Acquisitions News: 2010

Thu, 30 Dec 2010: Southern Cross's landlords are mulling dividing the care homes up as the group faces an uncertain future, which could lead to administration. Sou...
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Thu, 30 Dec 2010: Retail entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter has acquired the fashion retail chain Cruise, which entered administration this month. Hunter bought the ten-store ...
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Thu, 30 Dec 2010: One of the largest bingo operators in the north has announced that it is considering breaking the business up in 2011. Buckingham Bingo, based in Manchester, operates 10 bingo halls across the north of the country. The leisure specialists called in KPMG's corporate finance specialists earlier this year to offer advice on options for the new year, including possibly putting the firm onto the market. Some of the bingo halls look likely to be sold off independently, although a sale of the entire business has not been ruled out. Buckingham Bingo is said to have already received notes of interest from several large investors, including leisure group Praesepe, who has expressed an intent to grow through a series of acquisitions next year. Following on from KPMG's appointment to carry out a strategic review, sources close to Buckingham Bingo report that there has been 'considerable interest' in the firm since September, when the business first indicated a potential sale. One source said, “There has been a variety of bidders and January could see one or more deals concluded.” Venture capital firm Alchemy Partners purchased Buckingh...
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Wed, 29 Dec 2010: Kent-based painting and commercial fit-out contractor S Lucas has announced an internal management buy-out. The Wrotham-based group, which specialises...
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Mon, 27 Dec 2010: A Scottish medical diagnostics company has announced plans to acquire an American chemical firm. Axis-Shield, which is located in Dundee, will buy Was...
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Sun, 26 Dec 2010: Maplin Electronics, the gadgets and electronics retail chain, may soon be put up for sale by its owners, Montagu Private Equity. The private equity fi...
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Fri, 24 Dec 2010: Subsea7, an offshore oil firm based in Aberdeen, is to dispose of a portion of its business after being taken over by Acergy. Acergy merged with Subse...
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: The Weather Lottery is to acquire Devil Fish Poker for £0.3m, in order to expand its online gaming operations....
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: BAe Systems is to acquire ETI, the Danish provider of intelligence technology products with 260 staff, for £137m....
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: Capita Group has acquired BSI, the hotel booking and meetings management agency with 300 staff in Taunton, London, Nottingham and Cheadle, for £...
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: ENER-G has acquired the assets of SmartHome Controls, the Sussex-based supplier of heating and ventilation systems, in order to expand its energy mana...
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: Capita Group has acquired SunGard Public Sector, the US supplier of IT systems to the emergency services, for £86m....
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: K3 Business Technology has acquired the Sage 200 business management software division of FD Systems for £1.2m....
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: Nampak Cartons and Nampak Healthcare have been acquired by Platinum Equity of the US for £80m, with the transfer of up to 600 staff at packaging...
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: The company behind price comparison website seeus2save.com has entered administration. Mark Getliffe and Diane Hill at accountancy firm CLB Coopers ha...
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Thu, 23 Dec 2010: A Gateshead-based real estate firm has fallen into administration as a result of the credit crunch's effect on the property sector. Dreamport Pro...
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Wed, 22 Dec 2010: Hulme Group, the Manchester-based commercial vehicle maintenance firm with 32 staff, has been bought out of administration by Leyland Holding Company....
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Wed, 22 Dec 2010: David Hathaway Transport of Bristol has bought the assets of Swindon-based Broadleaze Logistics out of liquidation....
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Wed, 22 Dec 2010: Conflow and Bestobell Valves have undergone a management buy-out from Sheffield-based Flow Group for undisclosed terms....
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Wed, 22 Dec 2010: Weir Group has acquired a 76% stake in Ynfiniti Engineering Services, the Spanish wind power firm with annual sales of £8.5m....
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