Bell Pottinger in administration

The international PR and reputation agency Bell Pottinger has gone into administration. In recent weeks Bell Pottinger’s chief executive resigned, it was expelled from the Public Relations & Communications Association and high-profile clients deserted the agency following revelations of its activities in South Africa, where it was accused of inciting racial hatred. Bell Pottinger was set up in 1987 and currently employs around 180 people in London. Tim Bell, Margaret Thatcher’s PR adviser was one of its founders. Now Lord Bell, he said that the firm would almost certainly not be able to survive the scandal.

Unilever has committed to increasing its presence in the UK herbal tea market with the acquisition of Pukka Herbs. As a brand Pukka emphasises a health and wellness philosophy, with its products coming from 100% certified, organic and ethically sourced ingredients. The company has a turnover of over £30m and, according to Euromonitor, is the fastest growing organic tea company in the world. Pukka will be joining brands such as PG Tips and Liptons within Unilever’s tea category.

French energy group Schneider Electric has agreed to merge its software arm with UK engineering software firm AVEVA, creating a company worth around £3bn. Schneider will take a majority stake in AVEVA, which will retain its base in Cambridge and remain listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its share price rose by 25.7% in the day following the announcement. The merger enables the enlarged AVEVA Group to offer a more comprehensive range of engineering and industrial software and expand its geographic presence and customer base. It diversifies and broadens AVEVA’s reach in industries such as chemicals, food, mining, pharmaceuticals and water in particular. This year AVEVA celebrates 50 years since it was spun out of Cambridge University. Today the company employs 1,700 people worldwide and generated revenues of £215.8m in the last fiscal year. Schneider Electric Software employs 2,700 people and recorded sales of £441.7m.

The rate of inflation rose to a five-year high of 2.9% in August, up from 2.6% in July. The main factors in the increase were the weak pound, the rebound in the oil price and a record increase in the price of clothing and footwear.

Prepared salad manufacturer Florette, part of French cooperative Agrial Group, has acquired MyFresh Prepared Produce. Based in Wigan, MyFresh employs 300 people and supplies vegetables and salads to a number of brands and businesses across Europe. The deal will enable Agrial to ramp up its operations in the UK market.

Warner Music has acquired Spinnin’ Records, a label specialising in EDM based in the Netherlands. The label’s alumni includes the likes of Afrojack, Armand van Helden and Tiësto. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined True Telecom Ltd £85,000 for making illegal calls. For over two years, the Dartford-based telecoms company called people who were registered on the Telephone Preference Service as well as people who had specifically asked the company not to contact them. Despite a warning from the ICO, the calls continued. Between April 2015 and April 2017, the ICO received 201 complaints. People said the calls were misleading because callers gave the impression they were from BT Openreach and the number was withheld.

Private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners has acquired CPA Global from Cinven. CPA Global is a leading IP management and technology company with over 2,000 employees across 12 countries worldwide. It provides an integrated IP platform and technology-enabled solutions for the registration, protection and administration of intellectual property. The deal is reported to be worth £2.4bn.

Leeds-based IT company Firstnet has merged with Select Data Centres in Manchester, creating a new business under the name of Firstnet Group. The deal combines Select’s expertise in data centre design and construction with Firstnet’s reputation for managed IT, cloud, system co-location and workplace recovery services.

Sharp Electronics Europe has acquired Midshire Business Systems and Midshire Business Systems (Northern).  Midshire is a office technology reseller with offices in Birmingham, Cardiff and Stockport. It will be operated as part of Sharp Business Solutions UK (SBSUK), retaining its brand name, existing management and structures.

Bell Pottinger in administration

The international PR and reputation agency Bell Pottinger has gone into administration. In recent weeks Bell Pottinger’s chief executive resigned, it was expelled from the Public Relations & Communications Association and high-profile clients deserted the agency following revelations of its activities in South Africa, where it was accused of inciting racial hatred. Bell Pottinger was set up in 1987 and currently employs around 180 people in London. Tim Bell, Margaret Thatcher’s PR adviser was one of its founders. Now Lord Bell, he said that the firm would almost certainly not be able to survive the scandal.

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Unilever buys Pukka Herbs

Unilever has committed to increasing its presence in the UK herbal tea market with the acquisition of Pukka Herbs. As a brand Pukka emphasises a health and wellness philosophy, with its products coming from 100% certified, organic and ethically sourced ingredients. The company has a turnover of over £30m and, according to Euromonitor, is the fastest growing organic tea company in the world. Pukka will be joining brands such as PG Tips and Liptons within Unilever’s tea category.

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AVEVA Group agrees merger with Schneider Electric Software

French energy group Schneider Electric has agreed to merge its software arm with UK engineering software firm AVEVA, creating a company worth around £3bn. Schneider will take a majority stake in AVEVA, which will retain its base in Cambridge and remain listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its share price rose by 25.7% in the day following the announcement. The merger enables the enlarged AVEVA Group to offer a more comprehensive range of engineering and industrial software and expand its geographic presence and customer base. It diversifies and broadens AVEVA’s reach in industries such as chemicals, food, mining, pharmaceuticals and water in particular. This year AVEVA celebrates 50 years since it was spun out of Cambridge University. Today the company employs 1,700 people worldwide and generated revenues of £215.8m in the last fiscal year. Schneider Electric Software employs 2,700 people and recorded sales of £441.7m.

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Inflation hits five-year high

The rate of inflation rose to a five-year high of 2.9% in August, up from 2.6% in July. The main factors in the increase were the weak pound, the rebound in the oil price and a record increase in the price of clothing and footwear.

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Florette acquires MyFresh Prepared Produce

Prepared salad manufacturer Florette, part of French cooperative Agrial Group, has acquired MyFresh Prepared Produce. Based in Wigan, MyFresh employs 300 people and supplies vegetables and salads to a number of brands and businesses across Europe. The deal will enable Agrial to ramp up its operations in the UK market.

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Warner Music acquires Spinnin’ Records

Warner Music has acquired Spinnin’ Records, a label specialising in EDM based in the Netherlands. The label’s alumni includes the likes of Afrojack, Armand van Helden and Tiësto. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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ICO fines telecoms firm £85,000 for calling TPS-registered numbers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined True Telecom Ltd £85,000 for making illegal calls. For over two years, the Dartford-based telecoms company called people who were registered on the Telephone Preference Service as well as people who had specifically asked the company not to contact them. Despite a warning from the ICO, the calls continued. Between April 2015 and April 2017, the ICO received 201 complaints. People said the calls were misleading because callers gave the impression they were from BT Openreach and the number was withheld.

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CPA Global bought by Leonard Green & Partners

Private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners has acquired CPA Global from Cinven. CPA Global is a leading IP management and technology company with over 2,000 employees across 12 countries worldwide. It provides an integrated IP platform and technology-enabled solutions for the registration, protection and administration of intellectual property. The deal is reported to be worth £2.4bn.

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Firstnet and Select Data Centres to become Firstnet Group

Leeds-based IT company Firstnet has merged with Select Data Centres in Manchester, creating a new business under the name of Firstnet Group. The deal combines Select’s expertise in data centre design and construction with Firstnet’s reputation for managed IT, cloud, system co-location and workplace recovery services.

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Sharp Electronics Europe buys office equipment reseller Midshire

Sharp Electronics Europe has acquired Midshire Business Systems and Midshire Business Systems (Northern).  Midshire is a office technology reseller with offices in Birmingham, Cardiff and Stockport. It will be operated as part of Sharp Business Solutions UK (SBSUK), retaining its brand name, existing management and structures.

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