News: 2016 - written by Caroline Ramsey

Cranswick, the gourmet sausage producer, has bought a £72 million turnover Northern Ireland pork processing firm as it looks to grow its presence in the cou [more]
A Leicestershire supplier of fire protection products has been acquired in a management buyout (MBO). [more]
A Leeds-based scaffolding firm which creates temporary structures for the events industry has been sold out of administration, saving the jobs of seven employees. [more]
Caterer Peyton and Byrne is in administration after losing two big-ticket clients. [more]
US hospital group Community Health Systems (CHS) is to sell a majority stake in its home health division as it looks to shore itself up financially. [more]
William Hill, one of UK’s leading betting companies, is in discussions over a merger with the owner of Full Tilt and PokerStars. The deal could be worth approximately £4.5 [more]
Blackbird Retail Holdings, owner of The Cotswold Company, has been acquired by True Capital for an unknown sum. [more]
A hotel on the Isle of Skye, dating back to the 1800s, is now up for sale after the owner has decided to retire. [more]
Wilkins Kennedy, a leading accountancy firm, will merge with the Maidstone office of Day, Smith and Hunter (DSH). [more]
The number of UK nurseries becoming insolvent has increased by a staggering 80 per cent in the past year, according to research from accountancy firm Moore Stephens. [more]
The iconic Dry Bar in Manchester's popular Northern Quarter district, has been put up for sale for £4m, according to a report by the Manchester Evening News. The bar has been popular among Manchester's revellers since it was opened in 1989 and is being sold with permissio [more]
A Bristol-based UK training group, which provides services for Bupa, Greene King and Pizza Express, will be subject to a management buyout (MBO) backed by Silverfleet Capital, reports Insider. The private equity backing from Silverfleet Capital will be invested alongside the existing senior management team [more]
The manufacturer of the most popular British computer, the Raspberry Pi, has been bought out by a Swiss technology and electronics company. [more]
BHS faces going into liquidation after administrators Duff & Phelps said it had “not been possible” to agree a sale with the leading pote [more]
Giacom World Networks, a cloud IT and communications technology provider based in Hull, has been acquired in a successful management buyout (MBO). [more]
The proposed £2.3 billion merger between betting giants Ladbrokes and Gala Coral may force the sale of around 400 UK high street s [more]
Property portal Zoopla is hoping to win the loyalty of estate agents away from rivals Rightmove and OnTheMarket with the purchase of leading estate agency software for £75 mil [more]
A Glasgow-based packaging group has secured its fourth acquisition in two years, as it continues its buy and build strategy. [more]
A hotel developer that was creating a landmark £32 million hotel complex in Leeds has fallen into administration due to the insolvency of a linked construction g [more]
An accountancy firm based in Hagley has celebrated its 25th anniversary by merging with major UK accountancy group Baldwins Accountants. [more]