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Computers & Electronics - 2002
Alba is to set up an electronics distribution centre at the Cortonwood Business Park near Barnsley, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Advanced Power Components is to sell its communication components manufacturing business to Bel Fuse of the US for an initial £3.5m.
Garlands is to recruit 200 staff for a new call centre at the Centre North East office block in Middlesbrough, having won a new contract from an internet service provider.
Anite Group is to sell its loss-making German IT consulting subsidiary, which employs 130 staff, to a management team for a nominal sum.
Intelliplus has acquired the internet division of Directional Solutions for £0.4m, in order to expand its web hosting and internet access business.
Udate, the Derby-based internet dating agency with 45 staff, has been acquired by USA Interactive for £96m.
Warthog has acquired Zed Two, the Manchester-based computer games developer with 21 staff, for up to £1.5m.
National Grid Transco has sold its lossmaking 186k telecoms business to Hutchison Whampoa for a nominal sum.
Hytec Information Security, the Oxfordshire-based IT services company, has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of 25 jobs.
Arvato is planning to create 400 new jobs on Merseyside to expand its call centre management, e-commerce and distribution operations, and is searching for additional office space.
Ventura is to create about 500 jobs at its Dearne Valley call centre in South Yorkshire, having won a number of new orders from existing clients.
Scottish Enterprise has confirmed plans to set up three Intermediary Technology Institutes, including an energy centre in Aberdeen, life sciences in Dundee and communications technology in Glasgow.
AuSPeD, the developer of quality monitoring systems, has undergone a reverse takeover by Contemporary Enterprises for an initial £1m.
Serco has acquired CCM Software Services, the Dublin-based developer of resource allocation systems, for an initial £8.6m.
Sage has announced plans to create a further 200 jobs at the new headquarters for its accounting software business in Newcastle next year.
BPP Holdings has acquired Malpas Flexible Learning, the London-based provider of professional education and HR training, for £5m.
Display Products Technology has secured £8m of venture capital to expand its East Kilbride-based computer repair business, and the company is looking to set up an operation in China.
Vertex has acquired 7C, the call centre operator with 434 staff at sites in Liverpool, Birkenhead, London, Pembroke and India.
Document Express, the Oldham-based office equipment supplier with 40 staff, has undergone a multi-million pound management buy-out.
Isoft has acquired Revive, the supplier of e-booking systems to the NHS, for an initial £1m.
Project Telecom is recruiting 75 extra staff in Newark, to fill vacancies in administration, finance, customer service, IT and sales.
Computacenter has acquired GE CompuNet, the German IT services company, for an initial £36m.
Xpertise is in negotiations to acquire the Power Education IT training business of Lynx.
Connor Group has acquired Surtech Interconnection, the Basingstoke-based electronics manufacturing company, for undisclosed terms.
Damovo is looking to make a major acquisition early next year to expand the data communications side of its business, and is particularly interested in France, Spain, India and the US.
Northgate Information Solutions has acquired Prolog, the provider of HR and payroll outsourcing services with 110 staff at offices in Sheffield and Bath, for £4.5m.
Itouch has acquired m4 Group, the provider of mobile phone distribution services, for an initial £1.6m.
Chester College is to set up a £3m business management and IT training centre at its site in Warrington, to help develop a skilled workforce for the proposed Omega Development.
Xchanging has secured a further £50m of private equity from General Atlantic Partners for the international expansion of its support services outsourcing business.
Etol is to create up to 30 new jobs at its OC5 business on Teesside over the next three years, having won a customer services outsourcing contract from Centrica Business Services.
Logica has acquired Great Lakes Technologies, the US automotive IT solutions company with 220 staff, for £14m.
Acuid has raised a further £5m of private equity from HgCapital to fund the expansion of its Edinburgh-based silicon chip design business.
Capita Business Services has indicated that up to 1,000 jobs could be created at its new call centre in Coventry, which has been set up to handle a £230m contract for London's new road transport charging scheme.
NTP has acquired TTC Training of Woking from ABTA, to create a combined workforce training business with 280 staff.
Siemens has sold its electronics manufacturing facility in Nottingham to a management buy-out operating under the name of SMS Electronics for undisclosed terms, and all 200 staff will be retained.
Lexicon Group is planning to expand its workforce training business in South Wales with the creation of 350 jobs by the middle of next year, and will set up a new headquarters and customer support centre.
Carphone Warehouse has acquired Opal Telecom, the Warrington-based provider of fixed-line telecom services, for £65m.
Logica and CMG have announced plans for a £510m merger to create a combined IT services business named LogicaCMG, which will lead to the loss of about 1,400 jobs.
Opsys, the developer of mobile phone screens, has been acquired by Cambridge Display Technology for undisclosed terms.
Viridian has sold its 50% stake in Nevada tele.com, the provider of telecoms and internet services throughout Ireland, to joint venture partner Energis for a nominal sum.
Gaming Corporation is to sell its Space 7 software development business to one of its directors for a nominal sum, in order to focus on gaming.
Quantica has acquired Selection Training, the Manchester-based provider of work-based training, for an initial £0.2m.
Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Enterprise Grampian are planning to build an e-commerce centre at Peterhead, in order to provide 24 individual business units for local companies.
ATL Telecom, the Cardiff-based manufacturer of telecoms equipment, is planning to create an unspecified number of new jobs, and the workforce could reach 400 over the next few years.
EDS is to set up a call centre with 200 staff in Preston to handle a new Post Office system of paying welfare benefits to customers, and a similar centre will also open in Barnsley.
IBIS Business Consultants has acquired Computer Solutions, the Leeds-based software company, for undisclosed terms.
NSB Retail Systems is planning to relocate its headquarters to Canada, with the loss of about 100 jobs in Reading, Watford and Birmingham.
Coda, the accountancy software group, is to relocate 35 research and development jobs from Nottingham to its Harrogate office, and any remaining staff will be transferred to a new site on the west side of Nottingham.
Acal has sold Cisco Distribution, the Dutch supplier of networking products, to Ingram Micro for £1.1m.
Essex University is planning to build a £6m electronics and computer research centre at its Wivenhoe campus.
Logica is in merger talks with CMG, which would lead to the creation of a £950m IT services group.
Teleca is to acquire Geoworks, the Macclesfield-based software company, for an initial £1.3m.
Tadpole Technology is to sell its hardware division to a consortium funded by a Hong Kong-based conglomerate for £7m, in order to focus on web services software.
Bookham Technology is to acquire the fibre optic component operations of Nortel of Canada, and the £71m deal is expected to result in 840 job losses.
Cambridge Silicon Radio has raised a further £12m of private equity to fund the development of its Bluetooth wireless technology business.
NEC Computers International is creating 25 new production jobs at its Livingston factory.
TripleArc has acquired the ControlP software and technology business of Documedia Solutions for about £0.2m.
Zipcom is to acquire Transigent, the data service provider with 3,500 business customers, in a £10m deal.
Alphyra is to sell ITG Payphones (Ireland) to Smart Telecom for £1.4m, in order to focus on the development of its pan-European electronic transaction strategy.
Arius3D has set up a new facility in Alva, near Stirling, to scan museum objects, and expects to create 30 jobs.
Blaenau Gwent Council has commissioned the development of a £2.9m Valleys Information Technology & Communication Centre at the Tredegar Business Park, in partnership with the Welsh Development Agency and University of Wales College Newport.
E-blana is setting up a new £0.4m software development facility in Armagh, to support its Eurovet traceability solutions for the livestock and food production sectors.
Misys has acquired Eagleye Solutions, the supplier of compliance software to the asset management industry, for up to £15m.
Logica has acquired eGlobal Pacific, the Australian SAP consulting firm, for £2.3m.
The Learning & Skills Council South Yorkshire is to relocate its headquarters and up to 150 staff to Victoria Quays in Sheffield later this month.
BT is to create 90 new jobs at its call centre in Thurso to deal with inquiries from its retail customer base.
Alldaypa has acquired GroupTrade, the London-based office supplies company, for undisclosed terms.
Ergo Computers of Nottingham is planning to relocate its headquarters and up to 60 staff to a new office and manufacturing complex at Ruddington Fields Business Park next year.
Microgen is to acquire Wishstream, the provider of hosted e-billing services, for an initial £0.5m.
The Home Office has announced plans to create 300 jobs at the Criminal Records Bureau call centres in Liverpool and Darwen, which are operated by Capita.
Sage has acquired CPASoftware, the US accountancy software supplier, for £9m.
Silvaco Data Systems is building a £4m computer chip research centre at St Ives, Cambridgeshire, with the creation of almost 100 jobs, and its sales and support centre will relocate from Guildford.
Vega Group has sold its Dutch IT and process automation business to a management team for £0.4m.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced plans to set up a £15m optical electronics facility at St Asaph in Denbighshire, as part of the Technium network of industry-specific centres of excellence.
Alphameric has acquired Crown Management Systems, the supplier of back office software, for £6.3m.
Torex has acquired Arciris Holdings, the supplier of electronic point of sale and back office systems with 67 staff, for £3.2m.
Gwynedd Council has announced that European Union organisation Cymad is planning to create up to 70 jobs at a bilingual call centre at the Penamser Business Park in Porthmadog.
O2 is to create a further 300 jobs at its telecoms call centre in Bury, taking the total workforce to 1,100.
Misco is planning to create a further 100 jobs at its new computer sales centre in Wellingborough over the next few months, and parent company Systemax is already drawing up plans for another centre nearby.
Tikit Group has acquired Granite & Comfrey, the provider of software systems to law firms, for an initial £0.2m.
Knowledge Management Software is being bought out of administration by a newly-formed company called YPCS 125, in a deal worth up to £1.6m.
Pixology is to raise a further £3.7m from investors to fund the expansion of its digital photography software business.
Itouch is to acquire Telescope UK, the provider of text-message voting services, for £1.9m.
ICM Computer Group has acquired Assurity for £2.7m, in order to expand its IT assurance strategy business into London.
Intense Photonics has secured £10m of funding to expand its optical electronics business, and has already started prototype production at the former DuPont semiconductor plant near Hamilton.
Baltic Exchange has acquired Strategic Software, the supplier of communications and database software to the shipping industry, for about £1m.
Whitehead Mann has acquired Summit Leadership Solutions, the US-based provider of senior executive training, for £1.5m.
Cambrian Training Company, the provider of work-based training services throughout Wales, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms with backing from Finance Wales.
Teco Information Systems, the Manchester-based computer and telecoms hardware supplier, has undergone a £17m management buy-out from Taiwanese parent Teco International.
Marcmoor Computer Systems has been acquired by ROCC Computers of Brighton for undisclosed terms, and the business will be relocated to a new site in Market Harborough.
Ultra Electronics is to acquire CMC Electronics Military Communications of Canada for £22m.
Seven C (7C) is to create up to 45 new jobs at its call centre at the Matchworks in Garston, having won a contract from Seeboard to sell electricity and gas to residential customers.
Freeserve, the internet service provider, is considering plans to relocate its headquarters to a new 70,000 sq ft office in Hemel Hemstead.
BT has announced plans to create 100 jobs at a new Integrated Teleweb unit at Temple Quay in Bristol, which will provide services to its largest corporate customers.
Laird has sold its Fullarton computer assembly operation, which includes sites across Scotland, to Simclar of Dunfermline for £30m.
Tribal Group has acquired Yale Data Management Consultants, the provider of IT services, for £9.6m.
Marconi has agreed to sell its Italian defence communications business to Finmeccanica for £390m.
Mentmore Abbey has announced that its Iron Mountain Europe records management joint venture has acquired the Data Services business of TDG for £6.5m.
Bookham Technology, the optical components company, has sold Measurement Microsystems A-Z, its Canadian research business, to a management buy-out.
Project Telecom has acquired Ternhill Communications, the Shrewsbury-based mobile communications dealership, for £0.5m.
Tornado Virtue has acquired Streamway Netcasting, the online corporate communications company with annual turnover of £0.6m.
Freeserve is planning to relocate its AnyTime unmetered internet access service to Madeira, in order to avoid the higher VAT rates payable in the UK.
Belfor has expanded its disaster recovery business into the north-east by opening an office for five staff in Washington, and now has 14 branches.
Prima Computers, the Nottingham-based IT services company with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Portico Software, the developer of software to analyse manufacturing processes, has set up a headquarters for 15 staff in Caerphilly, and hopes to create 35 new jobs by 2004.
Advanced Rendering Technology, the Cambridge-based developer of animation software, has been bought out of administration by one of its co-founders, and the company will now be known as ART VPS.
Axiomlab is investing £0.7m in Tenison Technology, the Cambridge University spin-off that designs software for the development of microchips.
Spirent is to acquire Caw Networks, the US provider of network testing services, for up to £39m.
Easynet is to acquire most of the German web-hosting assets of Ision Internet and Ision Sales & Services out of administration for £2.2m.
Lynx Technology is to relocate 70 staff from Belper to its newly-opened office at Barlborough Links near Sheffield later this year, and then a further 30 staff will move to a new administrative centre at its site in Little Eaton.
Morse has acquired SSI Computer Group, the Irish computer supply and services company with 30 staff, for £3m.
Zen Research, the developer of computer compact disc technology, is planning to undergo a £13m buy-out.
The Ministry of Defence has allocated £578m of its budget increase for the development of a new computer system for the Armed Forces.
Coventry University is to build a new computer centre by August 2003, having won a £2.4m grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
ClientLogic is set to announce plans for the creation of a new call centre for 500 staff at an unspecified site on Tyneside, and 60 additional jobs will be created at its existing rail inquiries centre in Newcastle.
ISky Europe has announced plans to set up a customer care call centre at the Portal Hosting site in Tannochside, near Glasgow, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Marconi has sold its Applied Technologies electronics business to venture capital firm 3i for £57m.
Lawson Software has bought the software assets of Armature out of receivership for £5m, which will involve the transfer of 55 staff.
The Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire is planning to set up a £53m supercomputing service in partnership with Edinburgh University and IBM, which will involve the installation of the country's most powerful academic computer.
Chemring is to acquire ICS Electronics, the Arundel-based manufacturer of ship and radio coast station systems, for £1.5m.
Jobcentre Plus is planning to set up a new call centre in Torquay by next March with the creation of 100 jobs, in order to provide advice on local work and training opportunities.
Torex, the IT company, is building a new £5m office near Banbury for its healthcare division, with the relocation of about 140 staff from Bromsgrove and Basingstoke and the creation of 130 new jobs, while 100 staff will be moved to a new office for its retail division in Witney.
Intelliplus has acquired Swwwoosh and its Freecom.net internet service provider subsidiary in the West Midlands for £3.8m.
JoeKnowsIt is looking to create more than 50 jobs at its new online computer training business in County Durham this year.
ICIS Technology, the IT solutions company with 127 staff in Harrogate and Cirencester, has been acquired by Siemens Power Generation for undisclosed terms.
Blazepoint is to acquire a 33% stake in Montal Group, the IT services company, and has an option to acquire the remaining 67% for £1.5m.
The University of Sheffield has announced a multi-million pound staff expansion programme that will involve the recruitment of 70 additional academics in all seven faculties.
Telesens KSCL, the Edinburgh-based billing software company, has been bought out of receivership by Convergys of the US, saving up to 230 jobs.
Specialist Computer Holdings has acquired the Unix infrastructure business of Acuma for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its SCC Enterprise Computing division.
Quantica has acquired James Kimber Education, the London-based provider of publicly funded work-based training for young people, for £0.6m, and will relocate the business to its site in Hounslow.
African Lakes is to raise up to £10m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its internet and technology business.
IXEurope has raised a further £7.5m from existing investors to fund the expansion of its data hosting business.
XKO Group has acquired Aran, the enterprise business software company with offices in York, Birmingham and Burnham, for £2.4m.
Orange is recruiting 500 staff for its mobile phone call centres in Darlington, Peterlee and North Tyneside, as part of an ongoing process to replace people who have left.
Regus is to set up a £4.4m multi-lingual shared services centre at its Clarendon Dock site in Belfast, with the creation of 295 jobs.
Arius3D of Canada is to set up a £7m digital imaging centre in Dundee, in partnership with the University of Dundee and the University of Abertay, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Isardata Software Quality Engineering of Germany is to set up a £0.5m software testing and development operation in Downpatrick, with the creation of 15 jobs over the next three years.
Microlise is relocating its electronics manufacturing business and up to 240 staff to a larger site at Eastwood in Nottingham.
Qinetiq and Rotch Property have been appointed by the Church of England as approved installers of mobile telecom masts in at least 5,000 churches.
SCi Entertainment is to raise £3.1m in a share issue to fund the development of new computer games.
Redstone, the virtual telecoms operator, is to double the size of its salesforce and increase its total headcount from 390 to 440.
Capita Group has acquired three businesses specialising in absence related cost management services from the Wynchgate Group for £19m, in order to expand its HR Service division.
RiverSoft, the network software company, is to be acquired by Micromuse of the US for £43m.
Isoft has acquired the healthcare software business of Northgate Information Solutions, which sells electronic patient record systems to NHS trusts, for £33m.
Actinic, the developer of e-commerce software, has sold its trading activities to a management team for a nominal sum.
Telecom Plus has acquired Telecommunications Management, the Sussex-based telephony supplier with 29 staff, for £4.9m.
Anite has acquired CME Systems, the Bedfordshire-based provider of forensic and property management products with 16 staff, for about £1m.
Vertex has announced plans to create a further 50 jobs at its outsourcing call centre in Whitehaven.
Dolphin Telecom, the developer of a radio communications network, has been bought out of administration by Inquam for £25m.
Horizon Technology is planning to sell its Cisco Training business, which includes 62 staff in the UK, Italy, Denmark and Sweden to Azlan for £7.4m.
Alcatel has announced plans to expand its optical components division in Livingston, which will involve the transfer of optical wavelength filter production from Canada and the creation of about 60 jobs.
Project Telecom is to shed about 50 jobs at its retail services division in Newark, although some staff will transfer to its expanding corporate services division.
KPMG Consulting, the IT consultancy operating in the UK and Netherlands, has been acquired by Amsterdam-based Atos Origin for £420m.
Arrow Electronics is to relocate its marketing support and administration departments to a single site in Harlow next month, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Cable & Wireless has won approval from the Guernsey parliament to acquire Guernsey Telecom for £30m, and will invest £5m in the island's e-business infrastructure.
Scottish Enterprise has announced plans to invest £100m creating a series of "intermediate technology institutes" over the next five years, in order to encourage the commercialisation of academic research in communications, life sciences and energy.
European Telecom has been bought out of receivership, with the UK distribution business going to Global Telecoms Distribution and the phone repair business to Phone Fix, securing the future of 70 jobs.
Solid State Supplies has acquired Steatite, the distributor of electronic components, for £1.4m.
Kewill Systems is selling its enterprise resource planning software business to Exact of the Netherlands for £13m, and the proceeds will be used to acquire e-commerce companies.
Parkman has acquired Full Circle, the Swindon-based education and training services company, for up to £1.5m.
Eastbourne Borough Council is considering a £35m proposal from Carillion for the construction of two call centre buildings at Sovereign Harbour, which could lead to the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.
ID Data the smart cards manufacturer, has raised £4.1m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its systems business.
Conduit is preparing plans to expand its network of call centres following the Oftel decision to end BT's monopoly on directory enquiries, which could lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs in Cardiff.
Elev8 Solutions is seeking a suitable location to set up a second call centre in South Wales, which could create up to 400 jobs.
Innovation Group is to acquire the main software business of InterX for up to £8.3m.
Team Telecom has acquired Simoco Radio, the provider of telecom support services, for undisclosed terms, securing 51 jobs in Derby and 17 in Cambridge.
Capita Group has acquired three human resources businesses with 220 staff from PricewaterhouseCoopers for £14m, including Human Resources Outsourcing, Interim Management and Executive Search & Selection.
BSOFTB has sold its remaining software technology businesses to management for a nominal sum.
Seven C (7C) is to create scores of new jobs at its Park On Line joint venture call centre in Birkenhead over the next few months, to add to the existing 400.
The University of Birmingham has announced plans for the £20m expansion of its business school, with staff numbers doubling to 110 over the next five years.
Zoo Digital has acquired Digital Worldwide, the computer games distributor, for £1.1m.
The University of Central England has been named as one of 18 New Technology Institutes being set up across the country, as part of a £25m government-funded scheme to provide IT training to businesses.
T-Mobile is recruiting an additional 50 staff at its mobile phone call centre at Doxford Park in Sunderland.
Dixons is to acquire Direct Telephone Services, the Manchester-based provider of mobile phone services under the Genesis Communications brand, for up to £31m.
Hyder Business Services is expected to create hundreds of jobs on Teesside over the next few years as a result of its partnership with Middlesbrough Council, and will establish a regional headquarters in the town.
Nexagent is forming a partnership with Cisco Systems to develop an information exchange that will enable telecoms carriers to combine their networks, and the company is thought to have raised up to £15m of venture capital.
Fretwell-Downing Informatics has secured a £3.2m investment to fund the expansion of its Sheffield-based business supplying IT systems for library and information markets worldwide.
Smartlogik, the developer of knowledge management software, is to sell its assets to Applied Psychology Research for £1.7m, and APR will take on 36 of the 67 staff.
Idea Integration, the Brierley Hill-based software developer, has undergone a management buy-out from US parent MPS for undisclosed terms.
Orange has announced plans to invest a further £15m in the expansion of its mobile phone network in Northern Ireland over the next two years, which will involve 90 new transmitters.
Guardian iT, the computer disaster recovery company, has accepted a £167m takeover bid from SunGard of the US.
Plastic Logic has raised £6.3m of venture capital to expand its Cambridge-based microchip development business and increase the 22-strong workforce.
Anite has acquired Micro Surveys Property Systems of Kingston-upon-Thames for up to £8m, in order to provide mobile working applications to the public sector.
Glow Communications is to acquire the customer base of Future Integrated Telephony out of administration for up to £0.5m.
Chronos Technology is to create a new data communications networking subsidiary in the Forest of Dean called Bluewire Solutions, with the creation of up to 25 jobs.
Hutchison 3G is planning to set up a 35,000 sq ft regional office for its growing telecoms business at the Birmingham Business Park, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Vecta, the developer of sales software, is planning a £13m flotation on Aim, and the proceeds will be used to fund expansion and recruit additional sales staff.
Parity has acquired the IT training division of Sx3 for up to £0.2m, in order to expand its presence in Northern Ireland.
FD Systems is to relocate its Cardiff-based financial and management systems software business to a larger site at Nantgarw, and the workforce will rise from 30 to 40.
Avantis, the developer of CD and DVD servers, is considering plans to relocate its 29 staff from Abercynon to Cardiff.
BT Group is planning to set up more than 4,000 wireless local area networks in locations such as hotels, airports and stations, in order to enable business users to access their company networks and the internet.
Project Telecom has acquired TW Telecom, the Manchester-based mobile telecoms company with 15,000 customers, for undisclosed terms.
Warthog has acquired 42-Bit, the Swedish computer games developer, for £0.4m.
Virgin Mobile has started a recruitment campaign to find 150 additional staff for its mobile phones business in Trowbridge.
Jade Software of New Zealand is planning to set up a UK headquarters in York, with the creation of 25 office-based jobs for software developers and hundreds of home-based jobs for sales staff.
RM has won a £1.4m contract from the Department for Education & Skills for a five-month pilot project to develop teacher training courses.
Simoco Digital has sold its terminals business out of administration to Kelso Place Asset Management, which will involve the transfer of 76 Cambridge-based staff and a change of name to Sepura.
Astrium is hoping to create up to 250 more jobs in Portsmouth following an EU decision to proceed with the development of the £700m Galileo network of navigational satellites.
Avalanche Technology of the US is planning to create 40 jobs at its Belfast-based IT outsourcing business this year, having raised new funding to establish additional services and expand sales and marketing initiatives.
Javelin Systems Europe and Jade Communications have undergone a management buy-out from US parent Aspeon, creating a combined retail technology business with about 80 staff in the North West.
Microcomputing, the Washington-based IT solutions company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Axiomlab is investing £0.25m in iBase Image Systems, the Ilkley-based digital image management company, in return for a 22% stake.
Innovation Group has acquired Midas IT Services, the Kent-based provider of IT hosting services to the insurance industry, for £4m.
Anite has acquired Ideal Technology Services, the Manchester-based provider of software and consultancy services to local authorities, for £5m.
I-documentsystems is to acquire The Planning Exchange, the Glasgow-based supplier of information services to local authorities, for about £1m.
Synaptics, the developer of communications devices, is to set up an 8,000 sq ft office and research facility at the Cambridge Research Park.
Alchemy Partners is supporting the £24m management buy-out of two staff recruitment companies - Right4Staff of Portsmouth and Draefern of Chesterfield - from AHL Services of the US.
Regus has agreed a £100m five-year contract with Nokia to relocate 20% of Nokia's workforce to Regus business centres.
ESM has been bought out of receivership by International Rectifier of the US for £57m, which will lead to an investment of £88m at the Newport-based semiconductor plant and secure the future of 260 jobs.
Hutchison 3G is to set up a regional base for its new mobile phone network at the Manchester Business Park, which will involve the creation of about 150 new jobs and the relocation of a further 150 jobs from Heald Green.
Detica is planning to raise about £16m in a flotation in June, in order to reduce debt and expand its IT services business.
Codemasters is planning to create 35 new jobs at its computer games programming business in Warwickshire.
Lagan Technologies is planning to create 60 new jobs at its Belfast-based software business over the next two years, which will involve the expansion of its sales and marketing operation.
Walker Hamill, the recruitment consultant, is to undergo a management buy-out from the receivers of Marlborough International.
Bradford Council is considering plans to seek tenders for the creation of a £40m IT partnership, in order to computerise the various departments and transform the way the 23,000 staff work.
Ritek of Taiwan is to invest £28m in the creation of a new company, Rixell, to make optical storage discs in Omagh, with the creation of 150 jobs over the next three years.
Dell has awarded a £15m contract to Carillion to build a four-storey office block in Bracknell.
Genesis Communications is planning to expand its network of 12 telecoms offices with new branches in Belfast, Birmingham and London this year, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Nortel Networks is planning to relocate up to 600 staff from New Southgate to its site in Harlow.
Compaq is to sell its printed circuit board plant in Ayr to Jabil of the US, and about 400 jobs will either be lost of relocated to its Erskine site.
Synstar is selling its Swiss computer maintenance business to Itris, which will involve the transfer of 41 staff.
Intel has won permission to expand its European headquarters in Swindon with a new four-storey office block, which could create up to 300 jobs.
The Industrial Development Board has announced that Advanced Digital Technology of South Korea is setting up a £2.8m digital set-top box factory in Downpatrick, with the creation of 70 jobs.
ICL is planning to relocate its Manchester-based IT operations to a new £35m building at the North Manchester Business Park, securing the future of 2,000 jobs.
Freeway Software, the Wigan-based developer of payroll software, has been acquired by IRIS for an estimated £8m.
Gamma Global, the distributor of computer equipment with 40 staff at sales offices in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Italy, has been sold to management for undisclosed terms.
Norwest Holst is to build a £6m call centre and office for Barbury House Developments in Birmingham.
Greenwoods Communications has acquired Telecom Protection Technologies, the manufacturer of hardware and software to protect against electrical surges in telecom equipment with annual turnover of £2.5m.
DeltaSeal Software, the developer of e-mail tracking software, is to create up to 30 jobs at its new sales office in York over the next two years.
Tribal Group has acquired FD Learning, the Sheffield-based provider of IT services to the education sector, for £7.4m, and Hipkins, the property services company, for £0.7m.
Insolutions, the US supplier of online billing software, has opened a European headquarters in Cardiff with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Microgen has acquired OST, the IT services company, for up to £20m, partly funded by a £4.3m share placing.
Seven C (7C) is recruiting up to 700 staff for its new £5m multilingual call centre at the Matchworks in Liverpool, and is using computer-based technology instead of telephones.
Intelek is to acquire Sierra Networks' Satcom division for £3.5m, in order to expand its US-based Paradise Datacom communications technology business.
Baltimore Technologies is to sell its Japanese software subsidiary to management for £4.7m.
Business Serve is to create up to 60 new customer services and sales jobs in Lancaster following the acquisition of internet services company Cerbernet.
Amey has won a £36m outsourcing contract to provide IT systems to Northern Ireland's public libraries, and will start installing equipment in May.
Time Computers has bought the Tiny Computers chain of 134 computer stores out of administration, and will rebrand the outlets as The Computer World.
Intec Telecom Systems is to acquire the operational support systems business of ICL for £2.8m, and the two companies have also announced a worldwide partnering agreement with ICL offering Intec's mediation and billing software to telecoms customers.
Eurodis Electron, the electronic components distributor, is to sell its Swiss data division to Bechtle for £8.1m.
Vodafone has raised £713m from the sale of its stake in the Telematik railway communications network in Germany.
Warthog has raised £2m from institutional investors to fund the expansion of its games software business, and is currently negotiating an acquisition.
Baltimore Technologies has sold its Content Technologies e-mail security division to Clearswift for £21m.
Thames Water is linking up with the 186k telecoms division of Lattice Group to invest £34m in the development of a fibre communications network in London's sewers.
Misys has announced plans for the development of the AssureWeb online transaction system for independent financial advisers, which will include a £9m investment from Norwich Union, Scottish Widows and Friends Provident.
Wealth Management Software has sold its estate agency software business to management for £0.2m.
CallPoinT Europe, the provider of temporary call centre space, has secured a further £0.9m of funding from Pertemps Recruitment and property developer Credential Holdings to expand throughout the country.
Argonaut Games has acquired Particle Systems, the Sheffield-based computer games developer with 40 staff, for £2.4m.
The Industrial Development Board is supporting a £2.4m investment by 8over8 in a software development centre at the University of Ulster's science park, which could lead to the creation of 100 jobs.
British Telecom is to create a further 30 jobs at its Internet Designers Limited venture in Belfast, in order to develop a range of internet-related software and computer technologies.
QuadraNet is to acquire Accronym Holdings, the developer of operational software for health clubs, for £1.5m.
Filtronic is planning to create a further 90 jobs at its Newton Aycliffe electronics plant over the next year, to manufacture broadband communication products.
Smartlogik has bought Insight Technologies, the Surrey-based developer of knowledge capture software, out of administration for £0.3m.
Pierbridge has set up a £0.5m software research office in York and plans to increase the workforce from four to 20 over the next two years.
Anite is to acquire Lorien Consulting, the Surrey-based IT and customer loyalty consultancy, from Lorien for up to £4.8m.
Birmingham City Council is to set up a call centre for up to 170 staff at the Waterlinks House office complex near the Aston Science Park, and the service will be operated by outsourcing specialist Vertex.
Marconi has sold its Data Systems ink-jet printing business to Danaher Corporation of the US for £277m.
Centrica has acquired Iomart's broadband telecoms reselling business, which includes two customer service facilities and 40 staff, for £2m.
Motorola is planning to close its South Queensferry semiconductor plant near Edinburgh by the end of the year, although some of the 550 jobs may be relocated to its East Kilbride site.
ICL has awarded a contract to HBG to build a 50,000 sq ft office at the Crewe Business Park in Cheshire, and about 600 staff will relocate from its existing premises in Kidsgrove early next year.
Blue Edge Software, the developer of statistical software, has been acquired by Business Objects of the US for an estimated £4m.
Cedar, the financial software company, is to be acquired by Alchemy Partners for £4.2m, and will also receive a £34m cash injection and debt facility from Bank of Scotland and Alchemy.
Lucent Technologies has sold an 80% stake in the Lucent New ventures Group to UK-based private equity firm Coller Capital for an estimated £66m.
European Telecom has bought Philips' GSM handset distribution business in France for £0.3m.