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Twitter is to set up a 27,500 sq ft office at Air W1 near London's Piccadilly Circus.
Hachette UK is to relocate the London headquarters of its publishing business to a 135,000 sq ft office at 50 Victoria Embankment in May 2014.
We Are Social, the London-based digital marketing agency with 400 staff around the world, is to be acquired by BlueFocus Communication of China for an initial £19m.
PA Group is to sell MeteoGroup, its London-based weather services business with 400 staff in 14 countries, to private equity firm General Atlantic for £160m.
Sonaa, the London-based branding consultancy, has been acquired by 1HQ.
William Reed Business Media has acquired Allegra Foodservice, the London-based market research firm.
Gaming Realms has acquired Quick Think Media, the London-based online gaming marketing agency, for £2.2m.
Crystal Semantics, the London-based online advertising services firm, has been acquired by WPP.
Aesop Agency has acquired the London-based operations of creative agency Story Worldwide, with the transfer of 15 staff.
Progressive Digital Media Group is to acquire the business and assets of Pyramid Research, the London-based provider of IT market analysis, from UBM for £2m.
SurveyMonkey of the US is planning to open a sales and marketing office in London, with the creation of 50 jobs.
National Film & Television School has secured government funding of £5m to expand its Digital Village in Buckinghamshire.
Studiocanal of France has acquired Red, the Manchester-based TV production firm, for an estimated £30m.
Granby Marketing Services, the Blackburn-based direct marketing and e-commerce firm with more than 100 staff, has undergone a £3.8m management buy-out.
Macmillan Science & Education is to relocate its publishing business and up to 200 jobs from Basingstoke to King's Cross in London next year.
Walker Media, the London-based media agency with 130 staff, is to be acquired by Publicis, following the sale of a 75% stake by M&C Saatchi for £36m.
Pearson has sold Mergermarket, the provider of financial analysis services to advisory firms and investments banks, to funds advised by BC Partners for £382m.
Purple Cow is to expand its Staffordshire-based training business with new sites in Birmingham, Nottingham, Telford and Warrington next year.
Digital Cinema Media has acquired a 7,700 sq ft office for its cinema advertising business at 350 Euston Road in London.
The BBC is planning to invest £23m in Birmingham over the next three years, including 80 jobs at a new digital centre of excellence at the Mailbox.
Learning Curve has acquired Learning at Work, the Leeds-based educational publisher.
Progility has acquired Sue Hill Recruitment, the provider of employment services to the market research sector with offices in London, Solihull and Dorset.
Infinity SDC and Delancey have submitted plans to develop a 1m sq ft creative and digital cluster at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Hangar Seven has acquired London-based branding agency Brandhouse, and the 40 staff will relocate to Shoreditch.
Weber Shandwick is to relocate its Glasgow-based public relations office to a 2,800 sq ft unit at The Hub at Pacific Quay this month.
Out There Events has acquired Mix Media, the London-based publishing and events firm, for undisclosed terms.
Wimbledon Film & Television Studios is looking to raise £3m from investors to fund the expansion of its studios in London.
LiteBulb is to acquire Meld Group, the brand and product development company, for an initial £2m.
Meridian Delta is to expand the 45-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based marketing business with 25 new jobs.
DS Emotion has acquired iWorx, the Manchester-based public relations firm.
Edinburgh University Press has bought Dundee University Press, the academic publisher, for undisclosed terms.
CableCom Networking, the Somerset-based provider of broadband, TV and telephony services, has undergone a secondary management buy-out backed by Inflexion Private Equity.
TeamRock is setting up a new digital development hub in Glasgow, with the creation of 47 jobs.
AxisVFX is setting up new visual effects studios in Bristol and Glasgow.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire DIIG Europe, the Kent-based property search business, from Decision Insight Information Group for £75m.
UKTV is reported to be considering plans to set up a 28,000 sq ft TV production office at a new development at 10 Hammersmith Grove in London.
IFE Services, the Knutsford-based provider of entertainment services to airlines, has been acquired by US-based Global Eagle Entertainment for £22m.
Degree 53 is planning to double the 53-strong workforce at its Manchester-based web design and apps business over the next two years.
RetroFuzz is to acquire Eskimo Creative, the Manchester-based marketing and branding agency.
Twofour has merged with Boom Pictures to create a combined TV production group valued at about £30m.
Euromoney Institutional Investor has acquired Infrastructure Journal from Top Right Group for £12m.
Aquira is to create a further 220 jobs at its direct marketing call centre in Glasgow.
London Live is looking to recruit 50 staff for its new local TV service due to launch in spring 2014.
Digital Next has acquired Xyline, the Manchester-based web development firm, for undisclosed terms.
Trader Media Group is seeking a suitable location for a new 60,000 sq ft office in Manchester.
PRS for Music is to relocate to a 52,000 sq ft unit being developed at King's Cross Central in London in 2014.
New Mind has merged its Liverpool-based web design business with Norwegian firm TellUs IT.
Online Ventures is to relocate its Manchester-based digital marketing agency to a 4,235 sq ft office at The Hive, and plans to expand the 26 staff with ten new jobs next year.
UBM has sold Property Week magazine and related products to Metropolis International, with the transfer of 35 staff.
Facebook is to relocate its London-based social networking office to a 90,000 sq ft unit at 10 Brock Street.
Active Win Media is planning to expand the workforce at its Manchester-based online marketing business from 26 to 100 over the next two years.
Icon Film Distribution has undergone a management buy-out backed by New Sparta for undisclosed terms.
Ogilvy & Mather is to relocate its London-based advertising agency to a 226,000 sq ft office at Sea Containers House on the South Bank in 2014.
S4C is considering plans to relocate the headquarters of its TV channel from Cardiff to either Carmarthen or Gwynedd.
Venture Photography has acquired Peppermint Soda, the Hale-based marketing communications consultancy.
GDA Creative Marketing, the Barnsley-based marketing firm with ten staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Poke, the London-based digital agency, has been acquired by Publicis Groupe for undisclosed terms.
IO Technologies Group is looking to create up to 100 jobs in Plymouth over the next five years, having secured a £1m investment in its advertising technology business.
Procam has acquired Hammerhead TV, the broadcast hire firm with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.
Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment is to relocate its animation studio to The Towers business park in Manchester over the next few months, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Ragdoll Worldwide, the children's TV production company, has been sold by BBC Worldwide to DHX Media of Canada for £17m.
Titanic Quarter is planning to build a third film studio at its site in Belfast by next May.
International Baccalaureate Organisation is reported to be planning to relocate its Cardiff-based exam assessment centre to a 50,000 sq ft office at Stirling House.
The BBC is to relocate production of the Bargain Hunt programme from Bristol to Cardiff from August 2014.
Join The Dots is to relocate its market research business to a 7,200 sq ft unit at The Hive in Lever Street, Manchester.
Eventbrite of the US has acquired Lanyrd, the London-based social conference directory, for undisclosed terms.
Trinity Mirror has sold Trinity Mirror Digital Property, the owner of SmartNewHomes.co.uk, Email4Property.co.uk, HomesOverseas.co.uk and Zoomf.com, to Zoopla Property for £3.3m.
Communisis has acquired Editions Publishing, the Edinburgh-based content marketing agency with 31 staff, for £5.9m.
Bloomsbury has bought Hart Publishing, the Oxford-based legal publisher, for £6.5m.
ProVision has announced the creation of a 16,000 sq ft office and storage facility for its broadcast equipment rental business at Trafford Park in Manchester.
Search Laboratory is to expand the 150-strong workforce at its Leeds-based search marketing business with six new jobs and a new office over the next year.
Reelworld is to relocate the European headquarters of its radio jingles business from London to MediaCityUK in Manchester.
Harrier is looking to expand the 170-strong workforce at its Newton Abbot-based photographic business with 300 new jobs, due to rising demand for digital prints and photographic gifts.
Oxford University Press is considering plans to expand its Walton Street headquarters in Oxford, which currently has more than 1,800 staff.
ITV Cymru Wales is to relocate its Cardiff headquarters and about 100 staff to a unit of 11,000 sq ft at 3 Assembly Square by June 2014.
Chronicle & Echo is to relocate its Northampton-based newspaper to a new office in Victoria Street by September.
The Argus is looking to relocate the headquarters of its Brighton-based newspaper to a new site of up to 30,000 sq ft.
Corporate Media Partners has bought the Farnborough-based Thomson Local telephone directory business out of administration, saving 320 jobs.
Store Media has been bought out of administration by a new company called Store Media Contracts, saving 19 jobs at its Blackpool-based advertising business.
CHI & Partners, the London-based advertising agency, is to set up a new 12,500 sq ft office in Gresse Street.
ReachLocal is setting up a 12,000 sq ft online marketing office at Griffin House in Hammersmith, London.
KnowledgePoint360 of the US is to create an unspecified number of jobs for medical writers and project managers at its new healthcare communications office in Glasgow.
Waitrose has acquired The Good Food Guide from Which for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its range of food publications.
Clearanswer is planning to create 300 new jobs at its sales and marketing call centre in Hull.
Twitter is to relocate its London-based social networking office to an 18,000 sq ft unit at 10 Brock Street.
ITV has acquired Big Talk Productions, the TV and film production company, for an initial £12m.
Absolute Radio, the network of radio stations, has been acquired by Bauer Media for £22m.
The BBC is looking to relocate its Cardiff headquarters by 2018, and a number of potential sites are being considered.
Sony Pictures Television is considering plans to set up a production studio at a 100,000 sq ft warehouse in Cumbernauld later this year, in order to film a new fantasy TV series and create 200 jobs.
The Mill is to relocate its London-based digital effects business to a new 29,000 sq ft production studio with 285 staff in Fitzrovia.
Conde Nast is considering plans to consolidate its London-based publishing operations at a new 11,500 sq ft office at 13 Hanover Square.
BJL has acquired Mere PR, the Altrincham-based public relations firm, and the staff will work from BJL's Spinningfields office.
Al Jazeera is to set up a 28,000 sq ft TV studio at The Shard in London.
Daily Mail is planning to significantly expand the 100-strong editorial workforce at its Mail Online newspaper, and will open new offices abroad.
Cupid has sold its casual dating businesses to Grendall Investment for £45m.
News Corporation is to relocate its London-based News UK, HarperCollins and Dow Jones operations to a new office at The Place near London Bridge by 2015.
MediaCom is to relocate its Manchester-based media planning agency to a new £10m office development at 1 Hardman Street.
MADE Television is to set up a headquarters for its new local TV business in Leeds, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Harman Technology is to submit plans for the £100m redevelopment of its site at Mobberley in Cheshire, including a new headquarters for the 220 staff in its camera films business and 375 new homes for LPC Living.
TPG Capital is to acquire TSL Education, the London-based owner of the Times Educational Supplement, from Charterhouse for undisclosed terms.
Pure360 has secured a £6.5m investment from Scottish Equity Partners to fund the expansion of its Brighton-based digital marketing business and create 65 new jobs.
Trinity Mirror is to create up to 25 editorial jobs in its digital newspaper division.
Perform Group is to acquire Opta, the sports data company, for an initial £40m.
Ericsson is to acquire Red Bee Media, the broadcast services firm with 1,500 staff in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Australia.
GB Group has acquired CRD UK, the Crewe-based criminal records disclosure organisation, for £1.3m.
Antyx is looking to create 20 jobs at its new children's animation business in Leeds and North Lincolnshire.
TEFL Scotland is to create ten new jobs in Dingwall, having won a £1m contract to deliver online language training services to China.
Avian Communications has merged with Blue Square to create a combined Dundee-based marketing agency called Avian Communications Network.
BlueGlass has acquired Spades Media, the Surrey-based marketing agency.
Leith Agency has merged with Newhaven Communications, the Edinburgh-based advertising agency.
Aquira is to create up to 200 jobs at a new direct marketing call centre at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.
Publicis is to take 155,000 sq ft of office space being developed at 63 Clerkenwell Road and 40 Chancery Lane in London in 2014.
City of York Council is planning to develop a £1.4m 20,000 sq ft digital, media and creative centre at the Guildhall in York.
Digital Rights Group, the independent TV rights distributor, has been acquired by Modern Times Group of Sweden for £13m.
Express Newspapers is to create up to 40 editorial jobs in its online newspaper operations.
Ufindalocal is creating 50 new sales jobs at its internet directory operations in Brentwood and Colchester.
Southampton City Council and Oxford Innovation are considering plans to set up a 26,000 sq ft creative arts hub in the city centre, in order to attract media companies and create 300 jobs.
Planet Cruise, the Portsmouth-based online and TV cruise supplier with 75 staff, is to be acquired by Iglu.com.
Photolink Creative Group has acquired Hungry Tiger, the London-based photography firm with 55 staff, for undisclosed terms.
About Corporate Finance has acquired Mediatique, the London-based TV industry consultancy.
GOD TV is considering plans to set up a new headquarters for its TV channel on Union Street in Plymouth, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
St Ives has acquired Branded3 Search, the digital marketing firm with 50 staff in London and Leeds, for an initial £11m.
Inovare, the Devon-based online media and e-learning provider, has been acquired by Volume for undisclosed terms.
Chime Communications has acquired WARL Group, the London-based retail marketing agency, for an initial £4.5m.
Wimbledon Film & TV Studios is to expand its media village with an additional 8,000 sq ft of office space by June.
Headland Media, the Liverpool-based provider of news and entertainment services, has been sold by Oakley Capital Investments to KVH Industries for £15m.
Procam, the broadcast equipment hire company with 70 staff in London and Manchester, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm Foresight.
News International is in negotiations to relocate its London headquarters to The Place, the 430,000 sq ft office development at London Bridge.
BSkyB is to create 350 jobs at its customer services call centre in Newcastle, and a further 200 sales jobs at other sites.
Industrial Light & Magic of the US is reported to be looking into the possibility of setting up a movie visual effects facility in London's Docklands.
Smiths News has sold Dawson Marketing Services and Marketlink Marketing Communications to SKU Logistics of Swindon for £0.2m.
GroupM is reported to be planning to set up a 29,000 sq ft media investment management office at 26 Red Lion Square in London.
Webhelp TSC is to create 50 new jobs at its call centre in Derby, in order to communicate with customers by email and social media.
RWS Holdings has acquired PharmaQuest, the Oxfordshire-based provider of medical translation services, for £2.3m.
Havas Media has acquired SCB Partners, the London-based marketing insight consultancy, and the staff will relocate to St Martin's Lane.
Switch is planning to create up to 50 jobs at its Hampshire-based online advertising business this year.
Mango Direct Marketing is to create 55 new jobs at its Bangor-based telemarketing and customer services call centre.
ITV is to acquire The Garden, the London-based TV production company, for an initial £18m.
Zonal has acquired TXD, the Stafford-based digital marketing company with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
Letts Filofax, the Edinburgh-based diary publisher, has been sold by Phoenix Equity Partners to HSGP Investments for undisclosed terms.
Yahoo, the US internet services provider, is reported to be seeking a suitable location for a new 80,000 sq ft headquarters in the West End of London.
Smiths News is to acquire European and African academic library services contracts from Blackwell UK for up to £2.1m, in order to expand its Bertram Books business.
Reed Elsevier has acquired Mendeley, the London-based social network for academics, for £45m.
Mark Allen Group is to acquire the PrintWeek trade journal from Haymarket Business Media, and will relocate the staff to its Herne Hill office in London.
Ogilvy & Mather is reported to be considering plans to relocate its London-based advertising agency to a 200,000 sq ft office at Sea Containers House on the South Bank.
Future is to sell the Classic Rock and Metal Hammer music magazines to a new company called Team Rock for £10m.
Nvidia is to relocate its Bristol-based digital media business to a new 30,000 sq ft office for up to 200 staff at Aztec West in August.
BT Group is to create 400 jobs at call centres in Accrington, Canterbury, Doncaster, Dundee, Glasgow, Newcastle, Truro and Warrington, in order to launch its new sports TV service.
Euromoney Institutional Investor has acquired Insider Publishing, the insurance information and events firm, for an initial £17m.
The BBC has sold the Lonely Planet travel publishing business to NC2 Media for £51m.
Jam Media is to set up a £1.4m animation production centre in Belfast, with the creation of 40 jobs.
AA Global is looking to create up to 100 freelance jobs at its translation and interpreting business in Hull.
St Ives is to acquire Amaze, the London-based marketing and technology consultancy with 200 staff, from Hasgrove for up to £24m.
Scala Publishers, the London-based book publisher, has been sold out of administration by Harrisons Business Recovery to Channon Education.
Porta has acquired Cauldron Consulting, the London-based provider of media relations and market intelligence services in the financial sector.
The Red Brick Road, the London-based advertising agency, has undergone a management buy-out.
YourTV has secured the local TV licence in the Preston area from Ofcom.
Uber is to relocate its Sheffield-based creative agency and up to 26 staff to the Park Hill development in March.
BT is to acquire ESPN'S UK and Ireland TV channels from Disney for undisclosed terms, and up to 97 staff will relocate from Hammersmith to Stratford.
Bay TV has won the licence to launch a new local television station in Liverpool by the end of the year.
Ten Alps has sold its Below the Radar TV production business in Northern Ireland to a management buy-out.
Cirrus has expanded its Cheshire-based branding agency by merging with Xancam, the Thame-based talent consultancy with 12 staff.
Callcredit Information Group has acquired Lifestyles Online, the Bath-based consumer data firm with 16 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Virgin Media is to create 230 new jobs in Swansea, 130 in Manchester and 40 in Birmingham, with vacancies for customer service staff and engineers.
Sanctuary Records, the record label, is to be sold by Universal Music to BMG of Germany for an estimated £40m.
Screen Yorkshire is looking to invest an additional £3.5m in new TV and film projects this year.
Wilmington Group has acquired NHiS, the Nottingham-based data analysis and business intelligence firm, for an initial £5.6m.
Bauer Media has acquired Planet Rock, the digital radio station, for undisclosed terms.
Virgin Media is to be acquired by US-based Liberty Global for £15bn, creating a combined broadband communications group with 25m customers in 14 countries.
The BBC and Stanhope have unveiled proposals for the redevelopment of Television Centre in London, including new studios, homes and leisure facilities.
Evening Standard has been awarded the London local TV licence by Ofcom, and hopes to launch the new London Live channel later this year.
Tindle Radio has sold three local radio stations in Norfolk and Suffolk to a management team operating under the name of Media Aspect Local.
Telegraph Media Group has acquired a majority stake in VOS Media, the producer of ski, bike and travel events.
Pinewood Studios has submitted plans to South Buckinghamshire District Council for the £200m expansion of its film production site, with the creation of 3,000 jobs.
Thebigword is creating up to 92 jobs at its Leeds-based translation services business, with vacancies in IT, customer services and logistics.
Ward Lovett has been bought out of administration by a new company called Kerst, saving 12 jobs at its Cannock-based advertising and PR business.
Forrest Media is to invest £3m in the expansion of its outdoor advertising operations in Scotland, including the replacement of traditional billboards with digital signs.
Loveurope has acquired Locomotion, the London-based advertising, digital, film and broadcast production company.
RedEye is planning to expand the workforce at its Crewe-based online marketing consultancy this year, having just doubled the size of its 4,000 sq ft office.
Virgin Media is to expand the 750-strong workforce at its call centre in Bellshill with 60 new jobs.
Equator is to expand the 92-strong workforce at its Glasgow-based digital marketing agency with 15 new jobs.
Pinewood Studios and Amersham & Wycombe College are to set up a training centre for screen-based industries at Pinewood.
DC Thomson has acquired Scottish Wedding Directory, the magazine publisher with 15 staff, for undisclosed terms.
STV has been awarded local TV licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh by Ofcom, and broadcasting will start in October.
Mediaworks is planning to double the 45-strong workforce at its new 7,500 sq ft digital marketing office on the Team Valley industrial estate in Tyne & Wear over the next two years.
UTV is to merge Simply Zesty and Tibus Digital to create a combined digital marketing agency with 50 staff in Belfast and Dublin.
Aegis Media has acquired Lucidity Digital, the Irish web design agency, in order to expand its Isobar division.
Citypress is to relocate its Manchester-based public relations office to a 7,000 sq ft unit at 196 Deansgate in March.
Digital Barriers has acquired Visimetrics, the Prestwick-based digital video technology firm, for up to £8m.