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Reading: Post-COVID office boom is coming

Reading is in a prime position to benefit from a Post-COVID shift in how and where we work – moving businesses from Central London...

Hampshire: YFM invests in buyout at loss adjuster GHG

Loss adjusting and claims management specialist GHG, based at Eastleigh, has funded its primary buyout by securing a £7 million equity investment from YFM...

Bournemouth: Appeal gives go-ahead for student accommodation blocks

New purpose-built accommodation for 625 students in Bournemouth Town Centre has been approved following an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. National consultancy Pegasus Group, on...

Berkshire: Riverside estate to become £32m luxury members’ club

The Grotto Estate at Lower Basildon, near Streatley, overlooking the Thames has been granted planning permission to become a £32 million luxury country hotel...

South: Law firm signs up for BAME initiative

Business in the Community (BITC) in partnership with the government has announced that Blake Morgan has signed up to the Race at Work Charter,...

Hampshire: YFM invests in buyout at loss adjuster GHG

Loss adjusting and claims management specialist GHG, based at Eastleigh, has funded its primary buyout by securing a £7 million equity investment from YFM...

Oxford: Mercia sells stake in Native Antigen Company

Specialist asset manager Mercia Asset Management has sold its stake in The Native Antigen Company, a leading producer of infectious disease reagents, to global...

Berkshire: LEP secures £7.5m for infrastructure projects

In June the Government tasked Local Enterprise Partnerships to submit bids for funding of ‘ready to go’ projects to boost local economies as part...

Basingstoke: International trade training programme launched

Businesses keen to ‘go global’ and trade overseas after the pandemic can access a training programme run for the first time from Basingstoke. The Covid-safe...

Tech Awards: Watch for free, enter for free

Companies can enter the Thames Valley Tech Awards for free - and watch the virtual ceremony online for free. Free access is also available for...

Features

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Shaping Portsmouth apprenticeship programme’s three-year growth

This year saw the third year of the Shaping Portsmouth apprenticeship programme in association with our main sponsors – Portsmouth City Council, Stagecoach and...
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Getting back on track – lessons learned from the lockdown

The Business Magazine invited a diverse line-up of business leaders, who have supported it over the years, to participate in this virtual roundtable to...
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Portsmouth business mentor launches scheme to help owners of small firms

A business mentoring firm has launched a new extension of its existing service to help small business owners who are on a budget. Portsmouth-based...
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Digital Communications and its growing importance in a post-pandemic world

Unsurprisingly the importance of having a strong digital presence has risen up the agenda of most organisations, big and small, in 2020. Pre Covid-19,...
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Shaping the future of Portsmouth post Covid-19 and Brexit

The current Covid-19 situation has stalled the upward curve Portsmouth as a city has seen with the growth in GDP, employment, tourism, inward investment...
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Advice for companies suffering Coronavirus measures

We are in very unusual times, but one certainty is that disruption will be caused to all businesses, large or small, by COVID-19, writes...

Special Features

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Special Feature: Digital Communications

Most organisations will instinctively know that digital should be somewhere in their marketing mix.  Few organisations in 2020 exist without a website. For some, SEO...
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Special Feature: Focus on Portsmouth

Portsmouth is the south’s waterfront city - and renowned as the home of the Royal Navy. And now it is undergoing a major transformation...
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Special Feature: Reading 2020

In many ways COVID-19 has changed so much of our economic landscape – forcing us re-evaluate how we live, work and do business. And...
Reading: Oxford Properties closes £563m Green Park sale to Mapletree

Special Feature: Business Parks/Commercial Property

It was back in the 1980s that the business park – a concept exported from the US – came to the UK. Large corporate...

Advisory

Thames Valley: BDB Pitmans and Chamber host restart webinar

On Tuesday July 14 at 12pm, law firm BDB Pitmans will be hosting another webinar on behalf of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce...

South: Economic update webinar planned

Accountancy firm and business adviser MHA MacIntyre Hudson is hosting an economic update webinar on July 13. The economic update and live Q&A session will...

Reading: New equity partners admitted at PwC

Two new equity partners have been admitted to the PwC partnership in Reading. Dave Farmer joins as an audit partner while Steven Bewick will...

South Coast: Virtual business webinar attracts 100 people

Smith & Williamson’s South Coast office has hosted a virtual Business Breakfast Club, attracting more than 100 participants. Traditionally held as morning face-to-face events in...

Southampton: Smith & Williamson announces senior promotions

Smith & Williamson, the financial and professional services group, has announced two senior promotions within its Southampton office. Amy Harper, who joined Smith & Williamson’s...

Coronavirus: What will the future look like?

With the pandemic continuing to impact professional services firms, in this insight Andrew Edmonds, managing partner, Southampton office, Smith & Williamson, assesses potential long-term...

Community

Fareham: Manufacturer repurposes to produce hand sanitiser

Contact lens manufacturer CooperVision has repurposed part of its R&D and production facilities in Hampshire to enable it to produce bottles of hand sanitiser....

Thames Valley: Scores of charities under threat from COVID-19

More than half of charities based in the Thames Valley region consider their future to be under threat, according to a survey carried out...

Fareham: The Rainbow Centre takes its charity work online

The Rainbow Centre is a charity based in Fareham, Hampshire, that helps children and adults with neurological disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, MS...

Abingdon: Milton Park businesses surveyed on return to work

Milton Park, a leading science and technology community in Oxfordshire, has found that 95% of business leaders based at the Park have a COVID-19...

Reading: Green Park launches community website

Mapletree’s 195-acre Green Park, Reading has made available a ‘Wellbeing at Home’ site for the wider community to use during social distancing. As the new...

Hampshire: Trethowans supports charity Abby’s Heroes

The Southampton and Winchester offices of law firm Trethowans have raised more than £7,500 over the past year for their chosen charity, Abby’s Heroes,...

Companies

Newbury: John Lewis to shut store permanently

The John Lewis Partnership has announced it will not reopen eight John Lewis shops - including Newbury - to 'secure the business's long-term future...

South: CMA surveys businesses on COVID-19 impact

CMA Recruitment Group has undertaken a comprehensive research project on the impact of COVID-19 on the South’s working practices. CMA has conducted a detailed research...

Hampshire: Marwell Zoo reopens with £4.3m support

Marwell Zoo has reopened after three months of closure, with support from a £4.3 million Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) from NatWest. The zoo...
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Bicester: Distributor finds way forward with Barclays

An Oxfordshire-based sales and distributor for a number of major global brands has accessed £3 million from Barclays, utilising the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption...

South: Insolvency lifeline welcomed by trade body R3

Businesses in the South struggling due to the current coronavirus pandemic are being offered a substantial lifeline with one of the largest shake-ups of...
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Portsmouth: BAE Systems to recruit 800 apprentices

BAE Systems is moving forward with the recruitment of a record number of apprentices, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 9,000 people across the UK...

Deals

Hampshire: YFM invests in buyout at loss adjuster GHG

Loss adjusting and claims management specialist GHG, based at Eastleigh, has funded its primary buyout by securing a £7 million equity investment from YFM...

Oxford: Mercia sells stake in Native Antigen Company

Specialist asset manager Mercia Asset Management has sold its stake in The Native Antigen Company, a leading producer of infectious disease reagents, to global...

Guildford: Sportscar dealer opens new showroom with HSBC backing

Bell & Colvill, a specialist car dealership in West Horsley, has purchased and renovated a new showroom in Guildford after securing a £1.5 million...

Hampshire: Marwell Zoo reopens with £4.3m support

Marwell Zoo has reopened after three months of closure, with support from a £4.3 million Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) from NatWest. The zoo...

Thames Valley: Peach Pubs backed by HSBC for reopenings

One of the UK’s leading gastro-pub groups, Peach Pubs, is beginning preparations to reopen in line with government guidance after securing a £1.5 million...
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Bicester: Distributor finds way forward with Barclays

An Oxfordshire-based sales and distributor for a number of major global brands has accessed £3 million from Barclays, utilising the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption...

Education

Portsmouth: University gets £3.6m for extended reality centre

As part of developing a strategic road to recovery, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has awarded the University of Portsmouth £3.6 million towards...

Fareham: The Rainbow Centre takes its charity work online

The Rainbow Centre is a charity based in Fareham, Hampshire, that helps children and adults with neurological disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, MS...
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Hampshire: Business survey launched by university

The coronavirus pandemic is having an exceptional impact on the economy across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In response, the University of Portsmouth, on...

Southampton: Synairgen and university expand drug trial

The trial of an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID-19 in those most at risk is to be expanded to dose patients...

Henley: Business School launches new podcast series

Henley Business School has launched a new series of podcasts, called Leading Edge. Thomas Mason, business journalist, is joined by some of the School's leading...

Hampshire: Nursery group sold to French childcare operator

Specialist property business adviser Christie & Co has announced the sale of Futurepath Childcare, a renowned family-run nursery group located in Hampshire. The established group, which...

Events

Tech Awards: Watch for free, enter for free

Companies can enter the Thames Valley Tech Awards for free - and watch the virtual ceremony online for free. Free access is also available for...

Thames Valley: BDB Pitmans and Chamber host restart webinar

On Tuesday July 14 at 12pm, law firm BDB Pitmans will be hosting another webinar on behalf of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce...

South: Economic update webinar planned

Accountancy firm and business adviser MHA MacIntyre Hudson is hosting an economic update webinar on July 13. The economic update and live Q&A session will...
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Thames Valley: Calling tech and telecoms companies across the region

Technology and telecoms companies across the Thames Valley should get their entries in now for the virtual Tech Awards. Organiser The Business Magazine has today...

South Coast: Virtual business webinar attracts 100 people

Smith & Williamson’s South Coast office has hosted a virtual Business Breakfast Club, attracting more than 100 participants. Traditionally held as morning face-to-face events in...
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South Coast: Webinar on future development of ports

Ports - Future Development and Expansion Plans - is the subject of a webinar sponsored by law firm BDB Pitmans and Built Environment Networking. The...

Finance/Economy

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Berkshire: LEP secures £7.5m for infrastructure projects

In June the Government tasked Local Enterprise Partnerships to submit bids for funding of ‘ready to go’ projects to boost local economies as part...

Newbury: John Lewis to shut store permanently

The John Lewis Partnership has announced it will not reopen eight John Lewis shops - including Newbury - to 'secure the business's long-term future...
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Summer statement: More reaction from the region

Bruce Potter, chairman at law firm Blake Morgan LLP, said: “It might not be the summer blockbuster some were expecting, but the Summer Statement...

Summer statement: First reaction from the region

Tax less, spend more – Gareth Anderson, EY’s head of tax in the Thames Valley & South, comments on the chancellor’s Economic Statement: “The chancellor...

South: Economic update webinar planned

Accountancy firm and business adviser MHA MacIntyre Hudson is hosting an economic update webinar on July 13. The economic update and live Q&A session will...
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Solent: Region gets £15.9m support to kick-start economy

The Government has announced a £15.9 million fund for the Solent to help deliver ‘shovel-ready’ projects. The ‘Getting Building Fund’ allocation will help the...

Hospitality

Hampshire: Marwell Zoo reopens with £4.3m support

Marwell Zoo has reopened after three months of closure, with support from a £4.3 million Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) from NatWest. The zoo...

Thames Valley: Peach Pubs backed by HSBC for reopenings

One of the UK’s leading gastro-pub groups, Peach Pubs, is beginning preparations to reopen in line with government guidance after securing a £1.5 million...

South: Hospitality re-opening poses data problems

The much-anticipated re-opening of businesses in the food and drink sector has been given the green light for July 4, a welcome decision for...

Hampshire: Portland appointed hotel administrators

Hampshire-based insolvency practice Portland Business Recovery has been appointed administrators of Ston Easton Park Hotel, which was forced to close its doors due to...

South: COVID ‘chaperone’ is in demand

As the country emerges slowly from the coronavirus lockdown a new type of job has emerged – the ‘COVID chaperone’. Berry Recruitment says the number...
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Reading: CH&CO completes fundraise

Reading-based hospitality caterer CH&CO has completed a refinancing and fundraise with its existing lenders and shareholders. The proceeds of the fundraise, when combined with the...

International

Basingstoke: International trade training programme launched

Businesses keen to ‘go global’ and trade overseas after the pandemic can access a training programme run for the first time from Basingstoke. The Covid-safe...
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South East: Manufacturers appeal to government

A new report from Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP shows that manufacturing continues to be an...
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South Coast: Webinar on future development of ports

Ports - Future Development and Expansion Plans - is the subject of a webinar sponsored by law firm BDB Pitmans and Built Environment Networking. The...

Poole: BOFA appoints international sales manager

BOFA International, a global leader in portable fume and dust extraction systems, has appointed Tom Reimann as sales manager - international to help drive...
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Abingdon: Employers ‘unable to hire new EU arrivals’

Latest government data analysed by Abingdon-based immigration law firm, Migrate UK, reveals that only 2% of UK employers currently possess a licence to sponsor...

Southampton: Tonic Analytics honoured with Queen’s Award

Southampton company Tonic Analytics has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Tonic Analytics has been recognised for its excellence in international trade, a...

Law

South: Law firm signs up for BAME initiative

Business in the Community (BITC) in partnership with the government has announced that Blake Morgan has signed up to the Race at Work Charter,...

Thames Valley: BDB Pitmans and Chamber host restart webinar

On Tuesday July 14 at 12pm, law firm BDB Pitmans will be hosting another webinar on behalf of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce...
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Thames Valley: Developers divided about government support

Independent property developers remain divided as to whether the Government has provided sufficient support to the sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic according to a...
Reading: Blandy & Blandy makes finals of Women in Business Awards

Thames Valley: Blandy & Blandy set to reopen offices

Thames Valley law firm Blandy & Blandy has announced plans to partially reopen its offices in Reading and Henley-on-Thames later this month, welcoming clients...

Reading: Boyes Turner advises on electric vehicle charger deal

Specialist Reading-based tech law firm Boyes Turner has advised on an investment deal which will help drive growth at a smart electric vehicle charger. The...
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South Coast: Webinar on future development of ports

Ports - Future Development and Expansion Plans - is the subject of a webinar sponsored by law firm BDB Pitmans and Built Environment Networking. The...

Manufacturing

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South East: Manufacturers appeal to government

A new report from Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation, and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP shows that manufacturing continues to be an...

Fareham: Manufacturer repurposes to produce hand sanitiser

Contact lens manufacturer CooperVision has repurposed part of its R&D and production facilities in Hampshire to enable it to produce bottles of hand sanitiser....
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South East: Hard-hit manufacturers call for support

South East manufacturers are calling on the Government to provide immediate support for the sector in any emergency Budget as the full impact of...

South: Manufacturing on slow path to recovery

Manufacturing output across the UK increased significantly in May from its record low level as manufacturers started to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown, according...

Hampshire: Manufacturer secures Barclays financial package

A Hampshire-based manufacturer of fluid control parts and components, has secured a bespoke financial package from Barclays to support the business through the COVID-19...
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Reading: The benefits for KYMIRA of winning a top award

Having been a winner at the 2019 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, Tim Brownstone, founder and CEO of KYMIRA talks about the positive impact...

Motoring

Guildford: Sportscar dealer opens new showroom with HSBC backing

Bell & Colvill, a specialist car dealership in West Horsley, has purchased and renovated a new showroom in Guildford after securing a £1.5 million...

Reading: Boyes Turner advises on electric vehicle charger deal

Specialist Reading-based tech law firm Boyes Turner has advised on an investment deal which will help drive growth at a smart electric vehicle charger. The...

South: Hyundai to relocate from Wycombe to Leatherhead

Hyundai, the South Korean car manufacturer, has announced that it will relocate to Leatherhead later this year where it will take 17,000 sq ft...

Bicester: Electric vehicle maker continues rapid expansion

Electric van maker Arrival has taken on another new property at Network @ Link 9 in Bicester as it continues its rapid expansion. The Oxfordshire...

Hampshire: MBD delivers tech solution for dealerships

A Hampshire digital agency is putting car dealership customers in the virtual driving seat during the coronavirus pandemic. MediaBase Direct (MBD) is using technology to...

Thatcham: Xtrac wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Vehicle transmission specialist Xtrac, whose energy-efficient gearbox designs are helping to influence radically different technology for future road cars, has received the Queen's Award...

People

South: Law firm signs up for BAME initiative

Business in the Community (BITC) in partnership with the government has announced that Blake Morgan has signed up to the Race at Work Charter,...

Solent: Pegasus Group opens Chandler’s Ford regional office

National multi-disciplinary development consultancy Pegasus Group has opened a new regional office in the south of England, confirming the business is on track to...

South: CMA surveys businesses on COVID-19 impact

CMA Recruitment Group has undertaken a comprehensive research project on the impact of COVID-19 on the South’s working practices. CMA has conducted a detailed research...

Reading: New equity partners admitted at PwC

Two new equity partners have been admitted to the PwC partnership in Reading. Dave Farmer joins as an audit partner while Steven Bewick will...

Southampton: Smith & Williamson announces senior promotions

Smith & Williamson, the financial and professional services group, has announced two senior promotions within its Southampton office. Amy Harper, who joined Smith & Williamson’s...

Southampton: Building consultancy recruits senior surveyor

Sillence Hurn, a progressive building consultancy based in Southampton, has announced the appointment of Oliver Gristwood as senior building surveyor. “From the moment we met...

Property

Berkshire: Reading property market in the spotlight at Savills event

Reading: Post-COVID office boom is coming

Reading is in a prime position to benefit from a Post-COVID shift in how and where we work – moving businesses from Central London...
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Thames Valley: Developers divided about government support

Independent property developers remain divided as to whether the Government has provided sufficient support to the sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic according to a...

Solent: Pegasus Group opens Chandler’s Ford regional office

National multi-disciplinary development consultancy Pegasus Group has opened a new regional office in the south of England, confirming the business is on track to...

Guildford: Sportscar dealer opens new showroom with HSBC backing

Bell & Colvill, a specialist car dealership in West Horsley, has purchased and renovated a new showroom in Guildford after securing a £1.5 million...

Winnersh: Pip Studios brings tech facility to the Triangle

Audio post-production facility Pip Studios has chosen to call Winnersh Triangle home in a deal brokered by Reading-based property consultants Vail Williams LLP. The audio...

Bracknell: Final spec unit let at logistics park

The final speculatively developed unit at SEGRO Park Bracknell has been successfully let, just weeks after reaching practical completion, during the coronavirus lockdown. The pace...

Technology

Oxford: Mercia sells stake in Native Antigen Company

Specialist asset manager Mercia Asset Management has sold its stake in The Native Antigen Company, a leading producer of infectious disease reagents, to global...

Tech Awards: Watch for free, enter for free

Companies can enter the Thames Valley Tech Awards for free - and watch the virtual ceremony online for free. Free access is also available for...

Winnersh: Pip Studios brings tech facility to the Triangle

Audio post-production facility Pip Studios has chosen to call Winnersh Triangle home in a deal brokered by Reading-based property consultants Vail Williams LLP. The audio...
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Thames Valley: Calling tech and telecoms companies across the region

Technology and telecoms companies across the Thames Valley should get their entries in now for the virtual Tech Awards. Organiser The Business Magazine has today...

Reading: Boyes Turner advises on electric vehicle charger deal

Specialist Reading-based tech law firm Boyes Turner has advised on an investment deal which will help drive growth at a smart electric vehicle charger. The...

Abingdon: 10 new tech companies arrive at Milton Park

Ten new science and technology companies have joined MEPC’s Milton Park, one of the leading business communities in Europe, with five new leases agreed...

Roundtables

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2020: Welcome to uncertainty

At this roundtable, business leaders from finalists and sponsors of the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards shared their views on issues that included when...
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Challenges and opportunities for leaders of growing businesses

Advisory and accountancy firm BDO, Lloyds Bank, law firm Gateley Legal, commercial and residential advisers Vail Williams and Henley Business School sponsored this roundtable,...
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Sustainability and green manufacturing

Accountants MHA McIntyre Hudson, Lloyds Bank, and motorsport gearbox manufacturer Xtrac sponsored this roundtable held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski...
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Growth and success in 2019

Winners, finalists and sponsors of the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards attended this roundtable, hosted by The Business Magazine at the Royal Berkshire Conference...
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Sustaining growth through 2019

The Business Magazine hosted this roundtable with Thames Valley 250 sponsors Henley Business School, HSBC, advisory and accountancy firm BDO, law firm Gateley plc,...
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Beyond the balance sheet

Companies from the Solent 250 listing of the region’s privately-owned businesses attended the roundtable at the Hilton Ageas, Southampton, hosted by The Business Magazine....

Latest Deals Updates

Purchase by Wilderness Safaris of certain assets from KPMG, acting as administrators of Jacada Travel

Submission Date: 15/06/20 Completion Date: 27/05/20 Target:­­ Certain assets of Jacada Travel Value: Confidential Acquirer:Wilderness Safaris Deal Description: Wilderness Safaris acquired certain assets of the Jacada brand to provide...

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