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Autonet Insurance is looking to create about 100 new jobs at its call centre in Stoke-on-Trent.
Plescon Security Products, the Ipswich-based supplier of asset management products with nine staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Linder Myers has bought Rowlands Field Cunningham, the Manchester-based law firm with 80 staff, out of administration.
Barrie & Hibbert, the Edinburgh-based risk management firm with 110 staff, has been acquired by Moody's of the US for £50m.
Brewin Dolphin is planning to expand the workforce at its new 7,500 sq ft investment management office due to open in Manchester next year from 32 to 50 over the next few years.
Peninsula Business Services has acquired the employment law and compliance operation of Ireland-based Graphite HRM, with the transfer of five staff.
Mitchell Charlesworth is to merge with Vanguard Corporate Finance to create a combined Merseyside-based finance group with five offices.
WorldPay is planning to expand its card processing business with a £200m investment in its IT systems and a possible flotation by 2015.
Love Energy Savings is planning to recruit 40 apprentices at its energy, financial and telecoms price comparisons office in Bolton.
Grant Thornton is to relocate its Birmingham-based professional services office to a 27,000 sq ft unit at Colmore Plaza next June, and expects to expand the 240-strong workforce by 10% next year.
Collins Stewart Hawkpoint, the London-based stockbroker with 810 staff, is to be acquired by Canaccord Financial of Canada for £235m.
Italy's Consulate General is to relocate its Belgravia office to the 13,800 sq ft Harp House in the City of London in July 2012.
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is to set up a 29,000 sq ft office for 150 staff at One Canada Square in London's Canary Wharf in spring 2012.
Newcastle Building Society has sold its Pre Paid Cards operation to the Wirecard Card Solutions subsidiary of Wirecard of Germany for £7.5m, with the transfer of 24 staff.
Punter Southall is to relocate its London-based pensions consultancy to a 35,000 sq ft office at 11 Strand in the first half of 2012.
Firstassist Legal Assistance, the Croydon-based legal firm with 32 staff, has been sold by private equity firm Equistone to Burford Capital for an initial £10m.
Cheviot Asset Management is planning to expand its team of 11 fund managers in Liverpool to 25 over the next two years.
Groupon, the US internet voucher supplier, is to set up a 40,000 sq ft office at 1 Swan Lane in the City of London by February 2012.
BGL is to create a further 80 jobs at its Fusion insurance call centre in Coventry.
Brewin Dolphin is in discussions to set up a 45,000 sq ft office at the 186,000 sq ft extension of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in 2013.
Slough Borough Council is set to announce the outsourcing of transactional services such as housing benefits and council tax collection, which could lead to the creation of 448 jobs over ten years.
Central Insurance of Aberdeen has acquired Castle Cairn Insurance Brokers of Edinburgh for £2.3m.
Pearson is to sell its 50% stake in FTSE International, the London-based provider of global index and analytical solutions, to the London Stock Exchange Group for £450m.
Deloitte is to set up a risk and compliance management office at Fusion Point in Cardiff, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Towry is relocating its Leeds-based wealth advice business to an 11,000 sq ft office in Toronto Square.
Esure is to create 50 new jobs at its insurance office in Reigate over the next year.
RK Harrison Group has acquired Mercury West Associates, the Hatfield-based sports car insurance specialist, for undisclosed terms.
The Innovation Group has acquired Claims Services, the Australian provider of outsourced motor and property claims management services with 110 staff, from Calliden Group for £13m.
Smooth Financial Consultants is setting up a 14,000 sq ft debt management consultancy office at Jackson House in Sale.
Mazars has acquired the Gloucester-based volume personal insolvency business of PwC, with the transfer of 27 staff.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has sold Target Financial Management out of administration to a new London-based company called Million Plus Financial Planning.
Sprecher Grier Halberstam is to merge with Martineau to create a combined law firm called SGH Martineau with 360 staff in Birmingham, London and Belgium.
Cigna International has bought FirstAssist Insurance Services from Barclays Private Equity, in order to expand its travel insurance operation in the UK.
West Bromwich Building Society is seeking alternative sites for a new headquarters, following a dispute with Sandwell Council about its proposed move to Providence Place.
Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings is to acquire Synergy Insurance Services, the managing general agent for insurance carriers.
Esure is planning to expand the 780-strong workforce at the Equinox building in Glasgow with 150 new jobs over the next two years.
Begbies Traynor has sold its tax division to Smith & Williamson for an initial £2.9m, with the transfer of 56 staff in Birmingham, London and Manchester.
Clear Insurance has acquired Bryant Kesek & Partners, the Surrey-based insurance broker.
Experian is to acquire 192business, the London-based provider of online identity verification services with annual sales of about £7m.
DWF is to merge with Crutes, the law firm with 95 staff at offices in Newcastle, Carlisle and Teesside.
Yorkshire Building Society is to create 60 new jobs at its headquarters in Bradford and a further 60 jobs at its Accord Mortgages subsidiary.
Real Time Claims of Newcastle is planning to create 100 jobs and open new mis-sold insurance claims call centres in Swansea, Lincoln and Liverpool.
MF Global has sold its London-based metals division to US broker FCStone, securing the future of about 50 jobs.
Brightside Group is to acquire E-Systems and eDevelopment for £17m, in order to improve its suite of broking assets.
Voice Commerce is to relocate its Cambridge-based financial services business to a 13,500 sq ft office at Capital Park in Fulbourn, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Blusource has merged with Raynorwest to create a combined accountancy group with offices in Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Derby and Northampton.
Virgin Money is to acquire Northern Rock, the Newcastle-based savings and mortgage bank with 2,500 staff and 70 branches, for £747m.
MoneyPlus of Altrincham has announced four recent acquisitions, including Cardiff-based Easier Debt and the customer back books of Manchester-based Byrom & Keeley and Debt Solver.
Aon has completed a deal to let 191,000 sq ft of office space at British Land's Leadenhall development in London EC3 in 2014.
Kwik-Fit Financial Services is to recruit 40 additional sales staff in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, over the next three months.
Insurance Partnership has acquired Rhodes Wood Risk Services, the Wolverhampton-based insurance broker with six staff, for undisclosed terms.
Barclays is to sell Barclays Private Equity to a management buy-out, and the business is being relaunched as Equistone Partners Europe.
Centrica has acquired Home Warranty of America, the US home protection plan provider, for £30m.
Higos Insurance Services has acquired RM Gillingham & Son, the Bridport-based insurance broker.
Resolution is to set up an in-house fund management operation next year, and will also outsource its Friends Life customer services and IT work to Diligenta with the transfer of almost 2,000 staff.
Clyde & Co is looking to create up to 50 jobs at its Manchester law office over the next year, following the merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.
Appleyard Lees is to relocate its Manchester-based patent and trademark attorneys office to The Lexicon on Mount Street next year, and is recruiting new staff at its other offices.
Westhouse is to acquire Arbuthnot Securities, the investment banking firm, from Arbuthnot Banking Group for undisclosed terms.
Bank of America is to set up a global technology and operations centre in Chester by mid-2013, which could create up to 1,000 jobs.
Rivington Street has agreed to sell its RSCF corporate finance subsidiary to Webb Capital for undisclosed terms.
Serco Assurance is reported to be planning to take a further 32,000 sq ft of office space at Warrington's Birchwood Park, having agreed a pre-let with MEPC.
Generation Investment Management of the US is to set up a 21,000 sq ft office at the £300m AirW1 development near Piccadilly Circus in London.
Ambrian Capital is to sell its London-based Ambrian Partners investment banking business to RFC Group of Australia.
Farrer & Co, the law firm, has agreed to take 21,500 sq ft of office space at 20 Lincoln's Inn Fields in London.
Shakespeares is to merge with Wood Glaister, the Solihull-based law firm with 55 staff.
AFH Financial has expanded the workforce at its Bromsgrove-based independent financial advice business to more than 100 with the acquisition of three unnamed companies in the Midlands for £0.4m.
The Cash Store is to set up a 9,000 sq ft administration and support centre at Applicon House in Stockport.
Santander is to expand the 100-strong workforce of telephone business advisers at its commercial banking centre in Bootle with 100 new jobs.
Quindell Portfolio has acquired Maine Finance, the online financial services broker, for £2.1m.
MCR, the corporate restructuring firm with 150 staff in Manchester, Birmingham and London, has been acquired by US investment bank Duff & Phelps for undisclosed terms.
Merchant Securities, the London-based stockbroker, is to be acquired by Sanlam of South Africa for £12m.
DLA Piper is backing the launch of a new £10m nationwide network of legal services for business called LawVest.
Brewin Dolphin is relocating its Manchester-based investment management office to a 7,800 sq ft unit at Spinningfields.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is reported to have agreed to take 150,000 sq ft of office space at Hays Galleria in London SE1.
Payzone is to expand the 150-strong workforce at its Cheshire-based payment processing business with 20 new jobs by the end of the year.
Veracity is planning to expand the 14-strong workforce at its Leeds-based financial services business with up to 40 new jobs next year.
Callcredit Information Group of Leeds has acquired TenantID, the tenant database firm, in order to expand into the home rental market.
DE Ford is to expand its York-based insurance office by 2,500 sq ft, and aims to create up to 30 jobs over the next three years.
QualitySolicitors has secured up to £80m of private equity funding to help expand its nationwide network of 220 high street law branches to 1,200 over the next year.
Liverpool Victoria is to expand the 200-strong workforce at its LV= insurance office in Brentwood with 45 new jobs by the end of the year.
Wealth at Work, the Liverpool-based employee benefits firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Palatine Private Equity for an estimated £6m.
Broker Assistance has sold its Birchwood-based insurance services division out of administration to its managing director, but about 50 jobs have been lost in its credit hire business.
Randall & Quilter is to acquire Principle Insurance Company from Principle Insurance Holdings for £4.3m.
Scott-Moncrieff is to sell its wealth management division to Close Asset Management for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about ten staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
ICAP, the interdealer broker, is seeking a suitable location of up to 275,000 sq ft in the City of London for the relocation of its office from Broadgate by 2016.
Fresh Finance Group is to expand the 40-strong workforce at its Stoke-based mortgage and insurance advice firm with 25 new jobs.
Ernst & Young is to create 300 jobs in its Irish accountancy and consultancy business over the next year, including 21 in Belfast.
Axa Insurance is creating 450 jobs at a new online call centre at the Zetland building in Middlesbrough.
Myhomemove is looking to create up to 100 new jobs at its Leicestershire-based conveyancing services business over the next few years.
Brewin Dolphin is relocating its Cardiff investment management office to a 6,300 sq ft unit at 5 Callaghan Square.
KPMG has acquired Xantus, the Stockport-based management consultancy with annual sales of £16m, for undisclosed terms.
Lupton Fawcett has acquired Davidson Large, the law firm operating in Harrogate and the Tees Valley.
Pannone is seeking a suitable location for the relocation of its Manchester-based law firm and up to 600 staff by 2014.
Advantis is to create 80 new jobs at its debt recovery call centre in Stoke.
Benefex has secured a £4.2m investment from the Business Growth Fund to expand its London and Southampton-based employee rewards and benefits business, with the creation of 100 jobs.
The Funding Corporation is to increase the 215-strong workforce at its Chester-based finance business, and the initial ten vacancies will be expanded over the next few months.
Baker Tilly has merged with Stephen Hay & Associates to create a combined accountancy group with 170 staff in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Lerwick.
WS Atkins is to sell its UK Asset Management business to Sodexo for £5m.
Peninsula Business Services has acquired Health Assured, the Taunton-based HR consultancy with 15 staff, which should lead to the creation of 20 sales jobs at its Manchester office.
KPMG is to relocate about 100 staff from St Albans to an enlarged accountancy office in Watford next year.
Diamond Estates Group is looking to create 30 new jobs at its property and financial services business in County Down.
Davies Group, the Stoke-based insurance claims management firm, has been sold by LDC to private equity firm Electra Partners for £60m.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is to create about 250 new jobs at its consultancy operations in Belfast, having secured a £1.7m Invest NI grant to establish three centres of excellence.
Ludlow Wealth Management Group has acquired Lancashire-based Chartwell Finance Management for undisclosed terms.
Liverpool Victoria is to create 150 new jobs at its LV= insurance office in Bournemouth.
COBRA Holdings is to sell its insurance broking operations in Caterham and Alton to the ASG Risk Management subsidiary of Aston Scott for an initial £5m.
Ashurst is to merge with Blake Dawson of Australia to create a global law firm with forecast turnover of more than £550m.
Brown Shipley is acquire the investment management division of Edinburgh-based law firm Gillespie Macandrew for undisclosed terms.
Mercer is to relocate its Edinburgh-based pensions and investment business, which has about 100 staff, to a larger site at the Quartermile development in November.
SG Wealth Management has acquired Stan Gaskin, the Ipswich-based financial management firm, for undisclosed terms.
BCW Group is to create 100 new jobs at its financial services call centre in Worthing over the next year.
Deloitte is looking to expand the 182,000-strong workforce at its global accountancy business with about 68,000 new jobs over the next four years.
Ingeus UK is to set up a new 12,000 sq ft office for its welfare-to-work business and 33 staff at The Gateway in Leeds next month.
Baker Tilly is to merge its Newcastle office with Charlton Williamson Partnership, creating a combined business advisory service with 60 staff.
UGroup is setting up an 8,000 sq ft financial call centre at Mander House in Wolverhampton, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Alcumus Group has acquired Drury, the Bradford-based HR outsourcing company.
Dickinson Dees has confirmed plans to set up a 17,000 sq ft law office at 1 Whitehall Riverside in Leeds by February 2012.
Willis Group is relocating its Leeds insurance office and 30 staff to a 3,600 sq ft unit at Toronto Square in the city centre.
Whittington Group is to sell its London-based Whittington Insurance Markets business to a consortium of Tawa, Skuld and Paraline Group.
Medicash is setting up a 13,000 sq ft office for its healthcare cash plans business at One Derby Square in Liverpool this month.
BlackRock, the US investment management firm, is seeking a suitable property for a new 70,000 sq ft office in Edinburgh.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Walter Wright, the Durham-based financial services firm.
GAEIA has merged with Castlefield, the Manchester-based investment management firm.
Give Me My Money has secured a £2.1m investment to expand its Cardiff-based financial claims management business, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Caunce O'Hara is to relocate its Manchester-based insurance broking business to a 5,000 sq ft office at 82 King Street.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is planning to increase the 17,000-strong workforce at its accountancy business with a further 600 new jobs, in addition to the annual graduate intake of 1,200.
Evolution Group, the London-based fund management firm, is to be acquired by Investec of South Africa for £233m, prompting speculation that up to 100 jobs could be lost.
Hornby Baker Jones & Wood has acquired SRBlegal, the Newport-based commercial law firm with seven staff.
Punter Southall has acquired the Newcastle-based corporate pensions business of Brewin Dolphin, with the transfer of 14 staff.
Admiral is to set up a new 38,000 sq ft motor insurance office for 600 staff at Swansea Vale in Swansea, including 200 new jobs.
Antur Insurance, the Swansea-based network of insurance offices with 80 staff, has been acquired by Cullum Capital Ventures for undisclosed terms.
Lark Group is to acquire Cadogan Hanover Park of Croydon to create a combined insurance broking group with 280 staff.
HCB Solicitors has acquired Hadens Solicitors, the Walsall-based law firm with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Northern Rock is to sell its Irish savings subsidiary to Irish Life & Permanent, including 17,000 customer accounts.
Quai Administration Services is looking to create up to 35 jobs at its new financial services administration business in Peterborough over the next year.
Mattioli Woods has acquired TCF Global Independent Financial Services and its subsidiary Kudos for £8.7m, including 45 staff in Aberdeen, Glasgow and London.
FNZ is to relocate its Edinburgh-based administration services business and 200 staff to a 17,300 sq ft office in Tanfield in October.
Call Connection is looking to expand the workforce at its Ipswich-based insurance leads business from 275 to more than 300 by the end of next year.
KPMG has confirmed plans to set up a 65,000 sq ft office at the planned One St Peter's Square development in Manchester by 2015.
HB International has acquired Ingram Mayet, the London-based financial services recruitment firm, for undisclosed terms.
Moneygate Group has acquired IFA Results Financial, the Sheffield-based independent financial adviser with 16 staff.
Whiteaway Laidlaw Bank has acquired Link Loans, the Brentwood-based secured loans lender.
Hastings Direct is creating 100 new jobs at its Bexhill-based insurance business, with vacancies in sales, customer service, marketing, IT and claims.
HSBC is to invest £3.5m in Aberdeen, including a new main bank branch on Union Street and the creation of 26 jobs.
Protocol Education, the London-based supply teacher company with 18 branches, has been sold by Bridgepoint to Teaching Personnel for undisclosed terms.
Guardian Financial Services is to be sold by Aegon to private equity firm Cinven for £275m, with the transfer of most of the 170 staff.
SimplyBiz has acquired SIFA, the support organisation for independent financial advisers, for undisclosed terms.
Royal London is to create 105 new jobs at its life and pensions offices in Wilmslow and London, but 222 jobs will be lost in Liverpool as part of its merger with Royal Liver.
MetLife and Capita are looking to create up to 150 jobs at their new pensions sales centre in Belfast over the next two years.
Haines Watts has acquired Sully & Co Bideford, the Devon-based accountancy firm with 25 staff.
Reich Insurance has acquired Surenet Agency, the Glasgow-based insurance broker.
Evolution Group is to acquire the UK private investment management operations of BNP Paribas Wealth Management for £25m, in order to expand its Williams de Broe business.
Brooks Macdonald is to acquire the Taunton-based investment management activities of law firm Clarke Willmott for an initial £1.6m.
Napthens is to relocate its Blackburn-based law office and 25 staff to a 4,500 sq ft unit in Whitebirk in September.
HSKS has merged with Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants to create a combined accountancy group with 75 staff in Derby, Burton, Nottingham and Uttoxeter.
Bishop Fleming is to merge with Worcester-based Rabjohns to create a combined accountancy group called Bishop Fleming Rabjohns with 230 staff.
Giles Insurance Brokers is to acquire CBG Group, the corporate general insurance and financial services intermediary with 120 staff in Manchester, London and Blackpool, for £5.1m.
Metro Bank is planning to expand its branch network from eight to about 24 by the end of 2012, with the workforce rising from 287 to 600.
A&B Insurance Brokers has acquired Corporate Insurance Brokers of Stockport.
Capita Group is to acquire AIB International Financial Services, the Irish financial outsourcing firm with 160 staff, for £29m.
Harlands Accountants is looking to expand its 27-strong workforce in Consett with ten new jobs, following a management buy-out.
GB Group has acquired Advanced Checking Services, the Glasgow-based provider of driving licence checking services, for an initial £0.4m.
W Denis Insurance Brokers has acquired JCP Insurance Brokers of Essex for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its credit risks subsidiary.
Lancashire Holdings is to relocate the tax base of its Lloyd's of London insurance business from Bermuda back to the UK.
Randall & Vickers is to create 15 new jobs at its Manchester-based financial claims management business over the next year.
Experian has acquired LM Group, the Nottinghamshire-based provider of commercial credit information services that trades as Riskdisk and has annual revenue of £7m.
HLW Commercial Lawyers is to merge with Keeble Hawson to create a combined law firm with more than 250 staff and offices in Doncaster, Leeds and Sheffield.
Beachcroft is to merge with Davies Arnold Cooper to create a combined law firm called DAC Beachcroft with more than 2,000 staff.
Yorkshire Building Society is to acquire the Egg Banking mortgage and savings business from Citigroup, including a £2.5bn savings book and a £430m mortgage book.
Capita Hartshead is to acquire the trade and assets of the pensions administration and software business of NorthgateArinso for £27m, with the transfer of 90 staff in Bristol, Marlow and Stoke.
Capsticks is to employ about 20 staff at a new 4,400 sq ft law office at Toronto Square in Leeds.
Moneygate has acquired Equus Independent Financial Management, the London-based firm with 37 financial advisers and 34 other staff, for undisclosed terms.
Antal International has acquired Parkside Recruitment, the financial recruitment firm with offices in Staines and Uxbridge, from Ochre House.
JO Hambro Capital Management, the London-based asset management firm, is to be acquired by BT Investment Management of Australia for £209m.
Homeserve has sold its Retail Warranties division to a management buy-out advised by Catalyst Corporate Finance, and the business will be called Castelan.
Adjust Law Group is opening new law offices in Sale and London, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Higos Insurance has acquired Vaughan Insurance Brokers of Somerset, and now has 200 staff at 17 offices in the South West.
CCV has acquired Lincsure, the Lincolnshire-based insurance broker, in order to expand its Fenton Insurance Solutions division.
HSBC has sold its HSBC Insurance UK division to Syndicate Holding Corp for £65m, in order to withdraw from car insurance underwriting.
Santander has transferred 500 call centre jobs from India back to the UK, in order to improve customer service.
Aegis is reported to be in negotiations to set up a 36,000 sq ft outsourcing office at City Tower in Manchester, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Swinton has acquired Brunsdon Westinsure, the Swindon-based commercial insurance broker, taking its chain of commercial offices to 34.
Redress Claims is planning to expand the 155-strong workforce at its Bradford-based financial claims call centre with 80 new jobs.
Browne Jacobson, the law firm, is to set up a new 60,000 sq ft headquarters for 380 staff at Mowbray House in Nottingham.
Travelex is to sell its global payments division to Western Union of the US for £606m, and some of the proceeds will be used to expand its consumer foreign exchange business.
LSL Property Services has bought The Mortgage Alliance from Santander UK for £0.25m, in order to expand its First Complete division.
MacIntyre Hudson has merged with London-based accountancy firm Gotham Erskine, in order to increase its presence in the voluntary and charity sector.
KPMG is thought to have shortlisted three potential locations for a new 70,000 sq ft office in Manchester, and is expected to relocate from John Dalton Street in 2014.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired McGrath Rathbone, the Oxfordshire-based financial adviser with seven staff.
Reich has acquired D Barnett Insurance Brokers of Bolton, with the transfer of 20 staff.
Towergate is planning to triple the size of its general insurance operations in Edinburgh, taking the workforce to about 60.
Herbert Smith is hoping to expand the 26-strong workforce at its new law office in Belfast with up to 100 additional staff over the next five years.
Harrison Clark and Shawcross & Co have merged their law offices in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Dickinson Dees is to relocate its York-based law office and up to 52 jobs to an undisclosed site in Leeds by early 2012.
Experian is to acquire Medical Present Value, the US provider of services in the healthcare payments market, for £115m.
AWD Chase De Vere is planning to open an independent financial advice office in Edinburgh next summer, while 12 new jobs are being created at its offices in Dundee and Glasgow.
Shoosmiths is to expand its law office at Hardman Street in Manchester by 5,000 sq ft this summer, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Ceridian is planning to double the 300-strong workforce at its new £16m headquarters in Braehead over the next three years, with opportunities in HR administration, payroll and finance.
Mission Capital has acquired Business Advisory Service, the West Sussex-based price comparison firm, for £8.2m, in order to expand its Quindell operation.
Euromoney Institutional Investor is to acquire Ned Davis Research Group, the US-based provider of independent financial research, for an initial £69m.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Chorley-based Shirebrook Wealth Management and Buckinghamshire-based Austin James Consulting, taking its network of financial advice firms to 22.
Contis Group has acquired GTP Financial Services for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Skipton-based online banking and prepaid card technology business.
CMS Cameron McKenna is to relocate its London headquarters to a 200,000 sq ft office at Hammerson's Principal Place development in the City in 2015.
Linder Myers, the law firm, has bought a new headquarters at 55 Spring Gardens in Manchester for £8.5m.
BNY Mellon is to create 60 new jobs at its asset servicing operation in Edinburgh, taking its total Scottish workforce to about 650.
Royal Bank of Scotland is in negotiations to sell its Lombard Vehicle Management car finance business to GE Capital.
The Law Society is planning to consolidate up to 600 staff from offices in Redditch and Leamington at a new 60,000 sq ft headquarters in Birmingham city centre in 2012.
Systems Accountants is looking to expand the 20-strong workforce at its accounting recruitment business in Market Harborough with 14 new jobs.
Propeller Holdings is planning to expand the 26-strong workforce at its Peterlee-based purchasing and stock control systems business with up to 20 new jobs over the next three years.
Liverpool Victoria is to expand the 130-strong workforce at its LV= insurance claims division in Ipswich with 50 new jobs.
Weightmans is planning to relocate its Liverpool-based corporate law office to a 90,000 sq ft unit at The Plaza development in the city centre.
Lexicon Partners, the London-based advisory firm with about 100 staff, is expected to be acquired by US investment bank Evercore for about £86m.
Hughes Insurance is to create 20 new sales and development jobs at its office in County Down over the next few months.
MoneyPlus Group, the Altrincham-based debt management firm with 130 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Palatine Private Equity for undisclosed terms.
Unite is seeking permission to build a new three-storey office building at its site on Broad Street in Stoke-on-Trent, in order to accommodate 12 additional staff.
Clyde & Co is in merger discussions with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert to create a combined London-based law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers.
Snoras Bank of Lithuania is said to be planning to set up a 12,000 sq ft headquarters at Heron Tower in the City of London.
Paragon Mortgages is to create up to 70 new jobs at its buy-to-let lending business in Solihull.
State Street is to set up a European Centre of Excellence for cash servicing in Edinburgh, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Thomson Shepherd, the Edinburgh-based independent financial adviser, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms and has been renamed Carbon Financial Partners.
Xchanging has sold its US-based employee compensation and claims handling business to Sedgwick for £23m.
UBS of Switzerland is considering plans to transfer its investment bank to a new separate legal entity in London, Singapore or the US.
Axa is said to be in negotiations to set up a 70,000 sq ft insurance office at the £40m Two Glass Wharfy scheme in Bristol.
Co-operative Group is considering plans to open hundreds of bank branches in supermarkets, depending on the success of a trial in Horbury, West Yorkshire.
Brewin Dolphin is to acquire Tilman, the Irish private client fund management company with 16 staff, for an initial £18m.
UK General is planning to expand the 230-strong workforce at its insurance offices in Leeds, Belfast, Glasgow, London and Manchester with more than 20 new staff this year.
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has confirmed that Bristol, London and Edinburgh are being considered as potential locations for the headquarters of the proposed Green Investment Bank and up to 100 staff.
Santander is planning to build a new office for its computing operations at Carlton Park in Narborough over the next two years, with the creation of an estimated 200 jobs.
Arle Capital Partners is setting up an 8,000 sq ft office at 12 Charles II Street in St James's, London.
Charge Right is looking to create 80 jobs at a new call centre in Swansea to help people who have been mis-sold payment protection insurance.
Trowers & Hamlins is to open a 3,600 sq ft law office at 10 Colmore Row in Birmingham in July.
Higos Insurance Services has acquired Plymstock Insurance Centre of Plymouth, taking its network of South West offices to 16.
Graeme M Fraser has sold its assets out of administration to Orkney-based The Long Partnership, saving 14 jobs at its accountancy operations in the Highlands.
Rathbones is to relocate its London-based investment management business to a 42,000 sq ft office at 1 Curzon Street in Mayfair early next year.
EMCAS is recruiting about 20 staff for a new financial claims call centre in Exeter.
Virgin Money is to invest £10m opening four customer lounges in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Norwich over the next five years, as part of an expansion programme that could also include 75 new branches and 500 new jobs.
Aon is planning to relocate its London headquarters to 191,000 sq ft of office space at the Leadenhall Building.
Charles Stanley is to acquire Jobson James Financial Services, the Birmingham-based wealth management firm, for £2.2m.
York Capital Management of the US is to set up a 7,600 sq ft office at 23 Savile Row in London's Mayfair.
Avestus Capital Partners has let a 20,700 sq ft office at 85 Queen Victoria Street in London to payment services firm Moneygram, while Business Monitor International has taken 21,000 sq ft.
P2P Group is to create up to 150 call centre, administration and sales jobs at its new Money Return price-comparison service in Blackburn this summer.
James Sharp & Co is to relocate its Bury-based stockbroking business to a 5,700 sq ft office at The Exchange on Bank Street.
Francis Clark is in merger discussions with Cornwall-based Winter Rule to create a combined accountancy group with 350 staff.
The Buy to Let Business has bought The Good Mortgage Company of Southampton out of administration.
Armstrong Watson has acquired O'Reilly, the Carlisle-based chartered accountant with 13 staff.
Provident Financial is considering plans to set up a new call centre for its Vanquis Bank credit card subsidiary in Bradford, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Clarion is to relocate its Leeds-based law firm and 100 staff to a 15,000 sq ft office at Elizabeth House in the city centre in April 2012.
WorldPay has acquired Envoy Services, the London-based e-commerce firm with 70 staff, for £70m.
Experian is to acquire a majority stake in Computec, the Colombian credit information services firm valued at £240m.
Savills has sold an 80% stake in Savills Private Finance to a management team, and the business will be renamed SPF Private Clients.
Penningtons Solicitors has merged with Dawsons Solicitors, the London-based law firm with more than 40 staff.
Quinn Insurance's assets are to be sold out of administration to Liberty Mutual Direct Insurance Company of the US, with the transfer of 1,570 staff in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
SAS Daniels has acquired Berry & Co, the Macclesfield-based personal injury law firm, and expects to make further acquisitions over the next two years.
Syndicate Asset Management is to sell its institutional fixed income asset management business to Hume Capital for up to £2.1m.
The Bank of England is looking to spend up to £20m on the fitting out of a 100,000 sq ft office for the new Prudential Regulation Authority in London from 2012.
Ingeus Deloitte is seeking 155,000 sq ft of office space in 48 locations across the country to operate the government's Work Programme initiative.
Triodos Bank is to relocate to a new 26,500 sq ft headquarters at WestOne in Bristol this summer.
Yorkshire Building Society has confirmed plans to merge with Norwich & Peterborough Building Society to create a combined group with 224 branches and 3,700 staff.
UBS, the Swiss investment bank, has won approval from the City of London Corporation to build a new 700,000 sq ft headquarters at Broadgate.
Hanover Insurance is to acquire Chaucer Holdings, the Lloyd's insurance group with offices in London and Whitstable, for £313m.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to expand the 120-strong workforce at its investment banking operation in Manchester to 200 by the end of the year.
The Birmingham Assay Office is looking to relocate to a larger premises in the Jewellery Quarter by 2013.
Liontrust Asset Management is to sell its credit business, which has £85m in assets under management, to Avoca Capital Holdings.
Brabners Chaffe Street is to merge with Murphy Hodgkinson, the Liverpool-based property law firm with 11 staff.
East Staffordshire Borough Council is to relocate 150 planning and finance staff to a 15,000 sq ft office at the Maltings in Burton.
Cabot Financial has been acquired by private equity firm AnaCap, and will be merged with Apex Credit Management to create a leading debt purchasing group.
Business & Enterprise UK has acquired Business-to-Business, the event management and international trade firm with 36 staff in London, Newcastle and Coventry.
SMBC Nikki Capital Markets of Japan is to relocate its London office to a 35,000 sq ft unit at the One New Change development.
Provident Insurance, the Halifax-based motor insurer with 400 staff, has been acquired by Covea of France for undisclosed terms.
Nottingham Building Society is to relocate its Nottingham-based headquarters and 180 staff to Huntingdon Court on Mansfield Road over the next year.
AJ Bell is to expand the 370-strong workforce at its pensions administration business in Manchester and Tunbridge Wells with 40 new jobs over the next few months.
Ambrian Capital is to sell its Ambrian Commodities business to INTL FCStone for £10m.
Investbx, the Birmingham-based online stock exchange, is to be acquired by a new company called Colmore Row Managed Services for undisclosed terms.
Barclays has acquired the small business credit card portfolio of MBNA Europe, which will affect up to 50 staff in Chester.
Close Brothers has acquired Cavanagh Group, the wealth management firm with 60 financial advisers in eight offices, for £26m.
Countrywide has acquired Mortgage Intelligence, the Bournemouth-based mortgage broker, for undisclosed terms.
Redmayne-Bentley is to relocate its Leeds-based investment management operation and 130 staff to a 14,000 sq ft office at 9 Bond Court.
Annuity Direct is to relocate its Isle of Wight-based retirement finance business to a larger office at Pascall House in Ryde in May.
Fusion is creating a further 100 jobs at its insurance call centre in Coventry.
Westfield Health of Sheffield has acquired PatientChoice, the Surrey-based health insurance firm.
Monitise is setting up a mobile payments research and testing centre in Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taf, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Bank of Ireland is to relocate about 80 jobs in its NIIB Finance subsidiary from Bangor to Belfast this autumn.
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is urging the government to locate the proposed Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe is to relocate its Birmingham office to a 2,200 sq ft unit at 45 Church Street over the next few weeks.
Ageas UK has acquired Castle Cover, the Dorset-based insurance firm, for £53m.
West Bromwich Building Society has sold its Mortgage Force broker franchise to a management team, in order to focus on savings, investments and mortgages.
Baker Tilly has merged with Richardson Groves, the Bath-based accountancy with 22 staff.
Deloitte is to create 125 jobs in Belfast over the next two years, in order to set up a National Solution Centre for its financial services business.
Marks & Clerk, the trademark attorney, is to relocate its Manchester office to an 11,000 sq ft unit at 1 New York St in August.
Crowe Clark Whitehill is to relocate its accountancy business and up to 90 staff from Walsall and Kidderminster to a 10,500 sq ft office at Black Country House in Oldbury later this year.
Marex Financial is to acquire Spectron Group, the energy broker, from Imarex of Norway for £94m.
The Department of Social Development (DSD) is to start relocating 95 jobs from Belfast to a new state pensions office in Londonderry later this year.
Mace & Jones has confirmed plans to merge with Weightmans to create a combined law firm with more than 1,000 staff across the country.
E-nergy is creating an initial 60 jobs at a new administration services outsourcing office in Bristol city centre in April.
Yorkshire Building Society is undergoing merger discussions with Norwich & Peterborough Building Society to create a combined group with 224 branches.
Close Brothers has sold its Cayman Islands trust, fiduciary services, fund administration and banking business to Intertrust Group for £21m.
Mercer is to relocate its Glasgow-based investment and risk management consultancy to George Square in July, providing space to expand the 200 staff to 300.
HSBC is to invest £9m in the expansion of its chain of six bank branches in Scotland, with the creation of 100 jobs in locations such as Stirling, Dundee and Aberdeen.
Babcock International is planning to relocate its pensions office, which has 37 staff, from Thurso to Forss.
Handelsbanken is planning to use its newly-opened regional headquarters in Birmingham to oversee the opening of more bank branches in the West Midlands.
Atrium Legal is to create 30 new jobs at its claims management business in Rawtenstall.
Judicium has acquired UK Work Permits, the London-based corporate immigration consultancy, for an initial £0.3m.
Playtech has acquired PT Turnkey Services for £120m, in order to expand into payment advisory services, hosting servers and marketing operations.
Close Brothers has sold its fund administration, asset management, offshore trust and banking operations in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man to Kleinwort Benson Channel Islands for £29m, with the transfer of 350 staff.
ING Direct is planning to expand the 220-strong workforce at its financial services call centre in Cardiff with 100 new jobs over the next two years.
Duke Street has acquired a majority stake in UK Wealth Management, which has offices in Leeds, Macclesfield, Pontefract, Rugby and York, for about £10m.
Google has acquired BeatThatQuote.com, the personal finance comparison site, for £38m.
Weightmans is to acquire the insurance business of law firm Vizards Wyeth, with the transfer of 25 lawyers at offices in Dartford and London.
BlackRock is to create a further 250 jobs at its investment management operations in Edinburgh this year.
Shepherd & Wedderburn, the law firm with more than 400 staff, is expanding its presence in Glasgow with a new office on West George Street.
Warranty Group is looking to create up to 30 new jobs at its Gloucestershire-based warranty services business this year.
Leonard Curtis has secured £5m from the Co-operative Bank to expand its corporate recovery business across the country, including new offices and acquisitions.
Barclays is to acquire Egg's UK credit card assets, in order to expand its Barclaycard division with 1.1m new accounts.
Bresnan Walsh has merged with Macfarlane & Co to create a combined Liverpool-based accountancy group called BWMacfarlane with almost 50 staff.
Napthens is to relocate its Blackpool-based law office to a new 9,000 sq ft building at the Whitehills Business Park in May.
Lucidus Capital, the hedge fund manager, is setting up a 5,700 sq ft office at 55 New Bond Street in London.
Ralli is creating 50 new jobs at its law office in Salford Quays and a further 20 at a new office in London.
Ashmore Group is to acquire Emerging Markets Management, the US investment management firm, for up to £152m.
Virgin Money is to set up a new 30,000 sq ft office at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh this summer, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Onesure Insurance is to relocate its Stoke-based insurance firm and 40 staff to a former supermarket site in Tunstall over the next few weeks, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Heritage Administration Services is to set up an investment fund services operation in Belfast, with the creation of up to 46 jobs.
Coutts & Co is relocating its banking office in Birmingham to a 6,500 sq ft unit at 45 Church Street.
Farrelly & Mitchell, the Irish financial services firm, is setting up a new serviced office at 20 Adelaide Street in Belfast.
Lanes Assistance Services is looking to expand the workforce at its Birmingham-based claims management firm from 90 to 200 over the next few months.
Emmetts is looking to recruit 60 more solicitors and 40 support staff at its Preston-based law firm.
HSBC is looking to expand its banking operations in Scotland this year, with the creation of up to 100 jobs at undisclosed locations.
Oddfellows is to acquire the Schoolteachers Friendly Society of Liverpool, increasing its assets under management to more than £400m.
Old Mill has merged with Dorset-based Perks Simm to create a combined financial advice group with 225 staff.
CME Group, the derivatives firm, is to set up a new 38,000 sq ft headquarters at One New Change in the City of London.
Igo4 is planning to open a new insurance call centre at Olympus House in Peterborugh in July, which will create more than 100 jobs over the next two years.
EMC Advisory Services, the Paignton-based financial claims firm with 155 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lonsdale Capital Partners.
Mizuho Corporate Bank has sold Mizuho Investment Management, the provider of investment advisory services, to private equity firm 3i for £18m.
Barber Harrison & Platt has merged with the Mitchells accountancy business to create a combined group with 190 staff in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Oriel Securities has raised £10m to fund the expansion of its stockbroking business, and staff numbers will rise from 125 to 150.
Legal 4 Landlords of Warrington is planning to expand its nationwide network of 19 franchised offices to 29 this year.
Brewin Dolphin is to sell its Corporate Advisory & Broking division to a new partnership entity for £5m.
Astaire Group is to sell its Rowan Dartington wealth management business to a consortium of private investors.
Liberty IT is to create 35 new jobs at its insurance office in Belfast over the next few months, taking the total workforce to 320.
Merchant Securities has acquired GT Independent Financial Advisers, the Marlow-based wealth management firm, for an initial £2m.
MFG Solicitors is to relocate its law firm and 70 staff to a 14,000 sq ft office at Adam House in Kidderminster this summer.
London Stock Exchange is to undergo a £4.2bn merger with TMX of Canada, and the new group will have headquarters in both London and Toronto.
Jefferson Hunt is looking to create 20 new jobs at the new Kent headquarters of its CV screening business this year.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is looking to recruit a further 50 graduates at its assurance operations across the country by April.
Allen & Overy is planning to open a new operational support and legal services office in Belfast this autumn, with the creation of up to 300 jobs by 2014 and the relocation of up to 180 jobs from London.
Deloitte is to house 150 staff at a new 9,000 sq ft office at the Orega business centre in High Holborn, London.
Border Asset Management of Harrogate has been acquired by Principal Holdings to create a combined investment management group with 130 staff.
Better Capital has bought the former Connaught risk management business out of administration, creating a new company called Santia Consulting.
BGL Group has submitted plans to expand its insurance office in Peterborough with two new blocks, which could create up to 600 jobs.
Manchester Building Society has sold Whiteaway Laidlaw, its Manchester-based commercial banking subsidiary with 18 staff, to the RBS Special Opportunities Fund of RBS Equity Finance.
Grant Thornton is seeking a suitable site in Nottingham to open a new corporate finance office with up to ten staff.
Firstsource Solutions is to employ 200 staff at a new call centre in Middlesbrough this summer, with the transfer of some of the 550 staff expected to lose their jobs at the former Barclaycard site in Thornaby.
Amlin is to acquire Lead Yacht Underwriters, the London-based yacht insurance firm.
Harvey Ingram is to merge with Bedfordshire-based Borneos to create a combined law firm with about 400 staff.
Valldata, the Wiltshire-based donation processing firm, has undergone a management buy-out with £6.5m of private equity backing from ISIS.
Macquarie has sold Veracity Asset Transformation Service of Leeds to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Amlin has acquired JR Clare Underwriting Agencies, the London-based household and commercial insurance agent.
Antur Insurance has acquired Haven Insurance Brokers of Swansea, taking its total workforce to 80.
Hastings Direct is to create 150 new jobs at its insurance business in Bexhill this year.
Brodies is planning to expand its Scottish law firm, which currently has 310 staff in Edinburgh and 150 in Glasgow, by opening a new office in Aberdeen.
Capital Law is to set up a new 20,000 sq ft law office at Atlantic House East in Cardiff in May.
FBC Manby Bowdler has acquired David Hughes Legal, the Wolverhampton-based corporate law firm.
Fortress Group is planning to expand the 50-strong workforce at its Suffolk-based loans business to more than 150 over the next two years, having been acquired by Think Finance of the US for undisclosed terms.
Kirwans is to open a new 6,500 sq ft law office on the Brunswick Business Park in Liverpool.
BAe Systems has acquired Norkom, the Irish financial crime consultancy with 300 staff, for £183m.
Begbies Chettle Agar of London has merged with Playfoot & Company of Kent to create a combined accountancy group called Begbies Playfoot.
Mills & Reeve Solicitors is to relocate its Manchester office to a 4,100 sq ft unit at 1 New York Street.
Leonard Curtis is to open a business recovery services office at Queen Square in Bristol.
Claim Compensators is to create an initial 50 jobs at a new call centre due to open at the Grange building in Llanelli by the end of January.
Goldman Sachs is to acquire Paternoster, the London-based pensions insurance firm, for £260m, in order to expand its Rothesay Life division.
Henderson Group is to acquire Gartmore, the London-based fund management firm, for £335m.
Scott-Moncrieff has acquired Moore Stephens' corporate recovery operation in Glasgow for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 15 staff.
Admiral is looking to set up a new insurance office at an undisclosed location in Swansea this year, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Mace & Jones, the law firm with 34 partners in Knutsford, Liverpool and Manchester, is in merger talks with London-based Weightmans and Kent-based Vizards Wyeth.
Perspective Financial has acquired Leedham, the Bolton-based independent financial adviser with eight staff.
Titus Thorp & Ainsworth has merged with Preston-based Rotherham Taylor and Blackpool-based Mitchell Ramsden to create a combined professional services group with more than 30 staff.
BCW, the Glasgow-based credit management firm with about 400 staff, has been acquired by Gothia of Norway for undisclosed terms.
KPMG is in discussions with Leeds City Council about the possibility of building a new office for 750 staff at Criterion Place in the city centre.
NFU Mutual is planning to create 40 new jobs at its new insurance office on Glasgow's Wellington Street.
Autonet Insurance is to recruit a further 75 call centre and management staff in Burslem, to add to the existing 450.
HomeLet is to create 52 new jobs at its home letting services office in Lincoln, having decided to transfer work from India.
Finance4Business is planning to expand its financial brokerage with 24 new franchises in 2011, and its head office is relocating from Derby to Kingsbury in Warwickshire.
Business & Enterprise UK has acquired the commercial division of Newcastle-based Northern Defence Industries, with the transfer of a small number of staff.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Equilibrium Wealth Management, the Marlborough-based financial adviser with 16 staff.
WorldPay has acquired Cardsave, the Grimsby-based credit card processing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Peopletoo is to relocate its management consultancy and five staff from Nottingham to Bardon in early 2011, and plans to create 25 jobs over the next five years.
Merchant House Group is setting up a new financial planning business aimed at recruiting up to 200 advisors, having acquired certain assets from the administrator of Clarkson Hill.