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BGL Group

The Budget Group of Companies began operating in the UK as an underwriter in 1992. The Group changed its name to the BGL Group in July 2007. A strategic change in 1997 to intermediary status, marketing policies underwritten by a panel of insurers, triggered the growth of the BGL Group. Through a combination of organic growth and a number of major strategic acquisitions, which included Arnott Century (1999), Dial Direct and Bennetts (2001), the Group increased in size by a substantial amount. A major contributor to this growth was the launch of its affinity business, Junction, in 2002. With an increasing number of high profile partners, such as Post Office, M&S Money, Bradford & Bingley, and Yes Insurance, Junctionís policies under management has grown to over half a million. A memorable PR and marketing campaign for Bennetts was launched in 2003, helping to establish the bike insurer as a leading brand in the UK market. A similar approach is being used, in 2006 for Budget & Dialís Commercial Vehicle business. In 2003, Budget launched its own uninsured loss recovery business, ACM ULR. In its first year of trading it captured 80,000 incidents and is available to all of Budgetís and its partnersí policyholders. read more


 

Ebuyer

Ebuyer is an online computer hardware and software retailer based in Howden, United Kingdom. read more


 

Alexander Dennis

Alexander Dennis Limited (formerly known as TransBus International) is the largest bus builder in the United Kingdom and one of the largest in the world. read more


 

Apollo Group

Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) is an S&P 500 corporation based in the South Phoenix area of Phoenix, Arizona. Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns several for-profit educational institutions. The company owns and operates four higher-learning institutions: the University of Phoenix, Western International University, Axia College (of University of Phoenix), the College for Financial Planning, the Institute for Professional Development. It also owns Insight Schools (Online Public High Schools for Washington, Wisconsin, and other locations), and Olympus High School. As of November 2005, the combined enrollment of the four U.S. domestic universities (UOPX, WIU, Axia, CFFP) was approximately 315,350 students. Of these, nearly 90% attend the University of Phoenix, which Apollo describes as "the nationís largest regionally accredited private university". As of September 2008 the company also owns and operates Meritus University (Meritus) in Canada. On January 24, 2011, citing how "enrollment will continue to be insufficient to sustain the required quality academic and student service infrastructure we and our students demand", Meritus University announced its closure, with their last classes taking place on March 14, 2011. Additionally, Apollo Group, Inc is the owner of BPP, and joined forces with Carlyle Group for tactical investments in education to expand student base. Apollo also purchased UNIACC college in Santiago, Chile and ULA college in Mexico. read more


 

Borders (UK) Ltd

Borders (UK) Ltd., aka Borders & Books etc, was established as a Borders Group subsidiary in 1998 and in 2007 became independent of the US company. At its peak after separation from the US parent, it traded from its 41 Borders and 28 BOOKS etc. shops, with over one million square feet of retail space taking around 8% of the retail bookselling market. In 2008 and 2009 the store numbers were reduced before the collapse of the chain. They also operated one single branch in the Republic of Ireland, but closed this early in 2009. On 26 November 2009 it was announced that Borders (UK) had gone into administration. All stores closed on 24 December 2009. A typical Borders shop in the UK contained both a Paperchase stationery and Starbucks cafe concession. In addition, some branches also contained a RED5 gadget concession and GAME video games concession. The logo contained both the Books etc. logo and the Borders logo to reflect the fact that Borders UK operated two different brands. read more


 

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger (informally known as Pret) is a sandwich retail chain based in the City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom. The name comes from the French prÍt ŗ manger, meaning "ready to eat" or "lending to eat", a reference to prÍt-ŗ-porter (ready-to-wear as distinct from "bespoke"). Since January 2007, a number of stores have been branded simply as "Pret", the informal name. The company was founded in London in 1986 by friends Sinclair Beecham and Julian Metcalfe (who later founded the Itsu chain of sushi cafes), the duo having met while studying property law at the Polytechnic of Central London. In 2001, McDonald's bought a 33% non-controlling stake in the USA branch of the company, which they sold in 2008 to private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital, owners of clothing retailer Fat Face. read more


 

Vue Cinemas

Vue Entertainment (stylised as vue), formerly known as SBC International Cinemas, is a cinema company in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The company was formed in May 2003 when SBC acquired 36 Warner Village cinemas. There are now 69 Vue cinemas, with 654 screens totaling 140,500 seats, including the rebranded flagship Warner Village cinema in Leicester Square. In April 2005 the chain acquired the Ster Century chain from Aurora Entertainment; this included the highest grossing cinema in the UK or Ireland at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin, Ireland. As of 20 June 2006, Vue's executive team completed a management buy-out of the company with the backing of Bank Of Scotland Corporate, with the management team retaining a 51% stake. Also, as part of the buy-out, Vue took full ownership of the four Village sites it had been operating under contract from Village Roadshow. The private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co acquired Vue in 2010. read more


 

T J Hughes

T J Hughes is a discount department store founded in 1912 in Liverpool, England. The retail chain trades from 1,800,000 square feet (167,000 m2) of retail space and have 53 department stores throughout the United Kingdom, specializing in home and fashion, fragrance and cosmetics. read more


 

Travelodge

Travelodge refers to several hotel chains around the world. Current operations include, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Australia; however, many of these are operated by independent companies who have no connection with the brands operating in other countries. read more


 

D. C. Thomson & Co.

D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, is a publishing company based in Dundee, Scotland, best known for producing Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano, The Dandy and Commando comics. It also owns Friends Reunited,[1] Parragon, and the Aberdeen Journals Group which publishes the Press and Journal, the Evening Express, the Aberdeen Citizen and the North Scotland edition of ScotAds. Historically it was a significant shareholder in the former ITV company Southern Television. read more


 

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