Welcome to the April 2017 edition of AI magazine, which features a whole host of varied and interesting content, from recruitment to intellectual property, as well as investment and our popular Prominent Women in Business series too.

In recent news, confectionery powerhouse Innovative Bites on 12th April 2017, acquired Hancocks Holdings, the UK’s leading supplier of wholesale sweets, from H2 Equity Partners and management.

We find out that both the volume and value of M&A deals announced worldwide declined in the first quarter of 2017, according to Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk. In all, there were 22,093 deals worth $1,100,655 million announced during the three months, down from the $1,467,778 million injected across 25,172 deals in Q4 2016.