Staffline buys Passionate About People

Staffline Group has announced the acquisition of Passionate About People Group and its subsidiaries Omega Resource Group and Datum RPO. Staffline is the UK’s largest provider of blue-collar workers. It acquired apprenticeships specialist LDA from Learndirect earlier this year. Omega Resource Group is a leading provider of blue-collar staffing solutions to the aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, logistics and manufacturing sectors in the South West, while Datum RPO is a recruiter for blue-chip clients. Passionate About People recorded turnover of £72m in 2017, up 36% on the previous year.

Mitie has agreed to buy Vision Security Group, a leading security services provider, from Compass Group for £14m. VSG offers integrated security systems, manned guarding and keyholding services. It employs approximately 6,000 people and reported revenue of £192.1m in the year to September 2017. It will be integrated into Mitie’s Total Security Management division (Mitie TSM) on completion.

AIM-listed business BRICKLIVE has bought Bright Bricks, a professional LEGO brick building company, for £8.5m. BRICKLIVE is an events and entertainment business that partners with LEGO to demonstrate its educational value in interactive shows. It delivers events worldwide.

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson has strengthened its regional presence with the acquisition of Angus Roberts letting agency. The takeover of the Ilkley firm sees its portfolio of 240 homes transfer to Linley & Simpson’s own branch in Ilkley town centre. Altogether Linley & Simpson has 11 offices across North and West Yorkshire. It received £10m of investment from LDC earlier in the year.

Healthcare 21 has received approval for its takeover of Aquilant from H2 Equity Partners. The Irish healthcare group already has a sales and marketing office in Leeds, and with this deal doubles its turnover to €150m and its headcount to more than 450 staff worldwide. Aquilant provides a range of healthcare and scientific products and services, including outsourced sales, marketing, distribution and engineering.

Thai plastic bag maker TPBI has acquired Intelipac, a northern manufacturer of paper and cardboard packaging products, for £13m. TPBI has completed the deal in response to a growing global demand for eco-friendly products.

IT Lab has acquired Content and Code, creating a £60m-turnover digital transformation firm with more than 700 clients. The deal grows IT Lab’s workforce to more than 550 employees across offices in London, Manchester and Cape Town.

KW Wealth has announced the acquisition of East Yorkshire-based IFA Marchant McKechnie for up to £4m. Marchant McKechnie serves around 700 clients and has around £200m of assets under advice. It generated EBITDA of £855k in 2017 and profit after tax of just under £500k.

AIM-listed biotech firm Benchmark Holdings has agreed to buy Norwegian business Videntis, a provider of data technology to aquaculture and agriculture producers, for up to £300,000.

Computacenter has acquired FusionStorm, a $600m-turnover IT solutions provider, for up to $90m. The deal will see the group integrate its existing US managed services businesses with FusionStorm’s technology sourcing and professional services capabilities, increasing its headcount in the Americas by roughly 50%. The acquisition has been agreed for an initial $70m with a deferred $20m payable on the condition of meeting certain EBITDA and profit targets.

Staffline buys Passionate About People

Staffline Group has announced the acquisition of Passionate About People Group and its subsidiaries Omega Resource Group and Datum RPO. Staffline is the UK’s largest provider of blue-collar workers. It acquired apprenticeships specialist LDA from Learndirect earlier this year. Omega Resource Group is a leading provider of blue-collar staffing solutions to the aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, logistics and manufacturing sectors in the South West, while Datum RPO is a recruiter for blue-chip clients. Passionate About People recorded turnover of £72m in 2017, up 36% on the previous year.

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Mitie seals £14m deal for Vision Security Group

Mitie has agreed to buy Vision Security Group, a leading security services provider, from Compass Group for £14m. VSG offers integrated security systems, manned guarding and keyholding services. It employs approximately 6,000 people and reported revenue of £192.1m in the year to September 2017. It will be integrated into Mitie’s Total Security Management division (Mitie TSM) on completion.

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BRICKLIVE acquires Bright Bricks

AIM-listed business BRICKLIVE has bought Bright Bricks, a professional LEGO brick building company, for £8.5m. BRICKLIVE is an events and entertainment business that partners with LEGO to demonstrate its educational value in interactive shows. It delivers events worldwide.

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Linley & Simpson strengthens Yorkshire portfolio

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson has strengthened its regional presence with the acquisition of Angus Roberts letting agency. The takeover of the Ilkley firm sees its portfolio of 240 homes transfer to Linley & Simpson’s own branch in Ilkley town centre. Altogether Linley & Simpson has 11 offices across North and West Yorkshire. It received £10m of investment from LDC earlier in the year.

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Healthcare 21’s Aquilant takeover approved

Healthcare 21 has received approval for its takeover of Aquilant from H2 Equity Partners. The Irish healthcare group already has a sales and marketing office in Leeds, and with this deal doubles its turnover to €150m and its headcount to more than 450 staff worldwide. Aquilant provides a range of healthcare and scientific products and services, including outsourced sales, marketing, distribution and engineering.

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Thai packaging group wraps up £13m deal for Intelipac

Thai plastic bag maker TPBI has acquired Intelipac, a northern manufacturer of paper and cardboard packaging products, for £13m. TPBI has completed the deal in response to a growing global demand for eco-friendly products.

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IT Lab acquires Content and Code

IT Lab has acquired Content and Code, creating a £60m-turnover digital transformation firm with more than 700 clients. The deal grows IT Lab’s workforce to more than 550 employees across offices in London, Manchester and Cape Town.

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KW Wealth acquires East Yorkshire-based IFA

KW Wealth has announced the acquisition of East Yorkshire-based IFA Marchant McKechnie for up to £4m. Marchant McKechnie serves around 700 clients and has around £200m of assets under advice. It generated EBITDA of £855k in 2017 and profit after tax of just under £500k.

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Biotech firm Benchmark buys Videntis

AIM-listed biotech firm Benchmark Holdings has agreed to buy Norwegian business Videntis, a provider of data technology to aquaculture and agriculture producers, for up to £300,000.

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Computacenter buys FusionStorm for $90m

Computacenter has acquired FusionStorm, a $600m-turnover IT solutions provider, for up to $90m. The deal will see the group integrate its existing US managed services businesses with FusionStorm’s technology sourcing and professional services capabilities, increasing its headcount in the Americas by roughly 50%. The acquisition has been agreed for an initial $70m with a deferred $20m payable on the condition of meeting certain EBITDA and profit targets.

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