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Virgin Active

Virgin Active is a chain of health clubs in South Africa, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia and the United Kingdom. Initially trading in South Africa as 'The Health and Racquet Club', it was near collapse when it was acquired by Richard Branson's Virgin Group. It has subsequently expanded its operations to Italy, Spain, the UK and, as of December 2008, Australia. On November 1, 2006 it took over the UK-based operation of the more prestigious Holmes Place chain, thus increasing its UK chain of clubs from 24 to 72 overnight. read more


 

Bayford & Co

Bayford & Co is a British petrol and oil distribution company founded in 1919 in Leeds, England. The Company has grown to a group with a Turnover of 335 million and profits of 2.0 million in 2006-07. read more


 

Zavvi Entertainment Group Ltd

Zavvi was an entertainment retail chain in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, originally Virgin Megastores. Zavvi was formed in September 2007 when a management buy-out team purchased the company from Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group. It was the UK's largest independent entertainment retailer before being placed in administration on 24 December 2008. Store closures took place from January 2009, with the last to cease trading on 20 February. HMV purchased 19 Zavvi stores to be merged into the HMV chain. Former managing director Simon Douglas and business partner Les Whitfield purchased five of the stores to form Head Entertainment. All of which eventually closed in late 2009, after less than a year of opening. On 2 March 2009, The Hut Group relaunched the Zavvi website. read more


 

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper distributed throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. The newspaper was founded by Colonel Arthur B. Sleigh in June 1855 as the Daily Telegraph and Courier, and is currently owned by David and Frederick Barclay. In January 2009, the Telegraph was the highest selling newspaper among British broadsheets and former broadsheets, with a certified average daily circulation of 842,912. This compared with a circulation of 617,483 for The Times, 358,844 for The Guardian, and 215,504 for The Independent. According to a MORI survey conducted in 2005, 64% of Telegraph readers intended to support the Conservative Party in the coming elections. The circulation for August 2010 was 673,010, against 494,205 for The Times in August 2010. read more


 

Stewart Milne

Stewart Milne CBE (born c.1950) is a Scottish businessman and football club chairman, from Alford, Aberdeenshire. Milne founded the Aberdeen-based Stewart Milne Group in 1975, a housebuilding contractor. He started off his business renovating bathrooms. As its chairman, he earned the 2005 Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year award and is rumoured to have amassed a personal fortune of around 400million. read more


 

Selfridges

Selfridges, AKA Selfridges & Co, is a chain of high end department stores in the United Kingdom. It was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge. The flagship store in London's Oxford Street is the second largest shop in the UK (after Harrods) and was opened on 15 March 1909. More recently, three other stores have been opened; in Trafford, Greater Manchester (1998), in Manchester City Centre's Exchange Square (2002) and in the Bullring, Birmingham (2003). For 14 years, the store belonged to Liverpool's now-defunct Lewis's retail group. read more


 

Barchester Healthcare Ltd

Barchester Healthcare Ltd is a UK-wide care provider supporting more than 10,000 people at more than 200 locations. Barchester Healthcare was founded in 1993 by entrepreneur and current CEO, Mike Parsons (Barchester Healthcare). The organisation has adapted and grown from one that focused on nursing care for older people to one that has developed expertise in other care areas. Services include dementia care, assisted living and supported living. The company also provides support for younger people with physical disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury and neurological disability across a care pathway. Barchester has created Memory Lane Communities around the UK. These communities are dedicated person-centred dementia care facilities. Since 1996, Barchester has grown from 12 to over 200 care homes through over 40 acquisitions and new build developments. In October 2004, Barchester Healthcare acquired Westminster Health Care for 525 million, creating the fourth biggest independent healthcare provider in the UK. Employing more than 14,000 staff, Barchester Healthcare is the only care provider listed in the Sunday Times Top 25 Big Companies To Work For 2010. This is an award voted for by staff. Barchester was placed on the same list in 2006 and 2009. read more


 

Argent Group Plc

Argent Group plc is a leading UK-based property developer founded in 1981. The company was formed as an investment for the pension fund of British Telecom, and was responsible for the redevelopment of Brindleyplace in Birmingham and developments around Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. read more


 

Northgate Information Solutions

Northgate Information Solutions (NIS) is a software company that provides specialist software, outsourcing and information technology (IT) services to global human resources and commercial markets and UK local government, education and public safety sectors. read more


 

Pets at Home

Pets at Home is a large pet supplies retail chain in the United Kingdom. With 272 stores nationwide, it is the largest pet supplies retail chain in the United Kingdom, Pets at home currently have over 4600 employees. The company sells a large variety of products including food, toys, bedding, medication and accessories. read more


 

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