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Tulloch is planning to develop a £20m golf and country club at Beaufort Castle near Inverness, with the creation of 230 jobs.
Hurns Brewing Company is planning to set up a visitor centre at its brewery in Swansea.
Holidaybreak has acquired Djoser, the Dutch adventure holidays company, for £16m.
SpringHealth Leisure, the operator of five health clubs in London, has been acquired by Thistledown for £3.4m.
Park Resorts, the operator of caravan parks, has been sold by Close Brothers Private Equity to ABN Amro Capital for £165m.
The National Assembly for Wales has announced a £2.4m grant to go towards the Sustainable Fisheries Programme, which is led by the Environment Agency Wales and aims to develop new destinations for fishing holidays.
Sefton Council has approved plans from JJB to develop a £5m leisure club and sports store at the former Paradox nightclub in Aintree, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Holidaybreak has acquired Business Reservation Centre Holland, the Dutch short breaks holiday company, for £23m.
Greenwich Council has approved plans for the development of a £19m leisure and community complex in Eltham town centre by 2007.
The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford is to undergo a £6m expansion project by 2006, in order to provide more space for archaeological artefacts.
Dawnay Day and Shore Capital have acquired three Hanover International hotels in Daventry, Hinckley and Basingstoke for £57m.
Center Parcs has acquired Chapel Spa in Cheltenham for £1.3m, in order to test the viability of operating standalone spas that are separate from its Aqua Sana brand.
The Midland Art Centre has announced plans for the £18m refurbishment its Cannon Hill Park site in Birmingham, including a new 500-seat auditorium.
Laurel Pub Company is to sell 160 bars and pubs to investment vehicle R20 for £151m.
Macdonald Hotels is to invest £13m in the expansion and upgrade of 26 of its 60 Vital health and fitness centres over the next two years.
Sunderland Football Club is backing plans from US-based Las Vegas Sands to build a £100m casino and entertainment complex at the Stadium of Light.
Center Parcs is planning to build a £160m holiday village at Warren Wood near Woburn over the next four years.
QN Hotels has awarded a £7.6m contract to David McLean to build a four-storey hotel at Wrexham Technology Park.
The North West Development Agency has awarded a £4m grant for the redevelopment of the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, as part of a local regeneration project being carried out by Urban Splash.
Spirit Group is to sell 364 pubs to investment vehicle R20 for £345m, and the pubs will be converted to tenancies with Scottish & Newcastle supplying the beer.
The Rotunda Museum in Scarborough is planning to undergo a £3m refurbishment, with the aim of creating an international centre for geological study and research.
Macdonald Hotels is planning to develop a four-star 140-bed hotel and conference centre at Telecommunications House in Manchester, in a joint venture with Rightacres.
Wolverhampton & Dudley is to acquire Burtonwood, the Cheshire-based chain of 460 pubs, for £120m.
Punch Taverns is to sell 545 pubs to Pubfolio and County Estate Management for £162m, which will also involve the transfer of staff at the former InnSpired head office.
ECI Partners has acquired LateRooms, the Manchester-based online hotel booking business with 100 staff, for about £25m.
UGC is to sell its 42 UK cinemas to Blackstone for about £200m, and the business will be combined with Blackstone's Cine-UK chain.
Cendant has agreed to acquire Ebookers, the online travel company, for £209m.
Royal Liverpool Golf Club has announced plans for the £2m redevelopment of its clubhouse, in preparation for the Open Golf Championship in 2006.
Charlton Athletic is submitting plans to extend The Valley football stadium in London, in order to increase the capacity by 15,000.
Birmingham City Football Club is expected to soon announce plans for the development of a £200m sports stadium on a 50-acre site in Saltley, including a casino operated by Las Vegas Sands Group.
De Vere is planning to expand its chain of 13 Village Hotels to more than 50, including five new sites a year.
Page & Moy of Leicestershire has been acquired by Travelsphere, creating a combined travel business with annual sales of £175m.
Clapham House has acquired Gourmet Burger Kitchen, the operator of six London restaurants, for £2.6m.
Peterborough City Council is to consider plans from David Lloyd Leisure to build a £12m sports club at the Thorpe Wood Business Park, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Highland Council is considering plans from the Rennie MacKintosh Group for the development of a £6.5m six-storey three-star hotel in Inverness city centre.
Garlands has announced plans to set up a multi-million pound travel industry call centre complex at Preston Farm in Stockton, with four buildings each holding up to 250 staff.
Wynyard Club has unveiled plans to build a £15m luxury hotel at its golf complex on Teesside.
Leicester Tigers is planning to relocate its rugby club to the nearby Walkers Stadium by forming a joint company with Leicester City to buy the stadium.
Stanley Leisure has formed a joint venture with Genting of Malaysia to develop regional casinos across the UK.
Mark Warner is looking to raise up to £10m of private investment to fund the expansion of its travel business, which will involve opening new resorts in the Middle East and North Africa.
Bristol City Council is to consider plans from Bristol Rovers to build a new £2m stand with 5,500 seats at the Memorial Stadium.
Goals Soccer Centres is to raise £20m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its chain of 11 five-a-side football centres with 15 new sites over the next three years.
Future Inns of Canada is to set up a UK headquarters in Cardiff, with the creation of up to 20 jobs, in order to co-ordinate the development of a nationwide network of hotels.
YorkBoat, the York-based pleasure boating company with 20 staff, has been acquired by investment company Zeus Capital for undisclosed terms.
Galliford Try has won a £8.9m contract from the Royal Air Force to extend an aviation museum at Shifnal, Shropshire, by autumn 2006.
Banbridge District Council has approved plans from GML Estates for the £30m development of a hotel and leisure complex at Gilford Mill in County Down, which will create 400 jobs.
The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere is to undergo a £2m refurbishment early next year.
Broadland District Council is to consider revised plans from Pisces Investments for the development of a £4m woodland holiday park at Stratton Strawless.
Bourne Leisure Group has sold Haven Europe, the operator of holiday parks in France, Spain and Italy, to management for £49m.
West Bromwich Albion is to return to private ownership following a £10m offer from a bid vehicle created by the club.
Fort Perch Rock is planning to spend £5m refurbishing its historic tourist attraction at New Brighton on Merseyside.
Hoar Cross Hall is to create up to 100 new jobs when it opens a £9m extension at its stately home spa resort in Staffordshire in January.
Eddie Rocket's is opening its first UK restaurant franchise in Liverpool, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Whitbread is to sell its Courtyard by Marriott hotels for £79m, and Kew Green Hotels Group will operate the sites through a franchise agreement with Marriott International.
Sunderland Council has secured a £4.7m Sport England grant to help fund the development of a £12m Olympic-sized swimming pool next to the Stadium of Light.
Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council is looking for a contractor to build the £6m Sundorne Sports Village in Shrewsbury, including a dry sports centre and cycle track.
Vue Cinemas is to set up a 12-screen cinema at the Salubrious Place development in Swansea, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Southampton City Council is in discussions with US-based Ameristar about plans to build a resort-style casino at the West Quay Stage Three development.
TUI UK, the owner of Thompson Holidays, is to relocate its head office from Camden to Luton.
Willmott Dixon has won a £7m contract from David Lloyd Group to build a leisure centre in Kings Hill, Kent.
Celtic Inns has raised up to £10m from Sand Aire to fund the expansion of its chain of 60 pubs to about 100 over the next three years.
Beanland Associates Architects is planning to develop a £12m six-storey hotel in the centre of Ipswich for an unnamed hotel chain.
Wirral Council has received plans from Neptune Developments for the £70m redevelopment of New Brighton, including the refurbishment of the Floral Pavilion, an outdoor lido and a cinema complex.
Scandinavian Airlines is looking to develop a Radisson SAS hotel in Newcastle over the next three years, and also hopes to double the number of flights from Newcastle within six months.
Hilton is planning to set up a £200m casino and leisure complex in Blackpool with the creation of 500 jobs, and is also considering a similar project in Brighton.
Sportingbet is to acquire Paradise Poker, the US online gaming company, for an initial £169m.
Whitbread is to relocate its headquarters from London to Luton, and has also announced plans to create 8,000 new jobs with the opening of 100 pub-restaurants, five David Lloyd Leisure Centres and 50 Costa Coffee outlets over the next four years.
Lion Salt Works in Cheshire is looking to raise £5m to fund the restoration of its historic site, which would involve a return to salt manufacturing and the development of tourist facilities.
Derby Playhouse is to consider proposals to expand its auditorium or to relocate to a new site elsewhere in the city.
Dean & Bowes has won a £4.3m contract to build a health and fitness club in Merton, London, for Virgin Active.
Travel 2 Travel 4 is to create almost 400 jobs at a travel call centre in Glasgow by combining three existing sites in Glasgow, Manchester and London at the city's Skypark complex.
Rochford District Council has approved plans to build a £3m sports centre in Rayleigh.
Camerons Brewery of Hartlepool has secured financial backing from the Royal Bank of Scotland to develop a chain of 200 pubs over the next three years.
Darlington Football Club is planning to develop a purpose-built training ground on land next to the Williamson Motors Stadium.
Jump Activity Centre is planning to set up a chain of at least five 123 Jump children's play centres over the next two years, having just opened a flagship 55,000 sq ft site in Cardiff.
Test Valley Borough Council is considering plans from Kailash Estates to expand the Chantry Centre in Andover, including a 50-bedroom hotel and retail space.
British Land has bought 65 managed pubs from Spirit Group for £174m.
Tootsies, the chain of 23 family restaurants, has been acquired by Urban Dining for £31m, and there are plans to expand the chain to about 100 outlets.
Parkdean Holidays has acquired five holiday parks from Bourne Leisure for £42m, including sites in Great Yarmouth, Dorset, Torquay, Carmarthenshire and the Firth of Clyde.
De Vere is planning to build a £16m Village Hotel & Leisure Club at the SA1 waterfront site in Swansea, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Stanley Leisure is planning to build a £125m casino and hotel complex next to the Elland Road stadium in Leeds, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
MyTravel is creating more than 100 jobs at its Holiday Line call centre operations in North Shields and Accrington, but its Manchester call centre will close.
Living Ventures is planning to open Living Room restaurants in Newcastle, Cambridge, Oxford and London over the next 12 months.
Alias Hotels, the chain of five hotels, has been acquired by GuestInvest, the buy-to-let hotel operator, for £30m.
UKbetting has acquired Campbell's Bookmakers, the chain of seven licensed betting offices based in London and the south east, for up to £1.2m.
LA Fitness is planning to open a chain of weight-loss centres, involving the sale of slimming courses in partnership with supermarkets and hospitals, and the first site will open in Bedford next month.
Caesars Entertainment and Quintain Estates have unveiled plans to build a £320m casino and hotel complex at Wembley, as part of a £1.3bn scheme to redevelop 42 acres around Wembley Arena.
The Royal Festival Hall in London is planning to shed about 180 jobs when it closes for refurbishment next July.
Canvas Holidays, the camping holidays operator, has been acquired by Cendant for £27m.
Shrewsbury Town Football Club has won approval to demolish its football stadium to make way for 150 new homes, enabling the club to raise money for a new stadium on the edge of town.
Belhaven is planning to expand its chain of 250 pubs to 300 by the end of 2005.
Norfolk County Council has awarded a £1.6m contract to Jackson Building to build a water activities complex at Whitlingham Country Park in Norwich.
East Riding Council has awarded a £5m contract to George Houlton to build a history and cultural centre in Beverley.
Armagh Planetarium, the Northern Ireland-based tourist attraction that has been closed since 2000, has secured a £1m government grant to fund a refurbishment programme.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour is to acquire Hotel Du Vin, the chain of lifestyle hotels with sites in Winchester, Tunbridge Wells, Bristol, Birmingham, Brighton and Harrogate, for £66m.
Botanic Inns, the Belfast-based chain of 11 pubs with 600 staff, has been acquired by a group of investors for undisclosed terms.
Liverpool City Council has finalised plans to build a £12m swimming pool in Picton.
Bourne Leisure's owners have acquired AMF Bowling, the ten-pin bowling chain, for about £40m.
Restaurant Group is planning to open more than 20 new sites for its Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito's restaurant chains over the next three years.
Ramada Ireland is planning to open seven new hotels in Northern Ireland over the next three years, through Cork-based franchisee Crawford Investments.
Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council is considering plans from Tawnywood for the development of a £3.5m Days Inn hotel at the Bermuda Park leisure complex.
Chelsea Football Club has secured planning permission for a new training and academy facility at Cobham in Surrey.
Chester City Council is considering plans from Liberty Properties for the £50m redevelopment of Cheshire Constabulary's city headquarters, including a four-star hotel, offices and residential space.
Eden Court, the Inverness-based theatre and conference venue, is to undergo a £15m expansion by 2006.
The Savernake Estate has announced proposals to develop a £50m golf resort at the 4,500-acre site near Marlborough, in partnership with Buena Vista Hospitality Group of the US.
Active Hotels of Cambridge has sold its hotel reservations business to Priceline.com of the US for about £90m.
Thinktank Trust is planning to set up a planetarium and science theatre at the Millennium Point visitor attraction in Birmingham by 2005.
The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is planning to set up a multi-million pound casino and 2,000-seat concert venue, and is also looking to develop a fifth hotel and new conference facilities.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has unveiled plans for the £100m refurbishment of its theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, including a new 1,000-seat auditorium, and work is due to start in 2007.
Bill Goff Golf Tours has acquired Longshot Golf from First Choice Holidays, as part of a strategy to expand its golf tour operations in continental Europe.
Gosport Borough Council has announced plans for the £40m redevelopment of the Priddy's Hard Heritage Area, including 198 homes and up to 72 art and craft studios.
RegenCo has unveiled plans to set up a luxury hotel and leisure complex near the M5 at West Bromwich.
Eldridge Pope is to return to private ownership in a £42m deal that will involve a £14m investment in its chain of 151 pubs.
The Ancient House Museum in Thetford is to undergo a £1.5m refurbishment by spring 2006.
Dudley Council is to consider plans from Aspers for the development of a £50m entertainments complex in Brierley Hill by 2007, including a theatre, casino and the creation of more than 1,000 jobs.
Carlton Clubs has secured planning permission to build a £5m bingo club at Beechwood Park in Inverness.
Derbyshire County Council is considering plans to set up a hotel and golf course at Elvaston Castle.
Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop is planning a £4.3m expansion project, in order to increase the display space by 40%.
Lincoln City Council is planning to build a £3.5m "artistic village" in the Clasketgate area, including art workshops and galleries.
Trafford Council has approved plans from Mountaineering Activities and Peel Investments for a £28m indoor ski centre next to the Trafford Centre by 2006.
Punch Taverns has acquired InnSpired, the chain of 1,100 pubs, from Alchemy for £335m, and 88 sites are being sold on to Admiral Taverns for £23m.
Real Affinity has acquired Evolve Sport, the sports development and coaching company, in order to expand its Navigator business.
Holidaybreak is to close its Keycamp telesales operation in Sutton, Surrey, with the loss of about 50 jobs, in order to relocate the work to Northwich.
Forth Ports is considering proposals to build a new £80m indoor concert arena, five-star hotel and casino at Leith Docks in Edinburgh over the next five years.
West Lakes Renaissance is to consider plans from a local consortium to build a £80m sports village at Derwent Forest, which would include a world-class training facility for athletes.
Gaia Centre for Alternative Energy may close its visitor attraction in North Cornwall with the loss of 21 jobs, unless planning permission can be secured to change the business use for the £5m site.
Glenshee Chairlift Company has sold the Glenshee ski centre out of receivership to a management buy-out.
Great Yarmouth College is planning to develop a 300-seat £8m riverside arts centre at Southtown.
Urban Golf is planning to open five golf simulation centres in major cities by the end of next year, having just opened its first in Soho.
Lake District National Park Authority is to consider plans from MTB-Lakes for the development of a £3.5m mountain bike centre in Whinlatter Forest.
Kingerlee has won a £3.5m contract to build a theatre for Radley College in Abingdon.
Paddy Power is to expand its 20-strong chain of UK betting shops with 15 to 18 new premises a year, but will not seek sites outside the M25 until it has reached 100.
Swansea Council has approved plans from Aspinalls to set up a casino at Brunswick Mansford's £30m Salubrious Place development, which could lead to the creation of 500 jobs.
The London Development Agency is to invest £3.5m over the next four years in improvements to the quality of service provided by local chefs, hotel managers, tour guides and other tourism-related staff.
Royal London Private Equity has backed a £34m management buy-out at McKenzie Group, the operator of Academy-branded music venues in Brixton, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Bristol, Islington and Shepherd's Bush.
Terra Firma is expected to acquire both the Odeon and the UCI cinema chains for £400m and £182m respectively.
Durham County Cricket Club is considering plans to become the first cricket club with a stockmarket listing, in order to raise funds to expand its stadium.
London Clubs International and Planet Hollywood's owner have unveiled plans for the development of a £5m casino at St James's in London.
Coventry City Council has awarded a £10m contract to InteriorExterior to extend the Herbert Art Gallery.
One NorthEast has announced that Wynyard Golf Club, near Stockton, has been selected to host the Seve Trophy tournament in 2005, which is expected to create 100 jobs.
Wirral Council is in discussions with the National Institute for Research into Aquatic Habitats about plans to build the world's largest aquarium, but alternative locations are also being considered near Bedford and Bristol.
Suffolk Coastal Council is considering plans from Suffolk Punch Trust for the development of a £4m heritage and visitor centre near Woodbridge, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Center Parcs is to invest a further £40m at its four holiday villages, including new chalets and leisure facilities.
London Clubs International is set to agree terms to open a 50,000 sq ft casino at the £200m Clarence Dock development in Leeds.
Camden Council is to consider plans from Mahattan Loft Corporation to set up a five-star 244-room Marriott hotel at St Pancras Chambers.
Hearts has agreed to sell its Tynecastle football stadium in Edinburgh to Cala for £22m, subject to the granting of residential consent, and is now expected to relocate to Murrayfield.
Doncaster Council is to consider revised plans to build a larger 15,000-capacity football stadium for Doncaster Rovers.
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre is planning a £80m expansion project, in order to almost double its capacity and allow it to host major indoor sports events.
London Clubs International is in talks with Capital & Regional about plans to set up a 46,000 sq ft casino at the Great Northern Warehouse complex in Manchester.
Northampton Theatres Trust is planning to refurbish the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton at a cost of £7.8m.
Whitbread is seeking permission to open a 49-bedroom Premier Travel Inn at Carrickfergus Marina in 2006, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Punch Taverns is to invest £5m in its pubs in the Liverpool area over the next 12 months.
Preston Council is to seek lottery funding to set up a new £7m events venue in Avenham Park.
Gaming International, the greyhound stadium operator, is to undergo a £14m management buy-out.
Perth & Kinross Council has approved plans from Edinburgh-based project consultant RPS to set up a six-star hotel at Taymouth Castle, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Queens Moat Houses, the chain of hotels in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, is expected to be acquired by the Whitehall property fund of Goldman Sachs for about £544m.
Malmaison and Mersey Docks have reached agreement to build a £24m riverside hotel next to the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool by summer 2006.
Fishbourne Roman Palace has secured a £2.5m grant from the Lottery Heritage Fund to develop and improve its museum site near Chichester.
The Scottish Executive is to provide £51m of funding for the development of a series of sporting venues across Scotland, including sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and Aberdeen.
Liverpool Football Club has won planning permission to build a £80m 60,000-seat stadium at Stanley Park.
Westminster City Council is looking to develop a permanent 7,500 sq ft ice rink and leisure complex at Marble Arch.
Whitbread has acquired the Premier Lodge chain of 141 budget hotels and 19 pub restaurants from Spirit for £536m.
Center Parcs is to sell its 3D children's activity holiday business to PGL for £12m.
Legal & General Ventures is to acquire Total Fitness, the chain of fitness clubs, for about £80m.
First Choice has acquired StudentCity, the US-based student holidays company, for £23m.
Kerzner International is planning to invest £190m in the development of a casino at the Millennium Dome in London.
Center Parcs is considering plans to set up a chain of standalone Aqua Sana health and beauty spas.
Inflexion is to sell Ster Century, the operator of seven cinema sites, to a management buy-out for £32m.
Nuneaton Borough has won planning permission to build a new football stadium at Attleborough.
Paramount Hotels, the operator of 13 four-star hotels, has been sold by Alchemy Partners to Dawnay Shore Hotels for £215m.
Kerzner International has been selected as preferred bidder to develop a £160m casino and hotel complex at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre in Glasgow.
Clipper Ventures is to acquire Zapcat Racing, the operator of power boat racing events, for up to £0.5m.
University College Chester is planning to build a multi-million pound performing arts centre with seating for 1,000 people at its Parkgate Road campus.
Manchester City Council has selected Kerzner International and Ask Developments to build the £260m Sportcity casino and sports complex, including hotel, ice rink, swimming pool and artificial beach.
Greene King has bought 432 pubs from the Laurel Pub Company for £654m, taking its estate to 2,100 sites.
Pleasurewood Hills, the leisure park near Lowestoft with 26 permanent and 200 seasonal staff, has been acquired by Grevin & Cie of France for undisclosed terms.
Risk Capital Partners has acquired Mayfair Bingo, the operator of six Riva bingo clubs, for undisclosed terms.
ECI Ventures has raised £13m to fund the development of 20 new Cafe Rouge and Bella Italia restaurants.
St Helens Council is to consider plans from Langtree to build a new rugby stadium for St Helens Rugby League Football Club, and Harrah's Entertainment of the US will develop 250,000 sq ft of leisure space at the site.
Carmarthenshire County Council is in discussions with Llanelli Scarlets about plans to build a new multi-million pound rugby stadium at Pemberton in Llanelli.
Glencoe Ski Centre has been bought out of receivership by a group of Glasgow-based businessmen for undisclosed terms.
Lastminute.com has acquired Lastminute.de, the German online travel company, for £31m.
RSM Robson Rhodes has sold First Leisure Corporation out of receivership to a management buy-out, and the business will now be renamed The Nightclub Company.
Cyberes, the Harrogate-based travel company, has been bought out of administration by the Travel Company, securing the future of 120 staff.
Gourmet Holdings is to acquire three Bel and the Dragon country pubs and restaurants in Cookham, Windsor and Godalming for £6.3m.
Crest Nicholson Marinas, the operator of marinas in Bristol, Conwy, Penarth, Tyneside and Bangor, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
NM Rothschild has been hired by Wellington Pub Company to consider plans for the possible £400m sale of Wellington's chain of 830 pubs.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans for the development of a £40m casino, and London Clubs International expects to start work next year.
BDL Management is planning to start work on the development of a £8m 130-room hotel on St James's Boulevard in Newcastle this summer.
Rochford District Council is to consider plans from Indoor Golf Centre to set up a £0.5m indoor golf complex in Hockley.
Mid Suffolk District Council has received a planning application from Onslow Suffolk for the development of a £320m Snoasis winter sports complex in Great Blakenham, which could create 1,300 jobs.
North East Lincolnshire Council has approved plans from Maltgrade to set up a £2m luxury health club at Meridian Point in Cleethorpes by October, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Travelodge has bought the Thistle London Islington and Thistle London Ryan hotels for £55m.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is to consider plans from Trevor Osborne Property Group for the multi-million pound transformation of the Gainsborough Building in Bath into a luxury spa hotel.
Quintain Estates has shortlisted Costain, Galliford Try and Sisk for a £20m project to refurbish the Wembley Arena concert venue.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider plans from JWK to build a £40m five-star hotel, including conference and theatre facilities, at Kinfauns near Perth.
The Environment Agency and Fens Tourism are preparing plans for the development of a £170m system of waterways across the Fens, in order to boost tourism and connect rivers and canals between Lincoln, Peterborough and Ely.
Wolverhampton & Dudley has acquired Wizard Inns, the chain of 63 pubs, from investment management group Terra Firma for £90m.
York City is to relocate to a new £8.5m 10,000-capacity football stadium in ten years time, as part of a requirement for a £2m loan.
Travelodge has won permission to set up a 120-bed budget hotel in Tolworth Tower, Surbiton.
Yates Group, the bar operator, has received a £80m takeover approach from a management buy-out backed by US private equity firm GI Partners.
Arts Council England is in negotiations to set up a new 45,000 sq ft headquarters at Metropolis House in London's Tottenham Court Road.
Carmarthenshire County Council is considering plans to build a £7m theatre at the Millennium Coastal park in Llanelli.
Radisson SAS is recruiting 80 staff for a new £14m hotel due to open in Belfast in August.
Wolverhampton Wanderers is to seek planning permission to build a £3m football training facility at Compton Park.
St Mirren is planning to sell its Love Street football stadium and build a new one nearby.
Wyre Council is to consider plans from Barton Grange Group for a £12m leisure development in Myerscough, including a marina, hotel and garden centre, with the creation of almost 400 jobs.
Coventry City Council is to spend £2.3m refurbishing and extending public libraries in the city.
Bank of Scotland has provided £17m of funding to Longshot to expand its chain of restaurants.
MKM Group is to raise £1.4m in a flotation on Aim, in order to expand its travel and promotions business.
Newark & Sherwood District Council has selected a site next to Newark Cattle Market as the preferred location to build a £9m leisure centre, and companies will be invited to bid for various contracts.
Carlisle City Council is to invest £1.5m in the upgrade of Sheepmount Stadium, while £2m of funding will be provided by Sport England and the Football Foundation.
Crusader Holidays, the Clacton-based holiday firm with about 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Coral has acquired Reg Boyle, the chain of 23 Teesside-based betting shops with 100 staff, and £2m will be spent refurbishing the sites.
Sunderland Council is considering plans from Auld Bros for the development of a £1m fitness centre and pub in Springwell Road, Washington.
Hull City Council and the Stadium Management Company are in discussions with Las Vegas Sands about plans to build a £65m casino and leisure complex at the Kingston Communications Stadium.
The UK Film Council has announced that 250 digital projectors will be installed in 150 cinemas across the country by the end of 2004, using £13m of lottery funding.
Dawnay Day and JH Entertainment are planning to set up a number of children's entertainment and restaurant centres under the Hannah Banana brand, and sites are being sought within the M25.
Three Lions Leisure, the operator of an indoor five-a-side football centre in Huddersfield, has been acquired by Taskcatch for £0.1m.
The East of England Showground near Peterborough is planning to invest £4m in new facilities over the next five years, including an 80,000sq ft exhibition hall.
South Gloucestershire Council is planning to build a £6m leisure centre in Longwell Green.
Sefton Council is to consider plans for the £30m redevelopment of Aintree racecourse, which will involve building two new grandstands by 2007.
North Shropshire District Council has approved plans for the £10m expansion of the Hill Valley Golf & Country Club, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Shetland Museum has awarded a £6.4m contract to Ditt Construction to build new facilities in Lerwick.
De Vere has secured planning permission to build a £50m golf and leisure resort on a 300-acre site at Loch Lomond.
Earls Court & Olympia, the London-based conference and exhibition centre, is to be acquired by St James Capital in a £245m deal.
Bristol City Council is in discussions with Kuumba about plans to set up a £5m arts centre at Westmorland House in Stokes Croft, including a 400-seat auditorium and dance studio.
West Norfolk Council is considering plans for the development of a £35m health, beauty and leisure complex at The Granary in Docking, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Carlton Clubs is said to be considering plans for a flotation to fund the expansion of its chain of 18 bingo clubs in Scotland and the north-east of England.
Sefton Council is seeking funding to build a £1m aviation museum and extreme sports activity centre at the Ainsdale Lido in Southport.
Malmaison is planning to double its chain of seven boutique hotels over the next four years, including new sites in Belfast, Liverpool and Oxford.
Travelodge is planning to set up a 100-bedroom hotel at the Fort Dunlop development in Birmingham.
Invest NI is providing £0.5m of financial assistance to a £3.7m project to build a 3-star Comfort hotel at Dunsilly in Antrim.
North Cornwall District Council is supporting proposals from a co-founder of the Eden Project to develop a tourist attraction called the Great Atlantic Way, which will include a £25m visitor centre.
London Borough of Lewisham is planning to build a £7m leisure centre and swimming pool on the Sundermead Estate.
North Tyneside Council is to consider plans from Stadium Developments to build a £10m Soccerdome in North Shields, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Gillingham Football Club is considering plans to build a new football stadium and leisure complex at Temple Marsh.
Bolton Council is considering plans to build a new £2m swimming pool and leisure centre near Bolton Institute, and discussions are taking place with Serco.
Wigan Council has approved plans from Greenbank Partnerships to build a £43m sports village in Leigh, which could create 2,000 jobs.
Cains is planning a multi-million pound acquisition programme to expand its chain of 11 Merseyside-based pubs to 100 by 2007.
Pembrokeshire County Council is to consider plans for the £70m Martello Quays development at Pembroke Dock, including new homes, mooring facilities and a leisure complex.
Conwy Council is to consider plans from SFJ for the multi-million pound transformation of the derelict Hafodunos Hall in Llangernyw into a hotel.
Pembrokeshire County Council has awarded a £4.3m contract to Cotton to build a leisure centre in Fishguard.
The Royal Festival Hall in London is expected to select a preferred bidder for a £45m refurbishment project in June.
Warwick District Council is to receive plans for the redevelopment of Stoneleigh Park within the next few weeks, which is expected to create the country's leading agricultural centre and increase annual visitor numbers from 1.25m to 3m.
Center Parcs has announced a £2.5m plan to expand its holiday village at Elveden in Suffolk.
Clubhaus, the golf and country club operator, has agreed terms for a £56m management buy-out backed by Legal & General Ventures.
MGM Mirage has announced plans to build casinos worth £650m in Manchester, Liverpool, Salford and Glasgow, in partnership with Peel Holdings.
Parkwood is to acquire CCL Leisure, the manager of 33 leisure facilities for local councils, from Clear Channel Entertainment, for up to £0.5m.
Aviemore Highland Resort has announced that a total of £80m will be spent at the site over the next few years, and a further 400 jobs will created on top of the 280 already planned.
The Empire Theatre in Sunderland is to close for nine months for a £4.6m refurbishment project.
Peel Holdings is relaunching plans for the development of a £100m racecourse, golf course and hotel at Salford Forest Park, which could create 500 jobs.
Willmott Dixon has won a £4m contract to build a leisure centre at the Bicester Golf & Country Club in Oxfordshire.
Harrogate International Centre has awarded a £3.8m contract to Caddick Construction to build new conference facilities.
Esporta is to set up a £10m health club in Bath and acquire a new site in Worcester, using the proceeds of a £33m sale and leaseback deal with Standard Life.
Savoy Group, the operator of four luxury hotels, is to be acquired by property investment firm Quinlan Private for £750m.
Clapham House has acquired The Bombay Bicycle Club, the operator of one restaurant in Clapham and five delivery units in Fulham, Wimbledon, Tooting, Putney and Battersea, for £1.8m.
Ragdale Hall is planning to expand the 520-strong workforce at its health spa in Leicestershire when new facilities open next year.
UKbetting has acquired GoldBet SportWetten, the Austria-based online sports betting company, for up to £3m.
The North West Development Agency is supporting plans from Sefton Council to build a £10m arts and cultural centre at Waterloo on Merseyside, to replace the Plaza cinema.
Oakwood is planning to build a £3m rollercoaster at its theme park in Pembrokeshire by 2005.
Borough of Poole has approved plans for the £8m transformation of Poole Aquarium, including a new restaurant and apartment complex.
Gateshead Council is planning to build a £9.8m regional performance centre for athletics.
The RAF Museum Cosford in Shropshire is planning to build a £9m hangar to house a number of aircraft in its museum grounds.
Norwich City Council is to consider plans to build a six-storey 104-bedroom hotel at the entrance to the new bus station being developed in Norwich by Dencora Construction.
The National Forest has announced plans to treble in size over the next ten years, leading to the development of new camping sites, hotels and a possible holiday village.
Groupe Chez Gerard and Bertorelli are to expand their restaurant chains across the country, under plans announced by parent company Paramount.
North Lincolnshire Council is looking to build a £12m sports academy to replace two leisure centres, and is considering sites at Glanford Park, Quibell Park and Central Park.
Victor Chandler has acquired Sports Bookmakers, the chain of 28 betting shops, for undisclosed terms.
Wolverhampton & Dudley is planning to open 50 pubs a year over the next few years, and is particularly interested in sites on new housing developments.
Macdonald Hotels is to invest £8m at the Tickled Trout hotel in Preston, including a new conference and banqueting suite for up to 600 people and the creation of 60 jobs.
Parkdean Holidays has acquired Border Travel Services, the owner of the Southerness Holiday Village near Dumfries, for £5.3m.
Coventry City Council is to consider plans from Oakmoor Estates and Deeley Properties for the £100m transformation of the city centre, including two hotels, a casino and shops.
Bannatyne Fitness is planning to expand its chain of 32 fitness clubs with a further five in the next 15 months, while 100 jobs are currently being created in Skelmersdale, Banbury and Folkestone.
Glasgow Rangers Football Club is planning to build a £120m entertainment complex next to its Ibrox stadium, including a hotel, casino and community sports facility.
Swindon Town Football Club is expected to submit plans later this year to build a new £20m stadium on the site of Old Shaw tip.
Travelscene is creating 17 new jobs in Liverpool, having won contracts to operate tours for Saga Holidays and P&O Ferries.
Next Generation is to set up a 125,000 sq ft fitness club at Carlton Park in Leicester, and work will start later this year.
Las Vegas Sands of the US is thought to be interested in setting up large casino and entertainment complexes at a number of football grounds, including Rangers, Arsenal, Tottenham, Celtic, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Sunderland.
Brunel University has awarded a £4.5m contract to Galliford Try to build an indoor athletics track at its campus in Uxbridge.
Yehudi Menuhin School of Music has awarded a £3.3m contract to R Durtnell to build a new concert hall in Cobham.
Walsall Football Club has won planning permission to build a new stand at the Bescot Stadium with an extra 2,300 seats.
Woodland Grange is planning a £5m expansion programme at its residential training and conference centre in Leamington Spa.
Springwood has sold 14 of its 28 nightclubs out of receivership to a new company called Nexum Leisure, and the £20m deal was backed by Lloyds TSB.
Liverpool City Council is in discussions with three unnamed international gambling groups about plans to set up a £20m casino complex on the banks of the Mersey.
Norfolk County Council and David Lloyd Leisure are planning to build a £10m sports and leisure complex in the grounds of Hewett School, Norwich.
Center Parcs is seeking a site south of Birmingham to set up a fifth holiday village, and is also looking into the possibility of opening casinos at its existing sites.
MEN Arena, the 20,000-seat entertainment venue in Manchester, has been acquired by Anschutz Entertainment of the US for £50m.
Enterprise Inns has agreed to acquire full ownership of Unique Pub Company for £609m, creating a combined chain of 9,000 pubs, which could lead to the loss of 100 jobs at Unique's head office in Thame.
First Choice Holidays has acquired The Adventure Company and Caradona Caribbean Travels for £6.2m, in order to expand its activity holidays division.
Aberdeen City Council is considering plans from David Lloyd and the Stewart Milne Group to build a £10m sports and leisure centre at Garthdee.
Oldfields Restaurants has secured £1.5m of venture capital to start the nationwide expansion of its chain of restaurants, and sites are being sought in Leeds, Harrogate, Manchester and Scotland.
Dumfries & Galloway Council is planning to build a £13m leisure centre in Dumfries by 2006.
St Albans District Council has approved plans from the Butterfly World charitable trust for the development of a £15m butterfly centre next to the Gardens of the Rose in Chiswell Green.
Swansea Council is to consider plans from Brunswick Mansford to build a £30m leisure complex at Salubrious Place, including casino and cinema.
Maximum Fun has acquired the 110-acre Shires Family Adventure Park near Newquay for undisclosed terms.
London Clubs International has announced a £49m share issue, in order to reduce debt and prepare for the deregulation of the gambling sector by expanding three of its London casinos.
Manchester United is considering plans to expand its Old Trafford football stadium from a capacity of 67,500 to 75,000.
Lastminute.com has acquired Gemstone Travel, the Bracknell-based operator of a travel call centre, for an initial £1.5m.
Oswestry Town Council is working on plans for the development of a multi-million pound sports park, including swimming pools and a 3,000-seater football stadium, but the location has not been confirmed.
Nottinghamshire County Council is planning to build a new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, and Derby-based Lathams Architects is conducting a feasibility study.
Cadw, the Welsh heritage organisation, is to set up a new 26,000 sq ft headquarters at the Cefn Coed site in Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff.
Golden Tulip UK is planning to open 20 hotels over the next three years, including freehold, leasehold and franchise properties.
Lastminute.com is to acquire rival travel firm Online Travel Corporation for about £55m.
Individual Restaurant Company is planning to open 15 Bar&Grill and Piccolino restaurants across the country over the next three years, following a £18m buy-out of the existing six sites.
Whitbread has won a contract to operate the refurbished Midland Grand Hotel in London, once it reopens in 2008.
Luminar has sold the Camden Palace music venue in London to an undisclosed buyer for £4m, in order to focus on branded entertainment sites.
Thanet District Council is in discussions with Margate Football Club about plans to build a new stadium.
Carluccio's is planning to expand its restaurant chain from 13 outlets to 20 this year.
The Arts Council has awarded a £1m grant to Mind the Gap, the Bradford-based theatre company looking to build a new £4m "creation centre" for disabled artists.
Rank is planning to expand its casino operations by applying for five new regional licences, and will open its first Blue Square betting shop in London.
The Arts Council has awarded a £2.5m grant to the Quad consortium for the development of a £14m visual arts and media centre in Derby's Market Place.
Mac, the Birmingham-based arts centre, is to undergo a £18m refurbishment, including a new 500 seat auditorium, and work will start in 2006.
Wolverhampton Council is to consider plans for the expansion of Wolverhampton Art Gallery, backed by a £5m lottery grant.
Paddy Power of Ireland is planning to expand its chain of 15 UK betting shops to about 30 this year, and hopes to reach 170 sites eventually.
The Arts Council has awarded a £2.5m grant to DanceEast for the development of a £5.8m dance facility at Cranfield's Mill in Ipswich.
Leicester City Council is seeking a private developer to build a new leisure centre in Perry Hall Park, Perry Barr, to replace the existing Beeches Pool.
The Pegasus Theatre in Oxford has secured a £2.7m lottery grant to refurbish its existing site and build a new arts centre.
Center Parcs is planning to relocate its headquarters to a 36,000 sq ft office at the Sherwood Energy Village in Nottinghamshire next year.
Galgorm Manor in Ballymena is to start work on a new £7m upmarket leisure and tourism complex later this year, including spa resort, restaurant and conference facilities, which will create 40 jobs.
Greenwich Council has approved plans from the Meridian Delta consortium for the redevelopment of London's 190-acre Millennium Dome site, including a hotel, sports arena, casino and housing.
Hull Truck Theatre is to receive a £4m council grant to go towards the development of a new £13m theatre and studio complex in Hull.
Neath Port Talbot Council is considering plans from Thomas Group Holdings to build a 70-bedroom hotel and leisure complex in Port Talbot.
Gala Casinos is planning to open a 42,500 sq ft casino at the Leisure Exchange in Bradford in October.
Nottingham City Council has approved plans from Urban Innovations for the development of a 13-storey hotel and office building on the junction of London Road and Station Street.
Thomas Cook is to create 200 new jobs at its travel call centre in Larbert, near Falkirk.
Congleton Borough Council is to consider plans from MID Point Sports for the development of a £26m leisure complex in Middlewich, including an Olympic-size swimming pool and the creation of 150 jobs.
Mansfield District Council is considering plans from Mansfield Land Development to build a hotel, office and apartments complex on the site of the town's former brewery, with the creation of up to 900 jobs.
William Birch has won a £1.6m contract to develop a visitor centre at the Hardcastle Crags mill in West Yorkshire.
Merlin Entertainments, the operator of visitor attractions, has undergone a £72m management buy-out backed by Hermes Private Equity.
The Wales Millennium Centre is to create about 100 jobs when it opens the new arts centre in Cardiff in November.
Luminar Leisure is to open a £1m Chicago Rock Cafe in Chester-le-Street at the end of March, with the creation of 40 jobs.
ABI, the East Yorkshire-based caravan and leisure home maker, has undergone a £20m management buy-out backed by Dunedin Capital Partners.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from CGM Oswald for the development of a casino, bar and nightclub complex in the space below Glasgow Central station.
Denbighshire County Council is to consider plans for a £1.6m visitor and heritage centre in the grounds of St Asaph Cathedral.
Lichfield District Council is looking to develop the facilities at Chasewater Country Park, in order to attract more visitors and create up to 120 new jobs.
The RSPB and Lancashire County Council are working on proposals to create a £7m bird and wildlife park on the Ribble Estuary, including two visitor centres.
Leicester City Council is to seek Arts Council funding for the development of a £7m "world cinema and moving images centre" in the city's St George's cultural area.
The Springfield Hotel in Holywell, Clwyd, is to undergo a £1m refurbishment with the creation of 50 new jobs.
Newmarket Racecourse has won approval from Forest Heath District Council to set up an all-weather track, at an estimated cost of £6m.
LA Fitness is planning to open up to eight fitness clubs during the next financial year.
Wandsworth Borough Council is to consider plans from the Lawn Tennis Association to build a £40m National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has approved plans to rebuild the National Motorcycle Museum, following a recent fire that caused damage estimated at £14m.
The Tees Valley Partnership has announced plans to invest £24m in a series of regeneration projects on Teesside, including £2.7m for the planned Middlesbrough Art Galley.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans for the development of a £3m tennis and squash centre on Craigton Road, under the name of Racquets Village.
MGM Mirage of the US and British Land have announced plans to build a £250m casino, hotel and leisure complex next to the Meadowhall Centre in Sheffield, which would create about 2,000 jobs.
Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust has awarded a £17m contract to Mowlem to refurbish the Weston Park Museum.
Oldham Athletic Football Club has been bought out of administration by a group of New York-based British businessmen for £5m.
Blackburn with Darwen Council has approved plans from the Property Alliance Group to build a £10m cinema complex on Penny Street, and Apollo Cinemas is expected to operate the site.
Torbay Council is to consider plans from Newton Abbot-based Monarch Houses to build a £10m hotel, casino and health spa on the site of the Palm Court Hotel in Torquay.
Bristol City Council has secured a £11m lottery grant to build a Museum of Bristol.
Carmarthenshire County Council has awarded a £1.6m contract to Port Talbot-based Andrew Scott to build a visitor centre for Llanelli's Millennium Coastal Park.
Wembley is to be acquired by MGM Mirage of the US for £270m, which could lead to the development of casinos at Wembley's five UK greyhound stadiums.
Vimac Leisure is to invest £5m in new venues this year with the creation of more than 100 jobs, and is seeking three suitable sites in the north-east.
Swansea Council has secured a £3m Sportlot grant to develop a £5m sports village next to the Wales National Pool.
Hays Travel is to create between 50 and 160 new jobs at its travel agency operations across the north-east, including call centre, administration and homeworking jobs.
Middlesbrough Borough Council is to receive plans from Springs to open a £4.5m fitness and leisure facility at the Tennis World site, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Wookey Hole Caves, the 100-acre tourist attraction in the Mendips, has been acquired by a former director of Cottle's Circus for undisclosed terms.
Bluecoat Arts Centre in Liverpool is to build a new £9m wing to house art galleries and a performance centre, having secured funding from the Arts Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
European Golf Brands, the Kent-based supplier of electric golf trolleys, is to undergo a £26m management buy-out.
Subsea Explorer is seeking permission to build a marine aquarium and diving centre in Milton Keynes.
Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service has secured £7m of European and Lottery funding to invest in the refurbishment of 11 museums and monuments by March 2007.
Capital Pub Company is to raise £10m through the enterprise investment scheme to fund the expansion of its chain of 12 pubs.
Jennings Brothers is planning to spend a further £5m on pub acquisitions and refurbishments across the North this year.
McAlpine has won a contract to build a £16m athletics and sports centre at Willesden in north London.
Lastminute.com has acquired First Option, the hotel booking agency with 200 staff at 21 retail desks and a Stockport call centre, for £12m.
JJB Sports is planning to expand its chain of health clubs from 16 to 22 this year.
The Minister for Regional Development & Regeneration has announced plans to invest £63m in new country parks in the south-east, in order to support major housing projects in Ashford, Milton Keynes, the M11 corridor and the Thames Gateway.
British Racing Drivers Club has announced plans to build a £30m 120-bedroom hotel and conference centre at the Silverstone circuit.
Carlisle City Council is considering plans from AWG Developments and H&H to build a £11m four-star hotel and office complex at Rosehill, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall is proposing a multi-million pound plan to open more underground workings to the public.
Cannock Chase Council is to consider plans from Pritchard Holdings for a £15m hotel and office development at Churchbridge near the M6 Toll.
Fife Council is considering plans from Carlton Clubs to build a £6m bingo club at the Fife Leisure Park in Dunfermline, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Fife Council is considering plans to bid for one of the six regional multi-sports centres to be developed by SportsScotland, and is also interested in hosting SportsScotland's new headquarters when it relocates from Edinburgh.
The Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport has won a £2m lottery grant to help fund the £3m expansion of its premises.
Croydon Council has approved plans from Arrowcroft for a £400m development next to East Croydon station, including a £50m arena and a 34-storey tower block.