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business focus Shareleague Thames Valley presented by in association with Shareleagu Thames Valley presented by in association with


Just for a change, it was not the smaller companies that led the way in share price rises during November. In one of the better months of the past year for investors, it was the larger companies which topped the Thames Valley table.


Costain, the Maidenhead-based technology construction and engineering company really hit the high spots with a 73% rise. In a month when the group appointed a new chief financial officer (Helen Willis, who previously held similar positions at Premier Farnell and De La Rue), it gave its views on the chancellor’s Spending Review.


“Costain has been improving people’s lives for more than 155 years and we look forward to continuing our support to the Government in strengthening the UK’s place in the world,” it said.


The biggest rise among the large companies (63%) came from Micro Focus International, the Newbury-based infrastructure software group. A trading statement showed revenues of some $3 billion, in line with management expectations. The group said there was a continuation of strong cash generation and working capital management, especially in the first half of 2020. CEO Stephen Murdoch said despite being in “extraordinary times”, the staff had adapted to the challenges.


Large (over £1 billion) MICRO FOCUS INTL.


INTL.CONS.AIRL.GP VODAFONE GROUP ELECTROCOMP CENTRICA


RECKITT BENCKISER GROUP HALMA


SERCO GROUP


Medium (£250m-£1b) ELEMENTIS


RENEWI


VITEC GROUP DE LA RUE ORD XP POWER (DI)


MORGAN ADVANCED MRA DISCOVERIE GROUP


APTITUDE SOFTWARE GROUP Stay informed


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Small (£50m to £250m) COSTAIN GROUP


GALLIFORD TRY RPS GROUP


ACCESSO TECHNOLOGY GROUP MICHELMERSH BRICK HDG SOPHEON ECKOH ANGLE


Sub £50 million TRIAD GROUP


TISSUE REGENIX GROUP TP GROUP


FUTURA MEDICAL


JOHN LEWIS OF HUNGERFORD NORTHAMBER


EGDON RESOURCES IMMEDIA GROUP


Adjusted price 31/10/2020


216 96


103 679 37


6800 2368 129


74 21


714 135


4000 250 574 480


33 71 51


275 89


800 66 44


24


0.39 5


13 61 29


0.63 1.7


Adjusted price 30/11/2020


353 154 124 809 44


6584 2216 114


120 34


868 160


4550 281 632 445


57


109 74


375 112 795 65 40


38 6


16 54 22


Growth 63%


60% 20% 19% 19% -3% -6%


-12%


61% 58% 22% 19% 14% 13% 10% -7%


73% 53% 46% 36% 26% -1% -2% -9%


0.55 0.6 1.45


55% 41% 17% 17% -5%


-11% -15% -25%


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