Salford’s AJ Bell grows assets 29% to £73bn

AJ Bell plc, the Salford-based investment platform, said on Thursday its assets under administration (AUA) increased by 29% to £72.8 billion in its financial year ended September 30,…





Morrisons shareholders approve £7bn takeover

Shareholders of Bradford-based supermarket giant Morrisons on Tuesday approved a roughly £7 billion cash takeover offer from US private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Morrisons…



Asda hiring 15,000 for Christmas period

Leeds-based supermarket giant Asda has stepped up its Christmas preparations by announcing plans to recruit 15,000 temporary staff and confirming the dates its festive home…


Chester’s Moneysupermarket buys £101m Quidco

Chester-based price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com has agreed to buy cashback business Quidco in a deal worth up to £101 million. Moneysupermarket said it will pay £87 million…






Benchmark shares soar amid strong trading

Shares of Sheffield-based aquaculture biotech firm Benchmark Holdings rose about 12% on Monday after it said it expects full-year earnings to be significantly ahead of the…




Newcastle’s Grainger buys £141m London scheme

Newcastle-headquartered Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, said on Thursday it has exchanged conditional contracts to forward fund and acquire Merrick Place, a 401-home build-to-rent development…
















Lookers trading strong despite chip shortage

Shares of Altrincham-based car dealership Lookers plc rose about 6% on Wednesday after it published a trading update covering the three month period ended September 30,…

















Avacta shares up on LG Chem Life Sciences news

Shares of Wetherby-based cancer therapies and diagnostics company Avacta Group plc rose about 5% after it announced that a pre-clinical development milestone has been achieved in its…


Morrisons takeover fight to be decided on Oct 2

The £7 billion takeover battle for Bradford-based supermarket giant Morrisons between US private equity groups Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and Fortress Investment Group will…