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Leisure - 1996
Littlewoods is acquiring UK Charity Lotteries for undisclosed terms, in a move which could create a serious competitor to Camelot in the scratch card market.
Rank Organisation has acquired the Canadian outlets of Hard Rock Cafes for £36m.
Conrad, the diversified leisure company, is acquiring Sheffield United Football Club for £10m.
Whitbread has acquired BrightReasons, the restaurant chain that owns Pizzaland, for £46m, and aims to expand the Bella Pasta chain by converting 35 of the acquired Pizzaland sites.
Inn Business Group is acquiring Sycamore Taverns, the chain of 216 tenanted pubs, for about £30m.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has acquired London's Hyde Park Hotel from Granada Group for £86m.
Clubhaus is acquiring Golf Fund, the owner of golf courses at Lichfield and Leek Wootton, for £12.6m.
NatWest Ventures is leading a syndicate of venture capitalists that is buying the Pubmaster chain of 1,680 pubs from Brent Walker for £171m.
Rank Organisation is to sell its Shearings coach holiday business to a management buy-out, for a price expected to be around £80m.
Stakis has acquired Metropole Hotels from Lonrho for £327m, adding 2,266 rooms to its existing 5,500.
Conrad, the leisure group, is to acquire Sheffield United Football Club for £10m.
Motherwell Bridge's Portman Travel business travel subsidiary has been bought by management for £21m.
Rank is acquiring the Tom Cobleigh pub group for £96m, and aims to integrate the brand into its other leisure outlets.
Research by The Henley Centre shows that the National Lottery will create 111,000 jobs, including 300 permanent jobs at the Lowry Museum which is being built in Salford.
Thomas Cook has acquired Time Off, the city breaks tour operator, for undisclosed terms.
Regent Inns has acquired Crossgate Holdings, the owner of the Muswells chain of bars in the south and snooker and pool bars in the north, for £6.3m.
Behnisch & Partners, the Stuttgart-based architects, are designing a £98m 2,300-seater centre for performing arts in Bristol, with the city council donating the land on the waterfront.
Thomson Travel Group has acquired Budget Travel, the Irish tour operator, from Granada in a deal thought to be worth up to £19m.
Brunswick Developments Group has bought the Brighton Marina company from Brent Walker for £9m.
Whitbread is buying Pelican, the chain of Cafe Rouge and Dome restaurants, for £133m.
Ascot Holdings, the pubs and hotels group, has agreed to buy Suter, the industrial conglomerate, for £276m, and will later to decide which of Suter's businesses to keep.
Cine-UK is planning to open 20 multiplex cinemas, called Cineworld - The Movies, over the next five years with the first opening next week in Stevenage.
Thomas Cook has acquired Sunworld, the tour operator, from GVI of Spain for a sum thought to be around £38m.
Caspian, the media concern, is acquiring Leeds United Football Club for about £30m.
First Leisure has announced a major expansion programme, including four new nightclubs, seven bingo halls, fitness centres and indoor real snow ski slopes, with the creation of 1,400 jobs.
Greene King has acquired the Magic Pub chain of 277 managed pubs for £197m.
Vardon has bought Dynamic Leisure, the health club operator that uses the Archer brand name, for £40m.
Rank Organisation is acquiring full control of the Hard Rock Cafes for $410m, thus gaining a further 13 outlets and 4 franchises.
Whitbread Inns is planning to open 70 family pubs this year at a cost of £105m, creating over 2,700 jobs.
Enterprise Inns is buying John Labatt (UK), the pubs business of Belgium's Interbrew, for £51m - a move which will double its size to over 1,000 pubs.
Stakis is acquiring LivingWell Health and Leisure, the chain of five health clubs, for £19.8m.
Guardian Royal Exchange has set up a new company, Spring Inns, to buy about 1,400 pubs from Inntrepreneur Pub Company for £262m.
Stanley Leisure is acquiring Gus Carter, the Sunderland-based chain of bookmakers, for £14.7m.
Virgin Cinemas is planning to build 18 multiplex cinemas over the next four years, which will make it the UK's biggest multiplex operator.
Waterfall Holdings is to buy First Leisure's nine snooker and pool clubs for over £6.5m.
Sega of Japan has acquired JPM, the gaming machines supplier, for undisclosed terms, in anticipation of a relaxation of gaming rules this summer.
Mercury Taverns is buying Saxon Inns, the pub operator, from the administrators for £3.6m.
Eurocamp, the tour operator, is buying Tesh Travels GmbH and Tesh Travels AG, its agents in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, for £6.3m.
Queensborough Holdings is acquiring Pleasureworld, OLP Holdings and Loreca, which run fairground rides and caravan sites, funded by a £10m cash call.
Regal Hotels has bought the White Hart chain from Granada for £122m.
Stakis has bought the International Casino in Gibraltar for £5.5m.
Allied Domecq plans to open 200 theme pubs this year in a £150m investment that will create 7,500 jobs.
Burtonwood Brewery is buying Cafe Inns' interest in their Vantage Inns joint venture, which has 54 pubs.
Stakis is to build a £16.3m hotel and golf resort near Belfast airport, creating about 150 jobs.
Ascot Holdings is selling 251 pubs to Mayfair Taverns, a management buy-out team, for £29m.
The Second Pub Estate Company is buying Go-Ahead Leisure, which runs 22 pubs in the north east, from Go-Ahead Group for about £3.2m.
MAI and Time Warner are planning a £225m film theme park in Hillingdon, Middlesex, which could employ up to 3,500 people.
United Breweries is acquiring Marr Holdings, the operator of 134 pubs in the south of England, and the new business will be renamed Inn Business Group.
Rank Organisation is to build a £80m Oasis holiday village near Folkestone, creating 700 jobs.
Cine-UK is planning to open 20 multi-screen cinemas over the next five years.
United Cinemas International plans to build six multiscreen cinemas over the next couple of years, creating 1,000 jobs.
Ascot Holdings is selling its Spanish hotels business to Riu for £42m.
Granada has finally gained control of Forte, and is immediately looking to sell Forte's luxury hotels.
Break for the Border Group is buying the Gaiety companies, thus gaining the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.
Deep Sea World is planning to build one of the world's largest aquariums in Ellesmere Port, creating 90 jobs, but the local Chester Zoo is trying to block EU funding for the project.