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Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired Osprey Publishing, the Oxford-based military and natural history publisher, for £4.6m.
New York Times Company, the US publishing firm, is planning to set up a 9,000 sq ft office at 18 Museum Street in London.
Sponge UK is planning to create 30 new jobs at its Plymouth-based online learning business in 2015.
Intelligent Optimisations has raised £4m to fund the expansion of its Plymouth-based digital advertising business with 20 new jobs in 2015.
Clear B2B has expanded its Cirencester-based marketing consultancy with the acquisition of PR firm Shipham Communications.
The Foundry, the London-based special effects company with about 100 staff, is expected to be sold by Carlyle Group next year for up to £200m.
Gratterpalm has acquired London-based Underwired to create a combined marketing agency with 170 staff.
John Brown Media is to relocate its London-based marketing firm to an 18,000 sq ft office at The Bower development on London's Old Street in 2015.
Porta Communications has acquired Publicasity, the London-based PR firm with 28 staff, for £2.8m.
Talk & Vision is relocating its London-based videoconferencing business to 1 Queen Street this month, and new jobs will be created.
Cupid has agreed to sell its Edinburgh-based online dating service to Tradax IP Licensing and Together Networks for £3m.
Next Fifteen Communications has acquired a 75% stake in Morar, the London-based market research consultancy, for an initial £1.3m.
Vision Unique Equipment is to relocate its Manchester-based CCTV business to an 11,500 sq ft unit at Metroplex Business Park.
Jacob Bailey Group to acquire Sudbury-based 032 Design, creating a combined creative agency with 50 staff.
Cheil Worldwide of South Korea is to acquire an undisclosed initial stake in Iris, the London-based advertising agency network.
Search Laboratory is to relocate its Leeds-based digital marketing business to a 24,000 sq ft office at West Park over the next few weeks.
Brown Bags is to set up an animation studio at the Sharp Project in Manchester in January, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Fluent Communication is creating 50 jobs at its Sheffield-based marketing call centre business.
Ve Interactive has acquired GDM Digital, the London-based media buying agency with 42 staff, for £7m.
Big Group has acquired Twist Media, the London-based marketing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Remarkable Group has acquired Pendragon for undisclosed terms, creating a new public relations group with offices in Winchester, London, Manchester and Bristol.
Thompson Brand Partners has acquired What Creative, the Leeds-based digital agency, for undisclosed terms.
Porta Communications has acquired PPS Group, the PR agency with 45 staff in Aberdeen, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester, for £6.1m.
Mission Marketing Group has announced the merger of London-based Speed Communications with Bray Leino, the PR agency with offices in London and Bristol.
Mendeley is to relocate its London-based academic social media network to a 19,000 sq ft office at the Alphabeta development in Shoredtich.
Jam Media is planning to expand the workforce at its TV production facilities in Belfast and Dublin from 40 to 80 in 2015.
Planet Hippo has acquired the Essex-based website hosting business of i4 Visual Media for undisclosed terms.
NRS Media is to expand the ten-strong workforce at its new media sales office in Sunderland to 25 over the next year.
Gorkana Group, the London-based media intelligence firm, has been acquired by US-based Cision for £200m.
S4C has reached agreement with University of Wales Trinity Saint David to relocate its TV headquarters and 50 staff from Cardiff to Carmarthen by 2018.
Vice News is planning to expand the 150 staff at the London office of its online video news business.
James Grant Group, the talent management agency, has been sold by private equity firm Gresham to Metric Capital for about £45m.
Saatchi & Saatchi is expected to transfer the global headquarters of its advertising business from the US to Chancery Lane in London in January.
The Gate Films is to expand the 35-strong workforce at its new 6,000 sq ft video advertising office in Manchester with up to 15 new jobs over the next year.
Quantcast of the US has acquired Struq, the London-based advertising technology firm, for undisclosed terms.
Converso is to create 100 fixed-term jobs at its market research call centre in Southend.
Worthington Group has acquired a portfolio of digital media, events and branding assets, including The Digital Marketing Show and The Great British Entrepreneurs Awards.
Ipsos MORI is setting up a 65,000 sq ft research office at Thomas More Square in London.
York Mailing Group has acquired Go Direct Marketing, the Otley-based mail order and retail marketing firm with ten staff.
Chime Communications has acquired ABC Sports Management, the London-based athlete management firm, for an initial £0.8m.
Park Circus, the Glasgow-based film distributor, has been acquired by Arts Alliance for undisclosed terms.
Expo Management, the events and publishing firm with 32 staff in Leamington Spa and Peterborough, has been acquired by Diversified Business Communications for undisclosed terms.
Cineflix UK has undergone a management buy-out from Cineflix Productions, creating a new TV production group called Curve Media.
Havas, the French advertising group, is to set up a 165,000 sq ft headquarters at Three Pancras Square in London in 2017.
Way to Blue has acquired Abundant, the London-based digital creative and PR agency.
Perform, the Feltham-based sports media group with 200 staff in Leeds, is to be acquired by US-based Access Industries in a deal worth £702m.
DCD Media is in negotiations to sell Matchlight, the Glasgow-based TV production firm, to a management team.
Vistaar Productions of India is to invest £13m in film production in the UK, including a post-production office in Manchester.
AlldayPA is looking to recruit more than 100 telesales and customer service staff being made redundant in Manchester by Yellow Pages firm Hibu.
Independent News & Media has acquired RecruitNI, the Belfast-based online recruitment firm.
Tecmark has acquired Sportbox Media, the Warrington-based digital sports content provider, for undisclosed terms.
Creative Scotland is to help fund the development of the £40m Pentland film studio in the Straiton area of Edinburgh.
Principle is to set up a new £3m 36,000 sq ft headquarters for its branding business at a former Remploy site in Huddersfield, with the creation of 30 jobs.
GfK, the German market research firm, is to relocate its London office to a 40,000 sq ft unit at 25 Canada Square.
Titanic Studios has won planning approval for the £14m expansion of its Belfast-based film studio by 100,000 sq ft.
Zomato of India is to expand its restaurant guide operations into Glasgow and Edinburgh, with the creation of up to 30 jobs over the next year.
Lionsgate, the US-based movie and TV production firm, has announced the relocation of its international sales division to London.
MVF Global is to create up to 100 new jobs at its London-based online publishing business over the next few months.
Ocean Outdoor has acquired Signature Outdoor, the Birmingham-based outdoor advertising firm, for undisclosed terms.
McGrath Rainey Laird, the Leeds-based marketing agency with 13 staff, has been acquired by Home for undisclosed terms.
Wimbledon Studios, the London-based TV production facility, is expected to be acquired by Marjan Television Network, casting doubt on the future of up to 50 companies based in the Media Village.
Intent Media of the US is to open a travel advertising solutions office in London.
Cube3 is opening a branding and digital marketing office in London's Victoria.
Sky has acquired a majority stake in Love Productions, the independent TV production company with offices in Bristol, London and the US.
CTV Outside Broadcasts has acquired a 40,000 sq ft facility at the Cressex Business Park in High Wycombe.
Freud Communications is to relocate its London-based PR office to a 28,000 sq ft unit at 1 Stephen Street.
The BBC is to relocate 220 Future Media and Technology jobs from London to MediaCityUK in Salford next year, while 25 safety staff will transfer to Birmingham.
Rightster is to acquire Base79, the London-based media rights management firm with 60 staff, for up to £50m, as well as Viral Spiral, the London-based firm with 13 staff, for £4m.
Saatchi & Saatchi is to relocate its London-based advertising agency to Chancery Lane next year, while sister firm Starcom MediaVest will move to 63 Clerkenwell Road.
Aquira has launched a recruitment campaign for 220 additional staff at its Glasgow-based direct marketing business.
Salterbaxter, the London-based sustainability consultancy with 70 staff, has been acquired by Publicis of France for undisclosed terms.
IMG of the US is planning to set up a 70,000 sq ft sports and media office at a new development due for completion at Chiswick Park in London by December 2014.
Criteo is planning to relocate its London-based digital marketing office to a 40,000 sq ft unit at 10 Bloomsbury Way.
Sky is to relocate some of the 49 jobs at its digital sports media department in Leeds to its main site in London.
Pinewood Studios has won government approval for the £200m expansion of its site in Buckinghamshire, including 1.1m sq ft for stages and production offices.
Omnicom, the advertising agency, is planning to set up a 370,000 sq ft office at Bankside in London.
Home has expanded its Leeds-based communications agency with the acquisition of Rectangle Group and PLM Healthcare.
Urquhart Partnership has expanded its Aberdeen-based recruitment business with the acquisition of design agency Hampton Associates.
Telegraph Media Group is looking to recruit up to 40 editorial staff at its London-based newspaper.
Millward Brown has acquired EffectiveBrands, the Dutch marketing agency with 65 staff and an office in London.
Flix Facilities is investing £1m in the expansion of its Manchester-based TV production operations, including a 5,500 sq ft facility at MediaCityUK's White Tower.
BBC Wales is to relocate its headquarters and 1,000 staff to a new £100m 150,000 sq ft broadcasting centre at Capital Square in Cardiff in 2018.
Communisis has acquired The Communications Agency, the London-based brand response agency with 42 staff, for £8m.
Kantar Media has acquired a majority stake in Precise Media Group Holdings, the London-based provider of monitoring and evaluation services with 430 staff.
Incisive Media is to sell its mortgage titles and events division to a management team.
Northampton Borough Council is planning to develop a £6.5m creative industries hub at the Vulcan Iron Works, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Evertz UK is setting up an additional 8,000 sq ft office for its broadcast products distribution business at Winnersh Triangle near Reading.
Fresh Group, the Cheadle-based events agency with 85 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by NVM Private Equity.
DC Storm, the Brighton-based marketing analytics firm, has been acquired by Rakuten Marketing for undisclosed terms.
South Tyneside Council and Muse Developments have unveiled proposals for the £100m regeneration of South Shields town centre, including a new library and digital media centre.
Parity Group has bought the assets of London-based Golden Square Post Production out of administration for £0.5m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to sell its Jobsite online recruitment business to StepStone.
Scottish Enterprise is considering five bids to build Scotland's first major film and TV studio, at a cost of up to £74m.
Chosen Communications has merged with Sutton Coldfield-based advertising agency WAA Group.
Havas has acquired Work Club, the London-based advertising agency with annual revenue of £6m.
Centaur Media is to sell Perfect Information, the London-based provider of corporate finance and capital markets documents with 30 staff, to Mergermarket for £26m.
UBC Media is to acquire 7digital Group, the London-based online music firm, in a £16m reverse takeover.
Scottish Provincial Press has acquired J&M Publishing, the Banffshire-based publisher of three local newspapers with 23 staff.
The BBC is to relocate 190 staff in its centre for recruitment and talent development to the Mailbox in Birmingham in 2015.
Shout Digital is looking to expand the 26-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based digital media agency with up to 15 new jobs by the end of the year.
All3Media, the London-based TV production firm, is to be acquired by US-based Discovery Communications and Liberty Global for about £550m.
ITV is to acquire an 80% stake in Leftfield Entertainment, the US-based TV production company, for £212m.
Hogarth Worldwide is opening an 8,600 sq ft marketing implementation office at Waverleygate in Edinburgh.
WPP has acquired a majority stake in Quirk, the London-based marketing consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Fat Media of Lancaster has been acquired by Kendal-based Motive Technology for undisclosed terms, creating a combined digital agency with 90 staff.
Viacom is to acquire Channel 5, the London-based TV broadcaster, from Northern & Shell for £450m.
M&C Saatchi has acquired Lean Mean Fighting Machine, the London-based advertising agency with about 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Milestone Group has acquired Disorder UK, the youth magazine and training operation, for a nominal sum.
Communisis has acquired Jacaranda Productions, the London-based video production firm, for £1.5m, as well as London-based Public Creative for £0.3m.
Cello Group has acquired Line Digital, the Edinburgh-based digital marketing firm with 13 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Johnston Press is to relocate the Scotsman newspaper to a 25,000 sq ft office at Orchard Brae House in Edinburgh.
Porta Communications has acquired an initial 51% stake in Redleaf Polhill, the London-based communications agency, for £1.8m.
IrishTV is to launch a new £12m satellite TV channel, with the creation of 30 jobs in Northern Ireland and ten jobs in Manchester, Liverpool and London.
AmberFin, the Basingstoke-based supplier of TV broadcast software, has been acquired by Dalet Digital Media Systems of France for undisclosed terms.
Google is to set up a 165,000 sq ft office at a new development due for completion later this year at 6 St Pancras Square in London.
Daily Mail & General Trust has sold its London-based Broadbean job distribution software business to CareerBuilder and its Jobrapido job search engine to Symphony Technology.
Ve Interactive has acquired adGENIE, the London-based dynamic advertising technology company, in a multi-million pound deal.
Inspired Thinking Group, the Birmingham-based marketing firm, has been acquired by Bridgepoint Development Capital for £28m.
Twitter is to acquire SecondSync, the London-based TV analytics firm, for undisclosed terms.
Johnston Press is to sell Formpress Publishing to Iconic Newspapers for £7.2m, but will retain The Newsletter and Derry Journal in Northern Ireland.
LiteBulb is to acquire Go Entertainment Group, the London-based supplier of consumer products for media companies, for an initial £0.5m.
Endemol has acquired Artists Studio, the TV production firm with offices in South Wales and London.
Media Agency Group is looking to double the 52-strong workforce at its Manchester-based advertising agency by the end of the year.
The Hut Group of Cheshire has acquired Moo, the owner of the Preloved online advertising portal.
Hachette UK is to acquire Quercus, the London-based publishing firm with 81 staff, for £13m, in order to expand its Hodder & Stoughton business.
The BBC is to set up a digital innovation and training centre at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham.
Cognifide, the London-based digital marketing agency with 200 staff, has sold a majority stake to WPP for undisclosed terms.
Equator is looking to expand the 100-strong workforce at its Glasgow-based digital marketing agency with 25 new jobs.
TagMan, the London-based tag management and marketing data firm, has been acquired by US-based Ensighten.
Jaywing has acquired Epiphany Solutions, the search marketing agency with offices in Leeds and London, for an initial £11m.
S4C is planning to relocate its TV broadcasting business from Cardiff to Carmarthen by 2018, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Intelling is planning to expand the 100-strong workforce at its Manchester-based telemarketing business to more than 200.
Press Ahead, the Sunderland-based marketing communications firm with 12 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Oneagency.co has acquired CBA-Design, the Cambridge-based marketing agency.
Travel Weekly Group has acquired Kingley Event Management, the London-based hospitality events and publishing firm.
St Ives has acquired Realise Holdings, the digital marketing agency with 96 staff in Edinburgh and London.
Discovery Communications has acquired Raw, the London-based TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
Infinity SDC and Delancey have won permission to develop a 1m sq ft broadcasting studio, data centre and offices at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Guardian News & Media is considering plans to set up a cultural and educational centre at King's Cross Central in London, in order to engage with readers.
Research Media is relocating its Bristol-based scientific publications business to a larger site in Lewins Mead.
Google has acquired Spider.io, the London-based advertising technology firm with seven staff.
Blue Logic Digital has bought the assets of Coolpink, the Leeds-based digital marketing agency with 12 staff, out of administration.
Auto Trader is to relocate its Manchester-based car sales directory business and 600 staff to a 60,000 sq ft office at First Street in May.
Keywords Studios has acquired Babel Media, the provider of outsourced video games services with offices in London, Canada and India, from Quatrro Global Services for £5.4m.
UKTV is to relocate its London-based media business to a 32,500 sq ft office at 10 Hammersmith Grove.
Pinewood Studios is to set up a new 180,000 sq ft film studio at the former Energy Centre in Cardiff, as part of a £30m investment by the Welsh Government.
Vivat Direct, the London-based Reader's Digest publisher, has been sold by Better Capital to the venture capitalist owner of Simply Media TV and Screen One for undisclosed terms.
Next Fifteen Communications has acquired Continuous Insight and a majority stake in London-based digital marketing consultancy Agent3.
Notts TV is to create at least 25 jobs at a new TV broadcasting facility due to launch in Nottingham in April.
The BBC is to invest up to £15m rebuilding the EastEnders TV studio at Elstree in Hertfordshire over the next few years.
Industrial Light & Magic is to set up a film visual effects studio with up to 200 staff in London's Soho.
Digital Next has acquired Adlington-based Just Search, increasing the workforce at its Manchester-based e-commerce business from 20 to 40.
Blue Rubicon has acquired Open Road, the London-based PR agency, in order to expand into public affairs and healthcare communications.
SPS, the Blackpool-based promotional goods supplier, has undergone a £7.2m management buy-out from 4imprint Group.
Communicorp is to acquire eight local radio stations from Global Radio for an estimated £35m, including some Smooth and Capital stations.
Evolutions has announced the creation of 20 jobs at a new 7,000 sq ft TV post-production studio in Bristol.
Adtrak is to expand its Nottingham-based internet marketing business into a 16,000 sq ft office in Maid Marian Way, with the creation of 50 new jobs over the next few years.
Stanley Gibbons has acquired Murray Payne, the Somerset-based stamp dealer, for £1m.
Titanic Studios in Belfast has submitted plans to expand its film and TV production studio by 100,000 sq ft.
Drpgroup has acquired Grosvenor Television, the London-based video production firm, for undisclosed terms.
NewsCred has raised £15m to fund the expansion of its US-based marketing technology business, including a new office in London and 12 jobs.
Thomson Reuters is reported to be seeking a suitable location in London for a new 700,000 sq ft headquarters for its news and information business.
Communisis UK is to set up a new 26,000 sq ft office for its marketing business at International House in Liverpool.
Guardian Media Group is to sell its 50.1% stake in Trader Media Group, the Reading-based publisher of Auto Trader magazine, to Apax Partners.
Lowe & Partners has acquired Profero, the digital marketing firm with an office in London, for undisclosed terms.
Keywords Studios has acquired Liquid Violet, the London-based video games production firm, for up to £1.6m.
Saatchi & Saatchi is expected to relocate its London-based advertising agency and up to 400 staff to the Turnmills site in Farringdon.
Intonation has expanded its Hampshire-based translation services business with the acquisition of UPS Translations for undisclosed terms.
Actual Experience is planning to double the 16-strong workforce at its Bath-based digital marketing business over the next year.