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Leisure - 1999






















Diageo has announced plans to open at least 85 Burger King restaurants in the UK in 2000, creating about 3,000 jobs.

North East Lincolnshire Council has approved plans from Maltgrade Estates for the development of the Meridian Point leisure complex in Cleethorpes, which will create 250 jobs.

Luminar Leisure is to set up a Chicago Rock Cafe at Newport on the Isle of Wight, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.

Tote has acquired 37 Yorkshire-based betting shops from Peter Smith Racing for undisclosed terms.
29-Dec-1999 has acquired STT Airways, the Swedish travel group, for undisclosed terms.

Arena Leisure has bought Windsor Group, the owner of the Royal Windsor Racecourse, in a £14m deal.

Bass is to acquire Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation of Australia for £126m, as part of a strategy to transform itself from a brewer to an international hotel group.

Reading Borough Council is considering plans from Shipleys Bingo to develop a £2m bingo hall at the former B&Q store in Whitley, with the creation of 70 jobs.

London Clubs International is seeking permission to set up a casino in Southend, which would create 150 jobs.

Rank Group is to open a new call centre in Bognor Regis to handle reservations for its holiday division, with 200 new jobs being created and a further 200 being relocated from other offices.

Fitness First is to open a new health club in Hull early next year, with the creation of 20 jobs.

First Choice has acquired full ownership of Holiday Hypermarkets in a £45m deal.

Virgin has bought a majority stake in Worldwide Travel, which will lead to the creation of 100 jobs at the Norfolk-based travel business over the next 12 months.

Scottish & Newcastle is to open eight Chef & Brewer pub restaurants in Scotland over the next 18 months, in a £12m development programme that will create 250 jobs.

Anchor International is to merge with Powerplay Supersoccer in a £54m deal supported by 3i, and the new group will set up 10 more football centres throughout the country over the next two years.

Lysaker Travel Management, the Bristol-based business and leisure travel agency, has been acquired by Ian Allen Travel.

Scottish & Newcastle Retail is planning to relocate its 450 staff in Northampton to a new office complex nearby, and a further 200 jobs will be created.

West Berkshire Council is considering plans for the tripling in size of the four-star Hanover International hotel in Pingewood, which would create 200 jobs.

Clubhaus has completed the acquisition of Invicta Leisure's golf division for £12m, which includes three prestigious clubs in Berkshire, Kent and Buckinghamshire.

Greenalls is to develop a £4m health and fitness club at Rubery near Birmingham next year, with the creation of 60 jobs.

Luminar is to acquire 20 nightclubs and seven bars from Allied Leisure for £34m, and the sites will be converted into Chicago Rock Cafes, Liquid nightclubs, and Rhythm Room restaurants.

Esso is seeking permission to build a motorway service station on the M27 near Fareham with the creation of 100 jobs, and is looking for companies to run the motel and restaurants.

Kingfisher Leisure is to open a £2.7m McClusky's pub and restaurant in Birmingham later this month with the creation of 100 jobs.

First Leisure is to open a £6m health and fitness club in Oxford in January, with the creation of 70 jobs.

Cannock Chase Council is considering plans from Echo Estates for the development of a leisure park in Hednesford, including pub, restaurants and health club, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Granada is to acquire the Harry Ramsden's chain of fish and chip restaurants for £20m, and plans to roll out the brand in its service stations throughout the country.

Northern Leisure is buying the nightclubs division of Rank Group for £150m, which will expand its chain to 125 nightclubs with a 5% market share.

Virgin Cinemas has agreed to sell its chain of 34 multiplex cinemas in the UK and Ireland to Union Generale Cinematographique of France for £215m.

Taylor Woodrow and Athanaeum Developments have submitted plans for a £25m family entertainment complex in Sunderland city centre, which could create up to 300 jobs.

Stanley Leisure has acquired the Annabelles Casino Group, which operates casinos in Bristol, Coventry and Leicester, for £7m.

Greenalls is planning to set up a £7m health club at the Old Tannery building in Norwich, with the creation of 60 jobs.

Scottish & Newcastle is seeking approval to build a £3m Lodge Inn hotel in Nottingham, creating about 40 jobs.

Sheffield United football club is linking up with regional development agency Yorkshire Forward to transform a site next to the Bramall Lane stadium into a £1.6m business centre, creating 300 jobs.

Merthyr Tydfil Council is planning to restore the historic blast furnaces at Cyfarthfa, creating a tourist attraction that will bring 100 new jobs to the area.

Whitbread has acquired Racquets & Healthtrack group for £78m, and will rebrand the six fitness clubs under the David Lloyd Leisure name.

First Choice has acquired Sunsail International, the operator of sailing holidays, for up to £40m.

Sheffield City Council is to consider plans from Speedome for a £1m expansion at its Sheffield Ski Village with the creation of 35 jobs, in order to create a self-contained leisure park with both summer and winter attractions.

Scottish & Newcastle has agreed to acquire Greenalls' pubs, budget hotels and restaurants for £1.1bn, leaving Greenalls to focus on fitness clubs and the two remaining hotel divisions.

JD Wetherspoon is to invest £12m in a new hotel in Birmingham and a number of new bars across the West Midlands with the creation of 250 jobs, as part of a nationwide expansion programme.

Chorion has announced plans to open seven new venues across the country, creating 840 jobs, with most of them based on the Tiger Tiger all-day cafe, bar and nightclub complex in London's West End.

Going Places is to open a new holiday call centre at the King's Court Centre in North Shields in December, and aims to recruit 472 staff.

Hoseasons, the supplier of boating and cottage holidays, has undergone a £22m management buy-out, and is now expected to expand into continental Europe.

Parisa is planning to open 20 cafe bars over the next 12 months, with the creation of 800 jobs.

BCB International, the Cardiff-based manufacturer of outdoor pursuit products, has sold its camping division to Simpson Lawrence, in order to focus on its core military and commercial marine markets.

Greenalls is to set up a health and fitness complex at Trentham Lakes in Stoke-on-Trent next year, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.

Sports Internet has acquired Surrey Group for £20m, as part of a strategy to build up an online betting business.

Airtours is acquiring 155 German travel agencies from Metro's Real Group in a £9.4m deal made by Frosch Touristik, the tour operator in which Airtours has a 35% stake.

Paramount Hotels is to acquire Scottish Highland Hotels for £38m, thereby gaining five hotels in Scotland and two in northern England.

Enic is to acquire Gibraltar-based Victor Chandler International for up to £70m, in order to benefit from the rapid growth in the offshore betting market.

Pubs 'n' Bars is spending £8.7m on a series of acquisitions that will expand its estate from four to 51, including the reverse takeover of both Real Leisure and Acorn Inns.

First Leisure is to sell its family entertainment business to Allied Leisure and Duke Street Capital for £111m, including bowling centres, the Trecco Bay caravan site, and the Snowdome ski slope in Tamworth.

First Choice Holidays is to create 600 jobs in Scotland by the end of the year in an expansion of its new Travel Choice division, including a call centre in Ayrshire and 35 travel shopping outlets.

Carillion has won a contract from US-owned Malmaison Hotels to build a £20m hotel on the site of Birmingham's Mailbox development, which will create 200 jobs.

Lunn Poly is to set up a call centre in Glasgow for its direct holiday and travel sales business, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs over the next five years.

Hartford Group has announced terms for a £30m merger with the Montana chain of London restaurants.

Alton Towers has announced a £30m plan to build a second hotel with the creation of 320 jobs.

Kunick is to acquire Circa Leisure for £10m, to create a leading local authority health and fitness company managing 107 leisure centres.

Apollo Leisure, the operator of 27 theatres, has been acquired by SFX Entertainment of the US for £162m.

Holmes Place has acquired Citygreen du Leman, the Swiss health and fitness club operator, for £3.4m.

Punch Taverns has agreed to acquire Allied Domecq's 3,500 pubs and 50% share of the First Quench off-licence business for £2.75bn.

Rank has announced that more than 500 jobs will be created at the £40m Sky Dome leisure complex in Coventry.

Punch Taverns is to acquire Inn Business for £69m, as part of a strategy to become a leading pub operator.

The Concorde Club in Eastleigh is building a 35-bedroom hotel next to its existing facilities, and 15 jobs will be created when it opens next spring.

Gala is to open a new bingo club in Banbury later this year with the creation of 40 jobs.

Fife Council has approved plans from the St Andrews Bay Development Company for a £50m golf development at Kingask, including a hotel, conference centre, spa, clubhouse, two golf courses, and the creation of 275 jobs.

Winchester City Council has won a European grant to transform the new Winchester Walk into a tourism attraction, in order to promote the city's links with King Alfred and create up to 40 jobs.

Salford Council has announced that the government has approved plans for a £85m SnoWorld leisure complex, which will include ski slopes, shops and multiplex cinema, and create about 2,600 jobs.

Gold Medal Travel is to set up a call centre in Preston employing 400 people, as part of a £10m office and leisure development on the docks.

Kirklees Council has approved plans for the transformation of the Providence Chapel in Cleckheaton into a conference centre and restaurant, which will create 60 jobs.

Airtours is acquiring Trivselresor, the Swedish holidays company, for £7.5m.

Jennings Brothers is to acquire Cafe Inns, the Lancashire-based operator of 73 pubs, for about £15m.

Fife Council is considering plans for a hotel, business centre, and football academy at Dunfermline Athletic's stadium, which could create up to 500 jobs.

Swallow is to sell 659 tenanted pubs to Pubmaster for £127m, in order to focus on hotels and managed pubs.

McDonald's has won permission to build a drive-through restaurant at Camborne in Cornwall with the creation of 60 jobs.

Bannatyne Health & Leisure is to open a £3m health club in Aberdeen with the creation of 50 jobs, and is also seeking approval for a site in Darlington.

Isle of Wight Council is considering plans from a local businessman for the construction of a hotel, conference and exhibition centre near Ryde, which would create about 140 jobs.

Clydeport and Bank of Scotland have confirmed plans for a £500m development on the river Clyde in Glasgow, including leisure facilities, shops, housing and offices.

Bradford Council has given Leeds-based Contract Experts the go-ahead to build a new hotel in Baildon, creating dozens of new jobs.

First Leisure has confirmed that 200 jobs will be created with the opening of three venues at the new Barbican Leisure Park in Plymouth, including the Superbowl, the Destiny nightclub and the Heroes sports bar.

Thomson Travel is acquiring the leisure travel business of Via Gruppen of Norway for £13m, including Prisma Tours and Via Leisure Travel.

Macdonald Hotels is planning to build a £14m 200-bedroom hotel at Leeds-Bradford International Airport, which could create more than 100 jobs.

Greenalls has revealed details of its £12m leisure development in Manchester city centre, including a health and fitness club, a 147-bedroom Premier lodge and a Henry's Cafe Bar, creating 100 jobs.

The government's property agency has agreed plans for the redevelopment of the historic code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, involving a visitor's centre, leisure facilities, and the creation of hundreds of jobs.

Allied Leisure is set to acquire European Leisure, the nightclubs and snooker operator, for £34m, and is planning to sell off European's 52 nightclubs.

Bass is seeking a major leisure company to operate a planned £1.2m health and fitness complex at the Centrum 100 business park in Burton, which will create 50 jobs.

Virgin Cinemas has started work on a new £4.5m nine-screen cinema complex in Hull, and 60 jobs will be created when it opens next year.

Northern Leisure is acquiring Unicorn Holdings, the operator of five nightclubs, for £9.3m.

Parisa is to open five cafe-bars in London, Newbury, Bromley, Harpenden and Leeds, with the creation of 200 jobs.

Arena Leisure is to buy Ram Racing, the operator of Southwell and Wolverhampton racecourses, for £16m, in order to double its share of the racing market.

Portico has revealed plans to convert Ecclesgreig Castle near St Cyrus in Scotland into a hotel and leisure centre with the creation of up to 60 jobs.

Cannons is to acquire Pinnacle Leisure, the operator of 10 fitness clubs, for £63m.

Travel House, the Swansea-based travel agency, is planning to create 800 jobs in the city over the next three years following its acquisition by Thomson Travel, and it will move to a larger call centre to run Thomson's Teletext operation.

Portsmouth City Council is considering plans from Munroe K for the construction of a health and fitness centre as part of the £5m expansion of Port Solent that will create 300 jobs.

Newcastle City Council has approved a £120m plan from Stamford Developments to transform Swan House into a luxury hotel and build a shopping mall with an 11-screen cinema, and up to 700 jobs will be created.

Oriel Leisure is to build a £4m Holiday Inn Express hotel on Gloucester's Waterwells Business Park, creating at least 20 jobs.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Barnsley has secured £6.5m of funding for an expansion that will transform it into a major tourist attraction, and several hundred jobs will be created.

Greenalls is to spend £14m building seven hotels in the car parks of London Underground stations, with the creation of almost 200 jobs.

Crown Leisure, the amusement machine company, is to undergo a management buy-out in a £8.4m deal backed by the Bank of Scotland.

Fratelli Sarti is planning to set up four Italian restaurants in Glasgow with the creation on 400 jobs.

First Leisure is seeking 150 staff for its new bowling alley, nightclub, and bar at the Barbican Leisure Centre in Plymouth, while Pizza Hut and the Old Orleans restaurant chain are also opening outlets at the site.

Whitbread is seeking 75 staff for its new £2.3m Travel Inn at Hayle in Cornwall, which is due to open in June.

Airtours is acquiring Marysol, the Dutch travel agent, for undisclosed terms.

Rank is seeking 180 staff for a new call centre at Bognor, which will become the national headquarters for holiday reservations for all Rank holiday companies.

Michelin has confirmed plans to develop a 55-acre industrial park and hotel at Sideway near Stoke-on-Trent, creating up to 1,200 jobs.

Whitbread is to invest £60m in the north-west this year with the creation of 1,000 jobs, including a new David Lloyd Leisure centre at the former Bolton Royal Infirmary site and others in Warrington, Speke and Kirkby.

Tote has acquired 32 Mike Dines betting shops in the North West of England for undisclosed terms, taking its total number of outlets to 275.

Nottingham City Council has announced plans for a £25m city centre leisure scheme that will include a 14-screen cinema, 100-bed hotel and restaurants, creating 150 jobs.

Paul Cockcroft Properties is planning to build a leisure park between Brighouse and Elland, including a 30-bedroom hotel, holiday cottages and sports facilities, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Whitbread is to build a 260-room Travel Inn in Belfast's Victoria Street, creating 100 jobs.

Bass Developments has won approval from the East Staffordshire planning committee to build a £7m nine-screen cinema with restaurants and a pub in Burton, creating 140 jobs.

Celtic Manor, the £100m hotel complex near Newport in Gwent, is seeking 200 additional staff following an expansion that has left it with 400 rooms, two restaurants, two health clubs and a conference centre.

Lambert Smith Hampton is acting as agent for a £4m retail and visitor attraction being planned by the Moygashel Development Association in Mid Ulster, which could create up to 400 jobs.

Jagged Globe, the operator of tours for climbers, is to set up a new headquarters at the Foundry climbing centre in Sheffield, creating 20 jobs.

Highland Council has agreed the sale of land at the site of the former Glebe Street swimming pool in Inverness to builders Upland Tulloch for the construction of a £10m hotel and conference centre, which will create 100 jobs.

Birmingham City Council has approved plans from architects Hulme Upright Weedon for a 240-bedroom City Inn hotel in the Brindleyplace district, creating 100 jobs.

Millennium & Copthorne is acquiring the hotel interests of CDL Hotels International for £556m, which will give it 43 hotels in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Greenalls is planning to build a £12m 98-bedroom hotel in Dudley under the Village brand, including leisure club and swimming pool.

Macdonald Hotels has won approval to build a £7.5m four-star hotel and country club on the River Tweed at Cardrona in the Borders, which will create 100 jobs.

Jurys is acquiring the Doyle Hotel Group for £207m, in order to gain three US hotels and expand its market share in Ireland.

Greene King has won permission to build a 40-bed hotel in Basildon, creating 14 jobs.

Aston Villa is to submit plans to Birmingham City Council to spend £18m modernising its football stadium and building a food superstore and industrial estate, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.

Littlewoods is to create a further 300 jobs in Warrington and Knowsley in order to expand its telephone-based gambling operation.

Capital Radio is selling the Henry J Bean chain of bar restaurants to a management team operating as Silverluck for £2.4m.

Thomson Travel has acquired Keynsham-based Spanish Harbour Holidays for about £2m, as part of a strategy to expand its portfolio of specialist tour operators.

Hartlepool Borough Council has approved plans from Springhealth Leisure for the construction of a £2.5m gym and health club in Hartlepool, which will create about 90 jobs.

Swansea Council has revealed plans for the new £70m National Waterfront Museum which is expected to attract 1.5m visitors a year and create 200 jobs.

Torbay Council is considering plans from McDonalds and Kentucky Freid Chicken to set up fast food outlets on the outskirts of Paignton, which could lead to the creation of 100 jobs.

Stanley Leisure is set to acquire Capital Corporation, the London casino group, for £86m, in order to expand its chain of 24 casinos.

Greenalls is selling its Stretton Leisure fruit-machine business to Leisure Link Group for £28m, in order to focus on leisure retailing operations with higher growth prospects.

Greenalls is planning a £2m refurbishment for the Tramps nightclub in Birmingham, which will lead to the creation of 70 jobs.

Enterprise Inns is acquiring Century Inns, the chain of about 500 pubs, for £79m, and the Century head office in Stockton-on-Tees will be closed.

McDonald's has acquired Aroma, the chain of 23 London coffee bars, from Apax Partners for more than £10m, and hundreds of new Aroma outlets are being planned.

City Centre Restaurants is planning to open 25 restaurants this year, taking the total to 330.

Scottish Highland Hotels is to build a £1.4m health and leisure club at the Hellaby Hall Hotel in Rotherham, creating 20 jobs.

South Country Homes is acquiring Thistledown for £3.3m in order to transform itself from a property company into a leisure group, and it will be renamed Marazan Leisure.

Whitbread Inns' Hogshead Pub division is investing £0.6m in a new pub in Plymouth city centre, with the creation of 30 jobs.

The National Maritime Museum is to donate exhibits for a new £17m maritime museum that will be set up in Falmouth over the next two years, and 70 jobs will be created.

Tulloch is to build a £10m hotel and conference centre in Inverness, which will create 100 jobs.

Direct Holidays is to open a customer service support centre in Glasgow in May, with the creation of 150 jobs.

First Choice is to merge with Kuoni Reisen of Switzerland to create one of the largest tour operators in Europe, and the new group will be called Kuoni Holdings and have a headquarters in Crawley.

Scottish & Newcastle is to spend £150m over the next two years on the expansion of its Lodge Inns budget hotels business, its new coffee bar and Italian restaurants, and its chain of City Limits catering establishments.

Uttoxeter Leisure & Development Company is planning a £2.5m development at Uttoxeter racecourse, in order to create a major tourist attraction and 200 jobs.

Thomas Cook is to create an additional 200 jobs at its holiday call centre in Falkirk and 100 jobs at Glasgow Airport, but there will be about 120 job losses in Ayrshire and Clydebank.

Allied Leisure has agreed terms for a merger with European Leisure, and they will focus on expanding the snooker and bowling sides of the business.

Holmes Place is to spend up to £40m opening another 10 health clubs this year, to add to the existing 26.

The Forest Inn pub at Fence near Burnley is planning a £2.5m refurbishment to create a 66-bed hotel with conference and leisure facilities, and 140 jobs could be created.

Gloucester City Council has given Crest Nicholson Properties the go-ahead to build a 106-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel at the Quedgeley business park, creating up to 60 jobs.

JD Wetherspoon is planning to build one of the country's largest pubs in Plymouth later this year, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Warings Contractors has won a £2.5m contract to build a 78-room Granada Travelodge in Portsmouth, which will create 30 jobs.

Seaquest UK expects to recruit an extra 20 workers to produce a new marine floating system that can support hotels and offices.

The Ministry of Sound nightclub is to set up a £1m venue in Birmingham with the creation of 50 jobs, and other sites are being sought around the country.

The government has announced plans to set up a £140m network of sporting centres of excellence, with a headquarters in Sheffield and ten regional centres.

Scottish & Newcastle is to invest £50m opening 90 T&J Bernard pubs in town centres, with the creation of 1,450 jobs.

Leeds City Council is expected to approve plans for the construction of a luxury hotel and conference centre on the Thorpe Park office development in Leeds, which will create 160 jobs.

Nomura has dropped plans to float its William Hill betting business in favour of a trade sale to the venture capital groups CVC and Cinven for £825m.

JD Wetherspoon is planning to build a £1m pub in Bridlington with the creation of 25 jobs.

Granada is planning to build a motel and restaurant at North Weald in Essex, which will create 40 jobs.

Greenalls and Mansfield are to open a new hotel and pub at the Wakefield Europort site this summer, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Granada is to open two new motorway service stations at Derby and Doncaster and expand facilities at existing service stations, in a £70m investment that will create 1,500 jobs.

Teesland Group has announced plans to set up a theme park at the abandoned Rosyth navy base in Fife, with the creation of more than 1,000 jobs.

Derby City Council has approved plans for the construction of a £9m leisure and retail complex next to Pride Park Stadium, including a JJB Sports superstore, fast-food outlets, football pitches and roller-hockey pitches.

Inn Business has acquired Trent Taverns, the chain of 82 pubs, in a £13m deal, taking its total estate to nearly 700 pubs.

PizzaExpress is planning to open 40 restaurants a year, creating about 5,000 jobs within five years.

Ladbroke is set to acquire Stakis for about £1.16bn, which will give it an extra 54 hotels, 22 casinos and 67 health clubs, and the Stakis head office in Glasgow is likely to close.

Brands Hatch Leisure is to acquire Rebel Group, the operator of two karting circuits, for up to £5.5m.

Broxtowe Borough Council is considering plans from Geo Akins for a £15m leisure development near Ilkeston, including health club, hotel, restaurant, and country park, and about 100 jobs could be created.

Granada expects to create 2,500 jobs in its roadside catering and Travelodge business this year, as part of a previously-announced expansion plan.

Bass has set up a recruitment hotline on 01332 369300 to recruit 70 staff for a new restaurant being built in Derby's Pride Park.

Bowey Construction is linking up with Helios Properties and others to plan a £25m leisure scheme in Sunderland, including multiplex cinema and bowling alley, that could create up to 500 jobs.

Vardon, the operator of health clubs, has acquired Lyric Designs for £2.6m, and is changing its name to Cannons.

Thomson Travel is acquiring Simply Travel, the villa and country hotel specialist, for £22m and Scan Holiday, the Polish tour operator, for £6m.

Allied Domecq is to build a Big Steak Pub in Ryhope, Sunderland, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Whitbread is planning to build a £2.2m Brewers Fayre and Travel Inn in Barnstaple, with the creation of 65 jobs.

Bass Leisure Retail is planning to convert the historic Titchfield mill in Hampshire into a restaurant and museum, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Berkeley Group is planning a £100m waterside leisure development in Leeds, in partnership with the Royal Armouries and British Waterways, including hotels, restaurants, arts centre and casino.

English Partnerships is to provide £12m of funding to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal restoration project, and up to 400 new jobs will be created.

The Imperial War Museum is to build a £28m branch in Manchester, and aims to attract 400,000 visitors a year after it opens in 2001.

Stakis is to invest £119m over the next 18 months in its hotels, casinos and health clubs, creating 850 jobs.

Swansea Council has begun work on a £5m scheme to convert the former Wind Street post office building into a restaurant, bar, and offices, and up to 300 jobs will be created or relocated there.

The new five-star Hilton hotel in Cardiff, which is due to open in the spring, has begun its recruitment drive for 160 staff.

Cygnet Properties is close to completing the £1m refurbishment of the Cygnet Hotel in Leicester, and is seeking 150 staff.

Travel City Direct has acquired Robert Davies Travel and its holiday shops in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Barry and Porthcawl.

Whitbread is planning to build a David Lloyd Leisure sports and fitness centre in Plymouth, which will create about 100 jobs.

Fitness First is to set up a £1.5m health and fitness centre in Swindon, with the creation of up to 40 jobs, and is now seeking premises in a further 13 towns and cities.

Virgin has announced plans to build a £6m nine-screen multiplex cinema in Hull, which will create 60 new jobs.

Touchdown Travel is to relocate its Teletext holidays business from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare as part of an expansion plan that will create up to 100 jobs.

Rank is to open a £3m Mecca bingo club in Dewsbury during the next few months, with the creation of 70 jobs.

Lonsdale Travel Group, the supplier of business travel services, is planning a £1m extension to its Derby headquarters, and is creating an extra 100 jobs.

Regal Hotel Group is linking up with the finance company Intermediate Capital Group to acquire County Hotels for £42m, which will add 25 hotel properties to Regal's portfolio.

Portmeirion is planning to build a £6m visitor centre and factory extension at its pottery in Stoke, creating 110 new jobs.

Alton Towers has launched a recruitment drive for 650 workers to fill temporary vacancies at the Staffordshire theme park.

Ragdale Hall Health Hydro is seeking permission from Melton Borough Council to expand its leisure facilities and add new bedrooms, in a scheme that would create 100 new jobs.