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After a very slow summer the last week or so has seen a number of M&A transactions involving North West firms – most recently the acquisition this week by discount chain B&M Retail of rival operator Opus Homewares.

Opus Energy, the independent supplier of electricity to UK businesses, has recently signed Halfords (HFD), bringing the total number of UK business sites it supplies up to 50,000.

Now the largest electricity supplier to UK businesses outside the Big Six, Opus Energy has expanded further in the last 12 months:

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David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.