Franchise Brands PLC (LON:FRAN) made a strong start to the year, it said, with underlying earnings (EBITDA) growing 24% to £2mln in the first three months of 2021 as turnover returned to pre-Covid levels towards the end of the period.

88 Energy Ltd’s (LON:88E) quarterly activities update said the Merlin well is able to be re-entered to drill a side-track that could be flow-tested. It comes after the well provided some evidence of oil but due to equipment failure and poor hole conditions, could not be fully tested.

Coinsilium Group Limited (LON:COIN) has updated investors on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and proposed partnership between its Gibraltar subsidiary Nifty Labs Ltd and Indorse, a Singaporean firm in which it owns a 10% stake.

Gfinity PLC (LON:GFIN) said it has appointed Thomas Preising as its new chief revenue and transformation officer with immediate effect. 

Filta Group Holdings PLC (LON:FLTA) added 935 and 750 new customers in the US and UK respectively in 2020, despite the pandemic. The kitchen services provider said the upward trend in business levels in the second half of 2020 has continued into the current year.

DiscoverIE Group PLC (LON:DSCV) expects earnings for the fiscal year just ended to be at the upper end of market expectations.

Kavango Resources PLC (LON:KAV) has identified an electro-magnetic anomaly in Target Area A in the Hukuntsi section of the company’s Kalahari Suture Zone project.

IronRidge Resources Ltd (LON:IRR) has reported additional high-grade lithium pegmatite drill intersections, including multiple drill intersections over 2% lithium oxide, at new targets adjacent to the Ewoyaa lithium project in Ghana. 

Brickability Group PLC (LON:BRCK) said it expects to report full-year revenues and earnings “ahead of previous expectations” despite what it said were significant operational challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Galantas Gold Corp (LON:GAL, TSXV:GAL) plans to raise as much as C$6.6mln (£3.8mln) through a private placement to provide the financing to bring the Galantas gold mine in Northern Ireland into full production and said its chief executive would be stepping down.

BlueRock Diamonds PLC (LON:BRD) reported higher production, grades and prices from its Kareevlei diamond mine in South Africa in the first quarter.

Thor Mining PLC (LON:THR, ASX: THR, OTCQB:THORF) has appointed Nicole Galloway Warland, previously exploration manager, to the board as managing director with immediate effect and announced that Mick Billing will relinquish the role of chief executive.

Union Jack Oil PLC (LON:UJO) told investors the West Newton B-1Z appraisal well has successfully completed cased hole logging and vertical seismic profiling operations. The next phase of work will see a service rig used to perforate and stimulate the Kirkham Abbey formation ahead of flow testing.

C4X Discovery Holdings PLC (LON:C4XD) appointed Simon Harford as a new non-executive director with immediate effect. The boardroom hire adds US and global expertise to the management team.

Vast Resources PLC (LON:VAST) will hold a general meeting at 11am on Wednesday 5 May 2021. The purpose of the meeting will be to effect a reorganisation of the company’s share capital.

Trident Royalties PLC (LON:TRR) announced that its annual general meeting will be held on 8 June 2021 in London, with voting to be done by proxy ahead of the meeting. Shareholders will be able to follow proceedings online through the Investor Meet Company platform.

Digitalbox plc (LON:DBOX) has posted its annual report and accounts for 2020 ahead of its annual general meeting, which will be held at the company’s registered office in Bath on 14 May. Shareholders can only submit proxy votes in advance.

AFC Energy PLC (LON:AFC) will host a virtual capital markets event for investors and analysts on Wednesday 5 May at 2pm BST to provide a full overview of the company’s commercial progress. The CME will be hosted by chief executive Adam Bond, alongside the board’s chief operating officer, chief finance officer and chief engineer and product officer, who will take questions after the presentation.

Horizonte Minerals PLC (LON:HZM, TSX:HZM) will host an investor webcast on 7 May at 2pm BST where chief executive Jeremy Martin will provide a corporate update and take questions.

Advance Energy PLC (LON:ADV) will host an investor presentation on 29 April at 7pm BST via the Proactive One2One Virtual Forum. Those wanting to register interest in attending can do so via the following link:

Ariana Resources PLC (LON:AAU) updated investors on its proposed share capital reduction, which will enable the company to pay a special dividend, and said it is close to completing the submissions required by a court process. 

ECR Minerals PLC (LON:ECR) announced high-grade drilling results from the Bailieston gold project in the Victoria Goldfields, Australia.