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Simmons Gainsford is to merge with Silver Altman to create a combined London accountancy practice with about 120 staff.
Shared Value, the London-based capital markets communication consultancy, has been acquired by International Marketing & Sales Group for an initial £2.3m.
HBOS is to set up a corporate banking office with about 625 staff at the 62,000 sq ft Number One Lochrin Square development in Edinburgh, with the first 100 staff moving in early next year.
Swinton Insurance has acquired Andinsure, the insurance firm with 50 staff in Preston, Accrington, Milnthorpe and Birmingham, for undisclosed terms.
Russell Scanlan, the Nottingham-based general insurance broker with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
Addleshaw Goddard, the law firm, is considering plans to relocate its London office to the 200,000 sq ft Milton Gate development on Moor Lane.
Shoosmiths, the law firm, is in negotiations to set up an 80,000 sq ft office at the Building 100 development in Milton Keynes, which is due for completion in December 2009.
Generation Investment Management is to set up a 9,000 sq ft office at Crown Estate's One Vine Street development in London W1.
Kiln, the Lloyd's insurer, is to be acquired by Japan-based Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance for £442m.
TitleAbsolute is to close its conveyancing office in York next year with the loss of about 20 jobs, in order to relocate the work to a larger telephone sales department in Manchester.
Deutsche Bank is said to be considering plans to relocate some of its back-office staff from London to Birmingham, having shortlisted three potential locations of 40,000 sq ft.
Cartwright King has merged with Derby-based Lumb, creating a combined law firm with more than 100 staff in the East Midlands.
Close Brothers is to set up a new subsidiary in London to offer small and medium-sized German companies to UK investors, employing a small sales and trading team.
Abbey National is planning to expand its bank branch network from 700 to 1,000 by 2012, and is particularly interested in the Midlands and North East.
The Insolvency Service is to relocate its Birmingham office to a 42,000 sq ft unit at Cannon House in Colmore Circus Queensway in spring 2008.
Exeter Friendly Society is to merge with Pioneer Friendly Society, the Trowbridge-based income protection specialist, to create a combined healthcare insurance business under the Exeter banner.
Anderson Strathern has merged with Glasgow-based law firm Kerr & Co, with the transfer of 18 support staff working in corporate law, commercial property and litigation.
Loyalty Management Group, the operator of the Nectar loyalty card scheme with 200 staff in London, Newcastle and India, is to be acquired by Aeroplan Income Fund of Canada for £368m.
Browne Jacobson is considering plans to relocate its Nottingham-based law firm and up to 400 staff to a new 60,000 sq ft office in 2011, and four potential sites for the new building are being considered.
Cavanagh Group has acquired JRG, the Edinburgh-based financial consultancy with 36 staff, for up to £5.3m.
Cartwright Black has merged with MLM to create a combined Cardiff-based law firm called MLM Cartwright with almost 50 staff.
Wilmington Group has acquired a majority stake in The Matchett Group, the Banbury-based financial training firm, for an initial £5.7m.
Towergate is to acquire Broker Network, the Harrogate-based insurance broker with 450 staff at 25 offices, for £95m.
Mills & Reeve is to open offices in Leeds and Manchester with the transfer of the family law teams from Addleshaw Goddard.
Clerical Medical Investment Group is to relocate its Bristol offices to a newly-built 170,000 sq ft regional headquarters at Harbourside.
Macildowie Associates, the finance and HR recruitment firm with offices in Nottingham and Leicester, has been acquired by Synetecs Group of Belfast.
Ringrose Law is looking to relocate its Lincoln-based professional services office to a larger site on the edge of the city, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Barclays Wealth is to create up to 800 new jobs at its wealth management operations in London, Glasgow, Singapore and Switzerland, with vacancies in project management, risk management, compliance, marketing, HR and finance.
Ellisons Solicitors is to merge with PTL to create a combined Essex-based law firm with 18 partners and 40 other fee earners.
IG Group is to acquire HedgeStreet for £3m, in order to gain the regulatory approval, technology and staff needed to operate a US-based exchange that allows retail clients to trade binary options.
Powell Insurance Brokers has sold Powell Financial Management, its Liverpool-based independent financial advice business with nine staff, to a management buy-out.
Safecall, the Sunderland-based company that enables employees to report workplace problems, has been acquired by the LDC Trust Management subsidiary of Law Debenture Corporation.
Oval Group has acquired Ward Mitchell Partnership, the Leicester-based independent financial adviser with 16 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Resolution, the life insurance company, has accepted a £5bn takeover offer from Pearl Group.
DTZ is considering plans to relocate its Bristol offices to a new 13,000 sq ft unit due for completion at Portwall Place in the city centre in December.
Giles Insurance Brokers has acquired Hedges & Rose, the Llantrisant-based insurance firm with 24 staff.
Dickinson Dees, the law firm, is planning to expand its York staff from 37 to 100 over the next two years, and will move to a temporary office in Bishopthorpe Road while a new 25,000 sq ft office is built close by.
Macquarie of Australia is planning to set up a stockbroking division in London, with about 70 staff.
Peninsula Business Services, the employment law firm, is to create 25 jobs at a new office in Hinckley next year.
Semple Fraser, the law firm, is to set up a 30,000 sq ft office at 123 St Vincent Street in Glasgow next July.
Smart & Cook has acquired Talbot Insurance Brokers, the Kendal-based firm with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Egg, the internet bank, is planning to relocate up to 500 jobs from Manchester, Dudley and Reading to Derby early next year.
Prudential has sold its PPM Capital private equity division to management for undisclosed terms.
Record is to raise about £120m in a flotation on the London Stock Exchange this month, in order to fund the expansion of its specialist investment business.
Henry Howard Finance is to relocate its headquarters and up to 35 staff to a new £1m site at Langstone Business Village near Newport by the end of the year.
Alan Boswell Group has acquired Mansbrook Brosche of Norwich, creating a combined financial services and insurance group with more than 150 staff.
Tenon Group is to relocate its Nottingham-based financial services operations and 230 staff to The Point in Wollaton Street next year.
Begbies Traynor has acquired the Leeds-based insolvency division of Bartfields UK for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 16 staff.
Broker Network has acquired George Williams, the Denbigh-based commercial insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
Tenon Group has acquired Professional Assurance Services, the financial advice company with offices in Nottingham and Leicester, for £6m.
Clydesdale Bank is seeking permission to build a new banking centre for personal and corporate customers at Longman Road in Inverness by the end of next year, in order to replace the existing site that employs 35 staff.
Stephenson Harwood, the law firm, is said to be looking to relocate its London headquarters by 2010, and is considering a 100,000 sq ft office at Bath House in Midtown.
Cru Investment Management is to set up a 7,500 sq ft office at the Callaghan Square office scheme in Cardiff in 2008.
Midven, the Birmingham-based venture capitalist, has undergone a management buy-out.
Dawbarns Pearson is to merge with Frasers to create a combined Norfolk-based law firm with more than 100 staff in Downham Market, March, King's Lynn and Wisbech.
Salans, the law firm, is to open a new office at the Keystone Innovation Centre in Thetford in December, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Minster Law is to create 400 jobs at a new legal services call centre at Calder Park Business Park near Wakefield over the next three years.
WH Ireland has acquired ARE Business & Professional and SRS Business & Professional, the Bristol-based independent financial advice companies, for £1.2m.
Hargreaves Lansdown is to relocate its Bristol-based financial services business and 650 staff to a new £30m 100,000 q ft headquarters being built at Harbourside by 2009.
HSBC has sold its Marbles and Beneficial credit card operations to SAV Credit for £385m.
Elephant, the loans firm, is planning to relocate staff from Cardiff, Ashford and Peterborough to its headquarters at Twickenham, but job losses among the 100 staff are unlikely.
Dewey & LeBoeuf, the US law firm, is said to be looking to relocate its two London sites, having appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to find a suitable 150,000 sq ft office.
Gide Loyrette Nouel, the French law firm, is in discussions to set up a 34,000 sq ft office at 125 Old Broad Street in the City of London.
PRUPIM, the property fund manager, is to relocate its London headquarters from High Holborn to Basinghall Street, EC2.
Moneysupermarket.com is planning to create at least 100 new jobs in its North Wales-based financial services business over the next 12 months, in order to expand its price comparison website into continental Europe.
Bond Wolfe has acquired Paul Dubberley & Co, the West Midlands-based chain of six estate agencies with 30 staff.
Financial Telemarketing Services is looking to expand the workforce at its call centre in Gorleston, Norfolk, from 170 to 250 next year.
Picture Financial is looking to raise up to £100m to finance the expansion of its Newport-based secured loans business, which currently employs almost 200 staff.
Cobra Holdings has acquired UK & Ireland Insurance Services, the Manchester-based general insurance broker, for £4.3m.
Shacklocks has acquired Partridges, the Allestree-based law firm, for undisclosed terms, and is seeking further acquisitions in Derbyshire over the next 12 months.
Libertas Capital is to acquire Macadam Corporate Finance, the London-based specialist corporate finance advisory firm, for undisclosed terms.
Rixons Financial Services has acquired Premier Wealth Solutions of Hessle, creating a combined Hull-based financial management group with 33 staff.
Aviva has announced proposals to cut costs in its UK insurance business by £300m over the next two years, which could lead to the loss of thousands more jobs at Norwich Union.
Student Loans Company is to create about 520 jobs at a new operating centre due to open at Lingfield Point in Darlington next year.
Peninsula Business Services, the employment law consultancy with 750 staff, is to relocate its Manchester headquarters to the CityPark scheme by 2009, where it will have space for 100 additional staff.
Ernst & Young is to invest £2m in improvements to its Manchester city centre office, and staff numbers will rise from 370 to 500 within three years.
Deloitte is planning to recruit up to 50,000 new staff for its global accountancy business over the next four years.
Lloyds TSB is to create 150 jobs at its customer call centre in Glasgow's Atlantic Quay.
Travelex is planning to open bureau de change kiosks in 100 Sainsbury's stores by the end of 2009.
Drivers Jonas, the property agent, is considering plans to relocate most of the 250 staff at its London headquarters from Mayfair to the City next year.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to relocate its commercial unit and 50 staff from Leicester city centre to Grove Park early next year, and a further 20 staff will relocate from Meridian Business Park.
BDO Stoy Hayward has acquired Chiltern, the tax consultancy with 75 staff, and will relocate the business to BDO's Baker Street office in London early next year.
Liverpool Victoria is planning to double the size of the 38-strong workforce in its asset management unit over the next three years.
Innovation Group is to acquire certain assets of Nobilas Claims and Fleet Solutions from Akzo Nobel for £0.6m, in order to expand its insurance claims management outsourcing service.
Bollington has acquired Greystone, the Altrincham-based insurance services firm with nine staff.
Giles Insurance Brokers has acquired Crosbie & Jack, the insurance broker with 60 staff at offices in Falkirk, Aberdeen, Stirling and Glasgow.
CBG Group has acquired Marcus Hearn & Co, the London-based insurance broker, for up to £2.7m.
Fortis has announced plans to create a further 150 jobs at its new insurance underwriting office in Gloucester over the next year.
Swansure, the York-based financial services firm, has been acquired by Assurant Solutions of the US for undisclosed terms.
Zurich International, the insurance company, is to set up a 100,000 sq ft office at the Aerospace Centre in Farnborough.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, the law firm, is planning to set up a 120,000 sq ft office at the One New Change development in London EC4 in 2010.
Merchant Securities is to acquire John East & Partners, the London-based corporate finance firm with 11 staff, for an initial £4.9m.
Lloyds TSB is planning to create 250 new jobs at its call centres in Wales, including 105 at Tredegar Park in Newport.
Broker Network has acquired Priestley & Partners, the Altrincham-based commercial insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
Imprint is to sell its regional recruitment operations in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds to management for a nominal sum plus an annual licence fee.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to relocate Coutts bank and its Tyneside corporate and commercial operations into new offices at Trinity Gardens on Newcastle Quayside in January.
Skipton Building Society has acquired a 75% stake in Wooljon, the owner of Reading-based independent financial adviser Parnell Fisher Child.
Cardpoint is to acquire Alphyra, the Irish electronic payments company, in a reverse takeover that will create a £400m group called Payzone.
Deloitte is said to be considering plans to relocate its Abbots House office in Reading to a new 60,000 sq ft site in the area.
Experian is to sell its Loyalty Solutions division, which supplies back office services to loyalty card programmes, to Easycash of Germany for undisclosed terms.
London General Insurance is to set up a new £4m call centre in the Forest of Dean early next year, with the creation of 250 jobs.
CQS has acquired New City Investment Managers for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its London-based hedge funds business.
Nationwide is to open an additional call centre at Windmill Hill Business Park in Swindon next March, with the creation of 200 new jobs.
VTB Bank has agreed a pre-let on a 70,000 sq ft office at the refurbished 12 Cornhill building in London.
Asprea is creating 51 new jobs at a new insurance services office at the Alba Centre in Livingston.
Crosby Capital Partners is to acquire 39 fund products from the administrators of Forsyth Partners, with the transfer of Forsyth's investment management, research and distribution staff.
Standard Chartered is to acquire American Express Bank of the US from American Express for £430m.
Humberts has acquired Thomson Currie, the London-based estate agency with offices in Islington and Clerkenwell, for an initial £2.4m.
Davis Group, the Newmarket-based insurance broker, has been acquired by AXA UK.
Yes Group has acquired No Worries Loans, the loans company with call centres in Leeds and India.
Iimia Investment Group of Exeter is planning a £19m merger with MitonOptimal Group, the multi-asset manager with offices across Europe, South Africa and Hong Kong.
Reed Smith Richards Butler, the law firm, is to set up a 155,000 sq ft office at the Broadgate Tower development in the City of London.
Intrum Justitia is looking to expand its Liverpool-based credit management and debt collection business, and the 200-strong workforce could double in size.
Nationwide is to outsource its credit card processing operation to TSYS, and a new call centre will open in Coventry next year with capacity for up to 300 staff.
Blackett Hart & Pratt has merged with James & Baker, the Teesside-based law firm with 24 staff.
Bloomberg is considering plans to relocate the London headquarters of its financial information business from Finsbury Circus to a 300,000 sq ft site in the City or Docklands.
Newcastle Building Society is to set up a 50,000 sq ft office at the Cobalt Park development on Tyneside next year, and expects to create 500 jobs in the region over the next five years.
Throgmorton Asset Management, the Leicester-based financial advice company, has been acquired by Arc Fund Management Holdings for an estimated £2.7m.
Domestic & General, the household appliances insurer with about 2,000 staff, is to be acquired by private equity firm Advent International for £524m.
The House of Lords is expected to relocate its members from Millbank House to a 60,000 sq ft office at 14 Tothill Street in Westminster, while the current site is refurbished.
Smart & Cook has acquired Smith Grayburn Young, the Hull-based insurance services firm with 17 staff.
Crash Services is to expand the workforce at its Newry-based accident management business from 36 to 61, following a £2m investment in new facilities.
Capita Group is to acquire Higham Dunnett Shaw, the pensions administration firm with 260 staff in London, Edinburgh, Telford and Leeds, for £15m.
ProtectaGroup has acquired Hodge Insurance Brokers, the Cardiff-based insurance firm with annual turnover of £9m, from Julian Hodge Bank.
Blue Oar has acquired the investment management business of Thring Townsend, in order to expand its Rowan Dartington division in Bristol.
Rollits, the law firm, is to expand its York office by October, in order to increase staffing levels from 33 to 44.
Humberts has acquired three estate agencies for about £10m, including Richard Harding of Bristol, Halls Participations of Shrewsbury and Fox & Manwaring of Kent.
Formation Group has acquired OJ Kilkenny, the London-based accountancy firm with 35 staff, for an initial £1.6m.
Mazars is to expand its social housing arm in Birmingham, with the creation of an internal audit team of ten staff.
Jobson James, the Birmingham-based wealth management firm with more than 30 staff, is considering plans to expand into other major cities over the next 12 months.
Citri, the Gateshead-based mortgage broker, is looking to expand its newly-formed nationwide team of 60 mortgage advisers to 400 by 2008.
Sills & Betteridge of Lincoln is to merge with Walkers, Rainey & Owen of Spilsby to create a combined law firm with about 130 staff.
Swinton Insurance has acquired Rockford Insurance Brokers of Leeds, in order to improve its expertise in commercial business risks and motor trade insurance.
Fortis, the Belgian bank, is to set up an office on three floors of a new 12-storey block opposite the Skypark complex in Glasgow, which could create up to 200 new jobs.
The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland is planning to relocate to an 85,000 sq ft office at the 30-acre Titanic Quarter development in Belfast in 2010.
Towry Law, the provider of wealth management services, is to relocate its London headquarters from Queen Victoria Street to an 18,000 sq ft office on New Fetter Lane.
Foot Anstey is to relocate its Plymouth-based law firm to a purpose-built 42,000 sq ft office at Salt Quay in 2009, and its current site at Derry's Cross will be used in the £75m Oceanique development.
Cabot Financial is planning to expand the workforce at its debt purchasing business in West Malling, Kent, from 330 to 450 over the next two years.
Bentley Jennison is planning to expand its 160-strong workforce in Yorkshire with up to 30 new jobs, having joined the RSM International accountancy network.
Autonet Insurance Services is creating 60 new jobs at its vehicle and property insurance business in Stoke-on-Trent.
Checkwell Decision Corporation of Canada is to open a UK headquarters for its employee checking business in Swansea, with the creation of 125 graduate jobs over the next two years.
Aberdeen Asset Management is to acquire Glasgow Investment Managers for about £9m, with the transfer of about 20 staff.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to set up a new 21,000 sq ft office at The Plaza in Liverpool's Old Hall Street in October, in order to house its corporate and commercial teams and 31 additional staff from Lombard.
Fortis is planning to recruit an additional 250 staff at its Gloucester-based insurance business this year, having just opened a new 45,000 sq ft office at the Gloucester Business Park.
Wake Smith is looking to relocate its Sheffield-based law firm to a larger office, and is seeking a site of up to 40,000 sq ft.
BGL Group, the insurance broker, is planning to create 70 jobs at its IT department in Peterborough, following a recent £1.8m investment in new premises.
White Young Green has acquired IMCL, the Hampshire-based financial management consultant, for up to £2m.
Homeserve Claims Management is looking to recruit 500 new staff for its call centre in Preston by the end of the year.
Anglo Irish Bank is considering plans to relocate its London office from Old Jewry, having shortlisted three property firms to find a suitable 130,000 sq ft site.
Cardsave, the credit card services company, has undergone a £70m management buy-out backed by Exponent Private Equity.
Virgin Money is planning to set up a 25,000 sq ft office at Lochside Avenue in Edinburgh.
Hampden Underwriting is planning to raise up to £15m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Lloyd's insurance business.
Foot Anstey is to merge with Serpell Eaton to create a combined Plymouth-based law firm with 340 staff.
Hichens, Harrison & Co is to acquire ARM Corporate Finance, the London-based financial services company, for £4.3m.
Champion has acquired Haworth Moore, the Blackpool-based accountancy firm, for £0.5m.
Royal Bank of Scotland is considering plans to create a further 100 jobs at its new Adwick Park office complex in Rotherham, including 50 in its retail markets division and 50 in corporate banking.
Homeloan Management is to set up a new mortgage administration services centre at the Skypark complex in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 425 jobs.
Helphire is to acquire CS2 Group, the Chesterfield-based legal services and claims management company with 200 staff, for £11m.
Think Money Group, the Manchester-based debt management company with 500 staff, has been acquired by Alchemy for £110m.
Direct Group, the insurance outsourcing company with 102 staff in Doncaster and Elland, has undergone a £40m management buy-out backed by LDC.
Iimia Investment Group has acquired John Miln & Company, the Falmouth-based independent financial adviser with 22 staff.
Jelf Group has acquired John Lampier & Son, the Bristol-based insurance broker, for an initial £12m.
Bank of Ireland is to set up a £10m hedge fund administration centre at Donegall Square South in Belfast, with the creation of 149 jobs.
Lloyds TSB has sold its Abbey Life closed life insurance business to Deutsche Bank for almost £1bn.
Spice is to acquire Revenue Assurance Services, the provider of energy imbalance billing services to utilities, for £103m.
Cobra Holdings is to acquire Tubbs Insurance Services, the West Byfleet-based commercial broker with £4.5m of gross written premiums.
Capita Group is to acquire the trust and company administration business of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Channel Islands for £13m.
Tenon Group has acquired Hurst Morrison Thomson CR, the provider of corporate recovery services in the Thames Valley, and the business will relocate to a new office in Reading.
Smart & Cook has acquired BA Insurance Group, the York-based care home insurance firm with 15 staff.
Bestinvest, the independent financial adviser, is to be acquired by private equity firm 3i for about £165m.
West Bromwich Building Society is to open an overspill office at Falcon House in Dudley, while three mortgage processing centres will close in Coventry, Manchester and Cardiff with the transfer of 35 staff to Dudley.
Trustguard Credit Services, the Cardiff-based mortgages and loans company with 70 staff, has undergone a £5m management buy-out.
Atrium, the Lloyd's insurer, is to be acquired by Ariel of Bermuda for £193m.
Mirae Asset Financial of South Korea is planning to set up a headquarters for its fund management business at Canary Wharf in London in September, employing 30 staff.
Napthens of Preston is planning to merge with Chorley-based Wallwork & Company, creating a combined law firm with 28 partners and 179 staff.
Mitchells of Cheltenham has acquired Tee & Company, the Gloucester-based accountancy firm.
Southampton Leisure has sold Southampton Insurance Services, the Southampton-based insurance broker, to Chorley Holdings for about £0.2m.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson has acquired Portland Pensions, the pensions administrator with 50 staff in Bristol and Redditch, for £2.4m.
Kent Reliance Building Society is considering plans to relocate its headquarters and up to 50 staff from Chatham to Nantgarw near Cardiff.
Morgan Stanley has secured a £6m EU grant to expand its financial and technology support operations in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 600 jobs.
Mattioli Woods has acquired Pension Consulting, the Leicester-based pension scheme administrator with 13 staff, for up to £1.9m.
Tenon is to acquire Unity, the insolvency specialist with 110 staff, for up to £13m.
Debtmatters has raised £3m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its newly-formed debt management division.
Royal Bank of Scotland has acquired a 51% stake in Sempra Commodities, the US-based company that trades base metals at the London Metal Exchange, for £670m.
Quayle Munro has acquired New Boathouse Capital, the London-based corporate finance company with nine staff, for £7.5m.
Fitch, the financial ratings company with 700 staff, is to set up a new 120,000 sq ft headquarters at 30 North Colonnade in London's Canary Wharf in 2010.
Keeble Hawson of Sheffield has merged with Doncaster-based Frank Allen Pennington to create a combined law firm with more than 220 staff.
Police Mutual has acquired Roland Smith, the Liverpool-based insurance broker with 78 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Fulbright & Jaworski, the law firm, is said to be planning to set up a 352,000 sq ft office at 85 Fleet Street in London.
Reuters is to acquire Feri Fund Market Information, the London-based fund research company, from Feri Rating & Research of Germany for £2m.
RAB Capital is to acquire the business of Hong Kong-based Pi Investment Management for up to £13m.
London Scottish Bank has sold its Manor Credit leasing business in Huddersfield to Davenham for £25m, in order to focus on debt collection and secured lending.
Debt Free Direct is to acquire Clear Start, the consumer debt advice company, for £11m.
Experian is to acquire a 65% stake in Serasa, the Brazilian credit bureau, for £600m.
Sadofskys has acquired Grassby & Co, the Hull-based chartered accountancy.
Scarborough Property Holdings, the fund manager, is to be acquired by Valad Property of Australia for £849m.
ClearDebt is to acquire Abacus (Financial Consultants) of Cheshire for up to £6.2m, in order to expand its debt management business.
K&L Gates, the US law firm, is to set up a 142,000 sq ft office at the One New Change scheme in the City of London in 2011.
Tenon Group is to acquire Bowmans, the accountancy firm with offices in Preston and Kendal and annual turnover of £2.4m.
Remax, the US-based estate agency, is planning to open 16 new offices in Northern Ireland over the next two years, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Begbies Traynor is expanding its professional services business across the country by opening five offices in Bournemouth, Derby, Dundee, Leicester and Northampton.
CBG Group has acquired GF Baskeyfield & Company, the Macclesfield-based general insurance broking and financial advisory services company, for up to £1.2m.
Hampton Dean has acquired Victoria Financial Management of Leicester, in order to create a combined independent financial advice group with 70 staff.
Equidebt is planning to raise up to £55m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its consumer debt business.
Royal Bank of Scotland is in negotiations to relocate its Liverpool-based commercial team to a 21,000 sq ft office at Bruntwood's Plaza development later this year.
Charles Stanley is to acquire Garrison Investment Analysis, the East Yorkshire-based discount financial intermediary, for up to £8m.
Knightsbridge, the Manchester-based business brokerage with 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.
IFG Group has acquired Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services, the Isle of Man-based fund administration company, for £3.2m.
Braemar Group is to acquire The Armchair Property Investor, the residential property investment consultancy, for an initial £0.2m.
Tenon has acquired LWC Accountants, the tax and corporate finance specialist with 18 staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow, for undisclosed terms.
Hammonds, the law firm, is to refurbish its Birmingham office at a cost of £9m over the next 14 months, in order to improve the facilities for its 230 staff.
Kwik-Fit Insurance is to acquire Express Insurance Services, the Birmingham-based company with 150 staff specialising in motorcycles and non-standard risk drivers, for undisclosed terms.
Napthens of Preston and Cuddy Woods & Cochrane of Blackpool are to merge to create a combined law firm with more than 150 staff.
BNP Paribas is to expand its securities and investment operations in Scotland over the next five years, with the creation of up to 270 jobs in Glasgow and 100 in Dundee.
Cheque Centres is planning to invest £40m in the expansion of its chain of 105 money lending centres to 200 by the end of the year.
Sills & Betteridge has merged with Jebb & Tunnard and Thimblebys to create a combined Lincoln-based law firm with 125 staff.
Kensington Group, the mortgage lender, is to be acquired by Investec of South Africa for £270m.
Jefferies of the US has acquired LongAcre, the London-based investment bank, for an estimated £40m, in order to expand its existing London-based business.
Moneygate, the South Tyneside-based mortgage advice company, is planning to recruit 40 customer services staff and up to 150 face-to-face advisers over the next year.
HBOS is to relocate 20 administration staff from Middlesbrough, Darlington and Sunderland to a new office being built at the Teesdale Business Park in Stockton by the end of the year.
Debts.co.uk is to acquire Adie Financial Solutions of Aberdeen for £0.5m, and is raising £1.5m in a share placing.
Brewin Dolphin is to open new private client stockbroking offices in Plymouth and Swansea later this year.
Speechly Bircham, the law firm, is to relocate its London office from St Andrews Street to a 90,000 sq ft site at New Street Square in Midtown.
Barclays Bank is to acquire Walbrook Group, the independent fiduciary services company with operations in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Hong Kong and gross assets of £13m.
Tenon Group is to create 30 new jobs at its accountancy office in Grangemouth over the next three years, taking the headcount to 120.
HBJ Gateley Wareing is to merge with Boyds Solicitors, creating a combined law firm with 75 partners and over 280 fee-earners in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham.
Barclays is to open a private wealth management banking centre at Park Square in Leeds in June, and similar offices will open in other cities.
Collins Stewart is to acquire CE Unterberg Towbin, the US investment bank, for £21m.
Lloyds TSB is to sell Lloyds TSB Registrars, its Worthing-based share registration business with 1,700 staff, to private equity firm Advent International for £550m.
Homeserve has acquired Anglia Insurance Services, the home insurance repairer with operations in North Wales and Shrewsbury, for up to £37m, and is now looking to acquire Domestic & General.
Hugh James is currently recruiting 135 additional staff at its law offices in Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil, to handle an increase in legal and processing work for HBOS and Norwich Union.
Bridgewell, the London-based investment bank with 85 corporate clients, is to be acquired by Landsbanki of Iceland for £60m.
PayPoint has acquired Pay Store, the Romanian mobile pre-pay distributor, for £10m.
NewMedia Spark has acquired Quester's early-stage technology and life science fund management business for an initial £4m.
The Home Office is to set up an office for the new job vetting and barring scheme at the Morton Palms Business Park in Darlington next year, with the creation of about 270 jobs.
ASB Law, the Maidstone-based law firm, is setting up a new division called ASB Aspire to focus on high-volume work, and the 38 staff will rise to 70 by the end of the year.
Henderson is to relocate its London-based fund management business from Broadgate to a 124,000 sq ft office at British Land's Bishopsgate development.
Provident Financial is to sell its motor insurance business to the Bradford-based Car Care Plan subsidiary of GMAC for £170m.
ID Data Group is to acquire CredEcard, the Skipton-based pre-paid card service provider, for up to £0.7m.
Visa Europe, the credit card company, is said to be planning to set up a new 56,000 sq ft office at Kennet Wharf in Reading, with the relocation of hundreds of staff from Basingstoke.
Jelf Group has acquired Sunninghill Insurance Brokers of Aldershot, increasing its total corporate client base to more than 17,500.
Stephens & Scown, the Exeter-based law firm with 250 staff, has merged with St Austell-based solicitor Graham & Graham.
Goldsmith Williams is to create at least 100 new jobs at its Liverpool-based law firm, as part of a strategy to double its workload over the next three years.
Supporta has sold its payroll services business to McKesson Corporation for £3.7m.
Langleys has merged with Munby & Scott, the York-based law firm with 17 staff.
Congregational & General is planning to relocate its insurance business from Bradford to Leeds by the end of the year.
JP Morgan is planning to build a new European headquarters at St Alphage House in the City of London, including four 72,800 sq ft trading floors each capable of housing up to 1,000 dealers.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed plans to set up a new headquarters for up to 6,000 staff at the 500,000 sq ft More London development by 2010.
Charles Russell, the law firm, is to relocate its London headquarters to an 88,000 sq ft office at the Ludgate West scheme in Midtown.
Grant Thornton is to merge with RSM Robson Rhodes, the accountancy firm with 900 staff at ten offices, and the combined group will have turnover of about £360m.
Francis Clark of Exeter is to merge with Salisbury-based Martin & Company to create a combined accountancy group with 31 partners and more than 280 staff.
Smart & Cook, the Harrogate-based insurance broker and financial services company with 650 staff at 23 offices, has been acquired by AXA for undisclosed terms.
Stroud & Swindon Building Society is seeking a new site in the Stroud area for the expansion of its call centre operation.
Xafinity Paymaster is currently setting up a new office in Stafford to provide pensions administration services to Telent, with the transfer of 29 Telent staff.
Giles Insurance has acquired Kerwin Smith, the Wigan-based motor insurance broker, in order to expand its 26-strong branch network.
Bear Stearns of the US is planning to expand the workforce at its investment banking operations in Europe from 1,300 to 2,000 over the next two years, with the growth being focused on London.
Maclay Murray & Spens has acquired the corporate and property departments of Aberdeen-based law firm Iain Smith & Co for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 15 partners and staff.
Royal Bank of Scotland is in discussions to set up a 370,000 sq ft office at Land Securities' Bankside development on London's South Bank.
Cardpoint is to acquire the automated teller machine operations of Travelex for £13m, increasing its ATM network by 1,070 to 5,500.
Barclays Bank is to sell Barclays Global Investors Japan Trust & Banking, the trust administration and custody operation of its Japanese asset management division, to Sumitomo Trust & Banking for £21m.
Dickinson Dees is creating 12 new jobs at its law firm on Teesside, in preparation for the introduction of home information packs, and further jobs will be created at its two other offices in the North East.
Towergate Partnership has acquired JW Group, the Scottish insurance broker with 90 staff in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Berwick, Kirkcaldy, Jedburgh and Galashiels, for undisclosed terms.
Mazars is to merge with London-based MRI Moores Rowland to create a combined accountancy and consultancy firm with about 1,200 staff.
Humberts has acquired Wellingtons, the London-based estate agent with three offices, for up to £1.6m, as well as Kent-based Spencer Ridley Properties and Gale & Dunn.
Acorn Group has acquired Advance Personnel, the recruitment company with offices in Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent and Poland, for undisclosed terms.
Asprea is setting up a support services call centre at the Eastern Business Park in Cardiff, as part of a new chain of six regional centres that manage household claims for the Norwich Union Partnership.
Kuit Steinart Levy is planning to double the size of its Manchester-based law firm over the next five years, including bolt-on acquisitions and an increase to the 144 staff.
Baker Tilly is to relocate its Bristol-based accountancy office and 85 staff to Hartwell House in Victoria Street in early 2008.
Innovation Group has acquired the remaining 75% stake in Conversant Data, the provider of fraud detection services, for £3m.
Barclays Bank has sold most of Monument, its Sussex-based sub-prime credit card business, to Compucredit of the US for £390m.
Acumen Group is planning to expand the 80-strong workforce at its Aberdeen-based financial and business services group with ten new staff over the next three months, and its Freelance Euro Contracting division in Manchester is seeking larger premises.
Capita Group has acquired CMGL, the provider of outsourced claims and insurance management services with 440 staff in London, Cheltenham, Birmingham and overseas, from Sovereign Capital Partners for £32m.
Ford Simey is to relocate its Exeter-based law firm to the 75,000 sq ft Senate office development in Southernhay by early 2008.
Advantage West Midlands is to contribute £3m to the running costs of the new Investbx stock exchange due to open in Birmingham this summer.
Deutsche Bank is looking to set up a new London office of up to 250,000 sq ft, having appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to find a suitable site.
Clydesdale Bank is to create 68 jobs at its back-office operations in Clydebank and Glasgow.
Norwich Union has announced plans to relocate a further 1,100 staff from the centre of Norwich to two new offices being built on the Broadland Business Park next year.
Forster Dean, the law firm with 104 staff at 13 offices in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire, has undergone a management buy-out.
LongAcre Partners, the London-based corporate finance house with 35 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Aberdeen Asset Management is to acquire The Australian Target Businesses, a group of Australian fund management companies, from Deutsche Asset Management for up to £61m.
A&L Goodbody, the Irish law firm, is to open an office in Belfast in May through the acquisition of Stafford Thompson Johnston.
Commerzbank is planning to sell Jupiter Asset Management to a management buy-out backed by TA Associates for £740m.
Brabners Chaffe Street is to create up to 18 new jobs at its law offices in Preston, Liverpool and Manchester, due to rising demand for employment, private client, property and litigation services.
Kaupthing is planning to set up a new banking office in Birmingham this summer and expects to create at least 20 jobs within three years.
KPMG Scotland is creating up to 60 jobs at a new office in Glasgow, having won a contract to provide income tax services to an unnamed financial institution.
London & Country Mortgages is to create 50 new jobs at its finance operations in Bath over the next few months.
Towry Law has bought the financial services advisory division of Baker Tilly for £9.5m, with the transfer of 41 wealth advisers.
Cattles has raised £133m in a share placing and now plans to spend up to £1bn expanding its consumer lending business over the next three years.
Irwin Mitchell of Yorkshire is to merge with Glasgow-based Golds to create a combined legal firm with 2,300 staff.
West Bromwich Building Society is looking to recruit almost 100 staff to work in customer services, commercial and residential lending, property services and credit management.
Countrywide is planning to open a further 100 estate agency offices nationwide over the next three years, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Baker Tilly is to merge with Scott & Paterson, the accountancy firm with 60 staff in Edinburgh.
Tenon is to relocate its Edinburgh-based accountancy office to a larger site in Dundee Street in April, and the 70-strong workforce will rise to 100 over the next 18 months.
Ecclesiastical is considering plans to relocate its Gloucester-based insurance business and up to 600 staff, and is currently looking at five potential sites.
Barclays Capital, the investment bank, is planning to set up a 300,000 sq ft office at 40 Bank Street in London's Canary Wharf.
Business Link North East is planning to set up a new headquarters at the Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, in order to support more than 300 staff providing services to companies throughout the region.
Smart & Cook has acquired Slater Marchant, the Yorkshire-based insurance broker with offices in Settle and Grassington.
Champion has acquired Stokes Dickinson, the Preston-based accountancy firm, for £0.3m.
Portman Building Society is to sell its Guernsey-based offshore deposit-taking business to Scarborough Building Society, with the transfer of ten staff.
Link is to merge its cash machine network with Voca, creating one of the largest payment processing groups in Europe.
Axa Insurance is to set up a new £15m customer service call centre in Londonderry by May, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Babson Capital, the loan management company, is planning to set up a 26,000 sq ft office at the Centrium building in London's Midtown.
Ceridian is planning to expand the workforce at its human resources consultancy in Glasgow from 80 to 330 over the next three years.
Zurich Insurance is to relocate 585 jobs from Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, to a new multi-million pound office in Whiteley by the end of the year.
PayPoint has acquired SECPay, the online payment services provider, for £12m.
GE Money has confirmed plans to set up a new 100,000 sq ft office at Cobalt Park in Newcastle upon Tyne by June 2008, with the creation of 400 new jobs.
Royal & Sun Alliance is creating up to 125 jobs at its MoreThan insurance call centre in Peterborough.
Montpelier has acquired RST Group, the accountancy and financial services firm with 100 staff at ten offices in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and the Borders.
Barclays is planning an international expansion programme for its retail banking business, and will open 350 new branches in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Africa and the Middle East this year.
Panmure Gordon is to acquire ThinkEquity, the US investment bank with 180 staff, for an initial £31m.
Dawn Advice is planning to expand the workforce at its telephone-based debt advice business in Northumberland from 20 to 150 over the next three years, having won a contract from government agency Community Legal Services Direct.
Humberts has bought six of its franchised estate agents in the East Midlands, including offices in Grantham, Lincoln, Newark, Nottingham, Melton Mowbray and Stamford, for up to £2.8m.
Target Group has acquired Harlosh, the Cirencester-based insurance administration software company, for undisclosed terms.
Direct Legal & Collections is looking to expand the workforce at its debt collection call centre in Brackley from 400 to 600 over the next two years.
Skipton Building Society has acquired Select Healthcare, the Surrey-based medical insurance adviser, in order to expand its Private Health Partnership business.
Higgins Insurance & Investments has acquired Laing Markey Lyness, creating a combined Belfast-based insurance broker with more than 50 staff.
Accident Exchange is creating 45 new jobs at its new 220,000 sq ft head office at Hams Hall, and is seeking specialists in logistics, sales and insurance claims.
Marsdens Solicitors and Rawsthorns Solicitors are planning to merge to create a combined Preston-based law firm with 110 staff.
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, the law firm, is planning to set up a 225,000 sq ft office at 201 Bishopsgate in London.
Manchester Building Society has acquired Whiteaway Laidlaw, the Manchester-based commercial bank with 24 staff, from Home Retail Group for £5m.
HM Revenue & Customs is planning to close two tax offices in Derby and relocate 400 staff to a centralised site in Nottingham.
Chelsea Building Society has acquired Britannia Capital Securities, the Swindon-based firm of secured loan and mortgage brokers, and the business will be renamed BCS Loans & Mortgages.
DataCash Group is to acquire NetGiro Systems, the Swedish payment service provider, for £6.7m.
Aviva is to acquire Erasmus, the Dutch insurance company with gross assets of about £650m, from Wustenrot & Wurttembergische.
Prestige Acceptance is planning to create 19 new jobs at its Cardiff-based secured loans business over the next seven months.
Moorhouse Group of Caerphilly has sold its corporate insurance division to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Legal & General is to acquire the life assurance and unit trust management division of Nationwide for about £285m, with the transfer of about 250 Swindon-based staff.
IAF Group is to acquire JP Jenkins, the stockbroker, and the Jenkins business will relocate to IAF's offices in St James, London.
Begbies Traynor is to acquire Quantum Corporate Finance of Newcastle upon Tyne for undisclosed terms.
Maclay Murray & Spens, the law firm, is said to be considering plans to relocate its Edinburgh office to a 50,000 sq ft site at the Quartermile development.
HW Chartered Accountants is to merge with Sandison Easson & Gordon, the accountancy firm with offices in Rochdale and Leeds.
Bowdlers is to merge with Manby & Steward to create a combined law firm with more than 130 staff at offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Bridgnorth and Wolverhampton.
Norwich Union is transferring 150 call centre jobs from India to Norwich, in order to receive calls from customers making their initial insurance claim.
BDO Stoy Hayward is to relocate its Bromley office and up to 120 staff to a 21,000 sq ft site at Gatwick's City Park in the spring.
Footman James, the Cradley Heath-based classic car insurance broker with 180 staff, has been acquired by Aon for an estimated £60m.
Prudential is to sell Egg, the Derby-based internet bank with more than 2,000 staff, to Citigroup for £575m.
Jelf Group has acquired SPS Wellbeing, the Hampshire-based healthcare and group risk intermediary, for up to £10m.
Northern Rock is planning to expand its network of mortgage banks from 72 to 100 over the next four years, and will also invest in IT and telephone systems.
DWF, the legal firm, is to set up a 42,000 sq ft office at the St Paul's Square development in Liverpool, in order to relocate up to 330 staff from existing sites in Castle Street and Mathew Street.
Windsor, the insurance broker, is to undergo a £34m management buy-out backed by Hutton Collins.
Barclays Bank is to acquire EquiFirst Corporation, the US-based non-prime mortgage company, from Regions Financial Corporation, for £115m.
Futurity, the financial adviser with 22 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh, has been acquired by Oval Group for more than £1m.
ODL Securities has acquired Bestconnect, the electronic dealing service, from Dresdner Kleinwort for about £5m.
Bibby Line has acquired MHL Support, the Staffordshire-based employment law and health and safety consultancy with 140 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Citigroup has announced plans to create 117 jobs at a new operations centre in Belfast this year, having secured a £1.6m grant from Invest Northern Ireland.
Admiral is to recruit 75 additional staff at its insurance call centre in Swansea, as well as a further 50 in Cardiff.
Begbies Traynor is looking to spend up to £20m on acquisitions to expand its corporate recovery and insolvency business.
PSM Direct, the law firm, is to create a further 25 jobs at its new office in Glasgow later this year.
Syndicate Asset Management has acquired EPIC Investment Partners of London for £17m.
Julius Baer of Switzerland is to sell its Julius Baer Investments subsidiary in the UK to management.
Winn Solicitors is planning to expand the staff at its Newcastle-based law firm from 70 to 250 over the next three years.
Norton Finance is planning to create up to 300 jobs at its Rotherham-based financial broking business, and its £5m expansion programme will include a new customer care office at Portland House.
Pilley & Florsham of Coventry has merged with Raftery & Co of Solihull to create the Prime Chartered Accountants Group with 50 staff.
Yorkshire Building Society is planning to open 15 new branches over the next three years, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
European Credit Management, the London-based asset management company with 105 staff, is to be acquired by Wachovia of the US for an estimated £500m.
Alliance Trust, the investment company, is to build a new headquarters in Dundee by the end of 2008, with the creation of 160 new jobs.
Brewin Dolphin Securities has acquired the private client business of Argenti Hope & Co for £1.8m.
Jelf Group has acquired John Wason, the Reading-based insurance broker with 14 staff.
Teesland, the property fund manager, is planning a £200m management buy-out backed by HBOS.