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Cruise 118 of Chorley is planning to set up a nationwide network of 20 Cruise One travel franchises, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Ayrshire Golf Company is to unveil plans for a £60m golf complex at the Irvine Bay harbourside project in January, including a 50-room hotel and conference facilities.
Sutton Harbour Holdings is to raise £6m in a share placing to fund its Millbay Marina project in Plymouth.
Seafield Caravan Park is seeking permission to expand its site at Seahouses in Northumberland, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Living Ventures is to invest £8m in the development of eight new restaurants and bars in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool in 2012, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Xercise 4 Less is to relocate its headquarters from Wakefield to a new 40,000 sq ft fitness centre on Kirkstall Road in Leeds, with the creation of up to 80 jobs, and plans to open 40 gyms across the North by 2016.
Travelodge has unveiled a new list of 146 locations to establish budget hotels, including 65 in the Greater London area.
Villandry is to set up an 8,000 sq ft flagship restaurant at Trafalgar House in London's Waterloo Place in 2013, after a £5m refurbishment by the Crown Estate.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded grants totalling £19m to restore 11 public parks across the country, including Manchester, Enfield, Merthyr Tydfil, Brighton, Chester and Doncaster.
Mansfield District Council has approved plans for a new golf complex at Mansfield Woodhouse, including a new course, 60-bed hotel and villas.
Firmdale Hotels has secured funding of £188m from Barclays Corporate to support the expansion of its chain of seven boutique hotels, including a new property due to open in London's Ham Yard in 2013.
Aston Manor Transport Museum is considering plans to reopen its visitor attraction at the Volant Passenger Vehicle Solutions site in Aldridge.
Paragon Creative, the York-based developer of attractions with 60 staff, is to be acquired by the Marwyn Capital II investment fund for up to £4m.
Scotsman Hotels Group is to invest £60m in its three hotels in Edinburgh, Leeds and Paris, having been bought out of administration by the Saudi-based owner of the JJW Group.
Crawley Borough Council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the £2.4m restoration of Worth Park.
Crusader Holidays, the Clacton-based coach firm, has been bought out of administration by Aylesbury-based Motts Leisure.
Sheffield City Council is to consider plans from DLP Planning to set up a 24-hour casino and restaurants at the Holly Building in the city centre.
Thomas Cook is to sell its stake in Hoteles Y Clubs De Vacaciones, the owner of five Spanish hotels, to Grupo Iberostar for £60m.
Luminar has been sold out of administration to a team of leisure industry executives for £45m, saving up to 3,000 jobs at its chain of Liquid, Oceana and Lava & Ignite nightclubs.
Halcyon Hotels & Resorts and Patron Capital have bought seven hotels in the South from Von Essen Hotels, and will invest £10m in improvements.
Helical Bar and Abbeygate have shortlisted six contractors to build a £20m leisure complex in Milton Keynes by 2014, including an ice rink and casino.
Za Za Bazaar is planning to open a further eight large restaurants across the country, starting with Norwich in spring 2012.
Great Outdoor Gym Company is to transfer production of its fitness equipment back from China to the Garmet factory in Thetford.
Leon de Bruxelles is to open its first Chez Leon restaurant in the UK at Cambridge Circus in London in January.
Greene King is planning to expand its chain of managed pubs and restaurants from 950 to 1,100, with the creation of 3,000 jobs over the next three years.
Lend Lease is looking to build a 150-bed hotel at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent by the end of next year.
Heineken has bought 918 former Scottish & Newcastle pubs from Royal Bank of Scotland for £422m, taking its total estate to 1,380.
National Museum of the Royal Navy has secured a £1.4m lottery grant to expand its facilities in Portsmouth by 2014.
Selwyns Travel Group has bought Haytons Executive Travel out of administration, saving 60 jobs at its Manchester-based coach travel business.
Review Hotels has won planning permission to set up a spa and other facilities at the Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Co-operative Travel is to relocate 100 staff from Manchester to Thomas Cook offices in Altrincham and Accrington.
Maven Capital Partners is to acquire HM Corporate Solutions, the Glasgow-based provider of funding for hotel developments.
Macclesfield Town is to unveil plans to build a new 7,000-capacity football stadium near its Moss Rose site, in partnership with St Modwen.
Shine Productions is to acquire three CDC Leisure music bars in Belfast out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Harbour Hotels has unveiled plans to build a £25m five-star hotel at Southampton's Ocean Village, in partnership with MDL Developments.
Marston's is planning to create about 1,000 new jobs in 2012, as part of an expansion programme that will include 25 new-build pubs.
Botany Bay has unveiled plans for the £20m expansion of its visitor attraction in Chorley, in order to create a "Harrods of the North" and almost double the floorspace to 220,000 sq ft.
Marwyn Gaming has acquired 63 Agora amusement arcades for £14m, in order to expand its Praesepe business.
Platts Harris has acquired Golf & Turf Machinery, the Wakefield-based supplier of golf course equipment.
Hilton Worldwide is planning to open more than 20 hotels in the UK over the next few years, with the creation of 1,500 jobs.
Southwark Council is planning to build a £5m public square and plaza in Peckham.
Redseven has acquired Eclipse Leisure, the Brighton-based travel agent, for undisclosed terms.
Queens Park Rangers is seeking a site in west London for a new football stadium to replace Loftus Road.
Travelodge is to invest £10m in the development of four hotels next to pubs in Darlington, Fort William, King's Lynn and Stevenage.
Watford Council is seeking £5m of lottery funding for the restoration of Cassiobury Park, including a new visitor centre.
Chelsea Football Club is looking into the possibility of building a new stadium at the Battersea Power Station site in London.
Carlisle United is considering plans to build a new 12,000-capacity football stadium at Kingmoor Park.
Melia Hotels International of Spain is looking to open new hotels in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh over the next two years.
Liverpool FC is to open its second Boot Room Sports Cafe at the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village next month, with the creation of 50 jobs, and hopes to add more franchises worldwide.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £4.6m grant to fund the restoration of Lews Castle in Stornoway, including a new museum and hotel.
Dreamland Trust has secured a £3m lottery grant to go towards the development of a new heritage amusement park in Margate by summer 2013.
Amber Taverns is planning to expand its North West-based chain of 70 pubs to more than 100 over the next three years.
Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa in Wolverhampton has been sold out of administration by Grant Thornton to RS Power, securing more than 100 jobs.
Loungers is looking to expand its chain of 20 cafe-bars and restaurants with new sites in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Christchurch, Exeter and Salisbury next year.
Lastminute.com is reported to be planning to relocate its London-based online travel business from Victoria to a 20,000 sq ft office at 77 Hatton Garden.
Minoan Group is to set up a new head office for its travel business in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 52 jobs over the next three years.
Southend United and Sainsbury's have submitted plans for the redevelopment of Roots Hall stadium, including a new superstore, 270 homes and 350 jobs.
ABI, the Beverley-based caravan and holiday home manufacturer with 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by LGV Capital.
Open Doors is to relocate its charity headquarters and 50 staff from North Leigh to a 22,000 sq ft office in Witney next month.
MK Dons is to proceed with plans to expand the capacity of its football stadium in Milton Keynes from 22,000 to 32,000 next year, funded by a £56m retail development.
Walsh International Travel, the London-based travel management firm, is to be acquired by ALTOUR of the US for undisclosed terms.
Travelodge is seeking suitable locations for a £30m investment in five new budget hotels across Greater Manchester, with the creation of 150 jobs.
William Hill is to sell its 15 betting shops in Ireland to Boylesports, with the transfer of 65 staff.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from Capella Group for a £10m leisure development at Broomielaw Quay by 2013, including restaurants, bars and up to 150 jobs.
Mansford is to invest up to £25m in the refurbishment of the Skydome leisure complex in Coventry, in order to attract new tenants.
Heron & Brearley of the Isle of Man has acquired Market Town Taverns, the Yorkshire-based chain of pubs and wine bars.
Plymouth Argyle Football Club has been bought out of administration by a new company called Green Pilgrim.
Mere Golf Resort & Spa is recruiting up to 100 staff to prepare for the opening of its new Cheshire-based 81-bed hotel in March.
Be At One has secured a £8m private equity investment from Piper to expand its chain of 12 cocktail bars.
Free Trade Hall, the five-star hotel in Manchester, has been bought out of administration by the owner of Radisson Edwardian Hotels for about £40m.
YTL Hotels is planning to open a new 98-room luxury hotel at the former Gainsborough Building in Bath in 2014.
Dudley Council has secured European funding for the £10m transformation of the Castle Hill district, which will create 200 jobs and link Dudley Zoo to the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust.
Heart of England Conference & Events Centre is planning to invest £3m in the expansion of its facilities near Coventry, including a 30-bedroom hotel, driving course and 30 new jobs.
Sleeperz Hotels is planning to open up to ten budget hotels across the country by 2015, including sites in Liverpool, London and Manchester.
Funky Monkeys is to invest £2m doubling its chain of six softplay centres in Northern Ireland over the next two years.
Fuller, Smith & Turner is to acquire five pubs in London and Wendover from Marston's for £16m, taking its estate to 365.
Clarion Events is planning to relocate its London headquarters to a 30,000 sq ft office at the Fulham Green development.
The Restaurant Group is planning to expand its Brunning & Price pub restaurant chain with six new sites a year.
Von Essen Hotels has sold four country house hotels in Gloucestershire and West Sussex out of administration to Andrew Brownsword for an estimated £30m.
Baroosh is to invest £6m in a new bar on Marlow high street by the end of next year, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Spirit Pub Company is to invest £3m in the renovation of 14 pubs across the North East, as part of an expansion programme that will create 120 jobs.
Pembrokeshire County Council is to consider plans from Conygar and Stena Line to build a 450-berth marina in Fishguard.
Travelodge has announced a £223m expansion programme in London, with the opening of 26 budget hotels and 710 new jobs over the next two years.
Wolverhampton Wanderers has submitted plans for the £50m redevelopment of Compton Park in partnership with Redrow Homes and Inspire, including new football training facilities.
D&D London is seeking a suitable location in the West End of London to develop a second hotel, and will also invest £3m in new restaurants, bars and a wine shop in London next year.
Southwark Council has approved plans from Deerbrook to refurbish Sea Containers House on London's South Bank, in order to provide a 356-bedroom hotel and 300,000 sq ft of office space.
Dudley Council has approved plans to build a £6m borough archives centre on Tipton Road by 2013.
Jongleurs is planning to expand its chain of 19 franchised comedy venues to 30, and expects to raise £15m in a flotation on Aim within 18 months.
NEC Group has unveiled plans for the £20m modernisation of the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Gregory Projects is to submit plans to build a £30m ten-storey hotel and office complex at Whitehall Riverside in Leeds.
Sleeperz Hotels is to create 25 jobs at a new six-storey budget hotel due to open in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in December.
Marston's is planning to expand its chain of 2,150 pubs by opening 25 new pub-restaurant sites this year.
Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire has secured a £4.6m Heritage Lottery Fund grant to develop a new visitor centre.
Hotel La Tour is recruiting about 100 staff for a new hotel due to open in Birmingham, and also plans to open a further four hotels over the next five years.
Generator Hostels is planning to develop a network of up to 15 hostels across Europe over the next two years, including new sites in London and Edinburgh.
Barracuda Pub Group is looking to invest £50m in the development of a further 40 Smith & Jones pubs, and is also reported to be seeking private equity investors to acquire a majority stake.
Crieff Hydro is planning to invest £100m in the expansion of its Perthshire estate, including 200 lodges, a care home, leisure facilities and up to 260 jobs.
Derby County Football Club has revived plans for a £7m retail and leisure scheme next to its Pride Park stadium, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
Jarvis Hotels has sold 24 of its 28 hotels to a new company called Jupiter Hotels through a pre-pack administration, and they will be rebranded from Ramada to Accor's Mercure franchise.
Airbnb, the US holiday property rental firm, is said to be looking to open a new office in London for between 25 and 50 staff.
Lahore Cafe Bar is planning to expand its Bradford-based chain of three outlets to 15 over the next five years.
Aston Wood Golf Club has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to a new company, securing the future of 52 staff.
Peel Holdings has unveiled plans to build a £60m leisure complex at Gloucester Quays by 2013, including a cinema, restaurants, shops and the creation of 500 jobs.
Gala Coral has acquired Chas Kendall, the Cumbria-based chain of 30 betting shops with 150 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Oakgate has submitted plans to build a 6,000-capacity football stadium for York City and a shopping centre at Monks Cross.
Kosmopolito Hotels has won permission to build a 242-bedroom 11-storey hotel in London's Shepherd's Bush.
Whitbread is planning to open up to 20 Premier Inn budget hotels in London over the next two years, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Create is planning to expand its Leeds-based social enterprise by opening up to 20 restaurants across the North.
Sand le Mere is investing £4m in the development of a new leisure complex at its holiday village on the Yorkshire coast by 2012, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Exeter Chiefs is looking at proposals to expand the capacity at its Sandy Park rugby stadium from 11,000 to 20,000.
Continuum is to set up a new visitor attraction in York called The Sweet History of York, with the creation of 30 jobs.
MCD Developments is planning a £120m leisure, office and residential scheme at the Warwickshire County Cricket ground in Edgbaston and a £100m scheme at the Essex County Cricket ground in Chelmsford.
Blackstone is planning to acquire the chain of eight Mint Hotels for about £600m, in order to expand its Hilton Worldwide business.
Cineworld has been selected to operate the multiplex cinema at the £250m Southwater development in Telford, with the creation of up to 170 jobs.
Bournemouth Borough Council has secured funding to build a £1m visitor centre at the Hengistbury Head nature reserve by 2013.
Welsh Mountain Zoo is planning to build a £5m Space for Life centre at its site in Colwyn Bay, in an attempt to increase visitor numbers to 50,000 a year.
Red Hot World Buffet & Bar is planning to recruit 200 apprentices for its chain of restaurants over the next year.
Lyon Equipment is to relocate its Cumbria-based sports equipment distribution business and up to 76 staff to a new £3.8m site being built in Tebay.
Port Vale has secured £5m from US-based Blue Sky International to invest in new facilities for its Stoke-based football club.
Project Space Leeds is planning to set up an art gallery and bistro at the former Tetley brewery site in Leeds.
Tasty is planning to expand its chain of 15 Dim-T and Wildwood restaurants with up to eight new sites over the next six months.
John Semple Travel, the Glasgow-based online and retail travel agent, has been acquired by Minoan Group for £2m.
Brasserie Bar Co has raised £20m to fund the expansion of its 11 restaurants and gastropubs to 40 over the next five years.
Mitchells & Butlers is to acquire the Old Orleans chain of eight restaurants for undisclosed terms, and could convert the sites to its Browns and Harvester formats.
Ping Pong is looking to raise funds to expand its London-based chain of 11 dim sum restaurants.
City of York Council is to consider plans from Tiger Developments to build a 124-bed hotel at Layerthorpe by 2013.
Goals Soccer Centres is planning to expand its chain of 43 football centres with at least four new sites next year.
See Tickets, the online ticketing agency, is to be sold by Parcom Capital to Vivendi of France for about £80m.
Mitchells & Butlers is to expand its Browns Bar & Restaurant chain with up to seven new sites over the next year.
Be At One is to expand its London-based chain of 11 cocktail bars with three new sites over the next six months.
Paddy Power is planning to expand its UK chain of 151 betting shops with up to 40 new sites a year.
Haulfryn, the operator of 35 holiday parks, has returned to private ownership with the support of a £60m refinancing deal with Barclays.
Bloomsbury Leisure is planning to open a new chain of eight Father's Study themed pubs across the country, with the first opening in Holborn in November.
Bar Sport of Cannock is planning to open eight new franchised sports bars by the end of the year, including sites in Dudley, Ipswich, London, Glasgow and Exeter.
Topgrade Sportswear has acquired a 45,000 sq ft warehouse at Calver Quay in Warrington, in order to support the expansion of its sportswear business.
Sands Marine is to create up to 50 jobs at a £2m leisure boat centre at Kinnego Marina in Lurgan.
Whitbread has submitted plans to build a £9m 80-bed Premier Inn hotel at Phoenix Riverside in Rotherham, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Visit Journeys is to submit plans to transform Mindel House in Manchester city centre into a 300-bed hostel for backpackers.
BDL of Glasgow is looking to expand its chain of 46 hotels to more than 60 by the end of next year.
Travelodge is planning to build a £6m 82-bedroom hotel at Sunniside in Sunderland city centre by autumn 2012, with the creation of dozens of jobs.
Northumberland County Council is considering proposals to build a new £20m leisure and library complex in Ashington.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel in Devon is to undergo a £4m renovation programme by summer 2012, including a new spa.
University of Salford has submitted plans to build a new £38m 172,000 sq ft arts centre at the Peel Park Campus.
Tranmere Rovers has submitted plans to relocate its football training ground to Woodchurch Leisure Centre.
Travelodge is planning to invest £135m opening up to 37 budget hotels near the country's 15 national parks.
Argyll & Bute Council is seeking government funding for a multi-million pound proposal to attract cruise ships to the port of Oban.
InterContinental Hotels Group is planning to expand its chain of 269 UK hotels with 28 new sites, with the creation of up to 3,000 jobs.
Visions of China is planning to build a £100m theme park at Rother Valley Country Park in Rotherham, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Laterooms is to expand the Manchester headquarters of its online holiday accommodation business onto another floor of The Peninsula building, having increased its workforce to 430.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is to provide £18m to fund the conservation of 11 landscapes across the country, including Orford Ness in Suffolk and the South Dorset Ridgeway.
MeetingZone, the conferencing services provider, has been acquired by private equity firm GMT Communications Partners for £38m.
Orient Express is considering plans to relocate its London-based travel business to a 23,000 sq ft office in Shackleton House at London Bridge.
Rank is planning to expand its chain of casinos to 45, including 30 in the G-Casino format, with the creation of 1,400 jobs over the next three years.
Holidaybreak, the Cheshire-based activity travel firm, is to be acquired by the Prometheon subsidiary of Cox & Kings for £312m.
PJ Livesey Group has sold its GL-14 health clubs to Bannatyne Group, including gyms in Manchester and Bedfordshire.
Edge Hill University has submitted plans to build a £30m sports centre on its campus in Ormskirk by 2013.
Reigate & Banstead Council has approved plans to build a new £6.6m leisure centre and swimming pool in Banstead.
The Museum of London is planning to invest £4.5m in the extension of its Roman gallery.
Worthington Group has unveiled plans to build a £30m hotel, cinema, shopping and business complex at the Chatsworth Works site in Keighley.
Lytham Hall in Lancashire has secured a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund its restoration and improve visitor facilities.
FitForFree of the Netherlands is planning to open 20 gyms in the UK, and the first will be at the 20,000 sq ft Matchbox building in south Liverpool.
Goonhilly Earth Station is seeking funding of £6.8m to develop the Goonhilly Space Science Park Project in Cornwall, which could create up to 750 jobs.
Peach Pub Company is looking to expand its Oxfordshire-based chain of 14 pubs to 22 by 2013.
Direct Corporate Clothing has bought Proteam out of administration, securing 37 of the 41 jobs at the Kent-based leisure products business.
Greene King is to acquire Capital Pubs, the London-based chain of 34 pubs, for £93m.
Scotbet, the Edinburgh-based chain of 65 betting shops, has undergone a management buy-out from Festival Group for undisclosed terms.
Manchester City has unveiled plans to build a new 7,000-capacity training centre on an 80-acre site next to its football stadium.
Southampton City Council is to consider plans from Grosvenor to develop a £40m arts complex and restaurant quarter in Northern Above Bar by 2013, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Fairline Boats, the Oundle-based luxury boatbuilder, is to be sold by Becap to Better Capital for £21m.
Co-operative Group is in discussions to sell its former department store on Newgate Street in Newcastle for £12m, which would lead to the development of a 230-bed hotel.
Rank Group has started recruiting up to 100 staff for a new £8m Grosvenor G Casino due to open at the Wharf Retail Park in Stockton later this year.
V8 Gourmet has been bought out of administration by an unnamed buyer, securing the future of 264 staff at 17 Bombay Bicycle Club, Vama and Tiffinbites restaurants.
Park Plaza Hotels has acquired 628 Western Avenue in London's Park Royal for £6m, and is seeking permission to build a new hotel on the site.
St Helens Council has secured lottery funding for the £3m restoration of the historic Victoria Park.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £4.1m for improvements to Walpole Park in Ealing and Raphael Park in Romford.
Menzies Hotels has been sold to management in a pre-pack administration through KPMG, securing the future of 1,300 jobs at its chain of 16 hotels.
Travelodge is planning to expand its number of budget hotels in Scotland from 40 to 62 over the next five to ten years.
Expedia, the online travel company, has confirmed plans to set up an 81,000 sq ft office at the Angel Building in Clerkenwell, London.
Hilton Worldwide is to operate two new hotels on the South Bank in London, and they will be called the Hilton London Southbank and Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo.
IMAX is planning to expand its chain of 16 large-screen cinemas to 50 over the next seven years.
Travelodge is to invest £165m in the expansion of its chain of 475 hotels with 22 new sites over the next 18 months, with the creation of 1,300 jobs.
Princess Yachts is seeking a £4m government grant to help fund the development of a new £35m yacht production facility at its site in Plymouth, which could create 1,000 jobs.
JD Wetherspoon is to invest £20m in the expansion of its chain of 808 pubs, including 650 new jobs and the opening of 14 new outlets next month.
Fitness First is to invest £7m in the conversion of ten clubs in the North and Midlands to a new low-cost Klick Fitness format.
Inchmarlo Golf Centre in Banchory has unveiled plans to create a £100m golf resort and cookery school, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
Music Festivals has acquired a further five festival operators, including Benicassim, Kent Festival, Finsbury Park Events, EP Events and SP Events.
Liverpool Football Club is looking to expand its chain of five retail outlets with new sites in Southport and Dublin.
Brighton & Hove Albion is planning to build a new football training ground at New Monks Farm in Lancing.
Allerdale Council is to consider plans from Hadrian's Wall Heritage to build a £10m visitor attraction in Maryport, with the creation of up to 78 jobs.
Umi Hotels is planning to expand its chain of three hotels to 50 over the next ten years, with the appointment of franchises in the UK and abroad.
Admiral Taverns is to invest £5m in improvements to its chain of pubs this summer.
Bridgend Council is to consider plans for the development of a sports village at Island Farm, including separate stadia for football, rugby league and rugby union.
Town & City Pub Company is to merge with Stonegate Pub Company to create a combined group of 560 pubs, including the Yates's and Slug & Lettuce brands.
Altitude Group is to sell its promotional products division to a new company called Stridage Holdings for £6.3m.
Hed Kandi is planning to develop a new chain of bars across London and the South East over the next three years, having appointed Cushman & Wakefield to find sites of up to 3,000 sq ft.
Stirling Council is to consider plans from the National Trust for Scotland to build a new Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre by 2014.
Cairn Group is to open a 175-bedroom hotel and conference centre at Newcastle Airport by the end of the year, with the creation of 125 jobs.
Holidaybreak has sold West End Theatre Bookings, the London-based supplier of theatre tickets, to Encore Tickets for £11m.
Sojourn Hotels is to create 40 jobs at a new Indigo boutique hotel due to open at Walmgate in York in autumn 2012.
Liverpool City Council is considering plans from Tune Hotels to open a 127-room budget hotel on Parker Street.
City of York Council is considering plans from The Villas Venture to build a new £10m 95-bedroom hotel on the site of the Holgate Villa, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
No Saints has secured funding of £2.1m from investors to expand its chain of five bars and restaurants, and plans to open up to ten sites under the Wonder format this year.
Hull City Council is to consider plans from C Spencer to build a £150m waste-fuelled power station on the east bank of the River Hull, which would create 60 jobs.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is to consider plans from Kidwells Park to build a new eight-storey 122-bedroom hotel in Maidenhead town centre.
London Borough of Hounslow is to consider plans from Square Circle Developments to build a six-storey 583-bedroom budget hotel at Heathrow Airport.
Merlin Entertainments is planning to build a £3m rotating observation tower in Weymouth for the 2012 Olympics.
Brook Leisure has submitted plans to set up a 38,000 sq ft casino at the former NUM building in Sheffield.
Bristol Rovers has unveiled plans to build a new £40m 20,000-capacity football stadium on the site of the University of the West of England.
Rank Group is to be acquired by Guoco, as the Hong Kong-based investment group has increased its stake in the gaming operator to 56%.
Gwynedd Council is to consider plans from Aurora Property to build a tenpin bowling centre at the Llandygai Industrial Estate in Bangor, with the creation of 32 jobs.
MAG Developments is looking into the possibility of building a new hotel at Bournemouth Airport.
BetFred is to acquire the Tote, the Wigan-based chain of 517 betting outlets with more than 4,000 staff, from the government for £265m.
P&O Cruises has ordered a new cruise ship capable of carrying 3,600 passengers, and it will operate out of Southampton from 2015.
Bournemouth Borough Council is to consider plans for the transformation of the Pier Theatre into a £3m adventure attraction, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Grosvenor Casinos is to relaunch its 20,000 sq ft venue in Cardiff Bay as a G Casino this summer, with the creation of 12 jobs.
Travelodge is planning to open up to 100 smaller Metro hotels of between 20 and 40 rooms by 2020, in order to expand its presence in suburban and holiday locations.
Cambridge Arts Theatre is planning to start work on a £12m expansion project next year.
Vacanceselect of the Netherlands is setting up a new headquarters for its Selectcamp camping holidays business in Warrington, with the creation of an initial eight jobs.
Qbic of the Netherlands is seeking vacant buildings in ten UK city centres to create a new chain of budget hotels.
Jurys Inn is to create up to 80 jobs at a new 203-bedroom hotel due to open at Gateshead Quays in Newcastle in August.
Le Bistrot Pierre is to expand its Midlands-based chain of restaurants by opening its ninth outlet in Ilkley next month.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £11m of funding for the restoration of Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge, HMS Alliance in Gosport, Wakefield Cathedral, Penarth Pier and Wentworth Castle in Barnsley.
Home Grown Hotels is planning to launch a new chain of country hotels called The Pig, with the first opening in the New Forest in July.
EasyGym is planning to open up to ten gyms a year, with the first opening in Slough in June.
Sportingbet is to acquire Centrebet, the Australian betting firm, funded by a £130m share-and-bond issue.
Castleford Tigers is planning to build a new rugby stadium in Glasshoughton, and its existing Wheldon Road ground will be transformed into a supermarket.
North Somerset Council is to consider plans for the development of a £50m LeisureDome indoor ski and sports centre, as part of St Modwen's redevelopment of the former RAF Locking Parklands site.
Beannchor Group is expected to buy Wen Inns, the County Down-based chain of 15 pubs, out of administration.
Mitchells & Butlers is looking to expand its chain of 176 Harvester restaurants to up to 400 sites in the long term.
Barcrest, the Manchester-based supplier of gaming machines with 300 staff, has been acquired by Scientific Games Corporation of the US for up to £35m.
Trafford Council has approved plans for the transformation of the Liverpool Warehousing building on Trafford Park Road into a 775-bedroom hotel.
Manchester United has won approval to expand its Carrington training ground, including new sports science facilities, a visitor centre and football pitches.
Canteen is planning to expand its London-based chain of four restaurants to 15 over the next five years.
Anglesey Aluminium has agreed a deal with Land & Lakes that could lead to the development of a holiday leisure resort at the Penrhos Coastal park on Anglesey, with the creation of up to 600 jobs.
Be At One is seeking private equity investment to fund the doubling of its London-based chain of ten cocktail bars.
Ping Europe is planning a multi-million pound expansion at the Gainsborough headquarters of its golf club manufacturing business by March 2012.
West Bromwich Albion is looking to increase the capacity of its Hawthorns football stadium by 3,500 seats to 30,000 over the next three years.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £2m to Stoke-on-Trent City Council for the restoration of Burslem Park.
Rodizio Rico is to expand its London-based chain of four Brazilian restaurants by opening a 7,300 sq ft outlet at The Cube in Birmingham early next year.
Hallmark Hotels is to refurbish the 109-bedroom Aerodrome hotel in Croydon, having bought it from the administrators of Mainwalk.
Talacre Beach Leisure has sold four holiday parks in North Wales to Darwin Leisure Property Fund and Pario Leisure Group for undisclosed terms.
Blain Southern Gallery is to set up a 12,400 sq ft art gallery at 5 Hanover Square in London.
Co-operative Group is to expand the 246-strong workforce at its travel call centre in Burslem, Staffordshire, with 120 new jobs.
Dunsley Hall Hotel in Staffordshire is planning a £5m expansion project, including a new spa, conference facilities and the creation of up to 200 jobs.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has given initial backing for the proposed £8.8m restoration of Hastings Pier.
Arora Hotels is seeking permission to set up a 200-bedroom four-star hotel near Ascot racecourse.
Hilton Worldwide is looking to expand its chain of eight Doubletree hotels to 25, and is currently seeking suitable sites in Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.
The Midland Air Museum is planning to expand its facilities at Coventry Airport, including a new visitor centre.
Dalata Hotel Group of Ireland is planning to open a chain of Maldron hotels in the UK, starting with a £25m 216-room property in Cardiff city centre.
Rangers, the Glasgow-based football club, has been acquired by Wavetower, following the sale of an 85% stake in Murray MHL.
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has approved plans for the redevelopment of the New Look Weymouth Gateway site, including a new office, hotel, shops and the creation of about 1,000 jobs.
Xercise 4 Less is to create 40 jobs at a new £1m budget gym due to open in Thornaby this summer, and a further six sites are currently being considered in Yorkshire and the North East.
St Modwen has submitted plans for the £5m transformation of the former Tyco site on Wheatley Hall Road in Doncaster, including retail space and a Goals Soccer Centre.
William Hill has acquired Brandywine Bookmaking of the US for £9.6m, in order to gain 16 Lucky's betting outlets in Nevada.
GVA is to acquire Humberts Leisure, the hotel property specialist with 30 staff in five offices, for undisclosed terms.
Glentoran Football Club is looking to raise £10m to fund the development of a new 8,000-capacity stadium in Belfast by 2014.
Grosvenor Casinos is planning to open a £6m casino at New Brighton on Merseyside in spring 2012, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Aberdeen City Council has approved plans for a £30m extension at the Douglas Hotel in Market Street by 2013, including a conference facility, offices and shopping centre.
Salford Council is to consider outline plans from Batleys to build a leisure complex at Harbour City, including two hotels, offices and apartments.
Whitbread is looking to expand its Premier Inn hotel chain by 50% to at least 65,000 rooms, while its worldwide Costa Coffee chain will double to 3,500 within five years.
Oak Taverns of Oxfordshire is planning to expand its chain of 37 pubs to 50 by the end of next year.
Barcrest, the Manchester-based supplier of amusement machines, is to be acquired by Scientific Games for up to £40m.
Greene King has acquired Realpubs, the London-based chain of 14 pubs, for £53m.
Virgin Active is to acquire 55 Esporta fitness clubs in the UK for £78m.
Journeys of London is planning to open a further 15 hostels in pubs this year, and is currently seeking sites in Liverpool.
Individual Restaurant Company, the owner of 33 Piccolino and Restaurant Bar & Grill outlets, is expected to be acquired by a new consortium called W2D2 for £17m.
Equinox of the US is looking to open two upmarket gyms in London next year, in order to start a European expansion programme.
Bolton Council is to consider plans from Lancashire Properties to build a £2.3m conference centre in Farnworth, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Chipotle of the US is seeking suitable sites in the UK to open Mexican restaurants.
Motel One of Germany is to open a £25m 208-bedroom hotel on Market Street in Edinburgh in summer 2012.
Liverpool City Council has approved plans from Castlewood Property Management to develop a 138-bed luxury hotel at the 11-storey Martins Bank building in Water Street.
Safeland is forming a joint venture with Moorfield Real Estate Fund II to invest up to £25m in the development of a London-based chain of hostels for backpackers and schools.
The Weather Lottery is planning to develop a network of five-a-side football centres, following the £0.4m acquisition of Soccerdome in Nottingham.
Travelodge is linking up with five leading pub companies to invest up to £100m in the development of 36 hotel and pub sites by 2015.
Jamie's Italian is recruiting 90 staff for a new restaurant due to open in Cheltenham in August.
William Hill is expanding into the US sports-betting market with the £24m acquisition of American Wagering Inc and Cal Neva Sportsbook in Nevada.
Teignbridge Council has approved plans from Arnold White Estates to build a £20m hotel and service station on the A38 near Newton Abbot.
The Environment Agency has secured a share of a £110m government fund to invest in improvements to English waterways.
NEC Group and Genting Casinos have unveiled proposals for a new 580,000 sq ft leisure complex at the Birmingham NEC, including a casino, hotel, shops, conference centre and the creation of 1,100 jobs.
Cineworld is to acquire Cinesur Circuito Sanchez-Ramade, the Spanish chain of 11 multiplex cinemas, for undisclosed terms.
Chester Zoo has unveiled plans for a new £30m attraction called Islands, which will take visitors on a boat ride to see various animals.
Travelodge is to recruit up to 500 school leavers for a new hotel management apprenticeship programme.
Eviivo, the London-based accommodation booking service, has been acquired by Investcorp Technology Partners in a £30m deal.
Football Association of Wales has unveiled plans for a new £4m football training centre at the Newport International Sports Village.
FC United has unveiled plans to build a new 5,000-capacity football stadium at Moston in Greater Manchester.
EasyGroup is to open its first two easyGym fitness clubs in Slough and Wood Green in London this summer.
Calderdale Council is to seek lottery funding for the £16m restoration of Piece Hall in Halifax by 2014.
Reading Borough Council has unveiled plans for the £8m restoration of the ruins of Reading Abbey.
Greene King is looking to expand its chain of 150 Hungry Horse pub-restaurants with 70 new sites.
The Glasgow School of Art is to relocate to a temporary 72,000 sq ft home at the Skypark scheme in the city centre this summer.
Maclay Inns is looking to double its Scottish chain of 26 pubs over the next five years.
Six Piers has sold the North Pier in Blackpool to Sedgwick's for undisclosed terms, and the pier's Victorian heritage will be restored.
Brighton & Hove Albion has started recruiting 500 catering staff for its new £95m football stadium.
Braintree District Council has unveiled plans to build a new £9m leisure centre and swimming pool in Witham by 2013.
Daventry District Council is to consider plans from the Naseby Battlefield Project to build a £3m visitor centre on the site of the Battle of Naseby.
Benmore Group is to submit plans to build a £30m cinema, hotel and leisure complex on a 15-acre site in Speke.
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has unveiled plans for a £35m expansion project by 2015, including a new underground gallery.
KPMG has sold Beetham Hotels Liverpool and Beetham Hotels Manchester out of administration to Blue Liverpool and Blue Manchester for undisclosed terms.
Travel Management Group has acquired the corporate travel division of Warwickshire-based Complete World Travel out of administration.
Steigenberger Hotels of Germany is planning to open about seven properties in the UK over the next three years.
Tom's Kitchens has been acquired by Istanbul Doors Restaurant Group of Turkey for undisclosed terms, and plans to open eight more restaurants in London.
Bush Hall Hotel is seeking permission for a £12m investment in the expansion of its hotel in Welwyn, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Marriott is to open its first Residence Inn by Marriott hotel at the Quartermile development in Edinburgh later this year.
The National Theatre in London has received a £2.5m grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation, and a further £5.5m will go to ten other education projects at theatres, galleries and museums across the country.
Kingswood is planning to set up an activity centre for schoolchildren at the former Earth Centre site in Doncaster, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Baker Tilly has sold six Maypole Group pubs in Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire out of administration to Marco Pierre White.
SA Brain is to invest £5m in the renovation of 22 pubs over the next few months.
Liverpool City Council is planning to build a new £40m 80,000 sq ft exhibition centre on the Mersey.
Bannatyne, the chain of about 100 health clubs and hotels, is planning to build a new four-storey headquarters in Darlington by 2012.
Chester Racecourse is to create up to 850 temporary jobs for this summer's programme of racing and other events.
Mitchells & Butlers is planning to open more than 100 pubs and restaurants over the next two years, in order to expand all 14 of its brands.
Tees Active is to create 40 new jobs at its leisure sites on Teesside, with the Tees Barrage whitewater centre and Billingham Forum due to open soon.
Power Plate International, the acceleration training firm, is setting up a 5,100 sq ft office on George Street in London W1.
DAV Developments has unveiled plans for a £15m 55-bed luxury hotel on Grey Street in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Wyre Council is to consider plans from Natural Retreats to build a £6m holiday village at Planks Farm near Preston, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
New East Manchester is forming a partnership with Manchester City Football Club to attract investment of up to £1bn in new sport and leisure facilities at Eastlands over the next 15 years.
Manor Property Group has unveiled plans to build a £15m 140-bedroom hotel at Anne Street in Hull city centre, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Buckingham Bingo of Manchester has sold its nine bingo clubs to Club3000 and Castle Leisure for about £20m.
Welchs Homes, the chain of seven holiday parks in Scotland and the North East, has been sold out of administration to its former owner, saving 15 jobs.
Sub Zero Leisure is to open a 14,000 sq ft ice rink and entertainment centre at the Jubilee Leisure Park in Cleveleys, Lancashire, in March.
The Northern Ireland Executive has announced plans for a £138m investment in the modernisation of three sports grounds in Belfast, including Casement Park, Ravenhill and Windsor Park.
Aspers has won approval to set up a 65,000 sq ft casino at Westfield's Stratford City in the London Borough of Newham.
Minoan Group has acquired King World Travel, the Scottish chain of six travel agencies, for £0.4m.
Gaming International is to proceed with plans to build a new £6m casino and racetrack in Reading over the next year.
Saracens Rugby Club has submitted plans to Barnet Council to transform Copthall stadium into a 10,000-capacity multi-sports site.
Ribby Hall Village is to create 70 jobs at a new £5m 42-bedroom boutique hotel due to open at its site in Lancashire in July.
De Vere Village Hotels is planning to build a 128-bed hotel at Patcham Court Farm in Brighton, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Warrington Wolves is to invest £2m in the expansion of its Halliwell Jones rugby stadium by 2012.
Cornwall Council is to consider revised plans from Commercial Estates Group for the development of a £250m beach resort at Carlyon Bay near St Austell.
Abercrombie & Kent is to create 40 new jobs at its Cheltenham-based travel business by the end of March.
Liverpool City Council has unveiled plans to build a new £4.8m sports centre and fire station in Toxteth.
Sandwell Council is to seek lottery funding for the £3.2m refurbishment of the historic Lightwoods House and Lightwoods Park in Smethwick.
STR Enterprises is to invest up to £8m in the development of a new hotel, conference centre and sports facilities at Centurion Park Golf Club near Newcastle, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Rank is to invest a further £50m in upgrades to its chain of bingo clubs and casinos this year.
Morgan Sindall has been selected by Southampton City Council for the £450m redevelopment of the Royal Pier waterfront, including a new hotel, offices, bars and the creation of thousands of jobs.
Reed & Mackay, the London-based travel agency with 250 staff, is in negotiations to sell an equity stake to ECI Partners.
North Tyneside Council is to award outline planning permission to Barmoor to build a £8m sports complex at Seaton Burn.
Aberdeen Football Club has won permission to build a new £30m 21,000-capacity stadium at Loirston Loch.
Running Imp is to relocate its Lincoln-based event supplies business, which employs up to 40 staff, to a larger office at Centenary House over the next few months.
Bistro du Vin & Bar is planning to open a chain of ten restaurants in London over the next two years.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider revised proposals from Meteor Asset Management for the £75m transformation of Taymouth Castle into a six-star hotel and golf resort.
Bannatyne is planning a £20m expansion programme, including at least two new hotels, four gyms and the creation of 130 jobs.
Shaftesbury is to acquire five London pubs from Enterprise Inns in a £10m sale and leaseback deal, taking its total chain to 24.
Marston's Pub Company is to relocate 60 support jobs from Burton-upon-Trent to Wolverhampton later this year.
Cornwall Council is to consider a feasibility study for the development of a 10,000-capacity sports stadium at Threemilestone, near Truro.
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea is to undergo a £6m refurbishment over the next two years.
Rivington Street Holdings is to acquire The Finishing Touch event management business of First Artist Corporation for £0.1m.
Cannon Hall Farm is investing £3m in the expansion of its visitor attraction near Barnsley, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
West Ham United has been selected by the Olympic Park Legacy Company to convert the £537mm Olympic stadium in east London into a 60,000-capacity football stadium after 2012.
Wolverhampton Wanderers is to start work this summer on the expansion of its Molineux football stadium to a capacity of 31,700.
Apollo Resorts & Leisure has secured a large casino licence in Hull, which will clear the way for the £100m Manor Mill leisure development at Clarence Mill.
Opex Group has merged with Early Action Group to create a combined events management business with operations at seven major venues in the UK.
York Barbican is looking to recruit 70 staff by May, following the £2m refurbishment of its Paragon Street venue.
Barrhead Travel has announced plans to expand the workforce at its travel call centre in Glasgow from 50 to 100.
Manchester United is to set up an 11,500 sq ft commercial office in London's Mayfair, with the relocation of 45 staff from Pall Mall.
Easyvoyage has expanded its European online travel operations with the acquisition of Dealchecker.co.uk, TravelJungle and FSI.
Akkeron Hotels has bought ten former Butterfly Hotels across the Midlands and East Anglia out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing 200 jobs.
International Sports Tours of Cardiff has acquired Tours 4 Sport, the Oxfordshire-based sports travel firm, in order to expand its Inspiresport brand.
The Globe Theatre in Stockton is to undergo a £4m refurbishment by next year, in order to create a live music venue.
Soho Estates has won planning permission to develop an 84-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Leicester Square in London.
Bulgari is to open a 78-bedroom hotel at the former Normandie Hotel site in London's Knightsbridge next year.
Capital Pub Company is raising £2.3m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its London-based chain of 32 pubs.
Greene King has acquired Cloverleaf Restaurants, the chain of 12 pub-restaurants in the Midlands and North, for £56m.
Pleasurewood Hills, the Lowestoft-based theme park, has been acquired by US investment firm HIG for undisclosed terms.
Neath Port Talbot Council is seeking funding to invest a further £3m in the restoration of Margam Park.
Winteringham Fields is planning to invest £1.6m in the expansion of its hotel and restaurant in North Lincolnshire, with the creation of 18 jobs.
Bradford Council is to consider plans from Acorn Stairlifts for the development of a £10m 80-room hotel at the Millennium Business Park at Steeton.
Britannia Hotel Group has bought the Pontin's chain of five holiday parks out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing 850 jobs.
Shepherd Developments has unveiled proposals for a new £20m hotel and shopping centre at Dale House in Glasgow city centre.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is considering plans to build a new £10m leisure centre, to replace the existing facility at the Bath Rugby ground.
Brighton & Hove City Council is to consider plans from the Brighton Climbing Centre to set up a new climbing, skiing and snowboarding centre at the former Flexer Sacks site in Portslade.
Chesham Estates is to submit plans to build a four-star hotel training centre with 200 bedrooms in Bournemouth by 2013.
Novus Leisure is to acquire the Balls Brothers chain of 19 wine bars in London out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Chop Chop is planning to expand its Edinburgh restaurant into a nationwide chain of up to 20 sites, starting with Glasgow and Newcastle.
Crystal Palace has unveiled proposals for a new 25,000-seat football stadium at the National Sports Centre site in Bromley by 2015.
CurveMotion is to create about 40 jobs with the opening of a new interactive leisure venue in Bury St Edmunds this spring.
Floating Concepts has been selected as preferred bidder to develop the £30m Canting Basin floating village project on the River Clyde in Glasgow by 2015, including shops, marina, homes and the creation of up to 450 jobs.
Light Boutique ApartHotel is planning to develop a hotel with 60 apartments at the former Queen Square ice rink in Brighton.
Travelodge is to invest £300m in the development of 35 new hotels this year, with the creation of 700 jobs.
Rabbie's Trail Burners is creating 12 new jobs at its tour operating business in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and expects to create 40 jobs over the next three years.
Novus Leisure is to start recruiting up to 70 staff for the new Mansion House nightclub that will open soon at Merchant City in Glasgow.
Waverley Council is considering plans for the development of a new £6m leisure centre in Godalming.
Skyscanner has acquired Zoombu, the online travel guide, for undisclosed terms.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans to redevelop the Silver Blades and Planet Ice venue in Pershore Street with a new ice rink and 200 apartments.
MyWayTravel is to create an initial 20 jobs at a new online travel call centre in Darlington.
Sutton Council has announced plans to invest £10m in the refurbishment of the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton by 2012.
Project is creating 75 jobs at a new nightclub due to open at the Riverside in Norwich next month.
Europoint has acquired the five-star Howard and the four-star Channings hotels in Edinburgh from Town House Collection for undisclosed terms.
Tewkesbury Borough Council has approved plans to set up a new home for the Jet Age Museum at Gloucestershire Airport.
Loungers of Bristol is planning to expand its chain of 16 cafe bars with five new sites this year and seven in 2012.
Southend Council has unveiled proposals to build a 100-bed hotel and sporting centre at Garon Park.
Sanguine Hospitality is planning to build a 150-bed Indigo Hotel on Corporation Street in Manchester, and will also start work on new properties in Birmingham, Exeter, Hoylake, Newcastle and Sheffield this year.
Alton Towers is looking to recruit almost 50 additional permanent staff for its theme park in Staffordshire, as well as hundreds of seasonal staff.
PayasUgym is planning to set up a new network of pay-as-you-go gyms with funding from Envestors.
South Ayrshire Council is to build a £8m waterfront leisure development in Girvan, including a swimming pool, activity centre and fitness suite.
Celtic Crusaders, the Wrexham-based rugby club, has been bought out of administration by a new company called W Crusaders.
Akkeron Hotels has acquired Forestdale, the chain of 18 three-star hotels with 900 staff, for undisclosed terms.