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UEFA Champions League to be broadcast on Facebook

A new partnership with Fox Sports will see the UEFA Champions League matches streamed live across Facebook, with over a dozen Champions League fixtures aired in the US through the Fox Sports Facebook page from September.

Fox will live-stream two live matches per day in the group stage, four rounds of 16 matches and four quarter-final matches.

“This collaboration unlocks new distribution for Fox, giving the network a national platform for matches that won’t always be televised,” said Dan Reed, head of global Sports Partnerships at Facebook. And with different matches broadcast in English and Spanish on Facebook, our community of fans will have plenty of action to cheer on and chat about once the group stage kicks off in September.”

The deal will add to Facebook’s growing list of sporting events being streamed live across the platform, with recent deals including Major League Baseball, the US’s Major League Soccer and Univision for Liga MX matches.

ABS snaps up Sapphire Business Systems

ABS UK, based in Elland, Yorkshire, has bought Sapphire Business Systems, which provides technology solutions including digital copier and printer services.

The acquisition will open up new business leads in both North Wales and the North West for the £4.5 million turnover business, as well as doubling the client base. ABS UK currently employs 32 staff.

Speaking about the acquisition, Brett Abson, sales director, ABS UK, said: “Acquiring Sapphire Business Systems has allowed us to further extend our geographica; reach without additional recruitment.

“Several of our existing service clients have operations in Wales and/or the North West and therefore this merger will allow us to provide them with even better support while accessing a predominantly technologically-demanding commercial client base.”

Abson added: “The acquisition also strengthens the business moving forward, adding around £10,000 per month in service revenue alone as part of an overall £350k to £400k per annum increase in turnover.”

David Lees, ABS UK marketing director, concluded: “As a well-established firm, growth in the short and medium terms is at the heart of our plans.

“Acquiring Sapphire was the first of three planned purchases and fits our ambition to work with a client base exactly double its current size. So long as we continue to lead the market by providing the very best customer support, our commercial partners, the ABS Charitable Foundation and the ABS team itself will thrive and prosper. That is our long-term aim.”

ABS UK was established in 1989 in Brighouse before moving to Bradford. The company relocated to new premises in Elland in May 2015.