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Guardian Media Group has acquired the radio operations of Saga Group for undisclosed terms, including services in the West Midlands, East Midlands and Glasgow.
Boat International, the boating magazine, has undergone a £29m management but-out backed by August Equity.
BSkyB has acquired 365 Media, the operator of betting and sports websites, for £96m.
Shine is planning to acquire three independent TV companies for £65m, including Kudos Film & Television, Firefly and Princess Productions.
Entertainment Rights is to acquire Classic Media Holdings, the US-based owner of a portfolio of children's characters, for £107m.
NTL Telewest is to create 90 new jobs at its customer service call centre in Birmingham, as part of a £5.3m investment that will create 300 jobs across the country.
Pearson is to sell its government services division to Veritas Capital of the US for £340m, and is now looking to spend up to £280m on bolt-on acquisitions and the expansion of its existing operations.
Action Sports Media is to merge with Permanent Publishing and 4130 Publishing to create a combined extreme sports publishing group with 24 magazines.
United Business Media has acquired OAG Holdings, the provider of passenger and cargo flight information to the global aviation industry, for £2.5m.
Wilmington has bought the Press Gazette trade magazine out of administration, and will invest £0.1m expanding its web presence.
Brahm has acquired Swamp for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Leeds-based marketing agency with 185 staff.
Portman Film & Television, the independent TV production company, is to be acquired by the Digital Rights Group, funded by a £3m cash injection from Ingenious Media Active Capital.
Creston has acquired PAN Advertising, the Surrey-based healthcare advertising company, for up to £19m.
BT Group is planning to invest £100m in the development of a broadband TV business under the name of BT Vision over the next year, including the acquisition of sports rights and equipment.
ITV has acquired Enable Media, the owner of the Scoot online directory, for about £3m.
Bigmouth Media of Edinburgh has merged with Global Media of Germany, creating a combined internet marketing group with an estimated value of £100m.
First Artist Corporation has acquired Dewynters, the London-based entertainment industry marketing services agency, for up to £16m.
ScreenFX is looking to raise £5m in a share placing to secure the future of its digital advertising business and expand its network of screens in 2007.
Future is to sell its Italian magazine publishing business to Sprea Editori for £0.7m, and is also planning to invest £6.7m in its internet strategy next year.
Incisive Media is to acquire MSM International, the publisher of financial services magazines, for £22m.
Ekay has acquired Wallace Barnaby & Associates, the Guernsey-based marketing and advertising agency, for £1.7m.
Emap is to set up an additional 60,000 sq ft office at Greater London House in London NW1, and staff will relocate from its magazine publishing operations in Bowling Green Lane and Rosebery Avenue.
Brainjuicer is to raise £1.4m in a share placing on Aim to fund the development of its market research business.
United Business Media has sold BackBeat Books, its US-based book publishing business, to Hal Leonard Corporation for £1.2m.
Blackwell Publishing, the Oxford-based academic publisher, is to be acquired by John Wiley & Sons of the US for £572m.
Tarsus Group is to acquire an 80% stake in Medical Conferences International, the US operator of medical sector exhibitions and conferences, for an initial £19m.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Time Research, the Chile-based market research company with 51 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Touch Local has secured a £7m investment from Benchmark Capital to expand the 26-strong workforce at its directory services business in Nelson to 100.
Media Square has sold Karen Earl Sponsorship, the London-based sports sponsorship consultancy, to The Engine Group for £3.5m.
Hasgrove is to raise £6.2m in a share placing on Aim to fund the expansion of its Manchester-based marketing and communications business, including the creation of an office network in continental Europe.
Ten Alps has acquired Cameron Publishing, the Gateshead-based publisher with 47 staff, for up to £0.8m, and is now in negotiations to acquire TV production companies.
Eicom is to acquire Green Light Cable & Satellite, the programme rights acquisition agency, and also has an option to acquire Renown Productions.
News Letter is to relocate the offices of its Belfast-based newspaper to the Metro Building on Donegall Square in December.
Interpublic, the media buying company, is to set up a 38,000 sq ft office at Cardinal Place in London's Victoria.
HandMade is to acquire Sequence Film, the film sales and marketing company, for up to £4.5m.
BSkyB is to set up a new administrative centre in Livingston, with the creation of up to 255 jobs, in order to consolidate its corporate finance and legal operations on one site.
Pearson is planning to relocate its London-based business magazine operations to the same offices as the Financial Times newspaper.
Datamonitor is to acquire Ovum, the London-based technology research company, for £42m.
Huntsworth is to acquire Quiller Associates for an initial £5.9m, in order to expand its Hudson Sandler public relations business.
GCap Media has sold its Century FM radio stations in Manchester and Gateshead to Guardian Media Group for £60m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Villarenters, the holiday rental property website, for an initial £3m.
NTL is creating 200 new jobs at its customer care call centre in Swansea over the next few months.
Mwnci, the Cardiff-based TV production company with 12 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Stocks Taylor Benson is to relocate its Leicester-based marketing design business and up to 30 staff to a new £1m site at Grove Park in December.
Brandsauce is to relocate the headquarters of its 3D modelling business from Manchester to Bangor, Gwynedd, by the end of the year, with the creation of 33 jobs.
Informa is to acquire Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, the US publisher of books and academic journals, for £38m.
DM has acquired the Home Gaming business of Invox, which rents data generated from direct mail and responses to competitions from premium rate lines and texts, for £2m.
Vitec Group is to acquire ALC Broadcast, the holding company for the Autoscript prompting business subsidiaries in the UK and the US with gross assets of £2.1m.
GOD TV is creating 35 IT, editing and administration jobs at its new TV research and development centre in Plymouth.
Formation Group is to sell its Sports Marketing division to Sportfive of Germany for up to £11m, including Fox Sports, RC&A Sports Management, Bermitz Sports Advertising, Sponsormatic and Active Sports Marketing.
Amaro, the Gateshead-based leaflet distributor with 120 staff, has been acquired by Mediaforce, but administrators KPMG will close its Rotherham depot with the loss of 80 jobs.
Different is planning to expand the 35-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based advertising agency by up to 20% over the next few years, and is in the process of relocating to a larger £1m office.
Optimisa has acquired Andrew Irving Associates, the London-based market research company, for £0.3m.
Medal Entertainment & Media has acquired UGD Britannia Music, the CD and DVD direct marketing company, for £1.5m.
United Business Media has acquired US Newswire, the US-based distributor of press releases, from Medialink Worldwide for an initial £10m.
Handbag.com, the network of women's websites, has been acquired by Hearst Corporation's NatMag for about £22m.
Shed Productions has acquired Screentime Partners, the global TV distribution company, for an initial £2m.
Sabhal Mor Ostaig is to build a £7m media studies centre at its Gaelic college on Skye by the end of next year, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Capita is to expand the workforce at its TV licensing call centre in Darwen, Lancashire, from 210 to about 340.
Cello Group has acquired SMT Consulting, the Oxford-based strategy and research consultancy with 35 staff, for up to £8.8m.
Incisive Media, the business magazines publisher, is to be acquired by Apax Partners for £199m.
Imagesound has acquired Impact Automedia, the Clydebank-based provider of instore retail audio and visual services, from Clydebroadcast Products.
Sanctuary is to sell Sanctuary Post, its London-based music services business, to a management buy-out.
Ecotec has acquired CSR Survey, the Staffordshire-based market research company with five full-time staff and a pool of up to 600 interviewers, for undisclosed terms.
Channel 4 is to acquire a 50% stake in Taste Events, the operator of food and restaurant festivals valued at £3m.
United Business Media has sold a number of US print media titles to The Wicks Group of Companies for £25m.
Coolabi has bought the business and assets of the children's division of Zenith Entertainment out of administration.
Guardian Media Group is to relocate 500 Manchester-based staff from Deansgate to a new site in Hardman Street over the next few weeks.
Daily Mail & General Trust has sold its Study Group International language training business to CHAMP Private Equity and Petersen Investments for £75m.
Imagineer has secured a £1m equity investment to fund the expansion of its film and video special effect technologies business.
Frontline Television, the London-based TV production company with 20 staff, is to undergo a management buy-out and will then be renamed as The Club.
Medal Entertainment & Media has sold the Fountain Television Studios in Wembley to InvestinMedia for £1.5m.
Huveaux is to acquire Letts Education and Leckie & Leckie, the Scottish publishers of study guides, from Veronis Suhler Stevenson for £12m.
RDF Media is to acquire The Comedy Unit, the Glasgow-based TV production company with 20 staff, for up to £11m.
Yell is to set up a new 3,000 sq ft Yellow Pages sales office with up to 35 staff at Hillview Road in Aberdeen.
ScreenFX has acquired POPtv, the independent media sales company, for under £0.1m.
Media Square has acquired a majority stake in Leonhardt & Kern, the German advertising agency with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Cavendish Press, the Manchester-based news agency with 11 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Simply Energy, the operator of the SimplySwitch website that compares household utility bills, for up to £22m.
Poulters, the Leeds-based marketing agency, has been acquired by Bezier of Wakefield for undisclosed terms.
Delling Group is to acquire Eckerud Scandinavian, the Swedish exhibition company, for an initial £1.5m.
NXO is planning to create an unspecified number of jobs at its Preston-based marketing services agency, and a new regional office has just opened in Coventry.
Milestone is to sell its Oxfordshire-based Property Weekly publishing business to Tindle Newspapers for £1.4m.
Tiscali has acquired Video Networks, the operator of the Homechoice TV service in London and Stevenage.
Capita is to set up a new 40,000 sq ft office at Donegall Square in Belfast to help service its BBC outsourcing contract.
Trinity Mirror is to sell the recruitment consultancy division of Hotgroup to a management buy-out operating under the name of Ochre House for £11m.
LBM is creating 250 new jobs at its customer contact call centres in Altrincham and Bredbury, having recently won a new contract from Sky.
Pearson is to acquire Mergermarket, the provider of financial information to investment banks with offices in London, New York and Hong Kong, for £101m.
RDF Media is to acquire The Foundation TV Productions, the Kent-based TV production company, for an initial £4m.
VTR is to acquire Clear Post Production, the London-based animation and effects company, and Clear will relocate to the VTR site in Dean Street.
Metal Bulletin, the financial publisher, is to be acquired by Euromoney Institutional Investor for £221m.
All3Media, the TV production company, has been acquired by private equity firm Permira in a £212m deal.
Huveaux has acquired Political Wizard, the online political monitoring company, for up to £4.9m.
Rank has announced that Deluxe Media Services has sold its Blackburn-based CD replication business to a subsidiary of Entertainment Distribution Company for £3m.
Avesco has acquired Mazzo Events, the Dutch audio-visual services company, for £0.2m.
Aggregator has secured £9m from 3i, Intel Capital and Amadeus Capital Partners to fund the development of a series of internet TV services over the next few years.
BSkyB is to invest £400m in the development of a broadband internet access business over the next three years.
The 118 Group is to set up a new £1m directories call centre in Chelmsford over the next six weeks, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Trinity Mirror is to sell its Inside Communications magazines and exhibitions business to Ocean Media for £41m.
Amaro is seeking a suitable site to set up a leaflet distribution centre in Glasgow next year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired three online media companies for a total £17m, including Auto Exposure, Interbase and The Appointment.
BBC Scotland is to refurbish its Highland headquarters in Inverness by early next year, at a cost of £1.5m.
Tangent Communications has acquired C360UK, the marketing technology company, for £4.5m.
Metro Broadcast is planning to double the size of its London-based TV production business over the next three years, including a new £2.5m facility in Soho and the relocation of its 15,000 sq ft Waterloo-based hire division to a larger site.
Boxer, the design company, will be the first tenants at the revamped Fort Dunlop site in Birmingham, and will relocate from Coleshill to a 7,674 sq ft office in October.
United Business Media has acquired Commonwealth Business Media, the publisher of various media titles in the US, for £83m.
WPP has acquired Zaaz, the US digital marketing company with 65 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Turner Broadcasting of the US is to set up an animated comedy production unit with 12 staff in London by January 2007.
Emap has acquired AME Info, the Dubai-based business information company with 20 staff, for an initial £13m.
Rank is to sell its DVD replication and media distribution operations in West Sussex and Enfield to Sony for £5.9m.
Alphameric has raised £8.4m in a share placing to fund the development of a system to supply betting shops with live TV pictures of sporting events.
Cello Group is to acquire Farm Communications, the London-based branding agency, for up to £2.3m.
Random House has acquired a majority stake in BBC Books, in order to expand its Ebury Publishing division.
Delling Group has raised £4.7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its marketing support services business in London, Sweden and Norway.
Scottish Enterprise Tayside has unveiled plans to build a 28,000 sq ft office at Seabraes Yards in Dundee by next spring, in order to attract creative media companies employing up to 300 staff.
Dunfermline Press has acquired William Trimble, the Enniskillen-based newspaper publisher, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Ulster News Group subsidiary.
Golley Slater has acquired McCann Erickson's marketing services business in Leeds, with the transfer of 55 staff.
Incisive Media is to acquire AVCJ Group, the Hong Kong-based conferences, magazines and research company, for an initial £3.2m.
Red Vision, the visual effects company with sites in Bristol, Manchester and London, has been acquired by Inspired Gaming Group for up to £20m.
Freshwater has acquired Clear, the London-based provider of consultancy and training services with nine staff.
NTL is creating 50 new jobs at its faults management call centre in Swansea.
ITV is to invest £2.6m in the expansion of the Culverhouse Cross TV studios in Cardiff, and Greenfield Media and other media companies are expected to relocate to the 50-acre site.
Pit Stop Productions is to relocate its animation business from Wakefield to a 3,000 sq ft hybrid unit at Capitol Park Barnsley this summer.
Wisden is to acquire Hawk-Eye, the ball tracking system used by broadcasters of tennis and cricket matches, from Tinopolis for about £5m.
DIC Entertainment has acquired CPG, the London-based licensing agency operating in the entertainment and sports industries, for an initial £3.8m.
Viacom Outdoor is to spend £72m transforming its advertising sites at London Underground stations, and a new team of 25 managers is being recruited.
Grey, the advertising agency, is to relocate its London headquarters from Great Portland Street to a 60,000 sq ft office in Marylebone Road.
Milestone has sold Passion, the Oxford-based radio station, to Absolute Radio International for £0.3m.
Five is to invest £50m in two new digital TV channels called Five US and Five Life, and they will be launched on Freeview in the autumn.
Tiger Aspect, the TV and film production company, is to be acquired by US-owned IMG Media for £30m.
United Business Media has acquired Cable Digital News, the US-based online news channel, for less than £0.2m.
Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired Methuen Drama for £2.3m, in order to expand its A&C Black subsidiary.
Reuters is said to be considering plans to relocate about 400 staff from two sites in Tiverton to a single location, possibly in Exeter.
IPT is to acquire Directinet, the French online marketing company, for £22m, funded by a £11m share placing.
Clear Channel Outdoor has acquired the UK business of Van Wagner, the London-based outdoor advertising company with 20 staff.
Adventis Group is to acquire Roundhouse Advertising of Hertford and The Coltman Media Company of London for a total £8.7m.
Frontier Post has acquired Skyline Audio Post Production of London, and Skyline's TV production facilities are being relocated to Frontier's site in Wells Street.
United Business Media has sold Industrial Equipment Market and The Trader to Metropolis International for £9m, Trade-It to Friday-Ad for £4m and The Knowledge and Benn's Media to Wilmington for £1.6m.
Yorkshire Forward has awarded £10m to Screen Yorkshire of Leeds to promote the development of Yorkshire's film and TV industry, which could lead to the creation of up to 1,000 jobs over the next four years.
Equator Group, the Aim-listed film library, is to acquire HandMade Holdings, the film production company, in a £15m reverse takeover.
Virgin Group has sold its V2 music publishing business to Morgan Stanley for undisclosed terms, in order to clear the way for the launch of a new music TV channel.
Imagesound has acquired Music Styling, the provider of bespoke music content to hotels, for up to £0.8m.
Trinity Mirror has acquired Email4Property, the internet directory service, for £4.4m.
Electric Word has acquired Chris Kington Publishing, the publisher of teacher resources, for an initial £0.1m.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired two online media businesses for £46m, including dating company Allegran and automotive advertiser Data Media & Retail, in order to expand its Associated Newspapers division.
Pearson is to acquire an 80% stake in Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori, the Italian publisher of educational books, for undisclosed terms.
JJB Sports has acquired Golf TV, the operator of The Golf Channel and The Golf TV Pro-Shop Channel, for up to £3.3m.
Aegis Group is to acquire a 70% stake in New Voice, the Chinese marketing and events company, for up to £5.4m.
Owl Video Systems, the Uckfield-based supplier of multimedia and video projection systems, has undergone a management buy-out.
BSkyB is to create 600 new jobs in Scotland, including 350 at a new satellite TV call centre in Uddingston and 250 technical jobs in Dunfermline, while a further 600 installation jobs are being created across the country.
Archant Life has acquired Advent Media, the Stafford-based regional magazine publisher, for undisclosed terms.
Yell has acquired TPI, the Spanish phone directories company, for £2.3bn, and the deal was partly funded by a £350m share placing.
IPT is to acquire Direct Excellence of Twickenham and MPCI of West Sussex for an initial £0.5m, on order to expand its market research business.
Pearson is to acquire National Evaluation Systems, the US provider of teacher certification tests, for an estimated £73m.
The BBC is to set up a new finance centre at Ty Oldfield in Cardiff with the creation of 140 jobs.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Genscape, the US-based provider of real-time energy generation and transmission information, for an initial £73m.
Creston is to acquire ICM Research for up to £37m and Tullo Marshall Warren and Colombus Communications for up to £38m, in order to expand its market research and direct marketing operations.
Mobile Streams has acquired Cyoshi Mobile, the German supplier of mobile media content, for £2m.
Freshwater is looking to set up a nationwide public relations and marketing network, and has just acquired Sheffield-based Kath Harding PR to develop new business across Yorkshire.
Essential Publishing, the Colchester-based publisher of six consumer magazines with 75 staff, has been acquired by Hubert Burda UK.
Experian is planning to create about 100 jobs at its Nottingham-based business information operation this year.
Infoserve is to raise up to £9m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its online local search business, and its workforce will increase from 180 to 500 over the next 18 months.
Darlow Smithson Productions, the TV production company with annual turnover of £44m, has been acquired by TWI.
United Business Media has sold the Culverhouse Cross TV complex in Cardiff to ITV for £19m.
The Chase, the design consultancy with 40 staff in Manchester, London and Preston, has been acquired by Hasgrove for undisclosed terms.
International Greetings has acquired Alligator Books, the publisher of children's books, for an initial £2.5m.
Ingenious Media Active Capital has raised £150m to invest in a portfolio of unquoted media and entertainment companies.
ITV has sold its Granada Learning educational publishing business to private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson for up to £53m.
ScreenFX is to raise £3m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its digital advertising screens in shopping centres.
United Business Media has acquired the National Venue Show, the Birmingham NEC-based exhibition for event organisers, for £1.5m.
Evolutions has acquired Nats Post Production, the London-based TV production company with facilities in Soho Square and Oxford Street.
RDF Media is to acquire Presentable, the Cardiff-based independent TV production company, for an initial £2m.
Adstream has acquired Quickcut, the print-based ad delivery company, for £35m, creating a combined London-based group with 200 staff.
Zest Group has acquired Greensleeves Records, the independent record label and reggae music publisher.
Ten Alps has acquired McMillan-Scott, the business-to-business publisher with 250 staff in London, Macclesfield and Manchester, for up to £12m.
DM is to acquire Dodd Marketing, the Ross-on-Wye-based list broker and promoter of games, for up to £9m.
The University of Wales in Aberystwyth has announced plans for the development of a £10m centre of excellence for visualisation by September 2007, in partnership with Silicon Graphics Inc and Sun Microsystems.
All3Media has acquired Artist Rights, the talent agency, for almost £10m.
Independent News & Media is to acquire PropertyNews, the internet property site that covers Northern Ireland and neighbouring counties in the Republic.
Cinram UK is seeking permission to set up a new 180,000 sq ft building at Central Avenue in Ipswich, with the creation of 40 jobs, in order to consolidate its DVD distribution operation onto one site.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to sell its Aberdeen Journals publishing business to DC Thomson for £132m, and has also announced plans to combine Northcliffe and Associated Newspapers into a single division.
Nunwood Consulting, the market research company, is to set up a 16,000 sq ft office at the Airport West business park near Leeds in October.
QVC, the TV shopping company, has started work on the £20m expansion of its warehouse and call centre facilities in Knowsley, which will lead to the creation of up to 700 jobs over the next seven years.
WebEvents is forming a partnership with Business Excellence Global Media to set up an online marketing solutions call centre in Peterborough, with the creation of up to 100 new jobs over the next year.
Maiden, the outdoor advertising company, is to be acquired by US-owned Titan Outdoor for £11m.
WPP has acquired the outstanding 81% stake in MediaCom North, the Manchester-based media investment management network with 45 staff.
WightCable North, the cable TV and broadband company with 76 staff in Lancaster, Carlisle and Irvine, has been acquired by the owner of Netfonics for undisclosed terms.
Ark-H has acquired Diss Promotional Services, the Norfolk-based promotions division of Bounty UK, which will involve the transfer of 185 staff.
The BBC is looking to invest at least £100m in UK film production over the next ten years, with an expected £15m expenditure in 2007.
Aegis Group has acquired Integrator, the South African marketing company, for up to £5.6m.
Huntsworth has acquired Eurotandem SAS, the French public relations consultancy with 25 staff, for an initial £2.8m.
Huntsworth has sold Citigate Sard Verbinnen, its US-based public relations business, to management for up to £20m.
Strongroom has acquired Air Studios, the London recording studio, from Chrysalis Group and Pioneer in a multi-million pound deal.
Wilmington Group is to acquire Smee & Ford, the London-based provider of information on legacies granted in wills to charities, for an initial £4.3m.
Intelligent Office UK has acquired a majority stake in Lawscript, the Alloa-based provider of transcription services to law firms with a team of more than 20 secretaries and paralegals.
P&MM has acquired Summersault Communications, the Leamington Spa-based internal corporate communications company, for an initial £1.5m, and has also announced plans to change its name to Motivcom.
The Met Office is to stop producing weather forecasts at regional centres in Birmingham, Manchester, London, Cardiff and Belfast, and up to 60 staff will relocate to its main site in Exeter.
Chime Communications has acquired a 55% stake in Ledbury Research, the London-based market research consultancy, for an initial £0.1m.
Digital Classics has acquired Done & Dusted, the independent producer of popular music event programming for TV and DVD, for £5.8m.
Shine, the independent TV production company, is looking to set up an office in Manchester over the next six weeks.
GUS has acquired ClarityBlue, the Luton-based provider of bespoke marketing database solutions with 165 staff, for £85m, in order to expand its Experian division.
Archant Life has acquired six London-based magazine titles from Metropolis Publishing, including 35 staff at offices in Fulham and Islington.
Pearson is to acquire Promissor, the US-based professional examinations company with 130 test centres, for £23m.
The Reuters Foundation is to provide £1.7m of funding for the creation of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.
Centaur is to acquire the Period Living & Traditional Homes magazine and web site from EMAP Consumer Media for £1.5m.
Capitol Films, the London-based film distribution and finance company, is to be acquired by the US owners of Mobius Pictures for undisclosed terms.
ITV is to sell 021 Television, its Birmingham-based outside broadcast facilities business, to Gravity Media Group for £4.5m.
Molinare has acquired Fusion Post Production for undisclosed terms, increasing its workforce by 24 to 114.
ITV Granada is planning to relocate 800 staff to a new headquarters at the Bonded Warehouse in Manchester, and has submitted a planning application for the £18m redevelopment of the site.
Ten Alps is to acquire Hart Davies TV, the factual TV production company, for up to £1m.
WightCable, the Isle of Wight-based cable TV and telephone company with 27 staff, has been acquired by a new company called WightCable 2005.
Tarsus Group has acquired DH Publishing, the Essex-based online recruitment company, for an initial £0.4m.
Delling Group is to acquire n3prenor, the Swedish document production company, for £1.6m.
United Business Media has acquired two US-based events companies - MediaLive International and Shorecliff Communications - for a total £44m.
The University of Teesside has announced plans to build a £7m Centre for Creative Technologies in Middlesbrough.
Experian has acquired Footfall, the Solihull-based retail market research company with 70 staff, for an estimated £30m.
WPP has acquired Pentor Instytut Badania Opinii i Rynku, the Polish market research agency with 107 staff.
BBC Worldwide is to invest £4m in a joint venture with Mid-Day Multimedia to bid for new FM radio licences being issued in India.
Electric Word has acquired SportBusiness Group, the sports information company, from Sussex Trading Company for up to £2.7m.