40 jobs saved at York Brewery

The Black Sheep Brewery has purchased York Brewery out of administration, saving over 40 jobs. The takeover of the £2.1m turnover firm includes three pubs in York and another in Leeds.

Volkswagen has bought a 75.1% stake in WirelessCar from Volvo Group. Based in Sweden and with offices in the US and China, WirelessCar provides connected vehicle services to passenger car producers. VW will use WirelessCar’s technology to enable data exchange between car operating systems and a cloud platform it is developing with Microsoft.

Ant Financial, the payment company part-owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is in talks to take over British start-up WorldFirst. WorldFirst provides foreign exchange and currency-hedging services to businesses, banks and individuals globally. Founded in 2004, it has offices in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US and employs around 600 people. The deal would strengthen Ant Financial’s global presence as it continues to roll out Alipay online payment services, which currently has over 700 million active users in China. Ant Financial was recently valued at $150bn.

WSH, the parent company of hospitality provider BaxterStorey and caterer Searcys, is to be sold to American private equity firm Clayton, Dubillier & Rice in a deal that values the it at £780m. The deal also includes Benugo, Caterlink, Holroyd Howe and Portico. WSH saw turnover hit £828m for the year to 29 December 2017. Pre-tax profit in the period rose 29% to £7.5m.

Art & Terroir has agreed to buy the Glenturret malt whisky brand from Edrington. The deal includes Glenturret’s 240 year old distillery, which is the oldest still in use in Scotland. This acquisition marks Art & Terroir ‘s entry into the whisky business, with its previous focus being the production and distribution of high-end wines.

International project management and cost consultancy Cumming has agreed to merge with Mellersh & Harding Building Consultancy (MHBC). The deal expands Cumming’s expert resources and improves its offering to its UK and European clients. Based in London, MHBC provides specialised services ranging from building surveying and full-scope project management to design and building services engineering. The merger grows Cumming’s worldwide team to approximately 750 employees across 31 offices.

Hobs Group has bought Canon UK’s 3D printer reseller business. The deal confirms Canon UK’s exit from the market and builds on Hobs 3D’s existing business reselling 3DSystems machines. Its expanded reselling and maintenance activities will complement its other services including prototyping, model making and its multi-sensory virtual reality platform VRCub3d.

Despite all the publicity generated by the introduction of GDPR, there is still a lot of confusion over the rules for using mailing lists and email lists for direct marketing in the UK. This brief guide aims to dispel a few myths and clarify what marketers can and cannot do in the post-GDPR UK.

Business-to-business marketing: the marketing of business services or business products to people at work.

Emails
You can send promotional emails to corporate email addresses. This includes personal corporate email addresses e.g. John.Smith@BigCompany.co.uk. You do not need consent or opt-ins to be able to do this. You should offer a way for individuals to opt out of receiving further emails from you. If an individual opts out you should not contact that person again.

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You can send promotional mail to individuals at companies and other corporate bodies. Individual employees can opt out of receiving mail from you.

Telemarketing
You can make live sales and marketing calls to companies that have not registered their phone number on the Corporate Telephone Preference Service (CTPS). You can check whether a number is registered on the CTPS for free here https://www.electricmarketing.co.uk/ctpschecker/

You must have specific consent to make marketing calls about claims management services. You need specific consent to make recorded marketing calls to any phone number.

Consumer marketing: the marketing of products and services to people in their homes or on personal numbers or to personal email addresses. This also applies to marketing to sole traders and partnerships.

Emails
You must have specific consent to send promotional emails to personal email addresses. However you may send emails about similar products to your previous customers as long as they have been given the chance to opt out.

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You can send promotional mail to people in their homes as long as the names and addresses have been obtained fairly. Individuals can opt out of receiving mail from you.

Telemarketing
You can make live sales and marketing calls to numbers that have not been registered with the Telephone Preference Service. People can opt out of receiving calls from you. You must have specific consent to make marketing calls about claims management services or pension schemes. You need specific consent to make recorded marketing calls to any phone number.

Texts
You must have specific consent to send promotional texts to personal numbers. However you may send texts about similar products to your previous customers as long as they have been given the chance to opt out.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is responsible for the regulation of data protection, freedom of information and privacy and electronic communications in the UK. The ICO’s guide to direct marketing can be seen here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/marketing/

Economy Energy, a gas and electricity supplier with about 235,000 domestic customers, has ceased to trade. It is the ninth small energy supplier to collapse in the last year. Ofgem will choose a new supplier to take on Economy Energy’s customers and the energy supply of Economy Energy’s customers will continue as normal. The failure of Economy Energy follows that of Extra Energy, Future Energy, Gen4U, Iresa Energy, National Gas and Power, One Select, Spark Energy, and Usio Energy.

Acquisitive Irish videogames specialist Keywords Studios has completed a £3.45m deal for Sunny Side Up Creative. The Canadian firm works on marketing assets for game publishers and developers such as game trailers, key art assets and motion graphic production. Sunny Side Up’s services will complement the trailer and marketing services provided by Keywords’ existing studios Fire Without Smoke and Trailerfarm.

40 jobs saved at York Brewery

The Black Sheep Brewery has purchased York Brewery out of administration, saving over 40 jobs. The takeover of the £2.1m turnover firm includes three pubs in York and another in Leeds.

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Volvo sells stake in WirelessCar to Volkswagen

Volkswagen has bought a 75.1% stake in WirelessCar from Volvo Group. Based in Sweden and with offices in the US and China, WirelessCar provides connected vehicle services to passenger car producers. VW will use WirelessCar’s technology to enable data exchange between car operating systems and a cloud platform it is developing with Microsoft.

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Ant Financial in talks with WorldFirst

Ant Financial, the payment company part-owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is in talks to take over British start-up WorldFirst. WorldFirst provides foreign exchange and currency-hedging services to businesses, banks and individuals globally. Founded in 2004, it has offices in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US and employs around 600 people. The deal would strengthen Ant Financial’s global presence as it continues to roll out Alipay online payment services, which currently has over 700 million active users in China. Ant Financial was recently valued at $150bn.

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Clayton, Dubillier & Rice to buy WSH for £780m

WSH, the parent company of hospitality provider BaxterStorey and caterer Searcys, is to be sold to American private equity firm Clayton, Dubillier & Rice in a deal that values the it at £780m. The deal also includes Benugo, Caterlink, Holroyd Howe and Portico. WSH saw turnover hit £828m for the year to 29 December 2017. Pre-tax profit in the period rose 29% to £7.5m.

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Edrington offloads Glenturret to Art & Terroir

Art & Terroir has agreed to buy the Glenturret malt whisky brand from Edrington. The deal includes Glenturret’s 240 year old distillery, which is the oldest still in use in Scotland. This acquisition marks Art & Terroir ‘s entry into the whisky business, with its previous focus being the production and distribution of high-end wines.

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Cumming to merge with MHBC

International project management and cost consultancy Cumming has agreed to merge with Mellersh & Harding Building Consultancy (MHBC). The deal expands Cumming’s expert resources and improves its offering to its UK and European clients. Based in London, MHBC provides specialised services ranging from building surveying and full-scope project management to design and building services engineering. The merger grows Cumming’s worldwide team to approximately 750 employees across 31 offices.

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Canon UK exits 3D printing business

Hobs Group has bought Canon UK’s 3D printer reseller business. The deal confirms Canon UK’s exit from the market and builds on Hobs 3D’s existing business reselling 3DSystems machines. Its expanded reselling and maintenance activities will complement its other services including prototyping, model making and its multi-sensory virtual reality platform VRCub3d.

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Economy Energy ceases to trade

Economy Energy, a gas and electricity supplier with about 235,000 domestic customers, has ceased to trade. It is the ninth small energy supplier to collapse in the last year. Ofgem will choose a new supplier to take on Economy Energy’s customers and the energy supply of Economy Energy’s customers will continue as normal. The failure of Economy Energy follows that of Extra Energy, Future Energy, Gen4U, Iresa Energy, National Gas and Power, One Select, Spark Energy, and Usio Energy.

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Keywords Studios seals £3.5m deal for Sunny Side Up Creative

Acquisitive Irish videogames specialist Keywords Studios has completed a £3.45m deal for Sunny Side Up Creative. The Canadian firm works on marketing assets for game publishers and developers such as game trailers, key art assets and motion graphic production. Sunny Side Up’s services will complement the trailer and marketing services provided by Keywords’ existing studios Fire Without Smoke and Trailerfarm.

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Bertram Group buys Education Umbrella

Bertram Group has bought Education Umbrella, a supplier of books and digital learning resources to schools. The deal is Bertram’s first since it was acquired by Aurelius and rebranded from Connect Books in 2018.

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