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Onyx Group has acquired Teesside-based Business Continuity Centres for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to set up disaster recovery centres on Tyneside and Teesside in 2007.
Bond International Software has acquired Gowi Group, the HR software developer with 120 staff in London, Portsmouth, Crawley, Lingfield and Wootton Bassett, for £8.9m.
Quantum Microponents has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 70 jobs at its computer parts factory in Skelmersdale, but 28 jobs have been lost with the closure of its site in Cannock.
Kingston Communications has acquired JAM IP, the Maidenhead-based IP contact centre solutions company, for an initial £2.6m.
Chemring is to sell its McMurdo marine electronics business to Signature Industries for up to £4.5m.
Zytronic is to invest a further £1.5m at its touchscreens factory on Tyneside by summer 2007, with the expansion of the 190-strong workforce.
Calyx is to acquire Mentec, the IT services company with sites in Leicestershire and Ireland, for £10m.
Carter & Carter is to acquire Quantica Training, the London-based vocational training company with 125 staff, for £12m, as well as NTP, the Sheffield-based company with 220 staff, for £7.9m and IMS, the Bradford-based company with 30 staff, for £3.5m.
Realtime Worlds is to create more than 40 jobs at its video games development centre in Dundee, having secured a £15m investment from New Enterprise Associates of the US.
OneClickHR has sold its payroll bureau and its Employee Intranet product operation to Northgate Information Solutions for £0.4m.
Misys has acquired SC Fino Capital, the Romanian financial software development company with 67 staff.
InTechnology is to sell its electronic components distribution division to the European subsidiary of Arrow Electronics for £41m, involving the transfer of up to 200 staff.
Flowphonics, the Glasgow-based digital rights management firm, has been acquired by Arbinet of the US for undisclosed terms.
Intelliden of the US is investing £3.2m at a new telecoms research and development centre at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast, with the creation of 35 jobs.
Creating Careers is to relocate its e-learning business and up to 25 staff from Morpeth to a larger site at Seaton Burn this month.
Datatec is to acquire CSF Solutions, the enterprise IT solutions provider, and a CSF Managed Services data centre in Bracknell for £6m.
Nasstar is to acquire Network Support International, the email software company that trades as Virtual Email, for £0.8m.
Coms has acquired Exchange XT, the internet telephony supplier, for £0.5m.
Retec Digital is to acquire Media 4 UK, the Bedford-based provider of hardware installation and maintenance services, for £0.2m.
Change Recruitment Group, the recruitment company with 104 staff at offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, has undergone a £14m management buy-out backed by NBGI Private Equity.
Axon Group has acquired Zytalis, the US provider of SAP consulting services, for an initial £7.7m.
VI Group has acquired Camtek, the Malvern-based CAM software company, for £2.8m.
Manchester City Council is considering proposals to establish a public wireless broadband network over an area of up to 400 square miles, and will seek funding from the government's Digital Challenge Initiative.
Micron Europe is to set up an additional 24,000 sq ft of office space at the Century Court development in Bracknell.
JP Morgan is to create up to 200 new jobs at its IT operations in Glasgow over the next two years, having won a £3m grant from the Scottish Executive.
Telecom Service Centres is to set up a new call centre in Kilmarnock with the creation of an initial 100 jobs, and the workforce will eventually reach 500.
Supporta has acquired TQS, the Birmingham-based business process outsourcing company with 177 staff at six offices, for an initial £4.8m.
Control Techniques is to create 20 new jobs as part of a £2m investment at its electronics business in Newtown, Powys.
Phones 4u is to create up to 150 jobs at its mobile phones call centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme by summer 2007.
Capita Business Services is to create up to 50 new jobs at its computer support operation on the Wyvern Business Park in Derby.
Sirvis IT is to acquire Technology Management Group, the IT services company, for £2.1m.
Real Time Engineering, the IT consultancy with 140 staff in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, London and Qatar, has been acquired by Sword Group of France for up to £15m.
Artimi has raised £16m from existing investors to fund the expansion of its Cambridge-based wireless communications business.
Proactis has acquired Requisoft, the West Midlands-based e-procurement software solutions company, for £0.8m.
BT is planning to acquire PlusNet, the Sheffield-based broadband company, for £67m.
Infoserve is to relocate its internet sales office from Stockton to a £3m site at the Morton Palms Business Park in Darlington in December, and plans to create 275 jobs over the next three years.
Dell has acquired ACS, the Glasgow-based IT systems management company with 250 staff, for undisclosed terms.
PTS Consulting has acquired Improcom, the IT and communications consultancy with offices in Lutterworth and London, for undisclosed terms.
Maxima has acquired Intertech Solutions Ireland, the Dublin-based IT services company with 33 staff, for £4.1m.
Sage has acquired Protx Group, the London-based online payment services company, for £20m.
Cumbria County Council and Agilisys are expected to expand the workforce at the Consumer Direct call centre in Barrow, having secured government approval to cover consumer organisations.
Work Group has acquired RCC HR, the Knutsford-based provider of recruitment communications services, for up to £4.4m.
KeyPoint Technologies is planning to create 100 jobs at its newly-launched text messaging technology business in Glasgow.
Technology Services Group has acquired CCL Technologies of Kingston for undisclosed terms, and CCL's 12 staff will relocate to TSG's existing office in central London.
Phoenix IT has acquired Servo Computer Services, the Derbyshire-based hardware and software services company, for £30m.
Micro Focus is to acquire HAL Knowledge Solutions, the Italian portfolio management software company, for £2.3m.
Ericsson is looking to relocate 2,000 former Marconi staff from Coventry within two years, and is considering office schemes of up to 200,000 sq ft in Loughborough and Ansty.
Anite Group is to acquire Nemo, the Finnish mobile phone network testing business, from Elektrobit Group for £57m.
Thus is to install broadband connections to 440 schools, libraries and council offices across the south of Scotland, as part of a £32m contract with the South of Scotland Broadband Pathfinder Project.
Arup has acquired Rossmore Group, the Solihull-based management consultancy with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Microstencil has secured a £0.5m investment from Braveheart and the Scottish Co-investment Fund to expand its West Lothian-based microelectronics business.
Axon Group has acquired Premier HR Solutions, the US provider of SAP HR consulting services, for an initial £6m.
Gemplus is considering plans to close its smart cards factory in Havant, in order to relocate some of the 350 staff to the Axalto site in Segensworth.
Azure Solutions has sold its Martlesham-based Advanced Communications Monitoring business to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
BT is looking to recruit 400 apprentice engineers for its Openreach broadband division, while a further 150 will be temporarily transferred from its global services unit.
FWL Technologies, the Liverpool-based software services company with 104 staff in the UK and 116 in India, has been bought out of receivership by Anisa UK and Four Soft.
BT has acquired Counterpane Internet Security of the US for about £21m, in order to expand its global services division.
Armstrong Laing Group, the Knutsford-based software company, has been acquired by Business Objects of the US for £30m.
Turbo Power Systems is to set up a new £1m 50,000 sq ft electronics factory in Gateshead, with the creation of about 100 jobs over the next three years.
Aviza Technology is to invest £6.4m in the expansion of its semiconductor equipment business in Newport, South Wales, with the creation of 30 research and development jobs.
ClientLogic is to reopen its telecoms technical support call centre in Derby with the creation of 300 jobs.
K3 Retail Solutions is creating 30 new jobs at its Oxfordshire-based retail software business.
Vecta Software Corporation, the Oxford-based supplier of sales intelligence software, has been acquired by Electronic Data Processing for £0.9m.
Spiritel is to acquire Networks Direct UK, the provider of voice, broadband, wholesale line rental and non-geographic numbers, for £1.6m.
XKO Group is to sell its software and services division to a new company called UK Software Holdings for up to £15m, in order to focus on the revenue assurance sector.
Onyx Group is looking to create up to 200 new jobs at its Middlesbrough-based internet solutions business over the next few years, in order to help US-based NCR Incorporated launch a radio frequency identification network in the UK.
Carphone Warehouse is to acquire the AOL internet access business in the UK from Time Warner for £370m, and 100 of the 500 AOL jobs are expected to be cut by the end of the year.
BroadSoft, the US telecoms company, is setting up a £0.4m software centre in Belfast, creating up to five jobs for telecoms and software engineers.
K3 Business Technology has raised £1.6m in a share placing to fund acquisitions and the development of its enterprise software business.
Maxima has acquired Cognition Solutions, the ERP software company with 47 staff in Manchester and Cheltenham, for £7.4m.
Infosys Technology is planning to recruit 25 students from 12 universities across the UK to train at its facilities in India next year.
Vebnet has acquired 4th Contact, the London-based employee benefits company with 11 staff, from Star Technology for up to £0.6m.
Gem is to create 300 new jobs at its call centre in Belfast, having won new contracts from companies involved in online entertainment and travel.
Codeworks is to relocate its centre of excellence for digital technology from Newcastle to St Peter's Gate in Sunderland next month, including project and management staff.
Kingston Communications is to acquire Smart421, the Ipswich-based IT services company, for £24m.
Duke Street Capital is to acquire a 58% stake in 2e2, the Newbury-based IT services company valued at £132m.
Mobile Cohesion has secured a £2.6m cash injection to fund the expansion of its Belfast-based telecoms software business.
AWS Electronics has acquired Jantec Electronic Services, the Bedfordshire-based electronics manufacturer with 23 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Hansatech, the printed circuit boards manufacturer with sites in King's Lynn, Cambridge and Poole, has been acquired by PartnerTech of Sweden for £5.8m.
M2 Digital, the Manchester-based supplier of copiers and printers with 100 staff, has sold a majority stake to ECI Partners for an estimated £20m, and is now looking to open offices in Cambridge, Bristol and Glasgow.
EDS is planning to recruit 40 graduate and IT trainees from universities in Lancashire by the end of the year, and existing staff have started relocating to its new site in Preston.
Northbrook Technology is to invest £23m in the expansion of its software operations in Belfast and Derry, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Access Intelligence is to acquire Management Services 2000, the York-based developer of compliance software for the financial services industry with nine staff, for an initial £2m.
Masternaut has acquired GE Mobile Solutions, the Skipton-based mobile computing technology company, and will rename the business as Three-X Communication.
Sega is to create 60 jobs at the Blythe Valley Business Park in Solihull over the next 12 months, in order to produce racing and driving games.
BeCogent is to create 350 jobs at its outsourcing call centre in Erskine, Renfrewshire, by the end of the year.
Orchard Information Systems is planning to increase the 140-strong workforce at its Tyneside-based IT solutions business to 200 over the next four years.
Radstone Technology, the Towcester-based defence technology company, has accepted a £130m takeover offer from GE-Fanuc Embedded Systems of the US.
One NorthEast and County Durham Economic Partnership are planning to set up a £10m Plastic Electronics Technology Centre at NETPark in Sedgefield by 2008, including clean rooms, laboratories, offices and an initial ten staff.
Forest of Dean District Council has approved plans from Vantage Point Developments to set up a £5m electronics recycling facility at Cinderford, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Capula, the IT services company, is planning to double its 40-strong workforce in Cumbria over the next few years, having just opened a new site near Whitehaven.
Whitehead Mann, the executive recruitment firm, is to be acquired by Palladian Investments for £26m.
SHL, the recruitment services company, has been acquired by private equity firm HgCapital for £100m.
Gladstone is to acquire a 60% stake in Valuenetics, the Danish software development company.
Spiritel is to acquire Callplan, the telecoms services company that sells through a network of more than 70 independent agents, for up to £0.6m.
Ovum is to acquire Orbys Consulting, the London-based sourcing strategy and supplier selection consultancy, for up to £3.6m.
Alterian has acquired Nvigorate, the Surrey-based developer of marketing resource management software with 12 staff, for £0.3m.
Isoft, the software company, is to close its Manchester headquarters and relocate up to 51 jobs to sites in Warrington and Banbury.
Gowi Group is to raise up to £5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its human resources software business.
Siemens is in negotiations to set up a new 183,000 sq ft headquarters at Frimley Square business park in Surrey, with the relocation of up to 1,400 jobs from Bracknell.
Pipex Communications is to acquire Toucan, the telecoms services provider, from IDT Telecom for £24m, as well as the Bulldog broadband business from Cable & Wireless for £12m.
Organization Metrics, the Canadian developer of human resources management software, is to set up a 3,000 sq ft office on Old Hall Street in Liverpool, with the creation of up to 15 jobs in its first year.
BT is to take back in-house the call centre work that was previously outsourced to ClientLogic in Alness, which will involve the transfer of 61 staff and the creation of 40 new jobs.
Glen Group has acquired Explore, the Edinburgh-based IT services company, for £0.1m.
Horizon Technology is to sell Clarity Ireland, the Irish distributor of IT products with 49 staff, to Westcoast for £4.2m.
QCA, the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority, has indicated that Coventry is likely to be selected as the preferred location for its new headquarters for 550 staff.
Milltech, the Sunderland-based business training company with 26 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Zoo Digital is to raise £3.9m in a share placing to fund the development of its video software business.
Gladstone is to acquire London Systems, the provider of registration and cashless payment systems to schools, for £0.5m.
Exalia, the London-based web hosting company, has been acquired by NBT for £3.2m.
Rubicon Software is to raise £0.75m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of its customer relationship management software.
O2 is looking to set up a new 200,000 sq ft headquarters in the Thames Valley, and is currently considering sites at Bath Road in Slough and Green Park in Reading.
Fibernet, the telecoms network provider, is to be acquired by Global Crossing of the US for £50m.
Logan Orviss International is considering plans for a flotation to raise funds for the expansion of its telecoms consultancy.
Capula, the IT services company with 180 staff at offices in Stone, Gloucester and Cumbria, has undergone a £30m secondary management buy-out backed by Dunedin Capital Partners.
Micro Librarian Systems, the Stockport-based software company with 35 staff, has undergone a £8m secondary management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.
LogicaCMG is to acquire WM-data, the Swedish IT services company, for £882m.
Telecom Service Centres is to create 100 new jobs at its call centre in the Dearne Valley, having won a contract to manage sales, order processing and customer service for Office Depot.
AT Communications has acquired Rocom, the telecoms equipment supplier with offices in Wetherby, London and Manchester, for £17m.
Spirent Communications has acquired Imperfect Networks, the US developer of security testing solutions, for an initial £2.2m.
Sage is to acquire Emdeon Practice Services, the US healthcare software company, for £297m.
RM is to acquire Music Education Supplier, the supplier of school equipment, for up to £1m.
Detica is to acquire MA International, the management consultancy with 130 staff and offices in London and New York, for up to £32m.
ROK Entertainment is planning a $250m flotation on Nasdaq to fund the expansion of its Wolverhampton-based mobile phone content business.
ISL Computers has acquired Microworld, the Huddersfield-based IT services company, for undisclosed terms.
Computer Software Group has acquired Videss, the legal software developer with offices in Leeds and Swindon, for £7m.
Cumulus Technology, the mobile data services development company, has been acquired by WIN for £2m.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Winfrith Safety Systems, the Dorset-based supplier of neutron flux detectors with 24 staff, from Canberra Harwell for £3.1m.
Caudwell Group, the mobile phone company, has been sold for £1.46bn, with Doughty Hanson acquiring the wholesale distribution division and Providence Equity Partners acquiring the Phones4U chain of shops.
Detica is to acquire Inforenz, the Surrey-based information forensics company, for up to £2m.
Morse is to sell its hardware reselling operations in Germany and Austria to Becom Group for up to £6.5m.
IQE has acquired the US-based electronic materials business of Emcore Corporation for about £9m.
Microlease, the telecoms test equipment company, has undergone a £30m management buy-out backed by private equity firm LDC.
Appian Technology has acquired Genesis UK, the developer of automatic number plate recognition systems with sites in Cheshire and Somerset, for an initial £1.4m.
ViewPoint Systems is planning to expand the workforce at its new call centre in Wick from 26 to 50 over the next few months.
Redstone has acquired Tolerant Group, the Stoke-on-Trent-based network security solutions company with 36 staff, for £3.7m.
Scantec Personnel is to relocate its headquarters from Oxton to Twelve Quays in Birkenhead at the end of the year, with the creation of 30 new jobs.
Keypoint Technologies is planning to create up to 100 jobs at its electronics business in Glasgow by the end of the year, including vacancies for software engineers and project managers.
Cramer Systems, the supplier of operations support systems software with offices in Bath and London, is to be acquired by Amdocs of the US for £205m.
Intec Telecom Systems is to acquire EUR Systems, the US outsourced telecoms billing company, for about £7m.
Delcam has acquired International Manufacturing Computer Services, the US-based CAM software developer, for £1.7m.
Landmark Communications is to create a further 50 jobs at telesales centres in Llanelli and Carmarthen.
VICS, the Manchester-based mobile video research company, is to be acquired by 2ergo.
Huntingdonshire District Council is planning to start work on the development of a new £6m operations centre in Latham Road in September.
E2V Technologies is to acquire Atmel Grenoble, the French electronic components supplier with 450 staff, for £76m.
SurfControl is to acquire BlackSpider Technologies, the Reading-based provider of network security services, for up to £20m.
SPI Lasers has raised £5m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its optical fibre-based laser design business.
Yorkshire Forward is to invest £5m in the creation of a European Centre for Automatic Identification & Data Capture at the former Elsie Whiteley Mill in Halifax later this year.
Vodafone has acquired Yes Telecom, the Manchester-based telecoms company with 110 staff, for an estimated £30m.
Spirent Communications has acquired Scientific Software Engineering, the US developer of wireless network software with 24 staff, for an initial £5.4m.
SatCom Group is to acquire World Communications Center, the US provider of satellite communication solutions, for an initial £2.2m.
TBS is to create 20 new jobs at its software business in Belper over the next 12 months, due to the success of its Taskmaster data input product.
NCC Group has acquired Source Harbor, the US escrow software company, for up to £0.8m.
Quantica has acquired Interactive Training Management, the work-based training company with 23 staff in Manchester, Chester and Birkenhead, for £0.4m.
United Business Media has acquired MeXi Solutions, the Belgian communication and data access solutions provider, for £1.8m.
Ovum is to acquire Summit Strategies, the US-based IT research company, for £0.6m.
Torex Retail is to acquire Retail-J, the Hertford-based developer of electronic point-of-sale software with 20 staff, for £50m.
MGt is to set up a new support services call centre in Kirkcaldy with the creation of 200 jobs, as part of a £9m investment.
Dell has confirmed plans to create a further 450 jobs at its computer operations in Glasgow over the next two years.
Supporta has acquired Datacare Business Services, the Oxfordshire-based data archiving company, for an initial £2.8m.
International Rectifier is to invest up to £100m in the expansion of its semiconductor factory at Newport in South Wales, with the creation of 250 jobs by 2010.
Invest NI is to provide £2.4m of funding to Imagine Communications Group to set up a new business services call centre in Armagh, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Computer Software Group has acquired Laserform International, the legal software developer with offices in London, Bristol and Lymm, for £4.8m.
ComputerLand is to create up to 70 jobs at its Nottingham-based IT support services business, having won a £15m contract from O2.
NCR, the data services company, is planning to relocate staff from its London headquarters to a new 40,000 sq ft office in Watford.
QCA, the London-based Qualifications & Curriculum Authority with 650 staff, is looking to relocate to a site of up to 120,000 sq ft, and is considering locations in Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Coventry, Birmingham and Bristol.
Redstone is planning to acquire Symphony Telecom for £17m, funded by a £20m share issue.
VI Group is to acquire Plastics & Computer International, the Italian plastics software consultancy, for £0.6m.
Atkins has acquired Mantix Group, the programme management consultancy with 60 staff in Ipswich and London, for £8.7m.
LogicaCMG has won planning permission to build a three-storey office for 300 new staff at its site on the Bridgend Science Park.
Communications Direct has acquired Quay Contact, the Manchester-based mobile phone reseller with almost 100 staff, creating an enlarged group with the capacity for more than 700 operators at four sites.
O2 is to acquire Be, the broadband internet provider, for £50m, as part of a strategy to integrate mobile phone and internet technology.
SQW is to merge with Oxford Innovation to create a company called SQW Group with 150 staff, in order to operate a chain of innovation centres and advise local authorities in encouraging small businesses.
Aquilo has acquired IT Solutions, the Leeds-based provider of IT equipment replacement and repair services, for up to £1.5m.
Flomerics is to acquire NIKA, the German software company with 68 staff, for an initial £8m.
Cobham has acquired Domo, the Hampshire-based provider of wireless digital video surveillance technology with 21 staff, for up to £10m.
Cybit Holdings has acquired Bluefinger, the Somerset-based vehicle and maritime telematics company, for £1.6m.
Colliers CRE has acquired Locum Consulting Group, the Haywards Heath-based consultancy with 20 staff and annual turnover of £1.8m.
IXEurope is to build a new £15m 70,000 sq ft data centre in West London by 2007.
ICICI OneSource of India is to set up two outsourcing call centres in Belfast and elsewhere in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 1,000 jobs over the next two years.
Maintel has acquired District Holdings, the telecoms equipment supplier, for £1m.
Experian, the information solutions company, is to set up a new 48,000 sq ft corporate headquarters at 80 Victoria Street, London SW1.
Filtronic is to sell most of its wireless infrastructure division to Powerwave Technologies of the US for £184m, and has also announced plans to spend £45m expanding its semiconductor factory in Newton Aycliffe.
National Semiconductor is to invest £25m in the expansion of its semiconductor manufacture and design facility in Greenock over the next six months, with the creation of about 160 jobs.
Reuters is to acquire Application Networks, the risk management software company with offices in the US and London, for £22m.
Dillistone is raising £0.7m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its recruitment software business.
RM is to acquire CAZ Software, the Australian supplier of educational software, for £1.2m.
InterQuest is to acquire Sand Resources, the Kent-based IT recruitment company, for £5.2m.
Sage Group is to acquire Baurer, the German business management software company, for £16m.
Telephonetics is to acquire Voice Integrated Products, the Poole-based computer telephony company with 64 staff, for £12m.
BeCogent, the call centre operator with sites in Airdrie, Erskine, Stirling and Goring, is planning to recruit a further 300 staff by the end of the year.
Citel is to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Nottingham-based telecoms equipment business.
Charles Taylor Consulting has acquired Vertex Administration, the Isle of Man-based supplier of software to the international insurance and pensions industry, for undisclosed terms.
Wolviston Management Services has acquired YOH UK Staffing Solutions, the Warrington-based staffing services company with 140 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Thus is to sell Demon Netherlands, its Dutch internet business, to KPN for £47m.
Azzurri, the Newbury-based data communications company with offices in Fareham, High Wycombe, Leeds, Kingston, Hull, Burnley, Birmingham and East Kilbride, has been acquired by PPM Capital for £182m.
TTP Communications, the Royston-based wireless technology company, is to be acquired by Motorola for £103m.
Isoft is to sell its Swiss software operations to Nexus for £1m.
CapRock, the satellite communications company, has appointed Knight Real Estate to build a new £4m headquarters in Aberdeen by November.
Lagan has acquired Peter Martin Associates, the US social services software company, and has also received a £6m funding package from Casenove Private Equity.
Applied Optical Technologies is to acquire GenuOne, the US developer of anti-counterfeiting software with 28 staff, for £7m.
Touchstone Group has acquired Vorsprung Business Solutions, the IT consultancy with 25 staff at offices in Manchester and Glasgow, for up to £1.7m.
Pearson has acquired Chancery Software, the US student software company, for undisclosed terms.
AT Communications is to acquire Britannia Telecom, the Bolton-based voice and data reseller, for £3.8m.
Telent, the telecom support services company with 2,000 staff at sites in Coventry, Chorley and Basildon, has accepted a £346m takeover offer from Fortress Investment Group of the US.
Proactis is to raise £4m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its back-office software business.
DCS Group, the Warwickshire-based software company, is to be acquired by Reynolds & Reynolds of the US for £11m.
SmartFocus is to acquire Email Reaction, the digital marketing software company with 15 staff in London and Southampton, for £1.6m.
Sage is to acquire a 50% stake in UBS, the Malaysian supplier of business management software, for £7m.
BT Group has announced plans to recruit 1,300 telecom engineers across the country, as part of a £1bn project to upgrade telephone lines.
RHL is to create 500 new jobs at call centres in Glasgow, having secured a £1.8m Scottish Executive grant.
Cardiff Council and South Wales Police are to set up a 9,000 sq ft call centre at Cardiff Gate Business Park to handle non-emergency calls, with the creation of 50 jobs.
TRL, the Tewkesbury-based developer of communications and surveillance equipment, is to be acquired by L-3 Communications of the US for £90m.
Matrix Communications is to sell its integration unit to Calyx of Ireland for up to £40m, in order to focus on its Fujin mobile content filtering business.
Maxima has acquired QED Business Systems, the Slough-based IT services company with 26 staff, for up to £4.8m.
Venda is looking to raise £10m of debt finance to fund the expansion of its online retailing software business.
Ascribe has acquired the health division of Jade Software Corporation, which provides IT solutions to hospitals in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, for up to £3.4m.
Advanced Power Components has acquired Hero Electronics, the Bedfordshire-based electronic components distributor, for £2m.
SQS Software Quality Systems of Germany is to acquire Cresta, the London-based software testing company with 200 staff, for up to £18m.
Cable & Wireless is to relocate up to 740 staff from the former Energis site in Reading to Bracknell in July.
Statpro has acquired Kizen, the South African supplier of compliance software solutions to asset managers, for an initial £0.5m.
Unicom, the telecoms services provider, is creating 300 jobs at a new £1m call centre in South Manchester.
Barnsley Council has awarded a £40m contract to Group Bull to install and manage a new computer system, in order to improve its service to residents and to create new jobs.
Onyx Group, the Middlesbrough-based internet company with 42 staff, has undergone a management buy-out and is considering plans for a flotation within two years.
Albanet, the Dingwall-based IT services company, has been bought out of administration by Alchemy Plus for undisclosed terms.
Microsoft is planning to set up an 82,000 sq ft office for its MSN UK division at Cardinal Place in London SW1, in order to relocate staff from Great Pulteney Street.
Torex Retail is to acquire TQIPS, the provider of project management services with offices in Bromsgrove and West Sussex, for £11m.
Computer Software Group is to acquire AIM Group, the Hull-based developer of software for legal and professional services firms, for £5.3m.
BT Group has started recruiting 100 engineering staff for its Openreach phone connections business in Wales.
Networkers International, the telecoms recruitment company, is to be acquired by the Aim-traded cash shell Streetnames for £22m.
Hydrogen Group is planning a £60m flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its recruitment consultancy.
Systems Union, the Farnborough-based software company with 45 offices in 20 countries, has been acquired by Extensity of the US for £220m.
Sopra Newell & Budge is planning to expand the workforce at its IT services operations in Edinburgh and Glasgow from 506 to more than 600 by the end of the year.
Manugistics, the US-based developer of supply chain software with an office in Bracknell, has been acquired by JDA Software for £118m.
Babble has raised £0.6m in a listing on Ofex, in order to fund the expansion of its internet telephony business.
NewLogic is to create a further 65 jobs at its business outsourcing call centre on Tyneside, in order to increase turnover by up to 50% this year.
Statpro has acquired Alphai, the Australian supplier of performance measurement software solutions to asset managers, for an initial £1.4m.
Polaris Software Lab of India is to create up to 158 jobs in Belfast over the next three years, which will involve setting up a banking and financial software certification centre.
PlusNet, the internet service provider, is to relocate to a 34,000 sq ft office at the Velocity scheme in Sheffield.
Monstermob has acquired W-Infinity, the Chinese mobile phone content company with 170 staff, for £46m.
Torex Retail is to acquire Savista Corporation, the US-based provider of EPOS software solutions with 80 staff, for £31m.
CPOS Systems, the Liverpool-based EPOS developer, has been acquired by Palmteq of Australia, and its workforce will rise from 16 to 24.
Horizon Technology has acquired Enterprise Process Consulting, the Irish SAP consulting partner, for an initial £1.4m.
Lionhead Studios, the Guildford-based computer games developer, has been acquired by Microsoft.
Eleksen, the electronic sensor technology company, is to be acquired by Bora Communications for £19m.
Nexus Management has acquired Fix IT Worldwide, the London-based IT services company with eight staff.
NTL has agreed to acquire Virgin Mobile for £962m, in order to create a Virgin-branded group offering cable TV, internet access, fixed line telephony and mobile phone services.
Sports Interactive, the London-based video games developer valued at about £30m, is expected to be acquired by Sega of Japan.
Pipex Communications is forming a joint venture with Intel to set up Wimax wireless internet access in eight UK cities by 2008.
IXEurope is to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its data centres business.
Clarity Commerce Solutions is to acquire MATRA Systems, the global software solutions provider to the retail sector, for an initial £2.5m.
ZEDA is creating 25 new jobs at its IT services business in Nottingham, and a further 15 in London and Stirling.
Misys is to acquire Neomalogic, the French trade finance solutions provider, for £8.3m.
Adept Telecom is to acquire Admiral Managed Networks, the fixed-line telecoms reseller, for up to £1.6m.
Caudwell Group has sold Homecall, its Manchester-based telephone services business with more than 700 staff, to Pipex Communications for an estimated £43m.
Sage is launching a bid to acquire Visma, the Norwegian accounting software company, for £334m.
Multi Group has sold Berry Recruitment, its St Albans-based general recruitment subsidiary, to management for £1.9m.
Stream Group has acquired Pan American Mobile, the US-based fixed-line premium rate services provider, for up to £2.5m.
Bartercard is to acquire D-ISC Holdings, the developer of corporate intranet software, for £1.8m.
Ascribe has acquired Barwick Systems, the Stockton-based supplier of hospital patient administration systems, for £2m.
Preston Council is to consider plans from an unnamed US company to set up a call centre at the former 42,500 sq ft Tradex building off Ring Way, which could eventually lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs.
TTP Communications has secured a £8.5m investment from a consortium led by Scottish Equity Partners to fund the expansion of its IP Access second-generation pico base-station business.
Computer Software Group is to acquire Care Business Solutions of Godalming for up to £3.6m.
The North West Development Agency has announced plans to set up a £40m nanotechnology centre called the National Microsystems Packaging Centre at the Liverpool Science Park.
Technology Services Group is to invest £1m at its Aberdeen office, with the creation of ten new jobs.
Telent is to sell its Chorley-based payphones manufacture and repair business to Teknowledge Group for an initial £0.3m.
Computer Service Centre is to relocate its IT services business and 14 staff to a 3,500 sq ft office at the Meridian Business Park near Norwich next month, which will enable it to employ up to 35 staff.
Bank of Scotland Corporate has provided a £10m debt and equity package to support a management buy-out at Mono Global, the Glasgow-based mobile telecoms support company with 150 staff at five sites.
Cohort is to raise £9.5m in a share placing in order to develop its Systems Consultants Services business, which provides technical services to the defence and security sector.
Sandvine is planning to raise £20m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its broadband network business.
Calyx has acquired Entropy, the Irish IT security specialist, for £3.4m.
Plasmon is to raise £6m in a share placing to fund the development of its data storage systems business.
LogicaCMG is seeking European acquisitions to expand the workforce in its IT services business from 30,000 to 60,000.
InterQuest is to acquire PeopleCo Worldwide, the Harrogate-based recruitment company, for £5.4m.
Dicom Group has acquired Learning Computers International, the German supplier of advanced learning systems, for £3.8m.
Darnley Career Academy is to set up a new distance learning and education support centre in Alva, with the creation of up to 100 jobs over the next five years.
Maxima has acquired Seabrook Research, the Irish software distribution company, for £0.5m.
Sanderson Group has acquired Megabyte, the retail software company with 66 staff in Bradford and Hampshire, for up to £2.5m.
Semefab is to set up a nanotechnology design and development centre at its site in Glenrothes, as part of a £15m project funded jointly by Scottish Enterprise and the DTI.
Real Time Engineering, the IT consultancy, is planning to open an office in Edinburgh over the next few months, which could employ about 25 staff within 18 months.
Ebay is said to be planning to set up a 40,000 sq ft office on Stephen Street in London for its Skype internet phone business.
Communications Direct, the mobile telecoms company, is to set up a £4m 20,000 sq ft headquarters at Churchill Way in Cardiff, with the creation of 100 new jobs.
Network Technology has acquired the assets of Madge, the Maidenhead-based Token-Ring PC card and switch manufacturer, out of receivership.
Garlands is creating an additional 150 jobs at call centres in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stockton, with a new building opening at the Contact Centre Village in Stockton.
Misys is to acquire Intesio, the German banking software company, for £6.9m.
Spirent has acquired QuadTex Systems, the US provider of test tools for internet protocol multimedia subsystems, for an initial £4.2m.
Croma Group has acquired Photobase, the London-based biometric identification and access-control solutions company, for an initial £1.3m.
Gemfire is to receive a £1.7m Scottish Executive grant that will lead to the creation of up to 346 new jobs at its telecom components factory in Livingston.
Capgemini is to recruit 200 extra call centre staff in Inverness and Nairn over the next few weeks.
Adept Telecom has raised £8.2m in a share placing, some of which will go towards the £3.1m acquisition of Transglobal, the Kent-based fixed-line telecoms reseller.
Mobile Tornado, the instant messaging company, is to be acquired by TMT Group in a £13m reverse takeover.
United Utilities is to acquire 1st Software Group, the financial planning software company, for an initial £25m, in order to expand its Vertex Financial Services division.
Carter & Carter has acquired Fern Group, the nationwide training company with more than 300 staff, for £14m.
VT Group has acquired Touchstone Learning & Skills, the work-based learning provider with a number of offices across the country, for £12m.
Horizon Technology has acquired Equip Technology, the Basingstoke-based enterprise security and IP networking company, for £10m.
Pitney Bowes is to acquire Emtex, the Hertfordshire-based printing software company, for £23m.
ILX Group is to acquire Customer Projects for up to £1.1m, in order to expand its vocational education and training business.
DRS Data & Research Services is to acquire Peladon Software, the document processing company with offices in the US and Andover, for £2.7m.
Thus is to acquire Your Communications from United Utilities for at least £59m, and most of Your's network is expected to be closed down with the loss of 300 jobs.
Google of the US is looking to recruit managers for its new London headquarters, as part of a strategy to expand the European side of its search engine business.
Xpertise has acquired Waterman's People & Organisational Development, the Wiltshire-based IT training company, for an initial £0.2m.
BT is planning to relocate staff from 115,000 sq ft of offices at Grand Island in central Manchester to two sites in Stockport and Salford.
JP Morgan is planning to expand its technology centre in Glasgow, with the creation of 100 jobs for software engineers.
Agilent Technologies is to invest £5.6m in the expansion of its telecoms testing facility at South Queensferry near Edinburgh this year, with the creation of 20 research and development jobs.
Parity Group is to sell most of its French and German operations to GFT Technologies of Germany for £5.3m.
BNS Telecom has acquired Telecom Asia, the mobile data services provider, for £0.5m.
Pentland Systems is planning to double the workforce at its Livingston-based defence electronics business to 40 over the next three years.
SunGard, the IT company, is to set up a 75,000 sq ft headquarters at 25 Canada Square in London.
Amino Technologies has acquired SJ Consulting, the Cambridge-based software company, for £1.3m.
Intuita has acquired E Vision, the Livingston-based supplier of software to the construction industry with 35 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Glen Group is to acquire Eclectic Holdings, the IT services company with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, for an initial £2.2m.
Monstermob has acquired M Dream, the Chinese mobile games developer, for up to £20m.
Planit Holdings has acquired Pathtrace, the CAM software developer with offices in Reading and Wakefield, for £5m.
Compel Group has acquired Allinity, the Aldershot-based IT solutions company with 26 staff, for an initial £1m.
VT Group has acquired HCTC, the hotel and catering training company with offices across the country, from ECI Partners for £10m, as part of a strategy to expand its education and skills business.
Warwick Manufacturing Group is planning to set up a £50m digital technology research and training centre at Warwick University later this year, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
SubHub is relocating its internet software business from Hertfordshire to Mount Stuart Square in Cardiff, where it expects to create 20 jobs.
NCC has acquired Recall Total Information Management, the US software escrow solutions company, from Brambles Industries for £3.1m.
CODASciSys is to acquire its software distributors in Germany and Hungary for up to £0.7m.
BNB Recruitment Solutions is planning to raise £5.1m in a share placing to fund the development of its recruitment business.