Nearly a quarter of the shares of Ofex-traded Barnham Broom, an East Anglian hotel company, have changed hands. The stakes held by SPP Ventures and the old British & Commonwealth Holdings have been sold to clients of stockbroker Henderson Crosthwaite and the Sunley family. John Gunn, formerly at B&C, is chairman of Barnham, which expects record profits this year. It made pounds 411,000 last year. The shares held at 48p.
Chemical Design, floated at 110p in August, held at 155p. The developer of data-based software for the drugs industry has landed a contract with Abbott Laboratories, a leading US group, and a collaborative research deal with Metacrine, a New Jersey start-up company. Robin Lodge, chairman of the DCS computer services group, has become non-executive chairman.