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Aberdeen City Council is considering plans from North East Indoor Soccer for the development of a £1.5m indoor football facility at Bridge of Don.
Whitbread is seeking partnerships with schools and colleges to expand its David Lloyd chain of fitness clubs, and has already agreed a deal with the Nonsuch High School at Cheam in Surrey.
Warrington Wolves has won government approval to build a new rugby league stadium and Tesco superstore at Winwick Road.
Carlisle City Council is considering plans from Harrison & Hetherington for the development of a £11m leisure and office complex near the M6, including an 80-bedroom four-star luxury hotel and 600 new jobs.
Quintain Estates and Lend Lease are to enter into a public-private partnership with the government to transform London's Millennium Dome into a 20,000-seat sports and entertainment arena, with the creation of up to 20,000 jobs.
Luminar is to invest more than £12m in seven new nightclub venues in Scotland, and a further £5m will be used to refurbish 10 premises acquired from Scottish & Newcastle earlier this year.
EU Structural Funds is to make £5m available for improvements to the Northern Ireland inland waterways network and water-based recreation projects, and grants will be available to a variety of organisations until 2004.
Lancashire County Council is considering plans from South Lakeland Caravans for the development of a £15m holiday park near Carnforth, including 250 log cabins, a tropical swimming pool and the creation of 50 jobs.
Islington Borough Council has approved plans from P&O for the £100m transformation of the King's Cross area into an upmarket tourist and residential district, creating up to 2,500 jobs.
Bath City Football Club is looking into the possibility of redeveloping Twerton Park, in order to raise up to £6m and relocate to a new site.
Next Generation is planning to invest £50m in four new fitness clubs in London, York, Bristol and Dartford next year, with the creation of 450 jobs.
Lambeth Council has approved plans for the modernisation of the AMP Oval cricket ground, increasing the seating capacity to 23,500, and work is expected to start within two years.
Rank has secured a licence to set up a Hard Rock casino at the former Fashion Cafe in London's West End next year.
TelMe is to sell its travel interests, which include the Seaforths business travel agent and the Global Traveller online operation, to Friezenberg Beheer for £4m.
Total Fitness UK is seeking permission to build an exercise, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy centre at a former industrial site on Strand Road in Preston, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Hollathans is planning to open eight additional cafe-bars around the country with the creation of 300 jobs, and is currently looking at potential sites in Leeds and Halifax.
Arsenal has won approval from Islington Borough Council for a £300m scheme to build 60,000-seater football stadium at Ashburton Grove by 2004, which will create about 1,800 jobs.
Westminster City Council has approved plans from Buckingham Securities to develop a six-star hotel at the former Naval & Military Club in Piccadilly.
Xscape is looking to open four more leisure and retail parks to add to the existing site in Milton Keynes, including the two projects planned for Castleford and Glasgow.
Tops Estates has announced proposals to set up a £125m sports centre at the Millennium Dome in London, including indoor ski slope, golf, tennis and scuba diving.
Horsham District Council has approved plans for the £5.4m refurbishment and extension of Horsham Arts Centre.
Radisson SAS has signed an agreement with BAA Lynton to invest £40m in a new 350-bedroom four-star hotel at Stansted Airport by the end of 2003.
City of York Council is to consider plans from the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington for a £1m expansion programme, in order to create one of the country's leading aviation attractions.
Scarborough Borough Council has approved plans for the £35m transformation of a former holiday camp at Filey into a sports, leisure and residential complex, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries has sold 44 tenanted pubs to the KUC subsidiary of Royal Bank of Scotland for £5.8m, in order to focus on its core community estate and leading beer brands.
Tote is planning to open a further 130 betting shops, taking its chain to 500 by 2004.
Warner Village Cinemas is planning to invest £30m in five new cinema complexes in London, including sites in Islington, Croydon, Shepherd's Bush, Fulham Broadway and Staines.
The Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester is planning a £3.5m refurbishment programme, and is seeking a £2.5m lottery grant.
Leeds City Council is seeking lottery funding for a £26m project to build a museum at the Leeds Institute building and an educational resource centre near Clarence Dock.
Radisson SAS is planning to open four more hotels in the UK and Ireland over the next two years, including properties in Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool and County Donegal.
The Cabinet War Rooms museum in London is to undergo a £7.5m expansion that will triple its size by 2003.
Punch Pub Company has bought Commer Group's 75 pubs for £19m, taking its total estate to almost 4,300.
William Hill is planning to open a new call centre for its telephone betting service in Sheffield city centre early next year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
The National Trust is seeking a suitable site in the Swindon area to set up a new headquarters, which will involve the relocation of up to 400 staff from London, Melksham, Westbury and Cirencester.
Neath Port Talbot Council is to consider plans from Manchester-based Oak Asset for the development of a £50m holiday village in the Afan Valley, including an all-weather tropical dome, 215 chalets and the creation of 500 jobs.
Amec Developments has won a contract from Bournemouth-based Bowlplex to build a £2.6m indoor bowling centre in Dudley, which will create up to 100 new jobs by next summer.
North Wiltshire District Council has approved plans for the development of a 120-room hotel and conference centre on the Bowood Estate, which will create about 100 jobs.
The Oxford University Club has announced proposals for a £4.5m four-storey recreation centre for university staff on playing fields in Mansfield Road.
Coinmaster is planning to raise £2.8m in an Ofex listing to fund the expansion of its gaming machines business.
Aberdeen City Council has approved plans for the £7.4m refurbishment of His Majesty's Theatre, and work is expected to start in 2003.
Newport County Borough Council has awarded a £11m contract to E Turner to build a theatre and arts centre.
Glasgow City Council has awarded a £2.9m contract to Ogilvie to build a National Badminton Centre.
Liverpool City Council is to consider plans from the Greyhound Racing Association for a £6m 2,000-seater greyhound stadium in Fazakerley, which would create 200 jobs.
Gateshead Council is to consider a number of potential redevelopment schemes for a disused site at Dunston, including a £55m leisure project that would include a railway heritage centre, hotel, restaurant, offices and wildlife sanctuary.
Cambridge University has identified a potential site in Cambourne for the development of a £3m Olympic-sized ice-skating rink.
Exeter City Council is to consider plans from the Exeter Chiefs for the development of a new 10,000-capacity rugby stadium at the County Ground site in St Thomas.
Eden Hall Spa is creating 80 jobs at a new £6m health spa at Elston near Newark in January.
The Welsh Rugby Union is planning to relocate its Cardiff headquarters from Custom House to Raglan's refurbished Hodge House development.
Sportech is to relocate its Merseyside-based Littlewoods Leisure head office and e-gaming operations from Walton to the Wavertree Technology Park.
Moyle District Council is to consider plans from the National Trust to set up a £10m visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway, which could create 200 jobs.
St Modwen has won government approval for the £100m redevelopment of the Trentham Gardens estate in Staffordshire, including a luxury hotel, restaurants, holiday lodges, shops, and a monkey park.
Luminar Leisure, the bar and nightclub operator, is planning to open 44 more venues next year, at a cost of £90m.
Torbay Council has approved plans for an 80-bedroom hotel at Sladnor Park, including 30 holiday suites, a pool, bars and sauna.
Chester Racecourse has submitted plans for a £30m expansion programme, including two hotels, a 3,000-capacity grandstand and a conference centre.
Sheffield City Council has announced plans to invest £15m refurbishing the city's leisure facilities over the next five years, including Ponds Forge, Hillsborough, Don Valley and Concord.
Burleigh Court is planning a £3.6m expansion at its conference centre at Loughborough University, in order to improve facilities and meet the changing demands of corporate events.
Airtours is to open a new MyTravel superstore at Teesside Retail Park in February, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Ultimate Leisure has raised a further £13m to expand its pubs and clubs business into Nottingham, Yorkshire and other northern locations.
Fitness First is to develop a fitness club at the former Cumberland Infirmary site in Carlisle, with the creation of 30 jobs.
London Clubs International is to double the size of its casino development at Brighton Marina, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Argyll & Bute Council is considering plans from Yacht Havens for the development of a £1m 80-berth marina in Oban Bay.
The Eden Project in Cornwall is to bring forward plans to build a third £20m biome to recreate the semi-desert climate of Arizona.
Stagecoach Theatre Arts is planning to raise £4m in a flotation on Aim in order to fund the expansion of its franchise of performing arts schools and set up a new sports tuition franchise.
Leicester City Council has revealed plans to develop a £58m cultural village in the St George's area by 2006, including a major new theatre and film-making centre and the creation of 600 jobs.
Highland Council is to consider revised plans from Tulloch for the £30m redevelopment of the Aviemore ski resort, including 140 homes, a hotel, a Tesco supermarket, chalets, a bowling alley, an ice-rink and a swimming pool.
Leeds City Council is to consider plans from non-profit organisation LABC to develop a £8m youth and sports complex in Burmantofts, including ice rink and sports arena.
Ebookers.com is setting up a telesales and IT operation in India, in order to reduce costs in its online travel agency business.
Deeside College has won lottery funding to build a £1.8m indoor athletics facility.
Next Generation is planning to raise £40m in a flotation to help fund the expansion of its chain of fitness clubs from seven to 24.
Scottish & Newcastle has sold 456 leased pubs to Royal Bank of Scotland for £260m, but will continue to manage the properties under fixed-term contracts.
Leisure Parcs has submitted plans to build a 1,000-bed hotel, casino and conference centre on Blackpool seafront, which will create up to 3,000 jobs.
Moyle District Council has received plans from Ballymoney-based architects R Robinson & Sons for the development of a £45m golf resort on a 356-acre site between the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills.
Clubhaus has won permission from Tandridge District Council to build a multi-million pound health and leisure club at Dormans Park in Surrey.
Coventry Rugby Club has submitted plans to build a new £3.5m stadium at The Butts, including up to 6,000 seats and a greyhound track.
De Vere is to create more than 80 jobs at a new £6m Greens Health & Fitness club in Shipley next spring.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to submit plans for a new £100m theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, to replace the existing 1,500-seat building.
Bristol City Council has approved a £110m plan from Crest Nicholson to build a multiscreen cinema, 450 homes and offices at Canon's Marsh.
Derby City Council is to consider plans from La Sande Holdings of Stockport to develop a £7m hotel and restaurant complex near Pentagon Island, which could help Derbyshire County Cricket Club raise funds for a new indoor cricket academy.
Southend Council is to consider plans from Barratt Eastern Counties for the development of a 60-bedroom hotel on the town's derelict gasworks site.
Bishop's Stortford Football Club is considering plans to relocate over the next few years, and two potential sites have been identified.
Jarvis Hotels is planning to expand its hotel chain from 65 to more than 120 over the next three years, and will start to include serviced offices and other business facilities.
Invicta Leisure is planning a £30m expansion that will increase its chain of 10 health and fitness clubs to 20, including sites in Worthing, Ilford and Weston-super-Mare.
Hotel Du Vin is planning to develop a £5.5m 35-room hotel and bistro in Brighton's Ship Street.
Birmingham City Council is forming a partnership with South Birmingham College and Persimmon for the £20m expansion of the Digbeth-based DEP International studios into a media village for students of music and the performing arts.
Dudley Council is to consider plans from Bristol-based Westowe Properties for the development of a new leisure complex, including fitness club and bowling alley, in Birmingham New Road.
Ebookers.com has acquired Lawson Interline Travel, the supplier of discount airline fares and hotel rooms to employees within the travel industry, from its liquidators.
Fife Council is investing £1.3m in a new sports facility in Dunfermline, which will involve the expansion of Pitreavie Sports fields.
Regent Inns is to open a £2m Jongleurs comedy club at the Millennium Plaza development in the centre of Cardiff in January, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Gloucester City Council is to start recruiting up to 100 staff for the new £16m Gloucester Leisure Centre, which is due to open in May 2002.
Watford Leisure is to submit plans for the £7.5m development of the East Stand at the Vicarage Road football stadium.
Angus Council is to consider plans from a local businessman for the development of a £200m sports academy at Monifieth, which would be called Snow Valley Sports Park and create 500 jobs.
The Wordsworth Trust is to extend its tourist centre at Grasmere in Cumbria, having secured £2m of lottery cash.
Sean Graham is to expand its Northern Ireland-based betting business with the creation of an online operation and up to 100 jobs, following the abolition of betting tax.
Blue Anchor Leisure has submitted plans for the development of a £5m leisure complex on the Skegness seafront, which would include a Victorian promenade and lead to the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Collingwood Developments has started work on a new 254-bedroom Hilton hotel near the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead, which will create 200 jobs.
Arnolfini is to expand its art gallery in Bristol, having been awarded £7m of National Lottery cash.
Subsea Explorer is planning to build a £20m visitor attraction in Lutterworth that would enable scuba divers to swim with sharks.
Alton Towers is seeking permission to build a new £35m hotel with 200 bedrooms at its Staffordshire leisure park, with the creation of 320 jobs.
Shipley Brothers is planning to open a £4m BJ's Bingo Club in Reading, and this will be followed by more sites across the south of England.
Regent Inns is seeking permission to open a 330-capacity Jongleurs comedy club in Reading.
Moorfield is forming a £6m joint venture with the Royal Bank of Scotland to set up a chain of franchised hotels under the Kew Green Hotels brand, with the first opening in Wakefield in 2002.
Belgo is planning to focus on the expansion of its chain of pizza restaurants, instead of the Belgian beer and mussels outlets, and will change its name to Signature Restaurants.
Wychavon District Council is forming a partnership with a new Anglo-German company called Calypso for the transformation of Droitwich's lido into a multi-million pound spa complex, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Peel Holdings has submitted plans to Salford Council for the development of a 2,000-acre leisure scheme at the Salford Forest Park near Leigh, and the proposals include a new racecourse, hotel and golf course.
Leicester University has revealed plans to build a new £30m training and leisure centre in Oadby, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council has approved plans from Countryside Properties for a 200-room luxury hotel and conference complex at the Wychwood Park development near Crewe.
La Tasca, the chain of 16 tapas bars and restaurants, has undergone a £28m management buy-in, supported by Penta Capital.
Ultimate Leisure is planning to create 200 jobs over the next two years by opening bars in several Northern cities, including Leeds and Sheffield.
Ask Central is planning to open 25 pizza and pasta restaurants this year under the Ask and Zizzi brands, and a further 30 could open next year.
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre has announced plans for a £25m expansion, which would double its exhibition space and allow for the hosting of sporting and arts events.
The University of Teesside and One NorthEast have commissioned a feasibility study into the development of a new multi-million pound Hemispherium virtual reality centre, in order to attract businesses and tourists to the area.
Roxton Bailey Robinson, the operator of hunting and fishing holidays, has merged with Frontiers International of the US to create a combined group called Frontiers & Roxton with £40m annual turnover.
Rank is hoping to apply for casino licences at up to 60% of its 123 bingo clubs, and has also announced plans to open six Hard Rock cafes in the UK by the end of next year.
Greene King is to acquire Old English Inns for £103m, in order to expand its chain of pubs in the south.
Leisure Link, the amusement machine operator, is to be acquired by Henderson Private Capital for £230m.
City Centre Restaurants is to sell its chain of 49 Deep Pan Pizza outlets to a management buy-out for £4m.
Willmott Dixon has won a £8m contract from Linteum Leisure to build two new leisure centres in Stansted, Essex.
Bannatyne Health & Leisure is planning to expand its chain of fitness clubs across the country, with new outlets opening in Ayr and Colchester by the end of the year.
Aberdeen & Grampian Tourist Board is planning to set up a new headquarters at an unnamed location in Aberdeen city centre, and an announcement is expected within six weeks.
Fitness First has awarded a £3m contract to Alfred McAlpine to build three fitness centres in Manchester, Coatbridge and Greenock.
Newport County Borough Council is seeking contractors for the development of a £7m indoor cycling track at the Spytty Park Sports Complex in Newport.
Wakefield Council has approved plans from Capital & Regional Investments for the development of a £40m Xscape ski slope and leisure complex in Castleford.
Le Meridien Hotels is planning to invest £850m in its chain of 155 hotels, in partnership with the owners of the 100 hotels that are under management contract.
Crewe Alexandra has announced plans to build a £1.2m indoor complex at Nantwich, including a new fitness room, hydrotherapy pool and indoor football pitch.
Thistle Hotels is to sell its 70-room hotel in Poole to Orb Estates, as part of a £30m redevelopment of the town's quayside area that will include a marina, luxury apartments and a new hotel with up to 150 rooms.
Highland Council is to receive plans for the £35m redevelopment of the Aviemore ski resort in October, and members of the consortium behind the project include Tulloch, Macdonald Hotels and Bank of Scotland.
City of Edinburgh Council is expected to announce plans next month for a £25m expansion of the EICC international conference centre.
Derby City Council is considering plans for the £2m refurbishment of the Playhouse theatre.
Exeter City Council has approved plans from Overload Project Services for the development of a 150-bed hotel and conference centre at Clyst St Mary, which will create dozens of new jobs.
Stanley Leisure is recruiting 400 new staff for its casino division, and is seeking new sites across the country.
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is helping to fund the development of a £1.6m tourist railway close to the Causeway Coast at Bushmills.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council is considering plans from Skylark Leisure for the development of a £4m football academy near the Eurocam business park, which would create 100 jobs.
World Golf Systems has awarded the worldwide licensing rights for its TopGolf system to IMG, which will lead to the development of computerised golf practice sites in the US and Asia.
Big Beat, the Glasgow-based chain of 21 pubs and clubs, has been bought out of receivership by a new company called Finlaw 279 for about £20m, saving about 600 jobs.
Owen Brown, the supplier of tents for outside events that employs 70 staff in Castle Donington, has been acquired by Generale Location of France.
Christchurch Council is considering plans from Bournemouth-based Main Leisure Holdings for the development of a £3m hotel at the former Pontins site at Wick Ferry.
Bett Brothers has sold its Dundee-based pub and hotel division to a management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland for £13m.
Scottish & Newcastle is to set up an 85-bedroom hotel in Cardiff Bay, as part of a £7.5m leisure development being planned by Brunswick and Broadhall that will create about 300 jobs.
TRX, the online travel business, is planning to expand the workforce at its Leicester call centre this year from 50 to more than 150.
Ipswich Town has announced a £25m bond issue to fund the redevelopment of its Portman Road football ground.
Esporta is planning to open 14 health and fitness clubs a year for the next three years to add to the existing 38.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is planning to set up a new £1.2m headquarters at the former Wolseley Garden Park near Rugeley.
Center Parcs is to acquire the Oasis Forest Holiday Village in the Lake District from Bourne Leisure for up to £90m.
West Midlands Co-op Travel is planning to open two new travel bureaux in Walsall and Kidderminster, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Whitbread has announced plans to invest £100m in the expansion of its chain of David Lloyd Leisure fitness clubs to 100 over the next five years, with the creation of 4,000 jobs.
The Vale Hotel, Golf and Country Club has announced plans to build a second golf course in the Vale of Glamorgan by 2003, which will be one of the longest championship courses outside the US.
Wimbledon Football Club has announced plans to move to a new £40m stadium in Milton Keynes by 2004, but the relocation still requires the approval of the Football League.
Hearts has announced plans to build a new 30,000-seater football stadium at Braehead Quarry on the western outskirts of Edinburgh.
Leeds City Council has approved proposals from the Headingley Development Company to convert the historic Odeon cinema building into a mix of 30 flats and an entertainment venue comprising shops, bars and restaurants.
Virgin Cinemas is planning to open a further 13 cinemas in Japan by 2004, and has already identified 10 sites.
Sportingbet.com has acquired SportsBook, the Caribbean-based online sports bookmaker, for an initial £36m, in order to increase its share of the US market.
Whitbread is looking to recruit 90 staff for a new £4m Brewers Fayre and Travel Inn at the Crowood roundabout in Glasgow.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is considering plans for the development of a new sports complex at the University of Bath, which would create about 60 jobs.
MGM Mirage of the US is seeking permission to set up an online casino in the Isle of Man, as the island is expected to issue three licences in September.
SFI, the operator of Bar Med and Slug & Lettuce pubs, is planning to open a further 30 outlets over the next year.
Bolsover District Council has approved plans for the development of a multi-million pound swimming and leisure complex at Hornscroft Park.
Center Parcs is to invest £18m in the expansion of its Sherwood Forest holiday village, including a new health and beauty spa, additional apartments and the creation of 70 jobs.
Enic is to sell its ukbetting.com bookmaking business to a new company called UKbetting for £3m.
IBR, the event organiser with 113 staff, is planning to relocate to a new £1.5m headquarters at Pride Park in Derby next year, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Sheffield City Council is to consider plans from Sheffield International Venues for the £7m refurbishment of the City Hall concert venue.
Nomura International is planning to refurbish the Cumberland Hotel in London at a cost of £71m, which will include the installation of plasma-screen TVs and electronic beds in each of the 895 rooms.
Hilton's Ladbrokes division is to create up to 1,000 jobs in preparation for the introduction of tax-free betting in October, involving a £40m investment in its 1,900 high street betting shops and the creation of 40 betting superstores.
IG Group is planning to expand its spread betting business overseas by opening a sales office in Pakistan, and may also open an office in Australia.
Dorset County Council is planning to relocate the Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre to a new waterfront site in Portland.
Swansea Council is set to receive a £11m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to go towards the £75m Waterfront Museum project, which will create up to 240 jobs.
Liverpool City Council is expected to approve plans from Nottingham-based Lace Market Hotels for the development of a £2m hotel in Hope Street, with the creation of 79 jobs.
Birse has won a £5.7m contract to build a football academy at Carrington for Manchester United.
Next Generation Clubs and Arena Call have won government approval to build a £12m indoor tennis centre and multi-sports complex in Hertford.
Fish has announced plans to open five restaurants this year, having found sites in London, Manchester and Solihull, and a further 12 will open next year.
Radisson Edwardian Hotels is to operate a new luxury hotel at Baskerville House in Birmingham's Centenary Square from 2003, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Aberdeen City Council is considering plans from Robert Gordon University for the development of a £4.5m sports centre at the Garthdee campus.
Scott Dunn, the luxury tour operator, is to set up a new administrative headquarters in Chichester with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Regent Inns has acquired Pals Leisure Group and Vered, the operators of Pals bars in Croydon and Ipswich, for £2m.
Jurys Doyle is to develop a £18m 274-room hotel in Newcastle, and is also targeting Glasgow, Liverpool and Reading.
Crown Sports is to acquire Trainstation, the operator of three health clubs in Chester, Southport and Manchester, for £6.2m, in order to expand its Dragons brand.
Cardiff City Football Club is planning to build a new stadium and shopping complex at Leckwith, while the existing Ninian Park ground would be redeveloped as housing.
East Staffordshire Borough Council is considering plans from England Football Enterprises for the development of a £30m national football training centre near Burton.
Marylebone Warwick Balfour has won planning permission for the £300m redevelopment of the Royal Victoria Docks near London's City Airport, which will involve a series of hotels, apartments and offices.
United Norwest Co-op is setting up a new headquarters for its United Co-op Travel division in Burslem, and about 200 staff are expected to be relocated later this year.
Kingfisher Leisure, the bar and nightclub operator, has accepted a £13m takeover offer from Springwood.
Hanover International is to buy the Sundridge Park conference and training centre in Kent from PA Consulting for £15m.
The Royal National Rose Society has announced plans for the development of the £20m Diana Memorial Rose Garden on a six-acre site at Chiswell Green near St Albans.
Scottish & Newcastle is linking up with Ballymore Leisure to expand the Shoeless Joe's chain of sports bars in the north of England.
Wardle Group has expanded its West Midlands travel agency business with the acquisition of two local companies - the Towns Travel chain and Lichfield-based Travelbods.
Derby City Council has approved plans from the University of Derby for the £8m extension of the Britannia Mill site, which will involve the creation of a new public arts centre.
Aberdeen Football Club is considering plans to build a £35m stadium in Kingswells, dependent on Scotland winning its bid to host the 2008 European Championships.
Fitness First is planning to expand its chain of fitness clubs from 156 to 190 by the end of the year, and hopes to surpass 700 clubs over the next eight years.
United Norwest Co-op has acquired Barrow Travel for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its United Co-op Travel division into the cruise holiday market.
Old Monk Company is planning to expand its chain of South African-themed Springbok bars from six to at least 40.
The British Horseracing Board has agreed a £400m deal with the Go Racing consortium for the creation of a 24-hour interactive racing TV channel and online betting operation.
First Choice has acquired Tourinter, the French holiday operator, for undisclosed terms.
Hanover International is to acquire Acropolis Hotels, which owns the CedarCourt Hotel in Bradford, from Sirdar for £14m, as part of a strategy to expand its Tweed Investments joint venture with Bank of Scotland.
British Waterways is planning the £30m redevelopment of Tower Wharf in Chester, including a hotel, apartments, offices and bars.
Oxford United is looking to recruit more than 100 staff for its new football stadium at Minchery Farm.
Scottish & Newcastle is selling 432 managed pubs to Enterprise Inns for £263m and 214 pubs to Noble House Leisure for £97m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.
Coventry City Council is considering plans from Gala Bingo to set up a £3m 1,000-capacity bingo hall on Fairfax Street.
Yates Group is planning to open 12 new bars this year to expand its Ha! Ha! Bar and Canteen chains.
Bradford Council is to consider plans from Yorkshire Co-operative for a £20m city centre development on a four-acre site in Tetley Street, including bars, restaurants, a hotel, nightclub and 70 apartments.
The Welsh Development Agency is supporting plans from Rhiannon to establish a Welsh Gold Visitor Centre at Tregaron, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Colchester Council is planning to build a £12m art gallery in partnership with Essex County Council, Essex University and FirstSite, having won a £5m lottery grant.
The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry is to be refurbished, having won a £3m lottery grant.
Sealine International, the Kidderminster-based yacht manufacturer, has been acquired by Brunswick Corporation of the US for £48m.
Reading Borough Council is to consider plans from Portfolio Holdings for the transformation of the Friar's Walk shopping centre into a leisure site, including health club and nightclub.
Online Travel Corporation has acquired the assets of Emap Digital Travel for £2.8m.
North Somerset Council is to consider plans from Gabriel Estates for the development of a new 80 bedroom hotel at Wrington near Bristol International Airport, which would create 50 jobs.
Newcastle United has submitted plans for a leisure and shops complex near St James's Park stadium, including a 200-bed hotel, cinema, multi-storey car park and 45 flats.
BS Group is to acquire a 25% stake in E-Tote, the online tote betting operator, in order to expand its greyhound racing business.
Belhaven is to invest £12m in the expansion of its chain of 135 Scottish pubs this year, and will start acquiring sites in England.
Thomas Cook has confirmed plans to create more than 200 jobs in Peterborough, where it will base the headquarters for a new joint venture with British Airways Holidays.
Northampton Borough Council is to consider plans from Bellway Homes for the £20m construction of a hotel or leisure centre, pub and more than 200 homes as the latest phase of the Southbridge development.
Four Seasons Hotels of Canada is to set up its third UK hotel at Dogmersfield Park in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire.
Compass has completed the sale of the Le Meridien chain of hotels to Nomura International for £1.9bn.
Bass is looking to spend up to £3bn on acquisitions and is particularly interested in expanding the Holiday Inn chain in Europe and the Crowne Plaza and Inter-Continental chains in the US.
Tewkesbury Borough Council has approved plans from the Jet Age Museum to use the former Gloster Aircraft Company factory in Bentham as a temporary home, while a £1.5m lottery application for a permanent site at Brockworth is processed.
Leicester City Council has approved plans for the construction of a £3m sports centre at Highfields Youth & Community Centre, with completion due in 2003.
Close Brothers is to provide £5m of funding to A-Z Restaurants for the development of eight new restaurants over the next two years.
Leeds United is considering plans to build a new football stadium with a larger capacity than the existing Elland Road site.
Enterprise Inns is to acquire 439 managed pubs from Morgan Grenfell Private Equity for £262m, and will convert them into tenancies.
Rank is to relocate the Grosvenor Casino in Blackpool to the Sandcastle on the promenade this summer, at a cost of £3.5m.
Celtic Manor is seeking permission for a £12m redevelopment of the Wentwood Hills golf course in Newport, in order to improve its chances of hosting the 2009 Ryder Cup.
Airtours is to offer seven more holiday destinations from Liverpool Airport, in response to the £30m airport expansion project by owner Peel Holdings.
City of Edinburgh Council is to consider plans from Waterfront Edinburgh for a £1bn urban redevelopment programme, which would include a new national museum for Scotland as well as housing, schools and commercial space.
Magna is recruiting a further 30 staff at its newly-opened science adventure park in Rotherham.
Heathcotes has secured £2.5m of venture capital funding to expand its chain of restaurants across the country, and hopes to open 12 additional sites over the next five years.
Gaming Internet is planning to raise at least £8m in a share placing to fund the development of its online greyhound racing business.
Cannons is to undergo a £260m management buy-out backed by Royal Bank Private Equity, and is planning to spend £205m opening 65 health and fitness clubs over the next five years.
Luminar has acquired 10 discos from Scottish & Newcastle for £11m, and is planning to further expand its estate of 252 sites by opening 41 new outlets this year.
Persimmon Homes is preparing plans for the development of a hotel, 800 flats, shops, offices and a marina on the banks of the River Orwell in Ipswich.
Sagitta is providing £2m of private equity funding to Living Ventures of Manchester for the development of a chain of 25 bar-restaurants called Living Room over the next four years.
Leeds City Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £9m home for the Northern Ballet Theatre at Quarry Hill.
HE Services is planning to set up a £3m Diggerland theme park at Verbeer Manor in Willand, Devon, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Whitbread has outlined plans to create more than 4,000 jobs in the UK over the next three years, and the expansion will include the opening of 80 Brewers Fayre and Brewsters pub restaurants and 10 David Lloyd Leisure clubs.
William Hill has sold its sports spread betting business to IG Group for £1.1m.
Morrison Developments has won outline permission from the Scottish Executive to build a £20m hotel and leisure scheme in Aberdeen, with the creation of 150 jobs.
LHM is to seek planning permission for a 60-room luxury hotel in Manchester city centre next year, as part of a plan to expand its portfolio of Alias Hotels from two to 10 properties over the next two years.
Blackpool Council is to consider plans for the development of a 119-bedroom hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The Rugby Football Union is looking at ways to raise more than £100m to invest in the regeneration of facilities throughout the country, and possibilities include a flotation.
Cannons and Hornbeam Park Developments have announced plans to build a £4m fitness club in Harrogate.
Hilton is to acquire Scandic, the Swedish operator of 154 hotels, for £612m, and will invest £30m upgrading the hotels.
The Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds is seeking lottery funding for a £5m refurbishment, which would involve restoring the site to its original design.
Wessex Taverns has acquired 42nd Street Bars, the chain of eight bars in the north-east, for undisclosed terms.
Galliford Try has won a £30m contract from Ralph Trustees to build a 200-bedroom hotel in Watford.
De Vere has sold its historic Warrington brewery headquarters to Bruntwood Estates of Manchester for undisclosed terms, and the site will be refurbished into offices.
North Tyneside Council is to consider plans from Glasgow-based Bett Properties for the development of a £40m business park, including a 60-bed hotel and trade centre, near the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate.
The National Trust is planning to set up a new headquarters in the Chippenham area to house 400 staff, which would involve relocating jobs from London, Melksham and Cirencester.
De Vere is to open a £12m Village Hotel and leisure club on the Waterford Business Park in Bury later this year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Harrogate Borough Council is to consider plans for the £8.9m restoration of the 1903 Royal Hall.
Jarvis has won a contract from Accor to build a £6m 210-bedroom hotel in Wembley.
Camper & Nicholsons, the yachting group, has been acquired by Rodriguez Group of France for up to £14m.
Colchester Council is to consider plans from Bunting & Sons for the development of a £20m John Constable Countryside & Heritage Centre on an 80-acre site in Great Horkesley, which could create up to 300 jobs.
Crown Sports has acquired a further three businesses for £14m, including four health clubs, a health club management company and a 70% stake in a horse racing information business.
Woodhorn Colliery Museum in Northumberland is seeking lottery funding for a £13m development project, including the restoration of former pit buildings and the creation of a new county archive and records office.
Hull City Council has approved plans from Accor UK to build a 105-bedroom Ibis budget hotel on Osborne Street.
Scarborough Borough Council is to consider plans from the Captain James Cook RN Charity Trust to develop a £10m heritage centre in Whitby to celebrate the life of Captain Cook.
Coral, William Hill, Ladbrokes and other betting groups are expected to return their offshore operations to the UK due to the scrapping of betting tax, which could lead to the creation of up to 1,000 jobs over the next five years.
Wrexham County Borough Council is planning to build a new 400-seat theatre next year, as the Arts Council of Wales has approved nearly £4m of Lottery funding.
Compass has sold its 48 Heritage country hotels to a joint venture between Macdonald Hotels and Bank of Scotland for £235m, while 79 Posthouse hotels are being sold to Bass for £810m.
Charlton Athletic has awarded a £9m contract to Stadia Birse for the development of 6,300 new seats at the Valley football ground in south London.
Macdonald Hotels has acquired Barratt International Resorts, which includes 11 resort complexes, for £8.5m.
Gloucester City Council is to consider plans for the £100m redevelopment of the Cattle Market site, including an 80 bedroom hotel, leisure and retail space, and a new business park.
La Tasca is planning to open a further 15 tapas bars and restaurants over the next two years, and is negotiating a £12m funding package.
Sunderland Council has approved plans from Rokeby Developments to build a £3m hotel on the site of the Low Row car park.
Whitbread is seeking planning permission for a £5m 158-bedroom hotel near Vernon Street in Liverpool city centre.
North East Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans from Stamford Developments for a £2m health and fitness club on Ladysmith Road in Grimsby.
City Centre Restaurants is to open 15 new restaurants this year, with most being Frankie & Benny's outlets in retail and leisure parks.
Charnwood Borough Council is planning to build a £3.8m leisure centre and swimming pool to serve six Soar Valley villages.
World Travel Holdings is acquiring Deckchair, the online travel company, for £9.2m, and is planning to relocate staff from London to its call centre in Cardiff.
Ask Central is planning to open a further 28 pizza restaurants this year, including 11 under the new Zizzi brand.
The government has announced plans to build a £87m national athletics stadium at Lee Valley in north London, which will have a capacity of 43,000 and host the World Athletics Championships in 2005.
City of York Council is to consider plans for an expansion programme at York Racecourse, including the redevelopment of a stand.
Fish is planning to open a further 20 restaurants by October 2002, taking the total to 28.
Inventive Leisure is to spend more than £8m opening 14 Revolution vodka bars by the end of next year, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Bournemouth Borough Council has announced plans for the £40m refurbishment of the seafront area, the pavilion and the pier over the next five years.
The AA is investing £4m in the acquisition of an undisclosed stake in Thefirstresort.com, the packaged holiday website.
Whitbread has completed the sale of its 3,000 pubs to Morgan Grenfell Private Equity for £1.63bn, and £300m of the proceeds will be used to expand and refurbish its other hotel and leisure operations.
Balfour Beatty's Heery International division has won a £17m construction management contract to refurbish the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy.
First Choice is to acquire Virgin Sun, the package holiday company, for up to £5.9m.
Queensborough has sold its Leisure Great Britain caravan park business to management for £40m.
Caffe Nero has raised £7.5m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its chain of coffee outlets from 58 to 100 over the next 12 months.
Bournemouth Borough Council is to consider plans from Licet Holdings for the £40m redevelopment of the former Lower Gardens bus station, which will include a multiplex cinema and fitness club.
Foreign & Colonial Ventures has bought the Sussex-based chain of 23 CSide pubs, clubs and restaurants, for £15m, and plans to expand the business along the South Coast.
Sellar Property is submitting plans to Southwark Council to build a 310-metre tower above London Bridge Underground station, which would include leisure, commercial and residential space.
Camden Borough Council has awarded a £4m contract to Bickerton for the development of a new sports centre.
Airtours is acquiring World Choice Travel, the hotel reservations website, for up to £6.8m.
Cavern City Tours is planning to develop a £10m 120-bed Beatles-themed hotel in Liverpool.
Allez France Group, the Sussex-based tour operator, has undergone a management buy-out backed by 3i, and will now be renamed Holiday Places Group.
Esporta is looking to invest up to £100m in the expansion of its fitness centres across Europe, and is seeking sites in Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia and Germany.
Arrowcroft is planning to develop a 100-bedroom hotel at Conway Park in Birkenhead, which will create about 100 jobs by 2003.
Honeycombe Leisure is to acquire the Devonshire Pub Company for £32m, thereby gaining a further 35 managed pubs in Yorkshire and the North West.
Groupe Chez Gerard is planning to open 12 more restaurants by the end of the year, including locations in Leeds, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
Belhaven Brewery is to buy 15 pubs in Central Scotland from Maclay Group for £4.5m, and will also acquire the Maclay Wholesalers beer distribution business, which employs 50 staff in Alloa.
Winchester City Council is to consider plans from Grange Park Opera for the £4m refurbishment of the Northington Grange theatre.
Gioma Restaurants is planning to spend more than £7m opening new themed restaurants across Europe this year, and aims to expand its chain from 36 to 60 by 2003.
Rotherham Council has approved plans for the development of a £4m exhibition centre at the £37m Magna tourist attraction, which is due to open in the spring.
Greenwich Council has drawn up plans for the development of a multi-million pound leisure complex in Eltham, including two swimming pools, a health suite and a dance studio.
Leicester City Council is to seek lottery funding for the development of a £11m 25-metre swimming pool in Braunstone by autumn 2003.
Fulham Football Club has won planning permission to build a 30,000-capacity stadium at its Craven Cottage site in west London.
Multiplex of Australia is in negotiations with the West India Quay Development Company to build a £80m 36-storey hotel in London's Docklands, which will be operated by Marriott.
Tote, the state-owned bookmaker, is relocating its internal audit and pools integrity management divisions from London to the new Centre for Trade & Technology Transfer in Wigan.
Bass is planning to double the size of its hotel operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, reaching 1,000 sites by 2006.
The Lawn Tennis Association is planning to build a £20m national tennis centre in west London by 2005.
Sheffield United has revealed plans for the development of an indoor sports arena, as part of a new football academy complex to be built on a 22-acre site at Shirecliffe.
ExCeL has revealed plans for the development of six hotels with a total of 1,200 bedrooms at its exhibition centre in London's Docklands, and a decision on a seventh hotel is expected in the spring.
Bass Retail Leisure and PMG Developments are planning to build a Holiday Inn Hotel with 80 bedrooms on the site of the former Llandarcy sports club, and an application will be submitted to Neath Port Talbot Council.
Leeds City Council has agreed plans with Metro Holst to set up a £40m four-star hotel at the former Quarry Hill flats in Leeds city centre.
The John Rylands Library in Manchester is to be refurbished, having won £6m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Cream is planning a global expansion for its nightclubs business, which will involve staging seven major events around the world this year and opening offices in the US, South America and Australia.
Springwood is planning to expand its chain of Zanzibar nightclubs into the south-east this year.
Wiggins is hoping to secure planning permission later this year for a £100m horseracing stadium at Fairlop Waters in London.
Sunderland Football Club is to build a new leisure complex next to its stadium, including swimming pool, sports arena, leisure centre and the creation of up to 500 jobs.
First Choice is to acquire 18 American Express outlets from Amex Canada, and will run the business under the Amex franchise.
Lancaster City Council has approved plans for the development of a business and leisure scheme at Cottams Farm near junction 34 of the M6, including a business park, hotel and fitness centre.
Newcastle Borough Council is considering plans from Morston Assets for a hotel, restaurant and industrial development at Wolstanton, which would create up to 100 jobs.
JJB Sports is to open a new fitness club at St John's Gate in Middlesbrough in the summer, with the creation of about 60 jobs.
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.
Leicester City has won approval to build a £35m 32,000-seat football stadium at Freeman's Wharf.
Ballast Construction has won a £14m contract to build the Laban Centre in Deptford, including 13 dance studios and a 300-seat theatre.
The National Botanical Garden of Wales is to set up a science centre and laboratory at Llanarthne, which will create 44 jobs in research, design and business support.
Crest Nicholson has won government approval for a £30m leisure development at Gloucester Docks, including a multiplex cinema, car park, restaurants and retail units.
Isle of Wight Council is considering plans from Godshill Park Developments for the creation of a 60-bedroom hotel and conference centre in Wootton, which would create about 100 jobs.
Newcastle City Council is in discussions with Newcastle University about plans to develop a £60m arts and heritage complex at the Playhouse theatre site at Barras Bridge.
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has approved plans from Ombeter Properties to build a 236-bedroom hotel at Warwick House in West Kensington.
Ballast has won a £11m contract from Horsham District Council to build a swimming and leisure complex in West Sussex.
Premier Hotels is to build a 96-bedroom Days Inn and a 114-room Howard Johnson hotel at Glasgow airport, in a £8m project that will create 60 jobs.
Sandwell Council has given provisional approval for a £50m leisure and retail complex in Oldbury, including a multiplex cinema, restaurants, superstores, fitness centre and the creation of up to 2,000 jobs.
Principal Hotels is being acquired by Nomura's Principal Finance Group for £225m, and about £70m will be invested in renovations at the 17 hotels.
Lau's Buffet King is planning to open four new Chinese restaurants in the North East this year with the creation of up to 160 jobs.
Fitness First is planning to open a further 50 fitness clubs by October to add to the existing 140.
The Royal Academy in London has bought the neighbouring Museum of Mankind site for £5m, and is looking to raise £40m to develop the building for educational use.
Avebury Taverns has bought the Stanford Pub Company in order to add an additional 67 outlets to its nationwide chain of pubs.
SFI is planning to expand its three main pub brands from 104 to 480 outlets over the next five years.
Dunfermline Athletic has won planning permission for a business enterprise centre, 60-bedroom hotel, swimming pool and leisure facility at its football stadium in Fife.
Stagecoach has submitted plans for the development of a multiplex cinema and entertainment centre at the bus station site in Exeter.
Reading Borough Council is to consider plans from Reading College and School of Arts & Design for a £6m development at the Alfred Sutton site, including housing, a mosque and leisure facilities.
Thomson Travel has sold Holiday Cottages Group, the cottage rental company, to Cendant for a sum thought to be about £60m.
Durham City Council is considering plans to develop a new health and swimming complex on the site of the city's baths, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Hilton is looking to sell some of its UK hotel property assets in order to raise up to £500m for the development of hotels overseas.
PizzaExpress is to open five restaurants in Spain over the next two years at a cost of £3m, and may open up to 200 by 2011.
Derby City Council is to seek lottery funding for the development of a new library, cinema and arts centre in the city centre, in partnership with Metro Cinema and Q-Arts.
North Lincolnshire Council has approved plans from JJ Gallagher for the development of a £12m leisure complex opposite Glanford Park in Scunthorpe, including a 75-bed motel, fast-food outlets and a health and fitness club.
Southampton City Council has announced plans for the £300m redevelopment of a 50-acre site at the Royal Pier in partnership with Associated British Ports and the Crown Estate, which will involve housing, a hotel and leisure facilities.
BS Group is planning to introduce pachinko, the Japanese pinball game, to the UK by setting up a parlour in London this year, following the £10m acquisition of the Miyadera Gaming Centre from Tokyo Plaza Group.
Hilton is to invest £40m in the development of eight new health and fitness clubs over the next 18 months.
Whitbread is considering plans to set up a nationwide network of 100 Touchbase meeting venues alongside Travel Inn lodges, in order to provide office facilities to field-based workers.
Esporta is planning to expand its chain of 31 health and fitness clubs with a further 12 in 2001.
McNeill Rigby Travel has acquired Menary Travel to create a combined Belfast-based travel agency with turnover of more than £16m.
Eton Town House is to open two new luxury boutique hotels in August - one at the former Midland Bank headquarters in London and one in Leeds.
Willmott Dixon has submitted plans to build a £25m 152-bedroom hotel complex at Brunton on Tyneside, which would create 90 jobs.
Peel Holdings is to open a £5m hotel opposite the Trafford Centre in Manchester later this year, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Manchester United is to shed 48 jobs in its merchandising operation at Old Trafford, in order to develop the business by setting up partnerships with companies around the world.
Carmarthenshire County Council is to consider plans for the development of a £25m riverside complex in Carmarthen, including a new railway station, a Tesco superstore, offices, shops and a hotel.
Powerleague is to create 40 jobs at a new £1.5m five-a-side football complex in Stoke-on-Trent, and plans to have 25 of the centres across the country by the end of the year.
Hilton is to create a further 140 jobs at its hotel reservation call centre at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow.
North Wiltshire District Council is considering plans from Bowood Estate for the development of a 120-room hotel with conference and leisure facilities and an extension to its golf course.
Chorion is planning to open new Tiger Tiger nightclubs in Leeds, Croydon and Portsmouth this year.
London Clubs International is seeking permission to build a £7m casino at Trafford Street in Manchester.
Trafford Council has selected London & Regional as its private sector partner for the £24m redevelopment of Sale town centre, which will involve the refurbishment of the town hall and theatre to provide a new arts and leisure area.
North Devon District Council is to consider plans for the development of a £3m tennis centre at Seven Brethren Bank in Barnstaple.
JD Wetherspoon has announced plans to open 110 pubs in 2001 to add to the existing 462, as part of a £400m expansion programme that will create about 3,000 jobs.
Tulloch is planning to build a £6m hotel and office complex on Glebe Street in Inverness, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Whitbread has announced plans to build a £10m 250-bedroom Travel Inn Metro hotel in the centre of Belfast by December 2002.
Hilton has agreed to sell its 29 Ladbrokes casinos to Gala for £235m, in order to focus on hotels and betting.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans from Kenmore Investments for the development of a £15m 114-bed hotel complex in the centre of the city, to be operated by Premier Hotels.
Southend Council has revealed plans for the £15m redevelopment of Southend Pier, and will seek a partner from the private sector.