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Acquisitions News in the Medical And Educational sector: 2006

Fri, 15 Dec 2006: Busy Bees, the Staffordshire-based chain of 46 childcare nurseries, is to be acquired by ABC Learning Centres of Australia for £71m....
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Tue, 12 Dec 2006: Carter & Carter is to acquire Quantica Training, the London-based vocational training company with 125 staff, for £12m....
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Tue, 12 Dec 2006: Carter & Carter is to acquire NTP, the Sheffield-based company with 220 staff, for £7.9m....
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Tue, 12 Dec 2006: Carter & Carter is to acquire IMS, the Bradford-based company with 30 staff, for £3.5m....
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Fri, 29 Sep 2006: Careforce Group has acquired Keycare Services, the provider of domiciliary care services with 130 staff in Workington and Carlisle, for up to £1...
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Thu, 28 Sep 2006: Sinclair Pharma is to acquire Ashbourne Pharmaceuticals, the Northampton-based pharmaceuticals marketing company. The deal comprises an initial cash p...
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Tue, 12 Sep 2006: Daily Mail & General Trust has sold its Study Group International language training business to CHAMP Private Equity and Petersen Investments for ...
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Thu, 07 Sep 2006: Claimar Care is to acquire MK Homecare, the Milton Keynes-based domiciliary care provider with 33 care workers, for up to £0.4m. The amount will...
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Mon, 04 Sep 2006: Four Seasons Health Care, the Wilmslow-based chain of 416 care homes and hospitals, has been acquired by finance group Three Delta for £1.4bn. ...
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Thu, 10 Aug 2006: RM is to acquire Music Education Supplies (MES), the supplier of school equipment, for up to £1m. MES specialises in nursery and primary school music, supplying instruments, books and other related products. The company will be merged with RM's own specialist education resources division, TTS Limited. RM will pay an initial £0.8m, with a further £0.2m to be paid in March 2007 subject to agreed performance targets for the merged company. Managing Director of MES, Ray Mason, will remain with the business during the handover period. Peter Ellse, Managing Director of TTS, said of the acquisition: "MES is one of a choice number of real specialist businesses in primary school and nursery supply. They are widely well regarded for their values of high levels of research, specialist focus and closeness to the teacher and music specialist. They make an ideal strategic fit for TTS's vision, and we aim to invest upon their current achievements to...
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Wed, 09 Aug 2006: Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, the Leeds-based supplier of liquid medicines with 170 staff, has undergone a £93m management buy-out from US-based Sav...
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Thu, 06 Jul 2006: United Drug has acquired the Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad (MASTA), the Leeds-based medical advisory service and vaccines distributor...
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Thu, 06 Jul 2006: Ultravox, the Manchester-based hearing aid retailer with 138 branches, has been acquired by Amplifon of Italy for £60m. Ultravox operates under ...
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Tue, 04 Jul 2006: Quantica has acquired Interactive Training Management, the work-based training company with 23 staff in Manchester, Chester and Birkenhead, for £409.8k in cash and £200k in shares. Interactive Training Management is privately-owned but receives government funding, and provides NVQs. Chairman and CEO of Quantica, Les Lawson, commented: "The acquisition builds upon our existing presence in the North West and fits well with Quantica Training's regional hub office in Manchester. As with previous acquisitions made by Quantica in this market, it is earnings enhancing, cash generative and has excellent earnings visibilty. We continue to see the training market as offering exciting opportunities for growth and consolidation." ...
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Mon, 03 Jul 2006: Ascribe has acquired HE Information Systems, the supplier of clinical information systems to the NHS, for £6.5m. The deal comprises an initial cash consideration of £2.99m and £998k in shares, followed by a deferred cash consideration of £1.25m and a further £1.25m in shares, to be paid within three years. HEIS currently supplies software to over 21 NHS hospitals, many of which also use Ascribe's Pharmacy and Accident & Emergency systems. Ascribe hopes that the acquisition will enable it to take advantage of commercial opportunities within the NHS. Steven Chritchlow, who is to assume the role of CEO and chairman of Ascribe following the resignation of Graham Lewis, commented: "This acquisition positions Ascribe firmly as a leading health IT solutions provider across primary and secondary care. HEIS has an excellent and highly complementary product and will also bring a strong, experienced management team to the Group. We will now be able to drive organic growth from a complete product set created from best of breed applications. Any future acquisitions will only follow once the Group is aligned to this significant ...
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Mon, 03 Jul 2006: Spacelabs Healthcare is to acquire Del Mar Reynolds Medical, the cardiac monitoring business, from Ferraris Group for £14m. A further £5m ...
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Tue, 13 Jun 2006: Careforce has acquired Sycamore Rise, the provider of domiciliary care services with 150 staff at sites in Burnley, Clitheroe and St Anne's, for ...
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Wed, 19 Apr 2006: Medisys, the supplier of blood glucose testing kits, is to sell its operating business to Arkray of Japan for £24m, and will now focus on invest...
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Thu, 06 Apr 2006: Granada Learning, the educational publishing business owned by ITV has been sold to private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson. The deal will consist of an up-front payment of £35m, with a further £18m subject to Granada’s performance over the next two years. ITV has made over £300m of divestments since 2004, including O21 television. In a company statement, Veronis Suhler Stecenson partner Marco Sodi commented "Granada Learning products and brands are amongst the most recognised in UK education. Its nferNelson tests are leaders in assessment while the Letts Revision Guides, the Blackcat and Semerc software products are well known to teachers and pupils alike. We look forward to working with David Smith and the Granada Learning team to pursue the opportunities offered by the significant projected investment in t...
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Wed, 05 Apr 2006: Duke Street Capital has sold Paragon Healthcare to private equity firm Hg Capital for £322m. Paragon has over 250 care homes across the UK with approximately 1,300 residents. In a company press release, Hg said it had “a deep understanding of the specialist care sector, which has strong long-term growth prospects”. In 2002, it purchased Castlebeck Care Holdings Ltd from the 3i Group. Hg has also stated that it will invest approx. £12.2 million in Pa...
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