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Computers & Electronics - 2004
Tanfield Group has acquired ClickHere, the Teesside-based IT training and management development company with offices in Sheffield, Billingham and Stanley.
Phonetics, the Lowestoft-based call centre with 120 staff, has been acquired by It's Your Group, the operator of call centres in Leeds and India for banks and other financial institutions.
AnswerCall Direct, the Armagh-based call centre, is expected to be bought out of receivership by HCL Technologies for undisclosed terms, securing the future of most of the 200 staff.
Tikit Group has acquired Solution 6 Network & Integration Services, the provider of network support services, for £1m.
Cobham has acquired the French microwave and diodes business of Temex for £5m, and has also announced plans to acquire the defence business of US-based Remec for £135m.
Serco has acquired ITNet, the IT services company, for £235m and RCI of the US for £113m.
Business Serve has acquired the 16,000 sq ft Leapfield House data centre in London's Docklands, in order to expand its telecoms co-location services.
Sirius Financial Solutions has acquired Datasure Management Systems of New Zealand for almost £1m, and is now looking to supply its insurance software in Australia.
Intellego has raised £0.5m in a share placing on Aim to fund the expansion of its e-learning software business.
Marconi is to set up a 310,000 sq ft headquarters at New Century Park in Coventry.
TI Solutions, the Belfast-based IT services company, has been sold by Fred Olsen Energy to Stirk Lamont & Associates for £0.3m.
Supporta has sold four recruitment businesses to Venturestaff UK for £0.6m, including Transcend Recruitment, Rovira Personnel and Sarah Harvey Recruitment offices in Birmingham and Leamington Spa.
Imprint Search & Selection is to acquire ECHM Group, the recruitment company with 132 staff in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Amsterdam and Dublin, for an initial £6m.
Findel is to acquire GLS Educational Supplies for £27m, in order to expand its educational supplies business in the London area.
Apple is planning to relocate its European headquarters from Paris to a 25,800 sq ft office in Hanover Street, London, next summer.
BT has acquired the remaining 74% of Albacom, the Italian telecoms operator, for £80m.
Pure Wafer is planning to raise up to £8m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Swansea-based silicon chip recycling business.
West Private Equity has sold 17 Asquith Court schools to Cognita for an estimated £60m, making Cognita the country's largest independent schools operator.
ILX Group is to acquire Mindscope, the provider of classroom training and project management services, for up to £1.9m.
Staffline Recruitment has raised £7.3m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its recruitment outsourcing business, which currently operates from 33 sites.
Kingston Communications is to acquire Omnetica, the Hemel Hempstead-based provider of enterprise network solutions, for £169m.
Incat of Bristol is planning to raise £4m in a flotation to fund the international expansion of its IT business.
MGMS International, the Brighouse-based executive recruitment firm with 60 staff, has been acquired by BNB Resources for undisclosed terms.
FM Workshop, the Pontypool-based software company, has undergone a £0.5m management buy-out.
Esteem Systems, the Wetherby-based IT services company with more than 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Primary Capital.
Lagan, the Belfast-based software company, has secured additional funding from DN Capital and existing investors that will lead to the creation of 38 jobs.
Telecom Service Centres has acquired the T-Mobile customer service call centre in Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, securing the future of 380 jobs.
Technology Services Group has acquired Forty One, the Warrington-based IT services company with 27 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Ascribe, the Bolton-based software company, is planning to raise £5.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of clinical information systems.
MMO2, the mobile phone company, is to expand its office at the Arlington Business Centre in Leeds, with the creation of 300 customer service jobs.
Citigroup, the US banking and insurance company, is planning to set up a back-office IT operation in Belfast, with the creation of 375 jobs over the next five years.
Sage has acquired Federal Liaison Services for £9.7m, in order to expand its payroll outsourcing service in the US.
Azure Solutions has acquired Anite Calculus, the telecoms software company that supplies interconnect, wholesale and partner event billing, rating and settlement applications, for undisclosed terms.
Torex Retail is to acquire the retail IT division of Alphameric, which includes 350 staff in Manchester, Stockport and Leicester, for up to £30m.
Matrix Communications has acquired Network Partners, the provider of telecoms services, for £12m.
Rocc Computers has acquired Tal Computer Services of Egham for undisclosed terms.
DAT Group is planning to raise £7m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of software for mobile phones.
Wealth Management Software has acquired Genisys Technology, the supplier of document management and business process management software, for £0.2m.
Touchstone is to acquire Tate Bramald, the London-based business solutions company with 33 staff, for an initial £1.2m.
BMS Biometrics has acquired ISL Biometrics, the developer of biometric security software, for undisclosed terms.
ITrain is to acquire Applied Interactive, the Milton Keynes-based supplier of training software, for up to £1.2m.
Cable & Wireless is to relocate its head office from London to Bracknell, as part of a reorganisation of its telecoms business that will involve the loss of 600 jobs across the UK and Europe.
Sarantel, the developer of a new antenna design for mobile phones, is looking to raise £10m to fund the expansion of its manufacturing capacity.
WILink has acquired Communicast, the US-based web conferencing company, for an initial £1.7m.
BT Group has acquired Infonet Services for £520m, in order to expand its telecoms operations in the US and Asia.
VCX Software, the Livingston-based database technology company, has been acquired by Beach Solutions.
Dudley Council is to create about 50 jobs at a new £0.8m customer contact centre in Castle Street by next spring.
Avanquest UK, the software development company, is to expand its sales and marketing office at Lee Mill in Devon, with the creation of 12 jobs over the next few years.
ClientLogic is to create a further 100 jobs at its call centre in Newcastle by next April, as well as 400 at sites in Derby and Watford.
CDI Group, the Birmingham-based network systems company with 90 staff, has sold its Bristol-based South and West division to management.
Sage has acquired IntelligentApps, the London-based software company with turnover of £1m, as well as George Stamford, the holding company of Advanced Paypoint Solutions.
Charteris has acquired Cedalion, the Edinburgh-based IT consultancy, for £3m.
Argonaut Games has sold its video games studios in Cambridge and north London out of administration to former management, securing the future of 40 jobs.
Cybit Holdings has acquired the mapAmobile mobile location service from MI International, in order to expand its fleet and asset management operations.
MGt is planning to set up another call centre in Fife, with the creation of 250 jobs, and a number of potential sites are being considered.
Clarity Commerce Solutions is to acquire Baron LRMS, the supplier of software to the leisure sector, for up to £0.6m.
Empresaria is to raise £3.1m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its recruitment services business.
Nallatech is looking to raise a further £10m to expand its Cumbernauld-based computer technology business.
Atmel is to expand its electronics plant in East Kilbride, with the creation of 80 jobs.
LEDA Recruitment, the Leeds-based recruitment company, has undergone a £2.7m management buy-out backed by Northern Venture Managers.
One Way Circuits has acquired Circast Electronics, the Warwickshire-based electronics manufacturer with 100 staff.
VT Group has acquired The Guidance Enterprises Group, the Yorkshire-based careers advisory company, for £2.5m.
Dicom has acquired Neurascript, the Cambridge-based supplier of information sorting software, for up to £8.3m.
Tribal has acquired Strategic Information Technology Services, the supplier of university administration systems with 72 staff in Hull and Stirling, for up to £14m.
Civica is to acquire Vehicle Intelligence, the supplier of vehicle data management systems.
Northbrook Technology is to expand its software operations in Northern Ireland over the next two years, with the creation of 600 jobs in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane.
MM Group is to create a further 150 jobs at its call centre in Bangor over the next 12 months, as part of a £4.8m investment programme backed by Invest Northern Ireland.
Yorkshire Forward is to set up a co-ordinating centre in Halifax to support the DTI's plans for the establishment of a network of specialist Radio Frequency Identification technology centres around the country.
Conduit is creating 100 new jobs at its call centre in Swansea, having won a customer billing inquiries contract from Vodafone.
Lionhead Studios has raised £7m of private equity to fund the development of new video games.
Orchard Information Systems of Newcastle is looking to recruit about 15 additional staff, due to rising sales of its software for social housing and local government.
Business Serve is to acquire Pipemedia, the Leicestershire-based provider of broadband telephone services, for an initial £0.6m.
Executel, the Gateshead-based telecoms company with 26 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Azur Holdings, the software company, is to be acquired by Maxima Holdings for £17m.
Linx Printing Technologies, the Cambridge-based manufacturer of laser and inkjet printers, is to be acquired by Danaher of the US for £86m, after Illinois Tool Works withdrew its bid.
Global Email Company (Gem) is creating 300 new jobs at its call centre in Belfast by the end of the year, having won a number of new contracts.
Dial is to create 120 new jobs at its outsourcing call centre in Llantarnam, Torfaen, over the next few weeks.
Experian has acquired QAS, the supplier of address management software with 370 staff, for £106m.
ILX Group is to acquire Computa-Friendly, the classroom training and IT consultancy, for up to £0.5m.
Business Serve has acquired the ISP division of Vital Online for an initial £0.2m.
K3 Business Technology has acquired Alpha Landsteinar, the Wiltshire-based provider of retail management solutions, for £7.2m.
Canisp has acquired the fixed line customer bases and non-geographic number services of both Elphinstone Communications and Sports Club Telecom for £0.2m.
Cambridge Silicon Radio is planning to relocate to the former Marconi building on the Cambridge Business Park.
Telegate has sold its 118866 directory inquiries service to Croftacre Holdings for undisclosed terms.
Kingston Communications has acquired Eclipse Networking, the internet service provider, for £12m.
MSB International has acquired Elite Computer Staff, the Surrey-based technology recruitment company with 20 staff, for an initial £1.2m.
Infinite Data Storage has raised £2m in a third-round funding package to expand its Dunfermline-based research and development operation.
Fujitsu is planning to relocate 35 staff from the Highland Council headquarters in Inverness to a new office Alness, Easter Ross.
Adiabatic Logic of Cambridge has secured a £0.5m DTI grant to fund the development of power-saving technology for silicon chips.
Ordnance Survey is seeking proposals from developers to find a new site for the relocation of 1,200 staff from its Southampton headquarters.
Centrica has acquired Telco Global, the telecoms company, for £43m, gaining access to 238,000 fixed-line residential customers.
Alphamosaic, the Cambridge-based semiconductor company, has been acquired by Broadcom of the US in a £67m deal.
Canisp has acquired the fixed line customer base and the non-geographic number services of International Telecom Brokers for £2.5m, in order to expand its Airtime division.
Scipher is to sell CRL Opto, the manufacturer of optoelectronic products, to a new company called CRLO Displays for £2.2m.
CSC is to open a new office for about 600 staff in Solihull by the end of the year, in order to work on a new contract for the modernisation of NHS computer systems.
Wealth Management Software has acquired the property management software business of GVA Grimley for £0.9m, which will involve the relocation of 14 staff to the WMS office in London.
Filtronic is to recruit a further 50 staff at its electronics plant in Newton Aycliffe, to add to the existing 350.
Invest NI is supporting a £1.9m investment by Indian IT company HCL in a new call centre in Belfast, with the creation of about 250 jobs.
Hotgroup is to acquire Workthing, the online recruitment business, from Guardian Media Group for £6m.
NTL is to invest up to £65m in the installation of equipment in about 300 BT telephone exchanges, in order to offer broadband services to households not connected to its cable network.
Cable & Wireless is to invest up to £50m in the provision of broadband internet services over the next 12 months, and a further £35m the following year.
Ventura, the call centre outsourcing company, is to set up a 35,000 sq ft office at The Cube in Leeds city centre.
BT is to acquire BIC Systems for £17m, in order to expand its IT and networking services in Northern Ireland.
Civica has acquired Radius, the supplier of financial software applications to local government with offices in Feltham, Watford and Altrincham, for £14m.
BAe Systems is to acquire DigitalNet, the US supplier of computer systems, for £333m.
RM has acquired Technology Teaching Systems, the supplier of school curriculum aids, for £11m.
Experian is to relocate its MCL Software division and 75 staff to a new £3m office complex in Southport in March 2005, and 25 new jobs will be created.
BDE Group has acquired Object Group, the London-based software solutions company, creating a combined business with a workforce of 55.
Psion is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions to expand its mobile computing business.
Computer Software Group is to acquire Advatech Computer Systems of Liverpool for £2.7m and Pinnacle Computer Systems of Watford for an initial £1.8m.
Iron Mountain, the records and information management company, has set up a new headquarters in Livingston, with the creation of more than 50 new jobs.
Iomart has acquired Easyspace, the Surrey-based internet hosting company, for £12m.
SmartFocus is to raise £4m in a share placing to recruit extra staff and fund the development of direct marketing software.
TriSys, the data management company, is setting up a sales and technical office at the Heath business park in Runcorn, and is now looking to expand its nationwide presence by adding to existing sites in Bedfordshire, Scotland and Dorset.
Sun Microsystems is considering plans to set up a new £5m "benchmark testing centre" at its plant in Linlithgow.
Dicom is to acquire Topcall of Austria for £27m, in order to expand its electronic information business.
Technology Services Group has acquired Baron Corporate Systems, the Leeds-based software company.
Public Recruitment Group has acquired Action First Recruitment Consultants, the London-based provider of social workers with 24 staff, for an initial £11m.
ClientLogic is creating 400 jobs at its call centre in Newcastle, in order to expand its technical helpdesk and customer services department.
Scantec Personnel is looking to expand its Merseyside-based recruitment agency by relocating its headquarters to Wirral's waterfront and creating up to 20 new jobs.
Monstermob has acquired 9 Squared, the US-based supplier of mobile entertainment services, for an initial £1.6m.
Laird has acquired Centurion Wireless Technologies, the US supplier of mobile handset antennae, for £107m, while its Laird Plastics division has been sold to Blackfriars Corporation for £36m.
ARM Holdings is to acquire Artisan Components, the US technology company, for £502m.
Intense of Lanarkshire has completed a £5m funding round to expand the business for volume production of opto-electronic components.
Business Systems Group has acquired the managed hosting and maintenance operations of Global Network Solutions, involving the transfer of 14 staff.
ARM Holdings is to acquire Axys Design Automation, the US supplier of system modelling and simulation solutions with 26 staff.
Public Recruitment Group has acquired TeachLondon, the London-based provider of permanent and temporary teaching staff to 200 schools, for an initial £3.8m.
Spirent has sold MRO, its aerospace maintenance software business, to management for £2.9m.
Tikit Group has acquired Lecsoft, the French provider of IT services to law firms, for £0.7m.
Microgen is planning to acquire AFA Systems, the financial software supplier, for £7.2m.
Codemasters is looking to raise up to £30m of private equity to fund the development of its computer games business, having dropped plans for a flotation.
Mobileway is to merge with InphoMatch of the US to create a combined mobile content and messaging interoperability business with about 200 staff.
Torex Retail is to acquire KPOS Computer Systems, the distributor of point-of-sale software, for £8.7m.
Pipex Communications is to acquire Accent UK, the internet service provider that trades as Nildram, for £13m.
Synstar, the IT services company, is to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard for £163m.
A4e Work is creating 100 new jobs in Wales, having won a three-year contract from Elwa to provide vocational training and job recruitment services.
ECI Partners and HSBC are investing £30m in EDM Group, a newly-created group of electronic document management companies including AMI of Wolverhampton, Khaos of Bristol and MBS of Cambridgeshire.
PSD Group has acquired Portfolio International, the executive recruitment consultancy, from Prime People for £1.9m.
Computer Sciences Corporation is creating 100 new jobs in Knowsley, having won a contract to provide electronic records for NHS patients.
Vega Group is to acquire Anite Systems, the German software company with 60 staff, from Anite Group for £7.5m.
Allianse of Norway is setting up a software integration sales office at the Norwegian Collaboration Centre, which is based at the Fabriam Centre in North Tyneside.
Matrix Communications has acquired Bedrock Networks, Norwood Adam Systems and Norwood Adam Technical Services, which will increase its annual turnover by about £9m.
Enterprise has acquired JMPC, the provider of IT services to schools, for up to £4.2m.
XKO has acquired the SMB business management software operations of Enterprise Software Systems for £0.3m.
Northbrook Technology is planning to create 300 new jobs in Northern Ireland this year, and a new call centre will be set up in Strabane.
Brightview Group, the internet service provider, has been acquired by Invox for £25m.
Cable & Wireless is to increase its customer services and sales staff in Leeds and Sunderland from 30 to 60.
Highams Systems Services is to acquire RWP, the IT recruitment company, for £2m.
Liverpool City Council is in discussions with partner BT to double the capacity of the Liverpool Direct call centre, creating 200 new jobs, in order to take on work from other organisations.
Morse has acquired Diagonal, the software consultancy with offices in Farnham, Basingstoke, Leeds and Warrington, for £50m.
FFastFill has acquired Future Dynamics, the software company with offices in London and Chicago and annual turnover of £2m.
Artimi, the US semiconductor company with an office in Cambridge, has raised £8m of venture capital to fund the development of products for wireless connectivity.
Icera Semiconductor of Bristol is to raise £12m of venture capital, and the proceeds will be used to expand its staff from 45 to 100.
The Cloud has received a "significant" venture capital investment from Accel Partners and 3i, in order to fund the installation of wireless internet access points throughout the UK.
Thus is to sell its call centre operations in Glasgow, Livingston and Horsham to Response Handling for £4m, which will involve the transfer of 961 staff.
Radstone Technology has acquired Octec, the Bracknell-based supplier of image processors and video trackers, for £14m.
Flex Recruitment is planning to double the size of its operations centre in Hinckley and open new offices in Leicester and Tamworth, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Symbian is recruiting an additional 300 staff to strengthen its position in the market for mobile operating systems, and the move is being funded by a £50m rights issue.
Tadpole Technology is to acquire Stream Theory, the US supplier of enterprise network software, for an initial £13m.
BNB Resources has acquired TCS Recruitment, the recruitment solutions company with offices in London, Manchester and Bristol, for an initial £4.1m.
Iris Software, the supplier of accountancy software, has undergone a £102m management buy-out backed by HgCapital.
Ultra Electronics is to acquire the airline and airport IT systems business of Videcom International, which has 20 staff at an office in Henley-on-Thames, for £1.5m.
Longhirst Group has acquired WTI Training Group, the Derby-based provider of technical and skills training to public sector workers, for undisclosed terms.
Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council are forming a joint venture with BT to set up a call centre to deal with public inquiries on council services.
ARC International has sold its Peripheral Connectivity division to TransDimension of the US for £3.6m.
Business Serve has acquired KB Media, the broadband internet provider, for £0.4m.
Newmark Security is to acquire Custom Micro Products, the Poole-based supplier of microprocessor-based products, for up to £2.8m.
Atlantic Technology, the Crumlin-based semiconductor assembly and testing facility with 250 staff, has been acquired by Unisem Berhad of Malaysia in a £16m deal.
ATL Telecom is planning to relocate its headquarters away from the St Mellons Business Park, and is seeking a 25,000 sq ft site in the Cardiff and Newport area.
PP Training is planning to open three more training centres across the north-east over the next 18 months, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Virgin is planning to raise at least £250m in a flotation of 40% of its Virgin Mobile operation, in order to fund the global expansion of a number of Virgin businesses.
Vishay Siliconix, the US supplier of power semiconductor products, is planning to set up a development centre at the Digital Technium in Swansea University.
Liberty Information Technology is investing £2.9m at its Belfast-based software development subsidiary, with the creation of 26 jobs.
National Grid Transco is to acquire Crown Castle UK, the owner of 3,500 mobile phone masts and 750 broadcasting towers, for £1.1bn.
ComputerLand UK is to create 60 new jobs in its Nottingham-based IT services business this year, and is to relocate up to 118 staff to a new headquarters at the Ruddington Business Park by December.
Xansa is planning to double its staff in India to 4,000 over the next 12 months, in order to expand its computer services outsourcing business.
OpenPSL, the distributor of computer security products with 160 staff at offices in Manchester, Leeds, Bracknell, Nottingham and Dublin, has been acquired by Bell Microproducts of the US for £20m.
Carrickfergus Enterprise Agency has secured a £1.4m funding package to build a 19,000 sq ft extension to its flexible workspace site at Meadowbank Road, in order to provide training, conference and IT facilities for up to 100 staff.
Serif, the Nottingham-based supplier of desktop publishing software with 270 staff, has undergone a management buy-out with the support of a £3m funding package from Bank of Scotland Corporate.
InTechnology has acquired NetConnect Training, the provider of network security training services, from NetStore for up to £1m.
Ultra Electronics has acquired DNE Systems, the US military communications company, for £22m.
Norfolk County Council is considering plans to set up a limited company to operate backroom services such as IT and payroll.
Imagination Technologies is to raise £7.2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its chip design business.
Monstermob has acquired Phunky Phones, the London-based provider of mobile phone entertainment services, for an initial £0.7m.
Abacus Group has acquired Telecom Design Communications, the supplier of electronic components, for £2m.
ID Data is to acquire CardBASE Technologies, the developer of smart card management solutions, for £2.3m.
Ascent Technology, the Hinckley-based software developer with sales of £23m, has been acquired by CIBER of the US.
Halladale has announced plans to build a new £10m facility for Japanese electronics firm OKI on a 64-acre site in Cumbernauld by August 2005.
BT Group is to invest up to £3bn a year in the development of a new internet-based network called 21CN, which will combine its voice and data communications onto a single system.
VeriSIM of Rosyth has secured £1.2m in funding from Scottish Equity Partners and Albany Ventures to expand its online banking simulation technology into new sectors.
Corpora is to acquire Infonic, the internet research software and services company, for £1.2m, and will also acquire software development company Algorithmix.
Enterprise has won a £250m contract to provide network installation services for BT.
Invest NI is supporting plans from BT to create almost 200 jobs at an e-customer service call centre in Enniskillen.
Cable & Wireless is to invest £70m in the development of broadband services, and is planning to install its own telephone equipment in 200 of BT's busiest exchanges.
Sirvis IT has acquired the IT support services division of OSE for £1.7m, in order to expand its Linetex Computers subsidiary.
Sunbelt Software is planning to expand its 21-strong workforce, having recently moved to larger premises in Worcester.
Target Group has acquired Bluechip Software, the Lancashire-based developer of mortgage processing software with eight staff.
Cambridge Positioning Systems has raised £5m from existing investors to fund the global expansion of its location technology.
Cable & Wireless is to acquire Bulldog Communications, the provider of broadband services, for £19m.
International Rectifier is to double the production capacity at its electronic components factory in Newport, South Wales, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Systems Union Group is to acquire Lasata, the Australian supplier of business intelligence software, for about £10m.
Tyne & Wear Development Company is to assist NewLogic in setting up a £3m business outsourcing operation at the Boldon Business Park on Tyneside over the next two years, with the creation of at least 150 jobs.
Betca, the British Educational Communications & Technology Agency, is to create 50 new jobs at its site on the Warwick Science Park, with vacancies for technical advisers, project managers and administrators.
RM, the Abingdon-based provider of IT services to schools, is seeking 70 more permanent staff and 150 temporary staff.
Business Serve has acquired Designer Servers, the Manchester-based provider of internet hosting services, for £1.9m.
Sensory Networks of the US has opened an office in London, in order to co-ordinate the European expansion of its technology for network security applications.
Bookham Technology has acquired Onetta, the US optical amplifier supplier, for about £13m.
NetBenefit has acquired Easily, the provider of domain name and hosting services, for £2.5m.
Vista Retail Support, the Cardiff-based supplier of electronic point-of-sale equipment, is recruiting an additional 24 engineers.
Neat Ideas, the stationery supplier, is to expand its call centre in Doncaster with the creation of about 47 jobs, but its warehouse will relocate to Northamptonshire.
Technology Services Group has acquired ISI Systems, the Glasgow-based IT services company with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
KEB Business Solutions, the Brighton-based cellular telephone company, has been acquired by Blue Telecommunications of Nottingham for undisclosed terms.
Ventura has taken over the former Serco call centre in Cardiff, saving 240 jobs and creating 100 new jobs, in order to provide customer services for mobile phone company 02.
MM Group is to create 50 new jobs at its call centre in County Down, having won a contract from EDF Energy.
Scipher has sold its QED Intellectual Property subsidiary to Innovation Development for £0.1m.
Cambridge Broadband has raised £9m of venture capital to fund the expansion of its wireless access technology business.
Magic4, the Warrington-based developer of mobile phone software with 130 staff, has been acquired by Openware Systems of the US for £47m.
Wealth Management Software has acquired Fairs, the supplier of software to independent financial advisers, for £2m.
Longhirst Group has acquired People Resource Management, the Portsmouth-based training provider with 60 staff, for £1.2m.
I-documentsystems is to acquire TFPL, the London-based knowledge management consultancy, for up to £4m.
Northbrook Technology of the US is planning to set up a new call centre in County Tyrone, with the creation of between 50 and 100 jobs.
Prime Business Solutions, the Newbury-based IP telephony company with 130 staff, has been acquired by 2e2 Group for £22m.
Compel Group has acquired Sysao, the London-based IT consultancy with 50 staff, for £2.2m.
Matrix Communications is to acquire Decorum Networks, the provider of IP telephony and messaging services, for up to £2.3m.
London Bridge Software, the developer of debt collection and credit management applications, is to be acquired by Fair Isaac of the US for £166m.
Ascent Group has acquired B&G Software Consultancy, the Monmouth-based IT outsourcing and software development company, for £2.2m, and up to ten new jobs will be created.
ARM Holdings is to create 40 new jobs at its Cambridge-based microchips development business.
Morse has acquired CSTIM, the London-based management consultancy with 60 staff, for an initial £5.8m.
Aveva is to acquire Tribon Solutions, the Swedish supplier of software to ship designers, for £19m.
Tribal Group has acquired Aldcliffe Computer Systems, the developer of administrative software for work-based learning providers, for up to £4.5m.
Investmaster is to create a further 22 jobs for computer programmers and analysts at its Leicester office, in order to develop software for the managers of wealthy individuals' investments.
SurfControl is to acquire Messagesoft, the US-based developer of email filtering software, for £8.2m.
Plasmon is to acquire Raidtec, the Irish data storage company, for £3.4m.
Toumaz Technology has secured a £1.5m equity investment from Canadian silicon chips manufacturer Gennum Corporation, and the two companies are collaborating in the development of ultra low-power wireless devices.
StarTek Europe is to create about 100 jobs at its call centre in Hartlepool over the next few weeks, having won a number of new outsourcing contracts.
Kewill Systems has acquired Paral System Software of India from ShipNow Global Holdings for £2m.
Hot Group is to expand its recruitment business by acquiring Mark Education for £3.3m and the Audio Secretaries Agency for £4.2m.
Si Consultants has acquired AC Computers of Ipswich, creating a combined IT services company with 42 staff.
K3 Business Technology has acquired the remaining 62% of PSE, the Lancashire-based distribution management software company.
Whitehead Mann has acquired Leonard Hull, the London-based executive search firm, for up to £3.6m.
Pipex Communications is to acquire Host Europe, the internet services company, for £31m.
OC5 is to expand the 160-strong workforce at its outsourced call centre on Teesside by creating 20 new jobs, having received extra work from Centrica.
Uniworld Communications, the Hampshire-based provider of telecoms services with annual turnover of £20m, has been acquired by Gamma Telecom.
JBS Computer Services of West Bromwich is to be acquired by Computer Software Group for £1.9m.
Business Serve has acquired Domain Names GB for £0.4m and RealTouch Internet for less than £0.1m, as part of a strategy to expand its ISP operations.
HBS is to create a further 100 jobs in Middlesbrough, having won new outsourcing contracts from local authorities across the country.
Fluency Voice Technology, the developer of speech recognition systems, has secured £6m from Kennet Venture Partners and Favonius Ventures to fund the expansion of its sales and marketing activities.
Caudwell Group is to create 1,000 call centre jobs in Manchester over the next 12 months, as part of a £50m expansion project for its Homecall fixed-line telephone services division.
Jasmin, the Nottingham-based electronics manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by Bedford-based KeTech Group for undisclosed terms, securing 21 jobs.
Huawei Technologies, the Chinese manufacturer of telecoms equipment, is to set up a European head office in Basingstoke with the creation of 200 jobs.
HQC, the St Helens-based provider of telecom assembly services with 50 staff, has undergone a £2m management buy-out backed by Merseyside Special Investment Fund.
Printware, the laser printer supplier with 70 staff, is to relocate to a larger £2.4m site in Southsea in July, and expects to create 25 new jobs by the end of the year.
LogicaCMG is planning to expand its IT services operation in Bridgend with the creation of 750 jobs, including 415 at a new business process outsourcing office.
Corpora is to acquire Exago, the developer of information management software, for £4.9m, and is also raising £2.5m in a share placing.
EIBS, the Nottingham-based web content management provider, is planning to expand its workforce from 16 to more than 30 over the next three years.
Easynet has acquired Novaxess, the Dutch provider of broadband internet services, for £26m.
Technology Services Group has acquired Orlando IT, the Manchester-based computer services company, for undisclosed terms.
Scottish Enterprise Tayside is supporting plans from Foxdown Properties to develop a new 20,000 sq ft call centre building at the Kirkton Enterprise Park in Arbroath.
TT Electronics has acquired Sensopad Technologies, the Cambridge-based developer of sensors, from Generics for an initial £1.4m.
BT is planning to close its Telephone House office in Preston and relocate about 100 staff to offices in North Street, Moor Lane and Bolton.
Cognos has acquired Softa, the Oxford-based performance management consulting company, for undisclosed terms.
DMT Communications, the Plymouth-based specialist in installing transmitters that provide internet access for laptop computers, has ceased trading with the loss of the remaining 11 jobs.
Linx Printing Technologies is to expand its workforce to handle the launch of a new range of inkjet and laser printers.
ID Data has acquired Mids & Horsey, the Petersfield-based producer of smart cards, for an initial £3.3m.
Invest NI is to assist IceMOS Technology of the US with plans to set up a £10m electronic components factory in Belfast, with the creation of 52 jobs.
EWA is to create 14 new jobs at its teacher training call centre in Chelmsford, having won a £10m Teacher Training Agency contract.
Carphone Warehouse is to acquire Xtra Telecom, the Spanish fixed-line telecoms company, for up to £17m.
Merant, the software company, is expected to be acquired by Serena of the US for £206m, although other bidders could emerge.
Zoo Digital has acquired Hothouse Creations, the Bristol-based developer of computer games, out of receivership.
Imprint Search & Selection is planning to double the size of its recruitment business this year, increasing the number of fee-earning staff from 37 to 84.
United Utilities has acquired Eurocall, the Manchester-based telecoms company with 137 staff, for £42m, in order to expand its Your Communications business.
RM has acquired Sentinel Products, the Horsham-based developer of educational network management solutions, for up to £6.1m.
Digital Union has received a £1.5m venture capital investment from Quester to fund the development of its e-sourcing and e-procurement software.
Hometech, the East Kilbride-based developer of audio and home cinema systems, is planning to raise £3m to fund acquisitions and the expansion of its business into England.
BT has won a £18m contract from BAA to install up to 180 internet kiosks at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
NLT Training Services has acquired Inpartnership Training, the Alfreton-based provider of work-based learning services.
Micro Librarian Systems, the Stockport-based software supplier, has undergone a management buy-out for an estimated £5m.
ServicePower Technologies is to raise £5.9m in a share placing to fund the development of its scheduling software business.
Telemetrix is to sell its test division to Ideal Industries for £8.5m, in order to focus on its Zetex semiconductor fabrication business.
Vis Entertainment, the Dundee-based computer games developer, is to be acquired by BAM Entertainment of the US for £4.5m.
Ordnance Survey is considering plans to relocate its 1,200 staff in Southampton to a smaller site.
Cambridge Silicon Radio is to raise up to £68m in a flotation this month to fund the development of its Bluetooth wireless chips business.
Nord Anglia has won a £10m contract to develop an online learner support service for 25,000 young people in Worcestershire and Wolverhampton, under the Private Finance Initiative scheme.
Isoft has confirmed plans to sell its Torex Retail software business to Lynxangel for up to £67m.
Quadnetics has acquired Coex, the Lincolnshire-based manufacturer of CCTV equipment for extreme environments, for £1.4m.
Hot Group has acquired Netrecruit, the online recruitment company, for £0.5m.
I-Train, the provider of online software training services, is planning a £0.7m share issue to fund the development of a UK sales team.
Intellexis is to acquire Key Skills, the Nantwich-based provider of computer-based multimedia training courses, for £2.4m.
Computer Services Group of Bridgend is to merge with Qubik Welcomm of Cardiff to create a combined IT services group with turnover of more than £2m, and seven new jobs will be created in Bridgend.
Atmel is to invest a further £100m at its semiconductor plant on North Tyneside, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Vodafone is to create 100 new jobs at its recently-acquired Project 5 telecoms facility in Newark, and the site will become a centre of excellence for services to business customers.
ARM Holdings has acquired Triscend Corporation, the US supplier of microcontrollers, for £24m.
ZEDA, the Nottingham-based IT services company, is to open its first office in London in February.
Quadnetics is to acquire Look Closed Circuit TV, the supplier of CCTV systems to bus operators, for £6.8m, and is also raising £8m in a share placing.
BT Group is to acquire Transcomm, the provider of wireless communications services, for £16m.
Tribal Group has acquired Succession Planning Associates, the executive search company, for up to £3.1m.
XKO has acquired a computer disaster recovery business from Datacentre of the Isle of Man for £1.7m.
Genesis Communications is planning to create 100 new jobs over the next 18 months, following the relocation of its mobile phone services business to parent company Dixons Group's site in Bury.
Harvey Nash is to acquire SBS Group's US-based IT recruitment and services business out of receivership for £1.4m.
Technology Services Group has acquired CPA Systems, the Teesside-based IT services company, for undisclosed terms.
Hawksmere, the London-based provider of training seminars with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners for undisclosed terms.
Misys has acquired IQ Financial Systems, the US banking software developer, from Deutsche Bank for £24m.
The Financial Services Authority is planning to invest £4m in a new IT system that will alert staff to unusual movements in share prices.
BlackSpider Technologies has secured a £4.6m investment from Cazenove Private Equity to fund the European expansion of its Reading-based managed e-mail security solutions business.
BT Group has reached agreement with McDonald's to set up WiFi internet access points at more than 500 fast food restaurants.
Hot Group has acquired The Graduate, the graduate recruitment company, for an initial £0.3m.
Specialist Computer Holdings has acquired Pluz of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms, creating an enlarged computer distribution business called ETC Pluz with 160 staff.
Envesta Telecom is planning to expand its wholesale telephone services business into Southern, Central and Eastern Europe.
Serco is to acquire Tecknical, the online learning business of Feedback, for £0.4m.
Microgen has acquired Imago QA, the provider of IT consultancy services for software acceptance and managed risk-based testing, from IQA Holdings for £1.1m.
Dyfed-Powys Police is to create 50 jobs at a new call centre in Carmarthen by the summer, in order to handle non-emergency calls.