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Kent County Council has announced that VolkerFitzpatrick has won the contract to build a £10m velodrome near Dartford.
HMV is to acquire the Ritz nightclub in Manchester, subject to winning approval for a multi-million pound investment in improvements to the live music venue.
Gulliver's World is to start work on the development of a 90-bedroom hotel at its theme park in Warrington, which will create 55 jobs when open in 2011.
Capita Group has acquired BSI, the hotel booking and meetings management agency with 300 staff in Taunton, London, Nottingham and Cheadle, for £42m.
The Weather Lottery is to acquire Devil Fish Poker for £0.3m, in order to expand its online gaming operations.
Denbe Weston, the Cardiff-based events management firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Finance Wales.
Hull City Football Club is seeking a suitable location for a new training ground and academy, having dropped plans to open a site in Melton.
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has approved outline plans from the Tin Hat Regeneration Partnership for the £80m regeneration of a ten-acre site in Hinckley by 2014, including a cinema, bowling alley and bus station.
Eton Group has sold its five hotels in London, Leeds and Edinburgh out of administration to Westmont Hospitality of the US for about £55m.
Young & Co has acquired the London-based Geronimo chain of 26 managed pubs for £60m.
The Villa has unveiled plans for the £4m expansion of its hotel near Preston, in order to benefit from The Open golf tournament at nearby Lytham in 2012.
Albyn Housing Society and the Calman Trust are planning to build a £16m hotel in Inverness to provide hospitality training, with the creation of 57 jobs by 2014.
Britannia Hotels has acquired the 130-bedroom Russ Hill hotel near Gatwick, and will invest £10m in its refurbishment.
Doncaster Council has secured a £2.1m lottery grant to go towards the development of a new performance venue by 2013.
St Modwen has submitted plans to Sandwell Council for a new development at Birchley Island in Oldbury, including a casino, 80-room hotel and offices.
Calthorpe Estates and Wylam Investments have won planning permission to develop a 200-bedroom hotel and leisure complex at Edgbaston Mill in Birmingham by 2012.
Bromley Council is seeking an English Heritage grant to invest £3m in improvements to The Priory local museum.
Pendle Borough Council is to consider plans from Halton Homes to build a £6m holiday village with 55 lodges at Park Close Quarry in Salterforth.
Sanguine Hospitality is planning to develop a £30m 285-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel at Cumberland House in Birmingham by 2012.
Attraction World, the Birmingham-based supplier of theme park tickets, has undergone a £6.9m management buy-out backed by Maven Capital Partners.
Torbay Council is to consider plans from a consortium of investors to develop a £8m cliff-top holiday complex at Fishcombe Cove, including eight lodges and the creation of 25 jobs.
Redtooth, the Derbyshire-based operator of pub quizzes and poker leagues, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Strategic Corporate Finance.
Blackpool Council is to consider plans for the £1m expansion of the Sands venue, with the creation of 40 jobs.
The Gym Group has secured £20m from Bridges Ventures and HSBC to expand its chain of 14 budget gyms to 50 over the next two years.
Enterprise Inns has raised £8.9m from the sale of eight pubs in London.
Cornwall Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2.2m holiday camp for disabled people at South Treviddo Farm near Liskeard.
D&D London is to expand outside London with the opening of two restaurants at the Trinity shopping development in Leeds in 2013.
Queens Park Rangers is looking into the possibility of building a new 35,000-capacity football stadium at the BBC Television Centre site in West London.
Pembrokeshire Marine Group is to invest £5m in the expansion of Milford Haven marina, including new lock gates and 250 berths.
Grand Union is planning to expand its London-based chain of 12 bars to 20 over the next two years.
Bangor University has secured £27m of funding to go towards the development of the £37m Pontio arts and innovation centre, including a theatre, cinema and the creation of 100 jobs.
Admiral Taverns has bought about 190 pubs that were previously owned by the Piccadilly Licensed Properties division of Active Asset Investment Management.
University of Worcester has submitted plans to build a £10m sports arena in Hylton Road by 2012.
Andras House is to submit plans for a £10m 139-bedroom hotel in Londonderry, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Tate Britain is to proceed with plans for the £45m refurbishment for its London art gallery, including a new main entrance at Millbank.
Grosvenor Casinos is to create 13 jobs at a new £1.3m casino under development at Ranelagh Street in Liverpool.
Vue is to include an eight-screen cinema in the proposed £35m redevelopment of Dolphin Square shopping centre in Weston-super-Mare.
University of Nottingham has unveiled plans to open a £20m 200-bed hotel on University Park by 2012.
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is to be acquired by UK Football Investments for a nominal sum.
Holidaybreak is to acquire a 50% stake in Meininger Holding, the German student and school tour accommodation group with 250 staff, for £31m.
Sceptre Leisure has acquired the operations of RV Smith (Leisure) for £1.2m, including 925 amusement machines at 277 sites.
Praesepe is to acquire a further 14 gaming centres from the Noble Organisation for £2.3m, taking its total chain to 96.
Travelodge is to create 150 jobs at six new hotels due to open in Chichester, Horsham, Lancaster, London, Maidenhead and Paignton in December.
Bournemouth Borough Council is in discussions with private pension fund AP Bond Children's Settlement about proposals for the £100m redevelopment of the Winter Gardens site, including a hotel, cinema and apartments.
Manchester City Council is to relocate the Cornerhouse cinema and the Library Theatre Company to a new £19m art centre at First Street.
Ping Europe, the golf equipment supplier, is seeking permission for a two-storey office extension at its site in Gainsborough, which could create 46 new jobs.
Parkdean is looking to more than double its chain of 24 holiday parks over the next five years.
Angus Council has awarded outline permission for the development of a £55m golf resort at Forbes of Kingennie, which could create 200 jobs.
Mitchells & Butlers is planning to expand its chain of 1,600 pubs by opening more than 50 new-build pubs a year.
Keele University has submitted plans to build a £15m 150-bedroom hotel on its campus by 2012.
Hull City Council has approved plans for the development of a new £6.5m North Stand at the Hull Kingston Rovers rugby stadium by 2012.
Mountgrange is to help fund a £100m investment by Raag Hotels in the creation of a chain of 15 budget hotels in London under the Tune brand by 2017.
Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £2m grant to the Charles Dickens Museum in London's Doughty Street, and will also support House Mill in Bromley-by-Bow, Castle Drogo in Exeter, the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and a heritage centre in Dunfermline.
Mori is planning to expand its London-based chain of Japanese-style restaurants to up to ten sites over the next two years.
The Coniston Hotel in Skipton is to create 42 new jobs, having won planning permission to develop 20 new bedrooms and other facilities.
Expotel has acquired Venues Event Management, the Swindon-based conference organiser with 95 staff, for undisclosed terms.
De Vere is to create up to 70 new jobs at its hotel in Blackpool next year, as part of a £8m refurbishment programme.
Paddy Power is planning to expand its UK chain of 115 betting shops to 150, and expects to create 810 new jobs over the next three years.
Science Oxford has selected Foster & Partners to design a £30m science and enterprise visitor centre for Macclesfield House in Oxford.
Southend Borough Council has awarded a contract to ADP to build a new £27m art gallery and library in Southend by 2013.
Arntz Belting has unveiled plans to redevelop its 12-acre site in Londonderry, including a new hotel, research facilities and the creation of up to 800 jobs.
MWB Group Holdings is planning to set up a new chain of up to four Bistro du Vin & Bar restaurants in London, and will then expand across the country.
Travelodge has agreed contracts worth £24m to develop two new 200-bed hotels near the MEN Arena in Manchester and the NEC in Birmingham, with the creation of 100 jobs.
The Restaurant Group is planning to expand its chain of 380 restaurants with up to 27 new sites next year, with half under the Frankie & Benny's format.
Accor is planning to expand its chain of 144 UK hotels with a further 100 sites by 2015, with most being under the Mercure and All Seasons brands.
Devilfish Gaming of Altrincham is to sell its online poker business to an unnamed company for £0.3m.
Square Bay is planning a £30m development in Brighton's New England Quarter, including a hotel, shops, offices and housing.
Vermilion & Cinnabar is seeking permission to set up a £3m banqueting suite at its restaurant in Manchester's SportCity, in order to host events for up to 800 people.
Living Ventures is planning a multi-million pound expansion programme to increase its North West chain of restaurants from 17 to about 25.
Gravesham Borough Council is considering plans to build a new £1.5m museum and visitors' centre in Gravesend.
Marriott International is planning to set up a new boutique hotel at the 193-bedroom Berners Hotel site near London's Oxford Street.
InterContinental Hotels Group has confirmed plans to open 37 new hotels across the country, as part of a £500m investment programme that will create 3,000 jobs over the next four years.
Huddersfield Town is looking to build a new multi-million pound football training centre at its current Syngenta site.
Vue Entertainment, the chain of 68 cinemas, is to be acquired by private equity firm Doughty Hanson for about £450m.
Loch Lomond Seaplanes is looking to set up a seaplane service for visitors to Cardiff Bay in 2011, with the creation of 20 jobs.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is considering plans to set up a new headquarters and museum at Albert Dock in Liverpool.
Living Ventures has acquired five restaurants in Manchester, Liverpool, Cheadle Hulme and Alderley Edge from Paul Heathcote for undisclosed terms.
Globe Consultants is working on plans for the development of a multi-million pound marina and hotel complex at Cherry Willingham near Lincoln, which could create 50 jobs.
Denbighshire County Council has approved plans for the £2.6m renovation of the Apollo cinema complex in Rhyl, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £1.8m grant to go towards the £3.6m redevelopment of the Glasshouse, the former Royal Doulton factory in Stourbridge.
Greenwich Council has approved plans to build a 452-room hotel and apartment complex at London's O2 Arena site.
AFC Bournemouth is looking to expand its Dean Court football stadium with a new stand and hotel complex.
North Somerset Council is in discussions with Leisure Dome about plans to build an indoor ski centre and leisure attraction on a former airfield in Weston-super-Mare.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is to relocate its Edinburgh office to a 12,000 sq ft unit at Lochside View.
Blackburn Rovers Football Club is to be acquired by Venkateshwara Hatcheries of India for £46m.
QHotels is planning to invest £4.3m in the development of 46 new bedrooms and spa facilities at the Crewe Hall hotel in Cheshire, with the creation of 32 jobs.
Creative Scotland is to relocate its Edinburgh office to a 13,000 sq ft unit at Highcross's Waverleygate scheme early next year.
Portsmouth Football Club is to be sold out of administration to Balram Chainrai, Levi Kushnir and Deepak Chainrai.
Woodham Golf & Country Club in Newton Aycliffe has unveiled plans for a £17m four-star 75-bedroom hotel and conference centre, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Pure Gym is to create 20 jobs at a new £1m gym due to open in Southampton next month, as part of a strategy to open 25 new sites by the end of 2011.
Gatwick Airport has reached agreement with Shiva Hotels to open a new 192-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel at its North Terminal by 2012.
WWF-UK has unveiled plans to set up a new headquarters and visitors' centre for its conservation charity in Woking town centre.
National Railway Museum in York is to invest £21m in the development of a new exhibition in its Great Hall over the next few years.
Bristol Airport has won permission to build a 251-room hotel by 2012, with the creation of 140 jobs.
LGV Capital has backed a management buy-out at Amber Taverns, and now plans to expand the Preston-based chain of 56 community pubs.
Timpson Group is to merge its Chester-based lighting business LSS with Out There Events to create a combined events management group based in Manchester.
North Lincolnshire Council is to consider revised plans from Orchard Caravans to develop a holiday park called Mill View at Kirton-In-Lindsey, including 49 lodges.
Total Fitness has been acquired by a management team for undisclosed terms, and £5m will be invested in the expansion of its chain of 24 clubs.
Marston's is planning to open 20 new pub-restaurants in 2011 and 25 in 2012, but up to 100 tenanted pubs could close.
Plymouth City Council has unveiled proposals to invest £12m in improvements to Central Park, including an outdoor theatre, lake and cycle track.
Roadchef is planning to open 15 new roadside Days Inn budget hotels for the Wyndham Hotel Group.
Legacy Hotels & Resorts is to acquire the 100-bedroom Novotel Hotel in Plymouth for undisclosed terms.
Blakes Hotel is to invest £2.5m in the refurbishment of its London-based boutique hotel, having been bought out of administration for £20m.
Swindon Town Football Club is planning to invest £20m in improvements to the County Ground, in order to increase the capacity and provide new roofing.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £10m for the restoration of parks in Maidstone, Telford, Derbyshire, Wigan and Lanarkshire.
Sol Melia of Spain is planning to open a 173-room ME hotel at Holborn in London in 2012.
Carpet Museum Trust has secured a £1.9m lottery grant to develop a 14,000 sq ft carpet museum at Stour Vale Mill in Kidderminster.
Roomzzz is planning to expand its Leeds-based chain of four luxury aparthotels with six new properties over the next three years.
Derry City Council is to recruit 20 staff to form a new City of Culture Company, in preparation for Londonderry's City of Culture status in 2013.
Bavarian Beerhouse is planning to expand its chain of two London restaurants with franchised outlets across the country.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced funding of £15m for four heritage projects, including the William Morris Gallery in London, Cromford Mills in Derbyshire, York Minster and the Aerofilms archive in Swindon, Edinburgh and Aberystwyth.
Copeland Borough Council is to consider plans for the £2m expansion of the Port Haverigg Holiday Village near Barrow.
Burnley Football Club has submitted plans to build a new £2m training centre at Gawthorpe.
Mitchells & Butlers is planning to invest £200m in the expansion of its pub and restaurant chain next year, including the acquisition of single sites and small chains.
Dunham Leisure, the Scottish holiday parks operator, has undergone a management buy-in backed by private equity firm RJD Partners.
Etap is planning to develop a new 125-bed hotel at Kings Point in Reading.
Wildwood Golf & Country Club in Surrey has submitted plans for a £30m investment in a new 84-bedroom hotel and lodges, which would create 150 jobs.
Chester Zoo has won council approval to develop a £225m Heart of Africa Biodome, including a hotel and underwater exhibition centre.
Brighton & Hove Albion has won planning permission to include a museum, offices and larger shop at its new £93m football stadium due to open in Falmer in September 2011, with the creation of an additional 20 jobs.
Warner Leisure is seeking permission to expand the Alvaston Hall hotel in Nantwich, including 68 new rooms and 35 jobs.
Hollywood Cinema has bought four cinemas in Dereham, Fakenham, Norwich and Yarmouth out of administration, securing 40 jobs.
Accrington Stanley is considering plans to build a new football stadium in Church.
Broxap has acquired Edwards Sports Products, the Dorset-based manufacturer of sports equipment with 27 staff, for £1.2m.
Nando's is to acquire Clapham House Group, the owner of 53 Gourmet Burger Kitchen and The Real Greek restaurants, for £30m.
Mitchells & Butlers is to acquire 22 Ha Ha Bar & Grills from Bay Restaurant Group for £20m, and will convert most of the sites to its All Bar One and Browns formats.
Giraffe is planning to expand its chain of 37 cafe-themed restaurants with five new sites by January 2011.
Toptable, the London-based restaurant reservation website, is to be acquired by OpenTable of the US for £35m.
Aberdeenshire Council is to consider plans for the development of a £100m golf resort at the Inchmarlo Golf Centre in Deeside, including a luxury hotel and housing.
Eclectic Clubs & Bars is to invest £1.8m opening three new bars in Norwich, Oxford and Manchester by the end of the year.
Nexus Community is to merge with Greenwich Leisure to create a combined group operating more than 100 leisure centres across South East England.
Individual Restaurant Company is looking to raise funds to expand its chain of 22 Piccolino and 11 Restaurant Bar & Grill sites.
Citizen M is planning to open two London hotels next year, including a 209-bedroom property near Tate Modern and a 384-bedroom property at Tower Hill.
Richoux is planning to expand its Zippers and Frankie's Easy Diner restaurant brands with new sites in Bexhill and High Wycombe.
Ice Factor has secured funding to start opening franchised ice-climbing adventure centres across the country, starting with a site in Inverness.
High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council have agreed a deal with Nestle that will lead to the development of a £32m hotel and spa at the Crescent building in Buxton.
Roses Theatre is looking to invest up to £3m in improvements to the facilities at its theatre in Tewkesbury.
Southend Airport has won permission to build a 129-bedroom hotel and conference centre at Harp House Roundabout.
SA Brain has agreed a £20m credit facility with Lloyds TSB to fund the expansion of its 260 pubs and hotels in Wales and the West of England.
Butterfly Hotels will soon start recruiting 30 staff for a new 115-room Ramada Encore hotel due to open in Leicester next spring.
National Museums Northern Ireland is to invest £3m in the refurbishment of Cultra Manor, in order to improve its facilities for public events and corporate hire.
Mitchells & Butlers is to sell a further six London pubs to Faucet Inn, the operator of 20 pubs.
Lifestyle Living Group has acquired three caravan parks in Lincolnshire out of administration for £3m.
Praesepe is to acquire eight gaming centres in Scotland, the North West and the Midlands from the Noble Organisation for £1m.
JD Wetherspoon is looking to recruit up to 1,000 school-leavers for its pub chain over the next 12 months.
Escape Travel is to set up a travel call centre in New Malden in November, with the creation of 16 jobs.
Whiston Hall is to invest £10m in the creation of a 60-bedroom hotel and leisure complex at its Staffordshire mansion by the end of next year, with the creation of 50 jobs.
EasyGroup is planning to set up a nationwide chain of EasyGym fitness clubs, in partnership with Fore Fitness.
Orchid Group has sold the Bel and The Dragon chain of four pubs in Cookham, Godalming, Reading and Windsor to Longshot for £4m, and Longshot aims to develop a chain of up to 50 sites.
Planet Ice has been selected to develop a new ice rink at Cardiff's sports village by February 2012.
Lloyds TSB has agreed a £6.2m credit facility with Amber Taverns to expand its Lancashire-based chain of 56 pubs to 110 by 2014.
Montcalm Hotels is to open a 235-bedroom luxury hotel on London's Chiswell Street in June 2011.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans for the expansion of Perry Barr's Alexander Stadium in time for training for the 2012 Olympics, including a new 5,000-seater stand.
South Tyneside Council is planning to develop a new £1.5m waterfront park in South Shields, and expects to appoint a contractor next spring.
Liverpool City Council has approved plans for the development of a new £11m Premier Inn on Hanover Street, as well as two other hotel projects on Dale Street and Stanley Street.
Pure Gym is planning to expand its chain of seven fitness centres with up to 45 new sites over the next three years, and is seeking suitable locations of up to 20,000 sq ft.
Zouk Tea Bar & Grill is planning to expand its Bradford-based restaurant chain with new sites in London, Liverpool and abroad.
Merlin Entertainments is to build a new £18m 150-bedroom themed hotel at the Legoland theme park in Windsor by 2012, as part of a £30m investment at the site.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans from Manor Park Developments for the £75m 25-storey Queensgate development near the Mailbox, including a 259-bedroom hotel.
Paddy O'Shea's of Darlington is planning to open a nationwide chain of pubs and clubs, and is currently considering properties in Blackpool, Brighton, Hull, Sedgefield, Teesside and Washington.
TUI Travel has acquired the Manchester Academy of English for £3m, with the transfer of 40 staff.
Crystal Palace, the London-based football club, has been bought out of administration by the CPFC 2010 consortium.
Lifehouse is recruiting up to 250 staff for a new hotel and spa resort due to open in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex, in December.
Mitchells & Butlers has sold 333 pubs to private equity firm TDR Capital for £373m, including 52 Scream bars, 71 Bar and Venues, 75 town pubs and 67 community pubs.
Parkside Centre Trust has raised £8m to transform The Foxlowe in Leek into a community arts and heritage centre.
Xercise 4 Less is planning to open up to 15 budget fitness centres across Yorkshire over the next five years, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Cambridge Arts Theatre is planning a £5m expansion programme, including a new restaurant and larger foyer.
Hakkasan is to open its second London restaurant at Bruton Street in Mayfair in November.
Leeds Rhinos is to invest £10m in improvements to Headingley Stadium, including a new video screen and catering facilities.
Defra is to commission a survey of the Rhydymwyn Valley wartime weapons production site near Mold, which could lead to the development of a new tourist attraction.
Rezidor Hotel Group has confirmed plans to develop a 208-room Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport by 2012.
The Ashmolean Museum is planning to invest a further £5.2m in the expansion of its museum in Oxford.
Salford Reds is to submit plans to build a new £26m rugby stadium in Barton by 2012.
Rivington Street Ventures is to acquire Presentation Matters, the London-based events management firm, for up to £0.3m.
InterContinental Hotels Group has unveiled plans to expand its chain of 255 hotels in the UK with 35 new properties over the next three years, with the creation of 3,000 jobs.
Cantina Laredo of the US is planning to open up to 35 restaurants in the UK and Ireland, having just opened the first in London's Covent Garden.
Rice Faster Food Outlet is seeking investment to fund the nationwide expansion of its Manchester-based chain of five restaurants.
Mitchells & Butlers has sold its 24 Hollywood Bowl bowling centres to AMF Bowling for £39m.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans from Hotel La Tour to build a nine-storey 174-bedroom hotel at City Park Gate in Eastside, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Wychavon District Council is to receive plans from Sir Bert Millichip Sports to build a £70m community sports village on an 84-acre site at Hindlip, near Worcester.
Everton Football Club has announced plans for a £9m office and retail development at its Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool.
Lifestyle Living Group has acquired the Yorkshire Dales holiday park in Leyburn for more than £2.5m, and will invest £10m at the site.
Rank Group is planning to invest £50m in new casinos in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Scarborough, Stockton, Birkenhead, Edinburgh, Reading, Southend and the West Midlands over the next few years.
Mendip District Council has approved plans to transform Cookswood Quarry in Holcombe into a £10m holiday park by summer 2011, with the creation of 65 jobs.
Hays Travel has acquired Ripon Travel, the operator of travel agencies in Ripon and Knaresborough.
Then Hospitality has submitted plans to the Lake District National Park Authority to develop a 44-bedroom hotel at the former Moota Motel near Cockermouth, with the creation of 42 jobs.
Heritage Lottery Fund is to provide funding of £2.9m to restore Newbridge Memorial Hall in South Wales.
Six Piers has unveiled plans to invest £8m in improvements to Blackpool's South Pier, in order to create a 45,000 sq ft family entertainment centre and up to 30 jobs.
Roar Betting has sold seven of its South East-based betting shops out of administration to Paddy Power and Ladbrokes.
Redefine International is to acquire a portfolio of five Holiday Inn hotels in London from The Splendid Hotel Group for £106m.
Churchill Contract Services has bought St James Security and Touchline Event Management out of administration, saving 878 jobs in Gateshead, East Kilbride and Surrey.
Sibelco is to sell its 420-acre Moneystone Quarry in Staffordshire to Laver Resorts for the development of a holiday village, including a hotel, villas and hundreds of jobs.
LateRooms is to relocate its Manchester-based online accommodation business to a 36,000 sq ft unit at the Peninsula Building near Cheetham Hill in October.
Attractive Partners, the Alcester-based dating agency with 18 staff, has been acquired by Manex Leisure.
SHOKK, the Manchester-based chain of fitness centres for young people, is planning to start opening franchised gyms in the US and the Far East.
Morden Hall Park in London has secured a lottery grant to help fund a £2.5m restoration programme to create an environmental park and visitor centre.
Rochdale Pioneers Museum has secured a £1.5m lottery grant to upgrade its Greater Manchester-based Co-operative movement museum.
Lifestyle Living Group has bought the Redhill park homes site in Watton, Norfolk, out of administration for more than £3m.
Sleeperz Hotels is looking to set up budget hotels on land owned by Network Rail in Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
Wychavon District Council is to consider plans from AKS Karting to develop an indoor go-kart track at a former Morganite manufacturing site in Norton near Worcester, with the creation of 13 jobs.
Worthing Borough Council is to consider revised plans from Hanson Capital Management for the £150m redevelopment of Teville Gate, including a 100-bed hotel, a cinema, 260 flats and the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Drake & Morgan is to open a 13,200 sq ft bar called the Folly at 41 Gracechurch Street in London in October.
Barr Construction has won a contract to build a new £44m rugby league stadium and supermarket in St Helens by the end of 2011.
Hays Travel has acquired Ryedale Travel, the Thirsk-based chain of five travel agencies, for undisclosed terms.
Travelodge is to acquire 52 hotels from Mitchells & Butlers for £75m, with the transfer of 430 staff, and will create a further 115 jobs as part of a £10m investment in the properties.
Sanguine Hospitality Management is planning to raise up to £100m to develop 16 hotels, with the creation of more than 500 jobs.
Wright Foundation Research Charity is looking to recruit 100 young people in Liverpool to train as instructors for its Exercise4Life fitness programme.
Royal Bank of Scotland has acquired the closed Great Leighs racecourse in Essex for undisclosed terms.
Moddershall Oaks is to create more than 20 jobs with the expansion of its health spa and events venue in Staffordshire later this year.
Whitbread is to invest £7m in a series of green initiatives at its hotels, pubs and shops, including solar panels and automated lighting systems.
Conwy County Council is considering proposals from the Capita Symonds consultancy to boost tourism and renewable energy in North Wales by building seven new visitor centres, two piers and an offshore tidal power plant.
Derry City Council is to consider plans from Ardtullagh Holdings for the development of a new cinema and restaurant complex in Londonderry, with the creation of more than 200 jobs.
Aberdeen Football Club is seeking permission to replace Pittodrie stadium with a residential development, in order to relocate to a new £40m stadium in the south of the city.
Principle Leisure has unveiled plans to open new coffee shops, bars and gastropubs in the North East, with the creation of about 44 jobs.
Sanguine Hospitality is planning to open a 154-bedroom Days Inn hotel on James Street in Liverpool in 2011.
Shearings is planning to expand its chain of 50 hotels with up to ten new sites over the next three years, having just acquired the Charlecote Pheasant Hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Aspers is planning to create 30 new jobs at its casino in Newcastle, and is also looking to open new casinos in Newham, Bournemouth and elsewhere.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans from Realis Estates to build an 88-bed Travelodge hotel and Tesco Express store in Carrs Lane.
Cloverleaf Restaurants is planning to expand its Blackburn-based chain of pub restaurants from ten to 25 over the next five years, having secured a new £30m bank facility.
Heritage Lottery Fund has announced funding of £6m for the restoration of four parks in Wallsend, Dudley, Leeds and Burnham-on-Sea.
Greene King is planning to expand its chain of 888 managed pubs by opening more than 200 outlets over the next five years, including Hungry Horse and Old English Inns.
Goals Soccer Centres has won permission to build a £2.2m football centre at Hewett School in Norwich.
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) is set to secure a £2.5m lottery grant to help fund a new £19m postal museum in Swindon.
Giraffe is planning to expand its chain of restaurants from 37 to 50.
Benmore Group is planning to build a £200m leisure park on a 50-acre site in Speke by 2012, including a cinema, gym, hotels and the creation of 300 jobs.
Great National Hotels of Ireland is expanding its hotel reservations and online marketing service into the UK, having just signed up four properties in Wolverhampton, Warley, Kenilworth and Staffordshire.
Lifestyle Living Group is to invest £10m in improvements to the 120-acre Haveringland Hall Country Park in Cawston, Norfolk, having just acquired the site from Green Parcs.
Wandsworth Council has approved plans from Oak Trading Company to build a 70-bedroom eight-storey hotel in Clapham Junction.
Dawson & Sanderson is planning to expand its Newcastle-based chain of 22 travel branches and its new online travel operation, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Development Securities is planning to expand the 21,000-seat Manchester Evening News Arena with new retail concessions and possibly a budget hotel on top of the car park.
Lloyds Banking Group is said to be considering plans to consolidate a number of northern offices and up to 2,000 staff onto one large site in the Manchester area.
JD Wetherspoon is to create 550 jobs at 12 new pubs due to open in July, as part of a £12m expansion plan.
TripAdvisor has acquired Holidaylettings.co.uk, the Oxford-based online travel firm, from Rightmove for undisclosed terms.
Fabric has sold its London-based nightclub out of administration to one of its former investors, securing the future of 100 jobs.
Opex Group has secured a £2m investment from Octopus Capital for Enterprise to fund the expansion of its Newport-based events support business.
Stockport County Football Club has been sold out of administration by Leonard Curtis to a local consortium for undisclosed terms.
Haven Holidays is to invest £10m in improvements to Pwllheli's Hafan Y Mor holiday park, with the creation of about 40 jobs.
Suffolk Coastal District Council is to consider plans from the Britten-Pears Foundation to set up a £1.9m Benjamin Britten museum in Aldeburgh.
Brasserie Blanc is expanding into the pub market with the acquisition of two former Massive Group pubs in Teddington and Weybridge.
Wheelers of St James's is to form a joint venture with pub company Powder Train to set up a chain of up to 15 restaurants across the South of England.
Greene King is to expand its Hungary Horse and Eating Inn pub-restaurant chains with the £5.3m acquisition of four outlets in Aberdeen, Nottingham and Northampton from Punch Taverns.
Silent World Aquarium is seeking funding to set up a new £2m tourist attraction in Tenby.
Wychavon District Council is to consider plans from Eagle One to invest £20m in a new tourist attraction at Evesham Country Park.
Cineworld and Arts Alliance Media have announced a £30m deal to install digital projection facilities in the Cineworld cinema chain over the next three years.
Tasty has raised £2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Dim-T and Wildwood restaurants.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is to set up a £50m 252-room Aloft hotel at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London by 2012.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is to invest £17m in 54 heritage training projects across the country, in order to encourage young people to work in conservation.
Boisdale is to open a new £2.7m restaurant at Canary Wharf in London next year, with the creation of 125 jobs.
Manchester City Council is to consider plans from Britannia Hotels to transform the former London Road Fire Station into a 227-bedroom four-star hotel.
Sunseeker International has sold a majority stake in its Poole-based yacht manufacturing business to a consortium led by FL Partners for £25m.
Swindon Town Football Club has appointed the Frank Whittle Partnership to develop plans to rebuild the County Ground.
Salmon Harvester Properties is planning to build a £15m 130-bedroom hotel in Vauxhall, London SW8, by late 2011.
Teignbridge Council is to consider plans from J&P Sheldon for the £6m redevelopment of the former Dairy Crest site on the Broadmeadow Industrial Estate, including a 60-bed hotel and business units.
Jongleurs is planning to open six comedy clubs in Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield this year, in a joint venture with Novus Leisure.
Be At One is planning to expand its London-based chain of ten bars to 30 over the next five years.
Pure Gym has secured £10m of private equity funding to expand its chain of five gyms.
Aspers has unveiled proposals to set up a casino at the new Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in London by 2012.
Manchester City Football Club is to invest £1.5m in improvements to the hospitality facilities and executive boxes at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Blackpool Football Club is to proceed with plans for the development of a new East Stand at its Bloomfield Road stadium.
Lancashire County Council is drawing up plans to build an £8m youth club in Preston city centre, having also proposed similar centres in Wigan and Blackburn.
Highland Council is to consider plans from Jacobite Cruises for the development of a new £2.5m harbour and visitors' centre at Brackla on Loch Ness.
Aston Marina is to expand the 27-strong workforce at its new £3.1m marina at Stone in Staffordshire with ten new staff by the end of the year.
Bristol City has acquired an additional 14 acres to expand its football academy and training centre at Failand.
Harewood House Trust is forming a partnership with design agency Logistik to improve the leisure and retail facilities at Harewood House near Leeds, in order to attract more visitors and create jobs.
Cineworld is to restart its expansion programme by opening a new nine-screen cinema at the Wembley City centre in London in 2013.
Haringey Council is to consider plans from Aedas Architects for the development of a £2m five-a-side football centre in Finsbury Park.
Staniforth Architects has drawn up plans for the development of a four or five-star 150-bed hotel and conference centre at the former Southgates bus depot in Leicester.
Travelodge is to create 185 jobs at seven new hotels due to open in Chester, Dundee, Edinburgh, Horsham, London, Newcastle under Lyme and Northampton this summer.
The Football Association has won planning permission from East Staffordshire Borough Council to build the St George's Park national football training centre in Burton-upon-Trent.
International Slavery Museum has won planning permission for the £6m expansion of its museum in Liverpool by 2012.
Salmon Harvester has won approval for a £50m retail and leisure development at Spinning Jenny Way in Leigh town centre, including a Tesco supermarket and Cineworld cinema.
MWB Group Holdings is planning to restart the expansion of its chain of 12 Malmaison and 15 Hotel du Vin hotels, and is particularly interested in Aberdeen, Durham, Chichester, Guildford, Knutsford and Salisbury.
Development Securities is expected to acquire the 21,000-capacity Manchester Evening News Arena from GE Real Estate and Capital & Regional for more than £60m.
Truma UK is seeking permission to extend its caravan accessories factory at Foston in South Derbyshire, with the creation of more than 20 jobs.
Parkdean is investing £10m in improvements at its nationwide network of 24 holiday parks this year.
Abbotsford House, Sir Walter Scott's historic home in the Scottish Borders, is to undergo a £10m refurbishment programme, including a new visitors' centre.
Hotelplan UK is to acquire Ski Esprit and Ski Total for about £25m, in order to expand its Inghams ski travel business.
Virgin Active is looking to expand its chain of 187 health clubs with new sites in Bristol, Guildford, Italy and South Africa.
Coplan Estates has submitted plans to build a £30m 187-bedroom hotel in Barking, Essex.
Punch Taverns is to convert its nine remaining Old Orleans restaurants to a new brand called West Coast Grill.
Clapham House Group is to raise £2.2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant chain.
Inspired Gaming, the gaming machines and software supplier, is to be acquired by private equity firm Vitruvian Partners for £134m.
Tossed is planning to expand its London-based chain of seven restaurants to 25 by 2013, having raised £1.5m of venture capital from Beringea.
BSkyB is planning to relocate its Sky Bet sports betting division and more than 150 staff from Harrogate to a new 15,000 sq ft office at 2 Wellington Place in Leeds.
Travelodge is to invest £62m in the development of 13 new budget hotels, including sites in London, Aldershot, Birmingham, Cambridge and Huddersfield, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Charlton House Hotel, the Somerset-based luxury hotel, has been bought out of administration by Bannatyne Group for about £3m.
G Casino is planning to expand its chain of 11 casinos to 20 by the end of 2012.
Roseberry Leisure is planning to build an £8.5m hotel, a 90,000 sq ft supermarket and a 3,000-capacity arena on the site of the Rainton Meadows arena near Sunderland, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Jurys Inn is creating 60 jobs at a new hotel central reservations office opening in Birmingham this week.
Norwich City Council is to consider plans from Sportspark to build a gymnastics stadium at the University of East Anglia.
Mid Suffolk District Council is to consider plans from Suffolk County Council for the development of a £4.7m creative centre for young people in Stowmarket.
Goals Soccer Centres is planning to open at least six new five-a-side football venues next year.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is planning a £3.4m refurbishment for the Donyngs leisure centre in Redhill this year.
East Sussex County Council is planning to build a £19m historical archives centre at Woollards Field in Falmer by 2013.
Camelot, the National Lottery operator, is setting up a 5,000 sq ft administration office at the King's Business Park in Knowsley.
TUI is to create 45 new jobs at its travel call centre and retail outlets in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Cheltenham Borough Council has approved plans for the £3m refurbishment of the Everyman Theatre.
Falkirk Council is to support plans from Aurora Hotels for the £40m redevelopment of the Glenbervie House hotel in Larbert, including a conference centre, spa and the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Waterworld is to invest a further £7m in improvements to its leisure attraction in Stoke-on-Trent by 2011, including new restaurants and fitness centres.
Westminster City Council is to consider plans from Corbin & King Hotels to develop an 85-bedroom boutique hotel on Balderton Street in Mayfair.
Sceptre Leisure of Preston has sold its betting terminal rental division to Global Draw for £3.7m.
Whitbread has unveiled plans to build a £12m 186-room Premier Inn at Hanover Street in Liverpool, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Johnson Health Tech UK is planning to expand the workforce at its Stoke-based exercise equipment business from 63 to 90 by the end of 2011, and will relocate to a larger site in Trentham Lakes by next March.
Worthing Borough Council has unveiled plans to build a new £17m leisure centre and swimming pool by 2013.
Encore, the ticketing agency, has been acquired by its founders backed by private equity firm Isis for about £20m.
Principal Hayley is to create 150 jobs at the former Central Hotel at Central Station in Glasgow city centre in September, following a £20m refurbishment.
InterContinental Hotels Group is planning to open 36 new hotels in the UK over the next three years, with the creation of 3,500 jobs.
Ladbrokes is to sell its Italian betting business to Cogetech for £4.6m.
The Welsh Assembly has announced a £17m investment in three new water sports centres in Swansea Bay, Pembrokeshire and Aberdaron and other facilities to improve the coastline.
Hampshire County Council is to consider plans for the development of a £6m Runways End Youth Activity Centre in Farnborough, which is expected to open by summer 2011.
Chesterfield Football Club is to create about 130 jobs when it opens its new £13m stadium and conference centre at Whittington Moor in July.
Slough Borough Council has approved plans for the development of a £17m education centre in the town centre by 2012, including a library and cultural facility.
Aberdeen City Council is to invest £5.4m in the restoration of the 44-acre Duthie Park.
Whitbread is investing £42m in the development of nine Premier Inn hotels in Scotland over the next two years, with the creation of 420 jobs.
All Leisure Group is to base three cruise ships at Portsmouth ferry port from spring 2011.
Crich Tramway Village has secured £1m to build a new exhibition and learning centre at its tourist attraction in Derbyshire.
Stadium Management Company is considering plans to build a new £20m 150-bedroom hotel and business centre next to the KC Stadium in Hull.
Gymbox is to raise £3.6m to fund the expansion of its chain of three fitness clubs.
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has agreed a £9m deal with Peel Holdings to expand the marina at Ardrossan, including new offices and shops.
Museum of Liverpool, the new £72m museum due to open in 2011, has secured a further £3.4m to develop four additional exhibition spaces to focus on Creative City, Global City, People's City and Port City.
Isle of Wight Council is to invest £8m in improvements to leisure centres and sports facilities over the next three years.
Greater London Authority is to help fund the development of a £19m steel tower visitor attraction called the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park in East London by 2012.
Heritage Lottery Fund has announced £13m of funding for the restoration of six parks in London, Darlington, Oldham and Stoke-on-Trent.
Wolverhampton Wanderers is working on proposals to invest up to £40m in the expansion of its Molineux football stadium, in order to increase capacity to 40,000 and add a hotel and conference centre.
Merlin Entertainments has won a contract to operate a waxworks museum, dungeon and the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, following the £40m acquisition of the Tower, Winter Gardens and Golden Mile by Blackpool Council.
Praesepe is to acquire Beacon Entertainments, the Loughborough-based operator of 26 Showboat gaming centres and six Beacon bingo clubs with 500 staff, for £5m.
Newark & Sherwood District Council has secured development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the creation of a £4.4m English Civil War museum in Newark.
Grand Leisure is to invest £1.7m in the expansion of the Riverside and Bridgend holiday parks in Northumberland over the next two years, with the creation of ten jobs.
Princess Yachts is to submit plans to build a £45m factory at Devonport's South Yard in Plymouth, with the creation of 200 new jobs.
FC United is looking to build a new 5,000-capacity football stadium at the Ten Acres Lane sports centre in Newton Heath, Manchester.
Charterhouse Leisure is planning to expand its chain of four Coal Grill & Bar restaurants to 16 by the end of 2011, starting with sites in Exeter, Bristol and Guildford.
Anglesey Council is planning to invest up to £2m in the refurbishment of Beaumaris Pier, in order to attract more visitors.
Torbay Council has approved plans for the development of 108 timber holiday homes at the Byslades touring park in Paignton, which will create 24 jobs.
Queen of the South has unveiled plans for the £17m redevelopment of Palmerston Park in Dumfries, including a 6,000-capacity football stadium, a cinema and bowling alley.
Camelot, the National Lottery operator, is to be acquired by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Fund of Canada for £389m.
Sunseeker International is to create 50 new jobs at its yacht building operations on Portland over the next 18 months.
Wyndham Hotels has been unveiled as the operator of Bayscape's £60m 200-bedroom 32-storey hotel due for completion on Cardiff's waterfront in 2013, with the creation of up to 190 jobs.
Leeds City Council has awarded outline planning permission for the development of the £80m 13,500-capacity Leeds Arena on Claypit Lane by 2012, which will create up to 500 jobs.
One North East is to help fund the development of a £1m children's adventure park at Union Hall Farm in Durham this spring, with the creation of at least 15 jobs.
Newham Council in London is seeking a developer and operator for a new casino of up to 37,000 sq ft, and a number of potential locations are being considered.
Comic Relief is to set up a 26,500 sq ft charity headquarters at 89 Albert Embankment in London.
Mitchells & Butlers is said to be looking to open hundreds of pubs in shopping centres and retail parks under its Harvester and Toby Carvery brands.
Cambridge City Council is looking to develop a multi-million pound ice rink at a location yet to be confirmed.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council has unveiled plans to build an £8m arts centre at St George's Chapel by 2012.
Humberside Airport has submitted plans to build a 100-bedroom hotel at its Kirmington airport, which would create 30 jobs.
Partick Thistle has unveiled plans for the £20m redevelopment of its Firhill football stadium in Glasgow, including 100 flats, office and retail space.
East Riding Council is to consider plans for the development of a £5m theatre and business centre to replace the Floral Hall in Hornsea.
City of Edinburgh Council has identified a suitable location in the city centre for the main headquarters of the new cultural agency Creative Scotland, which will start operating this summer.
London Borough of Tower Hamlets has approved plans from Aitch Group to build a 252-bedroom hotel at Limehouse by 2012.
Sand-le-Mere Caravan Park is to invest £3.7m in the expansion of facilities at its site in East Yorkshire, including a new swimming pool and entertainment centre.
Southampton City Council has approved plans for the development of a £15m heritage museum at the Civic Centre.
Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £4.4m for seven heritage projects across London, including Sir John Soane's Museum, Brixton Windmill, George Padmore Institute, Forty Hall, Honeywood House and Severndroog Castle.
West Norfolk Council has approved plans to expand the Woodlakes Caravan & Camping Park at Stow Bridge with 138 log cabins.
Busaba Eathai is to open two more Thai-style restaurants at Panton Street and Hoxton Square in London this spring.
Jodrell Bank Observatory has submitted plans to Cheshire East Council to build a 10,000 sq ft discovery centre.
East Riding Council is in discussions with Yorkshire Forward and Bridlington Harbour Commissioners about proposals to develop a £50m marina in Bridlington.
Strikerz is looking to franchise its Bolton-based junior football academy business across the country.
Derbyshire County Council is to invest £4m in the merger of the Derbyshire Records Office with the Local Studies Library at a new enlarged centre in Matlock by 2013.
Manchester City Football Club is considering plans to relocate its training ground from Carrington to a 60-acre site on Ashton New Road.
Thomas Cook has acquired Think W3, the owner of the Essential Travel online travel services business, for undisclosed terms.
Hallmark Hotels is planning to double its chain of four-star hotels to ten over the next two years, and will increase the 25-strong workforce at its recently-acquired Elizabeth Hotel in Hull to more than 100.
Waltham Forest Council is to unveil plans for the £5m refurbishment of the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.
Essenden is forming a partnership with Lucky Voice to open karaoke rooms at some of its 38 bowling centres, as part of a strategy to offer all-round entertainment venues.
Wrexham Council is in discussions with the North Wales Wildlife Trust about the possibility of transforming Minera Quarry into a caving tourist attraction.
Travelodge is to acquire the Micklegate Ramada in York, the Best Western Stansted Manor in Essex and the Hanover Hotel in Edinburgh, in a £14m investment.
Baker Tilly has sold the Caesar's World chain of 106 amusement arcades out of administration to a buyout vehicle called Minmar (929).
Heron International has submitted plans to build a five-star 190-bed hotel and 120 luxury apartments in the City of London, as part of the £500m Heron Plaza development.
The National Trust is to invest £3m in improvements to the Stackpole heritage and environmental centre in Pembrokeshire over the next two years, with the creation of up to 14 jobs.
Oxford University is to submit plans for the £78m renovation of the New Bodleian Library over the next five years, in order to create a new visitor attraction for the public.
Salop Leisure is to expand the Shrewsbury headquarters of its caravan sales business this year, with the creation of at least 18 jobs.
Craigavon Borough Council is planning to build a new £30m leisure centre at Craigavon Lakes, in order to replace three existing properties.
Chelsfield has won planning permission to build two luxury hotels in London, including a 75-room hotel at the Park Lane Mews site and a 240-room hotel on Shepherd's Bush Green.
Wiltshire Council has approved plans from MHJ for the development of a multi-million pound 248-berth marina near Rowde by 2011.
Pure Gym is planning to open seven budget gyms this year, including sites in Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow and Southend.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced initial support for a £8.7m grant for the expansion of St Fagans open-air museum near Cardiff, as well as £7m for the Piece Hall monument in Halifax and £6.3m for the Science Museum in London.
Orchid Group is planning to expand its chain of 288 pubs and restaurants to 500, and is particularly interested in the acquisition of distressed assets.
Fylde Council is to consider plans for the £5m redevelopment of the historic Lytham Hall, including holiday accommodation and conference facilities.
Cornwall Council is to consider plans for the £15m expansion of the holiday park at Little Trevarrack in Carbis Bay, including 119 new holiday homes.
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is to open a 120-bedroom hotel at the former Caleys department store in Windsor this summer.
Abode Hotels is planning to double its chain of boutique hotels to 15 over the next few years, and is particularly interested in cultural locations such as Oxford, Salisbury and London.
Stockton Council has approved plans from Jomast for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Globe Theatre into a leading performance venue.
Puma Hotels has won planning permission to build a 107-bedroom lodge hotel next to the Harrogate International Centre.
Pendennis of Cornwall has acquired Devonport Yachts, the Devon-based builder of superyachts.
Hoseasons, the Lowestoft-based cottage and boating holidays firm, has been acquired by Wyndham Worldwide of the US for £39m.
Travelodge has announced plans to invest £60m in the development of ten new budget hotels in London, Manchester, Andover, Bristol, Camberley, Cannock and Liverpool, with the creation of 300 jobs.
London Town is to undergo a pre-pack administration through PricewaterhouseCoopers, with about 200 pubs going to Anglo Irish Bank and a further 150 to a new vehicle.
Ruby Tuesday of the US is planning to open a chain of franchised restaurants in the UK, with the first opening in Cardiff in June.
Deckers Group, the Rochdale-based restaurant and hotel operator with 370 staff, has secured a £13m funding package to expand its pub and wholesale drinks operations.
Matlock Town Council is to consider plans from Halldale Properties for a £75m hotel, cinema, offices and car showroom development at Halldale Quarry.
Fylde Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £15m sports village on a 27-acre site at Wrea Green, including a new home for AFC Fylde.
East Lindsey District Council has approved plans for the development of a £7m entertainment complex at Grand Parade in Skegness by summer 2011, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Premier Sport of Norfolk is planning to expand its nationwide franchised network of 300 sports coaches with 200 additional people.
Norton Grange Coastal Village is creating up to 100 new jobs, following the refurbishment of its hotel in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.
Aberdeen City Council is looking into the possibility of building a new £10m storage facility for museum artefacts and artworks.
East Devon District Council is to consider plans from Doulton Estates to build a four-star 160-bed hotel next to the Flybe training academy at Exeter International Airport.
Playtech has acquired Virtue Fashion, the Channel Islands-based online bingo company, for up to £36m.
Calderdale Council is to consider plans from the owner of the Casa Hotel in Brighouse to build a holiday village with 18 log cabins overlooking Cromwell Lake.
Hilton is to invest £20m in the transformation of the food areas at 16 hotels into airport-style executive lounges by 2011.
Nottinghamshire County Council has unveiled plans to open a new £5.2m visitors' centre in Sherwood Forest by 2012.
The Bar Group has sold eight of its London-based bars to a new company called Orange Sun Bars in a pre-pack administration, and a buyer is being sought for the remaining nine outlets.
Telford & Wrekin Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2.2m tennis centre at Oakengates Leisure Centre.
Jurys Inns is to invest £9m in the expansion of its chain of 30 hotels in 2010, including new sites in London and improvements to existing properties.
Sanguine Hospitality is planning to open a new £20m 148-bed four-star Indigo hotel on Fenkle Street in Newcastle by February 2011.
Ryedale Folk Museum is seeking permission for a £2m extension at its museum near Pickering in North Yorkshire.
Park Plaza Hotels has won planning permission to set up a 350-bedroom Art'otel near Hoxton Square in London in 2012.
Burnley Football Club has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of its Turf Moor stadium, including a "football university" and a concert venue.
Wyre Borough Council has approved plans for the £4m redevelopment of Fleetwood Town's football stadium, including a new three-tier stand and the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Malmaison is seeking a suitable location in Aberdeen's West End for a new Hotel du Vin luxury hotel with up to 40 rooms.
Marriott is to operate a 185-bedroom Courtyard by Marriott hotel and conference centre at the £100m Manor Mill development in Hull, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Haven Holidays is to invest £5m in improvements to its four holiday parks in North and West Wales.
Noble Foods is seeking permission to transform an egg production plant at Seamer in North Yorkshire into a 100-caravan holiday and leisure park.
Wycombe District Council is considering plans to invest in the development of a new football and rugby stadium in Booker for Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps.
Rotherham United has acquired a former foundry site in the town centre to build a new £20m football stadium.
Liverpool Football Club is to set up a new commercial headquarters of up to 30,000 sq ft at 20 Chapel Street in Liverpool city centre.
Whitbread is planning to open 60 pub restaurants and a further 13,300 hotel rooms over the next four years.
NetPlay TV is to relocate the headquarters of its interactive gambling business and up to 13 staff from Lancaster to London.
Sportech has acquired SGR, the US pari-mutuel betting firm, from Scientific Games Corporation for up to £51m.
Greene King is to expand its chain of 2,500 pubs with the acquisition of eight outlets from Punch Taverns for £16m.
Wyre Council is to consider plans from Simmo Developments to build a four-storey hotel and leisure facilities at the former site of Fleetwood Pier.
Southampton City Council is seeking a developer to build a snow sports centre at the Town Depot site, including shops, bars and other sporting activities.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £3m grant for the development of new £18m facilities at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Islington Council is considering plans for the £16m refurbishment of Ironmonger Row Baths, the historic bath house in Finsbury.
Leicester City Council is to consider plans for the £12m transformation of the area around Leicester Cathedral, including a public square to host concerts.
Cruise118 is to recruit a further 40 sales staff at its travel business in Chorley.
Peterborough City Council is planning to build a concert hall and sports village at Peterborough United's football ground, having bought the site for £8m.
Sanguine Hospitality is considering plans to build a new conference centre and theatre in Chester, which would benefit its £28m Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
Braidwater has submitted proposals to Denbighshire County Council to build an 80-bedroom hotel in Rhyl.
Southampton Football Club has won planning permission for the transformation of its Staplewood training ground in Marchwood, including new facilities for players and administrative staff.
Birmingham City Council is to consider plans from Panther Securities for the development of a £70m hotel, casino and apartments complex in Holloway Head.
Knowsley Council has unveiled plans for the development of a new £16m leisure centre in Huyton, including two swimming pools and a fitness suite.
Simply Heathcotes is looking to restart the expansion of its restaurant chain next year, opening up to five new outlets in partnership with property group Bruntwood.
Southampton City Council is to consider plans from Warburg Property Development to build a £10m ice rink and conference centre at St Mary's, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Manchester City Council is to shed 66 jobs at the Urbis exhibition centre, in preparation for its redevelopment as the National Football Museum by next summer.
Colchester United has won permission to set up a new football training ground in Tiptree.
The Victoria & Albert Museum is planning to open a £47m museum in Dundee by 2014, which could attract up to 130,000 visitors a year.
Fitness4less has appointed Christie & Co to find suitable locations to open budget health clubs, and is particularly interested in Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff and London.
Westminster City Council has approved plans from Criterion Capital to develop a new 495-bed pod hotel at the Trocadero complex by 2012.
Travelodge is planning to invest £115m in the development of 26 new budget hotels this year, with the creation of more than 500 jobs.
Rugby Football League is considering plans to relocate its PR staff to MediaCity UK in Salford.
Zolfo Cooper has sold most of the 12 pubs of Bradford-based Suburban Style Bars out of administration to Cal Management, securing 40 jobs.
Bath Rugby Club is planning to build a new £50m 20,000-capacity stadium at an undisclosed site by 2015.
Complete Football is seeking permission to build a £3m football training centre at the Highfield Sports Ground in Nottingham.
Weatherworld expects to submit plans later this year for the development of a £50m weather and climate change visitor attraction in the Exeter area.
PHSC has acquired Quality Leisure Management, the Gloucestershire-based leisure services firm, for £0.2m.
DW Sports Fitness is looking to expand its chain of 58 gyms to 100 by opening ten new sites a year.