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Altrika, the Sheffield-based biotechnology firm, has been sold by Ilika to Adiposet for £0.1m.
31-Dec-2012


Paul Fabrications, the Castle Donington-based engineering firm, has been acquired by US-based AGC Aerospace & Defense for undisclosed terms.
31-Dec-2012


DCC Healthcare is to acquire Kent Pharma, the Ashford-based pharmaceuticals company with 304 staff, for £58m.
31-Dec-2012


City Motor Holdings, the chain of car dealerships with 250 staff in Basingstoke, Newbury and Reading, has undergone a management buy-out backed by RCapital.
31-Dec-2012


Regus is looking to acquire MWB Business Exchange, the operator of 64 business centres with about 500 staff, for £40m.
31-Dec-2012


William Hill and GVC have acquired online sports betting firm Sportingbet for £485m.
31-Dec-2012


AJ Bell has acquired MSM Media, the London-based financial publisher with 34 staff, for undisclosed terms.
31-Dec-2012


Cromwell Polythene of Leeds has sold its Cromwell Recycling division to a new company called Leopard Recycling.
31-Dec-2012


Tangibal Group has acquired Infotech Digital, the London-based supplier of interactive digital signage equipment, in a deal funded by a £3m share placing.
31-Dec-2012


Macduff Shellfish has acquired Scott Trawlers, the Dumfries-based scallop fishing firm with 50 staff, for about £10m.
31-Dec-2012


Barrhead Travel has acquired The Holiday Specialists, the Falkirk-based cruise retailer with 60 staff, for £3m.
31-Dec-2012


Steelite International has acquired Royal Crown Derby, the Stoke-based tableware manufacturer with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.
20-Dec-2012


British American Tobacco is to acquire CN Creative, the Manchester-based owner of the Intellicig electronic cigarette brand with 54 staff, for undisclosed terms.
20-Dec-2012


Markerstudy Group has acquired Vision Vehicle Solutions, the Maidenhead-based accident management company.
20-Dec-2012


James Fisher & Sons has sold The Railway Engineering Company, the supplier of rail signal equipment, to Hitachi Europe for £25m.
20-Dec-2012


Tribal Group has acquired International Graduate Insight Group, the education benchmarking and research firm, for up to £7.5m.
20-Dec-2012


MoneyPlus has acquired Personal Touch Debt Solutions for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Debt Free Me brand.
20-Dec-2012


Crawford Healthcare has acquired HiMedica, the Chester-based supplier of woundcare products.
20-Dec-2012


Randall & Payne has acquired Morgan Waugh Haines, the Tewkesbury-based accountancy with 27 staff.
19-Dec-2012


Virgin Money is to sell Church House Trust, the Yeovil-based mortgage and savings bank, to SAV Credit.
19-Dec-2012


Pulsant has acquired ScoLocate, the Edinburgh-based data centre operator with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
19-Dec-2012


Ainscough Crane Hire, the Wigan-based crane hire firm with 970 staff at 28 sites, has been acquired by Goldman Sachs and private equity firm TPG for undisclosed terms.
18-Dec-2012


Furniture123, the Leeds-based online furniture retailer with annual sales of £2.2m, has been acquired by Buy It Direct.
18-Dec-2012


Dods is to acquire Biteback Media and Edinburgh-based publisher Holyrood Communications from Political Holdings for up to £1.5m.
18-Dec-2012


Leaving Care Company, the Oldham-based provider of housing and support services, has been acquired by Aspirations (Bidco) for undisclosed terms.
18-Dec-2012


Nycomm Group has acquired Videonations, the Altrincham-based videoconferencing firm with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
18-Dec-2012


G24 Innovations has been sold out of administration by Wilkins Kennedy, securing the future of 42 jobs at its Cardiff-based solar power business.
18-Dec-2012


Noble Investments has acquired The Fine Art Auction Group, the provider of an antiques, jewellery and collectibles valuation service with sites in Bristol and Godalming, for up to £5.5m.
18-Dec-2012


Interserve has acquired Advantage Healthcare, the provider of healthcare at home services, for £26m.
18-Dec-2012


Marine Harvest is to acquire a £100m stake in Morpol, the salmon supplier with sites in Rosyth, Shetland and Orkney.
18-Dec-2012


Vion UK has sold its pork division to a management team backed by private equity firm Endless, securing 4,000 jobs at sites in Malton, Wiveliscombe, Haverhill, Hull, Scunthorpe, Stoke, Enfield and Cookstown.
17-Dec-2012


Nottingham Building Society is to merge with Shepshed Building Society, the Leicestershire-based chain of three branches with 24 staff.
17-Dec-2012


Places for People has acquired DC Leisure, the manager of about 100 leisure facilities on behalf of 28 local authorities, for about £30m.
17-Dec-2012


Betfair is to sell its LMAX financial exchange business to a management team for £2.4m.
17-Dec-2012


Anglia Business Solutions, the Cambridge-based software company, has undergone a £6m management buy-out backed by WestBridge Capital.
17-Dec-2012


Equity Red Star, the motorcycle insurer, has been sold by Insurance Australia Group to Aquiline Capital Partners for £87m.
17-Dec-2012


Blue Rubicon has sold a significant stake in its London-based public relations business to private equity firm LDC for an estimated £30m.
17-Dec-2012


Vertu Motors has acquired the Nidd Vale Vauxhall car dealership in Harrogate for £0.8m, securing the future of 51 jobs, and will relocate the business to Knaresborough.
17-Dec-2012


SG Magnets, the Rainham-based manufacturer of magnetic components with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
17-Dec-2012


Chargemaster is to acquire Elektromotive, the Brighton-based electric car charging station manufacturer, for £8.5m.
17-Dec-2012


Outside Line, the London-based advertising agency with 68 staff, has been acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi for about £8m.
17-Dec-2012


Ingeus UK has acquired Zodiac Training, the apprenticeship training provider with 140 staff in Gateshead, Sunderland, South Shields and Northumberland, for undisclosed terms.
17-Dec-2012


Ideagen has acquired Plumtree Group, the supplier of information management software, for £2.5m.
17-Dec-2012


AFH Financial Group has acquired Redditch-based Seager Financial Consultancy and Buckinghamshire-based Racol Financial Services for a total £0.2m.
17-Dec-2012


Pets at Home has acquired Ride-Away, the York-based equestrian supplier with a 15,000 sq ft store and catalogue business, for £6.7m.
13-Dec-2012


TT Electronics has bought the business and assets of ACW Technology, the manufacturing services provider, out of administration for £3.1m.
13-Dec-2012


Solera Holdings has acquire Carweb, the supplier of vehicle history and technical data products, in order to expand its HPI business.
13-Dec-2012


DS Smith is to sell its Darlington-based corrugated packaging business to Cepac of Rotherham, with the transfer of 130 staff.
13-Dec-2012


EDF Energy is to sell the 819MW Sutton Bridge power station in Lincolnshire to a consortium of investors led by Macquarie.
13-Dec-2012


Staffline has acquired the trade and assets of GB Resourcing UK, the Birmingham-based temporary recruitment provider.
13-Dec-2012


Jones Sheridan Financial Consulting of Crewe has acquired Mike Taylor Financial Services of Haslington.
13-Dec-2012


Gill & Robinson, the Newcastle-based timber supplier, has been acquired by Kullik & Rullmann of Germany for undisclosed terms.
13-Dec-2012


Tullow Oil is to dispose of its exploration and production assets in the UK and Dutch Southern North Sea gas basin, and has also announced the acquisition of Norway-based Spring Energy.
12-Dec-2012


Alan Boswell Group has acquired Peterborough-based Sutcliffe Insurance Brokers and Bentley Charles Insurance Services, with the transfer of 13 staff.
11-Dec-2012


Feelunique.com has been acquired by Palamon Capital Partners and Sirius Equity for £26m, and £10m will be invested in the expansion of the online beauty products business.
11-Dec-2012


Robinsons Motor Group has acquired the Cooks Motor VW and Citroen car dealership in Peterborough for undisclosed terms.
11-Dec-2012


CitySprint has acquired Eagle Express Worldwide, the Woking-based courier.
11-Dec-2012


Special Occasions, the Gloucestershire-based chain of 15 greetings card stores, has been acquired by CardZone.
11-Dec-2012


Cineworld has acquired Picturehouse, the chain of 21 arthouse cinemas with 750 staff, for £47m.
10-Dec-2012


Tinopolis has acquired Firecracker Films, the TV production firm with offices in London and Los Angeles, for an estimated £30m.
10-Dec-2012


Aurum, the Leicester-based owner of the Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb jewellery chains, is to be acquired by US private equity firm Apollo for £175m.
10-Dec-2012


Avalon Management Group has bought Artists Rights Group, the talent agency, from All3Media for undisclosed terms.
10-Dec-2012


Dickinson Dees is to merge with Bond Pearce to create a new law firm called Bond Dickinson, with 1,200 staff at eight locations.
10-Dec-2012


Aston Martin has sold a £150m stake in its Warwickshire-based luxury car business to Italian private equity firm InvestIndustrial, which will lead to a £500m investment in new products over the next five years.
10-Dec-2012


Active Technologies has sold its Norfolk-based AT Power division out of administration to two former staff, securing 11 of the 22 jobs.
10-Dec-2012


Peter Vardy has acquired Land Rover, Porsche and Jaguar car dealerships in Aberdeen for undisclosed terms.
10-Dec-2012


Reece Group has acquired Responsive Engineering, the Gateshead-based manufacturing services firm with 180 staff, for undisclosed terms.
10-Dec-2012


Bupa has acquired Ultimate Smile Spa, the Manchester-based dental practice with 21 staff.
10-Dec-2012


Morton Fraser is to merge with Macdonalds Solicitors to create a combined Scottish law firm with more than 250 staff.
10-Dec-2012


Space Solutions has acquired Cochrane McGregor Associates, the London-based workplace design firm, for undisclosed terms.
10-Dec-2012


Advanced Computer Software is to acquire Serco Learning, the education software supplier, from Serco Group for £7.2m.
10-Dec-2012


United Biscuits is to sell KP Snacks to Intersnack of Germany for a sum estimated at more than £500m, including 1,500 staff at sites in Leicestershire, Middlesex, South Yorkshire and Durham.
06-Dec-2012


McMullen Architectural Systems has been bought out of administration by Lakesmere, securing 129 jobs at its construction business in Northern Ireland.
06-Dec-2012


Inject Plastics has been bought out of administration by Magmatic, securing almost 50 jobs at its Plymouth-based Trunki suitcases business.
06-Dec-2012


Christeyns has bought Alex Reid, the Leicester-based supplier of laundry equipment, from Johnson Service Group for £2.1m.
06-Dec-2012


ILX Group has acquired Obrar, the Essex-based IT and project management consultancy, for up to £1m.
06-Dec-2012


Headlam Group has acquired CK Davie, the Aberdeen-based floorcoverings distributor, for up to £0.4m.
06-Dec-2012


McCambridge Group has sold its own-label cakes division to private equity firm NBGI Private Equity, including 637 staff in Manchester, Bradford, Blackburn and Salisbury.
06-Dec-2012


Iomart Group has acquired Hosting UK, the St Asaph-based web hosting firm, for £1.5m.
06-Dec-2012


Perrott Engineering has bought Clean Air, the Bolton-based fume extraction firm, from Havelock Europa for £0.4m.
06-Dec-2012


Bretby Gammatech, the Derbyshire-based manufacturer of products to measure coal quality, has been acquired by President Engineering Group.
06-Dec-2012


Acal is to sell its UK computer parts distribution and outsourcing business to a management team for an initial £2m.
06-Dec-2012


RRG Group has bought Toyota car dealerships in Bradford, Huddersfield and Silsden, and a Lexus site in Bradford, from West Riding Motor Group for £10m.
05-Dec-2012


Outsource UK had acquired Bramlove, the Manchester-based defence and engineering recruitment firm.
05-Dec-2012


Land Securities has increased its stake in X-Leisure, the owner of Xscape in Milton Keynes and 15 other leisure sites, from 12% to 54% for £111m.
05-Dec-2012


Arnold Clark acquired the Moorland Motors Vauxhall car dealership in Blackpool for undisclosed terms.
05-Dec-2012


Optimax is set to acquire Ultralase, the Leeds-based chain of 14 laser eye clinics with 110 staff.
05-Dec-2012


B&M Retail has sold a significant stake in its Liverpool-based chain of 315 B&M Bargains discount stores to private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice for undisclosed terms.
05-Dec-2012


Swinton has acquired Alexander James Commercial, the Stroud-based insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
05-Dec-2012


Kitwave has bought Teatime Tasties, the cakes and biscuits wholesaler with 61 staff in Huddersfield and Manchester.
05-Dec-2012


Pickfords has undergone a pre-pack administration through BDO, securing 900 jobs at its Wembley-based removals business.
04-Dec-2012


HMV has sold Mama Group, the live music business with venues in London and Manchester, to private equity firm LDC for £7.3m.
04-Dec-2012


Quindell Portfolio has acquired Accident Advice Helpline, the insurance claims firm, for £66m.
04-Dec-2012


Access Group has acquired ThankQ, the Leicestershire-based supplier of customer relationship management software, for undisclosed terms.
04-Dec-2012


Saltus Fund Management has acquired Mercater Capital Management, the Altrincham-based wealth management firm with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
04-Dec-2012


Premier Hytemp, the Edinburgh-based manufacturer of precision components with more than 200 staff worldwide, has undergone a £34m management buy-out backed by Dunedin.
04-Dec-2012


Rigmar Services has acquired Riverside Engineering, the Dundee-based fabrication firm with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
04-Dec-2012


ATP International, the London-based corporate travel firm with 1,400 staff at 52 offices, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Intermediate Capital Group.
04-Dec-2012


Figtree, the creative agency with 40 staff in London and Hong Kong, has been acquired by US-based Prophet.
04-Dec-2012


Hayles & Partners has merged with McGregors Corporate to create a combined accountancy group called MGC Hayles with 50 staff in Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham.
04-Dec-2012


Vertu Motors has acquired the Springfield Honda franchises in Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland for £3.7m.
04-Dec-2012


Manx2, the Isle of Man-based airline with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out and will be renamed Citywing.
04-Dec-2012


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.
04-Dec-2012


Alumasc has acquired Rainclear Systems, the online supplier of metal rainwater products, for £0.8m.
04-Dec-2012


Tinopolis is to acquire Passion Distribution, the London-based TV content distributor, for about £15m.
03-Dec-2012


Parker Building Supplies has bought four builders' merchants branches in Sussex and Kent from Saint Gobain.
03-Dec-2012


Plymouth Packaging Services, the Plymouth-based supplier of packaging materials, has been acquired by the TEC Group for undisclosed terms.
03-Dec-2012


Espial Group is to acquire ANT, the Cambridge-based developer of software for set-top boxes, for £5m.
03-Dec-2012


Youngs Chartered Surveyors has merged with Rural Property Services to create a combined property services group with 22 staff in Hexham, Sedgefield and Alnwick.
03-Dec-2012


RPC Group has acquired Manuplastics, the London-based manufacturer of injection moulded containers, for £7m.
03-Dec-2012


Hangar8 has acquired International JetClub, the Farnborough-based air charter firm, for £1.1m plus shares.
03-Dec-2012


BP has sold three North Sea oil and gasfields to TAQA of Abu Dhabi for about £814m.
29-Nov-2012


Invensys has agreed to sell its rail signalling division to Siemens for £1.7bn, with the transfer of about 4,000 staff.
29-Nov-2012


Polestar has bought the Goodhead printing group out of administration, securing 518 jobs at BGP in Bicester and Stones in Banbury.
29-Nov-2012


AutoRestore has bought ADR Group, the Midlands-based chain of 11 accident repair centres with 300 staff, for undisclosed terms.
29-Nov-2012


Canis Group is to merge with London-based Entertainment & Media Group, in order to offer a complete range of services to the music, entertainment and TV sectors.
29-Nov-2012


Eterniti Steels, the North Lanarkshire-based steel cutting firm with 25 staff, has been acquired by US-based Edgen Murray for undisclosed terms.
29-Nov-2012


Engineering Technology Group, the Warwickshire-based supplier of machine tools with annual turnover of £12m, has undergone a management buy-out.
29-Nov-2012


Creston has acquired a 75% stake in DJM Digital Solutions, the Surrey-based digital healthcare agency with 26 staff, for an initial £1.2m.
28-Nov-2012


John Menzies is to acquire Orbital Marketing Services, the logistics and marketing services group with 550 staff at nine sites, for £14m.
28-Nov-2012


Belvoir Lettings has expanded its property lettings business with four new sites following the acquisition of Lichfield-based Kingston Behague and London-based Aldine Honey.
28-Nov-2012


Edbro, the Bolton-based supplier of hydraulic cylinders for commercial vehicles with 200 staff, has been acquired by JOST of Germany for undisclosed terms.
28-Nov-2012


Towergate Insurance has acquired Dawson Whyte, the Belfast-based insurance broker with five branches and 80 staff.
27-Nov-2012


Elektron Technology is to sell its ASL precision temperature metrology and calibration equipment business in Redhill to WIKA Instruments for £0.6m.
27-Nov-2012


Bradfords Building Supplies has bought two former WT Burden builders' merchants branches in Cinderford and Dorchester.
27-Nov-2012


Avingtrans has acquired Aerotech Tubes, the Derby-based manufacturer of pipe assemblies with ten staff, for £2m.
27-Nov-2012


Hancocks Group, the Loughborough-based chain of 18 confectionery wholesale depots, has undergone a management buy-out backed by H2 Equity Partners, and plans to open five new sites by 2016.
26-Nov-2012


Advanced Business Solutions has acquired ATMS, the Birmingham-based supplier of warehouse management IT systems with 16 staff.
26-Nov-2012


Reckitt Benckiser is to acquire Schiff Nutrition International, the US supplier of vitamins and nutrition supplements, for £877m.
22-Nov-2012


KN Wheels, the Telford-based alloy wheel manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Specialist Car Products.
22-Nov-2012


CBRE has acquired EA Shaw, in order to expand its residential property business in London.
21-Nov-2012


Daily Mail & General Trust is to sell Northcliffe Media to a new group called Local World for £52m, in order to merge its regional newspaper operations with those of Iliffe News & Media and Trinity Mirror.
21-Nov-2012


ANM Group has sold Yorkshire Premier Meats, the Kirkby-based meat processing firm with 100 staff, to a management team.
21-Nov-2012


Places for People has acquired Touchstone, the Bath-based property management firm with 300 staff, for £16m.
21-Nov-2012


London Emblem, the manufacturer of badge machinery, has been acquired by B Sanders for undisclosed terms, and production is being transferred from Portsmouth to Bromsgrove.
21-Nov-2012


Tri Media Newspapers, the publisher of local newspapers in Hampshire and Oxfordshire, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Taylor Newspapers.
21-Nov-2012


Charterhouse PM, the Hatfield-based print management firm with 240 staff, is to be acquired by Konica Minolta Business Solutions of Japan.
20-Nov-2012


Hampson Industries has sold BHW Components of Wigan to LNB UK for £2.4m, and its remaining West Midlands-based aerospace business is to go into administration through FTI Consulting.
20-Nov-2012


Dunlop Heywood has acquired The Focus Rating Agency, the Manchester-based provider of commercial property rating advice, for undisclosed terms.
20-Nov-2012


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.
20-Nov-2012


Equiniti Group has agreed to sell Xafinity Consulting, the employee benefits consultancy, to private equity firm CBPE Capital next year for undisclosed terms.
20-Nov-2012


Co-operative Group has acquired ten Costcutter stores in the London area for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 180 staff.
20-Nov-2012


Lomond Capital has acquired Penny Ashton Property Management of Manchester for undisclosed terms.
20-Nov-2012


Brooks Macdonald has acquired Spearpoint, the Channel Islands-based wealth management firm, for about £32m.
19-Nov-2012


Contego Packaging is to sell its food and beverage cartons business to US-based Graphic Packaging for £81m, including sites in Leeds, Gillingham, Ireland and the Netherlands.
19-Nov-2012


Avingtrans is to acquire the Farnborough-based aerospace manufacturing operations of PFW for £1.9m, with the transfer of 102 staff.
19-Nov-2012


BRB Wealth Management has acquired Burslem-based Anthony Tabbinor Independent Financial Adviser and Keith Tudor Financial Services for undisclosed terms.
19-Nov-2012


Biteback Media has acquired Holyrood Communications, the Edinburgh-based magazine publishing and events company.
19-Nov-2012


Exentra Transport Solutions, the Wiltshire-based provider of transport software solutions, has been acquired by Descartes Systems for £11m.
19-Nov-2012


Ecebs, the East Kilbride-based smart card technology firm, has been acquired by Bell ID of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
15-Nov-2012


Norton Rose is to merge with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski to create the world's third largest law firm.
15-Nov-2012


Cowgill Holloway has demerged its Bolton-based small business division and 35 staff into a new firm called CLC Accountants & Business Advisors.
15-Nov-2012


Silcock Leedham has acquired Zero Energy Design, the Stalybridge-based sustainable buildings consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
15-Nov-2012


AG Barr and Essex-based Britvic have agreed to merge to create a new group called Barr Britvic Soft Drinks with annual sales of £1.5bn.
14-Nov-2012


BT Group is to acquire Tikit, the IT firm with 200 staff at offices in London, Hampshire and abroad, for £64m.
14-Nov-2012


TCL Packaging, the Telford-based supplier of flexible packaging films with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
14-Nov-2012


Green Personnel has merged with Hertfordshire-based Berry Recruitment to create a network of 26 recruitment offices.
14-Nov-2012


Cheviot Asset Management is to merge with Quilter & Co to create a nationwide network of wealth management offices with about 520 staff.
14-Nov-2012


Extra Cover Cricket has bought Romida Sports out of administration, and will reopen its cricket equipment stores in Brighouse, Rochdale and Leatherhead.
13-Nov-2012


Top Gear Recruitment has been bought out of administration by one of its founders, securing 40 jobs at its Manchester-based recruitment consultancy.
13-Nov-2012


Corin, the Cirencester-based orthopaedics manufacturer with 100 staff, is to be acquired by 2IL Orthopaedics of Italy for £30m.
13-Nov-2012


Robinson Way, the Manchester-based debt collection firm, has been acquired by Hoist Kredit of Sweden for undisclosed terms.
13-Nov-2012


Stagecoach has acquired the Birkenhead and Chester bus businesses of First Group for £4.5m, with the transfer of 110 vehicles and 290 staff.
12-Nov-2012


Ricardo has bought AEA Technology, the Oxfordshire-based environmental consultancy with 400 staff, out of administration for £18m.
12-Nov-2012


Rileys, the chain of 120 snooker halls with 1,250 staff, is expected to be acquired by Greybull Capital in a pre-pack administration.
12-Nov-2012


Rutland Partners is to acquire 330 Pizza Hut restaurants from Yum! Brands for undisclosed terms, and will invest up to £60m in the business over the next five years.
12-Nov-2012


International Correspondence Schools has been acquired by a new company called Clyde Education, saving 50 jobs at its Glasgow-based distance learning business.
12-Nov-2012


Wynnstay has acquired Banbury Farm & General Supplies, the Oxfordshire-based agricultural supplier, for up to £0.6m.
12-Nov-2012


Lakehouse has acquired Allied Protection, the provider of fire alarm services in southern England and East Anglia.
12-Nov-2012


Commsprovider has acquired MPRO, the Bradford-based mobile phone repair and recycling firm with 24 staff.
12-Nov-2012


Poppies Europe has bought McNulty Wray, the Leeds-based paper napkin manufacturer with 22 staff, out of administration.
12-Nov-2012


French Duncan has merged with Stirling-based Macfarlane Gray to create a combined accountancy group with about 200 staff at eight offices in Scotland.
12-Nov-2012


BDO is planning to merge with PKF next year, in order to create a combined accountancy group with 3,500 staff at about 30 offices.
08-Nov-2012


Mears has acquired Morrison Facilities Services from Anglian Water Group for £24m, in order to expand its social housing repairs and maintenance business.
08-Nov-2012


Rathbone Brothers has acquired the wealth management business of Taylor Young for about £10m.
08-Nov-2012


Forest Fuels of Devon and Cambridge-based GG Eco Solutions are to be acquired by a new holding company called GN Energy Solutions.
08-Nov-2012


Car Care Plan, the West Yorkshire-based car warranty company, has been acquired by Am Trust Financial Services for £44m.
08-Nov-2012


Warner Bros Studios Leavesden has acquired De Lane Lea, the London-based TV production firm.
08-Nov-2012


Care UK has acquired Harmoni, the Watford-based provider of out-of-hours GP services, for £48m.
07-Nov-2012


London & Stamford has agreed to acquire Metric Property Investments, the owner of supermarkets and retail parks, for about £200m.
07-Nov-2012


Stagecoach is to acquire the Manchester-based bus operations of Bluebird for £2m, including 40 vehicles and 80 staff.
07-Nov-2012


Tophams Hotel in London has been acquired by Imperial Hotels London for £16m, which will lead to a refurbishment and further acquisitions.
07-Nov-2012


SF Group, the financial recruitment company with 90 staff in Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity.
07-Nov-2012


Ingot Services has acquired Neil King & Co, the Manchester-based kitchen cleaning company.
07-Nov-2012


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.
07-Nov-2012


Network Rail Infrastructure is to sell NDS-Plant, the former Hydrex plant operation with 377 staff, to a management buy-out.
07-Nov-2012


Autoclenz Holdings is to sell its car valeting and vehicle preparation operating businesses to a management team for £4m.
07-Nov-2012


Imerys has acquired the Cornish china clay operations of Goonvean, with the transfer of 140 staff.
07-Nov-2012


Claremont Group Interiors, the Warrington-based interior design firm, has sold its Viewpoint audiovisual and multimedia division to a management team.
07-Nov-2012


RDS Technology, the Gloucestershire-based electronics manufacturer with about 80 staff, has been acquired by US-based Digi-Star.
06-Nov-2012


CFH has acquired Print For Business, the Slough-based transactional mail firm with 33 staff, for undisclosed terms.
06-Nov-2012


Land Securities has acquired the 365,000 sq ft Printworks leisure complex in Manchester for £94m.
06-Nov-2012


Manheim has acquired Dealer Auction, the online trade-to-trade vehicle remarketing firm, for undisclosed terms.
06-Nov-2012


Burrows Motor Company has acquired the Sheffield Fiat and Mazda car dealership from GK Group.
06-Nov-2012


Wolseley is to acquire the assets of 22 drainage and civil engineering product sites from Burdens for £30m, with the transfer of about 600 staff.
05-Nov-2012


E&J Advanced Fluid Systems of Stockton has been acquired by Wood's Hydraulic Services for undisclosed terms.
05-Nov-2012


Isle of Skye Brewing Company is planning to merge with Isle of Arran Brewery, in order to support expansion plans that include a new bottling plant and a chain of pubs.
05-Nov-2012


Digital Goldfish, the Dundee-based computer games developer with 15 staff, has been acquired by Ninja Kiwi of New Zealand for undisclosed terms.
05-Nov-2012


Aegon is to transfer the operation of its defined benefit pension schemes and 100 staff to JLT Benefit Solutions early next year.
05-Nov-2012


TP Jordeson & Co, the York-based timber supplier with annual turnover of £13m, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
05-Nov-2012


Boparan Holdings is to sell the Christmas pudding operations of Newport-based Brookes Avana to Doncaster-based Sargents Bakeries.
05-Nov-2012


HSS Hire has acquired Abird, the Kent-based diesel electric generator hire firm with 60 staff and seven depots, for undisclosed terms.
05-Nov-2012


Avingtrans is to sell its Jena Tec industrial products division to Kuroda of Japan for £13m, with the transfer of 178 staff in the UK, Germany, China and the US.
05-Nov-2012


GB Group has acquired TMG, the Nottingham-based CRB checking system, for up to £3m.
05-Nov-2012


Walker Crips is to sell Keith, Bayley, Rogers & Co, the corporate finance firm, to BWV Investments for about £0.3m.
01-Nov-2012


Randall & Quilter has acquired Capstan Insurance Company, the Guernsey-based captive insurer with net assets of about £5.4m.
01-Nov-2012


Advanced Power Components is to acquire CeroUK for less than £0.1m, in order to expand its Minimise Energy green technology business.
01-Nov-2012


Inverarity Morton has acquired LA Wholesale, the Glasgow-based drinks distributor, for undisclosed terms.
01-Nov-2012


First Group is to sell its Wigan-based coach operations to Stagecoach for £12m, including 120 buses and 300 staff.
01-Nov-2012


Kaye-Dee Marking Solutions has expanded its Sheffield-based pad printing business with the acquisition of Kingsway Print.
01-Nov-2012


Premier Foods has sold its sweet pickles and table sauce business to Mizkan of Japan for £92m, with the transfer of 356 staff at its factory in Bury St Edmunds.
31-Oct-2012


Alicat Workboats has bought South Boats out of administration, securing more than 100 jobs at its boat building business on the Isle of Wight.
31-Oct-2012


HCB Solicitors has expanded its law firm in Birmingham with the acquisition of Eddowes Perry Adams Roberts and French & Co.
31-Oct-2012


James Stewart & Co has sold the assets of its Hertfordshire-based printing business out of administration to a new company called Graphite Creative Print.
31-Oct-2012


Design by Front, the Belfast-based design agency with 14 staff, has been acquired by US-based Monotype Imaging for up to £3.2m.
31-Oct-2012


Nexus Management is to acquire Enables, the Surrey-based IT services firm, for £4.2m.
31-Oct-2012


Pearson is to merge its London-based Penguin business with Bertelsmann's Random House to create a global book publishing group with about 9,000 staff.
30-Oct-2012


Hangar Seven has acquired Doco London, the digital creative agency with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
30-Oct-2012


Hitachi of Japan is to acquire the UK's Horizon project from Eon and RWE, which will involve the construction of new nuclear reactors at Wylfa and Oldbury.
30-Oct-2012


Selesti of Norwich has acquired the search marketing division of Online Media Group for undisclosed terms.
30-Oct-2012


Staffline has acquired Select Appointments, the nationwide network of 31 franchised recruitment offices, for undisclosed terms.
30-Oct-2012


HSS Hire Services, the tool hire firm with 2,000 staff, has been acquired by Exponent Private Equity for undisclosed terms.
29-Oct-2012


Capita has acquired Medicare First, the London-based social work recruitment consultancy with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
29-Oct-2012


Academic Reproductive Partnership has acquired the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine, including 45 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
29-Oct-2012


Selden has acquired the Jeyes Professional cleaning brand and will transfer production and ten jobs from Preston and Mold to Buxton.
29-Oct-2012


Wilkies, the Edinburgh-based chain of ten fashion stores with 100 staff, has been sold to its operations director for undisclosed terms.
25-Oct-2012


Babcock International Group has sold its Caithness-based pensions administration office to Aon Hewitt for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 33 staff.
25-Oct-2012


BM Polyco, the Enfield-based glove manufacturer with 125 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance.
25-Oct-2012


Umbro, the Cheadle-based sportswear brand, is to be sold by Nike to US-based Iconix Brand Group for £140m.
25-Oct-2012


Intelligent Homes In Control has been bought out of administration by a new company called Style Audio Visual, saving 16 jobs at its Knutsford-based home automation firm.
25-Oct-2012


CPBigwood is expanding its property agency into the East Midlands with the acquisition of Loughborough-based Lloyd Property Management for undisclosed terms.
25-Oct-2012


Kerridge Commercial Systems has acquired Datawright Computer Services, the Wearside-based software firm with 25 staff.
24-Oct-2012


Tangent Communications has acquired Goodprint, the online publisher of marketing materials with 20 staff, for £6.8m.
24-Oct-2012


Sound Financial Management of Plymouth has merged with Liskeard-based Venture Wealth Management.
23-Oct-2012


Piccadilly AV, the Rugby-based supplier of audio visual equipment with 30 staff, has been sold out of administration to Universal AV Services.
23-Oct-2012


Bryan James & Co has acquired the Warrington branch of Lloyd's broker Bennett Gould & Partners, and is now seeking further deals across the country.
23-Oct-2012


Columbia Marketing has acquired Webbs, the Anglesey-based book distributor with 85 staff.
22-Oct-2012


Norfolk Capacitors has been bought out of administration by API Capacitors, saving 37 jobs in Great Yarmouth.
22-Oct-2012


IDOX has acquired FMx, the Crawley-based facilities management software firm with 24 staff, for £5.6m.
22-Oct-2012


Alliance Pharma has acquired Opus Group Holdings, the distributor of skin creams and cleansers, for £8m.
22-Oct-2012


Nevron Eurotherm Insulation, the Wirral-based insulation supplier, has been acquired by Indsur Group of India.
22-Oct-2012


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.
18-Oct-2012


Reflex Labels has acquired Labelsco, the Leicestershire-based labels printer with 90 staff, for undisclosed terms.
18-Oct-2012


Barrie Knitwear, the Hawick-based clothing manufacturer with 176 staff, has been bought out of administration by Chanel for undisclosed terms.
17-Oct-2012


Billington Group has acquired BAR Foods, the Newport-based manufacturer of sauces and soups with turnover of £23m, for undisclosed terms.
17-Oct-2012


Derby Express Couriers, the Derby-based logistics firm, has undergone a management buy-out.
17-Oct-2012


Senior has sold Senior Hargreaves, the Bury-based heating and ventilation ducting supplier, to M+W Group for undisclosed terms.
17-Oct-2012


Chime Communications is to acquire pH Associates, the Marlow-based healthcare consultancy, for an initial £6.9m.
17-Oct-2012


OSE European, the Newcastle-based road haulage firm, has been sold out of administration by PC Recoveries to a management buy-out.
17-Oct-2012


Amdipharm, the Essex-based pharmaceuticals marketing company, is to be acquired by private equity firm Cinven for £367m.
16-Oct-2012


Converge Networks has merged with Worcestershire-based IT services firm Piandi Technology.
16-Oct-2012


McGill's Buses is to acquire Loch Lomond Bus Services, the Dumbarton-based bus company trading as McColl's with 35 staff, for £3m.
16-Oct-2012


Quindell Portfolio has acquired Hampshire-based personal injury law firm Pinto Potts for £3m.
16-Oct-2012


Abel & Cole, the online grocery supplier with 450 staff, has been acquired by William Jackson Food Group for undisclosed terms.
15-Oct-2012


Irwin Mitchell has acquired PDP Management Services, the Banbury-based debt collection firm with 30 staff, in order to expand its Ascent subsidiary.
15-Oct-2012


Palletower, the Sale-based storage firm with annual turnover of £16m, has undergone a management buy-out.
15-Oct-2012


Energy Assets Group has acquired Gazprom Global Energy Solutions, the Manchester-based metering services firm, for up to £13m.
15-Oct-2012


Mission Marketing Group has acquired Balloon Dog, the London-based direct marketing agency with 80 staff, for £3.2m.
15-Oct-2012


Merc Engineering UK has acquired Stanworth Engineers, the Burnley-based precision components manufacturer with 30 staff.
15-Oct-2012


R Swain & Sons has acquired LV Transport, the Kent-based haulage firm with 25 vehicles.
15-Oct-2012


Ballyvesey Holdings has acquired Plantlink, the Merseyside-based distributor of Doosan construction equipment.
15-Oct-2012


Morses Club has expanded its Worcester-based home collection credit business with the acquisition of NFL Direct for undisclosed terms.
11-Oct-2012


Woodcocks has merged with Haworth & Nuttall to create a combined law firm with offices in Bury, Rossendale, Accrington, Blackburn and Great Harwood.
11-Oct-2012


FF Allsopp & Co, the Derbyshire-based printing firm with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
11-Oct-2012


Bilfinger Berger Industrial Services has acquired HG Group, the Chesterfield-based control systems company with 80 staff, for undisclosed terms.
10-Oct-2012


SA Law of St Albans has merged with Pickworths of Hemel Hempstead to create a combined law firm with 15 partners.
10-Oct-2012


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.
10-Oct-2012


Freeth Cartwright is to merge with Oxford-based Henmans to create a combined law firm with 629 staff at ten offices.
10-Oct-2012


Insider Technologies, the Salford-based software firm with 28 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by YFM Equity Partners.
10-Oct-2012


Quindell Portfolio has acquired Metaskil Group, the Reading-based provider of software services to insurance and telecoms companies.
10-Oct-2012


Barclays is to acquire ING Direct UK from ING of the Netherlands, with the transfer of 750 staff and 1.5m online banking customers.
09-Oct-2012


Mitie Group has acquired Enara Group, the provider of home care services with 6,000 staff at 57 branches, for £111m.
09-Oct-2012


Burness is to merge with Paull & Williamsons to create a combined law firm with about 400 staff in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
09-Oct-2012


Professional Driver Services, the Glamorgan-based driver training firm, has been acquired by road safety charity IAM for undisclosed terms.
09-Oct-2012


Pennon Group has acquired Pulp Friction, the Kent-based paper processing firm, for £9m, in order to expand its Viridor Waste Management business.
09-Oct-2012


Countrystyle Group has acquired Any Waste Solution, the Kent-based waste processing firm with 25 staff, from One51 ES Recycling for undisclosed terms.
08-Oct-2012


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.
08-Oct-2012


Zetar, the London-based confectionery manufacturer with 1,400 staff at sites in Hull, Leeds, Sleaford and Fakenham, is to be acquired by Zertus of Germany for £43m.
08-Oct-2012


NES Global Talent, the Altrincham-based oil and gas recruitment firm with about 450 staff, has been acquired by US-based AEA Investors for £234m.
08-Oct-2012


Jardine Lloyd Thompson has acquired Alexander Forbes Consultants & Actuaries for £17m, including 300 staff in Croydon, Edinburgh, London, Solihull, Manchester and Southampton.
08-Oct-2012


United Carpets has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to United Carpets Franchisor, securing up to 400 jobs at its Rotherham-based chain of 72 carpet stores.
08-Oct-2012


Labelsprint, the Denbighshire-based label printer, has been sold out of administration to a new company called JWS Print.
08-Oct-2012


WEARE 2020 has acquired Iris Associates, the Sheffield-based creative agency, for an initial £1.1m.
08-Oct-2012


Yearsley Group has bought the assets of Partner Logistics out of administration, securing 20 jobs at Hams Hall in Coleshill.
08-Oct-2012


Persimmon has acquired Hillreed Homes, the Kent-based housebuilder, for £36m.
08-Oct-2012


Blenheims Estate & Asset Management has acquired TMS Group, the Paignton-based estate management company with 33 staff, for undisclosed terms.
04-Oct-2012


Towergate Insurance has agreed to acquire Norwich & Peterborough Insurance Brokers, with the transfer of up to 68 staff.
04-Oct-2012


Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings has acquired RAB Insurance, the Guernsey-based captive insurer, from Drakelow Development.
04-Oct-2012


Wastebeater has acquired Greenstar Northern Ireland out of administration, securing the future of 19 jobs at its waste management business.
04-Oct-2012


Baker Tilly has merged its Bromley-based accountancy office with local firm Miles & Partners.
04-Oct-2012


XCAP Securities is to acquire Hume Capital, the investment firm with offices in Hampshire, London and Guernsey, with the proceeds of a £2.4m share placing.
04-Oct-2012


Kalamazoo-Reynolds has acquired Infosystems, the Lutterworth-based IT firm with 35 staff.
04-Oct-2012


Aspire Group has acquired Social Enterprise West Midlands for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Enterprising Futures operation.
04-Oct-2012


Aylesford Newsprint has been sold by SCA and Mondi to US private equity firm Martland Holdings, securing up to 280 jobs at its recycled newsprint mill in Kent.
03-Oct-2012


HCB Solicitors has acquired Young & Lee, the Birmingham-based law firm, taking its network of offices to eight.
03-Oct-2012


Produce Investments has acquired Rowe Farming, the Cornwall-based potato supplier, for more than £12m.
03-Oct-2012


TVS Supply Chain Solutions has acquired Rico Logistics, the Slough-based supplier of technology spare parts with turnover of £45m, for undisclosed terms.
03-Oct-2012


TDX Group has acquired Sawfish Software, the York-based developer of management software.
03-Oct-2012


LH Group, the Burton-based rail engineering firm with 350 staff, has been acquired by US-based Wabtec Corporation for £30m.
03-Oct-2012


Acteon Group, the Norwich-based provider of oil and gas industry services with 2,000 staff worldwide, has sold a majority stake in its business to US private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
02-Oct-2012


Restore has acquired Archive Solutions, the Manchester-based records management firm, for an initial £2.6m.
02-Oct-2012


Heads of the Valleys Development Company has acquired FTR Moto, the Buckingham-based motorcycle manufacturer, for undisclosed terms, and hopes to relocate the business to Wales.
02-Oct-2012


AFH Financial has acquired Chartwell Associates, the Egham-based financial adviser, for up to £0.5m.
02-Oct-2012


Investis, the corporate website developer, has undergone a £25m management buy-out backed by Gresham Private Equity, and has also acquired Morningstar Investor Relations Services for £5m.
02-Oct-2012


Saffery Champness has acquired RSM Tenon's film and TV accountancy unit, with the transfer of 17 staff.
02-Oct-2012


Network Rail has acquired IAD Rail Systems, the Bristol-based points equipment manufacturer, from Claverham.
02-Oct-2012


Simpson Jones has bought HMT Legal, the Derbyshire-based law firm, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
02-Oct-2012


JCP Solicitors has merged with Bissmire Fudge to create a combined Swansea-based law firm with 125 staff.
02-Oct-2012


Utilitywise has acquired Clouds Environmental Consultancy, the Portsmouth-based energy management firm, for up to £1m.
02-Oct-2012


Linder Myers has bought SNG Commercial Law, the Manchester-based law firm with 16 staff, out of administration.
02-Oct-2012


Ware & Kay has merged with PJ Lawrence to create a combined law firm with 47 staff in York and Wetherby.
02-Oct-2012


Eddisons has acquired Philip Davies & Sons, the firm of asset valuers with offices in London, Manchester and Nottingham, for undisclosed terms.
01-Oct-2012


HMK Automation has bought Jacksons Power Transmission, the Stoke-based engineering firm with ten staff, out of administration.
01-Oct-2012


Johnston Carmichael is to merge with Ritson Smith, the Aberdeen-based accountancy firm with 60 staff.
01-Oct-2012


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.
01-Oct-2012


GJD Manufacturing has acquired Advanced LED Technology, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of infrared devices, for undisclosed terms.
01-Oct-2012


Betapond has acquired iPlatform for undisclosed terms, taking the workforce at its London-based software development business to 30.
01-Oct-2012


Plasticum Group, the Dutch manufacturer of closures with 300 staff and a site in North Walsham, has been acquired by US private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg.
27-Sep-2012


Alstom has agreed to acquire Tidal Generation, the Bristol-based manufacturer of tidal turbines, from Rolls-Royce for undisclosed terms.
26-Sep-2012


Scotplast, the Glasgow-based plastic packaging manufacturer, has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to a new company called Northpac.
26-Sep-2012


Forest Holidays, the Leicestershire-based rural holidays firm with about 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm LDC.
26-Sep-2012


David Phillips, the supplier of furniture to the professional property sector with sites in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, has undergone a £8m management buy-out backed by FF&P Private Equity.
26-Sep-2012


Mount Charles Group is to acquire Clifton Cleaning Services, the Belfast-based cleaning firm with 150 staff, for undisclosed terms.
26-Sep-2012


Eden Financial has sold its London-based wealth management business to Canaccord of Canada for £13m.
25-Sep-2012


First4Skills has been bought out of administration by Liverpool Community College, saving about 500 jobs at its Ellesmere Port-based training business.
25-Sep-2012


Netcall has acquired Serengeti Systems, the Suffolk-based supplier of enterprise content management software, for up to £2.9m.
25-Sep-2012


Mission Marketing Group has acquired Addiction Worldwide, the London-based advertising agency with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
25-Sep-2012


BGlobal has acquired Draig Technology, the Bangor-based billing software firm, for £0.7m.
25-Sep-2012


Staffline has acquired Go New Recruitment, the provider of driving and logistics recruitment services with eight sites across central and south-western England.
25-Sep-2012


Ageas is to acquire Groupama's UK insurance operations for £116m, including 600 staff in Manchester, Borehamwood, Croydon and Portsmouth.
24-Sep-2012


RSM Tenon is in negotiations to sell the IVA business of RSM Tenon Recovery to Grant Thornton, with the transfer of 60 staff in Manchester.
24-Sep-2012


Moir Seafoods is to acquire the former Border Laird factory at Amble in Northumberland out of administration.
24-Sep-2012


Swinton Group has acquired Greys Insurance, the Burnley-based commercial insurance broker.
24-Sep-2012


Lomond Capital has acquired Simpson Brebner and KWAD Property Managers, the Aberdeen-based residential lettings firms with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
20-Sep-2012


JD Sports Fashion has acquired Source Lab, the Manchester-based sports clothing designer, and the worldwide rights to the Henleys fashion brand in a £2.6m deal.
20-Sep-2012


Norish is to acquire Townview Foods, the Northern Ireland-based meat trading firm, for up to £8.3m.
20-Sep-2012


Ryan Specialty Group has bought Direct Group, the Doncaster-based outsourced insurance services provider with about 450 staff, from LDC.
20-Sep-2012


Premier Interlink, the East Yorkshire-based manufacturer of multi-storey buildings and cabins with 130 staff, has been acquired by a consortium led by Ethos Private Equity.
20-Sep-2012


East of England Co-operative Society has acquired HL Perfitt, the Diss-based stone-masonry firm with 42 staff, for undisclosed terms.
19-Sep-2012


Arnold Clark is to sell the Aberdeen-based commercial vehicle division of John R Weir to TOM for about £3m, with the transfer of 35 staff.
19-Sep-2012


Craven & Co has acquired Wm Spence Sheet Metal, the Bradford-based sheet metal fabricator with 19 staff.
19-Sep-2012


Permarock Products, the Loughborough-based insulation supplier with 35 staff, has been sold by Carillion to Sustainable Building Solutions for undisclosed terms.
19-Sep-2012


Redstone is to acquire Maxima Holdings, the Cheltenham-based technology services firm, for about £10m.
18-Sep-2012


Hamleys, the London-based chain of 22 toy stores, has been acquired by Groupe Ludendo of France for £60m.
18-Sep-2012


WYG is to buy back its three engineering consultancy operations in Northern Ireland, saving 90 jobs, following the appointment of liquidators at its Republic of Ireland business.
18-Sep-2012


Classic Cottages has acquired Aspects Holidays, the Cornwall-based holiday lettings firm with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
18-Sep-2012


Kedco is to acquire Reforce Energy, the renewable energy development firm with more than 60 projects across the UK and Ireland.
18-Sep-2012


SLP Engineering, the Lowestoft-based offshore engineering firm, has been bought out of administration by Sembcorp Marine Group of Singapore for £2.5m.
18-Sep-2012


Cupid has expanded its Edinburgh-based online dating business with the acquisition of Uniform Dating for up to £7m.
17-Sep-2012


Kedleston UK, the London-based care, education and support services firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Metric Capital Partners.
17-Sep-2012


Southgate Packaging has acquired Jaeger Packaging, the Southampton-based supplier of polyester and steel strapping.
17-Sep-2012


Scott & Fyfe, the Fife-based carpet manufacturer, is to be acquired by its 100 employees in a deal worth an estimated £5m.
17-Sep-2012


Winterhill Largo has acquired Sovereign Credit Management, the West Sussex-based corporate debt collection firm with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
17-Sep-2012


Advanced Computer Software Group has acquired Strand Technology, the provider of clinical care management services, for £2m.
17-Sep-2012


AFH Financial Group has acquired Elgar Financial, the Hereford-based independent financial adviser, for £0.1m.
17-Sep-2012


Really Useful Print Company has acquired Quick Print, the Norwich-based printing firm, for undisclosed terms.
17-Sep-2012


Mostyns, the Dorset-based chain of 35 curtain stores, has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to WCDI.
17-Sep-2012


Barrier Group has acquired the Middlesbrough-based insulation and architectural services division of ARC Industrial Services, and is seeking permission to build a new £1m factory near its Wallsend site.
17-Sep-2012


MRFS Group has acquired Secure Options, the property security services firm with about 100 staff at sites in Oldham and Rochdale.
13-Sep-2012


Bond Pearce is in merger discussions with Tyneside-based Dickinson Dees, which could lead to the creation of a combined law firm with 1,200 staff.
13-Sep-2012


BAe Systems is in merger talks with EADS that would create a combined European aerospace and defence group with about 60,000 staff in the UK.
13-Sep-2012


Lupton Fawcett is in merger discussions with Lee & Priestley, the Leeds-based law firm with 60 staff.
12-Sep-2012


Host Contract Management has acquired Juice for Life, the operator of retail catering contracts, for undisclosed terms.
12-Sep-2012


Turners (Soham) has acquired Browns Chilled Distribution, the Lincolnshire-based distributor of horticulture products with annual turnover of £35m.
12-Sep-2012


UBC Media is to sell Lynx Content, the supplier of content for the radio and online markets, to a former managing director for £0.3m.
12-Sep-2012


Antony Hodari has acquired Paul Rooney Partnership, the Liverpool-based personal injury law firm with 50 staff.
12-Sep-2012


Mortgage Intelligence has acquired Life & Easy, the mortgage and insurance firm with 50 advisers and trading as FYB Network.
12-Sep-2012


Franc Warwick, the London-based property investment firm, has been acquired by CBRE Group.
11-Sep-2012


FP Consulting, the Worcester-based independent financial advisor, has been acquired by Bromsgrove-based Baker Reynolds & Baker for undisclosed terms.
11-Sep-2012


Rural Solutions has acquired Rural Innovation, the Preston-based rural planning and development consultancy.
11-Sep-2012


Entertainment One is to acquire Alliance, the Canadian film distributor, for £144m.
10-Sep-2012


Connections Recruitment, the London-based staffing services firm, has been acquired by US-based Yoh.
10-Sep-2012


Desira Group has acquired the former Marshalls Peugeot car dealership in Bury St Edmunds.
10-Sep-2012


Intertek has acquired Materials Testing & Inspection Services and its operating subsidiary NDT Services for £17m, including 130 staff in Derby, Bristol and Birmingham.
10-Sep-2012


Clarion has acquired SDJ Private Clients, the Congleton-based financial planning firm, for undisclosed terms.
10-Sep-2012


Benchmark Holdings has acquired the Novartis Animal Health vaccines factory in Braintree for undisclosed terms.
06-Sep-2012


Graphic, the Devon-based printed circuit boards manufacturer, has acquired Printca, the Danish firm with 46 staff.
06-Sep-2012


MoneyPlus has acquired Debt Free Me, the Blackburn-based debt management firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
06-Sep-2012


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.
06-Sep-2012


Midcounties Co-op Travel has acquired eight Travel Angels branches in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 35 staff.
06-Sep-2012


Silverwing Group, the Swansea-based non-destructive testing firm with 35 staff, has undergone a £7.5m management buy-out backed by private equity firm NVM.
06-Sep-2012


AG Barr of Cumbernauld and Essex-based Britvic are in merger negotiations that would create one of the leading soft drinks companies in Europe.
06-Sep-2012


Tesco has acquired Mobcast, the digital book platform provider with 20 staff in London, Bristol and the US, for £4.5m.
05-Sep-2012


Access has acquired Prelytis, the French supplier of business intelligence software, for undisclosed terms.
05-Sep-2012


Principal Investment Management has acquired Iain Nicholson Investment, the Northumberland-based discretionary investment manager.
05-Sep-2012


Millers Citax, the Preston-based taxi firm with 230 vehicles and 20 support staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
05-Sep-2012


Stadium Group has acquired IGT Industries, the Southampton-based manufacturer of intelligent displays with 65 staff, for up to £4.2m.
05-Sep-2012


Chase Templeton has acquired Perfect Health, the Hatfield-based medical insurance broker, with the transfer of seven staff.
04-Sep-2012


David Consulting Group has acquired SMS Exemplar Group, the Kent-based software estimating and measuring firm.
04-Sep-2012


Impetus Automotive, the Warwick-based automotive consultancy, has undergone a management buy-out backed by ISIS Equity Partners.
03-Sep-2012


John Huddleston Engineering, the County Down-based aerospace firm with annual turnover of £25m, has been acquired by Magellan of Canada.
03-Sep-2012


Vertu is to acquire three car dealerships in Bradford, Derby and Ilkeston from Co-operative Motor Group.
03-Sep-2012


Capita has acquired Expotel, the Stockport-based corporate travel firm, for £16m.
03-Sep-2012


ITV has acquired So Television, the TV comedy production company, for up to £17m.
03-Sep-2012


Unite Technologies, the Usk-based supplier of energy management and environmental monitoring solutions, has been acquired by US-based Panduit for an estimated £6m.
03-Sep-2012


Connection Services, the Berkshire-based Wi-Fi solutions provider and systems integrator, has been acquired by US-based Billing Services Group for £1.4m.
03-Sep-2012


Complete Office Solutions has acquired Wallis Business Services, the office services firm with annual turnover of £5m and sites in York, Malton and Darlington.
03-Sep-2012


Varla UK, the York-based roofing and cladding contractor with 20 staff, has been bought out of administration by a former management team.
03-Sep-2012


PHSC has acquired B2B Links, the retail security and labelling company, for up to £0.9m.
03-Sep-2012


Arnold Clark has acquired John R Weir, the chain of car dealerships with 321 staff in Aberdeen, Dundee, Grangemouth, Inverness and Perth, for undisclosed terms.
03-Sep-2012


Headlam Group has acquired Flooring Accessories, the Cardiff-based distributor of residential and commercial floorcoverings, for an initial £0.6m.
03-Sep-2012


Mark Cobb Installations has been acquired out of administration by Burton-based WT Parker, saving 30 jobs at its Lincoln-based electrical and plumbing contracting business.
30-Aug-2012


Christeyns UK has expanded its detergents and chemicals business with the acquisition of a 50% stake in Klenzan, the Warrington-based food hygiene firm, for undisclosed terms.
30-Aug-2012


Dains has acquired the Stoke-on-Trent accountancy office of RSM Tenon for undisclosed terms.
30-Aug-2012


Barr Construction has sold the Solway Precast concrete factory in South Ayrshire to a former management team, saving ten jobs.
29-Aug-2012


Priority Freight has acquired the Heathrow-based freight forwarding business of AWLI.
29-Aug-2012


Next Fifteen Communications has acquired Content & Motion, the Lewes-based social media company, in order to expand its Beyond division.
29-Aug-2012


Mouchel is to be acquired by its lenders, in a pre-pack administration that will secure the future of up to 8,000 jobs at its Woking-based infrastructure consultancy.
28-Aug-2012


Capita is to acquire Reliance Secure Task Management, the Bristol-based provider of security services with 2,000 staff, for £20m.
28-Aug-2012


NoteMachine, the operator of automated teller machines, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Corsair Capital.
28-Aug-2012


SeaEnergy has acquired Return to Scene, the Aberdeen-based 3D imaging company with 25 staff, for up to £10m.
28-Aug-2012


Baker & Finnemore, the Birmingham-based precision pressings manufacturer, has been acquired by Titgemeyer of Germany for undisclosed terms.
28-Aug-2012


Briggs Equipment UK is to expand its Cannock-based fork lift truck distribution business with the acquisition of the UK assets of Barloworld Handling for undisclosed terms.
28-Aug-2012


Brakes has sold Browns Foodservice, the Warwickshire-based meat wholesaler with annual sales of about £15m, to Ensors of Gloucestershire.
28-Aug-2012


RB Farquhar has acquired Stopsave, the Aberdeenshire-based safety products supplier and training firm with ten staff, for about £2.5m.
23-Aug-2012


Halma has sold its Tritech sub-sea asset monitoring business to Moog Components for £21m.
23-Aug-2012


JD Sports Fashion is to sell the Canterbury rugby brand to Pentland Group for £23m, while the ONETrueSaxon clothing and footwear brand will be acquired from Pentland for less than £0.1m.
23-Aug-2012


Greencore has acquired International Cuisine, the County Durham-based chilled ready meals supplier with gross assets of £17m, from Hain Daniels Group.
23-Aug-2012


Premier Foods is to sell its sweet spreads and jellies business to The Hain Celestial Group for £200m, including a factory at Histon near Cambridge.
23-Aug-2012


Anglo ERI has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 150 jobs at a new 130,000 sq ft shop fittings factory in St Neots.
23-Aug-2012


Jemca Car Group has acquired three Lexus and Toyota car dealerships in Reading and Bracknell from Octagon Motor Company for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 110 staff.
23-Aug-2012


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.
22-Aug-2012


Swinton Group has acquired Kirkintilloch Insurance Services, in order to expand its commercial insurance division into Scotland.
22-Aug-2012


Adept4 has acquired TGF Consultants, the IT services firm with offices in Lymm and Cockermouth, for undisclosed terms.
21-Aug-2012


United Drug is to acquire the clinical services businesses of Bilcare for £39m, including 195 staff in South Wales and the US.
21-Aug-2012


MedicAnimal has acquired Petmeds, the London-based online animal health retailer, for undisclosed terms.
21-Aug-2012


Mercury Pharma, the London-based pharmaceuticals company, is to be acquired by private equity firm Cinven for £465m.
20-Aug-2012


Melrose Resources, the Edinburgh-based oil and gas company, is to be acquired by Petroceltic of Ireland for £170m.
20-Aug-2012


Porta Communications is to acquire WFCA, the marketing agency, for £1.5m, in order to expand its Twenty20 division.
20-Aug-2012


Maclay Murray & Spens has sold its Law at Work legal services division to a management team, including 30 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
20-Aug-2012


Sterling Industries has acquired Hotwork Combustion Technology, the Dewsbury-based supplier of combustion equipment with 42 staff.
20-Aug-2012


Iomart Group has acquired Melbourne Server Hosting, the Manchester-based data hosting firm with 30 staff, for up to £7m.
20-Aug-2012


GlaxoSmithKline has raised £172m from the sale of 25 Australian pharmaceutical brands to Aspen Pharmacare.
16-Aug-2012


Scottish Building Society is planning to merge with the Edinburgh-based Century Building Society next year.
16-Aug-2012


Getty Images, the picture agency with an office in London, has been acquired by private equity firm Carlyle Group in a £2.1bn deal.
16-Aug-2012


WRG Creative Communication has acquired Canyon, the Manchester-based events and marketing firm with 20 staff.
16-Aug-2012


Tradebe has acquired Ecowaste Southwest, the Bristol-based clinical waste firm, for undisclosed terms.
16-Aug-2012


HLN Architects has acquired John Pryke & Partners, the Essex-based structural engineering firm, for undisclosed terms.
15-Aug-2012


R&R Ice Cream has acquired Eskigel, the Italian ice cream manufacturer, for about £60m.
15-Aug-2012


Gafoor Poultry Products has been sold out of administration to a new company called Gafoor Pure Halal, saving 150 jobs at its Preston-based halal meat business.
15-Aug-2012


Vitec Group has sold its Brilliant Stages staging business in the UK to Prolyte Products, while its foreign staging operations have been sold to MILOS of the Czech Republic.
15-Aug-2012


Jardine Motors has acquired Toyota and Lexus car dealerships in Cambridge from Turner Motor Group for undisclosed terms.
15-Aug-2012


Genr8 is said to be about to acquire the 14-acre Granada Studios site in Manchester for £23m, in preparation for ITV's move to MediaCityUK next summer.
14-Aug-2012


SMC Chartered Surveyors has acquired Hale Saunders, the Sheffield-based commercial property firm.
14-Aug-2012


Arriva Midlands has acquired Liyell, the Willenhall-based operator of the Midland bus and coach service with 110 staff.
14-Aug-2012


Switalskis Solicitors has merged with Wakefield-based Green Williamson Solicitors to create a combined West Yorkshire-based law firm with more than 200 staff.
13-Aug-2012


Ensinger has acquired Jet Engineering, the Glasgow-based plastic components manufacturer with 23 staff.
13-Aug-2012


Green & Benz, the Manchester-based jewellery chain with 31 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
13-Aug-2012


Ultra Finishing has acquired Niko Distribution, the Halifax-based bathroom distributor, for undisclosed terms.
13-Aug-2012


DPP Consulting has been sold out of administration to a new company called DPP, saving 36 jobs at its seven town planning offices.
13-Aug-2012


Consortias, the Burton-based wall panelling and flooring supplier, has been bought out of administration by Guardian Building Products for undisclosed terms.
13-Aug-2012


Equiniti Group has acquired Peterevans, the Cardiff-based software supplier, for undisclosed terms.
13-Aug-2012


Allan Chapman & James, the Essex-based media insurance broker with 45 staff, has been acquired by US-based Integro Insurance Brokers for undisclosed terms.
13-Aug-2012


Staffline has acquired certain assets of DKM Driving, the Nottingham-based provider of temporary drivers.
13-Aug-2012


Sanlam UK has acquired English Mutual, the financial planning firm with 43 advisers, for undisclosed terms.
13-Aug-2012


ICR Integrity has acquired MOSS, the mechanical services firm with 60 staff in Kendal and Aberdeen.
13-Aug-2012


Colt Group has acquired Fidelity Telecom, the cloud computing firm with ThinkGrid data centres in the UK, North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
13-Aug-2012


Restore has acquired M&L Document Destruction, the Stockton-based shredding and recycling firm, for £0.3m.
13-Aug-2012


BP has sold its Bristol-based network of 13 LPG distribution depots to DCC for £40m, with the transfer of 116 staff.
09-Aug-2012


Howard Kennedy is to merge with Finers Stephens Innocent to create a combined London-based law firm with 351 staff.
09-Aug-2012


Pulse Home Products, the Oldham-based supplier of household brands with 120 staff, has been acquired by Jarden Corporation of the US for £40m.
09-Aug-2012


Jones Sheridan Financial Consulting has acquired Brown & Corbishley Financial Services, the financial division of the law firm with offices in Sandbach and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
09-Aug-2012


Cremonini of Italy has acquired Bagel Factory, the chain of about 50 bagel shops, for about £2m.
08-Aug-2012


MDNX has bought Griffin Internet, the Derby-based internet service provider with annual revenue of about £23m, and sister company Iconnyx from Octium.
08-Aug-2012


Project Management Support Services, the Southampton-based renewable energy consultancy with 70 staff, has been acquired by TUV SUD of Germany.
08-Aug-2012


Blenheim Park, the insurance broker with 86 staff in Croydon and Tunbridge Wells, has been acquired by Arthur J Gallagher International.
08-Aug-2012


Lightning Aerospace has been sold out of administration to A2e Venture Catalysts, saving 19 jobs at its Coventry-based engineering business.
08-Aug-2012


Fleet Auction Group has acquired Protruck Auctions, the Doncaster-based vehicle auction firm with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
08-Aug-2012


Apogee Corporation has bought Total Digital Solutions, the Bolton-based printing firm, out of administration.
08-Aug-2012


Lorne Stewart has bought the Rotary engineering operations in the North West, Yorkshire and South, as well as Midlands-based CA Sothers, out of administration, saving about 390 jobs.
07-Aug-2012


North Sea Ventilation has been bought out of administration by Terton, saving 80 jobs at its Hull-based heating and ventilating business.
07-Aug-2012


Eastleys Solicitors has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to Totnes-based Recompense, saving 33 jobs in Paignton and Brixham.
07-Aug-2012


NSDesign of Glasgow has sold its website hosting division to Broadband Cloud Solutions for undisclosed terms.
07-Aug-2012


Environmental Scientifics Group has acquired Waterwise Technologies, the Oxfordshire-based supplier of water treatment equipment with 22 staff.
07-Aug-2012


Rentokil Initial has acquired Modus FM, the London-based technical facilities management firm with 160 staff, from Modus Group for up to £5.3m.
07-Aug-2012


Restore has sold Peter Cox, the Manchester-based building repair firm, to Castlefield House for £3.6m, in order to focus on office services.
07-Aug-2012


Care UK has acquired Whitwood Care, the Castleford-based chain of three residential care homes.
07-Aug-2012


Kier has acquired a 50% stake in BiogenGreenfinch, the Bedfordshire-based developer of anaerobic digestion plants, from Bedfordia Group for £24m.
06-Aug-2012


Aaron Plant Services has been sold out of administration to a management team, saving 19 jobs at its Derbyshire-based plant hire and earthmoving business.
06-Aug-2012


Ebiquity has acquired FirmDecisions, the London-based media and marketing auditor with 20 staff, for up to £7m.
06-Aug-2012


Unity Automotive has acquired the Carstins Subaru and Isuzu car dealerships in the West Midlands for undisclosed terms.
06-Aug-2012


Taylor Young, the firm of architects with 100 staff in Cheshire, Leeds, Liverpool and London, has been acquired by IBI Group of Canada.
06-Aug-2012


Crown Oil has bought the assets of the Samuel Cooke fuel distribution business in Burnley out of administration.
06-Aug-2012


Paramount Printers has acquired City Litho and will transfer City's staff and machinery to its main site in Edinburgh.
06-Aug-2012


John Menzies has acquired Flight Support, the ground handling firm operating in Aberdeen, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Manchester, from Airbase Holdings for an initial £4.7m.
02-Aug-2012


Kier has sold its temporary accommodation business to Wernick Hire for up to £12m, while its mechanical plant and small tools unit has been sold to Ashtead Plant Hire for up to £4m.
02-Aug-2012


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.
02-Aug-2012


Manchester Airports Group has sold its 83% stake in Humberside Airport to Eastern Group for £2.3m.
02-Aug-2012


Alliance Pharma has acquired three anti-malarial brands from AstraZeneca for an initial £4.2m.
02-Aug-2012


WPP has acquired a majority stake in Fortune Cookie, the London-based digital marketing services firm with 190 staff, in order to expand its Possible Worldwide division.
02-Aug-2012


Speciality Powders has acquired Phoenix Foods, the Corby-based manufacturer of powdered drinks and foods with 100 staff.
02-Aug-2012


VetUK has acquired Nutrecare of Kidderminster, taking the workforce at its Thirsk-based online veterinary products business to 32.
02-Aug-2012


AIMS Materials, the Peterborough-based metallurgy technology firm, has been acquired by Alycidon Capital for undisclosed terms.
02-Aug-2012


CitySprint has acquired Scarlet Couriers, in order to expand its overnight and international delivery operations.
02-Aug-2012


Aegis has acquired Data2Decisions and I Spy Marketing, two London-based marketing consultancies.
01-Aug-2012


TT Electronics has sold Dale Power Solutions, the Scarborough generator manufacturer with about 200 staff, to private equity firm LDC for £10m.
01-Aug-2012


Pochin's has sold its concrete pumping business to Middlesbrough-based Alcedo for up to £1m, including 108 staff in Middlewich, Tamworth, London and Scotland.
01-Aug-2012


SPIE UK has acquired Garside & Laycock, the Preston-based maintenance and contracting firm with 80 staff.
01-Aug-2012


Bradford & Sons has acquired Aspect Roofing, the East Anglian roof truss manufacturing and tiling firm with 50 staff.
01-Aug-2012


Kirona Group has acquired Xmbrace, the Watford-based provider of software to the social housing sector with 35 staff.
01-Aug-2012


Allocate Software has acquired RealTime Health, the Oxford-based developer of patient monitoring software with 13 staff, for an initial £1.2m.
31-Jul-2012


Ethel Austin's administrators are to sell up to 32 discount stores to a new company called Ricli, saving about 200 jobs.
31-Jul-2012


Peters Bakery has been sold out of administration to Scarborough-based Cooplands, securing the future of 208 jobs at its Durham bakery and 22 stores.
31-Jul-2012


Sevacare has acquired Prompt Care, the homecare provider with branches in Cardiff, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
31-Jul-2012


Sanctuary Group has acquired nine care homes in Birmingham, Telford and Wolverhampton from LNT Group, taking its nationwide network to 57 homes.
31-Jul-2012


NR Engineering, the Colne-based precision engineering equipment firm with 86 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
31-Jul-2012


Chess has acquired Essex-based Cable Telecommunications and the maintenance operations of sister company Pink Telecom.
31-Jul-2012


BChannels, the Oxford-based technology marketing firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by RCapital.
31-Jul-2012


Singer Capital Markets is to merge with N+1 Brewin to create a combined corporate advisory and broking group with 110 staff in London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Newcastle.
31-Jul-2012


Wales & West Utilities, the gas distribution firm operating in Wales and the South West, is to be acquired by Cheung Kong of Hong Kong for £645m.
31-Jul-2012


BSkyB has acquired Parthenon Media Group, the Hertfordshire-based international media distribution company.
31-Jul-2012


Tessella, the Oxfordshire-based technology consultancy with 200 staff, has undergone a £18m management buy-out backed by Mobeus Equity Partners.
31-Jul-2012


Greenergy Terminals has acquired the former Petroplus oil storage terminal on Teesside out of administration.
31-Jul-2012


Vertu has acquired the assets of two Ford dealerships in Durham and Hartlepool from Holiways for £3.5m, as well as a Suzuki dealership in Mansfield from Co-op Group Motors.
31-Jul-2012


Host Contract Management has acquired Couture, the operator of eight catering concessions, for undisclosed terms.
31-Jul-2012


Bruichladdich Distillery Company, the Islay-based whisky distillery with 50 staff, is to be acquired by Remy Cointreau for £58m.
31-Jul-2012


Davidson Holdings has acquired Talon, the Kent-based manufacturer of plumbing fixings, for undisclosed terms.
31-Jul-2012


Egan Reid has acquired Head Office Supplies, the Leeds-based supplier of office equipment with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
31-Jul-2012


Partner Logistics has sold its storage sites in Wisbech and Gloucester to a new company called Ice Cold Storage Holding, with the transfer of 85 staff.
31-Jul-2012


Screw Conveyor, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm, has been acquired by private equity firm Azure Investments for £5m.
31-Jul-2012


Goals Soccer Centres, the chain of 43 five-a-side football centres with 800 staff, is to be acquired by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan of Canada for £73m.
31-Jul-2012


Pearson has acquired Author Solutions, the US-based provider of self-publishing services with 1,600 staff, for £74m.
31-Jul-2012


Meggitt has acquired Precision Micro, the Birmingham-based metal components manufacturer with 150 staff, for undisclosed terms.
31-Jul-2012


Room501 Publishing, the Sunderland-based publisher of business magazines, has been acquired by Seaham-based Business & Enterprise Group.
31-Jul-2012


Co-operative Group is to acquire 632 Lloyds TSB and Cheltenham & Gloucester bank branches from Lloyds Banking Group for an initial £350m.
19-Jul-2012


Bluepoint Cambridge is to go into administration through Leonard Curtis, and 13 of the 50 jobs have been saved with the sale of the digital printing division to Cambridge Digital Press.
19-Jul-2012


Ashton KCJ has acquired Chambers & Co, the Norwich-based law firm that specialises in the franchise sector.
19-Jul-2012


Damper Technology has acquired the Leicester-based valve manufacturing assets of CPH, with the transfer of 22 staff.
19-Jul-2012


Traveline Cymru has taken control of a public transport information call centre at Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales, securing the future of 20 jobs.
18-Jul-2012


Severn Glocon has acquired LB Bentley, the Stroud-based manufacturer of subsea valves with 154 staff, for undisclosed terms.
18-Jul-2012


Lifestyle Living Group has bought three holiday parks and two park home developments in Northern Ireland out of administration for £5m.
18-Jul-2012


Access has acquired Delta Software, the West Yorkshire-based supplier of warehouse management software, for £5.4m.
18-Jul-2012


Greyfort Properties has bought the Chateau Impney Hotel and The Raven Hotel in Droitwich, securing the future of 44 jobs.
18-Jul-2012


Gardners, the Cardiff-based printing firm with 102 staff, has been sold out of administration by Resolve Group to a director.
18-Jul-2012


Cosworth Group has acquired Adaero Precision Components, the Devon-based precision engineering firm.
18-Jul-2012


Belpac, the Wolverhampton-based bespoke packaging supplier, has been sold out of administration to a new company called BDN Packaging for undisclosed terms.
18-Jul-2012


Eastern Concrete has acquired two ready-mix concrete plants near Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge from Allen Newport for undisclosed terms.
18-Jul-2012


Asco Group has acquired the remaining 50% of Scrabster Port Services for undisclosed terms, in order to establish a new support centre for oil exploration to the west of Shetland.
17-Jul-2012


GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire US-based Human Genome Sciences for £1.9bn, in order to gain new treatments for lupus, diabetes and heart disease.
17-Jul-2012


PHSC is to acquire QCS International, the Scottish environmental, health and safety consultancy, for an initial £0.2m.
17-Jul-2012


Harrington Brooks, the Sale-based debt management firm with 380 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm RJD Partners.
17-Jul-2012


Andrew Page has acquired Camberley Auto Factors, the chain of 26 automotive parts depots, for undisclosed terms.
16-Jul-2012


Air Liquide has acquired Energas and Engweld, the Hull-based gas and welding equipment suppliers with 208 staff.
16-Jul-2012


Sports Direct has acquired a 51% stake in Flannels, the Cheshire-based chain of six fashion stores, for undisclosed terms.
16-Jul-2012


James Grant Group has acquired Industry Media, the Winchester-based TV business affairs consultancy.
16-Jul-2012


WasteCare has bought the assets of Loddon Recycling, the Hampshire-based battery recycling firm, out of administration.
16-Jul-2012


Aegis, the advertising and marketing group with 12,000 staff in 80 countries, is to be acquired by Dentsu of Japan for £3.2bn.
12-Jul-2012


Irish Dairy Board has acquired The Cheese Warehouse, the Shropshire-based cheese ingredients supplier.
12-Jul-2012


Balfour Beatty has sold its safety and communication equipment rental operations in London and Glasgow, as well as its plant rental business in Croydon and Exeter, to Vp for £4m.
12-Jul-2012


Menzies Distribution has acquired the Leicester-based retail consultancy business of the Fore Partnership.
12-Jul-2012


Construction Plant, the Middlesbrough-based construction equipment supplier, has been acquired by Lloyd of Carlisle for undisclosed terms.
12-Jul-2012


Robert Dyas, the Leatherhead-based chain of 96 hardware stores with 1,100 staff, has been acquired by Gladys Emmanuel for an estimated £10m.
11-Jul-2012


Vue Cinemas is expanding into Germany and Denmark with the acquisition of the Cinemaxx chain of 34 cinemas for £138m.
11-Jul-2012


Trouvay & Cauvin, the Oldham-based piping and valves supplier with 14 staff, has been acquired by the Dubai-based TC Group.
11-Jul-2012


Ciboodle, the Glasgow-based supplier of software to call centres, has been sold by Sword Group to US-based Kana.
11-Jul-2012


Blythewood Plant Hire has been sold out of administration to Bridgemere Tractors of Shropshire for undisclosed terms.
11-Jul-2012


Castle View International, the Stirling-based leisure management firm, has undergone a £10m management buy-out backed by Barclays.
10-Jul-2012


Mind Candy has acquired the Origami Blue computer games studio in Brighton.
10-Jul-2012


Sauce Consultancy is to merge with 3G Communications to create a combined London-based public relations consultancy specialising in infrastructure and planning.
09-Jul-2012


Nessco, the Aberdeen-based oil industry telecoms firm with 120 staff, has been acquired by US-based RigNet for £29m.
09-Jul-2012


Porta Communications has acquired a 90% stake in Twenty 20 Media Vision, the Kent-based media buyer, for £1.9m.
09-Jul-2012


Brian Prescott has acquired Roe Green Transport, the Manchester-based haulage firm, for undisclosed terms.
09-Jul-2012


Reflex & Allen has acquired Energi Products, the Rhyl-based car parts supplier with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
09-Jul-2012


Associated British Foods has acquired the Elephant Atta ethnic flour brand from Premier Foods for £34m, in order to expand its Westmill Foods business.
09-Jul-2012


Flying Brands has sold the assets of its Gardening Direct retail business to Jersey Choice Marketing for £2.9m.
09-Jul-2012


SPEX Services has merged with Cognity to create a combined Aberdeen-based oil services group with 74 staff.
09-Jul-2012


Guardian News & Media is to sell its Kable technology research business to Progressive Digital Media Group for less than £5m.
09-Jul-2012


Fresh Direct has bought Country Fresh Produce, the Norfolk-based fruit and salad supply firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
05-Jul-2012


Viridor Waste Management has acquired JWT Holdings, the Manchester-based waste collection and recycling firm with 45 staff, for £7.6m.
05-Jul-2012


Lookers has acquired Lomond Motors, the chain of Audi car dealerships in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Ayr, for £15m.
05-Jul-2012


Boomerang Plus, the Cardiff-based TV production firm with about 200 staff, is to undergo a £7m management buy-out.
05-Jul-2012


Rexam is to sell its personal care operations to Sun Capital Partners and Silgan Holdings for £452m.
04-Jul-2012


Wood Mackenzie, the Edinburgh-based energy research firm with 800 staff, is to be acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman in a £1.1bn deal.
04-Jul-2012


Wilkins Kennedy has merged with PR Hornsby to create a combined Hertford-based accountancy firm with 38 staff.
04-Jul-2012


Norbain Group has sold the assets of its Reading-based CCTV equipment business out of administration to Newbury Investments, with the transfer of 250 staff.
04-Jul-2012


Countrywide Residential Lettings has acquired a further six property letting firms in Leeds, London, Manchester and Warrington.
04-Jul-2012


Banner Chemicals has acquired KMZ Chemicals, the Northampton-based chemicals distributor, for undisclosed terms.
04-Jul-2012


Secal Logistics, the Telford-based logistics firm with 15 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
04-Jul-2012


Bloomsbury Publishing is to acquire Applied Visual Arts Publishing, the Swiss textbook publisher with an office in Worthing, for £1.7m.
03-Jul-2012


BetFred is to sell 25 betting shops to Stan James for £5m, in order to secure OFT approval for its acquisition of the Tote.
03-Jul-2012


PB Curran has merged with Associated Insurance Services to create a combined York-based insurance group with annual turnover of £10m.
03-Jul-2012


Veolia Water has sold its Central, Southeast and East water businesses to an infrastructure fund managed by M&G and Morgan Stanley for £1.2bn, including 1,250 staff.
02-Jul-2012


Dairy Crest is to sell its St Hubert spreads business in France to Montagu Capital for £344m.
02-Jul-2012


Serco has sold its civil and nuclear defence technical services business to Amec for £137m, with the transfer of about 600 staff.
02-Jul-2012


General Medical Clinics, the London-based provider of primary medical care services, is to be acquired by St Martins Healthcare for £3.7m.
02-Jul-2012


Herbert Smith is to merge with Freehills of Australia to create a combined law firm with 2,800 lawyers in 20 offices.
02-Jul-2012


Trueform Engineering, the public transport infrastructure firm with 180 staff in Hayes and Newcastle, has been acquired by a consortium of investors backed by GIL Investments for undisclosed terms.
02-Jul-2012


Main Man Supplies has acquired Davern Workwear, the Cambridgeshire-based workwear manufacturer with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
02-Jul-2012


SAS Daniels has acquired TWP Solicitors, the Heaton Moor-based law firm with eight staff.
02-Jul-2012


Asco Group has acquired North Sea Lifting, the Aberdeen-based safety training firm with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
02-Jul-2012


Island View Holidays, the operator of holiday resorts on the Isle of Wight with 30 staff, has been acquired by Bluebird Capital Partners for £7.5m.
02-Jul-2012


Bernicia Group has acquired Livingspaces, the Newcastle-based house letting and sales agency.
02-Jul-2012


ATR Group has acquired Underwater Engineering Services, the Aberdeen-based subsea support equipment supplier with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
02-Jul-2012


Horizon Care, the operator of 13 residential care homes in the West Midlands, North West and Kent, has been acquired by NBGI Private Equity for undisclosed terms.
02-Jul-2012


WB Group has acquired Gecko Jewellery, in order to expand its jewellery wholesale operations in Essex and London.
02-Jul-2012


Cranswick has acquired Kingston Foods, the Milton Keynes-based supplier of traditional meat products with gross assets of £3.7m.
02-Jul-2012


Ison Harrison has merged with Leeds-based Shaw Gillis, creating a combined law firm with 160 staff and seven offices in Yorkshire.
02-Jul-2012


Excelsior Technologies, the North Wales-based manufacturer of microwavable packaging with about 200 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by GCP.
28-Jun-2012


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.
28-Jun-2012


Rosewoods has bought the assets of Suffolk-based Saunders Plumbing & Heating, securing the future of an undisclosed number of staff.
28-Jun-2012


Hesley North, the provider of autism care services, is expected to be acquired by private equity firm Bowmark Capital for about £75m.
28-Jun-2012


Shell, Greenergy and Royal Vopak are to acquire the Coryton oil refinery in Essex out of administration, and will use the site as a fuel import terminal employing about 50 staff.
27-Jun-2012


Melrose has sold McKechnie Engineered Plastics, the injection moulding business with 650 staff in North Yorkshire and South Wales, to Rosti Group for £31m.
27-Jun-2012


Double Helix, the London-based healthcare consultancy with 90 staff, has been acquired by McCann Health for up to £50m.
27-Jun-2012


Glacier Energy Services has acquired Site Machining Services, the Newcastle-based pipe-cutting firm with 12 staff, for about £1m.
27-Jun-2012


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.
27-Jun-2012


Towergate has acquired Harry Fort, the Dorset-based insurance broker.
27-Jun-2012


United Drug has acquired Watermeadow Medical, the healthcare communications consultancy with 74 staff in Oxford, Manchester and the US, for up to £13m.
27-Jun-2012


Connelly Security Systems has acquired Precision Alarms of Falkirk for undisclosed terms.
26-Jun-2012


Global Radio is to acquire GMG Radio, the Manchester-based owner of the Real and Smooth brands, from Guardian Media Group for undisclosed terms.
26-Jun-2012


Tindale & Stanton has sold its County Durham-based bakery out of administration to a new company called Star Cottage Bakery, saving 85 jobs.
26-Jun-2012


AFH Financial Group has acquired Specialist Solutions, the Cheltenham-based independent financial adviser, for up to £0.7m.
26-Jun-2012


Domino Printing Sciences has acquired PostJet Systems, the Basingstoke-based inkjet printing equipment supplier, for an initial £6.5m.
26-Jun-2012


UK Coal is to sell its Harworth Power Generation business to Red Rose Infrastructure for £20m, including coal mine methane power assets in Kellingley, Thoresby, Harworth and Stillingfleet.
25-Jun-2012


Fircroft Engineering Services, the Warrington-based technical recruitment firm, has sold a stake to private equity firm Equistone Partners Europe in a deal worth £140m.
25-Jun-2012


Accord Group has acquired Direct Health Group, the Nottingham-based home care provider, which could lead to the creation of hundreds of new jobs over the next few years.
25-Jun-2012


Shoosmiths is to merge with Archibald Campbell & Harley, the Edinburgh-based law firm with 20 lawyers and 45 staff.
25-Jun-2012


Centaur Media is acquire E-consultancy, the London-based digital marketing information firm with 60 staff, for an initial £12m.
25-Jun-2012


Care Fertility, the Midlands-based chain of 13 fertility clinics, has been sold by General Healthcare to private equity firm Bowmark Capital for about £60m.
25-Jun-2012


PDG Helicopters, the Inverness-based helicopter operator with 35 staff, has bought out the stake held by its venture capital shareholder Maven Capital Partners.
21-Jun-2012


Sage is to acquire a 75% stake in Folhamatic Group, the Brazilian accounting software firm, for £125m.
21-Jun-2012


Symington's has acquired Victoria Foods, the Lancashire-based bakery products manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
21-Jun-2012


WPP is to acquire AKQA, the digital agency with 1,160 staff in London and other cities across the US, Europe and Asia, for undisclosed terms.
21-Jun-2012


Godiva Bearings Group, the bearings supplier with sites in Dudley, Shepperton and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
21-Jun-2012


Alliance Boots has sold a 45% stake in its pharmacy and health business to Walgreens of the US for £4.3bn, creating a combined group of 11,000 stores in 12 countries.
20-Jun-2012


Tetrosyl has bought the MotorMania chain of 11 car parts stores in the Midlands out of administration, with the transfer of 50 staff.
20-Jun-2012


Optegra has expanded its chain of five private eye hospitals with the acquisition of The Prospect Eye Clinic in Altrincham.
20-Jun-2012


Boulting Group has bought Cross Services Engineering out of administration, saving 83 jobs at its St Helens-based mechanical and electrical engineering business.
20-Jun-2012


Ceros, the London-based digital publishing firm, has been acquired by US-based Crowd Fusion.
20-Jun-2012


Brit Group has sold its Brit Insurance subsidiary to Fairfax Financial of Canada for £190m.
19-Jun-2012


Stobart Group is to acquire Autologic, the Northampton-based automotive logistics firm, for £12m.
19-Jun-2012


Anglian Meat Products, the Norfolk-based manufacturer of frozen pet food, has undergone a management buy-out.
19-Jun-2012


Greencore has sold its dessert manufacturing business at Minsterley in Shropshire to Muller Dairy of Germany for an initial £4.3m, with the transfer of 80 staff.
18-Jun-2012


Phytone, the Burton-based food colouring manufacturer with 40 staff, has been acquired by US-based FMC Corporation for undisclosed terms.
18-Jun-2012


London Metal Exchange is to be acquired by Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing for £1.4bn.
18-Jun-2012


Premier Foods is to sell the Sarson's vinegar and Haywards pickle brands to Mizkan of Japan for £41m, including a factory in Manchester.
18-Jun-2012


Plus Markets Group is to sell its Plus-TS technology business to Forum Trading Solutions for a nominal sum.
18-Jun-2012


Psion, the London-based supplier of handheld computers with about 830 staff, has been acquired by Motorola Solutions for £128m.
18-Jun-2012


Tesco has acquired a 91% stake in We7, the London-based music-streaming service, for £11m.
18-Jun-2012


Ensor Holdings is to sell its CMS Tools business in West Yorkshire to a management team.
18-Jun-2012


CPI Card Group of the US has bought the assets of Leicestershire-based ID Data Cards from Tall Group for undisclosed terms.
18-Jun-2012


EKW Group has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor, saving 27 jobs at its Westhoughton-based accountancy business.
18-Jun-2012


Network Integrity Services is to acquire ACS Cheshire IT, the Stockport-based cloud computing firm.
18-Jun-2012


Executive Compass has bought the assets of Ways2win, the Exeter-based tender writing firm, for undisclosed terms.
18-Jun-2012


GSE Group has sold its haulage operations to TW Services, freeing up space for a new 484,000 sq ft office and industrial development at its Waterbrook Park site in Ashford.
18-Jun-2012


IQA Operations Group has sold a 55% stake in its Paisley-based utility contracting services business to Elecnor of Spain for £5.6m.
18-Jun-2012


Redthorn UK, the Lancashire-based software developer with 12 staff, has been acquired by the Dynamic Network Alliance for undisclosed terms.
18-Jun-2012


Save Britain Money has acquired Home Insulation Services, the Lancashire-based loft and cavity wall insulation firm.
18-Jun-2012


Proximagen, the biotechnology firm with 40 staff in London and Cambridge, is to be acquired by US-based Upsher-Smith for at least £223m.
14-Jun-2012


Archant has acquired the remaining 50% of Tickles.co.uk and 40Winks.co.uk for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its group buying operations in East Anglia.
14-Jun-2012


Oyster Group has acquired the Oyster yacht division of EC Landamore & Co, with the transfer of about 70 staff at a boatyard in North Norfolk.
14-Jun-2012


Accumuli is to acquire Edge7, the Malvern-based security information event management firm, for up to £3.8m.
14-Jun-2012


Cairn Energy is to acquire Nautical Petroleum for £414m, in order to expand its oil and gas operations in the North Sea.
14-Jun-2012


Metronet UK, the Manchester-based internet service provider with 45 staff, has undergone a £11m management buy-out backed by private equity firm LDC.
14-Jun-2012


Crossgar Foodservice, the County Down-based food supplier with 238 staff, has been acquired by US-based Sysco for undisclosed terms.
14-Jun-2012


Trio Healthcare International, the North Yorkshire-based medical technology firm, has been acquired by US-based ConvaTec.
14-Jun-2012


Avery Weigh-Tronix has bought Central Weighing, the Kidderminster-based provider of vehicle weighing and management systems.
14-Jun-2012


Raymond Brown Minerals & Recycling has bought Chilton Waste Services of Didcot out of administration, with the transfer of 33 staff.
13-Jun-2012


GlaxoSmithKline is to buy the Toctino eczema treatment from Basilea of Switzerland for up to £200m, in order to expand its Stiefel dermatology business.
13-Jun-2012


Truck, Trailer & Bus Components, the Bridgend-based vehicle components supplier with 13 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms, and is planning to open two new sites.
13-Jun-2012


Severn Trent is to sell the meter installation business of Severn Trent Metering Services to Enterprise.
13-Jun-2012


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.
13-Jun-2012


Unitech Industries Group has bought the assets of P Nugent & Son, the Co Armagh-based catering equipment firm with 15 staff, out of administration.
13-Jun-2012


Ve Interactive has acquired Adaptive Consultancy, the London-based digital marketing agency with eight staff.
13-Jun-2012


Lookers has acquired Fleet Financial, the Belfast-based fleet management company with 24 staff, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Charles Hurst business.
13-Jun-2012


Sainsbury's has bought HMV's 64% stake in online e-book retailer Anobii for a nominal sum.
13-Jun-2012


Direct Group of Doncaster has acquired Simple Insurance from Leeds-based UK General for undisclosed terms.
12-Jun-2012


Ainscough Crane Hire has acquired West Country Crane Hire of Plymouth for undisclosed terms, taking its nationwide network to 29 depots.
12-Jun-2012


Momentum Instore, the Cheshire-based retail marketing agency with annual sales of £29m, has undergone a management buy-out from McCann Worldgroup.
12-Jun-2012


Serco Group has acquired Vertex Public Sector, the Cheltenham-based business process outsourcing firm with 3,000 staff, for £55m.
12-Jun-2012


Lakestar Media, the digital marketing firm with 50 staff in Manchester and London, has been acquired by McCann Worldgroup for undisclosed terms.
12-Jun-2012


Thamesteel, the Sheerness-based steelworks, has been sold out of administration by Mazars to a new company owned by the Saudi-based Al-Tuwairqi Group.
11-Jun-2012


Vouchercloud, the Bristol-based online vouchers company with 70 staff, has been acquired by Vodafone for undisclosed terms.
11-Jun-2012


Lifeways, the London-based provider of care services to people with disabilities with 6,300 staff, is to be acquired by Canadian pension fund Omers for £207m.
11-Jun-2012


Logan Energy, the Edinburgh-based fuel cell supplier, has undergone a management buy-out from its US parent.
11-Jun-2012


UK Medical, the Sheffield-based medical products supplier with about 40 staff, has been acquired by US-based CareFusion for undisclosed terms.
11-Jun-2012


Celotex Group, the Ipswich-based manufacturer of insulating foam with 170 staff, has been acquired by Saint-Gobain of France.
11-Jun-2012


Rolls-Royce is to acquire the remaining 50% of its Aero Engine Controls joint venture with Goodrich, including 1,400 staff Birmingham, Derby, Belfast and the US.
11-Jun-2012


Clinton Cards has sold 397 stores out of administration to American Greetings, securing the future of about 4,500 jobs.
11-Jun-2012


WSP, the engineering consultancy, has been acquired by Genivar of Canada for £278m.
11-Jun-2012


Molinare, the London-based TV production firm with 150 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team.
11-Jun-2012


Fitt Signs & Graphics has been bought out of administration by a new company called FSG Signs & Graphics, saving 17 jobs at its Norwich-based sign making business.
11-Jun-2012


DWF is to merge with Biggart Baillie, the commercial law firm with 190 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
11-Jun-2012


Domino Printing Sciences has acquired Graph-Tech, the Swiss inkjet kit developer, for up to £19m.
11-Jun-2012


Blackadders is to merge with Edinburgh-based McKay Norwell to create a combined law firm with 17 partners and 150 staff.
11-Jun-2012


Alexander Dennis has acquired Custom Coaches, the Australian bus maker with 400 staff, for about £25m.
11-Jun-2012


All3Media has sold the Cactus TV production business back to its founder for undisclosed terms.
07-Jun-2012


Cambridge University Press is to transfer its Cambridge-based printing business and up to 69 staff to MPG Books Group.
07-Jun-2012


James & Son, the Northamptonshire-based animal feeds supplier with 43 staff, has been acquired by Agrifirm of the Netherlands.
07-Jun-2012


Bob Rudd Leisure has acquired Masterplay Leisure, the gaming operator with 350 machines in the North West and ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
07-Jun-2012


Chemring is to sell its marine flares manufacturing business to Drew Marine for £32m.
07-Jun-2012


Transys Projects, the Birmingham-based rail engineering firm, has been acquired by Vossloh Kiepe of Germany for undisclosed terms.
07-Jun-2012


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.
07-Jun-2012


Symington's, the Leeds-based food manufacturer with about 600 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Intermediate Capital Group for about £125m.
06-Jun-2012


Moneysupermarket.com is to acquire the MoneySavingExpert personal finance website for up to £87m, with the transfer of up to 42 staff.
06-Jun-2012


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.
06-Jun-2012


Garland Leisure has acquired eight bowling centres from the administrators of Newbury Leisure, as part of a strategy to double in size to more than 60 sites over the next 18 months.
06-Jun-2012


HMV has sold the Hammersmith Apollo concert venue in London to US-based Stage C for £32m.
06-Jun-2012


Rock Farm Dairy has been bought out of administration by UK Dairy Sales, securing 55 jobs at its County Durham-based dairy.
06-Jun-2012


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.
06-Jun-2012


Maltacourt Logistics, the Manchester-based provider of supply chain services, has undergone a management buy-out.
06-Jun-2012


Tri-Wire has been sold out of administration to Anglia Metal, saving 31 jobs at the West Yorkshire-based subsidiary of B3 Industries.
06-Jun-2012


Creative Lynx, the Manchester-based advertising agency with about 100 staff, has been acquired by Havas of France for undisclosed terms.
06-Jun-2012


Wynnstay has acquired PSB Country Supplies, the Gloucestershire-based agricultural merchant, for about £0.5m.
06-Jun-2012


Money Advice Group has acquired No Debt Now, and will relocate the 12 staff from Altrincham to its site on Carrington Business Park.
06-Jun-2012


Minoan Group has acquired the Ski Travel Centre business in Glasgow for undisclosed terms.
06-Jun-2012


Hyperion Insurance Group is to acquire Windsor, the Lloyd's insurance broking group with annual income of £37m.
06-Jun-2012


Savile Group has acquired Career Management Consultants, the career management consultancy, for about £0.1m.
06-Jun-2012


Mosaic Print Management has acquired DMS, the Cheltenham-based direct marketing agency with 39 staff, for £2.1m.
06-Jun-2012


Wright Vigar has acquired McGregors Corporate, the Lincoln-based accountancy with nine staff.
06-Jun-2012


Capula, the Staffordshire-based IT firm with more than 250 staff, has been acquired by Imtech of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
06-Jun-2012


Chime Communications is to sell Bell Pottinger, its London-based public relations business, to a management team for £20m.
06-Jun-2012


GJD Manufacturing of Manchester has acquired Advanced LED Technology, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of CCTV accessories, and plans to increase production at both sites.
06-Jun-2012


Stephensons is to merge with Altrincham-based Dobsons Solicitors to create a combined law firm with about 400 staff.
31-May-2012


Capita has acquired Clinical Solutions, the Basingstoke-based provider of clinical decision support to the healthcare sector with 160 staff, for £20m.
31-May-2012


Silverdell is to acquire EDS, the Sheffield-based industrial demolition firm with about 100 staff, for £15m.
31-May-2012


Ultra Electronics has acquired Giga Communcations, the Hertfordshire-based satellite manufacturer, for an initial £12m.
31-May-2012


Booker is to acquire Makro UK, the chain of 30 wholesale depots with 3,000 staff, for £140m.
30-May-2012


Timber Garden Buildings has acquired Shedlands, the Rotherham-based shed manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
30-May-2012


United Lift Trucks has been bought out of administration by Fork Truck Direct, saving ten jobs at its Suffolk-based fork lift trucks business.
30-May-2012


EZE Group has sold its Birmingham-based travel business to Everywhere Travel for undisclosed terms.
30-May-2012


Mathiesons has been bought out of administration by Prestige Bakeries, saving 240 jobs and eight of the 28 Scottish bakery shops.
29-May-2012


Parkmead Group is to acquire DEO Petroleum, the Aberdeen-based oil company, for £13m.
29-May-2012


Parity has acquired Inition, the London-based 3D technology firm, for an initial £2.3m.
29-May-2012


Angel Springs has acquired Isis Office Hydration, the supplier of water coolers with sites in London and Dorset, with backing from private equity firm LDC.
29-May-2012


Aspirations Care, the Gloucestershire-based community care firm with 1,000 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by August Equity.
29-May-2012


AFI-Uplift of Wakefield has acquired the Exeter-based powered access business of Light Hire, in order to expand its AJ Rentals division.
29-May-2012


Bowdon Group has acquired NEST, the Wilmslow-based mechanical and electrical contractor, in order to expand its Sema Services business.
28-May-2012


Harvey Ingram of Leicester is in merger talks with Birmingham-based Shakespeares, which would create a combined law firm with about 800 staff.
28-May-2012


Viridis Plastics UK has bought the assets of Blackwood-based Plastics Sorting out of administration, and plans to create 30 new jobs.
28-May-2012


Morson Group, the Salford-based engineering recruitment firm, is to undergo a £23m management buy-out.
28-May-2012


Expamet, the Hartlepool-based building products supplier with 87 staff, has been bought out of administration by Birtley Building Products.
28-May-2012


WaterMota, the Devon-based supplier of marine engines with 14 staff, has been acquired by B&N Group of the Netherlands.
28-May-2012


InTechnology has acquired United Telehealth and a stake in Healthsolve, in order to expand its Harrogate-based IT services business.
28-May-2012


Fivemiletown Creamery has acquired Causeway Cheese Company, the County Antrim-based manufacturer of handmade Cheddar, for undisclosed terms.
28-May-2012


Omnicom is to acquire Adam & Eve, the London-based advertising agency, for an estimated £60m, and the business will be merged with DDB London.
24-May-2012


Currie & Brown, the London-based construction consultancy with 600 staff, has been acquired by Dar Group for undisclosed terms.
24-May-2012


Feedback Instruments, the East Sussex-based engineering firm, has been acquired by a new company called LD Didactic for £0.3m.
24-May-2012


Brownhills Glass, the Aldridge-based glass processing firm with 44 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
24-May-2012


Medicals Direct Group, the medical screening outsourcing firm with 180 staff at six offices, has been acquired by Capita for up to £15m.
24-May-2012


Arla Foods and Milk Link are to merge to create a combined dairy group with turnover of more than £2bn.
23-May-2012


Amec is in negotiations to acquire Serco's nuclear technical consulting services business, which has annual revenue of £70m.
23-May-2012


UBC Group has sold Wyvis Roofing out of administration to a management buy-out, saving 30 jobs at its Inverness-based roofing business.
23-May-2012


WFEL, the Stockport-based manufacturer of military bridges with 228 staff, has been acquired by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann of Germany for about £60m.
23-May-2012


Innovation Group has acquired Marishal Thompson, the Northumberland-based environmental consultancy with 65 staff, for £5.2m.
23-May-2012


Speciality Desserts, the Northamptonshire-based supplier of frozen desserts to caterers, has been acquired by Europeenne des Desserts of France.
23-May-2012


Sone Products has acquired the assets of Product Revolution, the Sunderland-based packaging design consultancy.
23-May-2012


Vitrology, the Glasgow-based biotechnology firm with 38 staff, is to be acquired by SGS of Switzerland.
22-May-2012


Arcis Biotechnology of Daresbury has acquired Altos Medical, the US developer cleaning products for hospitals, for £2.5m.
22-May-2012


Pullman Rail, the Cardiff-based rail engineering firm with 130 staff, has been acquired by Colas Rail for undisclosed terms.
22-May-2012


House of Townend of East Yorkshire has acquired Lakeland Vintners, the Cumbria-based wholesale wine distributor.
22-May-2012


Yeomans, the chain of 84 outdoor clothing stores with 435 staff, has been sold out of administration by The P&A Partnership to a new company called Yeomans Outdoor.
22-May-2012


ICAP has acquired the PLUS Stock Exchange in London for a nominal sum, which should secure some of the 28 jobs.
21-May-2012


Servest Multi Service has acquired Stag Security Services, the Harrogate-based security firm with more than 600 staff nationwide.
21-May-2012


Aldwyck Housing Group is in merger discussions with Buckinghamshire-based Paradigm Housing Group, which would create a combined social housing group with 23,000 properties.
21-May-2012


Wilmington Group has bought the business and certain assets of Millennium ADMP, the provider of information services to the insurance market, out of administration for £0.5m.
21-May-2012


Potter Group Logistics has acquired House of James Transport, the York-based logistics firm with 35 vehicles and 70 staff.
21-May-2012


Ocean Outdoor, the outdoor media firm with 24 staff, has undergone a £35m management buy-out backed by LDC Capital.
21-May-2012


SES Engineering, the Great Yarmouth-based engineering services firm with 13 staff, has been bought out of administration by a former employee.
21-May-2012


Dr Organic has acquired Optima Consumer Health from William Ransom Group for £3m, which should lead to the creation of new sales and marketing jobs in Swansea.
21-May-2012


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.
21-May-2012


Integrated Engineering Stores Associates of Warrington has undergone a management buy-out backed by £23m from private equity firm Gresham.
21-May-2012


Cirrus Group of Macclesfield has merged with The Raft of Wilmslow to create a combined marketing services firm with 35 staff, and a new office is being sought in Cheshire.
21-May-2012


Perform Group has acquired RunningBall, the Switzerland-based real-time sports data firm, for up to £95m.
17-May-2012


Page & Moy, the Market Harborough-based travel operator that owns the Travelsphere and Just You brands and has 300 staff, has been acquired by All Leisure Group for £4.2m.
17-May-2012


Barrett Steel has acquired Parson & Crosland, the Middlesbrough-based steel stockholder with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
17-May-2012


MWB Group Holdings has sold its two Bistro du Vin restaurants in London to Burger & Lobster for £1.2m.
17-May-2012


Airtricity is to acquire Phoenix Supply, the Northern Ireland-based natural gas supplier, from Phoenix Energy Holdings.
17-May-2012


Chime Communications has acquired a 51% stake in Harvey Walsh, the Cheshire-based provider of data services to the pharmaceutical industry and the NHS, for an initial £2.2m.
17-May-2012


GlaxoSmithKline is to acquire Cellzome, the protein research firm with sites in Cambridge and Germany, for £61m.
16-May-2012


Climaveneta is to acquire Powermaster Products, its UK air conditioning distribution partner with 45 staff.
16-May-2012


Yell has acquired Moonfruit, the website creation service, for £18m.
16-May-2012


E2V Technologies is to sell its non-core businesses to a new company called SGX Sensortech for £15m, including its scientific instruments division in High Wycombe and industrial gas sensing in Chelmsford.
16-May-2012


Tamar Labels has acquired Labelit, the Irish label printing firm, for undisclosed terms.
16-May-2012


Spaldings Holdings, the Lincoln-based agricultural machinery distributor, has sold a majority stake to Marubeni Corporation of Japan.
16-May-2012


Caterpillar Logistics Services, the car parts distributor with 600 staff in Leicestershire, has been acquired by private equity firm Platinum Equity in a £466m deal.
16-May-2012


Pharmore has acquired Mirrortech, the Blackpool-based manufacturer of bespoke mirrors, for undisclosed terms.
16-May-2012


Six Degrees Group has acquired Firstserv and Serverstream, the London-based managed data services firms.
16-May-2012


Primary Capital has supported a £35m management buy-out at Leisure Pass Group, the London-based provider of smart cards for tourist attractions.
16-May-2012


Autologic Holdings has acquired certain assets of Spirit Motortransport out of administration, including car transporters, IT and office equipment.
15-May-2012


Babcock is to sell its VT Services engineering support and facilities management business in the US to a new company called VT Holdings for £61m.
15-May-2012


In-Deed Online has acquired Runnett & Co, the Bridgend-based property conveyancing firm.
15-May-2012


Sterling Green is to acquire Terra Energy, the Irish oil exploration firm, and the new group will be renamed Fastnet Oil & Gas.
15-May-2012


Vue Cinemas has acquired the Apollo chain of 14 cinemas for about £20m, taking its total number of sites to 85.
14-May-2012


Rank Group is to acquire 23 casinos from Gala Coral for £205m, and will convert them to the G Casino and Grosvenor brands.
14-May-2012


Cinesite, the London-based visual-effects company, has been sold by Kodak to private equity firm Endless for about £2m.
14-May-2012


Wolseley has sold Bathstore, the chain of 169 bathroom showrooms with 500 staff, to private equity firm Endless for £15m.
14-May-2012


International Airlines Group has sold its recently-acquired BMI Regional airline business in Aberdeen to the Granite Aviation consortium for £8m, securing the future of 330 jobs.
14-May-2012


Aquascutum is to sell its UK fashion stores out of administration to YGM Trading of Hong Kong for £15m, securing the future of about 100 jobs.
14-May-2012


Greenwell Gleeson, the Birmingham-based financial recruitment firm, has undergone a management buy-out from Amadeus FiRe Group for undisclosed terms.
14-May-2012


Driver Group is to acquire Trett Consulting, the Leeds-based dispute resolution consultancy with 75 staff and offices in London, Coventry and Manchester, from Grontmij for £3m.
14-May-2012


Save Britain Money has acquired Veraco, the telesales firm with 150 staff in Swansea and Cardiff.
14-May-2012


Zone Design & Marketing has acquired Social UK, the London-based creative design agency.
14-May-2012


Direct Fruit Supplies has been sold to management in a pre-pack administration through the P&A Partnership, securing the future of 17 jobs at its Leeds-based catering supplies business.
14-May-2012


Live Nation Entertainment has acquired Cream Holdings, the owner of the Cream nightclub brand and Creamfields festivals, from Ingenious Media Active Capital for £14m.
14-May-2012


Motorcycles Direct has acquired Colchester Kawasaki, the Essex-based motorcycle dealership.
14-May-2012


GoIndustry DoveBid, the London-based provider of asset management, auction and valuation services, is to be acquired by Liquidity Services Group of the US for £7.3m.
10-May-2012


Denny Bros has acquired Ditac, the Harlow-based labels supplier, and some of the production will transfer to its Willowbridge Labels site near Bury St Edmunds.
10-May-2012


Angel Biotechnology has acquired a 6,500 sq ft collagen manufacturing plant in Glasgow for £0.2m, in order to expand its new Angel Biomedical subsidiary.
10-May-2012


Experian is to sell its PriceGrabber price comparison shopping business and North American online lead generation activities to Ybrant Digital of India for £108m.
10-May-2012


Equateq, the Isle of Lewis-based manufacturer of pharmaceutical ingredients with about 50 staff, has been acquired by BASF of Germany for undisclosed terms.
10-May-2012


Homes4u has acquired Chesters, the Manchester-based commercial property firm with nine staff.
10-May-2012


Uniscan Instruments, the Derbyshire-based manufacturer of measurement instruments, has been acquired by Bio-Logic of France.
10-May-2012


Ridgeway Group has acquired Wood Group, the operator of three BMW and Mini car dealerships in Hampshire and Dorset.
10-May-2012


Nucleus Healthcare, the Newport-based private hospital, has been acquired by US-based Palm Ventures for undisclosed terms.
10-May-2012


Shoon has been bought out of administration by a management team supported by GA Europe, saving 153 jobs at its chain of 11 footwear stores.
09-May-2012


Group 1 Automotive has acquired Essex Audi Group, the chain of six Audi car dealerships in East London and Essex, for undisclosed terms.
09-May-2012


Midcounties Co-op Travel has acquired seven travel agencies in the Midlands from the Thomas Cook Co-operative Travel joint venture, with the transfer of 26 staff.
09-May-2012


Anderson Fyfe is to merge with Bristol-based TLT to create a combined law firm with 750 staff.
09-May-2012


Huws Gray has acquired Llanidloes Building Supplies of Powys and J&B Willbrook of Gwynedd, and a new site in Stoke-on-Trent will take its total network to 39.
09-May-2012


Restore has acquired ROC Relocations, the London-based provider of commercial relocation and storage services, for £0.2m.
09-May-2012


Weetabix has sold a 60% stake in its Northamptonshire-based breakfast cereals business to Bright Food of China, in a deal that values the company at £1.2bn.
08-May-2012


IDOX has acquired Currency Connect Holdings, the Dutch grants advisory firm with 34 staff, for up to £3.8m.
08-May-2012


Independent Contractor Security of Chesterfield has bought Sekure Europe, the Rotherham-based security services firm with 70 staff, out of administration.
08-May-2012


Think4 has acquired Pradoray, the Saddleworth-based computer network and maintenance services firm, for undisclosed terms.
08-May-2012


Interserve has acquired Business Employment Services Training, the Yorkshire-based training firm, for an initial £17m.
08-May-2012


Itmsoil, the East Sussex-based geotechnical instrumentation firm with turnover of almost £30m, has undergone a management buy-out.
08-May-2012


Purity Soft Drinks of Wednesbury has been acquired by private equity firm Langholm Capital, which will lead to a £2.2m investment in new production facilities and the creation of dozens of jobs.
08-May-2012


Launa Windows, the Newton Abbot-based supplier of windows and doors, has been sold out of administration to Britannia Windows.
08-May-2012


SecureData of South Africa has sold its UK-based IT business to a management buy-out for £17m.
08-May-2012


Top Right Group is to sell CAP, the provider of valuation services to the automotive sector, to private equity firm Montagu for more than £150m.
03-May-2012


Assureweb, the Cheltenham-based financial services technology firm, has been acquired by US-based iPipeline.
03-May-2012


Lindsays is to merge with Shield & Kyd to create a combined law firm with 172 staff at offices across Scotland.
03-May-2012


First Milk has acquired CNP Professional, the Hyde-based supplier of sports nutrition products with 30 staff.
03-May-2012


Lexis has acquired Paratus Communications, the London-based marketing agency with 11 staff, for undisclosed terms.
03-May-2012


Digital Barriers has acquired Enterprise Technologies, the Gloucestershire-based technology firm trading as E-Tech, for £0.1m.
03-May-2012


Health Safety & Engineering Consultants (HSEC), the risk management firm with 22 staff in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, has undergone a £2.7m management buy-out backed by EV.
03-May-2012


Faccenda has acquired Cranberry Foods, the turkey producer with 750 staff and factory sites in Derbyshire and South Wales, for undisclosed terms.
02-May-2012


County Group has acquired Whitchurch Insurance Services of Shropshire, and is now looking to acquire a further 15 brokers over the next five years.
02-May-2012


CWV of Blackburn has sold its Anaglypta wallpaper business to Erfurt MAC of Gainsborough for undisclosed terms.
02-May-2012


Co-operative Childcare has acquired Petit Enfant, the Oxfordshire-based chain of four nurseries with 102 staff, for undisclosed terms.
02-May-2012


Blackstone is to sell its Nido student accommodation business to Round Hill Capital for £415m.
02-May-2012


Kewill, the Guildford-based developer of logistics software, is to be acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners Funds for £89m.
02-May-2012


Christie & Co has acquired Orridge Business Sales, the pharmacy business agent, for undisclosed terms.
02-May-2012


Four Seasons Health Care, the owner of 445 care homes and 61 specialist care centres, has been acquired by Terra Firma for £825m.
01-May-2012


Rivington Street has agreed to sell Oilbarrel, the provider of news services for companies and investors involved in the oil and mining sectors, to Athol Gold & Value for £0.7m.
01-May-2012


Advanced Computer Software has acquired Fabric Technologies, the London-based managed services provider with 95 staff, for £4.6m.
01-May-2012


Advanced Childcare has acquired Continuum Care & Education, the Rochdale-based operator of 88 children's homes and 15 special schools with 650 staff, for undisclosed terms.
01-May-2012


MICROS Systems is to acquire Torex Retail, the Dunstable-based IT services firm, for £114m.
01-May-2012


Marwyn Gaming has acquired the assets of three bingo clubs in Redcar, Margate and Ilkeston from the Nobles Group for £0.6m.
01-May-2012


Nicholl Food Packaging, the Cannock-based foil container manufacturer with 300 staff, has been acquired by Bawtry Investments for undisclosed terms.
30-Apr-2012


Bifold Group, the Manchester-based valve manufacturer with 240 staff, has undergone a £85m management buy-out backed by LDC.
30-Apr-2012


Alastair Wade Optometrists has acquired three former Clifford Rees opticians in Darlington, Guisborough and Yarm.
30-Apr-2012


RMT Financial Management of Newcastle has undergone a management buy-out, and will now be called Blackett Walker.
30-Apr-2012


Stewart Milne has sold its Aberdeen-based commercial construction division to Kier Group, with the transfer of 20 staff.
30-Apr-2012


Stewart-Buchanan, the Kilsyth-based valve manufacturer with annual turnover of £8m, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
30-Apr-2012


Cordatus Partners is to merge with Edinburgh-based Kirkstone Real Estate to create a combined property services group called Cordatus Real Estate.
30-Apr-2012


Wilson Field has sold York-based Panel Shop and S&B Hire & Sales out of administration to New County Road Surfacing UK of County Durham.
30-Apr-2012


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.
30-Apr-2012


Linder Myers has merged with Shropshire-based law firm Turnbull Garrard Solicitors.
30-Apr-2012


Marshall has acquired a Jaguar car dealership in Lincoln from the Cooperative Society for undisclosed terms, taking its total network to 62 sites.
30-Apr-2012


Canopius is to acquire Omega Insurance, the Lloyd's of London insurer, for £164m.
26-Apr-2012


Raleigh Cycle, the Nottingham-based bicycle supplier with 430 staff, is to be acquired by Dutch company Accell for £62m.
26-Apr-2012


URS Scott Wilson has sold its Norwich-based engineering and environmental consultancy to a management buy-out, with the transfer of 25 staff.
26-Apr-2012


Digraph has acquired A1 Plant & Commercial, the Sheffield-based commercial vehicle parts supplier, for undisclosed terms.
26-Apr-2012


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.
26-Apr-2012


Galloway Travel has acquired the day excursions business of Norfolk-based coach operator Chenery Travel.
26-Apr-2012


Shell is to acquire London-listed Cove Energy for £1.1bn, in order to increase its gas reserves in East Africa.
25-Apr-2012


Pakeezah Meats and Pakeezah Superstores have been sold out of administration by the P&A Partnership to a new company, saving 98 jobs in Bradford.
25-Apr-2012


Vets Now of Dunfermline has acquired NKR Veterinary Specialists, the operator of pet hospitals in London, Kent and Surrey, for undisclosed terms.
25-Apr-2012


Ventec Holdings Europe has acquired Option Technologies, the East Lancashire-based PCB manufacturer with nine staff.
25-Apr-2012


Voyage Care has acquired Solor Care, the Surrey-based care provider with 92 staff, for undisclosed terms.
25-Apr-2012


Security Labels International has acquired Geoffrey Waldmeyer Associates, the supplier of packaging security products, for undisclosed terms.
25-Apr-2012


BAA has sold Edinburgh Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners for £807m.
24-Apr-2012


Allied Carpets has been sold by administrators Duff & Phelps to Floors-2-Go Group, saving 41 jobs at its nine remaining stores.
24-Apr-2012


Go-Ahead Group is to acquire Anglian Bus, the Norwich-based transport firm with 71 buses and 133 staff.
24-Apr-2012


Patriot Aerospace has acquired Veritair Aviation, the operator of Cardiff Heliport, for undisclosed terms.
24-Apr-2012


Smiths News is to acquire Hedgelane, the Trowbridge-based company trading as The Consortium for Purchasing & Distribution with 260 staff, for £38m.
24-Apr-2012


Culina is to acquire the logistics business of Cert Octavian for undisclosed terms, including warehouses in Hoddesdon, Lutterworth and Middleton.
24-Apr-2012


Ellie Louise Trading has been bought out of administration by Liric, securing the future of 270 jobs at 57 fashion stores.
23-Apr-2012


AstraZeneca is to acquire Ardea Biosciences, the US pharmaceuticals firm, for £782m.
23-Apr-2012


Vodafone is to acquire Cable & Wireless Worldwide, the provider of high-speed telecoms services with operations in 35 countries, for £1.04bn.
23-Apr-2012


Dunfermline Press has sold its newspaper publishing operations in Scotland and Berkshire to a management team operating under the name of The Romanes Media Group.
23-Apr-2012


Palmer & Harvey is expected to acquire the Walkers Snack Services van sales business from PepsiCo UK for undisclosed terms.
23-Apr-2012


Epsom Coaches, the Epsom-based coach transport firm, has been acquired by RATP Dev of France.
23-Apr-2012


Novoferm of Wilmslow has merged with Luton-based Cardale to create a combined garage doors group called Novoferm UK.
23-Apr-2012


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.
23-Apr-2012


De Vere Group is to sell the Royal Bath hotel in Bournemouth and the De Vere Daresbury Park in Warrington to Britannia Hotels for £20m.
23-Apr-2012


Marine Systems Technology, the Cheshire-based developer of fireproof materials, has been acquired by US-based PaR Systems.
19-Apr-2012


Blusky Investments, the chain of 98 Energie fitness clubs, is in discussions to be acquired by the HubCo investment company in a reverse takeover.
19-Apr-2012


Adapt has acquired eLINIA, the Cardiff-based IT infrastructure outsourcing firm with about 70 staff, for £13m.
19-Apr-2012


Penn Schoen Berland has acquired First Movies International, the film industry consultancy with offices in London and the US.
19-Apr-2012


The College of Law, the law training charity with 700 staff in London and six other cities, has been acquired by Montagu Private Equity for £200m.
18-Apr-2012


Software AG of Germany has acquired my-Channels, the London-based messaging software company.
18-Apr-2012


Turpins Packaging, the Clacton-based manufacturer of Sleevit labelling equipment, has been acquired by US-based Accraply.
18-Apr-2012


Taylor & Emmet has merged with Hallam Mediation, the provider of mediation services with six offices across Yorkshire.
18-Apr-2012


Cope Allman Jaycare, the pharmaceutical packaging firm with 270 staff in Portsmouth and Newcastle, has been acquired by Nolato Group of Sweden for £16m.
18-Apr-2012


RVA Surveyors, the Heywood-based property valuation agency with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.
17-Apr-2012


Pharmacells has bought the assets of Immunosolv, the Edinburgh-based biotechnology firm, out of liquidation.
17-Apr-2012


Jaeger, the fashion retailer, is to be acquired by Better Capital for £20m.
16-Apr-2012


Daisy Group has acquired Worldwide Group, the Peterborough-based telecoms firm, for £28m.
16-Apr-2012


Thales UK is to sell its fixed-wing aircraft simulator production division to L-3 Communications of the US for £83m, with the transfer of 400 staff in Crawley.
16-Apr-2012


Barcon Precast has been sold out of administration to Barcon Systems, saving 24 jobs at its Bolton-based concrete business.
16-Apr-2012


Manner UK, the Gloucestershire-based supplier of castors and wheels made in Finland, has been acquired by H Varley of Altrincham.
16-Apr-2012


Chemwaste, the West Yorkshire-based waste management firm, has been acquired by Huddersfield-based Bradley Park for undisclosed terms.
16-Apr-2012


Birdland Park & Gardens, the Cotswolds-based tourist attraction, has been acquired by the founder of Blue Reef Leisure for undisclosed terms.
16-Apr-2012


Umeco, the composites manufacturer with sites in Derbyshire, Hampshire, Warwickshire and West Yorkshire, is to be acquired by Cytec Industries for £274m.
16-Apr-2012


Cavendish Bars has undergone a pre-pack administration through Duff & Phelps, but a number of under-performing outlets have been left with the administrator.
16-Apr-2012


Lester Morrill has merged with Leeds-based law firm Davis Gore Lomax, and 25 staff will relocate to a new office in Park Square.
16-Apr-2012


Dickinson Harrison, the Halifax-based lettings firm, has been acquired by Countrywide Residential Lettings.
16-Apr-2012


Thomas Vale, the Worcestershire-based construction firm with more than 700 staff, is to be acquired by Bouygues Batiment International for undisclosed terms.
12-Apr-2012


Thurlow Nunn Standen has acquired the Norfolk-based farm machinery franchises of Randell Norfolk, including depots in Attleborough, North Walsham and Sculthorpe.
12-Apr-2012


BRM Packaging, the Wolverhampton-based manufacturer of plastic blister packs with 45 staff, has been acquired by investment firm J Mindal for undisclosed terms.
12-Apr-2012


Westland Horticulture has acquired Cranswick Pet Products, the Driffield-based manufacturer of animal foods with 112 staff, for £18m.
12-Apr-2012


Gieves & Hawkes, the London-based menswear supplier, has been acquired by Li & Fung of China for an initial £32m.
12-Apr-2012


Sainsbury's has acquired 18 Total petrol stations from Rontec Investments, including seven sites in London.
12-Apr-2012


OneDrum, the Stirling-based software developer with nine engineers, has been acquired by Yammer of the US.
12-Apr-2012


Cambian Group has acquired Signpost Children's Services, the Devon-based residential care firm, for undisclosed terms.
12-Apr-2012


Weartech International, the engineering components manufacturer with 140 staff in Port Talbot and the US, has been acquired by Lincoln Electric.
11-Apr-2012


LM Funerals, the chain of 65 funeral branches, has been acquired by a consortium of investors led by Duke Street Capital for £37m.
11-Apr-2012


Protega Coatings, the West Bromwich-based industrial paints manufacturer with 42 staff, has been sold out of administration by FRP Advisory to an unnamed company.
11-Apr-2012


Begbies Traynor has sold Red Flag Alert, the credit information firm with 24 staff, to its executive chairman for undisclosed terms.
11-Apr-2012


Vitec Group has acquired Camera Corps, the London-based supplier of remote camera systems to broadcasters, for £8m.
11-Apr-2012


Lees Foods, the bakery products manufacturer with 280 staff at sites in Glasgow and Coatbridge, is considering plans for a £5.6m management buy-out.
11-Apr-2012


E Coleman & Co of Poole has acquired Foster Leighton, the Exeter-based insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
11-Apr-2012


MB Aerospace has bought the business and assets of Thomson Aero out of administration, saving 60 jobs at its Somerset-based aircraft engine components manufacturing business.
10-Apr-2012


Edinburgh Salmon Company, the Dingwall-based fish supplier with 250 staff, has been acquired by Merinvest for undisclosed terms.
10-Apr-2012


JD Sports Fashion has bought Originals Clothing, the Accrington-based chain of six menswear stores, out of administration.
10-Apr-2012


Sonoco UK has acquired ABPS, the Lancashire–based cardboard tube manufacturer.
10-Apr-2012


Havelock Europa is to sell Showcard Print, the supplier of sale print and display materials with sites in Letchworth and Bristol, to a new company called Ingleby for £15m.
10-Apr-2012


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.
05-Apr-2012


Capita has bought Bluefin Corporate Consulting, the employee benefits firm with 548 staff in London and eight regional offices, from AXA for £50m.
05-Apr-2012


Holdmede has been sold out of administration to a new company called Eastland Colour, saving 24 of the 37 jobs at its Pelican Press printing business in Manchester.
05-Apr-2012


Cat Tech International, the North Lincolnshire-based provider of catalyst handling services, has undergone a management buy-out from Clean Harbors, with backing from Maven Capital Partners.
05-Apr-2012


Volumatic, the Coventry-based supplier of cash handling products, has undergone a £6m management buy-out from Halma, with backing from NVM Private Equity.
05-Apr-2012


Jardine Motors has bought three Toyota car dealerships in Chelmsford, Rayleigh and Romford from Lookers for undisclosed terms.
05-Apr-2012


Bayer CropScience has sold its 114-acre manufacturing site in Norwich, which has 260 staff, to Aurelius of Germany for undisclosed terms.
05-Apr-2012


NSG UK has acquired MTD, the Oldbury-based scaffolding firm with about 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.
05-Apr-2012


Dechra Pharmaceuticals is to acquire Eurovet Animal Health, the Dutch veterinary pharmaceuticals supplier with a site in Cambridge, from AUV Holding for £112m.
05-Apr-2012


Paragon Entertainment has acquired TVAC, the leisure project management services firm, for up to £0.3m.
05-Apr-2012


Midcounties Co-operative is to acquire Harry Tuffin's, the chain of ten supermarkets in Powys, Flintshire, Shropshire and Gloucestershire with 449 staff, for undisclosed terms.
04-Apr-2012


Race For Furniture has been bought out of administration by Michael O'Connor Furniture, saving 16 jobs at its Stockton-based furniture outlet.
04-Apr-2012


Steel & Alloy, the steel processing firm with sites in West Bromwich, Cannock, Darlaston, Warley and Durham, has been acquired by Gonvarri Steel Industries of Spain.
04-Apr-2012


Brit Insurance has announced the sale of its non-core regional UK business to QBE Insurance.
04-Apr-2012


Inspired Energy is to acquire Direct Energy Purchasing, the Bolton-based energy procurement adviser with 18 staff, for up to £4m.
04-Apr-2012


First Connections, the Basingstoke-based videoconferencing firm, has been acquired by Yorktel of the US for undisclosed terms.
04-Apr-2012


Dawn Meats of Ireland has acquired West Devon Meats, the Okehampton-based beef and lamb abattoir.
04-Apr-2012


Rocktop Waste Management has been acquired by O'Brien Waste Recycling Solutions, and a new office and call centre will be created at its site in Sunderland.
04-Apr-2012


H&H Group has acquired Cypher Digital, the Cumbria-based printing firm with 12 staff.
04-Apr-2012


Perspective Financial Group has acquired Financial Connection, the Surrey-based financial adviser with funds under management of £27m.
04-Apr-2012


AMI Blaymires has been sold out of administration to Unitech Industries, securing the future of 44 jobs at its Stourbridge-based metal parts manufacturing business.
03-Apr-2012


AFH Financial has acquired Arden Court Group, the Nottingham-based financial advisory firm, for about £0.7m.
03-Apr-2012


Airco has acquired Express Refrigeration & Air Conditioning of Immingham for undisclosed terms.
03-Apr-2012


Chadwick Lawrence is to merge with Godloves of Leeds to create a combined Yorkshire-based law firm with 240 staff.
03-Apr-2012


Bodycote has acquired the heat-treating business of US-based Curtiss Wright Corporation for £32m.
03-Apr-2012


Cairn Energy has acquired Agora Oil & Gas, the owner of development assets in the UK and Norwegian North Sea with 15 staff, for £280m.
03-Apr-2012


FRP Advisory has sold Hotel Solutions London out of administration to a new company called Housekeeping Solutions, securing the future of 1,100 jobs at its Wembley-based hotel servicing and catering business.
03-Apr-2012


Azendi has sold jewellery stores in Leeds, Harrogate and London out of administration to a new company called A to Z Investment, saving 19 jobs.
03-Apr-2012


DWF is to merge with Buller Jeffries, the law firm with offices in Birmingham and Coventry.
03-Apr-2012


OpCapita has bought 333 Game Group stores out of administration for undisclosed terms, saving 3,200 jobs.
02-Apr-2012


Bibby Retail Services has bought the Rhythm & Booze chain of 68 off-licence stores out of administration, saving 425 jobs.
02-Apr-2012


BOCM Pauls, the Ipswich-based animal feeds manufacturer with 1,000 staff at 11 mills and seven blending plants, is to be acquired by ForFarmers of the Netherlands for £70m.
02-Apr-2012


Pooles, the Wigan-based pie manufacturer with 80 staff, has been acquired by a former executive of Holland's Pies for £5m.
02-Apr-2012


Garrets International, the Romford-based supplier of catering services to the shipping sector, has been acquired by GCP Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.
02-Apr-2012


Anpario has acquired Meriden Animal Health, the Bedfordshire-based animal feed supplier with ten staff, for up to £4.1m.
02-Apr-2012


Eveden Group, the Kettering-based lingerie manufacturer with 660 staff, is to be acquired by Wacoal of Japan for £144m.
02-Apr-2012


James Grant Group has acquired Gallowgate Holdings, the TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
02-Apr-2012


Vodat International, the Stockport-based supplier of retail communication systems, has undergone a £5m management buy-out backed by Maven Capital Partners.
02-Apr-2012


Morrisons has acquired full ownership of the 175,000 sq ft Farmers Boy Deeside meat processing plant in North Wales, which has 600 staff.
02-Apr-2012


DBC Foodservice's administrators have sold its Ministry of Defence contract to Vestey Foods Group, saving 182 jobs at its meat processing plant in Hampshire and 82 in Ayrshire.
02-Apr-2012


MBL Group has acquired the business of Listen2, Garden Bird Supplies and Garden Centre Online from Flying Brands for £0.7m, in order to diversify its Leyland-based home entertainment products business.
02-Apr-2012


Great Northern Envelope, the Leeds-based printed envelope supplier with 130 staff, has undergone a secondary management buy-out backed by Aldermore.
02-Apr-2012


IFG Group has sold its international division to AnaCap Financial Partners for £70m, including trustee and corporate services in Jersey, the Isle of Man, Cyprus and Switzerland.
02-Apr-2012


Prologic, the Hertfordshire-based supplier of software to the fashion sector, is to be acquired by a new company called ESWC for £3.6m.
02-Apr-2012


Echo, the Milton Keynes-based IT services firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Catapult Venture Managers.
02-Apr-2012


Addisons Chartered Surveyors is to merge with Broadley & Coulson to create a combined County Durham-based surveying group with 30 staff.
02-Apr-2012


Recycling UK has acquired Oswestry Waste Paper, the waste paper and plastic recycling firm operating across the West Midlands and Wales.
29-Mar-2012


Fenn Wright Manson has sold its brand and some of its 17 fashion stores out of administration to the founder of Matalan.
29-Mar-2012


Better Capital has acquired Everest, the double glazing firm with more than 900 staff, for an estimated £10m.
29-Mar-2012


Colliers International, the London-based property services firm, has been acquired by FirstService of Canada in a pre-pack administration for £14m.
29-Mar-2012


DBG has acquired TAG Medical, the Nottingham-based provider of medical equipment testing services, for undisclosed terms.
29-Mar-2012


Randall & Quilter has acquired NFIL, the Guernsey-based insurance firm, for £0.7m.
29-Mar-2012


Arnolds is to merge with Keys to create a combined Norwich-based property group called Arnold Keys with 95 staff.
29-Mar-2012


BP has sold some gas assets in the North Sea to Perenco of France for £250m, including 200 staff, platforms off the Yorkshire coast and a terminal at Dimlington.
28-Mar-2012


Egertons Recovery, the Cheshire-based vehicle recovery firm with 150 staff at 14 depots, has undergone a pre-pack administration through Duff & Phelps.
28-Mar-2012


Backup Technology, the Leeds-based data management firm with 29 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
28-Mar-2012


Complete Office Solutions has acquired Yorkshire Business Equipment, the Rotherham-based company trading as United Office Products with 40 staff.
28-Mar-2012


Universal Components UK, the Sheffield-based automotive parts manufacturer, has been acquired by TVS Europe Distribution.
28-Mar-2012


Garden Centre Group, the chain of 129 garden centres, is to be acquired by private equity firm Terra Firma for £276m.
27-Mar-2012


IDOX has acquired Opt2Vote, the Londonderry-based provider of electoral managed services, for up to £3.5m.
27-Mar-2012


Monitise is to acquire Clairmail of the US for £110m, creating a combined mobile payments group with 600 staff.
27-Mar-2012


Eden GM has acquired two former Seward Vauxhall car dealerships in Branksome and Christchurch out of administration for undisclosed terms.
27-Mar-2012


Scripps Networks Interactive is to acquire Travel Channel International, the London-based TV broadcaster with 46 staff, for £65m.
26-Mar-2012


AEC Education has acquired Skye Training, the Kent-based training provider, for an initial £0.1m.
26-Mar-2012


Somar International, the Truro-based lighting manufacturer, has been bought out of administration by Mark Group.
26-Mar-2012


Braveheart has acquired Neon Capital Partners, the fund manager with offices in Barnsley and Leeds, from NF Holdings for £0.4m.
26-Mar-2012


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.
26-Mar-2012


Houghton's Waste Paper, the Manchester-based waste paper recycling firm with 30 staff, has been acquired by SAICA of Spain.
26-Mar-2012


OpSec Security is to acquire Delta Labelling, the supplier of labels to the fashion industry with sites in Tamworth and Hong Kong, for £12m.
26-Mar-2012


Docherty Chimney Group has acquired MMF, the Smethwick-based chimney products supplier, for £3.5m.
26-Mar-2012


Midcounties Co-op Travel has acquired Kwik Travel, the Tamworth-based travel firm with a network of about 50 home workers, for undisclosed terms.
26-Mar-2012


Hardy's Underwriting, the Lloyd's of London insurer, is to be acquired by CNA Financial of the US for £143m.
22-Mar-2012


Expro has sold its connectors and measurements manufacturing business to Siemens of Germany for £397m, with the transfer of 450 staff in Cumbria, Norway, Brazil, Malaysia and the US.
21-Mar-2012


Britannia Hotels has bought the Royal and Clifton hotels in Scarborough out of administration.
21-Mar-2012


Manheim has bought the Motors.co.uk online car sales business from Daily Mail & General Trust.
21-Mar-2012


Crashpadder, the online accommodation provider, has been acquired by Airbnb of the US for undisclosed terms.
21-Mar-2012


TD Travel, the corporate travel firm with 60 staff in Wilmslow, Hull, Leeds and Liverpool, has undergone a management buy-out backed by LDC for undisclosed terms.
21-Mar-2012


Professional Indemnity Protect, the Manchester-based insurance firm, has been acquired by Barbican Group Holdings of Guernsey.
21-Mar-2012


Capita Symonds has acquired Northcroft, the construction consultancy with 150 staff in ten offices, for undisclosed terms.
20-Mar-2012


First Group has sold its Northumberland Park bus depot in London to Go-Ahead for £14m, including 130 vehicles and 400 staff.
20-Mar-2012


Misys, the banking software firm with 4,000 staff, has accepted a £1.3bn takeover offer from Vista Equity Partners of the US.
20-Mar-2012


Insurance Partnership has bought the Leeds office of Riverbourne Group out of administration for £2.5m, taking its total workforce to 175.
20-Mar-2012


HH Valves, the Wigan-based valve manufacturer, has been acquired by Hangzhou Jiujiu of China for undisclosed terms.
20-Mar-2012


KMZ Industries of Ukraine has acquired the assets of Bedfordshire-based Brice Baker's grain storage and processing equipment manufacturing business.
20-Mar-2012


AC Williams Coaches has been bought out of administration by a private investor, securing 25 jobs at its Lincolnshire-based coach firm.
20-Mar-2012


Red Arrow Entertainment of Germany has acquired a majority stake in Endor Productions, the independent TV production company.
20-Mar-2012


DX Group has acquired Nightfreight, the network of 53 delivery depots with 2,000 staff, and £20m will be invested in the expansion of the business over the next few years.
19-Mar-2012


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.
19-Mar-2012


Selima, the Sheffield-based human resources and payroll services firm with 40 staff, has undergone a £2m management buy-in backed by YFM Equity Partners.
19-Mar-2012


Siteserv is to sell its infrastructure and utilities support services business in the UK and Ireland to a new company called Millington for £38m.
19-Mar-2012


Gift Pack Company, the Lancashire-based gift supplier with annual sales of about £6m, has been sold out of administration by RSM Tenon to Gift Creation & Design.
19-Mar-2012


Sports Direct has acquired the fashion wholesale, concessions and online operations of Firetrap through a pre-pack administration.
19-Mar-2012


UPS is to acquire TNT Express, the express delivery company, for about £4.3bn.
19-Mar-2012


Foxtons, the estate agency chain with outlets across London and the South East, is expected to be acquired by private equity firm BC Partners for about £250m.
19-Mar-2012


TVC Group, the London-based marketing and PR agency with 50 staff, has been acquired by The Economist Group for undisclosed terms.
15-Mar-2012


KPMG has sold a further 30 former Peacocks fashion stores out of administration to Poundland, Poundworld and Iceland.
15-Mar-2012


Corac Group is to acquire Wellman Hunt Graham and Wellman Defence, the manufacturers of heat exchangers and air purification equipment with 67 staff in Manchester and 54 in Portsmouth, for £11m.
15-Mar-2012


Scotia Travel, the Glasgow-based cruise and golf holiday firm, has been acquired by US-based Protravel International for undisclosed terms.
15-Mar-2012


SafeTIC UK, the manufacturer of digital fingerprint readers with 39 staff in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, has been bought out of administration by Butler Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.
15-Mar-2012


Labelgraphics, the Glasgow-based label manufacturer, is to be acquired by Multi-Color Corporation for £16m.
15-Mar-2012


Raytec, the Ashington-based lighting manufacturer with 45 staff, has been acquired by Optex Technologies of Japan for undisclosed terms.
14-Mar-2012


Omnova Wallcovering, the Hemel Hempstead-based wallpaper manufacturer trading as Muraspec with 200 staff, has been acquired by A2e Venture Catalysts for £7m.
14-Mar-2012


Gordon Lamb Group has acquired a Skoda car dealership in Derby from Clock Garage, and will eventually relocate the business to a new site.
14-Mar-2012


Phoenix Learning & Care, the Barnstaple-based special needs education provider, has undergone a management buy-out backed by a £3.4m investment from Ashridge Capital.
14-Mar-2012


LAS Claims Management is to acquire Waylett & Co, the Bristol-based building repairs firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
14-Mar-2012


Cardone Industries of the US has sold its car parts manufacturing business in Wednesbury and Belgium to Borg Automotive of Denmark for undisclosed terms.
14-Mar-2012


Axa UK has acquired Health-on-Line, the Bournemouth-based on-line health insurance provider with 170 staff.
13-Mar-2012


Ebiquity is to acquire Fairbrother Lenz Eley, the London-based media auditing firm with about 70 staff, for up to £11m.
13-Mar-2012


Lupus Capital is to sell Gall Thomson Environmental, its Norfolk-based oil services division, to Copper Bidco for £75m.
13-Mar-2012


Rivington Street has sold Formjet Innovations and Ability Software International to a management team for a nominal sum.
13-Mar-2012


Molecular Technology, the Wolverhampton-based supplier of electrocoating products, has been acquired by Coventya of France for undisclosed terms.
13-Mar-2012


Onyx Group has acquired a 12,000 sq ft data centre in Slough, taking its network to six sites.
12-Mar-2012


Sangs, the Aberdeenshire-based soft drinks manufacturer with 60 staff, has been bought out of administration by Cott Beverages of Canada.
12-Mar-2012


Tsuko, the Edinburgh-based branding and design agency with 14 staff, has been acquired by Emperor for undisclosed terms.
12-Mar-2012


HC Pearce & Sons, the Thame-based animal health and farm supplies firm with 35 staff, has been acquired by Countrywide.
12-Mar-2012


Nautic Steels, the Tamworth-based pipe fittings manufacturer, has been acquired by Pantech Group Holdings of Malaysia for £9.5m.
12-Mar-2012


Digital Barriers has acquired the assets and business of ThruVision Systems, the Didcot-based screening products manufacturer, for £1m.
12-Mar-2012


Aeorema Communications has acquired ST16, the viral filmmaking specialist, for about £0.1m.
12-Mar-2012


Lifeskills Education is to acquire Stagecoach, the Surrey-based network of 684 franchised theatre arts schools, for £6.5m.
12-Mar-2012


Manroland GB has sold the sheetfed division of its Surrey-based printing press manufacturing business out of administration to Langley Holdings, securing the future of 37 jobs.
08-Mar-2012


Synchronica, the mobile telecoms technology firm, is to be acquired by Myriad of Switzerland for £24m.
08-Mar-2012


Mercury Recycling, the Manchester-based battery recycling firm, is to undergo a £14m reverse takeover with Sylvania Group, in order to acquire iron ore mining rights in South Africa.
08-Mar-2012


Nicolas UK, the London-based chain of 43 wine stores, has been acquired by the owner of Spirited Wines for undisclosed terms.
08-Mar-2012


Chime Communications has acquired McKenzie Clark, the London-based sports marketing firm with 70 staff, for up to £3.4m.
08-Mar-2012


Peverel has been bought out of administration by Chamonix Private Equity and Electra Partners for £62m, securing the future of 4,200 jobs at its Hampshire-based property management services business.
07-Mar-2012


Yeomans, the chain of 90 outdoor equipment stores, is reported to have been sold to John Kinnaird for undisclosed terms.
07-Mar-2012


Judges Scientific has acquired Global Digital Systems, the Hampshire-based manufacturer of scientific instruments, for £7.6m.
07-Mar-2012


Go-Ahead Group has acquired Hedingham Omnibuses, the Colchester-based bus company with depots in five other towns, for undisclosed terms.
07-Mar-2012


George at Asda is to acquire the fashion sourcing division of GAAT from Turkmen Group of Turkey.
07-Mar-2012


Compass Group has acquired NKS Kabushiki Kaisha, the Japanese food service operator with 1,200 staff.
07-Mar-2012


UTV Media has acquired Simply Zesty, the Irish social media agency with 22 staff, for £5m.
07-Mar-2012


Amtico, the Coventry-based flooring manufacturer, has been acquired by Mannington Mills of the US for £127m.
06-Mar-2012


TDX Group has acquired the assets of Credit Account Management, the debt management firm with 12 staff, from Interlaken Group for undisclosed terms.
06-Mar-2012


Colt Car Company has sold its Colt Car Retail chain of 11 Mitsubishi car dealerships to VT Holdings of Japan for undisclosed terms.
06-Mar-2012


Ashfords Solicitors has merged with Rochman Landau of London to create a combined law firm with 450 staff at six offices.
06-Mar-2012


Silver River Productions has sold a majority stake in its London-based TV production business to Sony Pictures Television.
05-Mar-2012


Comma Oil & Chemicals, the Kent-based supplier of lubricants and additives with 215 staff, is to be acquired by Cosan Group of Brazil for £63m.
05-Mar-2012


Credit Call, the Bristol-based electronic payments firm, is to undergo a management buy-out backed by Bestport Ventures for undisclosed terms.
05-Mar-2012


Digital Barriers has acquired Codestuff, the Livingston-based surveillance cameras firm, for up to £1.5m.
05-Mar-2012


Absoft has acquired Hexarus Consulting, the Warrington-based supplier of performance management systems with ten consultants, taking its total workforce to more than 100.
05-Mar-2012


Davpack, the Derby-based packaging distribution firm with 30 staff, has been acquired by Ratioform Verpackungen of Germany for undisclosed terms.
05-Mar-2012


Sterling Financial Print has sold its London-based print manufacturing business to DG3 Europe for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 59 staff.
05-Mar-2012


Proventec has sold Contico Manufacturing, the Cornwall-based cleaning products supplier, to Robert Scott & Sons for undisclosed terms.
05-Mar-2012


Cube3 Marketing has undergone a pre-pack administration through Baker Tilly, securing 17 jobs at its Manchester-based marketing agency.
05-Mar-2012


Hale Group, the Widnes-based chemicals supplier trading as Forward Chemicals and Rexodan International, has been acquired by Zep Inc of the US for undisclosed terms.
05-Mar-2012


The Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service's is to merge its control room with neighbouring Oxfordshire by 2014, and a new headquarters will be established in Calcot.
05-Mar-2012


ATR Group, the Aberdeen-based oil services firm, has undergone a £20m management buy-out backed by NBGI Private Equity of Greece.
05-Mar-2012


Clipper Teas, the Dorset-based tea and coffee supplier with about 90 staff, has been acquired by Royal Wessanen of the Netherlands.
05-Mar-2012


Porvair has acquired Pell Industries, the manufacturer of products for the powder metal industry.
05-Mar-2012


Croma Group of Dumfries has acquired CSS Group, the Southampton-based security services firm, in a £5m reverse takeover.
05-Mar-2012


Avonside Group Services has acquired Letchworth Roofing, the Hertfordshire-based roofing firm with about 150 staff.
01-Mar-2012


RFM Group has acquired Greenwood Estates & Property Maintenance, the Leeds-based facilities management firm.
01-Mar-2012


St Ives has acquired Incite Marketing Planning, the London-based market research firm with 40 staff, for an initial £11m.
01-Mar-2012


Quintain has acquired Grafton Advisors, the London-based property consultancy, for £5.7m.
29-Feb-2012


Fourninety, the Leeds-based marketing firm with 45 staff in Leeds and Milton Keynes, has been acquired by Basil Group of India for undisclosed terms.
29-Feb-2012


Scott Group has acquired Specrite Pallets and Williams Pallet Services for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its pallet distribution business in the Manchester area.
29-Feb-2012


Avocet Hardware has been bought out of administration by Atlantic Group, saving 108 jobs at its Brighouse-based doors and windows manufacturing business.
29-Feb-2012


G4S has sold its Swedish cash solutions business to Nokas for £3.3m.
28-Feb-2012


Buddy Media has acquired Bighter Option, the London-based social media software developer.
28-Feb-2012


G4S has acquired Chubb Emergency Response, the key holding and response service with 28 offices and 247 staff, from UTC Fire & Security for up to £17m.
27-Feb-2012


London Heliport is to be acquired by Aldersgate Investments for about £25m.
27-Feb-2012


Thurlow Nunn is to acquire two Hartwell Vauxhall car dealerships in Norwich.
27-Feb-2012


Simcyp, the Sheffield-based drug development firm, has been sold by Fusion IP to Certara of the US for about £20m.
27-Feb-2012


Ross & Bonnyman's lift factory in Forfar has been sold out of liquidation to a new company created by XL Group, saving up to 30 jobs.
27-Feb-2012


Print-Leeds has acquired S&C Labels for £1m, and up to 27 staff will relocate from Huddersfield to Leeds.
27-Feb-2012


Climate Change Capital, the environmental investment manager and advisory firm, is to be acquired by Bunge of the US for undisclosed terms.
27-Feb-2012


Powerplay Textiles has been sold out of administration by Duff & Phelps to a management team, saving 30 jobs at its Oldham-based branded underwear business.
27-Feb-2012


Ultimate Products of Oldham has bought the kitchenware stock and trademarks of Giles & Posner out of administration.
27-Feb-2012


Carousel Buses, the Buckinghamshire-based bus operator running about 50 services in the Wycombe area, is to be acquired by Go-Ahead Group.
27-Feb-2012


Edinburgh Woollen Mill has bought 388 Peacocks fashion stores and concessions out of administration, but a further 224 stores will close with the loss of 3,100 jobs.
23-Feb-2012


TVS Logistics is to sell Globe Transport Products, the Oswestry-based commercial vehicle motor factors business with seven branches, to a former executive.
23-Feb-2012


Aegis Group is to acquire Roundarch, the US digital agency with 250 staff, for an initial £79m.
23-Feb-2012


Deben UK is to acquire the assets and trade of KE Developments, the Cambridgeshire-based manufacturer of electron microscopy accessories, for £0.3m.
23-Feb-2012


Centaur Media has acquired Profile Group, the digital information business for media, PR and marketing professionals, for £8m.
22-Feb-2012


Flying Brands has agreed to sell its Flying Flowers and Flowers Direct gifts division to Interflora for £2.4m.
22-Feb-2012


Avingtrans has acquired Composites Engineering Group of Buckingham, including Delta Composites, Alpha Composites and Orion Machining, in order to create a new group called Sigma Composites.
22-Feb-2012


Oyster Marine, the Ipswich-based luxury yacht firm with 400 staff, has been acquired by HTP Investments of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
22-Feb-2012


Tyseley Electrical, the Birmingham-based electrical maintenance firm, has been sold in a pre-pack administration to a new company called Dicecom.
22-Feb-2012


Filtrona has acquired Securit World, the London-based supplier of desktop personal identification card systems, for £6m.
22-Feb-2012


Centrica is to acquire a portfolio of seven producing oil and gas fields in the Central North Sea from Total E&P UK for £246m.
22-Feb-2012


Four Communications Group has acquired Colman Getty, the London-based marketing consultancy with 36 staff.
22-Feb-2012


P&L Systems of Knaresborough has acquired SX Environmental, the Southend-based pest control supplies firm, for undisclosed terms.
22-Feb-2012


Loch Fyne Oysters, the Argyll-based seafood firm with 105 staff, has been acquired by Scottish Seafood Investments for undisclosed terms.
21-Feb-2012


Carrick Travel, the West Midlands-based chain of eight travel agencies, has undergone a management buy-out.
21-Feb-2012


Paul Donno & Co has merged with Jacobs Allen to create a combined accountancy group with 20 staff in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill.
21-Feb-2012


Antalis McNaughton has bought Ambassador, the Cheshire-based packaging distribution business, from Pregis Protective Packaging Europe for undisclosed terms.
21-Feb-2012


SureTrack Monitoring, the Warwickshire-based vehicle tracking firm, is to sell its Sure-Track Europe business to a management team for £0.2m.
21-Feb-2012


Assured Recruitment of Keele has acquired Right Click Recruitment of Harrogate for undisclosed terms.
21-Feb-2012


Sky High is to acquire the business and assets of Count on Us, the traffic data collection firm with 40 staff in London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Wakefield and Bicester, for £0.5m.
21-Feb-2012


Marcus Evans Group is to acquire World Productions, the TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
20-Feb-2012


Siemens has acquired Marine Current Turbines, the Bristol-based marine energy firm with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
20-Feb-2012


Photogenic, the Llanidloes-based photographic filters company with 20 staff, has been acquired by an investor in the Xenos network for undisclosed terms.
20-Feb-2012


Xceleron has been sold in a pre-pack administration to a management team, and most of the 20 jobs at its York-based pharmaceutical development business will be lost as operations are transferred to the US.
20-Feb-2012


Halsbury Travel has acquired Tours 4 Sport, the Stockport-based travel firm, for undisclosed terms.
20-Feb-2012


Drydens Lawyers is to merge with Fairfax Solicitors to a combined Bradford-based debt litigation group with 300 staff.
20-Feb-2012


Rowland's Clothing, the Trowbridge-based chain of seven fashion stores with 70 staff, has been sold out of administration by KPMG to a consortium called Rosemex.
20-Feb-2012


Captive Audience Display Solutions is to acquire Proventus Energy, the Bedford-based renewable energy company, in a £47m reverse takeover.
16-Feb-2012


Highland Spring has acquired the Braes of Glenlivet mineral water plant from Moray Council for £0.4m, securing the future of about 12 staff.
16-Feb-2012


Helix, the Stourbridge-based stationery company with 38 staff, has been bought out of administration by Maped of France for undisclosed terms.
16-Feb-2012


Multimesh, the St Helens-based wire products supplier, has been bought from the administrators of Dungannon-based Soar Group by Quarrytech, while Locker Wire Weavers has acquired Potter & Soar.
16-Feb-2012


Nexus Oncology, the Edinburgh-based cancer research firm with more than 120 staff, has been acquired by Ockham of the US for undisclosed terms.
16-Feb-2012


Alexander Inglis & Son has secured a £2.5m loan to fund the acquisition of two grain stores at St Boswells in the Borders and Swarland in Northumberland, with the transfer of 12 staff.
16-Feb-2012


Petrofac is to acquire KW, the provider of pipeline engineering services with 56 staff in Woking and Aberdeen, for undisclosed terms.
16-Feb-2012


Quantum Automotive, the vehicle logistics firm with sites in Bristol and Runcorn, has been sold out of administration by SFP to an unnamed company.
15-Feb-2012


BGC, the Staffordshire-based property maintenance firm with 92 staff, has been bought out of administration by its founder for undisclosed terms.
15-Feb-2012


Shield On-Site Services has acquired the On-Site Services division of ALcontrol, including environmental monitoring facilities in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rotherham and East Kilbride.
15-Feb-2012


EDM of Wolverhampton has acquired Filing Plus, the London-based document management firm, for undisclosed terms, taking its total workforce to 640.
15-Feb-2012


Cam 2000, the North Wales-based manufacturer of outdoor equipment under the Wild Country brand, has been acquired by Mountain Experience Beteiligungs of Austria for undisclosed terms.
15-Feb-2012


Gabbro Precision has acquired Midland Precision, the Leicester-based precision engineering firm, for £10m.
15-Feb-2012


Rainham Industrial Services has sold its Kent-based mechanical services business to a management team operating under the name of EFW Mechanical Services.
15-Feb-2012


CS2 Transport, the Leeds-based operator of refrigerated vehicles, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
15-Feb-2012


Beaumanor Engineering has acquired Derek Lane & Company, the Exeter-based hydraulics firm with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
14-Feb-2012


Weir Group is planning to acquire Ludowici, the Australian mining equipment firm with 1,000 staff, for £200m.
13-Feb-2012


Restore is to acquire Harrow Green, the London-based commercial relocations firm, for an initial £6.2m.
13-Feb-2012


Aero Stanrew, the Barnstaple-based manufacturer of electronic components with 172 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by WestBridge Fund Managers.
13-Feb-2012


Whitworth Bros has bought the business of Smiths Flour Mills out of administration, including sites in Worksop, Langley Mill and Holbeach.
13-Feb-2012


Richards Sandy Partnership is to merge with Howard Painter & Co to create a combined Worcester-based accountancy group with 21 staff.
13-Feb-2012


Fred Lawton of Huddersfield is to merge with William S Graham of Dewsbury to form a new textiles group called Lawton Yarns, but 99 jobs are expected to be lost.
09-Feb-2012


UK Wealth Management has acquired Independent Medical, the York-based financial advice firm, for undisclosed terms.
08-Feb-2012


Medway Travel, the Maidstone-based business travel agency with 21 staff, has been acquired by the CTT Group of Tunbridge Wells for undisclosed terms.
08-Feb-2012


Sage Group has acquired Integral Computers, the Irish card payment processing firm with 40 staff, for £17m.
08-Feb-2012


NTC has been sold through a pre-pack administration to a new company called Jessica Trading, securing the future of 25 jobs at its Oldham-based conservatories business.
08-Feb-2012


Madhouse, the chain of 53 discount stores with 500 staff, has been sold out of administration to an unnamed company.
07-Feb-2012


Pinsent Masons is to merge with McGrigors to create a combined law firm with 2,500 staff at 14 offices.
07-Feb-2012


Carluccio's has acquired four Brasserie Gerard restaurants in Berkhamstead, Pinner, Reigate and Teddington.
07-Feb-2012


Samuel Grant Group has bought Centerpac, the Sheffield-based packaging supplies firm with 12 staff, out of administration.
07-Feb-2012


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.
07-Feb-2012


Popolo Leisure has bought five bars and restaurants in Cramlington, Gosforth, Newcastle, Sheffield and Sunderland from the administrators of Principle Leisure Group, securing 300 jobs.
07-Feb-2012


OpCapita has acquired Comet, the chain of 248 electrical stores, from Kesa for a nominal sum.
06-Feb-2012


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.
06-Feb-2012


Enterprise Inns has sold 15 pubs to Fuller Smith & Turner for £23m.
06-Feb-2012


BCW Group has acquired Utility Management Services, the Warrington-based debt collection agency with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
06-Feb-2012


Cleansing Service Group has bought Harpers Environmental Services, the Middlesbrough-based hazardous waste treatment firm with ten staff, out of administration.
06-Feb-2012


Capita has acquired Smiths Consulting, the IT consultancy with 52 staff in Newcastle, London and Chelmsford, for £10m.
06-Feb-2012


Tayto UK has acquired Midland Snacks, the Wolverhampton-based pork scratchings manufacturer.
06-Feb-2012


Spirited Wines has acquired 43 Nicolas wine shops in the London area from Castel, taking its total estate to 57.
06-Feb-2012


Key Travel has acquired Delta Travel, the travel firm with 21 staff in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, for undisclosed terms.
06-Feb-2012


CBG Financial Services, the Manchester-based financial planning firm with 17 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Giles Group for undisclosed terms.
06-Feb-2012


Alkane Energy has acquired Greenpark Energy, the Chesterfield-based methane recovery firm, for up to £5.7m.
06-Feb-2012


David Brown has acquired Unigear Industries, the Canadian industrial gear manufacturer, for £15m.
06-Feb-2012


Agrovista UK, the crop management firm, has acquired Amenity-one of Northumberland, in order to expand its Sherriff amenity services division.
06-Feb-2012


UBM has sold a portfolio of agriculture and medical magazine titles to the founders of Briefing Media for £10m, with the transfer of 90 staff in Preston and London.
06-Feb-2012


Haldane Retail Group has sold the Ugo chain of 20 discount grocery stores to Poundstretcher, securing the future of 350 jobs.
02-Feb-2012


Morrisons is to acquire a 105,000 sq ft meat processing plant at Winsford in Cheshire from Vion UK, securing 300 jobs.
02-Feb-2012


Royal Bank of Scotland has sold Hoare Govett, the London-based stockbroker, to Jefferies International of the US for a nominal sum, with the transfer of 50 staff.
02-Feb-2012


GlobeOp, the London-based hedge fund company, is to be acquired by US private equity firm TPG for £508m.
02-Feb-2012


Norfolk County Council is to sell the EPIC TV production studio in Norwich to Extreme Video for undisclosed terms.
02-Feb-2012


Chime Communications is to acquire Succinct Communications, the provider of medical communications for prescription medicines, for an initial £2m.
02-Feb-2012


John Clark Motor Group has acquired the Thomson & Potter Skoda car dealership in Perth for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 17 staff.
02-Feb-2012


Synchronica, the Kent-based developer of mobile messaging solutions, has received a £21m takeover offer from Myriad of Switzerland.
01-Feb-2012


Russell Jones & Walker, the law firm with 425 staff at 10 offices across the country, is to be acquired by Slater & Gordon of Australia for £54m.
31-Jan-2012


A&A Group, the Middlesex-based independent insurance intermediary with about 400 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Darwin Private Equity.
31-Jan-2012


Autologic Diagnostics, the Oxfordshire-based vehicle diagnostics manufacturer, has undergone a £46m management buy-out backed by Isis Equity Partners.
31-Jan-2012


Valpak, the Warwickshire-based packaging recycling compliance scheme, is to undergo a £2.5m management buy-out, and a 30% stake will be acquired by Greenpoint.
30-Jan-2012


Attends Europe, the manufacturer of healthcare products with more than 400 staff in Newcastle, Glasgow, Sweden and Germany, has been acquired by Domtar of the US for £150m.
30-Jan-2012


JMC Aquatics has acquired the Nottingham-based aquatics division of Pedigree Wholesale.
30-Jan-2012


Jacobson Group has bought the Dolcis footwear brand out of administration for undisclosed terms, which may lead to the opening of concessions in department stores.
30-Jan-2012


Meyer Group has acquired JWP, the Blackburn-based distributor of houseware products with ten staff.
30-Jan-2012


Capita has acquired Fish Administration, the Preston-based provider of insurance broking services with 30 staff, from private equity firm Inflexion for £21m.
30-Jan-2012


European Boating Holidays, the tour operator, has been sold by RJD Partners to a management buy-in for an estimated £20m.
30-Jan-2012


Complete Technical Services, the Rotherham-based cash machine installation firm with 57 staff, has been bought out of administration by New Wave ATM Installations for undisclosed terms.
30-Jan-2012


Forth Wines has acquired JA Glass, the Fife-based drinks wholesaler with five staff, for undisclosed terms.
30-Jan-2012


HW Kaufman Financial has acquired Chesterfield Group, the London-based broker and underwriter.
30-Jan-2012


Epwin Group is to merge with Latium Holdings to create a combined building products group with 2,500 staff.
30-Jan-2012


Forth Ports is to acquire the remaining 67% of Tilbury Container Services for £95m, in order to create a new business called London Container Terminal at the Port of Tilbury.
26-Jan-2012


Blacks Business Brokers has acquired Abacus Business Sales, the London-based business broker, and is now looking to expand nationwide.
26-Jan-2012


Nuffield Health has acquired Greens Health & Fitness, the chain of 15 fitness clubs, from De Vere Group for undisclosed terms.
25-Jan-2012


Huawei of China has acquired the Centre for Integrated Photonics, the Ipswich-based research laboratory with 60 staff, for £6.4m.
25-Jan-2012


Quindell Portfolio has acquired Silverbeck Rymer, the Liverpool-based personal injury law firm, for £19m.
25-Jan-2012


Morgan Stanley is to sell Quilter, the London-based wealth management business, to private equity firm Bridgepoint for £175m.
25-Jan-2012


Goldshield Electronic Security has acquired AIS Total Security, the Nottingham-based provider of electronic security services, for undisclosed terms.
25-Jan-2012


ReSolve Partners has sold seven bakery outlets of Solihull-based Cooks The Bakery out of administration, saving 37 jobs.
25-Jan-2012


Atlantic Global, the West Yorkshire-based business software firm with 18 staff, has been acquired by KeyedIn Solutions of the US for £4.9m.
25-Jan-2012


Playtech has acquired Geneity, the London-based gambling software firm with 20 staff, for an initial £11m.
25-Jan-2012


Tyrrells has acquired Glennans, the Uttoxeter-based snacks manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
25-Jan-2012


Chevler has acquired Lovely Packaging, the Cardiff-based greaseproof paper printer, for undisclosed terms.
25-Jan-2012


Weir Group is to acquire Novatech, the US manufacturer of well service pump valves with 58 staff, for £113m.
25-Jan-2012


Digital Barriers has acquired the business of LMW Electronics, the Leicester-based video capture technology firm, for £0.5m.
25-Jan-2012


Begbies Traynor has sold two former Southgate car dealerships out of administration, with Snows Motor Group reopening the Peugeot site in Romsey and Motorwell the Mitsubishi site in Bridport.
25-Jan-2012


Tods Murray is to merge with Fyfe Ireland to create a combined law firm with 35 partners and 188 fee earners at offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
24-Jan-2012


Sun European Partners has bought Bonmarche in a pre-pack administration for undisclosed terms, saving 2,400 jobs and 230 of the 390 fashion stores.
24-Jan-2012


Therm Tech, the Manchester-based manufacturer of industrial waste heat recovery systems with 12 staff, has been acquired by Workspace Group.
24-Jan-2012


SF Taylor, the Stockport-based printing firm with 30 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Chetham House.
24-Jan-2012


GB Controls, the Colne-based control panels manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
24-Jan-2012


VAR Actimax has acquired Network Resource Group for undisclosed terms, creating a new IT group called CloudXL with 100 staff.
24-Jan-2012


Chantrey Vellacott has acquired the former Reading-based accountancy office of Target, and will relocate 25 staff to its own office.
24-Jan-2012


Johnson Service is to acquire Cannon Textile Care from OCS Group UK for £6.1m, including laundries in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Newmarket and Balham.
24-Jan-2012


Progress Group has bought TM Newburn, the Bradford-based diesel generator supplier with 24 staff, out of administration.
24-Jan-2012


UK Drainage Network of Solihull has acquired Drain Control for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its network of 18 drainage and plumbing depots into the South East.
24-Jan-2012


National Fostering Agency, the Uxbridge-based fostering agency with 16 offices, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Graphite Capital.
24-Jan-2012


Hawkin's Bazaar has been bought out of administration by private equity firm Primary Capital, saving about 150 jobs at its eight remaining toy shops.
23-Jan-2012


RM is to sell AMI Education Solutions, the access control and cashless catering systems business, to Jonas Computing for £0.6m.
23-Jan-2012


Abstract Group has merged with Annodata Print Services to create a combined printing group with turnover of £9m and sites in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.
23-Jan-2012


BC Barton & Son has been sold out of administration by Baker Tilly to a newly-formed company for undisclosed terms, saving 29 jobs at its Oldbury-based pressworks.
23-Jan-2012


Pinsent Masons is in merger talks with McGrigors to create a combined law firm with 1,250 lawyers at 14 offices.
23-Jan-2012


Dolphin TV, the London-based operator of five TV channels, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Television for undisclosed terms.
23-Jan-2012


Secured Mail of Warrington has acquired the downstream access unit of DHL Global Mail for undisclosed terms, including a depot in Northamptonshire with 55 staff.
19-Jan-2012


Regain Polymers has acquired Express Recycling & Plastics of Essex for undisclosed terms, and is also investing £1m in new equipment for its Castleford site.
19-Jan-2012


Rathbone, the Manchester-based youth skills charity with 600 staff at 65 sites, has been acquired by Newcastle-based training firm NCG.
19-Jan-2012


Ozbus has bought Harrison Holidays, the King's Lynn-based travel firm, out of administration.
18-Jan-2012


Cinven is expected to acquire CPA Global, the Jersey-based patent management firm with 1,300 staff in ten countries, for £950m.
18-Jan-2012


Stobart has acquired WADI Properties, the owner of the Moneypenny portfolio of 18 freehold and leasehold properties, for about £100m.
18-Jan-2012


Centre Design of Northumberland has merged with LDJ Design & Display of West Yorkshire to create Fuzzwire, a new shopping centre displays group with 130 staff.
18-Jan-2012


DS Smith is to acquire SCA Packaging, the packaging manufacturer with more than 12,000 staff in 21 countries, from Svenska Cellulosa of Sweden for £1.3bn.
17-Jan-2012


Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell RBS Aviation Capital, its aircraft leasing business, to Sumitomo-Mitsui of Japan for £4.7bn.
17-Jan-2012


Robert Wiseman Dairies, the East Kilbride-based milk supplier, is to be acquired by Muller of Germany for £280m.
17-Jan-2012


Porta Communications is to acquire the assets of Hansard Communications, the London-based financial public relations agency, for £0.6m.
17-Jan-2012


Breedon Aggregates is to acquire Nottingham Readymix, the Nottingham-based concrete supplier with 11 staff.
17-Jan-2012


Ensor Holdings is to acquire Technocover, the Mid Wales-based manufacturer of physical security products with annual sales of £10m.
17-Jan-2012


Bay Freight, the Stalybridge-based transport firm with 50 staff and 30 vehicles, has undergone a management buy-out.
17-Jan-2012


Industrial Engineering Plastics, the plastics manufacturer with sites in Hampshire and Birmingham, has undergone a £4m management buy-in backed by venture capital trust manager Foresight.
17-Jan-2012


Cordell Group has acquired Southern Technical Services, the Surrey-based electrical contractor, for undisclosed terms.
17-Jan-2012


Begbies Traynor has sold its insolvency and restructuring business in the Channel Islands to Grant Thornton for £0.3m.
17-Jan-2012


Displayplan, the Hertfordshire-based supplier of display fixtures with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by YFM Equity Partners.
17-Jan-2012


Howies, the Cardigan Bay-based ethical fashion brand, has undergone a management buy-out from VF Corporation for undisclosed terms.
17-Jan-2012


Fuse8, the Leeds-based digital marketing firm with about 80 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
17-Jan-2012


Camco International has sold its energy advisory services division to Baxi Partnership for £4.5m, with the transfer of 58 staff.
17-Jan-2012


WorldDesk, the Belfast-based software firm, has been acquired by DeskStream of the US for undisclosed terms.
16-Jan-2012


Future has sold its US music division to NewBay Media for £2m.
16-Jan-2012


CY4OR has expanded its Bury-based computer forensics business by acquiring Kent-based eOrigin.
16-Jan-2012


Integrity Print has acquired A1 Trade Print Services, the Birmingham-based security printer with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.
16-Jan-2012


Sytner Group has acquired Isaac Agnew Group, the chain of 16 car dealerships in Northern Ireland with 800 staff, for undisclosed terms.
16-Jan-2012


Inmarsat has acquired NewWave Broadband, the Edinburgh-based provider of satellite capacity for Inmarsat's Ship Equip subsidiary, for £5.9m.
16-Jan-2012


FRP Advisory has sold Clearway Distribution out of administration to a new company called B2B Logistics, saving 55 jobs at its Nottingham-based road haulage business.
16-Jan-2012


Deloitte has sold 89 Barratts shoe stores out of administration to an unnamed buyer, saving 1,184 jobs, but 39 stores and 14 concessions will close.
16-Jan-2012


Dods is to acquire the business and assets of the DeHavilland Political Intelligence division of Emap for £13m.
12-Jan-2012


Viscose Closures, the packaging manufacturer with 70 staff in Swansea and Sussex, has undergone a management buy-out.
12-Jan-2012


Aston Barclay has acquired the former Motor Auctions site at Hillidge Road in Leeds, and will restart auctions in April.
12-Jan-2012


Capita has acquired the UK voice recognition operations of Australia-based Salmat Speech Solutions.
12-Jan-2012


Turbo Drinks Company has been acquired by Sean Smith & Associates for about £7m, and drinks production will relocate from Cumbria to Bridgend, where it will employ up to 100 staff by 2013.
11-Jan-2012


Co-operative Group has acquired the David Sands chain of 28 convenience stores in Scotland for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about 700 staff.
11-Jan-2012


Energos Holdings has acquired BioGen Power of Blackpool to create a combined group of six waste-to-energy plants.
11-Jan-2012


Tangerine Confectionery has bought the Smith Kendon and York Fruits confectionery brands from Lancaster-based Smith Kendon.
11-Jan-2012


Adventis has sold the business and assets of its media buying subsidiary to Mensola Co 116 for £0.5m.
11-Jan-2012


Envisage Group has bought the CPP manufacturing division of CPP Global Holdings for undisclosed terms, saving about 120 jobs at its Coventry-based automotive engineering business.
11-Jan-2012


Mitie has acquired Utilyx, the energy and carbon management consultancy with offices in London and Northampton, for £16m.
11-Jan-2012


Precision Marketing Group has bought the assets of Anglia Mailing Services of Ipswich for undisclosed terms.
11-Jan-2012


Spark Response of Gateshead has acquired Frank & Faith, the Dorset-based fashion and accessories designer.
11-Jan-2012


Motor Fuel Group, the chain of 58 petrol stations with 410 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Patron Capital.
10-Jan-2012


H&H Group has acquired Nicholson & Weston of County Durham to create a combined chartered surveying group called H&H Land & Property.
10-Jan-2012


La Senza has sold 60 of its lingerie stores out of administration to Alshaya, securing 1,100 jobs, and Alshaya will invest £100m in improvements over the next two years.
10-Jan-2012


Vertu Motors has acquired a Vauxhall car dealership in Northampton from W Grose for about £2m, and the business will relocate to a new site later this year.
10-Jan-2012


Thwaites is to acquire the free trade beer supply interests of Manchester-based Hydes Brewery, with the transfer of eight staff.
10-Jan-2012


Linpac Group is to sell Linpac Allibert, the supplier of returnable transit packaging, to private equity firm One Equity Partners for undisclosed terms.
10-Jan-2012


Savills has acquired Gresham Down, the London-based commercial property investment firm.
09-Jan-2012


Picochip, the Bath-based mobile phone technology firm, has been acquired by Mindspeed Technologies of the US for £34m.
09-Jan-2012


JD Sports Fashion is to acquire the Blacks Leisure chain of up to 98 Blacks and 208 Millets stores out of administration for £20m.
09-Jan-2012


Blue Inc has bought 20 D2 Jeans stores out of administration, saving up to 200 jobs.
09-Jan-2012


Local Green Energy has acquired Wheldrake Energy, the Oldham-based energy procurement firm, for undisclosed terms.
09-Jan-2012


Evenproducts, the Evesham-based supplier of water storage tanks with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
09-Jan-2012


Johnsons Cars has bought the Coventry and Sutton Coldfield car dealerships of Concept Vehicles out of administration, with the transfer of 38 staff.
09-Jan-2012


Selonda UK has been sold out of administration to a new company called Anglesey Aquaculture, saving 32 jobs at its Anglesey-based fish farm.
09-Jan-2012


Gelert, the camping brand, has been acquired by the owner of the Yeomans chain of 82 outdoor equipment stores for undisclosed terms.
09-Jan-2012


Hilson Moran, the engineering consultancy with 200 staff at offices including London, Manchester and Farnborough, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Albion Ventures.
09-Jan-2012


Manchester Hosiery of Leicestershire has been sold out of administration to Aikon International for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 30 jobs.
09-Jan-2012


Aspen Healthcare has acquired the Claremont Hospital in Sheffield from The Hospital Management Trust.
09-Jan-2012


Chemoxy International, the speciality chemicals manufacturer with 80 staff in Middlesbrough and Billingham, has undergone a management buy-out from Dow Chemical.
05-Jan-2012


Trinity Mirror has acquired Communicator Corp, the Sunderland-based email and mobile communications firm, for £8m.
05-Jan-2012


BBA Aviation has acquired the assets of Azalea Aviation, the US aviation services firm, for an initial £14m, in order to expand its Signature Flight Support division.
05-Jan-2012


PZ Cussons is to acquire the Fudge hair care brand from Sabre Group of Australia for £25m.
05-Jan-2012


Bricklink, the supplier of brick and cladding systems with 19 staff in Leeds and Bellshill, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
05-Jan-2012


Travel Republic, the London-based online travel agency with 200 staff, has been acquired by the Emirates Group of Dubai for undisclosed terms.
04-Jan-2012


Travis Perkins has acquired the remaining 70% stake in Toolstation, the chain of 103 tool depots, for £24m.
04-Jan-2012


RMJM has acquired YRM, the London-based architect with about 20 staff.
04-Jan-2012


Jardine Lloyd Thompson has acquired FBD Insurance Brokers of Ireland for up to £7.1m, with the transfer of 33 staff.
03-Jan-2012