James Fisher: CEO quits at Barrow firm

James Fisher and Sons plc, the Barrow-in-Furness international marine engineering company, announced that Eoghan O’Lionaird intends to step down as chief executive officer once a successor…





Bolton’s AO World closes German business

Bolton-based online electrical retailer AO World plc announced it will close its German business “based on the continuing deterioration in the outlook for the German business,…



Morrisons £7bn takeover gets final clearance

US private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice’s £7 billion takeover of Bradford-based supermarket giant Morrisons has cleared its final regulatory hurdle. The UK’s Competition…


Carr’s of Carlisle appoints new directors

Carlisle-based agriculture and engineering firm Carr’s Group announced that First Milk CEO Shelagh Hancock and AG Barr finance director Stuart Lorimer have been appointed as independent…











Endless, Leeds private equity firm, buys KTC

Leeds-based private equity firm Endless LLP announced it acquired edible oil supplier K.T.C. (Edibles) Limited. The investment in KTC adds another British food business to Endless’…



Genedrive shares up on Covid test approval

Shares of Manchester-based molecular diagnostics company Genedrive rose about 5% on Monday after the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency granted the firm a Coronavirus Test…


Speedy Hire revenue rises 16% to £387m

Shares of Speedy Hire plc, the Newton-le-Willows-based tools and equipment hire firm, rose about 4% on Monday after it said its revenue increased 16.4% to £386.8 million…









United Utilities vows: no water bills increase

Warrington-based water giant United Utilities has promised it will not increase average household bills in 2022-23 despite rapidly rising inflation. The vow came as United Utilities…












THG shares up 25% amid rejected £2bn bid

Shares of Manchester-based THG rose 25% to £1.45 on Friday after the e-commerce, beauty and nutrition giant revealed late on Thursday it had rejected a £2.07…


Croda shares rise on strong trading

Shares of Croda International, the Snaith, East Yorkshire-based FTSE 100 speciality chemicals giant, rose about 4% on Friday after the firm published a strong trading…



THG rejects £2bn bid as Candy mulls rival offer

THG plc, the Manchester e-commerce, beauty and nutrition giant, confirmed late on Thursday that it “received a third unsolicited, highly preliminary and indicative non-binding” takeover proposal…



Begbies expects revenue up 30% to £109m

Shares of Manchester-based corporate rescue firm Begbies Traynor Group plc rose about 9% on Thursday after the firm published an update on trading for its financial year…





Victorian Plumbing shares down 80% since IPO

Skelmersdale, Lancashire-based Victorian Plumbing Group has published half year results for the six months ended March 31, 2022, showing revenue was down 5% year-on-year to…


Accrol shares up 10% as it raises prices

Shares of Blackburn-based toilet roll and tissue maker Accrol Group rose about 10% on Tuesday after it published a trading update saying it has “successfully navigated…


Fintel shares rise on strong trading

Shares of Huddersfield-based Fintel plc, a provider of compliance and business services to financial advisers and institutions, rose about 7% on Tuesday after it published…








Grainger first-half profit up 122% to £99m

Newcastle-headquartered Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, said its profit before tax for the six months ended March 31 soared 122% to £98.8 million as revenue…