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London Town has acquired GRS Inns, the chain of 60 unbranded leasehold pubs, for £4.3m.
Bridgwater & Albion Rugby Club is in talks with Sedgemoor District Council about plans to relocate to a new purpose-built ground.
The Football Association is to support plans for the development of a National Football Centre at Burton-on-Trent, but alternative sites nearer London may still be considered.
East Lindsey District Council is to consider plans for the development of a £15m leisure complex on the Grand Parade in Skegness, which could create up to 300 jobs.
Wirral Council is to conduct a feasibility study to rebuild Wirral pier, as part of the redevelopment of the seaside resort of New Brighton.
The National Theatre of Scotland is to set up its main headquarters and rehearsal space at a former Harland & Wolff site in Govan by the end of 2008.
Portsmouth City Council has secured funding from Sport England for the £20m redevelopment of the Mountbatten sports centre by summer 2009.
Essex County Cricket Club is to seek planning permission to expand its ground in Chelmsford, including an increase in capacity from 6,000 to 8,000 and new retail and hospitality facilities.
Gaucho Grill, the London-based chain of 11 steakhouse restaurants, is to undergo a £125m management buy-out backed by Intermediate Capital Group.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh is to undergo a £17m revamp between 2009 and 2011, in order to double the exhibition space and visitor capacity.
North East Wales Institute has unveiled plans for the development of a £3m conference and performing arts centre in Wrexham, as part of a £8m college expansion project.
Yarmouth Borough Council is to consider plans from Aspers for the development of a £35m casino and leisure complex at the Pleasure Beach, including a 180-room hotel, cinema and bowling.
Steeple Court has unveiled plans for the development of a 220-bedroom hotel at St Mary's House in Norwich.
Plymouth City Council has unveiled plans for the development of a £44m Life Centre leisure complex in Central Park by 2011, including an ice rink, swimming pool and a sports hall.
Oldham Athletic has won permission for the £80m redevelopment of its Boundary Park football stadium, including a hotel, fitness centre and 693 homes.
Sustrans has won £50m of lottery funding to invest in the expansion of its cycling and walking network at 79 locations across the country over the next five years.
Glencoe Mountain Resort, the Scottish skiing holiday firm, has been sold by liquidator Invocas to a management buy-out.
Ping Pong is planning to expand its chain of seven dim sum restaurants with six new sites next year, including the first outside London.
Drayton Manor Park is to open a Thomas the Tank Engine theme park on a 280-acre site in Staffordshire in spring 2008.
Pendle Council has approved plans from Smartlawn for the development of a holiday village with 25 chalets at the former Catlow Quarries in Nelson.
Larne Borough Council is to consider revised plans from Larne Marina Company for the development of a £42m marina village in County Antrim, including a 200-berth marina, a hotel and houses.
Scottish Agricultural College has unveiled plans for the development of a £150m hotel, golf and riding centre at Oswald House in Ayr, in partnership with AWG Property.
Pubs n Bars is to acquire Moorgate Taverns, the chain of ten freehold pubs in Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, for £9.2m.
Reading Borough Council is to consider plans from CSJ Planning to build a £30m 29-storey Radisson SAS luxury hotel on Station Road.
Falkirk Council is to consider plans from the owner of Airth Castle for the development of a £80m five-star hotel complex in Larbert.
Titan Travel Group has acquired Big Rock, the Cirencester-based motorcycle racing holiday firm, in order to expand its Grandstand Motor Sports business.
Hilton UK is planning to set up a £18m Hilton Garden Inn hotel at Aberdeen Airport by autumn 2009, with the creation of up to 100 jobs, and is also seeking suitable sites in places such as Inverness, Stirling and Perth.
Nexum Leisure has acquired three night clubs - Mr Smiths in Warrington, Blu Bambu in Derby and Tramps in Worcester - in a £10m investment that includes refurbishment costs.
The Department for Culture, Media & Sport is to invest £45m in the regeneration of coastal resorts by 2011, and a bidding process will start next spring.
Cannons, the chain of 52 health and fitness clubs, has been sold by Royal Bank of Scotland to Nuffield Hospitals for about £170m.
Bristol City Football Club has announced plans to build a new 30,000-capacity stadium at an undisclosed site in south Bristol by 2011.
Sheffield City Council is to consider plans for the development of a five-star Crowne Plaza hotel and a three-star Holiday Inn Express on Blonk Street.
Scottish Borders Council is to consider plans from Roxburghe Estates for the development of a £20m five-star resort in Heiton, including an extension for the Roxburghe Hotel, 60 self-catering lodges and 70 new jobs.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has approved plans for a £10m extension at the Holburne art museum in Bath.
Realpubs is planning to invest up to £50m expanding its chain of seven pubs across London.
Leisure Parcs is investing £3m in improvements to Blackpool Tower, as part of a £10m project to develop tourist facilities in the resort.
The Dunblane Hydro hotel in Perthshire is to undergo a £10m refurbishment to create a luxury spa and golf resort, following its acquisition by The Ability Group.
The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum is to relocate from Bristol to London, in order to reach a larger audience, and negotiations are taking place over a suitable site.
Bristol City Council has approved plans for the development of a £8m 175-bedroom Premier Travel Inn hotel in Lewins Mead.
Rotherham United is considering two potential sites to build a new football stadium within three years.
X-Leisure has unveiled plans for the development of a new 171-room hotel and three restaurants at the FountainPark leisure complex in Edinburgh, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Aberdeen Performing Arts is considering proposals for a multi-million pound refurbishment of the historic Music Hall.
The Science Museum has secured a £13m government grant to fund refurbishment projects and the creation of new galleries at its museums in London, Bradford and York.
Chester Racecourse is considering proposals to build a new 3,000-capacity grandstand and conference centre.
Devon & Cornwall Business Council is seeking funding for the development of a £50m Weather World visitor centre at Westpoint near Exeter.
Travelodge is planning to open 100 budget hotels in Spain by 2010, in its first major move into other countries.
South Lakeland Group, the chain of nine holiday parks in the Lake District and Morecambe Bay, has been acquired by White Ocean Leisure for £125m.
The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester is planning a £54m redevelopment project, in order to create a new Museum Quarter between the River Irwell and Beetham Tower by 2012.
Tottenham Hotspur has won permission to build a £30m football training ground in Enfield, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Greene King has acquired New Century Inns, the Teesside-based chain of 49 pubs, for £33m.
Ladbrokes is planning to expand its betting call centre in Aintree, once the Vernons Pools business is transferred to Walton by new owner Sportech.
Tasty is to raise up to £2.2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its chain of seven Dim T dim-sum restaurants.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is to open the UK's first Hampton by Hilton 86-bedroom hotel at Rockingham Leisure Park in Corby next year, in a franchise deal with Hotel Solutions London.
Harrow Council is to invest £36m in new sports and leisure facilities, including the replacement of an existing leisure centre and various refurbishment projects.
Sportech has acquired the Vernons football pools gaming business in Liverpool from Ladbrokes for £51m.
Chichester District Council is to consider plans for the £3m refurbishment of the New Park Centre next February, in order to provide improved community facilities.
Delancey has won planning permission to build a 120-bedroom hotel at the Brooklands racing circuit in Weybridge by 2010.
Orchid Group is planning to open 20 new pub restaurants under the Contemporary Carvery brand over the next few months.
EasyHotel is in negotiations to open up to 20 budget hotels in the UK, as part of a strategy to have a global chain of 60 sites within three years.
PlayFootball is to create about 75 jobs at a new football centre and Roko health club due to open at Clifton Moor in York in February.
Leicester Tigers is planning to build a 30,000-capacity rugby stadium and 180-bedroom hotel on its existing Welford Road site.
Sportscotland is to help fund the development of the £29m Ravenscraig sports and leisure complex in Lanarkshire, including capacity for 2,000 spectators.
Welshpool Town Council has unveiled proposals to build a new 3,000-capacity sports stadium to replace Welshpool Town's existing Maesydre football ground.
Targetfollow has submitted plans for the £60m Duke's Wharf office and leisure development at the former Eastern Electricity site in Norwich city centre.
Bluestone is to start recruiting 400 staff for its new holiday village due to open in Pembrokeshire next summer, and a further 300 jobs will be added later.
Vue Entertainment is to invest £4m in a new multiplex cinema in Thanet, Kent, and £2.5m at a new site in Stirling.
The British Film Institute and the National Film Theatre are considering plans to build an underground cinema and film centre at the Hungerford Bridge car park site on London's South Bank.
Alnwick District Council has approved plans from Northumberland Estates and leisure firm Sir John Fitzgerald to build a 54-bedroom hotel in Alnwick by 2009.
Southampton Leisure, the owner of Southampton Football Club, has received a £40m bid for a majority stake in the business from Sisu Capital.
Stena Line is linking up with Conygar Investment Company to prepare plans to invest up to £100m in the development of a 150-acre site at Holyhead Harbour, including marina, leisure and retail facilities.
Portland Spa is to create 40 jobs at a new conference and banqueting centre in Dorset over the next six months.
Milsom Hotels is to create about 60 jobs at a new £4m hotel and restaurant due to open at Kesgrave Hall near Ipswich next March.
Hereford Rugby Club is considering plans to relocate from Wyeside to a new £4m site at Holywell Gutter Lane.
Zeus Private Equity is looking to invest £50m in the development of a portfolio of up to ten hotels, having just bought the Belfry House at Manchester Airport.
Retallack Spa & Resort is to submit plans for a £25m holiday centre at St Columb Major near Newquay, including an artificial surf machine and the creation of up to 130 jobs.
Islington Council has approved plans to build a 60-bedroom Comfort Inn hotel at Finsbury Park in London.
London Borough of Hillingdon is planning to build a £22m sports and leisure centre in Uxbridge, including a 50-metre swimming pool.
Restaurant Group is to acquire the Brunning & Price chain of 14 pub restaurants in the North West for £32m.
Tottenham Hotspur is considering plans to build a new football stadium, having identified a number of potential sites in North London.
Fife Council is to consider plans from Crerar Hotels to build an 80-bedroom hotel and health club at St Nicholas Park in St Andrews, with the creation of 60 jobs.
North Cornwall District Council is to consider plans from Marston's Inns & Taverns to build a £5m hotel in Wadebridge, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Morethanhotels, the chain of 11 budget hotels, has been acquired by JER Partners for about £115m, and JER is looking to acquire further hotels and development sites over the next few years.
Birmingham City Council has unveiled proposals to build a £195m cultural centre in Centenary Square by 2013, including a new theatre and library complex.
Highland Council is considering plans to set up a new £15m Highland museum and art gallery, and three potential sites in Inverness have been identified.
Braintree Town is drawing up plans to build a new 6,000-capacity football stadium, in partnership with WG Developments.
Reading Borough Council has unveiled plans to build a new theatre and library complex next to the proposed £50m civic centre building in Hosier Street.
Cumbria County Council has secured a £4.7m lottery grant to relocate its archive centre from Carlisle Castle to a new extension at Lady Gillford House in Petteril Bank in 2010.
South Derbyshire District Council has approved plans from Madecorn Leisure for the development of a £7m canal marina at Willington by July 2008, with the creation of up to 120 jobs.
Western Isles Council is considering plans from the Stornoway Port Authority for the development of a new £2m yachting marina in Lewis.
City of York Council is to consider plans from Indomito Properties to build a 108-bedroom Days Inn hotel on the site of Kent Street coach park.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust is supporting plans for the development of a multi-million pound wildlife education centre at Colliford Lake Park on Bodmin Moor by 2010.
Powerleague is to invest £7m in the expansion of its chain of 37 five-a-side football centres with four new sites over the next year, and is seeking locations near professional clubs.
Worcester City Football Club and St Modwen are to submit plans to build a new 6,000-capacity stadium on a 7.5-acre site at Nunnery Way.
Cedar Court Hotels has unveiled proposals to convert the GNER building at Station Rise in York into a five-star hotel, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Belfast City Council has approved plans for the £6m expansion of Ravenhill rugby stadium, including three new stands with hospitality areas.
Yeovil Town is considering proposals to expand capacity at its Huish Park football stadium to more than 14,000.
Belfast City Council is to commission a new report into proposals for the development of a new stadium in the city, and all potential sites will be considered.
Holidaybreak is to acquire NST, the supplier of school travel services with 256 staff and offices in Blackpool and Cambridge, for £47m.
Capital Pub Company has acquired Puzzle Pub Holdings, the owner of two pubs in central London, for up to £5.7m.
Balbirnie House Hotel is to invest £5m in the expansion of its hotel in Fife next year, including a new spa and the creation of 30 jobs.
Graves Tennis Centre in Sheffield is planning a £18m expansion project, in order to create state-of-the-art facilities capable of hosting major tournaments.
Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Renfrewshire is to create up to 100 jobs following a £10m revamp of its riding centre and catering facilities.
Village Hotels is to invest £60m in the refurbishment of its chain of 17 hotels over the next three years, and there are five new properties due to open over the next 18 months.
Expedia, the online travel company, is to set up a 31,000 sq ft office at the Seven Dials building in London WC2.
Kirklees Council is to invest £11m in improvements to leisure centres over the next five years, including Holmfirth Pool and Batley Sports & Tennis Centre.
Reading Borough Council is considering plans from Rank Group to set up a new casino in Caversham Road.
Discover Leisure is relocating its support services to its recently-acquired Barrons site near Chorley, but the operational head office will remain in East Yorkshire.
Derby City Council is to consider plans from Jurys Inns for the development of a £25m 226-bedroom Jurys Inn hotel at the former Bridgegate BMW site.
Rew Hotels is to invest £5m in the expansion of three seafront hotels in Torquay over the next five years.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider proposals for the development of a six-star hotel and golf course at Dall House on the shores of Loch Rannoch.
Four Pillars, the Oxfordshire-based chain of five hotels with 543 staff, has been acquired by US property investment firm RREEF for an estimated £121m.
Macclesfield Town is looking to build a new 10,000-capacity football stadium, as part of the 58-acre South Macclesfield development scheme that would also include homes, offices and shops.
Bottelinos has won planning permission from North Somerset Council to build a £5m restaurant in Portishead Quays by April 2009.
Whitbread is planning to acquire Golden Tulip UK, the chain of seven budget hotels with a further eight under construction, for more than £40m.
Travelzest is to acquire JMB Travel Consultants, the Worcester-based opera tours and music festival holidays company, for £0.7m.
Pettifer Estates has unveiled plans to build a £95m VerTiPlex leisure and observation tower next to Millennium Point in Birmingham by 2010.
Rossendale Council is to consider plans from Hurstwood to build a £3.5m health club at New Hall Hey, Rawtenstall, as part of the £100m regeneration of the town.
AEG Europe is considering plans to build a deep water cruise liner terminal at the O2 arena in London.
Prezzo is expanding its chain of 112 restaurants with seven new outlets this year.
Lumsden & Carroll has won a £4.2m contract from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to build a Wild Bird Discovery Centre at Saltholme, Teesside.
Liverpool City Council is to consider plans from Brabco for a £44m development at Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, including a 134-bed three-star hotel and 177 apartments.
Sheffield City Council is to consider plans for a £38m development near Victoria Quays, including a five-star 198-room Crowne Plaza hotel and a 161-room Express by Holiday Inn.
Black Country Living Museum in Dudley is looking to raise £10m from regeneration and tourism bodies to fund an expansion project.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans from C&L Properties for the transformation of the former Esslemont & Macintosh department store into a 120-bedroom hotel with shops on the ground floor.
Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council is to consider plans from Rob Lloyd Racing to set up a horse racing complex in Peckforton, including an all-weather gallop, stables, staff accommodation and the creation of 30 jobs.
Peters Opal has sold its luxury boat dealerships in Chichester, Brixham and Swanwick out of administration to a new company called Opal Marine, securing the future of 30 jobs.
Novus Leisure has secured up to £20m of private equity backing from Cognitas to fund the expansion of its chain of Tiger Tiger nightclubs.
North Midland Construction is expected to win a £15m contract from Moto Hospitality to build a service station and Travelodge budget hotel near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
Center Parcs has won planning permission to build a £200m holiday village at Warren Wood in Bedfordshire by 2010, with the creation of 1,400 jobs.
Wilson Sporting Goods is to relocate its Irvine-based distribution centre and 35 jobs from Ayr Road to a new site at Crompton Way.
The British Horse Society is considering plans to relocate its headquarters to the Royal Agricultural Society site in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, and is expected to seek planning permission for a new building.
Middlesbrough Council is considering plans from Terrace Hill to build a 100-bed four-star hotel at Central Garden East.
Renfrewshire Council is to consider plans from McGarvey Construction for a £30m development at New Sneddon Street in Paisley, including a 132-bed hotel, offices and apartments.
City of Edinburgh Council is to consider plans from Tiger Developments for the £200m redevelopment of Haymarket, including a five-star 180-bed InterContinental hotel and a 246-bed Travelodge.
Newport Gwent Dragons are planning to build a new £40m 15,000-capacity rugby stadium at Rodney Parade by 2010.
Queens Park Rangers, the London-based football club, is to be acquired by a consortium of Formula One owners for £14m.
Von Essen has acquired the Amberley Castle luxury hotel in West Sussex for about £12m, taking its total portfolio to 25 properties.
Queens Hall is seeking lottery funding for the £10m expansion of its live music venue in central Edinburgh.
Menzies Hotels has acquired eight Thistle hotels in Birmingham, Swindon, Luton, Stevenage, Manchester, Gatwick, Irvine and Aberdeen from Curzon Hotel Properties for £54m, and will invest £12m in their refurbishment.
Swansea Council is looking to recruit 100 staff to work at its refurbished £32m leisure centre, which is due for completion in December.
Motivcom has acquired Motivation Travel Management, the provider of incentive travel and conference facilities, for an initial £0.9m.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from European Development Company to build a new 300-bedroom Crowne Plaza hotel and 275-bedroom Express by Holiday Inn at the former Albany Hotel site on Bothwell Street.
Leicester City Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £2.5m speedway stadium for Leicester Lions at Beaumont Park in Beaumont Leys.
Medway Council has secured a £5m government grant to develop an athletics and gymnastics centre of excellence at the Black Lion complex in Gillingham, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
Hotel Partners is to operate a new £20m 131-room Fitzwilliam hotel to be built at Great Victoria Street in Belfast by 2009, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Lowcosttravelgroup is to create 50 new jobs at its travel call centre in East Grinstead, taking the total workforce to 150.
Hearts has announced plans to invest £51m in the expansion of its Tynecastle football stadium in Edinburgh, including a new stand, a hotel, leisure facilities and the creation of 300 jobs.
Carlisle City Council has approved outline plans from Kingmoor Park Properties for the development of a 130-bedroom four-star hotel and conference centre at Kingmoor Park.
Mid Sussex District Council has approved plans from Thornfield for the development of a £10m 100-room hotel in Haywards Heath by 2010.
Heartstone Inns has raised £3m of private equity to fund the development of a chain of up to 30 pubs in the South of England over the next five years.
Marriott International is to invest £120m in improvements to 38 of its four and five-star hotels in the UK by the end of next year, including the £10m refurbishment of its Regent's Park property in London.
Allerdale Borough Council is seeking an organisation to operate the £3m Destination Maryport tourist attraction, which is due to open in summer 2008.
Sheffield Theatres is expected to shed more than 40 of the 200 jobs at the Crucible Theatre when it closes for a £12m refurbishment next May.
Barracuda is to expand its chain of 206 pubs and bars with 14 new sites by the end of the year.
MAMA Group has acquired six music venues in London, including the Jazz Cafe and Borderline, from Mean Fiddler for £6m.
Southend Council is in discussions with the Norman Garon Trust about plans to develop an indoor sports complex and 80-bedroom hotel at Garon Park.
Eton Collection, the chain of boutique hotels, has been acquired by JJW for £70m.
BetFred is planning to expand its chain of 700 betting shops to 1,000 by 2012, and is also considering plans for a £600m flotation.
Las Iguanas has undergone a £27m management buy-out backed by Bowmark Capital, and is now planning to expand its chain of 14 restaurants to more than 100.
Hilton Hotels has sold the five-star Cardiff Hilton hotel to Tonstate for an estimated £30m, but will retain the management contract.
South Somerset District Council is planning to build a £21m sports complex in Yeovil by 2011, including a swimming pool and indoor tennis centre.
Alba has sold its leisure products distribution business to Rutland Partners for £51m, in order to focus on electronics.
Greene King is to acquire Loch Fyne Restaurants, the chain of 36 seafood restaurants, for £68m.
MKM is to acquire Leapfrog, the New Zealand-based promotions company, for up to £9m.
Vue Cinemas is to set up a nine-screen cinema at the planned £110m Oval shopping centre in Darlington by 2010.
Macdonald Hotels is to invest more than £30m a year in the expansion of its existing hotels, in order to increase the number of rooms by 50% over the next five years.
Punch Taverns has sold 25 leasehold pubs to a new company called Clear Pub Company for undisclosed terms, and Clear is now looking to expand its portfolio to 100 outlets over the next five years.
Georgica is to sell its Rileys snooker halls business to a consortium of Greenhill Capital Partners Europe and North Atlantic Value for £34m.
Parkdean Holidays has acquired Weststar Holidays, the Exeter-based chain of four holiday parks with 300 staff, for £80m, and is now looking to acquire a further 20 holiday sites over the next two years.
Glenbervie House has submitted plans to build a £30m spa village in the grounds of its recently-refurbished hotel in Stirlingshire, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Doncaster Bloodstock Sales of Hawick has merged with Goffs of Ireland to create one of the largest horse racing auction groups in Europe.
Celtic Manor is to create 40 jobs at a new golf clubhouse due to open at its South Wales resort in the autumn, in preparation for hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010.
Food & Drink Group is to raise £1.5m in a share placing to fund the refurbishment of its restaurants and wine bars.
Quintain has submitted plans to build a five-star Hilton hotel with 441 bedrooms next to Wembley Arena in London.
Morecambe Football Club has announced plans to build a new 6,000-capacity stadium at Westgate over the next two years.
Wrexham Council is considering plans for the £2m expansion of Wrexham Museum, including space for the National Museum & Library of Wales.
East Cambridgeshire District Council is considering a report from Strategic Leisure that proposes the development of a new £10m leisure centre to meet the needs of a growing population.
Serenity in the City is planning to open up 20 urban spa sites across the country by 2012, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Center Parcs is to invest £12m in new restaurants at its four holiday villages over the next 12 months, having agreed a deal with Tragus to open nine branded outlets with the transfer of 350 staff.
Sunderland Council is to consider plans from Sunderland Arc for the rejuvenation of Farringdon Row, including a three-star hotel, shops, offices and 124 apartments.
Sports Tours International has acquired Wheel 2 Wheel, the Portsmouth-based cycling travel firm.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour is looking to sell its Malmaison and Hotel du Vin operations for about £700m, including 19 boutique hotels and a further seven sites due to open by the end of next year.
Capital Pub Company is planning to double its chain of 23 pubs over the next five years, and up to five new sites will open during the current financial year.
West Norfolk Council has unveiled proposals for the development of a £14m marina at Boal Quay in King's Lynn, including a hotel, shops, 900 homes and the creation of 300 jobs.
Glamorgan Record Office is planning to set up a 45,000 sq ft archive and visitor centre at Cardiff City's new stadium development site, in order to store and display historical documents.
Twycross Zoo is seeking funding to build a £10m 300-seater restaurant complex at its zoo near Atherstone.
London Town Hotels is planning to open a new £4m four-star boutique hotel at Paddington in London in spring 2008.
Andras House is planning to invest £50m in the development of five Ibis hotels in Northern Ireland, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Rocco Forte Hotels is to invest £8m in improvements at the five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester, with a new spa and leisure complex due to open in 2009.
St Neots Town Football Club is to relocate to a new £4m football centre at Loves Farm by the end of the year.
Barnet Football Club has submitted plans for the £7m expansion of its Underhill stadium, including two new stands.
ProLogis is to submit plans to South Gloucestershire Council for the development of a hotel, car dealership, warehouse and offices at the 65-acre Rolls-Royce East Works site in Patchway, Bristol.
Peacock Visual Arts is planning to build a new contemporary arts centre in Aberdeen by 2010, having secured £8.5m from the Scottish Arts Council, Aberdeen City Council and Scottish Enterprise Grampian.
Ascot Group has acquired the Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Formby for £4m, in order to expand the leisure facility into the corporate market.
Fareham Borough Council is to consider plans from Premier Marinas for the £30m redevelopment of Swanwick Marina, including a new pavilion with shops, offices and restaurants.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust has unveiled plans to develop a £6m nature reserve and visitor attraction at Brockholes Wetland near Samlesbury over the next four years.
Ultimate Leisure is to acquire the Living Room chain of 13 bars for £28m, and plans to more than double the number of outlets over the next five years.
South Derbyshire District Council has approved plans for the development of a £6.7m leisure and swimming centre at John Port School in Etwall.
JJB Sports is to set up a £10m fitness club and retail store at Victoria Retail Park in Nottingham, and is also due to open new clubs in Llanelli and Thanet soon.
English Partnerships and Gallagher have unveiled proposals for the development of 9,500 homes, shops, cinema, hotel and leisure facilities at Northstowe in South Cambridgeshire.
D&D London is to acquire Image Restaurants, the London-based chain of three restaurants, for more than £5m, and is planning to open a new outlet in Birmingham in 2009.
Manchester City Football Club is to accept a £82m takeover offer from UK Sports Investments of Thailand.
Planet Beach of the US is looking to open up to 200 tanning salons in the UK and Ireland, and is currently seeking a franchise or joint venture partner.
Peel Holdings has submitted plans for the development of a £100m racecourse at Salford Forest Park near Manchester.
Reel Cinemas is planning to expand its chain of ten cinemas into new locations throughout the country, and work is under way at five new sites in Andover, Hull, Newark, Swadlincote and Widnes.
Sheffield Ski Village has been bought out of administration by Broomhall-based Pullan Developments, securing the future of 70 jobs.
Nottingham Forest has unveiled plans to build a 50,000-capacity football stadium near Clifton, as part of the redevelopment of a 300-acre site that would also include a hotel, leisure facilities, housing and industrial units.
Regent Inns is to invest £4m in the refurbishment of its chain of 29 Old Orleans restaurants.
Warwick Conferences is to invest £3m in the refurbishment of its three training and conference centres at Warwick University this summer.
Thwaites is looking to expand its estate of about 400 pubs and has just acquired a further five properties in the north of England and Wales for £1.9m.
Bar Budda, the Glasgow-based chain of nine themed bars and clubs with 200 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new holding company called Dark Star Scotland for undisclosed terms.
De Vere is planning to open at least six new Greens Health & Fitness clubs over the next 12 months, having appointed Savills to find suitable sites.
Derby County has announced plans to expand the capacity at its Pride Park football stadium from 33,597 to 44,000.
Hilton Hotels Corporation of the US is planning to develop 25 Hampton Inns budget hotels in the UK over the next five years, as part of a franchise deal that will cost about £300m.
Discover Leisure is to expand its caravan dealerships business with the acquisition of Barrons of Lancashire for £20m and Mendip of Weston-super-Mare for £2m.
Quinlan Private Capital has acquired the Jurys Inn chain of 20 business hotels in the UK and Ireland for £793m.
BDL Management is linking up with Kennedy Group of Coleraine to develop a chain of up to 40 Ramada Encore hotels by 2012.
Annabel's and three other upmarket London nightclubs are to be acquired by the owner of Caprice Holdings for £95m.
Carlisle City Council is to discuss proposals for the development of a £21m theatre and arts centre at Rickergate.
Esporta is to invest £1bn in the expansion of its chain of health and fitness centres over the next five years.
Swansea Council is considering proposals from Edglade Properties and Snowmakers UK to develop a winter sports resort in Morfa, including a skiing area, ice rink, hotels and the creation of 460 jobs.
Whitbread is to sell its David Lloyd Leisure chain of fitness centres to property group London & Regional for £925m, in order to focus on hotels, coffee shops and restaurants.
All Leisure Group is to raise £30m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its cruise holidays business.
Laurel Pub Company is looking to double its newly-acquired chain of 58 La Tasca restaurants, while its Slug & Lettuce chain will grow from 50 to 120 and the Ha! Ha! chain will expand from 27 to 50 over the next three years.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from Progress Property Developments to build a £125m six-star Argyle International hotel with 158 rooms on the corner of Argyle Street and Robertson Street.
Lincolnshire County Council is working with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust over proposals to develop a £10m coastal country park on an eight kilometre stretch of coastline between Mablethorpe and Skegness.
Hamilton Park Racecourse is to create 204 full and part-time jobs over the next few months, having appointed Prestige Scotland to improve on-site catering and hospitality.
Monkbar, the 99-bedroom hotel in York, has been sold by Leisurepoint to Shiva Hotels for about £13m.
Principal Hotels is to acquire Hayley Conference Centres, the Buckinghamshire-based chain of eight conference centres, for £358m, and will invest £40m in the expansion of the properties.
North Somerset Council is to consider plans from Henry Boot Developments to build a £30m Tropicana leisure complex in Weston-super-Mare by 2010, including a 96-bedroom hotel, cinema and bowling.
Betbrokers is planning to acquire Winning Edge International, the US sports information service, for £3.2m.
Uttlesford District Council has approved plans from Airport Property Partnership for the development of two hotels at Stansted Airport, one with 250 bedrooms and one with 100.
St Moritz Hotel at Trebetherick in Cornwall is to recruit more than 50 staff in preparation for its opening in July.
Ovington Boats, the North Shields-based sailing dinghy manufacturer with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Evolve Finance.
Southampton City Council is to consider plans from Imperial Property for a £100m development off St Andrews Road, including flats, offices and a 204-bedroom four-star hotel run by Radisson SAS.
Aberdeen City Council is to receive plans from Bancon Developments to build a £5m 100-bedroom hotel at the former MegaBowl site in the city centre.
Gourmet Holdings is to sell its four Bel & The Dragon pub-restaurants in the South East to Ultimate Leisure for £8.7m.
Wyre Forest District Council is to consider proposals from the Kidderminster Carpet Museum Trust to set up a new carpet museum to commemorate Kidderminster's carpet manufacturing heritage.
Torbay Council is to consider plans from Havana West Development Company for a £9m leisure project in Babbacombe Bay, including an upmarket hotel and apartments.
Travelodge has announced plans to invest £3.5bn in the development of about 40 new budget hotels a year until 2020, with the creation of 10,000 jobs, and is particularly interested in London, Scotland and Wales.
Holidaybreak is to acquire PGL, the Ross-on-Wye-based activity holiday operator, for £100m.
The MCC is considering plans to expand the capacity of the Lord's cricket ground in London with 10,000 extra seats, as part of a redevelopment that would include a hotel, apartments, cricket academy and ice-rink.
Radisson Edwardian is to open a new 169-room four-star hotel at New Providence Wharf in London's Docklands in September.
Restaurant Group is planning to open up to 35 out-of-town restaurants during the full year, having already opened eight new sites.
The Bristol Old Vic theatre is to undergo a £7m refurbishment project by December 2008, partly funded by a £1m grant from Bristol City Council.
Brulines has acquired a 66% stake in Coin Metrics, the Milton Keynes-based developer of monitoring systems for gaming sites, for £0.7m.
Marston's is to sell 279 tenanted pubs to Piccadilly Licensed Properties for £82m, in order to reduce debt and improve the average quality of its estate.
Pubs n Bars has acquired the Community Taverns chain of 25 pubs for £2.5m.
Tadcaster Pub Company of Yorkshire is looking to invest £20m in the development of a chain of 35 town and country inns over the next five years.
Preston Council is to consider plans from Amadeus Property for the development of a £20m 126-room hotel with 56 apartments in Fox Street, with completion due in autumn 2008.
La Tasca, the Bolton-based chain of 71 tapas bars, is to be acquired by a consortium of R20, Kaupthing and TFT for £104m.
London Clubs International is to open a 50,000 sq ft casino at The Empire in London's Leicester Square this month.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from QMD Glasgow for the development of an 85-bedroom hotel and apartments at the BBC Scotland site in West End.
InterContinental Hotels is to open 11 new Holiday Inn hotels in the UK, as part of a deal with Kew Green Hotels that will involve rebranding former Courtyard by Marriott sites.
Clayton Hotels is planning to rebuild Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales, into a £6m five-star country house hotel, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
West Norfolk Council has approved plans from Searles to transform Manor Farm near Hunstanton into a holiday complex, including a 12-bedroom hotel, cottages, leisure club, golf course and the creation of 50 jobs.
Von Essen has acquired the Hunstrete House 25-bedroom Georgian hotel in Chelwood near Bath for almost £6m.
Golden Tulip UK has reached agreement to open three new Golden Tulip and Tulip Inn-branded hotels at sites in Doncaster, York and Gatwick.
Derby County has announced plans for a £20m development at its Pride Park football stadium, including a 165-bed hotel, bars, offices and the creation of 250 jobs.
The Macdonald Portal Hotel is recruiting 60 new staff at its hotel, golf and spa complex in Cheshire, following a £12m redevelopment project.
Cherwell District Council is to consider plans from London & Metropolitan for the development of a business park and 150-bedroom five-star hotel with conference facilities in Bicester.
Stockton Council is to consider plans for the development of a £25m golf resort at Wynyard Golf Club, including a 150-bed hotel, golf academy, clubhouse, conference facilities and the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Portsmouth Football Club has announced plans for the development of a new £600m 36,000-seater stadium with 1,500 apartments on the waterfront by 2011, in partnership with Sellar Property Group.
Reading Borough Council has approved plans from Gaming International for the development of a "racino" on Island Road by 2008, including speedway, greyhound racing and a casino.
Jurys Cardiff Hotel has been acquired by property investment firm Mountain Capital for about £16m, and will be rebranded as a Park Inn.
Travelodge is planning to open at least 30 budget hotels this year, including 3,000 rooms, but international expansion has been put on hold.
Sunterra is to be acquired by Diamond Resorts of the US for £350m, securing the future of 200 jobs at its holiday resorts and property business in Lancaster.
Milton Keynes Council has announced proposals for the development of a £20m sports village at Radcliffe School by 2011, including a 50-metre swimming pool, running track, tennis and all-weather playing pitch.
Punch Taverns is to sell 869 leased and tenanted pubs to Admiral Taverns for £326m.
Gurr Johns and Mallett are to merge their art restoration operations into a combined Clapham-based group called HJ Hatfield & Sons, with ten staff.
North Cornwall District Council is considering plans from the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association for the development of a £1.5m pavilion at the showground near Wadebridge.
Center Parcs is to invest £60m in improvements to the accommodation facilities at its four holiday parks, having awarded a contract to interior design group Target Living.
Casino Red is planning to set up a £5m casino at the former Princess Cinema site in Huddersfield, with the creation of more than 120 jobs.
The Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff has submitted plans for a £2.5m redevelopment project, including improvements to its cinema and theatre space.
Hotel Du Vin has won planning permission for a £8m investment in a new hotel in Edinburgh Old Town by 2008.
Food & Drink Group is to acquire seven leasehold bars in central London from the Puzzle Pub Company for £1.2m.
Gaming Ventures has acquired Shouting Duck, the mobile casino and games developer, for undisclosed terms.
Sports Cafe is planning to expand its chain of eight licensed venues by opening a number of smaller sites and by acquiring complementary brands.
InterContinental Hotels is to set up a 160-bedroom Crowne Plaza hotel at the £200m Morrison Street Goods Yard development in Edinburgh by 2012, while Travelodge will operate a 200-bedroom budget hotel at the site.
Mere Golf & Country Club in Cheshire is considering plans for a £10m expansion project, including a new 90-bedroom hotel.
Sleeperz is to build a £3.8m budget hotel with 77 bedrooms next to Cardiff Central Railway Station, and additional sites are being sought throughout the country.
Northern Racing, the owner of nine racecourses, has accepted a £70m takeover bid from NR Acquisitions.
Palatial Leisure is to open a new £2m casino in Great Yarmouth in October, with the creation of more than 70 jobs.
Thwaites is investing £9m in the refurbishment of its chain of 425 pubs, partly in preparation for the introduction of the smoking ban in July.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from Forrest Developments to build a £40m luxury hotel on the banks of the Clyde at Finnieston.
Principal Hotels has acquired the Hawkstone Park hotel and golf resort in Shropshire for about £11m.
Rank has secured licensing approval to set up a £6m casino in Southend-on-Sea.
South Lanarkshire Council has awarded outline planning permission to Vinebray for a £100m sports, entertainment and holiday centre at Kersewell Mains, near Carnwath, which could create about 750 jobs.
Pubs n Bars is to acquire Moorgate London, the chain of seven freehold pubs in Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, for £6.6m, taking its total estate to 73 sites.
St Helens Council has approved plans for the development of a £3.2m leisure and sports at the Queens Park site.
Newcastle United has announced plans for the £300m redevelopment of St James' Park football stadium, including a rise in capacity to 60,000, a hotel, a conference centre and apartments.
Mice Group is to sell Grant Leisure Group, which includes Blackpool Zoo and aquariums in Bournemouth and Lake Windermere, to Parques Reunidos for £10m.
MAMA Group is to acquire the Hammersmith Apollo entertainment venue in London from Live Nation for £13m.
Clapham House is to raise £4.6m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Bombay Bicycle Club restaurant chains.
LA Fitness is planning to create a further 100 jobs at its new headquarters in Doncaster over the next three years.
Sportingbet is to relocate some of its management, trading and marketing functions from London to Alderney, affecting about 25% of the 325 staff.
Highland Council is to consider plans from the Fort William Waterfront consortium for a £80m waterfront scheme in Fort William, including a 100-bed, three-star hotel and 350 homes.
Scottish Enterprise Grampian is to invest £1m in the development of tourism at the Cairngorms National Park over the next three years.
Hays Travel is to create 140 new jobs in its Sunderland-based holiday sales business, taking the homeworker division to 400 staff by the end of the year.
West Wiltshire District Council is to consider plans from Trowbridge Town for the development of a new £4m 2,000-capacity football stadium.
Park Resorts, the operator of 35 holiday parks, is to be acquired by private equity firm GI Partners for £440m.
Ignite Group is planning to expand its London-based chain of six restaurants with five new sites.
TGI Friday's is planning to recruit 250 new staff to improve customer service levels in its 45 restaurants.
Malvern Hills District Council has approved plans for the development of a £5m hotel and spa resort on Grovewood Road.
The National Trust is to invest £2.5m in its properties in Northern Ireland, including new facilities for the Argory near Moy, Portstewart Strand and the Crown Bar in Belfast.
David Lloyd Leisure is planning to set up a £12m health and fitness centre at the Hampton development in Peterborough.
Clyde Football Club is planning a £8.6m expansion at its Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, in order to create a community sport and leisure facility funded partly by North Lanarkshire Council.
First Choice Holidays is planning to merge with TUI to create a combined £4bn travel group called TUI Travel, which is expected to lead to job losses in their 1,100 shops.
Travelodge is to invest £140m in the development of up to 20 new budget hotels in London before the 2012 Olympics.
Blackburn with Darwen Council is considering plans from Castleland for the development of a £13m holiday village with 120 log cabins at Pleasington Lakes.
Rocco Forte Hotels has sold its St David's five-star hotel and spa in Cardiff to Principal Hotels for £32m.
London Town has bought 39 pubs across the country from Save for £16m, in order to expand its Bankside Developments and Inn Investment subsidiaries.
MAMA Group has acquired the Forum music and entertainment venue in London from Mean Fiddler for £1m.
FM Developments has unveiled plans for the £40m transformation of the 1,500-acre Ury Estate near Stonehaven into a luxury leisure complex, including a hotel, championship golf course and the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Creswell Heritage Trust has secured £4.2m of lottery funding to develop a new Museum of the Ice Age at Creswell Craggs in Nottinghamshire.
Sunseeker International is planning to create 500 new jobs at the Legend Yacht boat building facility at Osprey Quay in Portland.
Aston Hotels is planning to expand its chain of hotels from two to ten by 2012, with the next two sites opening in Sheffield and Neath.
St Mellion Golf Resort in Cornwall is planning a £80m redevelopment project to enable it to host major golf tournaments, including a new 80-bedroom hotel and 265 golf homes.
Winchester City Council has announced plans to build a new £3m sports centre at Bar End, including athletics and hockey facilities.
Leicester City Council is planning to invest £4.3m in a new £20m cinema and arts complex called the Digital Media Centre, in order to replace Phoenix Arts.
Rezidor is planning to set up a luxury 164-bedroom hotel on Justice Mill Lane in Aberdeen by 2009, as part of a £60m development scheme by Hazledene Estates.
Bristol City Council has approved plans for the development of a £19m Museum of Bristol at the site of the former Industrial Museum on Princes Wharf by summer 2009.
FitPro has acquired Personal Training on the Net, the US-based online service for fitness instructors, for about £2m.
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design is to relocate to a 300,000 sq ft site at the Granary building at Argent's King's Cross development in London.
Rezidor is to set up a 115-bedroom Park Inn hotel at the former GMO building in Peterborough by summer 2008.
The Scottish Executive is supporting plans for the development of a £27m sports village in Stirling, including swimming, hockey, an ice rink and fitness facilities.
Hull City Council has approved plans from Pure Urban for the development of a new £10m 128-bed hotel on the east bank of the River Hull.
Sportech is planning to acquire the Vernons Pools gaming business from Ladbrokes for about £50m, in order to expand its Littlewoods division.
Tussauds Group is to be acquired by Merlin Entertainments for £1.03bn, creating a combined group of leisure attractions and theme parks with 13,000 staff in 12 countries.
InterContinental Hotels is looking to relocate its headquarters from Windsor, having appointed Cushman & Wakefield to find a 70,000 sq ft site in the Thames Valley.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club has announced plans for the £20m expansion of Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, including a new pavilion and residential development.
First Choice Holidays has acquired i-to-i of Leeds, iExplore of the US and WesternXposure of Australia for a total £22m, in order to expand its activity holidays business.
Targetfollow is planning to invest £100m in the transformation of Stockport town centre's Grand Central leisure complex by 2009, including a hotel, apartments and new shops.
Wessex Taverns has sold 28 leisure outlets to the Tyneside-based Ladhar Group for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 340 jobs.
Goals Soccer Centres is planning to expand its chain of 22 five-a-side football centres with five new sites this year and next year, and will then increase the rate of expansion.
Geronimo Inns is planning to open pubs at St Pancras station in London and at Heathrow's Terminal Five, as part of a strategy to double in size over the next three years.
Christie's is to acquire Haunch of Venison, the London-based operator of contemporary art galleries, for undisclosed terms.
Tasty is planning to expand its chain of Dim T dim sum restaurants from six to 14 this year.
Blackpool Council has approved plans from Brook Leisure to acquire and revamp the historic Clifton Hotel at a cost of £7.5m.
Luton Town Football Club is to launch a public consultation on plans to build a new 22,000-capacity stadium at Old Park Farm, near junction 12 of the M1 motorway.
Saltire Taverns has sold the Rutland hotel and nightclub in Edinburgh to Signature Pub Group for £7m, and a further £3m will be invested in upgrading the site.
Bailbrook House in Bath is planning to invest up to £30m to create a five-star luxury hotel, following its acquisition by Hilwood Resorts & Hotels.
X-Leisure is considering plans to build a new Xscape snowdome at Lakeside in Thurrock.
Doncaster Council is to consider plans from Basilton Properties for the development of a £12m 122-bed hotel in High Fisher Gate, which would create 50 jobs.
AB Hotels is to invest £12m in the transformation of six town houses near Marble Arch in London into a four-star 84-bedroom boutique hotel by 2008.
Thomas Cook of Peterborough is to merge with MyTravel of Rochdale to form a combined holidays business with more than 32,000 staff, but this is expected to lead to job losses and the closure of Thomas Cook shops.
Gala Coral has acquired 44 Reuben Page betting shops in the North East from Durham-based Pagebet for undisclosed terms, and Pagebet is now looking to expand its remaining 15 sites back up to 50 within three years.
Cherwell District Council has announced plans to build a new £14m sports and leisure centre in Banbury.
Bourne Leisure is to invest £10m in improvements to its holiday park at Haggerston, near Berwick, over the next five years, including a new spa complex.
Scarborough RUFC is planning to build a new £3m rugby stadium near Scalby, including eight pitches and a 296-seat stand.
Accor is to set up a five-star 205-bedroom Sofitel hotel and conference centre at Mountgrange Capital's £300m Caltongate scheme in Edinburgh by 2010.
Bourne Leisure has acquired Far Grange Park, the holiday park with 100 staff and 850 pitches in Skipsea, near Hornsea, in a multi-million pound deal.
Park Holidays UK has acquired the Landscove and Riviera Bay holiday parks in South Devon.
Glasgow City Council has unveiled plans for the development of a £6m leisure centre at the historic Maryhill Baths building.
Salop Leisure Group is to invest £1.5m at the Min-y-Don Holiday Home Park in Harlech and £0.8m at the Seven Oaks Holiday Home Park at Crew Green near Shrewsbury by late summer.
Tussauds Group has agreed a deal with IntercontinentalHotels Group to set up a £15m four-star Holiday Inn hotel next to Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey.
Liverpool Football Club is to be acquired by a new US-based company called Kop Football for £219m, which will clear the way for the development of a new £215m stadium at Stanley Park.
North Wiltshire District Council has received plans for the development of a four-star hotel and spa at the Bowood Estate near Chippenham by autumn 2008.
Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset is to start work on a £16m expansion project in April, which will create about 100 jobs.
Group 4 Securicor has acquired Special Events Security, the stewarding company with annual turnover of £3.4m, for undisclosed terms.
Capita Group has acquired Harry Weeks Travel & Leisure Group, the Orpington-based travel software company with 70 staff, for £21m.
The Clumber Park Hotel near Worksop has submitted plans for a £2.5m expansion project, including 27 new rooms, a spa and the creation of almost 50 jobs.
Milton Keynes Council is to consider plans from British Waterways Trust to establish a £30m water park near Broughton Gate by 2012.
The University of Reading has submitted plans to build a 151-bed four-star hotel and conference centre on its main campus in Reading.
Ascot Racecourse is planning to invest a further £10m in improvements to its recent redevelopment project by May.
Rotherham Council has awarded outline planning permission to Oak Holdings for the development of a £350m leisure, sports and convention centre near Orgreave.
Chester Grosvenor & Spa is to invest £3m in improvements to the conference facilities at its Chester hotel, and project management company Tropus will start work in June.
Manchester City Council has been selected to host the UK's first super-casino, which could create up to 2,700 jobs, and large casinos will also be established in Great Yarmouth, Hull, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newham, Solihull and Southampton.
Holidaybreak has acquired West End Theatre Bookings, the London-based ticket agency, for an initial £2.6m.
Marston's is to acquire Sovereign Inns, the Leicester-based chain of 33 tenanted pubs, for £19m.
Accor of France is planning to open five Etap budget hotels in the UK in 2007, including sites in Sheffield, Leeds and Cardiff.
Marston's has acquired Eldridge Pope, the Dorset-based chain of 135 pubs, for £155m, taking its total estate to 2,485 outlets.
Yesteryear is to invest £1.4m opening two bars in Wigan and St Anne's under the new Fred's brand later this year.
Lincoln Castle is planning a £9.4m redevelopment project over the next five years, including new wall walks, a stage and other facilities.
The Youth Hostel Association has selected Reside Property Management of Castle Donington to oversee a £50m expansion programme, including an upgrade for 200 hostels across the country.
Ladbrokes has acquired Sponsio, the online betting company operating in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, for an initial £36m.
Torridge District Council is to consider plans for the development of Downland Holiday Village in Torridge, including 50 cottages around a village green.
Arora International is linking up with Surrey County Cricket Club to seek permission to build a four-star 170-bed hotel at the Brit Oval in London by 2009.
All Star Leisure is to invest £5m opening two new London bowling centres in Bayswater and Brick Lane this year, and further sites will open in Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh from 2008.
Caithness Glass has won planning permission from Perth & Kinross Council to set up a new £5m plant and visitor centre at its existing Inveralmond site.
Whitbread is to sell its chain of 45 TGI Friday's restaurants to Carlson Restaurants, ABN Amro Capital and British Land for £70m, in order to focus on hotels and coffee shops.
Gateshead Council is considering plans to build a cable car system to improve access to the arts centres on the quayside.
Fitness First is planning to expand its UK chain of 177 health clubs with up to seven new sites in 2007, as part of a global expansion programme that will involve up to 70 new clubs.
The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles is to relocate its museum and office from Halifax to York later this year, with the creation of up to ten jobs.
Newcastle City Council is to consider plans from Trinity Hotels for the development of a 128-room four-star Staybridge hotel on Buxton Street.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans for the £1bn redevelopment of the Titanic quarter, including a tourist centre and 3m sq ft of hotels, shops and apartments.
De Vere has secured planning permission to build a 106-bedroom hotel at Capitol Park in Leeds under the Village Hotel & Leisure brand by spring 2008.
Western & Oriental has acquired Tropical Locations, the London-based luxury holidays company, from Bob Mortimore Travel for £0.2m.
Charles Wells has acquired ten freehold pubs from Traditional Freehouses of East London for £9m.
Manchester City Council is looking at various options to expand the G-Mex conference centre, in order to increase capacity and improve its appearance.
Apex Hotels is planning to set up a £25m 80-bedroom hotel in Copthall Avenue, London, and a £30m 180-bedroom hotel at Waterloo Place in Edinburgh.
Ceredigion County Council is to consider plans from the Conrah Hotel near Aberystwyth to develop a conference centre and 50 new bedrooms.
JD Wetherspoon is planning to invest £35m opening 30 new pubs in 2007, and up to 1,200 jobs will be created.
Cathedral Group is planning to build a £100m "artisan village" on a 3.3-acre industrial site in Greenwich, including creative workshops, a 150-bed hotel, offices and shops.
Southwell Business Park is to seek planning permission for a £4m four-star hotel at its site on Portland.
Rochdale Development Agency has announced plans for the development of a £13m sports centre in Rochdale, and Barr Construction will start work early this year.
Royal Bank of Scotland has sold 47 Marriott hotels in the UK to Delek Real Estate of Israel for an estimated £1.1bn, but Marriott will continue to manage the sites.
First Choice Holidays has acquired LateRooms, the Manchester-based online holiday sales company, for an initial £108m.
Jockey Club Racecourses is planning to acquire Exeter Racecourse and spend £2.4m improving its facilities over the next three years.