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West Midland Safari & Leisure Park is to recruit 250 staff in January, in preparation to reopen the site in February.
Natural Retreats is planning to invest £4.5m in the development of 17 holiday cottages on a 360-acre site in the Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District.
Chelsfield has unveiled proposals for the £150m redevelopment of the Commonwealth Institute building in London's Kensington, including the relocation of the Design Museum from Shad Thames.
Whitbread is planning to build a floating budget hotel with 54 bedrooms at Hartlepool Marina by 2010.
Falkirk Council is to consider plans from Aurora Hotels to build a £75m 220-bedroom hotel and spa complex in Larbert.
Sportscotland is to invest more than £3.4m in improvements to eight sports facilities, including £1.2m for the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands.
Thomas Cook is to acquire a majority stake in Gold Medal International, the Preston-based independent travel company with 500 staff, for an initial £25m.
Tynwald is to proceed with plans to set up a £1.2m Manx Ancestry Centre in Douglas on the Isle of Man.
Rice Flame Bar & Grill is planning to open three new restaurants in Manchester, Liverpool and London next year, increasing its headcount from 110 to 165.
Bolton Council is to consider plans from the University of Bolton to build a £30m public swimming pool and sports centre.
Lincoln City Council is to consider proposals from an unnamed company to reintroduce horse racing to the city, with a £10m investment at the Carholme Road site.
Everards Brewery of Leicestershire is to invest £3m in the acquisition and revamp of up to seven pubs over the next 18 months, to add to the existing 160 outlets.
Billing Aquadrome is planning to invest £9.5m in improvements to its 240-acre holiday park in Northampton over the next few years, including a new pool, gym, sauna and the creation of 100 jobs.
Fife Council has approved plans from Hotel du Vin for the £10m expansion of St Andrews Golf Hotel, with the creation of 30 jobs.
The Buzz is to create 75 jobs at a new children's play centre due to open in Falkirk in January.
Shetland Arts Development Agency is to set up a £12m creative hub in Lerwick by 2011, including a cinema, auditorium and concert hall.
Scottish Borders Council has approved plans from Manor Kingdom Estates and De Vere to develop a £50m five-star hotel at Rutherford Castle near West Linton by 2010, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Carluccio's is planning to expand its chain of 41 restaurants with at least five new outlets over the next year.
North Somerset Council is to consider plans for the £28m rebuilding of the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare, including a number of new rides and attractions.
Whitbread is to expand its chain of Premier Inn budget hotels with 2,000 new rooms next year, as part of a £200m capital expenditure programme.
Orbis has acquired Electracade for an initial £2.6m, in order to expand its gaming software business.
Ability Group is planning to open a £40m 151-bedroom hotel at Syon Park in West London by December 2009.
Le Frog has sold four restaurants in Ormskirk, Fullwood, Wigan and St Helens out of administration to a management team for undisclosed terms.
Admiral Taverns has sold its 27 pubs in Scotland to the Iona Pub Partnership of Glasgow for undisclosed terms, leaving a chain of 2,300 outlets.
Renfrewshire Council is to consider plans from Paisley Vision for the £30m revamp of Paisley's town hall, library, museums and art galleries over the next ten years.
Pure Leisure Group is to invest £3.5m in the development of a new leisure complex at the Fell End Caravan Park in the South Lakes.
Apollo Casino Resorts is planning to set up a £25m leisure complex at the Manor Mill development in Hull.
TUI Travel has acquired Teamlink Travel, the Derby-based provider of sports travel services with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Inverclyde Council and Peel are planning a £180m project to redevelop the historic James Watt Dock in Greenock over the next ten years, including a 400-berth marina, 45,000 sq ft of retail space, housing, offices and the creation of 1,700 jobs.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council is considering plans to help fund the development of a new £2m 5,000-capacity stadium at Moreton Hall for Bury Town Football Club.
The Northwest Regional Development Agency is to help fund the £9m transformation of Lowther Castle near Penrith into a tourist attraction, with the creation of 28 jobs.
Bradbury Hall Developments has submitted plans for a £20m 100-room Casa hotel and office development in Chesterfield, which will create up to 500 jobs.
Macdonald Estates is planning a £75m hotel, retail and office development at Wester Gourdie in Dundee, including a new base for technology firm NCR, a £35m Asda store and the creation of 650 jobs.
Monumental Games has acquired Swordfish Studios, the Salford-based online gaming firm with 26 staff, creating a combined group with more than 100 staff.
Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club is considering plans to build a new 12,000-capacity stadium, sports village and retail centre.
Nottinghamshire County Council is planning to set up a £10m visitor centre at Sherwood Forest, with the creation 310 jobs.
Luton Borough Council has unveiled plans to open a £25m swimming complex by 2012.
Copeland Council has approved plans from Western Lakes for the £10m expansion of Whitehaven golf course, including 62 holiday chalets and 13 new jobs.
Corney & Barrow is seeking suitable sites in London to expand its chain of 13 wine bars.
The Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled plans to invest a further £120m in the refurbishment of its London museum, including new galleries for ceramics and performances.
Blue Rainbow of Manchester is planning to expand across the country by opening luxury serviced apartments in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and London next year.
Arleigh International, the supplier of spares for holiday homes, is to set up a new base at the Century Park development in Nuneaton by the end of the year, with the creation of more than 30 jobs.
Vue Entertainment is to set up a ten-screen cinema in the £300m extension of the Buchanan Galleries shopping mall in Glasgow.
Skelwith Group is planning to set up a £30m five-star hotel at the Raithwaite Hall estate in Whitby by 2010.
Dolce Hotels of the US is planning to expand into the UK next year, and is considering cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Middlesbrough Council is to consider plans from Terrace Hill for a £50m four-star hotel and office development in Central Gardens.
Sitel is to set up a travel call centre at the former Thomas Cook site in Accrington, securing the jobs of about 150 of the Thomas Cook staff.
The Scottish Government has granted outline planning consent to the Trump Organisation for the development of a £1bn golf resort at the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, which will create up to 1,200 permanent jobs.
Bulgari of Italy has submitted plans to transform the former Normandie Hotel in London's Knightsbridge into a 78-bedroom five-star hotel.
Fitzpatrick Hotel Group has submitted plans to open a £40m boutique hotel in Edinburgh by 2010, with the refurbishment of three townhouses in Baxter's Place.
Tottenham Hotspur has announced plans to build a new 60,000-capacity football stadium at the White Hart Lane site in North London.
Castle Morpeth District Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £7m golf course and clubhouse at Close House Hotel near Heddon-on-the-Wall.
Albatross Travel Group, the wholesale travel firm with about 100 staff at offices in Kent and Derbyshire, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Greater London Authority is to consider plans from Aquiva of Dubai to set up a 158-room luxury yacht hotel at Thames Quay near Canary Wharf.
Leeds United is to submit plans for a new leisure complex and 350-room hotel at its Elland Road stadium, which will create more than 200 jobs.
Meridian Leisure is to create 125 jobs at a new £23m four-star Holiday Inn hotel due to open at Winnersh Triangle near Reading in early 2010.
Cosalt is to sell its Cosalt Holiday Homes division in Hull to Endless Group for a nominal sum, in order to focus on the marine safety sector.
Travelodge is investing £125m in the opening of 22 new budget hotels by the end of the year, adding about 2,000 rooms.
Stirling Council has approved plans from Glenbervie House Hotels to convert a former bank and infirmary site in Stirling's old town into a luxury hotel.
Nottingham City Council has approved plans for the development of a £6m leisure centre and swimming pool at the Djanogly City Academy.
North Lincolnshire Council is to consider proposals from Investorin for the creation of a £30m leisure park at Normanby Hall Country Park near Scunthorpe by 2010, including a hotel, log cabins and the creation of 180 jobs.
Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen University are considering plans to develop a new harbour and visitor centre to the south of the city.
Westminster City Council has approved plans from Edward Holdings to transform Bow Street Magistrates Court in London into a hotel.
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club is planning to set up a new National Curling Academy in Kinross by 2010.
The Royal College of Art has unveiled plans to build a new £33m campus in Battersea by 2013.
Travelodge is linking up with Aldi to open joint hotel and supermarket sites, starting with projects in Newquay and Middlesbrough.
Alton Towers has submitted plans to build a Sea Life aquarium at its Staffordshire theme park by next year.
Liverpool City Council has approved plans from Merepark and Ballymore for the development of a 174-room hotel and conference centre at the Watson building in Renshaw Street.
Barrow Borough Council is to consider plans from Story Group for a £120m Marina Village development on Barrow waterfront, including a marina, hotel, shops and homes.
Online Travel Group has sold its World Travellers UK business out of administration to World Ski & Travel, while its insurance assets have been acquired by a former director.
Jumeirah of Dubai is planning to build a 25-storey five-star hotel in Glasgow's financial district by 2011.
Whitbread is planning to open a further 57 Premier Inns and 14 pubs by February 2009.
Greenwich Council has approved plans from Anschutz Entertainment Group for the 260,000 sq ft expansion of the O2 arena, including bars and leisure space.
Northumberland County Council and NE Music are to seek lottery funding for the development of a £3m music and performing arts centre for young people in Blyth.
Premier Travel of Cambridge has acquired Travel Centre's seven travel agency outlets in Norwich and Dereham, taking its total chain to 29.
Harrogate Borough Council has approved plans for the £45m expansion of the Harrogate International Centre, including a new exhibition hall.
Jet2holidays is creating 30 jobs at a travel call centre at Leeds Bradford Airport, having transferred the work back from India.
OFS Studio has secured funding for the £2.1m refurbishment of its theatre in Oxford, with work starting next year.
The National Trust is to invest up to £8.4m in improvements to Stowe Landscape Gardens in Buckinghamshire over the next three years.
Scarborough Council is considering plans from Benchmark for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the 7,000-capacity open air theatre at Northstead Manor Gardens.
Carrier, the Cheadle Royal-based luxury tour operator with 84 staff, has been acquired by Kuoni of Switzerland for more than £30m.
New Crystal Palace has unveiled proposals to build a £265m replica of the original Crystal Palace in South London by 2014, including an Edwardian funfair, exhibition space, cinema and hotel.
WWF-UK, the wildlife charity, is planning to set up a new headquarters in Surrey, and one site being considered is in Woking town centre.
The Woodland Trust is to proceed with plans to invest £8.5m in the creation of a new broadleaf forest at an 850-acre site near Sandridge in Hertfordshire.
Bangor University has unveiled plans to build a new £25m arts and innovation centre, in order to replace Theatr Gwynedd by 2011.
Maggie & Rose is looking to raise £3m from Ironbridge Capital Partners and others to fund the development of a chain of upmarket children's nurseries in London.
Welcome Break is to open a new £3m 77-bedroom hotel at the Birchanger Green service station near Stansted next March.
Tasty has raised £2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its restaurant chain.
Mansfield District Council has announced plans for the £6m expansion of Westfield Folk House, in order to improve the leisure services offered to young people.
MAMA Group has acquired the Heaven nightclub in central London for £0.6m.
Chester City has unveiled plans for the multi-million pound expansion of its Deva football stadium, including an increase to the capacity and new office and leisure facilities.
Lancashire County Cricket Club has unveiled plans for the £70m expansion of its Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester by 2012, including two new grandstands.
Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service has secured a £1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand the Bridewell museum in Norwich by 2011.
Newbury Racecourse is to unveil updated plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment project, including a 120-bed hotel and improved racing and golfing facilities.
Croydon Council has approved plans for the £5m expansion of Selsdon Park Hotel & Golf Club in London, including 88 new rooms and leisure facilities.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1m for the development of a new visitor centre at Pickering Station for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Pyramid Products, the Nottinghamshire-based camping products manufacturer, has been acquired by Group Novo for undisclosed terms.
Evesham United is to proceed with plans to build a new £2m football stadium in Evesham by August 2009.
Durham City Council is to consider plans from County Durham Ice Foundation for the development of a £3m ice rink and shopping complex at Belmont Business Park by autumn 2009, which could create 200 jobs.
Corby Borough Council has announced plans to build a new £5m sports complex at the Rockingham Triangle Stadium.
Thomas Cook, the tour operator, is to set up a 9,350 sq ft office on Savoy Street in London's West End.
Oxfordshire County Council is in discussions with the Soldiers of Oxfordshire trust about plans to set up a £3m military history museum in Woodstock.
Yellowhammer Bars has bought five bars in Bournemouth and Poole from the administrators of Future 3000, taking its nationwide chain to 30 sites.
Directline Holidays, the Croydon-based travel agency with 50 staff, has appointed KPMG to consider proposals for a sale or flotation of the business.
English Heritage has submitted plans to build a new visitors' centre at Dover Castle, in order to cope with 300,000 visitors a year.
Torbay Council is planning to set up a £5m entertainment centre for teenagers in Paignton, including a skate park, BMX track, arts studio and watersports facility.
Aberdeen City Council has selected The MacKenzie Club as preferred bidder for the £100m redevelopment of Hazlehead golf course, including a 200-bedroom five-star hotel and conference centre.
Southend Council is to consider proposals from a local consortium for the development of a new £100m marina at Eastern Esplanade by 2012.
Peel Holdings has submitted plans to build a £8.5m 100-bed hotel at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington.
Nottinghamshire County Council is to invest £10m in the renovation of the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre at West Bridgford.
The University of Teesside has announced plans to build a £10m sports and health centre by 2010, including dentistry training and sports therapy facilities.
LateRooms has acquired Hotels-London.co.uk, the London-based hotel booking agency, for undisclosed terms.
Hoxton Hotels is looking to open up to ten hotels in London, as well as in major cities throughout the country.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to open a W branded 194-room luxury hotel at Leicester Square in London in 2010, and a 160-room hotel will open in Manchester.
Mansfield District Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £10m library and learning centre by 2011.
Leger Holidays has acquired Consort Travel, the Rotherham-based coach holidays firm, for undisclosed terms.
Gamingking is planning to acquire Orb Holdings, the operator of amusement machines, in a reverse takeover.
Goals Soccer Centres has identified more than 40 potential sites to expand its chain of 29 five-a-side football centres, and believes there is potential for up to 150.
Manchester City Football Club is to be acquired by Abu Dhabi United Group for Development & Investment in a £200m deal.
Weymouth & Portland Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £7m 6,000-capacity stadium for Weymouth Football Club by 2012.
Aberdeenshire Council is planning to build a new £8m swimming pool in Fraserburgh by 2012.
Sport England has unveiled plans for the multi-million pound expansion of a number of sport training facilities in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games, including Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire and Lilleshall in Shropshire.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans for the £50m expansion of the Marcliffe five-star hotel at Pitfodels, including a new conference centre.
Bloomsbury Bowling is to set up a £2.3m bowling alley in Nelson Street, Bristol, by the end of the year.
The Gym Group is planning to open three more budget gyms this year and a further ten in 2009.
Chichester District Council is to proceed with plans for the development of a £6.9m Roman baths museum in the city centre.
Gateshead Council is planning to build an ice arena, winter sports complex, golf course and shops at the seven-acre International Stadium site.
Advantage West Midlands is to help fund the development of a £9m traditional glass-making centre in Stourbridge by 2011, including a visitors' centre and the creation of more than 30 jobs.
Whitbread is to invest £4.7m in the refurbishment of 38 of its Brewers Fayre pub-restaurants.
Leicester City Council is to consider plans from Bowbridge Group for the £200m redevelopment of the former Corah site in Vaughan Way, including a new sports complex, hotel, homes and shops.
Rochford District Council is to consider plans from Charter Project Development to build a £18m luxury hotel and office complex in Aviation Way by 2012.
Andras House is to invest £10m in the expansion of the Ramada hotel in south Belfast, including 90 new bedrooms and the creation of 60 jobs.
Stirling Council is to consider plans from Aurora Hotels to build a £10m five-star boutique hotel at the former Stirling Royal Infirmary, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness has submitted plans to build a £6m conference and banqueting centre, including five-star accommodation and the creation of up to 40 jobs.
North East Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans from Heritage London & Hanover for the development of a Radisson Park Inn hotel with 132 rooms at Birchin Way in Grimsby by 2010.
Scottish Borders Council is to consider plans for the development of a £50m hotel at the Rutherford Castle golf club near West Linton, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Blackpool Council has secured a £4m government grant to go towards the development of a £11m outdoor performance and events space on the seafront, as part of a £45m investment in UK seaside resorts.
Drumbo Park is creating 120 jobs at its new £3m greyhound stadium in Lisburn.
Expotel has undergone a £38m management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners, and has also acquired NIS Europe, the Manchester-based hotel booking agency.
Whitbread is to acquire 21 Express by Holiday Inn hotels from Mitchells & Butlers, in exchange for 44 pub restaurants.
Arts Council England is to set up an 18,000 sq ft regional office at the Hive development in Manchester's Stevenson Square.
ATP International, the travel management company, has undergone a secondary £73m management buy-out backed by Barclays Private Equity.
Thistle Hotels is to invest £150m in the refurbishment of its Guoman luxury hotels in the UK over the next three years, including £20m for the Royal Horse Guards hotel in London.
Southampton City Council is planning to set up a £30m museum and heritage centre at the Civic Centre by 2012, including an exhibition to commemorate the Titanic.
Bristol City Council has unveiled plans for the development of a £22m leisure centre and swimming pool at Hengrove Park by autumn 2010.
Dean & Dyball has won a £12m contract from Cardiff Council and the Welsh Assembly to build a canoe and rafting centre in Cardiff by 2010.
InterContinental Hotels Group is relocating its global headquarters from Windsor to Denham, Buckinghamshire.
Lancaster City Council has approved plans for the development of a £20m sports centre at Lancaster University by spring 2010.
Sportscotland is to relocate its Edinburgh headquarters to the Templeton Business Centre in Glasgow by next April.
Manchester Airports Group is to build a four-star hotel at East Midlands Airport over the next two years with the creation of 60 jobs, and is currently in talks with potential operators.
Travelodge is to invest £150m in the development of 55 new budget hotels at seaside resorts nationwide by 2015, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Clapham House has sold the Bombay Bicycle Club chain to Gourmet Restaurants for £4.4m, including three London-based restaurants and 15 delivery kitchens.
Bristol Zoo Gardens has unveiled plans to develop a £70m National Wildlife Conservation Park on the outskirts of Bristol by 2012.
Weymouth & Portland Council is to consider plans from Howard Holdings to build a four-star Hilton hotel at the Weymouth Pavilion development by 2012, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Invest NI is to support a £0.4m investment by Cruise118 to set up a cruise holiday sales customer services operation in Northern Ireland, offering 16 staff the flexibility to work from home.
Sheffield United has sold the Thames Club, the Staines-based health and fitness club, to a company funded by the Downing Protected VCTs, in order to focus its leisure operations in the South Yorkshire area.
Restormel Borough Council is to consider plans from Laurence Associates to build a £30m five-star hotel in Newquay, including 130 rooms on six floors.
Derby City Council has unveiled plans for the £20m refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms venue, including a new facade and seating.
Whitbread is planning to open 43 Premier Inn budget hotels this year, having just acquired three sites in Basingstoke, Bristol and Rochester.
Northern Racing has won the contract to operate the new £20m Ffos Las racecourse that is due to open in Carmarthenshire next year.
CitizenM of the Netherlands is planning to develop a chain of up to 20 design-led budget hotels across Europe over the next five years, including major cities such as London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Calderdale Council is to consider plans for the development of an outdoor activity centre at Dobroyd Castle in Todmorden, which could create up to 125 jobs.
Danoptra has acquired the pub gaming machines business of Inspired Gaming, including 30,000 machines and 850 staff.
Shearings Holidays has acquired the George Hotel in Chollerford, Northumberland, the Eden Arms Hotel near Durham and the St George Hotel in Harrogate, as part of a £25m expansion programme.
Inspired Gaming is to raise £40m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its gaming machines business and reduce debt.
Aldgate Capital is to acquire 31 Shipleys gaming machine arcades, through the £25m acquisition of HJM Caterers and E&J Hall Investments.
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol has won planning permission to build a £10m 40,000 sq ft Concorde museum and visitors centre, in partnership with property development firm JT Baylis.
VisitBritain is considering plans to relocate its 350 Hammersmith-based staff, and possible locations include Bristol, another site in London and two unnamed cities.
Phoenix Equity Partners is to support a £21m investment in the Busaba Eathai restaurant chain, with the development of up to 30 new sites across the country over the next five years.
Chardon Group is planning to develop a new headquarters, 130-bed hotel and training academy at Speirs Locks in Glasgow by summer 2009.
The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle is planning to undergo a £30m transformation into a five-star spa, leisure and conference complex, with the creation of 225 jobs, under plans announced by McAlister Holdings.
Stockton Council is to proceed with plans for the £15m refurbishment of the Forum theatre and leisure complex in Billingham.
Gosport Borough Council is to consider plans from Verve Properties for the development of a £30m waterfront attraction at Priddy's Hard, including a hotel, craft studios and 64 homes.
Ashford Town is to submit plans for the £8.5m redevelopment of its Homelands site, including a new 5,000-capacity football stadium, 100-bed hotel and sports village.
Dorset County Council is to start work on the development of a £5.5m visitor attraction at Durlston Country Park near Swanage in summer 2009.
Leekes Group has agreed a £38m funding deal with Barclays to fund the expansion of its South Wales-based retail and leisure operations, including two new stores and the conversion of Hensol Castle into a luxury boutique hotel by 2010.
McKever Group is planning to upgrade the Columba Hotel in Oban to four-star status, as part of a £3m waterfront redevelopment that will create up to 60 jobs.
Burnley Football Club is to submit plans to invest £2m in improvements to its Gawthorpe training ground.
Holidaybreak has acquired Hertford Travel Group, the holding company for educational tour operator European Study Tours, for £4m.
South Nottingham College is to build a new £15m sports college in West Bridgford over the next two years, in partnership with Nottingham Rugby Club and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
Cantina Augusto of London is planning to open up to 15 new restaurants over the next three years.
VisitScotland is to relocate 66 staff from existing offices in Strathpeffer and Inverness to the Highlands & Islands Enterprise office at Cowan House in Inverness in August.
Travelodge is to invest £70m in its budget hotel chain, including the acquisition of two Swallow hotels in Scarborough and Edinburgh and the conversion of five in Finsbury Park, Porthmadog, Gloucester, Caernarfon and Egham.
Travelzest has acquired The Cruise Professionals, the Canadian provider of luxury cruises, for an initial £6.5m.
Plymouth Argyle Football Club is seeking a stadium development partner to complete the redevelopment of Home Park, at an estimated cost of up to £13m.
Corsie Group, the East Lothian-based sports equipment supplier with 19 staff, has been bought out of administration by Henselite of Australia for undisclosed terms.
Sinclair Breweries is planning to expand its Orkney Brewery and open a visitor's centre by early next year, with the creation of about 13 jobs.
The Rushmere Centre in Craigavon is planning a £40m investment in new shopping and leisure facilities, including a multiplex cinema and the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Chester Zoo is considering proposals to triple the size of its site, including new visitor facilities and a hotel.
Bolton Council is to consider plans from Business Proficient for the development of a £30m hotel and country club in Horwich, which could create up to 270 jobs by 2011.
Danoptra, the Leeds-based gaming machines and leisure club operator, is to be acquired by a consortium led by Credit Suisse and BlueBay Asset Management in a £85m deal.
Yotel is planning to open at least 20 pod-style hotels at airport and city centre locations around the world over the next two years.
Moti Mahal has secured a £25m private equity investment to help fund the development of a chain of up to 40 restaurants in London over the next ten years.
The National Trust has submitted plans to build a £21m visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim by 2011.
Gosport Borough Council has announced plans to build a new £12m sports centre on the site of the existing Holbrook Recreation Centre.
Doxford Hall Hotel is to recruit 60 new staff at its £14m country house hotel in Northumberland in August.
Million-2-1, the Manchester-based online gaming company with 20 staff, has been acquired by International Game Technology of the US in a multi-million pound deal.
Co-operative Travel Management has acquired Parador Travel Management, the London-based travel services firm, creating a nationwide network of 16 offices.
Historic Scotland is to invest £9m in the £12m restoration of the Royal lodgings at Stirling Castle, and the palace will close from August 2008 until 2011.
Warwick Arts Centre has unveiled plans for the £6.9m redevelopment of the Butterworth concert hall.
Jamie's Italian has secured £6m from Barclays Commercial Bank to fund the development of six new restaurants over the next five years.
Thomas Cook has acquired Jet Tours of France for £56m and TriWest Travel of Canada for £57m, as part of a strategy to expand its independent travel operations.
Scott Wilson Group has acquired Strategic Leisure, the Manchester-based management consultancy that provides strategic advice to leisure organisations, for up to £0.6m.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is planning to develop a further 30 Hampton Inn budget hotels in the UK over the next five years, as part of a £500m property deal with HLH.
Southampton City Council is to consider plans from Marina Developments to build a £60m 224-room four-star hotel at the Ocean Village site by late 2010, and it will be operated by Millennium & Copthorne.
Cyberview Technology, the manufacturer of gambling machines, is to be acquired by Game Technology of the US for £39m.
Yorkshire Forward is to contribute up to £4m to the £20m redevelopment of the Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground in Leeds, including new facilities for players, a media centre and a teaching block.
Sunseeker International has won approval for the £8m expansion of its yacht building operation at Osprey Quay in Portland, which will create 350 jobs.
Rotherham United Football Club is to relocate to the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, but discussions will continue about the development of a new community stadium in Rotherham.
LGV Capital is to acquire the hospitality division of SandpiperCI for about £70m, including 65 pubs on the Channel Islands and the Jersey Brewery.
Paddy Power has acquired McGranaghan Racing, the chain of eight betting shops in Northern Ireland, for £19m.
Hays Travel is to create 40 new jobs in the North East to work in two new divisions providing worldwide travel and hotel bed booking services.
Bilston Town Football Club has unveiled plans for a £12m development at its Queen Street site, including a 70-bedroom hotel, shops and the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Marston's Inns & Taverns is planning to invest £50m in the expansion of its accommodation facilities and the development of about 12 new pubs.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has agreed to sell the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayrshire to the Leisurecorp division of Dubai World for £55m.
Omagh District Council is to consider proposals from an international investment group for a new £250m development on the Derry Road, including a hotel, retail and leisure facilities.
St Helens Council has approved plans for the development of a new 18,000-capacity stadium for St Helens Rugby League Football Club at the former United Glassworks site by 2010.
The Four Seasons Park Lane five-star hotel in London is seeking alternative employment for many of its 330 staff, in preparation for an 18-month refurbishment programme due to start in September.
Greenwich Council has approved plans from Open Waters for the £10m transformation of Charlton Lido into an open-water scuba diving centre by 2011.
Grimsby Town has formed a joint venture with Castlemore Securities to develop a new 21,200-capacity football stadium and retail warehouse at Great Coates.
BarSport is planning to expand its chain of franchised sports bars from four to 100 over the next five years.
The University of Sunderland is to invest £75m in the expansion of its city centre campus, including a new hotel, conference centre, sports facilities and student accommodation.
North Cornwall District Council is to consider plans from Trathen Properties for the development of a £5m hotel and 14 holiday cottages at St Merryn near Padstow.
Westminster City Council is to consider plans from Consolidated Developments for a 65-room boutique hotel, 320-seat theatre and restaurant at Great Newport Street in Soho.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £1.1m grant for the creation of a visitor attraction at the Victorian Bestwood Winding Engine House in Nottingham by summer 2009.
Radisson SAS is recruiting up to 200 staff for a new four-star hotel due to open at Riverside North West in Durham in November.
Swansea Council has approved outline plans for a new £7m tourist resort at Fairwood Park golf course, including a luxury hotel, conference centre and the creation of 50 jobs.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £4m grant for the development of a Black Cultural Archives centre in Brixton.
Ayr Racecourse has won approval for a multi-million pound expansion programme, including a new conference centre, museum, casino, cinema, housing and retail units.
The Football Association is to proceed with plans to develop a £20m National Football Centre at Rangemore, near Burton-on-Trent, by 2010.
Dream Lodge Group has acquired Woodlands Holiday Village at New Quay, Ceredigion, and will invest £20m in the redevelopment of the site.
Fratelli Sarti, the Glasgow-based chain of three Italian restaurants, has undergone a £5m management buy-out.
Shearings is planning to invest £25m in its chain of 46 hotels this year, including the acquisition of four new properties and improvements to existing sites.
Merlin Entertainments has acquired the London Aquarium on the South Bank from County Hall Entertainment for undisclosed terms, and will invest £5m in improvements.
Wolverhampton Wanderers is considering proposals to rebuild its Molineux football stadium, in order to include a hotel and increase capacity from 28,500 to 40,000.
Brownhills Motorhomes, the motorhomes supplier with 365 staff at depots in Newark, Preston, Durham, Swindon and Canterbury, has undergone a £46m management buy-out.
JD Wetherspoon is planning to expand its chain of 680 pubs with 30 new outlets over the next financial year.
Whitbread is planning to expand the number of rooms in its Premier Inn hotel chain from 36,000 to 55,000 and to double its chain of Costa Coffee outlets to 2,000 over the next five years.
Premium Bars & Restaurants is planning to expand its chain of Living Room bars from 13 to 30, and its head office will relocate from Newcastle upon Tyne to Manchester.
Skelwith Group has unveiled plans to build a £100m buy-to-let hotel and golf resort on a 300-acre site at Flaxby in North Yorkshire by 2011.
Massive Pub Company is to sell 33 pubs out of administration to Bridgehouse Capital for an estimated £8m.
Whitbread has won approval to build a £10m Premier Inn hotel in Lisburn by spring 2009, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Hotel Du Vin is planning to open a 40-bedroom hotel at an undisclosed location in Southport.
Aberdeen City Council and Edinburgh City Council have both been awarded £5m of government funding for the development of new swimming pool facilities for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Southend Council is to consider plans from Epic World Leisure for the £50m redevelopment of Southend's pier, including a new viewing tower, theatre and cinema.
Luminar is to sell 26 bars to a new company called Cavendish Bars, in order to focus on its remaining 90 sites.
Zeus Private Equity has acquired four hotels in Carlisle, Bournemouth and Derby for £25m, in order to expand its Hallmark Hotels chain.
Preston Hall Museum has secured a £3.7m lottery grant to help fund a £6.6m refurbishment project backed by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
Topland is planning to invest £200m in the creation of a £1bn chain of budget hotels, including the acquisition of about 50 sites over the next 18 months.
Douglas Borough Council is looking to invest up to £2.5m in improvements to the King George V Bowl stadium, in order to create "a national stadium for the Isle of Man".
Stockton Council has approved plans from Howson Developments for a new £7.5m championship-standard golf course in Yarm.
Centre Island is seeking 160 staff for the new Crowne Plaza hotel due to open in Manchester's Northern Quarter in September.
Village Hotels is planning to expand its chain of 18 hotels to 50 over the next five years, with new properties due to open this year in Ashton Moss, Leeds and Elstree.
Whitbread is to invest £100m in the expansion of its Premier Inn hotel chain in London, including new sites in Waterloo, Ealing and Old Street and the purchase of Real Hotel Company properties in Westminster, Kensington and the City.
East Lindsey District Council is considering plans from Tanglewood Leisure for the development of a new timber lodge holiday centre at Brackenborough Lawn in Louth, which will create 35 jobs.
Culture & Sport Glasgow is planning to relocate its sports development department and up to 90 staff to the new National Indoor Sports Arena in Parkhead.
Thomas Cook Group has acquired Elegant Resorts, the Chester-based luxury travel firm with 160 staff and gross assets of £22m.
Blue Reef Leisure is to set up a £4m aquarium at the former Wildwalk complex at Bristol harbour, with the creation of about 35 jobs.
Tadcaster Pub Company has sold 30 tenanted pubs in northern England to Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises.
Pagebet has acquired the Williams chain of nine betting shops in the West Midlands, taking its total to 43 branches.
Carnival UK is to relocate up to 1,000 Southampton-based staff to a new 220,000 sq ft headquarters currently being built next to the port next January.
Hull Kingston Rovers has unveiled plans for the £6m expansion of its Craven Park rugby stadium in Hull, in order to add up to 2,500 seats.
Chelmsford Borough Council has approved plans for the £5m expansion of the Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Regiment Museum in Oakland Park over the next 18 months.
Durham County Cricket Club is drawing up plans for the £25m expansion of the Riverside Stadium in Chester-le-Street, including a hotel and an increase in the capacity to 18,000.
Sheffield United has won planning permission to set up a 20,000 sq ft learning and training centre next to its Shirecliffe Football Academy by 2009.
The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is looking to raise £4m to fund the development of an education centre and exhibition space.
Pontin's, the chain of seven holiday camps, has been acquired by a former chief executive for £46m.
Torbay Council is to consider plans from Barton Pines Partnership to build a £10m five-star holiday village near Paignton, including serviced apartments, lodges and cottages.
Aagrah Group is to set up a £3m conference, exhibition and banqueting centre at the Gallagher Leisure Park in Pudsey by February 2009, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Huntingdon Racecourse has announced plans to build a new £2.7m grandstand, and work is expected to start in the autumn.
Swansea Council is to consider plans from Ameco for a £39m seafront regeneration project, including the restoration of Mumbles pier, a new luxury hotel and the creation of about 200 jobs.
Travelodge is planning to expand its chain of 330 budget hotels with a further 44 sites in the UK during 2008.
Newport City Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £40m 15,000-capacity rugby stadium at Rodney Parade by 2010.
Park Holidays UK has acquired the Golden Sands and Peppermint holiday parks in Dawlish Warren, Devon, in a multi-million pound deal.
Virgin Group is in talks to open its first four-star Virgin City branded hotel on 23 floors of the Albany Crown development in Manchester.
Barcelo Hotels & Resorts is planning to expand its chain of 20 UK hotels to 50 over the next five years.
Bury Transport Museum has secured £1.6m of lottery funding for a £2.7m refurbishment project, and expects to re-open in summer 2009.
Butterfly World has unveiled new plans to build a £25m butterfly sanctuary near St Albans by 2011, and hopes to attract 1m visitors a year.
Discover Leisure has acquired a motor home dealership in Cannock from Brownhills Group for £2.7m, with the transfer of about 30 staff.
Suburban Style Bar Co has acquired a further ten pubs in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, taking its total estate to 15.
Canterbury City Council has secured a £2m grant from the South East England Development Agency to help fund the expansion of the Marlowe Theatre.
NEC Group has unveiled plans for the £25m refurbishment of the NEC Arena in Solihull over the next 18 months.
Yo Sushi, the chain of 41 sushi restaurants, has undergone a secondary management buy-out backed by Quilvest Private Equity for an estimated £50m, and plans to reach 100 outlets by 2012.
North Warwickshire Council has approved plans from Quinn Group for the development of a five-star golfing and holiday resort at the Belfry Hotel near Atherstone.
Southend United has won planning permission to build a new 22,000-capacity football stadium at Fossetts Farm by 2010, and the plans include a hotel, shops and 67 residential units.
MAMA Group is to acquire The Gig music and entertainment venue in Edinburgh city centre from Luminar for £3.5m.
Newcastle Borough Council is to consider plans for a £17m sports village on Newcastle College's new £52m campus in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Restaurant Group is planning to expand its chain of 300 restaurants with up to 35 new outlets this year, and believes there is potential for a further 90 Frankie & Benny's sites.
Sunderland Council is to consider plans from Metnor Group for the development of a £80m hotel and apartments complex on the banks of the River Wear.
G4S has acquired Rock Steady, the Edinburgh-based provider of security, stewarding and crowd management services with annual turnover of £12m.
East Cambridgeshire Council is planning to build a £11m sports village at Downham Road in Ely by 2010, with most of the funding coming from the private sector.
City of York Council is to consider plans from Acropolis Properties to build a five-star 107-bedroom hotel at the former GNER site on Station Rise, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Momart, the London-based fine art logistics firm, has been acquired by Falkland Islands Holdings for £10m.
Portman Travel has acquired Fleet Street Travel, the business travel management company with offices in Chertsey, London, Knutsford, Newcastle, Ireland and the Netherlands, for undisclosed terms.
Paddy Power is planning to double its UK chain of betting shops to 120 over the next three years, including its first outlets in Glasgow and Manchester.
ITV is looking into the possibility of setting up a chain of Rovers Return pubs in high streets throughout the country, in order to exploit the popularity of its Coronation Street programme.
Resolution Property is to submit plans for a 300-bedroom five-star hotel on the banks of the River Thames in London's Queen Victoria Street, and a suitable operator is being sought.
Dartington Hall Trust has unveiled plans for its 1,200-acre estate in South Devon, including a new arts park, additional accommodation, catering and conferencing facilities and the creation of about 100 jobs.
West Lindsey District Council is seeking a contractor to build a £4m swimming pool in Market Rasen by 2009.
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council is to consider plans from Sutton Harbour Group for a £30m leisure and tourism development at Osprey Quay in Portland, including a hotel, restaurant and shops.
Marriott International is to open a £25m 169-bedroom Courtyard hotel at Cromac Place in Belfast in 2010, in a management deal with Culzean Holdings.
Powerleague has bought five indoor football centres in Manchester, Blackburn, Wigan, Derby and North Shields from JJB Sports for £17m.
The MCC is to seek planning permission for the £200m redevelopment of the Lord's cricket ground in London, including the replacement of five stands.
Goals Soccer Centres is planning to expand its chain of 28 five-a-side football centres with three new sites this year and six next year.
Birmingham City Football Club is in talks with the city council about the revival of plans to build a new stadium in Saltley.
East Lindsey District Council is to receive plans from Coastal Land to build a new seaside pier and marina in Ingoldmells.
Corinthia Hotels International is to open a four-star Ramada Plaza hotel at The Quarter development near Liverpool city centre by 2010, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Braemore Estates is planning to build a £8m leisure complex next to the A9 near Inverness, including a 42-bedroom hotel and up to 70 new jobs.
Perth & Kinross Council is planning a £2m refurbishment of the Edwardian theatre in Perth.
Merseytravel is to set up a second Beatles Story museum at the new £10m Pier Head ferry terminal that is due to open on Liverpool's waterfront this summer.
Hogg Robinson is planning to expand the staff at its new corporate travel office in Manchester's King Street from 140 to 220 over the next two years.
Oyster Marine, the Ipswich-based luxury yacht supplier with 130 staff, is to be acquired by Balmoral Capital for an estimated £70m.
Elbow Room, the chain of five pool bars in London, Leeds and Bristol, has been acquired by Inc Group for undisclosed terms.
Thomas Cook is to acquire Hotels4U.com from Centurion Holiday Group for an initial £22m.
Durham County Council is considering plans for the development of a new £4m visitor centre at the North of England Lead Mining Museum in Upper Weardale by 2012.
Hide Bar & Grill is looking to expand its North East-based chain of five bars across the country, having just acquired two new outlets in Ilkley and Skipton.
Swindon Speedway has secured council approval to build a new stadium next to the existing Abbey Stadium at Blunsdon by 2009.
Rainforest Ventures has announced proposals to build a £45m rainforest attraction next to the Dragon Studios film studio development in Bridgend.
Home Grown Leisure is planning to expand its Newcastle-based chain of Buffalo Joes bars with six new outlets in cities across the country over the next three years.
Corney & Barrow is to expand its London-based chain of 11 wine bars with two new sites in New Street Square and Lime Street.
West Bromwich Albion has announced plans for the £3m refurbishment of the Hawthorns football stadium, in order to improve the facilities for supporters.
Inghams Travel has acquired Inntravel, the North Yorkshire-based tour operator with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Liverpool City Council is to consider plans from Carpenter Investments for the development of a £10m hotel complex and sailing school on West Kirby's waterfront, which would create 50 jobs.
Aberdeenshire Council is backing proposals from Muir Group for the development of a £115m golf course, hotel and conference centre on the Blairs Seminary estate at Banchory Devenick.
Worcester Warriors has announced plans for the £8m expansion of the Sixways rugby stadium, including a larger east stand, pitch-side hospitality and corporate boxes.
Arts Council England has announced plans to invest £1.3bn in 888 arts organisations over the next three years.
TUI Travel is to close its First Choice House headquarters in Crawley next year, offering up to 650 staff the chance to relocate to Luton.
Hays Travel has unveiled plans to open dedicated cruise holiday sales outlets in Sunderland, Newcastle and Stockton, recruit a further 100 home workers and create new jobs at its Sunderland head office.
India Outsourcing Services is to acquire Mela Group, the London-based operator of three restaurants and a catering business, for £2m, and aims to create a nationwide chain of Indian restaurants under the Mela and Chowki brands.
Ticketmaster has acquired Get Me In, the London-based online ticket marketing agency, for undisclosed terms.
Derby County Football Club has been acquired by General Sports & Entertainment of the US for an estimated £50m.
The Environment Agency has unveiled plans for the development of a £8m lock and visitor centre at Boston by the end of the year, as part of the Fens Waterways Link project.
Total Fitness is planning to expand its chain of 21 health and fitness clubs with two new sites a year, and will open in Newcastle upon Tyne and Birmingham this year.
Southampton City Council has unveiled proposals to extend the civic centre with a multi-million-pound maritime and local history museum by 2012.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is planning to double its UK hotels to 150 over the next ten years, and has just signed a franchise with Hospitality Management for a new 350-room hotel due to open at Heathrow in 2010.
Sports Cafe has been bought out of administration by the Agilo fund for undisclosed terms, including bars in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £21m grant to build a Mary Rose warship museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Champneys is planning to expand its chain of four Town & City Spas, having appointed CWM to find suitable sites in London and the South East.
Worthing Museum & Art Gallery is planning a £6m refurbishment project, and the council will apply for lottery funding.
Bournemouth Borough Council is to consider plans from Trevor Osborne Group for the £13m restoration of the Pavilion art deco building and the £46m development of a new leisure complex on an adjacent site.
Travelscope is to be bought of administration by a management team under the name of Phoenix Holidays, securing the future of 20 of the 270 Gloucester-based jobs.
Luminar is to open an Oceana nightclub at the Leisure World complex in Southampton in September, following the £6m refurbishment of the existing Ikon and Diva clubs.
Aspers is creating 180 jobs at a new £10m casino due to open in Northampton in June.
Lincoln City Council is to consider plans from Lichfield Planners to build a £10m 97-room hotel at Brayford Wharf North, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Lakeview Country Club is seeking permission from North Cornwall District Council to build a £19m hotel, spa and golf course at its site near Bodmin, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Cineworld is to expand its chain of 73 cinemas with new sites in High Wycombe and Haverhill in 2008 and a further two next year.
Soho Clubs & Bars is seeking a buyer to provide funding for the expansion of its chain of ten bars in London's West End.
Tavistock Leisure is planning to double its Tyneside-based chain of hotels from three to six this year, with the creation of up to 250 jobs, including a £1m project in Whitley Bay.
Kerrier District Council is to consider plans for the £30m expansion of the Gwel an Mor holiday park at Portreath, including a dry ski slope, conference centre, nine-hole golf course, equestrian centre and 60 luxury lodges.
Cardiff Council is planning to set up a new £4m local history museum at the old library building in Cardiff city centre.
Von Essen Hotels is looking to expand its luxury hotel chain with the acquisition of ten major country-house hotels over the next six months, and is also seeking properties in France and Italy.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is in negotiations to set up a 200-room five-star Westin hotel at Ballymore's Snowhill scheme in Birmingham by 2011.
Bannatyne Group has unveiled plans to invest £16m in two new health clubs, a £3m hotel in Norwich, two hotel extensions and two spas, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
Everton Football Club has submitted plans to build a new £400m 50,000-capacity stadium in Kirkby by 2010.