Language translation technology group SDL announced on Friday that, based on unaudited results, it was expecting to deliver an adjusted EBITDA for 2017 of approximately £22m after the firm saw language services division improve gross margins throughout the second half of the trading year.
Unite has urged the government to block what it called a "predatory" and "destructive" takeover bid for engineer GKN by turnaround specialist Melrose Industries.
European-focussed energy investor Prospex Oil and Gas announced on Friday that flow-testing at the Podere Maiar-1 well in Italy had begun, with results from the testing expected to be available before 19 January.
Dublin-based software company Escher Group said on Friday that full-year revenue is expected to be marginally ahead of the $18m forecast in the trading update in November, while adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation will be around $2. 8m.
AIM-listed Lighthouse Group said on Friday that it expects to report full-year revenue, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation and pre-tax profit ahead of market views.
Shares in GKN surged on Friday after the company said it has rejected a bid proposal from Melrose and appointed Anne Stevens as chief executive, as it announced plans to separate its aerospace and automotive businesses.
Critical power control components developer and manufacturer XP Power had a "good finish" to its trading year ended 31 December, as strong order intake drove robust revenue growth.
African-focussed natural resource investor Armadale Capital has agreed to sell its interest in the Mpokoto gold project in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a total of $0. 56m and a 1. 5% royalty on all gold produced.
Embattled gold explorer Avocet Mining has been forced to delay the sale of its Burkina Faso assets, including the Inata goldmine, on the request of the buyer, Ghana's Balaji Group.
Former owner of the collapsed BHS retail chain Dominic Chappell has been found guilty of three charges of failing to provide documents to the pensions watchdog.
The UK financial regulator has published a list of 94 firms illegally offering binary options trading to British investors, many of which are suspected of hiding the fact that they are based overseas.
Surveillance group Petards said it expected full year pre-tax profits to be above market expectations, although £1m in revenues would be deferred into 2018.
Howden Joinery Group has confirmed that chief executive designate Andrew Livingston will join on 29 January, as founder and current CEO Matthew Ingle retires.
AIM-listed FFI Holdings has acquired the motorsports entertainment insurance book of business from All Risks, the largest US independent wholesale brokerage, through its subsidiary Reel Media.
AIM-listed oil and gas group President Energy wrapped up its third and fourth workover wells at the recently acquired Puesto Flores Field in Argentina, completing the project on time and under budget.
Telit Communications said Italian tax authorities were appealing to the country's Supreme Court over its three year VAT assessment case.
WPP said on Friday that Kantar Consulting, which is part of its data investment management division, has bought London-based strategy and growth consultancy Mash for an undisclosed sum.
Discount retailer B&M European Value reported a strong quarter of growth in the pre-Christmas period, helped by 22 new store openings and keeping prices low in the UK and Germany via its far-eastern supply chain.
Bovis Homes built a lower number of homes in 2017 but reported much improvement in its balance sheet and in customer satisfaction after the controversy over putting customers in faulty homes last year.
Sirius Minerals said it was on track to deliver its first polyhalite and commercial production from its Woodsmith mine on time and on budget.