Bidstack higher after partnership with Suji Games

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Bidstack Group PLC added 8% to 2.02p at lunchtime after signing a partnership with independent Turkish developer Suji Games for the free-to-play simulation title Hyper Airways.


Hyper Airways is an animated simulation game that has been downloaded more than 5 million times and is available on both iOS and Android. The game puts the player in control of an aeroplane and its passengers as they fly through obstacles and take care of those onboard throughout the flight.


According to Newzoo, it generated revenues of US$86.3bn in 2020, with hyper-casual games at the forefront of rapid growth. Figures from Sensor Tower showed that in 2020 hyper-casual games represented almost a third of all mobile game downloads.


11.35am: Travel sector reacts to UK’s latest green list update


Travel stocks weakened on Friday after the latest update of the UK’s lists for international travel.


Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Azores, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Lithuania were added to the green list, while Montenegro and Thailand are now deemed high risk and were moved to the red list.


TUI AG (LSE:TUI) and Wizz Air Holdings (AIM:WIZZ) plc were down 2% to 313.8p and 4,885.5p respectively, while easyJet plc shed 1% to 803.3p before lunchtime.


10.25am: Air Partner (LSE:AIR) takes off after upbeat update


Air Partner (LSE:AIR) PLC rose 9% to 91.8p in mid-morning after noting it has continued to trade strongly in the face of some strong headwinds.


Travel restrictions and “general uncertainty” around the pandemic don’t appear to have impeded the firm’s progress as it said it would deliver a first-half profit of not less than GBP3.7mln.


“We continue to see a strong recovery in our private Jets division,” the aviation services group said.


“The UK has exceeded pre-Covid levels over the summer months as we have welcomed a number of first-time private jet flyers, in addition to seeing increased demand from many of our existing customers.”


9am: East Imperial early riser after new supply agreements Down Under


East Imperial PLC (LSE:EISB) was one of the few early risers on Friday morning, up 13% to 13.75p after unveiling a series of significant new supply agreements across Australia and New Zealand.


The self-professed “purveyor of ultra-premium beverages” will supply Countdown stores and New World supermarkets in New Zealand.


It has also secured an agreement with Metcash, one of Australia’s largest wholesalers, to stock its beverages to independent retailers across Australia. Metcash supplies and supports more than 10,000 independent retailers and over 90,000 wholesale customers across the food, grocery, liquor and hardware industries.


“This is a significant step forward for East Imperial as we look to accelerate our retail offering, a core element of our growth strategy,” said chief executive and founder Tony Burt.


“I’m delighted that since our listing in July we have added over 600 outlets across Australia and New Zealand. The team continues to work on similar placements throughout the wider Asia Pacific and US regions.”

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