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Serco has acquired SI International, the US provider of information services and network solutions with 4,500 staff, for £363m.31-Dec-2008

SureCare Services, the Guisborough-based domiciliary care firm with 110 staff, has been acquired by a new company called Heritage Healthcare.31-Dec-2008

Desklink Office Furniture of Blaenau Gwent has been bought out of administration by the Staffordshire-based Business Fort Group, securing the future of 120 jobs.30-Dec-2008

Metalrax has sold the assets of its MRX Automotive engineering supplies business in Smethwick to Sertec Birmingham for an initial £0.2m, with the transfer of 120 staff.30-Dec-2008

Woodcote Building Services and WBS Mechanical Services of Long Eaton have been bought out of administration by a local businessman for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 50 jobs.30-Dec-2008

Bristow's of Devon has been bought out of receivership by an unnamed confectionery company, securing some of the 69 jobs at its fudge production business in Crediton.30-Dec-2008

Centrica is to acquire a 67% stake in the UK segment of the Peik gas field in the North Sea from Bow Valley Energy for £20m.30-Dec-2008

ID Data is to sell the intellectual property, equipment and business of its CardBASE Technologies subsidiary in Ireland to Sagem Securite of France for £2.2m.29-Dec-2008

Pendle Doors Group has bought the Castleford-based doors division of Palgrave Brown out of administration, securing the future of 23 jobs.29-Dec-2008

Storey Evans, the Bradford-based pharmaceutical packaging supplier, has been acquired by the MY Healthcare division of Nampak Europe for undisclosed terms.29-Dec-2008

Cadbury has agreed to sell its Schweppes Beverages subsidiary in Australia to Asahi of Japan for £550m.29-Dec-2008

Diploma is to acquire RT Dygert International, the US supplier of seals and machined parts with 50 staff, for up to £13m.24-Dec-2008

Keycom is to acquire Masterpoint Engineering, the provider of student broadband services, for £2.3m.24-Dec-2008

Matrix Engineered Systems, the Brechin-based manufacturer of steel assemblies with 70 staff, has been bought out of administration by Kelman Engineering.24-Dec-2008

Klondyke Group has bought Brookside Garden Centre in Poynton, Cheshire, out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 50 jobs.24-Dec-2008

Recomac Surfacing, the Manchester-based road surfacing firm with 15 staff, has been bought out of administration by Road Spraying.24-Dec-2008

LG Ball Valves, the Aldridge-based valve manufacturer with 17 staff, has been acquired by the holding company of Aberdeen Valve Supplies.24-Dec-2008

The Driving Instructor Centre, the Wigston-based supplier of leased vehicles with 52 staff, has been acquired by Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions for £10m.24-Dec-2008

Whittard of Chelsea, the chain of 128 tea and coffee shops, has been bought out of administration by Epic Private Equity for undisclosed terms.24-Dec-2008

Racal Acoustics, the London-based military communications firm, has been acquired by Esterline Technologies of the US for £115m.24-Dec-2008

The Officers Club has been bought out administration by TimeC 1215, securing the future of 900 jobs in 118 fashion stores, but the remaining 32 stores will close.24-Dec-2008

GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire the Pakistan unit of Bristol-Myers Squibb for £25m, including a portfolio of 30 pharmaceutical brands.23-Dec-2008

Spice has acquired National Industry Fuel Efficiency Service, the energy consultancy with 114 staff in Altrincham, Glasgow, Nottingham and Bishops Stortford, for up to £7.5m.23-Dec-2008

Communisis has acquired Absolute Intuistic, the Surrey-based data services company, for up to £13m.23-Dec-2008

Intercytex has acquired Axordia, the Sheffield-based stem cell therapies firm, for £1.7m.23-Dec-2008

Fletcher King has sold its Howard construction services division in Northampton to a management team, in order to focus on core activities such as fund management and investment.23-Dec-2008

Dunham Engineering Services has announced a £3m merger with Gill & Wilkinson to create a combined Leeds-based electrical engineering group with 138 staff.23-Dec-2008

THB Group has acquired Globesure Holdings, the insurance broker, for an initial £0.2m.22-Dec-2008

Aviva has sold HPI, the vehicle checking service with gross assets of £112m and 180 staff in Salisbury and Harrogate, to Solera Holdings.22-Dec-2008

Stagecoach has acquired Eastbourne Buses, which has 150 staff and 70 vehicles, from Eastbourne Borough Council, and will invest £1.5m in new greener buses.22-Dec-2008

Ultrasis has acquired Get Fit Technologies, the London-based provider of health assessment and management programmes, for £0.2m.22-Dec-2008

Cameron Linn, the Glasgow-based food packaging company with 78 staff, is to go into liquidation with the sale of the order book and various trading assets to Benson Group.22-Dec-2008

Abels Moving Services of Suffolk has formed an alliance with ICM Kungsholms of Sweden to acquire London-based executive relocation firm Michael Gerson, in order to create a combined removals and storage business with turnover of £37m.22-Dec-2008

Lupton Fawcett is to acquire the commercial and private client business of Leeds-based Fox Hayes, with the transfer of 38 staff.22-Dec-2008

KPMG has sold the London-based PCM property and construction consulting division of Pettifer Group out of administration to Confluence Property Management, saving 64 jobs.22-Dec-2008

Timpson has bought 187 Klick and Max Spielmann shops from the administrators of Bowie Castlebank for undisclosed terms, saving 545 of the 1,600 jobs.22-Dec-2008

GLG Partners has bought the UK asset management business of Societe Generale for less than £67m, including up to 128 London-based staff.22-Dec-2008

Thomas Cook is to acquire a majority stake in Gold Medal International, the Preston-based independent travel company with 500 staff, for an initial £25m.19-Dec-2008

Swinton has acquired Equity, the chain of 91 insurance brokers with 650 staff, from Insurance Australia Group for £50m, while IAG's Hastings Direct and Advantage operations have been sold to management for £23m.19-Dec-2008

Keltbray has bought Pectel, the Basildon-based asbestos removal firm with 250 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.19-Dec-2008

Summerhall, the Edinburgh-based printing firm with 135 staff, has been bought out of administration by Stewarts.18-Dec-2008

International Safety Products, the Bootle-based marine lifejackets manufacturer with 95 staff, has undergone a £4m management buy-out.18-Dec-2008

Ascribe, the Bolton-based healthcare IT company, has agreed terms for a £33m management buy-out backed by private equity firm ECI.18-Dec-2008

Strategic Retail has sold 27 of its 47 Fads, Texstyle World and Leveys decorating stores out of administration to a non-executive director, securing the future of about 200 jobs.17-Dec-2008

Pharmaceutical Profiles, the Nottingham-based drug development company with 75 staff, has been acquired by Quotient Bioscience Group of Newmarket for undisclosed terms.17-Dec-2008

AWD Home Finance, the Leicester-based mortgage and insurance firm with 200 staff, has undergone a management buy-out and will change its name back to Carrington Carr.17-Dec-2008

Axon Group, the Surrey-based IT consultancy, has been acquired by HCL Technologies of India for £440m.16-Dec-2008

Ultra Electronics has acquired Siemens Radmon, the Poole-based nuclear sensors company with 48 staff, for about £5m.16-Dec-2008

BDO Stoy Hayward has sold Style Menswear, the chain of 52 Envy fashion stores, out of administration to a new company called Envy Retail, securing the future of 800 jobs.16-Dec-2008

Brulines has bought Vianet, the Dunfermline-based supplier of data capture systems to the vending industry, out of administration for undisclosed terms.15-Dec-2008

Omega International, the Doncaster-based kitchen furniture supplier, is to undergo a £30m management buy-out.15-Dec-2008

Serco is to acquire InfoVision Group, the Indian business process outsourcing firm with 10,000 staff, for an initial £13m.12-Dec-2008

Pearson is to acquire Fronter, the Norwegian online learning company with gross assets of £6.6m and offices in ten countries.11-Dec-2008

Experian has acquired SearchAmerica, the US provider of payment prediction data, for £60m.11-Dec-2008

IQ Holdings is to acquire Viewpoint Field, Viewpoint Studios and The Wire from Illuminas for an initial £0.7m, in order to expand its data collection services.11-Dec-2008

Nichols has acquired a 50% stake in Dayla Liquid Packing, the Herefordshire-based bag-in-box packaging company, for an initial £2.8m.11-Dec-2008

Manpower Software is to acquire certain assets of Baum Hart & Partners, the supplier of software and support services to the NHS with 15 staff in Ellesmere Port and Cheltenham, for up to £2.2m.11-Dec-2008

Rightway has acquired W Bevan & Sons of North Wales for undisclosed terms, creating a combined chain of 16 DIY stores with 150 staff.11-Dec-2008

James Donaldson & Sons has bought the Palgrave Brown timber processing site in Chorley out of administration, securing the future of 40 jobs.11-Dec-2008

Wyndeham Press, the printing company, is to be acquired by venture capital firm Walstead Investments in a £17m deal, and up to 163 jobs will be shed at its web offset division in Essex.11-Dec-2008

Humberts is to merge with Chesterton to create a combined chain of 57 estate agency offices, following the acquisition of the remaining 50% in Chesterton by Humberts' parent company Mercantile Group.11-Dec-2008

United Business Media has acquired Global Games Media, the German organiser of games development conferences, for up to £1.3m, in order to expand its Think Services business.10-Dec-2008

Getech Group has acquired Lisle Gravity, the US oil exploration mapping firm, for an initial £1.2m.10-Dec-2008

Mitchell's Hotels & Inns has acquired York Brewery, the York-based brewery with 60 staff and four pubs.10-Dec-2008

O&H Facilities, the Goole-based vehicle converter for the healthcare and disability markets with 160 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Oughtred & Harrison.10-Dec-2008

Vodafone is to acquire Wayfinder, the Swedish manufacturer of wireless navigation systems, for £20m.10-Dec-2008

United Business Media has acquired Sanguine Microelectronics, the Chinese supplier of integrated circuit reverse engineering services with 130 staff, for an initial £5.4m.10-Dec-2008

Micro Focus International is to acquire Relativity Technologies, the US developer of enterprise application modernisation software, for £6.5m.09-Dec-2008

Giles Insurance has bought Arnott Commercial Insurance Services and Arnott Marine of Durham, with the transfer of 23 staff.09-Dec-2008

Jay-Be, the Dewsbury-based bed manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by a management team.09-Dec-2008

CarCheckers, the Devon-based vehicle inspection company with 35 subcontract engineers throughout the country, has been acquired by DEKRA International for undisclosed terms.09-Dec-2008

Orbis has acquired Electracade for an initial £2.6m, in order to expand its gaming software business.08-Dec-2008

Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired John Wisden & Co, the Hampshire-based publisher of cricket books.08-Dec-2008

Onyx Group has acquired Dundas IT, the Edinburgh-based IT services firm.08-Dec-2008

Thornton & Ross is to acquire the muscle pain treatment brand Radian B from William Ransom & Son for £3.4m.08-Dec-2008

Le Frog has sold four restaurants in Ormskirk, Fullwood, Wigan and St Helens out of administration to a management team for undisclosed terms.08-Dec-2008

Umeco has acquired Industria Plastica Monregalese, the Italian manufacturer of vacuum bagging films for the composites industry, for £14.5m.05-Dec-2008

Wensum is to acquire Crown East, the workwear supplier trading as Faithful, Rainbow and Monarch, for about £3m.05-Dec-2008

Yule Catto has sold PFW, the Dutch manufacturer of aroma chemicals, to Keva UK for £5.8m.05-Dec-2008

Admiral Taverns has sold its 27 pubs in Scotland to the Iona Pub Partnership of Glasgow for undisclosed terms, leaving a chain of 2,300 outlets.04-Dec-2008

Schwan's Consumer Brands, the Leyland-based manufacturer of frozen pizzas with 300 staff, has been acquired by Dr Oetker UK.04-Dec-2008

IMS Maxims has acquired certain assets of CSW Group, the Oxford-based software firm currently in administration, for £0.2m.03-Dec-2008

CVS Group has acquired Harbour Veterinary Group, the Portsmouth-based chain of five veterinary hospitals and surgeries with 60 staff, as well as the Joel Veterinary Clinic in Middlesex.03-Dec-2008

Intertek has acquired EKO-LAB, the Polish food testing laboratory with 40 staff, for £3.3m.03-Dec-2008

Stobart Group is to acquire Southend Airport, which has 100 staff, for £21m, in order to gain a southern base for its transport business.03-Dec-2008

Balfour Beatty has acquired Colledge Trundle & Hall, the Surrey-based supplier of energy control systems for buildings, for £2.8m.02-Dec-2008

Regus is to acquire Stonemartin Corporate Centres for up to £1.5m, in order to expand its serviced offices business.02-Dec-2008

Invisible Heating Systems, the Ullapool-based supplier of building heating and cooling systems, has been acquired by private equity firm Beltrae Partners.02-Dec-2008

Ultra Electronics has acquired Dascam Consulting, the UAE-based defence consultancy with 140 staff, for an initial £13m.02-Dec-2008

Rutherford Wilkinson, the Tyneside-based firm of 16 independent financial advisers, has been acquired by the Perspective Financial Group for undisclosed terms.02-Dec-2008

Sytner has bought five Richard Alexander Group car dealerships in Leeds, Huddersfield and Harrogate out of administration, securing the future of 300 jobs.02-Dec-2008

TUI Travel has acquired Teamlink Travel, the Derby-based provider of sports travel services with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.02-Dec-2008

Card Factory is to acquire almost 80 of the 280 Celebrations Group greetings card stores out of administration, securing the future of 500 jobs.01-Dec-2008

Paper House Group has bought the greetings card division of London-based The Medici Society for undisclosed terms, increasing its Gloucester-based staff from 95 to 120.01-Dec-2008

Mk One has sold 85 of its 125 fashion stores out of administration to Internacionale, securing the future of 800 jobs.01-Dec-2008

Aviva is to sell its RAC auto windscreens business, including 100 fitting centres and 700 mobile units, to Arques Industries of Germany for undisclosed terms.01-Dec-2008

Home Retail Group has bought the Alba and Bush trademarks from electrical goods supplier Alba for £15m, and Alba will change its name to Harvard International.01-Dec-2008

Cantono is to sell its Blue River Systems subsidiary and its managed services business to Xploite for £3m, with the transfer of 70 staff in London and West Drayton.28-Nov-2008

Acal is to acquire a 75% stake in SSE, the distributor of computer parts, for £1.9m.28-Nov-2008

NCC Group has acquired Next Generation Security Software, the Surrey-based security and testing company with 52 staff, for up to £10m.28-Nov-2008

Dudley Associates, the Lutterworth-based manufacturer of precision plastic mouldings with 29 staff, has been acquired by Peterstow Holdings of Swaziland for undisclosed terms.28-Nov-2008

ADG Packaging Systems, the Kent-based supplier of powder packaging equipment with 30 staff, has been bought out of administration by GEA Process Engineering of Denmark, and will be rebranded as GEA Albro.27-Nov-2008

Johnson Matthey has sold its ceramic insulators and alumina operations in Germany, Poland and Romania to Lapp Insulator for £17m.27-Nov-2008

Crawford Transport Services has sold its assets out of administration to Crawford Pallet Distribution, securing the future of 20 driving jobs in Tyne & Wear.27-Nov-2008

Renishaw has acquired a 75% stake in Schaerer Mayfield NeuroMate, the Swiss manufacturer of surgical robots for neurosurgery.26-Nov-2008

Roadways Container Logistics, the Essex-based container transport firm, has been sold by Maersk to a new company called Aegeus Transport for undisclosed terms.26-Nov-2008

William Reed has acquired Harpers, the Kent-based drinks industry magazine, and the staff will relocate to its Crawley headquarters.25-Nov-2008

Broxap has acquired BollardTech, the Wigan-based street furniture manufacturer, and will transfer production to Broxap sites in North Staffordshire and Southport.25-Nov-2008

Duffer of St George, the fashion brand, has been bought out of administration by a management team operating under the name of Nihoco 3493.25-Nov-2008

H&T Group has acquired James Hempseed & Son, the Glasgow-based second-hand goods and jewellery retailer, taking its total chain to 103 outlets.24-Nov-2008

GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire AZ Tika, the Swedish supplier of over-the-counter medicines, from AstraZeneca for £146m.24-Nov-2008

Brightside is to acquire the policy book and new business of the eVan insurance brand from Southern Rock Insurance for an initial £3.3m, in order to expand its E Insurance subsidiary.24-Nov-2008

Simpson Group has bought Realisis In-store, the Heathrow-based printing firm, out of administration.24-Nov-2008

First Luggage is to merge with Sports Express of the US to create a combined luggage transport group with sales of £3.4m.24-Nov-2008

Associated British Foods is to acquire Azucarera, the Spanish sugar supplier, from Ebro Puleva for £326m.24-Nov-2008

Wincanton is to merge its chilled foods distribution business with Culina, which has nine distribution centres across the country, and Wincanton will have a 20% stake in the enlarged group.24-Nov-2008

Hertford International Group is to acquire Cheque Exchange, the cheque cashing and money remittance firm with 60 staff, from Provident Financial for £3m.21-Nov-2008

Aggreko has acquired the Cummins power rental business in India for £3.9m and sold its European oil-free compressed air business to Atlas Copco for £12m.21-Nov-2008

Amino Technologies has acquired Tilgin IPTV, the Swedish set-top box supplier with 36 staff, for £2.5m.21-Nov-2008

David McLean has sold its housebuilding division out of administration to a management buy-out operating under the name of Elan Homes.21-Nov-2008

Pelikon, the Caerphilly-based manufacturer of electroluminescent displays with 22 staff, has been acquired by Multi-Fineline Electronix of the US for £7m.21-Nov-2008

Hill & Smith is to sell its Express Reinforcements steel reinforcing bars subsidiary to Celsa Steel Service for £13m.20-Nov-2008

Arriva has acquired LNWR, the Crewe-based train maintenance company with 110 staff, for £2.4m.20-Nov-2008

United Drug has acquired The Specials Laboratory, the Northumberland-based manufacturer of unlicensed medicines with 120 staff, for £20m.20-Nov-2008

Monumental Games has acquired Swordfish Studios, the Salford-based online gaming firm with 26 staff, creating a combined group with more than 100 staff.20-Nov-2008

Payne Timber has been bought out of administration by Duchy Timber of Cornwall, securing 34 jobs at its timber operations in Ottery St Mary and Torquay.20-Nov-2008

United Business Media has acquired Xinhua PR Newswire, the Chinese news distributor with about 50 staff, for £4m.19-Nov-2008

In House Group is to acquire a 75% stake in Breatheasy Finance, the home financing firm, for £0.2m.19-Nov-2008

Melorio is to acquire Zenos, the Oxfordshire-based provider of vocational training services to the IT sector with 116 staff, for an initial £21m.18-Nov-2008

Sinclair Group has acquired the David Jones Garages VW car dealerships in Cardiff and Newport out of administration, securing more than 100 jobs.18-Nov-2008

Grant Thornton has sold the assets of United Trailers, the Cambridgeshire-based trailer manufacturer, out of administration to a new company called United Trailers Wisbech.18-Nov-2008

CVS has acquired The Village Animal Hospital, the chain of four veterinary surgeries in Caterham, Redhill, Oxted and Smallfield with 44 staff.17-Nov-2008

Activa Healthcare, the Burton-based supplier of wound-care products with 70 staff, has been acquired by Lohmann & Rauscher of Germany for undisclosed terms.17-Nov-2008

Kroll has sold its London-based European corporate advisory business to a management buy-out operating under the name of Zolfo Cooper.17-Nov-2008

Standard Chartered is to acquire Cazenove Asia, the corporate finance and institutional brokerage business with offices in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, China and the US, from JPMorgan Cazenove.14-Nov-2008

Ultra Electronics has acquired Weed Instrument, the US instrumentation manufacturer with 100 staff, for £21m.14-Nov-2008

Keller Group has acquired Craig Olden, the US earth retention contractor, for £8.6m, as well as Boreta, the Czech foundations specialist, for £5.5m.14-Nov-2008

DM has bought the trade and assets of market research firm Data Locator Group out of administration for £3.2m.14-Nov-2008

Anglia Healthcare Systems, the Norwich-based provider of software and services to the NHS with about 50 staff, has been acquired by Sunquest Information Systems of the US.14-Nov-2008

Parker Severn, the builders' merchant with branches in Nottingham and Somercotes, has been bought out of administration by Frank Key of Nottingham.14-Nov-2008

Waters & Robson, the Northumberland-based producer of Abbey Well mineral water with 91 staff, has been acquired by Coca-Cola.13-Nov-2008

Kinetic Technical, the Manchester-based engineering recruitment firm with 21 staff and annual turnover of £20m, has undergone a management buy-out.13-Nov-2008

Network Data is to acquire Mortgage Broking Services, the Manchester-based mortgage broker, from Manchester Building Society for £2.5m.13-Nov-2008

Bibby Holdings has acquired Garic, the Bury-based plant and equipment hire firm with 95 staff, for £20m.12-Nov-2008

Bradshaw, Farnham & Lea has acquired the property management and auction operations of Liverpool-based Venmore Partnership for undisclosed terms.12-Nov-2008

Lucite, the Southampton-based acrylic products manufacturer with 1,800 staff in ten countries, has been acquired by Mitsubishi Rayon of Japan for £1bn.12-Nov-2008

Hardy Amies, the London-based tailor and dressmaker, has been bought out of administration by Li & Fung of Hong Kong and most of its remaining stores will close.12-Nov-2008

Aimimage has bought the assets of London-based camera hire firm Ice Film Equipment out of liquidation, securing seven jobs.11-Nov-2008

Avon Rubber has sold its Westbury-based rubber mixing facility to ATR Compounding for £2m, with the transfer of nine staff.11-Nov-2008

Garner has acquired Norman Broadbent, including BNB Recruitment Consultancy, Bancomm and BNB Recruitment Overseas, for £5.5m.11-Nov-2008

Biddles, the Norfolk-based digital book printing firm, has been acquired by MPG Books of Bodmin.11-Nov-2008

John Stephenson & Sons, the Lancashire-based drinks distributor with 25 staff and annual turnover of £10m, has been acquired by Wharton Wade Wines of Manchester.11-Nov-2008

Arena International, the marketing services agency with offices in Disley and London, has been acquired by QobliQ for £2.8m.11-Nov-2008

Stride Treglown of Bristol has merged with Tektus Architects of Bath to create a combined architectural group trading as Stride Treglown Tektus.11-Nov-2008

Ilchester Cheese, the Somerset-based speciality cheese producer, has been sold by Inflexion Private Equity to Tine of Norway.11-Nov-2008

GI Solutions Group, the Leicester-based direct marketing firm, has been acquired by private equity investor Grove Industries for undisclosed terms.10-Nov-2008

Redmayne-Bentley has acquired the remaining Teathers private client stockbroking business from the administrators of Landsbanki Securities for undisclosed terms.10-Nov-2008

Print Search, the Manchester-based printing firm with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.07-Nov-2008

Barclays Bank has acquired the Italian residential mortgage business of Macquarie Bank, including operational support functions and staff.07-Nov-2008

Sportech has acquired, the football community website, for £0.6m.07-Nov-2008

Wincanton has acquired CEL Group, the container logistics firm with 470 staff at eight sites, for an initial £20m.07-Nov-2008

Krantech Holdings of Chesterfield has acquired Rotary Machining and Bessemer Precision Engineering of Sheffield, increasing its total workforce from 26 to 49.07-Nov-2008

Edinburgh Woollen Mill has bought 77 Rosebys curtains stores out of administration, securing the future of 495 jobs.07-Nov-2008

Amec has acquired OEST Associates, the US engineering and architecture services firm with 102 staff, for £5.9m.06-Nov-2008

ArgentVive has sold its Solcara search and information management business in Harefield to Access Intelligence of York for £0.7m.06-Nov-2008

Freshbaked has merged with the Limegreentangerine marketing and branding agency, creating a combined Cardiff-based business services group with 43 staff.06-Nov-2008

Spirax-Sarco Engineering has acquired PAK Machinery, the supplier of peristaltic aseptic filling systems, for £0.5m, in order to expand its Watson-Marlow subsidiary.05-Nov-2008

RM has acquired Computrac, the US education technology firm with 54 staff, for £5m.05-Nov-2008

IPSO Ventures has acquired Cambridge Meditech, the owner of patented technology that detects infection in wounds, for under £0.1m.05-Nov-2008

Pindar has sold its Cooper Clegg printing business in Tewkesbury to a management buy-out.05-Nov-2008

Global Armour, the Lisburn-based armour manufacturer with 45 staff, has been acquired by Amicus Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.05-Nov-2008

Greenbank Materials Handling has acquired the industrial weighing division of Mansfield-based H&H Services for undisclosed terms.05-Nov-2008

Oxford Catalysts is to acquire Velocys, the US developer of microchannel process technology for the production of synthetic fuels, from Battelle Memorial Institute for £22m.04-Nov-2008

Stadium Group has acquired Zirkon, the Rugby-based industrial instrumentation firm with 84 staff, for £2.5m.04-Nov-2008

Xploite has sold its Welwyn Garden City-based legacy monitoring software solutions business to Bluechip Customer Engineering for £3.3m.04-Nov-2008

Ashberry Healthcare has acquired the Moorhouse Nursing Home in Hindhead, Surrey, for £3.9m, taking its chain of homes to eight.04-Nov-2008

Burchell Edwards has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing 140 jobs at its Derby-based chain of 16 estate agency branches.04-Nov-2008

Skipton Building Society is to merge with the Scarborough Building Society to create a combined group with 860,000 members and assets of £16bn.04-Nov-2008

Hamworthy has acquired a 79% stake in Baltic Design Centre, the Polish ship design firm, for £0.5m.04-Nov-2008

Biogen UK has acquired Greenfinch, the Shropshire-based operator of an anaerobic digestion facility to treat municipal waste, creating a combined group called BiogenGreenfinch with 43 staff.03-Nov-2008

Ghost, the chain of 33 fashion stores with 142 staff, has been bought out of administration by the owner of Hawes & Curtis.03-Nov-2008

GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire Genelabs Technologies, the US biopharmaceuticals company, for £35m.31-Oct-2008

Griffin Group is to acquire Alexander David Holdings, the stockbroker, in a £4.8m reverse takeover, and will then change its name to Alexander David Securities Group.31-Oct-2008

Albatross Travel Group, the wholesale travel firm with about 100 staff at offices in Kent and Derbyshire, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.31-Oct-2008

Kellpak, the Glasgow-based packaging supplier with 26 staff, has been sold out of administration to a new company called W&M Watson Packaging.30-Oct-2008

Mobilis has acquired SKF Services, the West Sussex-based supplier of physiotherapy equipment with 20 staff.30-Oct-2008

Begbies Traynor has sold Laser Broadcasting, the owner of radio stations in Bath, Warminster, Bridgwater and Minehead, out of administration to the owner of Exeter-based South West Radio.30-Oct-2008

BMI British Midland, the Castle Donington-based airline with hubs at Heathrow and Manchester, is to be acquired by Lufthansa of Germany for £314m.30-Oct-2008

York Pharma has bought the assets of Celltran, the Sheffield-based biotechnology company with two wound care products, out of administration.29-Oct-2008

Charles Taylor Consulting is to acquire Westminster Motor Insurance Association, the provider of motor insurance to taxi drivers that is now closed to new business, from Santam for a nominal sum.29-Oct-2008

BG Group is to acquire Queensland Gas Company of Australia for £2.2bn, in order to benefit from rising demand for LNG.29-Oct-2008

Carpetright is planning to acquire the chain of 94 Sleepright bed concessions for less than £1m.29-Oct-2008

Norcot Engineering, the aircraft parts manufacturer with 82 staff in Ashton under Lyne and Bedford, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Acorn Capital Partners.28-Oct-2008

Ham Baker has acquired Adams of York, the water industry equipment supplier with 120 staff, for undisclosed terms.28-Oct-2008

Jackson Keay has acquired APS Cellar Gas, the Southwell-based supplier of gas cylinders, for undisclosed terms.28-Oct-2008

FMG Support of Huddersfield has sold its vehicle rental operation to Nexus Vehicle Rental of Leeds for undisclosed terms, but is also planning to create 100 jobs to provide national vehicle recovery services to the Highways Agency.28-Oct-2008

Porterbrook Leasing, the owner of passenger rail rolling stock, is to be sold by Abbey National to a consortium led by Deutsche Bank for an estimated £1.4bn.28-Oct-2008

Cosalt is to sell its Cosalt Holiday Homes division in Hull to Endless Group for a nominal sum, in order to focus on the marine safety sector.28-Oct-2008

Hill Station, the Cwmbran-based ice cream manufacturer with 60 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Loseley Dairy Ice Cream.27-Oct-2008

Lawrence Scoffield, the Leeds-based financial planning and insurance firm, has undergone a management buy-out, and plans to increase its staff from 17 to 50 over the next five years.27-Oct-2008

Coolabi is to acquire Licensing by Design, the children's characters merchandising company, for £0.4m.24-Oct-2008

Vp is to acquire Power Tool Supplies, the Brighton-based tool hire company, for £1.1m, in order to expand its Hill Station subsidiary.24-Oct-2008

Hamer Goodlad, the Sheffield-based recycling and metals processing firm, has gone into administration through Barber Harrison & Platt, and its Inmans steel stockholding operation has been sold to a former employee.24-Oct-2008

Wrekin Construction has acquired Toft Johnson, the Staffordshire-based construction company with 35 staff.24-Oct-2008

Centrica has acquired Semplice Energy, the Reading-based low carbon solutions firm with 21 staff, for £1.5m, in order to expand its British Gas New Energy division.23-Oct-2008

Abbey Protection is to acquire Accountax, the Milton Keynes-based accountancy, tax and employment law consultancy with 40 staff, for an initial £4.4m.23-Oct-2008

Yuill Homes, the Hartlepool-based housebuilder with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out following the appointment of administrators at parent company Taggart Holdings.23-Oct-2008

Ellis Fairbank, the Leeds-based recruitment firm with 110 staff, has been sold out of administration to IHR Group.23-Oct-2008

Laing O'Rourke has acquired most of the pre-cast concrete operations of Bison out of administration, including factories in Derbyshire and Glasgow.23-Oct-2008

Northern Petroleum has sold the Waalwijk underground gas storage project in the Netherlands to Star Energy Group for an initial £7m.22-Oct-2008

Cookson Group is to sell its Hi-Tech Ceramics filters business, which has annual sales of £5m, to Sud-Chemie, in order to win regulatory approval for its acquisition of Foseco.22-Oct-2008

Syntax, the Derby-based IT and technical recruitment consultancy, has merged with Arcanza IT Services of Derby and Software Training Services of Heanor.22-Oct-2008

JT Atkinson & Sons has acquired Hathaway & Hoyle Timber Merchants of Stockton-on-Tees, taking its chain to eight branches.22-Oct-2008

GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire Biotene, the dry-mouth treatment, from Laclede of the US for £100m, in order to expand its consumer healthcare business.22-Oct-2008

Evolution Group is to acquire the investment management business of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about 40 staff to its London office.22-Oct-2008

Vitec Group has acquired certain assets of Technologies Talkdynamics, the Canadian software development company, for undisclosed terms.21-Oct-2008

Saint Gobain Crystals is to sell its quartz products factory in Wallsend to Heraeus Quarzglas of Germany, securing 125 jobs, but a further 23 jobs in the industrial testing products department will be lost.21-Oct-2008

Auto Assist of Hull has merged with RVM Assist of Leeds to create a combined vehicle accident management and claims handling group called RVM Auto Assist.21-Oct-2008

Fuse8 has acquired Radiant, the Leeds-based public relations agency with four staff.21-Oct-2008

Darnton Elgee has merged with Essex, Goodman & Suggitt to create a combined project management group with 87 staff at offices in North Yorkshire, London, Bristol and Warwickshire.21-Oct-2008

Piano Logistics has bought Butler Piano Movers of Huntingdon out of voluntary liquidation for undisclosed terms.21-Oct-2008

Begbies Traynor has sold Servisional, the Manchester-based customer relationship management consultancy with 17 staff, to a management buy-out.20-Oct-2008

Alliance Boots has acquired a 90% stake in Megapharm, the German oncology products supplier with 100 staff, for undisclosed terms.20-Oct-2008

Oval has acquired Powell Insurance, the Liverpool-based insurance broker with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.17-Oct-2008

Centrica has acquired Building Management System Integrators, the supplier of building control systems with 69 staff in Slough, London, Hove, Banbury and Chester, for £7m.17-Oct-2008

Sert UK has acquired M&S Toiletries, the Wakefield-based supplier of health and beauty products with 140 staff, from the Scottish & Midland Co-operative Society for undisclosed terms.17-Oct-2008

CPM Group has acquired Hughes Concrete, the Leek-based concrete pipes manufacturer with about 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.16-Oct-2008

Rathbone Brothers has sold its offshore trust operations in Jersey to Hawksford Holdings for an initial £23m.16-Oct-2008

Experian is to sell its card processing and business process outsourcing operations in France to Advent International and La Poste respectively, for a total £157m.16-Oct-2008

WEC Group has acquired 5750 Components, the Knowsley-based laser engineering firm, for undisclosed terms, and will relocate its own laser division to a new 26,500 sq ft site in Darwen over the next few months.16-Oct-2008

GlaxoSmithKline has acquired the Egyptian off-patent drugs business of Bristol-Myers Squibb for £120m, including a manufacturing plant and 20 branded products.16-Oct-2008

Online Travel Group has sold its World Travellers UK business out of administration to World Ski & Travel, while its insurance assets have been acquired by a former director.16-Oct-2008

Domino Printing Sciences has acquired the air cleaning business of PAT Technology Systems of Canada for £1m.15-Oct-2008

Reprographic Warehouse, the London-based digital printing company with 16 staff, has been acquired by American Reprographics Company.15-Oct-2008

Les Knight Transport has been bought out of administration by Dodds Group, securing 30 jobs at its Faversham-based freight business.15-Oct-2008

Qinetiq has acquired Commerce Decisions, the Oxford-based supplier of tender assessment and management software with 38 staff, for £10m.14-Oct-2008

Capita Group has acquired ABS Network Solutions, the Crawley-based business networking solutions firm with 56 staff, for £14m.14-Oct-2008

SBV Fabrications & Site Services, the Teesside-based steel company with 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.14-Oct-2008

Spice has acquired Morrel Consulting, the water industry consultancy, for up to £5.2m.14-Oct-2008

RPS Group has acquired Paras, the London-based oil and gas industry consultancy, for up to £6.4m.13-Oct-2008

Abacus, the Newbury-based electronic components distributor with 1,000 staff, has agreed to be acquired by Avnet of the US for £42m.13-Oct-2008

Foolproof has acquired Usability by Design, the London-based website design consultancy.10-Oct-2008

MessageLabs, the US-based online messaging security company with offices in London and Gloucester, is to be acquired by Symantec for £397m.09-Oct-2008

CG Rees, the Cardiff-based metals supplier, has undergone a £1.3m management buy-out backed by Finance Wales, and will now be renamed Fromstock.09-Oct-2008

Premier Travel of Cambridge has acquired Travel Centre's seven travel agency outlets in Norwich and Dereham, taking its total chain to 29.09-Oct-2008

DGT Steel & Cladding has been bought out of administration by a consortium led by SPC Holdings, securing the future of more than 100 jobs at its Norfolk-based contracting business.09-Oct-2008

EnerMech has acquired A1 Safety, the Yarmouth-based safety training consultancy with 35 staff, as well as Specialist Maintenance Services, the Aberdeen-based lifting contractor with 130 staff.09-Oct-2008

Joy has been bought out of administration by a new company called Louche London, securing the future of about 150 jobs at 12 fashion stores.09-Oct-2008

CitySprint has acquired PBS Deliveries, the Birmingham-based logistics firm with four administration staff and 25 self-employed couriers.09-Oct-2008

CVS Group has acquired the nine-acre Rossendale Pet Crematorium in Lancashire, with the transfer of nine staff.08-Oct-2008

Chemring is to acquire Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology, the US developer of robot and vehicle-mounted mine detection systems, for an initial £17m.08-Oct-2008

Digital Marketing Group is to acquire Prodant, the Nottingham-based call centre training consultancy, for up to £0.7m.08-Oct-2008

Amlin is to acquire Anglo French Underwriters, the French underwriting agency with 40 staff, from 21 Centrale Partners.08-Oct-2008

Scotia Linen Services is to be sold out of administration by Tenon Recovery, securing the future of 76 jobs at its Aberdeen-based laundry and dry cleaning business.08-Oct-2008

Weir has sold the former Mather & Platt stainless steel foundry in Newton Heath to Westley Group of Cradley Heath, securing the future of almost 200 jobs.08-Oct-2008

K2 Conservatories and Cestrum Conservatories have been sold by the administrators of Burnden Group to management, securing the future of 280 jobs.08-Oct-2008

Bodycare Toiletries of Preston has been sold out of administration to a former management team for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 147 jobs.08-Oct-2008

Infoterra of Leicester has acquired Imass, the Tyneside-based supplier of communication devices with 136 staff.08-Oct-2008

Amec has sold its UK wind energy development business to Vattenfall of Sweden for £127m, including eight sites with a total potential generating capacity of 540MW.07-Oct-2008

IFG Group has acquired Pensco and Nameridge, two Irish pensions companies, for £10m.07-Oct-2008

Kofax has acquired OptiInvoice Digital Technology, the Swedish supplier of document processing software, for £1.6m.07-Oct-2008

WS Atkins has acquired MG Bennett & Associates, the Rotherham-based engineering design company with 30 staff, for £2.5m.07-Oct-2008

Proventec has acquired a 60% stake in CryoJet Industrial Services, the Dutch supplier of cryogenic cleaning equipment with annual turnover of £1.5m.07-Oct-2008

Aegis Group has acquired Clownfish, the London-based marketing services firm with gross assets of £0.5m.07-Oct-2008

Applied4 Technology, the Leeds-based software firm, has been acquired RiskMetrics Group of the US for undisclosed terms.07-Oct-2008

Watson Laurie has merged with Vinden Partnership, the Bolton-based provider of mediation services to the construction sector with 40 staff.07-Oct-2008

Calder Colours, the Ashby-based craft materials manufacturer with 30 staff, has been bought out of administration by its managing director for undisclosed terms.07-Oct-2008

Scott Lister Solicitors of Shrewsbury has merged with Linder Myers Solicitors, the Manchester-based law firm with more than 70 fee earners.07-Oct-2008

CSS Stellar is to sell Icon Display, the Sidcup-based signage design and production firm, to a new company called Maidstone Road Holdings for £4.3m.06-Oct-2008

SA Brain & Co has acquired W Hall & Son, the North Wales-based drinks distribution company, for undisclosed terms.06-Oct-2008

Ingram Care Services has sold its business and assets out of administration to Positive Life Choices of South Shields, securing then future of 15 jobs at its Gateshead-based care business.06-Oct-2008

Clearwater Collection has merged with Reva Industries of Hull, securing the future of about 60 jobs at its Bradford-based bath manufacturing business.06-Oct-2008

Xchanging is to acquire Cambridge Solutions, the Indian business processing outsourcing group with 4,500 staff in eight countries, for £83m.06-Oct-2008

Digital Marketing Group has acquired Cybercom, the London-based IT systems consultancy, for £6m, as well as Gasbox, the voice marketer, for up to £9m.06-Oct-2008

Macfarlane Group is to acquire Allpoint, the packaging distributor with sites in Hayes, Southall and Basingstoke, for £4.8m.06-Oct-2008

Filtrona is to acquire Lendell Manufacturing, the US foam products supplier, for £20m.06-Oct-2008

Metropress, the publisher of the Antiques Trade Gazette, has undergone a £9m management buy-out backed by Matrix Private Equity.06-Oct-2008

Next has acquired Lipsy, the fashion brand with annual turnover of £20m, for an initial £17m.03-Oct-2008

PHSC has acquired Inspection Services UK, the provider of equipment testing services, for £0.2m.03-Oct-2008

NWF Group has sold its six garden centres in Cheshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire to Notcutts for £14m.03-Oct-2008

Dsicmm has acquired the direct communications business division of Dataforce for undisclosed terms, including print and polywrapping assets in Milton Keynes.03-Oct-2008

Senergy has acquired Econnect, the Hexham-based renewable energy consulting and ventures business with 37 staff, for undisclosed terms.03-Oct-2008

Camvac, the Thetford-based plastic packaging company with 114 staff, has been acquired by GIL Investments for undisclosed terms.03-Oct-2008

Carter & Co has merged with Towlers to create a combined commercial surveying and property consultancy in Leeds with 50 staff.03-Oct-2008

Carrier, the Cheadle Royal-based luxury tour operator with 84 staff, has been acquired by Kuoni of Switzerland for more than £30m.03-Oct-2008

Edmund Bell, the Bradford-based supplier of fabrics to hospitals and universities, has been acquired by Redwood Distribution of Skelmersdale, creating a combined group with 125 staff.03-Oct-2008

Flint Group is to acquire Russell-Webb, the Hertford-based printing consumables manufacturer, in order to expand its Day International division.02-Oct-2008

Stadium Group has acquired Fox Industries, the Leicester-based distributor of power supplies and electronic equipment, for £0.1m.02-Oct-2008

Euro Car Parts has acquired Pinco 1555, the Sheffield-based chain of 53 vehicle parts branches trading as LSUK, for undisclosed terms.02-Oct-2008

Melorio has acquired HB Group, the construction industry training provider, for £2.7m.02-Oct-2008

Spectris is to acquire LDS Test & Measurement, the Royston-based manufacturer of instruments and controls with 277 staff, from SPX for £58m.02-Oct-2008

Volvere is to acquire certain assets of Interactive Prospect Targeting, the London-based marketing company with about 80 staff, for £1.3m.01-Oct-2008

BWA Water Additives, the Stretford-based water additives supplier, is to be acquired by Bahrain-based United International Bank for £100m.01-Oct-2008

Redhall is to acquire Chieftain, the Tyneside-based oil industry support services firm, for about £19m.01-Oct-2008

Intertek has acquired HP White, the US protective equipment testing firm with 40 staff, for an initial £20m.01-Oct-2008

Bradford & Bingley is to be nationalised with the government acquiring its £50bn mortgages and loans, while its £20bn savings business and branches will be acquired by Santander of Spain.30-Sep-2008

Spice has acquired Mono Services, the Eccles-based housing maintenance firm with 123 staff, from Mavinwood for £0.5m.30-Sep-2008

Cobra Holdings has acquired Opal Mortgage Life & Pensions, the London-based independent financial adviser, for up to £0.5m.30-Sep-2008

Norton & Townsend, the London-based network of bespoke tailors, has been bought out of administration by Salts of Saltaire for undisclosed terms.30-Sep-2008

Centrica has acquired Solar Technologies Group, the solar energy installation contractor, for £2.8m.30-Sep-2008

MFI has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of up to 3,100 jobs in its furniture retailing business.29-Sep-2008

Ascribe has acquired WCI Healthcare, the provider of consultancy services to the NHS with 30 staff, from WCI Consulting for up to £1m.29-Sep-2008

Bonds has acquired Precision Products (Cumberland), the Alston-based steel castings manufacturer, for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 65 jobs.29-Sep-2008

Epm Technology has bought Leda Suspension, the Essex-based manufacturer of automotive damping struts and shock absorbers, out of administration.29-Sep-2008

Collections Group has acquired Frank Bird, the operator of menswear stores in Barnsley and Wakefield with 23 buying and sales staff, for undisclosed terms.29-Sep-2008

Helius Energy has sold its 65MW biomass power plant project in Stallingborough to RWE Innogy for £28m, and RWE will invest a further £206m to complete the plant by 2011.29-Sep-2008

Bloomsbury Publishing is to acquire Oxford International Publishers, the Oxford-based independent academic publishing company trading as Berg with 15 staff, for an initial £2m.26-Sep-2008

IG Group is to acquire an 87% stake in FXOnline, the Japanese foreign exchange trading firm with 45 staff, for £112m.25-Sep-2008

St Ives is to sell its Dutch music and multimedia business to management for £2.1m.25-Sep-2008

Folder Media has acquired Fun Radio, the children's broadcaster, for undisclosed terms.25-Sep-2008

Griffiths & Armour is to sell its financial services division to Charles Stanley, with the transfer of 35 Liverpool-based staff.25-Sep-2008

CPM Group has acquired TRO, the events agency with 150 staff in Norwich and Wymondham, for undisclosed terms.25-Sep-2008

AESSEAL is to transfer production of some mechanical seals from India to Rotherham following the acquisition of Standard Seals of India, and it has also acquired Mechanical Seal & Service of the US and a Norwegian distributor.25-Sep-2008

Archbold Logistics has acquired Direct Pallet Services, the Nuneaton-based transport firm with 52 staff and 30 vehicles.25-Sep-2008

Ultima Networks has acquired JCS for £0.3m, in order to expand its Cognito legal software subsidiary.24-Sep-2008

Oxford Instruments has sold its Molecular Beam Epitaxy service and support business to RIBER of France for £0.3m.24-Sep-2008

Brulines is to acquire Edensure, the Sunderland-based supplier of fuel monitoring technology with 11 staff, for £0.2m.24-Sep-2008

Charteris has acquired SIG Consulting, the business solutions consultancy with offices in Hertfordshire and County Durham, for an initial £1.9m.24-Sep-2008

Keycom is to acquire MCW Group, the supplier of broadband services to students, for £2.1m.24-Sep-2008

MAMA Group has acquired the Heaven nightclub in central London for £0.6m.24-Sep-2008

Cains has been sold out of administration to its former owner, securing the future of 90 jobs at its Liverpool-based brewery and nine pubs.24-Sep-2008

Home Insulation Services, the Preston-based heating supplier, is to be taken over by its 200-strong workforce over the next 12 months, and the buy-out is being supported by the Baxi Partnership.24-Sep-2008

British Energy, the operator of eight nuclear power plants, is to be acquired by EDF of France for £12bn, and EDF hopes to build at least four new reactors.24-Sep-2008

Lehman Brothers has sold its equities and investment banking operations out of administration to Nomura for a nominal sum, which could secure the future of 2,000 jobs in London.24-Sep-2008

Beanscene, the Glasgow-based chain of coffee shops, is to be bought out of administration by Fifi & Ally, securing the future of 130 jobs.23-Sep-2008

Beazley is to acquire Momentum Underwriting Management, the insurance agency, for up to £21m.23-Sep-2008

All3Media has acquired Illumina Digital, the London-based digital TV and multimedia production company with annual turnover of £4.3m.23-Sep-2008

J&J Denholm of Peterhead is to merge with Alexander Buchan and Pelagic Freezing to create a new fish processing firm with 250 staff called Denholm Seafoods.22-Sep-2008

Pyramid Products, the Nottinghamshire-based camping products manufacturer, has been acquired by Group Novo for undisclosed terms.22-Sep-2008

RPS Group has acquired Mountainheath Services, the Letchworth-based environmental services firm, for up to £1.9m.22-Sep-2008

Eclipse Energy UK, the renewable energy company, is to be acquired by Vattenfall of Sweden for £51m.22-Sep-2008

GNE Group is to sell its Petrol Express chain of petrol stations to Leopard 2 Investments for £52m.19-Sep-2008

Protherics, the biotechnology company with 300 staff at sites in Runcorn, London, Ceredigion, Australia and the US, is to be acquired by BTG for £218m.19-Sep-2008

Optical Fibres, the Morecambe-based cabling systems installation firm, has been acquired by Optech Fibres of Barrow-in-Furness.19-Sep-2008

Lloyds TSB is to acquire HBOS for £12bn, which could lead to the loss of up to 40,000 jobs from the 139,000 combined workforce.18-Sep-2008

Holland & Barrett is to acquire Julian Graves, the chain of 345 health food stores, for undisclosed terms.18-Sep-2008

Inchcape has sold five Mill Garages Volvo car dealerships in Newcastle, Hexham, Sunderland, Stockton and Harrogate to a management buy-out for £7m.18-Sep-2008

Invensys has acquired Quantum Engineering, the US rail signalling and controls supplier, for £21m.18-Sep-2008

Barclays is to acquire PT Bank Akita, the Indonesian bank with ten branches.18-Sep-2008

VCS Timeless, the French retail software firm with 145 staff and an office in Milton Keynes, is to be sold by Christie Group to Cegid for £3m.18-Sep-2008

Barclays has agreed to acquire the North American investment banking and capital markets operations of Lehman Brothers, including the New York headquarters and two data centres.18-Sep-2008

Volvo Group UK has sold Wales and West Truck and Bus Centre to a management buy-out operating under the name of WW Truck & Bus for undisclosed terms, including 200 staff in Avon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Wales.18-Sep-2008

Kelman, the Lisburn-based power services firm with 300 staff, has been acquired by GE Energy of the US for undisclosed terms.18-Sep-2008

Randall & Quilter has acquired Continuum Holdings, the holding company for the London-based KMS insurance run-off services business, for £1.8m.17-Sep-2008

Charles Taylor Consulting has acquired Santam Europe, the Irish motor and property insurance firm that is now closed to new business.17-Sep-2008

Connaught has acquired Lowe Group, the Rotherham-based electricity services firm that trades as Necta, for £7.5m, as well as MSF, the Crawley-based fire compliance firm, for £6.5m.17-Sep-2008

Aberdeen Asset Management has sold part of its private equity business to a management buy-out operating under the name of Spirit Capital.17-Sep-2008

Standard Life is to acquire Vebnet, the employee benefits company with 78 staff and offices in Edinburgh and London, for £24m.17-Sep-2008

Lyceum Capital has acquired Carewatch, the in-home care division of Nestor Healthcare with 125 franchised offices, for £37m.16-Sep-2008

Tindle Newspapers has acquired three local newspapers in Essex for undisclosed terms, including the Leigh & Westcliff Times, the Rayleigh & Eastwood Times and the Canvey Island & Benfleet Times.16-Sep-2008

GKN is to acquire the Airbus aircraft wing components factory at Filton near Bristol for £136m, and the government is providing £60m in repayable aid.16-Sep-2008

Loch Duart has acquired Salar Smokehouse, the Hebridean fish processing firm.16-Sep-2008

BBA Aviation has acquired Southern Aero Services, which operates Interflight Executive Aircraft Services at Gatwick, for an initial £4.5m, in order to expand its Signature Flight Support network.15-Sep-2008

Media & Print Investments has sold its Goodman Baylis, Friary Press and Borcombe SP printing operations out of administration to a new company called HS Printers.15-Sep-2008

Grainfarmers is to merge with CentaurGrain to create a new group called Openfield that will work with 7,000 farmers and handle about 4m tonnes of grain.15-Sep-2008

Armit, the London-based wine merchant, has been acquired by Baarsma of the Netherlands.15-Sep-2008

Clyde Blowers is to acquire the fluid and power division of US-based Textron for up to £370m, including David Brown Gear Systems of Huddersfield and David Brown Hydraulics of Poole.15-Sep-2008

Yellowhammer Bars has bought five bars in Bournemouth and Poole from the administrators of Future 3000, taking its nationwide chain to 30 sites.15-Sep-2008

Aegis Group has acquired Range Online Media, the US search engine marketing agency, in order to expand its Isobar division.12-Sep-2008

John Wood Group has acquired MCS, the Irish subsea engineering consultancy with 200 staff in Galway, Aberdeen, Australia, France, Brazil, Malaysia and the US.12-Sep-2008

Topaz Computer Systems has been acquired by Leicester-based Safe Computing, creating a combined software development group with 120 staff.12-Sep-2008

Faith has been acquired by Kinnaird and investment fund Agilo for undisclosed terms, securing the future of more than 2,000 jobs at its chain of shoe shops.12-Sep-2008

Taylor Wimpey has sold its Taylor Woodrow construction division to Vinci for £74m, in order to focus on housebuilding.11-Sep-2008

DataCash Group has acquired EasyDebit, the German payment services provider, for an initial £2.5m.11-Sep-2008

Wolviston Group has acquired Manning, the Teesside-based recruitment firm, for up to £5m, and is now looking to create up to 20 jobs and relocate to a new office.11-Sep-2008

Independent Living Services has acquired Nurseplus of Perthshire and The Complete Care Company of Ayrshire, creating an enlarged care homes group with more than 1,000 staff.11-Sep-2008

Mills Manufacturing Technology, the Leamington-based machine tool distributor with 60 staff, has undergone a £10m management buy-out backed by Barclays Leveraged Finance.10-Sep-2008

Stroud Office Interiors, the Gloucestershire-based office fit-out firm with 19 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.10-Sep-2008

Nationwide Building Society is to merge with the Derbyshire Building Society, which has 50 branches and 485,000 members, and the Cheshire Building Society, which has 45 branches and 440,000 members.09-Sep-2008

BevEx, the Coalville-based supplier of pub equipment with 12 staff, has been acquired by L'Isolante K-Flex of Italy for undisclosed terms.09-Sep-2008

Hiflex Fluidpower has sold its hose distribution and service assets out of administration to BMI Hose Europe, including 125 staff at 14 depots nationwide.09-Sep-2008

InfoBasis, the Abingdon-based HR software company with 31 staff, has been acquired by of the US.09-Sep-2008

Halma has acquired Fiberguide Industries, the US optical fibre manufacturer, for £8.2m.09-Sep-2008

Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association has merged with Brewing Research International of Gatwick to create a combined food technology organisation called Campden BRI.09-Sep-2008

LateRooms has acquired, the London-based hotel booking agency, for undisclosed terms.08-Sep-2008

Perspektiv has acquired the web development operations of Nottingham-based IT firm Presence for undisclosed terms.08-Sep-2008

Belfast City Airport is to be sold by Ferrovial of Spain to ABN Amro's Global Infrastructure fund for £132m.08-Sep-2008

Crosby Asset Management is to sell the former Forsyth Partners international funds research and ratings business to Old Broad Street Research for a nominal initial sum.05-Sep-2008

Lythgoe Motor Group, the Bolton-based chain of five car dealerships with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.05-Sep-2008

Gresham Computing has sold its Redstone Software testing and automation business to Testplant for a nominal sum.04-Sep-2008

Autumn Care Group has sold three care homes in County Durham and South Tyneside to Doson of Kent for £5m, with the transfer of 100 staff.04-Sep-2008

Fox Murphy, the Norwich-based marketing agency with 63 staff, has undergone a management buy-out and is now trading as Balloon Dog.04-Sep-2008

GT News, the chain of convenience stores in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands, has undergone a management buy-out.04-Sep-2008

Withy King has merged with Marshall & Galpin of Oxford to create a combined law firm with 340 staff.04-Sep-2008

Eastlake Group has announced a £8m merger with Work Inc to create a combined workplace interiors and property services group with 500 staff in East Kilbride, Leeds, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, London and Nottingham.10-Nov-2008

Acertec has sold the steel reinforcement operations of its BRC subsidiary and its 50% stake in BRC McMahon Reinforcements to Celsa Steel Service for £25m.03-Sep-2008

Sky High has acquired Halifax Computer Services, the West Yorkshire-based data processing firm, for £0.2m.03-Sep-2008

Talent Group is to acquire KMB Productions, the Hampshire-based TV production company, and will rebrand it as Talent South.03-Sep-2008

Retec Digital has acquired ODD London, the design and marketing agency, for £0.5m.03-Sep-2008

Warwick International, the North Wales-based chemicals manufacturer with 380 staff, has undergone a £129m management buy-out backed by Close Brothers Private Equity.03-Sep-2008

Leger Holidays has acquired Consort Travel, the Rotherham-based coach holidays firm, for undisclosed terms.03-Sep-2008

Southern Brick has been bought out of administration by Rayners Homes, but the Abingdon branch has closed with the loss of 12 jobs.03-Sep-2008

Gamingking is planning to acquire Orb Holdings, the operator of amusement machines, in a reverse takeover.03-Sep-2008

Essentially Group has acquired Arundel Promotions, the football and cricket event management firm, for £0.3m.03-Sep-2008

Weir is to sell Weir Process Equipment, the Canadian distributor of industrial equipment with 125 staff, to Wajax Income Fund for £13m.02-Sep-2008

Ultra Electronics has acquired AudioSoft, the Cirencester-based supplier of data recording systems with 42 staff, for an initial £5m.02-Sep-2008

E2V Technologies is to acquire QP Semiconductor, the US supplier of semiconductor components with 90 staff, for an initial £36m.02-Sep-2008

Visteon has sold its car components factory at Halewood to International Automotive Components Group Europe for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 150 staff.02-Sep-2008

Eastlake Group has acquired the Wakefield-based furniture manufacturing facility of Greenwood & Wood, and will relocate its Leeds-based Burdew division to the site.02-Sep-2008

FLB, the Cheltenham-based packaging and branding consultancy, has undergone a management buy-out.02-Sep-2008

Manchester City Football Club is to be acquired by Abu Dhabi United Group for Development & Investment in a £200m deal.02-Sep-2008

Change Capital Partners has sold Jil Sander, the fashion label with 61 stores worldwide, to Onward Holdings of Japan for £135m.02-Sep-2008

Anglian Group, the Norwich-based home improvements company, has been acquired by a consortium of banks.01-Sep-2008

Dresdner Bank is to be sold by Allianz to Commerzbank for £7.9bn, which could lead to the loss of up to 1,000 jobs in London.01-Sep-2008

Petrofac has acquired Caltec, the Cranfield-based oil production technology firm with 18 staff, for an initial £15m.01-Sep-2008

PCC, the plastic card manufacturer with sites in Colchester and Lancashire, has been acquired by CPI Card Group of the US.01-Sep-2008

BHM Health Group, the Bridlington-based supplier of vitamins and supplements with 41 staff, has been sold out of administration by BDO Stoy Hayward to local firms B-Bio and Sharplook.01-Sep-2008

Liverpool Victoria is to acquire Highway Insurance, the Brentwood-based motor insurer, for £150m.01-Sep-2008

Hallin Marine Subsea International has acquired Prospect Flow Solutions, the engineering consultancy to the energy sector with 40 staff in Aberdeen, Derby, Norway and the US, for an initial £3m.01-Sep-2008

HOK, the architectural firm, is to sell its sports facilities division to a management buy-out.01-Sep-2008

Bodycote is to sell its Testing Strategic Business Unit to Clayton Dubilier & Rice for £417m, including 130 laboratories in more than 25 countries worldwide, in order to focus on thermal processing.29-Aug-2008

Charisma Colourprint, the Sheffield-based commercial printing firm, has been bought out of administration by Progressive Print Solutions of Leeds, securing the future of 34 of the 50 jobs.29-Aug-2008

Proventec has acquired a 60% stake in Frank, the German manufacturer of hygienic products and high pressure washers with 25 staff.28-Aug-2008

United Business Media has acquired Pyramid Research, the telecoms market research firm with about 50 staff in the US, London and Hong Kong, for £4m.28-Aug-2008

Melrose has acquired the Canadian and Welsh operations of Fishercast Global Corporation, the manufacturer of high-precision zinc and magnesium components with a site in Welshpool, in order to expand its Dynacast division.28-Aug-2008

Knowles Surfacing, the Ellesmere Port-based road surfacing firm with 32 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.28-Aug-2008

Countrywide Residential Lettings has acquired Specialist Lettings Management, the chain of nine letting agencies in Blackpool, Bolton, Brighouse, Doncaster, Hull, Lincoln, Southport, Stockton and Sunderland.28-Aug-2008

Triton Group has acquired VisualSoft, the Aberdeen-based subsea services firm with nine staff.28-Aug-2008

Les Engineering, the Grimsby-based project management and fabrication company with 700 staff, has been acquired by Jacobs Engineering Group of the US for undisclosed terms.28-Aug-2008

Sareum Holdings has sold some of the assets of its Sareum drug discovery service subsidiary to Galapagos of the Netherlands for £0.6m, with the transfer of five staff to BioFocus DPI in Saffron Walden.27-Aug-2008

Kelan Circuits has acquired the assets of MI Watson, the Leicestershire-based supplier of electric motor components, for undisclosed terms.27-Aug-2008

Hill & Smith is to acquire Creative Pultrusions, the US manufacturer of glass-reinforced plastic products, for about £10m.27-Aug-2008

Imperial Energy, the oil exploration company, has agreed to be acquired by ONGC of India for £1.4bn.27-Aug-2008

Guiton Group has sold Channel Island Newsagents, the Jersey-based chain of 12 convenience stores, to Channel Island Wholesale Group for undisclosed terms.27-Aug-2008

BPMG, the Buckinghamshire-based printing firm, has been sold out of administration by Vantis to the Duncan Print Group.25-Aug-2008

Care Aspirations, the chain of 11 mental health centres, is to be acquired by private equity firm GI Partners for an estimated £60m.25-Aug-2008

Vitec Group is to acquire Litepanels, the US manufacturer of low-powered lights, for £7.8m.25-Aug-2008

Benfield, the London-listed reinsurance group, is to be acquired by Aon of the US for £844m.25-Aug-2008

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has acquired Condor Ferries, the operator of ferries from Weymouth, Poole and Portsmouth to Jersey, Guernsey and France, for £250m.22-Aug-2008

Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Alternative Printing Services, the German manufacturer of thermal inkjet printers, for an initial £12m.22-Aug-2008

TT Electronics has acquired the radio frequency, power semiconductors and optoelectronic components business of Lutterworth-based Semelab for £10m.22-Aug-2008

Enzone Plastics has expanded its Bilston-based polyurethane mouldings business with the acquisition of Styleguard for undisclosed terms.22-Aug-2008

Technetix Group is to acquire the assets of Dalvi Technology, the Bedfordshire-based developer of pay TV systems for digital networks.21-Aug-2008

Langholm Dyeing Company has been bought out of administration by a new company called FTS, creating jobs for 15 former staff at the Dumfriesshire-based textiles factory.21-Aug-2008

Anaco Systems, the Wirral-based manufacturer of aluminium building facades, doors and windows with 70 staff, has undergone a £1.8m partial management buy-out.21-Aug-2008

Galloway Group, the ventilation ductwork contractor with 300 staff in Dewsbury, Dundee and London, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.21-Aug-2008

Centristic, the South Devon-based engineering firm with 30 staff, has been acquired by Waldegrave of Twickenham for undisclosed terms.21-Aug-2008

Smith Cooper has acquired Andersons KBS, the Birmingham-based accountancy firm with about 12 staff.21-Aug-2008

Carnival Film & Television, the TV production company, has been acquired by NBC Universal for £22m.21-Aug-2008

Cobham is to acquire GMS, the US supplier of surveillance equipment with 50 staff, for £14m.21-Aug-2008

Akzo Nobel has sold Crown Paints, its paint manufacturing business with 1,500 staff at factories in Darwen and Hull, to a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Endless for £70m.20-Aug-2008

Aggreko is to acquire Power Plus, the Canadian power equipment rental company, for up to £20m.20-Aug-2008

Carterbar has acquired Graeme Watson Independent Financial Advisers of Chopwell, and is now seeking further acquisitions in Tyne & Wear.20-Aug-2008

Synchronica is to acquire the operating subsidiary of AxisMobile, funded by a £5m share placing, as part of a strategy to create a market leader in mobile email and synchronisation solutions.19-Aug-2008

Datumpress, the Hatfield-based printing firm with 13 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.19-Aug-2008

Floors 2 Go, the chain of 80 flooring stores, has been bought out of administration by its original founder operating under the name of Floor My Home, securing the future of 300 jobs.19-Aug-2008

ClinPhone, the Nottingham-based clinical trials technology company, is to be acquired by Parexel of the US for £91m.18-Aug-2008

Selwood has acquired Proplant, the plant hire firm with four depots in South Wales and South West England.18-Aug-2008

DCC has announced that its GB Oils subsidiary will acquire the trade and assets of Chevron UK Equity Distributor, the fuel distributor with 26 sites and 356 staff in southern England and Wales.18-Aug-2008

Raiseprint has merged with Millprint to create a combined Keighley-based printing group with 34 staff and annual turnover of £2.6m.18-Aug-2008

Faith, the chain of 85 footwear stores and 130 concessions, is considering plans for a management buy-out.18-Aug-2008

Heavylift Technical Services, the Stansted-based aircraft engineering services firm trading as HTS Worldwide, has undergone a management buy-out.15-Aug-2008

Mfonex is to transfer its head office from Oxfordshire to West Yorkshire following the acquisition of Cleckheaton-based Insight Marketing and Inspire Telecom for undisclosed terms.14-Aug-2008

Endeavors, the software firm with 54 staff in North Yorkshire and the US, has been sold out of administration by KPMG to a new company called Acresail.14-Aug-2008

Global EPP, the Leicester-based engineering plastics company, has been bought out of administration by Schwartz Technical Plastics of Germany, securing the future of 80 jobs.13-Aug-2008

Prestige Industrial, the Blackburn-based baking equipment manufacturer with 103 staff, has been bought out of administration by Fluorocarbon Holdings.13-Aug-2008

Netstore, the IT security and outsourcing company, is to be acquired by 2e2 Group for about £58m.13-Aug-2008

First Artist has acquired SpotCo, the US marketing and entertainment agency, for £10m, and will combine it with its London-based Dewynters division.12-Aug-2008

Rygor Commercials, the chain of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealerships in London, Berkshire and Wiltshire, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.12-Aug-2008

Total Laminate Systems, the Thame-based panelling manufacturer, has undergone a £1.7m management buy-out.12-Aug-2008

Lloyd Maunder has sold its 13 butcher shops in Devon and Cornwall to a management buy-out operating under the name of West Country Family Butchers.11-Aug-2008

JSM Property has acquired Mitchells Residential of Norwich and now has almost 4,000 residential properties under management in East Anglia.08-Aug-2008

Oddbins, the chain of 150 off-licence stores, has been sold by Castel Freres of France to a group led by the son of its former owner for undisclosed terms.08-Aug-2008

Chess Telecom has acquired Puma Telecom of Hemel Hempstead and Sunstone of Milton Keynes, gaining access to about 800 business customers.07-Aug-2008

Spiritel has acquired ED Communications, the network services firm, for up to £3m.06-Aug-2008

Barclays Bank is to sell Barclays Life Assurance Company to Swiss Reinsurance for £753m, including 760,000 life insurance policies, pension policies and annuity contracts.06-Aug-2008

AG Barr has agreed to acquired Groupe Rubicon, the branded juice drinks supplier with 97 staff in North London and Gwent, for £60m.06-Aug-2008

Southern Bear is to acquire Fenhams, the Newcastle-based building maintenance and central heating systems firm with 190 staff, for an initial £3.7m.06-Aug-2008

BemroseBooth, the print services company with 600 staff in Derby, Hull and Teesside, has been acquired by US private equity firm American Industrial Acquisition Corporation.06-Aug-2008

Independent Living Services has acquired Shield Care, the Aberdeenshire-based provider of care services with 90 staff, taking its annual turnover to £13m.06-Aug-2008

Baqus has acquired Sworn King, the High Wycombe-based quantity surveying firm, for £0.4m.06-Aug-2008

McGrigors has acquired the commercial litigation and real estate divisions of London Reid Minty, with the transfer of 18 staff.06-Aug-2008

Qinetiq Group is to acquire Dominion Technology Resources, the US supplier of intelligence products with about 100 staff, for £53m.05-Aug-2008

Hilden Manufacturing, the Accrington-based textile manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Vision Support Services, saving about 40 jobs.05-Aug-2008

Barbox, the online supplier to the licensed trade, has been acquired by Amphire, creating a combined group with annual food and drink orders of more than £1bn.05-Aug-2008

Glazewing, the Norfolk-based metal recycling firm with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.04-Aug-2008

HW Coates has bought McLellan's Transport out of administration, including a warehouse in Stepps, near Glasgow, and 70 staff.04-Aug-2008

PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold Beds Direct out of administration to a management team operating under the name of Helibeds, securing the future of 20 of the 42 stores.04-Aug-2008

Spectris has acquired nCode International, the supplier of test and analysis software with 116 staff in the US, Europe and Asia, from CIP Industries for £17m.01-Aug-2008

Wyatt Group has acquired TEBC, the employee benefits consultancy, for an initial £0.15m.01-Aug-2008

Filtronic is to sell its Defence Electronics business to Teledyne for £13m.01-Aug-2008

Anite is to sell its Anite Public Sector Holdings software division to Northgate Information Solutions UK for £54m.01-Aug-2008

Ten Alps has acquired Films of Record, the TV production company, for undisclosed terms.01-Aug-2008

BAe Systems is to acquire Detica Group, the provider of information management systems to the national security sector with 1,500 staff, for £538m.31-Jul-2008

Low & Bonar is to sell its Bonar Floors contract flooring business to Forbo Holding of Switzerland for £123m, with the transfer of up to 760 staff.31-Jul-2008

ESP Plastics, the County Durham-based manufacturer of plastic moulded coverings for car parts with 18 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for almost £1m.31-Jul-2008

Expotel has undergone a £38m management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners, and has also acquired NIS Europe, the Manchester-based hotel booking agency.31-Jul-2008

Whitbread is to acquire 21 Express by Holiday Inn hotels from Mitchells & Butlers, in exchange for 44 pub restaurants.31-Jul-2008

Tesco is to take full control of Tesco Personal Finance with the £950m acquisition of a 50% stake from Royal Bank of Scotland.30-Jul-2008

Essay Print, the Leeds-based printing firm with 20 staff, has been bought out of administration by Collective UK.30-Jul-2008

RM has acquired Orchard Partners, the supplier of education software that trades as EasyTrace, for up to £2.8m.30-Jul-2008

Dunelm Group is to acquire the Dorma soft furnishings brand from Dawson International for £5m.30-Jul-2008

BT has acquired Ribbit Corporation, the US telecoms and internet services firm, for about £50m.30-Jul-2008

Silvergate Plastics, the Wrexham-based plastics manufacturer with 54 staff, has undergone a £1.2m management buy-out from the Vita Group.30-Jul-2008

Uplands Mobiles, the Swansea-based mobile communications company with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.30-Jul-2008

Ridge has acquired Walfords, the quantity surveyor with 30 staff in Liverpool, Edinburgh and Milton Keynes, for undisclosed terms.30-Jul-2008

Stonegate, the Lacock-based egg producer with 500 staff at sites in Lincolnshire, Cornwall and elsewhere, has undergone a management buy-out.30-Jul-2008

Super Aguri, the Oxfordshire-based motor racing team, has had its assets bought out of administration by Formtech of Germany.30-Jul-2008

PSL Worldwide, the Washington-based supplier of pharmaceutical, beverage and dairy plants with 28 staff, has merged with Prelude Engineering of Berkshire, creating a new group called PSL Prelude.30-Jul-2008

ProCook, the Cheltenham-based kitchenware retailer, has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 260 jobs at 39 stores.28-Jul-2008

Biocompatibles has acquired the business and net assets of BrachySciences, the US supplier of medical devices, for £11m.28-Jul-2008

Petrofac has acquired Eclipse Petroleum Technology, the petroleum engineering firm with 50 staff in Aberdeen, London, Norway, Dubai and the US, for an initial £7m.28-Jul-2008

ATP International, the travel management company, has undergone a secondary £73m management buy-out backed by Barclays Private Equity.28-Jul-2008

Acambis, the vaccine manufacturer, is to be acquired by Sanofi-Aventis of France for £276m.28-Jul-2008

DigiPoS Store Solutions has sold Vista Support Services, the Cardiff-based provider of EpoS support and maintenance services with 160 staff, to a management buy-out.25-Jul-2008

Scott Wilson has acquired Benaim Enterprise, the civils and structural consultancy with offices in London and Bath, for £5.5m.25-Jul-2008

Gwalia Packaging has acquired AMJ, the South Wales-based toolmaker, in order to add new technology to its Dragon Plastics mould making facility.25-Jul-2008

WN Lindsay has acquired the Scottish grain drying and storage operations of Glencore Grain for £3m, including a 70,000t malting barley plant at Stracathro, Brechin.25-Jul-2008

SSP Holdings, the IT services firm with offices in Halifax, Belfast, Solihull, Worthing, Farnborough, Marlow and Nottingham, is to be acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for £198m.24-Jul-2008

Nekem Partnership, the Hull-based glass packaging supplier, has been acquired by Lendlock of Chester for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group with 250 staff in Chester, Bootle, Burnley, Dorset and Hull.24-Jul-2008

IS Solutions is to acquire Chapter26, the Surrey-based supplier of content management solutions, for an initial £0.7m.24-Jul-2008

Xpertise Group is to acquire the IT training division of Parity for £4.8m, creating a combined group of training centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, the Thames Valley and the Midlands.24-Jul-2008

Edward Robinson & Co has acquired Westmore Brennand of Chester, creating a combined accountancy group with five partners and 19 fee earners.24-Jul-2008

Merseyside Metalworks, the Liverpool-based manufacturer of ductwork for heating and ventilation systems with 120 staff, has undergone a £0.9m management buy-out with funding from Alliance Fund Managers.24-Jul-2008

Lion Capital has acquired FoodVest, the owner of Findus frozen foods and Young's seafood products with more than 6,000 staff at 20 factories, from CapVest for £1.1bn.23-Jul-2008

Intertek has acquired Applica, the German food testing laboratory with 43 staff, for up to £3.6m.23-Jul-2008

Amec has acquired AllDeco, the Slovak nuclear services company with 112 staff, for £11m.23-Jul-2008

Trafficmaster is to acquire TRI-MEX Group, the pan-European service for stolen vehicle and cargo tracking, for up to £4.7m.23-Jul-2008

GSH Group has acquired Utilitec, the Dutch mechanical and electrical installation firm, for £1.9m.23-Jul-2008

F&C Asset Management is to merge its property business with Reit Asset Management, creating a combined group with £8.5bn of assets under management.23-Jul-2008

Minerva, the London-based property developer, is in negotiations to be acquired by Limitless of Dubai for £260m.22-Jul-2008

Yule Catto has sold its ultramarine pigment business to Rockwood Specialities Group for £36m, including Holliday Pigments, Holliday France and Holliday Chemical Espana.22-Jul-2008

Linpac Packaging has acquired Ovarpack Embalagens, the Portuguese packaging distributor.22-Jul-2008

Wright Printing Services, the Rotherham-based printing firm with 42 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.22-Jul-2008

Tracsis is to acquire RWA Rail, the Loughborough-based provider of consultancy services to the rail sector with 18 staff, for an initial £0.6m.21-Jul-2008

Norman Hay has acquired Advanced Surface Treatments, the Coventry-based zinc alloy plating firm, and its Chinese subsidiary.21-Jul-2008

Tipografic Print Solutions has bought Buckleys Print & Packaging of Stockport out of administration, securing the future of 110 jobs.21-Jul-2008

Spice has acquired British Power International, the Colchester-based electrical engineering firm with 70 staff, for up to £10m.21-Jul-2008

Clapham House has sold the Bombay Bicycle Club chain to Gourmet Restaurants for £4.4m, including three London-based restaurants and 15 delivery kitchens.21-Jul-2008

Craegmoor, the chain of 250 care homes and day care centres with 6,500 staff, is to be acquired by Advent International for about £290m.21-Jul-2008

Butler & Tanner, the Somerset-based book printing firm, is to be bought out of administration by a new company called Butler, Tanner & Dennis, creating jobs for 90 of the former 300 staff.18-Jul-2008

Avon Printing Services, the Melksham-based lithographic and digital printing firm, has been acquired by Avon Print for undisclosed terms.18-Jul-2008

Co-operative Group is to acquire Somerfield, the Bristol-based chain of 880 supermarkets, for £1.6bn, and up to 120 stores are expected to be sold on to other retailers.17-Jul-2008

United Drug has acquired Sharp Corporation, the US-based pharmaceutical contract packaging firm with about 600 staff, for £50m.17-Jul-2008

Howarth Timber is to acquire Boise Building Products, which distributes timber products through Cirencester-based Crown Timber, for undisclosed terms.17-Jul-2008

Pulman of Durham has acquired Mill Garages, the Sunderland-based VW car dealership, increasing its workforce to 120.16-Jul-2008

Building Design Partnership has acquired Khandekar, the Dutch architectural design firm with 30 staff.16-Jul-2008

Mears Group has sold UFD, its Birmingham-based vehicle distribution division, to BCA for £2.8m.15-Jul-2008

Sheffield United has sold the Thames Club, the Staines-based health and fitness club, to a company funded by the Downing Protected VCTs, in order to focus its leisure operations in the South Yorkshire area.15-Jul-2008

Newcastle Airport has acquired Samson Aviation Services for £0.5m, and plans to expand the business aviation activities at the 50-acre site on the south side of the airport.15-Jul-2008

Greystone Financial Services has acquired Roger Harris & Co, the Leicestershire-based wealth management firm, for an estimated £3m.15-Jul-2008

Sheppee International, the York-based supplier of glass handling equipment with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.15-Jul-2008

Alliance & Leicester, the bank with 7,300 staff and 254 branches, is to be acquired by Santander of Spain for £1.3bn, and the business will be merged with Santander's chain of 705 Abbey branches.15-Jul-2008

CB Richard Ellis has acquired Irving Rice, the Liverpool-based commercial property agency.15-Jul-2008

Pepper Post is to be bought out of administration by Partner Capital and the Megginson group for undisclosed terms, and no job losses are expected from its London-based TV and film production business.15-Jul-2008

Vp has acquired the Lincoln-based tools and telehandler fleet of UCS Plant for £0.9m.14-Jul-2008

Micro Focus International has acquired Liant Software Corporation, the US developer of business information systems, for £2.5m.14-Jul-2008

John Clark Motor Group has acquired Clark Commercials, the Aberdeen-based commercial vehicle firm with 38 staff.14-Jul-2008

Ncipher, the Cambridge-based data encryption company, is to be acquired by Thales of France for £51m.14-Jul-2008

Guardian Media Group has acquired ContentNext, the operator of the Paidcontent media blog, in a £15m deal.14-Jul-2008

Jones Lang LaSalle is to acquire Churston Heard, the London-based retail property agency with 80 staff, for about £20m.10-Jul-2008

Porvair has acquired Seal Analytical, the West Sussex-based manufacturer of water quality analysis equipment, for £3.8m.10-Jul-2008

Pindar is to sell its Pindar Set directory printing business to Yell, but there are no plans for changes to the 1,600 staff or the directory production site in Scarborough.10-Jul-2008

ID Support Services, the Manchester-based CCTV and air conditioning group with 230 staff, has been acquired by private equity firm Penta Capital Partners for about £25m.10-Jul-2008

Phoenix Childcare of Tiverton has acquired the Oakwood Court residential care unit in Dawlish and the Eldra Court care home in Teignmouth for £3.6m.10-Jul-2008

BT Group has acquired Ufindus, the online business directory with 300 staff in Lancaster, Chorley, Blackpool, Barrow and Huddersfield, from Iomart for £20m.10-Jul-2008

International Asset Management, the London-based hedge funds firm with 60 staff, is to undergo a management buy-out from Fortis.10-Jul-2008

GK Raw & Co, the Harrogate-based joinery and building firm with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.09-Jul-2008

Rolls-Royce is to acquire Scandinavian Electric Holding, the Norwegian supplier of diesel-electric marine propulsion systems, for £43m.09-Jul-2008

Danoptra has acquired the pub gaming machines business of Inspired Gaming, including 30,000 machines and 850 staff.08-Jul-2008

Shearings Holidays has acquired the George Hotel in Chollerford, Northumberland, the Eden Arms Hotel near Durham and the St George Hotel in Harrogate, as part of a £25m expansion programme.08-Jul-2008

Four Seasons Group has acquired HM Air Cooling, the High Wycombe-based air conditioning firm, for undisclosed terms.08-Jul-2008

Aldgate Capital is to acquire 31 Shipleys gaming machine arcades, through the £25m acquisition of HJM Caterers and E&J Hall Investments.08-Jul-2008

Bunzl is to acquire A&E Russell, the Glasgow-based supplier of personal protection products with 11 sites nationwide and estimated gross assets of £10m.08-Jul-2008

Brakes is to acquire Woodward Foodservice, the food wholesaler with eight distribution centres in the Midlands, the North, Scotland and Wales, from Baugur for an estimated £20m.08-Jul-2008

Kallo Foods has acquired So Good, the soya products brand, for undisclosed terms.08-Jul-2008

Fayrewood is to sell Interface Solutions International, the computer distributor with 130 staff in Birmingham and Warrington, to Prime Properties Development for £2m.07-Jul-2008

Gooch & Housego is to acquire General Optics, the US optical components manufacturer with 87 staff, from GSI Group for £10m.07-Jul-2008

Lakeland Smolt has acquired two fish farms at Armaddy and Port Na Gile in Argyll from Lighthouse Caledonia for £2.5m.07-Jul-2008

Arada has acquired Villager Stoves, the Axminster-based fire manufacturer with 30 staff, and will relocate the business to its site in Bridport next year.07-Jul-2008

Berties, the Elland-based catering and banqueting firm, has undergone a management buy-in.07-Jul-2008

Shire is to acquire Jerini, the German biotechnology company, for £260m, in order to expand its genetic therapy business.07-Jul-2008

ScS Upholstery has sold its chain of 96 furniture stores out of administration to Sun European Partners, securing the future of more than 1,300 jobs.07-Jul-2008

Nord Anglia Education, the training company, is to be acquired by Baring Private Equity Asia for £190m.07-Jul-2008

TDG, the logistics group with 7,000 staff and 133 sites across Europe, is to be acquired by Laxey Partners of the Isle of Man in a £203m deal.07-Jul-2008

Harry Irving & Co, the Bootle-based pet products supplier, has been bought out of administration by Petlife Ventures.04-Jul-2008

MarineTrack, the West Sussex-based telematics firm with 12 staff, is to be acquired by XSN in a £1.5m reverse takeover.04-Jul-2008

Ten Alps has acquired Twenty First Century Media, the Tyneside-based video production company with operations in Glasgow, Leeds and London, for up to £0.8m.04-Jul-2008

Arriva has acquired Empresa de Blas y Cia, the Spanish bus operator with 679 staff, for £79m.04-Jul-2008

Gardner Energy Management, the Bristol-based steam traps manufacturer, has been acquired by Thermal Energy International of Canada for £2.7m.04-Jul-2008

Tate & Lyle is to sell its global sugar trading operations to Bunge of the US for undisclosed terms, in order to focus on sugar refining.03-Jul-2008

British Airways is to acquire L'Avion, the French business-class airline, for £54m, in order to expand its OpenSkies subsidiary.03-Jul-2008

Vitacress Salads, the Andover-based salad grower and distributor with about 1,000 staff, has been acquired by RAR of Portugal for about £50m.03-Jul-2008

Framlingham Farmers of Suffolk has merged with Atlas Agriculture, creating a combined farming operation called AtlasFram Group with annual sales of more than £100m.03-Jul-2008

Carco Group has acquired Bryan Brothers, the Bristol-based Citroen car dealership with 82 staff, for undisclosed terms.03-Jul-2008

Wavin has acquired Warmafloor, the Fareham-based supplier of under-floor heating systems with 56 staff, for undisclosed terms.03-Jul-2008

Stobart Group has bought the chilled and ambient distribution operations of Annesley-based Innovate Logistics out of administration for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about 1,300 staff.02-Jul-2008

FSG Security has acquired Guardian Facilities for an initial £1.2m, in order to expand its guarding services, event management and CCTV operations in London and the South East.02-Jul-2008

Smiths Group has acquired Triasx, the Australian wireless communications components manufacturer with 160 staff, for undisclosed terms.02-Jul-2008

Bunzl has acquired Worldpack Trading, the Dutch distributor of promotional packaging products with gross assets of £5.5m.02-Jul-2008

Clarity Commerce Solutions has sold the trade and assets of Romulus Enterprises, the business intelligence consultancy, to Linegem for £0.5m.02-Jul-2008

Peter Brotherhood, the turbine manufacturer with 300 staff in Peterborough, has been acquired by Dresser-Rand of the US for £31m.02-Jul-2008

Chem Resist, the Dewsbury-based manufacturer of thermoplastic storage tanks with about 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.02-Jul-2008

Cartographical Surveys, the Worcester-based provider of topographical and aerial surveying services, has been acquired by 40Seven of Leeds for undisclosed terms.02-Jul-2008

Goodwin has acquired Specialist Refractory Services, the manufacturer of powders for the investment jewellery casting market, for £6m.01-Jul-2008

Glen Group has acquired Colloquium, the Paisley-based telecoms operator and ISP, for £0.1m, in order to expand its Pinnacle Telecom subsidiary.01-Jul-2008

Maxima Holdings is to acquire DXI Networks, the IT services firm with 80 staff in London and India, for £8.5m.01-Jul-2008

Caterplus Services of Watford has acquired Hospitality Catering Services of Gateshead for undisclosed terms, creating a combined catering group with more than 1,600 staff working at 350 sites across the country.01-Jul-2008

Spiro-Gills, the Stafford-based engine cooler manufacturer with 55 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team for £1.5m.01-Jul-2008

Universal Components has acquired Pollard Beaumont, the commercial vehicle parts wholesaler with sites in Sheffield, Haslingden and Trafford Park, for undisclosed terms.01-Jul-2008

All3Media has acquired Zoo Productions, the US-based TV production company, for undisclosed terms.01-Jul-2008

Parripak has acquired Solway Veg, the Gretna-based supplier of prepared vegetables.01-Jul-2008

Martin Aitken & Co has acquired AS Fisher & Co for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Glasgow-based accountancy firm with more than 70 staff.30-Jun-2008

Ashworth Preece of Manchester has acquired Copps Logistics of Salisbury for undisclosed terms.30-Jun-2008

Sims Group has acquired Evans & Mondon, the Halesowen-based metal recycling merchant with 16 staff.30-Jun-2008

BT is to acquire the Stemmer and SND IT services divisions of Net AG in Germany, including combined gross assets of £7.7m.27-Jun-2008

Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Photon Energy, the German manufacturer of solid state laser sources, for £3.2m.27-Jun-2008

Happit, the Dunfermline-based discount clothing retailer, has been bought out of administration by 2nd Thoughts, securing the future of 233 jobs at 32 stores.27-Jun-2008

Cosalt has acquired Myhre-Maritime, the Norwegian marine equipment supplier, for £12m.27-Jun-2008

Gunns Transport, the Erith-based haulage firm with 100 trucks, has undergone a £3.5m management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB.27-Jun-2008

Renold is to acquire a 75% stake in LG Balakrishnan, the Indian chain manufacturer, for £5m.26-Jun-2008

Apollo Sheeters, the Bedford-based supplier of sheeting equipment for paper and board, is to be acquired by MarquipWardUnited of the US for undisclosed terms.26-Jun-2008

Greenstar UK has bought Leicester Paper Processors, the Coalville-based recycling firm, and is now planning more acquisitions and developments.26-Jun-2008

Chemring has acquired Martin Electronics, the US manufacturer of pyrotechnically-activated devices, for £35m.25-Jun-2008

Holidaybreak has acquired Hertford Travel Group, the holding company for educational tour operator European Study Tours, for £4m.25-Jun-2008

Ashtead has sold Ashtead Technology Rentals, the supplier of subsea equipment with 14 sites in the UK, North America and Singapore, to a management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners for £96m.25-Jun-2008

WM Lawrence & Sons, the Chorley-based textiles manufacturer, has been acquired by Apex Textiles of Haslingden.25-Jun-2008

ACM Shipping Group is to acquire the shipbroking business of Harris & Dixon Shipbrokers of London for £2.5m.24-Jun-2008

Grant Thornton has sold 32 Ferrari's bakery outlets in Wales out of administration to ICD Wales, securing the future of 200 jobs, and a further 40 jobs will be saved through a management buy-out of the Best Bakeries factory in Hirwaun.24-Jun-2008

Grahame Stowe Bateson has acquired Robert Moore Culleton, the Leeds-based law firm with six staff.24-Jun-2008

Southern & Redfern of Bradford has merged with Watsons Building Services of Keighley, creating a combined building services group called Novitas with more than 200 staff.24-Jun-2008

Plumbstop has acquired Mannington Supplies, the supplier of plumbing products with branches in Swindon and Weston-super-Mare, taking its total chain to nine.24-Jun-2008

Moy Park, the poultry processing group with sites in Northern Ireland, East Anglia and Lincolnshire, is to be sold by OSI Group to Marfrig of Brazil.24-Jun-2008

Resource Team, the Manchester-based online customer review firm, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Ingenious Media Active Capital.24-Jun-2008

VT Group has acquired Estech Europe, the West Midlands-based waste management firm with projects in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Wakefield, for £1.6m.24-Jun-2008

Tomkins has acquired Trion, the US manufacturer of indoor air quality products, from Fedders Corporation for £12m.23-Jun-2008

Fastnet, the Mitcham-based print finishing firm with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.23-Jun-2008

Optare, the Leeds-based bus and coachbuilding company with 550 staff, has been acquired by Darwen Holdings of Blackburn for £16m.23-Jun-2008

Loch Fyne Oysters has acquired Simson's Fisheries, the Surrey-based fish wholesaler with 45 staff, for undisclosed terms.23-Jun-2008

Uponor of Finland has sold its UK-based thermoplastic pipes business, including 470 staff in Derbyshire, County Durham and Northern Ireland, to private equity firm 3i for £100m, and the business will be renamed Radius Systems.23-Jun-2008

Travelzest has acquired The Cruise Professionals, the Canadian provider of luxury cruises, for an initial £6.5m.23-Jun-2008

Balfour Beatty has acquired Schreck-Mieves, the German rail engineering firm, for £28m.23-Jun-2008

Tomkins has sold Stant Corporation, its US-based fuel systems manufacturing business with annual sales of £90m, to private equity firm HIG Capital.20-Jun-2008

Lakeland Timber Framed Homes is to sell its assets to Northumberland-based Zero Carbon Group, with the re-employment of most of the 15 staff at its housing components factory.20-Jun-2008

Ultralase has bought the Cambridge Eye Laser Clinic, and plans to open a further three consulting rooms this year.20-Jun-2008

Euromec, the Market Harborough-based suppler of cleaning machines, has been bought out of administration by one of its directors, securing 19 of the 23 jobs.20-Jun-2008

Arran Brewery has been bought out of administration by Marketing Management Services International for undisclosed terms.20-Jun-2008

STM Group is to acquire St George Financial Services, the Jersey-based corporate and trustee service provider, for up to £0.6m.19-Jun-2008

Mincoffs is to merge with Jacksons of Teesside to create a combined commercial law firm called Mincoff Jacksons with 160 staff.19-Jun-2008

Rock Asphalte, the roofing and structural waterproofing contractor with sites in London and Bedfordshire, has undergone a £16m management buy-out backed by private equity firm NBGI.19-Jun-2008

CSS Stellar is to sell the PFD talent management agency to a consortium of investors for up to £4m, in order to focus on sports marketing and events.19-Jun-2008

CareTech is to acquire Valeo, the West Yorkshire-based owner of ten care homes, for up to £15m, and is also raising £30m in a share placing.19-Jun-2008

NeutraHealth has acquired Perrigo UK, the Derbyshire-based manufacturer of vitamin and mineral supplements, for £6.4m, and Perrigo will now trade under the Brunel Healthcare name.18-Jun-2008

Keltbray Hunt has acquired Barham Waste Services, the Dagenham-based waste recycling firm, for undisclosed terms, and will now trade as Hunts Waste.18-Jun-2008

AT Group, the Haydock-based electrical engineering company with 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.18-Jun-2008

Corsie Group, the East Lothian-based sports equipment supplier with 19 staff, has been bought out of administration by Henselite of Australia for undisclosed terms.18-Jun-2008

Capita Symonds has acquired Pearce Buckle Design, the Sheffield-based engineering consultancy with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.17-Jun-2008

Culver Holdings is to sell Culver Insurance Brokers to Protectagroup for £4m, including offices in Cardiff, Bracknell and London.17-Jun-2008

Grampian Country Foods, the Livingston-based food processing company with 17,500 staff, has been acquired by Vion of the Netherlands.17-Jun-2008

CMD, the Rotherham-based cable management systems firm with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by RBS Corporate.17-Jun-2008

Independent Lifts, the Chesterfield-based lift manufacturer, has been acquired by Orona Group of Spain.17-Jun-2008

Brookhouse Holdings, the Darwen-based aerospace manufacturer with 465 staff, has been acquired by Kaman Aerospace Group of the US for £43m.17-Jun-2008

De La Rue is to sell its cash dispensing and counting equipment business to US private equity firm Carlyle Group for £360m.17-Jun-2008

Danoptra, the Leeds-based gaming machines and leisure club operator, is to be acquired by a consortium led by Credit Suisse and BlueBay Asset Management in a £85m deal.17-Jun-2008

Achilles Group has secured a £5.3m investment from HgCapital to fund the expansion of its Abingdon-based data management and validation services.16-Jun-2008

AEA Technology is to acquire Project Performance Corporation, the US environmental management consultancy, for £33m.16-Jun-2008

TravelJigsaw, the Manchester-based car hire firm, is to be acquired by ISIS Private Equity for about £25m.16-Jun-2008

Novatec, the Kent-based window blind manufacturer with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from parent company Silent Gliss.16-Jun-2008

MediCare Pharmacy Group has acquired Dundee Pharmacy Group, the chain of 22 pharmacies in Northern Ireland with 230 staff, for undisclosed terms.16-Jun-2008

Tribal Group has acquired a 72% stake in HELM, the Northern Ireland-based management and financial consultancy with 82 staff, for £15m.16-Jun-2008

Royal Bank of Scotland has sold Angel Trains, the train leasing firm with about 200 staff in London and Derby, to a consortium led by Babcock & Brown European Infrastructure Fund for £3.6bn.16-Jun-2008

Freightliner, the rail freight carrier, is to be acquired by Arcapita of Bahrain for £340m, and is now looking to expand the international side of the business.16-Jun-2008

James Walker Group has acquired a 59% stake in Devol Engineering, the plastics moulding firm with sites in Greenock and Edinburgh.13-Jun-2008

Miller Graphics has acquired Corniche Fine Arts, the Yorkshire-based printing firm, for undisclosed terms.13-Jun-2008

Tindale & Stanton has been bought out of administration by a new company called Hobson Foods, securing the future of almost 160 bakery jobs in Burnopfield and Gateshead.13-Jun-2008

Imperial Multipart, the Chorley-based supplier of vehicle components with more than 200 staff, has undergone a £20m management buy-out.13-Jun-2008

Sylmar Technology, the Newport Pagnell-based supplier of kitchen work surfaces with 40 staff at a factory in Somercotes, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Tenon.13-Jun-2008

Vantis has sold SP Packaging & Plastics of Basildon out of administration to Shalam of Israel, securing the future of 30 jobs.12-Jun-2008

Inisoft, the Glasgow-based software company with 20 staff, has been acquired by the Response call centre division of Murray International for undisclosed terms.12-Jun-2008

Million-2-1, the Manchester-based online gaming company with 20 staff, has been acquired by International Game Technology of the US in a multi-million pound deal.12-Jun-2008

Faber Maunsell has acquired Hamilton & McGregor, the Scottish environmental and building acoustics firm.12-Jun-2008

Co-operative Travel Management has acquired Parador Travel Management, the London-based travel services firm, creating a nationwide network of 16 offices.12-Jun-2008

Amino Technologies has acquired AssetHouse Technologies, the Guildford-based software developer with 16 staff, for £1.4m.11-Jun-2008

Adventis Group has acquired Second2, the Thame-based technology marketing agency, for up to £10m, and the 38 staff will relocate to the Adventis office in Beaconsfield.11-Jun-2008

Humberts has sold Blenheim Bishop Estate Agents of London back to its original owner for £1m, while BTFL, the Kent-based rural and commercial estate agency, has been sold for a nominal sum.11-Jun-2008

Tullow Oil has sold a 52% stake in the Hewett Unit gas fields in the North Sea to Eni of Italy for £210m, including the onshore Bacton terminal.11-Jun-2008

Scottish & Southern Energy has agreed to acquire the Goldfish credit card call centre in Cumbernauld from Barclaycard, which should secure the future of 800 jobs.11-Jun-2008

LK Bennett, the chain of about 70 fashion stores, is expected to be acquired by Phoenix Equity Partners for up to £100m.11-Jun-2008

Communisis is to sell its Bath-based print management operation to management for £13m.11-Jun-2008

IAWS is to merge with Hiestand of Switzerland to create a combined baked goods group called Aryzta, with operations in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Malaysia, Japan, North America and Australia.10-Jun-2008

Multi-lab has acquired the Heraeus Quartztech quartz glass factory in East Kilbride, with the transfer of 38 staff.10-Jun-2008

Turner Group has acquired TCL Transport Engineers, the Leeds-based manufacturer of stainless steel tankers, and sister company QSS for undisclosed terms.10-Jun-2008

Greenergy Fuels has acquired a fuel storage facility at Breakwater Hill in Plymouth, and plans to double its capacity to enable the introduction of Tesco 99 Octane petrol across the South West.10-Jun-2008

Advanced Power Components of Rochester has acquired Contech Electronics, the Hertfordshire-based distributor of data input devices with seven staff, for £1m.10-Jun-2008

Knight Frank has acquired Markham Vaughan Gillingham, the retail property agency with 12 staff in London, Bristol and Manchester.10-Jun-2008

Partnership Assurance, the enhanced annuities specialist, is to be acquired by private equity firm Cinven for £158m.10-Jun-2008

Thomas Cook has acquired Jet Tours of France for £56m and TriWest Travel of Canada for £57m, as part of a strategy to expand its independent travel operations.10-Jun-2008

Jeyes has acquired Power & Liquid Products, the County Durham-based supplier of cleaning products with annual sales of £15m, for undisclosed terms.10-Jun-2008

Scott Wilson Group has acquired Strategic Leisure, the Manchester-based management consultancy that provides strategic advice to leisure organisations, for up to £0.6m.09-Jun-2008

Humberts has sold Richard Harding Estate Agents of Bristol back to its original owner for £1m.09-Jun-2008

Alphameric is to sell its hospitality business, which supplies web-based business management tools to hospitality and retail groups, to Torex Hospitality Solutions for £17m.09-Jun-2008

Melrose has agreed to acquire FKI, the engineering group that includes 700 staff in Loughborough, for £478m.09-Jun-2008

Chelsea Building Society is in negotiations to acquire the London-based Catholic Building Society, which has one branch in Westminster and seven staff.09-Jun-2008

Gazeley, the industrial property developer, is to be sold by Asda Wal-Mart to Dubai World for more than £300m.09-Jun-2008

Balfour Beatty has acquired Douglas E Barnhart, the US construction management company with 450 staff, for £58m.06-Jun-2008

Rubis is to acquire Fuel Supplies, the Channel Islands-based fuel distributor, from Shell Distributors UK for £20m.06-Jun-2008

Siemens has sold Napier Turbochargers of Lincoln to Primary Capital for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 160 jobs.06-Jun-2008

Anderson Manning has been acquired by venture capital firm Forest Leaf Properties, casting doubt over the future of its call centres in Londonderry and Bangor.05-Jun-2008

Herron Fisher has sold APW Packaging, the Bristol-based provider of contract workers to the packaging sector with 34 staff, out of administration to a new company called All Packaging Work.05-Jun-2008

British International has sold Veritair Aviation, the provider of helicopter and pilot services, and Cardiff Heliport to a management buy-out.05-Jun-2008

Tolwood Technologies has sold its Newton Aycliffe-based car parts manufacturing business out of administration to a new company called PC Automotive, securing the future of 150 jobs.05-Jun-2008

Indmar, the Wigan-based sheet metal manufacturer with 70 staff, has been bought out of administration by Kanban Group of Lancaster for £0.25m.05-Jun-2008

Ardeth Engineering has undergone a £3m management buy-in, securing the future of 105 jobs at its West Yorkshire-based pressure vessel manufacturing business.05-Jun-2008

Direct Group has acquired Millennium Insurance, the Midlands-based provider of insurance services to the mortgage market, for undisclosed terms.05-Jun-2008

Intermet Refractory Products, the South Yorkshire-based metal castings supplier with 50 staff, has been acquired by the owner of Sheffield Refractories for undisclosed terms.05-Jun-2008

Alphasteel, the Newport-based steel plant, is to be bought out of administration by Libala of Russia for more than £50m.05-Jun-2008

Cyberview Technology, the manufacturer of gambling machines, is to be acquired by Game Technology of the US for £39m.05-Jun-2008

Amec is to acquire Geomatrix Consultants, the US environmental consultancy with 500 staff, for £43m.05-Jun-2008

G4S has acquired Touchcom, the US supplier of electronic security systems, for up to £29m.05-Jun-2008

Brightside is to acquire Aust Holdings, Group Direct and Injury QED, in order to expand its insurance broking and financial services business.04-Jun-2008

Office2office has acquired Accord Office Supplies, the Swindon-based office products supplier, for £6m.04-Jun-2008

PSCA International, the magazine publisher with annual turnover of £12m and offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.04-Jun-2008

May Gurney has acquired ECT Recycling, the waste collection firm with contracts in London, Somerset and the West Midlands, for £9.8m.04-Jun-2008

Princess Yachts International, the Plymouth-based boat builder with 1,900 staff, is to be acquired by Groupe Arnault of France for about £200m.04-Jun-2008

Augean has acquired Astec Chemical Waste Services, the Rochdale-based waste collection and disposal firm, for an initial £1m.03-Jun-2008

Ultra Electronics has acquired ProLogic, the US systems integration and software company with about 300 staff, for an initial £25m.03-Jun-2008

United Business Media has acquired Next Level, the US provider of sales management and marketing services with 80 staff, for an initial £2.5m.03-Jun-2008

Blue Oar has acquired Astaire & Partners, the London-based stockbroker, for £1.7m.03-Jun-2008

London Scottish Bank is to sell London Scottish Invoice Finance to Hitachi Capital for £28m, including offices in Telford and Goring.03-Jun-2008

Town & Country Broadcasting has acquired Xfm South Wales, the Cardiff-based radio station with 30 staff, and it will be rebranded as Nation Radio.03-Jun-2008

McKean Group, the Glasgow-based construction firm with 250 staff, has undergone a £1m management buy-out.03-Jun-2008

Hjaltland Seafarms has acquired Collarfirth Salmon, the Shetland-based salmon farmer.03-Jun-2008

Humberts has sold Thomson Currie, the estate agency with offices in Islington and Clerkenwell, back to the original vendors for £1.8m, while Shrewsbury-based Halls Participations has been sold back to its original vendors for £1.9m.02-Jun-2008

Label Apeel has bought Label Studio, the Leicester-based label printing firm with ten staff, out of administration.02-Jun-2008

Promanex has acquired Coventry & Co, the Pontefract-based engineering firm with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.02-Jun-2008

Unilever has sold Persil Services, its chain of 75 in-store dry cleaning outlets, to Timpsons for undisclosed terms.02-Jun-2008

LGV Capital is to acquire the hospitality division of SandpiperCI for about £70m, including 65 pubs on the Channel Islands and the Jersey Brewery.02-Jun-2008

SMG is to sell Virgin Radio to Absolute Radio and TIML of India for £53m, and £15m will be invested in the relaunch of the station under a new name.02-Jun-2008

Wincanton has acquired Product Support Holdings, the defence logistics firm with 25 support centres and 422 staff, for £27m.30-May-2008

Europe Steel, the London-based steel products trader, is to be acquired by FMC for £6.4m.30-May-2008

Servoca has bought the business of Day To Day Teachers out of administration, including four teacher supply branches and 12 staff.30-May-2008

Oxford Instruments has bought the business and assets of Link Analytical, the Swedish distributor of analytical instruments, for an initial £0.6m.30-May-2008

Ollerenshaw Solicitors has merged with Ian Burr & Co to create a combined Leamington Spa-based law firm with 35 staff.30-May-2008

St George Healthcare, the Cheshire-based provider of mental health care services, has undergone a management buy-out that will help fund a new venture at All Saints Hospital in Oldham.30-May-2008

Cambrian Mining is planning to acquire Coal International, the coal mining group, for £56m.30-May-2008

Storey Evans, the Bradford-based carton printer with 160 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from MSO Group.29-May-2008

Riverside Packaging Printers of Somerset has been bought out of administration by a new company called Riverside Flexible Packaging, securing the future of 59 jobs.29-May-2008

Scott Wilson is to acquire Terence Lee Partnership, the London-based mechanical and electrical building services consultancy, for up to £1.3m.29-May-2008

Speedy Hire has acquired the portable and modular accommodation business of Carillion Asset Management for £11m, with the transfer of three depots and 23 staff.29-May-2008

WTL International, the Macclesfield-based manufacturer of wood flours with 45 staff, has been bought out of administration by Boden & Davies of Manchester for undisclosed terms.29-May-2008

Bernard Kaymar, the Preston-based screen and lithographic printing firm with 19 staff, has been acquired by Manchester-based Masterobjective.29-May-2008

Rhys Davies Freight Logistics, the South Wales-based chain of nine transport depots with 462 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.29-May-2008

Mk One has sold 100 of its 172 fashion stores out of administration to a former director.28-May-2008

Paddy Power has acquired McGranaghan Racing, the chain of eight betting shops in Northern Ireland, for £19m.28-May-2008 has acquired Relax Finance, the Doncaster-based consumer loans and mortgage broker with 106 staff, for £3m.28-May-2008

Chemring is to acquire Scot, the US manufacturer of aircraft components, from SMS Industries for £20m.28-May-2008

London Capital Group Holdings has acquired FuturesBetting, the Gibraltar-based financial spread betting firm, for up to £0.4m.28-May-2008

Stroud Metal Company has acquired Platform Pressings, the London-based components manufacturer, increasing its workforce from 45 to 60.28-May-2008

Brasier Harris has merged with Freeth Melhuish to create a combined commercial property agency with 47 staff in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, London and Tunbridge Wells.27-May-2008

JJB Sports has acquired Qube Footwear, the chain of 22 fashion footwear stores, from West Coast Capital for a nominal sum.26-May-2008

Vans Direct, the South Wales-based supplier of new and used vans with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.26-May-2008

Technology Services Group has acquired the IT infrastructure business of The Xperience Group, including 50 staff at offices in Leicester, Wellingborough, Tamworth and London.26-May-2008

BBA Aviation has acquired Flygiene, the aircraft cleaning firm with almost 100 staff at Manchester and Birmingham airports.26-May-2008

Vanco, the virtual telecoms operator with 700 staff, is to be acquired by Reliance Communications of India for undisclosed terms, but the US division will be sold separately.26-May-2008

Deuxmil Marine, the London-based yachting services firm, is to acquire broker YCO in a £12m reverse takeover.26-May-2008

Noble has acquired Clear Capital, the London-based equity research firm with about 30 analysts, for undisclosed terms.26-May-2008

Rock Group, the Warwick-based computer supplier with 25 staff, has been bought out of administration by Stone Group of Staffordshire for undisclosed terms.23-May-2008

North East Wales NHS Trust is to merge with the Conwy and Denbighshire trust in July, creating a new North Wales NHS Trust with more than 11,000 staff.23-May-2008

Country Fresh Produce of Norfolk has bought the fresh-cut herbs business of Diss-based D Laurie & Sons.23-May-2008

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has agreed to sell the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayrshire to the Leisurecorp division of Dubai World for £55m.22-May-2008

Thompson Plastics, the plastics manufacturer with about 560 staff in Bridgend, Hull, Manchester and Newcastle, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.22-May-2008

Lighthouse Group of London has merged with Bristol-based Sumus in a £13m deal that creates a combined group of 900 independent financial advisers.22-May-2008

Retec Digital has acquired Liquid Digital, the London-based screen communication and multi-media creative agency, for £0.3m.21-May-2008

Ashley House is to acquire a controlling stake in seven NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust franchises from Babcock & Brown for an initial £14m.21-May-2008

Jeyes has sold its private-label wet-wipes production facility in Wigan to Nice-Pak International, with the transfer of 125 staff.21-May-2008

Microlise, the Nottingham-based provider of technology solutions for the transport industry with 170 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.21-May-2008

Savage Haulage has bought the assets of Full Circle Freight of Suffolk out of receivership for undisclosed terms.20-May-2008

Stagecoach has acquired Highland Country Buses and Orkney Coaches from Rapsons Coaches, with the transfer of 200 vehicles, 400 staff and bus depots in Inverness, Aviemore, Fort William, Portree, Thurso, Wick and Orkney.20-May-2008

Cityspace has acquired Kizoom, the London-based supplier of real-time transport information to the internet and mobile devices.20-May-2008

Hi-Tech Coatings, the Aylesbury-based supplier of coatings to the printing industry, has been acquired by Heidelberg of Germany for undisclosed terms.20-May-2008

Robert Horne Group has acquired Vink Plastics UK, the distributor of plastics to the sign and graphics industries with sites in Manchester and 14 European countries.20-May-2008

Bentley Jennison is to buy Wenham Major, the Birmingham-based accountancy, out of administration for undisclosed terms.20-May-2008

Ethel Austin has been bought out of administration by Elaine McPherson, saving 200 jobs at the Merseyside-based chain of discount fashion stores.20-May-2008

Alterian is to acquire Mediasurface, the Newbury-based website software maker with offices in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and the US, for £18m.20-May-2008

Group Lotus has acquired Holden Lightweight Structures, the Worcester-based manufacturer of aluminium and composite automotive components, creating an enlarged division with 120 staff called Lotus Lightweight Structures.20-May-2008

Vodafone has acquired Zyb, the Dutch provider of mobile internet services, for £25m.19-May-2008

Antisoma is to acquire Xanthus Pharmaceuticals, the US drug developer, for £27m.19-May-2008

Innovation Group is to acquire National Service Network Holdings, the network of 800 independent vehicle maintenance and repair garages, for an initial £1.1m.19-May-2008

Swinton has acquired Moneyway, the West Midlands-based chain of 19 insurance branches with 90 staff, from Arbuthnot for undisclosed terms.19-May-2008

Au Naturale has sold its 46 remaining homewares stores out of administration to an unnamed buyer, saving 550 jobs in Scotland.19-May-2008

Bentley Jennison has acquired Chancery Group, the Northampton-based independent financial advisory firm.16-May-2008

Brammer has acquired Tecnoforniture, the Italian supplier of industrial components with 32 staff, for £8.6m.16-May-2008

Tesco has acquired 36 Homever hypermarkets in South Korea from E-Land Group for £958m.15-May-2008

Jourdan is to sell its Suncrest fireplace and electric fires manufacturing business in Peterlee to the Newco 97531 subsidiary of CJ Group for £0.1m.15-May-2008

Ramco Energy has acquired Eagle HC, the owner of royalty interests in nine North Sea licences, for an initial £1.2m.15-May-2008

Cosalt has acquired Safety At Height Services, the Aberdeen-based fall arrest protection business, for £0.3m, and sold its Banner school uniforms business to IDP Holdings for £4.5m.15-May-2008

SmartFocus has acquired ASTECH InterMedia, the US provider of data-driven marketing solutions for the news media industry, for £1.6m.15-May-2008

Caldeira of Knowsley has bought Fabric Warehouse, the chain of 14 homeware stores, out of administration.15-May-2008

Cobham is to acquire MA-Com, the US supplier of radio frequency components, from Tyco Electronics for £218m.14-May-2008

Etrinsic, the Solihull-based print management firm, has been acquired by InnerWorkings of the US.14-May-2008

Beta Engineering Services, the Rotherham-based precision components manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out.14-May-2008

Scalable Software, the supplier of IT value-management products with offices in Surrey and the US, has undergone a management buy-out.14-May-2008

Intellego has acquired the assets of Zenosis, the publisher of compliance training courses for the pharmaceutical industry, out of administration.13-May-2008

OpSec Security Group has acquired P4M Partners 4 Management, the German provider of online brand protection services with 16 staff, for up to £8m.13-May-2008

Paintbox, the automotive painting company with 300 staff in Birmingham, Banbury and Brackley, has undergone a management buy-out from ADAC for undisclosed terms.13-May-2008

Zenith Vehicle Contracts has acquired Provecta, the Reading-based employee car ownership firm, for undisclosed terms.13-May-2008

Aardvark Concrete has bought the ready-mix concrete division of Cheshire Concrete Products, including sites in Chester, Frodsham and Stoke.13-May-2008

Fanshawe Lofts, the corporate recovery and insolvency firm with offices in Southampton and Bath, has been acquired by Begbies Traynor for undisclosed terms.13-May-2008

MGP Chromocraft, the Camberley-based commercial printing firm, has been bought out of administration by Gaffyne & Browne.12-May-2008

Creative Lynx, the Manchester-based design and marketing agency with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.12-May-2008

Vision Express has acquired Batemans, the Surrey-based chain of 75 opticians, for undisclosed terms, and is now looking to open a further 50 outlets.12-May-2008

The Works, the chain of 226 book stores, has been bought out of administration by private equity firm Endless, securing the future of about 2,200 jobs.12-May-2008

UBC Media is to sell its commercial radio business to Global Traffic Network for £15m, in order to focus on production, music downloading and digital radio software.12-May-2008

Mercury Recycling has acquired Envirolite, Envirolite Midlands and Bakersfield Environmental Services for a total £1.1m, in order to expand its lamp recycling services in the South, Midlands and Scotland.09-May-2008

Clear Packaging, the Coventry-based plastic carton manufacturer with 25 staff, has been acquired by Staeger Group of Switzerland.09-May-2008

Multipart Fleetserve, the Chorley-based supplier of spare parts for airport vehicles with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.09-May-2008

Gibbs & Dandy, the builders' merchant with 11 branches, is to be acquired by Saint Gobain of France for £43m.09-May-2008

Croda International has sold its Chicago Oleochemicals business in the US to private equity firm HIG Capital for £47m.09-May-2008

Doodson Broking Group has acquired Cardwell & Drew and JE Mottram of Wilmslow for undisclosed terms.09-May-2008

Wright Machinery, the Middlesex-based packaging equipment manufacturer, has merged with PPM Technologies of the US.08-May-2008

Vp has acquired Arcotherm, the supplier of air conditioners with branches in Stoke-on-Trent and Oxford, for £0.7m, as well as DJ Tool Hire of County Durham.08-May-2008

Pilkington Special Glass has sold its optical glass discs business at St Asaph in Denbighshire to Phoenix Optical Glass, securing the future of ten jobs.08-May-2008

HBJ Gateley Wareing and Holmes Hardingham are planning to merge their shipping and transport teams to create a combined group of 26 lawyers at offices in London, Edinburgh and Dubai.08-May-2008

Simpson & Gregg, the North Tyneside-based plumbing and electrical firm with 120 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.08-May-2008

Ampersand Care has acquired the Swinton Hall and Shawe House nursing homes in Greater Manchester.08-May-2008

Dream Lodge Group has acquired Woodlands Holiday Village at New Quay, Ceredigion, and will invest £20m in the redevelopment of the site.08-May-2008

Aberdeen Asset Management has acquired Goodman Property Investors, its former UK property management business, from Goodman Group of Australia for an initial £89m.07-May-2008

Balfour Beatty is to acquire Blackpool International Airport from Mar Properties for £14m, in order to expand its Regional & City Airports division.07-May-2008

Hydro International has acquired Eutek Systems, the US supplier of water treatment equipment, for an initial £4m.07-May-2008

Amec is to acquire Bower Damberger Rolseth Engineering, the Canadian oil sands engineering firm with 85 staff, for £22m.07-May-2008

Redfern International has acquired Dolphin Logistics, the international logistics firm with 80 staff in London, Nottingham and Hong Kong.07-May-2008

Contemplation Group has acquired Denehurst, the Hampshire-based chain of three learning disability homes, for undisclosed terms.07-May-2008

Bradfords Group has acquired Totem Timber, the St Austell-based builders' merchant with 27 staff.07-May-2008

Meat Express has been bought out of administration by its former management for undisclosed terms, securing the future of ten jobs at its meat processing business in Newton Aycliffe.06-May-2008

Fratelli Sarti, the Glasgow-based chain of three Italian restaurants, has undergone a £5m management buy-out.06-May-2008

Mk One, the chain of 172 fashion stores, has been sold by Baugur to retail restructuring specialist Hilco UK.05-May-2008

Hampson Industries is to acquire Odyssey Industries and Global Tooling Systems, two US-based tooling suppliers with a combined workforce of 530, for £158m.05-May-2008

Merlin Entertainments has acquired the London Aquarium on the South Bank from County Hall Entertainment for undisclosed terms, and will invest £5m in improvements.05-May-2008

Clarity Commerce Solutions has sold Cyntergy Services, the provider of help desk and training services, to Lumos Services for up to £1m.05-May-2008

Hargreaves Services has announced that its Coal4Energy joint venture with UK Coal has acquired an 85% stake in Maxibrite, the Llantrisant-based solid fuel manufacturer with 40 staff, for £4.7m.05-May-2008

Berkmann Wine Cellars has acquired Vinoceros, the Redruth-based wine distributor, for undisclosed terms.05-May-2008

Hornby is to acquire Corgi Classics, the Leicester-based toys and models manufacturer, for £7.5m.02-May-2008

Dytecna of Malvern has acquired GEL Engineering of Southampton, in order to expand its defence systems division.02-May-2008

Expansys has sold its Portix trading division, which distributes mobile and wireless products, to Micro Peripherals for up to £1.2m.02-May-2008

Manby Steward Bowdler is to merge with FBC to create a combined West Midlands law firm called FBC Manby Bowdler, with more than 300 staff.02-May-2008

PowerKut has acquired AJ Mare Instruments of Birmingham for undisclosed terms, in order to gain a new depot in Perry Barr for its component manufacture and verification business.02-May-2008

Watson Burton has merged with law firm Trevor Robinson & Co, and the Weybridge-based practice will relocate to Watson Burton's office in the City of London.02-May-2008

Brownhills Motorhomes, the motorhomes supplier with 365 staff at depots in Newark, Preston, Durham, Swindon and Canterbury, has undergone a £46m management buy-out.02-May-2008

Pepsico has bought V Water, the bottled vitamin water brand, from Unilever Ventures for about £10m.01-May-2008

Fiberweb is to sell Bidim, the Brazilian manufacturer of polyester nonwoven fabrics, to Mexichem for £17m.01-May-2008

Warwick International has acquired GME Chemicals, the Malaysian distributor of coatings, household chemicals and petrochemicals, for undisclosed terms.01-May-2008

Wilton Engineering Services has acquired Project Design & Management Services of Aberdeen for undisclosed terms, increasing its workforce from 200 to 250.01-May-2008

Sarian Systems, the Ilkley-based electronic communications manufacturer, has been acquired by Digi International of the US for £15m.01-May-2008

Ideal Bathrooms has acquired Inline Distribution, the Glasgow-based bathroom products distributor.01-May-2008

Taylor Nelson Sofres is planning to merge with GfK of Germany to create a combined London-based market research group with annual sales of £1.9bn.30-Apr-2008

CareTech is to acquire Beacon Care, the chain of 16 care homes in the South East, for £22m.30-Apr-2008

Merseytravel has acquired Livesmart, the Liverpool-based smart card provider, in order to improve passenger services.30-Apr-2008

InterCity Group, the Manchester-based cleaning contractor with 700 staff, has been acquired by LPM of London for an estimated £5m.30-Apr-2008

MITIE Group has acquired Catering Partnership Holdings, the Leicester-based corporate catering company with 430 staff, for undisclosed terms.30-Apr-2008

John Thompson & Sons of Belfast is to acquire AB Agri, the Lisburn-based animal feeds firm with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.30-Apr-2008

Essentially is to acquire Sportseen, the Twickenham-based sports advertising company, for £9m.29-Apr-2008

Mars is to acquire Wrigley, the US chewing gum maker with 600 staff at a factory in Plymouth, for £11bn.29-Apr-2008

Elementis is to acquire Deuchem, the Taiwan-based supplier of additives and resins, for £40m.29-Apr-2008

Oxford Metrics has acquired the trade and assets of Mobile Video Services, the US provider of property data collection services with 42 staff, for £2m.29-Apr-2008

Denmans Facilities Maintenance has been bought out of administration by Project First Facilities Maintenance, securing the future of 180 jobs at its refrigeration, plumbing and electrical services business in Reigate.29-Apr-2008

Marubeni Auto Investment has acquired Norton Way Motors, the operator of Honda, Peugeot and Mazda car dealerships in the South East, taking its total network to 21.29-Apr-2008

SME Insurance Services, the Leeds-based insurance broker with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.29-Apr-2008

Stiller Group has acquired James Durrans Transport, the South Yorkshire-based bulk powder transport division of James Durrans & Sons.29-Apr-2008

Oran Waste UK, the Stirling-based waste recycling firm with 11 depots, has been acquired by Response Group of Ireland for undisclosed terms.29-Apr-2008

Interclean, the Wearside-based valeting company that services 200 car dealerships across the country, has undergone a management buy-out.28-Apr-2008

Derek Walmsley & Co, the Sheffield-based cutting tools distributor with 35 staff, has been acquired by Unimerco of Denmark.28-Apr-2008

Thomas Fish has been bought out of administration by Chek Whyte, securing the future of at least 60 jobs at the Nottingham-based construction firm.28-Apr-2008

Capita Symonds has acquired NRM Bobrowski, the structural and civil engineering consultancy with offices in London, Southampton and Sheffield.28-Apr-2008

Warrant Group, the Liverpool-based freight forwarding company with 86 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.25-Apr-2008

Inchcape has acquired a 75% stake in Musa Motors Group, the Russian car dealer with 16 franchised retail centres, for an initial £100m.25-Apr-2008

Ainscough Crane Hire has acquired James Jack Lifting Services, the crane hire, haulage and warehousing firm with depots in Aberdeen, Invergordon, Dundee and Grangemouth, for undisclosed terms.25-Apr-2008

SatCom Group is to acquire SDN Global, the US provider of connectivity and data continuity solutions, for an initial £1.7m.24-Apr-2008

GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, the US drug discovery company, for £362m.24-Apr-2008

Instant Mobility has acquired the operations of the former Prestige Mobility scooters business in Bangor, Gwynedd, securing the future of 70 jobs.24-Apr-2008

Ferschl Group, the hydraulic manufacturing company with 110 staff in Gateshead, Ashington, Middlesbrough and Peterlee, has undergone a management buy-out.24-Apr-2008

Chadwick Lawrence has acquired Lister Croft Solicitors to create a combined West Yorkshire-based law firm with 220 staff.24-Apr-2008

Five Star Fish has acquired A Kalkman, the Lowestoft-based fish processing firm, for almost £2m, and the 28 staff will be offered the chance to relocate to Grimsby.24-Apr-2008

Massive Pub Company is to sell 33 pubs out of administration to Bridgehouse Capital for an estimated £8m.24-Apr-2008

TAL Logistics has acquired Phillips (Seahouses), the Northumberland-based haulier with 13 vehicles, as part of a strategy to double in size over the next 18 months.24-Apr-2008

Ultralase has acquired AllClear Eye, the Belfast-based eye clinic, for undisclosed terms.24-Apr-2008

PH Jones has acquired Coolfactor Group, the Kent-based engineering and building services company with 79 staff, for undisclosed terms.23-Apr-2008

Skipton Building Society has acquired Medical Care Direct, the Essex-based provider of self-pay hospital services, in order to expand its Private Health Partnership division.23-Apr-2008

Promedics, the orthopaedics products manufacturer with more than 140 staff in Blackburn and Port Glasgow, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.23-Apr-2008

Parker Motor Services has acquired Tanvic Spares, the chain of car components branches in Corby, Grantham, Loughborough, Melton, Newark and Retford, taking its total chain to 11.23-Apr-2008

Downhole Products, the Portlethen-based oilfield equipment firm with 40 staff, has been acquired by Varel International Energy Services of the US for undisclosed terms.23-Apr-2008

Babcock International has acquired Weir Strachan & Henshaw, the engineering design and project management firm, for £65m.22-Apr-2008

Capital Ideas Financial Publishing is to buy the wealth management magazine titles of Charterhouse Communications out of administration for £0.2m.22-Apr-2008

Vista Group, the Merseyside-based door manufacturer with 86 staff, has been acquired by a new company called Purple Spot for £4m.22-Apr-2008

Leach Rhodes Walker, the Manchester-based architectural firm with 125 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Erinaceous.22-Apr-2008

Ultra Electronics has acquired Harris Acoustic Products, the US submarine acoustic transducers supplier with 40 staff, from Channel Technologies for £3.5m.21-Apr-2008

Bede, the Durham-based X-ray technology firm, has been bought out of administration by Jordan Valley SemiConductors of Israel, securing the future of 54 jobs.21-Apr-2008

Masternaut Three X has acquired ICM Business Solutions, the Hull-based software supplier, increasing its annual turnover to about £22m.21-Apr-2008

Fuelcard Company UK of Knaresborough has acquired Abbey Fuelcards for undisclosed terms, and the Abbey Fuelcards operation in Oxford will close with the loss of up to 40 jobs.21-Apr-2008

Omega Data Services, the Aberdeen-based supplier of downhole drilling products with 12 staff, has been acquired by the recently-formed Reservoir Group of Whitecairns.21-Apr-2008

Expro International, the oil and gas services firm, has agreed to be acquired by a private equity consortium including Candover and Goldman Sachs for £1.6bn.21-Apr-2008

Pacific Direct, the Bedford-based beauty products distributor, has been acquired by private equity firm Primary Capital for £20m.21-Apr-2008

Luminar is to sell 26 bars to a new company called Cavendish Bars, in order to focus on its remaining 90 sites.18-Apr-2008

RPS has acquired Geocet, the US-based environmental consultancy with 29 staff, for up to £1.2m.18-Apr-2008

Everwhite has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 67 jobs at its plastic building products factory in Aberdare.18-Apr-2008

CRH is to acquire Ancon Building Products, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of stainless steel fixing systems, for £88m.17-Apr-2008

Woodspeen Training is to acquire Futures Training Centres, the vocational training firm, for up to £2.8m.17-Apr-2008

Hanworth Laboratories has acquired a 75% stake in Surefil Beauty Products, the St Helens-based cosmetics company with 100 staff, for £1.5m.17-Apr-2008

Somar International, the Truro-based energy-saving equipment distributor with 28 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.17-Apr-2008

ECM Delivery Vehicle Service, the Cumbria-based car transporter with 20 depots nationwide, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Yorkshire Bank.17-Apr-2008

Welsh Power Group has acquired the Redditch Power Plant in Worcestershire for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to develop a portfolio of smaller power plants to be run by its CEC subsidiary.16-Apr-2008

Amco Corporation of Wakefield has sold four companies with 800 staff to a management team backed by private equity firm Endless for up to £9.4m, including Amalgamated Construction, Amco Drilling, Amco Plastics and Amco Developments.16-Apr-2008

Konica Minolta Business Solutions has acquired Ideal Reprographics Eastern, the Basildon-based copier distributor.16-Apr-2008

Owen Pugh has acquired Graydon Dawson, the Tyneside-based construction company with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.16-Apr-2008

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) of Redcar is to merge with the Centre of Excellence for Nano, Micro & Photonic Systems of Newcastle, in order to create a combined support organisation for the processing sector.16-Apr-2008

Kudos Shower Products, the Kendal-based bathroom equipment manufacturer with 84 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by BTG McInnes Corporate Finance.16-Apr-2008

Lookers is to acquire Bramall & Jones VW, the Lincolnshire-based chain of two Volkswagen car dealerships and a contract hire business, for £2m.16-Apr-2008

Arriva is to acquire an 80% stake in Interbus Invest, the Hungarian bus operator with 1,500 staff, for £25m.16-Apr-2008

Avesco Group has acquired Charter Broadcast, the supplier of broadcast equipment and camera services, for an initial £2.1m.16-Apr-2008

The Consortium, the Trowbridge-based educational supplies mail order firm with 240 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.16-Apr-2008

Carter & Carter has sold its apprenticeship learning division out of administration to the Retail Motor Industry Federation, securing the future of 30 jobs.16-Apr-2008

BWB, the structural engineering firm with 250 staff in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.16-Apr-2008

Oilexco North Sea is to acquire Svenska Petroleum Exploration UK, the London-based oil and gas company with eight staff, for £13m.16-Apr-2008

Zeus Private Equity has acquired four hotels in Carlisle, Bournemouth and Derby for £25m, in order to expand its Hallmark Hotels chain.16-Apr-2008

Piramed, the Slough-based biotechnology company, is to be acquired by Roche of Switzerland for £90m.15-Apr-2008

Amcor Flexibles is to sell its AF Baricol plastics plant in Highbridge, Somerset, to Swedish private equity firm Accent Equity for undisclosed terms.15-Apr-2008

Eddisons, the chartered surveyor with offices in Leeds, Manchester, Bradford and Huddersfield, has undergone a management buy-out.15-Apr-2008

Quayle Munro is to acquire Van Tulleken, the London-based corporate finance firm, for £6.1m.15-Apr-2008

Enodis, the food equipment manufacturer, is to be acquired by Manitowoc of the US for £948m.15-Apr-2008

Healthcare Homes, the chain of 21 nursing homes in East Anglia, has undergone a £75m management buy-out backed by Bowmark Capital.15-Apr-2008

Tyrrells, the Herefordshire-based potato snacks manufacturer, has been acquired by Langholm Capital for about £40m.14-Apr-2008

Boosey & Hawkes, the classical music publisher, has been acquired by Imagem Music for £126m.14-Apr-2008

Johnson Service is to sell its Castle Donington-based corporate clothing business, which has 600 staff, to a management team backed by private equity firm Gresham for £82m.14-Apr-2008

King Sturge has acquired Hamilton Glen, the Glasgow-based retail property agent.14-Apr-2008

Legal & General Retail Investments is to acquire Suffolk Life, the Ipswich-based pensions provider, for about £62m.14-Apr-2008

BT is to acquire Wire One Holdings, the US videoconferencing firm with 350 staff, from The Gores Group.14-Apr-2008

Symington's has bought the Sammy's couscous packing business from Bristol-based First Quality Foods for undisclosed terms, and production will transfer to its site in Leeds.14-Apr-2008

Straits Trading, the Accrington-based giftware distributor with 27 staff, has undergone a £2.3m management buy-out.14-Apr-2008

Bullock, the Walsall-based contractor with offices in Altrincham, Bradford and Mansfield, has been acquired by Lloyds Development Capital for about £100m.14-Apr-2008

CeNes, the Cambridge-based pharmaceuticals manufacturer with 15 staff, is to be acquired by Paion of Germany for £11m.11-Apr-2008

Oxford Instruments has acquired Technologies & Devices International, the US developer of Hydride Vapour Phase Epitaxy technology, for an initial £0.5m.11-Apr-2008

Intertek has acquired 4-Front Research, the Cheshire-based provider of testing services for consumer healthcare products with 110 staff, for an initial £6m.11-Apr-2008

Anglesey Mining is to sell the Parys Mountain project in North Wales to Western Metals of Australia for £14m.11-Apr-2008

Solicitors Own Software, the Bath-based software developer with 37 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.11-Apr-2008

Texol Technical Solutions has been bought out of administration by Glasgow-based investment firm Symphony Equity Investment Syndicate, securing the future of 60 jobs at its Dundee-based engineering business.11-Apr-2008

Intertek has acquired Hi-Cad Technical Services, the Dingwall-based provider of 3D data capture and measurement services with 60 staff, for an initial £12m.10-Apr-2008

Xafinity has acquired Hazell Carr, the pensions consultancy with about 400 staff in Reading, Cardiff and Stirling, for undisclosed terms.10-Apr-2008

FD Systems has acquired BGM Business Solutions, the retail technology firm with offices in Milton Keynes and Oxford.10-Apr-2008

Dawnfresh Seafoods has acquired Scot Trout, the Bellshill-based fish processing firm with 450 staff throughout Scotland, for undisclosed terms.10-Apr-2008

Jim Brackenridge Transport, the provider of haulage services with 120 staff at depots in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Inverness, Kirkwall and Lerwick, has been acquired by Inchmuir for undisclosed terms.10-Apr-2008

Black & Lizars, the Scottish chain of 25 opticians with 255 staff, has been sold to an investment consortium advised by Dundas & Wilson for £20m.10-Apr-2008

Longwood Joinery, the Wetherby-based joinery firm with 28 staff and annual turnover of £1.8m, has undergone a management buy-out.10-Apr-2008

Grontmij has acquired Roger Preston & Partners, the Maidenhead-based building services firm with 160 staff and annual turnover of £12m, for undisclosed terms.10-Apr-2008

Cash Generator, the chain of 73 second-hand stores, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and plans to expand to 160 outlets over the next five years.10-Apr-2008

Amec is to acquire Smith Williams Consultants, the US environmental and geotechnical mining consultancy with 36 staff, for £3.2m.09-Apr-2008

Flowcrete, the Cheshire-based supplier of flooring systems, has been acquired by RPM of the US for about £35m, and the former owner will invest £2m starting up a new business called Barefoot Living.09-Apr-2008

Cohn & Wolfe has acquired a majority stake in AxiCom, the London-based pan-European public relations agency with 82 staff.09-Apr-2008

Murray Metals Group has acquired Hillfoot, the Sheffield-based steel manufacturer with 187 staff, for undisclosed terms.09-Apr-2008

Aearo Technologies, the US-based safety equipment manufacturer with 150 staff in Cheshire, has been acquired by 3M for £600m.09-Apr-2008

Epsilon Test Services, the Gloucester-based electric safety firm with 180 staff, has been acquired by PHS Group for undisclosed terms.09-Apr-2008

Edgewest Plastics, the Cheltenham-based plastics firm with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB.09-Apr-2008

Summit Medical, the Gloucestershire-based medical kit manufacturer with 140 staff, has undergone a £36m management buy-out backed by venture capital firm Riverside.09-Apr-2008

Cyril Sweett has acquired Roger Richards Partnership, the Cardiff-based quantity surveying and project management firm, for £0.25m.09-Apr-2008

Cardif Pinnacle has acquired Warranty Direct, the Reading-based finance company with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.09-Apr-2008

Chang, the Stockport-based insurance claims company that trades as Call 24/7, Lawcall Direct and Claim 24/7, has been acquired by WNS (Holdings) of India for up to £9.6m.09-Apr-2008

SA Trucks, the Bristol-based truck dealership with 128 staff, has been acquired by MAN in a multi-million pound deal.08-Apr-2008

Cobham has acquired MMI Research, the Hampshire-based cellular telecoms company with 20 staff, for £14m.08-Apr-2008

Skipton Building Society has acquired a majority stake in Thomson Shepherd, the independent financial adviser with 35 staff in Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.08-Apr-2008

Colliers CRE has acquired the trade and assets of Godfrey Vaughan, the London-based investment, leasing and property management firm with 24 staff, for £7m.08-Apr-2008

Finsbury Food Group has acquired Yorkshire Farm Bakery and A&P Foods, the Hull-based manufacturers of gluten-free foods, for up to £8.9m, with the transfer of about 100 staff.08-Apr-2008

Spice has acquired Melton Power Services of Melton Mowbray for £4.5m, Utility Technology of Cambridgeshire for £0.1m and Line Design Solutions of Flintshire for £0.1m.08-Apr-2008

Shanks Group has acquired Foronex Group, the Benelux-based waste wood processing firm with 250 staff, for £10m.08-Apr-2008

Manpower Software has acquired Key IT Systems, the Worksop-based provider of software solutions for the management of temporary staff, for an initial £0.4m.08-Apr-2008

Thomas Cook Group has acquired Elegant Resorts, the Chester-based luxury travel firm with 160 staff and gross assets of £22m.08-Apr-2008

Catalyst Corporate Finance has advised on the £28m management buy-out of Stone Group, the Staffordshire-based IT services firm with almost 200 staff.08-Apr-2008

JD Plastics & Rooflines, the Bishop Auckland-based roofing contractor with 55 staff, has been acquired by Key Capital Partners for £3.2m.08-Apr-2008

Lowell Group, the Leeds-based debt purchasing company with more than 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Exponent Private Equity.08-Apr-2008

Howorth Airtech has acquired Westbury Filters and Filtermation Products in a £4m deal that includes 33 staff at two sites in Surrey and Burnley.08-Apr-2008

Kcom has sold its 118 800 directory enquiries service to Connectivity of Reading for £1.5m, but Kcom will retain the operation of the line from its Hull base.08-Apr-2008

Alliance Boots has acquired HF Healthcare, the chain of 25 pharmacies in the north of England with 240 staff, for undisclosed terms.08-Apr-2008

Kids Unlimited, the Wilmslow-based nursery chain, has undergone a management buy-out for an estimated £45m, with the backing of private equity firm LDC.08-Apr-2008

Hendy Group has acquired the Rayco Ford car dealership in Romsey, Hampshire.08-Apr-2008

ICAP is to acquire Link Asset & Securities, the London-based equity derivatives broker with 136 staff, for an initial £135m.07-Apr-2008

Evans Cycles, the London-based chain of 31 cycle stores, has sold a majority stake in the business to private equity firm Active for undisclosed terms.07-Apr-2008

YFM Group, the Leeds-based venture capital firm with nine offices, has been acquired by GLE Group for undisclosed terms.07-Apr-2008

Dobbies Garden Centres is to acquire the Sandyholm garden centre at Crossford in Lanarkshire for £8m.07-Apr-2008

CBG Group has acquired Howgud, the Oldham-based insurance broker, for an initial £1.2m, including trading subsidiaries EDN (Insurance Services), E Davies (Northern) and EDN (Financial Services).07-Apr-2008

Rok has acquired Richardson Projects Holdings, the construction and refurbishment firm with 350 staff and offices in Rochdale and Leeds, for up to £40m.07-Apr-2008

Spice has acquired Energy 2000 Marketing, the Lytham-based commercial energy broker with 19 staff, for up to £5.5m.07-Apr-2008

United Drug has acquired Universal Conference & Incentive Travel of Slough and Business Edge Solutions & Training of St Albans for a total £14m, in order to expand its contract sales division.07-Apr-2008

Vp has acquired Redding Hire, the Northamptonshire-based construction equipment rental firm, for £2.9m.07-Apr-2008

Vistorm Holdings, the Warrington-based information security services company with 220 staff, has been acquired by EDS of the US for undisclosed terms.07-Apr-2008

SMD Hydrovision, the Tyneside-based subsea vehicle maker with 135 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Inflexion.07-Apr-2008

Rema Tip Top has acquired Ace Conveyor Equipment, the Doncaster-based conveyor belt supplier with 115 staff, for undisclosed terms.07-Apr-2008

Energy Cranes International has acquired Baricon Systems, the Aberdeen-based cable and pipe-laying firm, for £8.7m.07-Apr-2008

Speyside Cooperage, the manufacturer of oak casks for whisky with 57 staff at plants in Aberlour and Broxburn, has been acquired by Francois Freres of France for about £8m.07-Apr-2008

Marston's has acquired Refresh, the owner of the Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire, for undisclosed terms.07-Apr-2008

Tadcaster Pub Company has sold 30 tenanted pubs in northern England to Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises.07-Apr-2008

Pagebet has acquired the Williams chain of nine betting shops in the West Midlands, taking its total to 43 branches.07-Apr-2008

JA Magson has bought the Toyzone chain of toy shops and the Youngsters toy buying business out of administration.07-Apr-2008

Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell its consumer finance operations in continental Europe to Santander of Spain for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 861 staff.07-Apr-2008

Zetex, the Oldham-based semiconductor supplier with 450 staff, is to be acquired by Diodes of the US for £89m.07-Apr-2008

Hichens Harrison, the London-based stockbroker, has agreed to be acquired by Religare Enterprises of India for £55m.07-Apr-2008

Travis Perkins has acquired Tile It All, the chain of 16 tile stores in the North East and Scotland, creating a combined chain of 67 outlets.04-Apr-2008

Jelf Group has acquired Clarke Roxburgh, the insurance, financial planning and mortgage firm with ten offices in the West Midlands, for an initial £18m.04-Apr-2008

Spiritel has acquired WN1, the Wigan-based reseller of mobile voice and data services, for £2m.04-Apr-2008

Hargreaves Services has acquired AJS Contracts, the provider of engineering maintenance services to the power generation sector, for £4.6m.04-Apr-2008

Tikit Group has acquired TFB Group, the Fareham-based supplier of practice management solutions to law firms with 58 staff, for £7.4m.04-Apr-2008

Humberts has sold the property management business of Farleys estate agents in South Kensington, London, to Peverel for £0.4m.04-Apr-2008

Coffee Nation, the network of vending machines with 550 sites nationwide, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Milestone Capital.04-Apr-2008

Setten & Durward has been bought out of administration by Zcom, securing the future of 150 jobs at its stationery manufacturing business in Llandrindod Wells.04-Apr-2008

Care Principles has acquired the 13-acre Watcombe Hall mental health care home in Torquay for undisclosed terms.04-Apr-2008

ARR Craib, the Aberdeen-based haulage firm with 360 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.04-Apr-2008

Burns-Anderson, the Bristol-based financial advice company with about 80 staff, has been acquired by The Money Portal of London for £14m.04-Apr-2008

Co-operative Pharmacy has acquired A Robertson & Son, the chain of three pharmacies in Fife with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.04-Apr-2008

KDC Contractors, the Manchester-based demolition firm with about 100 staff, has been undergone a £12m management buy-out backed by Barclays Ventures and YFM Private Equity.04-Apr-2008

Jelf Group is to acquire Argyll Insurance, the insurance broker with offices in Worthing, Gillingham and Herne Bay, for an initial £10m.03-Apr-2008

WSP Group has acquired Charterhouse Building Services, the environmental design engineering firm with offices in Tunbridge Wells and London, for £2.4m.03-Apr-2008

Hitchens is to acquire Wallgate Services, the Reading-based retail outsourcing firm, for £8.7m.03-Apr-2008

Vp has acquired U Mole, the Cambridgeshire-based supplier of trenchless installation equipment, for £4.5m.03-Apr-2008

Rathbones has acquired Citywall Financial Management, the Exeter-based wealth management firm with gross assets of £0.7m.03-Apr-2008

Patrick Parsons, the Tyneside-based consulting engineer with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by the Co-operative Bank and Evolve Finance.03-Apr-2008

Arthur Brett & Son, the Norwich-based furniture manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by McLaren Interiors for undisclosed terms.03-Apr-2008

Graham Technology, the Renfrewshire-based software firm with 300 staff, has been acquired by Sword Group of France for an estimated £30m.03-Apr-2008

Coffetek, the Portishead-based vending machine manufacturer with 51 staff, has been acquired by Azkoyen of Spain for undisclosed terms.03-Apr-2008

Sims Group has acquired Life Cycle Services, the Middlesex-based IT recycling and refurbishment firm, in order to expand its Sims Recycling Solutions division.03-Apr-2008

Trinity Mirror has acquired Rippleffect Studio, the Liverpool-based web design agency, for an initial £3.2m.03-Apr-2008

Centrica is to acquire Strategic Energy, the electricity supplier, for £151m, in order to expand its Direct Energy business in the US.03-Apr-2008

Amec has acquired Rider Hunt International, the Surrey-based project services firm, for £25m.03-Apr-2008

Northern Bear is to acquire A1 Industrial Trucks, the Tyneside-based forklift truck operator, and DJ McGough, the Tyneside-based plumbing and heating firm, for a total £6.7m.03-Apr-2008

TT Electronics has acquired New Chapel Electronics, the Gloucestershire-based supplier of aerospace interconnection systems, for up to £5.2m.03-Apr-2008

Moore & Smalley has merged with Lonsdale & Partners to create a combined Lancashire-based accountancy group with 200 staff.02-Apr-2008

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance has acquired Sertus Underwriting, the Irish motor and household insurance firm with gross written premiums of £11m.02-Apr-2008

Carpetright has acquired Melford Commercial Properties, the parent company of Carpetworld Manchester, from Jensen Group for £7.2m, as well as Dutch carpet retailer Ben de Graaff Tapijt for £6.3m.02-Apr-2008

Cybit Holdings has acquired Truck24, the German supplier of telematics to the logistics sector with 19 staff.02-Apr-2008

Alumasc Group has acquired Blackdown Horticultural Consultants, the Somerset-based green roof supplier, for £2m.02-Apr-2008

Porvair has acquired Toolturn Engineering, the Fareham-based engineering firm, for £1m.02-Apr-2008

Brammer has acquired CBS Rotary Power Motion, the industrial components supplier with six branches and 52 staff across the Midlands, for up to £9.5m.02-Apr-2008

John Menzies has acquired Novia Sverige, the Swedish airport ground-handling firm, for £8.7m.02-Apr-2008

Celtic Technologies, the land remediation company with offices in Cardiff, St Helens and London, has been acquired by EnGlobe of Canada for £7m.02-Apr-2008

Greenstar UK has acquired Dunstable Waste Group, the Bedfordshire-based commercial recycling firm trading as Firbank Chiltern, as part of a strategy to develop a nationwide network of waste processing services.02-Apr-2008

Conchango, the technology consultancy with offices in Egham, London, Aberdeen, India and the US, has been acquired by the UK arm of EMC for £42m.02-Apr-2008

The BBC has sold its outside broadcast division to Satellite Information Services for undisclosed terms, including a fleet of 15 TV production trucks.02-Apr-2008

Sage Group has acquired Tekton Group, the supplier of construction software, implementation and support services, for £21m.01-Apr-2008

Servoca has acquired Academics Holdings, the Essex-based education, recruitment and training provider with 21 staff, for an initial £2m.01-Apr-2008

RPS has acquired Rudall Blanchard Associates, the supplier of health, safety and environmental services to the oil and gas sector with 54 staff at offices in London, Aberdeen, Australia and the US, for up to £6m.01-Apr-2008

Capita Group has acquired HFR Holdings and Lancaster Insurance Services for £16m, in order to expand its business into classic car insurance.01-Apr-2008

Ego, the Chester-based chain of five Mediterranean-style restaurants, has undergone a management buy-in backed with up to £9.1m from private equity firm LDC, and plans to open up to ten new outlets a year.01-Apr-2008

Recruit Retail Services has acquired Kennedy Clayton, the Dewsbury-based shopfitting and installation firm.01-Apr-2008

GCap Media is to accept a £375m takeover offer from Global Radio, creating a combined group with about 41% of the commercial radio market.01-Apr-2008

Energy Cranes, the Aberdeen-based crane services company with 1,700 staff, has been acquired by Close Brothers Private Equity for £142m.01-Apr-2008

Cluttons has sold its rural property business, including 49 staff and offices in Bath, Oxford, Maidstone and Sutton Scotney, to Smiths Gore, in order to focus on its residential and commercial operations.01-Apr-2008

Norish has acquired a 44,519 sq ft cold storage facility in Gillingham, Kent, from Scottish Widows for £3.1m.31-Mar-2008

Avid Holdings has acquired Alpha Anodising, the Buckinghamshire-based metal finishing firm with 22 staff, for £0.7m.31-Mar-2008

RPS has acquired Koltasz Smith, the Australian town planning consultancy with 32 staff, for up to £3m.31-Mar-2008

Maelor has acquired Speciality European Pharma International, the Swiss pharmaceuticals company, for an initial £9.2m.31-Mar-2008

Accountis, the Gwynedd-based supplier of payment systems, has been acquired by Fundtech of the US for £3.8m.31-Mar-2008

Senergy has acquired ISIS Energy, the offshore technology consultancy with 30 staff in Inverurie and Bath, for undisclosed terms.31-Mar-2008

Begbies Traynor has sold Aurora Colours, the Caerphilly-based print and packaging firm with 25 staff, out of administration to Watershed Packaging.31-Mar-2008

Cygnet Health Care has acquired a majority share in Oakdale Services, the Harrogate-based provider of out-patient psychological services, creating a combined group with 1,100 staff.31-Mar-2008

Somerfield is to sell seven supermarkets to Tesco for about £100m, and is still seeking a buyer for the remainder of the 900 stores.31-Mar-2008

Welcome Break, the chain of 24 motorway service stations, has been acquired by an investment group led by Dutch bank NIBC for an estimated £500m.31-Mar-2008

Civica, the supplier of software to local authorities, is to be acquired by private equity firm 3i for £190m.31-Mar-2008

Close Brothers has acquired Commercial Acceptances Group for £31m and Amber Credit for £2m, in order to expand its banking subsidiary.28-Mar-2008

Giles Insurance Brokers has acquired DS Howell, the Tonyrefail-based insurance broker with 17 staff.28-Mar-2008

Pontin's, the chain of seven holiday camps, has been acquired by a former chief executive for £46m.28-Mar-2008

Tomcat Systems, the Belfast-based medical IT company with 25 staff, has been acquired by Philips for undisclosed terms, and will become part of Philips' Healthcare Informatics division.28-Mar-2008

JT Morgan, the Swansea department store, has been bought out of administration by a management team.27-Mar-2008

Bibby Financial Services has bought Siemens Financial Services' single invoice factoring business for undisclosed terms.27-Mar-2008

Country Valley Foods has acquired the Billingham division of Cocked Hat Farm Foods, with the transfer of 20 staff.27-Mar-2008

Brewer Consulting, the London-based construction law consultancy, has been acquired by FTI Consulting of the US for undisclosed terms.27-Mar-2008

JP Morgan has acquired ClimateCare, the Oxford-based carbon offsetting business, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Environmental Markets operation.27-Mar-2008

Skipton Building Society has acquired an 86% stake in Torquil Clark, the independent financial adviser with 120 staff in Wolverhampton and the Lake District.26-Mar-2008

Cyril Sweett has acquired Nisbet, the quantity surveying and project management firm with 12 partners and 88 staff at offices in the Midlands and South, for £5.9m.26-Mar-2008

Pennon Group has acquired Shore Recycling, the electrical equipment recycling firm with sites in Perth, Manchester and St Helens, for £23m.26-Mar-2008

Crisp Thinking of Leeds has acquired IMSafer, the US supplier of child protection software for the internet, for undisclosed terms.26-Mar-2008

Triton Group has acquired Dynamic Positioning Services, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.26-Mar-2008

Pland Stainless, the stainless steel products manufacturer with 70 staff in Leeds and Glasgow, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.26-Mar-2008

Wastecare has acquired E Pease & Sons, the Leeds-based industrial packaging recycling and reconditioning firm that will now trade as PackCare, for undisclosed terms.26-Mar-2008

Ford is to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover car manufacturing operations to Tata of India for £1bn, securing the future of 13,500 jobs at sites including Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood until at least 2011.26-Mar-2008

Lord Group, the Rochdale-based building refurbishment firm with 125 staff, has been acquired by Kinetics Group for undisclosed terms.25-Mar-2008

Opus TF is to merge with Nant to create a combined Welsh TV production company with more than 120 staff called Rondo Media.24-Mar-2008

Lloydspharmacy has acquired the Donald Munro chain of about 25 pharmacies in Scotland for undisclosed terms, while Munro's wholesaling business is expected to be sold to Phoenix Healthcare Distribution.24-Mar-2008

Thomas Westcott is to merge with Davison Bedworth to create a combined Devon-based accountancy group with 180 staff.24-Mar-2008

Agrical, the agricultural loss adjuster with 35 staff at offices including Tadcaster and Wells, has undergone a management buy-out.24-Mar-2008

PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold Teesside Gas Transportation, Enron's gas pipeline operating business, out of administration to Deutsche Bank for more than £100m.24-Mar-2008

Lovejuice is to acquire Barefruit Juice, the chain of five juice bars, creating a combined group with 15 outlets.24-Mar-2008

G4S has acquired ArmorGroup, the private security and mine clearance group, for £44m.24-Mar-2008

Carter & Carter has sold most of its training operations out of administration to Newcastle College Group, securing the future of about 1,500 jobs.24-Mar-2008

Skipton Building Society has sold its Direct Life & Pension Services subsidiary to Cardif Pinnacle, in order to focus on savings and lending, mortgage servicing, estate agency, financial advice and data provision.21-Mar-2008

RPS has acquired OIL, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas exploration and production consultancy, for up to £6.5m.21-Mar-2008

Smiths News has acquired a 50% stake in Rascal Solutions, the supplier of inventory management solutions to magazine retailers, for £3m.21-Mar-2008

Network Group Holdings is to acquire a 67% stake in Pertemps People Development Group, the West Midlands-based recruitment and training firm with 650 staff, in a £18m reverse takeover.21-Mar-2008

Balfour Beatty has acquired Dean & Dyball, the construction company with offices in Ringwood, Exeter, Bristol, Maidstone, Birmingham, Swansea and Stevenage, for £45m.20-Mar-2008

WH Smith has acquired the United News chain of 80 hospital newsagents and coffee shops for £19m, and has also announced plans to open 29 stores at RoadChef motorway service areas.20-Mar-2008

Smiths Group has acquired Fiberod, the US supplier of oil and gas lifting equipment with 150 staff, as well as Indufil, the Dutch petrochemical filters company with 95 staff, for undisclosed terms.20-Mar-2008

Joynes Pike, the engineering consultancy with 170 staff in Nottingham, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Doncaster, Warrington, Stoke, Wetherby and Shoreham, has been acquired by Opus International of New Zealand for more than £5m.20-Mar-2008

Felix Group is to acquire Crawshaw Butchers, the chain of 14 butcher shops in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Humberside, for £12m.19-Mar-2008

CVS has acquired the small animal and equine business of Animed LLP for £1.6m, including 44 staff at five veterinary practices in South Hampshire.19-Mar-2008

RPS has acquired WTW & Associates, the Hampshire-based provider of oil and gas exploration technical services, for £1.9m.19-Mar-2008

Vantis has acquired the non-audit business of Marlow-based Brewer Higgins for an initial £0.4m.19-Mar-2008

Southern Cross Healthcare has acquired a 62-bed care home on Merseyside, as well as the leases of three other homes with 195 beds.19-Mar-2008

Brotherton Speciality Products, the Wakefield-based chemicals company with about 50 staff, has been acquired by Esseco Group of Italy for undisclosed terms.19-Mar-2008

T Jolly, the building services contractor with 188 staff in Preston, Blackpool, Bolton and Wigan, has sold a majority stake in the business to NBGI Private Equity for undisclosed terms.19-Mar-2008

Williams & Griffin, the Colchester department store, has been acquired by Fenwick for undisclosed terms.19-Mar-2008

Ultra Electronics has acquired Magneto Inductive Systems, the Canadian signalling and communications firm with 50 staff, for £11m.18-Mar-2008

IMS Maxims has acquired Preview Health, the provider of clinical systems to the UK market, from CIS Healthcare for up to £0.25m.18-Mar-2008

Tullett Prebon is to acquire Primex, the London-based energy broker, for up to £20m.18-Mar-2008

Park Holidays UK has acquired the Golden Sands and Peppermint holiday parks in Dawlish Warren, Devon, in a multi-million pound deal.18-Mar-2008

CDB Meats, the Dartford-based meat importer that owns Ham Packers in Cornwall and has annual sales of about £30m, has been acquired by Marfrig of Brazil.18-Mar-2008

Moneyquest, the online mortgage broker, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.18-Mar-2008

NetPlay TV has acquired, the Majorca-based online bingo company operating in the UK, Spain, Italy and Poland, from Global Gaming Entertainment for £6.2m.18-Mar-2008

Stylo has sold its six Shellys footwear stores to Eternal Best Industries for undisclosed terms.18-Mar-2008

Transport for London is to acquire Tramtrack Croydon, the owner of the tram system in Croydon, in a £98m deal.18-Mar-2008

ID Data Group is to sell its CredEcard pre-paid card services business to Contis Group for £2.2m.17-Mar-2008

Ekay has acquired WFCA Integrated, the Kent-based marketing communications agency with 59 staff, for £8.5m.17-Mar-2008

Tayto has acquired Red Mill, the snack foods manufacturer with 300 staff in Birmingham and Bolton.17-Mar-2008

BASF has agreed to sell its acrylonitrile plant at Seal Sands on Teesside to Ineos Nitriles for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 240 staff.17-Mar-2008

Certex, the supplier of lifting gear with 15 depots, has been acquired by Forankra International of Sweden.17-Mar-2008

Shaylor has acquired John Davies Interiors, the Oldbury-based design and refurbishment company with 50 staff.17-Mar-2008

Plastics Capital has acquired Palagan, the Dunstable-based film packaging company with 40 staff, for £6.4m.17-Mar-2008

Arc-Gen has acquired Hilta Plant, the West Bromwich-based water pump and pressure washer manufacturer, from Flowplant Group for undisclosed terms.17-Mar-2008

Fairhursts Design is to merge with Cruickshank & Seward to create a combined Manchester-based architectural firm with 125 staff.17-Mar-2008

Dorset Cereals, the Dorchester-based manufacturer of breakfast cereals, has been acquired by Wellness Foods for £50m.17-Mar-2008

Freedom4 Communications is to sell its internet hosting and network services operations to private equity firm Oakley for £120m.17-Mar-2008

RPS has acquired RWG, the building engineering consultancy with 130 staff in Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff, for £10m.14-Mar-2008

Optare, the Leeds-based bus and coach manufacturer with 550 staff, has been acquired by Jamesstan Investments for undisclosed terms.14-Mar-2008

Discover Leisure has acquired a motor home dealership in Cannock from Brownhills Group for £2.7m, with the transfer of about 30 staff.13-Mar-2008

Mechan Controls has acquired Nirvana Engineering, the Stafford-based supplier of structures for the storage of back up power systems with annual turnover of £1.9m.13-Mar-2008

Hertel has acquired McGill Services, the Billingham-based supplier of accommodation modules to the Royal Navy, and is now seeking further acquisitions in the North East.13-Mar-2008

Suburban Style Bar Co has acquired a further ten pubs in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, taking its total estate to 15.13-Mar-2008

Verve has bought the Bickets and Motorway car dealerships in Glasgow, increasing its chain from five to 12 sites.13-Mar-2008

EUSA Pharma of Oxford has acquired Cytogen, the US biotechnology firm, for £11m, taking its worldwide workforce to more than 200.13-Mar-2008

Speciality Retail Group, the operator of 71 stores under the Suits You, Racing Green and Young's brands, has been acquired by Arafa Holding of Egypt.13-Mar-2008

Capita is to acquire ComputerLand, the Nottingham-based IT services firm, for £29m.12-Mar-2008

Umeco has sold its chemical distribution businesses, including Aeropia and RD Taylor, to Haas TCM Group for £13m, in order to focus on advanced composites.12-Mar-2008

Engineering Business of Northumberland has been acquired by Dutch shipbuilder IHC Merwede for about £30m, and EB's 150-strong workforce is expected to double over the next two years.12-Mar-2008

Grimwood & Dix has bought Hyde Electrical Services out of administration, creating an enlarged Dukinfield-based electrical engineering business with 200 staff.12-Mar-2008

PolyOil, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm with ten staff, has been acquired by Roxar of Norway for £4.7m.12-Mar-2008

Yo Sushi, the chain of 41 sushi restaurants, has undergone a secondary management buy-out backed by Quilvest Private Equity for an estimated £50m, and plans to reach 100 outlets by 2012.12-Mar-2008

Aegis Group has acquired Peter Seagroatt & Associates, the Chelmsford-based supplier of retail sales analysis services with gross assets of £3.3m.11-Mar-2008

BAA is to sell its World Duty Free chain of 58 stores to Autogrill of Italy for £547m, including outlets at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.11-Mar-2008

Hyder Consulting has acquired Holford & Associates, the Dubai-based architectural and interior design consultancy with 220 staff, for an initial £9.2m.11-Mar-2008

Wolseley has acquired five bolt-on acquisitions for a total £33m, including PFC Corofil Firestops of Surrey, JC Plumbing, Precision Doors & Hardware and Mastercraft Cabinets of the US and Gama Myjava of Slovakia.11-Mar-2008

Strontium has acquired The Learning Eye, the Gloucestershire-based management training consultancy focused on the automotive sector with eight staff, for an initial £1m.11-Mar-2008

Denholm Logistics has acquired Arends International, the Newton-le-Willows-based freight forwarding firm with annual turnover of more than £50m, for undisclosed terms.11-Mar-2008

BDO Stoy Hayward has acquired Lines Wilson, the Southampton-based tax boutique, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined business services group with 207 staff in the city.11-Mar-2008

Maun Industries, the Sutton-in-Ashfield hand tool manufacturer with 45 staff, has been sold to a management buy-in team backed by Watersheds.11-Mar-2008

SBS Logistics, the offshore logistics firm with 400 staff in Aberdeen, Shetland, Great Yarmouth and Heysham, has been acquired by Peterson Offshore Group of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.11-Mar-2008

Stobart Group is to acquire Irlam Group, the Cheshire-based haulier with 674 staff, for £60m, as well as WA Developments, the transport infrastructure company, for £10m.11-Mar-2008

Blakemore Wholesale has acquired Tyne Tees Cash & Carry, which operates two depots in Gateshead and Middlesbrough, for undisclosed terms.11-Mar-2008

DCC has acquired Southern Counties Fuels Holdings, the West Sussex-based oil distributor with 135 staff and eight depots, for £7.4m.10-Mar-2008

Four Corners has acquired Maplelord, the financial advice firm, for undisclosed terms, and eight staff will relocate from Market Harborough, Melton and Kibworth to Nottingham.10-Mar-2008

Morrison Utility Services, the utility infrastructure firm with 3,500 staff, has been sold by AWG to Cognetas and Englefield Capital for £135m.10-Mar-2008

Ten Alps has acquired Sovereign Publications, the London-based publishing firm with 33 business titles, for £2.6m.10-Mar-2008

Turnbull & Scott, the Hawick-based manufacturer of heat exchangers with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-in backed by TRI Cap.07-Mar-2008

MAMA Group is to acquire The Gig music and entertainment venue in Edinburgh city centre from Luminar for £3.5m.07-Mar-2008

Mouchel Group has acquired Hedra, the management consultancy with 210 staff in London, Edinburgh, Fleet and Portsmouth, for £50m.07-Mar-2008

First London Securities has acquired Torus IB, the holding company for a number of boutique investment management companies, for £26m.07-Mar-2008

BAe Systems is to sell Flight Systems, the US-based aircraft modifications business with 170 staff, to Calspan Corporation for £31m.07-Mar-2008

Nexus Vehicle Management, the Leeds-based vehicle rental firm, has undergone a £11m management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.07-Mar-2008

TSEU Group, the Leicester-based traffic light manufacturer with 230 staff at eight UK sites, has been acquired by Telent of Coventry.07-Mar-2008

Vp has acquired Northern Site Services, the Middlesbrough-based supplier of temporary lighting and site electrics, for £1.6m.07-Mar-2008

Bradfords Group has acquired WJ Handrahan & Son, the timber importer and processing firm with 120 staff at sites in Kingswinford and Huthwaite.07-Mar-2008

DS Smith has acquired Multigraphics, the Bradford-based printing firm with 137 staff, for undisclosed terms.06-Mar-2008

Forshaws is to merge with Davies Ridgway, creating a combined Warrington-based law firm called FDR Solicitors with 150 staff.06-Mar-2008

Ramsay Health Care is to acquire the BMI private hospital in Nottingham from General Healthcare Group.06-Mar-2008

AH Marks, the Bradford-based agricultural chemicals manufacturer with 300 staff, has been acquired by Nufarm of Australia, as part of a £75m deal that also included US-based Etigra.06-Mar-2008

Grontmij has acquired Whitelaw Turkington, the London-based landscape design firm with 70 staff and annual turnover of £3.6m.06-Mar-2008

Clyde Group, the marine recruitment firm with 150 staff in Glasgow, Stirling, Clydebank, Inverness, Aberdeen and Southampton, has undergone a management buy-out.05-Mar-2008

G4S has acquired Rock Steady, the Edinburgh-based provider of security, stewarding and crowd management services with annual turnover of £12m.05-Mar-2008

Wincanton has acquired HeBo, the German logistics firm with about 50 staff, for an initial £2.2m.05-Mar-2008

Southern Cross Healthcare has bought seven residential care homes in the North East from The Portland Group of Durham for £42m.05-Mar-2008

Britton Group, the PE films manufacturer with sites in Winsford, Louth and Hartlepool, has undergone a £77m management buy-out backed by HSBC Private Equity.05-Mar-2008

Tunstall, the Yorkshire-based telecare and healthcare technology company, is to be acquired by private equity firm Charterhouse Capital Partners for £514m.05-Mar-2008

Giles, the Glasgow-based insurance broker with 32 offices, has been sold by Gresham to private equity firm Charterhouse Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.05-Mar-2008

Lavendon is to acquire The Platform Company, the Slough-based supplier of powered access equipment with ten hire depots, for up to £46m.05-Mar-2008

Momart, the London-based fine art logistics firm, has been acquired by Falkland Islands Holdings for £10m.05-Mar-2008

Scottish & Southern Energy is to acquire Seeboard Trading, the provider of street lighting maintenance services in London and Dorset with 70 staff, for £7.8m.04-Mar-2008

Glanbia has sold its Glanbia Meats pigmeat operations in Ireland to a management team operating under the name of Rosderra Irish Meats Group for £27m.04-Mar-2008

Spirax-Sarco Engineering has acquired Colima, the Italian manufacturer of mechanical level controls, for £0.9m.04-Mar-2008

Go-Ahead has sold Go West Midlands, the bus operator with 370 staff at depots in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Redditch, to Rotala for £2m.04-Mar-2008

Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire Compete Inc, the US digital market intelligence company, for an initial £38m.04-Mar-2008

Formation Group has acquired James Grant Media Group, the London-based talent management company, for an initial £12m.04-Mar-2008

Driver Group has acquired Commercial Management Consultants, the construction consultancy with 40 fee-earning staff in Dartford, Ascot, Manchester and Glasgow, from CMC Group for £3m.04-Mar-2008

Tomkins has acquired AE Hydraulics, the Singapore-based provider of hydraulic and industrial hose services with annual sales of £7m.04-Mar-2008

Croda International has raised £13m from the sale of its 46% stake in Baxenden Chemicals, the Accrington-based supplier of polyurethane products, to Chemtura Corporation.04-Mar-2008

Cope Allman Plastic Packaging is to acquire Jaycare, the North Tyneside-based packaging manufacturer with 200 staff, out of administration.04-Mar-2008

Portman Travel has acquired Fleet Street Travel, the business travel management company with offices in Chertsey, London, Knutsford, Newcastle, Ireland and the Netherlands, for undisclosed terms.04-Mar-2008

Peel Ports has sold Roadferry Holdings, the Leyland-based haulage firm with annual turnover of £48m, to DSV Road Holdings of Denmark for undisclosed terms.04-Mar-2008

BSS Group has acquired Birchwood Products, the Nottingham-based building products supplier, for up to £22m.04-Mar-2008

Pickfords, the Enfield-based removals and storage company, has been sold by Sirva to Team Relocations for undisclosed terms.04-Mar-2008

Barclays is to acquire Expobank, the Russian retail and commercial bank with 32 branches, for £373m.04-Mar-2008

Hyder Consulting has acquired Crescent PSS, the Australian project management consultancy, for an initial £1.7m.03-Mar-2008

Haynes Publishing has acquired Vivid Holdings, the Dutch provider of technical information to the automotive market, for £6m.03-Mar-2008

Nidd Vale Group has acquired Glovers Garages, the Ilkley-based Peugeot car dealership, for undisclosed terms.03-Mar-2008

Azelis Plastics has acquired Whyte Polymers, the North London-based plastics distributor with warehouses in Doncaster and Felixstowe, from Whyte Chemicals.03-Mar-2008

Mole Valley Farmers is to sell its feed mill in Calne to Botley Flour Milling Company.03-Mar-2008

British American Tobacco is to acquire the tobacco interests of Skandinavisk Tobakskompagni of Denmark for £1.1bn.03-Mar-2008

Concentric, the Birmingham-based engine pump manufacturer with 300 staff, is to be acquired by Haldex of Sweden for undisclosed terms.29-Feb-2008

North Yorkshire Timber has acquired Tom Swan, the North Shields-based builders' merchant with 12 staff.29-Feb-2008

Simpson Bros, the York-based car salvage firm with 55 staff, has been acquired by Copart of the US for undisclosed terms.29-Feb-2008

Foray Motor Group of Salisbury has acquired a Ford car dealership in Poole, taking its total chain to seven.29-Feb-2008

Organix Brands, the Dorset-based baby food manufacturer, is to be acquired by Hero Group of Switzerland.28-Feb-2008

Designcapital has acquired Artelano, the French designer furniture manufacturer, for £1.2m, and plans to open an Artelano shop in London.28-Feb-2008

CVS has acquired Michael Gourley, the Manchester-based chain of six veterinary surgeries, taking its total number of branches to 140.27-Feb-2008

Braemar Shipping Services has acquired Steege Kingston Partnership, the provider of loss adjusting services to the energy, marine and power sectors with 62 staff in London, Singapore, Canada, Mexico and the US, for an initial £5.5m.27-Feb-2008

Rotary Group, the Newtownabbey-based building services firm with 2,000 staff in eight countries, is to merge with Hastie Group of Australia to create a combined group with 6,000 staff and annual revenue of about £700m.27-Feb-2008

Contract Foods, the Redditch-based provider of food manufacturing services with 120 staff, has been acquired by Huegli Holding of Switzerland for undisclosed terms.27-Feb-2008

Watson Fuels has acquired a fuel depot previously operated by CPL Petroleum in Diss, taking its nationwide chain to 31.27-Feb-2008

Interframe, the Paignton-based window manufacturer with 144 staff, has been bought out of administration by Solar Windows of Caerphilly for undisclosed terms.27-Feb-2008

Powerleague has bought five indoor football centres in Manchester, Blackburn, Wigan, Derby and North Shields from JJB Sports for £17m.27-Feb-2008

Raymarine is to acquire NavSystems, the Finnish distributor of electronic marine products, for up to £3.8m.26-Feb-2008

Murgitroyd has acquired Kennedys, the patent agency with 19 staff in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Newcastle, for £3.4m.26-Feb-2008

Medway Foods has sold its Bridgend-based frozen foods factory out of administration to a new company called Pin-it Pastry for £1m, securing the future of 40 jobs.26-Feb-2008

Erinaceous is planning a management buy-out to create a new property services company with 150 staff in Manchester and London.26-Feb-2008

Europa Support Services has acquired United Utilities FM, the facilities management firm that has 280 staff mostly based in the North West of England.26-Feb-2008

MDY Healthcare has acquired Stanmore Implants Worldwide, the Middlesex-based orthopaedic company, for £12m.26-Feb-2008

Gaz de France and Suez are to acquire the 1,875MW Teesside Power Station near Middlesbrough, which has 200 staff, from Cargill and Goldman Sachs for undisclosed terms.26-Feb-2008

Electric Word has acquired Special Education Publishing, the publisher of educational magazines, from Sussex Research for £0.9m.25-Feb-2008

Begbies Traynor has acquired CoyleClark, the Altrincham-based tax investigation firm, as part of a strategy to extend its range of professional services.25-Feb-2008

BBA Aviation is to acquire the assets of Hawker Beechcraft's Line Service Operations for £65m, including seven private jet servicing bases in the US.25-Feb-2008

IDOX has acquired Plantech, the London-based supplier of software and consultancy services to local authorities, for £5.3m.25-Feb-2008

Keating Group has sold its printing business in Bradley Fold, Lancashire, out of administration to its original founder, saving 18 jobs, but the two sites in Mold have closed with the loss of 102 jobs.25-Feb-2008

Standard Motor Products Europe has acquired Kerr Nelson, the Kettering-based car parts supplier, securing the future of about 20 jobs.25-Feb-2008

Vinci is to acquire Gordon Durham, the Tyneside-based social housing contractor, for about £5m.25-Feb-2008

Southern Electric Contracting has acquired Hills Electrical & Mechanical, the contractor with 200 staff in Gatwick, Nottingham, Walsall, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London, for a nominal sum.25-Feb-2008

Kurt Geiger, the chain of 16 luxury shoe stores with concessions in Harrods and Selfridges, is to be acquired by private equity firm Graphite Capital for £95m.25-Feb-2008

Pret a Manger, the chain of 180 sandwich stores, is to be acquired by Bridgepoint Capital for £350m.25-Feb-2008

Huntsworth has sold CapitalBridge, the identification, analytics and investor relations technology business with offices in London, France, Austria, Japan, South Africa and the US, to Ipreo for £16m.22-Feb-2008

Statpro is to acquire Performa, the London-based provider of asset management software with 19 staff, for £7m.22-Feb-2008

United Business Media has acquired Vision Events, the operator of IT events with 50 staff in the US and Egham, from Gartner for £5.8m.22-Feb-2008

Printwise, the Hampshire-based printing firm, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Print Media.22-Feb-2008

Seekings & Wardle is to merge with McClarrons Insurance of Snainton to create a combined North Yorkshire-based insurance firm with 25 staff.22-Feb-2008

Snowdonia Press, the Porthmadog-based commercial printing firm with seven staff, has been acquired by Bear Print.21-Feb-2008

Cable-Talk, the Wakefield-based computer cabling firm, has been acquired by Great Northern Solutions for £2.8m.21-Feb-2008

Mattioli Woods has acquired JB Group, the Lutterworth-based financial services firm with 25 staff, for £2.6m.20-Feb-2008

Intertek has acquired CML Biotech, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas microbiology testing laboratory with 54 staff, for an initial £8m.20-Feb-2008

Medical Solutions is to acquire Autogen Bioclear UK, the Wiltshire-based supplier of life sciences, diagnostic pathology and clinical research products with nine staff, for up to £6m.20-Feb-2008 is to acquire PB Recovery, the debt management company with offices in Glasgow, Cardiff and London, for £1m.20-Feb-2008

Oyster Marine, the Ipswich-based luxury yacht supplier with 130 staff, is to be acquired by Balmoral Capital for an estimated £70m.19-Feb-2008

Clinical Computing is to acquire Program Management Group, the Leeds-based supplier of resource planning software, out of administration, with the transfer of 14 staff.19-Feb-2008

H&T Group has acquired two Christine's jewellery stores in Darlington and Wallsend, taking its total chain to 92.19-Feb-2008

Harmany Blinds, the Birmingham-based blinds manufacturer, has been acquired by Peerless for undisclosed terms.19-Feb-2008

Exmet has bought the trade and assets of Cheshire-based wall tie manufacturer Powerplace out of administration for undisclosed terms, and is now seeking further acquisitions to double turnover to £100m in five years.19-Feb-2008

WH Butler & Sons has acquired Victoria Fabrications, the Chesterfield-based engineering firm, in order to increase capacity and gain additional land and buildings.19-Feb-2008

WB White, the Brighouse-based foundry with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.19-Feb-2008

Adroit Printers of Bristol has been acquired Peninsula Business Systems and rebranded as Peninsula Adroit Printers.18-Feb-2008

Welsh Slate, the Bethesda-based slate quarry with 250 staff, has been acquired by one of the owners of the Belfast-based Lagan Group for £31m.18-Feb-2008

Neville Johnson, the fitted furniture supplier with 200 staff and sites in Manchester, Gerrards Cross and Stirling, is expected to be acquired by Key Capital Partners for about £10m.18-Feb-2008

WB Bawn & Co has been bought out of administration by Sperrin Metal Products of County Londonderry, securing the future of 50 jobs at its Helmsman storage equipment business in Bury St Edmunds.18-Feb-2008

Fork Rent of Ipswich has acquired the mechanical assets of Leicestershire-based Swift Plant Hire for undisclosed terms, including 20 delivery vehicles.18-Feb-2008

Pearson is to sell its US-based data management business to M&F Worldwide for £167m.18-Feb-2008

Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Prospera Research, the Swedish market research firm.18-Feb-2008

HIT Entertainment has sold Guinness World Records to US-based Ripley Entertainment for £60m.18-Feb-2008

Elbow Room, the chain of five pool bars in London, Leeds and Bristol, has been acquired by Inc Group for undisclosed terms.18-Feb-2008

Dipec Plastics, the Cardiff-based plastics fabricator with 13 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Finance Wales.15-Feb-2008

WPP Group has acquired a 75% stake in HeathWallace, the Reading-based website design agency with 60 staff and annual revenue of £4.3m.15-Feb-2008

Stylo is to buy the stock and brand name of Dolcis out of administration, including the temporary right to trade from 24 Dolcis footwear stores.15-Feb-2008

Thomas Cook is to acquire from Centurion Holiday Group for an initial £22m.15-Feb-2008

Metalrax has sold Fine Blanking, the Bromsgrove-based automotive components manufacturer with 140 staff, to Rical for £0.5m.15-Feb-2008

Mears Group has acquired Seraph, the Darlington-based domiciliary care services provider with about 100 care staff, for up to £2m, in order to expand its Careforce subsidiary.15-Feb-2008

Dews Motor Group, the Vauxhall and Alfa Romeo car dealer with sites in Halifax and Brighouse, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Barclays.15-Feb-2008

Debtmatters is to sell its IVA Book to a consortium of Grant Thornton and Totemic for £6.4m and its residual debt resolution business to Creditflex for £0.8m, in order to focus on loan broking.14-Feb-2008

UTV Media has acquired Tibus, the Belfast-based web development and design firm, for £5m.14-Feb-2008

LVW Senar has acquired WM Rollings, the Wrexham-based car parts wholesaler with 37 staff, for £2m.14-Feb-2008

Optima Solutions UK, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm with more than 50 staff, has sold a 55% stake in the business to a Norwegian investor group led by Northern Industries for undisclosed terms.14-Feb-2008

Creative Print & Design has been bought out of administration by T Harding Son & Company, securing the future of 23 jobs at its book printing business in Blaina.14-Feb-2008

Intertek has acquired Bioclin, the Irish pharmaceutical testing laboratory with 20 staff, for an initial £2.4m.13-Feb-2008

Balfour Beatty is to acquire GMH Military Housing, the US-based military accommodation business with 800 staff and 42 bases, from GMH Communities Trust for £180m.13-Feb-2008

Hasgrove has acquired Politics International, the London-based public affairs consultancy, for about £3m.13-Feb-2008

Skipton Building Society has acquired a 90% stake in BDS Mortgage Group, the mortgage distributor with 60 staff, for £4.2m.13-Feb-2008

Hunter-Fleming, the Bristol-based biopharmaceuticals firm with 13 staff, has been acquired by Newron of Italy for up to £19m.13-Feb-2008

Yule Catto is to sell James Robinson, the Huddersfield-based manufacturer of photographic chemicals and hair dyes, to Vivimed Labs of India for £11m.12-Feb-2008

Greystone Financial Services, the financial planning firm with 70 staff in Manchester and London, has been acquired by Focus Financial Partners of the US for an estimated £20m.12-Feb-2008

Laird Group has acquired Ezurio, the High Wycombe-based wireless data communications firm, for £12m.12-Feb-2008

RWS Holdings has acquired Document Service Center Technische Uebersetzungen und Software-Lokalisierung, the German technical translations company with 40 staff, for £6.8m.12-Feb-2008

SDL has acquired Idiom Technologies, the US supplier of software translation management systems with 50 staff, for £11m.12-Feb-2008

North Valley Metal, the Nelson-based manufacturer of industrial door components with 25 staff, has undergone a £1m management buy-out.12-Feb-2008

Palmer & Harvey McLane, the East Sussex-based wholesaler with nationwide distribution facilities, has undergone a £298m management buy-out.12-Feb-2008

Midnight Transfer, the London-based film scanning company with 22 staff, has been acquired by Deluxe for undisclosed terms.12-Feb-2008

Mitcorp, the broadcast equipment supplier with offices in London, Leeds and Glasgow, has been acquired by Creative Video Productions for about £5m.12-Feb-2008

Culver Holdings has acquired an 81% stake in AMS Corporate Risks, the aviation broker, and the whole of the issued share capital of Lloyd's broker LPH Pitman for a total £0.1m.11-Feb-2008

Avon Rubber is to sell Aerosol Gasket, the Wiltshire-based gaskets manufacturer with 68 staff, to South Wales-based Crosslinks for £1.7m.11-Feb-2008

Vyke has acquired Iios, the telecoms carrier service provider, for an initial £0.1m.11-Feb-2008

Greenfield Media has acquired Moonoo Productions, the Cardiff-based digital design and animation company.11-Feb-2008

Central Foods, the Northampton-based frozen food supplier, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.11-Feb-2008

Inghams Travel has acquired Inntravel, the North Yorkshire-based tour operator with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.11-Feb-2008

Barclays has acquired the UK credit card business of Discover Financial Services, including about 700,000 Goldfish customers, for £35m.11-Feb-2008

United Business Media has acquired Exposure Events UK, the exhibition company, for up to £2.5m.11-Feb-2008

Clarion Events, the exhibition organiser, is expected to be acquired by private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson for £125m.11-Feb-2008

Integrated Dental Holdings, the Bolton-based chain of 200 dental practices, is to sell LGV Capital's majority stake in the business to Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity.11-Feb-2008

Weatherwise UK, the Chester-based cladding contractor, has gone into administration through Begbies Traynor, and is now expected to undergo a management buy-out.08-Feb-2008

Buy-at, the online affiliate marketing firm with 70 staff in Newcastle, London and the US, has been acquired by AOL.08-Feb-2008

Atisreal has acquired Hill Woolhouse, the Leeds-based property agency with 13 staff and annual turnover of £2.5m.08-Feb-2008

Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons has merged with Wiltshire-based Wood Awdry & Ford to create a combined law firm with annual turnover of more than £20m.08-Feb-2008

RPS has acquired Kraan, the Dutch urban estate management and environmental consultancy with 65 staff, for £4.8m.08-Feb-2008

James Fisher & Sons has acquired JCM Scotload, the Aberdeen-based manufacturer of load measurement instruments with 11 staff, for £3m.08-Feb-2008

Ladbrokes has acquired the Eastwood chain of 54 betting shops in Northern Ireland for £117m.08-Feb-2008

PaperCo has acquired Donington Packaging, the Lincolnshire-based industrial packaging supplier with 12 staff and annual turnover of £4m.08-Feb-2008

Fenner has acquired Prodesco, the US textile engineering company, for an initial £24m.07-Feb-2008

RR Foodbox, the Keighley-based packaging manufacturer with 40 staff, has been acquired by Avro Industries of Cambridge.07-Feb-2008

Intertek has acquired Epsilon Technical Services, the Chester-based safety testing and advisory services firm with 24 staff, for an initial £1.8m.07-Feb-2008

Whitmarsh Sterland is to merge with Streets to create a combined accountancy group with almost 200 staff in Cambridge, St Neots, Newmarket, London, Hull, Peterborough, Grantham, Lincoln and Retford.07-Feb-2008

Fraser Dawbarns is to merge with Waterman Cheetham to create a combined law firm with 110 staff at offices in King's Lynn, Wisbech, Downham Market, March and Peterborough.07-Feb-2008

David McLean has sold its Deeside-based Bluegreen architectural and engineering operation to Calderpeel.07-Feb-2008

NSG, the Deeside-based scaffolding firm with 350 staff, has been acquired by MWB Associates for £4.3m.07-Feb-2008

Darlingtons Group, the transport and warehousing firm with 100 staff in the Wirral and Glossop, has undergone a £1.1m management buy-out.07-Feb-2008

Chess Group has acquired ESE Scotland, the Livingston-based property services firm, for undisclosed terms.07-Feb-2008

Polypipe Sanitary Systems has undergone a management buy-out from Polypipe Group, including manufacturing sites at Dukinfield in Manchester and Warmsworth in Yorkshire.07-Feb-2008

Palmer & Harvey McLane has acquired Northrealm, the holding company of Leeds-based wholesale group WH & HM Youngs, for undisclosed terms.07-Feb-2008

Setmasters, the Dorset-based printing machinery manufacturer with 11 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team, and will be renamed BCB Professional Finishing Solutions.06-Feb-2008

Bloxwich Engineering has been bought out of administration by Sonas, and the work will be transferred to sites in Birmingham and France with the loss of up to 100 jobs in Walsall.06-Feb-2008

Alexon has sold Style Menswear, the chain of 55 Envy clothing stores and 60 concessions, to Hamsard 3032 for a nominal sum.06-Feb-2008

Alchemy Partners is to acquire Geo, the supplier of broadband cable services, from Hutchison Whampoa for £70m.06-Feb-2008

Unilever is to acquire Inmarko, the Russian ice-cream company with annual sales of £86m.05-Feb-2008

Whatman, the diagnostic products manufacturer with 1,100 staff in Maidstone, Banbury and throughout the world, is to be acquired by GE Healthcare for £363m.05-Feb-2008

Raymarine has acquired Deck Marine, the Italian distributor of electronic products with 15 staff, for up to £19m.05-Feb-2008

Siteserv is to acquire Deborah Services, the Wakefield-based construction support services group with a nationwide chain of 32 depots, for an initial £43m.05-Feb-2008

NeutraHealth has acquired the Gerard House and Galloway herbal brands from Potters for £0.4m, in order to expand its Brunel Healthcare supplements division.05-Feb-2008

Freshwater UK has acquired Merlin Marketing & Public Relations, the Cardiff-based marketing and design agency, for up to £1m, and the 21 staff will relocate to Freshwater's Cardiff office in May.05-Feb-2008

Triton Group has acquired Geoscience Earth & Marine Services, the US subsea technology company with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.05-Feb-2008

Verna Group, the Bolton-based healthcare products firm, has undergone a £50m management buy-out from LGV Capital.05-Feb-2008

Drug Development Solutions, the Dundee-based pharmaceutical trials firm with 37 staff, has been acquired by Chiltern.05-Feb-2008

Spirax-Sarco Engineering is to acquire Flexicon, the Danish manufacturer of peristaltic aseptic filling systems, for £14m, in order to expand its Watson-Marlow Bredel subsidiary.04-Feb-2008

RDF Media has acquired History Television International, the TV documentary production company, for £0.7m.04-Feb-2008

Tandy Engineering, the Gloucester-based mechanical and electrical engineering services firm with 30 staff, has been acquired by Facilitas Group for undisclosed terms.04-Feb-2008

CB Richard Ellis has acquired Paul Gee & Co, the Aberdeen-based property services firm.04-Feb-2008

Spire Healthcare is to acquire Classic Hospitals Group, the chain of ten private acute hospitals with about 2,000 staff, from LGV Capital for £145m.04-Feb-2008

Aviva is to acquire LIG Life Insurance of South Korea for £73m, in partnership with Woori Finance.04-Feb-2008

BT Group has acquired Fresca, the High Wycombe-based e-commerce services firm, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its BT Expedite retail solutions division.04-Feb-2008

Ineos has won EC approval to acquire Kerling, the Norwegian PVC manufacturer with a site in Newton Aycliffe, for £500m.01-Feb-2008

Rotork has acquired Remote Controls, the Swedish manufacturer of valve actuators, for £13m.01-Feb-2008

PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold the business and assets of Stockton-based Budget Windows out of administration to a new company called Norham House 1151.01-Feb-2008

Onyx Group has acquired Campbell Lee, the Glasgow-based IT services firm, for undisclosed terms, taking its total workforce to about 100.01-Feb-2008

Caldex, the Halifax-based pet products supplier, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Co-operative Bank.01-Feb-2008

Gardiner & Theobald is to acquire TP Associates, the Cambridge-based construction consultancy.01-Feb-2008

Coda, the Harrogate-based financial management software firm with 580 staff in 14 countries, is to be acquired by Unit 4 Agresso of the Netherlands for £158m.01-Feb-2008

Clifford Thames has acquired PC Services, the Daventry-based automotive repairs consultancy, for undisclosed terms.31-Jan-2008

Begbies Traynor has acquired Shaw Tax, the independent firm of tax advisors with 48 staff in Birmingham and London, for undisclosed terms.31-Jan-2008

GoIndustry is to acquire DoveBid, the US industrial equipment auctioneer with offices in 19 countries, for about £17m.31-Jan-2008

Diageo is to acquire Rosenblum Cellars, the US wine producer, for £53m.30-Jan-2008

Shoe Zone has bought 309 Stead & Simpson footwear stores out of administration for undisclosed terms, but a further 37 outlets will close.30-Jan-2008

India Outsourcing Services is to acquire Mela Group, the London-based operator of three restaurants and a catering business, for £2m, and aims to create a nationwide chain of Indian restaurants under the Mela and Chowki brands.30-Jan-2008

PZ Cussons has acquired The Sanctuary Spa Holdings, the supplier of personal care products, for £75m.30-Jan-2008

Hat Pin has sold The Talent Business, the marketing communications recruitment firm with six offices around the world, to management for an initial £1.5m.30-Jan-2008

Jelf Group has acquired Manson Insurance Group of Manchester for £16m, as well as Devon-based Bartlett Davies Bicks and Carter & Co Risk Management for a total £2.9m.30-Jan-2008

Motherwell Bridge has sold MB Inspection, the provider of oil and gas inspection services with 350 staff in Yarmouth, Falkirk, Stockton and Aberdeen, to Dutch firm RTD for undisclosed terms.30-Jan-2008

Towergate has acquired McAra Associates, the Aberdeen-based insurance broker with 13 staff, for undisclosed terms.30-Jan-2008

RSK Group has acquired Stats, the environmental and building materials consultancy with 130 staff and offices in St Albans, Coventry and Swansea.30-Jan-2008

Shore Recycling has bought M Baker, the St Helens-based operator of a recycling plant for waste electrical and electronic equipment, out of administration.30-Jan-2008

Ticketmaster has acquired Get Me In, the London-based online ticket marketing agency, for undisclosed terms.30-Jan-2008

Winning Pitch has acquired Creative Business Achievements, the Sheffield-based training and business development consultancy, for £0.1m.29-Jan-2008

Zest Group is to sell Greensleeves Group, the Isleworth-based reggae music publisher, to VP Records for £3.1m.29-Jan-2008

System C Healthcare has acquired Care Records, the clinical systems supplier, from Huntleigh Healthcare for an initial £0.9m.29-Jan-2008

Metalrax has acquired Post Glover LifeLink, the US manufacturer of isolated electrical power systems with 24 staff, from Halma for £3m.29-Jan-2008

Derby County Football Club has been acquired by General Sports & Entertainment of the US for an estimated £50m.29-Jan-2008

Metals UK Group, the Blackburn-based metal processing firm with annual sales of £35m, has been acquired by AM Castle & Co of the US.29-Jan-2008

Litho Supplies has acquired Graphic Arts Equipment, the supplier of printing and finishing equipment, for an initial £1.4m.28-Jan-2008

Scottish & Newcastle, the Edinburgh-based brewer with 3,300 staff at sites including Manchester, Reading, Dunston, Hereford and Staines, is to be acquired by Heineken and Carlsberg for £7.8bn.28-Jan-2008

Sports Cafe has been bought out of administration by the Agilo fund for undisclosed terms, including bars in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.28-Jan-2008

D2, the chain of 80 fashion stores, is to be sold by West Coast Capital to a management team, and the Qube footwear chain could also be sold.28-Jan-2008

AG Barr has acquired Taut International, the sports drinks supplier with annual retail sales of £1m, for a nominal sum.25-Jan-2008

United Business Media has acquired Think Service, the US-based IT services and call centre training firm with 38 staff, for an initial £12m, in order to expand its CMP Technology business.24-Jan-2008

Vyke is to acquire Callserve Communications, the London-based telecoms service provider, for up to £2.9m.24-Jan-2008

Dsi CMM has acquired K2 Group, the Manchester-based marketing and communications firm with 300 staff.24-Jan-2008

Esh Group has acquired David Wilkinson, the building contractor with 50 staff in Blyth and Ripon, for undisclosed terms.24-Jan-2008

Baris has bought the trade and assets of Steeltech Interiors, the Rotherham-based structural steel firm with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.24-Jan-2008

Travelscope is to be bought of administration by a management team under the name of Phoenix Holidays, securing the future of 20 of the 270 Gloucester-based jobs.24-Jan-2008

Claimar Care Group has acquired Ravenscroft One, the Preston-based domiciliary care provider with 370 care workers, for up to £2.9m.23-Jan-2008

NCC Group has acquired Escrow Europe Holdings, the Dutch escrow solutions company with ten staff, for up to £7.8m.23-Jan-2008

VTR has acquired Machine Effects, the London-based visual effects company, for £2m.23-Jan-2008

Origin Enterprises is to acquire Masstock Group, the provider of specialist agronomy services to farm enterprises with sites in Cheltenham and Ireland, for an initial £26m.23-Jan-2008

Jones Lang LaSalle has acquired Creevy, the Glasgow-based hotels, leisure and lettings consultancy with five staff.23-Jan-2008

Cambria Automobiles has acquired the four remaining Fiat car dealerships of Caledonia Motor Group for undisclosed terms, including sites in Preston, Blackburn, Warrington and Oldham.23-Jan-2008

Malvern Instruments has acquired Viscotek, the US supplier of chromatography systems for the characterisation of polymers and proteins, for undisclosed terms.23-Jan-2008

Gee Graphite, the Dewsbury-based supplier of graphite seals and gaskets with 36 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.23-Jan-2008

Scottish & Newcastle is to sell its Stassen cider business in Belgium back to the founding family for undisclosed terms.23-Jan-2008

WIN has acquired Pocket Group, the London-based provider of mobile entertainment services, for up to £4.5m.22-Jan-2008

Peratech has bought Eleksen, the developer of electronic sensor technology with total assets of £3.1m, out of administration.22-Jan-2008

RSK Group has acquired Building Sciences, the Oxfordshire-based building envelope design and testing consultancy.22-Jan-2008

Birkby's Plastics, the West Yorkshire-based plastic components manufacturer with 500 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Verve Industries.22-Jan-2008

Lloyd Maunder, the Devon-based poultry firm with 800 staff, has been acquired by 2 Sisters Food Group.22-Jan-2008

Laing Rail, the operator of the Chiltern Trains franchise, is to be acquired by Deutsche Bahn of Germany for an undisclosed sum thought to be about £130m.22-Jan-2008

Premier Farnell is to acquire Hynetic Electronics Private, the Indian electronics distributor, for about £0.5m.22-Jan-2008

WA Turner, the Kent-based meat products supplier, has been acquired by Anglo Beef Processors Group for undisclosed terms.22-Jan-2008

CBG Group has acquired Barclay Brown, the insurance broker with offices in Manchester, Mold, Preston and Waterfoot, for an initial £1.5m.21-Jan-2008

UK Bakeries has been bought out of administration by a new company called Kirtons Bakery, securing the future of 41 jobs in Leicester.21-Jan-2008

Morgan Est is to buy parts of Elec Track Installations out of administration for £1m, securing the future of about 130 jobs in ETI's Isolations & Possessions division.21-Jan-2008

SeaDragon Offshore, the Teesside-based oil rig builder valued at £40m, is expected to be acquired by Great Offshore of India.21-Jan-2008

BAe Systems is to acquire Tenix Defence, the Australian supplier of military vehicles, defence systems and maritime support services, for up to £356m.21-Jan-2008

Xchanging has acquired Mercuris, the French provider of procurement outsourcing services to the banking and insurance sectors.21-Jan-2008

Cadbury Schweppes is to sell its Monkhill sugar confectionery business to Tangerine Confectionery for £58m, with the transfer of more than 800 jobs at sites in York, Cleckheaton, Pontefract and Chesterfield.21-Jan-2008

Stead & Simpson has sold its chain of 25 Famous Footwear stores to Jacobson Ventures, and is now seeking a buyer for its remaining operations.21-Jan-2008

Atkinson Richards has merged with Hurst Warne to create a combined property agency with offices in Fleet and Leatherhead.21-Jan-2008

Insite Service Management has acquired the business and assets of Orbis, the provider of property protection services to councils throughout the country, for £49m.18-Jan-2008

Wincanton has acquired Hanbury Davies, the Suffolk-based container logistics firm with 780 staff and 480 vehicles at 21 locations, for an initial £25m.18-Jan-2008

Wombat Financial Software, the US-owned financial market data management company with 100 staff in Belfast, is to be acquired by NYSE Euronext for £102m.18-Jan-2008

Seawell is to acquire US-based Noble's oilfield platform-drilling division in Aberdeen, with the transfer of about 300 staff.18-Jan-2008

JG Ross has acquired Jack Cooper, the bakery chain with 20 staff in Insch, Inverurie and Alford, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined business with 27 shops and 400 staff.18-Jan-2008

King Sturge is in negotiations to acquire Bache Treharne, the Birmingham-based provider of insolvency services with 30 staff.18-Jan-2008

Cobham is to acquire Sparta, the US provider of systems engineering and technical assistance services with 1,200 staff, for £212m.17-Jan-2008

Sainsbury's is to acquire Curley's, the chain of supermarkets in Northern Ireland, securing the future of about 400 jobs at flagship stores in west Belfast and Dungannon.17-Jan-2008

TSW Training, the Bridgend-based training firm with 18 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Finance Wales for undisclosed terms.17-Jan-2008

Senergy has acquired Floyd & Associates, the Aberdeenshire-based geohazard assessment and marine site surveys consultancy with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.17-Jan-2008

Meadow Foods has acquired West Lakes Dairy Park, the Cumbria-based milk firm supplied by 150 farmers, for undisclosed terms.16-Jan-2008

Tenon Group has acquired Haines Watts Business Recovery, which has 130 staff at offices in Birmingham, Worcester, Leeds, Southend, London and Manchester, for undisclosed terms.16-Jan-2008

Ennstone has acquired the ready-mixed concrete operations of TSL Contractors in the west of Scotland for £1m, including three manufacturing plants in Oban and Fort William.16-Jan-2008

Rigrun Europe, the Aberdeenshire-based oilfield equipment supplier with 12 staff, has been acquired by Brimmond Group.16-Jan-2008

Freeman's of Newent, the Gloucestershire-based chicken processing company, has been acquired by Cargill.16-Jan-2008

Lawrence David has bought the One-Call aftersales support operation of Peterborough-based trailer manufacturer Ray Smith Group out of administration, securing the future of 12 jobs.16-Jan-2008

Wynnstay has acquired Wilsons Pet Centres, the Bromsgrove-based chain of ten pet stores with 104 staff, for up to £5.8m.15-Jan-2008

Burton's Foods has acquired Northumbrian Fine Foods, the Gateshead-based biscuit manufacturer with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.15-Jan-2008

NG Bailey has acquired S2S, the Crawley-based IT services firm, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Bailey Teswaine communications and network security subsidiary.15-Jan-2008

ID Support Services has acquired Intact Electronics, the Bolton-based security installation firm with ten staff, as well as Scotia Energy Saving Systems, the Glenrothes-based heating systems firm with 60 staff.15-Jan-2008

Northern Foods has acquired a 70,000 sq ft chilled soup factory in Grimsby from Baxters Food Group for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 48 staff.14-Jan-2008

Galpharm Healthcare, the Barnsley-based supplier of over-the-counter medicines with 64 staff, has been acquired by Perrigo Group of the US for £44m.14-Jan-2008

Oval has acquired AJ Cook, the Ipswich-based insurance broker with more than 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.14-Jan-2008

Vinci is to acquire Stradform, the contractor with offices in Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Reading, for undisclosed terms.14-Jan-2008

AG Barr has bought the Vitaminsmart and Vitsmart brands from Chartered Brands for £0.3m, in order to expand its soft drinks business into the new functional waters sector.14-Jan-2008

GVA Grimley has acquired Alan Watt Consulting, the Glasgow-based property agency, for about £0.7m.14-Jan-2008

Inchcape has sold five Vauxhall car dealerships in Reading, Newbury, Fareham, Exeter and Honiton to Eden Group for £14m.11-Jan-2008

William Sinclair Holdings has acquired Joseph Metcalf, the Accrington-based horticultural chemicals supplier trading under the GEM brand, for £3m.11-Jan-2008

CVS has acquired Axiom Veterinary Laboratories, the Newton Abbot-based provider of diagnostic laboratory services to veterinary practices, for £4m.11-Jan-2008

Bridge Insurance Brokers has acquired Chartwell, the Warrington-based insurance broker, taking its total workforce to almost 100.11-Jan-2008

AE Adams Henfield, the West Sussex-based contract packaging firm with annual turnover of £2.6m, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Venture Finance.10-Jan-2008

Inspicio has acquired Kalassay, the Australian metals testing company with 90 staff, for £11m, in order to expand its Inspectorate commodity inspection division.10-Jan-2008

Rok has acquired Pitkerro, the Tayside-based plumbing and heating services firm with more than 100 staff, for £3m.10-Jan-2008

Paramount Windows & Conservatories of Gateshead has undergone a management buy-out and is now looking to open further sites across the North East and expand the 125-strong workforce with 30 new jobs.10-Jan-2008

Blue Ocean Associates, the oil trading firm, has been acquired by Ion Equity of Ireland for about £100m.10-Jan-2008

Select Retail, the Watford-based chain of 250 fashion stores with 1,800 staff, has been bought out of administration by an unnamed Turkish investor in a £13m deal.10-Jan-2008

Speedy Hire is to acquire LSS, the Darlington-based tool and equipment hire firm with 250 staff at ten depots, from Amec for £13m.10-Jan-2008

Hale Group, the pharmaceuticals manufacturer with more than 100 staff in Widnes and Southport, is to be acquired by Marksans Pharma of India for undisclosed terms.09-Jan-2008

Low & Bonar is to acquire Westbond, the Barnsley-based flooring and fibres manufacturer, from Cambrosa Holdings for up to £11m.09-Jan-2008

Ark Therapeutics is to acquire Lymphatix Oy of Finland for £1.7m, in order to gain access to new technology for the development of gene-based medicines.09-Jan-2008

Scottish Friendly has acquired London Aberdeen & Northern Mutual Assurance Society of Leicester, including assets of £37m and 6,000 policyholders.09-Jan-2008

ENER-G has acquired Switch2 Energy Solutions, the Bradford-based provider of energy metering and billing services with 83 staff.09-Jan-2008

Macfarlane Group is to acquire Online Packaging, the packaging distributor with sites in Gloucester, Wakefield and Hinckley, for £5.1m.08-Jan-2008

Meggitt has acquired Ferroperm, the Danish manufacturer of advanced piezo-electric ceramic materials with 54 staff, for £10m.08-Jan-2008

Wynnstay has acquired John Hatton Agriculture, the distributor of animal health products, feed and supplements with sites in Lancaster, Kendal, Skipton, Gisburn and Ulverston, for an initial £0.2m.08-Jan-2008

TMN Group is to acquire TAPPS, the Dutch direct marketing company, for £8m.08-Jan-2008

Southern Bear has acquired Phoenix Dynamics, the Stoke-based supplier of electronics equipment, for up to £1.5m, in order to expand its Towerinput Trading division.08-Jan-2008

Drainline UK, the Leicester-based rain repair firm, has been bought out of administration by Drainline of Western-super-Mare, securing the future of 18 jobs.08-Jan-2008

John Shreeves Holdings, the London-based project management firm with annual turnover of £2.4m, has been acquired by Hill International of the US.08-Jan-2008

Cambria Automobiles has acquired the Summit Auto Group of 15 car dealerships for undisclosed terms, including the Victor Ford, Grange, Dees Ford and Doves Volvo brands in London, Essex, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire and Devon.08-Jan-2008

Supporta has acquired Hallam Healthcare, the East Midlands-based care services provider with 171 staff, for up to £4.7m.08-Jan-2008

Intertek has acquired Electrical Mechanical Instrument Services, the provider of calibration services to the oil and gas industry, for £0.9m.08-Jan-2008

Pearson has acquired Money-Media, the US-based provider of money management information services, for undisclosed terms.07-Jan-2008

Tor Coatings has bought the fire-retardant coatings business of Kent-based Bollom Fire Protection out of administration for undisclosed terms.07-Jan-2008

Hewden Stuart has sold its hoists business to HTC Plant for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 75 staff at three sites, including Glasgow.07-Jan-2008

Scottish & Southern Energy is to acquire Airtricity, the Irish wind farm company with sites in the UK and continental Europe, for £1bn.07-Jan-2008

Bupa has acquired Health Dialog, the US-based disease management company, for £310m.07-Jan-2008

Wadham & Isherwood has acquired Keene Farrer, the Hampshire-based property services firm.07-Jan-2008

King Sturge has acquired Leslie Furness, the retail property firm, for about £3m, and the 17 staff will relocate to King Sturge's Warwick Street office in London.07-Jan-2008

Skipton Building Society has acquired Broadsystem, the communications management and marketing services firm with 218 staff in Buckinghamshire and Bristol, for £7m.04-Jan-2008

Wallis Business Services of York is to merge with Central Stationers of Darlington to create a combined stationery group with 68 staff.04-Jan-2008

Qinetiq is to acquire two Australian defence consulting firms - Ball Solutions Group and Novare Services - for a total £9m.03-Jan-2008

Eurofins has acquired Lincolne Sutton & Wood, the Norwich-based food and environmental testing firm.03-Jan-2008

Davies Arnold Cooper has acquired KSB Law, the commercial law firm with 60 staff in London and St Albans.03-Jan-2008

Begbies Traynor has acquired David Horner & Co, the insolvency practitioner with offices in York, Doncaster and Middlesbrough, for undisclosed terms.03-Jan-2008

CB Richard Ellis has acquired GSD, the property services firm with 40 staff in Birmingham and Leeds.03-Jan-2008

Devro has sold its BioFilm division to a new company backed by Tate & Lyle Ventures for a nominal sum, and £3m will be invested in the dissolvable thin film technology business.02-Jan-2008