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Parabis Law is setting up an 11,000 sq ft office at The Plaza in Liverpool's St Paul's Square.
Marks & Spencer is said to considering plans to open bank branches in 55 stores by 2012, in partnership with HSBC.
First Derivatives is to create 40 jobs at a new research and development office at Gloucester Street in Belfast early next year.
Aldermore Invoice Finance is to relocate its Birmingham office to a 3,622 sq ft unit at 35 Newhall Street in February, and the 16-strong workforce will rise to 26 over the next year.
Chantrey Vellacott has acquired Rogers Evans, the business recovery firm with offices in Southampton, Bournemouth, Belfast, Bristol and Truro.
Tawa is to acquire Oslo Reinsurance Company (UK) for £4m.
JP Morgan is to set up a new London headquarters for its European investment banking unit at the 1.1m sq ft former Lehman offices at 25 Bank Street in 2012.
KPMG is to create about 100 new jobs at its advisory, tax and audit operations in the Midlands over the next 18 months.
Advance Business Consultants has merged with Richardson Swift to create a combined Bath-based accountancy firm with 18 staff.
Dolmans is to relocate its Cardiff-based law firm and 80 staff to an 8,000 sq ft office at the No 1 Kingsway development in February.
Chantrey Vellacott DFK is to relocate its Birmingham-based accountancy office to a 4,750 sq ft property at 35 Calthorpe Road in spring 2011.
Towergate Financial has acquired A1 Financial Services, the Wetherby-based provider of financial planning, life assurance, mortgages and pensions.
Deloitte is planning to recruit 100 school leavers and increase the number of graduate places to 160 from summer 2011.
Metro Bank has raised a further £50m from investors to accelerate the expansion of its new banking business, with the opening of 18 branches over the next two years.
Fusion is to create 240 new jobs at its insurance call centres in Sunderland, Coventry and Peterborough over the next few months.
Friends Provident is said to be considering plans to relocate its London headquarters to a 50,000 sq ft office at One New Change.
Travelex has sold its Peterborough-based prepaid cards programme management division to MasterCard for £290m, with the transfer of 300 staff.
Standard Life is to acquire Focus Solutions Group, the Leamington Spa-based financial software company, for £42m.
Dunfermline Building Society is planning to create 120 new jobs at its administration centre in Fife by summer 2011.
Wesleyan Assurance Society is planning to expand its Wesleyan for Lawyers legal services division into London and the South East, with the creation of 11 jobs.
Candover Investments is to sell its Candover Partners business to a management team operating under the name of Arle Capital Partners for a nominal sum.
Arvato has bought Credit Solutions, the debt collection agency, from ISIS Equity Partners for £10m.
Giles Insurance Brokers has acquired Rossborough, the Jersey-based insurance firm with 180 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Asperity Employee Benefits, the London-based provider of employee benefit programmes, has been acquired by private equity firm Inflexion for £25m.
Callcredit Information Group of Leeds has acquired Process Benchmarking, the Kent-based credit risk management benchmarking consultancy.
McGrigors is to relocate its Manchester law office and 35 staff to The Avenue in Spinningfields in March.
BGL Group has bought a majority stake in Courtanet, the French insurance price comparison firm with 17 staff.
Python Properties has announced that EPS and Mandale Finance are to relocate to the 40,000 sq ft Cargo Fleet building on Teesside, once the refurbishment is complete in April.
Tesco Bank has acquired the 97,000 sq ft EHQ office building in Edinburgh, in order to house hundreds of new staff by the end of next year.
The Scottish Government has been approached by an unnamed financial services group about the possibility of setting up a new office in Edinburgh or Glasgow, with the creation of 3,000 jobs.
AUA Insolvency Risk Services is relocating its Nottingham-based insurance business to a 5,300 sq ft office at City Gate.
Engage Mutual has acquired Provincial Hospital Services Association, the Bedford-based provider of private medical insurance, for undisclosed terms.
Chesnara is to acquire Save & Prosper, the Welwyn Garden City-based pensions provider, for £64m.
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks are to open a financial solutions centre in Lincoln next February, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Moore Blatch is creating 25 jobs at a new office at Whiteley, in order to transfer some of its legal work from Southampton.
Coventry Building Society is to set up a new headquarters for up to 275 staff at the 30,000 sq ft Oak Tree Court building on the Binley Business Park.
Herbert Smith is to open a law office in Belfast by next April, with the creation of 26 jobs.
Inksmoor Credit Management is looking to expand the 22-strong workforce at its new office at Whittington Hall near Worcester with ten new jobs over the next year.
Ernst & Young is planning to double the staff at its advisory office in Liverpool to 60 by 2012, as part of a nationwide expansion that will create 1,000 jobs.
Forster Dean is looking to expand its Merseyside-based chain of 18 solicitors' offices with up to ten new units next year.
Peninsula is to create 30 new jobs at its employment law consultancy in Manchester and 20 at a new office in Belfast.
Manx Financial has acquired ECF Asset Finance, the Wilmslow-based finance company with 16 staff, for undisclosed terms.
The Money Group is planning to recruit 300 staff for its new 22,000 sq ft debt management call centre in Truro.
Business & Enterprise North East is planning to expand its business support service across the country, in order to make up for the loss of government funding for Business Link services.
Barclays is to sell its Barclays Private Equity division to a management team, in return for a share of future profits.
BBS Consultants & Actuaries is to relocate its Bristol-based pensions advisory business to a 9,300 sq ft office at Canard Court in December.
Duncan Sheard Glass has acquired Eric N Jones & Co, the Bootle-based accountancy firm, taking its chain of offices to four.
County Insurance is planning to expand its 55-strong workforce in Crewe and Southport to 100 over the next two years.
Moneysupermarket.com has acquired Financial Services Net, the Coventry-based consumer finance firm, for an initial£4.6m.
Begbies Traynor has acquired Walletts Chartered Certified Accountants of Stoke-on-Trent for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to expand its insolvency and restructuring business.
Barbon Insurance has acquired Rentshield, the Teignmouth-based residential lettings insurance firm.
Baillie Gifford is to set up a 25,000 sq ft fund management office at the Cube development on Edinburgh's Leith Street.
Lloyds TSB is considering Whessoe Grange Farm in Darlington as a possible site for a new 200,000 sq ft data centre, which would create about 50 jobs.
Brett & Randall is to relocate its Leicester-based insurance firm to a 10,000 sq ft office at Grove Park in Enderby by November 2011, with the creation of 27 jobs over the next few years.
Alliance Bernstein, the investment firm, is in negotiations to take a further 21,000 sq ft of office space at 50 Berkeley Street in London.
Irwin Mitchell, the law firm, is to take a further 12,000 sq ft of office space at 40 Holborn Viaduct in London.
Bromley Insurance Services of Burnley has acquired KV Taylor Insurance of Blackburn.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Applewood, the wealth management firm with 16 staff in Chester and Oswestry.
Tracesmart is to relocate its Cardiff-based search agency and 75 staff to an 8,000 sq ft office in Cardiff Bay in December.
Volkswagen Financial Services is in negotiations to set up a 98,000 sq ft headquarters at the Caldecotte Lake Business Park in Milton Keynes.
Hammonds is to merge with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey of the US to create a combined law firm with 37 offices in 17 countries.
Begbies Traynor has acquired Hamiltons Insolvency Practitioners of Sheffield for undisclosed terms.
Wesleyan Assurance Society is to set up a new sales centre at its office in Birmingham, with the creation of 90 jobs over the next two years.
Oakley Capital Private Equity has acquired an 84% stake in BDO Investment Management, the fund management firm with more than 200 staff, in a £14m deal.
Henriksen is to expand its credit control and debt collection business in Goole, with the creation of up to 50 new jobs over the next two years.
Ernst & Young is to recruit 25 new accountants in Belfast over the next 18 months, as part of 300 new jobs being created across Ireland.
Santander is planning to create 300 new jobs at its banking call centre in Narborough, and a further 50 jobs at its branches across Leicestershire.
Antur Insurance has acquired DW Burrows, the Barry-based insurance broker, as part of a strategy to open more offices across South East Wales.
Citibank is planning to create a further 400 new jobs at the Titanic quarter in Belfast.
Ernst & Young is to set up a new business consultancy unit in Scotland, with the creation of 140 jobs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen over the next three years.
Royal Bank of Scotland is said to be in negotiations with Vertex about plans to create 160 jobs at an insurance call centre at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow.
Savile Group is to acquire 7days, the London-based restructuring and cost reduction consultancy, for an initial £1.3m.
Aon is setting up a 17,280 sq ft insurance office at 40 Spring Gardens in Manchester.
Investec is to relocate 32 Manchester-based staff to a 7,500 sq ft office at 3 Hardman Street in Spinningfields in December.
Brit Insurance, the Lloyd's of London insurer, has agreed to be acquired by private equity firms Apollo and CVC for £888m.
Aegon UK is to sell its HS Admin third-party pensions administration business in Daresbury to Goddard Perry for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 82 jobs.
AFH Wealth Management has acquired Rosa Lodge Financial Management, the Birmingham-based independent financial adviser.
Brokerbility of Leicester has acquired a controlling stake in O'Connor & Co, the Northampton-based insurance firm with 42 staff, for £2m.
Exane is in negotiations to set up a 42,000 sq ft office at 1 Hanover Street in London.
Vertex is to start recruiting 168 staff for a financial services call centre at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow by the end of the year.
Tesco Bank has confirmed plans to create 200 jobs at a Vertex customer service call centre at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow over the next two years.
Ford Campbell is to relocate its Manchester-based corporate finance firm to a 4,500 sq ft office at the Bass Warehouse in Castlefield.
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co, the US energy investment and merchant bank, is to create 30 jobs at a new office at 33 St James's Street in London over the next 18 months.
Hartnell Chanot & Partners is opening a family law office at Princess Court in Plymouth this month.
Simplyhealth, the medical insurance firm, is planning to build a new 55,000 sq ft headquarters on the Redland House site in Bristol, with the creation of up to 200 new jobs.
BGL Group is to expand its Fusion insurance call centre at Parkside Business Park in Coventry, with the creation of 100 jobs.
BlueBay Asset Management, the bond and fixed income asset management firm with 220 staff, is to be acquired by Royal Bank of Canada for £963m.
Saracen Fund Managers is to relocate from Glasgow to Edinburgh, as part of an expansion programme that will include the recruitment of more analysts and fund managers.
LSL Property Services is to acquire Advance Mortgage Funding, which trades as Pink Home Loans, from Skipton Building Society for £1.6m.
Grant Thornton has acquired Legal Inc, the London-based legal consultancy with 14 staff.
Resolution is to acquire Bupa Health Assurance, the Bristol-based income protection firm with about 300 staff, for £102m, in order to expand its Friends Provident business.
Global Infrastructure Partners is to relocate to a 10,800 sq ft office at the Peak building in London's Victoria.
Astaire has sold its Astaire Securities division to Northland Capital Partners of Canada for £2.5m.
Pearson Jones has acquired Parnell Fisher Child, the Reading-based independent financial adviser with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Principality Building Society is planning to expand its chain of 65 branches by opening nine new outlets across Wales this year.
Foot Anstey is to relocate its Truro-based law office to a 9,000 sq ft unit at Harmsworth House in November.
Clarkson Hill Group, the Wisbech-based financial advice firm with 340 advisers in ten offices, has received a takeover approach.
Ultimate Finance Group is to acquire Ashley Commercial Finance of Manchester for an initial £4.7m.
DWF is to start relocating up to 460 staff at its Manchester-based law firm to an 83,000 sq ft office at Spinningfields' 2 Hardman Square in November.
QualitySolicitors is planning to develop a franchised network of 115 law firms by early 2011, in order to create a nationwide brand for legal services.
Saga Group is planning to set up a new insurance call centre at Priory Square in Hastings next year, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.
CBG Group has acquired Rockbridge Healthcare, the Bolton-based medical insurance firm, for undisclosed terms.
KPMG is to expand the 11,000-strong workforce in its UK corporate services business with 3,000 new jobs over the next three years.
RSA Insurance has acquired GCAN Insurance Company, the Canadian mid-market and specialty commercial insurer, for £259m.
Mercer is to expand the 55-strong workforce at its HR consultancy office in Belfast with 45 new jobs.
Firstsource Solutions is to take over a Barclaycard payments call centre in Stockton from November, and some of the 700 jobs will be transferred abroad.
Perspective Financial has acquired Warnes Anderton, the Rotherham-based independent financial adviser, and the customer database of Boroughbridge-based Ellam Financial.
Syndicate Asset Management is to acquire Co-operative Bank Independent Financial Advisers for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Ashcourt Rowan Financial Planning division.
Sills & Betteridge Solicitors has merged with Godsons of Sleaford to create a combined Lincolnshire-based law firm with 143 staff.
Montpelier has merged with Armitage Jones, the Ilkley-based accountancy firm with eight staff, and three new offices will open in Birmingham, London and Manchester over the next year.
Monarch Group, the Santander agency, is planning to open new branches in Langley Mill, Ilkeston and Sutton-in-Ashfield, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Tesco Bank is seeking a suitable office building of up to 50,000 sq ft in Edinburgh for its new finance division, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Santander has announced plans to create 400 new jobs at customer service call centres in Glasgow, Leicester and Liverpool.
Willis Group is setting up a new 10,000 sq ft insurance office at 40 St Paul's Square in Birmingham.
Paradigm Norton has acquired Torquay-based David Jones Financial Planning and a stake in Hooper & Wollen, taking its workforce to 32.
Experian has acquired Mighty Net, the US provider of online credit monitoring services, for £133m.
Wilmington Group is to acquire Axco Insurance Information Services, the London-based provider of insurance compliance services with 40 staff, for £21m.
XCAP Securities has raised £4.2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its stockbroking and investment banking business, which employs 50 staff in Wilsmlow and London.
Esure is looking to recruit some of the 440 staff being made redundant at Royal Bank of Scotland's insurance division in Glasgow, with vacancies in sales, claims and customer service.
Axa has sold its Axa UK Life divivion, including its protection, corporate benefits and annuity business, to Resolution for £2.7bn.
Openwork has acquired 2plan Wealth Management, the Leeds-based financial services firm with 200 advisers.
Polar Capital is to acquire HIM Capital Holdings, the specialist fund manager that was formerly part of Hiscox.
Policy Shop is to create up to 40 new jobs at its Coventry-based insurance business over the next year, having launched a new household insurance division.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is planning to expand the workforce in its global accounting business from 170,000 to 225,000 by 2015.
Dunedin Independent, the Edinburgh-based independent financial adviser with 30 staff, has been acquired by Helvetia Wealth of Switzerland for about £4m.
Randall & Quilter is to acquire Reinsurance Solutions and Excess & Treaty Management Corporation from Marsh & McLennan for £6.5m, including 40 staff in the US and 35 in the UK.
Pearson Jones has acquired Pace Financial Solutions, the Bishop Auckland-based wealth management firm with 12 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Unison is to open a new 75,000 sq ft office for 300 staff on Euston Road in London later this year, funded by Co-operative Bank and Unity Trust Bank.
Coles Solicitors has acquired Daniels & Company, the York-based personal injury specialist, for undisclosed terms.
Barclays is to set up a new shared services centre in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 600 jobs, in order to support its investment banking and wealth management business.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is planning to create 800 new jobs in its professional services business over the next 12 months, including about 400 in London.
St Martins Properties has let a 30,000 sq ft office at 150 Cheapside in London to Ignis Asset Management, while Chartis Insurance is taking 46,000 sq ft and Oriel Securities 18,000 sq ft.
Peninsula is planning to create 23 jobs at its Manchester-based employment law consultancy, in preparation for the new Equality Act.
Target Group is to create more than 30 new jobs at its financial services customer service centre at Tredegar Park, near Newport.
Santander is said to be planning to expand the 22,000-strong workforce at its UK banking business with up to 6,000 new jobs over the next two years.
Stenham Asset Management is to merge with Montier Partners to create a combined hedge fund group with £2.3bn in assets under management.
Diligenta has acquired Unisys Insurance Services, the Liverpool-based company that manages the closed life insurance books of RSA and Phoenix Group, for undisclosed terms.
Airdrie Savings Bank has secured a £10m investment from a group of Scottish business people to fund the expansion of its chain of seven branches.
Linder Myers is planning to expand its Manchester-based firm of solicitors across the country over the next three years, and has just acquired Apfel Carter of Lytham St Annes.
Hammonds is in merger talks with US-based Squire Saunders & Dempsey, which would create a global law firm with about 1,700 lawyers in 17 countries.
Prest Financial Services has acquired AJ Smith & Co, the Stockport-based financial advisory firm, for undisclosed terms.
Beeston Shenton is to expand its Staffordshire-based law firm by opening a new office in Knutsford.
DataCash, the payment services firm, is to be acquired by MasterCard of the US for about £333m.
NBNK has raised £50m in a share issue to fund the development of a chain of up to 600 high street banks.
Allen & Overy, the law firm, is to relocate 200 staff from Canary Wharf to its main headquarters in the City of London.
HBJ Gateley Wareing is to relocate its Manchester-based law office from Hardman Square to a 31,000 sq ft unit at Ship Canal House on King Street in September.
Braveheart Investment is to acquire Envestors, the London-based corporate finance advisory firm, for £2.5m.
Myhomemove is expanding its house conveyancing business across the country by opening new offices in Northampton and Bolton.
Shakespeare Putsman of Birmingham is planning to acquire Berryman's, the Nottingham-based law firm with 124 staff.
Rivington Street is to acquire Bridge Hall Corporate Finance of London for undisclosed terms.
Marsh is to set up a 40,000 sq ft insurance broking office at the Belvedere building on Booth Street in Manchester.
Schroders has produced a shortlist of suitable locations in the City of London for a new headquarters of up to 250,000 sq ft.
Marsh & Company of Leicester has acquired Regency Insurance Brokers of Weston-super-Mare, creating a combined insurance group with 23 staff.
KPMG has acquired Analitica, the Altrincham-based business intelligence consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Admiral has announced plans to build a new 11-storey headquarters for up to 3,000 staff at David Street in Cardiff by 2014.
Mattioli Woods has bought City Trustees and City Pensions from Lighthouse Group for £1.8m, in order to expand its pensions consultancy into London.
HSBC is to open five new bank branches in Northern Ireland over the next three years, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Royal Bank of Scotland has sold an 80% stake in its WorldPay credit card payment business to a team backed by Advent International and Bain Capital for £850m.
Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed the sale of 318 branches to Santander for about £1.6bn, including 40 SME banking centres, four corporate centres and three private banking centres.
UBS, the Swiss investment bank, has agreed a deal with British Land and Blackstone to build a new £340m headquarters for 5,000 staff at Broadgate in the City of London.
Manx Financial Group has acquired Edgewater Associates, the Isle of Man-based independent financial advice firm with 15 staff, for £2m.
KBC Peel Hunt, the London-based stockbroker with 136 staff, is to undergo a buy-out from its Belgian parent company KBC.
Santander is to create 600 new jobs at its banking branch network and call centre operations by the end of the year.
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China is to set up a 40,000 sq ft headquarters at 81 King William Street in the City of London.
Ecclesiastical Group Insurance has confirmed plans to relocate up to 600 staff to a new multi-million pound headquarters at Gloucester Docks.
Hastings Direct is to create 37 new jobs at its Renew insurance business in Newmarket by the end of the year.
Webb Capital has acquired Chatsford, the independent corporate and investment advisory firm, for less than £0.1m.
Berkeley Insurance is to relocate its 54 Leicester-based staff to Colton Square in August.
Roberts Partnership is to relocate its Manchester-based investment management firm to Mosley Street in the city centre.
Gorvins is to relocate its Stockport-based law firm to a 15,000 sq ft office at Dale House in September.
HBJ Gateley Wareing has acquired 200 staff from the collapsed Manchester-based law firm Halliwells, while 125 Liverpool and Sheffield staff have gone to Hill Dickinson.
Fairpoint Group has acquired Moneyextra.com, the price comparison firm, for up to £8m.
Kleinwort Benson, the wealth management firm, is to set up a 50,000 sq ft office at the St George Street development in London's West End.
Barclays Corporate is to relocate its Sheffield office and 50 sales staff to the St Paul's Place development this autumn.
DWF is planning to expand the staff at its law office in Leeds from 170 to more than 200 by the end of the year.
Caterpillar Finance is to relocate up to 90 staff from Hockley Heath to a 12,000 sq ft office at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull in September.
Bishop Skinner, the Newcastle-based insurance broker with more than 50 staff, has been acquired by Cullum Capital Ventures of Kent.
Professional Services Group of Ireland is to create up to 12 jobs at a new Liverpool headquarters for its business consultancy over the next year.
LaSer UK is to create 80 jobs at its Solihull-based customer service and sales centre, having won a contract to provide point-of-sale finance at Currys and PC World stores.
Xafinity has acquired a division of the UK pension schemes business of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which will involve the transfer of 49 staff and a new office opening in Manchester in August.
Winn Solicitors is planning to expand its workforce in Newcastle from 230 to 300 by next year, due to rising demand for its accident management policies.
Lloyds Banking Group is to sell a 70% stake in Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance, its private equity business with a stake in 40 companies, to a joint venture with Coller Capital.
Intelligent Environments Group is to acquire Documetric, the Rotherham-based provider of finance and administration outsourcing services, in a £14m reverse takeover.
Kwik-Fit is to sell its West Lothian-based insurance services business to Ageas of Belgium for £215m.
Hastings Direct is planning to create more than 100 new jobs at its Bexhill-based insurance business by the end of the year.
Addis & Co, the Stockport-based accountancy firm, has been acquired by the OJK division of the James Grant Group for undisclosed terms.
Vantis has sold its accountancy offices in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool to a management team operating under the name of Evolution, with the transfer of 65 staff.
Vantis has sold its business recovery division out of administration to management for undisclosed terms, securing 200 jobs, while RSM Tenon has acquired Vantis Financial Management for £7m.
RSM Tenon has bought certain assets of Vantis out of administration for up to £6.8m, including offices in London, Leicester and Epsom and the transfer of about 300 staff.
Campbell Dallas is to relocate its Paisley-based accountancy firm and 100 staff to a new 15,000 sq ft headquarters in Braehead by the end of the year.
Hamilton Brady is planning to expand the staff at its Wilmslow-based financial claims management business from 14 to 35 over the next six months, having secured an undisclosed equity investment from Consilium Ventures.
Thecitysecret is planning to create 15 new jobs at its North Yorkshire-based financial technology business by the end of the year.
Fortis is recruiting a further 100 staff for a new insurance sales and customer service office opening at Turnpike House in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire.
I-paye is planning to open new offices in Glasgow and Aberdeen, as part of a strategy to double the size of its outsourcing services business over the next two years.
Hopper Howe Sadler and Reid Jubb Brown have merged to create a combined Newcastle-based firm of architects called Sadler Brown.
Carole Nash of Altrincham has acquired the 5,000-strong motorcycle book of Co-operative Insurance for undisclosed terms.
Fortis Insurance is recruiting 250 staff for its new 11,000 sq ft office at Gloucester Business Park in Brockworth.
Ikano Financial Services is to relocate its headquarters and call centre to a 17,500 sq ft office at the Southside project in Nottingham.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Wingham Wyatt, the Braintree-based independent financial adviser with 11 staff.
Metro Bank is planning to create up to 1,000 jobs at its new banking chain over the next three years, and expects to open 200 branches within the M25 area.
Severn Trent Water is looking to recruit 30 finance staff for its new £60m headquarters due to open in Coventry in September.
Buckles Investment Services is planning to expand its Rhyl-based financial advice business across the country, with the creation of hundreds of jobs over the next five years.
Collins Stewart has acquired Andersen Charnley, the Surrey-based independent wealth management firm, for an initial £5m.
West Bromwich Building Society has announced plans to relocate its head office and 450 staff to a 70,000 sq ft office at the All Saints development in West Bromwich by 2012.
RPMI, the railway industry pension schemes operator, is setting up a 10,700 sq ft office at Camomile Court in the City of London.
Hughes Insurance is to invest £2m in the expansion of its headquarters in County Down, with the creation of up to 200 jobs over the next two years.
Pure Options is planning to create 185 jobs at its Cardiff-based insurance business over the next three years, in order to focus on income protection insurance.
Brett & Randall, the Leicester-based commercial insurance firm, is considering plans to open an administrative office in Loughborough this year, with the creation of 12 jobs.
Fish Insurance, the Preston-based insurance company valued at £30m, has undergone a secondary buy-out backed by private equity firm Inflexion.
JMW Solicitors is planning to expand its 172-strong workforce in Manchester with dozens of new staff over the next few years, and will also establish an office in London.
Santander is set to acquire 318 high street branches from Royal Bank of Scotland.
Begbies Traynor has acquired Tomlinsons, the firm of insolvency practitioners with 13 staff in Manchester and Blackburn.
KPMG is planning to relocate its Cardiff office to a 9,500 sq ft unit at 3 Assembly Square in August.
Shakespeare Putsman of Birmingham is to merge with Stratford-based Needham & James to create a combined law firm with 320 staff.
KPMG is seeking a suitable location in Manchester for a new office of up to 100,000 sq ft, in order to relocate from John Dalton Street by 2014.
Swinton is to create a further 65 jobs for sales advisers and managers at its insurance call centre in Halifax in June.
Barclays is to acquire Tricorona, the Swedish trader in carbon emission reduction credits, for £98m.
Sainsbury's Finance is planning to expand the 150-strong workforce at its head office in Edinburgh by up to 15% this year.
Giles Insurance Brokers has acquired the retail insurance business of James Hampden, including offices in Derby, Hertford and London.
Barclays Bank is to sell HomEq Servicing, its US mortgage servicing business, to Ocwen Financial Corporation for about £900m.
Cathedral Financial Management of Exeter has merged with DMA Financial Planning of Plymouth.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to set up a new office for its Global Banking & Markets division at Hardman Boulevard in Manchester, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Baldwins has acquired Harrison & Co, the Nottingham-based accountancy, in order to combine it with its MHA Chartered Accountants business at the Eldon Business Park.
Domestic & General is creating more than 300 jobs at its warranty services call centre in Nottingham.
Release Money Group is planning to create 70 new jobs at its debt management business in Bury over the next year.
Denton Wilde Sapte is planning to merge with US-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal to create a global law firm called SNR Denton with 1,400 lawyers.
Norwich & Peterborough Insurance Brokers has acquired Spiremark Insurance of Whittlesey.
West Bromwich Building Society is to sell its Mortgageforce mortgage broking franchise to management for a nominal sum.
Herrington & Carmichael, the law firm, is to relocate to a 5,400 sq ft office at Wallis House in Wokingham this summer.
Avalon is to expand the 70-strong workforce at its Wilmslow-based funeral plans business with 40 additional staff.
Oxygen Corporate Risks is opening a new insurance broking office at the Castlemead Building in Bristol.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell its French factoring business to GE Capital of the US for undisclosed terms.
Admiral is to recruit a further 260 staff at its insurance call centres in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport over the next few months.
Manchester Building Society is in negotiations to sell Whiteaway Laidlaw, the Manchester-based bank with 17 staff, to Royal Bank of Scotland for about £10m.
LV is to create 300 new jobs at its insurance and investment operations in Bournemouth, Bristol, Hitchin, Huddersfield and London.
Man Group is to acquire GLG Partners, the investment management firm, in a deal worth about £1bn.
Brightside Group is to acquire the eCar and eBike insurance brands for an initial £15m.
Reeves+Neylan is to merge with FW Stephens to create a combined London-based financial consulting group with 43 partners and 330 staff.
Barclays is planning to double the size of its corporate lending and wealth management operations in Scotland by 2012.
Standard Life has sold its medical insurance division, which has 562 staff in Bournemouth and Stockport, to Discovery Holdings of South Africa for £138m.
Liberata is to create 55 new jobs at its call centre in Barrow, having won two new contracts to provide benefits services to local authorities.
Royal & Sun Alliance is to create 230 new jobs at its insurance office at Lynch Wood Park in Peterborough.
JP Morgan is said to be planning to set up a 35,000 sq ft private banking headquarters at One Knightsbridge in London.
Cullum Capital Ventures has acquired DTE Insurance Brokers of Bury for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of eight staff to its office in Stockport.
Grainger is to acquire Sovereign Reversions, the property finance company, for £34m.
LSL Property Services has acquired the assets of the Home of Choice mortgage network out of administration for £1.5m.
UHY Wingfield Slater is to relocate its Sheffield-based accountancy office to a 4,500 sq ft unit on the Broadfield Business Park in June.
Rowlands has merged with Field Cunningham to create a combined Manchester-based law firm called Rowlands Field Cunningham with 120 staff.
UBS, the Swiss banking group, is planning to set up a new headquarters at a new £300m development being proposed for Broadgate in central London.
Mattioli Woods has acquired the pension administration and employee benefits business of Cooper Parry Wealth Strategies for up to £1.2m.
Schroders is to sell its third party private equity administration services businesses in Bermuda and Guernsey to JP Morgan International Finance.
Netherlands Business Support is to open an office in Manchester later this month, in order to support Dutch companies expanding into the region.
F&C Asset Management is to acquire Thames River Capital, the London-based asset management firm with 135 staff, for up to £54m.
WR Financial Management is to merge with Barrington Slimmings to create a combined Teesside-based financial services firm with 14 staff.
Talbots Solicitors has acquired Tanfields, the Dudley-based law firm, for undisclosed terms.
BGL Group of Peterborough has acquired the motor and home insurance operations of Bradford & Bingley, in order to expand its Junction division.
Baker Tilly is to merge with Robson Taylor, the accountancy firm with offices in Bristol and Bath.
Ceridian, the HR and payroll firm, is to expand its office at Green Park in Reading from 6,000 sq ft to 13,000 sq ft.
Dow Schofield Watts is to merge with management due diligence consultancy Diligencia, with the transfer of seven Diligencia staff to its office in Daresbury.
Brown Shipley is to relocate its Manchester-based private bank and about 80 staff from King Street to a 14,000 sq ft unit at Spinningfields by September.
Wesleyan Assurance Society has acquired Key Business Professions, the Poole-based provider of loans for lawyers, for undisclosed terms.
Co-operative Group is to invest £5m in the creation of a network of regional hubs to offer a new service to help more companies to become co-operatives over the next three years.
Broomfield & Alexander has merged with Griffith & Miles to create a combined accountancy firm with 90 staff in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.
Ernst & Young, the accountancy group, is setting up a 21,000 sq ft office at the G1 office in Glasgow's George Square, while law firm Maclay Murray & Spens is taking 40,000 sq ft.
Rowlands has acquired Otten Penna, the Manchester-based firm of solicitors, with the transfer of 20 staff.
Chase Templeton has acquired Jigsaw Healthcare, the Northwich-based private medical insurance firm, for undisclosed terms.
Henderson Insurance Brokers has acquired Denney O'Hara, the Leeds-based independent financial adviser with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Montpelier Chartered Accountants of Manchester has bought a majority stake in London-based Auerbach Hope for undisclosed terms, creating a combined accountancy group with 220 staff.
Weil Gotshal & Manges, the US law firm, is to set up a 75,000 sq ft office at 110 Fetter Lane in London.
Lanes Assistance Services, the insurance claims firm with 45 staff in Eccles and 30 in Birmingham, has undergone a management buy-out with Gresham Private Equity taking a 70% stake for £12m.
STM Group has acquired Zenith Trust Company, the Jersey-based provider of corporate and trustee services, for up to £5.1m.
Solent Mediation Group has merged with Wessex Civil Mediation Group to create a new Portsmouth-based dispute resolution group with 15 staff.
Howes Percival is setting up a family law division at its Leicester-based law firm, with the creation of ten jobs.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson is setting up an 18,000 sq ft insurance customer service centre at Southgate House in Gloucester.
Mandale Properties has unveiled plans to build a 25,000 sq ft office for AXA Insurance and Swiftcover at Portrack Interchange in Stockton by early next year, and up to 350 jobs will be created within four years.
HL Interactive of Manchester is to merge with Collings, the Altrincham-based law firm, for undisclosed terms.
Virgin Money is planning to open its first two retail bank branches by the end of the year and 70 within three years, having secured a £100m investment from WL Ross of the US.
Portland Financial Management has acquired Alchemy Wealth Management of Chepstow for undisclosed terms, creating a combined independent financial advice group with 65 staff.
Ceridian is to relocate its Glasgow-based payroll and administration services office and up to 280 jobs to Braehead next year, with the creation of 300 new jobs over the next five years.
HSBC is planning to expand the 950-strong workforce at its call centre in Swansea with almost 100 new jobs this year.
Midas Capital is to sell Midas Capital International of Guernsey to MitonOptimal International and Midas Capital Asset Management of South Africa to a management consortium for an initial £0.3m.
Apex Credit Management is planning to create up to 50 jobs at its new Discovery Solutions office in Maidstone over the next three years.
Investec is to acquire the remaining 53% stake in Rensburg Sheppards, the investment management firm with 600 staff at 11 regional offices.
Cardsave Group of Grimsby has acquired the credit card terminal hire operations of Transaction Network Services.
NFU Mutual is planning to create 250 new jobs at its insurance office in Bristol city centre.
Schroders has appointed Knight Frank to review its London office requirements, which could lead to the consolidation of existing offices into a new 250,000 sq ft property.
JP Morgan is said to be seeking a suitable 35,000 sq ft office in London's West End for its private banking business.
Lloyds Banking Group is expected to resume its search for a new headquarters in the City of London, as part of a reorganisation of its corporate buildings that will also include regional hubs in Edinburgh and Manchester.
George Davies, the Manchester-based law firm with 80 staff, is to relocate from Fountain Street to 1 New York Street by September.
Britannia Building Society is to relocate almost 250 CFS mortgage processing jobs from Bristol, London and Stockport to Leek, while 80 customer service jobs will transfer from Leek to Stockport.
Coventry Building Society is to acquire Stroud & Swindon, creating a combined group with 91 branches across the Midlands and South West, but some of the 215 jobs at the Stroud head office will be lost.
Oval has acquired JL Fisher & Co, the Gloucester-based insurance broker with 20 staff, for £3m.
Lloyds Banking Group is seeking office space of up to 300,000 sq ft in the City of London, in order to consolidate staff from a number of existing sites.
The Financial Services Authority is looking to expand its 3,300-strong workforce with 460 additional staff, and new office space will be required in London's Canary Wharf.
Collins Stewart has acquired Corazon Capital Group, the investment management firm with offices in Guernsey and Geneva, for an initial £1m.
Capita Hartshead is planning to expand the workforce at its Sheffield-based pensions consultancy from 400 to at least 670.
NCC Group is to acquire Meridian Services International, the Warrington-based credit card security firm with 13 staff, for £3m.
Quote Source is planning to create up to 20 jobs at its new insurance advice office at Tower House in Bristol by the end of the year.
KPMG is looking to recruit up to 3,500 additional staff to its professional services business this year, including 750 new graduates in September.
JBW Group has acquired National Enforcement Service, the Darlington-based provider of council tax and commercial rent recovery services, and plans to expand its workforce from 14 to 40 within two years.
Standard Life has acquired Threesixty, the Cheadle Hulme-based provider of financial support services with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.
TD Waterhouse is planning to expand the 420-strong workforce at its investment services office in Leeds.
BCW Group is creating 30 jobs at a new debt recovery office at Trafford Plaza in Manchester, and about 200 jobs are being created in Glasgow and Stratford-upon-Avon.
IFG Group has acquired James Hay, the Salisbury-based pensions firm with 533 staff, from Banco Santander for up to £39m.
GT Law is looking to create up to 100 jobs at its new personal injury law office in Knowsley by the end of the year.
Admiral Insurance has shortlisted four potential sites in Cardiff for a new 150,000 sq ft headquarters.
James Grant Group has acquired Michael Kay & Company, the Birmingham-based accountancy, for undisclosed terms.
Britannia Rescue is to relocate its Huddersfield-based road rescue operation to Folly Hall Mills, where parent company LV will create up to 75 jobs at a new car insurance call centre over the next 18 months.
Deloitte has acquired Dcarbon8, the London-based environmental consultancy with 12 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Christians Against Poverty is to create up to 150 jobs with the expansion of its Bradford-based charity headquarters onto an adjacent site.
KPMG has unveiled plans to create new jobs at its accountancy offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, as part of a strategy to triple the size of its national marketplace consulting operation.
Barclays is planning to invest £350m in the expansion of its wealth management business, including new IT systems and the creation of hundreds of banking jobs.
Hastings Direct is considering plans to launch a chain of dozens of insurance branches across the country, depending on the success of three outlets in Sussex.
Skipton Building Society is to merge with The Chesham, the building society with branches in Chesham, Aylesbury and Little Chalfont, creating a combined group with 92 outlets.
The Office for Legal Complaints has confirmed plans to set up a new headquarters for the Legal Ombudsman at Baskerville House in Birmingham city centre by the end of the year, with the creation of up to 350 jobs.
Towergate Insurance has bought the John Charcol mortgage broking business in London out of administration, securing the future of more than 100 jobs.
Autonet Insurance is looking to expand the 440-strong workforce at its Staffordshire-based vehicle insurance business with 50 additional sales staff over the next six months.
Currie & Brown, the asset management consultancy, is to set up a 12,000 sq ft office at the new Maxim business park near Glasgow.
Irwin Mitchell is to open a new office in Bristol with space for up to 27 legal and support staff over the next few months.
The HR Dept is planning to expand its nationwide network of employment advice offices from 35 to 50 by the end of the year.
Rockingham Retirement is planning to relocate its retirement solutions business from Warmington to Peterborough by May 2010, and aims to expand its 50-strong workforce to 200.
Daniel Stewart Securities has acquired MENA-RI, the financial consulting firm with offices in London, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, for £1.1m.
Harrington Brooks has acquired two debt management back books for undisclosed terms, including FreshStart Financial Solutions of Poynton and Fresh Start Home Loans of Truro.
BNP Paribas Real Estate is considering plans to relocate its London headquarters from the West End to a 50,000 sq ft office at 5 Aldermanbury Square.
Stephenson Harwood, the law firm, is to set up a 110,000 sq ft office at 1 Finsbury Circus in London EC2.
Lloyds Banking Group has sold its 70% stake in Esure, the insurance group with 1,500 staff, to a management team and its founder for £185m.
Kwik-Fit is considering plans to sell off its insurance business, which has more than 1,000 staff, for at least £200m.
Hull City Council is to relocate its customer services department from Kenworthy House to a new £3.2m facility on Alfred Gelder Street this autumn.
Jigsaw Insurance Marketing is planning to expand the 30-strong workforce at its marketing call centre in Leicester to 60.
Cardpoint, the Northwich-based cash machine operator, has sold a 69% stake to private equity firm Duke Street Capital, following the restructuring of its parent company Payzone.
Car Crash Line Group, the national car insurance services firm with 160 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Barclays has acquired the Italian credit card operations of Citi for undisclosed terms, including gross assets of £205m.
PaySwyft is planning to create up to 27 jobs at a new headquarters for its e-commerce business in Cwmbran.
Pantheon Ventures, the fund management firm, is to be acquired by Affiliated Managers Group of the US from Russell Investments for £496m.
Validus is planning to expand the workforce at its Norwich-based insurance claims processing business from 87 to 150 over the next six months.
Howarth Maitland is to merge with Butcher & Barlow Solicitors to create a combined Bury-based law firm with 16 partners and 100 staff at eight offices.
Admiral Insurance is to create a further 200 new jobs at its car insurance claims department in Newport this year.
Astaire Group is to acquire Hoodless Brennan Holdings, the London-based stockbroker, for £3.6m.
Zurich is to relocate more than 140 London-based staff from Sutton to Croydon later this year.
Mackenzie Hall is to create 100 jobs at its Kilmarnock-based debt collection call centre this year.
Brett & Randall, the Leicester-based insurance broker, has undergone a management buy-out, and is now looking to make a series of acquisitions to double its turnover to £40m by 2015.
Cartwright King has merged with Jerman Hollingsworth, the Leicester-based law firm with 12 staff at two offices.
Banco Espirito Santo of Portugal is to set up a 50,000 sq ft office in Paternoster Square, London EC4.
Reed in Partnership is to create almost 40 jobs at a new contact centre in Doncaster, having won a contract to operate the government's Backing Young Britain campaign.
Kaplan Financial is planning to relocate its Reading-based financial training centre to The Blade office building.
Homeserve is to create 50 new jobs at its emergency insurance call centre in Preston over the next few months.
Artemis, the fund management firm with offices in Edinburgh and London, has been sold by BNP Paribas to Affiliated Management Group of the US and a management team for undisclosed terms.
Virgin Money is considering plans to develop a network of bank branches by acquiring sites from Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Daiwa Securities is considering plans to relocate its London-based investment bank to 150 Cheapside.
Midas Capital has sold iimia Wealth Management to Jardine Lloyd Thompson for £7.3m, in order to focus on its fund management business.
CPA Global, the Jersey-based legal services firm with 1,600 staff, is planning a £440m management buy-out backed by Intermediate Capital Group.
Randall & Quilter has acquired JMD Specialist Insurance Services from BP Marsh & Partners for £2m.
Wilkin Chapman is to merge with Grange Wintringham to create a combined Grimsby-based law firm with more than 350 staff.
NMJ Insurance Brokers has acquired Ridge Insurance Services of Glossop for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of ten staff.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is to open a new regional accountancy centre in Moygashel, Co Tyrone, later this year, in order to combine the work from four existing offices.
The Home Office is to create up to 200 new jobs at the Criminal Records Bureau in Liverpool.
CMC Markets, the spread betting company, is to set up a 55,000 sq ft office at 133 Houndsditch in the City of London.
Trowers & Hamlins, the law firm, is considering plans to relocate its London office to a 150,000 sq ft location.
Barclays Capital is to acquire LaBranche & Co, the US market maker, for £15m.
Maven Capital has agreed to acquire LitComp, the Lincolnshire-based supplier of financial and legal insurance products, for £5.5m.
Drydens has acquired LCL Collections, the commercial recovery services firm, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Bradford-based group with 165 staff.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to recruit more than 100 investment staff at its global banking and markets operation in Newcastle-under-Lyme over the next year.
Virgin Money is to expand its Venue Studios office in Edinburgh with 3,000 sq ft of additional space, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Forster Dean Solicitors is to expand its Liverpool-based network of 15 personal injury offices with ten additional sites over the next two years, starting with offices in Stockport and Rochdale.
HSBC is to create 70 new jobs at its banking call centre in Edinburgh.
LNT Group has sold its Rugby-based Taylors Business Surveyors & Valuers business to management for undisclosed terms.
MCR is to relocate its Manchester-based corporate insolvency office and 50 staff to the Chancery building at Spring Gardens in March, and new offices are planned for Birmingham and Leeds later this year.
BlackRock is to relocate its London-based investment management business to the 270,000 sq ft office tower at Drapers Gardens in the City.
Aberdeen Asset Management is to acquire Investment Strategies, the London-based asset management firm, from Royal Bank of Scotland for £85m.
Deloitte has acquired ReportSource, the London-based information management consultancy with 66 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Virgin Money is to acquire Church House Trust, the Somerset-based private bank with 3,000 customers, for £12m, in order to offer savings and mortgage products under the Virgin brand.
Close Brothers is to acquire the invoice financing loan book of GMAC Commercial Finance for a net value of up to £4m, with the transfer of 23 staff.