Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) has been bought by Hachette UK for an undisclosed sum. The indie publisher specialises in social and mental health sciences and will join John Murray Press. JKP has 50 staff split between offices in King’s Cross, London and Philadelphia in the US. The publisher has recorded year-on-year revenue growth since it was founded 30 years ago.
Avis Budget UK has bought ACL Hire, a family-owned vehicle rental company based in West Lothian, Scotland. ACL Hire specialises in commercial vehicles rentals and has won several awards for the quality of its service. The move improves Avis Budget’s van offering to customers in Scotland and throughout the rest of the UK.
PwC has agreed to acquire cDecisions, a UK-based Salesforce consultancy. Founded in 2009, cDecisions is a leading player in the Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) implementation market, specialising in financial services. Following the acquisition of Outbox in 2016, PwC’s own Salesforce team has achieved significant growth and now sits within a digital and customer transformation practice of more than 350 people. cDecisions’ entire team will join this division when the deal completes.
TP ICAP has purchased Coex Partners Limited, an independent agency broker. With offices in London, Paris and New York, Coex provides trade and execution services in listed derivatives and OTC foreign exchange to hedge funds, asset managers and other clients. It will be incorporated into TP ICAP’s Institutional Services division, which provides pre-trade information, market intelligence and intermediation to clients. The deal is worth £7.1m, with additional performance-related payments available over the next four years.
Enviromena Power Systems, a leading clean energy project company based in the UAE, has been bought by Arjun Infrastructure Partners (AIP). Enviromena has installed more than 17,000 solar systems and has over 175 MW of power plants in operation across the Middle East and North Africa, with a further 500 MW in the pipeline.
Zoopla has bought Calcasa, a Dutch provider of residential property market analysis. Calcasa’s automated valuation model (AVM) is integrated into the Netherland’s top 10 lenders and has a 10+ year track record in the country’s mortgage and real estate markets. The company will continue to operate as a standalone brand with its current academic team of 15. Calcasa’s combination with Zoopla Property Group creates the largest residential property database in Europe and builds upon Hometrack’s leading position in the UK and Australia as an international property data platform. ZPG operates some of the UK’s most trusted property and household-related digital brands, such as Hometrack, uSwitch and Money.co.uk, which it acquired last month.
The Prudential Regulation Authority has given Markel International the green light to complete its acquisition of EC Insurance Co. ECIC provides a wide range of insurance products for contractors and affinity groups across the UK building services sector. It will be incorporated into Markel’s national markets business.
Entrust Datacard has acquired Trustis, a specialised managed service provider of public key infrastructure and cloud cryptographic solutions based in Thatcham. The deal enables Entrust Datacard to grow its localised presence and portfolio of solutions to address the new security challenges created with the rise of digital transformation and the internet of things (IoT), particularly in the European regulatory landscape.
GE Healthcare has acquired Puridify, a bioprocessing startup that is developing a nanofibre-based platform purification technology for biopharmaceutical production. Puridify’s technology will improve productivity in the process development phase and small-scale manufacturing of a variety of biopharmaceutical applications. GE Healthcare will help to commercialise Puridify’s FibroSelect product as part of its existing range of bioprocess purification products. Puridify’s team of 17 will continue to work at its research hub in Stevenage.
Huddersfield-based stem cell firm BioEden has been acquired out of administration. KPMG has facilitated a pre-pack sale that transfers all of the company’s assets to a new entity, BioEden Holdings Limited.