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Computers & Electronics - 2008
Serco has acquired SI International, the US provider of information services and network solutions with 4,500 staff, for £363m.
ID Data is to sell the intellectual property, equipment and business of its CardBASE Technologies subsidiary in Ireland to Sagem Securite of France for £2.2m.
Keycom is to acquire Masterpoint Engineering, the provider of student broadband services, for £2.3m.
Monumental Games is to expand the 23-strong workforce at its computer games business in Manchester with 30 new jobs over the next two years.
Racal Acoustics, the London-based military communications firm, has been acquired by Esterline Technologies of the US for £115m.
AttentionIT, the US environmental software firm, is to set up a £5m headquarters in Warrington, and the initial 15 staff will grow substantially over the next three years.
Ascribe, the Bolton-based healthcare IT company, has agreed terms for a £33m management buy-out backed by private equity firm ECI.
Axon Group, the Surrey-based IT consultancy, has been acquired by HCL Technologies of India for £440m.
Icera has secured £47m of equity investment and debt financing to fund the expansion of its Bristol-based microchip technology business.
Manpower Software is to acquire certain assets of Baum Hart & Partners, the supplier of software and support services to the NHS with 15 staff in Ellesmere Port and Cheltenham, for up to £2.2m.
Vodafone is to acquire Wayfinder, the Swedish manufacturer of wireless navigation systems, for £20m.
United Business Media has acquired Sanguine Microelectronics, the Chinese supplier of integrated circuit reverse engineering services with 130 staff, for an initial £5.4m.
Micro Focus International is to acquire Relativity Technologies, the US developer of enterprise application modernisation software, for £6.5m.
Convergys is to create up to 300 customer services, technical support and sales jobs at its call centre on Tyneside, having won a new contract from a telecoms firm.
Onyx Group has acquired Dundas IT, the Edinburgh-based IT services firm.
IMS Maxims has acquired certain assets of CSW Group, the Oxford-based software firm currently in administration, for £0.2m.
Alchemy Plus is to submit plans to set up a new £20m 20,000sq ft Cloud data storage centre in Inverness by 2010, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Dascam Consulting, the UAE-based defence consultancy with 140 staff, for an initial £13m.
Cantono is to sell its Blue River Systems subsidiary and its managed services business to Xploite for £3m, with the transfer of 70 staff in London and West Drayton.
Acal is to acquire a 75% stake in SSE, the distributor of computer parts, for £1.9m.
NCC Group has acquired Next Generation Security Software, the Surrey-based security and testing company with 52 staff, for up to £10m.
Accessories 4 Technology has secured a £4m funding package from the Royal Bank of Scotland to help expand its Bolton-based video game accessories business.
WANdisco is to relocate the European headquarters of its software business from London to Sheffield, and the initial five jobs could grow to 50.
Amino Technologies has acquired Tilgin IPTV, the Swedish set-top box supplier with 36 staff, for £2.5m.
Pelikon, the Caerphilly-based manufacturer of electroluminescent displays with 22 staff, has been acquired by Multi-Fineline Electronix of the US for £7m.
FirstSource is to create 160 new jobs at its business process outsourcing call centre in Londonderry by January 2009.
Converso Contact Centres is planning to expand the 250-strong workforce at its call centre in Southend, by acquiring another floor of the Thamesgate House building.
Axis Telecom is to open a second call centre in Hull in December, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Melorio is to acquire Zenos, the Oxfordshire-based provider of vocational training services to the IT sector with 116 staff, for an initial £21m.
GCHQ is planning to build a new office building at its main government communications site in Cheltenham, in order to accommodate the 800 staff still operating from its smaller Oakley site.
Connor Solutions is planning to expand the workforce at its contract electronics manufacturing business in Houghton-le-Spring from 190 to 240 over the next two years.
Garner has acquired Norman Broadbent, including BNB Recruitment Consultancy, Bancomm and BNB Recruitment Overseas, for £5.5m.
Tech Mahindra of India is planning to open a £5m IT call centre at the Viking Business Park in Jarrow, with the creation of 500 jobs over the next three years.
Singularity is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of its software development operations in Londonderry and Belfast, with the creation of 60 jobs.
ArgentVive has sold its Solcara search and information management business in Harefield to Access Intelligence of York for £0.7m.
RM has acquired Computrac, the US education technology firm with 54 staff, for £5m.
Xploite has sold its Welwyn Garden City-based legacy monitoring software solutions business to Bluechip Customer Engineering for £3.3m.
Telecom Service Centres is to recruit up to 150 more staff at its seven call centres in Scotland, due to rising demand for its outsourcing services.
Ellis Fairbank, the Leeds-based recruitment firm with 110 staff, has been sold out of administration to IHR Group.
ThirtyThree has secured a £4m funding package from the Royal Bank of Scotland to expand its recruitment communications business, and up to 42 staff will relocate to a new office in Bristol early next year.
Syntax, the Derby-based IT and technical recruitment consultancy, has merged with Arcanza IT Services of Derby and Software Training Services of Heanor.
NEC Infrontia is to relocate the European headquarters of its electronics business from Loughborough to a new 11,000 sq ft unit on the Ruddington Fields Business Park in Nottingham.
Vitec Group has acquired certain assets of Technologies Talkdynamics, the Canadian software development company, for undisclosed terms.
Atlantis Resources Corporation and Morgan Stanley are considering plans to set up a £250m computer data centre at Castle of Mey in Caithness, using tidal power from the Pentland Firth and creating up to 700 jobs.
Begbies Traynor has sold Servisional, the Manchester-based customer relationship management consultancy with 17 staff, to a management buy-out.
BTI Systems of Canada is to invest £6.7m in a new European headquarters and software engineering centre in Belfast, with the creation of 60 jobs over the next three years.
ICS Computing is to create more than 20 new payroll and administration support jobs at its IT services business in Belfast.
Qinetiq has acquired Commerce Decisions, the Oxford-based supplier of tender assessment and management software with 38 staff, for £10m.
Capita Group has acquired ABS Network Solutions, the Crawley-based business networking solutions firm with 56 staff, for £14m.
Abacus, the Newbury-based electronic components distributor with 1,000 staff, has agreed to be acquired by Avnet of the US for £42m.
MessageLabs, the US-based online messaging security company with offices in London and Gloucester, is to be acquired by Symantec for £397m.
The Business Connection is planning to open a further ten recruitment offices in the North West, including sites in Crewe, Liverpool, Manchester and Warrington.
Adobe is to relocate its Edinburgh-based software support office and 35 staff to a 21,000 sq ft unit at Hermiston Quay 2.
IBM is to invest £2m in the development of a mini data centre at its site in Greenock by the end of the year, in order to help smaller companies cut their IT costs.
Infoterra of Leicester has acquired Imass, the Tyneside-based supplier of communication devices with 136 staff.
Kofax has acquired OptiInvoice Digital Technology, the Swedish supplier of document processing software, for £1.6m.
Applied4 Technology, the Leeds-based software firm, has been acquired RiskMetrics Group of the US for undisclosed terms.
Listening Company is to open a new call centre at St James Gate in Newcastle next month, and aims to create 500 jobs this year.
Xchanging is to acquire Cambridge Solutions, the Indian business processing outsourcing group with 4,500 staff in eight countries, for £83m.
Digital Marketing Group has acquired Cybercom, the London-based IT systems consultancy, for £6m, as well as Gasbox, the voice marketer, for up to £9m.
Nine K (9K Limited) is setting up a new £1.5m headquarters for its computer systems support business at the Eliot Business Park in Nuneaton this month, and 15 new jobs will be created over the next 12 months.
The Cloud has secured £8.5m of venture funding to extend its wireless broadband network across Europe.
EDS is to set up a £30m data storage centre at Wynyard Park on Teesside, but has not said whether the staff will be new or transferred from other sites.
Thales UK is planning to double the 120-strong staff at its new £10m data centre at Doncaster Lakeside.
Emax Outsourcing is planning to expand the 120-strong workforce at its Tyneside-based call centre to about 400 over the coming months.
Ultima Networks has acquired JCS for £0.3m, in order to expand its Cognito legal software subsidiary.
Charteris has acquired SIG Consulting, the business solutions consultancy with offices in Hertfordshire and County Durham, for an initial £1.9m.
Keycom is to acquire MCW Group, the supplier of broadband services to students, for £2.1m.
VCS Timeless, the French retail software firm with 145 staff and an office in Milton Keynes, is to be sold by Christie Group to Cegid for £3m.
Topaz Computer Systems has been acquired by Leicester-based Safe Computing, creating a combined software development group with 120 staff.
Wolviston Group has acquired Manning, the Teesside-based recruitment firm, for up to £5m, and is now looking to create up to 20 jobs and relocate to a new office.
InfoBasis, the Abingdon-based HR software company with 31 staff, has been acquired by Salary.com of the US.
Perspektiv has acquired the web development operations of Nottingham-based IT firm Presence for undisclosed terms.
Wombat Financial Software is in negotiations to set up a 40,000 sq ft office at Adelaide Exchange in Belfast city centre.
Gresham Computing has sold its Redstone Software testing and automation business to Testplant for a nominal sum.
Sky High has acquired Halifax Computer Services, the West Yorkshire-based data processing firm, for £0.2m.
Ultra Electronics has acquired AudioSoft, the Cirencester-based supplier of data recording systems with 42 staff, for an initial £5m.
E2V Technologies is to acquire QP Semiconductor, the US supplier of semiconductor components with 90 staff, for an initial £36m.
Acision, the messaging company, is to set up a 30,000 sq ft office at the Arlington Business Park in Theale, Berkshire.
Insights is to build a new £4m 17,000 sq ft headquarters for its training business at the Technology Park in Dundee, with the creation of an initial 50 jobs.
Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Alternative Printing Services, the German manufacturer of thermal inkjet printers, for an initial £12m.
TT Electronics has acquired the radio frequency, power semiconductors and optoelectronic components business of Lutterworth-based Semelab for £10m.
Synchronica is to acquire the operating subsidiary of AxisMobile, funded by a £5m share placing, as part of a strategy to create a market leader in mobile email and synchronisation solutions.
Respondez is planning to create 400 jobs at its technical support services call centre in Hartlepool over the next 18 months.
Mfonex is to transfer its head office from Oxfordshire to West Yorkshire following the acquisition of Cleckheaton-based Insight Marketing and Inspire Telecom for undisclosed terms.
Endeavors, the software firm with 54 staff in North Yorkshire and the US, has been sold out of administration by KPMG to a new company called Acresail.
Netstore, the IT security and outsourcing company, is to be acquired by 2e2 Group for about £58m.
Mouchel, the business services firm, is to set up a 46,000 sq ft office at Export House in Woking.
Minacs of Canada is considering plans to set up a 50,000 sq ft call centre in Manchester by the end of the year.
Logica is planning to vacate its 100,000 sq ft head office in London, in order to relocate staff to a smaller 30,000 sq ft site and to regional offices.
Russell Reynolds Associates, the recruitment firm, is planning to relocate staff from three London offices to a single 25,000 sq ft site in the West End.
Chess Telecom has acquired Puma Telecom of Hemel Hempstead and Sunstone of Milton Keynes, gaining access to about 800 business customers.
Spiritel has acquired ED Communications, the network services firm, for up to £3m.
Spectris has acquired nCode International, the supplier of test and analysis software with 116 staff in the US, Europe and Asia, from CIP Industries for £17m.
Filtronic is to sell its Defence Electronics business to Teledyne for £13m.
Anite is to sell its Anite Public Sector Holdings software division to Northgate Information Solutions UK for £54m.
BAe Systems is to acquire Detica Group, the provider of information management systems to the national security sector with 1,500 staff, for £538m.
RM has acquired Orchard Partners, the supplier of education software that trades as EasyTrace, for up to £2.8m.
BT has acquired Ribbit Corporation, the US telecoms and internet services firm, for about £50m.
Uplands Mobiles, the Swansea-based mobile communications company with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
DigiPoS Store Solutions has sold Vista Support Services, the Cardiff-based provider of EpoS support and maintenance services with 160 staff, to a management buy-out.
SSP Holdings, the IT services firm with offices in Halifax, Belfast, Solihull, Worthing, Farnborough, Marlow and Nottingham, is to be acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for £198m.
IS Solutions is to acquire Chapter26, the Surrey-based supplier of content management solutions, for an initial £0.7m.
Xpertise Group is to acquire the IT training division of Parity for £4.8m, creating a combined group of training centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, the Thames Valley and the Midlands.
KCRS, the US supplier of HR software, is opening an office in Glasgow and the initial six staff could increase to 100 over the next few years.
Premium People is to open new training and recruitment offices in Sunderland and Darlington over the next few months, with the creation of 24 jobs.
Teledata is creating 40 jobs at its new £4m data centre at Wythenshawe in Manchester.
Landmark Marketing Services is to open two additional mobile phone telesales call centres in Llanelli and Carmarthen, with the creation of at least 160 jobs.
BT has announced plans to invest £1.5bn connecting 10m homes to high-speed fibre-optic broadband by 2012, in order to offer high-definition TV viewing.
The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) is to build a £50m Hartree computational modelling research centre in Daresbury, while a further £30m will be invested in sensor research centres in Daresbury and Harwell.
Micro Focus International has acquired Liant Software Corporation, the US developer of business information systems, for £2.5m.
South Tyneside Council is to transfer 450 back-office staff to BT, and a further 250 new jobs will be created by BT at a new local authority outsourcing facility being developed at Harton Staithes in South Shields over the next three years.
Ncipher, the Cambridge-based data encryption company, is to be acquired by Thales of France for £51m.
The Contact Company is to create 150 jobs at its customer management outsourcing call centre in Birkenhead.
Liberata is planning to set up a new business outsourcing office at the Morton Palms Business Park in Darlington, with the creation of about 80 jobs.
Fayrewood is to sell Interface Solutions International, the computer distributor with 130 staff in Birmingham and Warrington, to Prime Properties Development for £2m.
Nord Anglia Education, the training company, is to be acquired by Baring Private Equity Asia for £190m.
Seagate Technology is to invest £120m in the expansion of its disk drives factory in Springtown, Londonderry, by 2010, including new equipment, IT and research facilities.
Telmar Network Technology is to expand the workforce at its Solihull-based telecom systems repair business with ten new staff in July and a further 20 by 2009.
Clarity Commerce Solutions has sold the trade and assets of Romulus Enterprises, the business intelligence consultancy, to Linegem for £0.5m.
Glen Group has acquired Colloquium, the Paisley-based telecoms operator and ISP, for £0.1m, in order to expand its Pinnacle Telecom subsidiary.
Maxima Holdings is to acquire DXI Networks, the IT services firm with 80 staff in London and India, for £8.5m.
McKesson UK is planning to create more than 300 jobs at its office in Bangor, North Wales, over the next three years, in order to develop computer systems for the NHS.
BT is to acquire the Stemmer and SND IT services divisions of Net AG in Germany, including combined gross assets of £7.7m.
Domino Printing Sciences is to acquire Photon Energy, the German manufacturer of solid state laser sources, for £3.2m.
Steria of France is to set up a new IT services centre in Belfast, with the creation of 63 jobs.
Hamlin Electronics is considering plans to relocate its Norfolk-based technical centre and 60 engineering staff from Diss to the Hethel Engineering Centre.
Computer Service Centre is planning to set up a second IT data centre in Norfolk over the next two years, as its existing £1m site at Meridian Way in Norwich is close to capacity.
H2O Networks is to install a fibre-optic cable system in the sewers of Dundee, in a £30m project to supply high-speed communications to homes and businesses across the city.
LinkedIn has secured a £27m cash injection for its internet networking operations in Europe, including the expansion of its London office and the creation of 20 jobs.
Achilles Group has secured a £5.3m investment from HgCapital to fund the expansion of its Abingdon-based data management and validation services.
TracPlus Global, the New Zealand-based telematics company, is considering plans to set up an operation at one of the Technium business innovation centres in Wales.
Inisoft, the Glasgow-based software company with 20 staff, has been acquired by the Response call centre division of Murray International for undisclosed terms.
Novosco is investing £1.2m in the expansion of its Belfast-based IT services business, including a new staff recruitment and training programme.
Amino Technologies has acquired AssetHouse Technologies, the Guildford-based software developer with 16 staff, for £1.4m.
Erudine is to expand the 50-strong workforce at its Harrogate-based IT services business with up to 20 new software development jobs.
Advanced Power Components of Rochester has acquired Contech Electronics, the Hertfordshire-based distributor of data input devices with seven staff, for £1m.
Listening Company is looking to expand the workforce at its call centre in Tonbridge from 53 to up to 120.
Alphameric is to sell its hospitality business, which supplies web-based business management tools to hospitality and retail groups, to Torex Hospitality Solutions for £17m.
Anderson Manning has been acquired by venture capital firm Forest Leaf Properties, casting doubt over the future of its call centres in Londonderry and Bangor.
Nessco has secured £4m from Aberdeen Asset Managers Growth Capital to fund the expansion of its offshore telecoms business, which currently has 140 staff in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Reading, Brazil and Azerbaijan.
G4S has acquired Touchcom, the US supplier of electronic security systems, for up to £29m.
Ultra Electronics has acquired ProLogic, the US systems integration and software company with about 300 staff, for an initial £25m.
FFEI, the electronic equipment supplier, has confirmed plans to relocate to a new £2m research and manufacturing centre in Hemel Hempstead in December.
Eutechnyx is planning to expand the 75 staff at its Gateshead-based computer games business with 25 new jobs this year, and will also open its first office in the US.
Servoca has bought the business of Day To Day Teachers out of administration, including four teacher supply branches and 12 staff.
Unicom is looking to create a further 80 jobs at its Manchester-based telecoms business, with most of the vacancies in sales.
Technology Services Group has acquired the IT infrastructure business of The Xperience Group, including 50 staff at offices in Leicester, Wellingborough, Tamworth and London.
Vanco, the virtual telecoms operator with 700 staff, is to be acquired by Reliance Communications of India for undisclosed terms, but the US division will be sold separately.
Telecom Service Centres is to create a further 100 jobs at its call centre in Falkirk, having won a new contract from T-Mobile.
Rock Group, the Warwick-based computer supplier with 25 staff, has been bought out of administration by Stone Group of Staffordshire for undisclosed terms.
Sony is to create 40 new jobs at its professional camcorders production and service centre in Pencoed.
Alterian is to acquire Mediasurface, the Newbury-based website software maker with offices in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and the US, for £18m.
Vodafone has acquired Zyb, the Dutch provider of mobile internet services, for £25m.
Dialog Semiconductor of Germany has secured a £1.3m Scottish Enterprise grant to set up a new design centre in Edinburgh by the end of the year, with the creation of at least 20 jobs.
Scalable Software, the supplier of IT value-management products with offices in Surrey and the US, has undergone a management buy-out.
Fujitsu Services is to invest £8.8m in the expansion of its IT systems and support business in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 120 jobs in Belfast and 30 in Londonderry.
Wombat is to invest £3m in the expansion of its financial software development operations in Belfast, with the creation of 75 jobs.
CyberSource, the US-based supplier of internet payment systems, is to set up a research and development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 56 jobs over the next three years.
Yotta, the digital mapping company, is creating about 30 jobs at its new office in Leamington Spa, including the transfer of work from Oxford, Leicester and Bognor Regis.
Infinity Group is planning to set up a telecoms equipment store in the Leicester area within 18 months, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
E-Shelter is forming a joint venture with the PFB Data Centre Fund to develop a data centre on a 50-acre site at Saunderton near High Wycombe.
Clarity Commerce Solutions has sold Cyntergy Services, the provider of help desk and training services, to Lumos Services for up to £1m.
Expansys has sold its Portix trading division, which distributes mobile and wireless products, to Micro Peripherals for up to £1.2m.
FirstSource has been awarded £6.7m from Invest NI to support the expansion of its call centre and back office outsourcing business in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 300 jobs in Londonderry and 500 at an undecided location.
BNS is to create 200 new jobs at its telecoms services business over the next two years, and is planning a new building at its Northumberland headquarters.
Carphone Warehouse Networks is planning to expand the workforce at its Irlam headquarters from 470 to 600 by the end of the year.
Sarian Systems, the Ilkley-based electronic communications manufacturer, has been acquired by Digi International of the US for £15m.
Oxford Metrics has acquired the trade and assets of Mobile Video Services, the US provider of property data collection services with 42 staff, for £2m.
SatCom Group is to acquire SDN Global, the US provider of connectivity and data continuity solutions, for an initial £1.7m.
Danwood is planning to expand its Lincoln-based office equipment business with acquisitions and the recruitment of up to 14 new staff, having secured an equity investment from Englefield Capital.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Harris Acoustic Products, the US submarine acoustic transducers supplier with 40 staff, from Channel Technologies for £3.5m.
Masternaut Three X has acquired ICM Business Solutions, the Hull-based software supplier, increasing its annual turnover to about £22m.
Icera has raised £20m from a group of investors to fund the expansion of its chip technology operations in Bristol and Cambridge.
Woodspeen Training is to acquire Futures Training Centres, the vocational training firm, for up to £2.8m.
UK Biometrics is creating six jobs at its Newcastle headquarters and a further nine in regional sales offices, in order to handle the launch of its new fingerprint reading equipment.
Realtime Worlds has raised £25m from Maverick Capital to fund the expansion of its Dundee-based computer games business.
FFEI is considering plans to close its electronic equipment factory in Peterborough with the loss of 60 jobs, in order to relocate the work to a new site in Hemel Hempstead later this year.
BT is to acquire Wire One Holdings, the US videoconferencing firm with 350 staff, from The Gores Group.
The Welsh Assembly has announced that Next Generation Data is planning to set up a £200m data centre at the former LG site in Newport by the end of the year, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Zen Internet is looking to create up to 250 jobs at its new Sandbrook Park headquarters in Rochdale over the next five years.
Solicitors Own Software, the Bath-based software developer with 37 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Phones 4u, the Staffordshire-based mobile phones supplier, is to create 150 jobs at its call centres this year.
FD Systems has acquired BGM Business Solutions, the retail technology firm with offices in Milton Keynes and Oxford.
Cobham has acquired MMI Research, the Hampshire-based cellular telecoms company with 20 staff, for £14m.
Manpower Software has acquired Key IT Systems, the Worksop-based provider of software solutions for the management of temporary staff, for an initial £0.4m.
Catalyst Corporate Finance has advised on the £28m management buy-out of Stone Group, the Staffordshire-based IT services firm with almost 200 staff.
Vistorm Holdings, the Warrington-based information security services company with 220 staff, has been acquired by EDS of the US for undisclosed terms.
Zetex, the Oldham-based semiconductor supplier with 450 staff, is to be acquired by Diodes of the US for £89m.
Spiritel has acquired WN1, the Wigan-based reseller of mobile voice and data services, for £2m.
Tikit Group has acquired TFB Group, the Fareham-based supplier of practice management solutions to law firms with 58 staff, for £7.4m.
Graham Technology, the Renfrewshire-based software firm with 300 staff, has been acquired by Sword Group of France for an estimated £30m.
Sims Group has acquired Life Cycle Services, the Middlesex-based IT recycling and refurbishment firm, in order to expand its Sims Recycling Solutions division.
Cybit Holdings has acquired Truck24, the German supplier of telematics to the logistics sector with 19 staff.
Conchango, the technology consultancy with offices in Egham, London, Aberdeen, India and the US, has been acquired by the UK arm of EMC for £42m.
Servoca has acquired Academics Holdings, the Essex-based education, recruitment and training provider with 21 staff, for an initial £2m.
Civica, the supplier of software to local authorities, is to be acquired by private equity firm 3i for £190m.
Tomcat Systems, the Belfast-based medical IT company with 25 staff, has been acquired by Philips for undisclosed terms, and will become part of Philips' Healthcare Informatics division.
Crisp Thinking of Leeds has acquired IMSafer, the US supplier of child protection software for the internet, for undisclosed terms.
XMA is to create up to 40 sales and customer service jobs at its Nottingham-based IT hardware, consumables and spares business, following its acquisition by Orion Media Marketing.
ITPS is looking to relocate its Gateshead-based IT services business to a larger 20,000 sq ft site this summer, and expects to increase the workforce from 90 to 150 by 2011.
Carter & Carter has sold most of its training operations out of administration to Newcastle College Group, securing the future of about 1,500 jobs.
Network Group Holdings is to acquire a 67% stake in Pertemps People Development Group, the West Midlands-based recruitment and training firm with 650 staff, in a £18m reverse takeover.
Telehouse Europe is to build a £80m data centre in London Docklands by 2010, to meet demand from financial institutions, media businesses and the London 2012 Olympics.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Magneto Inductive Systems, the Canadian signalling and communications firm with 50 staff, for £11m.
Freedom4 Communications is to sell its internet hosting and network services operations to private equity firm Oakley for £120m.
Ericsson is to relocate 168 jobs from its telecoms factory in Nottingham to Coventry, while the remaining 147 staff will be offered other work or redundancy.
Capita is to acquire ComputerLand, the Nottingham-based IT services firm, for £29m.
SpinVox has appointed Goldman Sachs to help raise finance to expand its mobile phone technology business.
Infor, the US software soltuions firm, is said to be planning to set up a 56,000 sq ft office at Blythe Valley Park in Birmingham.
Rocket Science is looking to double the 50-strong workforce at its data analysis business in Middlesbrough by 2010, due to the success of its sales management system.
O2 is planning to create a further 400 to 500 jobs at its Skypark call centre in Glasgow over the next 18 months, due to the success of the Apple iPhone.
Electronic Waste Company is planning to set up electronic waste recycling centres in Exeter, Telford and Manchester by April.
Parmley Technologies is to relocate its North Tyneside-based electronics business and 17 staff to the Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate, with the creation of 18 new jobs over the coming year.
Main-Tel, the business communications company, has announced plans to open a £1m office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with the creation of six jobs.
Raymarine is to acquire NavSystems, the Finnish distributor of electronic marine products, for up to £3.8m.
IDOX has acquired Plantech, the London-based supplier of software and consultancy services to local authorities, for £5.3m.
Statpro is to acquire Performa, the London-based provider of asset management software with 19 staff, for £7m.
Cable-Talk, the Wakefield-based computer cabling firm, has been acquired by Great Northern Solutions for £2.8m.
Clinical Computing is to acquire Program Management Group, the Leeds-based supplier of resource planning software, out of administration, with the transfer of 14 staff.
Fidessa is to invest £2.5m in a new software development office in Belfast over the next three years, with the creation of 26 jobs.
Boston Consulting is planning to set up a new office at the former ICI headquarters at 20 Manchester Square in London in July.
Pearson is to sell its US-based data management business to M&F Worldwide for £167m.
Laird Group has acquired Ezurio, the High Wycombe-based wireless data communications firm, for £12m.
SDL has acquired Idiom Technologies, the US supplier of software translation management systems with 50 staff, for £11m.
Vyke has acquired Iios, the telecoms carrier service provider, for an initial £0.1m.
Gem is to create 100 new jobs at its Belfast-based call centre, having won a mobile phone sales contract from Perlico.
Fone Solutions, the Tyneside-based telecoms company with about 20 staff, is planning to expand its field sales team across northern England and open new offices in Leeds and Newbury by the end of the year.
Ant Marketing is to create 50 new jobs at its Sheffield-based telemarketing business, having won a contract to sell Pipex Homecall's telephone and broadband services.
Alchemy Partners is to acquire Geo, the supplier of broadband cable services, from Hutchison Whampoa for £70m.
Raymarine has acquired Deck Marine, the Italian distributor of electronic products with 15 staff, for up to £19m.
Quartix, the Powys-based supplier of vehicle tracking systems, is planning to double its workforce to more than 30, having secured a £12m debt and equity funding package from Bank of Scotland.
BT Group has acquired Fresca, the High Wycombe-based e-commerce services firm, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its BT Expedite retail solutions division.
Onyx Group has acquired Campbell Lee, the Glasgow-based IT services firm, for undisclosed terms, taking its total workforce to about 100.
Coda, the Harrogate-based financial management software firm with 580 staff in 14 countries, is to be acquired by Unit 4 Agresso of the Netherlands for £158m.
Microsoft is to set up a 12,000 sq ft office at the Waverley Gate development in Edinburgh.
Winning Pitch has acquired Creative Business Achievements, the Sheffield-based training and business development consultancy, for £0.1m.
Northgate Information Solutions, the software company with 500 staff, has reached agreement with Morley and Stanhope to build a new 96,500 sq ft headquarters in Hemel Hempstead by 2009.
QGS Synergy is to create 30 new jobs at its Gateshead-based corporate training business this year, having secured £0.5m from a syndicate of private investors.
United Business Media has acquired Think Service, the US-based IT services and call centre training firm with 38 staff, for an initial £12m, in order to expand its CMP Technology business.
Vyke is to acquire Callserve Communications, the London-based telecoms service provider, for up to £2.9m.
NCC Group has acquired Escrow Europe Holdings, the Dutch escrow solutions company with ten staff, for up to £7.8m.
Plexus has secured a £1m regional selective assistance grant to expand its electronics factory in Kelso, with the creation of 39 jobs.
Gaia Technologies is to expand the workforce at its Bangor-based IT services business from 19 to 39.
NewLogic is to create up to 70 jobs at a new call centre due to open on the Pattinson North Industrial Estate in Washington this spring.
H2O Networks is planning to set up ultra-fast broadband networks in the sewer systems of up to 15 cities over the next five years, at a cost of about £20m each.
Peratech has bought Eleksen, the developer of electronic sensor technology with total assets of £3.1m, out of administration.
Premier Farnell is to acquire Hynetic Electronics Private, the Indian electronics distributor, for about £0.5m.
Wombat Financial Software, the US-owned financial market data management company with 100 staff in Belfast, is to be acquired by NYSE Euronext for £102m.
TSW Training, the Bridgend-based training firm with 18 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Finance Wales for undisclosed terms.
Moneypenny is planning to expand the workforce at its Wrexham-based remote reception services business from 120 to 170 this year.
Vodafone is thought to be considering plans to set up a new 140,000 sq ft office in the Thames Valley, and possible locations include Reading, Guildford and Hammersmith.
NG Bailey has acquired S2S, the Crawley-based IT services firm, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Bailey Teswaine communications and network security subsidiary.
Research in Motion, the supplier of wireless communications products, is to set up an additional 30,000 sq ft office at Thames Valley Court in Slough, opposite its existing site.
Business Link is to set up a regional co-ordination centre with more than 100 staff at Capitol Park in Dodworth in April, in order to centralise work currently carried out in Leeds, Hull, York and Doncaster.
Andronics is looking to create up to 100 new jobs at its Londonderry-based asset monitoring systems business over the next three years, having just been acquired by Sars Corporation of the US for undisclosed terms.
Newport City Council is to consider plans from the Welsh Assembly for the development of a computer data centre at the former LG semiconductor plant in Newport.
Leicester Circuits has been acquired by One Way Circuits of Norwich, which could lead to the expansion of the workforce at its Leicester-based printed circuit boards factory from 62 to up to 100.
Southern Bear has acquired Phoenix Dynamics, the Stoke-based supplier of electronics equipment, for up to £1.5m, in order to expand its Towerinput Trading division.
Unicom is planning to create up to 100 jobs at its Manchester-based telecoms business this year, with vacancies in sales, customer service, IT, credit control and administration.
Garlands is planning to create a further 3,000 jobs over the next three years, including vacancies in South Shields and new call centres outside the North East.