Mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions refers to the consolidation of companies. A merger is the combining of two companies to form a new company. An acquisition is the purchase of one company by another company.

The key area for HR departments during mergers and acquisitions is TUPE transfers. Transfer of undertakings (TUPE) laws safeguard employees’ rights when there is a transfer of a business or service from one organisation (the transferor) to another organisation (the transferee).


CBRE recognised for change management in Carillion collapse

CBRE won the 2018 Personnel Today Award for Managing Change this evening, in recognition for the speedy transfer of Carillion’s...

Homebase rescued but 1,500 jobs face axe

31 Aug 2018

Homebase creditors have voted in favour of a company voluntary agreement (CVA) that will see 42 of its branches closing...

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Sports Direct saves House of Fraser from administration

10 Aug 2018

Sports Direct has bought House of Fraser out of administration for £90m. The sports retailer, owned by billionaire Mike Ashley...

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Moves and mergers: what are the legal implications of staff relocation?

27 Jun 2018

With large-scale staff movements back in the news thanks to the proposed merger of Asda and Sainsbury’s, what do employers...

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1,500 jobs expected to be lost in Virgin Money takeover

18 Jun 2018

Around 1,500 jobs are expected to be lost in the £1.7bn takeover of Virgin Money by Clydesdale Yorkshire Banking Group...

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Pret’s £1,000 employee bonus: Do short-term rewards achieve anything?

5 Jun 2018

The new owners of sandwich chain Pret A Manger have promised a £1,000 bonus to all employees who are on...

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Carphone Warehouse closes stores as Pret staff get £1000 bonus

30 May 2018

Carphone Warehouse is to close 92 stores after the retailer became the latest to issue a profit warning, amid continuing...

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Union warns Asda-Sainsbury’s deal could lead to massive job losses

30 Apr 2018

The GMB union has called the newly announced merger proposal between Sainsbury’s and Asda a “bargain basement” deal that could...

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merger-retention

More companies hold on to key staff after mergers, says report

2 Nov 2017

Almost four-fifths of companies that have gone through a merger or acquisition have managed to hold on to their ‘acquired...

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Zoopla’s Lorraine Metcalf: delivering a successful business transformation

12 Oct 2017

Building an HR function during a time of rapid growth is always a challenge, but for Lorraine Metcalf of digital...

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How workplace mediation reduced conflict and stress during Barts hospital merger

2 Aug 2017

Workplace mediation can prevent conflict at work leading to disciplinary problems or sickness absence, but awareness is low in many...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Talent management

Talent management should be at the heart of mergers and acquisitions

9 Dec 2013

Mergers and acquisitions are a major part of business life for many UK workers. But getting the transition right is...

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StepStone buys Totaljobs Group for £110 million

4 Apr 2012

Reed Business Information (RBI) has today announced the sale of Totaljobs Group, the UK’s largest job board, to StepStone for £110...

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Government quango cuts: who survived?

14 Oct 2010

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has survived the Government’s quango cuts but many others have been axed or are still under...

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