Arthur J. Gallagher acquires Gatehouse

Arthur J. Gallagher has bought internal communication and employee engagement agency Gatehouse Consulting for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition grows Gallagher’s offering and global footprint as it seeks to build a full service communication consultancy. Gatehouse joins Gallagher Communication.

US investment firm Stagwell Group has bought performance marketing agency Forward3D Group. Forward3D is based in London and runs digital marketing campaigns across search, content, display and social using industry-leading linguistics, data science and technology. The company serves an international client base, running campaigns in 50 languages across 20 search and social platforms.

Broker Network has broadened its regional footprint with the acquisition of Thompson & Richardson in Lincolnshire. Thompson & Richardson controls £27m gross written premiums (GWP) and is focused on commercial lines business. It operates from offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Sleaford and employs 75 people.

Global cloud communications provider IMImobile has bought Healthcare Communications UK. Healthcare Communications is the pioneer of SMS text appointment reminder services in the UK. It is estimated that one in 10 outpatient appointments are missed and that this costs the NHS around £750m a year. Healthcare Communications’ services are used by more than 4,000 NHS staff across 140 organisations every day. IMImobile is a cloud communications software and solutions provider that enables companies to use digital technologies to communicate and engage with their customers. Healthcare Communications will retain its name and management team following this deal.

Ireland’s largest cybersecurity firm Integrity360 has bought IT security specialist Metadigm for an undisclosed sum. Integrity360 is a rapidly growing business; in 2016 the company’s turnover increased from €24.5m to €37.5m and it announced plans to hire for 150 positions over the next two years. The Metadigm acquisition forms part of its buy and build strategy. Metadigm provides consulting, prevention, detection and remediation services to clients including the UK Government, and is expected to log a turnover of £3m for 2017.

Apple has confirmed that it is buying British music recognition app Shazam. Founded in 1999, Shazam began as a service whereby users could phone a number while a song played and receive a text message with the name and artist. The more recent app has been downloaded over a billion times. Shazam is one of only a handful of British startups to ever reach a $1bn valuation. It recorded a turnover of £40.3m last year.

Mazars has strengthened its financial planning offering with the acquisition of RCL Consultancy from The Embark Group. The deal adds another £300m of assets under management to Mazars Financial Planning’s books, taking it to over £1bn AUM in total. At the same time, Mazars has also announced that it is to launch a new employee benefits joint venture called ‘Vested’ with The Embark Group, combining the two companies’ activities in the UK Employee Benefits Consulting (EBC) sector. Vested will be 51% owned by Embark and become part of The Embark Group, with the remaining 49% owned by Mazars.

Sewell Group has acquired Huddersfield-based construction company Illingworth & Gregory (I&G), a specialist in maintenance and refurbishments in the health and education sectors. I&G primarily operates in West and North Yorkshire and has recently completed redevelopments of St James’s University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and £3m of projects across the University of Leeds estate.

Superfast broadband supplier Quickline has acquired CLANNET, an internet provider based in Selby, North Yorkshire. CLANNET was established in 2002 by Nick Hall and Dean Welbourn in order to provide a broadband service to nearby village Biggin, expanding since to cater to over 1,000 customers throughout the Vale of York. Geographically, 90% of North Yorkshire still remains without a proper broadband service.

Ladbrokes Coral and GVC have reached agreement on the terms of a proposed merger that values Ladbrokes Coral at up to £3.9bn. This latest offer is the third time this year that GVC has held talks over a tie-up with Ladbrokes; previous negotiations have broken down due to disagreement over how to value the companies, an issue exacerbated by regulatory uncertainty in the gambling sector. As it stands, the deal would create an entity worth £5.7bn, making it one of the world’s largest betting companies.

Arthur J. Gallagher acquires Gatehouse

Arthur J. Gallagher has bought internal communication and employee engagement agency Gatehouse Consulting for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition grows Gallagher’s offering and global footprint as it seeks to build a full service communication consultancy. Gatehouse joins Gallagher Communication.

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Stagwell Group invests in Forward3D

US investment firm Stagwell Group has bought performance marketing agency Forward3D Group. Forward3D is based in London and runs digital marketing campaigns across search, content, display and social using industry-leading linguistics, data science and technology. The company serves an international client base, running campaigns in 50 languages across 20 search and social platforms.

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Broker Network acquires Thompson & Richardson

Broker Network has broadened its regional footprint with the acquisition of Thompson & Richardson in Lincolnshire. Thompson & Richardson controls £27m gross written premiums (GWP) and is focused on commercial lines business. It operates from offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln and Sleaford and employs 75 people.

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IMImobile buys Healthcare Communications

Global cloud communications provider IMImobile has bought Healthcare Communications UK. Healthcare Communications is the pioneer of SMS text appointment reminder services in the UK. It is estimated that one in 10 outpatient appointments are missed and that this costs the NHS around £750m a year. Healthcare Communications’ services are used by more than 4,000 NHS staff across 140 organisations every day. IMImobile is a cloud communications software and solutions provider that enables companies to use digital technologies to communicate and engage with their customers. Healthcare Communications will retain its name and management team following this deal.

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Fast-growing Integrity360 seals deal for Metadigm

Ireland’s largest cybersecurity firm Integrity360 has bought IT security specialist Metadigm for an undisclosed sum. Integrity360 is a rapidly growing business; in 2016 the company’s turnover increased from €24.5m to €37.5m and it announced plans to hire for 150 positions over the next two years. The Metadigm acquisition forms part of its buy and build strategy. Metadigm provides consulting, prevention, detection and remediation services to clients including the UK Government, and is expected to log a turnover of £3m for 2017.

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Apple confirms Shazam acquisition

Apple has confirmed that it is buying British music recognition app Shazam. Founded in 1999, Shazam began as a service whereby users could phone a number while a song played and receive a text message with the name and artist. The more recent app has been downloaded over a billion times. Shazam is one of only a handful of British startups to ever reach a $1bn valuation. It recorded a turnover of £40.3m last year.

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Mazars acquires RCL Consultancy and launches new employee benefits business

Mazars has strengthened its financial planning offering with the acquisition of RCL Consultancy from The Embark Group. The deal adds another £300m of assets under management to Mazars Financial Planning’s books, taking it to over £1bn AUM in total. At the same time, Mazars has also announced that it is to launch a new employee benefits joint venture called ‘Vested’ with The Embark Group, combining the two companies’ activities in the UK Employee Benefits Consulting (EBC) sector. Vested will be 51% owned by Embark and become part of The Embark Group, with the remaining 49% owned by Mazars.

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Sewell Group acquires Illingworth & Gregory

Sewell Group has acquired Huddersfield-based construction company Illingworth & Gregory (I&G), a specialist in maintenance and refurbishments in the health and education sectors. I&G primarily operates in West and North Yorkshire and has recently completed redevelopments of St James’s University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and £3m of projects across the University of Leeds estate.

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Quickline acquires Yorkshire broadband provider

Superfast broadband supplier Quickline has acquired CLANNET, an internet provider based in Selby, North Yorkshire. CLANNET was established in 2002 by Nick Hall and Dean Welbourn in order to provide a broadband service to nearby village Biggin, expanding since to cater to over 1,000 customers throughout the Vale of York. Geographically, 90% of North Yorkshire still remains without a proper broadband service.

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Third time lucky in Ladbrokes Coral-GVC talks

Ladbrokes Coral and GVC have reached agreement on the terms of a proposed merger that values Ladbrokes Coral at up to £3.9bn. This latest offer is the third time this year that GVC has held talks over a tie-up with Ladbrokes; previous negotiations have broken down due to disagreement over how to value the companies, an issue exacerbated by regulatory uncertainty in the gambling sector. As it stands, the deal would create an entity worth £5.7bn, making it one of the world’s largest betting companies.

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