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Mergers & Acquisitions - 2016
Allsop & Pitts has expanded its Torquay-based commercial catering installation business with the acquisition of Newquay-based Cornwall Catering Equipment.
Selectequip, the rail equipment supplier with 28 staff in Lichfield and Wakefield, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Truflow Hydraulic Components, the Walsall-based hydraulics manufacturer, has been acquired by US-based Brennan Industries for undisclosed terms.
Prime Document, the Bury-based provider of outsourced document management services, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Maven Capital Partners.
Rosewood Packaging has acquired the Manchester division of Scott Packaging for undisclosed terms, taking its total workforce to 150.
Cyan Holdings has acquired Connode Holding, the Swedish supplier of wireless communication solutions to the UK Smart Metering Programme, for £6.8m.
Virgin Active is to sell 35 gyms to Nuffield Health for undisclosed terms, in order to focus on the expansion of its luxury Collection sites.
Alpha Response has acquired The Fulfilment Warehouse, the mail order and contract packing firm with a 10,000 sq ft warehouse in Bourton-on-the-Water.
New World Trading, the chain of 14 restaurants and bars, has been acquired by private equity firm Graphite Capital in a £50m deal.
New Earth Solutions Group has sold its business and assets out of administration to Dm Opco, securing 143 jobs at its five waste composting sites.
ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has undergone a management buy-out, securing the future of 75 jobs at its Gloucestershire-based manufacturing business.
Jardine Motors is expanding its dealership operations in the West Midlands with the acquisition of Colliers Group and the creation of 70 jobs.
Rimstock, the West Bromwich-based manufacturer of forged and cast alloy wheels with 230 staff, has been acquired by US-based Safanad and Current Capital.
Synexus, the Chorley-based clinical trials firm with 850 staff, has been sold by LDC to Jaguar Holding Company Luxembourg in a £178m deal.
Electra Partners is to sell Elian, the Jersey-based provider of offshore trust and corporate services with 600 staff, to Intertrust Group for £435m.
Hendy Automotive has acquired Lifestyle Motor Group, the chain of six Ford car dealerships in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, for undisclosed terms.
Integral UK, the Bristol-based provider of mechanical and electrical property maintenance services, is to be acquired by JLL for £229m.
Yorkshire Linen Company, the Harrogate-based home furnishings firm with 43 branches and 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
David Brown, the Huddersfield-based gear systems manufacturer with 250 staff, has merged with Finland-based sister company Santasalo.
Palletways, the Staffordshire-based pallet freight network, is to be sold by Phoenix Equity Partners to Imperial Holdings of South Africa for £163m.
Begbies Traynor has acquired Pugh Auction Group, the Cheshire-based commercial property auctioneer with 25 staff, for an initial £2m.
James Fisher has acquired Return to Scene, the Aberdeen-based offshore oil maintenance firm with 33 staff, from the administrators of SeaEnergy for £2m.
Assured Vehicle Rental, the Manchester-based provider of specialist vehicle rental services to corporate clients, has undergone a management buy-out.
Home Decor has acquired Optiplan Kitchens and the Manor Cabinet Company, taking the total workforce at its Sheffield-based furniture business to more than 350.
Vertu has acquired Gordon Lamb Group for £19m, including Land Rover, Skoda, Toyota and Nissan car dealerships in Chesterfield and Skoda in Derby.
Dignity is to acquire five crematoria from Co-op Funeralcare for £43m, including sites in Glasgow, Sheffield, Lichfield, Shropshire and Stockport.
Linder Myers, the Manchester-based law firm with about 200 staff, has been sold in a pre-pack administration to a new company called Metamorph Law.
International Energy Group, the natural gas supplier with sites on the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, has been acquired by Ancala Partners.
Giacom World Networks, the Hull-based cloud communications firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by LDC for undisclosed terms.
Pinnacle Technology Group has acquired Adept4, the Warrington-based provider of cloud IT services with 46 staff, for an initial £4.5m.
Phoenix Group Holdings is to acquire AXA Wealth's pensions and protection businesses for £375m, with the transfer of 150 SunLife staff in Bristol.
Premier Foods has acquired the remaining 51% stake in Knighton Foods, the Staffordshire-based dry powder food products firm, for a nominal sum.
Asset International is to acquire the investment and insurance research business of FactSet Research Systems, including London-based Matrix Solutions.
Adare Group has acquired London-based marketing business Banner Managed Communications for undisclosed terms, taking its total workforce to more than 1,000.
Pyronix, the Rotherham-based intrusion alarm manufacturing firm with about 200 staff and a site in Berkshire, has been acquired by Hikvision of China.
ARM Holdings has acquired Apical, the London-based imaging technology firm with about 100 staff and a technical centre in Loughborough, in a £242m deal.
John Thompson & Sons is to acquire a stake in McLarnon Feeds, the Randalstown-based animal feed firm, from Moy Park for undisclosed terms.
Centrica has acquired ENER-G Cogen International, the Salford-based combined heat and power systems firm with 350 staff, from ENER-G Holdings for £145m.
Travelodge has acquired three hotels, including Days Inn in Derby and two Ramada Encore sites in Chatham and Milton Keynes, with the transfer of 60 staff.
CoreRFID, the Warrington-based radio frequency identification systems firm, has undergone a management buy-out with backing from Enterprise Ventures SME Loans.
Tamar Design & Build has acquired EWL Building Services, the Poole-based construction firm, out of administration through Begbies Traynor.
Marlowe has acquired Fire Alarm Fabrication Services, the Chessington-based fire protection services firm with about 35 staff, for £1.2m.
Autac Products, the Macclesfield-based electrical cables firm with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
ProCo has acquired the remaining stake in Concept Communications Group, the Stansted-based printing firm with 21 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Altium, the investment banking firm with offices in Manchester and London, is to merge with GCA Savvian Corporation of Japan in a £250m deal.
Portmeirion has acquired Lighthouse Holdings, the owner of the Cumbria-based Wax Lyrical home fragrance firm with 122 staff, for up to £18m.
Howarth Timber & Building Supplies has acquired Doncaster-based Maltings Timber Merchants, taking its total chain of building supply outlets to 30.
Focus Consultants has acquired a majority stake in MES Building Solutions, the Newark-based sustainable building firm with 12 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Bowers & Wilkins, the Worthing-based audio equipment firm with 1,100 staff, is to be acquired by Eva Automation of the US for undisclosed terms.
Ace Container Services has acquired Northern Containers, to create a combined Leeds-based shipping container business with more than 800 units.
Spear Travels has acquired Broads Travel Group, the travel agency with 16 staff and two stores in Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield, for undisclosed terms.
Xchanging, the London-based business solutions firm, has been acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation of the US in a £480m deal.
Sigma Components, the Hinckley-based aerospace division of Avingtrans, is to be acquired by Silverfleet Capital Partners for £65m.
Bradford & Bingley is to sell its mortgage servicing operations, with 1,700 staff based in West Yorkshire and Sunderland, to Computershare of Australia.
Standard Life is to acquire Axa's UK portfolio services division Elevate for undisclosed terms, to create a combined advisory platform business.
BlackRock is to sell its defined contribution platform and administration business with about 150 staff based in London and Peterborough to Aegon UK.
Huws Gray has acquired Shropshire Building Supplies, the Shropshire-based chain of five builders' merchants, for undisclosed terms.
IntroNovo has acquired RMS Managed IT Security, the Kettering-based IT security firm, from Pinnacle Technology Group for a nominal sum.
Learning Pool has sold a majority stake in its Londonderry-based online training business with 80 staff to Carlyle Cardinal Ireland.
Co-operative Group is to sell 36 former Somerfield stores with 920 staff to Food Retailer Group, and they will be rebranded as Budgens.
Mayborn Group, the Cramlington-based Tommee Tippee baby products firm, has been sold by 3i to Shanghai Jahwa of China for undisclosed terms.
Frank Recruitment Group, the Newcastle-based recruitment firm with 700 staff, has been acquired by TPG Growth of the US in a multi-million pound deal.
Johnson Service Group has acquired Gwynedd-based Afonwen Laundry for £53m and Chester Textile Services of Chester for £3.3m.
Stroma has acquired two building control businesses, including Cannock-based Approved Design Consultancy and BBS Building Control of Tunbridge Wells.
ABM Catering Solutions has acquired the contracts of Talkington Bates Midlands, the Rugby-based catering firm, for undisclosed terms.
Dalepak, the Northampton-based logistics firm with 265 staff, has undergone a management buy-out with backing from Sovereign Capital.
Deloitte Real Estate is to sell its London-based national investment team to Gerald Eve for a nominal sum, with the transfer of 18 staff.
Statiflo International, the Macclesfield-based static mixers engineering firm with 23 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Linthwaite House, the four-star hotel in the Lake District with 30 bedrooms, is to be acquired by Leeu Collection of South Africa for undisclosed terms.
Lonmar Global Risks, the London-based Lloyd's insurance broking firm, is to undergo a management buy-out with backing from Global Risk Partners.
Expanded Metal Company, the Hartlepool-based metal production firm, has been acquired from Gibraltar Industries by Empire of the US.
Potens has acquired two care homes, including Bourne Bridge House of South Molton and St Austell-based Woodside Farmhouse, for undisclosed terms.
Engaged CRM has acquired Seed Internet Marketing, the Sheffield-based lead generation firm, out of administration through Wilson Field for undisclosed terms.
Ecotricity has acquired the UK rooftop solar portfolio of US-based SunEdison, including more than 800 installations, in a seven-figure deal.
Babington has sold a majority stake in its Derby-based apprenticeships and skills training business to private equity firm RJD Partners for £22m.
Zyro has acquired Fisher Outdoor Leisure, the St Albans-based cycling components firm, having undergone a management buy-out with backing from LDC.
Zoopla Property Group is to acquire Property Software Holdings, the Brackley-based property software solutions firm, for £75m.
Deloitte Real Estate has sold its London-based transactional business and about 80 staff to Knight Frank, Gerald Eve and Savills for about £15m.
Shearings Leisure Group, the Wigan-based firm with 46 hotels across the country, is to be acquired by Lone Star Funds of the US for undisclosed terms.
Thomas J Fudge has sold a majority stake in its Dorset-based biscuit making business to private equity firm Livingbridge for undisclosed terms.
Holidaycottages has sold a 50% stake in its Bideford-based online accommodation rental business to Phoenix Equity Partners for up to £15m.
Bonds of London, the Nottinghamshire-based confectionery firm, has been acquired by Innovative Bites of the US in a multi-million pound deal.
International Currency Exchange, the London-based foreign exchange firm, has been sold by Lenlyn Holdings to HNA Tourism of China for undisclosed terms.
AB Systems of Buckinghamshire is to merge with Sterling Ancillary Services, the Leighton Buzzard-based plastics installation consultancy.
Tessuti has acquired Xile Clothing, the menswear firm with three stores in Edinburgh, Livingston and Glasgow, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Alpha Group has acquired the Glasgow office of Steelcase, the US-based office furniture business, taking its total headcount to 92.
Panther Logistics, the Northampton-based transport firm with 300 staff and a depot in Rugby, has undergone a management buy-out for £17m.
Purpose Media is to merge with A-Star Media of Mansfield, to create a combined South Normanton-based digital business with 30 staff.
Wings Travel Management has acquired Grosvenor Travel Management, the London-based travel management firm with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Noonan has acquired London-based security solutions businesses The Shield Guarding Company & TSG Security, taking its total headcount to more than 14,700.
Simply Business, the London-based online insurance firm, has been sold by AnaCap to Aquiline Capital Partners of the US for £120m.
OBO Scaffolding has merged with Traffic Management Solutions, to create a combined Ipswich-based contracting business called TBF Contracting.
Touch Bionics, the Livingston-based prosthetic limbs firm with more than 120 staff, has been acquired by Ossur Hf of Iceland for £28m.
Maintel is to acquire Azzurri Communications, the Surrey-based communication services firm with 500 staff and five sites, for £49m.
Galloway Travel Group, the Mendlesham-based bus and coach operator, is to be acquired by a new company called Eastern Transport Holdings this November.
Evolution Time Critical, the Derby-based logistics firm, has been acquired by Metro Supply Chain Group of Canada for undisclosed terms.
MB Aerospace has acquired Centrax Turbine Components, the Newton Abbot-based turbine manufacturing firm with 430 staff, for undisclosed terms.
National Trust is to acquire the Shugborough Estate visitor attraction from Staffordshire County Council this October, casting doubt on the future of 91 jobs.
Palatine Private Equity has acquired a majority stake in Verdant Leisure, the holiday park operator with four sites across the North East and Scotland.
Dock10 is to acquire Edit19, the Manchester-based post production firm, with the transfer of 11 staff from Quay Street to MediaCityUK.
HFH Healthcare, the Wimbledon-based healthcare firm with 35 staff and 400 carers, has undergone a management buy-out with backing from Spring Ventures.
Viridian, the Belfast-based energy firm with 480 staff, has been acquired by private equity firm I Squared Capital for undisclosed terms.
Scott-Moncrieff is to merge with Edinburgh-based Ogilvie & Company, to create a combined accountancy business with more than 180 staff.
Wilmington has acquired Evantage Consulting, the Sheffield-based healthcare and pharmaceutical analytics firm, for an initial £1.4m.
UK Fire Doors has acquired the former Leaderflush Shapland door factory at Langley Mill in Derbyshire, securing the future of at least 20 jobs.
Whistles, the London-based chain of 46 fashion stores, has been acquired by The Foschini Group of South Africa for undisclosed terms.
Bilby has acquired two building services businesses, including DCB (Kent) for up to £4m and Spokemead Maintenance of St Albans for up to £8.7m.
Altec Hydraulics has acquired Hydrofit Alliance, the Newton Aycliffe-based engineering firm, out of administration through Tait Walker for undisclosed terms.
The Government is considering plans to sell the Land Registry agency, casting doubt on the future of hundreds of jobs at its head office in Plymouth.
Orange Bus, the Newcastle-based technology firm with 75 staff and an office in London, has been acquired by Capita for undisclosed terms.
Paragon Construction has been sold out of administration to Mason Lord, securing the future of 30 jobs at its St Helens-based contracting business.
Roger Hannah & Co has merged with Guest Garsden Chartered Surveyors, to create a combined Manchester-based property services firm with 40 staff.
Primmer Olds has merged with BAS Property Consultants, to create a combined Southampton-based property business called Primmer Olds BAS with 15 staff.
GKD Litho has been sold out of administration by RSM to a new company called GKD Print, securing the future of 16 jobs at its Hull-based printing business.
Tavistock Investments has acquired Abacus Associates Financial Services, the Hereford-based IFA with about 45 self-employed advisers, for more than £5m.
AWB Charlesworth Solicitors has merged with Worger Howcroft Solicitors, to create a combined Yorkshire-based law firm with 60 staff and four offices.
MPM Products has sold a majority stake in its Macclesfield-based pet food business to private equity firm ECI for about £50m.
Hawick Knitwear has sold its brand and intellectual property out of administration to Lyber 2016, securing 32 jobs at its Borders-based textiles business.
Kreston Reeves is to merge with Spofforths to create a combined accountancy group with 450 staff at ten offices across the South East.
CareTech Holdings is to acquire Oakleaf, the Northampton-based brain injury rehabilitation firm with 225 staff at nine sites, for an initial £18m.
Totally is to acquire Premier Physical Healthcare, the London-based provider of physical healthcare services with 35 staff, for £6.7m.
Pinnacle Technology is to acquire the remaining 70% of Accent Telecom North, the Stockton-based telecoms reseller, for £0.6m.
Eurocell has acquired Vista Panels, the Wirral-based composite and PVC-U doors manufacturing firm with more than 100 staff, for £7.1m.
Bibby Ship Management, the Liverpool-based shipping firm with 332 staff, has been acquired by V Group of the Isle of Man for undisclosed terms.
Terra Technology, the US-based forecasting software firm with an office in Bracknell, has been acquired by E2open for undisclosed terms.
GP Strategies Training has acquired Jencal Training and its subsidiary business B2B Engage, the learning firms with offices in Bracknell and Greenwich.
Baqus Group, the Liverpool-based property services firm, has undergone a management buy-out by a new company called BFM Ventures for £1.3m.
Rothera Dowson is to merge with Sharp Young & Pearce, to create a combined Nottingham-based law firm called Rothera Sharp with 20 partners.
Hydrodec Group of London has sold Hydrodec (UK) and Hydrodec Re-Refining (UK), its waste oil collection businesses, to a shareholder for a nominal sum.
Mellors Group has acquired Fantasy Island, the Lincolnshire-based theme park with 50 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Powa Technologies of London has sold its PowaTag and PowaWeb payment businesses out of administration through Deloitte, securing the future of 69 jobs.
Rialco, the Bradford-based chemicals manufacturing firm with 11 staff, has been acquired by Electronics For Imaging of the US for undisclosed terms.
VPS has acquired Evander Glazing & Locks, the Norwich-based home security firm, and will relocate from Borehamwood to Oldham by April.
Thomas Westcott is to merge with Parkhurst Hill, to create a combined Plymouth-based accountancy business with 220 staff and 28 partners.
Malton Foods has acquired the Goblin and Simpsons ready meals brands from Manchester-based Simpsons Ready Meals for undisclosed terms.
Go Entertainment Group, the London-based media consumer products firm, has been sold by LiteBulb to Eclipse Media for a nominal sum.
Culina has acquired Great Bear Distribution, the Cheshire-based logistics firm with 2,000 staff and a 250-strong fleet, for undisclosed terms.
Dennis Eagle has been acquired by Dutch company Terberg, and will merge its Warwick-based bin lorry manufacturing business with Terberg Matec UK of Warrington.
Hargreaves Services has acquired CJ Pryor out of administration, securing the future of about 60 jobs at its Essex-based earth moving business.
Connells Group has acquired Rook Matthews Sayer, the estate agency with 16 branches across Newcastle, Northumberland and Tyneside, for undisclosed terms.
Plum Underwriting has acquired Synergy Insurance Services, the London-based insurance firm, from Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings for undisclosed terms.
Swift, the Salford-based fire protection and security systems firm with 270 staff, is to be acquired by Marlowe Holdings for £13m.
Dantec Hose, the Merseyside-based composite hose manufacturing firm, has been acquired by Elaflex-Gummi Ehlers of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Simon Gibson Transport, the East Yorkshire-based transport firm with 138 staff, has been acquired by Groupe Charles Andre of France.
Mettis, the Redditch-based aerospace supply firm, has been acquired by private equity firm Stirling Square Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.
Lloyd Motor Group has acquired two car dealerships in North Yorkshire, including Service Centre in Leyburn and Ripon Land Rover, for undisclosed terms.
BASF is to sell its industrial coatings business to AkzoNobel of the Netherlands for £372m, including a manufacturing plant in Deeside.
KBC Advanced Technologies, the Surrey-based oil and gas software firm, is to be acquired by Yokogawa Electric of Japan for £180m.
Calderprint has acquired Hudson & Pearson out of administration in a seven-figure deal, with the creation of 20 jobs at its Burnley-based printing business.
Covance is to sell its pharmaceutical laboratory in Northumberland to a new company called ARC Trinova, securing the future of at least 50 jobs.
Johnston Press is to acquire the daily newspaper i from ESI Media for £24m, with the transfer of a significant number of staff.
Asahi of Japan is to acquire the Peroni and Grolsch beer brands from SABMiller for £2bn, including London-based Meantime Brewing Company.
PDP Couriers, the Middlesex-based temperature-controlled logistics firm, has been acquired by Cryo International for undisclosed terms.
Lanchester Group has acquired Spicers of Hythe, the Kent-based luxury hamper firm, and its subsidiary business One Up Golf, in a multi-million pound deal.
Menzies Distribution has acquired Thistle Couriers, the Aberdeen-based delivery firm with 45 staff and more than 25 vehicles, for undisclosed terms.
Tesco has acquired the remaining stake in Harris & Hoole, the London-based chain of 45 coffee shops with about 500 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Old Mutual is to sell Rogge Global Partners, the London-based asset management firm, to Allianz Global Investors for undisclosed terms.
Daler-Rowney, the Bracknell-based art supplies firm, has been sold by Electra Private Equity to FILA Group of Italy for about £32m.
Equator has acquired a majority stake in 999 Design Group, the branding agency with offices in Glasgow and London, for undisclosed terms.
RSM has acquired Right Hand HR, the HR consultancy with 26 staff and offices in Chester, Exeter, London and Newcastle, for undisclosed terms.
TGM Recycling has acquired Plastics Plus Recycling Group, the Devon-based recycling firm and its subsidiary business Polymer Industries.
EE Smith Contracts has undergone a management buy-out at its Leicester-based interiors business for £11m, with backing from Maven Investor Partners.
First Class Child Care, the nursery services firm with nine sites across Yorkshire and Lancashire, has been acquired by Just Childcare for undisclosed terms.
Celesio is to acquire Bupa Home Healthcare, the healthcare services firm with 1,000 staff, from London-based Bupa for undisclosed terms.
Proactis Holdings has acquired Due North, the Cramlington-based sourcing and contract solutions firm, from Access Intelligence for £4.5m.
Bakers Waste Services has acquired Berridge Waste Paper, to create a combined Leicestershire-based waste collection and recycling business with 100 staff.
Sainsbury's is looking to acquire Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos, for £1.3bn to create a combined retail business with about 2,000 stores.
Chelverton Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in Hickton Consultants, the South Yorkshire-based construction services firm, for £0.7m.
St Ives has acquired a majority stake in The App Business, the London-based mobile software consultancy, for an initial £22m.
Avingtrans is to acquire the Nuneaton-based internal pipe manufacturing business of Rolls-Royce, with 132 staff and a factory in China, for £3.5m.
True Potential has sold a significant stake in its Newcastle-based technology business to US-based private equity firm FTV Capital for undisclosed terms.
Air Energi, the energy sector recruitment firm with a European head office in Manchester, has merged with US-based Swift Worldwide Resources.
Optionis has acquired ARC Licensed Trade Consultancy, the Carlisle-based pub accountancy firm, for undisclosed terms with backing from MML Capital Partners.
Endemol Shine UK has acquired London-based content production business Electric Robin and OP Talent, the Newark-based digital talent management firm.
Sumac Precision Engineering has acquired WSM Manufacturing out of administration, securing the future of 21 jobs at its Weymouth-based engineering business.
Project Development International, the Aberdeen-based engineering firm, has been acquired by Tattva International Holdings of Singapore.
Bowman Riley Architects has sold a majority stake in Bowman Riley Healthcare, its Skipton-based division, to an entrepreneur for undisclosed terms.
Boparan Restaurant Holdings has acquired Cinnamon Collection, the London-based chain of three restaurants, and plans to open more sites across the country.
Pinnacle Technology Group is to acquire Ancar-B Technologies and Weston Communications, the Leeds-based IT support services firms, for £5m.
Orchard Street Investment Management has acquired eight garden centres from Wyevale Garden Centres in a £91m sale and leaseback deal.
Anglian Group has transferred a majority stake in its Norwich-based home improvements business to private equity firm Alchemy Partners.
Gaucho has sold a majority stake in its London-based chain of 14 restaurants to private equity firm Equistone for more than £100m.
Now Motor Retailing has acquired two Vauxhall car dealerships in Marlborough and Swindon from Skurrays for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 76 staff.
Curtis Banks Group is to acquire Suffolk Life Group, the Ipswich-based pensions firm with 239 staff, from Legal & General Group for £45m.
Accutronics, the Staffordshire-based battery manufacturing firm, has been acquired by Ultralife Corporation of the US for £7.6m.
Hewden has acquired Interlift, the rigging and lifting equipment firm with 34 staff and depots in Middlesbrough, Glasgow and Hull, for undisclosed terms.
GT4 Group has acquired TPL Labels, the East Kilbride-based label manufacturing firm, with £5m backing from Scottish Loan Fund.
Cellhire has acquired 0044.co.uk and dataroam.co.uk, the Warwickshire-based mobile voice and data products businesses, for undisclosed terms.
Appleby Fiduciary Business has undergone a management buy-out from the Appleby Group, with backing from private equity firm Bridgepoint.
Tobar Group, the chain of Hawkin's Bazaar toy stores, has undergone an undisclosed management buy-out with backing from Merino Private Equity.
Cairn Group has acquired Stoke Place Country House Hotel out of administration, safeguarding more than 50 jobs at its Buckinghamshire-based boutique hotel.
Rotala has acquired the Heathrow-based transport business of OFJ Connections, including a 70-strong vehicle fleet and 120 staff, for £1.3m.
Capita has acquired the online payment businesses of Hertfordshire-based PayPoint, including PayPoint.net and Metacharge, for £14m.
Direct Line Group has acquired DLG Legal Services, the Leeds-based law firm, from joint venture partner Parabis Law for a nominal sum.
Nicholas Associates has acquired Ashley Kate HR, the Nottingham-based HR recruitment firm with more than 30 staff, in a seven-figure deal.
Real Yorkshire Pudding Company, the Doncaster-based food manufacturing firm with more than 100 staff, has been acquired by Go2 Foods.
Ryan Direct Group is to acquire Midas Underwriting, the insurance firm with offices in County Down and Essex, for undisclosed terms.
Priory Group, the operator of more than 300 health clinics, has been sold by Advent International to US-based Acadia Healthcare for about £1.5bn.
Chess has announced the acquisition of five further telecoms and IT businesses, including Go4, Tetcom, Powercit and Millennium Talk.
Glendale Foods, the Salford-based food manufacturing firm with 200 staff, has undergone a partial management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Meridian Motor Group has acquired two Toyota car dealerships in Leeds and Wakefield and a Leeds-based Lexus car dealership from Lookers.
Epwin Group has acquired Stormking Plastics, the Tamworth-based moulded building components firm with 200 staff, for an initial £27m.