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THB Group has acquired Globesure Holdings, the insurance broker, for an initial £0.2m.
Lupton Fawcett is to acquire the commercial and private client business of Leeds-based Fox Hayes, with the transfer of 38 staff.
GLG Partners has bought the UK asset management business of Societe Generale for less than £67m, including up to 128 London-based staff.
Swinton has acquired Equity, the chain of 91 insurance brokers with 650 staff, from Insurance Australia Group for £50m, while IAG's Hastings Direct and Advantage operations have been sold to management for £23m.
Standard Life is to shed 75 jobs in Edinburgh and Bournemouth, as part of a change in its marketing strategy that will also involve the creation of 38 management jobs in Edinburgh.
AWD Home Finance, the Leicester-based mortgage and insurance firm with 200 staff, has undergone a management buy-out and will change its name back to Carrington Carr.
Serco is to acquire InfoVision Group, the Indian business process outsourcing firm with 10,000 staff, for an initial £13m.
Experian has acquired SearchAmerica, the US provider of payment prediction data, for £60m.
Source42 has announced the creation of more than 30 jobs at its procurement services business in Cwmbran, having secured an investment package from HSBC, Finance Wales and the Welsh Assembly.
Kitson Hutchings is to relocate its two Torquay law offices to a larger site at the Edginswell Business Park in 2010.
Giles Insurance has bought Arnott Commercial Insurance Services and Arnott Marine of Durham, with the transfer of 23 staff.
TDX Group is planning to expand the workforce at its Nottingham-based debt services business from 130 to 250 over the next two years, having secured a £28m investment from the sale of a 40% stake to Investcorp Technology Partners.
Rutherford Wilkinson, the Tyneside-based firm of 16 independent financial advisers, has been acquired by the Perspective Financial Group for undisclosed terms.
HSBC has submitted plans to build a £300m 325,000 sq ft data centre at the Vangarde business park in York, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
BGL Group is to recruit 60 extra staff at its Fusion insurance call centres in Peterlee and Sunderland over the next few months.
Nomura is considering plans to relocate 2,500 former Lehman Brothers staff to a new 250,000 sq ft office in the City of London, having appointed Drivers Jonas to review its property.
Brightside is to acquire the policy book and new business of the eVan insurance brand from Southern Rock Insurance for an initial £3.3m, in order to expand its E Insurance subsidiary.
Hertford International Group is to acquire Cheque Exchange, the cheque cashing and money remittance firm with 60 staff, from Provident Financial for £3m.
Bradford & Bingley is planning to expand the workforce in its mortgage arrears division from 200 to 400 next year, with many of the staff transferring from other departments.
TransGlobal Payment Solutions (TPS) has secured a £1m investment from Alliance Fund Managers and Enterprise Ventures to expand its foreign exchange and payment services business across the country.
Swinton is planning to expand the 200-strong workforce at its insurance call centre in Norwich with a further 60 jobs by January.
In House Group is to acquire a 75% stake in Breatheasy Finance, the home financing firm, for £0.2m.
Grant Thornton is to relocate up to 60 staff from its accountancy office in Nottingham to a new office on Regent Road in Leicester by next February.
Kroll has sold its London-based European corporate advisory business to a management buy-out operating under the name of Zolfo Cooper.
Standard Chartered is to acquire Cazenove Asia, the corporate finance and institutional brokerage business with offices in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, China and the US, from JPMorgan Cazenove.
Friends Provident is to relocate its customer services, IT and other support functions from the Manchester Express building to Spring Gardens by the end of next year, but up to 280 of the 465 jobs could be lost.
Handelsbanken is to open a commercial services and personal banking office at the Acorn Business Park in Stockport by the end of the month.
Network Data is to acquire Mortgage Broking Services, the Manchester-based mortgage broker, from Manchester Building Society for £2.5m.
Creditsafe is to relocate up to 100 jobs from its Marketsafe office in Bridgend to its site in Caerphilly, in response to the economic downturn.
CBG has raised £1.6m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Manchester-based insurance broking and financial services business.
First Rand Bank of South Africa is to set up a 26,000 sq ft office at the 20 Gracechurch Street scheme in the City of London, which is due for completion next October.
Redmayne-Bentley has acquired the remaining Teathers private client stockbroking business from the administrators of Landsbanki Securities for undisclosed terms.
Barclays Bank has acquired the Italian residential mortgage business of Macquarie Bank, including operational support functions and staff.
Burchell Edwards has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing 140 jobs at its Derby-based chain of 16 estate agency branches.
Skipton Building Society is to merge with the Scarborough Building Society to create a combined group with 860,000 members and assets of £16bn.
Brewin Dolphin is to set up an 11,000 sq ft office for its Stocktrade broking division at 40 Princes Street in Edinburgh.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is said to be planning to set up a 28,000 sq ft office at the 141 Bothwell Street scheme in Glasgow.
Shore Capital is planning to open an investment management office in Edinburgh, using a team from Landsbanki Securities.
Griffin Group is to acquire Alexander David Holdings, the stockbroker, in a £4.8m reverse takeover, and will then change its name to Alexander David Securities Group.
Lloyd's Register is planning to relocate its London-based marine operation to the Maritime Centre of Excellence development at the University of Southampton, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Charles Taylor Consulting is to acquire Westminster Motor Insurance Association, the provider of motor insurance to taxi drivers that is now closed to new business, from Santam for a nominal sum.
Porterbrook Leasing, the owner of passenger rail rolling stock, is to be sold by Abbey National to a consortium led by Deutsche Bank for an estimated £1.4bn.
Lawrence Scoffield, the Leeds-based financial planning and insurance firm, has undergone a management buy-out, and plans to increase its staff from 17 to 50 over the next five years.
Autonet Insurance is to relocate its Staffordshire-based vehicle insurance call centre to a new site in Burslem next June, and hopes to create 250 new jobs over the next three years.
Abbey Protection is to acquire Accountax, the Milton Keynes-based accountancy, tax and employment law consultancy with 40 staff, for an initial £4.4m.
Evolution Group is to acquire the investment management business of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about 40 staff to its London office.
LaSalle Investment Management is to set up a 20,000 sq ft office at 20 Gresham Street in London EC2.
HM Revenue & Customs is to expand its human resources service centre at Hilary House in York, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Oval has acquired Powell Insurance, the Liverpool-based insurance broker with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Rathbone Brothers has sold its offshore trust operations in Jersey to Hawksford Holdings for an initial £23m.
Experian is to sell its card processing and business process outsourcing operations in France to Advent International and La Poste respectively, for a total £157m.
Bibby Financial Services has secured a new £340m funding facility to support the expansion of its factoring business, which includes a nationwide network of 12 regional offices.
Student Loans Company is looking to recruit a further 200 customer services staff and student finance assessors at its site in Darlington.
Talaris, the cash handling firm, is to set up a new 11,000 sq ft headquarters at Chineham Park in Basingstoke.
HSBC is to set up an 18,750 sq ft banking services office at 141 Bothwell Street in Glasgow early next year.
Amlin is to acquire Anglo French Underwriters, the French underwriting agency with 40 staff, from 21 Centrale Partners.
Hanley Economic Building Society is to set up a new £1.8m head office at the Festival Court scheme in Etruria Valley, Staffordshire.
IFG Group has acquired Pensco and Nameridge, two Irish pensions companies, for £10m.
Scott Lister Solicitors of Shrewsbury has merged with Linder Myers Solicitors, the Manchester-based law firm with more than 70 fee earners.
Shoosmiths, the law firm, is planning to open a mortgage recovery office in Manchester in January.
Bradford & Bingley is to be nationalised with the government acquiring its £50bn mortgages and loans, while its £20bn savings business and branches will be acquired by Santander of Spain.
Cobra Holdings has acquired Opal Mortgage Life & Pensions, the London-based independent financial adviser, for up to £0.5m.
Winkworth Sherwood, the law firm, is setting up a new 40,000 sq ft office at Minerva House in Southwark, London.
IG Group is to acquire an 87% stake in FXOnline, the Japanese foreign exchange trading firm with 45 staff, for £112m.
Griffiths & Armour is to sell its financial services division to Charles Stanley, with the transfer of 35 Liverpool-based staff.
Henderson Insurance Brokers is to recruit 30 new staff to work in its corporate insurance business.
Pinsent Masons, the law firm, is to set up a new office on the third floor of the 63,000 sq ft Quay 2 complex at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh.
Lehman Brothers has sold its equities and investment banking operations out of administration to Nomura for a nominal sum, which could secure the future of 2,000 jobs in London.
Beazley is to acquire Momentum Underwriting Management, the insurance agency, for up to £21m.
Alliance Trust is to relocate up to 300 Dundee-based staff to a new 50,000 sq ft headquarters being built at West Marketgait by spring 2009.
Nasdaq OMX is planning to set up an investment exchange and listings venue for initial public offerings in London.
Knight Frank has been appointed by Metro Bank to find suitable locations to open four bank branches in London by 2009, and the chain could eventually expand to 200 outlets.
Smith & Williamson is increasing the headcount at its new investment management office in Glasgow from 35 to 90.
RSA Insurance is considering plans to relocate its headquarters to Ireland, for tax reasons.
Prudential is considering plans to relocate its headquarters to either Ireland or the Netherlands.
Lloyds TSB is to acquire HBOS for £12bn, which could lead to the loss of up to 40,000 jobs from the 139,000 combined workforce.
Barclays is to acquire PT Bank Akita, the Indonesian bank with ten branches.
Barclays has agreed to acquire the North American investment banking and capital markets operations of Lehman Brothers, including the New York headquarters and two data centres.
Randall & Quilter has acquired Continuum Holdings, the holding company for the London-based KMS insurance run-off services business, for £1.8m.
Charles Taylor Consulting has acquired Santam Europe, the Irish motor and property insurance firm that is now closed to new business.
The Insolvency Service is to relocate its Manchester office to a 20,000 sq ft unit at Three Piccadilly Place.
Aberdeen Asset Management has sold part of its private equity business to a management buy-out operating under the name of Spirit Capital.
HSBC is considering a site at Monks Cross in York for the development of a new credit card data processing centre, which could create up to 200 jobs.
Standard Life is to acquire Vebnet, the employee benefits company with 78 staff and offices in Edinburgh and London, for £24m.
Begbies Traynor has raised £13m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its corporate insolvency practice.
DataCash Group has acquired EasyDebit, the German payment services provider, for an initial £2.5m.
Newcastle Building Society is planning to expand its 1,300-strong workforce with 500 new jobs by 2012, with 200 being recruited by the end of this year.
HM Revenue & Customs is creating 350 jobs for a new contact centre at Lillyhall in Cumbria, and a further 50 jobs will be secured at Blencathra House in Whitehaven.
Nationwide Building Society is to merge with the Derbyshire Building Society, which has 50 branches and 485,000 members, and the Cheshire Building Society, which has 45 branches and 440,000 members.
Ecclesiastical Insurance is planning to relocate 650 staff to a new headquarters that will be built at Southgate Moorings in Gloucester.
Crosby Asset Management is to sell the former Forsyth Partners international funds research and ratings business to Old Broad Street Research for a nominal initial sum.
Withy King has merged with Marshall & Galpin of Oxford to create a combined law firm with 340 staff.
The Fairtrade Foundation is setting up a 16,232 sq ft headquarters at Ibex House in the City of London.
McDermott, Will & Emery, the US law firm, is considering plans to relocate its London office to an 80,000 sq ft unit at 1 Finsbury Circus.
Dresdner Bank is to be sold by Allianz to Commerzbank for £7.9bn, which could lead to the loss of up to 1,000 jobs in London.
King & Spalding, the US law firm, is to set up a 34,000 sq ft office at 125 Old Broad Street in the City of London.
Liverpool Victoria is to acquire Highway Insurance, the Brentwood-based motor insurer, for £150m.
Henderson Group is to relocate the headquarters of its investment management business to Ireland for tax reasons, at a cost of £4.5m.
Co-operative Group is considering plans to open mini-banks in up to 125 food stores, with the creation of 250 jobs, depending on the success of a £2.5m trial.
Clydesdale Bank is to set up a 15,630 sq ft office at Stockland's 33 Gracechurch Street scheme in the City of London.
HSBC is creating 20 jobs at a new bank branch on Royal Avenue in Belfast, and is now planning further expansion for its chain of six branches in Northern Ireland over the next three years.
Benfield, the London-listed reinsurance group, is to be acquired by Aon of the US for £844m.
Smith Cooper has acquired Andersons KBS, the Birmingham-based accountancy firm with about 12 staff.
Carterbar has acquired Graeme Watson Independent Financial Advisers of Chopwell, and is now seeking further acquisitions in Tyne & Wear.
Nationwide is planning to set up a savings business in Ireland, in order to provide services by post, phone and online and to gain access to European Central Bank funding.
Fried Frank, the US law firm, is looking to relocate its London office by 2010, having appointed Knight Frank to find a suitable 45,000 sq ft location.
Brit Insurance is considering plans to relocate its head office to a country with preferable tax rates, having appointed Ernst & Young to review the options.
Barclaycard is seeking a further 120 customer services and sales staff for its call centre at Teesdale on Teesside.
Selby District Council and UK Coal are in discussions with an unnamed financial institution about the possibility of setting up an information distribution centre at the former Wistow Mine site, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
TIAA-CREF, the US pension fund, is to set up an office in London to invest in European property, with the creation of up to six jobs over the next 18 months.
BDO Stoy Hayward is to relocate its Manchester office to a 35,000 sq ft building at Hardman Street in Spinningfields, which is due for completion this autumn.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, the US law firm, is to set up an 80,000 sq ft office at 107 Cheapside in London.
Hallidays is to relocate its Manchester-based accountancy business and 65 staff to a new £2.5m headquarters in Stockport this autumn.
Barclays Bank is to sell Barclays Life Assurance Company to Swiss Reinsurance for £753m, including 760,000 life insurance policies, pension policies and annuity contracts.
McGrigors has acquired the commercial litigation and real estate divisions of London Reid Minty, with the transfer of 18 staff.
JP Morgan, the investment bank, is to set up a new London headquarters at Canary Wharf, having dropped plans to take a 90,000 sq ft office at St Alphage House in the City.
Wyatt Group has acquired TEBC, the employee benefits consultancy, for an initial £0.15m.
Allied Irish Bank is to relocate its Manchester office to the Peel Court Chambers scheme in the Spinningfields district.
Tesco is to take full control of Tesco Personal Finance with the £950m acquisition of a 50% stake from Royal Bank of Scotland.
Edward Robinson & Co has acquired Westmore Brennand of Chester, creating a combined accountancy group with five partners and 19 fee earners.
Barclays Commercial Bank is to relocate about 1,000 staff to a 98,000 sq ft office at the Snowhill development in central Birmingham by the end of 2009.
Barclays Bank is to consider options to improve its Wimborne Road office in Poole, having dropped plans to relocate hundreds of staff to a new development on West Quay Road.
Greystone Financial Services has acquired Roger Harris & Co, the Leicestershire-based wealth management firm, for an estimated £3m.
Alliance & Leicester, the bank with 7,300 staff and 254 branches, is to be acquired by Santander of Spain for £1.3bn, and the business will be merged with Santander's chain of 705 Abbey branches.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is to relocate its London-based law firm and about 57 staff from the Barbican to a 25,000 sq ft office at Bishops Square in Spitalfields in August.
Admiral is to create a further 100 jobs at its motor insurance office in Cardiff by the end of the year.
International Asset Management, the London-based hedge funds firm with 60 staff, is to undergo a management buy-out from Fortis.
Citi is to expand its markets and banking operation in Belfast with the creation of 145 jobs, and will occupy two of the new Gateway Office Buildings in the Titanic Quarter.
Bond Pearce, the law firm, is to relocate 65 staff from Exeter to Plymouth by October, and aims to expand its nationwide workforce from 650 to 1,000 by 2011.
Assurant Solutions is looking to recruit an unspecified number of administrative, business development and telemarketing staff at its new insurance office in York.
Alliance & Leicester has won approval for the £20m redevelopment of the former Girobank headquarters in Bootle over the next three years, in order to improve facilities for almost 2,000 business banking and call centre staff.
Martin Aitken & Co has acquired AS Fisher & Co for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Glasgow-based accountancy firm with more than 70 staff.
Swinton is to create 50 new technical, administrative and customer service jobs at its internet insurance operation in Norwich.
Admiral Insurance is to set up a new office at the Langstone Business Park in Newport, South Wales, this autumn, and the initial 90 staff should rise to about 450 over the next three years.
AccuRead is looking to create about 100 jobs at its new debt management division, and is also preparing to relocate its 300 head office staff to a 30,000 sq ft unit at the Cobalt Business Park on North Tyneside in November.
Daiwa SMBC, the Japanese investment bank, is planning to set up a derivatives operation with 200 staff in London and Tokyo.
Barclays Bank is creating 85 jobs at a new financial planning call centre at Doxford International in Sunderland.
Grahame Stowe Bateson has acquired Robert Moore Culleton, the Leeds-based law firm with six staff.
Baker Tilly is to set up a 17,000 sq ft office at the Spinningfields development in Manchester, and will relocate from Lincoln Square by the end of the year.
Reflex Mortgage Solutions is planning to create more than 40 jobs at its call centre in Stockton over the next year.
HSBC is to expand its customer services call centre in Newport, South Wales, with the creation of 250 jobs.
HBOS is to set up a 4,300 sq ft administrative office at the Teesdale Business Park in Stockton.
Paymentshield is to close its insurance office in Edinburgh and relocate staff to sites in Southport and London, in order to integrate support functions with parent company Towergate.
STM Group is to acquire St George Financial Services, the Jersey-based corporate and trustee service provider, for up to £0.6m.
Mincoffs is to merge with Jacksons of Teesside to create a combined commercial law firm called Mincoff Jacksons with 160 staff.
Swinton is planning to quadruple the size of its commercial insurance division over the next few years, with an increase in headcount from 200 to 400.
Culver Holdings is to sell Culver Insurance Brokers to Protectagroup for £4m, including offices in Cardiff, Bracknell and London.
Alan Boswell Group is to expand the Norwich-based headquarters of its insurance broking and financial advice business by setting up a new office for 50 staff in Prince of Wales Road.
De La Rue is to sell its cash dispensing and counting equipment business to US private equity firm Carlyle Group for £360m.
Tribal Group has acquired a 72% stake in HELM, the Northern Ireland-based management and financial consultancy with 82 staff, for £15m.
Weightmans is said to be considering plans to relocate its Liverpool-based law firm and up to 440 staff to new premises, as the lease on its existing office expires in two years.
Scottish & Southern Energy has agreed to acquire the Goldfish credit card call centre in Cumbernauld from Barclaycard, which should secure the future of 800 jobs.
Sellick Partnership, the Manchester-based finance recruitment firm, is planning to expand its chain of six offices to 20 over the next five years, with an increase in staff from 65 to 210.
Partnership Assurance, the enhanced annuities specialist, is to be acquired by private equity firm Cinven for £158m.
Peninsula is to create a further 30 jobs at its law advice call centre in Manchester.
Standard Chartered is planning to expand its investment banking operation by increasing the 100 staff in its acquisitions and leveraged finance team by 25-30%.
Chelsea Building Society is in negotiations to acquire the London-based Catholic Building Society, which has one branch in Westminster and seven staff.
Direct Group has acquired Millennium Insurance, the Midlands-based provider of insurance services to the mortgage market, for undisclosed terms.
Ward Hadaway, the law firm, is planning to open an office in Leeds city centre in July, including eight lawyers.
Brightside is to acquire Aust Holdings, Group Direct and Injury QED, in order to expand its insurance broking and financial services business.
Blue Oar has acquired Astaire & Partners, the London-based stockbroker, for £1.7m.
London Scottish Bank is to sell London Scottish Invoice Finance to Hitachi Capital for £28m, including offices in Telford and Goring.
Ollerenshaw Solicitors has merged with Ian Burr & Co to create a combined Leamington Spa-based law firm with 35 staff.
TSYS, the payment services firm, is to create 75 new jobs in York and 23 in Knaresborough this year.
Debts.co.uk has acquired Relax Finance, the Doncaster-based consumer loans and mortgage broker with 106 staff, for £3m.
London Capital Group Holdings has acquired FuturesBetting, the Gibraltar-based financial spread betting firm, for up to £0.4m.
Buckles is to recruit 33 graduates at its Rhyl-based financial advice business this year, increasing the workforce to about 150.
First Locate is to create up to 30 jobs at a new call centre for the utilities sector in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.
Noble has acquired Clear Capital, the London-based equity research firm with about 30 analysts, for undisclosed terms.
Bank of Ireland is planning to double its 30-strong workforce in Scotland over the next three years, in order to expand its business banking and mortgage operations.
Lighthouse Group of London has merged with Bristol-based Sumus in a £13m deal that creates a combined group of 900 independent financial advisers.
Pinsent Masons, the law firm, is planning to expand its staff in Manchester from 162 to 400 over the next few years, and will relocate to Spinningfields in early 2009.
Bentley Jennison is to buy Wenham Major, the Birmingham-based accountancy, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Swinton has acquired Moneyway, the West Midlands-based chain of 19 insurance branches with 90 staff, from Arbuthnot for undisclosed terms.
HSBC is to relocate its Liverpool-based retail and commercial departments from a 17,000 sq ft office on Dale Street to two new locations in Lord Street and the city centre.
Bentley Jennison has acquired Chancery Group, the Northampton-based independent financial advisory firm.
Morton Fraser is to relocate its Edinburgh-based law office to four floors of the Quartermile Two development, which is due for completion in October 2009.
Fanshawe Lofts, the corporate recovery and insolvency firm with offices in Southampton and Bath, has been acquired by Begbies Traynor for undisclosed terms.
Clarke Wilmott, the law firm, is seeking a suitable location for a new 70,000 sq ft office in Birmingham city centre by 2010, in order to increase staff numbers from 100 to 300.
Endsleigh is planning to close 119 insurance branches with the loss of hundreds of jobs, and plans to invest in online services and call centres in Burnley, Cheltenham and Northern Ireland.
HSBC is to set up a 14,000 sq ft office at Team Valley in Gateshead, employing 90 staff in its commercial, corporate and private wealth divisions.
Doodson Broking Group has acquired Cardwell & Drew and JE Mottram of Wilmslow for undisclosed terms.
HBJ Gateley Wareing and Holmes Hardingham are planning to merge their shipping and transport teams to create a combined group of 26 lawyers at offices in London, Edinburgh and Dubai.
Aberdeen Asset Management has acquired Goodman Property Investors, its former UK property management business, from Goodman Group of Australia for an initial £89m.
Standard Bank of South Africa is to relocate its London headquarters to a 107,000 sq ft office development at 20 Gresham Street, which Hermes Real Estate is due to complete in September.
Manby Steward Bowdler is to merge with FBC to create a combined West Midlands law firm called FBC Manby Bowdler, with more than 300 staff.
Watson Burton has merged with law firm Trevor Robinson & Co, and the Weybridge-based practice will relocate to Watson Burton's office in the City of London.
Spicerhaart is expected to create up to 100 jobs at a call centre in Colchester, in order to operate an online property business in partnership with Tesco.
Moneysupermarket.com is to make a decision later this year about whether to relocate its Flintshire-based price comparison business and up to 650 staff to a larger site.
SME Insurance Services, the Leeds-based insurance broker with 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland is to open a new regional base in Londonderry in October, and the 40 staff have already been recruited.
Brown Shipley is to open a private banking office in Birmingham city centre over the next few months, having recruited a private client team from Deutsche Tilney.
Wragge & Co, the law firm, has agreed to set up a 250,000 sq ft office at Ballymore's Snow Hill development in Birmingham in 2011, and staff will relocate from three existing sites.
Resolution Asset Management is to create 29 new jobs in Glasgow by the end of the year, taking the total workforce to 415.
Barclays is planning to set up a new regional commercial banking centre at the St James Court office development in Norwich, which is due for completion in late 2009.
Chadwick Lawrence has acquired Lister Croft Solicitors to create a combined West Yorkshire-based law firm with 220 staff.
The College of Law is planning to set up a new £5.5m training centre in Manchester city centre by next year, with the creation of about 30 jobs, while £2m will be invested at its site in Chester.
Fuelcard Company UK of Knaresborough has acquired Abbey Fuelcards for undisclosed terms, and the Abbey Fuelcards operation in Oxford will close with the loss of up to 40 jobs.
Swinton is to expand its insurance sales call centre in Norwich throughout the year, starting with the recruitment of 12 sales advisers and team managers.
CPP Group is to open a new credit card marketing services call centre in Chesterfield in July, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Capita Hartshead, the pensions administrator, is to create almost 300 jobs at a new eight-storey headquarters due to open at Sheffield Parkway in April 2010.
Quayle Munro is to acquire Van Tulleken, the London-based corporate finance firm, for £6.1m.
Fladgate, the law firm, is planning to set up a 51,400 sq ft office at the New Brook office development in London's Covent Garden.
Legal & General Retail Investments is to acquire Suffolk Life, the Ipswich-based pensions provider, for about £62m.
Xafinity has acquired Hazell Carr, the pensions consultancy with about 400 staff in Reading, Cardiff and Stirling, for undisclosed terms.
Annuity Direct is planning to create up to 50 jobs on the Isle of Wight over the next five years, and a new financial advice office will open in Newport.
Cardif Pinnacle has acquired Warranty Direct, the Reading-based finance company with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Chang, the Stockport-based insurance claims company that trades as Call 24/7, Lawcall Direct and Claim 24/7, has been acquired by WNS (Holdings) of India for up to £9.6m.
Skipton Building Society has acquired a majority stake in Thomson Shepherd, the independent financial adviser with 35 staff in Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.
Colliers CRE has acquired the trade and assets of Godfrey Vaughan, the London-based investment, leasing and property management firm with 24 staff, for £7m.
Lowell Group, the Leeds-based debt purchasing company with more than 300 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Exponent Private Equity.
ICAP is to acquire Link Asset & Securities, the London-based equity derivatives broker with 136 staff, for an initial £135m.
YFM Group, the Leeds-based venture capital firm with nine offices, has been acquired by GLE Group for undisclosed terms.
CBG Group has acquired Howgud, the Oldham-based insurance broker, for an initial £1.2m, including trading subsidiaries EDN (Insurance Services), E Davies (Northern) and EDN (Financial Services).
Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell its consumer finance operations in continental Europe to Santander of Spain for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 861 staff.
Hichens Harrison, the London-based stockbroker, has agreed to be acquired by Religare Enterprises of India for £55m.
Brevan Howard, the asset management firm, is said to be planning to set up a 37,700 sq ft office at 55 Baker Street in London.
Jelf Group has acquired Clarke Roxburgh, the insurance, financial planning and mortgage firm with ten offices in the West Midlands, for an initial £18m.
Burns-Anderson, the Bristol-based financial advice company with about 80 staff, has been acquired by The Money Portal of London for £14m.
Jelf Group is to acquire Argyll Insurance, the insurance broker with offices in Worthing, Gillingham and Herne Bay, for an initial £10m.
Rathbones has acquired Citywall Financial Management, the Exeter-based wealth management firm with gross assets of £0.7m.
Barclays Wealth is to open a new 8,000 sq ft wealth management office at the Chapel Street development in Liverpool next month.
Moore & Smalley has merged with Lonsdale & Partners to create a combined Lancashire-based accountancy group with 200 staff.
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance has acquired Sertus Underwriting, the Irish motor and household insurance firm with gross written premiums of £11m.
Capita Group has acquired HFR Holdings and Lancaster Insurance Services for £16m, in order to expand its business into classic car insurance.
Thinc is to create 50 new jobs for financial and mortgage advisers in Belfast, Londonderry, Omagh and Newry this year.
Accountis, the Gwynedd-based supplier of payment systems, has been acquired by Fundtech of the US for £3.8m.
Close Brothers has acquired Commercial Acceptances Group for £31m and Amber Credit for £2m, in order to expand its banking subsidiary.
Giles Insurance Brokers has acquired DS Howell, the Tonyrefail-based insurance broker with 17 staff.
Bibby Financial Services has bought Siemens Financial Services' single invoice factoring business for undisclosed terms.
Skipton Building Society has acquired an 86% stake in Torquil Clark, the independent financial adviser with 120 staff in Wolverhampton and the Lake District.
Thomas Westcott is to merge with Davison Bedworth to create a combined Devon-based accountancy group with 180 staff.
Agrical, the agricultural loss adjuster with 35 staff at offices including Tadcaster and Wells, has undergone a management buy-out.
Skipton Building Society has sold its Direct Life & Pension Services subsidiary to Cardif Pinnacle, in order to focus on savings and lending, mortgage servicing, estate agency, financial advice and data provision.
Vantis has acquired the non-audit business of Marlow-based Brewer Higgins for an initial £0.4m.
Tullett Prebon is to acquire Primex, the London-based energy broker, for up to £20m.
Moneyquest, the online mortgage broker, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
ID Data Group is to sell its CredEcard pre-paid card services business to Contis Group for £2.2m.
Sewell Moorhouse, the Yorkshire-based financial recruitment firm, is planning to open five new offices in Hull, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh.
Morgan Cole has recruited a team of ten lawyers from Gloucester-based solicitors Tayntons, in order to expand its offices in Cardiff and Bristol.
Davies Arnold Cooper is planning to double the size of its law business in Manchester, which currently has six partners and 22 staff, over the next three years.
Brewin Dolphin is looking to open a new office in Nottingham, following the defection of a number of investment management staff from Barclays Wealth.
Thomas Eggar is in negotiations to set up a new corporate and commercial law office in Southampton city centre, and the initial staff of 20 could eventually reach 200.
BDO Stoy Hayward has acquired Lines Wilson, the Southampton-based tax boutique, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined business services group with 207 staff in the city.
Henderson Insurance Brokers is to set up a new office with 12 staff in Leeds city centre next month.
Four Corners has acquired Maplelord, the financial advice firm, for undisclosed terms, and eight staff will relocate from Market Harborough, Melton and Kibworth to Nottingham.
Mishcon de Reya, the law firm, is in negotiations to set up a new London headquarters of at least 100,000 sq ft at 40 Holborn Viaduct.
Mouchel Group has acquired Hedra, the management consultancy with 210 staff in London, Edinburgh, Fleet and Portsmouth, for £50m.
First London Securities has acquired Torus IB, the holding company for a number of boutique investment management companies, for £26m.
West Bromwich Building Society has submitted plans to develop a new call centre for 450 staff at Castle Gate in Dudley.
Forshaws is to merge with Davies Ridgway, creating a combined Warrington-based law firm called FDR Solicitors with 150 staff.
Giles, the Glasgow-based insurance broker with 32 offices, has been sold by Gresham to private equity firm Charterhouse Capital Partners for undisclosed terms.
HBOS is considering plans to relocate 6,000 staff from 16 sites across Edinburgh into a new office development in the Fountainbridge area.
Eversheds, the law firm, is planning to invest more than £30m in improvements to its new London headquarters near Bank this year.
Barclays is to acquire Expobank, the Russian retail and commercial bank with 32 branches, for £373m.
Fusion is planning to create a further 400 jobs at its motor and home insurance call centre in Peterlee by 2010.
Royal Bank of Canada is to set up a leveraged finance business in London through its RBC Capital Markets division, including an initial team of up to 20 staff.
Fairpoint Group is to create an unspecified number of new jobs at its Lancashire-based debt advice business, with the transfer of a training centre from its recently-acquired Clear Start division in Nottingham.
Skipton Building Society is planning to expand its nationwide branch network from 82 to 150 by 2012.
Murgitroyd has acquired Kennedys, the patent agency with 19 staff in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Newcastle, for £3.4m.
Hughes Insurance is to open four new insurance broking branches in Coleraine, Omagh, Newry and Belfast over the next three months, taking its total network to 12.
Morton Fraser, the law firm, is in negotiations to set up a 42,500 sq ft office at the £350m Quartermile development in Edinburgh.
Begbies Traynor has acquired CoyleClark, the Altrincham-based tax investigation firm, as part of a strategy to extend its range of professional services.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to relocate its Northampton-based corporate banking relationship management services to a new office at Grange Park over the next few months.
Seekings & Wardle is to merge with McClarrons Insurance of Snainton to create a combined North Yorkshire-based insurance firm with 25 staff.
Mattioli Woods, the pensions consultancy, is planning to create 50 new jobs at its Grove Park office near Leicester over the next three years, having acquired additional floor space.
Mattioli Woods has acquired JB Group, the Lutterworth-based financial services firm with 25 staff, for £2.6m.
Debts.co.uk is to acquire PB Recovery, the debt management company with offices in Glasgow, Cardiff and London, for £1m.
Barclaycard is to relocate its Sky Card operation and up to 250 jobs from Crawley to Milton Keynes.
Debtmatters is to sell its IVA Book to a consortium of Grant Thornton and Totemic for £6.4m and its residual debt resolution business to Creditflex for £0.8m, in order to focus on loan broking.
Stones Solicitors is planning to recruit 20 additional staff for its Exeter-based law firm over the next few months, due to rising demand in commercial property and personal injury claims.
Skipton Building Society has acquired a 90% stake in BDS Mortgage Group, the mortgage distributor with 60 staff, for £4.2m.
Kings Legal is relocating its law firm from Cardiff to Imperial Park in Newport, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Greystone Financial Services, the financial planning firm with 70 staff in Manchester and London, has been acquired by Focus Financial Partners of the US for an estimated £20m.
Deutsche Bank is to set up a 68,500 sq ft office for 250 back-office staff at Brindleyplace in Birmingham in June.
Culver Holdings has acquired an 81% stake in AMS Corporate Risks, the aviation broker, and the whole of the issued share capital of Lloyd's broker LPH Pitman for a total £0.1m.
The Financial Services Authority is to set up a 27,230 sq ft office at One Canada Square in London's Canary Wharf.
Moodys Investors Service is to relocate its London headquarters to a 170,000 sq ft office at Canary Wharf.
Barclays has acquired the UK credit card business of Discover Financial Services, including about 700,000 Goldfish customers, for £35m.
GE Money is to relocate the headquarters of its consumer finance business from the US to London, but the number of staff involved is unknown.
Moorhouse Group is planning to create 85 new jobs in Caerphilly, as part of a £8m investment in the expansion of its insurance business over the next two years.
Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons has merged with Wiltshire-based Wood Awdry & Ford to create a combined law firm with annual turnover of more than £20m.
Whitmarsh Sterland is to merge with Streets to create a combined accountancy group with almost 200 staff in Cambridge, St Neots, Newmarket, London, Hull, Peterborough, Grantham, Lincoln and Retford.
Fraser Dawbarns is to merge with Waterman Cheetham to create a combined law firm with 110 staff at offices in King's Lynn, Wisbech, Downham Market, March and Peterborough.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to relocate its regional corporate banking headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne to a larger 22,000 sq ft site at Trinity Gardens.
Lloyds TSB is to create 150 new jobs at its telephone banking call centre in Fareham, and is also recruiting 250 staff in Bridgend and Newport, 100 in Brighton and 150 in Glasgow.
Aviva is to acquire LIG Life Insurance of South Korea for £73m, in partnership with Woori Finance.
Begbies Traynor has acquired Shaw Tax, the independent firm of tax advisors with 48 staff in Birmingham and London, for undisclosed terms.
Intelligent Processing Solutions (IPSL) is to create 200 new jobs at its cheque processing business in Northampton, to add to the existing 1,500.
Jelf Group has acquired Manson Insurance Group of Manchester for £16m, as well as Devon-based Bartlett Davies Bicks and Carter & Co Risk Management for a total £2.9m.
Towergate has acquired McAra Associates, the Aberdeen-based insurance broker with 13 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Locate In Birmingham is in negotiations with two unnamed international banks that are planning to open headquarters in Birmingham city centre, which could create up to 5,000 jobs.
Barclays is to proceed with plans to build a new 100,000 sq ft regional headquarters for 850 staff at Asda's Dalgety Mills site in Poole by 2010.
Kelly & Co is to relocate its Leeds-based property legal services business to a five-storey building at 49 St Paul's Street over the next few months.
DWF, the law firm, is to relocate its Leeds office to a 32,000 sq ft unit at Bridgewater Place, and aims to increase the staff from 80 to 160.
Freeth Cartwright, the law firm, is to relocate its Leicester office and 50 staff to the new Colton Square complex in March.
CBG Group has acquired Barclay Brown, the insurance broker with offices in Manchester, Mold, Preston and Waterfoot, for an initial £1.5m.
Xchanging has acquired Mercuris, the French provider of procurement outsourcing services to the banking and insurance sectors.
King Sturge is in negotiations to acquire Bache Treharne, the Birmingham-based provider of insolvency services with 30 staff.
Tenon Group has acquired Haines Watts Business Recovery, which has 130 staff at offices in Birmingham, Worcester, Leeds, Southend, London and Manchester, for undisclosed terms.
Oval has acquired AJ Cook, the Ipswich-based insurance broker with more than 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Bridge Insurance Brokers has acquired Chartwell, the Warrington-based insurance broker, taking its total workforce to almost 100.
Financial Services Data Management is creating 200 jobs at a new call centre in Swansea.
Scottish Friendly has acquired London Aberdeen & Northern Mutual Assurance Society of Leicester, including assets of £37m and 6,000 policyholders.
Davies Arnold Cooper has acquired KSB Law, the commercial law firm with 60 staff in London and St Albans.
Begbies Traynor has acquired David Horner & Co, the insolvency practitioner with offices in York, Doncaster and Middlesbrough, for undisclosed terms.