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Computers & Electronics - 2007
Petards, the developer of advanced surveillance systems, has sold its UK government and commercial software business to BAe Systems Integrated System Technologies for £2.5m.
Filtronic has sold its microchip factory in Newton Aycliffe to RF Micro Devices of the US for £12m, securing 200 jobs and creating up to 100 new jobs.
Zen Internet is planning to relocate the headquarters of its Rochdale-based broadband internet business and up to 360 staff to Sandbrook Park.
Reuters is to acquire Gissing Group, the London-based data technology company with gross assets of £1.8m.
ArgentVive is to acquire Solcara, the Middlesex-based search technology firm, for £4.5m.
Winning Pitch has undergone a £2.5m flotation, and now plans to raise up to £3m to fund the expansion of its Manchester-based training business.
Northgate Information Solutions, the Hemel Hempstead-based human resources software company, is to be acquired by US private equity firm KKR for £593m.
Pace Micro Technology is to acquire the set-top box and connectivity solutions business of Royal Philips Electronics for £68m, with the transfer of 335 staff mainly based in France.
Maxima Holdings is to acquire the trade and assets of Eclectic Group, the software and support firm with 60 staff in Glasgow and Reading, from Glen Group for up to £3m.
CSE-Servelec is to invest £1m in the expansion of its Sheffield-based software development business, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Twenty4help is looking to expand the workforce at its Gateshead-based technical support call centre business with up to 150 new staff over the next few months.
Logical Resources is planning to expand its recruitment business with new offices in London, Glasgow and Cardiff next year, and about 40 jobs will be created.
K3 Business Technology has acquired Index Computer Systems, the Surrey-based supplier of manufacturing software, for £2.7m.
Datatron is planning to expand the 24-strong workforce at its Tyneside-based document management business by 20% early next year.
Capita is to set up offices totalling 60,000 sq ft at Lee House and Churchgate House in Manchester city centre.
Acorn Group has acquired Concept Staffing, the Barnstaple-based recruitment firm with 16 offices across the South West, for undisclosed terms.
Alba is to sell Roadstar Group, the distributor of consumer electronic products with annual sales of £27m, to management for a nominal sum.
Walsall Regeneration Company has unveiled plans for the development of a £80m data centre and business innovation centre by 2010, as part of the Gigaport technology quarter project.
TBS is to relocate its Belper-based software development business to a new £1.5m 10,000 sq ft office at Brook Park in spring 2008.
Biscom, the recruitment and training firm with 200 staff in Birmingham, Stafford, Walsall and Wolverhampton, has been acquired by ResCare of the US.
Adept Telecom is to acquire Telecom Direct, the fixed line reseller with annual turnover of £13m, for £6.4m.
BT is to acquire Frontline Technologies, the Singapore-based IT services company, for about £68m.
Blue Logic has acquired Premier IT Consultants of Cleckheaton, with the loss of 13 of the 18 jobs.
Network Group Holdings has acquired R&L Executive Network, the Lincoln-based recruitment firm with nine staff, for undisclosed terms.
Ultra Electronics has acquired BCF Designs, the Cirencester-based developer of electronic test solutions for the military and civil aerospace markets with 40 staff, for £12m.
Tekton is to create up to 18 jobs in its Manchester-based construction software business over the next 12 months, with the creation of a new division aimed at architects, quantity surveyors and project managers.
Vodafone is to set up an 80,000 sq ft call centre at the Etruria Valley business park in Stoke-on-Trent in 2009, with the relocation of about 1,200 staff from four existing offices.
Bright Things is to acquire Commonworld, the developer of online social networking systems, for £0.8m.
QCA, the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority, has confirmed plans to relocate about 500 jobs from London to the £110m Butts development in Coventry in 2009.
Vyke Communications is planning to acquire The Target, the retail Voice over Internet Protocol service provider, for £3.5m.
Eurotel, the telecoms service provider with 300 staff at offices in Halifax and Coventry, has been acquired by Inflexion Private Equity for £44m.
Sematek is linking up with Scottish Enterprise to build a £6m cleanroom facility for the micro and optoelectronics sector at Starlaw Park in Livingston by May 2008.
Intellego has acquired Copia, the Redhill-based supplier of e-learning solutions, for less than £0.1m.
Intec Telecom Systems is to sell certain assets to VoluBill of France for an initial £1m, including its Intec DCP rating and charging products in Denmark.
Netstore is to raise £7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its data centres, including equipment for a second data hall in Reading.
Logistics Business Systems, the Preston-based software firm with 40 staff, has been acquired by The Product Development Company of the US.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Atkins & Partners, the Doncaster-based supplier of software solutions for emergency planning, for £4m.
Smartstream Technologies, the supplier of back office software to banks, is to be acquired by DIFC Investments of Dubai for about £210m.
TT Games, the Cheshire-based computer games company with 200 staff, is to be acquired by Warner Brothers for undisclosed terms.
Noble Systems has acquired Amcat UK, the supplier of contact centre technology with offices in Manchester and Germany.
O2 is creating up to 1,000 jobs at call centres in Leeds, Glasgow, Cardiff and the Dearne Valley, in order to handle sales of the new Apple iPhone.
Imprint, the recruitment consultancy, has recommended a £43m takeover bid from OPD Group.
Sophos is planning to raise £100m in a flotation on the London Stock Exchange to fund the expansion of its Oxford-based IT security software business, which currently employs 1,115 staff.
Quative, the Swiss supplier of interactive TV software, is to set up a £1.8m research and development centre in Cwmbran, with the creation of 35 jobs.
BNS Telecom is planning to recruit 30 extra staff at its sales and engineering department in Northumberland by the end of the year, but its network services unit is closing with the loss of 15 jobs in London.
China Netcom is planning to open a European headquarters in London, as part of a strategy to expand its global telecoms network.
Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Control Information Technology, the German supplier of production line control software, for an initial £2.8m.
Sage Group has acquired KCS Global Holdings, the supplier of personnel and payroll solutions, for £20m.
Dell is planning to expand the workforce at its Glasgow-based computer business from 830 to at least 1,600 over the next four years, with vacancies expected in sales, finance, technical support and human resources.
Sentrum is to set up a data centre at the 191,000 sq ft Massif distribution centre near Woking, having acquired the site for £26m.
Vertex is to create 350 temporary jobs at its customer services call centre in Kirkby.
Centre for High Performance Development, the management training consultancy with offices in London, Australia and the US, has been acquired by US-based Capital H Group for undisclosed terms.
Autonomy Corporation is to acquire Meridio Holdings, the Belfast-based supplier of enterprise records management software, for £20m.
Spiritel has acquired Tdotcom, the London-based supplier of voice and data systems, for £0.3m.
Prosource.it is planning to create a further 50 jobs at its Aberdeen-based IT outsourcing business over the next 18 months.
Scottish & Southern Energy is to acquire a 1,100km fibre optic network from TeliaSonera International for £12m, including ten operational repeater sites and a duct running between London, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds.
Xploite has acquired Itheon, the Welwyn Garden City-based provider of business services assurance solutions, for up to £7m.
Gem is looking to recruit 500 additional staff at its customer services call centres in Northern Ireland in the run-up to Christmas.
Cohort is to acquire SEA, the Frome-based systems engineering and software company, for up to £25m.
Vodafone has acquired the Italian and Spanish broadband operations of Tele2 for £537m.
Mformation Technologies of the US is to receive £2.1m from Invest NI to set up a mobile telecoms technical support centre in Belfast, with the creation of 162 jobs.
Protocol Skills, the Ellesmere Port-based skills training company with 800 staff, has undergone a £46m management buy-out backed by Close Brothers.
NCsoft Europe is to relocate its Brighton-based computer games business and up to 112 staff to the CityPoint development in 2009, with the creation of 116 new jobs.
BT has acquired Lynx Technology, the Chesterfield-based IT services firm with more than 500 staff.
Acal is to sell its IT solutions business to Avnet of the US for £41m, in order to focus on its electronics and parts services divisions.
Telecity is planning to raise up to £125m in a flotation in October to fund the expansion of its chain of 18 data centres.
Google is looking to recruit several thousand research and development engineers in Europe over the next few years.
InterQuest Group has acquired e-CRM People, the Aylesbury-based IT recruitment services firm, for up to £5m.
Telent, the Coventry-based telecoms and IT network services firm with about 2,000 staff, is to be acquired by Pension Corporation for £398m.
Xploite is to acquire Red Squared, the Altrincham-based IT services company, for £2.8m.
Evolution Studios, the Runcorn-based computer games developer, has been acquired by Sony for £16m.
Gresham Computing is to raise £2.7m in a share placing to strengthen its balance sheet and fund the expansion of its global financial solutions business.
ARC International has acquired Alarity Corporation, the US multimedia company with 40 software developers in Russia, for an initial £2m.
Towergate is to acquire Open International, the supplier of software to insurance brokers, from Montagu for £276m.
Sword is to set up a new £30m software development centre at the Pavilions site in Cwmbran, with the creation of 200 jobs by 2012.
Intertek has acquired National Software Testing Labs of the US for £12m and Northern Territory Environmental Laboratories of Australia for £1m.
Invest NI is to support plans by US-based 3PAR to set up a £9m software engineering centre in Belfast, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Warwick Manufacturing Group is considering plans to start building a second £50m digital laboratory at Warwick University next year, with the first due to open in September 2008.
SciSys has acquired VCS, the German IT services firm with 140 staff, for £12m.
Sanderson Group has acquired Retail Business Solutions, the Milton Keynes-based IT services firm with 74 staff, for up to £14m.
Knowledge IT is to open a 50-seat data recovery centre in Wallsend next month, and work will start on a 100-seat centre in Washington early next year.
Morse has acquired Xayce, the Manchester-based consultancy services firm with 25 staff, for an initial £3.6m.
Greatfleet has acquired Qualitas, the recruitment services firm with 32 staff in Edinburgh and Ireland, for an initial £3.4m.
BT is to acquire INS Group, the Belgian network and systems integrator with 225 staff and annual revenue of about £20m.
Sage has acquired a 70% stake in XRT, the French treasury management software company, for £30m.
Converso is planning to create 150 jobs at its call centre outsourcing business in Southend over the next year, following its acquisition by Usha Martin of India.
EDM Group is planning to relocate its document management solutions business and about 300 staff to a new site in Wolverhampton by next April.
Suffolk Coastal District Council is to consider plans from BT for the expansion of its Adastral Park research and development site in Martlesham, including a new business park and space for up to 1,000 jobs.
Borland Software Corporation is planning to expand the workforce at its Belfast-based technical support department from 30 to 80 by 2008.
Telecom Service Centres, the call centre operator with 3,000 staff at nine sites, is to merge with Hero Ites of India in a £40m deal.
Voice Comms Warehouse has merged with West Sussex-based Fresh Egg Network Technologies to create a combined IT security group called VCW Security with 21 staff.
BT is to invest £35m in a new research and development centre in Shanghai, in order to offer IT and telecoms services to Chinese companies.
Xploite has sold Fujin Technology, the provider of storage and security systems to mobile network operators, to management for £1m.
Alternative Networks has acquired Echo Communications, the London-based telecom services firm with 120 staff, for up to £14m.
K3 Business Technology has acquired Landsteinar Nederland, the Dutch retail software solutions firm, for an initial £10m.
TeleTech of the US is looking to recruit about 500 call centre staff to work from home in the UK.
Carter & Carter has acquired Blackwater House, the Northern Ireland-based vocational training firm, from Component Distributors, for £1m.
THB Group has acquired Cardinus, the East Grinstead-based software developer and supplier of online risk assessment and e-learning, for an initial £2.8m.
Causeway Technologies has acquired Elstree Computing, the Watford-based construction industry software firm with 150 staff.
Oakland House, the recruitment firm, is seeking 20 customer service advisers and 50 sales staff to work for two undisclosed companies in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Crewe.
Cybit Holdings has acquired Amatics, the Reading-based telematics company, for £4m.
Berkeley Scott is to acquire Quantica, the West Yorkshire-based recruitment services firm, for £28m.
IBM Global Services is expected to create almost 100 new jobs in Greenock, having won a global IT support outsourcing contract from Xerox.
Intempo has secured £12m to fund the expansion of its Salford-based electronic products business, including £1.8m from the Hotbed private equity network.
Raymarine has acquired HE Eissing, the German distributor of electronic products with 44 staff, for up to £2.4m.
BT has acquired Basilica Computing, the Letchworth-based IT services firm with more than 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Harvey Nash has acquired Rescon IT, the Irish IT recruitment and solutions company, for £5.2m.
Texperts has raised £1.3m to fund the expansion of its 82Ask mobile phone-based information service.
Twenty is to acquire Ominor, the London-based e-commerce solutions provider with 20 staff, for up to £7.9m.
Trustmarque Solutions has acquired SAMpartners, the Poole-based software asset management company, for undisclosed terms, and plans to expand the seven-strong workforce to 12 by the end of the year.
Mouchel Parkman has acquired HBS, the business process outsourcing and IT group, from Terra Firma for £46m.
BT is planning to acquire the mission critical infrastructures division of CS Communication & Systemes of France for £40m.
Ericsson is to relocate 60 jobs from Nottingham to a new £60m research and development site that will employ up to 600 staff at Ansty in the West Midlands from 2009.
Scottish & Southern Energy has sold 220 telecom tower sites to The Wireless Infrastructure Company for £79m, in order to focus its SSE Telecommunications business on network-related services.
NCC Group has acquired SecureTest, the Thame-based ethical security testing company with 34 staff, for up to £4m.
Leighton Group has sold 4Projects, the Sunderland-based software developer with 55 staff, to a management buy-out backed by August Equity for undisclosed terms.
Amstrad, the Essex-based electronics manufacturer, is to be acquired by BSkyB for £125m.
Xansa, the IT services and business outsourcing group, is to be acquired by Groupe Steria of France for £472m.
Carphone Warehouse is to relocate its OneStop mobile phone mail order business from Crewe to its e2save division in Loughborough, which could lead to the loss of dozens of jobs from the 200-strong workforce.
Experian has acquired N4 Solutions, the Cirencester-based financial services software provider with annual sales of £9m.
Daisy Communications of Nelson has acquired Abycom of Essex for £1.2m, creating a combined telecoms group with 120 staff.
Wolfson Microelectronics has acquired Sonaptic, the High Wycombe-based developer of micro-acoustic technologies with 31 staff, for an initial £12m.
Misys is to sell its US-based diagnostic information business to Vista Equity Partners for £186m and its US-based CPR health systems business to QuadraMed for £16m.
Maxima Holdings has acquired Centric Networks, the Stansted-based IT services company with 41 staff, for up to £6.4m.
Indigovision is looking to expand the global salesforce for its Edinburgh-based digital CCTV business from 36 to up to 250 over the next few years, gaining a presence in all major international markets.
Stream International is to create 450 jobs at its call centre in Londonderry over the next few months, in order to provide product support for a broadband operation.
BT is considering plans to set up an ultra-fast broadband network by installing fibre optic cable close to homes and businesses, and some analysts estimate that the project could cost up to £4bn.
Garlands is to set up a new 47,000 sq ft call centre in South Shields by February 2008, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.
O2 has launched a recruitment drive for 500 new staff at its Skypark customer services call centre in Glasgow.
Pipex Communications has sold its broadband and voice operations to Tiscali of Italy for £210m, in order to focus on web hosting and business services.
Skill Training is planning to set up a £2m vocational training centre in Consett next year, in order to double student numbers to 400.
Anite Group has sold Anite Deutschland, its German IT services business with 90 staff, to VEGA Group for £8m.
HM Revenue & Customs is to invest £156m in the modernisation of its IT systems over the next five years, in order to improve accuracy, productivity and performance.
BT has acquired Brightview, the broadband internet provider, for £16m.
InterQuest Group has acquired Intelect Recruitment, the Manchester-based software engineering recruitment firm, for an initial £3.7m.
Huthwaite International, the Yorkshire-based training firm with 65 UK staff and 33 international offices, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Eircom is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of its telecoms network and service operations in Northern Ireland, including a new centre in Belfast with 15 staff.
Pelikon is to invest £3m in the expansion of its electronics display technology business in Caerphilly, and is considering plans for a flotation in the coming year.
Autonomy is to acquire Zantaz, the US search software and email archiving company, for £186m.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Quest, the supplier of property market software, for £28m.
Innovise is to acquire Data Technology Group, the IT services company, for £4.4m.
IXEurope, the datacentre operator, is to be acquired by Equinox of the US for £241m.
Excel Fortune of Hong Kong is planning to set up a £6m mobile phone recycling operation and call centre at the Selectron electronics plant in Cwmcarn, Gwent, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Adventi has acquired Integral Arm, the IT services company with 12 staff in Glasgow and Luton, for undisclosed terms.
Mediasurface is to acquire Immediacy, the Poole-based developer of web content management software, for £5.6m.
Harvey Nash is to acquire SilkRoad Systems, the Vietnamese software development company with 135 staff, for about £1m.
Onyx Group is to set up a £2m disaster recovery centre in Gateshead by July, creating ten jobs and providing managed workspace for up to 200 people.
I4u, the Newcastle-based developer of medical referencing software, is planning to double its staff to 20 over the next 12 months.
PicoChip has raised more than £13m from Highland Capital Partners to fund the expansion of its Bath-based wireless technologies business.
FMS NI is to invest £2m in the expansion of its notebook computer factory in Crumlin, with the creation of ten jobs.
Torex Retail, the retail software company, is to sell its operating businesses out of administration to US private equity firm Cerberus for £205m.
SDL International has acquired PASS Process Automation Software Systems Engineering, the German supplier of software translation products, for £1.4m.
ARC International has acquired Tenison Technology EDA, the Cambridge-based developer of software tools used for system-on-chip designs with 15 staff, for £1m.
Spiral Gateway has secured a £0.3m venture capital investment from Braveheart to fund the expansion of its Edinburgh-based microchip technology business, and expects to raise a larger sum early next year.
Lagan Technologies is to create 100 new jobs at its Belfast-based software development and support centre.
Codemasters, the Warwickshire-based computer games developer with 400 staff, is preparing for a £200m flotation after Balderton Capital acquired the remaining stakes of the founders.
Ultra Electronics is to acquire Criticom, the US supplier of video conferencing systems with 40 staff, for £16m.
Wasp-IT, the Nantgarw-based communications technology company, has been bought out of administration by a new company called M7 Consulting, securing the future of the remaining ten jobs.
Hellman & Friedman, the private equity firm, is to acquire Computer Services Group and Iris Software from HgCapital for an estimated £500m.
Wombat Financial Software is to invest £2m in the expansion of its software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 77 jobs.
Fujitsu is to set up a £18m IT services centre in Londonderry with the creation 328 jobs, and a further 74 jobs will be created at its Belfast operation.
Glen Group has acquired Pinnacle Group, the Falkirk-based telecoms services company, for £0.7m.
Aepona, the Belfast-based telecoms software company, is to merge with Appium of Sweden, and will use the Swedish facility as a development centre and regional sales office.
FFastFill is to acquire Exchange Systems Technology, the London-based supplier of a back office system for exchange traded derivatives markets with 39 staff, for up to £4.8m.
BT is to expand the 140-strong workforce at its call centre in Stoke-on-Trent with 33 new jobs over the next few months.
Vitec Group has acquired Nucomm and RF Central, the US suppliers of wireless links for broadcast applications, for an initial £19m.
RDF Group is planning to expand the workforce at its Brighton-based IT services business from 130 to 160.
Tech Mahindra of India is considering plans to set up a £6m software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
UK Digital Storage is planning to relocate its Tyneside-based electronic data storage business to a larger 100,000 sq ft office, where it will create 30 new jobs over the next five years.
Microgen is planning to acquire Trace, the London-based developer of financial and HR software with 190 staff, for £22m.
Affinion, the supplier of ID protection systems, is planning to create 100 new jobs at its call centre in Portsmouth by the end of the year.
Liberty Information Technology is to invest £6.6m in the expansion of its software development operations in Belfast, with the creation of up to 175 jobs.
Canford Group has acquired Ash Distribution, the North Tyneside-based computer accessories company with annual turnover of £3m and 22 staff.
RM has acquired DACTA, the Wrexham-based supplier of branded learning products to educational establishments with 14 staff, for up to £4m.
O2 is to create 50 new jobs at its customer contact centre in Bury, having decided to transfer its eService department from India.
Global Telecoms & Technology is to relocate its Bury headquarters and 130 staff to a new £5m site in Hornby Street, and 125 new jobs will be created over the next 18 months.
Friends Provident is to acquire Sesame, the IT support business for independent financial advisers, from Misys for £90m, as well as Pantheon Financial, the Leeds-based independent financial adviser with 82 staff, for £17m.
Isoft, the Banbury-based healthcare software company, has accepted a £140m takeover offer from IBA Health of Australia, which is expected to lead to job cuts and the transfer of some head office functions to Sydney.
Mitsumi UK has sold its Jarrow-based contract electronics manufacturing business to management for undisclosed terms, creating a new company called Summit 1 Technology with 54 staff.
Experian has acquired Tallyman, the collections management software business with annual sales of £9m, from Talgentra.
Autonomy is planning to raise £70m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Cambridge-based software business.
IDOX is to acquire CAPS Solutions, the Newbury-based provider of software solutions to local authorities, for £21m.
DEM Solutions, the Edinburgh-based developer of particle mechanics simulation software, has raised £2m of venture capital to expand its sales and marketing activities.
Computer Software Group is to acquire FAST, the Maidenhead-based software training company, for £10m.
Gooch & Housego has acquired SIFAM Fibre Optics, the Torquay-based fibre optic components manufacturer with 93 staff, for £5m.
NetServices has sold its volume consumer broadband wholesale business to 186k of Leeds for £1m, with the transfer of 174 contracts and five staff.
Sage Group has acquired Snowdrop Systems, the Oxfordshire-based supplier of HR and payroll management software, for £17m.
SSP Holdings is to acquire Sirius Financial Solutions, the Birmingham-based developer of software for the insurance sector with offices in Australia, New Zealand, India, Kenya and the US, for £43m.
Optichrome has sold OCSL, the Woking-based supplier of management information systems, to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Vertex is to create 100 new jobs at its customer services call centre in Kirkby, having won an outsourcing contract from an unnamed firm.
Real Time Systems of Belfast is to merge with 4sol to create one of Ireland's largest suppliers of access infrastructure solutions, and the 40-strong workforce will increase to 60 over the next 12 months.
Telent, the telecoms company, is to relocate from Coventry to an 83,000 sq ft building on the Opus 40 Business Park in Warwick next year, securing the future of 450 jobs.
Northgate Information Solutions is to acquire Arinso, the Belgian developer of human resources software, for £257m.
Maxima Holdings is to acquire 3net, the IT services company with offices in Chertsey and Bristol, for £18m.
Colt Telecom is planning to set up a 210,000 sq ft data centre at a former Somerfield site in Welwyn Garden City.
OyezStraker, the Croydon-based office supplies company with 1,150 staff, is expected to be acquired by ABN Amro Capital for about £165m.
SurfControl, the internet security firm with offices in Congleton, Reading and throughout the world, is to be acquired by Websense of the US for £201m.
SDL International is to acquire Tridion, the provider of web content management solutions with offices in Bracknell, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden and the US, for £47m.
Serco Group is to acquire Cornwell Management Consultants, the Surrey-based IT consultancy, for about £7m.
Comtec Business Communications, the Gateshead-based communications technology company with 20 staff, has been acquired by Ogilvie Communications of Stirling for undisclosed terms.
Garlands has announced plans to create a further 320 jobs at its call centres in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stockton, taking the total Teesside workforce to about 3,500.
OGL Computer Services is to open a new office in Kidderminster with the creation of 30 jobs, and a further ten sales and support jobs could be created later in the year.
Recyclite has acquired Recycle IT, the Thetford-based processor of decommissioned computer equipment.
BT is to acquire Comsat International, the US-based company with 700 staff that provides voice and data services in Latin America, for about £50m.
IPWireless, the Chippenham-based mobile broadband company with 100 staff, is to be acquired by NextWave Wireless of the US for up to £470m.
O2 has sold its Airwave national police communications network to Macquarie of Australia for £2bn.
Royalblue has acquired LatentZero, the developer of financial trading software with offices in London, Germany, France and the US, for up to £63m.
Telephone Maintenance Group has sold Westcom Communications to a management team for under £0.2m.
Sage has acquired Pro-Concept, the Swiss supplier of enterprise resource planning software, for £7.5m.
Mando Group is to relocate its Liverpool-based web development business and up to 30 staff from the Wavertree Technology Park to the Liverpool Science Park.
Version One, the Cheshire-based supplier of document storage software with 60 staff, has been acquired by CedarOpenAccounts of Cobham for about £5m.
Datatec has acquired Crane Telecommunications, the West Sussex-based software and data services group, for £21m.
O2, the mobile phone operator, has agreed a pre-let with Slough Estates to set up a 110,000 sq ft office on the Slough Trading Estate.
IT Installations is planning to increase the turnover of its Sheffield-based communications business from £1.5m to £3m this year and to £5m by 2009, with the workforce rising from 20 to 40.
Xploite has acquired Anix Group, the Bristol-based reseller of storage hardware and software solutions, for £10m.
National Grid is to sell its UK Wireless business, which provides network infrastructure to mobile operators, to Macquarie UK Broadcast Ventures for £2.5bn.
Computacenter has acquired Cable & Wireless Allnet, the cabling services company with 160 staff in London and Reading, from Cable & Wireless.
CNA International of Castle Donington has sold its consultancy division to MA Consulting International for undisclosed terms, in order to focus on executive search and recruitment.
Gem is to create 150 new jobs at its customer service outsourcing call centres in Belfast and Londonderry, having won a number of new contracts in telecoms and gaming.
Wombat Financial Software of the US has acquired Harco Technology, the Belfast-based data analysis company, for undisclosed terms.
BNS Telecom Group has acquired 3g Comms and 3g Landline, the Birmingham-based business telecoms companies, for £4.8m.
Harris Systems, the developer of communications systems, is to set up a 72,500 sq ft office at a new building planned by Slough Estates at Winnersh Triangle near Reading.
Synchronica has raised £3.5m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its business developing mobile synchronisation and device management solutions.
Proactis is to acquire Alito UK, the Bridgend-based e-procurement software solutions company, for an initial £1.5m.
K3 Business Technology is to acquire McGuffie Brunton, the provider of manufacturing software solutions with offices in Manchester, Bagshot, Dereham and Market Bosworth, for £12m.
Linden Lab is seeking a suitable site to set up an online games development office in Brighton, with the creation of up to 15 jobs.
Mavinwood is to acquire DCS, the Peterborough-based provider of scanning and indexing services, for an initial £1.3m.
Valtech is planning to set up a new software development office in Caerphilly in May, with the creation of up to 40 jobs in the first year and 170 jobs over the next three years.
Quantix, the Nottingham-based IT services company with 31 staff, is planning to relocate to the Chetwynd Business Park at Bulwell in May, and is also looking to create new jobs and make acquisitions following a £10m buy-out from Lynx.
Xchanging is planning to raise £150m in a flotation to fund its expansion in the business process outsourcing market.
Velti is to acquire M-Telecom, the Bulgarian mobile services provider, for up to £1.7m.
RB Solutions is planning to create up to 75 jobs at its business process outsourcing division in Middlesbrough over the next two years.
Touchstone Group has acquired ETC Global Solutions, the Amersham-based business solutions consultancy with 26 staff, for up to £3m.
Plexus is currently relocating its electronics design centre to a larger site on the Alba Campus in Livingston, and a further 19 jobs will be created over the next two years.
Laird is to sell its security systems division to Lupus Capital for £242m, in order to focus on the manufacture of electromagnetic shields for mobile phones.
Staffline has acquired Onsite Partnership, the Market Harborough-based recruitment company with 28 staff, for an initial £2m.
ICM Computer Group, the operator of 11 business continuity centres, has agreed terms for a £86m management buy-out.
Mission Marketing Group has acquired April-Six, the Harefield-based IT marketing agency with 54 staff, for an initial £10m.
COE Group has raised £1.2m in a share placing to fund the recruitment of sales employees for its video surveillance systems business.
Computer Software Group is planning a £100m management buy-out backed by HgCapital.
ICM Recovery Services is considering plans to set up a 96,000 sq ft office and data centre at Discovery Place in Farnborough.
Mobestar Holdings has acquired the trade and assets of Mobile Life, the Bristol-based developer of software for mobiles, for £0.3m.
Kewill Systems has acquired Innovate IT, the Dutch logistics software company with more than 30 staff, for an initial £5.6m.
Infinity Group is planning to expand the workforce at its Leicester-based telephony products business from 33 to 70 by the end of the year, and is currently seeking a larger site.
Iomart is to acquire a 51% stake in data centre company Ezee DSL for £4.8m, creating a group of Easyspace Datacentres with sites in London, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham and Leicester.
Maxima Holdings has acquired SevenThree, the Coventry-based supplier of customer relationship management software, for £1.1m.
Compel, the IT services company with 400 staff in London, Stevenage, Guildford, Aldershot, Bracknell, Livingston, Birmingham, Hungerford and Warrington, is to be acquired by 2e2 for £52m.
Spiritel has acquired Ashland Group, the Wigan-based provider of IP-based telecoms solutions, for £3.7m.
The Serious Games Institute is to set up a £3.3m computer games development centre at Coventry University Technology Park by this autumn, with funding from Advantage West Midlands.
Datatec is to acquire NOXS Europe, the distributor of IT security products and services with offices in Thatcham, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands, for £35m.
SCi Entertainment is to acquire Rockpool Games, the Manchester-based computer games developer with 36 staff, for up to £7.7m.
NCS Group has acquired Turning Point Technologies, the London-based IT company with 26 staff, for undisclosed terms.
The University of Edinburgh is to set up a £113m super-computer at an undisclosed site in Midlothian, in order to "revolutionise academic research across Britain".
Alchemy Plus is planning to set up a new computer data centre on a 2.4-acre site at Dingwall Business Park next year, and the 12-strong workforce will rise to 30.
MRC International, the recruitment firm, is to create up to 35 jobs at a new office due to open in Shrewsbury on March 1, with vacancies for accounts and administration staff.
Ikon Science has acquired Anitec, the Edinburgh-based seismic data software company, for undisclosed terms.
LogicaCMG is to sell its telecoms messaging business to a private equity consortium led by Atlantic Bridge Ventures for £265m.
O2 is to create 120 jobs at its broadband customer service call centre in Glasgow this year, and a further 50 jobs will be created in Leeds.
Cybit has acquired Thales Telematics, the vehicle telematics and wireless asset management business, from Thales Group for £1m.
Danwood Group is to set up a new 100,000 sq ft office equipment distribution centre and call centre at Swinderby in Lincolnshire by October, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Sifam Fibre Optics is creating 20 new jobs at its telecoms components factory in Torquay, having won a number of new contracts.
Kewill Systems is to acquire IPACS e-Solutions, the Singapore-based IT solutions provider with 60 staff, for an initial £1.9m.
Rafiki Protection has acquired Santana Solutions, the South Wales-based developer of software for alarm systems, and is now seeking global expansion in the fire alarm and detection industry.
Junction Solutions, the US-based software company, is to create about 30 jobs at its new European headquarters in Sheffield by the end of the year.
Pipex, the broadband and telephone service provider, is looking to recruit 20 credit control staff at its call centre in Stoke-on-Trent.
Data Collection has acquired March Group, the Leicester-based developer of highway maintenance software with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
Pure Wafer has acquired Exsil, the 36,000 sq ft silicon wafer reclaim facility with 75 staff in Arizona, USA, from Rockwood Specialties Group for £6m.
Static Burst, the Plymouth-based IT services firm, has acquired LSI of Bristol, as part of a strategy to establish an office in every major South West town.
VT Group has acquired MILCOM Systems Corporation, the US developer of electronics and communications systems, for £22m.
Sanderson Group is to acquire Elucid, the supplier of software for use in multi-channel markets, from K3 Business Technology Group for £1.4m.
Fujin Technology has acquired Posetiv, the London-based computer storage company, for £4.6m.
Fusion Contact Centre Services is to open a new call centre in Peterlee in March, which will create up to 600 jobs over the next three years.
Martin Luck of Plymouth has merged with Brewers Business Solutions to create a combined office supplies business with 140 staff.
Vodafone is to acquire a 67% stake in Hutchison Essar, the Indian mobile operator, for £5.7bn.
Redstone is to acquire Comunica, the Middlesex-based network and communications infrastructure company with more than 300 staff, for £22m.
BT is to acquire i2i Enterprise, the Indian network services company with about 200 staff.
IX Europe is to raise £5.1m in a share placing to fund the development of data centres in London, France and Germany.
O2 is said to be looking to set up a new mobile phone call centre in South Yorkshire, and is seeking a suitable site of between 80,000 and 120,000 sq ft.
RDF Group is to acquire Aqua Resources Group, the Brighton-based IT recruitment company with 15 staff, for £0.2m.
Kingston Communications has acquired Mistral Internet, the business internet service provider with offices in Romsey, Southampton, Brighton and London, for £20m.
Detica Group is to acquire DFI International, the US provider of services to the security community with 208 staff, for £20m.
BT is to acquire International Network Services, the US-based provider of IT consulting and software solutions with 900 staff.
Paver Downes Origin has raised £1m to fund the expansion of its Liverpool-based interactive voice messaging business, and its name will change to Qire.
Anite Group has acquired Invenova Corp, the US provider of software for WiMAX device testing, for an initial £3.1m.
Atos Origin is to relocate its Nottingham office to a 40,000 sq ft site on Beeston Business Park after a two-year design-and-build phase.
SPI Lasers has raised £10m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Southampton-based optical fibre lasers business.
Filtronic is planning to vacate its 100,000 sq ft Saltaire headquarters and relocate all staff to its electronic components site in Shipley.
Thermastrate of Northumberland has secured £0.6m to fund the development of new technology for the production of electronic components, and will create up to 25 jobs for technical managers and sales people.
BT is creating 40 jobs at a new £6m call centre in Londonderry, in order to handle calls from both business and domestic customers.
NCC Group has acquired Site Confidence, the Dorking-based web assurance performance and monitoring company, for up to £9.1m.
Instalec, the Aberdeenshire-based IT services company with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Goldblatt McGuigan has acquired Leaf Consultancy, the Belfast-based IT services company with eight staff, for undisclosed terms.
Tekton Group has acquired SiteStream, the construction software company with sites in Farnham and the US, for £3m, and is now looking to spend a further £40m on acquisitions.
EMag Solutions of the US is to set up a European headquarters for its computer forensics business in Cardiff, with the creation of 23 jobs.
Group NBT has acquired Ascio Technologies, the Danish provider of domain name services, for £18m.
Aerial Facilities, the Chesham-based wireless telecoms equipment manufacturer, has undergone a £56m management buy-out backed by ECI Partners.
The Office for National Statistics is drawing up plans to close its London headquarters by 2010, in order to relocate most of the 600 staff to Newport, South Wales.
United Utilities is to sell its Vertex Data Science business outsourcing division to a private equity consortium led by Oak Hill Capital Partners for £217m.
CSR is to acquire Cambridge Positioning Systems of Cambridge for £18m and NordNav of Sweden for an initial £20m, in order to expand in the market for mobile phone global positioning systems.
Wolfson Microelectronics has acquired Oligon, the Edinburgh-based semiconductors company, for up to £2.9m.
Carphone Warehouse is to set up an £8.5m call centre and engineering headquarters for its Opal Telecom business in Irlam, Manchester, by February 2008, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Frontier Silicon has secured a £16m equity investment to fund the expansion of its Watford-based silicon chip business.
InTechnology is to acquire EEscape Holdings, the parent company of telecoms solutions provider Evoxus, for £3m.
Teleperformance is to set up a new £6.5m call centre in Newry, with the creation of about 450 jobs over the next three years.
CSE-Servelec is to acquire Scomagg, the provider of system integration services with about 100 staff in Aberdeen, Motherwell and Rotherham.
Delcam has acquired Crispin Systems, the Leicester-based supplier of CADCAM systems to the footwear industry, for an initial £0.5m.
Civica has acquired VT Software Solutions, the Birmingham-based specialist in asset management systems and related services, from VT Group for £3m.
Traveller's Tales has acquired Embryonic Studios, the Bollington-based video games developer with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Geko Direct is to expand the 80-strong workforce at its Telford-based mobile phones business with 50 new staff this year.
Hamsard is to acquire CSF Managed Services, the network applications company with offices in London and Bracknell, for £3.3m.
Computacenter has acquired Digica Group, the IT services company with sites in Nottingham, Leeds, Warrington and South Africa, for £16m.
Sandwell Council and BT are seeking a suitable site in the Black Country to set up a new £50m call centre to handle inquiries from the public, with the creation of about 450 jobs.
IQE has acquired MBE Technology, the Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer, for £7.5m.
Wyre Forest District Council is to consider plans from Severntech for the development of a computer recycling centre in Stourport, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Carphone Warehouse is considering plans to expand the workforce at its mobile phone call centre in Preston from 800 to up to 2,000.
Monstermob, the mobile phone content supplier, is to sell a 52% stake in the business to La Netro Zed of Spain for £34m.
Apax Partners is expected to sell Damovo, the Glasgow-based telecoms services provider, to an unidentified group of creditors.