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Thomas Cook is to relocate its Neilson outdoor holidays business from Gatwick to Brighton Marina, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Enic is planning to acquire Sporting Index, the spread betting company, for £50m, and is also negotiating the purchase of a 27% stake in Tottenham Hotspur.
Whitbread is planning to build a £39m 614-room Travel Inn budget hotel at Heathrow, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Co-op Travel has bought the Salford-based Travelogue chain of travel agents for undisclosed terms.
West Bromwich Albion has won permission to build a £5.2m replacement stand at the Hawthorns football stadium.
The Football Association is looking to set up a new national football academy in the Midlands to replace the existing facility at Lilleshall, and is seeking a suitable 10-acre site.
Leisure Link is planning to invest £58m rolling out its new range of multimedia amusement machines over the next year.
Virgin Active is to acquire the 85-strong chain of Health & Racquet Clubs of South Africa from the liquidators of LeisureNet for £28m.
EasyEverything is planning to invest £20m in the launch of its internet cafe business into the US.
Liverpool City Council is to consider plans from Emerald Hotels for the £7m conversion of the former Royal Insurance headquarters in North John Street into a 100-bedroom Irish theme hotel.
Eldridge Pope is to expand its chain of Toad pubs from 11 sites to 19 over the next few months.
The Theatre Royal in Bristol is planning a £9m refurbishment, and the work will start in January 2003.
Betabet.com is planning to raise £1.5m in a flotation on Ofex in order to develop its new online business for independent bookmakers.
Maldon District Council is considering plans from Whitbread and Silver Fern for the development of a 40-bedroom hotel at Maldon Hall Farm, which would create up to 70 jobs.
North East Lincolnshire Council is to support plans for the development of a new football stadium at Great Coates for Grimsby Town.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans for a major redevelopment of the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, but details will not be released until the New Year.
Sports Resource Group has expanded its sports management business by acquiring three companies for £37m - Fast Track, Wind Group and ISM.
Redbridge Council has approved plans from Discovery Properties for the development of a £20m entertainments complex in Ilford town centre, including 11-screen cinema, restaurants and 86-bedroom hotel.
Allerdale Borough Council is to consider plans for the transformation of the former Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Broughton Moor into a leisure park and rally test track.
Thomas Cook is being sold by Carlson of the US to C&N Touristic of Germany for £550m, which will give C&N access to the UK package holiday market.
The Ministry of Defence and the Lottery Commission are to fund the £7.5m expansion of the RAF Hendon Museum, which will allow more historic aircraft to be exhibited.
Wandsworth Council is planning to build a £7.5m sports complex at its Barn Elms site.
Belhaven Brewery is looking to spend up to £20m on the expansion of its chain of Scottish pubs, and is interested in gaining a foothold in the north of England.
Leicester University is seeking permission to build a £30m conference centre in Oadby, which could lead to the creation of 370 jobs.
First Choice has acquired Sun Holidays, a chain of 36 travel agencies in Canada.
Fuller Smith & Turner is considering plans to expand its retail pub estate by acquiring outlets from Whitbread, and is also due to open three hotels next year in a £23m investment.
Chester City Council is considering plans for the development of a competition swimming pool at the Northgate Arena site.
Crown Sports is to acquire Dragons Health Clubs for £27m, and has also announced plans to raise £30m in a share placing.
Citex has won a contract to manage the £6m refurbishment of the Concert Hall at the Barbican in London.
Kingston Council is to consider plans from Forte for the development of a 72-room hotel in London Road.
Firststake has acquired Bowman International, the North American betting operation, for £12m.
Cannons is looking to set up health and fitness clubs in Germany and Spain, and is currently developing a chain of six outlets in the Netherlands at a cost of £30m.
Manchester City Council has approved plans from Riverland for the transformation of the historic Free Trade Hall into a 255-room four-star hotel.
Merlin Entertainments is to open a £5m tourist attraction in Edinburgh next April called the Edinburgh Dungeon, which will feature villainous characters from Scotland's past and create 50 jobs.
Bromsgrove District Council has revealed plans for the development of a £1.5m multi-purpose arts centre, which will train students of the performing and creative arts.
Welsh Development Agency is to award a £6.3m grant to Maincourse for the £35m redevelopment of the Dunlop factory in Brynmawr, Gwent, which will involve a leisure, housing and commercial development around a landscaped reservoir.
Braintree District Council is to consider plans from Freeport Leisure for a £20m leisure development next to its factory shopping site, which will include a 12-screen cinema operated by Cine UK.
Team Lincoln is to create a further 140 jobs at its holiday sales call centres in Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Peterlee and Leeds.
Enterprise Inns is to continue buying three or four pubs a week, and has up to £400m to spend on the expansion of its 2,600-strong network.
Scottish & Newcastle is to sell its Center Parcs holiday business to a joint venture of DB Capital Partners and Pierre & Vacances of France for £670m, but the three UK sites will be wholly owned by DB.
Thefirstresort.com is creating a further 200 jobs at its new travel agency call centre in Manchester.
Leicester City Council is to consider plans from Barratt Homes for the development of a 60-bed hotel, 455 houses and community facilities at the Bede Island South industrial site.
The government has selected the Legacy consortium as preferred bidder for the Millennium Dome, which will lead to the creation of a £125m high-tech business park called Knowledge City and up to 14,000 jobs.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council is considering plans from Landmark Developments and Stannifer Hotels for the development of a 120-bedroom hotel in the Little Germany area of the city.
Dungannon Borough Council has approved plans from Staten Island Economic Development Committee of the US to build a £20m golf course, hotel and leisure complex on the Tyrone-Monaghan border, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Oriel Leisure has been acquired by Premier Hotels, the budget hotel company, for £42m.
Esporta has bought nine health clubs from Healthland International, the South Africa operator that is being wound up, in a £2.1m deal.
Highland Council is to support a design competition to seek proposals for the £30m redevelopment of Fort William's waterfront into a major new tourist destination.
Torbay Council is to consider plans from Beach Finance & Holdings for the development of a £10m hotel and night club on the sea front at Torquay.
SA Brain has raised £50m from a syndicate of banks to double its number of pubs from the existing 205 by 2004.
Slough Borough Council is to seek partners for the redevelopment of a 29-acre site in the town centre, and the project is expected to include a hotel, conference centre and restaurants.
Ragdale Hall is seeking 50 additional staff for its health hydro at Melton in Leicestershire.
Paignton Zoo is seeking finance for the development of a £8m glass-dome covered rainforest.
Topnotch is planning to set up health and fitness clubs in Northampton and at the Tower 42 building in the City of London.
Stratford District Council is considering plans from Braunston Marina to develop a new marina complex for pleasure boats at Stockton, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Giardino is planning to open a further 12 restaurants over the next year to add to the existing 34.
Clackmannanshire Council has announced plans to spend £4m on environmental improvements in Alloa, which will involve the creation of new play areas, landscaped gardens and up to 150 jobs.
Arsenal has submitted a planning application to build a £100m 60,000-capacity football stadium near its existing ground in north London, with completion due in August 2004.
Wolverhampton Council is to consider plans from Next Generation Clubs for the development of a sports and leisure complex at the Low Level railway station site, including swimming pools, health suite, restaurant and 60-bedroom hotel.
London Clubs International has won permission to set up a £5m casino in Northampton, with the creation of 140 jobs.
Eastleigh Borough Council has approved plans from Kickers Indoor Sports for the development of a £0.5m football academy at the Barton Park Industrial Estate.
Oriental Restaurant Group has been acquired by Noble House Leisure for £14m, and is expected to continue with plans to open up to 80 oriental themed bars and restaurants.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour is planning to raise £62m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Malmaison hotels brand and developments in London's Royal Victoria Docks and West India Quay.
The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham has shortlisted three unnamed companies for a tender to build a £100m entertainment village, and the final choice is expected to be announced early next year.
Luminar is to set up a chain of jazz and blues venues in cities across the country, with the first openings in Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin.
Manchester City Council is to consider plans from Westport Developments for a £7m casino on Trafford Street.
Gaming Internet is planning to set up a global greyhound racing business next year, having secured interactive TV and WAP media rights from 26 racetracks.
Thomson Travel is seeking a further 200 staff for its new Glasgow call centre, which is due to open next month.
Wembley is to acquire Corporate Innovations Company, the event management company, for up to £4.5m.
Cardiff County Council has agreed to buy a 4.7-acre site in Cardiff Bay for the development of the proposed £85m Wales Millennium Centre, which will house the Welsh National Opera.
Stanley Leisure is considering plans to set up a floating casino at Princes Dock in Liverpool.
Cardiff County Council has approved plans from Grosvenor Waterside for the construction of a 150-bedroom hotel at Queensgate South in Cardiff Bay, and discussions are underway with an international hotel chain.
Kier has won a £18m contract to build a 123-bedroom hotel at Thorpe Park in Leeds for Shires Inn.
Bath Racecourse has been bought by Northern Racing in a deal worth about £4m, which is expected to lead to investment in customer care and racing facilities.
Torridge District Council is considering plans for the development of a multi-million pound leisure complex at Rydon Park near Holsworthy, which could include a new cinema and hotel.
Wrexham Council is to consider plans from Key Properties for the development of a dry ski-slope, toboggan run and holiday chalets on derelict land between Llay and Gresford.
Leisure Travel Group has set up a new headquarters for its travel and tourism division at Manchester Airport, and is now planning to make acquisitions and create a further 30 sales jobs over the coming months.
Everton Football Club is considering plans to build a new 50,000-capacity stadium at Kings Dock in Liverpool, including a cinema, health club, nightclub, bars, restaurants, shops and a hotel.
Liverpool City Council is discussing the possibility of setting up a national postal museum in the city, using exhibits from a former museum in London.
Whitbread has confirmed plans to build a £7m Travel Inn in the centre of Southampton, which will create up to 100 jobs.
Capital Shopping Centres is to seek outline planning permission from Renfrew Council for a £200m project to regenerate Braehead, including an indoor ski slope, housing and cinema complex.
The Barbican Centre in London is to be refurbished, including a £6m improvement to the acoustics of the concert hall, the development of two main entrances and an improved promenade.
Carrick Council is considering plans for the development of a £4m cinema complex at the new National Maritime Museum site near Falmouth, and work is expected to start in the new year.
BGR is selling its three Signature restaurants to a new company called Bank Restaurant Group for £11m, in order to focus on the expansion of its Fish outlets.
Plymouth City Council has approved plans from David Osborne Estates for a £8.5m leisure development at Derry's Cross, including a 100-bed Travelodge hotel, four restaurants, and a health and fitness suite.
Andras House is to start work on the development of a £60m leisure and residential complex on wasteland in south Belfast by the end of the year, and the project will include a cinema, health club and restaurants.
Bromley Borough Council has approved plans for the development of a multi-million pound leisure complex at Crystal Palace Park, including multiplex cinema, shops, exhibition centre and restaurants.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour has awarded a £20m contract to HBG Construction to build a seven-storey 246-bedroom hotel in Glasgow city centre, due to open in 2002.
Coventry City Council is considering plans from the Hauseman Group of the US to convert the 17-storey Telecom House into a £3.5m extended-stay hotel for executives, which could be the first of a proposed chain of 15 in the UK.
Portsmouth City Council is considering plans from IBM and Welbeck Land for a £25m project to build a hotel, offices and tennis centre at North Harbour.
Ebookers.com has acquired its parent company Flightbookers for £10m, in order to improve the customer service in its online travel business.
Aberdeen City Council has approved plans for the development of a £3m football stadium at Calder Park for Cove Rangers.
Myhotels is planning to set up a chain of 19 hotels over the next seven years, and has identified potential sites in Glasgow and Brighton to add to its existing hotel in London's Bloomsbury.
Plymouth City Council is to sell the Drake cinema site in Union Street for redevelopment into a casino and restaurant complex.
Cambridge City Council and Cambridge University are to consider three potential sites for the development of an ice-skating rink, at a cost of up to £7m.
Allied Leisure has recommended that shareholders accept a £50m takeover offer from Georgica.
LA Fitness is to raise £10m in a rights issue in order to speed up the expansion of its chain of fitness centres from 25 clubs to 70 by 2003.
Mezzanine is planning to open 18 more Smollensky's restaurants over the next two years.
Quest Travel, the supplier of worldwide holidays, is setting up a regional headquarters in York with the creation of 20 jobs, and is seeking suitable premises for a call centre.
Tower Hamlets Council has approved plans from Capital & Provident Management for the development of a 1.2m sq ft office, hotel and leisure complex in London's Docklands, while a separate project proposed by Ballymore has also been approved.
Odyssey Trust has announced that 600 jobs will be created when the main arena opens at Belfast's £91m millennium stadium in December.
Sunseeker International has won planning permission to build a 75,000sq ft factory in Poole to make a new luxury yacht.
Bagel Street is planning to open 12 new bagel cafes over the next 18 months, to add to the existing three in London.
Stafford Borough Council has approved plans for the development of a £50m cookery theme park at the former St George's Hospital site in Stafford, which could create up to 1,000 jobs.
Sealine International is planning to create up to 35 new jobs at its boat building business in Kidderminster, following an increase in orders for luxury cruisers and yachts.
Manchester City Council is to consider plans for the £12m expansion of the Irish World Heritage Centre, as part of a wider transformation of the Cheetham Hill area.
Rank has sold its UK holiday business to Bourne Leisure Group for £700m, including Haven and Butlin's holiday camps, Warner country hotels and Oasis leisure parks.
Derwentside District Council is considering a number of proposals for a £100m leisure, housing and commercial development in Stanley.
Inventive Leisure is to open Revolution vodka bars in Bristol and Derby this year, taking the chain to 19 outlets.
Havant Borough Council is to consider plans from Grainger Trust for the development of a multi-million pound cinema and restaurant complex in Waterlooville.
Snowdonia National Park Authority is seeking funding to build a £6.5m visitors centre on the summit of Snowdon.
Durham City Council is considering plans from Closegate for the development of a luxury riverside hotel next to the planned £29m Walkergate entertainments complex.
Pizza Hut is planning to expand its chain of restaurants from 424 to 809 by 2010.
Ambishus Pub Company is to be acquired by Barracuda Group, in a £16m deal backed by PPM Ventures.
Jarvis Hotels has bought the 120-bedroom Lakeside Hotel at Swansea Enterprise Park from the Hilton Group for £3.7m, and the property will be refurbished and rebranded as the Jarvis International Swansea.
Rank is planning to set up a Hard Rock Casino at the £150m Printworks development in Manchester.
Invicta Leisure is planning to build a £10m Health & Racquet Club in Brentwood next year.
Regent Inns is planning to expand its number of Walkabout themed bars from 20 to 50 by 2003, and Jongleurs comedy clubs from eight to 20.
Belgo is planning to open more than 50 Strada pizza and pasta restaurants in the UK over the next four years, and is also looking to expand the Bierodrome format.
Ask Central has announced plans to expand its chain of 93 pizza and pasta restaurants with a further seven this year.
North Tyneside Council has approved plans from the De Vere group for the development of a 127-bedroom hotel and leisure complex on the North Cobalt Business Park in Wallsend, which will create about 170 jobs.
Groupe Chez Gerard has announced plans to double in size to 40 restaurants over the next two years, including five new outlets later this year.
Regent Inns is planning to build a £2m pub at the new Glydegate leisure centre development in Bradford, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Queens Moat Houses has raised £37m in a refinancing deal, which will be used to develop marketing alliances and to add 1,200 rooms.
Darlington Football Club is planning to build a new 25,000-capacity stadium at Neasham Road.
Holmes Place is planning to open seven new health and fitness clubs later this year, followed by 18 in 2001 and 14 in 2002.
The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is planning a £100m expansion to provide leisure and hospitality facilities to visitors, and discussions are taking place with potential developers.
World Golf Systems has raised £3m in a private share placing and plans to open a fully-computerised golf driving range in Watford in November.
SFI, the pub operator, is to acquire Break for the Border from Capital Bars of Dublin for £4.7m.
North East Lincolnshire Council has approved plans from Kestonbond and P&O for a £45m cinema and leisure development called Millennium Park in Grimsby, with the creation of 800 jobs.
PizzaExpress is planning to open 30 new restaurants in the UK and Ireland by June 2001 to add to the existing 243, while a further 20 will opened abroad.
Virgin Active is to open a £5m health club at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull in spring 2001.
Norwich City Council is planning to build a £5.2m swimming complex and fitness centre at Riverside.
First Choice is acquiring Crown Holidays, the operator of inland waterway holidays, for £21m.
Countrywide Leisure is to relocate its caravan sales centre from Derby to Renishaw, north of Chesterfield, with the loss of up to 20 jobs.
Bromsgrove District Council is to consider plans from Whitbread for the development of a leisure and hotel complex, including a David Lloyd Leisure Health & Fitness Club and a 78-bed Travel Inn.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour is acquiring the properties of Malmaison Hotels from Wyndham International for £65m.
Satrosphere is to relocate its science centre to the former tram sheds on the beachfront in Aberdeen, in order to attract more visitors.
Airtours is to sell its 50% stake in Costa Crociere, the Italian cruise line business, to its US joint venture partner Carnival for £350m, and the proceeds will be used to expand in the North American leisure market.
Virgin Active is planning to set up a fitness centre at a £20m leisure development being proposed by Glencarron Properties at Nursling near Southampton.
Ann Street Group has expanded its chain of Lionheart restaurants to 30 with the £10m acquisition of six Bluebeckers and five Edwinns outlets.
Cambridge City Council has approved plans from Whitecliff Properties for a £20m sports, leisure and industry park at the former cement works off Coldham's Lane, including hotel, car showroom, fitness centre and industrial units.
Zetters is to acquire IFX for £20m as part of a strategy to launch a pan-European financial spread betting business, and has also announced plans to raise £10m in a rights issue for the development of other gambling services.
Broxtowe Borough Council is to consider revised plans from Geo Atkins for the development of a £15m hotel, restaurant and health club near Ilkeston, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Plymouth City Council is considering plans from Rowe & Co of Redruth for the development of a 214-bedroom hotel at a former warehouse in Coxside.
Vinopolis has announced plans to boost the fortunes of Wineworld London by replacing the board of directors, extending the opening times and running tutored wine-tasting sessions.
St Albans District Council has approved plans from Simons Developments and CineUK for the construction of a multiplex cinema and restaurant centre in Bricket Road.
McDonald's is planning to open 11 drive-through restaurants at towns in the North East, with each employing about 75 people.
Leisure Parcs has announced plans to open six casinos in Blackpool in order to transform the town into a major gambling centre, and its proposals have been submitted to the Gambling Review Body.
De Vere Group is to open a £7m Greens Health and Fitness club in Stoke in October, as part of a £100m project to build 18 clubs nationwide.
Lastminute.com has acquired Degriftour, the French travel business, for £59m, as part of a strategy to expand across Europe.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle has revealed plans for a multi-million pound waterfront leisure development, including a conference centre, two hotels, offices, health studio and a provision to house the proposed Highland Soccer Academy.
Fitness First is planning to open its third Northern Ireland outlet in October, at the Boucher Road's Lislea retail park, and further sites are being sought.
Swansea Council has approved plans from Scottish & Newcastle for a £11m 116-bedroom luxury hotel, which will create 200 jobs, and plans have also been unveiled for a DIY superstore on land near B&Q's existing store in Carmarthen Road.
JD Wetherspoon is looking to set up about 50 pubs in Ireland over the next five years, with the first opening in Ballymena.
Esporta is planning to double the size of its chain of health and fitness clubs from 23 to 46 by 2002.
Cannons has announced plans to build 29 more fitness clubs by 2003 at a cost of £90m, including four in the Netherlands.
Derby County has won approval from Erewash Borough Council to build a £5.5m football academy at Oakwood.
Cherwell District Council is to consider plans from London-based Intercounty Properties for the redevelopment of Banbury's Menvier Swain site into a leisure centre, with swimming pool, gymnasium and possibly a bowling alley.
Citygrove Leisure is planning to build a £30m leisure facility in Hove, including multiplex cinema, bars, restaurants and sports centre.
Royal Brierley Crystal is to go ahead with plans to open a tourist centre near Dudley Zoo, called The Royal Brierley Experience.
Mill House Inns, the chain of 53 pubs, is to be acquired by Jodsal, a vehicle formed for the purpose, for £58m.
SFI is planning to open a further 25 pubs this year, and will develop the recently-acquired Slug & Lettuce brand alongside Litten Tree and Bar Med.
Scarborough Borough Council is considering plans from Crownville Estates for the £25m redevelopment of the former Butlin's holiday camp at Filey, including 300 holiday homes, sports facilities, a hotel, a conference centre and shops.
Forth Ports is set to announce plans to build a four-star hotel at Dundee harbour, as part of the £30m City Quay project.
The Youth Hostel Association is to relocate its headquarters from St Albans to Matlock in Derbyshire, creating 50 new jobs.
Parisa has announced plans to create 1,200 jobs over the next 18 months by opening another 30 cafe bars.
Regent Inns has finalised the acquisition of the eight Jongleurs comedy clubs for up to £8.5m, and will expand the brand to about 15 clubs over the next two years.
Holidaybreak is to acquire Regal Diving & Tours, the Ely-based adventure holidays company, for £3.2m.
Preston Borough Council has approved plans from Club Carrefour and Complex Development Projects for the development of a £3m health club in Portway, with the creation of 30 jobs.
West Bromwich Albion is planning to set up a £1.4m football training ground in Great Barr, having bought a 46-acre site.
Champneys is planning to open a network of luxury health clubs across Europe, funded by a flotation on Aim or private equity.
Holmes Place is to set up a health and fitness club at MEPC's Two Rivers development in Staines, while Warners will open a 10-screen cinema.
John Mowlem has won a £17m contract from United Racecourses to redevelop Sandown Park racecourse, including the refurbishment of the main stand.
Virgin Active is planning to set up a fitness centre at the Great Northern Warehouse development in Manchester.
The Football Association is linking up with the government to invest £200m in local football over the next four years, including all-weather surfaces and changing rooms.
The Horsham Arts Centre is to undergo a £5.2m refurbishment, under plans being prepared by LA Architects and the local council.
Taylor Woodrow has won a contract to build a new £20m 16,000 seater stand at West Ham United's Upton Park football stadium.
Ellesmere Port Boat Museum is planning a £1.3m refurbishment in order to improve its indoor attractions and open another floor.
Springs Health Hydro of Packington is planning a £5m expansion of facilities at its Leicestershire health farm, and the contract has been awarded to Birch Construction.
St Modwen Properties and British Waterways have revealed plans to redevelop land next to Stoke-on-Trent's canal system, as part of the £50m Festival Waters project that could create 3,000 new jobs.
St James Securities and Landmark Development Projects have announced plans to build a £70m 23-storey twin-tower skyscraper in Leeds, including hotel, offices and apartments.
Ebookers.com is in negotiations to raise £26m in a private share placing, in order to fund the expansion of its online travel agency.
Great Southern Hotels is planning to build a £12m 126-bedroom hotel in Londonderry.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council is considering plans from Scotfield for the development of a health and fitness centre on Baildon's Butterfields estate, with the creation of about 60 jobs.
Southend Council is in discussions with Miller Developments and Laing Homes about plans to build a 50-bedroom hotel and fitness centre on the town's derelict gasworks site.
Colchester Council is to consider plans from Frincon for the £4m redevelopment of the former Trebor factory site into a fitness centre and business park, including car showroom, offices and light industry.
Enterprise Inns is acquiring the Famous Pub Co and its chain of 20 outlets for £3.8m, in order to expand its presence in the south-east.
Regal Hotel Group is to be acquired by a takeover vehicle set up by affiliates of Malaysian United Industries in a £88m deal.
Jurys Doyle is looking to spend about £76m expanding its hotels business in the UK and the US, starting with a 240-bedroom hotel in Croydon.
Swindon Borough Council has approved plans from Bride Hall Developments for the construction of a £3m Lodge Inn hotel on the corner of Fleming Way and Prince's Street.
First Choice has opened its new £5m Travel Choice Direct call centre in Kilmarnock with 200 staff, and a further 200 jobs will be created over the coming months.
Southend Council is to consider plans from Southend United for the development of a £46m leisure park, including a £12m 16,000-capacity football stadium, a hotel and a cinema.
Whitbread is forming a £80m joint venture with Punch Taverns to build 50 Travel Inn budget hotels on Punch pub sites.
Gedling Borough Council has approved plans from Progeny Properties to build a fitness centre at Victoria Park in Netherfield.
Daventry District Council has approved plans to add 40 rooms and a conference facility to the Hellidon Lakes Country Club in Northamptonshire.
Braintree District Council is to consider plans from Freeport Leisure for the development of a £5m swimming complex in Braintree.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider plans from Scot Tours UK for the development of a £8m hotel and tourist attraction to the north of Perth, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Paramount is selling its chain of 145 pubs to Royal Bank of Scotland's KUC subsidiary for £20m.
Lancashire County Council has approved plans for the development of a hotel, sports centre, timeshare apartments and a pub and restaurant at a former quarry in Warton, which will create about 200 jobs.
Fitness First is acquiring Sportathlon Holdings for £2.9m, in order to expand its health clubs into Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, China and Indonesia.
SFI is planning to acquire the Slug & Lettuce chain of managed pubs for £32m.
Hanover International is to acquire Andrew Weir Hotels, the operator of six business hotels, for £33m.
Ipswich Town has awarded a £3.8m contract to Jackson to build a 4,500-seat stand at its Portman Road football stadium.
Littlewoods is selling its football pools and gaming division to Rodime for £161m, in order to focus on high street, internet and catalogue retailing.
Newcastle United is planning to build a new £8m sports academy in the east end of the city.
Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is planning a £10m scheme to build a cinema, bowling alley and new restaurants that will enable it open all year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Fuller Smith & Turner is to invest about £10m developing a 64-room hotel and pub in the City of London.
Hyndburn Borough Council is to consider plans for the development of a £3m cinema and bowling complex in Accrington.
Candover is to sell the Brannigans chain of bars and clubs to a new company called Mustard Entertainment Restaurants for £67m.
Swansea Council is to consider plans from B&R Leisure Developments for the development of a £20m Welsh National Marine Aquarium at the former Spontex factory site.
Greene King is planning to expand its chain of 117 Hungry Horse pubs by seeking suitable sites in the South and the Midlands.
Fife Council is considering plans for the development of a leisure park at Cluny Clays near Kirkcaldy, including a farm-based theme park, golf course and garden centre.
Luxury Hotels Management is converting the former West of England Eye Infirmary in Exeter into a £26m 46-bedroom hotel, with the creation of about 50 jobs.
East Staffordshire Borough Council is considering a £10m plan from Jeff Mason Design Associates to build a leisure complex at the Barton Turns Marina near Lichfield, including a hotel, restaurants and the creation of 150 jobs.
Malvern Hills District Council is considering plans for the development of a £5m hotel and hydro health spa in Malvern, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
First Choice has bought the travel division of Barcelo in a £34m deal, giving it access to a network of 275 Spanish travel agencies, and the two companies are also planning a joint hotels venture.
Yates Brothers Wine Lodges is planning to open up to 30 outlets this year and is refurbishing a further 40.
Wilson Bowden is seeking permission to build a £15m four-star hotel at East Midlands Airport, which would create up to 200 jobs.
Fife Council has approved plans for the development of a £3m hotel and leisure complex in Kirkcaldy, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Merthyr Tydfil Council is to consider plans from the owners of Merthyr Tydfil Football Club for the development of a £105m sports village, including multi-purpose hall, multiplex cinema, bowling centre, and swimming pool.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has approved plans for the £20m redevelopment of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, which will increase the display area by 40%.
Hilton Group is planning to set up a Ladbroke casino in Sunderland with the creation of more than 100 jobs, and is seeking a suitable site in the city centre.
RF Hotels is planning to build a £50m luxury resort in Sardinia, including a five-star hotel and two golf courses.
Leicester City Council has revealed plans for the development of a £60m cultural quarter in the city centre by 2008, which will involve moving the Phoenix Arts Centre, the City Gallery, the Haymarket Theatre and the central library.
Carlisle City Council is considering plans for the £40m redevelopment of Crosby-on-Eden airfield, to create a 300-bedroom five-star hotel and 290 jobs.
United Norwest Co-op has bought the Apollo Travel Group from Cosmos Holidays for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of 400 staff at 25 branches across Yorkshire and two call centres in Rotherham and Leeds.
Page & Moy is seeking 50 additional staff at its Leicester-based travel agency, in order to expand its call centre for the sale of holidays through the internet.
Luminar is planning a £4m redevelopment of the former Co-op store on Lincoln's Silver Street later this year, including a nightclub and pub and the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Airtours is to relocate up to 1,200 jobs to Rochdale, having decided to move its Airtours Holidays business from Helmshore and its Going Places subsidiary from Surrey.
Queensborough, the caravan park and leisure attraction operator, is to be taken private in a £23m management buy-out.
Redcar Racecourse has received a takeover approach from Seahorse Group, a new shell company that is aiming to build a new 537-acre course outside Redcar.
First Choice is to acquire Ten Tour for up to £77m, in order to expand its specialist European tour operating business.
Rank has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Universal Studios Escape, the Orlando theme park operation, to the Blackstone Group for £185m.
Colchester Council is considering plans from Frincon for the development of a new health and fitness centre at the former Trebor factory site, which would create 60 jobs.
Macdonald Hotels has announced plans to build and operate up to 10 four-star hotels across the country, in a £100m partnership with Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank Development Capital.
Stanley Leisure has acquired Regency Bookmakers, the Midlands-based chain of 23 betting shops, for undisclosed terms, taking its total number of outlets to 660.
Preston North End is to raise £7.5m in a share issue in order to fund the redevelopment of its Deepdale football stadium.
Bass has announced plans to invest £25m in a new 241-bedroom hotel at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, which is scheduled to open in February 2002.
Stratford District Council is considering plans from the Bird Group and the Odyssey Group for the development of a £4m health and fitness club on the outskirts of Stratford.
Old English Inns is planning to expand its chain of 194 pubs with 60 new outlets over the next five years.
Diageo has submitted plans to Perth & Kinross Council to expand Gleneagles Hotel, with 60 new bedrooms and new spa and conference facilities.
Thomson Travel has bought a £1.2m option to acquire a 10% stake in Travelchest, the online travel agency that is planning to open a flagship store in Surrey.
The Football Association is to relocate its London headquarters from Lancaster Gate to larger premises in Soho.
London Clubs International has won permission to open a casino in Southend, and plans to submit three more applications in other regions later this year.
Derby City Council is to consider plans for the development of a £12m viewing tower and a £20m space study centre at the University of Derby.
Swindon Town Football Club is seeking potential sites for the development of a new stadium.
Morrison Construction is forming a £140m alliance with Thistle Hotels to build up to 10 hotels in the UK and Ireland over the next five years.
Anglo Properties is to launch a £50m redevelopment of the canal side Botany Bay area of Chorley, Lancashire, in July, which will involve office, leisure and hotel facilities and the creation of 600 jobs.
Portsmouth City Council has approved plans from Diamond Property Holdings for the development of a £15m 100-bedroom hotel in the city centre, which will create up to 100 jobs.
De Vere Group is considering plans to expand its Village Leisure hotels business into continental Europe.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is planning a £60m redevelopment of Bridlington marina and harbour, and plans to shortlist six potential developers later this year.
Thomson Travel is to be acquired by Preussag of Germany for £1.8bn, which will create the world's largest package holiday operator.
RJB Mining has submitted plans to South Derbyshire District Council for the development of a hotel, golf course and business park at a former opencast mine in Swadlincote.
Wandsworth Borough Council is considering plans from Parkview of Hong Kong for a £500m scheme to redevelop Battersea Power Station, including hotels, theatres, a multiplex cinema, and the creation of about 5,000 jobs.
Knowsley Council is to help fund the development of a £6.4m leisure centre in Halewood, including swimming pool and sports courts.
Airtours is planning to invest £100m in e-commerce activities over the next three years, and expects to make savings of £20m a year through a reduction in travel agent's commission and brochure costs.
Luminar is to acquire Northern Leisure in a £392m deal, creating a combined group with 237 nightclubs and late-night pubs.
South Lanarkshire Council has approved plans for the development of a £6.6m 10,000-capacity football stadium for Hamilton Academical.
Peel Holdings has announced plans to build a £13m leisure and residential development in Altrincham town centre, including a private health club, restaurants and bars.
HBG Construction has won a £7.4m contract to build a museum for the history of London's docks at a warehouse on West India quay, in a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Sportingbet.com has acquired Betmaker.com, the Costa Rica-based internet gambling business, for about £15m, as part of a strategy to create a global betting brand.
Lastminute.com is forming a joint venture with Tourvest to set up a South African internet travel business, and is making similar deals in Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the Netherlands.
Fitness First has submitted plans for the development of a fitness centre in Exeter city centre.
Blaby District Council has approved plans from Swallow Hotels for the development of a multi-million pound four-star hotel at Grove Park near Enderby.
John Mowlem is unveiling plans for a £10m leisure complex in Lichfield, including a Holiday Inn Express hotel, a fitness centre and the creation of 300 jobs.
Allied Leisure is to acquire Waterfall Holdings for £23m, in order to expand its snooker and pool business from 100 to 155 clubs.
Whitbread is to invest £22m in Scotland with the creation of 500 jobs, and plans include a David Lloyd tennis centre, two new Pizza Huts and a Brewer's Fayre pub.
Cotswold District Council has approved plans to double the size of the Cotswold Motor Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, including a new conference and training centre.
Taylor Woodrow has won a £10m contract to build the second phase of Doncaster's Earth Centre science project, which will include a theme park.
Allerdale Borough Council has approved plans from a local businessman for the development of a £10m luxury hotel and stables near Workington, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Liverpool Football Club has agreed a £21m sponsorship deal with Reebok, and the proceeds will be used to develop its youth academy and to improve the Anfield stadium.
Derby City Council has approved plans for the development of a £10m Virgin Active fitness centre at the site of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
Scottish & Newcastle is planning to expand its chain of Premier Lodges budget hotels from under 100 to 148, and expects to create 1,500 jobs by next year.
Swindon Borough Council has approved plans from M4 Estates for the development of a £8m 120-bed Holiday Inn Express hotel near junction 16 of the M4 motorway, with the creation of 46 jobs.
Golden Tulip, the Netherlands-based hotel consortium, is planning to recruit 90 more UK hotels by 2003, in a major expansion of its room booking system.
Sunderland Council is to consider plans from Midlands-based developer Ingleby for the construction of a £7.5m hotel by the River Wear, with the creation of 150 jobs.
City of York Council is to consider plans from Harrison Developments of Malton for the development of a £10m tennis and leisure centre in the north of the city.
Macdonald Hotels has won permission to build a 111-room hotel in Sheffield's university quarter.
Regent Inns, the operator of pubs and Australian theme bars, is planning to open 50 new venues over the next three years.
Chelmsford Borough Council is considering plans for a new marina and hotel at the 98-acre Chelmer Waterside site, as part of the redevelopment of the town centre.
Gala has acquired Riva Clubs, the chain of 27 bingo clubs, for £90m, taking its chain to 174 outlets.
Gloucestershire County Council and Forest of Dean District Council are planning to set up a new management trust for the £1.3m development of the 19th Century Lydney Docks as a tourist attraction.
Sports Internet, the betting and internet services company, is planning to set up a call centre in Harrogate, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Luton Borough Council is planning to build a £4m swimming pool and fitness centre to replace the Wardown Centre.
Rank has bought the London Park Tower Casino from London Clubs International for an initial £14m, in order to expand its Grosvenor Casinos division.
The Tate Gallery is forming a joint venture with New York's Museum of Modern Art to set up an e-commerce company to generate revenues from a new web site that will display parts of their exhibitions.
Peterborough Greyhound Stadium has announced a £1.5m plan to expand the grandstand, which will create 40 new jobs.
Yorkshire Agricultural Enterprises has announced plans to build a new £2.2m exhibition hall at Harrogate's Great Yorkshire Showground.
Virgin Active is to set up new health and fitness clubs in Northampton, Islington and Rayleigh, and negotiations are under way to acquire sites in eight other locations.
Old Monk Company is planning to focus on the development of its chain of Springbok sports bars, having broken off talks to acquire the Slug & Lettuce chain of 32 outlets.
Maldon District Council is considering plans for the development of a £2.5m bowling and snooker centre on land near Maldon Town Football Club.
Clansman Monarch, the Edinburgh-based travel operator, has acquired Scottish Farmhouse Holidays for undisclosed terms.
The government is planning to relax the licensing laws, which will enable some pubs to open 24 hours a day.
Northern Leisure is in merger talks with Luminar, to create a £600m group with 225 nightclubs.
Dragons Health Clubs is in merger talks with an unnamed company, which could lead to an expansion programme to open six clubs a year.
Angus Council is considering plans for the expansion of the Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, with the creation of 20 new jobs.
SA Brain has bought nine pubs in the West of England in a £5m deal, as part of a strategy to expand its chain from 200 to 400 over the next five years.
West Oxfordshire District Council has approved plans for the conversion of a historic mansion at Heythrop Park into a 174-bedroom luxury hotel, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Aberdeen City Council is considering plans from the Queen's Road Development Company and Next Generation Clubs for the development of a £12m sports and fitness club at Kingswells, which could create more than 100 jobs.
Cannock Chase Council is considering plans for the development of a 60-bedroom hotel with leisure facilities at Bridgtown.
Newark & Sherwood District Council is considering plans from Caprise Holdings for the development of a £2m leisure centre in Newark, including bowling, bingo, health fitness studios and a restaurant.
The government is to provide £75m of funding for the creation of 300 new community sports and arts facilities over the next two years.
Fulham Football Club has submitted revised plans for the redevelopment of Craven Cottage into a 30,000-seater stadium.
Ashfield District Council is in talks with a number of developers about plans to build an 80-bed hotel at a 20-acre site on the edge of Sutton-in-Ashfield.
The British Horseracing Board has approved plans for the development of a racecourse at Pembrey near Llanelli, with fixtures starting in 2002.
Clubhaus, the golf club operator, is considering plans to set up stand-alone health and fitness clubs.
The British Horseracing Board is to support plans by Wiggins to build a new £50m London race course, sited at Fairlop Water, Redbridge.
Airtours has acquired Hotel Don Pedro, the Spanish operator of 28 Globales hotels, for £44m.
Greenalls is planning to build a £8m 98-bedroom hotel with leisure facilities in Bury.
Exeter City Council has unveiled three alternative proposals for the multi-million pound regeneration of Exeter Quay, in order to provide a hotel and other facilities for local residents and tourists.
Scottish & Newcastle is to sell 361 pubs to Pub Estate Company for £100m, in order to bring its tied estate below the maximum level allowed.
LA Fitness is forming a joint venture with Bupa and Video Networks to set up a health and lifestyle channel on digital TV.
Morton Hotels has bought the four-star Westerwood Hotel near Glasgow out of receivership, including a country club and golf course, and is planning a £1.5m expansion of facilities.
The British Horseracing Board is considering plans to develop a new racecourse at the former HMS Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent.
Gwynedd Council is to consider plans from WJ Developments for a £12m dockside scheme in Caernarfon, including cinema, theatre, pub, hotel, aquarium, museum and art gallery.
Ask Central is planning to open up to 25 pizza and pasta restaurants this year to add to the existing 87.
De Vere has acquired the St David's Hotel company, owner of the Carden Park Hotel near Chester and the St David's Park Hotel in Flintshire, for £33m.
Airtours is creating 65 new jobs at its Panorama Holidays call centre near Brighton, by relocating the recently-acquired Manos Holidays business from London.
Granada Hospitality is acquiring Poplar 2000, the operator of off-motorway service stations, from Pochin for £8.6m.
Portsmouth City Council is to consider plans from the Berkeley Group for the development of a £2m concert arena at the Gunwharf Quays shopping and leisure complex.
Birmingham City Council is considering plans from Host Hospitality for the development of a £6m leisure academy in Great Barr, to provide leisure, training and conference facilities for local residents and corporate customers.
West Oxfordshire District Council has secured a £2m grant from the Sport England Lottery Fund to set up a £4m leisure centre in Chipping Norton, including swimming pool and sports facilities.
Millennium & Copthorne is to invest £50m refurbishing 12 US hotels over the next two years, but 16 others will be sold off.
Northern Leisure is planning to open five more Jumpin' Jaks live entertainment bars this year, and is also looking to build dance halls on greenfield sites.
Sunley Turriff has won a £4.7m contract from Premiere Leisure to build a leisure complex in Benfleet, with swimming pool and tennis.
The National Exhibition Centre has secured outline approval to build a £10m four-star hotel at its site in Birmingham.
Penwith District Council is planning to regenerate the historic area of Hayle at a cost of up to £9m, which will include the creation of a heritage centre and visitor accommodation.
Whitbread is to build a £7m hotel for students attending short courses at Nottingham Trent University.
Deanes Holdings is to undergo a reverse takeover by Hunters Leisure, the health club operator that is looking to raise £4.1m and open six new outlets.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is considering plans for the development of a £20m 16,500-capacity stadium to house both Bath Rugby and Bath City Football Club.
London Borough of Barnet is considering plans from Barnet FC for the development of a new £8m 10,000-capacity football stadium.
Scottish & Newcastle Retail is closing its office in Rickmansworth with the loss of 28 jobs, although some staff will relocate to the central office in Northampton.
Champneys is considering plans to open an upmarket health and fitness club at the City Point development near the Barbican in London.
Carrick Council has approved plans from the Falmouth Watersports Association for the development of a £1.5m centre of excellence and sailing academy.
Raglan Properties is to acquire Brighton Marina Holdings for £4m, through its Premier Marinas subsidiary.
Chorion is planning to open up to 15 Tiger Tiger bars over the next two years.
North East Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans from Stanegate Leisure for the transformation of the £2m Deep Sea Experience Centre in Cleethorpes into a bowling and amusements centre.
Cambridge City Council has approved plans for the £4m redevelopment of Cambridge United's football stadium.
MJ Gleeson has won a contract from Wilbraham Hotels to build a £4.5m hotel in Westminster.
Great Portland Estates is planning to build a £30m leisure complex in Northampton, including restaurants, health club, cinema, bowling and hotel.
The College of Ripon & York St John is planning to build a £10m tennis and fitness centre at its site in York, in partnership with Next Generation Clubs.
Groupe Chez Gerard has announced plans to open new restaurants in Birmingham and Manchester, as part of an expansion that will include eight new outlets next year and 10 the following year.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery has announced plans for a £2m refurbishment of its buildings.
Thomson Travel is to invest £100m in the development of its online sales, and a number of its Lunn Poly outlets will be closed.
Thistle Hotels is to spend up to £80m modernising 1,800 hotel rooms this year, and also plans to open more health and fitness clubs.
Taylor Woodrow is to build a £19m cinema and hotel complex in Swansea.
Norfolk County Council has awarded a contract to RG Carter for the £6m refurbishment of the Castle Museum in Norwich.
Vale of White Horse District Council is planning to build a £10m leisure complex in Abingdon, including tennis and swimming.
Invicta Leisure is planning to build a £2m health club in Cwmbran.
Macdonald Hotels is planning to build a £6m hotel and leisure complex in Inverness.
Derby City Council has announced plans for the £1m expansion and redevelopment of the city's Industrial Museum.
Wembley is to seek planning permission to redevelop a 43-acre site next to Wembley Stadium in London.
Camelot has unveiled plans to invest £1bn in new technology and marketing to assist its bid to win the next National Lottery licence, but is facing a rival bid from the People's Lottery.
Scottish & Newcastle is looking to sell its 14 Pontins holiday camps and 13 Center Parcs holiday villages, in order to raise about £800m for the development of its brewing business.
Ultimate Leisure is planning to spend £9m expanding its chain of bars into cities such as Belfast, Leeds and York.
HBG Construction has won a £19m contract to refurbish Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.
Scottish & Newcastle is planning to expand its City Limits themed restaurant and leisure chain with the creation of 300 jobs.
Hampton Trust has won government approval to build Europe's tallest skyscraper in Birmingham, which will include a hotel, offices and penthouses.
Hilton Group is planning to expand its chain of 217 Hilton hotels with 23 new openings this year and 45 next year, and has also announced the £44m acquisition of the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh.
Bracknell Forest Borough Council has approved plans for the development of a £6m indoor basketball arena at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex in Binfield.
Harrow Council has approved plans for the construction of a new £3m 3,000-capacity stadium for Wealdstone Football Club.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans from Glasgow-based Palisade Properties for the development of a leisure and sports facility on a 32-acre site at Bridge of Don.
Telford United Football Club is planning to build a £8m football stadium with hotel and conference facilities.
Pembrokeshire County Council is planning to build a £3m hotel with conference facilities at Haverfordwest Airport.
Whitbread is to build a £2.7m 41-bed hotel and pub at Newport Quay on the Isle of Wight, with the creation of 80 jobs.
North Devon District Council is planning a £3.4m redevelopment of Ilfracombe harbour, which will involve the demolition of the existing pier and reconstruction of steamer landing stages.
The Welsh Development Agency is to provide funding for a £4m technology project called Mumbles Science 2000 in Swansea, which will involve a centre of excellence in enterprise and innovation for young people and the creation of 60 jobs.
Rank is selling its chain of 75 Odeon cinemas to Cinven for £280m, and the business will be merged with Cinven's 57 ABC cinemas.
Airtours is acquiring Travel Services International of the US for £240m, which will help to improve its internet booking capability.
London Borough of Barnet has announced plans for the £35m redevelopment of the former Gaumont Cinema site in Finchley in partnership with Chiltern Investment Properties and Wilcon Homes, including a health centre and retail space.
Triyoga is planning to set up the UK's first chain of yoga clubs, and is raising £3m to fund the first four sites.
Milton Keynes Borough Council is considering plans for the development of a 25,000-seater stadium at Denbigh North, and aims to attract a top-class professional football club to the city.
Holidaybreak is acquiring Explore Worldwide, the supplier of adventure holidays, for £30m.
Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council is considering plans from Wrexham-based Waterways Garden Centres for the development of a £12m themed garden centre, which could create 200 jobs.
Cherwell District Council is to consider plans from Trinity Investments UK for the development of a multiplex cinema in Banbury, to be operated by Cinemark.
Holidays by Phone is to open a new call centre in Manchester with the creation of 220 jobs, and further centres may follow in Leeds, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club is planning to build a new 10,000-seater stadium, and Ballast Wiltshier is negotiating the £6m contract.
Associated British Ports has submitted plans to build a 180-berth marina at the New Cut East island in the port of Ipswich.
Fylde Council is to consider plans from the Whyndyke Development Consortium for the construction of a £50m indoor Snowdome facility at Marton, Blackpool, which would create up to 2,000 jobs.
Newcastle City Council has reached agreement with a local businessman for the development of a £4m luxury hotel and leisure complex on Grey Street, which will create 50 jobs.
Cardiff County Council has approved plans from Laguna to develop a £20m hotel with leisure and conference facilities in the city centre.
Topnotch is planning to raise £10m through a flotation on Aim, in order to fund the expansion of its chain of nightclub-style gymnasiums.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council is to consider plans from JJ Gallagher for the development of a hotel and leisure centre on the site of the Vicar Lane car park.
Stanley Leisure is considering plans to set up a new casino at Princes Dock in Liverpool.
Tower Hamlets Council has approved plans from Daejan Holdings for the construction of a 388-bedroom hotel in East London, and Hilton Group is negotiating the operating contract.
Blackpool Football Club is to submit plans for a £10m new stadium on its current Bloomfield Road site.
Ballast Wiltshier has secured a £3.2m contract for the development of an 11-screen cinema and leisure complex for CTP in St Helens.
Everards has bought the White Swan Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon for £2m, as part of a strategy by the Leicestershire-based company to expand its geographic coverage.
Usit Campus, the student travel specialist, is to set up a £6m call centre in Plymouth, with the creation of about 260 jobs by summer 2001.
PizzaExpress has announced plans to open more wholly-owned restaurants in Tokyo over the next few months.
West Berkshire Council has approved plans from Central Corporation Projects for the development of a 100-room hotel in Theale.
Airtours has acquired Manos, the charter tour operator that offers holidays to Greece and Turkey, for undisclosed terms.
Sunderland Football Club has won permission to build a £8m training academy at Whitburn Moor Farm.
Whitecliff Properties is planning to set up a £20m Next Generation tennis centre and hotel complex at a former cement works in Cambridge.
Manchester City Council is to consider plans from Allied London Properties for a £500m project to transform the Spinningfields area of the city, including two luxury hotels and offices for 15,000 workers.
Marine Projects is planning a £6m expansion at its luxury boat building business in Plymouth, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Honeycombe Leisure has announced plans to raise £3m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its chain of 42 pubs.
Allied Domecq is to sell its John Bull international pub franchise business to Charles Wells, the Bedford family brewer, for under £10m.
Whitbread is reviving plans to build a £18m hotel at Enderby in Leicester, and is said to be discussing a partnering agreement with Laing.
Bradford Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2m leisure and bingo club operated by Buckingham Bingo Clubs at the city's transport Interchange, with the creation of 65 jobs.
Fitness First has announced plans to set up two new health clubs in Chesterfield and Burton, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Scottish & Newcastle Retail is about to start work on the development of a new £2.6m hotel at the former Inverlair House in Aberdeen, with the creation of 60 jobs.
JD Wetherspoon has raised £44m in a share placing, and plans to invest up to £700m expanding its chain of pubs to more than 800 over the next five years.
St Helens Rugby Football Club is developing plans to build a £11m 20,000-capacity stadium at the Linkway near the M62 motorway.
Bristol City Council has rejected a plan by Crest Nicholson for a £200m dockside redevelopment, following complaints from residents that the scheme was inappropriate.
Fitness First is to open a health club in Madrid early next year, and is also looking at opportunities in Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Loch Fyne Restaurants is looking to raise up to £3.5m to fund the development of 20 new restaurants.
Swansea Council has approved plans for the development of a £10m Olympic size swimming pool on Swansea University land, and it should be open by August 2001.
Diamond Property Holdings is planning to build a £15m hotel and leisure complex in the centre of Portsmouth, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Wakefield Council has approved plans for the £5m redevelopment of the National Coal Mining Museum.
Rank has announced plans to set up a £2.8m Grosvenor Casino at the Five Ways leisure development in Birmingham.
Wilson Bowden is planning to refurbish the Regent Hotel in Leamington Spa, and develop a retail centre and cinema on a site nearby.
William Hill is launching a tax-free offshore betting service for telephone and internet-based customers, having set up a computer in Antigua and a call centre in Ireland.
Blaby District Council is to consider plans by Next Generation Clubs to build a tennis and health club at Carlton Park in Narborough, which could create 100 jobs.
Allerdale Borough Council is to consider plans for the development of a £6m luxury hotel and racing stables near Workington in West Cumbria, creating up to 90 jobs.
The Welsh Development Agency is in discussions with Infotel, the Canadian hotel booking company, about the possibility of setting up a new call centre on the Swansea Enterprise Park with the creation of 300 jobs.
Teesland Group has submitted an outline planning application to build an athletics stadium near Heathrow.
Torridge District Council is considering revised plans from Hainstone for a holiday and leisure development at Hartland Forest, which could create more than 300 jobs.
Birmingham City Council is planning to relocate 800 office staff to the city's Alpha Tower, in order to clear the way for its Baskerville House to be transformed into a luxury hotel operated by Radisson Edwardian Hotels.
Drayton Manor Park, the theme park near Tamworth, is planning to build a £6m 65-bedroom family hotel, with the creation of 50 jobs.
The government has shortlisted six schemes to acquire the Millennium Dome at the end of this year, and proposals include a sports centre, theme park, and business park.
Swansea Council has shortlisted seven companies to submit proposals for the £75m Morfa stadium redevelopment, and a preferred developer will be chosen in March.
The government is planning to invest £750m over the next ten years in improving sports facilities in deprived communities across the country.
Stax Securities has launched Stax Leisure in order to invest in upmarket health and fitness centres in the south east, and a £3m site has already been acquired in Beckenham.
Old Monk Company is planning to open about five more Springbok sports bars later this year, following the success of its Leeds outlet.
Sevenoaks District Council is to consider plans from Morrison Development and Ironbridge Estates for the construction of a new hotel in the town centre.
Oxford City Council has approved plans for the construction of a 136-bedroom hotel at Oxford United's new stadium development.
South Hams District Council is to consider plans for the transformation of the National Shire Horse Centre near Plymouth into a multi-million pound wildlife park, which would create more than 30 jobs.
Stanley Leisure has announced plans to set up an online virtual reality casino based outside the UK, as well as an internet sports betting operation.
Exeter City Council has shortlisted three potential designs for the redevelopment of Exeter Quay into a leisure-based recreational area.
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has awarded a £4.4m contract to Christiani & Nielsen for the redevelopment of Southport Pier.
Stoll Moss Theatres has sold its 10 London theatres to the Really Useful Group for about £85m, and some of the venues may be sold on to other theatrical groups.
Redbridge Council has approved plans for the £3m restoration of Valentines Park in Ilford.
Aston Villa has won the final go-ahead from Birmingham City Council for a £23m plan to extend the capacity of its Villa Park stadium from 39,000 to more than 50,000, and a hotel will also be built.
Citygrove Leisure has won permission to build a £25m leisure complex in Chichester, including multiplex cinema, hotel and restaurants.
Leicester City Council has selected Braunstone's Wycliffe School as the preferred site to build a £25m sports complex, and an application will now be made for lottery funding.
London Clubs International is seeking permission to open a new casino at Brighton Marina, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Maygay Holdings, the electronic leisure machines company, is selling a 70% stake in its business to Leisure Link Group for £18m, and the two companies are planning to network machines in pubs.
Bassetlaw Council is considering three potential sites for the development of a multiplex cinema in Worksop.
Newport Council has rejected plans for the £750m Legend Court theme park due to concerns about the environmental impact of the development, and it is now expected to be built in Derbyshire.
JD Wetherspoon has announced plans to open a further 500 pubs by the end of 2004 with the creation of 15,000 jobs, and about 90 outlets will open this year.
Ebookers.com has acquired Geotours, the Norwegian discount travel agency, for £0.6m, and is now seeking acquisitions in Spain, Italy and Denmark.