Company News Archive

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury has said its full-year pre-tax profits edged up 0.8 per cent to £12.1 million in the year to the end of February.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    Domestic insurer Homeserve has said it will give shareholders a £97 million special dividend which reflects its confidence on future prospects.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    Much-loved children's show Peppa Pig helped television and film rights company Entertainment One more than double pre-tax profits as worldwide sales for the cartoon character hit over $1 billion (£645 million).

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    ONLINE gambling company GVC Holdings, led by Scottish accountant Kenny Alexander, has said a bid for bigger rival bwin.party will be partly financed by Canadian firm Amaya.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    Unilever, the maker of Dove soap, Lipton tea and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, has picked the vice president of its UK business Graeme Pitkethly to succeed Jean-Marc Huet as chief financial officer later this year.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    The owner of Mr Kipling cakes has said a rise in marketing spending on its top brands and improving volume growth in the grocery market will offset the pressures from a supermarket price war and help it meet profit forecasts.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    ICAP, which matches buyers and sellers of bonds, swaps and currencies, has reported a 15.5 per cent fall in full-year trading profit as stricter capital requirement regulations forced banks to pull back from risky trading activities.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    Vodafone has posted a rise in quarterly sales for the first time in nearly three years in the clearest sign yet that Europe's mobile market is edging towards recovery.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    GARDEN centre chain Klondyke Group enjoyed significant growth in profits in its last financial year, newly-filed accounts have revealed.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    LONSON-listed 888 Holdings, the online gaming company, has offered to buy bigger rival Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, setting up a potential $1.5 billion takeover battle with GVC Holdings.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    SPENCE & Partners, the pension consultants and actuaries, has moved its Glasgow operation to the city's Culzean Building.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    Skyscanner, Edinburgh's ambitious technology star, saw pre-tax profit fall by 39 per cent last year as it stepped up investment and added over 200 staff.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    THE Parkmead Group run by Tom Cross is looking at North Sea acquisitions worth up to $100 million (£64m) weeks after he said the fall in the oil price created opportunities for the firm to make some cheeky offers.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    SHARES in Mitie, the facilities management company, have increased by nearly four per cent after it lifted underlying operating profit by 0.9 per cent to £128.6 million.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    Arria NLG, the Aberdeen University spin-out, is to part company with founding director Simon Small.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    HARPER Macleod has revealed plans to extend its geographical footprint in Scotland after the law firm boosted profits by 7.5 per cent to nearly £8 million in its latest financial year.

  • Tuesday 19 May 2015

    SUPERGLASS Holdings, the Scottish insulation maker, has said the company's chairman John Colley will resign from its board next month.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    SCOTTISH construction and haulage group Maxi Caledonian has posted a dip in annual profits in its latest financial year, although it achieved strong growth in turnover, writes Ian McConnell.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    Derbyshire-based chocolatier Thorntons, which is closing 20 stores this year as it aims to cut back to between 180 and 200 outlets, said chief executive Jonathan Hart is to step down after four years in charge.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    BT's £12.5 billion takeover of EE is not expected to complete until March next year after the telecoms giant asked the competition regulator to take its probe into the deal to a second, in-depth phase.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    Support services firm Babcock International, which employs 26,000 people across a range of sectors including defence, energy and transport, has posted a 43% rise in full-year profits to £313.1 million.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    The boss of building equipment firm JCB has backed the idea of Britain leaving the European Union, saying the country could exist "peacefully and sensibly" on its own.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    THE creator of software designed to help people deal with emails more effectively has revealed his ambition to attract at least £500,000 in seed funding for the start-up.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    THE UK will slide into deflation this week as factors such as competition in the grocery sector, cheaper petrol, lower air fares and cheaper water bills drive prices down.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    BREWDOG has been criticised for failing to give investors enough protection as it seeks to raise £25 million in its crowdfunding drive.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    AXLE Group Holdings, the company behind the National Tyres and Autocare chain, has narrowed losses in its latest financial year, writes Scott Wright.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    FARMFOODS, the frozen food retailer, has hiked profits by more than 37 per cent to more than £20 million - in spite of conditions remaining tough on the high street.

  • Monday 18 May 2015

    LAW firm CMS has hailed the performance of its Scottish operation in its first year since its acquisition of Dundas & Wilson, while highlighting the potential for overseas expansion.

  • Sunday 17 May 2015

    What will it take to get more value out of Britain's workers?

  • Sunday 17 May 2015

    The "dog's breakfast" of the Smith Commission should be "thrown in the bin" according to one of Scotland's leading economic commentators.