US firm buys Rekoop

Rekoop, a provider of cloud software services, has been acquired by the American legal software company Intapp.

Bashton acquired by Claranet Group

Bashton, an IT company which specialises in Amazon Web Services related infrastructure, has been taken over by Claranet. The deal means Claranet Group now has annual revenues in excess of £165m.

Bristol Rovers FC taken over by the Jordanian Al-Qadi family

Bristol Rovers Football Club has been taken over by the Jordanian Al-Qadi family. Established in 1883, Bristol Rovers are currently in League Two and overshadowed by city rivals Bristol City, who are two divisions higher in the Championship.

LDC buys CitySprint for £175m

The private equity firm Dunedin has sold CitySprint to LDC for £175m. CitySprint provides a range of same day courier services and specialised logistics services.

Trinity Mirror launches new daily newspaper

Trinity Mirror is to launch the UK’s first standalone national daily newspaper for 30 years. The New Day will be available from Monday 29 February across the UK. The first issue will be available for free, then for the next two weeks The New Day will be priced at 25p and after that it will cost 50p. Published Monday to Friday, The New Day will ‘cover news and topical content but with a modern style and tone, aimed at a wide audience of women and men who want something different from what is currently available. It will report with an upbeat, optimistic approach and will be politically neutral.’

Bombardier to cut 1,080 jobs in Northern Ireland

The Canadian aircraft and train manufacturer Bombardier is to cut 10% of its global workforce including 1,080 jobs in Belfast. Bombardier is the largest private sector employer in Northern Ireland.

Game DIGITAL expands eSports & events with SocialNat acquisition

The PC and video games retailer Game DIGITAL has expanded its eSports & events division with the acquisition of SocialNat, a Spanish eSports company. 150,000 gamers use the SocialNat platform, and the company has organised qualifying rounds of FIFA and Call of Duty for the Electronic Sports World Cup. Game is responsible for Insomnia, the UK’s largest gaming festival.

Tesco takes over Harris + Hoole

Tesco has taken over 100% ownership of the artisan coffee chain Harris + Hoole. Tesco previously owned 49% of the company, which recently announced it had made a loss of £25m in the last financial year.

OHP Group acquired by Speedy Hire

The tool hire company Speedy Hire has bought OHP Group. The deal includes Rail Hire (UK) Limited and Crewe Plant Hire.

HgCapital invests in Citation

Citation has been acquired by the private equity firm HgCapital. Citation is a provider of HR and Employment law, Health & Safety, and ISO services to companies across the UK.