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The Newbury-based software provider Micro Focus International stole the top honours among the largest quoted Thames Valley companies when it came to share price rises during March. The company’s portfolio consists of identity access and security solutions, and has recently announced the release of a new product called OPTIC (Operations Platform for Transformation, Intelligence and Cloud).


Most sensational rise of the month came in the section for smaller companies, where Guildford-based Futura Medical saw shares rise 248%. Among its latest products is a gel (Med3000) that has proved to cure male impodence, and Futura is hoping it will rival the popular Viagra pills.


Runner-up in the price rise stakes was Nanoco Group (up 62%), which is a market leader in the research, development, licensing and manufacture of heavy-metal-free quantum dots, used in various commercial applications.


John Lewis of Hungerford was also a decent riser (up 21%), with its unique tailored designs for kitchen and bedroom furniture proving popular as the lockdown eases.


Large (over £1 billion) MICRO FOCUS INTL.


ASHTEAD GROUP SPECTRIS


RECKITT BENCKISER GROUP RWS HOLDINGS ICTL.HTLS.GP.


BIG YELLOW GROUP GENUS


Medium (£250m-£1b) DE LA RUE ORD


VITEC GROUP


ACCESSO TECHNOLOGY GRP RPS GROUP


DISCOVERIE GROUP ELEMENTIS


OXFORD BIOMEDICA XP POWER (DI)


Small (£50m to £250m) FUTURA MEDICAL


NANOCO GROUP ECKOH


MCKAY SECURITIES LOK’N STORE GROUP COSTAIN GROUP GALLIFORD TRY SOPHEON


Sub £50 million


JOHN LEWIS OF HUNGERFORD TRIAD GROUP


PETARDS GROUP


HIGHCROFT INVESTMENTS BEZANT RESOURCES PIPEHAWK


CATENAE INNOVATION TISSUE REGENIX GROUP


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105.0 13.0


695.0 0.2 8.5 3.3 0.8


0.9


125.0 15.0


735.0 0.2 7.8 2.6 0.6


21% 19% 15% 6%


-9% -9%


-20% -26%


Adjusted price 28/02/2021


418.6


3,880.0 3,034.0 6,000.0 605.0


5,002.0 1,135.0 5,035.0


173.4 964.0 550.0 82.0


670.0 126.1


1,012.0 5,480.0


14.5 15.1 63.0


199.0 625.0 61.5


136.5 940.0


Adjusted price 31/03/2021


553.2


4,327.0 3,327.0 6,498.0 609.0


4,975.0 1,115.0 4,858.0


206.0


1,145.0 635.0 94.0


670.0 125.5 952.0


4,700.0


50.5 24.5 73.0


215.0 595.0 57.7


127.0 870.0


Growth 32%


12% 10% 8% 1%


-1% -2% -4%


19% 19% 15% 15% 0% 0%


-6% -14%


248% 62% 16% 8%


-5% -6% -7% -7%


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Daily business news updates from the Thames Valley, South Central and South Coast, and Surrey and Kent regions


Discover the region’s business news and views on our website ...


Financial forecasting is more important than ever


writes Jane Wills, partner


A robust financial forecast is going to be essential in helping you navigate the road ahead. Being equipped with an up-to-date understanding of revenue and cash outflows, and their impact, will help you identify pressure points and potential shortfalls so that you are able to take action ahead of time.


During the past 15 months many businesses have completely changed approach, others are embarking on a slow recovery. You may not have the comparable historic data on costs and revenue that you had previously.


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