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Computers & Electronics - 2003
Carphone Warehouse is to create 180 new jobs at its Opal Telecom call centre at the Birchwood Business Park in Warrington by July 2004.
Sifam Fibre Optics is planning to create 40 new jobs at its Torquay factory over the next six months.
Sage is to acquire ACCPAC, the US supplier of accounting and customer relationship management software, for £62m.
Anite Group is to sell Anite Benelux, its Dutch IT consultancy business, to a local software company for £1m.
Kewill Systems is to acquire TradePoint Systems, the supplier of trade facilitation software with 83 staff in the US and 15 in the UK, for an initial £7m.
Agilisys is expected to create up to 300 jobs in its enterprise solutions business over the next 18 months, and will set up a new 25,000 sq ft office in York by the end of next year.
BT is to acquire the UK operations of NSB Retail Systems for £17m, which will involve the transfer of 148 staff to a new division called BT Expedite.
Xansa is to sell its IT services business in Belgium and the Netherlands to Ewycksgroep for a nominal sum.
ComputerLand UK is to acquire the hardware maintenance business of Information Technology Solutions for £1.7m.
Dicom Group has acquired Perdata, the Spanish provider of electronic document capture services, for £0.5m.
Netstore has acquired the UK-based IT solutions business of EMS Global Holdings of New Zealand, for an initial £0.25m.
Offshore Telecom has acquired Intrinsic Networks, the provider of network and application security solutions, for up to £2m.
Systems Integrated Research has acquired Packpress, the holding company of Surrey-based Linetex Computers, for £5.3m.
Zen Internet is to relocate to new premises in Rochdale early next year, and expects to increase its workforce from 72 to 200 by the end of 2004.
Northgate Information Solutions is to acquire Rebus, the payroll software company, for £150m.
Arjuna Technologies of Newcastle has secured an undisclosed investment from North-East Seed Capital Fund and others to fund the expansion of its e-commerce systems business.
Systems Union Group has acquired Foundation Systems, the business software supplier with 50 staff, for £2.5m.
Staffing Ventures is to acquire Parys Snowdon Payroll Services, which has 165 staff at offices in Bangor, Glasgow, Leicester, Norwich and Oxford, in a £5m reverse takeover.
Business Systems Services is relocating its Swansea-based software development business to a new 5,000 sq ft site at the Garn Goch Industrial Estate in Gorseinon.
Compel Group has acquired Syscap Computer Rentals, the London-based provider of mid-range computer and enterprise IT systems with 34 staff, from Syscap for £2.6m.
ICM Computer Group has acquired ITM Support Services, the IBM support division of ITM Group with 48 staff, for an initial £3.5m.
Highams Systems Services has sold its HBS financial software business to Surecomp of Canada for £0.9m.
Touchstone Group has bought the Sage CRM business of Hertfordshire-based Brown & Co out of liquidation for undisclosed terms.
Orange is planning to set up a training academy to improve the quality of its mobile phone sales staff.
Clearswift has secured £7.3m in a financing round to fund the development of software for managing and securing electronic communications.
Systems Team has acquired Minerva Computer Systems, the Cheltenham-based supplier of membership administration systems with 13 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Goldenhill, the Preston-based supplier of human resources and payroll software with 15 staff, has been acquired by Cedar Software for undisclosed terms.
Misys has sold its UK-based back office software products business to a management buy-out backed by Primary Capital, and the new company will have 150 staff at offices in London, Birmingham and Nantwich.
Corizon has secured £2m from Atlas Venture, LMS Capital, Reuters Venture Fund and others to fund the expansion of its enterprise software business.
Hot Group has acquired Jobsin.co.uk, the online recruitment company, for £0.4m.
Zoo Digital is planning to raise £5.7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its computer games business.
MSB International has acquired the IT recruitment contracts of Kent-based Leading Edge Recruitment for up to £0.5m.
Absolute Quality, the US-based software testing and technical support company, is to create 150 new jobs in Glasgow over the next two years.
Eclipse Translations has acquired the former in-house translation department of ICI for undisclosed terms, and is also planning to increase its international freelance workforce from 850 to 1,000 by the end of the year.
Sage has completed the acquisition of Softline, the South African supplier of business management software.
Wolfson Microelectronics is planning to expand the workforce at its computer chip design business in Edinburgh from 150 to 300 by the end of 2004.
Forth Active is planning to create 50 jobs at its call centre in Glenrothes over the next five years, having secured a deal to distribute software for US-based Comco.
Morse has acquired Systematics Technology Solutions, the German storage solution and computer supply company with 138 staff, for a nominal sum.
Gatekeeper Systems of the US has acquired ActiveRF, the Cambridge-based developer of wireless tracking systems.
Hot Group is to acquire International Teachers Network, the London-based supplier of staff to the education sector, for an initial £4.4m.
MM Group has acquired Contact 24 of Bristol to create one of the country's largest outsourced contact centre service providers, which will lead to the creation of about 100 new jobs at its site in County Down.
Sherston Software, the Wiltshire-based educational software company with 60 staff in the UK and 120 in India, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Corporate.
Bookham Technology is recruiting 100 extra temporary staff at its factory in Paignton.
Northgate Information Solutions has acquired PWA Group, the HR software company with 65 staff at sites in Reading, Holborn and Knutsford, from Great Plains Software for £2.5m.
Monstermob is planning to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim, in order to fund the expansion of its mobile phone content business.
Superscape has raised £9.3m in a share placing to fund the development of 3D technology for mobile phone games.
Deltron Electronics is planning to raise £6.5m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its electromechanical components distribution business.
Edinburgh University has announced plans to build a new £40m informatics and computer science complex in the city centre by 2007, which would house 600 researchers.
Spring Group is to sell its Spring IT Training division to Vidyah for £1m.
Sage Group has acquired Grupo SP, the Spanish supplier of accounting software, for £49m.
Allen Systems Group of the US is to set up a £3.6m software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 168 jobs over the next three years.
Thus, the telecoms carrier, is to create 250 jobs at its three call centres in Glasgow, to handle an increase in outsourcing work for existing clients.
Birchfield Interactive has secured an undisclosed investment to fund the expansion of its Cardiff-based educational software business.
Vertex is to create 700 new jobs at its customer service call centres in Speke and Knowsley, while a further 400 jobs will be created in Bolton.
Vecta Software Corporation, the developer of sales intelligence software, has received £2.5m in investment funding from venture capital firm Add Partners, in order to develop strategic partner channels and drive global expansion.
ECI Partners is to support a £25m management buy-out of The Learning Library, the provider of distance learning courses in IT and accounting.
Harvey Nash has acquired Snowdogs, the US-based IT recruitment company, for up to £2.7m.
Glow Communications has sold Primary Storage, the distributor of data storage devices, to management for a nominal sum.
Microgen is to acquire MMT, the IT services company, for £18m.
Systems Union Group is to acquire MIS, the German business management software company with 460 staff, for £24m.
Manpower is recruiting 70 additional staff for the BT customer services call centre in Newport, South Wales.
Warings has won a £7.5m contract from Hewlett-Packard to extend a data centre in Swindon.
Dataflex Holdings is to sell the business of Dataflex Design Communications to a management team and place its remaining operations into liquidation.
Orange is to recruit 140 staff at its mobile phone call centre in Darlington over the coming weeks, as part of an ongoing programme to meet customer demand.
GX Networks is to acquire Pipex, the internet service provider, for £55m, and the combined group will be renamed Pipex Communications.
Specialist Computer Holdings is looking to expand its IT services business with acquisitions in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Alphameric has sold its IT logistics business to LIS Online for £0.3m.
Hot Group has acquired The Buzz Recruitment Consultancy and Buzz Tempz for an initial £0.4m.
SCi Entertainment has bought the Pivotal Games computer games subsidiary of Kaboom Studios out of receivership for £2.4m.
Roxspur is to acquire telecoms services company Cellular Holdings in a reverse takeover, and the new group will be called The Telecommunications Group.
Advantage West Midlands has announced a £24m investment in the development of e-commerce across the region, which could lead to the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs.
Ultra Electronics is to acquire the assets of Ocean Systems, the US-based developer of radio frequency devices, from BAe Systems for £6m.
Bookham Technology is to acquire Ignis Optics, the US supplier of optical modules for communications networks, for £10m.
Schlumberger is planning to sell a number of SchlumbergerSema businesses to Atos Origin for about £1bn, including most of its IT operations in the UK.
Nigel Wright Consultancy is planning to create up to 50 new jobs at its recruitment services business in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Bookham Technology has acquired New Focus, the US photonics company, for £118m.
Baltimore Technologies has sold its PKI security software operation to beTRUSTed for £5m, leaving Baltimore with just a small customer support business.
Xyratex, the Hampshire-based supplier of hard disks with 600 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by HgCapital.
Pearson has acquired LessonLab, the US developer of education software, for undisclosed terms.
Clarity Commerce Solutions has acquired two divisions of TFMCyntergy for £0.5m, including a 36-strong helpdesk and a training business.
Pennine Telecom, the Bury-based supplier of business telephone systems with 85 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Axon, the IT services consultancy, is to continue recruiting new staff following an increase in headcount from 322 to 378 over the past 12 months.
SBS Group is to sell its UK-based IT staffing business to InterQuest Group for £1.2m.
Twenty4help is to recruit a further 100 staff for its IT helpline call centre in Gateshead over the next few months.
Intec Telecom Systems has acquired Digiquant, the Danish software company, for £6.7m.
Vodafone has awarded a £6m contract to Moss Construction to refurbish offices at the Newbury Business Park by January 2004.
NWP Spectrum is forming a partnership with The Cloud to set up wireless internet access points at 7,000 sites across the UK, in order to expand The Cloud's Wi-Fi network.
The Welsh Development Agency is to help four hi-tech companies from India establish bases in Wales with the creation of about 300 jobs, and they are GTL, BPL Telecom, Infrasoft Technologies and Elan.
Boston Networks is looking into the possibility of relocating its Glasgow-based telecoms business to England, due to problems finding a large enough site in Scotland.
Nexor is to relocate its Nottingham-based secure messaging systems business and up to 80 staff to Bell House near University Boulevard in October.
EDS, the US-based IT company, is to relocate its Swansea office, which employs 350 staff, to the Matrix Business Park next May.
I-documentsystems has raised £1.2m in a share placing to fund the acquisition of Mandoforms, the Manchester-based e-commerce software company with ten staff.
KVS, the Reading-based software company, has raised £11m of venture capital to expand its global sales and marketing operation.
GX Networks has acquired Firstnet Services, the Leeds-based telecoms services company, for £4.3m.
GB Communications has acquired Motek Portable Products of South Yorkshire, and is now looking to expand its radio equipment business into the offshore and petrochemical sectors and open offices in the south of England and Scotland over the next five years.
Temp Team is planning to expand its recruitment agency business with 18 new offices across the country over the next five years, with the creation of 40 jobs.
BT is to create about 100 jobs in Exeter over the next few months with the opening of a new directory enquiries call centre at Exbridge House.
Vodafone is planning to close its call centre in Abingdon in November, and some of the 210 staff will be offered the chance to relocate to Banbury or Birmingham.
Vocalis, the speech recognition software company with 60 staff, has gone into administration and the main trading division has been sold to Netdecisions for a nominal sum.
Centurion Electronics has raised £1.2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its in-car audio-visual entertainment business across western Europe.
EDS, the US-owned IT solutions group, is linking up with Akeler to develop a 200,000 sq ft headquarters complex at its Wavenden site in Milton Keynes, and staff will relocate from Luton and existing offices in Milton Keynes.
NCR is to build a £7m customer care centre at the Eurocentral business park in Mossend, with the transfer of about 300 jobs from Cumbernauld and elsewhere in the UK.
Detica has acquired Rubus, the systems integrator that focuses on content management and customer interaction solutions, for £2.6m.
Radstone Technology is to acquire Interactive Circuits & Systems, the Canadian developer of military radio systems, for £21m.
Northgate Information Solutions has acquired Hays Consulting & Solutions for £5.5m, and will close the Hays office in Milton Keynes with the loss of an unspecified number of jobs.
Vodafone is to acquire Singlepoint, the mobile phone services subsidiary of Caudwell, for £405m.
Glamorgan Telecom is to relocate its Cardiff-based telecoms business and 45 staff to the Cardiff Gate Business Park.
Red Shark, the supplier of print cartridges, is to open a new warehouse in Berwick with the creation of 12 jobs.
PinkRoccade, the Dutch IT services company, is opening a new service centre at the Inchinnan Business Park in Glasgow, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Eckoh Technologies is to acquire Intelliplus, the provider of telecoms services, for £8.9m.
Clarity Commerce Solutions has acquired Pacer CATS, the supplier of software solutions to the cinema market, from Ticketmaster for about £2m.
Vodafone is to acquire Project Telecom, the Newark-based provider of mobile phone services, for £155m.
Torex has expanded its healthcare software business with the £1.4m acquisition of the operating theatre and anaesthesia systems business of Civica.
Advanced Power Components has acquired Silver Birch Marketing and GO Technology, the Cambridgeshire-based distributors of electronic components.
Torex is planning to merge with Isoft to create a combined supplier of computer systems to the health care sector with a valuation of £700m.
ARM Holdings has acquired Adelante Technologies, the Belgian designer of data processing systems, for undisclosed terms.
CRC Group has acquired ADP Technical Services, the Bedford-based computer repair company with 35 staff.
Alphameric is to acquire Compass Software for £9m, and has also raised £2.5m in a share issue.
Hays has sold its business process outsourcing division to Astron for £21m, as part of a strategy to focus on recruitment.
Conduit is to recruit a further 300 staff for its 118UK directory enquiries call centre in Swansea by September.
Sage has acquired Timberline Software, the US supplier of business software, for £64m.
HBS, formerly Hyder Business Services, is recruiting a further 70 staff in Middlesbrough, in order to offer a revenues and benefits processing service for councils throughout the country.
Northgate Information Solutions has acquired Blue 8 Technologies, the Nottingham-based provider of IT systems to the emergency services, for £9.3m.
Tribal Group has acquired Kinetic Technologies, the supplier of property and asset management software to local authorities, for £7m.
Mondas is to raise £1.5m in a share placing on Aim, in order to expand its banking and educational software business.
Hays is to sell its information management services business to Iron Mountain Europe for £200m.
Kalido has secured £11m of venture capital to expand its data management software business into the US.
Autonomy is to acquire Virage, the US supplier of video and communications software, for about £16m.
Computer Services Group is planning to double the 29-strong workforce at its IT support business in Bridgend over the next five years.
Sherwood International, the software company, has accepted a £65m takeover offer from SunGard of the US.
Fujitsu is relocating some of its IT operations from Kidsgrove to a new £8m building at the Crewe Business Park, which will house about 600 staff.
Planit Holdings has acquired Huckerby Royall Systems, the supplier of enterprise resource planning software with offices in Woking and Leicester, for £0.5m plus shares.
Scottish Development International has provided assistance to Founder Group, the Chinese PC manufacturer that has announced plans to open a sales and marketing headquarters in Glasgow with the creation of up to 100 jobs over the next three years.
Bookham Technology is to acquire Cierra Photonics, the US manufacturer of fibre optic components with 39 staff, for £2.2m.
Baltimore Technologies is to sell SelectAccess, the provider of an online access service, to Hewlett-Packard for £8.3m.
Marconi has raised £40m from the sale of a 32% stake in broadband internet provider Easynet.
CML Microsystems is to acquire Hyperstone, the German semiconductors company, for £5.2m.
The University of Liverpool's Advanced Internet Methods & Emergent Systems Institute has secured £2m of EU funding to develop grid computing technology at a new science park next to the Metropolitan Cathedral, which could lead to the creation of 175 jobs.
Seagate Technology is to invest £90m at its Londonderry plant over the next two years, in order to develop new computer disk drives with increased storage capacity and performance.
The Department of Trade & Industry is to invest £90m in the commercialisation of nanotechnology over the next six years, and expects universities and industry to collaborate in their research.
Ultra Electronics is to acquire SML Technologies, the Southampton-based developer of electronic surveillance products with 40 staff, for £6.5m.
Cardpoint has acquired Project Telecom Distribution, the Newark-based provider of top-up facilities for mobile phones, for £1.7m.
Valid Information Systems, the Barking-based provider of records management services, has been acquired by Hummingbird of Canada for an initial £10m.
DCS Group has sold DCS eI, the provider of IT solutions to the supply chain sector, to a management team operating under the name of Computer Systems Integration for £1.2m.
Spirent has sold Aviation Information Solutions, its aviation hardware and software business with about 100 staff in the US, Canada and the UK, to Teledyne Technologies for £4.1m.
ComputerLand UK is planning to create up to 100 jobs at its Nottingham-based IT services business by building a new office next to its Ruddington headquarters.
Ofcom, the new communications regulatory body, is setting up its headquarters at Chelsfield's 175,000 sq ft Riverside House in London SE1, while Knight Frank has been appointed to dispose of the four central London properties of Ofcom's predecessors.
Latens Systems is to invest £2.5m in a new operation to produce digital TV software in Belfast, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next four years.
Pelikon has raised £3.2m of venture capital to invest in the expansion of its display systems factory in Caerphilly.
NCC is creating a further 50 jobs at its Manchester-based IT consultancy business, following an increase in demand for its Escrow software protection arm.
IQ-Ludorum has sold its Strategic Software Solutions software development subsidiary in India and its 2DB software consulting division in the UK to Affine Research & Development for a nominal sum.
PCCW of Hong Kong has acquired 13 regional licences to develop a nationwide fixed-wireless broadband network, which could also be used as a relay for 3G mobile phones.
Holders Technology is to sell its 81% stake in its Justfone telecoms services subsidiary to a private investor for up to £0.5m.
Atmel is to create 40 new jobs at its semiconductor plant in Wallsend, and is importing £34m-worth of production equipment from Texas.
Agilent Technologies is to close its fibre-optic components factory in Ipswich in July with the loss of 200 jobs, while 50 research staff will relocate to a new site.
Northgate Information Solutions is to acquire Carapeople, the supplier of payroll processing systems with 120 staff at offices in Brentford, Bristol, Dublin and Basingstoke, from Hibernia Development Capital Partners for £13m.
Telegate is to create 300 new jobs at its 118866 directory enquiries call centre in Dumfries.
Spring Group is to acquire the UK and European IT recruitment operations of Best International Group for £7.5m, including offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Epyx has acquired TransLease, the provider of electronic authorisation and invoice delivery systems to the automotive market, from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young for undisclosed terms.
Carphone Warehouse has acquired the German operations of Hutchison Telecommunications for £32m, as part of a strategy to enter the service provider business.
Securicor has sold Securicor Information Systems, the Chippenham-based provider of IT consultancy services with more than 500 staff, to a management team backed by Kleinwort Capital for up to £30m.
Invensys is to sell Baan, its Dutch software business, to Cerberus Capital Management and General Atlantic Partners for £84m.
Torex has acquired Mercury Petroleum Systems, the supplier of software and services to the retail petroleum industry, for up to £1m.
Advantage West Midlands has announced a £4.6m scheme to establish a network of "learning zones" on industrial estates in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, in order to improve workforce skills and create 60 new jobs.
The Number is to establish a new directory enquiries call centre at the Langage Science Park in Plymouth, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Virgin Mobile is to recruit a further 200 staff at its mobile phone call centre in Middlesbrough next year.
Nord Anglia Education has acquired the Leeds-based skills training provider Yorkshire Post Training, in order to expand its Lifetime Careers subsidiary.
ISA International has been bought out of administration by a London-based consortium, securing the future of 290 jobs at its computer supplies business in Bradford.
Iron Mountain, the US data storage company, is planning to set up a new base at the Primepoint 14 site in Stafford, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Vale of White Horse District Council is considering plans for the development of a £4m innovation centre at the UK Atomic Energy Authority site at Harwell, in order to provide flexible premises for small science-based businesses.
Vertex is creating 90 new jobs at its call centre in Forres, to handle work for the Department for Work & Pensions, Tesco Telecom and an unnamed retail banking organisation.
Roscom is to create up to 150 new jobs at its Derby-based telecommunications business, in order to carry out testing work for a new police secure communications network.
Knowledge Support Systems' principal trading subsidiary is to be acquired by Eurovestech, and the remaining KSSG shell will undergo voluntary liquidation.
Acal has acquired 70% of the issued share capital of Computer Parts International from its management and 3i Group, in a £5.8m deal.
Atomic Planet Entertainment is creating 20 new jobs at its video games software business in Middlesbrough, and a further 20 jobs will be created over the next 12 months.
Ventura has announced plans to create up to 1,000 new jobs at its customer service call centre at Wath in South Yorkshire.
Marconi is to shed 37 of the 374 jobs at its research and development site in Beeston, and plans to set up a new £40m centre in Nottingham have been dropped.
Touchstone has acquired the Microsoft Great Plains business software division of Tenon Technology, which will involve the transfer of a client list and certain employees.
Adecco is to expand its recruitment call centre in Middlesbrough with the creation of 80 jobs.
Torex has acquired Protos, the supplier of maternity IT systems, for £1.5m.
Project Telecom has acquired IMS Telecom, the Leeds-based provider of mobile telecom services, for £2.2m.
Concept 2100, the internet support company, is planning to triple its west Cornwall-based workforce to 30 over the next year.
Nettec is to sell Nettec Solutions, the supplier of content-managed corporate portals, to Aspect Internet Holdings for £0.6m.
Advantage West Midlands is said to be planning to develop a £5m nanotechnology research centre, and details are expected to be announced in July.
PCCW of Hong Kong is said to have bid for 15 regional wireless licences, in order to set up a new broadband network across the UK.
Software for Sport is to acquire Chorus Application Software, the south-west of England-based supplier of financial software systems, for £1.4m, and has also announced plans to change its name to Computer Software Group.
One NorthEast has announced that the European Telecommunications Resilience & Recovery Association is to set up a new headquarters at the University of Northumbria's Disaster & Development Centre in Newcastle.
Mouchel has acquired Lloyd Davies Associates, the Newbury-based information management consultancy, for up to £1.7m.
PNC Telecom has sold KJC Mobile Phones, the mobile phone retail and distribution business, and PNC Telecom Services, the fixed line telecom business, to Harthall for £2m.
CODASciSys has acquired Business Collaborator, the Reading-based provider of knowledge management solutions, from Enviros for £2.8m.
SDL has acquired Lomac, the provider of Eastern European localisation and translation services, for up to £1.2m.
Planit Holdings is to acquire Radan Computational, the Bath-based supplier of CAD software for the sheet metal industry, for £3.6m.
NCC Group, the Manchester-based software services company with 140 staff, has undergone a £30m management buy-out.
Parity Group has acquired the training facilitation business of Technical Training of Edinburgh for £0.7m.
Protekila of Turkey has set up a smart card technology development centre in Belfast, where it expects to employ 17 software engineers over the next three years.
Convergent Communications has sold its systems division to the Oval subsidiary of Azzurri for £4m, in order to focus on its mobile phone service and distribution business.
Seagate Technology is investing £4m in a new digital storage research and development project at its plant in Springtown, Londonderry.
Ericsson is to relocate a corporate office from Burgess Hill to Guildford later this year, which will affect up to 370 staff.
InTechnology has acquired Allasso, the German distributor of IT security products, from Articon-Integralis for up to £20m.
Andor Technology is to invest £6m in the expansion of its scientific cameras business in Belfast, with the creation of 87 jobs over the next three years.
Retail Decisions has sold its Human Resources Technology software subsidiary to management for £0.9m.
XKO has acquired Control, the ERP software company with 40 staff and offices in Deeside and Birmingham, for £1.2m.
Initiative Software has acquired Tele-Connect of Staffordshire from Cedar Enterprise Solutions for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its call centre software business.
TTP Communications has acquired Mobisys Telecom, the South Korean GSM/GPRS terminal integration and design company with 24 staff.
Scottish & Southern Energy has acquired Neoscorp, the Berkshire-based provider of communications network infrastructure, for £13m, in order to expand its SSE Telecommunications division.
The Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire has won a £12m government grant to conduct research into a fourth-generation light source, which would be used for the development of computer memories and pharmaceuticals.
Radstone Technology is to relocate its Foundation Technology electronics manufacturing business and up to 81 jobs from Towcester to Milton Keynes in May, while the remaining Radstone Group headquarters and 225 staff will move to a new site in Towcester.
South Tyneside Council is helping Amicus Outsourcing set up a call centre with 100 staff in Jarrow.
The Scottish Optoelectronics Association has announced plans to open a £4.2m optoelectronics research centre in Livingston this summer.
Itouch is acquire Movilisto, the provider of mobile phone services in Spain and Portugal, for an initial £24m.
The Number is to create 300 new jobs at its directory enquiries call centre in Cardiff.
Telecom Service Centres of Scotland is planning to expand its call centre business into England, and sites are being considered in the Dearne Valley.
Clarity Commerce Solutions is to acquire Romulus Enterprises, the Edinburgh-based supplier of business intelligence analytic software, for up to £5m.
Rixell is to expand its computer parts factory in County Tyrone with the creation of 90 jobs, but there will be 55 redundancies in its printing and packaging operation.
Hartlepool Borough Council has announced plans for a £5.8m project to set up 18 Community Training and ICT Centres across the town.
Conduit is to create a further 350 jobs at its 118UK directory enquiries call centre in Cardiff over the next month.
Flex Recruitment is planning to open four new branch offices over the next few months, and a new headquarters has been established in Hinckley.
Freeserve is considering plans to relocate its broadband internet operations to Madeira, in order to escape the UK's higher VAT rate.
Netstore has acquired NetConnect, the internet security company with offices in London and Cambridge, for an initial £0.8m.
Computacenter is planning to create a further 150 jobs at its IT hardware distribution business in Scotland this year.
Cellular Operations, the Swindon-based provider of mobile airtime services, has been acquired by Vodafone for undisclosed terms.
Quasar Microwave Technology has sold its military, medical and aerospace product range to a management team operating under the name of Waveguide Solution, securing the future of 12 jobs in Newton Abbot.
Torex has acquired Micrelec, the Belgian supplier of forecourt site control systems, for £9m.
Mobile Cohesion is creating up to 20 new jobs, following a £2.7m investment at its Belfast-based telecoms software business.
Rotherham Council has agreed a £150m partnership with BT, which is expected to lead to the setting up of a call centre with 80 staff, civic offices being demolished and more council staff working from home.
GO-teaching is planning to expand its teacher supply agency throughout the country, with the creation of additional jobs at its call centre in Exeter.
O2 is creating a further 180 jobs at its mobile phone call centre in Bury.
FIS, the Israeli supplier of software solutions to the financial services sector, is to set up a permanent office in Cardiff, with the creation of 124 jobs.
Invest NI has announced the creation of a £3m venture capital fund to support the development of research-led businesses in Northern Ireland, and it will target university departments and hi-tech start-ups.
Sun Microsystems has announced plans to invest £36m at its plant in Linlithgow, in order to boost the site's capacity and set up a customer monitoring service.
Eyretel, the call centre software company, is to be acquired by Witness Systems of the US for £37m.
Twenty4help is creating at least 50 new jobs at its call centre operation in Gateshead.
Centerprise International is to set up a £5m computer manufacturing and warehouse facility at the 17-acre Duffryn Meadows site near Caerphilly, with the creation of 290 jobs.
Conduit is to set up a new call centre for its 118UK telephone directory inquiry service in Swansea, with the creation of 350 jobs over the next six months.
BT is considering plans to open a directory inquiries call centre in India, prompting speculation that up to 700 jobs could be lost in the UK.
Radiant Networks has secured a further £12m of venture capital to fund the development of its high-speed internet technology.
Symbol Technologies is planning to relocate its international repair centre business from Reading to continental Europe later this year, with the loss of 90 jobs.
Northumbrian Water has sold its Imass computer solutions business to management for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 80 jobs.
Cheshire Circuits has acquired Cranford Circuits of Winsford, creating a combined circuit boards business with 90 staff.
Morse has acquired Grantham Sutch Associates, the London-based computer services group with 20 staff, for £3.1m.
Conex Data Communications is expanding its computer networks business into Scotland by opening a new office for eight engineers in Livingston.
Telecom Service Centres, the call centre company with 1,700 staff, has undergone a £23m management buy-out backed by Lloyds Development Capital.
Azlan, the distributor of computer networking equipment, is to be acquired by Tech Data of the US for £140m.
Warthog has expanded its games software business with the £0.2m acquisition of Texas-based development studio Fever Pitch, in order to gain a presence in the US.
Bookham Technology is creating 60 new jobs at its telecom components plant in Paignton, but 200 jobs are being lost at its research and development centre in Milton, Oxfordshire.
Rolfe & Nolan, the software supplier, has received a £15m takeover approach from a management team backed by HgCapital.
Ballast has won a £5.4m contract to build a communications centre in Glasgow for Strathclyde Police.
AEA Technology is to sell its CFX software business, which specialises in computational fluid dynamics, to Ansys of the US for £12m.
Caudwell Group is considering plans to set up a £10m call centre for its Phones4U mobile phones business at the Celtic Springs business park in Newport, with the creation of up to 900 jobs.
Planit Holdings has acquired Lignatec, the developer of stair manufacturing software, for £0.3m.
Udex has secured £3m of venture capital from 3i to fund the expansion of its barcode computer systems business in Europe and the US.
Raytheon is to create 20 jobs at its electronic components factory in Glenrothes, having won a new weapons contract for the British Army.
BT is planning to relocate up to 160 call centre staff from Bangor to Colwyn Bay.
Filtronic is planning to increase the workforce at its electronic components plant in Newton Aycliffe from 262 to 500 by the end of 2004.
Imerge of Cambridge has raised £1.5m of venture capital to fund the development of technology for internet-connected hard disk-based audio products and media appliances.
Jigsaw Customer Management is planning to create 50 jobs at a new call centre in Cambridge over the next 12 months.
CBE Business Schools is to set up a call centre in Peterborough to handle enquiries about government-funded training, with the creation of more than 100 jobs over the next 18 months.
Lexicon Group has acquired Strickland Consultants of Glasgow, in order to expand its vocational training business into Scotland.
Cambridge Semiconductor has raised £3.7m from a consortium of investors to fund the development of chip technology for the power supply of consumer electrical goods.
Inverness & Nairn Enterprise has provided £0.6m of funding to a new IT training scheme being operated by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, which will lead to the creation of more than 200 local jobs.
Longhirst Group, the Northumberland-based training and conference group, has undergone a £7.6m management buy-out backed by Northern Venture Managers, and plans to create more than 50 jobs over the next three years.
Viasystems has sold its Ballynahinch electronics factory in County Down to a management buy-out, securing the future of 65 jobs.
Sifam Fibre Optics has undergone a £2.5m management buy-out backed by HSBC Bank and JDS Uniphase, securing the future of 43 jobs in South Devon.
Sage has acquired Concept Group, the French financial software company, for up to £6.5m.
Codemasters is looking to expand the workforce at its Warwickshire-based video games business, and is seeking programmers, designers, artists, project managers and technicians.