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Dragon's Den star's cloudy biz still losing MEEELLLLLIONS

It was a year of frenzied activity for AIM-listed Outsourcery in 2013 but none of this translated into bottom line goodness as the cloud provider's losses again outstripped sales. According to preliminary numbers reported today, the Manchester-based as-a-service firm reported a 44 per cent sales spike to £5.2m, including £4.1m …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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PRIVATE: Expansys prez quits as Dragons' Den-izen Jones takes gizmotailer off market

Biz celeb Peter Jones, who moonlights as a board member at gadget etailer Expansys in between edgy appearances on TV's Dragons' Den, has confirmed that his company's Euro president is to depart. Longstanding exec Frederic Pont has resigned and is due to stand down at the end of the month, Jones told us, during a momentary break …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has launched a £6.1m takeover bid of his electronics retail firm Expansys. The entrepreneur made his move after increasing his share ownership in the AIM-listed firm from 41.4 percent to more than 50 per cent. Jones bought some 110.3 million shares to become the majority owner. This means that …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
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Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

Lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones is edging closer to signing a deal to buy AIM-listed Expansys for a fraction of the price of some shares he placed on the market in 2010. The irascible tennis aficionado – Jones trained as a coach in his teens – launched an initial buy-out offer of £6.1m via PDJ Bidco in January, but upped …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys burns sales, profits up in smoke

Marlow-based online smartmobe dealer Expansys - owned by Dragons' Den moneybags Peter Jones - issued a profit warning this morning citing weaker-than-expected trading conditions. The AIM-listed wireless tech web retailer, which also distributes SIM cards for mobe networks and operates ecommerce and other software projects on …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
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Dragons' Den Jones' etail biz Expansys back in the red

If mobility etailer Expansys were to be put in front of majority shareholder and Dragons' Den badboy Peter Jones in its current guise, his response may be something along the lines of "I'm out". Dragged down by its online retail shop, sales at the AIM-listed outfit fell 14 per cent to £93.2m, as profits before tax of £1.5m were …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2013

Dragons' Den badboy's biz Expansys is soaked in red

The recovery at Expansys - the consumer electronics etailer owned by Dragons' Den meanie Peter Jones - has proved shortlived. The wireless tech web seller and provider of mobile networks edged back into the black in fiscal 2012 ended April in spite of currency headwinds and hard up UK consumers. Sadly for Jones and other …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2012
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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys back in the black ... just

Wireless tech web retailer and provider of mobile networks Expansys is back in the black – but only just – as currency headwinds, weak UK consumer spending and restructuring took a toll. The group, majority owned (41 per cent) by Dragons' Den investor Peter Jones, pushed up sales for the year ended 30 April by a third to £108.5m …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2012
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Dragon scoops Expansys into his Marlow den

Etailer Expansys has relocated offices from Manchester to Marlow, but unsurprisingly the majority of the staff refused to make the daily 286-mile round trip. The premises, owned by Dragon's Den bad boy Peter Jones who is non-exec deputy chairman at the mobile PC specialist, are also shared by two firms the company acquired in …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2011
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Dragon Bannatyne threatens to break arms of 'Russian' bloke

Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne upset the gentle sensibility of the twitterati yesterday, after he forgot he wasn't talking to one bloke down the pub when making empty threats to break the arms of a "Russian". He offered a £25,000 reward to anyone who could track down the person behind the Twitter handle YuriVasilyev_, who …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2011
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Dragon-owned Expansys bemoans weak UK gadget lust

Expansys' fiscal 2011 numbers were boosted by several acquisitions and cost-cutting efforts, the firm has claimed. Sales at the London Stock Exchange listed firm for the year ended 30 April climbed more than 60 per cent on 12 months earlier to £81.8m, operating losses narrowed to £725,000 from £2.7m and underlying pre-tax …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Telefonica chooses stable of young ones to make it money in London

Telefonica's desks-for-shareholding deal, Wayra, has picked the lucky sixteen startups who'll benefit from central London office space, logistics support and business development, in exchange for percentage holding in the resulting business. In exchange for ten per cent of the company the selected sixteen get get an average …
Bill Ray, 05 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

'Dragon' unveils flat-fee text service

A new flat-fee SMS service has been launched today that's being billed as a text version of Skype. Skype has helped shake up the phone industry with its internet telephony (VoIP) service. Those behind Hotxt - which routes text messages over the net - reckon their service will be able to do the same. Targeted at 16-25 year olds …
Tim Richardson, 27 Mar 2006
The Register breaking news

Telefonica flashes cash, jangles office keys to lure UK startups

Telefonica will provide offices on Tottenham Court Road to 20 startups, along with funding of up to €50,000 (£41.8k), pushing entrepreneurs to develop ideas, but mostly to make more money. The project is called Wayra, and follows similar efforts in Madrid and Barcelona. Telefonica (owners of the O2 band) will provide desk space …
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Docs and devs: Health secretary wants healthcare apps

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a call for new ideas for health apps to help patients make informed decisions about their care. The invitation is open to healthcare professionals and app developers. Lansley cited an existing example of what could be done, the Choosing Well app developed by NHS Yorkshire and Humber …

Commodore 64 emulator hits iPhone

A Commodore 64 emulator - complete with 64 retro titles - has gone on sale for the iPhone and iPod Touch. And it's official. Well, as official as its gets when it comes to Commodore these days - the original company went bust in 1994, and it exists as little more than a brandname today. Commodore 64 on iPhone C64: old school 8- …
Tony Smith, 07 Sep 2009
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SpinVox carcass laid bare in final accounts

Dragon's Den TV star Julie Meyer described SpinVox as "the first major technology success story out of Europe", but the company's final accounts show a business running at a huge loss, spending heavily, and with interest payments alone exceeding income. The accounts also show that CEO Christine Domecq repaid the company a six …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Feb 2010
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How a Tory gov will be the most tech-savvy in history

When the Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne realised his wife had left her dress on the train on the way to a charity dinner last Saturday he called lost property. Unfortunately, being a Saturday afternoon, lost property was closed and his wife was distraught. Fortunately Duncan's 50,000 Twitter followers came to the rescue. He …
Grant Shapps MP, 06 Apr 2010
The Register breaking news

'Free' txts a go go

Hotxt, a flat-fee SMS service backed by Dragon's Den entrepreneur Doug Richard, has a rival. The Hotxt service was launched in March and was billed as being a text version of Skype, which has helped slash the cost of making phone calls. Targeted at 16 to 25 year olds, Hotxt offers punters the chance to send as many texts as …
Team Register, 21 Apr 2006