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Wednesday, 20 June 2007

JJB founder David Whelan has exited the business he founded in 1971, having sold his family’s 29 per cent stake for £190 million.

Whelan’s shares were bought by a joint venture formed by the Icelandic group Exista and Chris Ronnie, formerly of Umbro and Sports Direct.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Property entrepreneur Paul Bolton is to leave Vermont Developments, the Liverpool-based firm he co-founded in 2004 with colleague Mark Connor.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Andy Bell, managing director of Salford-based pensions management firm AJ Bell, has become the second-biggest shareholder in Super League champions St Helens' RLFC, after buying a 16.4 per cent stake in the club for an undisclosed sum.

Bell, who originally hails from Rainford, sold a minority stake in his group of companies for £14 million to Midas Capital Partners in February.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Speedy Hire, the Bolton-based tool and equipment hire firm, has just bought rival Hewden Tools from US-based Finning International for £115 million.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Altrincham property firms link up after meeting at EN awards

Atrincham-based Armchair Property Investor has been acquired by Braemar Group in a deal worth more than £2 million.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Inter Link chairman sees a way forward despite Aim suspension

Jeremy Hamer, chairman of beleaguered cake baker Inter Link Foods, has told EN he is confident the board will be able to secure an offer that will rescue the business, "hopefully with full employment", following today's (12 June) suspension of trading in the company's shares.

Monday, 21 May 2007

The Government is planning to introduce a new wave of fixed penalties and other fines, as part of a crackdown on employers who pay workers below the minimum wage.

Although the plans are currently being put forward as part of a consultation process with employers and unions, there is little doubt, given the tone of the Government's rhetoric, that they will be introduced.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Sudarghara and Ajmail Dusanj, the entrepreneurial brothers who bought Liverpool's 167 year-old brewery Cains in 2002, have completed a reverse takeover of Preston-based Honeycombe Leisure, which will see them acquire an estate of 100 pubs.

Monday, 14 May 2007

A Leeds-based business which specialises in finding directors for private equity buy-outs has found that half of bosses believe that recent press criticism of the sector is justified.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Purdham's new music venture ads up

Steve Purdham, the technology entrepreneur who masterminded the growth of Congleton-based web and e-mail filtering software group Surfcontrol, has backed a £201 million takeover bid for the firm and simultaneously launched a new venture that he believes could revolutionise the online music market.

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