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RAM Investment Group has acquired Estates Media Partners, the supplier of digital media and advertising to shopping malls, for £0.3m.
MneTV is to relocate its Glasgow-based TV production business to STV's offices at Pacific Quay in January.
Rivington Street is to acquire Rosslyn Research and Viewpoint Field Services, the market research companies, from IQ Holdings.
Infoserve is looking to recruit an additional 50 sales staff at its Darlington-based online search business early next year.
EMI has acquired Loudclothing, the Leicester-based music merchandising company with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Chilli UK, the Leeds-based brand design consultancy with 15 staff, has been acquired by the Home group.
TSL, the Maidenhead-based broadcast systems integration firm, is setting up an office at The Pie Factory at MediaCityUK in Salford.
United Business Media has acquired Virtual Press Office, the US provider of marketing services for exhibitions, for an initial £4m.
Digital Marketing Group has acquired 20:20 London, the marketing services firm, for up to £2m.
The British Film Institute is seeking a contractor to build a £9.5m master film store at its site in Gaydon, Warwickshire, by autumn 2011.
ITV is to invest £5m in the refurbishment of its Kirkstall Road TV studio in Leeds over the next year.
Lionsgate, the film distributor, is setting up a 6,000 sq ft headquarters at 60 Charlotte Street, London W1.
CScape has sold its ITM Graphics and ITM Publishing Services subsidiaries to management for up to £0.2m.
Endemol has expanded its TV production business with the £30m acquisition of Tiger Aspect, Tigress and Darlow Smithson from IMG.
MBL Group is to acquire Global Media Vault, the London-based digital media distribution firm, for £0.8m.
QVC, the TV shopping channel, is in negotiations to set up a 100,000 sq ft purpose-built office at Chiswick Park in London W4.
T4 Media has acquired Alvern Media, the Croydon-based outdoor advertising company with seven staff.
Smiths News is to set up a £1m newspaper distribution warehouse in Newmarket in February, with the relocation of about 26 jobs from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.
Cogenta Systems, the price comparison website, is looking to create scores of jobs at its newly-opened office in Newcastle over the next few years, having secured a £0.8m venture capital investment.
Interactive Publishing has acquired Scissorhands Media, the publisher of consumer magazines, from Financial One Securities for up to £0.5m.
The BBC is said to be considering plans to set up a new TV studio at the 220,000 sq ft former Freeman's cigar factory at Penarth Road in Cardiff.
Primesight is to open a new office in Manchester over the next few weeks, with the transfer of ten staff from its recently-acquired Titan outdoor advertising business in Liverpool.
TrainFX has bought the assets of the ASG Media outdoor advertising business out of administration.
WorkCast is looking to expand the workforce at its Durham-based video conferencing technology business from ten to 30 over the next year, having secured a £0.8m investment.
ATTIK is to relocate the headquarters of its graphic design agency and up to 12 staff from Leeds to London in January.
Internet Search Marketing is looking to create 33 new jobs at its office in Berwick over the next three years.
Juice Digital, the Stockport-based digital media agency, has been acquired by Tangerine of Manchester for undisclosed terms.
Zoom Media has bought Gym Screen Media, the operator of digital advertising screens at 160 venues, from Media 42 for undisclosed terms.
MKM is to sell its Concepts For Travel and Leapfrog marketing and travel agency operations in Manchester to CPP Holdings of York for £4.7m.
Amaze has acquired Underwired, the London-based digital marketing agency, for undisclosed terms.
Infoserve is to create up to 60 new jobs at its online directories business in Darlington by next February.
Business Internet Directory is creating up to 40 jobs at a new online services office in Leeds.
Research Now, the online market research firm, is in discussions to be acquired by e-Rewards of the US for £80m.
Boomerang Plus has acquired Indus Films, the Welsh TV production company, for an initial £1.1m.
Thomson Reuters has acquired Breakingviews, the financial commentary website with offices in London, New York and Paris, for about £13m.
The Phone Room is looking to recruit 30 staff for its new fundraising call centre in Oxford.
Experian has acquired United MailSolutions, the German online marketing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Chime Communications has acquired Essentially Group, the London-based sports marketing company, for £18m.
Zodiak Entertainment is setting up a 20,000 sq ft TV production office at Network House near the Westfield shopping complex in London W12.
Tangent Communications has acquired Snowball, the London-based customer insight agency, for up to £3.2m.
Boomerang has acquired Method, the extreme sports multimedia firm, in order to expand its newly-created Boom Extreme Publishing division.
Reader's Digest is to relocate its magazine publishing business from Canary Wharf to a 30,000 sq ft office at 242 Marylebone Road, London NW1.
HMV has acquired a 50% stake in 7digital, the music download firm, for £7.7m.
Incisive Media is to be split into two publishing businesses by its private equity owner Apax Partners, with banks taking over the UK division.
MKM Group has sold a 90% stake in Promodus, the London-based marketing services firm, to Stripe Marketing in an all-share deal.
Pelmark has been bought out of administration by DJM Promotions, securing the future of 35 jobs at its promotional materials supply business in Royston.
Engine Group is considering plans for a flotation next year, in order to raise about £50m to fund the expansion of its marketing services business into Europe, China, India and the US.
Avalon Group is to acquire Flame Television, the London-based TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
News Corp is to set up a 180,000 sq ft office at the Thomas More scheme in London, in order to relocate parts of its media business from the nearby Wapping headquarters.
UBC Media has acquired the assets of Radio Lynx, the radio and internet marketing company, from Music Marketing Services for £1.6m.
Interactive Publishing has acquired Marine Media, the publisher of a sailing magazine, from Sterling Securities International for £0.2m.
The University of Birmingham has won planning permission to build a £5m 450-seat concert hall on its main campus.
Electric Word has raised £2.7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its information publishing business.
Sequence Post Production is looking to relocate its London-based TV and film production operations to a larger site in Soho by early 2010.
ITV is to sell its Friends Reunited social networking business to the Brightsolid division of Dundee-based DC Thomson for £25m.
Brainstorm Multimedia is to acquire Aston Broadcast, the video graphics systems company, from the Reading-based Softel Group for undisclosed terms.
Soup Digital, the marketing agency with 35 staff in Norwich and London, has been bought out of administration by London-based Skive for undisclosed terms.
G-Forces is planning to double the 56-strong workforce at its web design business near Maidstone over the next two years.
ATG Broadcast is to relocate the BBC's London-based training and development unit from Marylebone High Street to White City by the end of August.
Northcliffe Media has confirmed plans to shed about 30 jobs with the creation of two new centralised newspaper production hubs in Bristol and Swansea.
Infoserve is looking to recruit up to 60 new sales staff for its Leeds-based online search business over the next few months.
Huntsworth has acquired Tonic Life Communications, the London-based healthcare public relations company, for an initial £3m.
NetPlay TV has raised £13m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its interactive TV gambling business.
Clarity Creation has acquired McEntegart Marketing, the Liverpool-based public relations agency.
Reed Elsevier is to sell its TWgroup travel publishing division to Clive Jacobs.
Tarsus Group has raised £2.8m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its publishing, exhibitions and conferences business.
Activ is planning to expand the workforce at its Leicester-based web design business from 17 to 50 by the end of the year, and will relocate to a larger site in Narborough Wood Park.
Seven Marketing is planning to expand the workforce at its telemarketing call centre in Swansea from 45 to about 200, and it will relocate to Swansea Exchange.
Freshwater has acquired Life Communications, the public relations firm with offices in Belfast and Dublin, for an initial £0.4m.
Bloomsbury Publishing is to acquire Tottel Publishing, the professional and academic publisher with 27 staff in Haywards Heath, Edinburgh and Dublin, for £10m.
Roomlinx of the US is planning to set up an office at one of the 11 Technium buildings in Wales, and up to 50 jobs could be created for the installation of interactive TV services in hotel rooms by 2012.
Local Radio Company has sold Arrow FM of Hastings and Sovereign Radio of Eastbourne to Media Sound Holdings for £0.1m.
Lincolnshire Echo is to relocate its headquarters to a 9,000 sq ft office at Witham Wharf in Lincoln in October.
CN Group has sold five local radio stations in Coventry, Rugby, Stratford, Tamworth and Warwick to a new company called Quidem.
Kraken Opus, the London-based publisher of luxury books, has undergone a management buy-out.
Northwest Vision & Media has secured a £2.7m European grant to relocate to Salford Quays in Manchester this autumn.
Local Radio Company has sold the Silk FM radio station in Macclesfield to Chester-based Dee 106.3 for undisclosed terms.
Bauer Media is to close its Kerrang Radio newsroom in Birmingham, in order to relocate the work to Manchester.
Hampton Associates has acquired CLiK Development for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Aberdeen-based marketing and software business with 14 staff.
TMN Group is to acquire Progressive Digital Media Group, the magazines and conferences company with 200 sales staff and 400 product creators.
Local Radio Company has sold its 80% stake in Fire Media, the Bournemouth-based radio station, to Westward Broadcasting for a nominal sum.
Decision2day.com is to recruit 30 new sales staff at its Leeds-based online home improvements business, and a new office will open in Reading this month.
The Foundry, the London-based visual effects company with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Advent Venture Partners.
Mediaburst has acquired Promptext of Oxfordshire, in order to expand its mobile marketing business.
Pinewood Shepperton has finalised plans for the £200m 100-acre expansion of its film studio in Buckinghamshire, which could create up to 1,600 jobs.
Trinity Mirror is to close its Galloway News office in Castle Douglas later this year, and eight staff will relocate to Dumfries.
Screen East has unveiled proposals to set up a special-effects studio in Norwich, specialising in performance capture technology for films, although other locations in Hertfordshire and Cambridge are also being considered.
Formation Group, the sports management agency, is considering plans for a £25m management buy-out backed by Gresham.
Global Radio has sold eight radio stations in Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Worcester and the East Midlands to a Leamington Spa-based former chief executive of Chrysalis Radio.
UTV has acquired Sport, the weekly sports magazine, from Sport Media & Strategie, with the relocation of 20 staff to UTV's TalkSport office in London.
Conduit is to create a further 75 jobs at its outsourcing call centres in Cardiff and Swansea, in order to provide customer services for BSkyB.
Virgin Media is considering plans to relocate up to 300 jobs from the Fujitsu technical helpline call centre in Newport to IBM in Swansea.
The BBC has selected the Roath Basin scheme in Cardiff Bay as its preferred location for a new 180,000 sq ft production facility, and its Welsh headquarters could also relocate to the site from Llandaff.
IHS, the information services firm, is setting up a 33,900 sq ft office at 133 Houndsditch in the City of London.
CVP-Mitcorp has bought the assets of Gearbox out of administration, saving 16 jobs at its broadcast equipment operations in London, Cardiff and Leeds.
Vision Media Group has agreed terms for the sale of its TrainTV division to RAM Investment Group for an initial £0.9m, in order to focus on its Cheadle-based outdoor advertising screens business.
Inuk, the Abercynon-based provider of internet protocol TV technology, has been acquired by Move Networks of the US for undisclosed terms.
Shine Group has acquired Metronome Film & Television, the production company with operations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the US, for £60m.
TSI Broadcast, the London-based TV broadcasting technology firm with six staff, has been acquired by WRN for undisclosed terms.
YouGov is to acquire the trade and assets of Clear Horizons, the US online market research agency, for up to £1.8m.
VOICE is planning to create 50 new jobs at its telemarketing call centre in Sheffield, and a second site will be set up over the next 12 months.
The South West Scotland Screen Commission (SWSSC) has announced that an unnamed company is considering plans to set up a film production base in Dumfries & Galloway.
Johnston Press is considering plans to relocate the Wakefield Express local newspaper away from Wakefield city centre, although a new location has not yet been found.
IDOX is to acquire J4B Software & Publishing, the supplier of government and EU funding information, for £0.8m.
Pearson has acquired Wall Street English, the Chinese provider of language training services, for £97m, in order to expand its Longman Schools division.
Grant Thornton has sold Observer Standard Newspapers, the Worcestershire-based publisher with 150 staff, out of administration to Bullivant Media for undisclosed terms.
Local Radio Company is to sell its Jazz FM brand to Jazz Investments for a nominal sum.
Western Isles Council is planning to set up a £2.5m media and creative industries centre at a former Harris Tweed mill in Stornoway by 2010, which could lead to the creation of 60 jobs.
Ph Creative is planning to open two new internet marketing offices in London and Manchester by June, and expects its 15-strong workforce to double over the next six months.
Virgin Media has sold Sit-up, its London-based home-shopping business trading as Bid TV, Price-drop TV and Speed Auction TV with 450 staff, to Aurelius of Germany.
Entertainment Rights, the owner of children's character rights, has gone into administration through Deloitte and immediately sold to Boomerang Media of the US for an estimated £75m.
Eaga is planning to create a further 120 jobs at its Newcastle-based support services business by next year, in order to work on the nationwide change from analogue to digital TV.
Avid Technology is to close its administration office in Soho, London, in July, and some of the 12 staff will relocate to Pinewood Studios.
Smiths News has acquired Bertram Group, the Norwich-based newspaper and magazine wholesaler with 600 staff, for £8.6m, and a further £7m will be invested in the business.
Posterscope, the media company, is planning to set up a 25,600 sq ft office at 45 Mortimer Street, London W1.
APT has sold its broadcast hardware division to Audemat of France for undisclosed terms, in order to focus on the expansion of its Belfast-based audio technology business.
Tindle Newspapers has bought five local newspapers in Devon and Somerset from View From Publishing, saving 25 jobs.
Datamonitor is said to be considering plans to relocate its London market research office from Cardinal Tower to a 50,000 sq ft unit at Farringdon Road, to make way for the Crossrail project.
RWS Holdings has acquired Communicare, the London-based provider of medical translation services with 15 staff, for £2.1m.
Haynes Publishing Group has completed the sale of its manufacturing operation to JF Print for £0.4m, with the transfer of 43 Somerset-based staff.
TRO is looking to recruit 30 staff at its marketing agency in Norwich, due to a seasonal increase in event activity.
The Club Post Production has been sold out of administration to a new company called Post Couture, securing the future of 20 jobs at its London-based TV production business.
Access to Music, the Leicester-based music training company with 250 staff at nine centres across the country, has been acquired by Armstrong Learning of Manchester for undisclosed terms.
Ten Alps has acquired County Link Media, the Belfast-based online TV production company that is planning to launch a new channel called Fermanagh TV.
Huntsworth is to acquire Momentum International, the Qatar-based PR and marketing firm, for up to £8.4m.
ICE, the Merseyside-based provider of social marketing services, is to open a number of regional branches across the country this year, with the latest opening in Bristol.
Procam Television is to relocate its equipment hire and crewing business to a new facility in Battersea in April.
Ten Alps has acquired Below the Radar, the Belfast-based factual TV production company, for up to £0.8m, and has also announced plans to raise £3m in a share placing to fund acquisitions.
Cosgrove Hall is creating more than ten production jobs in Manchester, having agreed a new animation deal with children's TV channel Cbeebies.
Paver Smith is to acquire Pazang, the Wilmslow-based public relations agency, and will open a new office in Spinningfields, Manchester.
Thomson Reuters is to set up an office at the Senate building in Exeter city centre, providing space for up to 70 staff.
BSkyB is to create 1,000 jobs across the country, including 80 at a call centre in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, and 56 field engineers in Scotland.
Mondiale Publishing has acquired the Imagine FM local radio station in Stockport from UTV Media for undisclosed terms.
Daily Mail & General Trust has sold the Evening Standard, the London-based newspaper with 400 staff, to Alexander Lebedev of Russia for a nominal sum.
Ph Creative has acquired BeVisible, the Liverpool-based search marketing company, and plans to open an office in London next month.
McCann Erickson Communications House is to open a digital marketing office with up to 12 staff in Manchester city centre in March.
The University of Salford is to set up a 100,000 sq ft education centre at Peel Holdings' Media City development at Salford Quays in Manchester in 2011.
Paver Smith has acquired Stripe Communications, the Manchester-based PR consultancy, and is seeking new offices in the Spinningfields area.
Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired the Arden Shakespeare literature series from Cengage Learning, in order to expand its Methuen Drama imprint.