Fashion group N Brown’s chairman to step down

Manchester-based specialist fit fashion retailer N Brown Group — whose brands include JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo — said its chairman Andrew Higginson intends to step down…





Boohoo stock jumps after 106% rise in revenue

Manchester-based online fashion retailer Boohoo.com said its revenue soared 106% to £120.1 million in the three months to May 31, 2017. The company said it now expects revenue growth of…



Revenue up 19% to £249m at Harrogate’s Vp

Harrogate-based specialist equipment rental group Vp plc said revenue grew 19% to £248.7 million and statutory profit before tax rose to £30.3 million from £27.5 million in the…


Revenue falls to £331m at Hull’s KCOM

Hull-based communications firm KCOM said its revenue fell 5.15% to £331.3 million in the year to March 31 “due to the continuing decline of legacy network…



WYG appoints new CEO as revenue hits £152m

Leeds-based WYG, the AIM-listed project management consultancy, announced the appointment of a new chief executive as it unveiled results for the year to March 31, 2017, showing revenue up 14% to…


AO World shares fall amid loss, UK slowdown

Shares of Bolton-based online electrical retailer AO World fell about 11% after it reported an operating loss of £12 million for the year to March 31 and warned of a “challenging…


GTCR to buy Sage Payment Solutions for $260m

Newcastle-based software giant Sage Group, the UK’s largest tech company, said it reached an agreement to sell its North American Payments business Sage Payment Solutions…


Leeds-based Endless buys recruiter Affinity

Leeds-based private equity investor Endless said it acquired CER Staffing Solutions Limited, trading as Affinity Workforce, from Capita plc for an undisclosed price. With revenues of £140…


Sage, Standard Life in pension auto enrolment venture

Edinburgh-based pensions and investment giant Standard Life said it has fully integrated its auto enrolment offering with Newcastle-based software giant Sage Group, the UK’s largest tech company. Standard…




United Utilities profit £623m on £1.7bn revenue

Warrington-based United Utilities, the UK’s largest listed water company, said underlying operating profit rose £19 million to £623 million on revenue down £26 million to £1.704 billion in the year to March 31….



£62m MBO at Lancaster sign media firm Metamark

Private equity firm Primary Capital Partners announced the completion of a £62 million management buyout of Lancaster-based sign vinyl and digital print media firm Metamark (UK) Limited…









On the Beach revenue up 7.3% to £38.1m

Stockport-based beach holiday online retailer On the Beach Group said its revenue increased 7.3% to £38.1 million and profit before tax soared 33.8% to £9.9 million in the…



Chester’s GB Group to buy PCA Predict for £74m

Chester-based identity data company GB Group said it conditionally agreed to acquire address validation firm PCA Predict for a total of £73.85 million. “The £73,852,423 total consideration…


Revenue at York’s Gear4music up 58% to £56m

Shares of York-based Gear4music, the online retailer of musical instruments and equipment, rose 4.55% after it said revenue jumped 58% to more than £56 million and underlying operating profit soared…










Far East Consortium to deliver £1bn Northern Gateway

Far East Consortium International Limited (FEC) said it has been selected to work with the Manchester City Council to deliver the “Northern Gateway” — possibly the largest residential regeneration project ever…


N Brown profit falls to £58m on £901m revenue

Manchester-based specialist fit fashion retailer N Brown Group — whose brands include JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo — said its group revenue rose 4% to £900.7 million in the 53 weeks…


Boohoo.com revenue soars 51% to £294.6m

Manchester-based online fashion retailer boohoo.com said its revenue rose 51% to £294.6 million and profit before tax soared 97% to £30.9 million in the year to February 28,…



Virgin Money credit card balances up to £2.7bn

Newcastle and Edinburgh-based challenger bank Virgin Money insisted it had maintained a “strong focus on asset quality” as its credit card balances grew about 8% to £2.7 billion in the…



Leeds gets £173m transport funding package

Leeds is set to benefit from a £173.5 million UK government funding package that will provide high frequency busways, improved park and ride facilities and better stops…













Leeds’ Dart Group lifts profit expectations

Leeds-based leisure and logistics firm Dart Group, owner of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said in a trading update it expects underlying profit before taxation for the year ended March 31, 2017, to…


Utilitywise shares hit amid loss, chairman move

Shares of Newcastle-based utility consultancy Utilitywise fell more than 11% after it said executive chairman and founder Geoff Thompson would become non-executive chairman with immediate effect and…


NCC installs exec chairman amid upheaval

Manchester-based cyber security company NCC Group said on Monday it appointed Chris Stone as executive chairman with effect from April 6, 2017. “It is intended that he will…