News - written by Hanna Sharpe

A former rectory, now a boutique hotel and restaurant, located in an area that's a draw for tourists, is up for sale through Christie [more]
A company that helps student accommodation sharers stay organised with the household bills, called Split The Bills, has been purchased out of administration, Insider Media has reported. [more]
RJ Herbert Engineering, in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, has been placed into administration, with 84 job losses two weeks after the administrators were drafted in. [more]
A commercial radio station called Oak FM, operating in Leicestershire, has stopped broadcasting, going off air suddenly when its evening news bulletin was due on 28 July 2016, and is now in the hands of liquidators. [more]
Pinewood Group, the company behind Pinewood Studios, is on the verge of being purchased by a real estate private fund in a £323 million [more]
British Engineering Services (BES), an engineering testing, inspection and certification company, has purchased rival company Nortest in its first ever acquisition. [more]
Labelling machine maker Harland Machine Systems Limited has been purchased out of administration. [more]
An engineering firm that was a key figure in the industry, supplying the likes of Tata Steel, has been placed into liquidation. [more]
Gambling firms 888 and Rank Group have approached William Hill to discuss a potential merger. [more]
Administrators at FRP Advisory are seeking buyers for the ongoing business and assets of Greater Manchester-based furniture seller Mountrose. [more]
The Exchange Coach House Inn, which dates back to 1760, will be going up for auction, with a price sought of £1.5 million for the freehold inte [more]
The Dunne Group, the construction and civil engineering contractor that had been working on an incomplete tower block in the City of London, has fallen into administration, with the immediate loss of 524 out of 540 jobs and immediate ceasing of operations. [more]
Haulier AM Widdowson and Son, the company behind Widdowson Group, has entered a pre-pack administration. [more]
GHA Coaches has entered administration, rendering its 320-strong workforce jobless, after recently receiving a winding-up petition from the HMRC for an unpaid tax bill. [more]
Henderson Global Investors is thought to be planning a sale of the central London-based headquarters of Coutts & Co, the bank which counts the Queen amongst its royal customers, and is also tipped to be working on the sale of a retail store on Oxford Str [more]
Project EMC, an engineering recruitment agency based in London and with operations in Fleet, Hampshire, has undertaken an management buyout (MBO) deal. [more]
SST Process Engineering, a metal fabricator business based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, has been placed into administration, with trading ceased and all seven employees made redundant. [more]
Eastbourne Pier owner Sheikh-Abid Gulzar has placed one of his Eastbourne hotels on the market for £5.5 mil [more]
Liberation Group, a pub and brewery business, is to be bought up by Caledonia Investments, who will hold a 98 per cent stake, with the managing team putting in £1.4 million for the remaining two per [more]
Two online pharmacies, Chemist Direct and Pharmacy2U, are merging, forming a 1.5 million-strong customer base in the process. [more]