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Communicator Corp is to expand the 55-strong workforce at its Sunderland-based software business with 14 new jobs next year.
NCFE is looking to expand the 115-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based training business with 65 new jobs.
Pulsant has acquired ScoLocate, the Edinburgh-based data centre operator with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Welcom Software is looking to create 20 new jobs at its EibDigital web development business in Harrogate.
JF Finnegan has secured funding of £6m to develop a new data centre at Sheffield Parkway Business Park, and discussions are taking place with potential occupiers.
Anglia Business Solutions, the Cambridge-based software company, has undergone a £6m management buy-out backed by WestBridge Capital.
Ingeus UK has acquired Zodiac Training, the apprenticeship training provider with 140 staff in Gateshead, Sunderland, South Shields and Northumberland, for undisclosed terms.
Ideagen has acquired Plumtree Group, the supplier of information management software, for £2.5m.
UKFast is planning to create 150 new jobs at its Manchester-based internet hosting business over the next 18 months, with two new data centres due to open.
Staffline has acquired the trade and assets of GB Resourcing UK, the Birmingham-based temporary recruitment provider.
Outplay has raised £2.5m from Pentech Ventures and the Scottish Investment Bank to fund the expansion of its Dundee-based computer games business, with the creation of 120 jobs by 2015.
Salford City College is planning to set up a new £6m FutureSkills training campus at MediaCityUK in Salford.
Plexus is to set up a £9m electronics design and manufacturing centre in Bathgate, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Rackspace is considering plans to set up a new campus for its web hosting business at Hyde Park in Hayes, and could create up to 3,000 jobs over the next five years.
Retail Directions of Australia is creating 12 jobs at a new retail management software office in Castle Donington.
Learning Pool is to create 30 new software and technical support jobs at its e-learning and training business in Derry over the next three years.
Advanced Computer Software is to acquire Serco Learning, the education software supplier, from Serco Group for £7.2m.
Equiniti ICS is expanding the 270-strong workforce at its Belfast-based IT software and services business with 45 new jobs.
ILX Group has acquired Obrar, the Essex-based IT and project management consultancy, for up to £1m.
Iomart Group has acquired Hosting UK, the St Asaph-based web hosting firm, for £1.5m.
Acal is to sell its UK computer parts distribution and outsourcing business to a management team for an initial £2m.
Access Group has acquired ThankQ, the Leicestershire-based supplier of customer relationship management software, for undisclosed terms.
Rainbow Communications is to expand its telecoms business in Belfast and Glasgow, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Genesis Associates is planning to relocate its Cheshire-based recruitment firm to a larger office and expand the 30-strong workforce with 15 new jobs over the next year.
Etc Venues, the network of 12 training and conference venues in London and Birmingham, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Growth Capital Partners.
Telogis is to relocate its Bracknell-based fleet management software business to a new office in Millennium Way in December.
Inverclyde Telecom is to create 24 new jobs in Greenock over the next year, and will relocate to a larger office in January.
Espial Group is to acquire ANT, the Cambridge-based developer of software for set-top boxes, for £5m.
Sykes Global Services is looking to expand the 40-strong workforce at its new call centre in Galashiels with up to 200 jobs over the next 18 months.
ACT has announced the relocation of its Cardiff-based training business and about 130 staff to a 47,000 sq ft office at Ocean Park House on East Tyndall Street.
International Computer Purchasing is to relocate its computer equipment business and 13 staff from Wilmslow to a 13,000 sq ft unit on the Poynton Industrial Estate.
Concentrix Technologies is to set up a new software development centre at Lanyon Place in Belfast, with the creation of up to 100 jobs over the next year.
Allstate is to create up to 60 new jobs at its IT operations in Londonderry and Belfast.
Alan Dick Communications is to create up to 21 new jobs at its Scunthorpe-based rail communications business.
Advanced Business Solutions has acquired ATMS, the Birmingham-based supplier of warehouse management IT systems with 16 staff.
NWIX Group, the Liverpool-based fibre network operator with about 20 staff, has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to an undisclosed buyer.
Exentra Transport Solutions, the Wiltshire-based provider of transport software solutions, has been acquired by Descartes Systems for £11m.
The European Space Agency is to set up a new telecoms satellite monitoring headquarters at Harwell, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Infoteam is to relocate its Telford-based computer repair operation to a 46,000 sq ft factory at Epic Park early next year.
Ecebs, the East Kilbride-based smart card technology firm, has been acquired by Bell ID of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
Phones 4u is to create 60 new jobs at its mobile phones call centre in Chesterton, and plans to open 45 more stores next year.
BT Group is to acquire Tikit, the IT firm with 200 staff at offices in London, Hampshire and abroad, for £64m.
Green Personnel has merged with Hertfordshire-based Berry Recruitment to create a network of 26 recruitment offices.
Top Gear Recruitment has been bought out of administration by one of its founders, securing 40 jobs at its Manchester-based recruitment consultancy.
Scanlite is looking to expand its Blackpool-based electronics manufacturing facility, with the creation of 15 jobs.
HEROtsc is to create 100 new jobs at its call centre in Greenock, to work on a contract for Sky.
Commsprovider has acquired MPRO, the Bradford-based mobile phone repair and recycling firm with 24 staff.
Ubisoft Reflections is to create a further 40 jobs at its Newcastle-based computer games studio.
Excalibur Communications, the Swindon-based IT services firm with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-out, and plans to create 20 new sales and operational jobs by January.
RDS Technology, the Gloucestershire-based electronics manufacturer with about 80 staff, has been acquired by US-based Digi-Star.
Digital Goldfish, the Dundee-based computer games developer with 15 staff, has been acquired by Ninja Kiwi of New Zealand for undisclosed terms.
Complete IT Systems is looking to expand the workforce at its Bradford-based IT business from 37 to 50.
Direct Save Telecom is to expand the 52-strong workforce at its call centre in Watford with about 120 new jobs over the next year.
EMIS is seeking a suitable site in Glasgow for a new software development centre, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Nexus Management is to acquire Enables, the Surrey-based IT services firm, for £4.2m.
Staffline has acquired Select Appointments, the nationwide network of 31 franchised recruitment offices, for undisclosed terms.
KANA is looking to expand the 108-strong workforce at its new IT office at the Science Park in Belfast with ten new jobs.
Kerridge Commercial Systems has acquired Datawright Computer Services, the Wearside-based software firm with 25 staff.
HGS is planning to expand the 250-strong workforce at its call centre in Preston with about 90 new jobs.
Three UK is to create 380 sales and support jobs in Glasgow over the next two years, and a further 400 jobs are being created in its stores and Maidenhead office.
Gap Personnel is planning to expand its nationwide network of more than 30 recruitment branches, having agreed a £11m funding package with Close Brothers Invoice Finance.
Adept4 is to relocate the headquarters of its IT services business, which has 43 staff, to the Office Village at Daresbury Business Park.
IDOX has acquired FMx, the Crawley-based facilities management software firm with 24 staff, for £5.6m.
Lygo International has been acquired by US-based Turtle Beach for undisclosed terms, and plans to double the 25-strong workforce at its Darlington-based computer games accessories business by 2014.
Usk Properties has submitted outline plans to Neath Port Talbot Council for a new £50m data centre at the Baglan Energy Park.
Nanoco Group is to double the capacity at its quantom dots factory development in Runcorn, and expects to create 15 jobs next year.
Capita and the Army Recruiting Group are to set up a recruitment service for former military personnel at Upavon in Wiltshire, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Converge Networks has merged with Worcestershire-based IT services firm Piandi Technology.
RCUK Shared Services Centre is looking to recruit 40 IT, finance and HR staff at its office in Swindon.
Teleperformance is planning to create up to 1,000 jobs at call centres across the country over the next year, including 500 in Scotland.
Creating Careers is looking to expand the 60-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based e-learning business with 17 new jobs over the next few months.
Aepona is to set up a new IT office at the £15m five-storey Soloist development at Lanyon Place in Belfast in 2013.
Huawei, the Chinese telecoms firm, is to set up a 140,000 sq ft office at Green Park in Reading.
Valueworks is looking to expand its e-commerce systems business, which has about 100 staff in Wigan, Gloucester, Manchester and Newcastle, following the sale of a majority stake to HgCapital.
Insider Technologies, the Salford-based software firm with 28 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by YFM Equity Partners.
Quindell Portfolio has acquired Metaskil Group, the Reading-based provider of software services to insurance and telecoms companies.
Test Direct is planning to double the 85-strong workforce at its Preston-based IT testing business over the next three years.
Air Energi, the Manchester-based recruitment firm with 200 staff and 2,000 consultants at 35 offices worldwide, has undergone a management buy-out backed by LGV Capital.
EON Reality of the US is to set up a 10,000 sq ft headquarters for its 3D software business at One Central Park in Manchester, with the creation of 240 jobs.
Fujitsu is to recruit 105 new apprentices at its IT operations in the UK and Ireland over the next two months.
Kalamazoo-Reynolds has acquired Infosystems, the Lutterworth-based IT firm with 35 staff.
Spark Response is looking to recruit 170 temporary staff at its call centre in Gateshead.
TDX Group has acquired Sawfish Software, the York-based developer of management software.
Restore has acquired Archive Solutions, the Manchester-based records management firm, for an initial £2.6m.
Quantus of the US is to set up a software development and support centre in Belfast, with the creation of 55 jobs.
First Derivatives has expanded its software and consulting business with the acquisition of London-based Redshift Horizons, Cowrie Financial and Redshift Horizons for a total £3.1m.
Playtech, the online gaming software firm, is to set up a 14,000 sq ft office at 80 Hammersmith Road in West London.
Betapond has acquired iPlatform for undisclosed terms, taking the workforce at its London-based software development business to 30.
First4Skills has been bought out of administration by Liverpool Community College, saving about 500 jobs at its Ellesmere Port-based training business.
Netcall has acquired Serengeti Systems, the Suffolk-based supplier of enterprise content management software, for up to £2.9m.
BGlobal has acquired Draig Technology, the Bangor-based billing software firm, for £0.7m.
HP is to set up a software development centre at Cromac Square in Belfast by November, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
WANdisco is to set up a new software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 36 jobs.
Microsoft is opening a new office for its Yammer social networking subsidiary on Great Eastern Street in East London.
Redstone is to acquire Maxima Holdings, the Cheltenham-based technology services firm, for about £10m.
Auxilion of Ireland is to set up a new IT support operation in Sheffield, as part of an expansion programme that will create 25 new jobs.
Firstsource is to create about 100 jobs at its call centre in Londonderry, in order to handle calls for Sky.
Advanced Computer Software Group has acquired Strand Technology, the provider of clinical care management services, for £2m.
Search Laboratory is to create 30 jobs at a new internet search marketing office at Chapel Allerton in Leeds.
Sykes Global Services is to create 50 jobs at its new call centre in Galashiels by the end of the year, in order to handle calls for Argos.
ANS is to set up an £8m 20,000 sq ft data centre at The Sharp Project in Manchester, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Huawei Technologies of China is to invest £1.3bn in the expansion of its telecoms operations in Ipswich and elsewhere in the UK over the next five years, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Connections Recruitment, the London-based staffing services firm, has been acquired by US-based Yoh.
Sony is to create up to 30 jobs at its technology centre near Bridgend, in order to produce the Raspberry Pi computer for Premier Farnell.
Graphic, the Devon-based printed circuit boards manufacturer, has acquired Printca, the Danish firm with 46 staff.
Synety is planning to double the 45-strong workforce at its Leicester-based software business, and has also announced a £1m reverse takeover of Zenergy Power.
Specialist Computer Holdings has sold Specialist Distribution Group, the Birmingham-based technology distributor with 600 staff, to Tech Data Corporation of the US for £219m.
Access has acquired Prelytis, the French supplier of business intelligence software, for undisclosed terms.
Vickers Electronics is planning to expand the workforce at its Manchester-based energy-saving technology business from 29 to 42 by the end of the year.
Stadium Group is to create 20 new jobs at its electronics manufacturing business in Hartlepool over the next year.
Stadium Group has acquired IGT Industries, the Southampton-based manufacturer of intelligent displays with 65 staff, for up to £4.2m.
David Consulting Group has acquired SMS Exemplar Group, the Kent-based software estimating and measuring firm.
Connection Services, the Berkshire-based Wi-Fi solutions provider and systems integrator, has been acquired by US-based Billing Services Group for £1.4m.
Complete Office Solutions has acquired Wallis Business Services, the office services firm with annual turnover of £5m and sites in York, Malton and Darlington.
EMIS Group is looking to recruit 43 additional staff at its Leeds-based medical software business.
Leeds City Council is to receive plans from Yorkshire Design Group and AQL to set up a £16m data centre at a 7.4-acre former Yorkshire Chemicals site in Leeds.
Clearanswer is planning to expand the 500-strong workforce at its Hull-based call centre business with 50 new jobs, having won a contract from TalkTalk.
BT is to create a further 400 engineering jobs in its Openreach broadband business by the end of the year.
Everything Everywhere is creating 42 new jobs at its T-Mobile call centre in Greenock.
Edenhouse Solutions has acquired Maven Solutions for undisclosed terms, and plans to expand the 12-strong workforce at the Hyde-based business software company with 30 new jobs over the next year.
Adept4 has acquired TGF Consultants, the IT services firm with offices in Lymm and Cockermouth, for undisclosed terms.
Iomart Group has acquired Melbourne Server Hosting, the Manchester-based data hosting firm with 30 staff, for up to £7m.
Ubisoft Reflections is planning to expand the 140-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based computer games studio with 23 new jobs.
Equiniti Group has acquired Peterevans, the Cardiff-based software supplier, for undisclosed terms.
Colt Group has acquired Fidelity Telecom, the cloud computing firm with ThinkGrid data centres in the UK, North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Restore has acquired M&L Document Destruction, the Stockton-based shredding and recycling firm, for £0.3m.
Eutechnyx is planning to expand the 85-strong workforce at its Gateshead-based computer games business to 175 over the next three years.
MDNX has bought Griffin Internet, the Derby-based internet service provider with annual revenue of about £23m, and sister company Iconnyx from Octium.
AirWatch is planning to expand the workforce at its mobile device management software office in Milton Keynes from 74 to 150 over the next two years.
Vodafone is planning to set up a new technology research and incubation centre at Tech City in East London by the end of the year.
Softcat, the IT firm with offices in Marlow, London and Manchester, is looking to recruit a further 200 staff over the next year.
Sewell Moorhouse has been sold out of administration to a new company called Sewell Recruitment Group, saving 23 jobs at recruitment offices in Leeds and Sheffield.
ICOM is looking to double the 50-strong workforce at its Maidstone-based IT business over the next few years, having been named a preferred supplier to the Public Services Network.
Kirona Group has acquired Xmbrace, the Watford-based provider of software to the social housing sector with 35 staff.
Allocate Software has acquired RealTime Health, the Oxford-based developer of patient monitoring software with 13 staff, for an initial £1.2m.
Webanywhere is to expand the 80-strong workforce at its Keighley-based e-learning and web design business with 60 new jobs.
Chess has acquired Essex-based Cable Telecommunications and the maintenance operations of sister company Pink Telecom.
BChannels, the Oxford-based technology marketing firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by RCapital.
Dupont Fabros Technologies of the US is planning to set up a 600,000 sq ft data centre at the Sanofi Aventis site in Dagenham, Essex.
Tessella, the Oxfordshire-based technology consultancy with 200 staff, has undergone a £18m management buy-out backed by Mobeus Equity Partners.
Auctus Management Group is to set up a new headquarters and training centre for its temporary staffing business in Birmingham, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Egan Reid has acquired Head Office Supplies, the Leeds-based supplier of office equipment with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
BT Group is creating 2,000 new jobs this year, as part of the expansion of its fibre optic network and new call centres in Accrington, Belfast, Sandwell and Tyneside.
Infinity and Delancey have unveiled plans to create an iCity technology hub at the Olympic press and broadcast centres in London, which could create 6,000 jobs.
Access has acquired Delta Software, the West Yorkshire-based supplier of warehouse management software, for £5.4m.
UKFast is to expand the Manchester headquarters of its internet hosting business by 4,000 sq ft, and 100 additional staff are being recruited this year.
NVT is to open a new IT and communications support office in Aberdeen, with the creation of 20 jobs, and a new office will also open in London next year.
Welsh ICE is to set up a 5,000 sq ft enterprise centre at Britannia House on the Caerphilly Business Park.
Ciboodle, the Glasgow-based supplier of software to call centres, has been sold by Sword Group to US-based Kana.
Mind Candy has acquired the Origami Blue computer games studio in Brighton.
Cello Electronics has announced the creation of 100 jobs at its new 45,000 sq ft television factory in Bishop Auckland.
Nessco, the Aberdeen-based oil industry telecoms firm with 120 staff, has been acquired by US-based RigNet for £29m.
Firstsource is to create a further 100 jobs at its new call centre at Discovery House in Cardiff by the end of the year.
Cleardata is planning to expand the 40-strong workforce at its Blyth-based document management business with ten new jobs over the next year.
Welcom Software is looking to expand the 70-strong workforce at its Harrogate-based retail e-commerce business.
Teleperformance UK is to create about 400 new jobs at its customer service call centres in Bangor and Newry.
Altran Praxis is to relocate its Bath-based software business and about 100 staff to a 17,000 sq ft office in SouthGate later this year.
Scott Logic is planning to expand the 85-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based software development business to 100 by the end of the year.
Ultra Electronics is to acquire Barron McCann Technology and Barron McCann Payments, the cyber security companies with 58 staff in Derby and Letchworth, for £12m.
Domestic & General is to expand the 850-strong workforce at its Nottingham-based call centre with 250 new jobs over the next few months.
Attenda is to set up an additional 15,000 sq ft office for its IT hosting business in Caerphilly, with the creation of 150 jobs over the next three years.
Digital Realty Trust of the US has acquired three data centres totalling 761,000 sq ft in Croydon, Watford and Woking from Sentrum for £715m.
Teleperformance is planning to open a new BeCogent call centre in the Edinburgh area in 2013, with the creation of 450 jobs.
E-Lites is planning to create 100 new jobs at its Bromsgrove-based electronic cigarettes business by the end of the year.
Sage is to acquire a 75% stake in Folhamatic Group, the Brazilian accounting software firm, for £125m.
Bosch Communication Center is relocating its Liverpool-based business process outsourcing operation to a 16,500 sq ft office at The Plaza on Old Hall Street.
Apollo Global Real Estate is investing £60m in the acquisition and refurbishment of a 90,000 sq ft data centre building in Great Sutton Street, London, by 2013.
ViaSat is planning to set up a 60,000 sq ft office for its data security business at the Chiswick Green development in London.
Plus Markets Group is to sell its Plus-TS technology business to Forum Trading Solutions for a nominal sum.
Psion, the London-based supplier of handheld computers with about 830 staff, has been acquired by Motorola Solutions for £128m.
Network Integrity Services is to acquire ACS Cheshire IT, the Stockport-based cloud computing firm.
Redthorn UK, the Lancashire-based software developer with 12 staff, has been acquired by the Dynamic Network Alliance for undisclosed terms.
ServiceSource is to create a further 100 jobs at its technology services business in Liverpool this year.
Accumuli is to acquire Edge7, the Malvern-based security information event management firm, for up to £3.8m.
Metronet UK, the Manchester-based internet service provider with 45 staff, has undergone a £11m management buy-out backed by private equity firm LDC.
Gyron has agreed a deal with Segro for the development of a 30,000 sq ft data centre building in Slough by 2013.
Burnbank Systems, the Ipswich-based IT supplier to the healthcare sector with 25 staff, has been acquired by Sectra Group of Sweden for up to £8m.
OGL Computer Services Group is planning to expand its site in Stourport with new office space, storage and training facilities, with the creation of 30 jobs over the next two years.
Postcode Anywhere is to relocate its Worcester-based IT business to a new £2m office at Diglis Basin later this year, providing space to expand the workforce from 30 to 80.
Taylor Made Computer Solutions is looking to recruit 17 IT engineers for its new data centre in Hampshire.
Software Europe is looking to double the 36-strong workforce at its Lincoln-based software business by 2014, having won a number of NHS contracts.
Voice Marketing is to create 200 jobs at its telemarketing call centre operations in Sheffield over the next few months.
Proact is to expand its cloud computing support centre in Bellshill, with the creation of 50 jobs.
IQE has expanded its Cardiff-based semiconductor wafers business with the acquisition of the in-house manufacturing unit of US-based RF Micro Devices, with the transfer of 70 staff.
Logica, the Reading-based IT services firm with 5,500 staff in the UK, is to be acquired by CGI of Canada for £1.7bn.
Capita is considering plans to relocate Parliament's switchboard and up to 26 jobs from London, and possible locations include Swindon and Southampton.
Xperience Group has acquired Peterborough-based CRM and financial software firm DMC software Solutions, increasing the workforce at its Lisburn-based IT business from 50 to 95.
Capula, the Staffordshire-based IT firm with more than 250 staff, has been acquired by Imtech of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
GJD Manufacturing of Manchester has acquired Advanced LED Technology, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of CCTV accessories, and plans to increase production at both sites.
Ultra Electronics has acquired Giga Communcations, the Hertfordshire-based satellite manufacturer, for an initial £12m.
Capita is to create a further 30 jobs at its call centre in Forres, in order to provide customer and sales support to a leading retailer.
Teleperformance is to create 200 new jobs at its call centre in Gateshead, with vacancies in the IT help desk and customer services.
Version 1 is to set up an IT support centre in Belfast, with the creation of 26 jobs.
University of Warwick has announced a £3.5m investment in the creation of the MidPlus supercomputing hub, in order to provide modelling and analysis services to local companies.
Torbay Development Agency is in discussions with an unnamed electronics company that is planning to move to Torquay, with the creation of up to 120 jobs.
InTechnology has acquired United Telehealth and a stake in Healthsolve, in order to expand its Harrogate-based IT services business.
M2R is to relocate its Wakefield-based recruitment business to a larger office in July, with the creation of 20 jobs.
BPP Professional Education is seeking a suitable location for a new 50,000 sq ft training facility in Manchester.
Goodrich is planning to build a new 25,000 sq ft office for its software business at the Malvern Hills Science Park, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Home Learning College is relocating its Birmingham-based team of course advisers to a 6,000 sq ft office at Lyndonplace in Sheldon.
Six Degrees Group has acquired Datahop, the data centre interconnection firm, as part of a strategy to become one of the UK's top hosting and cloud providers.
Stockton Council is to set up a £1m digital business centre at Meeting House in Dovecot Street, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Six Degrees Group has acquired Firstserv and Serverstream, the London-based managed data services firms.
Kainos is to invest £10m in the expansion of its software development operations in Londonderry and Belfast, with the creation of 60 jobs.
BT is to create a further 80 jobs at its business centre in South Shields.
Daisy Group is looking to expand its network of four data centres by opening a new site in southern England by 2013.
Firstsource is to open a new call centre at Oyster House in Belfast to work on a contract for Sky, with the transfer of 300 staff from another company.
Think4 has acquired Pradoray, the Saddleworth-based computer network and maintenance services firm, for undisclosed terms.
Interserve has acquired Business Employment Services Training, the Yorkshire-based training firm, for an initial £17m.
SecureData of South Africa has sold its UK-based IT business to a management buy-out for £17m.
BT is to open a new call centre at Riverside Tower in Belfast in August, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Digital Barriers has acquired Enterprise Technologies, the Gloucestershire-based technology firm trading as E-Tech, for £0.1m.
Kewill, the Guildford-based developer of logistics software, is to be acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners Funds for £89m.
Advanced Computer Software has acquired Fabric Technologies, the London-based managed services provider with 95 staff, for £4.6m.
MICROS Systems is to acquire Torex Retail, the Dunstable-based IT services firm, for £114m.
Interaction Recruitment is looking to expand its network of more than 30 recruitment offices and create a further 75 jobs, following the acquisitions of the Kelly business and Alexander Maguire.
University of Sunderland is to open a new campus at Canary Wharf in London this autumn, in order to offer business courses and develop its international recruitment operation.
West Mercia Supplies, the Shrewsbury-based local authority supply firm with about 100 staff, has been acquired by The Consortium for Purchasing & Distribution for undisclosed terms.
PMGC Technology has acquired Phonebox Communications, the Solihull-based mobile phone dealer with 26 staff, and Premier Mobile, the London-based firm with 35 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Climax Studios is to expand its Portsmouth-based computer games business by opening a third office at The Admirals.
Vodafone is to acquire Cable & Wireless Worldwide, the provider of high-speed telecoms services with operations in 35 countries, for £1.04bn.
Chess Telecom has announced the acquisitions of Supply Communications of Hampshire, Rely Telecom of Peterborough and Deep Blue Networks of Leeds, increasing its turnover by £3.3m.
Adapt has acquired eLINIA, the Cardiff-based IT infrastructure outsourcing firm with about 70 staff, for £13m.
Dyn is looking to create up to 100 jobs at the new Brighton headquarters of its internet infrastructure business this year.
Software AG of Germany has acquired my-Channels, the London-based messaging software company.
HEROtsc is to create 150 more jobs at its call centre in Glasgow, in order to work on a contract for Sky.
Liquid Personnel is planning to relocate its Manchester-based recruitment consultancy to a 4,000 sq ft office at 52 Princess Street in May.
Daisy Group has acquired Worldwide Group, the Peterborough-based telecoms firm, for £28m.
BT is recruiting 150 engineers to its Openreach division, in order to install broadband services in homes and businesses.
BT is to open a new call centre at the Globe Centre in Accrington this autumn, with the creation of 300 jobs.
EnStratus of the US is to set up a European headquarters for its cloud computing business in Edinburgh later this year, with the creation of up to 30 jobs by the end of 2014.
OneDrum, the Stirling-based software developer with nine engineers, has been acquired by Yammer of the US.
Reactiv Group is to create 35 new jobs at its Elland-based direct marketing call centre business, and is looking to acquire new premises.
Skype is to expand its internet video calling operations in Europe, with the creation of about 100 jobs at a new technology centre in London.
Reed Elsevier is to sell Totaljobs, the London-based online recruitment firm with 340 staff, to Axel Springer, the German owner of StepStone, for £110m.
Capita is to create up to 100 jobs at its call centre in Southampton this year, in order to provide outsourcing services to the city council.
Respondez is looking to expand the workforce at its call centre in Hartlepool from 220 to 300 by the end of the year.
Codemasters is creating 75 new jobs at its computer games headquarters in Leamington Spa and a further 25 at its site in Birmingham.
QA, the training firm, is to set up a 30,000 sq ft office at St Katharine Docks in London.
Barker Ross is planning to expand its Leicester-based recruitment business with five new offices this year, with the creation of 40 jobs.
First Connections, the Basingstoke-based videoconferencing firm, has been acquired by Yorktel of the US for undisclosed terms.
Mind Candy is looking to relocate its London-based online gaming business to a larger office of up to 60,000 sq ft in either the City or Midtown areas.
Vodat International, the Stockport-based supplier of retail communication systems, has undergone a £5m management buy-out backed by Maven Capital Partners.
Prologic, the Hertfordshire-based supplier of software to the fashion sector, is to be acquired by a new company called ESWC for £3.6m.
Echo, the Milton Keynes-based IT services firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Catapult Venture Managers.
The Skills Network is looking to expand the 76-strong workforce at its Selby-based educational services business.
Cowen International of the US is to set up a technology research and development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Backup Technology, the Leeds-based data management firm with 29 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Complete Office Solutions has acquired Yorkshire Business Equipment, the Rotherham-based company trading as United Office Products with 40 staff.
Sony DADC has unveiled plans to open a new 256,000 sq ft distribution centre at its site in Enfield this summer.
CVS Caremark, the US pharmacy healthcare provider, is to open an IT office in Belfast, with the creation of 50 jobs over the next two years.
AEC Education has acquired Skye Training, the Kent-based training provider, for an initial £0.1m.
API Technologies of the US has acquired C-MAC, the microelectronics firm with 300 staff at sites including Great Yarmouth and Milton Keynes, for £21m.
Atos has won a £100m contract to provide data centre services to EDF Energy, with the transfer of more than 100 staff.
Prometric is relocating its Manchester-based staff testing business from Exchange Quay to a 6,000 sq ft office at The Victoria.
UKFast has acquired three new buildings at Trafford Park in Manchester, as part of an investment of £8m in new data centres that will create 100 jobs.
Misys, the banking software firm with 4,000 staff, has accepted a £1.3bn takeover offer from Vista Equity Partners of the US.
NDS, the Staines-based satellite TV technology firm that was founded in Israel, has been acquired by Cisco Systems of the US for £3.2bn.
Cornerstone Business Solutions is planning to expand its Stockton-based IT services business by opening a new office in Leeds city centre this year.
ThoughtWorks of the US is relocating 15 staff to a new IT consultancy office at City Tower in Manchester, and plans to create a further 30 jobs this year.
Happiest Minds Technologies of India is planning to expand the workforce at its new IT services office in Reading from 14 to 50 this year.
Rivington Street has sold Formjet Innovations and Ability Software International to a management team for a nominal sum.
Capita is to create 140 new jobs at its outsourcing call centre on the Forres Enterprise Park in Moray over the next three years.
Onyx Group has acquired a 12,000 sq ft data centre in Slough, taking its network to six sites.
Omnisoft Services is to set up a new software development centre in Diss, Norfolk, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Digital Barriers has acquired the assets and business of ThruVision Systems, the Didcot-based screening products manufacturer, for £1m.
Access Intelligence is to set up a software development centre in York over the next few months, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Synchronica, the mobile telecoms technology firm, is to be acquired by Myriad of Switzerland for £24m.
Credit Call, the Bristol-based electronic payments firm, is to undergo a management buy-out backed by Bestport Ventures for undisclosed terms.
Absoft has acquired Hexarus Consulting, the Warrington-based supplier of performance management systems with ten consultants, taking its total workforce to more than 100.
BT Engage IT is to expand its data storage facility at the Next Generation Data Europe site in Newport by 10,000 sq ft.
Buddy Media has acquired Bighter Option, the London-based social media software developer.
PlusNet is to expand the 700-strong workforce at its Sheffield-based broadband business with up to 100 new jobs over the next year.
Datum360 has secured funding to double the 12-strong workforce at its Teesside-based software business over the next year.
Filtrona has acquired Securit World, the London-based supplier of desktop personal identification card systems, for £6m.
Assured Recruitment of Keele has acquired Right Click Recruitment of Harrogate for undisclosed terms.
Philtronics is planning to expand the workforce at a new 10,000 sq ft electronics factory in Hirwaun from 45 to 75 over the next three years.
BGL Group is looking to recruit an unspecified number of IT staff for its Comparethemarket price comparison subsidiary in Peterborough.
Aero Stanrew, the Barnstaple-based manufacturer of electronic components with 172 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by WestBridge Fund Managers.
Global4Communications is looking to recruit 50 new staff to work in telesales, accounts and customer support in Horsham.
Aberystwyth University is looking to recruit 27 new academic staff for a number of departments.
Brady is to acquire Navita Systems, the Norwegian provider of trading systems to energy markets, for £17m, as well as Syseca of Switzerland for £1.2m.
Pertemps and Network Group Holdings are to undergo a management buy-out backed by private equity firm LDC, in order to create a combined recruitment company called Pertemps Network Group with turnover of £425m.
Capita has acquired Smiths Consulting, the IT consultancy with 52 staff in Newcastle, London and Chelmsford, for £10m.
Synchronica, the Kent-based developer of mobile messaging solutions, has received a £21m takeover offer from Myriad of Switzerland.
PMB Holdings is to invest £35m in the development of a data centre at the former Maxwell House site in Milton Keynes, and will pre-let the facility to specialist operators.
EMS Internet is to expand its Warrington-based online marketing business with a new office and up to 125 new jobs this year.
Research in Motion is reported to be considering plans to consolidate its UK staff into a new 120,000 sq ft office somewhere in the Thames Valley.
Zen Internet is to build a new £4m 14,500 sq ft data centre at its site on Sandbrook Park in Rochdale.
Frog is to expand the 75-strong workforce at its Halifax-based technology business with up to 40 new jobs, having won a contract to supply schools in Malaysia.
Capita is to create a further 40 jobs at its outsourcing call centre in Moray over the next few months.
Huawei of China has acquired the Centre for Integrated Photonics, the Ipswich-based research laboratory with 60 staff, for £6.4m.
Atlantic Global, the West Yorkshire-based business software firm with 18 staff, has been acquired by KeyedIn Solutions of the US for £4.9m.
Playtech has acquired Geneity, the London-based gambling software firm with 20 staff, for an initial £11m.
Digital Barriers has acquired the business of LMW Electronics, the Leicester-based video capture technology firm, for £0.5m.
VAR Actimax has acquired Network Resource Group for undisclosed terms, creating a new IT group called CloudXL with 100 staff.
NCC Group is to create 100 new jobs at its IT security operation in Manchester this year, including vacancies in sales and account management.
HEROtsc is reported to be planning to set up a new call centre at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
RM is to sell AMI Education Solutions, the access control and cashless catering systems business, to Jonas Computing for £0.6m.
Hammerkit of Finland is planning to create up to 50 new jobs at its IT operation in Liverpool over the next four years, including 12 jobs this year.
FNZ is planning to expand the 300-strong workforce at its software development centre in Edinburgh with 20 new graduate jobs over the next few months.
PEER 1 Hosting is planning to expand the workforce at its Southampton-based IT firm from 30 to 60 this year, and new office space will be required.
Rathbone, the Manchester-based youth skills charity with 600 staff at 65 sites, has been acquired by Newcastle-based training firm NCG.
Accenture is to relocate its Newcastle-based outsourcing delivery centre and up to 250 staff to a 30,000 sq ft office at Cobalt Park.
Telefonica Digital is to set up a 51,000 sq ft office for about 400 staff at the AirW1 scheme on London's Regent Street this summer.
WorldDesk, the Belfast-based software firm, has been acquired by DeskStream of the US for undisclosed terms.
CY4OR has expanded its Bury-based computer forensics business by acquiring Kent-based eOrigin.
Inmarsat has acquired NewWave Broadband, the Edinburgh-based provider of satellite capacity for Inmarsat's Ship Equip subsidiary, for £5.9m.
AIMES Grid Services has secured funding of £1.2m to develop the first phase of a 35,000 sq ft data centre at the Liverpool Innovation Park.
Virgin Media is to invest £110m in network improvements by 2013, in order to double the speed of its broadband service.
Capita has acquired the UK voice recognition operations of Australia-based Salmat Speech Solutions.
Bohill Consulting is expanding its telecoms consultancy in Belfast, with the creation of six jobs.
Picochip, the Bath-based mobile phone technology firm, has been acquired by Mindspeed Technologies of the US for £34m.
IML Technology, the IT firm with 45 staff in Birmingham and Nottingham, is planning to open a new office in Hertfordshire, having secured a £6m funding package from Barclays Corporate.
China Telecom is to set up a mobile phone service for Chinese people living in the UK, in partnership with Everything Everywhere.
Computer 2000 has acquired a new 48,000 sq ft office at the Redwood 2 building on Basingstoke's Chineham Park.