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Somerfield spends pounds 1bn on stores.

Supermarket giant Somerfield is to spend more than pounds 1billion out of cashflow over the next four or five years to upgrade its 1,400 stores.

Chief executive Mr David Simons said the group had decided, following its takeover of Kwik Save, to convert all its stores, including Food Giant and Gateway outlets, to the Somerfield brand.

ROM's nuclear deal

Lichfield-based ROM Group has won a pounds 3million order to build encapsulation and storage buildings for medium level nuclear waste at Sellafield, in Cumbria.

FI goes banking

The Bank of Scotland and FI Group have announced the creation of a new joint-venture company.

The new company, called First Banking Systems, has been set up to provide commercial software development and information technology systems planning, initially to the bank.

Ushers in Germany

One of Britain's top regional brewers and pub operators has won a major contract to produce, package and distribute German beers in the UK.

Wiltshire-based Ushers of Trowbridge has signed a ten-year contract with Lowenbrau which takes effect from the start of next month.

pounds 1.5m cider deal

Coventry-based Courtaulds Engineering has won a pounds 1.5million contract to refurbish part of HP Bulmer's cider making plant at Hereford.

Parts for AA

Birmingham-based Partco Group has won a pounds 12million contract to supply the AA with spare parts, tools and equipment for its patrol vans and transport workshops over the next three years.

South Bank design

Warwick's Woodhouse UK, Cre'active Design from Leamington Spa and Telford-based Syspal have joined forces to design, manufacture and supply the street lighting and furniture for the South Bank project in London.

pounds 4.5m press order

Clearing International, the Darlaston-based press refurbishment company, has won pounds 4.5million worth of orders for nine 400-ton hydraulic presses for a major car component manufacturer.

Shopping safari

Shopping centre company In Shops is running major summer promotion offering customers free tickets to West Midlands Safari Park at Bewdley.

Distribution win

Birmingham-based air conditioning distributor IHS has been named distributor of the year by Hampshire manufacturer Trion.

Car dealer recruits

Stoke-on-Trent-based car dealer Greenhous Vauxhall is recruiting apprentices for training to NVQ level three in servicing and parts at its Hanley branch.

JOA's good report

Belbroughton design and communications company JOA has won a British Association of Business Communicators award for its handling of the annual report of Dudley Training & Enterprise Council.

JBA promotes

Birmingham business software supplier JBA has promoted Mr Peter Lihou, aged 47, sales manager for the Midlands.
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Date:Jun 4, 1998
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