Trident Royalties PLC (AIM:TRR, FRA:5KV) was 4.1% higher at 35.5p after announcing changes to the composition of its board.

Peter Bacchus, chairman and chief executive of investment banking boutique Bacchus Capital, has joined the board as a non-executive director, replacing James Kelly who is stepping down to pursue other business interests.

Paul Smith, the non-executive chairman of Trident, thanked Kelly for his contribution to the company since its inception and welcomed Bacchus to the board, saying the company would “benefit greatly from his extensive advisory experience and deep knowledge of the natural resources sector as we scale the business”.

3.10pm: Mode launches Apple version of its Android payments app

Investors bought into Mode Global Holdings PLC (LSE:MODE, FRA:MOC) after it launched a payments and rewards product on the Apple operating system (iOS).

The company already has a product on the Android system and the iOS version, which is a BETA release, will have similar functionality.

Mode customers will be able to try out the new app features from today via Mode’s recently-launched merchandise store, which has its payments solution integrated at checkout.

2.35pm: Galantas glistens as it signals start of exploration programme at Omagh

Galantas Gold Corp (AIM:GAL, TSX-V:GAL, OTC:GALKF, FRA:G2V2) climbed 5.6% to 37.5p after it announced the imminent start of an exploration programme at the Omagh gold mine in Northern Ireland.

Drilling will focus on the Kearney and Joshua veins. The drilling results will support the mine plan as the company moves into a new phase of underground mining and accelerated development.

Underground drilling on the Kearney vein will test deeper extensions of mineralized dilation zones targeting higher widths of mineralisation within the vein. Drilling will also target continuity and grade of additional mineralised zones running parallel to the main orebody.

1.40pm: Journeo boosted by Aberdeenshire County Council contract

The share price of Journeo PLC (AIM:JNEO) got a bit “scorchio” on Monday after the company secured a tender valued at £800,000.

The contract is for real-time passenger information systems and services for Aberdeenshire County Council.

Shares in the information systems provider were up 5.0% at 105p after the company said trading in the first half of 2020 had been better than the corresponding period of 2020.

12.45pm: ECO Animal’s sales growth stalls

ECO Animal Health Group PLC slipped 5.7% after its chief executive officer, marc Loomes, signalled his intention to retire at the end of 2022.

The announcement coincided with the release of results for the year to the end of March that showed sales had risen 46% from the year before to £105.6mln while profit before tax surged to £20.3mln from £6.1mln.

Performance in the current financial year was described as “solid” with group revenue marginally behind the corresponding prior-year period.

11.50am: Market gives warm welcome to Prospex Energy’s new CEO

Prospex Energy PLC (AIM:PXEN) (AIM:PXEN) has hired Mark Routh as its new chief executive, who takes the reins from managing director Edward Dawson.

Routh, formerly chief executive and chairman of Independent Oil & Gas, is expected to add operational and technical expertise to the board.

“We look forward to working closely with Mark as the company grows its portfolio of European gas and power projects,” said chairman Bill Smith.

Shares in Prospex were up 4.9% at 6.4p in morning trading.

10.55am: RTC Group hit by NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan

RTC Group PLC (AIM:RTC) slumped 15% to 42.5p as it highlighted the significant loss of business it will suffer in Afghanistan now NATA forces have withdrawn.

The engineering and technical recruitment group said it has put in its tender for a renewal of its contract with Network Rail.

Leaving aside the Afghanistan and Network Rail factors, the company said the outcome for the remainder of 2021 depends on whether the present optimism over the vaccine roll-out and the consequential economic forecast plays out as the Government hopes.

10.00am: CentralNic higher after upbeat trading statement

CentralNic Group PLC, the internet platform company, expects full-year revenue to be well ahead of market resources after a strong second quarter.

The company said in a first-half trading update that the April-June quarter saw revenues rise by 63% from a year earlier to US$90mln, with like-for-like growth of around 25% – a record level for the group.

Revenue for the first six months of 2021 should be around US$174mln and adjusted underlying earnings (EBITDA) should be around US$20mln, with the group seeing growth across all of its revenue lines.

Shares in CentralNic were 10% firmer at 98.01p.

9.05am: TP Group’s interim CEO gets the job

TP Group PLC (AIM:TPG), up 20% at 3.95p, was the top riser on Monday morning after it confirmed interim chief executive officer David Lindsay has got the gig permanently.

The company is trading in line with market expectations and management revealed there remain significant market opportunities and strong customer relationships that give the board confidence for the future.

The company has been fielding offers for its maritime engineering business but none of them was high enough to persuade the company to sell.

Interim results from Science Group PLC (AIM:SAG) sent the shares 8.3% higher to 455p.

The science-led services and product development organisation said it achieved record results in the first half of 2021.

Group revenue rose to £40.7mln from £36.9mln in the same period of 2020, with like-for-like sales up 10% or 16% on a constant currency basis. Adjusted profit before tax rose to £6.9mln from £4.6mln the year before.