford, Cheltenham, Newton Abbot and Taunton, for an initial £6.3m.
22-Feb-2006


Ennstone has acquired Smiths Construction, the Newark-based road surfacing contractor with 102 staff, for £3.7m.
22-Feb-2006


Aviva has sold Lex Commercial, Lex Auto Logistics, Lex Fleetserve and Lex Multipart Defence to Imperial Holdings of South Africa for £50m, which will involve the transfer of 1,300 staff.
22-Feb-2006


Schroders is to acquire NewFinance Capital, the London-based hedge funds company, for £58m.
22-Feb-2006


Heinz has sold its European seafood operations, including the John West fish brand in the UK, to Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking for £290m.
22-Feb-2006


Tayto has bought the Golden Wonder snacks factory in North Lincolnshire out of administration, and has sold the Nik Naks and Wheat Crunchies brands to United Biscuits.
21-Feb-2006


Mitie has acquired Lyndhurst Services, the grounds maintenance services company with 240 staff at sites across the country, for £9m.
21-Feb-2006


Hogg Robinson has acquired Robustelli World Travel of the US for undisclosed terms.
21-Feb-2006


Morris Furniture Group has acquired Homestyle Kitchens & Bedrooms, the furniture manufacturer with 450 staff in Cumbernauld, for undisclosed terms.
20-Feb-2006


Amey has acquired Owen Williams, the Birmingham-based technical services company with 800 staff in four countries, for undisclosed terms.
20-Feb-2006


LA Fitness has acquired Crown Sports for £38m, taking its chain of health clubs from 61 to 90.
20-Feb-2006


Interregnum has acquired Quayside Corporate Services, the business restructuring specialist, and has also announced a £10m share placing.
20-Feb-2006


National Grid is to acquire the Rhode Island gas distribution business from US-based Southern Union Company for £285m.
17-Feb-2006


P&MM has acquired The Voucher Shop, the operator of employee flexible benefit and incentive programmes, from the administrators of FHSC.
17-Feb-2006


Axeon Holdings is to acquire ABL, the Dundee-based manufacturer of custom battery packs with 19 staff, for £0.5m.
17-Feb-2006


Hill & Smith is to acquire Counters & Accessories, the Milton Keynes-based supplier of traffic data recording equipment, for £5m.
17-Feb-2006


Huntsworth has acquired Eurotandem SAS, the French public relations consultancy with 25 staff, for an initial £2.8m.
17-Feb-2006


RBA Plastics has staged a management buy-in at the plastics manufacturing business of Rolinx, securing the future of 200 staff in Wythenshawe and Wrexham.
17-Feb-2006


Huntsworth has sold Citigate Sard Verbinnen, its US-based public relations business, to management for up to £20m.
16-Feb-2006


McInerney Holdings has acquired Augusta Developments, the Milton Keynes-based provider of social housing projects, for up to £6.3m.
16-Feb-2006


Network Technology has acquired the assets of Madge, the Maidenhead-based Token-Ring PC card and switch manufacturer, out of receivership.
16-Feb-2006


Thomas William Lench, the Rowley Regis-based manufacturer of nuts and bolts with 42 staff, has gone into administration through Begbies Traynor.
16-Feb-2006


Lavendon Group has acquired Panther Work Platforms, the powered access machines supplier with 90 staff and six depots, for £7m.
15-Feb-2006


Jessops has acquired three camera stores in Abingdon, Bicester and Evesham from That Camera Place, taking its total chain to 288.
15-Feb-2006


Mayflower Technology, the Sheffield-based laser cutting company with 133 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
15-Feb-2006


Zeus Capital has acquired Catalyst Securities, the Manchester-based provider of bridging loans, for £25m.
15-Feb-2006


Gilesports, the chain of 72 sports stores, has been acquired by Sports World International.
15-Feb-2006


MFI has sold Hygena Cuisines, its French kitchen furniture retail business, to Nobia of Sweden for £92m.
15-Feb-2006


GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire the Pliva Research Institute, which has 130 staff, from Pliva of Croatia for up to £29m.
15-Feb-2006


Misys is to acquire Intesio, the German banking software company, for £6.9m.
15-Feb-2006


Whittan Storage, the Telford-based shelf manufacturer with more than 1,000 staff, has been acquired by Stirling Square Capital Partners for about £90m.
14-Feb-2006


Storey Evans, the Bradford-based pharmaceutical packaging company with 183 staff, has been acquired by MSO Group of Belfast for undisclosed terms.
14-Feb-2006


Williams Lea, the London-based print management company with more than 6,500 staff at 400 locations, has agreed to sell a majority stake to Deutsche Post World Net of Germany for £252m.
14-Feb-2006


Arriva has acquired MK Metro, the Milton Keynes-based bus operator with 260 staff and 120 vehicles, for £5.6m.
14-Feb-2006


Spirent has acquired QuadTex Systems, the US provider of test tools for internet protocol multimedia subsystems, for an initial £4.2m.
14-Feb-2006


Croma Group has acquired Photobase, the London-based biometric identification and access-control solutions company, for an initial £1.3m.
14-Feb-2006


Peters Door Systems, the Braintree-based bus door manufacturer with 32 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company for undisclosed terms.
14-Feb-2006


Nationwide Autocentres, the chain of 220 car servicing centres, has been acquired by Phoenix Equity Partners for £47m.
13-Feb-2006


Adept Telecom has raised £8.2m in a share placing, some of which will go towards the £3.1m acquisition of Transglobal, the Kent-based fixed-line telecoms reseller.
13-Feb-2006


Mavinwood is to acquire Wansdyke Security, the operator of underground storage facilities near Bath, for £11m.
13-Feb-2006


Gala is to acquire the Leo Casino in Liverpool for £14m, taking its chain to 31.
13-Feb-2006


Farley is to acquire Burrough & Company, the estate agents with offices in Hungerford and Newbury, and the business will be rebranded as Humberts.
13-Feb-2006


Scottish & Southern Energy has acquired Harrison Smith, the Batley-based plumbing and heating contractor with 50 staff, for about £1m, in order to expand its Southern Electric Contracting division.
13-Feb-2006


Careforce has acquired Camb Care, the care services company with 80 staff at offices in Cambridge and St Neots, for £1m.
13-Feb-2006


GSH Group has acquired AF Worxgroup, the building services contractor that includes Worxcare, Worxbuild and Worxclean, for £0.6m.
13-Feb-2006


Co-operative Group Pharmacy has acquired the Duran Drive-Thru pharmacies in Norton Canes and West Bromwich for undisclosed terms.
13-Feb-2006


UMAX, the Scottish oil services company with 250 staff, has been acquired by Serimer Holdings of France for undisclosed terms.
13-Feb-2006


Speedy Hire has acquired the hire division of Caledonian Building for £14m and the survey assets and cabin fleets of Mowlem for £5m, in order to expand its steel site cabins business.
13-Feb-2006


Aggregate Industries has acquired Sitebatch and Roller Compacted Concrete, two Lincolnshire-based companies with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Bardon Contracting division.
13-Feb-2006


Deloro Stellite, the Swindon-based supplier of wear-resistant alloys, is to be acquired by private equity firm Duke Street Capital for about £160m.
13-Feb-2006


Strongroom has acquired Air Studios, the London recording studio, from Chrysalis Group and Pioneer in a multi-million pound deal.
13-Feb-2006


Poppleton & Appleby is to sell the assets of the Sock Shop chain out of administration to Ruia Group of Manchester for undisclosed terms.
13-Feb-2006


Borcombe SP, the Hampshire-based commercial printing company, has been acquired by private equity firm Media & Print Investments.
10-Feb-2006


Celloglas Manchester has acquired the assets of Specialised Cutting & Creasing, the Stockport-based company that recently ceased trading.
10-Feb-2006


Mobile Tornado, the instant messaging company, is to be acquired by TMT Group in a £13m reverse takeover.
10-Feb-2006


United Utilities is to acquire 1st Software Group, the financial planning software company, for an initial £25m, in order to expand its Vertex Financial Services division.
10-Feb-2006


Fulcrum Pharma is to acquire Quadramed, the West Sussex-based clinical trials regulatory consultancy, for up to £1.6m.
10-Feb-2006


Wilmington Group is to acquire Smee & Ford, the London-based provider of information on legacies granted in wills to charities, for an initial £4.3m.
10-Feb-2006


Biotrace International has sold Ruskinn, its Bridgend-based life sciences business with eight staff, to management for about £1m.
10-Feb-2006


Moorhouse has acquired Shakespeare Underwriting & Commercial, the house and motor insurance company with offices in Caerphilly and Romford, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
10-Feb-2006


Travellers Protection Services, the Norwich-based travel insurance company with 90 staff, has been acquired by Bermuda-based Primary Group for undisclosed terms.
10-Feb-2006


Dawson International has bought the John Laing textiles business out of receivership, but the future of the remaining 43 Hawick-based staff remains unclear.
10-Feb-2006


Micheldever Tyres, the Winchester-based tyre distributor with 550 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Graphite Capital.
10-Feb-2006


E Pawson & Son has acquired RCS, the Wakefield-based warehousing company, in order to expand its Yorkshire-based road haulage business.
10-Feb-2006


Taggart Holdings is to acquire Cecil M Yuill, the Hartlepool-based housebuilder with 200 staff, for an estimated £60m.
09-Feb-2006


John Menzies is to acquire Chester Independent Wholesale Newsagents, the newspaper and magazine wholesaler with assets of £8.5m.
09-Feb-2006


Dial, the Cwmbran-based call centre with about 200 staff, is expected to be acquired by Yes Loans.
09-Feb-2006


Bayford & Co has acquired the Routemate fuel cards business from Petroplus Refining Teesside.
09-Feb-2006


Magnadata has acquired Norprint Labelling Systems, the Boston-based labels company with 250 staff.
09-Feb-2006


Pendragon has agreed to acquire the Reg Vardy chain of car dealerships for £506m.
09-Feb-2006


Cadbury Schweppes has acquired the South African chewing gum business of Dan Products for £33m.
09-Feb-2006


Gurr Johns is to acquire Tyler & Co, the French fine art loss adjuster, for less than £2m.
09-Feb-2006


Gooch & Housego has acquired ChromoDynamics, the US developer of hyperspectral imaging systems, for £0.7m.
08-Feb-2006


Deltex Medical Group has acquired the TECO oesophageal Doppler monitor business from Medicina for undisclosed terms.
08-Feb-2006


Meltham Mills Engineering, the Huddersfield-based manufacturer of precision-engineered steel parts, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland and Euro Sales Finance.
08-Feb-2006


Giles Foods, the Milton Keynes-based savoury products bakery with 110 staff, has been acquired by Food Investment Group, and FIG has also acquired Thomas Foods of Sheffield.
08-Feb-2006


Oil Quest is to acquire EnCore Exploration, EnCore Petroleum, EnCore Natural Resources and EnCore Oil & Gas in a reverse takeover, and has also raised £17m in a share placing.
08-Feb-2006


Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell 376 tenanted pubs to Admiral Taverns for £137m, taking the Admiral chain to 1,200.
07-Feb-2006


Wraith is to acquire Gamble Kitchen Rental, the Leicester-based kitchen equipment hire company with 80 staff, for £4m.
07-Feb-2006


Carter & Carter has acquired Fern Group, the nationwide training company with more than 300 staff, for £14m.
07-Feb-2006


VT Group has acquired Touchstone Learning & Skills, the work-based learning provider with a number of offices across the country, for £12m.
07-Feb-2006


Spice Holdings has acquired Maintenance & Technical Services, the Ipswich-based power networks company with offices in Downham Market and Birmingham, for an initial £2.1m.
07-Feb-2006


Go-Ahead has acquired Hants & Dorset Trim, the Southampton-based bus refurbishment and accident repair services company, for £4.3m.
07-Feb-2006


Top Ten Holdings is to acquire three Bravo bingo clubs in Worksop, Leicester and Blackwood for £1.9m.
07-Feb-2006


Armour Group is to acquire Alphason Designs, the supplier of audio visual furniture to the consumer electronics market, for an initial £9.5m.
07-Feb-2006


Intelligent Office UK has acquired a majority stake in Lawscript, the Alloa-based provider of transcription services to law firms with a team of more than 20 secretaries and paralegals.
07-Feb-2006


SBS Logistics has acquired Seaforth Maritime, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas logistics company with 135 staff, for undisclosed terms, which will result in SBS moving its head office to Waterloo Quay in April.
07-Feb-2006


British Bakeries has bought part of the former Harvestime bakery in Thurmaston, Leicester, out of administration, and plans to restart production soon.
07-Feb-2006


The Scotsman Hotel Group, which includes luxury hotels in Edinburgh and Leeds, has been acquired by MBI International for £63m.
07-Feb-2006


Harriman Chemsult, the London-based chemical industry consultancy, has been acquired by Access Intelligence for undisclosed terms.
07-Feb-2006


Smiths Group has acquired Lorch Microwave, the US microwave filter technology company with 155 staff, for £14m.
06-Feb-2006


White Young Green has acquired JC Warnock Consulting Engineers, the Londonderry-based civil and structural consulting company, for £0.7m.
06-Feb-2006


EBTM, the online retailer of music merchandise, has been acquired by E-retail in a £1.5m reverse takeover.
06-Feb-2006


ANC Group, the nationwide parcel delivery company, has undergone a £37m management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Development Capital.
06-Feb-2006


V&A Marketing, the South Wales-based manufacturer of baby feeding products, has been bought out of administration by Amadeus Associates International, securing the future of most of the 45-strong workforce.
06-Feb-2006


RMS Europe Group has acquired Freshney, the cargo services company with 34 staff in Grimsby and Immingham.
06-Feb-2006


Croma Group has acquired Vigilant Security, the Scottish security company, for up to £3m.
06-Feb-2006


British Nuclear Fuels has sold BNG America, its US-based nuclear decommissioning business, to EnergySolutions for about £50m.
06-Feb-2006


Bodycote International has acquired Norwest Soil Research of Canada and West Coast Analytical Services of the US, in order to expand its environmental and pharmaceutical testing services business.
03-Feb-2006


Aga Foodservice has acquired Eloma, the German oven manufacturer with 150 staff, for £7m.
03-Feb-2006


Horizon Technology has acquired Equip Technology, the Basingstoke-based enterprise security and IP networking company, for £10m.
03-Feb-2006


NWF Group has acquired the Woodford Park Garden Centre near Manchester for £1.9m.
03-Feb-2006


Speedy Hire has acquired Caledonian Safemaker, the temporary accommodation hire company with five depots, for £14m.
03-Feb-2006


Paddock Fabrications, the Walsall-based lock manufacturer with more than 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
03-Feb-2006


Pitney Bowes is to acquire Emtex, the Hertfordshire-based printing software company, for £23m.
02-Feb-2006


Dunn-Line has acquired Alpha Coach Company, the bus and coach operator with 45 staff at sites in Hull, Preston and Blackburn, for £2m.
02-Feb-2006


ILX Group is to acquire Customer Projects for up to £1.1m, in order to expand its vocational education and training business.
02-Feb-2006


Bunzl has acquired The Midshires Group, the vending machine operator with sites in Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Loughborough and Northampton, as well as Master Craft Packaging Corporation of the US.
02-Feb-2006


P&MM has acquired Summersault Communications, the Leamington Spa-based internal corporate communications company, for an initial £1.5m, and has also announced plans to change its name to Motivcom.
02-Feb-2006


Healthcare Locums is to acquire Medical Professionals and Social Work Professionals from European Recruitment Network Group for up to £1.2m, in order to expand its healthcare recruitment business.
02-Feb-2006


Johnson Matthey is to acquire Davy Process Technology, the developer of chemical process technologies with 175 staff at sites in London and Stockton-on-Tees, from Yukos International for £40m.
02-Feb-2006


Enodis has acquired Frau Group, the Spanish distributor of food and beverage equipment with 76 staff, for £5.6m.
02-Feb-2006


DRS Data & Research Services is to acquire Peladon Software, the document processing company with offices in the US and Andover, for £2.7m.
02-Feb-2006


Chemring is to acquire Technical Ordnance, the US pyrotechnics company, for £39m, as well as Leafield Engineering and Leafield Marine of Wiltshire for £5m.
02-Feb-2006


Macfarlane Transport, the Leeds-based transport firm, has been sold out of administration by KPMG Corporate Recovery to a new company called Macfarlane Transport Holdings, securing the future of 300 jobs.
02-Feb-2006


Langdowns DFK is to merge with CW Fellowes to create a combined Hampshire-based accountancy group with 100 staff called Langdowns Fellowes DFK.
02-Feb-2006


Smith Anderson has sold Eagle Envelopes, the manufacturer of envelopes at sites in Bathgate and Walsall, to Mayer-Kuvert of Germany for undisclosed terms.
02-Feb-2006


Provalis is to sell most of its Provalis Healthcare division to the Kogen affiliate of Galen for about £10m, in order to focus on medical diagnostics.
02-Feb-2006


Arora International Hotels is to acquire the Airport Hotels Unit Trust, which owns nine airport hotels in the UK, for £300m, and the properties will continue to be managed by BAA Lynton Management.
02-Feb-2006


Thus is to acquire Your Communications from United Utilities for at least £59m, and most of Your's network is expected to be closed down with the loss of 300 jobs.
02-Feb-2006


Misys is to acquire Payerpath, the US-based online processor of health claims, for £27m.
02-Feb-2006


Caledonian Brewing Company has acquired the Harviestoun Brewery near Stirling for undisclosed terms, and plans to expand production at the site.
01-Feb-2006


Sytner has agreed to acquire the William Jacks chain of car dealerships in the south-east for £10m.
01-Feb-2006


Northgate has acquired Arriva Vehicle Rental, the commercial vehicle and car rental company with 655 staff at 33 branches, from Arriva for £129m.
01-Feb-2006


Synexus Clinical Research has acquired Skandynawskie Centrum Medyczne, the Polish pharmaceutical clinical trials company, for up to £2.3m.
01-Feb-2006


BAe Systems has sold its aerostructures business, which is based in Prestwick and employs 830 people, to Spirit AeroSystems of the US for £80m.
01-Feb-2006


Xpertise has acquired Waterman's People & Organisational Development, the Wiltshire-based IT training company, for an initial £0.2m.
31-Jan-2006


Mattioli Woods has acquired Suffolk Life Trustee Company from Suffolk Life for an initial £0.7m, in order to expand its pensions consultancy.
31-Jan-2006


William Anelay, the York-based property restoration and conservation company with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
31-Jan-2006


Senior is to acquire Sterling Machine, the US manufacturer of precision machined parts, for £21m.
31-Jan-2006


Rexam is to acquire Ecanco, the Egyptian beverage can manufacturer, for £61m.
31-Jan-2006


Terra Firma is to acquire AWAS Aviation, the US-based aircraft leasing group, for £1.4bn.
31-Jan-2006


Chime Communications has acquired a 55% stake in Ledbury Research, the London-based market research consultancy, for an initial £0.1m.
30-Jan-2006


Digital Classics has acquired Done & Dusted, the independent producer of popular music event programming for TV and DVD, for £5.8m.
30-Jan-2006


Accura Support Services, the engineering services group with 300 staff in Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Pershore, Willenhall and Rotherham, has undergone a £12m management buy-in backed by Barclays Ventures.
30-Jan-2006


Tarmac has acquired National Road Planning, the Lincolnshire-based provider of planning services, plant and equipment, from Rand Group for undisclosed terms.
27-Jan-2006


RTT, the electrical and mechanical services company with 250 staff in Wallington, Dover and Basingstoke, has undergone a management buy-out.
27-Jan-2006


Inflexion Private Equity has backed a £22m management buy-out at Viking Moorings, the developer of mooring systems.
27-Jan-2006


GUS has acquired ClarityBlue, the Luton-based provider of bespoke marketing database solutions with 165 staff, for £85m, in order to expand its Experian division.
27-Jan-2006


Parity Group is to sell most of its French and German operations to GFT Technologies of Germany for £5.3m.
27-Jan-2006


Intertek is to acquire AKZO Nobel's electro magnetic compatibility business in Japan for £9m.
27-Jan-2006


Horner Brothers Print Group, the Rotherham-based stationery printer with 170 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
26-Jan-2006


Stanley Leisure has acquired MLG Investments, the operator of two casinos in Southend, as well as the Triangle casino in Bristol for a total £30m.
26-Jan-2006


BNS Telecom has acquired Telecom Asia, the mobile data services provider, for £0.5m.
26-Jan-2006


Deloitte has sold the UK franchise for the Kookai fashion brand out of administration to a joint venture of Amery Capital and Kookai SA, securing the future of about 400 jobs at almost 40 stores.
26-Jan-2006


Rightmove is planning a flotation in the spring, which could value the online property business at up to £300m.
26-Jan-2006


HPJ UK has been bought out of administration by its founding family, securing the future of 465 jobs at 73 jewellery stores.
26-Jan-2006


Rexam is to acquire FangXin's beauty packaging business in China for £42m.
26-Jan-2006


Ennstone has acquired Ayton Products' asphalt and aggregate operations near Norwich for £8.5m.
25-Jan-2006


Archant Life has acquired six London-based magazine titles from Metropolis Publishing, including 35 staff at offices in Fulham and Islington.
25-Jan-2006


Metris of Belgium has acquired LK Tool, the Castle Donington-based measuring company with 120 staff.
25-Jan-2006


Rentokil Initial is to acquire JC Ehrlich, the US pest control company with 42 outlets in seven states, for £80m.
25-Jan-2006


Pearson is to acquire Promissor, the US-based professional examinations company with 130 test centres, for £23m.
25-Jan-2006


Fishworks is to acquire Channel Fisheries, the Devon-based fish supplier with 12 staff, for almost £1m.
25-Jan-2006


Bourn Hall, the Cambridge-based infertility clinic, has undergone a £13m management buy-out, and the deal includes its LCG Bioscience contract research subsidiary.
25-Jan-2006


Rydon Group, the property company, is to undergo a £100m management buy-out backed by KPMG Corporate Finance and Bank of Scotland.
25-Jan-2006


Hanson Building Products is to acquire Red Bank Manufacturing, the Derbyshire-based terracotta clay and concrete company, for undisclosed terms.
25-Jan-2006


Produce World has acquired British & Brazilian Produce Company, the Stowmarket-based fruit importer with annual turnover of £30m.
25-Jan-2006


Autobond has acquired the assets of Lamtex, the Sheffield-based laminating kit manufacturer, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
24-Jan-2006


Spirent is to acquire SwissQual, the Swiss provider of test and measurement solutions for wireless telecoms, for an initial £28m.
24-Jan-2006


Northgate has acquired FTL, the Gateshead-based vehicle fleet management company, for £5.7m.
24-Jan-2006


Amino Technologies has acquired SJ Consulting, the Cambridge-based software company, for £1.3m.
24-Jan-2006


Intuita has acquired E Vision, the Livingston-based supplier of software to the construction industry with 35 staff, for undisclosed terms.
24-Jan-2006


Goulds, the Heywood-based tissue manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of at least 120 jobs.
24-Jan-2006


Berkeley Berry Birch has sold the current client bank of its Private Insurance Portfolio division to a management buy-out for £0.3m.
23-Jan-2006


Centaur is to acquire the Period Living & Traditional Homes magazine and web site from EMAP Consumer Media for £1.5m.
23-Jan-2006


Innovation Group is to acquire Servicekonzept, the German supplier of damage assessment services to the household insurance industry, for £9.6m.
23-Jan-2006


Photo-Me has acquired a 60% stake in Deith Group, the Reigate-based distributor and developer of coin-operated amusement and gaming machines, for an initial £1.2m.
23-Jan-2006


Glen Group is to acquire Eclectic Holdings, the IT services company with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, for an initial £2.2m.
23-Jan-2006


British Nuclear Fuels has agreed to sell its Westinghouse nuclear power plants business in the US to Toshiba of Japan for £2.8bn.
23-Jan-2006


Capitol Films, the London-based film distribution and finance company, is to be acquired by the US owners of Mobius Pictures for undisclosed terms.
23-Jan-2006


International Asset Management of London is to be acquired by the asset management division of ABN Amro for undisclosed terms.
23-Jan-2006


Monstermob has acquired M Dream, the Chinese mobile games developer, for up to £20m.
23-Jan-2006


Galliford Try has acquired Chartdale, the Lincolnshire-based housebuilder, for £67m, in order to expand its Stamford Homes division.
23-Jan-2006


Ambroplastics, the Telford-based polypropylene packaging manufacturer with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Celsur Holdings.
20-Jan-2006


Acteon has acquired Mirage Machines, the Derby-based machine tools company with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
20-Jan-2006


Planit Holdings has acquired Pathtrace, the CAM software developer with offices in Reading and Wakefield, for £5m.
19-Jan-2006


Cinque Ports, the chain of 19 holiday parks, has been acquired by Graphite Capital for £130m.
19-Jan-2006


QHotels has bought the 120-room Cheltenham & Gloucester Moat House hotel in Brockworth for about £19m.
19-Jan-2006


Marks & Spencer is to acquire 28 stores on a leasehold basis from Iceland Foods for £38m, in order to expand its Simply Food format.
18-Jan-2006


ITV is to sell 021 Television, its Birmingham-based outside broadcast facilities business, to Gravity Media Group for £4.5m.
18-Jan-2006


European Motor Holdings has sold five car franchises in south Manchester to RRG Group for £13m, including Smith Knight Fay Holdings' three Toyota businesses, one Lexus business and one Mazda franchise.
18-Jan-2006


Tilney is to acquire Clydesdale Bank's £300m discretionary investment management business for undisclosed terms, which could involve the transfer of up to 40 Glasgow-based staff.
18-Jan-2006


Molinare has acquired Fusion Post Production for undisclosed terms, increasing its workforce by 24 to 114.
18-Jan-2006


Resource Print Solutions, the Leeds-based printing company with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
17-Jan-2006


WH Ireland is to acquire the Leeds-based institutional stockbroking business of TD Waterhouse, including a team of eleven that specialises in the leisure, retail, support services and transport sectors.
17-Jan-2006


Ten Alps is to acquire Hart Davies TV, the factual TV production company, for up to £1m.
17-Jan-2006


Automotive Applied Technologies is to acquire Lander Carlisle, the Birmingham-based injection moulder, which is expected to lead to some job losses among the 150 Birmingham-based staff.
17-Jan-2006


York Helpers, the York-based homecare provider, has been acquired by Springfield Homecare of Leeds.
17-Jan-2006


Spice Holdings is to acquire Baineport Engineering Services, the Ely-based electrical services company with 170 staff, for up to £5m.
17-Jan-2006


Compel Group has acquired Allinity, the Aldershot-based IT solutions company with 26 staff, for an initial £1m.
16-Jan-2006


Nichols has sold its Balmoral hot beverage systems business to the Autobar Group for £6.5m, in order to focus on soft drinks.
16-Jan-2006


Rotork has acquired Omag, the Italian gears manufacturer, for £1m.
16-Jan-2006


Macfarlane Group is to sell its Hungarian packaging business to Nefab of Sweden for £2.3m.
16-Jan-2006


WightCable, the Isle of Wight-based cable TV and telephone company with 27 staff, has been acquired by a new company called WightCable 2005.
16-Jan-2006


Robinia, the care company that specialises in people with learning difficulties, is to be sold by Bridgepoint Capital to Barclays Private Equity for about £80m.
16-Jan-2006


Rathbone Brothers is to acquire the UK-based private banking business of Dexia for up to £14m, and the deal includes Ely Fund Managers.
16-Jan-2006


Tayto has bought the Golden Wonder Pringles Mini factory in Corby out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 195 jobs.
16-Jan-2006


Blue Inc, the chain of 30 men's casual wear stores, has been acquired by the Marlow private consortium for undisclosed terms.
16-Jan-2006


Tarsus Group has acquired DH Publishing, the Essex-based online recruitment company, for an initial £0.4m.
13-Jan-2006


HighWater Designs, the Cheltenham-based pre-press workflow manufacturer, is to be acquired by Printware of the US.
13-Jan-2006


Bargain Booze, the Crewe-based off-licence chain with more than 500 outlets, is to be acquired by venture capital firm ECI Partners for £65m.
13-Jan-2006


Dialight has acquired Lumidrives, the North Yorkshire-based supplier of lighting fixtures, for £2.5m.
12-Jan-2006


Delling Group is to acquire n3prenor, the Swedish document production company, for £1.6m.
12-Jan-2006


United Business Media has acquired two US-based events companies - MediaLive International and Shorecliff Communications - for a total £44m.
12-Jan-2006


BRC Special Products has acquired Capital Structures, the Huntingdon-based supplier of architectural metalwork and structural steel, for undisclosed terms.
12-Jan-2006


East of England Co-operative Society is to sell its Peugeot and Vauxhall car dealerships in Colchester and Sudbury to Underwoods Motor Group.
12-Jan-2006


Steelite International, the Stoke-based pottery company with 750 staff, has undergone a £43m management buy-out.
12-Jan-2006


Cobham is to acquire Flight Precision and Aerodata Flight Inspection from Aerodata of Germany for £7.7m.
12-Jan-2006


FKI has bought the marine and offshore ropes business of Marlow Ropes out of administration for £1.1m.
11-Jan-2006


GVA Grimley has acquired Lamb & Edge, the Tyneside-based chartered surveyor with 25 fee earners.
11-Jan-2006


Gala has acquired ten bingo halls in Scotland from Glasgow-based County Properties for £64m.
11-Jan-2006


Straight has acquired Cloudburst, the supplier of rainwater containers and home composters, from Titan Environmental for £0.2m.
10-Jan-2006


VT Group has acquired HCTC, the hotel and catering training company with offices across the country, from ECI Partners for £10m, as part of a strategy to expand its education and skills business.
10-Jan-2006


Sage has acquired Verus Financial Management, the US credit card and cheque processing company, for £184m.
10-Jan-2006


DSG International is to acquire Markantalo, the Finnish chain of 26 electrical stores, for up to £34m.
10-Jan-2006


Umeco has sold the components division of its Compstock Electronics subsidiary to a new company called Flightspares Electronics for £0.4m.
09-Jan-2006


Dipford Group has acquired Bruce & Co, the Scottish business broker, for up to £3.6m.
09-Jan-2006


Hendy Group has acquired the Hiltingbury Mazda car dealership in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, for undisclosed terms.
09-Jan-2006


Benson Box has acquired Medica Packaging, the Crewe-based carton printing company with 170 staff, for undisclosed terms.
06-Jan-2006


Switch Car, the Merseyside-based car dealership with 70 staff, has been acquired by Rochdale-based UK Car Group.
06-Jan-2006


TUI has sold Coventry Airport to a new joint venture company called CAFCO for undisclosed terms.
06-Jan-2006


Eurocell Building Products has acquired Brunel Plastics, the PVC profile distributor with six depots in the south-west.
06-Jan-2006


Clarkson has acquired JO Plowright, the London-based shipbroker with 26 staff, for an initial £8.1m.
05-Jan-2006


Past Times, the chain of 95 gift shops with 1,350 staff, has been bought out of administration by private equity firm EPIC Reconstruction.
05-Jan-2006


Canterbury Foods has been bought out of administration by a former management team for about £7m, securing the future of about 200 jobs at sites in Bridgend and Kent.
05-Jan-2006


Travelzest has acquired Holiday Express Group, the Cwmbran-based online travel company, for £2.2m.
05-Jan-2006


Trelleborg of Sweden has acquired CRP Group, the marine polymers company with 500 staff at sites in the UK and the US, from Barclays Private Equity for £71m.
05-Jan-2006


De Bradelei Wharf has undergone a management buy-out from the administrators of De Bradelei, securing the future of more than 100 jobs at its designer shopping outlet in Dover.
05-Jan-2006


Experian has acquired Footfall, the Solihull-based retail market research company with 70 staff, for an estimated £30m.
05-Jan-2006


Stokes Forgings, the car parts manufacturer with 240 staff in Dudley and Walsall, has been acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra of India for undisclosed terms.
05-Jan-2006


Von Essen Hotels has acquired Luxury Family Hotels for an initial £20m, including the Ickworth in Suffolk, Woolley Grange in Wiltshire, Moonfleet Manor in Dorset and Fowey Hall in Cornwall.
05-Jan-2006


Tiles R Us has been bought out of administration by The Railway Tile Store of Ireland, securing the future of more than 300 jobs.
05-Jan-2006


Music Zone has bought 41 DVD stores from the administrators of MVC, securing the future of 437 jobs.
05-Jan-2006


WPP has acquired Pentor Instytut Badania Opinii i Rynku, the Polish market research agency with 107 staff.
04-Jan-2006


DS Smith has sold BSK, its Kent-based plastic coating and laminating business with 117 staff, to BSK Materials.
04-Jan-2006


Cookson has sold its SCS speciality coatings business to Bunker Hill Capital for £32m.
04-Jan-2006


Electric Word has acquired SportBusiness Group, the sports information company, from Sussex Trading Company for up to £2.7m.
04-Jan-2006


NCC has acquired Recall Total Information Management, the US software escrow solutions company, from Brambles Industries for £3.1m.
04-Jan-2006


CODASciSys is to acquire its software distributors in Germany and Hungary for up to £0.7m.
04-Jan-2006


Enotria, the London-based wine importer, has been acquired by Isis Equity Partners for £8.2m.
04-Jan-2006


Tait Walker has sold the Tucci chain of fashion stores in the north-east out of administration to a new company formed by the owners of Teesside-based Box Clothing Company, securing the future of 150 jobs.
03-Jan-2006


Hampson Industries has acquired Coast Composites, the US precision tools manufacturer, and Lamsco West, the US manufacturer of laminated aerospace components, for a total £61m.
03-Jan-2006


BAe Systems has sold Atlas Elektronik, the German defence electronics business, to Thyssen-Krupp and EADS for £100m.
03-Jan-2006