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SpinVox, the Marlow-based voice-to-text technology company with 230 staff, has been acquired by Nuance Communications of the US for £64m.
Phoenix IT has bought the UK business continuity operations of Office Shadow out of administration for £0.5m.
Cellular Solutions (North East) is planning to expand the 24-strong workforce at its Sunderland-based telecoms business with ten new jobs.
Andor Technology has acquired Bitplane, the Swiss supplier of image analysis software with 30 staff, for £7.5m.
Yamgo is planning to create 23 jobs at its newly-opened mobile phone entertainments business in Swansea over the next two years.
Deep-Secure, the Reading-based IT security company, has undergone a £3.5m management buy-in backed by venture capital firm YFM.
Capita Group has acquired Synetrix, the IT services firm with 193 staff in Keele and Farnborough, from Apax Partners for £75m.
NetServices is to raise £2.1m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Salford-based data networks business.
Shred-it, the Sale-based document shredding firm with 400 staff, is planning to create 45 jobs and open new offices in South Wales and Norfolk over the next year.
Scancom is to create ten new sales and customer services jobs in Leicester, having won a contract to sell Vodafone BlackBerry products.
Robert Walters, the recruitment company, is to set up a 40,000 sq ft headquarters at 11 Slingsby Place, London WC2, which is due for completion in June.
Networkers International has acquired Comms Group, the IT recruitment company with 35 staff, for a nominal sum.
MTL Document Services of Leigh is to merge with HiScan of Stockport, creating a combined information management firm with 40 staff.
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) is to help fund a new £44m high-performance computing institute at the universities of Cardiff and Swansea, which could create more than 400 jobs.
Quantiv, the software company, is to set up an 11,000 sq ft office at Station House in Altrincham, and hopes to expand its 32-strong workforce to 200 over the next five years.
Cybit, the Huntingdon-based telematics company with 150 staff, is to be acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners for £23m.
Midwich is to relocate its Norfolk-based electronic products business to a larger site in Diss by next March, and 12 new sales and IT staff will be added to the 180-strong workforce.
Capital Solutions has acquired West End Business Services, the Aberdeen-based supplier of office equipment, for undisclosed terms.
SecureWorks has acquired DNS, the Edinburgh-based security services firm, for undisclosed terms.
Scientis Solutions is to set up a telecoms research and development facility at De Montfort University's innovation centre in Leicester, with the creation of 13 jobs.
Daisy Group is to shed about 300 jobs at its corporate telecoms offices in London and Halifax by March 2010, and a further 150 jobs will relocate from the South East to Lancashire.
Gaming Technology Solutions, the gaming software firm, is to be acquired by Playtech for an initial £10m.
Vodafone is planning to recruit 50 graduates for its management training programme in September 2010.
Senergy, the Aberdeen-based energy services firm, is to create more than ten jobs at a new software division based at Banchory.
Abertay University has secured a £2.5m government grant to expand its computer games development facilities in Dundee, while a linked centre at MediaCity in Manchester has received £1m.
Tracsis is to acquire Safety Information Systems, the supplier of data analysis software, for an initial £0.5m.
SThree is looking to expand the 1,600-strong workforce in its IT recruitment business and open more international offices in 2010.
Elite Telecom has acquired CAN Networks, the Dorset-based voice and data network services company, for £12m.
Internet for Business is to set up a new £7m data centre in Aberdeen next year, in partnership with Dell, with the creation of ten jobs.
Microsoft Research is said to be in negotiations to double its space at the University of Cambridge's West Cambridge site, which currently has more than 100 staff.
Spiritel has acquired ADK Communications, the Hertfordshire-based voice and data services company, for £1m.
Rare Games, the computer games developer, is said to be in negotiations to set up an office at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham.
Call Britannia is planning to open up to ten new call centres across the country to provide training for up to 10,000 unemployed people over the next seven years.
Electronic Motion Systems, the Swansea-based electronics manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and is planning to expand the 110-strong workforce with 30 new jobs.
ECommera has secured a £1.3m private equity investment from ePlanet to fund the expansion of its London-based e-commerce business, which currently has 70 staff.
Listening Company is looking to create a further 250 jobs at its call centre in Newcastle.
Eitex is looking to expand its Batley-based IT support services business across the country by using franchisees.
Welcomm Communications has acquired Dialect, the mobile technology firm, for undisclosed terms, and the 13 staff will relocate from Northampton to Market Harborough.
Internet Business Solutions is planning a £1.2m expansion programme over the next two years, including new offices in Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield and the creation of 13 jobs.
Stone Group is relocating its Staffordshire-based computer manufacturing business from Stone to the Stafford 88 development near junction 13 of the M6.
One North East is seeking at least six companies to take part in a £1.1m pilot scheme to train up to 360 home workers.
Res-Q is to expand its call centre in Hull, with the creation of 200 jobs over the next two years, having secured a £0.5m investment from Yorkshire Forward.
O2 is to invest £100m in improvements to its network due to rising demand from mobile broadband users, with up to 1,500 network sites being added in 2010.
Matrix Media is to create a further 25 jobs at its Huddersfield-based office products business by the end of the year.
E2train, the Cirencester-based software company with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by WestBridge Fund Managers.
Odyssey Financial Technologies is to set up a software development office in Glasgow in January, and the initial 20 staff could rise to 200.
Advanced Computer Software has acquired Healthy Software, the Derby-based clinical software supplier, for £0.9m.
FirstSource is to create a further 150 jobs at its telecoms outsourcing call centre in Londonderry, in addition to the new jobs announced last month.
Ionix of Leigh has bought some of the assets of Port Talbot-based Excel Electronic Assemblies out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Convergys is to take an additional 10,000 sq ft of call centre space at the Quorum Business Park in Newcastle, and will now relocate to a 50,000 sq ft unit with up to 375 staff in January.
Playfish, the London-based computer games developer, has been acquired by Electronic Arts for £165m.
Conduit is planning to increase its UK workforce from 2,500 to 5,000 over the next two years, which will benefit call centres in Cardiff, Swansea and Plymouth.
Spiritel has acquired Edge Solutions, the London-based voice and data services firm, for an initial £3.6m.
Microgen is to sell its billing services division to Swiss Post Solutions for £7.5m.
Telecity is to announce plans next year for a further expansion of capacity at its chain of European data centres, which could involve up to six new facilities by 2015.
Teach First is setting up a new 26,000 sq ft office for its teaching charity at 4 More London, SE1.
Acal is to acquire BFi OPTiLAS, the French electronic components distributor with an office in Milton Keynes, for £9m.
Alternative Networks has acquired Aurora Kendrick James, the Kent-based billing software supplier with 50 staff, for up to £5.5m.
ScanSafe, the London-based internet security company, is to be acquired by Cisco Systems for up to £112m.
First Derivatives of Newry has acquired RDF, the US data management software firm, for up to £6.1m.
Computacenter has sold CCD, its trade distribution division with 40 staff, to Ingram Micro for undisclosed terms.
Crytek, the German computer games developer, is to relocate its Nottingham office and up to 70 staff to a new 17,500 sq ft unit on Canal Street in March.
Newcastle Science City has announced a £6m fund to support up to 40 new technology-based companies in Newcastle-upon-Tyne over the next few years, with the creation of up to 4,000 jobs.
ReThink Group is to relocate its Manchester-based recruitment office from Cross Street to a larger site at Spring Gardens early next year.
Technology Services Group is to create 102 jobs at its IT support operations in Gosforth and Gateshead over the next five years, having secured a £0.5m grant from One North East.
Ipswich Borough Council is considering plans to set up a new call centre to handle all enquiries for Grafton House, and the 20 new jobs would replace up to 40 existing jobs in other departments.
WANdisco is planning to expand the workforce at its Sheffield-based software business from 11 to 50 by the end of 2010.
Fifth Generation Technologies of India is to set up a software development operation in Sunderland, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Siemens Enterprise Communications is planning to relocate up to 170 staff from Wellingborough to Milton Keynes by next February.
FirstSource is planning to expand the 900-strong workforce at its telecoms outsourcing business in Londonderry with 100 additional staff.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Scytale, the US provider of security software and services with 20 staff, for an initial £3.2m.
BroadSoft is planning to expand its telecoms software support office in Belfast, with the creation of up to ten jobs.
FIS Information Systems, the German supplier of enterprise resource planning software, is setting up a sales and marketing office at One Central Park in Manchester.
HEROtsc is planning to reopen its call centre in Greenock with the creation of 200 jobs, and a further 170 jobs are being created at its site in Falkirk.
Amaze has acquired MCL Digital, the digital technology consultancy with offices in London and Belfast, for undisclosed terms.
Blue Rock Systems of Southampton has acquired Sense Computer Systems, the Nottingham-based software supplier with six staff, for £0.7m.
NaviNet of the US is to invest £4.4m in a software research and development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 60 jobs over the next three years.
System C Healthcare has acquired Conscia Enterprise Systems, the Glasgow-based web solutions company, for £0.8m.
The East Midlands Development Agency has announced that Kenmark of Taiwan is to set up a television factory in Corby in early 2010, with the creation of 500 jobs.
IQE has acquired NanoGan, the Bath-based supplier of semiconductor wafers, for up to £3.6m.
Microsoft is seeking a suitable location in Cambridge to build a new 80,000 sq ft research and development facility, in order to replace its existing site at the West Cambridge Research Park by 2011.
Netcall is to acquire Q-Max Systems, the Gloucestershire-based supplier of workforce management software to contact centres, for £2.5m.
Evince Technology is looking to secure £2m of venture capital funding for the commercial production of a new diamond electronic switch, which could lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs in the North East.
Whiteley Electronics of Mansfield and Gemma Electronics of Cosham have been bought out of administration by Bombardier Transportation, securing most of the 150 jobs.
Intune Networks has secured £20m of venture capital to fund the expansion of its telecoms equipment operations in Belfast and Dublin.
Dumfries & Galloway Council is to consider proposals from Internet Villages International to develop a new multi-million pound data centre near Ecclefechan.
Track Safe Telecom has sold its Lancaster office and 37 staff out of administration to Newport-based Acorn Recruitment, while 19 Cardiff-based staff will transfer to Centregreat Rail and four Scottish staff will go to Starc.
Standing Stone, the Northumberland-based drawing office supplies firm, has undergone a management buy-out.
Premier Farnell has acquired CadSoft Computer, the German developer of CAD software, for up to £11m.
Godel Technologies of Manchester has merged with Velum of London to create a combined software group with 55 staff and annual turnover of £2m.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency has unveiled a £2.5m investment in the creation of 13 Further Education Enterprise Hubs, in order to promote business enterprise in schools.
Arcontech has raised £1.5m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its London-based financial software business.
Acxiom is to create 200 new jobs at its 2Touch call centre in Sunderland, as part of a £1m investment in new equipment and staff development.
Heidrick & Struggles is considering plans to relocate its London-based executive search business to a 27,500 sq ft office at 40 Argyll Street.
LBM is looking to recruit a further 20 staff at its Belfast-based direct marketing office by mid-October, having won new contracts with Vodafone and O2 Ireland.
Thomson Reuters is to acquire Abacus Enterprise, the London-based tax software company with 40 staff, from Deloitte for undisclosed terms.
Tesco is to set up a telecoms customer services call centre managed by Vertex in Prescot, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Microsoft is to help create 3,000 jobs for apprentices in its own business and partner companies by 2012, as part of a multi-million pound IT training scheme.
France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have unveiled plans to merge their Orange and T-Mobile operations in the UK, creating a combined mobile phones group with 19,000 staff.
Motorola is to relocate some of its Basingstoke-based staff to its site on the Viables Industrial Estate, having appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to market up to 114,000 sq ft of office space at Chineham Park.
Lancashire County Council is to close its £20m Red Rose Hub customer service centre in Preston in February, and many of the 300 jobs will relocate to the Globe Centre in Accrington.
Telstra International is to set up a 10,000 sq ft data centre in Woking by the end of the year, to add to its existing sites in London and Cambridge.
The European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge has secured a £10m government grant to fund the development of science data retrieval systems.
Surrey NanoSystems is looking to create hundreds of jobs at its Sussex-based carbon nanotubes business over the next three years, having just secured £2.5m of funding that will create an initial 12 engineering jobs.
SAP is to open a new 10,000 sq ft software research and development centre at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast in September.
Wood Holmes, the business consultancy with 17 staff in Newcastle, London, Manchester and Singapore, has undergone a management buy-out and is now looking to open offices across the country.
The Welsh Assembly has unveiled plans to set up a £5m Institute of Visual Computing, in order to link a number of university computer science departments.
MGt is to create 120 new jobs at its call centres in Kirkcaldy and Methil.
Shipton Communications, the Hemel Hempstead-based engineering services firm, has been bought out of administration by Nine Telecom Group.
Echo-U is planning to expand the 100-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based call centre to 120 over the next few months, as more companies are outsourcing their customer services.
Onyx Group has acquired Moffatt Communications, the London-based provider of IT services to hedge funds, for undisclosed terms.
Wolfson Microelectronics is setting up a 17,000 sq ft office at Newbury Business Park in Berkshire.
Daisy Group is to acquire the fixed-line and mobile telecoms division of Redstone for £17m.
Call Centre Dynamics is looking to expand the workforce at its call centre in Dundee with about eight new staff every month for the next 12 months.
Mformation Technologies is planning to expand the 31-strong workforce at its software development operation in Belfast with 14 new jobs.
Imass has acquired Trionics, the Leeds-based design software company with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Spring Group, the recruitment firm with 75 offices worldwide, is to be acquired by Switzerland-based Adecco for £107m.
Bedford Borough Council has approved plans from TRE Global UK to set up a 200,000 sq ft data centre at Twinwoods Business Park in Clapham by 2010, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Pentalogic Technology is looking to recruit additional software development and customer support staff at its new office in Cheltenham over the coming months.
Imaginatik has raised £1.6m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its enterprise collaborative software business.
TeleTech is to create up to 80 jobs for linguists at its call centre in Belfast over the next month.
Pendle Borough Council is supporting proposals for the creation of a new call centre for up to 120 staff next to telecoms firm Daisy's office on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in Nelson.
Regenersis is to acquire Total Repair Solutions, the Renfrewshire-based provider of mobile phone after-sales support, for £6.2m.
Innovise has acquired RapidHost, the Marlow-based web hosting company, for £0.8m.
HoundDog, the Dundee-based software company, has been acquired by GFI Software for undisclosed terms.
The Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC) has secured a £20m government grant to expand its facility in Sedgefield, which will lead to the creation of up to 250 jobs in the North East by 2013.
I3 Group is planning to create a further 50 jobs at its new £2m fibre optics training and distribution centre in Colwyn Bay this year.
Stream International is considering plans to shed up to 250 jobs at its customer services and technical support call centre in Londonderry, unless new work can be found.
Elite Telecom is considering Matrix Park near Chorley as a potential location for a new office, and plans to recruit 30 new staff over the next two years.
Daisy has acquired the business and assets of AT Communications, the telecoms services firm, out of administration for £7m, and has also paid £13m to buy the assets of Eurotel.
Infinity Group is planning to expand its Leicester-based telecoms business by investing more than £10m in acquisitions.
Avisen is to acquire Inca Group, the software sales firm, for £3.5m.
Specialisterne of Denmark is considering plans to set up its first UK software testing branch in Glasgow, which could create up to 50 jobs for autistic people.
Light Blue Optics has secured venture capital funding of £9.2m to expand its Cambridge-based holographic projection systems business.
System C Healthcare has acquired Liquidlogic, the Leeds-based provider of software to the social care sector, for £14m.
BT is planning to transfer at least 2,000 customer service jobs from India back to call centres in the UK.
Advanced Computer Software has acquired Staffplan, the London-based homecare software provider, for £1.4m.
Spice has acquired ComGroup, the Australian supplier of mobile radio handsets with 100 staff, for £6.9m.
Liverpool City Council is looking into the possibility of setting up a £5m National Games Academy, in order to train staff for the computer gaming industry.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Avalon Systems, the Australian defence electronics firm with 22 staff, for £8m.
Southend Council is in talks with two unnamed companies about the possibility of setting up two new call centres in Southend, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Aepona has acquired Valista of Dublin for undisclosed terms, creating a combined telecoms software firm with almost 200 staff in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Onyx is to open a second £5m data centre in Edinburgh in September, with the creation of ten engineering jobs.
First Data Resources is relocating its Basildon-based data transaction systems business to a 100,000 sq ft office at Visteon House.
United Business Media has acquired Iasist, the Spanish supplier of software to hospitals, from Inflexion Private Equity for £5.5m.
Innovision Research & Technology is to raise £5.4m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its mobile phone chips business.
Ascribe has acquired iClinix, the Australian developer of medical software, for undisclosed terms.
AEC Education has acquired Malvern House Group, the London-based educational courses provider with 75 teachers, for up to £4m.
Access Intelligence has acquired Ether-Ray, the London-based public sector IT services firm, for £2.4m.
Daisy Communications, the Lancashire-based telecoms firm with 176 staff, is to be acquired by Freedom4Group in a £30m reverse takeover, and the combined group will also include Vialtus.
Penna Consulting has acquired the Barkers recruitment services business from the administrators of BNB Recruitment Solutions for £8.6m.
Vodafone is to relocate its global headquarters and up to 200 staff from Newbury to its Paddington office in London in October, but a further 900 staff with global functions will remain in Newbury.
Daisy Communications is planning to expand the workforce at its site in Nelson from 120 to 240, by moving into an adjacent unit on the Lomeshaye Business Park.
Ask4 has bought W2, the Sheffield-based broadband and IT services firm, out of administration.
Formjet is to sell Panda Software, the distributor of internet security products, to Panda Security for up to £1.4m.
Staffline has bought The Workplace, the Cleckheaton-based recruitment firm with 14 staff.
Whitehead Mann, the executive search firm, has been acquired by Korn Ferry International of the US for undisclosed terms.
Chess Telecom has acquired Bridgend-based JVH Group and Tyneside-based CI Wholesale, in order to increase the annual turnover at its Cheshire-based telecoms business by £1.8m.
Innovise has acquired Harbrook Consultants, the Harrogate-based systems management consultancy with 17 staff, for £0.2m.
Welcomm Communications has acquired a majority stake in SkyNet Technologies Network of Sheffield, as part of a strategy to expand its Market Harborough-based mobile technology business with up to ten acquisitions over the next two years.
Pinnacle Telecom has acquired Accent Telecom UK, the Northampton-based telecoms reseller, for £0.6m.
I3 Group is to relocate its Haydock-based fibre-optic cables business to a larger 120,000 sq ft unit at The Parks, and the workforce will rise from 70 to 200 over the next year.
Capita Group is to acquire Carillion IT Services, the provider of outsourcing and network infrastructure services with 440 staff, for £36m.
BeCogent is looking to expand its Airdrie-based outsourcing call centre business by spending up to £15m on acquisitions.
Optocap, the Livingston-based optoelectronics packaging company with 18 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Logicalis is creating more than 30 jobs at a new regional headquarters for its IT business in Nantgarw, near Cardiff, in order to set up a single broadband network for the public sector in Wales.
Pennine Telecom has acquired PAS Partnership, the Burnley-based telephone systems firm, for undisclosed terms.
Kalamazoo Secure Solutions is to relocate its Birmingham-based security printing operation to a new £2.5m site in Redditch.
FDM Group, the IT services consultancy, is considering plans for a management buy-out backed by Inflexion Private Equity Partners.
Zytronic is planning to expand the Gateshead headquarters of its touchscreens business, and the workforce will rise from 192 to more than 230 by the end of next year.
Begbies Traynor has sold Carpeo out of administration to its former directors, securing nine jobs at its call centre in Swindon.
InVision Software of Germany is expanding its research and development centre in Londonderry, with the creation of a further 20 jobs by 2012.
Scottish & Southern Energy is to acquire a data centre business from Cantono Data Centre Services for £4.9m, in order to expand its SSE Telecom subsidiary.
INEX is looking to expand the workforce at its Newcastle-based semiconductors business from 30 to 100 by 2012, in order to create a centre of excellence for nano and microtechnology development.
Xploite is to sell its Anix managed services division to ACS Business Process Solutions for £31m.
Advanced Computer Software has raised £43m in a share placing, in order to fund acquisitions to expand its business supplying software to the primary care market.
Softedge Systems of Ireland has announced a £0.7m investment in a new software development centre in Newry, County Down, with the creation of 15 jobs.
IMS Maxims is to sell IMS Holdings and IMS Computers to Integrated Medical for £2.4m, leaving itself as a cash shell.
Google is said to be interested in setting up a data centre at the proposed International Paper mill redevelopment project in Inverurie.
Convergys is to relocate its customer care business from Newcastle city centre to a 40,000 sq ft unit at the Quorum Business Park.
Elonics has raised £1.1m to fund the expansion of the sales and operational support infrastructure at its Livingston-based semiconductor design business.
Sword Group has sold The Amor Group, the Glasgow-based developer of mobile technology for airline boarding passes, to a management buy-out for £28m, and the 330-strong workforce is expected to grow by 50 this year.
Iomart has acquired RapidSwitch, the Maidenhead-based data hosting services company, for £5.2m.
Equiniti has acquired ICS Computing, the IT services and software firm with 300 staff in Belfast, Newbury and India, for undisclosed terms.
Carphone Warehouse has agreed to acquire the UK broadband assets of Italian telecoms firm Tiscali for £236m, in order to expand its Talk Talk division.
RS Components is looking to recruit 100 new staff for its electronic components distribution centre in Nuneaton.
Micro Focus International is to acquire Borland Software and the software testing operations of Compuware in the US for £88m.
Neptune Innovations of Canada is to set up a new UK headquarters for its outsourcing services business at the Towers Business Park in Manchester, with the creation of up to 130 jobs.
Player X, the London-based provider of mobile media services, is to be acquired by Zed of Spain for about £10m.
Barclay Communications is to expand the 160-strong workforce at its Belfast-based telecoms business with 50 new jobs over the next ten months, in order to provide services to O2 customers.
Magdalene is to set up a telecoms development centre in south Belfast, with the creation of 50 jobs.
The University of Aberdeen has secured a £12m Research Council grant to study how technology can improve rural communities, in a partnership with the universities of Newcastle and Dundee that will create dozens of jobs.
Highbridge Business Park has raised £175m to fund the development of a 45,000 sq ft data centre at Cobalt Park in North Tyneside by March 2010.
Avisen has acquired Eon Enterprises, the London-based IT consultancy operating as Infocube, for £0.6m.
Ultimate Products has acquired Intempo Digital, the Manchester-based electronic equipment supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Epson, the computer printer manufacturer, is planning to relocate its Hemel Hempstead headquarters to a 52,000 sq ft unit at Westside.
Eircom is to invest a further £1.5m in the expansion of its telecoms operation in Belfast over the next year, with the creation of 30 jobs, having won a new contract from NI Water.
Axon Cable is to relocate its interconnect solutions business and 30 staff from Dalgety Bay to a new site being built at Admiralty Park in Rosyth.
Intune Networks of Ireland is setting up a new £9.3m telecoms research and development centre in Belfast, with the creation of a further 43 jobs by 2010.
Enex TestLab of Australia is to set up an IT testing laboratory at the Technium Springboard innovation centre in Cwmbran, with the creation of 26 jobs over the next three years.
Concise IT has acquired Takeda Technology, the Wilmslow-based IT firm with 15 staff specialising in business telephone systems and contact centre solutions.
Safe Computing is planning to expand the 80-strong workforce at its Leicester-based payroll systems business with 90 new jobs over the next five years, having won a back office outsourcing contract from Options Employment Group.
Woodspeen Training has acquired A&R, the Yorkshire-based training company with 90 staff and four offices, for £3.1m.
Crystal Software Solutions of Bromsgrove is to merge with London-based Trigold, creating a combined financial software group called Trigold Crystal.
Intersoftware UK, the Sale-based accounting software firm, has been acquired by Fundtech of Bangor.
Atia Solutions has secured £0.4m to fund the expansion of its South Wales-based telecoms business over the next two years, with the creation of 15 jobs.
BT has unveiled proposals to build a £5.3m innovation hub at Martlesham Heath in Suffolk by December 2010, providing space for up to 40 small businesses and creating 200 jobs.
The Printable Electronic Technology Centre (Petec) at NETPark in County Durham has secured a further £2m of funding from the EU to install equipment in a new cleanroom.
Aspire Technology Solutions is planning to expand the workforce at its South Tyneside-based IT consultancy from 11 to 25, having won a number of new contracts.
Dytecna is to create up to 50 new jobs in Tewkesbury and Malvern over the next 12 months, having won a contract to install electronic systems for the Ministry of Defence.
Eutechnyx is looking to create up to 50 new jobs at its Gateshead-based video games development business, having secured new funding from NEL Fund Managers.
Ciqual has secured £1.2m from a consortium of Par Syndicate and Scottish Enterprise to fund the expansion of its Edinburgh-based telecoms business, and the workforce will grow from 12 to 20.
Knowsley Council has agreed to help Vertex find 600 staff for its customer services outsourcing call centre on Merseyside.
Plexus is to expand its electronics manufacturing facilities in Tweedbank, near Galashiels, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Lockerbie Data Centres is to submit outline plans for the development of a £800m data storage centre in Lockerbie, which could create 1,000 jobs.
PFB Data Centre Fund is planning to raise a further £40m to fund the development of data centres across Europe.
Genesis Communications is to acquire Thus Mobile, the Sheffield-based provider of mobile phone services with 85 staff, from Cable & Wireless for undisclosed terms.
Phase CRS, the Morley-based IT services firm with 24 staff, has been acquired by Concorde Excel Holdings of Brighouse for undisclosed terms.
Prolinx is planning to expand the 55-strong workforce at its Oxfordshire-based IT services business with ten new staff this year.
Nimans has acquired Rocom, the Wetherby-based telecoms equipment distributor, for £12m, creating a combined group with more than 400 staff.
Xaar is planning to create a further 100 jobs at its inkjet print head factory in Cambridge over the next two years, in order to transfer production from Sweden.
Capita has won a £25m contract to recruit and train 35,000 workers for the 2011 census.
Accenture is said to be planning to close its 115,000 sq ft management consultancy office at 20 Old Bailey, London, in order to relocate the 1,000 staff to other offices.
Compuware, the US IT services firm, is said to be planning to set up a 28,000 sq ft office at the Quantum development in Maidenhead.
ID Data is to sell its business and certain assets out of administration to a new company called Card Data Management for £0.3m.
Peer 1 of Canada is to set up a computer data centre in Southampton, and the initial 50 jobs will rise to several hundred over the next few years.
I3 Group, the developer of fibre optic networks, is to create 50 jobs at a new engineering, administration and logistics centre near Llandudno Junction in Conwy.
NEWgroup is planning to open recruitment services offices in Sunderland and Middlesbrough over the next three years, following its acquisition by a group of private investors.
Interaction Recruitment has acquired 31 recruitment offices of Kelly Services for undisclosed terms, and is planning to recruit about 100 additional staff.
Carphone Warehouse is to acquire The Airtime Group, the supplier of fixed-line communications services, for £0.8m, in order to expand its Opal Telecom subsidiary.
Diagnos, the Oxfordshire-based software engineering firm with 50 staff, has undergone a £9m management buy-out backed by WK Corporate Finance.
Computime IT Solutions of Coventry has merged with Acutec of Coleshill to create a combined IT group with more than 20 staff.
Applinet of Thatcham has merged with the Unified Group of Theale to create a combined IT services group called Proximity Communications with turnover of £10m.
Concorde Informatics, the Brighouse-based IT services firm with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
Altran of France is investing £2m in the development of a project management software centre at Stepps near Glasgow, with the creation of an initial 30 jobs.
E-Shelter has won planning permission to set up an 829,000 sq ft data centre on a 50-acre site at Saunderton near High Wycombe, with the first stage being ready by mid-2010.
Iris has acquired ATW Information Technology Systems, the Sussex-based accountancy software supplier.
Genesis Communications has acquired Increase CRM, the customer relationship business of Surrey-based Increase, for undisclosed terms.
Pingar of New Zealand is to set up a new software research and development centre at the Technium in Swansea, which could lead to up to 30 new jobs over the next two years.
BT is to proceed with plans to invest £1.5bn in the development of a nationwide superfast broadband network, reaching at least 40% of households by 2012.
Carphone Warehouse has sold its South African call centre subsidiary to eTelecare Global Solutions for £3.7m.
The Hut Group is looking to create up to 100 jobs for software developers, web designers and customer service staff at its headquarters in Cheshire, following the acquisition of the Zavvi brand and customer database.
Invest NI is to support a £3m investment by 8over8 in the expansion of its Londonderry-based software development business, which will create 29 new jobs.
Network Integrity Services has acquired Ulysses IT of Leicester for undisclosed terms, creating a combined IT services group with 15 staff.
Teleperformance is to create a further 610 jobs at its call centre in Newry, County Down, by 2011.
Gem has unveiled plans to invest £19m in the expansion of its call centre outsourcing operations across Northern Ireland, with the creation of 900 new jobs by 2012.
Roscom, the Derby-based telecoms firm with 115 staff, is seeking permission to build a new £5m 30,000 sq ft headquarters in Spondon.
Evolutec Group has bought Nanoco Technologies, the Manchester-based manufacturer of fluorescent nano-crystals, in a reverse takeover that creates a combined group worth £32m.
Quantix, the software and systems outsourcing firm with 48 staff in Nottingham and London, is planning to create up to ten new jobs this year.
Qnet Group is planning to triple the workforce at its Stockton-based IT operation to 150 over the next five years, as part of a reorganisation that will include a move to larger premises and the renaming of the business to Agile Group.
Jolt Online Gaming is to set up a software and technical support centre in Newry, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Eidos, the London-based computer games publisher, is to be acquired by Square Enix of Japan for £84m.
Fibre Associates, the Conwy-based fibre optic technology firm, has been acquired by I3 Group of Newton le Willows for undisclosed terms.
Phoenix Medical Supplies has acquired Computer Systems for Distribution of Stafford for undisclosed terms.
Rainbow Telecom has acquired Opus Telecom and the Northern Ireland business customers division of Opal Telecom for undisclosed terms.
CSR is to acquire Sirf, the US manufacturer of microchips for GPS systems, for £91m.
ANS Group is planning to increase the workforce at its Manchester-based telecoms and data storage business from 80 to 120 over the next few years.
Telephonetics has acquired Eden Origin, the Dorset-based business process solutions firm trading as Datadialogs, for £0.7m.
Broca, the Lancashire-based mobile phone services company, is to be acquired by 2ergo for £4.9m.
Teksys, the IT services firm with 81 staff in Hampshire and Warwickshire, has been acquired by Dimension Data of South Africa for undisclosed terms.
The Training & Development Agency for School (TDA) is to relocate its headquarters from London to Piccadilly Gate in Manchester in March 2010, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Carphone Warehouse is to set up an 82,000 sq ft headquarters for Talk Talk at the White Building in Notting Dale, West London.
Parity Group is to sell its IT training business to ECS of Dubai for up to £3m.
ESTL is to relocate its Huddersfield-based training and assessment business to a 15,000 sq ft office at Folly Hall Mills, where it will employ about 100 staff.
CACI is to create more than 200 jobs in Edinburgh and Livingston to process the information generated by the 2011 census.
Autonomy is to acquire Interwoven, the US compliance software company, for £558m.
Innovise has acquired Infrasolve, the Staines-based IT solutions firm, for £6.7m.
Technology Services Group has acquired Solution Canvas, the Glasgow-based software consultancy with less than ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
Eurosimm, the Heywood-based distributor of IT hardware with annual turnover of £30m, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Co-operative Bank.
Arcatech is to create ten new software engineering jobs at its telecoms office in Lisburn.
Executives Online, the nationwide chain of recruitment offices, has undergone a management buy-out with funding from NatWest.
Netexperts is planning to expand the workforce at its Nottingham-based IT support business from 11 to 20 this year, and new premises will open in Poplar Court, Lenton.
Sword Group is planning to double the 69-strong workforce at its IT centre in Cwmbran this year, and a second office building will open in March.
Ventura is to create 300 jobs at its new outsourcing call centre at the Leeds Valley Park estate in Stourton by September.
Hello Telecom has acquired the hosted voice business and customers of TelNG in an all-share deal, in order to gain its own BT interconnect network.
Avisen, the advisory services and software firm with 40 staff in London, South Africa and the Netherlands, is to be acquired by Z Group in a £4.5m all-share deal.
Inter-Group Communications has acquired Budd Communications of Bristol for undisclosed terms, creating a combined telecoms equipment group with 34 staff.