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Tue, 16/03/2021
Thorntons is the latest name to disappear from UK high streets. The chocolate maker has announced that it is to close all 61 of its shops, with the loss of up to 600 jobs. Thorntons chocolates will continue to be made at its factory in Alfreton in Derbyshire and the brand will remain available through other retailers and online. The first Thorntons chocolate shop opened in Sheffield in 1911. In 2015 the company was bought by the Italian confectioner Ferrero.
Wed, 24/02/2021
The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber’s drivers are entitled to the legal employment rights of workers, such as the minimum wage, holiday pay and to join a workplace pension scheme. Uber had contended that the drivers were self-employed and that they simply used the Uber app to book fares. The ruling is likely to cost Uber millions of pounds and puts its business model in jeopardy. It also has far reaching implications for the gig economy.
Fri, 05/02/2021
Inawisdom has been taken over by American technology company Cognizant. Established in 2016, Inawisdom specialises in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics.
Fri, 05/02/2021
The Property Franchise Group has bought Hunters Property for £25.2m.
Fri, 05/02/2021
Scapa Group has agreed to be taken over by the American company Schweitzer-Mauduit in a deal worth £402.9m. Scapa is a manufacturer of bonding products and adhesive components used in the healthcare and industrial sectors.
Fri, 05/02/2021
The Carlyle Group has sold the specialist insurance company PIB Group to funds advised by Apax Partners.
Fri, 05/02/2021
Shell has continued its expansion into the clean technology energy sector with the acquisition of ubitricity. Established in Berlin, ubitricity operates the largest public electric vehicle charging network in the UK, with more than 2,700 charge points.
Fri, 05/02/2021
The US online brokerage tastytrade has been acquired by IG Group. The £730m deal allows IG to enter the world’s largest derivatives market.
Fri, 05/02/2021
Shawbrook Bank has bought The Mortgage Lender. The deal gives Shawbrook a great foothold in the core residential and buy-to-let markets.
Fri, 05/02/2021
JPIMedia Publishing has been taken over by National World. The £10.2m deal means National World now owns some of the UK’s best known regional newspapers, including The Yorkshire Post and The Scotsman.