Searchlight and Ares invest £500m in RSK Group

Private equity firms Searchlight Capital Partners and Ares Management Corporation are leading a consortium to make a £500 million preferred equity investment in Helsby, Cheshire-based…


Aptamer developing pathogen water tests

York-based Aptamer Group plc said it has formed a partnership with Microsaic Systems to develop a panel of Optimer binders that can detect pathogens in…





Man Utd put £50m into training complex

Manchester United plc is to spend £50 million modernizing facilities for its first team at the Carrington Training Complex. The project will result in all…













SysGroup raises £11m, pushes forward AI

SysGroup, the Manchester-based IT services, cloud hosting and cyber security firm, said it had raised £11 million selling new shares to investors.  The company said…


















Mabey Hire of W Yorkshire bought by Germany’s PERI

PERI Group of Weissenhorn in Germany has acquired Mabey Hire, the Dewsbury, West Yorkshire-based firm that specilaizes in infrastructure and renovation construction projects. “Becoming part of the PERI…


Banks Group pivots to property and mining

County Durham-headquartered energy, property and mining firm the Banks Group said it delivered a “robust performance” in 2023 across all of its business areas in…





Auto Trader profit up, shares jump 15%

Manchester-based FTSE 100 firm Auto Trader Group plc reported a sharp increase in revenue and profit for the financial year, saying vehicle sales are now…


Bodycote enjoys good start to the year

Bodycote, the Macclesfield-based heat treatment and thermal processing giant, published an AGM trading update covering the four-month period to April 30, 2024, saying it enjoyed a good…



Pets at Home sales up 5% to £1.5bn

Wilmslow-based pet and vet retailer Pets at Home Group reported lower profit for the latest financial year, partly due to higher one-off costs, but managed…


US firm buys Newcastle-based Houghton 

America’s IPS said it bought Newcastle-based electromechanical firm Houghton International to help it expand its international operations.  Houghton specializes in the repair and remanufacturing of…


Boluda buys Hull towage firm SMS

Spain’s Boluda Towage said it agreed to buy Hull-based SMS Towage Ltd for an undisclosed sum, taking over its staff and fleet.  SMS started operations…









Coventry BS to buy Co-op Bank for £780m

Coventry Building Society has agreed to buy Manchester-based Co-operative Bank Holdings for £780 million in cash, as it looks to establish a national footprint and…







Northcoders appoints Walton as adviser

Technology training company Northcoders said on Tuesday it has appointed tech consultancy entrepreneur Tom Walton as a strategic adviser to boost its rebranded business services…