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Virgin Group has announced plans to open a chain of six family health centres, offering a range of NHS and private services such as dentistry, screening and pharmacies.
14-Jan-2008


Virgin is planning to set up a chain of Virgin Medical Centres, in order to provide modern facilities for groups of GPs.
05-Feb-2007


Virgin Group has sold its V2 music publishing business to Morgan Stanley for undisclosed terms, in order to clear the way for the launch of a new music TV channel.
16-May-2006


Virgin is to hold talks with various airlines about proposals to build a $2bn oil refinery to produce aircraft fuel, and the company is also interested in setting up an oil exploration business.
14-Sep-2005


Virgin is planning to raise at least £250m in a flotation of 40% of its Virgin Mobile operation, in order to fund the global expansion of a number of Virgin businesses.
01-Jul-2004


Virgin has sold the Our Price music chain to Brazin of Australia in exchange for a foothold in the Australian market for its V-Shop and Megastore brands, and the 77 Our Price stores will be rebranded as Sanity.
04-Oct-2001


Virgin Cinemas is planning to open a further 13 cinemas in Japan by 2004, and has already identified 10 sites.
02-Aug-2001


Virgin has agreed to sell its 16 French Megastores to Lagardere Media for £92m, and the proceeds will be used to expand its mobile phones and other Virgin operations throughout the world.
27-Jul-2001


Virgin is looking to set up a mobile phone service in Japan by next April, and talks are taking place with local operators to lease airtime.
09-May-2001


Virgin Megastores is planning to install Virgin Space internet cafes at 10 of its outlets this year, including sites in Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.
07-May-2001


Virgin is planning to relocate its online Travelstore business from Ashford to Norfolk, where it already employs 200 people in Gorleston, which will involve new premises and the creation of up to 200 new jobs.
09-Feb-2001


Virgin Active is to acquire the 85-strong chain of Health & Racquet Clubs of South Africa from the liquidators of LeisureNet for £28m.
18-Dec-2000


Virgin Wine is planning to invest £10m in its home delivery wine operation, in preparation for a possible flotation in 2002.
02-Oct-2000


Virgin Mobile has secured £115m of financing from JP Morgan, in order to fund the expansion of its mobile phones business by selling the handsets through a wider range of retail outlets.
26-Sep-2000


Virgin Active is to open a £5m health club at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull in spring 2001.
05-Sep-2000


Virgin Active is planning to set up a fitness centre at a £20m leisure development being proposed by Glencarron Properties at Nursling near Southampton.
28-Aug-2000


Virgin Active is planning to set up a fitness centre at the Great Northern Warehouse development in Manchester.
26-Jul-2000


Virgin Active is to set up new health and fitness clubs in Northampton, Islington and Rayleigh, and negotiations are under way to acquire sites in eight other locations.
17-Apr-2000


Virgin is planning to set up a mobile phone service in Australia later this year, in a joint venture with Optus.
21-Feb-2000


Virgin has bought a majority stake in Worldwide Travel, which will lead to the creation of 100 jobs at the Norfolk-based travel business over the next 12 months.
13-Dec-1999


Virgin is planning to set up a mobile phone distribution centre near Daventry, creating an initial 35 jobs.
16-Oct-1999


Virgin is planning to link up with One-2-One to launch Virgin-branded mobile phones, and will set up a call centre with 500 staff.
07-Jun-1999


Victory, the fashion and cosmetics business in which Virgin has a 56% stake, is acquiring the debt of Cadoro, the menswear retailer, and some of Cadoro's stores may be rebranded with the Virgin name.
17-Feb-1999


Virgin has announced plans to build a £6m nine-screen multiplex cinema in Hull, which will create 60 new jobs.
14-Jan-1999


Virgin Rail is to create 1,000 jobs in Scotland over the next five years by expanding its booking and call centre service in Edinburgh and Dingwall.
06-Nov-1998


Virgin Express, the low-cost airline, may move its headquarters from Brussels to the UK or Ireland due to interference from the government and unions in Belgium.
25-Mar-1998


Ginger Productions is acquiring Virgin Radio for £85m, thereby preventing Capital Radio from succeeding with its £87m bid.
09-Dec-1997


Virgin Group has bought out most of its joint venture partners to create a new Virgin Entertainment Group, and now plans to develop its music megastores in the US and open 15 new UK cinemas over the next two years.
17-Sep-1997


Virgin Group is to set up a customer service and telesales centre in Edinburgh to serve its rail operations, employing an initial 250 people.
26-Feb-1997


Virgin Cinemas is planning to build 18 multiplex cinemas over the next four years, which will make it the UK's biggest multiplex operator.
04-May-1996


Virgin Group has bought 90% of Euro Belgian Airlines for £38m and will use the acquisition to help it reduce the cost of air travel in Europe.
30-Apr-1996