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Next Generation Clubs has expanded its chain of health and fitness clubs with the acquisition of the Amida Club in Beckenham, the Amida Club in Hampton and the Odyssey Health Club in High Wycombe.
Swansea Council is planning to set up a new indoor bowls centre and football academy at the Landore Sport Ground in Plasmarl.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider outline plans from Loyal Leisure for the multi-million pound expansion of Strathmore Golf Centre in Alyth, including various leisure facilities and a 20-acre retirement village.
Rocco Forte Hotels is looking to raise £75m for expansion from the sale of the property assets of its luxury hotels in Manchester and Cardiff.
Racecourse Holdings Trust is planning to invest £50m in capital projects at its 13 racecourses in 2007, and will change its name to Jockey Club Racecourses.
Yo Sushi is planning to expand its chain of 34 restaurants to 50 over the next year, having secured £17m of new funding from Barclays.
East Cambridgeshire Council has approved plans from Darley Stud Management for the £25m expansion of the Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket.
The Lawn Tennis Association has agreed to sell Queen's tennis club in west London to its members for £35m.
Liverpool City Council is seeking proposals from developers to restore the former ABC cinema on Lime Street, and possibilities include a museum, concert hall or sporting venue.
Aquaclear is planning to expand its chain of bars and restaurants from six to 20 over the next three years, and is currently working on new sites in Cramlington and Sheffield.
The Anglesey Charitable Trust is to help fund a £1.5m project by the Kyffin Williams Trust to set up an art gallery in Llangefni by the end of 2007.
The Lakeland Motor Museum has been acquired by Winander Leisure, and will relocate to a new site in Backbarrow in October 2007.
LA Fitness is to relocate its head office and up to 120 jobs from London to a 14,000 sq ft site at the Centrix Business Park near Doncaster by March 2007.
Discover Leisure has sold YorkBoat, the York-based provider of boat trips, to Bithell Boats for £2m.
Mid Beds District Council is to provide a £5m grant for the development of a £10m leisure centre in Flitwick.
Rank is to sell its Hard Rock business to Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment of the US for £490m, including 124 Hard Rock Cafes, four hotels and two casinos.
Glasgow City Council is to provide funding of £15m for the development of a £67m National Music Arena on the banks of the Clyde.
Luminar has sold its entertainment division in a £79m partial sale-and-leaseback deal with property company Prestbury, in order to focus on its Oceana, Liquid and Lave & Ignite nightclubs.
The Victoria & Albert Museum is considering plans to relocate its national theatrical collections to a new site in Blackpool, and a feasibility study is being conducted by Blackpool Council.
The Highland Folk Museum is to relocate its Kingussie museum to its other site at Newtonmore, at a cost of £7.3m.
Fuller Smith & Turner has acquired five pubs in Hampshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire for £7.2m, including two from Gourmet Holdings.
The MAC arts complex in Birmingham has won Arts Council approval for a £13m modernisation project, and work is due to start in early 2008.
Richmondshire Council is to consider plans from the Army for private developers to transform Catterick Garrison with new shops, bars, offices and an 84-bed hotel.
Western & Oriental has acquired Made to Measure Holidays, the Chichester-based skiing and mountain holidays specialist, for up to £0.9m.
Wyre Borough Council is planning to invest £2.1m in the transformation of Memorial Park in Fleetwood, and a new £1m site will be provided for the Fleetwood Gymnasium Club.
Ayr United has unveiled plans for the development of a £15m 7,650-capacity football stadium at Heathfield.
Dundee City Council is to consider plans from local firm AIM for the development of a £3.5m 60-room luxury hotel and five-star restaurant on Riverside Avenue.
Finesse Hotels is planning to invest £2m in the transformation of a former police museum in Derby into a 38-bedroom four-star hotel by mid-2007.
London Town has bought 167 pubs from Save Investments for £95m, including 162 freehold and five leasehold properties.
Aberdeenshire Council has received plans from the Trump Organisation for the development of a £1bn golf resort at Menie Estate, including championship golf courses, a five-star hotel and holiday homes.
Cardiff City is planning to start work on the development of a new £38m 30,000-seat football stadium in Leckwith in March 2007, as councillors are now recommending approval for the business plan.
University of Leeds is to seek planning permission to build a new £9.7m swimming pool and fitness complex.
Bank Restaurant Group is to acquire the Individual Restaurant Company in a reverse takeover deal worth up to £15m, creating a combined chain of 20 restaurants.
BDL Management is planning to set up a chain of 40 hotels across the UK over the next seven years, in partnership with US hotel brand Wyndham Worldwide.
Gymbox is to open a 21,000 sq ft gym in London's Covent Garden next month, and is also looking to open another site in London and one in Manchester.
Geronimo Inns is to secure an equity investment of up to £10m from Penta Capital to fund the expansion of its pub chain.
Leeds City Council is to build two new sports centres in Armley and Morley, at a cost of £30m.
QHotels has acquired the Telford Golf & Country Club Hotel in Shropshire for undisclosed terms, and is planning a £5m refurbishment of the site in 2007.
The Point Hotel in Edinburgh is to refurbish its 138 rooms at a cost of £4m.
Talarius, the chain of amusement arcades, is to be acquired by Tattersall's and Macquarie of Australia for £137m.
Enterprise Inns has sold 137 Scottish pubs to Retail & Licensed Properties for £115m.
West Ham United, the London-based football club, is to be acquired by an Icelandic consortium called WH Holding for £85m.
Brakspear, the Henley-based pub company, is to be acquired by JT Davies Group, its biggest shareholder, in a £106m deal.
One NorthEast is to provide funding of £2.3m to the RSPB and Teesside Environmental Trust to develop a £7m wildlife visitor attraction and nature reserve at Saltholme near Stockton, which will create 23 jobs.
Holidaybreak is to relocate its York-based Superbreak Mini-Holidays office and 250 staff to a new £13m site at Heworth Green in December 2007.
Greene King has sold 155 pubs to Admiral Taverns for £56m, taking Admiral's total chain to 1,950.
Palace Hotel is planning to invest £15m in improvements to its four-star hotel in Torquay, including the creation of 142 luxury holiday apartments in a crescent.
Armagh City & District Council is to refurbish the Orchard Leisure Centre in Armagh by 2009, at a cost of £5m.
Esporta, the chain of 52 fitness clubs, is to be sold by Duke Street Capital to the Halabi family trust for about £460m.
Young & Co is looking to spend about £100m on acquisitions to expand its chain of 221 pubs.
Macdonald Hotels is planning to open a £33m 215-bedroom hotel near Piccadilly station in Manchester in October 2007, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Ticketline UK, the Cardiff-based ticket agency with annual turnover of £6m, has undergone a management buy-in.
Nottingham City Council has announced proposals for the £27m overhaul of Nottingham Castle, including a new exhibition hall.
Colchester United has won the support of Colchester Council to build a new £14m football stadium at Cuckoo Farm by spring 2008.
Aberdeen City Council is to receive plans from European Development Co for the development of a £25m hotel complex near the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, including a four-star hotel and a budget hotel.
Torquay United is considering plans to relocate its football club from Plainmoor to a new stadium at the Recreation Ground on the seafront.
Teignbridge District Council is considering plans from Arnold White Estates for the development of a £20m motorway-style service area on the A38 at Drumbridges, including an 80-bedroom budget hotel.
Esporta has unveiled plans to build a £4.6m tennis centre at its Thorpe Wood fitness club in Peterborough by spring 2007.
Ironbridge Gorge Museum is to invest £10m in improvements to its Blists Hill Victorian Town attraction over the next 18 months.
Football Fever is planning to set up a chain of ten five-a-side football centres across southern England, having raised £25m for site acquisitions.
Balls Brothers has acquired the Lewis & Clarke chain of seven gastro pubs in London for undisclosed terms.
Salford City Reds has won government approval to build a new £35m rugby stadium at Barton, as part of a £130m leisure development that includes a hotel, casino and shopping mall.
Portman Travel has acquired P&O Travel's offices in London, Heathrow, Southampton and Liverpool from US-based Carnival for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its independent travel consultancy.
Hampshire County Council has approved plans from Prudential for the development of a £25m leisure centre in Eastleigh, including a nine-screen cinema, restaurants and a bowling centre.
Halton Borough Council and St Modwen Properties are planning to develop a £10m Reel Cinemas multiplex and Leisure Living ice rink in Widnes by summer 2008.
The Vale Hotel Golf & Spa Resort in South Wales is to invest £1m in the development of new conference facilities by summer 2007.
Hampshire Cricket has unveiled plans for the £35m expansion of the Rose Bowl stadium by 2010, including 23,500 seats, a 175-bed hotel and championship golf course.
Darlington Borough Council is to consider plans from Linlathen Developments for the development of a £14m cattle market at Humbleton Farm, including an agricultural and equine centre.
Tendring Council has approved plans for the £2m refurbishment of Clacton Leisure Centre, and work will start in spring 2007.
Ultimate Leisure has acquired The Potthouse and The Advocate bars in Belfast from Life Inns for £1.4m, taking its Northern Ireland estate to six venues.
Hilton Hotels has sold its London and Birmingham Metropole hotels to Tonstate for £417m, but will retain the management contracts.
Orchid Group is to invest £2.5m in the refurbishment of its six London restaurants.
Butterfly Hotels has bought the 74-room Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage from Corus Hotels and the 110-room Express by Holiday Inn in Castle Bromwich from Hotel Vienna.
Kirker Holidays, the London-based upmarket travel company with 45 staff, has been acquired by Kuoni of Switzerland for an estimated £15m.
Pochin Developments has won planning permission to build a 112-bed four-star Ramada hotel and 85,000 sq ft of offices at Electra Way in Crewe.
City of York Council is to consider plans from the owners of the Vudu Lounge club to develop a £8m casino complex at Foss Islands Road, including restaurants and a club.
West Berkshire Council has approved plans for the development of a seven-screen cinema in Newbury town centre.
Durham City Council is to build a new £12m swimming pool complex in Providence Row by July 2008.
Studio Daniel Libeskind is in talks with Rainforest Ventures Ltd about plans to build a £75m indoor tropical rainforest and hotel, and RVL is considering sites in Blackpool, Liverpool and Manchester.
Kettering Borough Council is considering plans for the development of a 100-room hotel and conference centre at Kettering Leisure Village.
Brighton & Hove City Council is to consider plans for the development of a £55m international sports complex, including two ice rinks, a 10,000-seat arena and the creation of 126 jobs.
JJB Sports is planning to expand its chain of 37 health clubs to more than 70 over the next two years.
Lazaat Hotel Bar Restaurant is seeking permission for the £4m expansion of its hotel in East Yorkshire, which would create more than 50 jobs.
Gleneagles is to invest £18m in improvements to its luxury Perthshire hotel, in preparation for hosting the Ryder Cup in 2014, but has dropped plans for a £100m project to add 600 acres to its grounds.
The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust is to invest £1.1m in improvements to the museum displays at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire by May 2007.
Talarius has acquired Displaymatics, the Hampshire-based chain of nine gaming centres, for £5.2m, taking its total estate to 196.
McKever Hotels is to invest £1m in the refurbishment of six Scottish hotels acquired over the past six months, and is also looking to expand into England next year.
GuestInvest is planning to develop a 200-room hotel at The Brewery, the historic banqueting venue in London's Chiswell Street, having acquired part of the site for about £25m.
City Inn has won planning permission to set up a 600-bed hotel at Mariner House in the City of London.
Carmarthenshire County Council is to set up a £2.5m Cultural Enterprise Centre at Trinity College, Carmarthen, by July 2007, with the creation of 30 jobs, in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
Cambridge City Council is in negotiations with O'Callaghan Hotel Group of Ireland about plans to build a 150-bedroom hotel and conference centre in Station Road.
Portsmouth Football Club is considering proposals to build a new 40,000-seater stadium on the King George V playing fields in Cosham.
Hull Kingston Rovers is looking to build a new rugby stadium next to its existing Craven Park site, and talks are taking place with Hull City Council.
Forestry Commission Scotland is planning to set up a new visitor centre in Glentress Forest on the Scottish Borders, catering for up to 300,000 visitors a year.
Menzies Hotels is to be acquired by a new private equity partnership called Piccadilly Hotels for £180m, and a further £180m will be invested in the expansion of the 16-strong chain of hotels.
Hurstwood Group has submitted outline plans for the £50m redevelopment of the historic Weavers' Triangle area of Burnley, including a music venue, restaurants, offices and homes.
Marston Hotels, the chain of 12 hotels, is expected to be acquired by Alchemy Partners for about £180m and then merged with Alchemy's QHotels business.
Gondola, the chain of about 520 pizza and pasta restaurants, is to be acquired by private equity firm Cinven for £559m.
Holiday Supplies, the Southport-based travel company with about 20 staff, has been acquired by Kuoni of Switzerland for more than £12m.
Mitchells & Butlers is to sell 102 of its smaller pubs to Trust Inns for £101m.
Hand Picked Hotels is to invest £10m in the refurbishment of the Rookery Hall hotel in Nantwich by summer 2007, including 39 new bedrooms and a health club.
Apex Hotels has raised £54m from the sale and leaseback of two properties in Edinburgh, in order to fund the expansion of its hotel chain.
Inspired Gaming Group is to set up a customer service and software development centre at Parc Menai, Bangor, with the creation of up to 190 jobs.
Ladbrokes has acquired North West Bookmakers, the chain of 16 betting shops with 60 staff in Northern Ireland.
Tarsus Group has acquired Proseg SARL, the French exhibition operator, for £3.2m.
Fuller Smith & Turner is to sell the Brigstow Hotel in Bristol to Pedersen Hotel Group for £17m.
Southend United is to submit plans to build a new 22,000-seater football stadium at Fossetts Farm, and hopes to relocate to the new site in 2008.
Holidaybreak has acquired two German tour operators - Carpe Diem and TravelWorks - for an initial £6.7m.
GuestInvest is forming a £140m joint venture with Bank of Scotland Corporate to develop buy-to-let hotels in major European cities, and has just acquired its third London site for £25m.
Worcestershire County Cricket Club is to submit plans for the £10m expansion of its New Road cricket ground in Worcester, including new facilities for members, the public and the media.
The National Maritime Museum and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust have secured funding of £10m for the development of a new museum for maritime, military and science exhibits in the Thames Gateway area of Kent by 2010.
NEC Group is to relocate 370 staff to its main exhibition complex in Birmingham over the next 12 months, and its existing NEC House headquarters will be converted into a £20m 164-bed hotel by Alfred McAlpine and New World Leisure.
Buffalo Joes is seeking suitable sites to expand its Gateshead-based chain of Wild West-themed bars into Birmingham, Sheffield and Bristol over the next few months, with the creation of up to 270 jobs.
AFC Bournemouth is to submit plans to build a 120-room hotel, leisure complex and new stand at its Dean Court football stadium.
Audley Travel is to expand its 125-strong workforce with 13 new staff, and its headquarters will relocate from Bicester to Witney in November.
Masala World is looking to expand its chain of five Masala Zone restaurants with new sites in London next year.
Motability, the mobility charity, is in negotiations to set up a 100,000 sq ft office at the Windmill Hill Business Park in Swindon.
Crerar Hotels has acquired Chevin Country Park Hotel in Otley, West Yorkshire, for about £5m, and is now interested in buying some of the Swallow hotels out of administration.
South Lanarkshire Council is to consider plans for the development of a £17m training complex and football academy at Bothwell for the Scottish Football Association.
The United Nations is to build a £4m training centre in Moray, in order to host global seminars for local government officials and diplomats.
Clapham House is planning to expand its chains of Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Tootsies restaurants from 64 to 600 over the next ten years.
Southend Council is to consider plans for the development of a 100-bedroom hotel at Southend Airport, as part of a wider strategy to expand facilities at the site.
Reading Football Club is to seek planning permission to extend the capacity at the Madejski Stadium by at least 10,000.
Worcester Rugby Club is seeking permission for the £23m expansion of its stadium, including a new 13,000-capacity stand, health centre and racquet club.
Arena Leisure has resubmitted plans to build a casino and hotel at Wolverhampton racecourse.
Gretna Football Club is seeking permission to build two new 3,000-seater stands at its football ground.
Thomas Enterprises is planning to invest £150m in the development of a luxury hotel at the Willis building at Ten Trinity Square in London.
InterContinental Hotels has signed an agreement with property developers CUSP and The Kennedy Group to build more Express by Holiday Inn hotels in Northern Ireland, which could lead to the creation of 300 jobs.
London & Edinburgh Swallow Group has sold 68 hotels and 172 pubs out of administration to Flodrive Group, securing the future of about 2,500 jobs.
Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises has acquired Harbourmaster Taverns, the Hull-based chain of five managed pubs, for undisclosed terms.
Goals Soccer Centres is planning to expand its chain of 21 five-a-side football centres with five new sites by the end of 2007.
Bovey Castle, the Devon-based hotel and golf course, has been acquired by Hilwood Resorts & Hotels for £26m.
Punch Taverns is to acquire Mill House Inns, the chain of 82 pubs in the South and Midlands, in a £164m deal.
The Titanic Heritage Trust is looking to set up a £100m tourist centre dedicated to the Titanic by 2012, and is seeking a 100-acre site in the West Midlands.
Whitworth Hall, the Durham-based country house hotel, has been acquired by the Autumn Care Group, and is planning to create 30 new jobs over the next three years.
Dumfries & Galloway Council is to receive plans from Equestrian Villages for the development of a £30m equestrian village at Peel Farm near Lockerbie, including a hotel and holiday chalets.
Copeland Council has approved plans from Cumbria Leisure Park for the development of a £90m holiday complex in Lowca, including 449 timber lodges, a cinema and the creation of 170 jobs.
Prezzo is planning to expand its chain of 90 restaurants with up to 30 new sites a year.
Travelzest is to acquire Itravel2000, the Canadian online travel agent, for up to £24m.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans for the development of a £25m 161-bed luxury hotel at the former Crumlin Road Courthouse.
Toptable has acquired City-eating Group, the online restaurant booking service, for undisclosed terms.
Perth & Kinross Council is to consider plans from James Farquharson and Scotia Homes for the development of a 60-bed hotel and roadside services at Errol.
Staffordshire County Council is to consider plans from Claymoss Properties for the development of an eco-friendly holiday complex on a 159 hectare site at Whitmore, including 800 timber lodges and the creation of up to 1,600 jobs.
Stanley Leisure, the chain of 45 casinos, has accepted a £639m takeover bid from Genting International of Malaysia.
Permira is to acquire Principal Hotels, the chain of six four-star hotels, from Royal Bank of Scotland for an estimated £300m.
Fitness First is planning to acquire Fitness Exchange, the London-based chain of ten clubs, for more than £10m.
Saga is said to be considering plans to move into the hotel market by investing up to £100m in the acquisition of properties across Europe.
Ultimate Leisure has acquired The Attic bar in Newcastle city centre from Absolute Leisure for £2.6m, taking its total chain to 36.
Exeter City Council is to consider plans for the £15m redevelopment of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, including an extension and new galleries.
Quarmby has won a £9.8m contract from Hull Truck Enterprises to build and fit out the new Hull Truck Theatre, including a main auditorium of 440 seats.
Zibrant has acquired Rand, the events management company with 30 staff in Canterbury and Coventry, and nine jobs will relocate from Coventry to Derby.
Keswick Museum & Art Gallery in Cumbria is considering plans for a £3.5m redevelopment, in order to create a leading visitor destination.
Holmes Place, the chain of 46 gyms, is to be acquired by Virgin Active for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group of 174 sites.
The Savoy hotel in London is to undergo a £100m refurbishment, and is likely to be closed for most of 2008.
Arleigh International has acquired Midland Chambers, the leisure products supplier, making it the leading provider of consumables for the holiday park market.
Vue Entertainment is to create 40 jobs at a new multiplex cinema due to open in Exeter in November.
Lumsden & Carroll is to develop a new £2.5m Hotel Bannatyne in Durham by early next year.
Exeter City Council is to conduct a feasibility study into plans for the development of an Olympic-sized swimming pool at Clifton Hill.
London Clubs International, the casino operator with sites in London, Southend and Brighton, is to be acquired by Harrah's Entertainment of the US for £279m.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from Union Street Properties for the restoration of the historic Egyptian Halls building, with work on the £3.7m first stage starting next spring.
Hays Travel is planning to create a further 50 jobs at its Sunderland-based holiday business by the end of the year.
Crawley Borough Council is to consider plans from Kew Green Hotels to build a 220-bedroom Courtyard Marriott hotel at Gatwick by summer 2008.
Itsu is planning to open four new sushi restaurants in London, as part of a strategy to open between five and seven sites a year.
Rank has sold the Clermont Club casino in London to BIL International of Singapore for £31m.
UK Holiday Group is looking to expand its nationwide chain of hotels from nine to 15, having just acquired a 42-bedroom property on the Isle of Wight.
Chester City Council has approved plans from Opus Land for the development of a 60-bedroom boutique hotel, restaurant and shops in St John Street.
Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool has won planning permission to almost double in size and develop new conference facilities, and is now looking to set up more boutique hotels around the country.
Scottish Borders Council is to consider plans from auctioneer John Swan for the development of a £5m livestock auction market and visitor centre at St Boswells.
Wedgwood Museum Trust has awarded a £4m contract to Mansell to expand its ceramics museum in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent.
Travelodge is to be acquired by Dubai International Capital for £675m, and DIC is looking to double the chain of budget hotels by 2010.
JJB Fitness Clubs is planning to expand its chain of 37 fitness clubs with a further 15 sites by the end of 2007.
Top Ten Holdings has acquired Lance Leisure, the operator of a bingo club in Mexborough, for £1.1m.
Highland Council is to help fund the development of a £1.5m artificial white water canoeing course in Fort William by the Fort William Tailrace Development Group.
Odeon is to set up a multiplex cinema at the Victoria Square development in Belfast, which is due to open in March 2008.
Namco Europe has acquired Number Ten Group, the operator of bowling centres in Romford, Braintree, Norwich and Rugby, for undisclosed terms.
Darlington Borough Council is to consider plans from Middlesbrough Football Club for the development of an 18-hole golf course at Hurworth-on-Tees, as part of the £32m redevelopment of its training ground.
Macdonald Hotels is planning to invest about £70m in new acquisitions and the refurbishment of its existing chain of 60 hotels over the next year.
Lynnet Leisure is to acquire the Rogano seafood restaurant in Glasgow for more than £6m.
Enterprise Inns has sold 769 of its smaller pubs to Admiral Taverns for £316m, taking the Admiral chain to 1,825 outlets.
Aston Villa Football Club has agreed to a £63m takeover offer from the US owner of the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise.
Pembrokeshire County Council is planning to build a new leisure centre in Haverfordwest by the end of 2008, including a swimming pool and fitness suite.
Land Securities has won planning permission to develop a 96,000 sq ft leisure scheme next to the Westwood Cross shopping centre in Thanet, including a hotel, cinema and casino.
Regent Inns has bought the chain of 31 Old Orleans restaurants from Punch Taverns for £26m.
Luminar is to create more than 100 jobs at a £5m Oceana nightclub due to open in Wolverhampton in September.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is to sell its chain of 24 LivingWell health and fitness clubs to Bannatyne Fitness for about £90m.
Malmaison is to invest £8m in the transformation of the former Tyne Tees Shipping Company building in Newcastle into a Hotel du Vin, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
Whitbread is to sell 239 of its freestanding pub restaurants to Mitchells & Butlers for £497m, in order to focus on sites that combine a pub restaurant with a Premier Travel Inn.
Highland Council has held talks with Jacobite Cruises about proposals for the £3m development of a new tourist attraction at a derelict lighthouse on the north shore of Loch Ness.
McNeill Menary Travel, the Belfast-based travel agency, has been acquired by Traveldev of Ireland, creating a combined ski holidays group with 25 staff in Dublin and 35 in Belfast.
Titan Move, the holding company for Harringtons Caravans, is to acquire Leisure World Group for £5.7m, creating a chain of camping sales centres in Cheshire, Hampshire, Kent, South Wales and Tyneside under the name of Discover Leisure.
City Inn is planning to invest £330m in the expansion of its chain of four hotels over the next four years, including new sites in London, Leeds, Manchester and the Netherlands.
Gaucho Grill, the restaurant chain, is to undergo a £55m secondary management buy-out backed by Phoenix Equity Partners.
Best of the Best is to raise £2.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its airport competitions business.
ADDleisure is to acquire a 90% stake in the In Moments company, in order to expand its fitness equipment business into high street fitness centres.
The New Forest National Park Authority is to consider plans from the New Forest Show Society to build a £5m visitor centre and offices in Brockenhurst.
European Boating Holidays of Norwich has secured £30m from investment company RJD Partners to fund the expansion of its Locaboat and Cardinal Cruisers boat holiday operations in continental Europe.
Fife Council has awarded outline planning permission for the expansion of the John Smith Business Park in Kirkcaldy, including a hotel, conference centre, shops and 30 offices.
Oxford University is planning to build a £19m sports complex at its Iffley Road site, providing facilities for up to 100 sports.
The Scottish Football Association has won permission to set up a new £15m football training facility in the Toryglen district of Glasgow.
Basildon Council has secured the backing of Sport England for plans to build a £35m sports complex at Gloucester Park, including a training camp for the 2012 Olympics.
First Choice Holidays has acquired YMT Vacations, the US-based tour operator, for up to £27m.
The Welsh Rugby Union is looking into the possibility of setting up a national rugby museum at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Gloucester City Council has unveiled proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Blackfriars site, including a new four-star hotel, shops, housing and a theatre.
Expomedia has acquired ATS Events, the organiser of The Adventure Travel & Sports Show in London, for an initial £1m.
Whitbread has announced plans to open a £10m 60-bedroom Premier Travel Inn hotel in Lisburn within two years.
Mellinsus and Johnson Design Architects have drawn up plans to build a £55m eco-dome with a skating rink, concert venue and fishing pools on a 27-acre site at Gorleston in Norfolk.
Hilton International is planning to expand its chain of UK hotels from 70 to 140 over the next seven years, as part of a worldwide expansion programme.
MyTravel is to acquire Encore Cruises, the Canadian cruise holidays company, from First Choice for £1.8m.
Perth & Kinross Council has approved plans from JWK Property to build a 300-bedroom five-star hotel at Kinfauns near Perth.
Diamond Holidays is to set up a new coach holidays call centre in Swansea next year, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Galgorm Resort is to open a £10m spa at its site in Antrim early next year.
Vue Entertainment is planning to open about 15 new cinemas over the next three years, partly funded by the sale and leaseback of six existing sites.
QHotels is to invest £5m upgrading the Ashford International Hotel in Kent, having acquired the property for about £13m.
Golfrate is to submit plans to build a 100-bed Etap budget hotel at the St Nicholas Centre car park site in Sutton, London.
The Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) is to relocate from London to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield in September, with the creation of ten jobs.
Wakefield Council has secured a £5m lottery grant to build a £26m Hepworth gallery and arts centre by October 2008.
Fitness First has acquired three LivingWell health clubs in Australia from Hilton Hotels Corporation for about £10m, and HHC is now looking to sell its 25 UK clubs.
Forest Heath District Council has approved plans from Darley Stud Management to build a new multi-million pound stud farm near Newmarket.
Formby Hall Golf Club on Merseyside has secured planning permission to set up a £10m golf training academy by the end of 2007, with backing from the Professional Golfers Association.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £3.3m for the development of a local studies centre in Wolverhampton, £4.2m for the Derby Roundhouse and £4.3m for a Highland Archive Centre in Inverness.
Stanley Leisure has won permission to relocate its 9,000 sq ft Berkeley casino in Princes Street, Edinburgh, to a new £6.5m 30,000 sq ft site at Fountain Park in 2007.
Peckforton Castle Hotel in Cheshire is to undergo a £1m refurbishment in order to create a leading venue for conferences and product launches, having just been acquired by BDC Designs for £5m.
South Lakeland Caravans, the operator of nine lodge and caravan parks in the Lake District area, has been acquired by Legal & General Ventures for an estimated £100m.
Stockton Borough Council has approved plans from Tees Active to extend the Splash sports centre, at a cost of £3.5m.
De Vere, the hotels group, has accepted a £723m takeover offer from Alternative Hotel Group, and the business will be combined with AHG's chain of Verve conference centres.
Esprit Ski, the skiing holidays company, is to undergo a £20m management buy-out backed by Isis Equity Partners.
Bedfactory Hotels is planning to set up a chain of nine budget hotels across the country over the next three years, having already secured sites in Cheltenham and Exeter.
Real Affinity is to acquire Conferaccom, the Swindon-based events management company that trades as Venues Unlimited and has 85 staff, for up to £2m.
Newport City Council is to consider plans from Vinedale and AWG to develop a £11m luxury hotel with 120 bedrooms at the Celtic Springs Business Park.
Gwynedd Council has approved plans to develop a £5m five-star hotel on the site of the White House Hotel in Abersoch by summer 2007.
QHotels is spending £3.8m on the refurbishment of the Park Royal Hotel in Warrington this year, as part of a £50m investment across its eight sites.
Galaxy Travel, the East Anglian chain of 20 travel agency branches, has been acquired by Harvey World Travel of Australia.
Tasty is to raise £1.7m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its chain of three London-based Oriental restaurants.
Vue Entertainment, the cinema operator, is to undergo a £350m management buy-out.
Giraffe is planning to expand its chain of 12 restaurants to more than 25 by the end of 2009.
Leisure & Gaming has acquired the BetShop Group, the online gambling company and chain of Italian betting shops, for up to £32m.
Stanley Leisure has acquired the Harbour House casino in Southampton for £5.9m.
Punch Taverns has sold five former Spirit pubs in London to a new company called Food & Fuel.
Leeds City Council has unveiled plans to build a £10m sports and leisure complex at Killingbeck Fields.
Corby Borough Council has approved plans for the development of a £18m 50-metre swimming pool in 2007, as part of a new civic hub with an arts centre and library.
The Connaught hotel in London is planning to start work on an estimated £30m extension and refurbishment project next year.
St Edmundsbury Council has unveiled plans for the development of a £9m multiplex cinema in Haverhill, and negotiations are underway with a cinema operator.
Whitekirk Golf & Country Club is planning to invest £15m in the expansion of its golf and leisure resort in East Lothian, including a 100-bedroom four-star hotel and conference facilities.
Cardiff Council is to consider plans from Trinity Mirror for the development of a new 50,000 sq ft headquarters at the existing Thomson House site in the city centre by late 2007.
Everton Football Club is in preliminary talks with Tesco and Knowsley Council about plans to build a 55,000-capacity stadium, supermarket and hotel in Kirkby.
Peel Holdings is seeking permission to build a £22m hotel and car park at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Bourne Leisure is considering plans for the £10m expansion of the Seton Sands Holiday Village in East Lothian.
Travelzest is to acquire Fair's Fare, the Ealing-based travel planning company, for £3.9m.
Portsmouth City Council is considering plans from the owners of Clarence Pier for the development of a £2m 180ft observation wheel on Southsea seafront.
Derby Playhouse is to shed 36 jobs at its theatre, and the site will close for refurbishment between July and December.
Hotel Du Vin is to open boutique hotels in Edinburgh and Newcastle, and additional properties are now being sought in Aberdeen and St Andrews.
Golfrate is seeking permission for the £145m redevelopment of the London Trocadero at Piccadilly Circus, including a hotel, shopping centre and leisure facilities.
Kirklees Council is to consider plans for a 153-bed four-star hotel in Huddersfield, as part of the £50m HD1 Developments scheme at St George's.
The St Andrews Bay Hotel in Fife has been acquired by Apollo European Real Estate Fund and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts for undisclosed terms, and will undergo a £10m refurbishment programme.
London Clubs International is to open a new £13m 46,000 sq ft casino at the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester in October, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Bristol City Council has approved plans from Holland House Hotels to build a £35m four-star hotel at the Phoenix House site in Redcliffe by next March, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
The Olympic Delivery Authority is planning to set up a white-water canoe slalom course at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.
Punch Taverns is planning to sell 290 pubs to US-based private equity firm GI Partners for £570m, including 50 Two for One sites, 15 Bar Room bars and 30 branded as Q's.
Carlisle City Council is considering plans to build a £4m swimming pool complex at the Sands Centre, following a review of its facilities by leisure consultant PMP.
Kerrier District Council is to consider plans from Redruth Rugby Club to build a new £5m stadium at Tolgus Farm.
The Camelot Theme Park in Lancashire is expected to close within seven years, as Prime Resorts is looking to build a 1,000-home village on the site.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from Combined Property Services for the development a £135m De Vere hotel, housing estate and business park at Darnley Mains.
Starwood is seeking suitable sites to open W-branded boutique hotels in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Sportech is to sell its Bet Direct betting business to 32Red of Gibraltar for £12m.
Luminar is in discussions with Plymouth City Council about plans to set up a £6m Oceana superclub at the Barbican Leisure Park in Coxside, which could lead to the creation of 100 new jobs.
Bradford Council is considering plans from Manchester-based Mi7 Developments to build a £90m student village at Listerhills, including a hotel, shops and restaurants.
La Tasca is planning to open at least 14 new restaurants this year, to add to the existing 64.
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has unveiled plans for the development of a 42,000-capacity sports stadium at the 360-acre Maze prison site in Belfast.
Radisson Edwardian has unveiled plans to open a £40m 184-bedroom hotel at the Belgrade Plaza development in Coventry in 2008.
Malmaison is to acquire the One Devonshire Gardens luxury hotel in Glasgow for about £9m, and is now looking to open properties in Cambridge, York, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Tunbridge Wells and Harrogate.
Field & Lawn Marquees has acquired The Marquee Company of Northampton for £1m, and is now looking to double in size by 2011.
Cinque Ports has acquired South Devon Parks, the operator of caravan parks in Paignton and Dawlish, for £10m.
Wolverhampton & Dudley is to invest £20m on patios and shelters for its pubs, in preparation for the introduction of a smoking ban.
Gurnard Pines Holiday Village is seeking permission to build a £9m hotel and sports complex at its site on the Isle of Wight.
Next Generation Clubs is planning to open tennis clubs in Leicester, Swindon, Glasgow, Blackpool and Hertford, following its recent acquisition by London & Regional.
The Museum of London is seeking permission from the Corporation of London for the £18m expansion of its site by 2009.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans for the £10m transformation of Provan Hall and Blochairn House in Easterhouse into major tourist attractions.
Golden Tulip is planning to open a £9m hotel at St Mary's Gate in Sheffield in 2008, as part of a mixed-use scheme by Tiger Developments.
Buckingham Bingo is looking to double its chain of 11 bingo halls, and has just acquired the Stardust Bingo Club in Corby.
Coventry City Council is in negotiations with US-based Isle of Capri about plans to build a 400-bedroom four-star hotel next to the Ricoh Arena.
Dumfries & Galloway Council is to consider plans for the £81m development of Gretna as the "Gateway to Scotland", including the £40m expansion of the historic blacksmith's shop, a £3m care home and a £5m football stadium.
Corsie Group is to raise £1.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its Musselburgh-based sports equipment business.
Sportscotland has announced plans to relocate its national headquarters and up to 130 jobs from Edinburgh to a new National Indoor Sports Arena in Glasgow in 2009.
Derby City Council is to consider plans from Woodford Cedar for a £50m office, leisure, residential and retail development on a 12-acre site at Pride Park.
Powys County Council is to consider plans for the transformation of the former Celtica heritage centre in Machynlleth into a cinema, arts venue and office complex.
Southend Council is to consider plans for the £10m expansion of the seafront theme park at Marine Parade and the Sealife Adventure Aquarium on Eastern Esplanade.
Keele University has secured outline planning permission to build a four-star hotel, student halls, offices and teaching blocks over the next 15 years, which is expected to involve a £60m investment and the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Hull City Football Club is looking to invest £120m in hotel, conference and leisure facilities at the KC Stadium, regardless of whether it wins permission for a super-casino.
Next Generation Clubs, the chain of tennis clubs, has been acquired by London & Regional for £200m.
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has awarded a £50m contract to HBG to build a six-storey extension by 2008.
Marriott International is planning to open up to 50 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in the UK over the next five to ten years.
Million-2-1 has secured a £3m equity investment from Pi Capital to fund the expansion of its Manchester-based gambling games business, with plans to launch a digital TV channel and create 15 jobs.
Plymouth City Council is to consider plans from Stanley Casinos for the development of a new casino at Derry's Cross, to replace its existing site in Union Street.
National Museums Liverpool is to invest £1m in improvements to the Lady Lever art gallery in Port Sunlight.
Chardon Management is planning to expand its Glasgow-based chain of 12 hotels into a nationwide business with 17 sites.
Reading Borough Council is to consider plans from Stanley Casinos for the development of a £7m 30,000 sq ft casino at the proposed new greyhound and speedway stadium in Whitley.
Preston North End is to submit plans for the £6m development of its Deepdale stadium, including a new 8,000-seat stand and a 40,000 sq ft building for "non-football related" activities.
Swansea Council is in talks with Planet Ice about the possibility of setting up an ice rink in Swansea.
The Scottish Arts Council has announced plans to invest an additional £7.7m a year in Scottish dance, literature and visual arts.
North Kesteven District Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2.5m Olympic-sized ice rink in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire.
South Ayrshire Council is considering plans for the development of a £3.5m 105-bedroom Express by Holiday Inn hotel in Ayr.
Travelzest is to acquire Peng Travel, the Romford-based tour operator, for £1.8m.
Ashfield District Council has approved plans for the development of a £15m leisure centre and ice rink at the Lammas Recreation Ground in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Barnsley Metropolitan Council has approved plans from Ramada and Toby Inns for the development of a 120-bed hotel and pub at Capitol Park, which will create 60 jobs.
Essex County Cricket Club is planning to expand the capacity at its ground in Chelmsford by 25% to 8,000 by 2009, and is currently seeking developers.
Arena Leisure has submitted plans for the £20m redevelopment of Lingfield Park racecourse in Surrey.
Saltire Taverns is to invest £60m in the development of a nationwide chain of Le Monde hotels and bars, including sites in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and London.
Stanley Leisure is to set up a 30,000 sq ft casino at St Paul's Place in Sheffield in 2008, and is also planning new sites in Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Southampton.
Western & Oriental has acquired Travel Management Team, the Yorkshire-based conference and incentive travel company, for an initial £0.3m.
Mid Suffolk District Council has approved plans for the development of a £350m Snoasis indoor winter sports complex in Great Blakenham.
Multitrax is planning to open two 30,000 sq ft health clubs at Fulham and Tower Hill in London by January 2007.
Whitbread has submitted plans to build a £4.5m 61-bedroom Premier Travel Inn hotel in St Austell, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Initial Style Conferences is to spend up to £30m refurbishing its 29 conference properties, and will rebrand itself as Verve Venues.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to acquire 46 Marriott-branded hotels from Whitbread and Marriott International for £951m.
City of Edinburgh Council is planning to build a £15m arena to replace the Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens.
Celtic Football Club has secured planning permission from East Dunbartonshire Council to build a new training complex on a 50-acre site in Lennoxtown, at a cost of up to £10m.
Ultimate Leisure is planning to open Prohibition bars across the country and is currently in negotiations for four new sites.
X-Leisure is planning to open a further four Xscape entertainment centres at retail parks across the country over the next five years, and is particularly interested in Bristol, Southampton and London.
Travelsphere, the escorted holidays company, is expected to be acquired by private equity firm Electra Partners Europe.
Playgolf has sold Playgolf Heaton Park, which operates a golf centre in North Manchester, to Mack Trading for £0.5m.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £3.2m to help transform Barking Park, while nearby Eastbury Manor House in Barking is to get £1m to open the site up for more visitors.
Trentham Leisure is to invest £20m in the expansion of the Trentham Gardens complex in Staffordshire over the next two years, with the creation of 400 jobs.
The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been awarded £6.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Executive to develop a biodiversity centre.
Gambado is to open a £1.7m 16,000 sq ft children's play site at London's Imperial Wharf in Chelsea this spring.
Portland Hotels has acquired the 137-bedroom Jurys Hotel in the West End of Glasgow for about £10m, and will invest £3m upgrading its interior.
The Big Lottery Fund is in negotiations to set up a 58,000 sq ft office at Apex House in Birmingham.
Hermes Private Equity has acquired the Mayfair Gaming chain of eight bingo clubs from Risk Capital Partners for about £28m.
Brighton West Pier Trust has announced proposals for the development of a £20m 600ft observation platform on Brighton seafront, in order to attract more than 500,000 visitors a year.
Scottish Enterprise is co-operating with Trump International over plans for the development of a world-class golfing centre at the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.
Stanley Leisure is considering plans to relocate its Cromwell Mint casino in London to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
Abode Hotels is to set up an 80-room luxury hotel at the £50m Liberty Properties development in Chester.
Summerlee Heritage Park is to refurbish its industrial machinery museum in Coatbridge over the next two years, at a cost of £10m.
Scottish Ballet has submitted plans to transform part of the historic Tramway building in Glasgow into a £9m dance centre by summer 2008.
The Mary Rose Trust is planning to set up a new £23m museum for the Mary Rose ship at Portsmouth's historic dockyard by 2011.
Ladies Workout Express is planning to open up to 150 franchised fitness centres in the UK over the next four years.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is to consider plans from the Trevor Osborne Group to build a £25m five-star hotel and spa complex near the soon-to-open Thermae Bath Spa.
Olive Press is planning to open three more Pizzeria Bar & Grills in Clitheroe, Knutsford and Alderley Edge this year, and hopes to develop a chain of between 15 and 20 sites.
Instone International is to relocate its travel operations centre and about 37 staff from Lowestoft to a 6,500 sq ft office in Yarmouth this month, and expects to create 20 new jobs over the next two years.
Plymouth Dome is to create 70 new jobs at its Plymouth-based tourist attraction following an investment in new facilities by the Wykeham Group.
Southwark Council has approved plans from Oakmayne Properties for the development of a 214-bedroom hotel, cinema, shops and 219 homes at Elephant & Castle.
Alnwick Garden is seeking £25m of lottery funding to expand its Northumberland-based visitor attraction with a futuristic playground, ice rink and six new theme gardens.
Hull City Council is to seek lottery funding for the development of a £16m visitor attraction to tell the story of the Earth's rivers, wildlife and ecosystems at the Central Dry Dock on the River Hull.
Wolverhampton & Dudley has acquired Celtic Inns, the chain of 70 pubs in South Wales and southern England, for £44m.
National Assembly for Wales is to relocate about 100 tourism, transport and enterprise jobs to a new site in Llandudno Junction in spring 2008.
Carrick Council is to consider plans for the development of a £2m dry ski-slope centre near Newquay, under the name of Winterpark Cornwall.
Swallow Hotels has acquired six more Scottish hotels, including the Ballachulish Hotel near Glencoe, The Isles of Glencoe Hotel, the Oban Caledonian Hotel, the Carnoustie Golf Hotel, the Gleddoch House Hotel at Langbank and the Huntly Arms in Aboyne.
Parkdean, the chain of 20 caravan parks, is to be acquired by private equity firm Alchemy for £140m.
Pathfinder Pubs is planning to invest more than £25m in 20 new pubs over the next six months, to add to the existing 550.
EISS is setting up a 6,000 sq ft World Snooker Academy in Sheffield, in order to provide a training base for both amateur and professional players.
Kent County Cricket Club is considering plans to sell part of its Canterbury ground to fund the development of improved facilities, including a 100-bed hotel, a conference centre and a museum.
Holiday Retirement is planning to build a six-storey retirement "hotel" at Clarence Embankment in Cardiff, including 120 apartments, with the creation of about 50 jobs.
Whitbread has acquired seven Holiday Inns for £34m, and will convert them to its Premier Travel Inn brand over the next six months.
Gala has acquired 41 VCbet betting shops from Victor Chandler International for an estimated £30m.
Center Parcs, the operator of four holiday villages, is to be acquired by private equity firm Blackstone for £205m.
Aberdeen City Council is to seek bids from private companies to develop its three golf courses at Hazlehead.
The Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast is to receive £9m of public funding for the development of a new centre of cultural excellence by 2010, including a 350-seat theatre and exhibition space.
British Waterways is looking to set up 50 new inland marinas, in order to benefit from the growing popularity of canal boat holidays, and developers and landowners are being invited to devise plans.
Goals Soccer Centres is planning to open four new five-a-side football centres this year and at least five next year.
Talarius has acquired Leisurama, the chain of 19 gaming and bingo centres in the north of England, for £12m.
Edinburgh Zoo has secured a £1.8m Scottish Enterprise grant to go towards the development of a new £5.6m enclosure for chimpanzees.
Western & Oriental is planning to raise £5.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its luxury travel business, and has also announced the acquisitions of Ranch America for £0.4m and Lynton Cooper for £0.9m.
Balnagown Estate is considering plans to set up a £10m oil rig visitor centre in the Cromarty Firth, including a 50-room hotel, conference centre and naval museum.
Warrington Borough Council has approved plans for a £110m development at Winwick Street, including a cinema, 600 homes, a hotel and a health centre.
Northern Racing has sold a 1.8-acre site at Fontwell Park Racecourse in West Sussex to Mitchells & Butler for £0.9m, in order to develop a 40-room Vintage Inn and Innkeepers Lodge.
Gala has been selected as the operator of a new casino that will be part of the £100m Belgrade Plaza development due to open in Coventry in 2008.
Whitbread is planning to expand the number of rooms in its Premier Travel Inn budget hotel chain from 30,000 to 45,000 over the next five years.
Loch Fyne Restaurants is planning to spin off its Le Petit Blanc restaurant chain, and £6m of equity finance will be used to expand the new Blanc Brasseries business from five to 20 sites over the next four years.
Stafford Borough Council is considering plans from Chaseregen for the development of a new entertainment complex at CastleWharf, including a cinema, ice rink, bowling alley, bingo and gym.
Camden Council is to proceed with plans for the £14m refurbishment of the Kentish Town Sports Centre.
Wakefield Council is to consider plans to extend the Theatre Royal, including a new foyer, bars, box office and education suite.
London Clubs International has agreed to sell its Les Ambassadeurs casino in London to Twinwood of Indonesia for £115m.
Gwynedd Council is considering plans from Beicio Llanberis Cyf for the development of a £12m mountain bike centre near Llanberis.
Bradford Council is considering plans for the development of a new £35m canal from Shipley to Bradford, following a feasibility study by Arup.
BIL International of Singapore is looking to open up to 16 casinos in the UK, including both new applications and the acquisition of existing sites.
Waterworld is transforming its aqua park in Stoke-on-Trent into a multi-leisure destination complex at a cost of £10m, including a hotel and the creation of 175 jobs.
The Children's Play Council has secured a £15m lottery grant to invest in the five-year Play England project, which aims to develop opportunities for children's play across the country.
Oldham Athletic has appointed the Frank Whittle Partnership to draw up plans for the development of a new £80m 16,000-capacity football stadium.
Hogg Robinson has acquired Robustelli World Travel of the US for undisclosed terms.
Prezzo has raised £7.5m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its chain of 73 restaurants.
Brighton & Hove Council is to consider plans for the development of a £70m skating arena at Black Rock, including two ice rinks, a cinema, shops and an 11,000-capacity concert hall.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider plans for the development of a 192-room four-star hotel at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.
The Royal Institution has awarded a £10m contract to InteriorExterior for the refurbishment of its central London headquarters.
LA Fitness has acquired Crown Sports for £38m, taking its chain of health clubs from 61 to 90.
Hotel Du Vin is planning to set up a £9m 42-bedroom four-star hotel at a historic building on Scarcroft Road in York by next year.
One NorthEast has awarded a £5m grant for the development of a £26m Great North Museum at the Hancock Museum building in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is planning to open a £14m hotel and conference centre at the Surgeons' Hall Complex this summer.
Little Chef, the chain of 235 roadside restaurants, is to relocate its headquarters from Bedfordshire to Sheffield in April, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Gala is to acquire the Leo Casino in Liverpool for £14m, taking its chain to 31.
Macdonald Hotels is looking to sell a package of about 20 hotels in a sale and manage-back deal, in order to fund the development of more five-star sites.
Wakefield Council is to receive plans from Waystone for the development of a £200m rugby stadium in Glasshoughton for Castleford Tigers.
The England & Wales Cricket Board is to receive a £10m lottery grant to fund the development of new cricket facilities and benefit from the renewed interest in the sport.
National Assembly for Wales is considering proposals for the £45m restoration of the Montgomery Canal in mid Wales, which could create up to 100 jobs.
Tussauds Group has taken complete control of the London Eye with the acquisition of the remaining 33% stake, and £50m will now be invested at the visitor attraction with the creation of 100 jobs.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider proposals for the £10m transformation of the Hazlehead golf course, including a new clubhouse, swimming pool and 20 holiday cabins.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell 376 tenanted pubs to Admiral Taverns for £137m, taking the Admiral chain to 1,200.
Top Ten Holdings is to acquire three Bravo bingo clubs in Worksop, Leicester and Blackwood for £1.9m.
The Scotsman Hotel Group, which includes luxury hotels in Edinburgh and Leeds, has been acquired by MBI International for £63m.
Bristol City Council is considering plans from Rightacres of Cardiff to set up a £35m luxury hotel in a disused office building in Redcliffe.
The Design Museum is planning to relocate to an undisclosed site in London by 2012, at a cost of £50m.
Grantside is expected to acquire the former Terry's site in York for about £26m, in order to develop a new hotel, spa and health club, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
The National Forest is seeking £25m of lottery funding to develop a leading tourist attraction in Leicestershire, including a water sports centre, a Creative Forest Experience and the opening up of the Ashby Canal.
Arora International Hotels is to acquire the Airport Hotels Unit Trust, which owns nine airport hotels in the UK, for £300m, and the properties will continue to be managed by BAA Lynton Management.
The Youth Hostels Association is to invest £18m upgrading its chain of 227 hostels over the next ten years, but 32 loss-making sites will close.
Jurys Doyle is to submit plans to build a £25m 200-bedroom hotel in the centre of Derby by the end of 2007.
UKbetting is planning to raise £11m in a share placing to fund the development of content for its sports and gaming websites.
ExCeL is planning to invest up to £90m expanding its London exhibition centre by 260,000 sq ft.
Stanley Leisure has secured a licence to open a 30,000 sq ft casino in Nottingham at the end of the year.
Pagebet is looking to expand its Durham-based chain of 51 betting shops by opening about ten new sites a year.
Stanley Leisure has acquired MLG Investments, the operator of two casinos in Southend, as well as the Triangle casino in Bristol for a total £30m.
Astra Games is to relocate its amusement machines manufacturing business and up to 90 jobs to a larger site on the Bridgend Industrial Estate, with the creation of 50 new jobs.
Teignbridge Council has welcomed proposals from Devon & Cornwall Business Council to develop a £50m weather-based tourist attraction called Weather World, and one of the sites being considered is Seale Hayne College campus near Newton Abbot.
Cadbury World is investing £2m in the refurbishment of its chocolate-themed visitor attraction in Birmingham.
Bournemouth Borough Council is to consider preliminary proposals for the development of an Olympic-sized indoor ice rink at King's Park.
Luminar is considering plans to sell or rebrand its chain of 16 Jumpin' Jaks nightclubs, in response to an increase in competition from pubs offering extended opening times.
Talarius has raised £9m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Quicksilver slot machines business.
Newcastle Borough Council is to consider plans for the £1m expansion of the New Vic Theatre, including a new building to house an activity centre for its education department.
McKever Hotels is investing £8m in the transformation of Glasgow's Theatre Hotel into a 53-room luxury Glasgow City aparthotel by May 2006.
Photo-Me has acquired a 60% stake in Deith Group, the Reigate-based distributor and developer of coin-operated amusement and gaming machines, for an initial £1.2m.
Milton Keynes Council is considering a number of options for the future of the Milton Keynes Bowl open-air venue, including a possible £100m redevelopment as a sporting centre for the 2012 Olympics.
Hartford is to change its name to The Food & Drink Group, as part of a reorganisation that will include the expansion of its recently-acquired Henry J Bean's restaurant chain.
Cinque Ports, the chain of 19 holiday parks, has been acquired by Graphite Capital for £130m.
QHotels has bought the 120-room Cheltenham & Gloucester Moat House hotel in Brockworth for about £19m.
Brinker International of the US is planning to expand its UK chain of five Chili's and Romano's restaurants with up to 75 new sites over the next ten years.
Rugby Borough Council is backing plans from an unnamed company to build a 111-bedroom four-star hotel in the town centre, including conference facilities.
Ultimate Leisure is planning to invest £4m in the refurbishment of its nightclubs and bars this year.
Darlington Borough Council is to consider plans from Rockcliffe Hall Developments for the development of a £50m golf course and five-star hotel on the Rockcliffe Hall estate.
Gala has acquired ten bingo halls in Scotland from Glasgow-based County Properties for £64m.
Odyssey Health Clubs is to refurbish its Glory Mill club in Buckinghamshire this year, at a cost of £1.2m, and is also in talks to acquire two additional clubs.
Middlesbrough Council has approved plans for the development of a 10,000 sq ft casino at the Thistle Hotel in Fry Street.
Aberdeen City Council is to receive plans from the Dyce Sports & Leisure Development Trust to build a £3m sports centre at Pitmedden Road in Dyce, including an indoor sports hall and outdoor football pitches.
St Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa has announced plans for the £20m development of additional accommodation and leisure facilities, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Neath Port Talbot Council has approved plans from Express Parks Developments to build a £2.5m leisure complex at Aberavon beach, including bowling and bingo.
Alton Towers is looking to recruit up to 300 staff at its theme park and hotels, with the theme park jobs being permanent in order to give greater job security.
Watford Borough Council has approved plans from Travelodge for the development of a five-storey 94-bedroom hotel in the town centre.
Travelzest has acquired Holiday Express Group, the Cwmbran-based online travel company, for £2.2m.
Gold's Gym of the US is planning to set up a network of franchised health and fitness clubs in the UK, with the first opening in London's Park Royal later this year.
Hop Farm Country Park has secured government approval to build 64 upmarket holiday homes at Paddock Wood in Kent by 2008.
Von Essen Hotels has acquired Luxury Family Hotels for an initial £20m, including the Ickworth in Suffolk, Woolley Grange in Wiltshire, Moonfleet Manor in Dorset and Fowey Hall in Cornwall.
London Clubs International is seeking permission to open a £9m 19,000 sq ft casino at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane.