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Computers & Electronics - 2005
Monstermob has acquired Mobicon, the Russian provider of content for mobile phones, for £16m.
AT Communications is to acquire T-Liaison, the virtual network operator, for £1.1m, in order to expand its IP managed services business.
Simclar is to acquire Litton Interconnect Technologies, the US electronics assembly company, for £16m.
Bailey Teswaine has acquired Kedington NI, the Belfast-based cabling supplier with 35 staff, from BT for undisclosed terms.
Axon Group is to acquire TUI Consulting, the provider of SAP consulting services to US utilities and public sector organisations, for an initial £5.4m.
Carphone Warehouse is to seek planning permission to set up a call centre at Tulketh Mill in Preston, which could create dozens of new jobs.
Fujitsu is looking to open up to three 150,000 sq ft data centres in the south-east and Midlands, and also wants to consolidate its four Birmingham offices into one 70,000 sq ft building.
Cello Group has acquired Chiaros Holdings, the holding company for Labinah Management Training, for £4.1m.
Carphone Warehouse is to acquire Onetel from Centrica for an initial £132m, as well as the UK fixed-line telecoms business of Tele2 for £8.7m.
Corpora is to acquire Tokairo, the Milton Keynes-based supplier of document management technology, for £1.5m.
Touchstone is to acquire Landsteinar, the Jersey-based software consultancy with 15 staff, for £2.9m.
Genuine Games is recruiting 13 extra staff at its computer games development business in Fort William.
Enterprise is to recruit 220 extra staff at its newly-opened £20m business support centre at the Matchworks in Liverpool by the end of next year, due to rising demand for its outsourcing services.
Seagate Technology is to invest £83m in the expansion of its disk drive factories in Londonderry and Limavady, with the creation of 300 new jobs.
Zytronic is to set up a new £2.5m factory to manufacture Zypos touchscreens at its Blaydon site on Tyneside.
Vodafone is to acquire Telsim, the Turkish mobile phone operator, for £2.5bn.
BT is to acquire Atlanet, the Italian telecoms company, from Fiat for £54m.
Northgate Information Solutions is to relocate 450 head office staff from Hemel Hempstead to regional offices, as it is one of about 400 companies affected by the Buncefield oil depot fire.
Ramesys, the educational software company with offices in Wolverhampton and Nottingham, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Development Capital.
Iron Mountain has announced the creation of 50 jobs at its newly-opened data storage centre in Warrington.
Kerridge, the supplier of dealer management systems with offices in Hungerford, Bristol, Glasgow, Taunton and Telford, has been acquired by Automatic Data Processing of the US for £173m.
Prime People is to acquire Macdonald & Company, the recruitment consultancy, in a £10m reverse takeover.
Inflexion Private Equity has backed a £15m management buy-out at Red Commerce, the London-based IT services company.
Ordnance Survey has announced plans to relocate its Southampton headquarters and 1,160 staff to a new £45m building at Adanac Park by 2008.
Civica is in negotiations to acquire Comino, the Buckinghamshire-based document management software company, for about £50m.
Software Solutions Partners has acquired Sectornet, the Buckinghamshire-based supplier of commercial insurance broking systems with annual turnover of £7.5m, for undisclosed terms.
Corpora is to acquire Iora, the Basingstoke-based offline computer networking company, for £4m.
Portrait Software has acquired Quadstone, the supplier of customer analytics software with 38 staff in London, Edinburgh and the US, for an initial £3.2m.
Mobile Tornado is to list on Aim through the reverse takeover of investment company TMT, in order to fund the expansion of its Push to Talk mobile phone service.
Sage, the accountancy software company, is to recruit a further 100 customer support staff at its head office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
University of Wales Swansea is to set up a £30m Institute of Advanced Telecommunications, in partnership with the Welsh Assembly and companies such as IBM and Motorola.
PlusNet has acquired Parbin, the Harrow-based internet service provider that trades as Metronet, for £1.7m.
Detica has acquired Evolution Consulting, the IT services company with 105 staff, for £8.5m.
Hat Pin is to acquire a 70% stake in Saxton Bampfylde Hever, the executive recruitment company, in a £4.9m reverse takeover.
HTC, the Taiwan-based mobile computing company, is setting up a sales and marketing team in Slough, as part of a multi-million pound investment in its European business.
Mondas has acquired Blue Curve, the London-based software solutions company, for up to £3m.
ILX Group is to acquire Mount Lane Training & Implementation Solutions, the Reading-based training company, for an initial £2.2m.
Hewlett-Packard is planning to relocate up to 1,200 jobs from Reading to a new headquarters in Bracknell in mid-2006.
Openwave is to create about 20 jobs at its new software development support centre in Belfast.
The Cabinet Office is to relocate its e-Government unit and 30 jobs from London to Birchwood, Warrington, next year.
PNC Telecom is to acquire SIM4Travel, the supplier of mobile phone SIM cards to travellers, in a £2.4m reverse takeover.
ArmorGroup International has acquired Phoenix CP, the Hereford-based provider of close-protection training courses, for £4.2m.
Capgemini is to create 500 new jobs in Telford and 220 in Aston, as part of its ASPIRE contract to provide business and IT services to HM Revenue & Customs.
Sega is to invest up to £30m in the expansion of its games development centre at the Blythe Valley Business Park in Solihull over the next three years, and 80 new jobs will be created over the next 12 months.
EndX, the Oldham-based supplier of gaming management software with 35 staff, has been acquired by Progressive Gaming of the US for £15m.
Strategic Thought is to acquire Line International, the Bristol-based risk management software company, for £1.2m.
BT is to recruit up to 1,400 service engineers and other staff across the country to install and maintain telephone and internet services for its Openreach business.
Dell is to recruit a further 75 staff at its recently-opened computer sales and technical support centre in Glasgow over the next few months.
Language Line, the language interpreting service with about 670 translators and interpreters, is to be acquired by a US-based company of the same name for about £23m.
Cyan is to raise £6m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its semiconductor business.
Sage Group is to acquire Adonix, the French business management software company, for £78m.
Kingston Communications, the Hull-based telecoms company with a market valuation of £345m, has received a takeover approach from an unnamed company.
AT Communications is to acquire Sterry Group, the voice and data reseller with 156 staff at offices in Stockport and Welwyn Garden City, for £6.3m.
Smiths Group has acquired LiveWave, the US developer of software systems that link sensors and video cameras to remote viewing stations, for £10m.
Kewill Systems has acquired Interchain Holding, the developer of supply chain management software with 100 staff at offices in Northampton, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, for an initial £7.6m.
Microgen has acquired Milvus Software, the developer of banking software with offices in Guernsey, Barnstaple and Bracknell, for £2.5m.
South West Regional Development Agency is assisting DbsXmedia, the telecom services provider, with plans to set up a 3,000 sq ft headquarters at the Tamar Science Park in Plymouth, and some staff will relocate from London.
Autonomy is to acquire Verity, the US supplier of information handling software, for £282m.
Carphone Warehouse is to move into the broadband market with a £60m investment in the installation of its own equipment in up to 1,000 BT exchanges over the next three years.
BT has acquired CARA Group, the network services company with 134 staff in Ireland and Northern Ireland, in order to expand its BT Ireland subsidiary.
Fidelity Systems has acquired Carr Cash Registers, the Northampton-based cash register company, for less than £0.2m.
Sheffield City Council has approved plans from BT to build a new warehouse and data centre at the former Avesta rolling mill site in Tinsley, which could create up to 200 jobs.
Telecity is to acquire Redbus Interhouse, the data centre operator, for about £59m.
Centrom has acquired Axcelia, the Hampshire-based software and IT services company, for £1m.
BT has acquired Total Network Solutions, the Oswestry-based networking company with 92 staff and annual turnover of £14m.
OnLine Telephone Fundraising (OLTF) is to create 49 jobs at a new marketing centre in Dunfermline, having secured a share of Regional Selective Assistance grants totalling £15m along with 34 Scottish companies.
O2, the mobile phone operator, has accepted a £17.7bn takeover bid from Telefonica of Spain.
Vodafone is to sell its Swedish mobile phone operation to Telenor of Norway for £704m.
Telephone Maintenance Group has acquired Westcom Technical Services, the telephone systems specialist, for £0.9m.
PSD Group is to acquire Odgers, Ray & Berndtson, the executive search firm with 230 staff at seven offices, for an initial £23m.
ARM has acquired Keil, the provider of software development tools for the microcontroller market with 23 staff.
In Practice Systems is to create 25 new jobs at its Dundee-based healthcare software development business.
Calyx has acquired ITS Technology Services, the IT infrastructure services company, for £2.5m.
Marconi is to sell its telecoms equipment and international services operations to Ericsson for about £1.2bn, and the remaining Marconi business, with 2,00 staff, will be renamed Telent.
Real Time Worlds is planning to create 30 new jobs at its Dundee-based computer games development business.
Ncipher has acquired Abridean, the US identity management company, for up to £11m.
Pipex Communications has acquired Freedom to Surf, the St Albans-based internet service provider, for £10m.
Carter & Carter is looking to expand its adult vocational training business by spending up to £20m on acquisitions.
Scotland Online is planning to expand its Dundee-based internet services business, with the creation of 18 jobs.
Selex Communications is to relocate 390 jobs from Chelmsford to the site of its sister company in Basildon in 2007.
Toumaz Technology, the semiconductor design company, is to be acquired by Nanoscience in a £18m reverse takeover.
Mondas has acquired Eclipse Learner Systems, the supplier of software systems to colleges of further education, for £0.6m.
Alternative Networks has acquired Integrated Communications for Business, the Reading-based mobile and fixed line telecoms service provider with 58 staff, for an initial £6m.
Zarlink Semiconductor of Swindon is to sell its radio frequency consumer business to Intel for £40m, with the transfer of about 70 staff.
Key-Tech, the Kirkcaldy-based electronics company with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Spectrum Interactive has acquired the fixed and wireless public internet access business of Broadreach Networks for undisclosed terms, including about 400 access points across the UK.
IT3 is relocating its search engine optimisation and content management business from Newport to the Welsh Development Agency's digital media initiative in Cardiff Bay.
Garlands is to create up to 90 new jobs at its call centre in Hartlepool by mid-2006, having won a contract to provide customer services for the Dot student mobile phone service.
Netstore is to acquire Intercea, the Reading-based IT services company with 50 staff, for up to £12m.
Ashton Penney, the London-based interim management provider, is planning to set up regional offices in Leeds, Manchester and the Thames Valley next year, having just opened one in Birmingham.
BT is to acquire Infonet Network Services Deutschland, the German network solutions company with 61 staff, from T-Systems.
Belgravium Technologies is to acquire Touchstar Technologies, the manufacturer of mobile computing devices, for £11m.
Interregnum is to acquire The Video Meeting Company, the London-based videoconferencing company with 21 staff, from the Unique Group, in order to expand its Audio Visual Machines subsidiary.
IncaGold has acquired GP Mob, the distributor of games, ring tones and graphics to mobile phone handsets, for £0.1m.
Lapistor, the Bradford-based data storage company, has undergone a £4m management buy-out backed by Barclays Bank Corporate.
Torex Retail is to acquire Openfields, the US retail software company, for up to £18m.
Quantica is to acquire Capital Learning Services, the training company with 39 staff at six offices in London, for at least £1.4m.
Isoft is to acquire Novasoft Sanidad, the Spanish provider of healthcare software applications, for an initial £8m.
Trilogy Telecom, the broadband service provider, has been bought out of administration by Edge Telecom for undisclosed terms.
Polaron is to sell its Watford-based FastTrak Software Publishing division to management for £0.2m.
Tikit Group has acquired Shamrock Marketing, the Buckinghamshire-based data management services company with 20 staff, for an initial £0.3m.
Sage Group has acquired Cogestib, the French supplier of business management solutions, for £7.7m.
SPI Lasers is planning to raise £12m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Southampton-based fibre-optic lasers business.
Maxima has acquired Hanston Technology Partners, the Reading-based Oracle managed services consultancy with 37 staff, for £8.7m.
LogicaCMG is planning to raise £400m in a rights issue to support a proposed £630m takeover bid for French IT services company Unilog.
Xaar is planning to build a £7m ink-jet printing heads factory near Cambridge by the end of next year, with the creation of an initial 30 jobs.
Spice Holdings has acquired Hutchison Communication Systems, the provider of telephone maintenance and installation services, for up to £5m.
ThirdForce is to acquire Creative Learning Media, the Somerset-based e-learning company with 40 staff, for an initial £1.2m.
The Scottish Executive has announced plans for the development of a £42m computer science centre at Edinburgh University by 2007, under the name of the Informatics Forum.
Pelikon, the developer of inorganic electroluminescent displays, has announced a £5m funding round to help expand the company and prepare for an initial public offering of shares.
A-NOVO UK is looking to create up to 100 new jobs at its mobile phone repair operation in Norwich, having won a number of new contracts from manufacturers, network providers and retailers.
EDS is to create 300 jobs in the Lancashire area, having won a new contract to support government department computer systems over the next five years.
HCL Technologies, the Indian IT company, is to create 600 new back-office and help-desk jobs in Belfast and London.
DCS Group, the IT company, has sold its logistics division to Four Soft for £11m.
Computer Software Group has acquired Transoft Group, the provider of software support and integration services with offices in Slough and the US, for £2.4m.
Chelford Group has acquired Agility Systems, the Darlington-based software and IT services company with 23 staff, for up to £3.8m.
Alito has secured a £0.7m funding package to expand its Bridgend-based procurement software business, and the 12-strong workforce will rise to 23 over the next two years.
Marconi is setting up a £2m telecoms equipment distribution centre at Chase Point 1 on the outskirts of Coventry.
Commsworld has raised £0.7m to fund the expansion of its telecoms operations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and 15 new sales, engineering and administration jobs will be created over the next year.
VanCo, the network solutions company, is considering plans to set up a 50,000 sq ft office at Great West Plaza in Brentford, west London.
Stream Group has acquired Mobileworkflow for up to £7.5m, in order to expand its mobile applications business.
Quantica has acquired RK Group, the Cheshire-based recruitment specialist with more than 100 staff at ten offices, for £12m.
Telabria has secured £1m from private and institutional sources to expand its wireless broadband network, and additional funding will be raised in the coming months.
VI Group has acquired SMIRTware, the US supplier of die design software for the automotive industry, for £0.6m.
Climax Racing is looking to expand the workforce at its Brighton-based computer games development studio from 70 to 135, having won a number of new contracts from Nintendo and Sony.
ProTech Computer Systems of Birmingham is looking to expand its workforce from 32 to more than 40 over the next six months, due to rising demand for its database management system.
Azzurri Communications is to invest £1m in the creation of a national centre for educational software development in Hull, with the creation of up to 20 new jobs over the next 15 months.
Monstermob is to acquire ATOP Century, the Chinese developer of mobile phone games and services, for £55m.
Telephone Maintenance Group is to acquire Cassydora, the facilities management company, for £1.5m.
Caudwell, the mobile phone group valued at £800m, has appointed NM Rothschild to consider plans for the sale of the business.
CamAxys, the Cambridgeshire-based risk management software company with 15 staff, has been acquired by management for less than £0.2m.
Torex Retail has acquired Retail Petroleum Systems, the Irish supplier of forecourt equipment and computer systems, for up to £6m.
Cable & Wireless is to acquire Energis, the telecoms network operator with 1,550 staff in Leeds, London, Reading and Dublin, in a deal worth £837m, and is planning to shed 700 jobs across the combined group by 2008.
Cambridgeshire County Council is to open a new call centre in St Ives by the end of the year, which could lead to the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Netstore is to acquire Oakmore Holdings, which trades as System Software Solutions, for £3m, in order to expand its NetConnect subsidiary.
Carter & Carter is to acquire Assa Training & Learning, the vocational skills training company, for £24m.
Halma has acquired Radio-Tech, the Essex-based manufacturer of wireless data transmission systems, for £2m.
Solid State Supplies has acquired Wordsworth Technology, the Kent-based electronics supplier, for £1.7m.
BTR UK is planning to expand the workforce at its Warrington-based electronics recycling business from 25 to 40.
Technology Services Group has acquired AC Computers, the Wigan-based IT company with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Apex Computers International, the Swindon-based computer company with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Maxima is to acquire Ringwood Group, the supplier of document archiving software, for £2.9m.
Linguarama, the corporate language training company that includes the Cheney Court residential training centre, has been sold by BPP Holdings to Marcus Evans Business Education Centres.
Qinetiq has acquired Apogen, the US IT company with 900 staff, for £163m.
TT Electronics has sold its Houchin Aerospace power generation subsidiary to an undisclosed trade buyer for £8m.
Fonebak is to acquire Intec Group, the mobile phone repair company, for up to £4.2m.
CSR has acquired the software division of UbiNetics for £27m, in order to move into the wi-fi market.
Granville Technology, the Burnley-based supplier of Time and Tiny computers with a network of 80 Computer Shop outlets, has gone into administration through Grant Thornton with the loss of about 1,500 jobs.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Audiopack Technologies, the US supplier of voice communications equipment, for £34m.
Deltron Electronics has acquired BES Electronics, the Somerset-based supplier of products to the broadcasting industry, for £0.5m.
Telecity, the internet hosting company, is to return to private ownership in a £58m deal with US venture capital group Oak Hill.
Deltron Electronics is to acquire Deltrona Vertriebsgesellschaft fur elektronische Bauelemente, the German distributor of electromechanical components, for £2.5m.
Medlock Communications, the Manchester-based telecoms infrastructure company, has been bought out of receivership by Mivan, securing the future of 132 jobs.
Superscape has acquired Penultimate Games, the US developer of mobile games, for an initial £1.7m.
Microgen has acquired Lynx Wealth Management Systems (Guernsey), the Hampshire-based supplier of trust, fund and private banking systems, for £2.1m.
Plastic Logic has won planning permission to build a £20m open-access plastic electronics technology centre in Sedgefield, Co Durham, by 2007, in partnership with One NorthEast.
Anite is seeking acquisitions to expand its computer services business, and is particularly interested in the public sector software market.
Calyx has acquired Convergent Systems Ireland, the Irish supplier of communication solutions, for £0.4m.
Misys is to acquire Almonde, the supplier of risk management software with 35 staff in London and Paris, for £10m.
Onyx Internet of Middlesbrough has acquired Askaris, the North Yorkshire-based internet service provider.
Sanderson Group has acquired Progressive Computer Systems, the Batley-based provider of browser software with 22 staff, for up to £1.7m.
Vodafone is to create 100 jobs at the former Singlepoint customer service call centre in Chesterton, North Staffordshire.
Access Intelligence has acquired Due North, the Newcastle-based provider of e-commerce solutions, for an initial £1.5m.
Icom4 is planning to create scores of new jobs in Coventry, having won a contract to promote TalkTalk Business services in the Midlands and the north.
Viking Outsourcing has acquired the Ignite customer contact centre in Hartlepool for undisclosed terms, and the 120-strong workforce is expected to double over the next 12 months.
Eurotel, the Halifax-based telecoms company with 320 staff, has undergone a £20m management buy-out.
Kewill Systems is to acquire Perwill, the Hampshire-based IT solutions company with 20 staff, for £2m.
SmartFocus has acquired Aims Software, the French supplier of marketing software, for £1m.
Cyberview Technology is to raise £22m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its gaming software business.
Formjet has acquired SouthCoast Distributions, the supplier of OEM software products with annual turnover of £1.7m.
Statpro Group is to acquire Delve, the London-based developer of investment management software, for up to £4m.
InterQuest Group has acquired two Essex-based IT recruitment specialists for up to £1.2m - FJB (Contracts) and Maxridge.
Telephonetics, the developer of voice recognition software, is to acquire Leptis Manga in a £16m reverse takeover.
Strategic Thought is planning to raise £3m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of its software and services business.
Microgen has acquired Rbase, the Camberley-based SAP software consultancy, for £1.2m.
Torex Retail is to acquire Anker, the Bolton-based retail software supplier with 1,250 staff, for £99m.
Intellego is to acquire Modinex, the SAP software training consultancy, for £0.3m.
Portrait Software has raised £5m in a share placing to fund the development of its customer management software business.
Sensor Technology & Devices has secured a £1.7m investment from Enterprise Equity and others to fund the expansion of its Belfast-based electronic medical devices business.
Compel Group is to acquire The Brewton Group, the IT rental company that trades as Hire IT and has 58 staff in Bracknell and London, for £3m.
Solectron has acquired ServiceSource Europe, the computer parts supplier with 200 staff at sites in Warrington, Reading, London, Bristol and Dublin, for an estimated £12m.
Business Liverpool is looking to set up a call centre to provide assistance to local companies, which would combine the support services of Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Business Link Merseyside.
Monstermob is planning to raise £20m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its mobile entertainment business.
BT is to set up a new division to manage the copper wires between its telephone exchanges and consumers, and the 30,000 staff will have a separate brand and uniform from BT.
Sage Group is to acquire Logic Control, the Spanish supplier of business management software, for £55m.
Wombat Financial Software of the US is planning to set up a software development and customer support centre in Belfast, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Brady is to acquire Tradesoft, the Dutch supplier of software solutions to commodity traders.
XN Checkout has acquired EpoS Computing Services, the Milton Keynes-based provider of electronic point of sale systems, for about £4m.
PicoChip has secured a £11m investment from Intel and others to fund the expansion of its Bath-based chip design business.
Fujitsu is looking to relocate its London headquarters, and sites of up to 40,000 sq ft are being considered.
Psion has acquired Symagery Microsystems, the Canadian provider of image processing services, for £2m.
Boldon James, the messaging solutions company, has undergone a £5.5m management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.
Coventry City Council is to set up a government-funded Consumer Direct call centre to provide consumer advice to people across the West Midlands, with the creation of 34 jobs.
Scottish Enterprise is assisting Vortis Technologies, the US developer of a new antenna for mobile phones, with plans to set up a new headquarters for about 40 staff in Glasgow.
Civica is to acquire Flare Software Systems, the provider of environmental health and trading standards services, for £9m.
Imagination Technologies is to raise £9.5m in a share placing to fund the development of its mobile phone chip business.
DCC is to acquire Pilton, the distributor of computer games in Ireland and the UK, for £24m.
Newell & Budge, the Edinburgh-based IT company with more than 600 staff, has been acquired by Sopra Group of France for undisclosed terms.
Manpower is to recruit a further 50 staff at the BT directory inquiries call centre in Barrow by August.
Grays Personnel, the recruitment agency with offices in Horsham, Epsom, Sutton, and Worthing, has been acquired by the Berry Recruitment subsidiary of Multi for £0.3m.
NewLogic is to create more than 100 new jobs at its business outsourcing centre at the Boldon Business Park in South Tyneside.
K3 Business Technology is to acquire Information Engineering Group, the Manchester-based distributor of enterprise resource planning software, for an initial £3.8m.
Access Intelligence is to acquire Ridgeway, the owner of the Willow IT service for the backup and storage of data, for an initial £0.7m.
SCC has acquired TBI-Proxis Services, the French IT services company with 550 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Newell & Budge is to set up a new £6m software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 30 jobs.
ITI Techmedia has announced a £6.7m investment in the development of ultra-wideband communications, in partnership with TES Electronic Solutions, Elonics and Cambridge Consultants.
Marconi is said to be planning to relocate 355 of the 655 workers from its telecoms equipment factory in Liverpool to its Chorley site.
Inmarsat is planning to raise £379m in a flotation, in order to reduce debt and fund the expansion of its mobile satellites business.
ClientLogic is to expand the 400-strong workforce at its call centre in Derby, having secured a five-year extension to its contract with BT.
SatCom is planning a flotation on Aim, with a valuation of about £15m, in order to fund the expansion of its Salisbury-based satellite communications equipment business.
Bango is planning to raise about £5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Cambridge-based mobile phone services business.
Telecom Service Centres is planning to expand the workforce at its call centre in the Dearne Valley from 400 to 500 by the end of the year.
Phones4U is to recruit a further 100 customer service staff at sites in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke.
Leeds City Council is to set up a new £2.8m call centre in Grace Street next year, in order to make it easier for people to contact the council.
NetServices has acquired Telefonica UK, the London-based internet services business, retaining just 15 of the 45 staff, and the combined group will be floated on Aim in September.
Darwin Rhodes has secured £1.2m to fund the expansion of its recruitment consultancy and to fund a partial management buy-out.
Siemens is to create 70 new jobs at its customer service centre in Durham, to add to the existing 600 working on contracts for National Savings, the BBC and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency.
Kingston Communications has sold Arche Communications of France to Telindus of Belgium for £32m.
Learning & Teaching Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority are planning to set up an 87,000 sq ft office at the Optima scheme in Glasgow.
Wilmington Group has acquired Quorum Training, the provider of training programmes to finance departments, for £1.5m.
Walker Hamill, the London-based recruitment consultant, is to undergo a second management buy-out for £10m.
Easy i, the developer of company learning programmes with about 40 staff in Norwich and Kenilworth, has been acquired by SAI Global of Australia.
Carphone Warehouse is planning to create 125 new jobs at its recently-acquired OneStop mobile phones business in Crewe, including sales and customer service staff.
Netstore is to acquire Cassium, the IT services company that supplies the finance and telecoms sectors, for £5.6m.
Torex Retail has acquired Retail Store Systems, the US supplier of retail management systems, for £15m.
Quintic, the Cambridge-based CAD software company in Cambridge with 17 staff, has been acquired by CAD Schroer of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Kainos is to invest £3.3m in the expansion of its Belfast-based IT services business, with the creation of up to 45 new jobs over the next year.
Zoo Digital is to raise £3m in a share placing to fund the development of its Sheffield-based DVD and digital games business.
Sirvis IT has sold SiR Learning Systems, the supplier of interactive multimedia products to schools, to a management buy-out for £0.3m.
O2 is planning to set up a 100,000 sq ft telecoms call centre at the Skypark site in Glasgow, with the creation of 1,500 jobs.
SCC, the Birmingham-based technology group, is creating 50 jobs at its new logistics base at the Tyseley Industrial Park, with the transfer of work from sites in Langley and Welwyn.
Ant Marketing is planning to expand its call centre operations in Chesterfield with the creation of up to 300 jobs, having won a telemarketing contract from a residential telecoms provider.
Centrom is planning to raise £2m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its IT services business, and will seek acquisitions in the UK and abroad.
IncaGold is to raise £1.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its computer games business.
Alphameric is to acquire Optical Mark Systems, the supplier of software systems to bookmakers, for £1m.
Edenbrook has secured a £1m investment from venture capital firm Elderstreet, to fund the expansion of its technology consultancy and the acquisition of Manchester-based Moliere.
PrismTech, the Gateshead-based software company with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
BT has acquired SkyNet Systems, the Oxford-based LAN solutions provider with 59 staff and annual turnover of £22m.
Enterprise is to acquire Strategem Group, the public sector consultancy, for up to £12m.
Ubiquity Software is planning to raise £20m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Cardiff-based telecoms software business.
Agilisys is to set up a consumer advice call centre for the DTI in Barrow in March 2006, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
Itouch, the provider of mobile phone services and ringtones, is to be acquired by For-Side.com of Japan for £180m.
Pipex Communications has acquired Donhost, the dedicated and shared hosting and domain name company, for £5.9m.
Orange is in the process of recruiting 700 staff for its mobile phone call centres, including 250 in the south-west and 450 in the north-east.
Red-M is planning to raise up to £15m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Buckinghamshire-based IT security business.
Ricoh, the IT company, is to set up an office at the new football and entertainments arena being built in Coventry, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Quadnetics is to acquire Alphapoint, the US provider of digital surveillance technology, for up to £1.7m.
Centrica has acquired REDNET, the internet service provider, for £5m, in order to expand its Onetel division.
Hamsard is planning to raise £3m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its IT software and services business.
Amino Technologies has raised £15m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its broadband network services business.
Technology Services Group has agreed a £25m facility with Lloyds TSB Corporate to fund the expansion of its Gosforth-based IT services business, including acquisitions in the Midlands and the South-East.
Jade Communications, the IT equipment installation company, is to relocate its 100 staff from Warrington to St Helens in the next few months, with the Merseyside Special Investment Fund contributing £1m to the £4m cost.
Autonomy is to acquire eTalk, the US-based developer of software for call centres, for up to £49m.
Astron, the Huntingdon-based business process outsourcing company with 4,000 staff worldwide, has been acquired by RR Donnelley & Sons for £520m.
Superscape has raised £19m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its 3D mobile games business.
PacketExchange, the internet network service provider, has raised £3m from Cazenove Private Equity to fund expansion in Europe and the US.
Mavinwood is to acquire ReStore Group, the document storage and record management company, for an initial £6m.
Bridge2thinK, the e-learning company, is setting up a Scottish headquarters with eight staff at the Hillington Park Innovation Centre in Renfrewshire.
Eidos, the computer games company, is to accept a £97m takeover offer from SCi Entertainment.
Axon is to acquire Feanix Corporation, the US-based IT consultancy, for £12m.
Sage is to recruit a further 100 staff at its new headquarters in Newcastle Great Park over the next six months, with vacancies in customer service, technical support, telesales and marketing.
Amplicon Liveline, the Brighton-based electronics and IT company with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
DAT Group has acquired Synchronica Software, the German developer of data synchronisation and device management software, for an initial £0.3m.
Eckoh Technologies is to acquire Anglia Telecom Centres, the mobile distributor and fixed line reseller, from TTG Europe for up to £10m.
Redstone has acquired Xpert, the internet service provider, in a £25m reverse takeover.
Viridian is to sell Sx3, its software and IT services subsidiary with 1,100 staff, to Northgate Information Solutions for £155m.
Liberty Information Technology is investing a further £1.5m at its software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 25 jobs for software engineers.
FDM, the IT recruitment company, is to raise £3m in a flotation to fund training and the expansion of its roster of contractors.
XKO has sold its managed services operation to 2e2, the IT services group, for £13m, as part of a strategy to focus on software.
Udex has secured a further £2.7m investment from 3i and others to expand its Newport-based product data quality management software business.
Motorola is planning to set up a 108,000 sq ft office at the Chineham Business Park in Basingstoke.
Oracle, the US-based software group, is to set up a £1.1m customer service centre with 17 staff in Belfast.
Phoenix IT is to acquire Network Disaster Recovery, the independent provider of disaster recovery and business continuity services with sites in Birmingham, London, Bristol and Uxbridge, for £29m.
Alphameric has acquired Telectronics Systems, the supplier of back office solutions to the hospitality sector with offices in Milton Keynes and Hampshire, for £6.8m.
O2 is to recruit 2,000 extra staff and open a fourth call centre for its mobile phone business over the next two years, but 500 back office jobs will be lost, mainly at its Slough head office.
Devon County Council is considering plans to set up a £3m call centre with up to 60 staff to handle enquiries from the public, which is likely to involve the refurbishment of one of its existing buildings.
Enterprise has acquired CCMR and its management consultancy subsidiary DBI Consulting for up to £12m.
Cambridge Silicon Radio has acquired Clarity Technologies, the US-based developer of software for voice-based communications systems, for £9m.
Careline Services is creating 75 new jobs at its call centre in Selkirk, having won a contract to provide billing and customer care services to internet provider Tiscali.
The National Assembly for Wales is providing financial assistance to Communications Direct for the creation of 120 jobs at new mobile telecoms sales operations in Cardiff and Swansea.
Convergys is to set up a new outsourcing call centre at Central Square in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with the creation of 400 customer service and technical helpdesk jobs over the next 18 months.
Kingston Communications has acquired Technica, the storage consultancy with 30 staff in Warwick and Reading, for up to £6.5m.
BT Group is to acquire Radianz, the US network services provider, from Reuters for £91m.
TT Electronics has acquired Dage Backplane Systems, the electronic manufacturing services company with facilities in Aylesbury and China, for £8m.
Matrix Communications has acquired HarrierZeuros, HarrierZeuros Storage Solutions and IKAN, which provide a range of networking, security and storage solutions, from Harrier Group for £4.5m.
Computer Software Group is to acquire Consensus Information Technology, the Cheshire-based developer of membership management software, for £1.6m.
De La Rue has sold Sequoia Voting Systems, its US-based election systems business with about 100 staff, to Smartmatic Corporation for £7.3m.
United Utilities has acquired Marlborough Stirling, the financial software company, for £95m, in order to expand its Vertex Data Science division.
Multi Group is to acquire Berry Recruitment Holdings, the staffing and recruitment company with 50 staff at ten offices, for £0.5m.
Aepona has secured a £10m venture capital investment to fund the expansion of its Belfast-based telecoms software business.
Datanomic has secured £2.5m from 3i Group to fund the development of its data quality software business.
The AA has announced a £50m IT outsourcing deal with IBM, which will involve setting up new help desks, transferring up to 60 staff and moving 200 servers into IBM data centres.
TTG Europe is planning to sell Anglia Telecom, the mobile distributor and fixed line reseller, for £10m by the end of March.
Computer Software Group has acquired Prolog Systems, the Surrey-based provider of service management and mobile data solutions, for £0.8m.
Newell & Budge has acquired Momentum Technologies, the Indian software company with more than 120 staff, for about £2.5m.
Hays is planning to open a further 15 recruitment offices and create 400 jobs over the coming months.
Calyx is planning to raise £7m in a share placing on Aim to fund the expansion of its voice and data communications business.
BT is considering plans to relocate its 300,000 sq ft Newgate Street headquarters to a 200,000 sq ft site elsewhere in London.
Yes Telecom is planning to create up to 350 jobs at its Manchester-based telecoms business, and is currently seeking new premises.
Accenture, the management consulting and outsourcing company, is planning to set up an office in Belfast.
Empresaria has acquired a majority stake in The Recruitment Business, which includes 11 staff in London, for up to £2m.
Automatic Data Processing is to set up a 50,000 sq ft headquarters for its employer services division at Syward Place in Chertsey.
Surrey Satellite Technology is to set up a 60,000 sq ft headquarters at the Sunny Research Park in Guildford.
Amec has acquired FAST Maintenance Informatique, the French IT management company with 480 staff.
Phonebox Telecom is to create 30 jobs at a new call centre for its mobile phone distribution business in Hampton-in-Arden, and is also looking to open shops in Coventry, Telford, Leamington Spa and Worcester.
ClientLogic is to create 70 customer service jobs at its call centre at Alness in the Highlands.
Sage is to acquire Symfonia, the Polish supplier of business management software, for £10m.
Telephone Maintenance Group is to acquire Clansey Communications, the Staffordshire-based supplier of telephone maintenance and support services, for £0.4m.
Northgate Information Solutions has acquired MVM, the software development company with 190 staff at nine offices, from Anglian Water Group for £13m.
Scottish Enterprise is said to be in negotiations with O2 about plans to set up a mobile phone call centre in Scotland.
Alternative Networks, the telecoms reseller, is planning to raise £10m in a share placing on Aim to fund acquisitions and the expansion of its network of regional offices.
Tikit Group has acquired ResSoft, the supplier of time and billing software with offices in London and Hampshire, for £2m.
Technetix, the telecoms components supplier, is to merge with Tratec of the Netherlands and expects to float on Aim later this year.
Dell, the computer supplier, is planning to set up a call centre in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 850 jobs over the next two years.
Nisai Group is to invest £2m in the setting up of an educational technology business in Middlesbrough, with the creation of up to 120 jobs over the next three years.
Elite Internet Services and three other Manchester-based internet companies - ISPISP, Freedom Names and VISPWEB - have been acquired by 186k, and 186k expects to create 100 jobs with the relocation of a data centre from London to Leeds.
TradingPartners has secured a £4.6m equity investment from Kennet Venture Partners and Silicon Valley Bank to fund the expansion of its e-sourcing business.
Anite Group is to sell Datavance, its French IT consultancy division, to a management buy-out for £13m.
Sarantel is to expand the manufacturing capacity for miniature antenna at its factory in Wellingborough, funded by a £15m share placing.
E2save is to create 160 sales and customer service jobs at its mobile phone call centre in Loughborough.
CODASciSys is to acquire Coda France, the French software and IT services distributor, for £3.2m.
Technology Services Group has acquired Logical Solutions, the Leeds-based IT hardware and software company with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Albanet has acquired IRW Solutions, the Paisley-based IT consultancy with 29 staff, for about £1m.
BT is to recruit 500 apprentices this year, with training provided in engineering, technology, business management and fleet services.
Stream Group has acquired MChex, the provider of mobile data and SMS services, from Morse for £1.5m.
Plastic Logic has raised a further £4.2m of private funding to expand its Cambridge-based plastic electronics technology business.
Computacenter is to sell its Austrian IT infrastructure services business, which includes 220 staff, to S&T System Integration & Technology Distribution.
John Moores University is to relocate its International Centre of Digital Content to the new Liverpool Digital site on Edge Lane, with the Northwest Regional Development Agency providing £3.9m of funding.
Techtran Group, the University of Leedsí research commercialisation partner, has been acquired by IP2IPO in a deal that values Techtran at £20m.
Infoteam International Services is to relocate its Sony PlayStation game console repair business from Uxbridge to St Columb Major, near Newquay, with the creation of up to 185 jobs.
BNS Telecom is to build a new £1.5m headquarters at Prudhoe in Northumberland by 2006, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Inkfish is to create 40 new jobs at its call centre in Brighton, having won a contract to launch the Post Office's new phone service.
Sophos is creating 70 new jobs at its anti-virus software business in Abingdon over the next few months.
Fighting Bull Broadcast Technologies of the US is to set up a software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Pelcombe Training, the training company with 180 staff at 35 centres across the country, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Sovereign Capital for undisclosed terms.
FD Systems has acquired Serion Solutions, the Woking-based software company, for undisclosed terms.
Celltalk has acquired the IT and telecom assets of Beneficial Group out of administration, including 12 Manchester-based staff.
Sage has acquired Simultan, the Swiss supplier of accounting and payroll software, for £11m.
Computer Software Group has acquired Alveston Holdings, the Bristol-based company that trades as Systems Team, for £4.8m.