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Norwich City Council and other Norfolk councils are to help fund the £8.5m refurbishment of the Theatre Royal in Norwich.
Murray Financial has acquired The Front Room, the chain of seven bars in London and the south, out of receivership for £1.5m.
Whitbread is to acquire Cannons Health & Fitness BV, the operator of five fitness clubs in the Netherlands, for £22m, in order to expand its David Lloyd Leisure business.
Cyberes is to acquire Corporate Travel Holdings, the business travel agency, for £2m.
Teesdale District Council is to consider plans for the £6m refurbishment of the Witham Hall arts theatre in Barnard Castle.
EasyGroup is to invest £2m in the development of its first low-cost hotel in central London, and then plans to set up 50 franchised Easyhotels over the next three years.
Giardino, the cafe and restaurants group, is to undergo a £16m management buy-out.
Clapham House has acquired The Real Greek Food Company, the operator of three London restaurants, for up to £9m, and the business is expected to be expanded to 16 sites over the next three years.
South of Scotland European Partnership has announced a £7m EU grant to go towards a £20m investment in a series of economic regeneration projects across the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway, with the creation of more than 800 jobs.
Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council have awarded a contract to Trevor Osborne for the £23m redevelopment of the Crescent and Spa site in Buxton, including a new hotel.
Cumbria County Council has awarded a £6m contract to Kier to expand the Eden leisure centre in Penrith.
Hartlepool Borough Council is in talks with Sager Management about plans for a £8m investment in the naval frigate HMS Trincomalee, including a visitor centre and hotel.
Bannatyne is planning to open a £4m casino on Newcastle Quayside in 2005, with the creation of 50 jobs, which could lead to the development of a nationwide chain.
Soccer City, the operator of a five-a-side football centre in Fareham, has been acquired by Taskcatch for £0.7m.
Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council has announced plans for the £1.4m refurbishment of the Civic Hall theatre in Bedworth.
Sefton Council is in informal talks about plans for the development of a £7m five-star hotel on the site of a former cinema in Southport.
Linden Hall Hotel in Morpeth is planning a £4m expansion project, including 47 new bedrooms, eight conference rooms and a fitness suite.
North Norfolk District Council has approved plans for the development of a £2m lifeboat museum in Cromer.
Purbeck District Council is to consider plans from Welfare Dwellings Trust for the development of a multi-million pound holiday complex in Swanage, including 103 self-catering chalets.
Center Parcs is creating 100 new jobs at the Oasis holiday park near Penrith, having just completed a £15m expansion project.
Hardys & Hansons is seeking new sites to expand its chain of 253 pubs, and has about £14m available in cash.
Barracuda is planning to open about 25 pubs in the current financial year, taking the total to 170, and has £20m to spend on acquisitions.
Reading Borough Council is considering proposals to build a new £50m theatre to replace The Hexagon, and four potential sites have been identified.
Rotherham Council and Oak Holdings have announced plans to build a £250m leisure scheme called the Yorkshire Entertainment Sensation, including a theatre, TV studio and hotel.
Galliford Try has won a £2.4m contract to build a new health club for Bannatyne Fitness in Folkestone.
Milton Keynes Borough Council has approved plans for the development of a 30,000-cacpacity stadium for Wimbledon Football Club, including hotel and conference centre.
Liverpool City Council is to unveil proposals for a £35m scheme to combine the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Museum and the Central Library into a single World Discovery Centre.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council is expected to help fund a £6.4m project to restore and extend the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, with work starting in February 2005.
Nottingham City Council is hoping to secure a £5m lottery grant to develop a new £13m arts centre in the Lace Market, including galleries, performance areas and studios.
Rank has submitted plans for the development of a £8m casino and bingo hall in Bolton.
Carmarthenshire County Council has approved plans from Plas Newydd Manor Hotel to spend £2m developing a five-star hotel in Burry Port.
Hogg Robinson is to acquire the business travel business of Kuoni of Switzerland for undisclosed terms.
The Rugby Football Union has won permission for the £70m redevelopment of the South Stand at the Twickenham stadium in London, including a four-star hotel and conference facilities.
Center Parcs, the holiday village operator with 4,000 staff, has been sold by private equity firm MidOcean to a newly-created company called Arbor for £285m, and the business will be floated on Aim.
Midas Construction has won a £12m contract from Future Inns of Canada to build a hotel in Cardiff.
Amec has won a £5m contract from Defence Estates to refurbish a leisure centre at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.
Lastminute.com has acquired Med Hotels, the Woking-based hotel consolidator and package holiday reseller with 117 staff, for £16m.
Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council is looking into proposals to build a new £8m leisure centre to replace the Victoria Community Centre and Coppenhall Leisure Centre.
Radisson SAS has started recruiting 100 staff for a new 4-star hotel due to open in Liverpool's Old Hall Street in February, and recruitment is being handled by Jobcentre Plus.
One NorthEast is to help fund a feasibility study into the development of a £150m indoor skiing centre at the Widdrington opencast mining site in Northumberland.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter is to seek lottery funding for a £20m expansion project.
Travelodge is in talks with a number of potential partners to expand its budget hotel operations in Spain and Ireland, while its UK plans include an additional 1,500 rooms in 2004 and 2,500 in 2005.
The FA Premier League is considering plans to relocate its London headquarters from Paddington to Mayfair, while the Football Foundation is moving to a 5,500 sq ft office on Pall Mall.
InterContinental Hotels Group is planning to develop 20 Express by Holiday Inn hotels in Spain over the next six years, in partnership with Midland Iberia.
Spirit Group is to close its recently-acquired Scottish & Newcastle Retail headquarters in Northampton in May, and some staff may relocate to Burton-on-Trent.
Tragus Holdings is planning to convert 50 Bella Pasta restaurants into a chain of Italian trattorias called Bella Italia over the next six months, and is also in the process of refurbishing its Cafe Rouge outlets.
Sovereign Capital has acquired DC leisure Management, the operator of more than 100 local authority leisure centres with 6,800 staff, for £14m.
North Sunderland & Seahouses Development Trust is planning to set up a £3m Northumberland Coast visitor centre at Seahouses.
Redditch Borough Council is considering plans from Atlantic Beacon to develop a £50m sports, leisure and entertainment complex on the site of the Abbey Stadium.
Plymouth City Council has reached agreement with Henry Boot on outline proposals for the £25m redevelopment of Bretonside bus station into a 120-bedroom hotel, shops and residential units.
Penwith District Council is considering plans from Parkwood PFI Leisure to build a £6m leisure centre in Penzance by the end of 2004.
Macdonald Hotels is to invest £7m in the expansion of the Hill Valley hotel complex in Whitchurch, Staffordshire, including 80 new bedrooms and a leisure club.
Tameside Council has approved plans for the development of a £3m football stadium in Ashton under Lyne, and both Ashton United and Curzon Ashton will relocate to the new site.
Allerdale Council has approved plans to build a £6m visitor centre in Maryport, which will tie in with a proposed offshore wind farm and create up to 60 jobs.
UKbetting is to acquire Oddschecker, the betting odds comparison service, for up to £4.7m, and has also announced plans to raise £11m in a share placing.
Burtonwood Brewery is looking to spend up to £40m on acquisitions to expand its chain of 447 pubs in north-west England and Wales.
First Choice Holidays has sold its Spanish retail and business travel operations to Barcelo of Spain for £30m.
MyTravel is to sell Lexington Services, the provider of hotel connectivity services, to an affiliate of VIP International Corporation for £4.6m.
Queens Moat Houses is to sell the 263-room Moat House hotel in Liverpool to a subsidiary of Grosvenor for £20m, as it is subject to a compulsory purchase order for the redevelopment of the Paradise Street area.
Oriel Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno is to undergo a £1.5m expansion project, in order to nearly double the exhibition space.
Parkdean Holidays has started a recruitment drive to expand the 70-strong telesales staff at its new call centre in Newcastle.
Ufford Park has won permission for the multi-million pound expansion of its hotel and golf complex in Suffolk, including the addition of 53 bedrooms.
Camping & Caravanning Club is to relocate up to 100 staff to a new £6m headquarters at the Westwood Business Park in Coventry next spring, and about 40 new jobs will be created.
Swansea Council has closed the Swansea Leisure Centre indefinitely, as it needs £14m spent on repairs, and is now expected to seek a private partner to develop a £35m replacement.
Luminar has announced a £100m plan to refurbish its chain of nightclubs, with 54 sites being converted into four nationwide brands - Oceana, Liquid, Life and Lava-Ignite.
English Partnerships has awarded a £5.6m contract to Jackson Construction to build a sports and leisure centre in Leyton, east London.
Coral Eurobet has acquired the John Joyce chain of 34 betting shops in the North-East for undisclosed terms.
Bourne Leisure Group is seeking permission from South Lakeland Council to extend the Lakeland Leisure Park, with the creation of about 60 jobs.
JJB Sports and Stadium Group are planning to develop Soccerdome leisure schemes in North Shields and Blackburn, each with 11 football pitches, a JJB store and fitness facilities.
Merlin Entertainments, the operator of 22 leisure attractions in eight countries, has appointed Hawkpoint to consider plans for the possible sale of the business.
Punch Taverns has agreed to acquire the Pubmaster chain of pubs for £1.2bn, creating an enlarged group with 7,400 pubs.
Travelodge, the budget hotel group, is to create dozens of new jobs in finance, sales and marketing, following the relocation of its head office from Toddington to Thame.
Wembley is to close the Catford greyhound racing track in London, to make way for redevelopment of the site.
The Arts Council has awarded £4.5m to help build a new art gallery in Middlesbrough, and work is due to start in January.
Mowlem Building Midlands has won contracts to build a £12m hotel and leisure club for De Vere and a £11m school for Elmhurst Ballet School, both in Birmingham.
Lancashire County Cricket Club is looking into the possibility of relocating from Old Trafford to a new site near the City of Manchester Stadium.
Luminar Leisure is to open a new £1.5m nightclub in Peterborough in December, with the creation of 35 jobs.
Newcastle City Council is planning to build a new £27m library in Princess Square.
Newcastle City Council is seeking lottery money to help fund the creation of a £36m Museum of the North, in partnership with Tyne & Wear Museums, the university, One NorthEast and others.
Co-operative Group is to invest £18m in its travel business, including the expansion of its branch network, refurbishments, new technology and acquisitions.
The North West Development Agency is in discussions with North Allerdale Partnership about plans to develop a £2m Viking village near Aspatria, as part of a £12m series of 40 projects being considered for North Cumbria.
Wolverhampton & Dudley is to create up to 2,500 jobs as part of a £35m investment in its chain of pubs over the next 12 months.
Quintain Estates has submitted plans to Brent Council to regenerate 42 acres of land around Wembley Arena in north London, including a 400-room hotel and 3,727 new homes.
Rank has sold its games and slot machine businesses, which trade under the names of Leisure Machine Services and Seasonal Amusements and employ 800 staff, to Gamestec Leisure for £30m.
Jarvis Hotels, the chain of 67 hotels, is planning to undergo a £153m management buy-out backed by Lioncourt Capital.
West Berkshire District Council is considering plans for the installation of an all-weather track at Newbury Racecourse, which would double the number of race meetings.
The South West Regional Development Agency is inviting tenders to build and operate a £85m indoor sports and leisure complex in Bristol.
Earls Court & Olympia Group has confirmed plans to set up a joint venture with MGM Mirage of the US to create a new gambling and entertainment complex at its site in west London.
Aberdeen City Council is considering plans from John Codona Pleasure Fairs to build a new casino on the seafront.
The South West Regional Development Agency has carried out a feasibility study into the development of a new marina at Portland Harbour, and has already received interest from commercial operators.
Golden Tulip is planning to build a 106-room three-star hotel at North Harbour in Portsmouth, with work starting in spring 2004.
MyTravel is to sell World Choice Travel, the online hotel room sales company, to Travelocity of the US for £30m.
UGC Cinemas is planning a £20m refurbishment of its Ealing cinema, in order to create a larger venue with 17 screens and seating capacity of 3,000.
Yarmouth Borough Council is considering plans from PowerGen for the development of a visitor centre for the Scroby Sands offshore wind farm project.
Coral Eurobet has acquired the George Atkins chain of 47 betting shops in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire for an estimated £14m.
Killigarth Manor Holiday Park in Cornwall is planning a £4m expansion programme over the next five years, including the construction of 121 luxury lodges.
Derby County Football Club has been bought out of receivership by a consortium, and the new board has raised £15m in a refinancing deal.
MyTravel is to sell its US cruise operations to National Leisure Group for £66m, and its SunTrips and Vacation Express tour operating businesses to FS Tours for £10m.
Vale of Glamorgan Council is supporting plans for the development of a £35m international centre for hospitality, tourism and leisure, as part of a new Uwic campus at the former Butlin's holiday camp at Barry Island.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is planning to build a five-star 400-bedroom hotel at Parkview International's Battersea Power Station redevelopment scheme in London by 2008.
The London Golf Club in Kent has been acquired by the Bendinat Group for less than £10m.
Von Essen Hotels is said to be planning to invest £4m in improvements at the Sharrow Bay country house hotel on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District.
Top Ten Holdings is to acquire eight bingo clubs and four adjacent amusement arcades from the administrators of Northumbrian Entertainments and NB Mason for £5.8m, and has also announced a £4.6m share placing.
Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council is to consider plans from Liberty Properties for the development of a £7m leisure park called Crewe Central, including cinema, bowling and bingo.
Nantwich Town Football Club is seeking funding from the Football Foundation to build a new £2m stadium.
Air Miles is planning to expand its travel call centre in Warrington with the creation of 150 jobs.
SECC has unveiled plans for the development of a £350m entertainment, conference and exhibition complex at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre in Glasgow by 2007.
Scottish Ballet is seeking lottery funding to relocate its headquarters to the Tramway arts venue in Glasgow.
Forest Green Rovers is to submit plans for the development of a £3m football stadium at Nailsworth.
Inventive Leisure is planning to expand its chain of 32 bars by opening eight new outlets this financial year and six next year.
Fareham Borough Council is planning to build a £2m swimming pool and fitness complex in Locks Heath.
Swindon Borough Council is planning to build a £16m central library, museum and art gallery in Theatre Square.
Bannatyne Fitness is investing £0.4m in the extension of its fitness club in Darlington, and expects to expand its 30-strong chain with 12 clubs over the next 14 months.
Aberdeenshire Council has approved plans for the development of an equestrian centre on a site close to Brucklay Castle, near Maud.
Edaw has unveiled plans to develop a new parkland in east London, connecting Hackney Marshes to the Thames, as part of the 2012 Olympics bid.
The George Washington Hotel in Sunderland has announced plans for a £5m expansion over the next three years, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Carlisle Racecourse has announced plans to invest £2.5m in new facilities over the next three years.
Scottish & Newcastle has sold its S&N Retail chain of 1,406 pubs, restaurants and lodges to a consortium of Spirit Group, Texas Pacific Group, Blackstone, CVC Capital Partners and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity for £2.5bn.
South Ayrshire Council is to consider plans from Dawn Group for the £12m revamp of Ayr Racecourse, including a concert venue, a multiplex cinema, a casino, housing and a hotel.
The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort is planning to expand its site in the Vale of Glamorgan following the £5m acquisition of neighbouring Hensol Castle.
St Helens Council is working with private investors on proposals for eight new tourist attractions, including the transformation of Sherdley Park into an outdoor music venue.
Aberdeen City Council has approved plans from Kenmore for the inclusion of a casino, bar and restaurant at the Shiprow development.
MyTravel has sold its Frosch Touristik division in Germany to RM3366 for a nominal sum, while its Ving and Itaka tour operating companies in Poland have been sold to management.
Dean & Dyball has won a £5.6m contract to build a sailing academy at Portland in Dorset, with funding from Sport England and the South West RDA.
Sheffield City Hall is planning a £9m-15m refurbishment of its 2,300-seat concert hall, and Sheffield City Trust is seeking a contractor.
Hull City Council is to consider plans from De Vere for the construction of a 123-bed five-star hotel at Priory Park.
Aberdeen City Council is expected to approve plans from Aberdeen Curling Club for the development of a £2.8m curling rink in Summerhill.
Ultimate Leisure is raising £21m in a share placing to develop its chain of clubs and pubs, including new sites in Leeds, Derby and Durham.
Whitbread is to refurbish the Marriott Hotel in Bristol city centre at a cost of £6.5m.
Kerzner International of the US is said to have reached agreement with Anschutz Entertainment Group Europe to build a £211m casino and hotel resort on the site of the Millennium Dome in London.
VisitScotland is planning to relocate its Edinburgh head office and up to 125 staff, and a shortlist of ten potential locations has been drawn up.
Swansea Council is to consider plans from Dublin-based Niall J Mellon for the development of a £40m leisure and residential scheme at Swansea Marina, including a 25-storey tower block.
Penwith District Council is to consider plans from MDL Developments for the £57m transformation of Newlyn quarry into a marina, including a luxury hotel and holiday villas.
Northern Racing has acquired Aim-listed Chepstow Racecourse in a £10m reverse takeover.
Walsall Council is considering plans from Blue Chip Casinos for the development of a £0.5m casino on Lichfield Street.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from Celtic Football Club for the development of a new £3m facade at the Parkhead stadium, in order to increase the office and hospitality space.
Ebookers is seeking acquisitions to expand its online travel business, and is interested in car rental, travel insurance, hotel booking and Caribbean holidays.
Liverpool City Council is to receive £4m from Sport England to part-finance the development of a £11m swimming pool at Wavertree Playground.
The Scottish Executive is to provide £7.5m for the creation of a Scottish national theatre, which will be a Glasgow-based commissioning organisation designed to develop the work of local dramatists.
Rotherham Council has identified a suitable site on St Ann's Road for the development of a new sports and swimming centre.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club has awarded a £4.2m contract to Bowmer & Kirkland to build a school of excellence in Derby.
Bristol City and Bristol Rovers are considering plans to build a new 30,000-seater football, rugby, athletics and greyhound stadium near Easter Compton, in partnership with Gaming International.
The Scottish Arts Council is considering plans to relocate its headquarters and up to 100 staff from Edinburgh to another city.
Johnstons, the Elgin-based cashmere producer, is planning to set up a £1m heritage centre at its Newmill site by 2005.
Towcester Racecourse has won permission from South Northamptonshire Council to build a new £4.5m grandstand.
Rank is looking to open five bingo and casino gaming complexes over the next five years at a cost of up to £30m, as part of its strategy to benefit from the changes to gambling legislation.
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced plans to expand in China over the next two years, including 20 new hotels under the Crowne Plaza brand.
Gedling Borough Council has approved plans for the relocation of Arnold Town Football Club to a new 3,000-capacity ground at Oxton.
Done Bookmakers is planning to double its chain of betting shops to 800 over the next five years with the creation of 500 jobs, and a further 500 jobs are being created at a new call centre and head office in Warrington.
Mansell has won a £8m contract to build a sports facility in Aberdeen for the Robert Gordon University.
Everton Football Club has won permission to build a £9.5m football academy in Halewood, and the move will be funded by the sale of the Bellefield ground.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council is planning to build a £16m entertainment centre at the historic Cattle Market building in Bury St Edmunds.
Le Meridien has sold the four-star Terrace Hotel in Edinburgh to Prima Hotels for £8m, and a £1.5m refurbishment is now planned.
Whitbread is to build a £0.6m Touchbase business meeting centre close to the M6 Toll Road at Burntwood.
Forest of Dean District Council is in discussions with Mayr Health Spas of Austria about plans to set up a luxury health spa at Cannop, with the creation of 100 jobs.
International Academy, the Cardiff-based provider of soccer training camps and skiing holidays, has been sold by Leisure Ventures to Thomson for up to £2m.
Barnsley Council is to consider plans from Springwood Group for the multi-million pound extension and refurbishment of the Pharaoh's nightclub.
Coventry City Football Club has awarded a £9m contract to Galliford Try to build a football academy.
Wyre Forest District Council is to consider plans to develop an arts centre as part of the £3m revamp of Kidderminster town hall, including theatre and cinema facilities.
Highland Council is to consider plans from Cliffs Legacy Club of the US for the development of a £20m upmarket holiday resort at Aldourie Castle, near Dores, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Ryedale District Council has approved plans for a visitor centre at the Scampston Hall stately home near Malton.
Scottish & Newcastle is to invest £15m in the development of 14 new Premier Lodge budget hotels, despite proceeding with plans to sell the chain.
Po Na Na's administrators are to sell 28 of its 45 bars to Avanti Capital for about £7m.
The Towers Hotel in Swansea has raised a further £1.4m to develop new conference and banqueting facilities.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council has approved plans for the creation of a holiday complex at Houghton Hall Farm in Cavendish, including fitness centre, gym and swimming pool.
London Clubs International is to spend £2m refurbishing Les Ambassadeurs casino in London.
Oakmoor Estates is to build a £100m development on a 3.5-acre site in Coventry, including two hotels, retail space, offices and 310 apartments.
Port of Felixstowe has unveiled multi-million pound proposals to expand the viewing area overlooking the port, in order to provide a heritage centre and other facilities for visitors.
TRX Europe is to create up to 100 jobs at its call centre in Leicester over the next few months, to handle a contract with online travel network Opodo.
Close Brothers Growth Capital is backing a £11m management buy-out at Walker Group, the operator of 13 bingo clubs in the Midlands and north.
Scottish & Newcastle Retail is to invest £3.5m in the expansion of its chain of John Barras pubs, with six new openings and six refurbishments by the end of the year.
Borough of Poole is to consider plans from the RNLI lifeboat charity to build a £5m visitor centre, which could attract 200,000 visitors a year by 2007.
Playit.com, the Wirral-based online gaming company with 13 staff, has been acquired by BETandWIN.com Interactive Entertainment of Austria, and the business will relocate to Gibraltar.
The Scottish Executive is to consider proposals to move the law courts out of Inverness Castle and transform the site into a tourist attraction.
Jurys Doyle is said to be planning to build a £50m hotel in Station Street, Nottingham.
Castle Morpeth Borough Council is to consider plans from Northumbrian Leisure for a £15m holiday village in Cresswell, including 300 static caravans and the creation of 120 jobs.
Tolent has won a £10m contract to build a cinema and Gala bingo hall complex in Sunderland for Helios Properties.
Caddick Construction has won a £7.7m contract to build a new City & County Museum in Lincoln by April 2005.
Leicester City Council is seeking contractors to build a £26m theatre and arts centre.
RAL Holdings, the operator of 135 Quicksilver amusement arcades, is to undergo a £40m management buy-out backed by PPM.
The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham has unveiled plans for a £36m rebuilding project, in order to create new exhibition space, a refurbished main entrance and better banqueting facilities.
IG Group, the spread betting company, is to undergo a £143m management buy-out backed by venture capital group CVC.
London Clubs International is considering plans to open betting kiosks in its casinos, and has also announced plans to apply for new casino licences in up to seven cities.
West Bromwich Albion is drawing up plans to build a £10m sports academy for the residents of Sandwell, including football pitches, an athletics track and a swimming pool.
Carmarthenshire County Council is to consider plans from Pembrey Racing for the development of an all-weather racecourse at Ffos Las near Trimsaran.
Arena Coventry is linking up with Isle of Capri Casinos of the US to build a casino and entertainment complex at its football stadium development in Coventry, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.
Stockton Council is to consider plans for a £80m expansion at the Tall Trees complex in Yarm, including the development of 350 residential apartments, a hotel extension and improved leisure facilities.
The Ashmolean museum in Oxford is seeking a £23m lottery grant to fund the development of 44 new galleries and an education centre.
The Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced proposals for a new £130m fund to build multipurpose sports centres across the country.
Wrexham County Borough Council has approved plans from Wrexham Theatre Trustees for the development of a £7m theatre and conference centre at the Wrexham Library.
North Somerset Council is to consider plans for the development of a holiday park on farmland at Kewstoke near Weston-super-Mare, including 42 log chalets and 300 static caravans.
Duke Street Capital, the private equity firm, has acquired Galaxie of France for £139m, and Duke Street plans to double the chain of budget hotels to about 200 over the next seven years.
Amber Valley Borough Council has awarded a £15m contract to Mowlem to build and refurbish leisure centres in Heanor, Ripley and Alfreton.
London Borough of Lewisham has awarded a £12m contract to Alfred McAlpine to build a leisure centre on the Downham estate.
Aberdeen City Council has earmarked a site in the Torry area for the development of a multi-million pound arts venue, providing concerts, dance, theatre performances and exhibitions.
The National Museum of Scotland is planning a multi-million pound revamp of its main Royal Museum site in Edinburgh, and is also looking to invest more in educational programmes and redevelop its Museum of Flight.
Carlisle City Council has helped to secure a grant from the Football Federation for the development of a £2.6m athletics and football centre at Sheepmount.
Reading Borough Council is looking to build three new swimming pools - at Palmer Park, Chatham Street and the university - and will seek funding from the private sector.
Hawtin has sold Certikin International, the Witney-based supplier of swimming pool equipment, and its MMC subsidiary in France to European Corner for £5.7m.
The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is planning a £7m expansion project to provide new leisure and banqueting facilities.
North Norfolk District Council has awarded a £2.1m contract to Jackson to build a leisure centre in Fakenham.
Darlington Railway Museum is to seek lottery funding for a £2m expansion to provide new facilities and exhibits.
Sunderland Area Regeneration Company has proposed the development of a multi-million pound sports village at Sheepfolds and Stadium Park, as part of a series of schemes designed to regenerate the city.
Chelsea Village, the owner of Chelsea football club, has been sold to one of the main shareholders in Russian oil company Sibneft for £140m.
Buckinghamshire County Council is considering plans from Jack Barker Golf Centres for the development of a £1.7m golf course on a 165-acre site near Milton Keynes.
Southampton City Council is to seek funding of £5m from the Arts Council to include an arts centre in plans for the redevelopment of the former Tyrrell & Green site in Above Bar.
Surrey County Cricket Club has won approval to build a new £21m stand at the Oval in London.
Loch Fyne Restaurants is planning to rescue the chain of Le Petit Blanc restaurants out of administration in a £1.1m deal.
Whitbread is planning to open a further 200 tennis courts at its chain of David Lloyd fitness centres by 2010.
Westminster City Council is to consider plans for the development of a new 500-seat theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, to be called the Sondheim, as part of a £35m plan that will also upgrade the Prince of Wales, Strand, Wyndham's and Albery theatre.
Gala has confirmed plans to set up eight Las Vegas-style casinos in the UK in partnership with Harrah's Entertainment of the US, in a £600m project that will create up to 8,000 jobs.
Salisbury District Council has approved plans for the development of a 120-room hotel and service station near Amesbury, three miles from Stonehenge.
Next Generation Clubs is to invest £38m in the expansion of its chain of health and fitness clubs.
Coventry City Council is to consider plans for the £9m refurbishment of the Belgrade Theatre, including a seven-storey extension and a new 300-seat auditorium.
Rezidor SAS Hospitality is to open a new hotel on Belfast's Ormeau Road in 2004 with the creation of 110 jobs, while new properties will also open in Athlone, Letterkenny and Sligo.
Hoseasons, the self-catering holiday company, has been acquired by private equity firm HgCapital for £40m.
Hawtin has sold Gul International, its Cornwall-based wetsuit and water sports business with 48 staff, to management for £0.3m.
Alias Hotels is planning to expand its chain of eight hotels to about 60 over the next five years.
Gwynedd Council has approved plans for the development of a 10-pin bowling facility at the Glasfryn Parc & Quad Bikes Centre near Pencaenewydd, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Belhaven Brewery has raised £25m in a share offer in order to fund acquisitions to expand its pub chain from 200 to 300 over the next two years.
Rank is linking up with Sol Melia to expand the Hard Rock hotel chain across Europe and Asia, with up to £600m of financing from Becker Ventures.
Glasgow Zoo is to close in September due to financial difficulties, prompting speculation that some of the land will be sold to developers for £4m and the proceeds will be used to build an environmental discovery centre elsewhere in the city.
Gala is to set up a casino complex at Crest Nicholson's Harbourside development in Bristol by 2005.
The English Volleyball Association is relocating its headquarters from West Bridgford, Nottingham, in order to share specialist accommodation with other sporting bodies in Loughborough.
Wigan Council is to consider plans for the development of a £75m sports village in Leigh, including a 10,000-seat stadium, conference facilities, a hotel, 72 homes and 45 apartments.
Aberdeen Football Club is considering proposals to build a £30m stadium on the city's beachfront.
Stroud District Council has approved plans from Manchester-based Streetlands for the development of a £7.2m cinema, bowling alley and retail complex on the site of the town's Merrywalks bus station.
Tendring District Council has approved plans for the development of casinos at three amusement arcades in Clacton, but the projects will have to wait for the expected relaxation in gambling laws.
Regent Inns is to open a Jongleurs comedy club in Edinburgh by the end of July, with the creation of 50 jobs.
JD Wetherspoon has sold 17 pubs to The Laurel Pub Company for £10m, taking Laurel's estate to 643.
Cotswold District Council is considering plans from Cirencester Town Football Club for the development of an indoor training centre at its Corinium Stadium complex.
Derby City Council and Urban Catalyst are discussing proposals to include a casino and arts venue as part of the £20m redevelopment of the historic Roundhouse building in Pride Park.
Hardys & Hansons is looking to spend up to £11m on acquisitions to expand its pub chain.
Whitbread is planning to set up a health spa chain and is seeking about six pilot sites in the London area.
Done Bookmakers has acquired Pickwick Racing, the operator of betting shops in Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Cardiff and Newport with 350 staff.
Hotel Du Vin is to build a £5m 42-room hotel on the site of the former Brakspear brewery in Henley-on-Thames, and is now seeking suitable locations in places such as Cambridge, Glasgow, Chester and Guildford.
Milton Hotels, the Scottish operator of four hotels, has been acquired by Portland Hotels for about £25m, and plans are being prepared to develop and re-brand the sites.
Whitbread has announced plans to build a £8m David Lloyd Leisure tennis and fitness club in Worthing, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Golden Tulip UK has unveiled plans to build a £5.2m 116-bedroom budget hotel in Gateshead by summer 2004.
Macob Projects is to proceed with plans to build a rugby centre of excellence at Island Farm near Bridgend, including indoor arena, four pitches and running track.
Yates Group has raised £85m in a loan facility with Royal Bank of Scotland to help fund future growth and the refurbishment of its chain of 154 bars.
Whitbread has agreed a deal with BT to install internet cafes in all 54 of its David Lloyd fitness clubs.
Holmes Place is to undergo a £25m management buy-out backed by Bridgepoint and Permira, and plans to open about 25 health clubs across Europe over the next three years.
Crest Nicholson Marinas is to invest up to £5m at the Royal Quays Marina in North Shields, in order to double its size and open more leisure facilities.
Loch Fyne Restaurants is planning to open four or five seafood restaurants a year for the foreseeable future.
The London Tourist Board is to carry out a feasibility study into the development of a major convention centre capable of seating up to 5,000 people, located on a brownfield site in central London.
Carmarthenshire County Council has announced that a new National Theatre for Wales will be built in the county for the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Abercrombie & Kent is to relocate the headquarters of its luxury travel business from London to Cheltenham in July, with the creation of 25 jobs.
West Lindsey District Council is to consider plans from Leonard Marine Services for the development of a £10m marina in Gainsborough.
Goals Soccer Centres is to open a £2m five-a-side football complex in Leicester in July, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Hawtin is to sell its Bridgend-based Powersport International fitness equipment manufacturing business to a management team for £0.7m.
Esporta is to set up a £3.1m health and fitness centre in Birmingham, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Eyestorm has merged with Britart to create a combined art dealing business called Whiteground, with three co-branded international galleries in London, New York and Newcastle.
East Surrey Primary Care Trust is seeking permission to build a new health centre in Horley.
Warner Village, the chain of 36 cinemas, has been acquired by SBC International Cinemas for £225m, and the sites will be renamed as Vue.
Travelcare has acquired Sunshare Vacations, the travel company with 200 staff at call centres in Stockport, Doncaster, Kidderminster and Bournemouth.
Wembley is to acquire the Perry Barr Greyhound Racing Club in Birmingham for £4.2m, and up to £2m will be invested in new facilities.
Insignia Hotels has helped Globetrotter Inns raise £20m to fund the development of a chain of 25 budget inns across Europe over the next five years, with the first opening in Edinburgh in July.
Portsmouth Football Club has announced that Barr will carry out the £26m redevelopment of its Fratton Park stadium, with the capacity eventually rising to 36,000.
Stockton Council is to consider outline plans from a local businessman for the development of a multi-million pound sports and leisure complex at Billingham Beck, including greyhound racing, baseball, speedway and American football.
Stanley Leisure has bought the Palm Beach Casino in London from London Clubs International for £36m.
Hays Travel is to create 50 new jobs at call centres in Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, as well as 36 jobs at three new shops and 70 jobs for homeworking staff nationwide.
Sheffield United is planning to raise £5m in a share offer, in order to reduce debt and fund the development of its youth academy, while its listing will move from the Stock Exchange's main market to Aim.
Parkdean is to acquire Pactrem, the owner of two caravan holiday parks in Cornwall, for £13m.
Capital Gaming has been established to acquire the Cardiff-based gambling machine assets of Coinmaster out of receivership, saving 15 jobs from the 50-strong workforce.
Whitbread is considering plans to expand its David Lloyd Leisure chain into Spain, and talks are taking place with a potential partner.
Betinternet.com has acquired Oddsalive, the Malta-based online betting company, for a nominal sum.
Crown Sports is to sell its Winning Lines sports betting service to Last Race for £0.4m, in order to focus on health and fitness.
Chiltern District Council has approved plans for the development of a £3m interactive museum in Great Missenden to celebrate the work of author Roald Dahl.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans for the development of a £3m sporting centre of excellence on the Rubislaw and Harlaw playing fields, including rugby, hockey, football and cricket.
Middlesbrough Borough Council is evaluating proposals to re-open the TAD training centre at Berwick Hills, which recently went into liquidation with the loss of 40 jobs.
Lichfield District Council is to consider plans from Pergola Properties for the transformation of an arts centre at Minster Pool into a multi-million pound gallery, cafe and tourist information centre.
World Travel Holdings has sold Netfaresonline, its Canadian consolidated fares distribution business, to Logiciels OpenFares for £0.2m.
Malvern Hills District Council has approved outline plans from Walton Marine for the £3.5m expansion of Upton Marina, including new moorings, holiday lodges and 20 new jobs.
Forest Heath District Council has approved outline plans to build a casino at the Mildenhall Stadium in West Row.
St Pierre Park Hotel in Guernsey is planning a £20m refurbishment programme, under plans by parent company CI Traders to create a five-star hotel and casino complex.
Kirklees Council is to help fund a £1.7m refurbishment programme at the historic Greenhead Park in Huddersfield.
Capital & Regional is to invest up to £150m in its Xscape and X-Space leisure centre brands over the next three years, including sites in Leeds and Glasgow.
SFI is to cancel its stock market listing as it continues to investigate the finances of its Slug & Lettuce and Litten Tree pub chains.
Norwich City Council is to consider plans for the £3.2m expansion of Cinema City into a three-screen digital complex.
TradingSports is planning to raise up to £4m in a share placing on Aim, in order to expand its gambling technology business.
Fitness First, the operator of 346 fitness clubs, is to undergo a £204m management buy-out backed by Cinven, and 40 new clubs are expected to open in the coming year.
Kerzner International of the US is to set up a 30,000 sq ft casino in Northampton, and will follow this up with additional investments worth "hundreds of millions of pounds in the UK".
LA Fitness is planning to expand its chain of 64 health and fitness clubs with three new sites this year and four in 2004.
Okells, the Isle of Man-based brewery, is looking to acquire at least ten pubs on Merseyside as the first phase of an expansion campaign on the mainland.
The Salford Reds rugby league club has unveiled plans to build a £35m stadium at Barton Bridge, as part of a £60m scheme that will include a 4-star hotel, casino and shopping mall.
City Inn is planning to develop hotels in London, Manchester, continental Europe and the US in a joint venture with Bank of Scotland.
Cannons is to invest £21m in the development of nine new health and fitness clubs across the country, including sites in London, Nottingham and Bristol.
Arena Leisure and Gala have announced plans to develop the country's first joint racecourse and casino at Arena's existing course in Wolverhampton by autumn 2004.
Bank of Scotland is to help fund the £35m acquisition of 15 Brannigans bars out of receivership by the owner of Blackpool Tower.
Charnwood Borough Council has awarded a £5m contract to Gleeson to build a leisure centre in Mount Sorrell.
Hawtin is to sell Ultrabronz America, its US-based sunbed distribution business, to a former managing director for £0.6m.
Derbyshire Dales District Council is considering outline plans from the Matlock Area Recreation & Sports Group for the development of a £10m leisure centre in Matlock.
First Choice Holidays is seeking 60 extra staff for a new Travel Choice call centre due to open at Dunedin House, Teesdale, in April.
South Norfolk Council is to consider plans from the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association to build a 150-bedroom hotel at Costessey, with the creation of up to 120 jobs.
Dudley Zoo has unveiled a £100m redevelopment plan, in order to create a "world class" attraction with new leisure facilities, hotels and restaurants.
Brighton & Hove Council has announced plans to demolish the Brighton Centre and build a new concert and conference venue, with work starting in 2006.
Mid Suffolk Council is to consider proposals from the Onslow Group for the development of a winter sports centre at a former quarry in Great Blakenham, including a snow dome, ice-rink, cinema, hotel, ski lodges and conference centre.
Scottish Enterprise is to provide £3m of funding for the development of a £22m 70-acre national garden for Scotland in Perth, which will create about 100 jobs and attract 700,000 visitors a year.
Trinity Community Partnership has unveiled plans for the development of an arts centre, theatre and cinema in Clitheroe, which could create 80 jobs.
The Scottish Executive is to invest £30m in the development of a network of multi-sport training facilities across Scotland, although no decisions have been made on the form or location of the facilities.
Whitbread is to invest £10m in the development of 15 additional Touchbase meeting centres at Travel Inn sites.
Bournemouth Borough Council is planning to refurbish the Pavilion theatre at a cost of £15m, and a 200-seat community arts centre will be established.
Newark & Sherwood District Council has identified two potential sites for the development of a £9m leisure and swimming centre.
Scottish Natural Heritage is to relocate its headquarters and up to 270 jobs from Edinburgh to Inverness.
City Centre Restaurants is to invest £9m opening about 12 additional outlets on leisure complexes, and is also in talks with Six Continents about becoming a franchisee of O'Neill's Irish themed pubs.
The National Stone Centre has unveiled plans to build a multi-million pound science discovery and astronomy centre in Derbyshire, in partnership with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the White Peak Observatory.
The South West Regional Development Agency is to help fund a £3.9m project to improve heritage mine sites at St Just and Pendeen in Cornwall, with the creation of 177 jobs.
Lincoln City Council is to conduct a feasibility study into plans for the development of a new £10m arts centre and concert hall at Brayford Wharf in Lincoln over the next three years.
The National Maritime Museum is planning a £12m refurbishment programme at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, in order to create an Astronomy Centre.
Cardiff County Council is to consider plans from Macdonald Hotels and property developer Rightacres for the development of a £20m four-star hotel at Newport Road in Cardiff.
MyTravel has sold London Travel Service and Bridge Britain and Ireland to Cheshire-based Holidaybreak for about £2m, and is now looking to sell its Altrincham-based subsidiary Cresta Holidays.
The Northern Ireland Office has announced grant aid of £2.7m to 36 organisations to develop angling and other water-based recreation projects.
Bannatyne Fitness is to set up a new head office for 50 staff at Haughton Road in Darlington later this year.
Celtic Manor is seeking permission to expand its hotel resort in Newport with 79 extra apartments, in preparation for the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament.
South Bucks District Council is considering revised plans from Slough Town for the expansion of the Wexham Park football stadium.
Vida, the Edinburgh-based provider of five-a-side football venues, is planning to set up seven new sites this year and expand into Ireland and continental Europe.
Six Continents is to relocate its headquarters from London's West End to Windsor and sell the Mayfair Intercontinental and several US hotels, in order to reduce costs and fend off a hostile takeover bid.
Cinven has sold the Odeon chain of 97 cinemas to WestLB and the Entertainment Group for £431m.
Flight Centre of Australia has acquired Britannic Travel, the network of 24 UK travel agencies, for £45m.
Barracuda is planning to spend £18m on acquisitions to expand its chain of 142 pubs this year.
Parkdean is planning to spend up to £10m on acquisitions to expand its chain of 12 holiday parks across the country.
Gwynedd Council is to consider plans from Rhiwlas for the development of a scale replica of the Snowdonia national park in Bala, in order to attract more tourists and create 30 jobs.
Urbium is in negotiations to open two Tiger Tiger nightclubs at sites in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Harrogate International Centre is planning a £15m expansion programme, in order to provide more conference facilities and restore the Royal Hall.
Liverpool Football Club is planning to raise up to £100m later this year, in order to fund the development of a new 60,000-capacity stadium by 2005.
Electra Partners is selling the Tom Cobleigh pub chain to Spirit Group for £106m.
Sefton Council is planning to build a £1.3m athletics track in Litherland, and a further £2m will be spent on smaller sports projects throughout the borough.
Brighton & Hove Council has approved plans from for the Brighton West Pier Trust and developer St Modwen for the £30m restoration of the historic West Pier.
Swansea Council has approved plans from Red Kite for the £1.5m transformation of the historic Patti Pavilion into an entertainment venue, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Widnes Golf Club has announced proposals for a multi-million pound relocation to a larger 165-acre site near Norlands Lane, as part of a deal with Redrow to transform its existing site into housing.
Paddy Power of Ireland is planning to expand its chain of UK betting shops from three to 12 this year.
Sandwell Council is drawing up proposals to build a multi-million pound civic centre, theatre and heritage facility in West Bromwich, as part of a long-term redevelopment scheme in the town centre.
JD Wetherspoon is recruiting up to 40 staff for its new £1.2m pub venue in Whitehaven, which is due to open next month.
Park Plaza Hotels Europe is planning to open new hotels in Leeds, Cardiff and London over the next two years.
Scottish & Newcastle is to operate a new 116-bed hotel to be built in Wind Street in Swansea, and at least 200 jobs will be created when construction is complete in 18 months.
Dundee United and Dundee FC are drawing up joint plans to develop a £5m 42-acre football academy.
Thanet District Council has approved plans for a £11m art gallery in Margate, to show works by Turner and other artists.
Blaenau Gwent Council has awarded a £4.1m contract to Midas to build a sports and day care centre in Abertillery.
South Ayrshire Council is considering plans from Ayr United for the development of a football academy in Ayr, in partnership with Ayr College.
North Lanarkshire Council is considering plans from Hamilton-based Strathquay for the development of a tourist and rambler information centre, craft workshops and retail outlets at the former Geest factory in Garrion.
Bourne Leisure is creating 150 new jobs at the Devon Cliffs holiday park in Exmouth, following a recent expansion programme.
South Northants Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2m theatre and cyber cafe at Halls Lane in Brackley.
Leger Holidays, the Rotherham-based coach operator with 130 staff, has undergone a £22m management buy-out from MyTravel.
The Deep is planning a £6m expansion at its aquarium in Hull, in order to include more education facilities and a new exhibition.
Esporta has awarded a £2.2m contract to Midas to build a health and fitness club in Taunton.
Tulloch is to build a £5.5m leisure complex in Stornoway for the Western Isles Council.
Gala, the operator of 166 bingo clubs and 28 casinos, has been acquired by venture capital groups Cinven and Candover for £1.24bn.
The Arts Council of England is seeking suitable premises to set up a new 40,000 sq ft headquarters in central London.
Jurys Doyle is to set up a £22m eight-storey budget hotel at Heathrow airport, with construction starting this summer.
The RSPB is planning a £3m expansion of the Old Moor Wetland Centre in the Dearne Valley, and expects to attract some 80,000 visitors a year.
The Oxford Apollo theatre is to undergo a £1m refurbishment this year.
Northwich Victoria has won approval to sell off its Drill Field site to Wilcon Homes, in order to build a new football stadium at nearby Wincham.
Brighton & Hove Council is backing plans from Parkridge Developments for the development of a £100m seafront resort at Brighton Marina, including bars, shops and leisure outlets.
Living Ventures is planning to open up to 15 Mosquito cocktail bars over the next four years.
The Roundhouse theatre in London is to undergo a £25m refurbishment by spring 2005.
Strathclyde Park is to get a new 51-bed hotel as part of an expansion programme that will create 35 jobs, as owner M&D Leisure has agreed a £6m funding deal with Royal Bank of Scotland.
Newcastle Racecourse has unveiled plans for a £3m expansion programme to provide a caravan park, football pitch and other facilities, but owner Northern Racing has dropped plans for an all-weather race track.
East Lothian Council has unveiled proposals for a £25m development at Musselburgh racecourse, in order to establish a centre for golf tourism, a football academy and a hotel.
Leeds United has sold its business travel division to World Travel Management for a nominal sum.
Enterprise Inns has sold 52 pubs in the Hampshire and Gloucestershire areas to InnSpired for £16m.
Ebookers has acquired Travelbag, the travel agency specialising in trips to Asia and Australia, for £55m.
Kier's Wallis subsidiary has won a £17m contract from De Vere to build a Village Hotel & Leisure Club near Maidstone.
Rank is to acquire Blue Square, the internet and telephone betting company, for £65m.
Amber Valley Borough Council is considering plans for the expansion of the American Adventure theme park in Shipley, including a holiday village, golf course, holiday lodges and equestrian centre.
University of Wolverhampton has won outline permission for a £20m upgrade of its Walsall campus, including a new sports hall.
Radisson SAS is to open a new £14m four-star hotel in Belfast city centre next year, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Derby City Council is to consider plans for the development of a £5m community sports village at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
The Castle Hill Casino in Dudley is to set up a training centre and two new gambling operations this year, with the creation of about 150 jobs.
Travelcare has acquired Bell Travel, the Scottish travel agency with 14 branches, for a multi-million pound sum.
Luminar Leisure has started work on the £2.5m refurbishment of The Palace nightclub in Aberdeen.
North Warwickshire Borough Council is considering plans for the development of a 150-room hotel at the Purley Chase Golf Course in Atherstone.
Six Continents is to expand its hotel reservations call centre in Brierley Hill, with the creation of 90 jobs over the next nine months.
MyTravel is looking to sell Cresta Holidays, the Cheshire-based short breaks business, for up to £40m.
North Norfolk District Council is to receive a planning application later this year from a local landowner for the development of a £30m 150-berth marina in Cromer.
Glenmuir, the leisurewear company with 80 staff and turnover of £8m, has been acquired by Ruia Group of Bolton for undisclosed terms.
Aberdeenshire Council is set to approve plans from Aspire-to-Golf for the development of a 50-acre golf academy at Haugh of Ardoe.
Plymouth City Council is in talks with the University of Plymouth about plans to build a 50-metre swimming pool in Central Park.
Loch Fyne Restaurants is to open five new restaurants over the next year, including sites in London, Portsmouth and Harrogate.
Bannatyne Fitness has announced plans for three new health clubs in Eastbourne, Wakefield and Chester-le-Street with the creation of 90 jobs, and the company is still considering plans to relocate its headquarters to Durham.
Bristol City Council is to seek up to £14m of lottery funding for the development of a local history museum.
Ascot Racecourse is to select Laing for a £50m redevelopment project, and work on the new grandstand is expected to start next year.
Urbium is to expand its chain of 25 nightclubs with a £25m capital expenditure programme this year.
Jurys Doyle is to expand its chain of 30 hotels with six new sites by mid-2004, and plans to use lease finance to fund low-cost business hotels.
Wychavon District Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2m late-night entertainment complex at the Green Dragon pub in Evesham.
Crown Sports, the golf and health clubs operator, is to be acquired by Bennelong UK, a bid vehicle formed by its executive chairman, for £20m.
Sports Resource has sold its International Soccer agency business to a management team, following a decline in the player transfer market.
Kirker Holidays, the London-based travel company with 30 staff, has been sold to a management team backed by ECI Ventures for about £15m.
Park Place Capital is to support a £25m management buy-out of London-based Signature Restaurants.
Punch Taverns has acquired Conquest Inns, the operator of 61 pubs, for £26m, taking its estate to 4,484 sites.
Tom Cobleigh has sold its chain of 28 tenanted pubs to Daniel Thwaites for £12m.