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Computers & Electronics - 1999
Caudwell is to create 500 new jobs at its mobile phones distribution business in Staffordshire, which will benefit sites in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Crewe.
Atlantech Technologies, the Cumbernauld-based supplier of internet software, is to recruit 100 extra staff in preparation for a UK and European expansion that will double its size by the end of 2000.
Sherwood International is acquiring Matioda, the US supplier of IT services to the insurance industry, for £12m.
Affinity Internet has acquired Taxi Interactive, the operator of an online shopping service, for £12m, which will enable it to offer e-commerce services to its internet access customers.
Pennant International is acquiring three logistics software and documentation businesses from Solvera for £1m.
Pegasus, the business software company, has agreed a £30m takeover offer from Solution 6 of Australia, but a rival bid may be launched by Sage.
Exel Walsh Western has set up a new factory in Newport, South Wales, to provide computer accessory kits for the nearby LG Electronics plant, and up to 100 jobs will be created.
Marconi Communications is creating about 100 new jobs in Nottingham, as part of an expansion at its Beeston-based research facility.
Parity is acquiring web services company Interactive Developments and training company Comtec Computer Training for a total £16m.
Smiths Industries has acquired Sabritec, the US manufacturer of electronic connectors, for £32m.
Quantum Electronics has opened a new £2.5m manufacturing facility in Newport, and 100 jobs will be created over the next two years.
Xpertise is planning to acquire Direct Computer Training, the operator of government-funded IT courses, for an initial £5m.
NetBenefit, the provider of internet domain names, has acquired NetNames in a £20m deal, and has also announced plans to raise £3.3m in a share placing.
InfoSys, the Swindon-based software company with 30 employees, has been acquired by German information management company Teamwork for undisclosed terms.
Cymap, the Bristol-based developer of building services software, has been acquired by Graphisoft of Germany for undisclosed terms.
The government is to set up a new call centre in Bristol to handle passport enquiries, with the creation of 60 jobs.
New Horizons Computer Learning Centres is to set up a computer training centre in Bristol, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Anite has announced the acquisition of two software companies - Orbis for £1.2m and Opentur for £2.1m.
PNC Telecom has acquired Leeds-based call centre Talking Ads and information helplines provider Arena Online Services for a total £7m.
Sanderson Group, the computer services company, is to undergo a management buy-out, in a £114m deal backed by Alchemy Partners.
Integralis is planning a £171m merger with Articon of Germany, in order to create one of Europe's leading IT security providers.
Entranet has received a £10m investment from US-based General Atlantic, and is now looking to recruit 150 additional staff to expand its e-commerce business.
UUNET, the internet service provider, is expanding its premises at the Cambridge Science Park and plans to create 350 jobs over the next year.
Oneview.net is to raise £5.3m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its internet services business, and is looking to build up a team of 250 sales staff by May 2000.
Affinity Internet has acquired the internet-based games company GamesZone for undisclosed terms, and has also announced plans to raise £19m in a share placing.
Infobank is to sell Internet Software Corporation to management for £6.5m, in order to focus on electronic procurement technology.
GEC is acquiring the Public Networks Division of Germany's Robert Bosch for £90m, in order to gain access to more markets in central Europe.
Sifam is to create a further 200 jobs at its electronics business in Torquay, following its £60m acquisition by JDS Uniphase.
Andronics has launched a new satellite communications business in Londonderry in partnership with the Satcom International Group, which will involve the development of the Orbcomm vehicle tracking system and the creation of at least 100 jobs.
Torex has acquired Moss House, the Mosborough-based supplier of EPOS systems, in a £12m deal.
ESM is to recruit an additional 70 staff at the former Newport Wafer-Fab microchip plant in South Wales, following an upturn in the world market.
London Bridge Software is acquiring LenStar, the US provider of networking services for the mortgage market, for £9m.
ICL has announced a £100m plan to re-focus its business on internet services, with the creation of 1,000 jobs in the Thames Valley and Staffordshire.
British Telecom has launched a recruitment drive to find 400 staff for its telemarketing centre in Warrington.
KCS Management Systems, the developer of personnel software, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Irlandus Circuits, the Craigavon-based electronics company, has undergone a management buy-out from its US parent company SMTEK International for undisclosed terms.
Vodafone AirTouch has bought Scottish Power Telecommunications, a mobile joint venture between Scottish Power and Martin Dawes Telecommunications, for £13m.
Energis has acquired EnerTel, the Dutch telecoms operator, from WorldPort of the US for £352m.
Recognition Systems is to raise £18m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its Birmingham-based software business, and about 70 jobs will be created.
Merant is acquiring EnterpriseLink Technology, the enterprise software supplier, for $22m.
British Telecom has relocated 600 technicians to London and the Thames Valley to cope with a surge in demand for high-speed digital links, and is looking to recruit a further 200.
Gladstone has acquired Torstar, the e-commerce company, for £1.5m, as part of a strategy to transform itself from a glazing contractor to a software group.
New Horizons Computer Learning Centres is opening a computer training centre in Nottingham with the creation of up to 50 jobs, one of 16 such centres planned for the UK over the next three years.
Pressac is planning to set up a £7.5m telecoms components factory near Glasgow next year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Cap Gemini is to expand its call centre in Nairn with the creation of 78 jobs, taking the site's total workforce to 175.
Nortel Networks is to invest £60m at plants in Paignton and Monkstown to produce optical transmission systems for the internet, with the creation of 1,800 jobs.
Viridian is recruiting 24 software development and engineering staff at a new office near Dungannon for its Sx3 software division.
Martin Dawes Business Communications of Warrington is planning to increase the size of its workforce from 66 to over 110 as it rolls out its national network service.
AVX is to create a further 50 jobs at its electronic components factory in Coleraine, having won new orders from the Far East.
KSCL, the supplier of telecoms billing software, is to create an additional 1,000 jobs over the next three years, including 500 at its Edinburgh headquarters.
Atlantech Technologies is creating an additional 60 jobs at its internet software business in Cumbernauld.
Deverill Group, the Poole-based supplier of computer support services with 130 staff, has been acquired by CTG Holdings.
Quantex is planning to set up a computer manufacturing centre in the Stevenage area, creating about 1,000 jobs.
MM Group Ireland is to create more than 100 jobs at its Bangor communications centre, including new management, clerical and tele-services staff.
Oneview.net, the Dudley-based internet company, is planning to recruit about 100 new staff over the next year, including technicians, administration staff and sales reps.
EWA is seeking 60 new staff for its call centre in Chelmsford, in order to support a home delivery service for one of its clients.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans from Comtech Developments to set up a call centre at the Klondyke Building on the city's Gasworks site, which would create 200 jobs.
CMG has acquired Eurasoft, the French supplier of IT systems to insurance companies, for £3.3m.
Vitec has bought the Vega wireless intercom business in the US from Telex Communications for £1.9m.
Orange is to be acquired by Mannesmann for £18bn, as part of the German group's strategy to become a major force in European telecoms.
Nettec has acquired Point4, the e-commerce software company, for £5m.
Virgin is planning to set up a mobile phone distribution centre near Daventry, creating an initial 35 jobs.
British Telecom is said to be planning to set up a new call centre in Londonderry with the creation of 500 jobs.
EDS, the US-owned supplier of financial and management services, is seeking an additional 50 staff for its recently-opened call centre in Peterlee.
Apion, the Belfast-based telecoms software company, is to be acquired by Phone.com of the US in a $263m deal.
Racal Electronics has sold its telecoms business to Global Crossing of the US for £1bn, and some of the proceeds will be used to expand its industrial electronics and transportation services businesses.
Tadpole Technology has acquired Conic Systems, the developer of mapping software, for £0.8m.
MM Group is to create more than 500 jobs over the next three years by setting up a communications call centre at the former SWEB base at Avonbank in Bristol.
MGt, the provider of call centre services, is to create a further 100 jobs at its premises in the John Smith Business Park in Kirkcaldy.
Landmark Securities is planning to build an office block in Cardiff to house a 1,000-job call centre.
Sanderson of South Yorkshire has acquired Creative Microsystems, the US developer of local and state government information systems, for £1.5m.
Motorola is planning a £50m expansion at its mobile phones factory at Bathgate near Edinburgh, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
ICL has opened a new software development centre in Belfast that will employ 225 people in a joint venture with Microsoft.
Riva Group, the supplier of electronic point of sale software, is being acquired by Anker of Germany for £42m.
Electronic Packaging Systems is creating 50 new jobs at its electronics manufacturing plant in Braintree.
Telecom Service Centres has confirmed plans to set up a new call centre at Dunoon on the Clyde coast with the creation of 100 jobs.
LG Electronics is planning to employ a further 400 workers at its Newport factory to copy with rising demand for Apple's iMac personal computer.
4Front Technologies is acquiring CVSI, the US computer consultancy, for £16m.
JSB Software Technologies is to buy the US internet access software business SurfWatch for £18m.
Gladstone is to acquire Microcache, the supplier of software systems and membership cards to the leisure industry, for £8m.
Westwood Communications is to double the capacity of its mobile phone repair facility at Clydebank, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next six months.
Orange is to set up a customer call centre in Plymouth at a cost of £8m, with the creation of 1,100 jobs.
Locate in Scotland is helping to fund a £7m start-up venture called Cogent, in order to set up an internet-enabled call centre in Airdrie that could create up to 1,000 jobs.
British Telecom has taken on 80 more permanent staff at its telemarketing centre in Bristol to cope with an increase in workload, and similar measures are being taken at sites in Warrington, Newcastle, Doncaster and Glasgow.
Onyx Internet, the Middlesbrough-based internet service provider, has been acquired by Pacific Gateway Exchange of the US, and the business will be expanded with the creation of at least 80 new jobs.
British Telecom is planning to set up a call centre in Lincoln to handle residential fault calls, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Synstar is to acquire Lancare, the Bristol-based computer network supplier, in a £12.5m deal.
Laird is to expand its computer assembly division by opening a new 150,000 sq ft plant in Gourock, Scotland, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Internet Technology Group is set to be acquired by Concentric Network of the US for £146m.
Unisys of the US is to set up a new software development centre in Glasgow in order to provide IT project work for European clients, and 350 jobs are being created.
CSL Group, the Leicester-based business machine supplier, has undergone a management buy-out and expects to create 15 new jobs.
Motorola is to invest £60m at its semiconductor factory at South Queensferry near Edinburgh, in order to double capacity and create 200 jobs.
Thomson Multimedia of France is to set up a consumer electronics sales and marketing centre at Kings Hill near Maidstone, with the creation of more than 100 jobs over the next three years.
Diploma is to sell its electronic component distribution business to Avnet for £37m.
Siemens is to expand its accountancy services centre at the National Savings site in Durham with the creation of 100 jobs, and a further 300 jobs will come from a deal with Tier Technologies to develop customer care and telephony services.
Select Appointments is to be acquired by Vedior of the Netherlands for £1.14bn, creating the third largest staffing agency in the world.
Vodafone Distribution is to acquire UniqueAir, the mobile phone service provider, from Unipart for about £50m.
Atmel of the US is to set up a smart card design centre at its existing facility in East Kilbride, employing up to 200 engineers.
Christie Group has acquired Vision Associates, the Staffordshire-based designer of internet kiosks, for £0.3m.
Siemens has opened a new semiconductor design centre in Bristol, and expects to employ 100 people by the end of next year.
British Telecom is acquiring Yellow Book USA for £430m, and could go on to set up a global franchise in the telephone directories business.
Lexmark International of the US is opening a factory in Rosyth to manufacture inkjet cartridges, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Sylvan Learning Systems of the US is to set up an office in Manchester with the creation of 200 jobs, having won a contract to supply driving theory tests.
Misys has acquired Financial Options Group for £40m, in order to become a leading supplier of support networks to independent financial advisers.
NTL is to acquire Workplace Technologies for £81m, in order to improve its networking capability and offer a one-stop communications service to corporate clients.
Computacenter is to create a further 1,700 jobs by the end of next year due to rising demand for computer services and distribution.
Radius Professional, the Cardiff-based supplier of accountancy software, has been sold to a management team for undisclosed terms.
Bramhall is to acquire Magic Moments Design, the London-based internet service provider, for £10m.
Web Factory is to create 80 new jobs at its offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford, due to rising demand for its internet services.
Orange is to create 2,000 jobs in the north-east by setting up call centres in Darlington, North Tyneside, and Peterlee, at a cost of £20m.
United Utilities is to recruit a further 30 sales and marketing staff in order to expand its Norweb Telecom business throughout the country.
Kingston Communications is to set up a £4m call centre in Hull, with the creation of 1,100 jobs.
Guardian iT is planning to expand its French computer disaster recovery business by buying Twinsys Dataguard and Twin-X, as well as Strategia Europe, for £5m.
Leighton, the Sunderland-based developer of internet and multimedia products, is creating 100 new jobs this year and will open offices in London, Edinburgh and California.
MCI WorldCom, the US-based telecoms services provider, is to invest £150m in the UK, including a new call centre in Edinburgh that will create an initial 30 jobs.
British Telecom has linked up with AT&T to acquire a one-third stake in the Canadian cell phone company Rogers Cantel Mobile Communications for £581m, and BT is also acquiring a stake in AT&T Canada at a cost of £249m.
One-2-One is to be acquired by Deutsche Telekom for £8.4bn, which will give the German company its first foothold into the UK mobile phone market.
Carphone Warehouse is creating 42 jobs in Southampton in a £10m expansion programme designed to combat cost-cutting of pre-paid mobile phones by supermarkets.
Newport WaferFab has been saved from administration by a £100m management buy-out, which will secure 500 jobs at the south Wales semiconductor factory.
Financial Objects, the banking software company, has acquired Global Financial Systems for an initial £10m.
Filtronic is in negotiations to reopen the former Fujitsu microchip factory at Newton Aycliffe, where it would invest £35m and create 500 jobs.
Manpower is to set up a call centre in a converted textile mill in Selkirk later this year, creating 250 jobs.
Pace Micro Technology is seeking 90 additional workers to assemble digital set-top boxes at its Saltaire factory.
British Telecom has taken full control of BT Cellnet by acquiring the remaining 40% from Securicor for £3.1bn, which will enable BT to bid for one of the next-generation mobile phone licences next year.
Kewill Systems has acquired Aristo Research and Aristo Computers for £12m, in order to expand its US e-commerce business.
Capita is to set up a £2.1m national computer call centre in Coventry to handle work outsourced by local councils, and 120 jobs will be created.
IMS is planning to create hundreds of new jobs as it expands its call centre at Steeton, near Keighley.
TeleTech of the US is said to be planning to develop the former Health Board offices in Glasgow's Bath Street into its European call centre headquarters, with the creation of up to 600 jobs.
JBA is to be acquired by Geac Computer of Canada for £92m, as part of Geac's strategy to expand into the European business software market.
Policy Master is acquiring Media Maker, the internet design group, for up to £3.4m.
Merant is acquiring Marathon, the US internet service provider, for £9.6m.
Vodafone AirTouch is to acquire CommNet Cellular, the US mobile phone operator, for £493m, in order to gain 360,000 customers in nine states.
Plasmon is acquiring Cygnet Storage Solutions of the US for £2.3m, in order to expand its storage disk range.
NSB Retail Systems is planning a £38m merger with Unlimited Solutions of the US in order to double the size of its business supplying software solutions to the retail industry.
Sala International is to set up a data storage warehouse in Southend with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
JWE Telecom has acquired Advanced Digital Telecom, the Leeds-based fixed line specialist, for up to £3m, which will enable the company to offer a wider range of systems with a single billing facility.
Motorola is recruiting 120 R&D engineers at its GSM Systems Division in Swindon, in order to focus on the convergence of wireless and internet systems.
Torex has acquired software companies AAH Meditel and Peak Systems for £6.5m, and redundancies are expected among AAH Meditel's 220 workers in Bromsgrove.
Symonds, the printed circuit board company, has agreed to a £31m management buy-out and the company is expected to be delisted.
Cable & Wireless has acquired Internet Network Services, the provider of corporate internet access services, for undisclosed terms.
Robotic Technology Systems is to acquire Enabling Technology, the US environmental software company, for about £1.9m.
Granville Technology is creating 500 jobs at its head office in Burnley and a further 450 jobs at computer showrooms throughout the country.
Morse is acquiring the remaining 66% of Partner System, the French reseller of computer technology, for an initial £3.5m.
GEC is to acquire RDC Communications, the Israeli supplier of wireless equipment, for £24m, as part of a strategy to focus on telecoms and IT networking.
British Telecom's Syntegra division is to acquire Control Data Systems, the US systems integrator, for £217m.
Guardian iT is acquiring Sogeris, the French computer disaster recovery business, for £29m, as part of a strategy to expand into continental Europe.
Wireless Systems International has secured £8m of venture capital funding in order to start full-scale production of amplifiers for mobile phone base stations, and will create about 50 jobs over the next year.
JBS Computer Services has acquired Wesswood Management, the software company, for undisclosed terms, and has started a recruitment drive for new staff in the West Midlands and Cheltenham.
Cellular Operations, the supplier of telephone connections and billings services, is building a £7m call centre in Swindon, and is planning to recruit about 100 staff before it opens in November.
WorldPay is planning to recruit an additional 50 staff following the relocation of its e-commerce business to larger premises in Cambridge.
NTL is acquiring the field services operations of Simoco, the professional mobile communications company, for £10m, which will involve the transfer of about 150 engineers.
Nessco of Aberdeen has acquired Newood Telecom of East Kilbride for undisclosed terms, in order to strengthen its position as an international telecoms solution provider.
Bowthorpe is buying a Canadian telecoms testing equipment business from Consultronics for £11m.
Bridge Computer Systems is planning to recruit 50 additional staff over the next two years, following its relocation to new premises in Burnley.
Vega has acquired Crew Services, the IT consultancy, for £9.7m, in order to expand into defence, healthcare and police work.
Logica is to acquire Team 121, the business software consultancy, for £74m, and has also announced a £114m share issue to fund the acquisition and reduce debt.
Anite is selling its computer networks business in Australia and New Zealand to Dantec of South Africa for £11m, in order to focus on IT services.
Doughty Hanson, the private equity house, has acquired an 80% stake in Knowles Electronics in a deal that values the US manufacturer of electronic components at £329m.
NTL is to create about 900 jobs over the next four years at various sites across Northern Ireland, in order to provide support to customers of its telecoms and TV businesses.
Conduit Communications is merging with i-Cube to create a global IT consultancy business serving clients in both Europe and North America.
Park Applications Computer Engineering is creating 20 new jobs at its software development business in Craigavon, in order to become a leading supplier of management information systems to the agri-food industry.
LA International is relocating its IT recruitment business to a £2m purpose-built facility in Stoke-on-Trent, and expects to create 50 jobs over the next two years.
Telecom Service Centres is considering plans to set up a new call centre in Argyll with the creation of 100 jobs, in order to run customer service operations for major companies.
Bowthorpe is to acquire Netcom Systems, the US manufacturer of telecoms test equipment, for £288m.
TownPages is planning to set up 3,500 free online information kiosks across the country, creating 600 jobs in two years.
Alba has acquired Amstrad's telecommunications business for £4m in order to benefit from rising demand for telephones, faxes and answering machines.
Lowe Electronics, the Matlock-based specialist radio manufacturer, has acquired Relcom of London for £0.5m, in order to gain access to the European mobile telephone market.
Electrocomponents is acquiring the distribution division of Avnet of the US for £236m, as part of a strategy to build up a global electronic components business.
Philips Semiconductors has started work on a £5m semiconductor design facility in Southampton, which will create 160 jobs.
Science Systems, the US software company, has started work on the second phase of a £4m headquarters in Chippenham, and 350 staff will be employed at the site.
Virgin is planning to link up with One-2-One to launch Virgin-branded mobile phones, and will set up a call centre with 500 staff.
Pink Elephant, the Dutch-owned systems support company, is to create 250 jobs at its offices in Reading over the next two years as part of an ongoing expansion programme.
Protek, the computer security company, is to set up an office in Crewe later this month with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Locate in Scotland has announced that Level One Communications of the US is to set up a £2m communications design centre in Glasgow, with the creation of at least 25 jobs.
Sage is planning to recruit an additional 300 customer support technicians and telesales staff in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in order to cope with rising demand for its accounting software products.
Invensys is to acquire Marcam, the US supplier of enterprise resource planning software, for £38m.
Signum Circuits, the printed circuit board company, is planning to take over the former Exacta factory in Selkirk and more than double its turnover with the creation of 50 jobs.
STMicroelectronics is planning to recruit an additional 90 staff for its microchip R&D headquarters in Bristol.
Apion, the Belfast software company, is to open a new office in Drogheda, where it expects to create 100 jobs over the next three years.
FI is to acquire OSI Group, the business consulting and management services company, for £106m, as part of a strategy to expand its enterprise resource planning and outsourcing operations.
Raychem, the US-based electronics manufacturing company that employs 1,150 people in Swindon, has been acquired by Tyco International of the US for £1.8bn.
RM is planning to recruit 250 staff this year at its Abingdon-based computer business, in order to benefit from government plans to upgrade equipment in schools.
Absolute Quality of the US is to create 120 jobs in Glasgow over the next three years by setting up a support centre for entertainment software products.
DCS has acquired HB Ulrich, the US supplier of IT solutions to the logistics industry, for £6m.
ITNet has acquired Technosys, the Coventry-based electronic commerce company, for £9m, and has also announced a ten-year £60m outsourcing deal with Enfield Council.
Lynx is looking to spend up to £80m on acquisitions to expand its financial software and IT systems business, and is also seeking to recruit more staff specialising in the installation of SAP systems.
CCS Mobile Phone World is to open new sales centres in Newcastle, South Shields and Durham and expand its Sunderland head office, with the creation of about 30 jobs.
Computer Parts International has acquired Open Integration, the Walsall-based computer systems and spares company, for £3.5m.
Mentmore Abbey is acquiring Memograde, the French data storage company, for £8.3m, as part of a strategy to create a European records management business.
Action Computer Supplies has agreed to a £92m takeover offer from Insight Enterprises of the US, and Insight will use it as a base for expanding further into the European computer products market.
Diagonal has acquired MFT, the Leeds-based software solutions company, for £5m, and MFT's 40 staff will relocate to Diagonal's northern headquarters in Kirkstall Road.
One-2-One is to set up a telecoms call centre in Greenock over the next two years with the creation of 800 jobs, while another 500 jobs will be created at its Dearne Valley call centre in south Yorkshire and 300 jobs at Doxford in Sunderland.
TIB is to expand its CD pressing plant in Merthyr with the creation of 44 jobs.
City Business Systems, the Leicester-based computer systems supplier, has been sold to a management team.
Kymata is planning to set up a factory in Livingston to make telecoms components, and expects to create up to 200 jobs over the next five years.
Saltire, the distributor of electronic components, is to undergo a £25m management buy-out.
Diagonal has acquired MFT Computer Holdings, the Leeds-based IT consultancy, for £4.8m.
ZEDA, the IT services company, is to create more than 400 jobs in Nottingham, Hull, Leeds and Stirling this year as it continues to win new outsourcing contracts, and it is also looking to open new service centres at additional locations.
Acal is to acquire Sedgemoor, the distributor of electronic components, for £78m.
Vodafone has won planning permission to build a £120m world headquarters in Newbury, where it will employ up to 3,400 staff.
Acorn, the microchip designer, has agreed to a £270m takeover by MSDW Investment Holdings, and Acorn's set-top box business will be sold to Pace Micro Technology and its Media DSP division will be sold to management.
GEC is acquiring Fore Systems, the US manufacturer of internet switching equipment, for £2.6bn, as part of a strategy to transform itself from a defence business into a telecommunications group.
VIS Interactive, the Dunfermline-based computer games designer, is planning to create up to 240 jobs by setting up a network of studios across Europe.
Filtronic is planning to build another electronic components plant at Shipley in Yorkshire, which will create 400 jobs.
DDL Electronics is to invest £5.6m at its electronic components factory in Lurgan in order to increase production and expand its international marketing operations, and 148 jobs are being created.
Astronics is creating 30 new jobs in Portsmouth, having won a contract to manufacture radio-based telephones for Africa.
IMS, the Leeds-based telephone services company, is investing £2m in a new call centre at Steeton, near Keighley, creating at least 100 jobs.
Nortel Networks is seeking to recruit 300 assemblers at its optoelectronics plant in Paignton.
Cellnet has announced plans to set up a new regional call centre in Bury, Greater Manchester, with the creation of 2,000 jobs.
Gresham Computing is acquiring SIM Group, the software testing company, for up to £10m.
Cellnet is changing its name to BT Cellnet and aims to create 1,500 jobs over the next year, mostly in Scotland and Yorkshire.
Parity has bought TMS Information Solutions, the developer of intranets, for £6.6m.
East Midlands Development Agency has announced that TDS Systemhouse of Germany is to set up a UK computer services headquarters at the Tapton Park Innovation Centre near Chesterfield, and aims to create 100 jobs over the next three years.
MPC Data has opened a new office near its existing headquarters in Bradford-on-Avon, and is seeking additional staff to work on a number of software projects.
Content Technologies is seeking to recruit an extra 60 engineers at its offices in Reading and abroad, in order to cope with rising sales of its internet software products.
British Telecom has acquired a 20% stake in SmarTone, the Hong Kong mobile operator, for £240m, as part of a strategy to expand its business in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ultra Electronics, the manufacturer of civil aviation equipment, is acquiring Advanced Programming Concepts of the US for £6.3m.
JSB Software Technologies is acquiring Kansmen Corporation of the US for an initial £1.2m, and is also raising £5m in a share offer in order to fund the development of its internet security products.
British Telecom has announced the creation of an additional 350 jobs at its £25m call centre at Gosforth Business Park on Tyneside.
Skillsgroup has acquired the UK training division of Cap Gemini for £32m.
JWE Telecom is seeking an extra 20 staff for its headquarters in Pocklington, having won a £0.5m contract to repair mobile phones for Cellnet.
Microgen is acquiring Kaisha Technology, the Swindon-based business intelligence consultancy, for £18m.
Wireless Systems International, the manufacturer of power amplifiers for mobile phone communications networks, is to recruit an additional 40 research and engineering staff as it prepares to boost sales from £5m to £60m over the next five years.
Omega Electronic Equipment is creating an extra 15 jobs in Stone, having won a contract to market its range of personal computers in the Freemans catalogue.
M-R Group, the data management company, has accepted a £94m takeover offer from Lason, the US company that is seeking to build up its European business.
Project Telecom is setting up a national mobile phones distribution and call centre in Newark with the creation of 100 jobs.
Gremlin, the games software company, has agreed to a £23m takeover offer from Infogrames Entertainment of France.
Vision Consulting is to invest £1.7m expanding its Belfast software business into new markets in Europe and the US, with the creation of up to 95 jobs.
Danka Business Systems has sold its outsourcing division to Schroder Ventures for a sum thought to be more than £150m, as part of an ongoing restructuring programme.
Hays has acquired Ceritex, the French call centre services company, for £12m, and Crawfords Computing, the UK database management company, also for £12m.
Skillsgroup is acquiring Pontis Consulting, the developer of IT systems for financial institutions, for up to £34m.
Pace Micro Technology has announced plans to create 100 new jobs at its R&D facility in Bradford this year, in order to help with the development of digital TV software.
Core Design, the computer games company, is planning to move to a new headquarters in Derby's Pride Park in May with the creation of 25 jobs.
User Technology Associates, the US software solutions company, is planning to open a new office in Belfast which will create 100 jobs.
Raytheon is planning to set up a software support centre in Northern Ireland, probably in Londonderrry, in order to back up its global defence programmes and create 150 jobs.
Workplace Technologies is seeking to recruit an additional 30 staff at its computer services business in Stoke-on-Trent.
Electrocomponents has relocated 50 staff from Peterborough to its new headquarters on the Oxford Business Park, and is now recruiting more staff in Oxford.
ARD Electronics has set up a new facility on the Altham industrial estate in East Lancashire to distribute electronic components, and the 30-strong workforce is expected to rise significantly over the next year.
Integrated Silicon Systems has secured £3m of funding from Apax Partners, which will enable it to expand its Belfast semiconductor business and create more than 30 jobs.
Cellnet has confirmed the acquisition of an 80% stake in Martin Dawes Telecommunications for £130m, and is interested in buying the remaining 20% from Vodafone.
Scottish Enterprise is expected to announce that Micro Linear of the US is to set up an electronics design unit at the Alba Centre in Livingston with the creation of 30 jobs.
Fareham Borough Council is considering plans to convert the Cams Hall estate, where Merlin Communications International is based, into a technology centre for up to 30 small businesses, creating 330 jobs.
Quantum Electronics is to expand its electronics manufacturing service in South Wales with the creation of 100 jobs.
Bowthorpe's Western Pacific Data Systems division is to open a software development centre in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 52 jobs.
Torch Telecom is seeking permission to expand its Wakefield base with the creation of 100 jobs.
Energis is forming a joint venture with Viridian to invest £20m setting up a telecoms network along power lines in Northern Ireland, and about 200 jobs will be created.
Rockeagle, the Exeter-based property developer, is planning to build a new call centre in Plympton that could create up to 400 jobs, and discussions are taking place with potential occupiers.
GEC has acquired Reltec Corp, the US networking products company, for £1.3bn, and further acquisitions in the telecoms sector are expected to follow.
Sage is set to acquire Tetra, the business software company, for £77m.
BICC is selling its lossmaking telecommunication cables business to Corning of the US for £82m.
Airtech, the mobile communications company, has accepted a £19m takeover bid from Remec of the US.
Motorola is creating 400 jobs at its Easter Inch manufacturing site due to rising export demand for mobile phones.
Marconi Communications has acquired Tetrel, the Llantrisant-based payphones manufacturer, for undisclosed terms, and has promised to invest in the company to expand international sales.
Orange is to recruit an extra 2,000 staff in the UK over the next two years to cope with rising demand for mobile phones, and is seeking to acquire more stakes in operators in mainland Europe.
The Office for National Statistics has awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin, ICL and Polestar for the management of the 2001 census, and up to 1,000 jobs will be created in Runcorn by ICL.
Memory Corp has announced plans for a £2.2m expansion that will result in the relocation of its Dalkeith base to Heriot Watt University Business Park and the creation of 50 engineering jobs.
CMG has acquired Partner Consult, the German systems consultancy, for £8.2m, as part of its strategy to expand across Europe.
The Yorkshire and Humberside Development Agency has announced that Silknet Software, the US developer of internet software, is to set up a European base in Harrogate, creating 20 jobs over the next year.
Gresham Computing is acquiring two Australian software development companies - ISS and Ozease - for an initial £0.8m.
North Tyneside Council is considering plans from Northern Micro Developments to set up a call centre at the Royal Quays in North Shields, which could lead to the creation of 800 jobs.
Safetynet, the computer disaster recovery company, has undergone a management buyout for £85m.
ITG Group is acquiring Computers in Ireland, which includes the Computerland and Work Station names, for up to £7.7m.
Samsung is planning to recruit more staff at its Teesside electronics factories in Wynward and Billingham, to cope with higher production targets being set for this year.
Rebus, the provider of insurance software and services, is to be acquired by Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic Partners of the US for £172m.
Delphi, the IT recruitment agency, has been acquired by Adecco of Switzerland for £167m.
British Telecom has acquired Arrakis, the Spanish internet service provider, for £9.5m.
Sage is to acquire Peachtree, the US software company, for £88m, in order to double its customer base to about 2m.
LG Electronics could be planning a substantial jobs boost at its Newport plant, having won a contract from Apple to manufacture the iMac computer.
Marconi Communications is planning to recruit 300 specialists to develop its fibre optic networks at four UK sites.
Gresham Computing is to acquire ASI, the US software solutions company, for £1.6m.
Direct Resources, the Edinburgh-based IT recruitment specialist, has been acquired by Mastech of the US for about £5m.
Cellnet has started work on the expansion of its customer care centre in Leeds, which could eventually create up to 700 new jobs.
PanCredit, the Leeds-based software supplier, is creating 40 new jobs in order to cope with a growing order book.
Druid Group has acquired Gamut Technologies, the supplier of Siebel Systems enterprise relationship management systems, for £4.6m.
Misys is selling its Information Systems division to management for £28m.
Kingston Communications is to be partially floated by its owner Hull City Council, and 400 new jobs are expected to be created over the next few years.
CCI Holdings is transforming itself into a business software group through the acquisitions of Xavier for £15m, KSE for £11m, and CSL Xenon for £3m.
Internet Technology Group is acquiring Internet Facilities Europe, the Dutch internet service provider, for about £5m.
Gamar, the Bristol-based telecoms company, is planning to recruit 200 software engineers to help with a number of new projects.
IMS, the telephony services company, is planning to open a call centre in the north of England later this year.
Filtronic is creating an extra 50 jobs at its Saltaire site in Bradford due to a rise in sales of mobile phone components, and it is also taking on staff at other sites around the world.
Acer Peripherals is to start recruiting 140 workers for its new computer factory at Wentloog near Cardiff next month.
Cap Gemini is setting up an accountancy call centre in Nairn with the creation of 30 jobs.
Division, the software developer, is to be acquired by Parametric Technology of the US for £28m.
The Inland Revenue has confirmed plans to set up a new tax department in Liverpool employing 800 staff.
Vodafone is set to acquire AirTouch, the US cellular phone company, for $61bn, following the withdrawal of Bell Atlantic from the bidding.
Eagle Marketing, the Tonbridge-based computer components distributor, has undergone a £3m management buy-in.
Pace Micro Technology is to create 50 new engineering jobs this year in order to keep up with demand for digital TV systems.
Simoco Systems Solution is to recruit an additional 25 staff at its Derby office to cope with an increase in demand for its radio communication products.
Bowthorpe is acquiring Wireless Telecom, the US wireless and satellite communications business, for £11m.
Strategic Systems Solutions is to open a new software development office in Leeds, creating up to 70 jobs.
The Welsh Development Agency is linking up with Modis Training Technologies of the US to set up a £4m virtual reality skills training centre in Newport, creating up to 80 jobs.
EDS, the US computer services company, is to set up a regional centre in Sheffield that will create 300 jobs initially and a further 700 over the next few years.
The Northern Call Centre is to set up a new operation at Hartlepool Marina in February, and expects to create up to 300 jobs to handle two new contracts with unnamed companies.
JBA Holdings is selling its North American computer hardware division to Avnet for up to £14m.
Cable & Wireless has acquired ECRC Network Services, the German internet service provider, from ICL for £27m.