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AJ Bell has acquired MSM Media, the London-based financial publisher with 34 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Tangibal Group has acquired Infotech Digital, the London-based supplier of interactive digital signage equipment, in a deal funded by a £3m share placing.
Tribal Group has acquired International Graduate Insight Group, the education benchmarking and research firm, for up to £7.5m.
True North, the Leeds-based TV production company, is to open an office on Whitworth Street in Manchester early next year.
Global Radio is to set up an 8,500 sq ft office and studio at Eleven Brindleyplace in Birmingham next spring.
Dods is to acquire Biteback Media and Edinburgh-based publisher Holyrood Communications from Political Holdings for up to £1.5m.
Nycomm Group has acquired Videonations, the Altrincham-based videoconferencing firm with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Blue Rubicon has sold a significant stake in its London-based public relations business to private equity firm LDC for an estimated £30m.
Outside Line, the London-based advertising agency with 68 staff, has been acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi for about £8m.
Tinopolis has acquired Firecracker Films, the TV production firm with offices in London and Los Angeles, for an estimated £30m.
Avalon Management Group has bought Artists Rights Group, the talent agency, from All3Media for undisclosed terms.
Figtree, the creative agency with 40 staff in London and Hong Kong, has been acquired by US-based Prophet.
Vibris CCS is to set up a marketing call centre at Havenbridge House in Great Yarmouth in January, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
BT is planning to set up a 75,000 sq ft TV sports production studio at the Olympic Park in London next year, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
Tinopolis is to acquire Passion Distribution, the London-based TV content distributor, for about £15m.
Canis Group is to merge with London-based Entertainment & Media Group, in order to offer a complete range of services to the music, entertainment and TV sectors.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to sell Northcliffe Media to a new group called Local World for £52m, in order to merge its regional newspaper operations with those of Iliffe News & Media and Trinity Mirror.
HEROtsc is to create a further 175 jobs at its call centre in Derby by the end of the year.
Tri Media Newspapers, the publisher of local newspapers in Hampshire and Oxfordshire, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Taylor Newspapers.
Capita is to expand its TV Licensing office in Darwen, Lancashire, in January, with the creation of 50 administration jobs.
Biteback Media has acquired Holyrood Communications, the Edinburgh-based magazine publishing and events company.
Film City Glasgow has unveiled proposals for a new £6.8m 30,000 sq ft film studio on Glasgow's waterfront.
International Correspondence Schools has been acquired by a new company called Clyde Education, saving 50 jobs at its Glasgow-based distance learning business.
Warner Bros Studios Leavesden has acquired De Lane Lea, the London-based TV production firm.
Custard is to expand the 30-strong workforce at its Bolton-based marketing agency with 25 new jobs over the next year.
GB Group has acquired TMG, the Nottingham-based CRB checking system, for up to £3m.
Design by Front, the Belfast-based design agency with 14 staff, has been acquired by US-based Monotype Imaging for up to £3.2m.
Futureworks is to relocate its Manchester-based media training college to a 24,000 sq ft unit at Riverside on New Bailey Street.
Pearson is to merge its London-based Penguin business with Bertelsmann's Random House to create a global book publishing group with about 9,000 staff.
Hangar Seven has acquired Doco London, the digital creative agency with 25 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Selesti of Norwich has acquired the search marketing division of Online Media Group for undisclosed terms.
Time Out is looking to relocate its London-based entertainment magazine to a new 30,000 sq ft office in the West End.
Tangent Communications has acquired Goodprint, the online publisher of marketing materials with 20 staff, for £6.8m.
Columbia Marketing has acquired Webbs, the Anglesey-based book distributor with 85 staff.
BBC Northern Ireland is looking into the possibility of relocating to the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.
Mission Marketing Group has acquired Balloon Dog, the London-based direct marketing agency with 80 staff, for £3.2m.
Virgin Media is to create 200 apprenticeships at its new Eagle Court training centre in Birmingham, providing opportunities for field technicians, planners and engineers.
Ant Marketing is creating up to 150 new jobs at its Sheffield-based telemarketing business.
Mediatonic is planning to set up a digital games studio at One Gloucester Place in Brighton, with the creation of 50 jobs.
WEARE 2020 has acquired Iris Associates, the Sheffield-based creative agency, for an initial £1.1m.
Investis, the corporate website developer, has undergone a £25m management buy-out backed by Gresham Private Equity, and has also acquired Morningstar Investor Relations Services for £5m.
Mission Marketing Group has acquired Addiction Worldwide, the London-based advertising agency with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Meridian Delta is planning to expand the 63-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based direct marketing business with 100 new jobs over the next two years.
Shine North is to relocate its Manchester-based TV production business to the Dock10 office at MediaCityUK over the next few weeks.
Unitel Direct is to create about 90 new jobs at its internet advertising telesales call centre in Barrow over the next six months.
Mustard TV has secured an Ofcom licence to operate a new local TV channel based in Norwich from 2013.
Reactiv is to create 90 new jobs at its Elland-based direct marketing business over the next two months, including vacancies for call centre staff and website developers.
Amazon is looking to create 100 jobs at its new digital TV and movie development office in London.
Cupid has expanded its Edinburgh-based online dating business with the acquisition of Uniform Dating for up to £7m.
Aylesworth Fleming is to create up to 12 jobs at its new advertising office in Kibworth, Leicestershire, over the next two years.
UBC Media is to sell Lynx Content, the supplier of content for the radio and online markets, to a former managing director for £0.3m.
Manchester City Council is set to approve plans for the expansion of the Sharp Project digital media hub, including a headquarters for an unnamed virtual reality firm and 240 new jobs over the next three years.
Reading Room is relocating its Manchester-based digital media business and about 25 staff to a 6,200 sq ft office at the NQ1 building on Spear Street.
Entertainment One is to acquire Alliance, the Canadian film distributor, for £144m.
Goss Interactive is planning to double the 50-strong workforce at its Plymouth-based web design and digital marketing business over the next four years.
Zone is to relocate its London-based digital advertising business to a 17,000 sq ft office at the Western Transit Shed in King's Cross in June 2013.
Pokemon, the TV brand and game, is to set up a 10,000 sq ft headquarters at Chiswick Park in London.
TalkTalk is to create 500 jobs for engineers to install its new YouView television service in homes across the country.
Banijay is to relocate its TV content sales office and about six jobs from France and Denmark to London.
ITV has acquired So Television, the TV comedy production company, for up to £17m.
Next Fifteen Communications has acquired Content & Motion, the Lewes-based social media company, in order to expand its Beyond division.
Ufindalocal is to create a further 15 jobs at its new internet directory call centre in Colchester.
Smiths News has selected the 28,000 sq ft Rowan building at Swindon's Kembrey Park as the location for its new head office.
Williams Lea and Tag Worldwide Group are to relocate their London-based communications operations to a 27,000 sq ft office at 1-5 Poland Street.
LinkedIn is reported to be planning a new 50,000 sq ft headquarters for its online networking business at 77-91 Oxford Street in London.
Porta Communications is to acquire WFCA, the marketing agency, for £1.5m, in order to expand its Twenty20 division.
Channel Zero of Canada is bidding to run eight of the 21 local TV licences on offer, and hopes to create up to 160 jobs in cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.
Getty Images, the picture agency with an office in London, has been acquired by private equity firm Carlyle Group in a £2.1bn deal.
WRG Creative Communication has acquired Canyon, the Manchester-based events and marketing firm with 20 staff.
Pearson is to expand its education operations by opening a new business college in London next year.
IMG, the sports media firm, is planning to acquire a 114,000 sq ft office at Stockley Park near Heathrow.
NSDesign of Glasgow has sold its website hosting division to Broadband Cloud Solutions for undisclosed terms.
The Yorkshire Post is to relocate its Leeds office to a 35,000 sq ft unit at the 122,000 sq ft No 1 Leeds office building in October.
Ebiquity has acquired FirmDecisions, the London-based media and marketing auditor with 20 staff, for up to £7m.
WPP has acquired a majority stake in Fortune Cookie, the London-based digital marketing services firm with 190 staff, in order to expand its Possible Worldwide division.
Aegis has acquired Data2Decisions and I Spy Marketing, two London-based marketing consultancies.
Virgin Media is planning to expand the workforce at its new call centre in Swansea from 850 to 1,200 over the next few years.
Amazon is to set up a 47,000 sq ft TV and film technology centre at the Barbican in London, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
BSkyB has acquired Parthenon Media Group, the Hertfordshire-based international media distribution company.
Havas, the French media group, has appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to find a suitable 150,000 sq ft London headquarters for the consolidation of up to seven existing offices.
Mind Candy is to relocate its London-based social media technology business to a 32,000 sq ft office at 32 Bonhill Street.
Facebook is to set up a mobile technology centre at Covent Garden in London.
Pearson has acquired Author Solutions, the US-based provider of self-publishing services with 1,600 staff, for £74m.
Brothers & Sisters is to relocate its London-based advertising agency to a 10,900 sq ft office in Clerkenwell Close.
Room501 Publishing, the Sunderland-based publisher of business magazines, has been acquired by Seaham-based Business & Enterprise Group.
Midas Klark Teknik is to set up a new office for its music systems business at the 20,000 sq ft Quay House building in the Cornbrook area of Manchester.
HootSuite of Canada is to create 24 more sales and support jobs at its new social media management office in London over the next year.
SIS is to create 70 jobs at its new TV broadcasting headquarters at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays by September.
Canary Wharf Group is reported to be considering plans to develop a media and technology hub on a 17-acre site at Wood Wharf in East London.
City College Norwich has won permission to build a £5.7m creative arts centre by 2013, including rehearsal spaces and a TV studio.
James Grant Group has acquired Industry Media, the Winchester-based TV business affairs consultancy.
Financial Times is reported to be considering plans to relocate its London headquarters, in order to free up its existing site for redevelopment.
Aegis, the advertising and marketing group with 12,000 staff in 80 countries, is to be acquired by Dentsu of Japan for £3.2bn.
Sauce Consultancy is to merge with 3G Communications to create a combined London-based public relations consultancy specialising in infrastructure and planning.
Porta Communications has acquired a 90% stake in Twenty 20 Media Vision, the Kent-based media buyer, for £1.9m.
The Blair Partnership is to set up a 6,300 sq ft office for its London-based literary agency at the Middlesex House scheme on Cleveland Street.
Guardian News & Media is to sell its Kable technology research business to Progressive Digital Media Group for less than £5m.
Boomerang Plus, the Cardiff-based TV production firm with about 200 staff, is to undergo a £7m management buy-out.
Bloomsbury Publishing is to acquire Applied Visual Arts Publishing, the Swiss textbook publisher with an office in Worthing, for £1.7m.
Global Radio is to acquire GMG Radio, the Manchester-based owner of the Real and Smooth brands, from Guardian Media Group for undisclosed terms.
Centaur Media is acquire E-consultancy, the London-based digital marketing information firm with 60 staff, for an initial £12m.
WPP is to acquire AKQA, the digital agency with 1,160 staff in London and other cities across the US, Europe and Asia, for undisclosed terms.
Ceros, the London-based digital publishing firm, has been acquired by US-based Crowd Fusion.
Elmwood is planning to relocate its branding agency and 50 staff from Guiseley to Leeds city centre later this year.
FirstFound is planning to expand the 110-strong workforce at its Manchester-based online marketing business with up to 40 new jobs over the next few months.
Top Right Group is to set up a new 22,000 sq ft headquarters for its Emap magazines business at Telephone House on London's Paul Street.
Archant has acquired the remaining 50% of Tickles.co.uk and 40Winks.co.uk for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its group buying operations in East Anglia.
Ve Interactive has acquired Adaptive Consultancy, the London-based digital marketing agency with eight staff.
Momentum Instore, the Cheshire-based retail marketing agency with annual sales of £29m, has undergone a management buy-out from McCann Worldgroup.
Lakestar Media, the digital marketing firm with 50 staff in Manchester and London, has been acquired by McCann Worldgroup for undisclosed terms.
Molinare, the London-based TV production firm with 150 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team.
All3Media has sold the Cactus TV production business back to its founder for undisclosed terms.
Creative Lynx, the Manchester-based advertising agency with about 100 staff, has been acquired by Havas of France for undisclosed terms.
Chime Communications is to sell Bell Pottinger, its London-based public relations business, to a management team for £20m.
Al-Jazeera is reported to be considering plans to relocate its London-based broadcasting studio to a 30,000 sq ft floor at The Shard.
Parity has acquired Inition, the London-based 3D technology firm, for an initial £2.3m.
BSkyB has unveiled plans to expand its headquarters at Osterley in Middlesex into a media campus for 12,000 staff, including new studios, offices and a visitor centre.
BBC Wales is said to be considering four potential sites in Cardiff for a new 145,000 sq ft headquarters for its 700 staff.
Skype is reported to be in talks to set up a 90,000 sq ft office at Waterhouse Square in London's Midtown.
Omnicom is to acquire Adam & Eve, the London-based advertising agency, for an estimated £60m, and the business will be merged with DDB London.
Ocean Outdoor, the outdoor media firm with 24 staff, has undergone a £35m management buy-out backed by LDC Capital.
Cirrus Group of Macclesfield has merged with The Raft of Wilmslow to create a combined marketing services firm with 35 staff, and a new office is being sought in Cheshire.
Aframe has secured a £4.5m venture capital investment to expand its online video production business, and expects to increase its Rainton Bridge-based workforce from 15 to 35 over the next three years.
Pinewood Studios has unveiled revised proposals to expand its film production studio in Buckinghamshire by up to 50 acres.
Perform Group has acquired RunningBall, the Switzerland-based real-time sports data firm, for up to £95m.
Yell has acquired Moonfruit, the website creation service, for £18m.
Cinesite, the London-based visual-effects company, has been sold by Kodak to private equity firm Endless for about £2m.
Save Britain Money has acquired Veraco, the telesales firm with 150 staff in Swansea and Cardiff.
Zone Design & Marketing has acquired Social UK, the London-based creative design agency.
Elstree Studios has secured £2m to build new film and TV studios, as part of a total investment of £11m in four local projects by Hertfordshire LEP.
AdInsight is planning to create 35 new jobs at its Manchester-based online marketing business this year, having secured a £1.6m venture capital investment from Eden Ventures.
Lexis has acquired Paratus Communications, the London-based marketing agency with 11 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Rivington Street has agreed to sell Oilbarrel, the provider of news services for companies and investors involved in the oil and mining sectors, to Athol Gold & Value for £0.7m.
Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick is looking to set up a new TV animation studio in Manchester, with the creation of 50 jobs.
TalkTalk is to create 250 engineering jobs at its new YouView TV service this year, but 390 jobs will be lost at call centres in Northampton, Preston and Warrington.
Johnston Press is to relocate a sales contact centre and an unspecified number of jobs from Milton Keynes to its site in Sheffield.
Smiths News is to acquire Hedgelane, the Trowbridge-based company trading as The Consortium for Purchasing & Distribution with 260 staff, for £38m.
Dunfermline Press has sold its newspaper publishing operations in Scotland and Berkshire to a management team operating under the name of The Romanes Media Group.
Penn Schoen Berland has acquired First Movies International, the film industry consultancy with offices in London and the US.
Veritas Language Solutions of Swansea is looking to recruit a further 2,000 freelance translators by the end of the year.
TH_NK is looking to create 30 new jobs at its digital agency in Newcastle.
Vitec Group has acquired Camera Corps, the London-based supplier of remote camera systems to broadcasters, for £8m.
Amazon is reported to be relocating its London-based Pushbutton interactive TV business to a larger site of almost 50,000 sq ft in Clerkenwell.
Serco has won a £17m contract to provide call centre services for the Peterborough-based Ideal Shopping channel, with the transfer of 13 staff and the creation of 40 new jobs.
James Grant Group has acquired Gallowgate Holdings, the TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
Bidtech and Event Pad are to relocate their Altrincham-based digital media operations to a 5,200 sq ft office at Anchorage Court.
Scripps Networks Interactive is to acquire Travel Channel International, the London-based TV broadcaster with 46 staff, for £65m.
Dog Digital has secured a £1m investment from Panoramic Growth Equity to fund the expansion of its Glasgow-based digital agency, adding 15 new jobs to the 53-strong workforce.
Ten Alps is to relocate its Manchester-based publishing operation and about 40 jobs to Macclesfield.
Red Arrow Entertainment of Germany has acquired a majority stake in Endor Productions, the independent TV production company.
SLM Connect is planning to expand the 19-strong workforce at its new telemarketing office in Manchester to 30 by the end of the year.
Ogilvy & Mather, the advertising agency, is reported by in discussions to take a 250,000 sq ft office at Westminster Place near London Waterloo.
TVC Group, the London-based marketing and PR agency with 50 staff, has been acquired by The Economist Group for undisclosed terms.
Ebiquity is to acquire Fairbrother Lenz Eley, the London-based media auditing firm with about 70 staff, for up to £11m.
Google is said to be planning to relocate its London office to a 725,000 sq ft development at King's Cross in 2016.
Weber Shandwick is reported to be considering plans to set up a new 65,000 sq ft headquarters for its public relations business at Waterhouse Square in London's Holborn.
Tsuko, the Edinburgh-based branding and design agency with 14 staff, has been acquired by Emperor for undisclosed terms.
Aeorema Communications has acquired ST16, the viral filmmaking specialist, for about £0.1m.
Applegate Directory is planning to create a further 100 jobs at its online marketing business in Barnstaple this year.
Chime Communications has acquired McKenzie Clark, the London-based sports marketing firm with 70 staff, for up to £3.4m.
Smiths News is opening a new 55,000 sq ft newspaper and magazine distribution depot in Birmingham, where it will employ 160 staff.
UTV Media has acquired Simply Zesty, the Irish social media agency with 22 staff, for £5m.
Silver River Productions has sold a majority stake in its London-based TV production business to Sony Pictures Television.
Cube3 Marketing has undergone a pre-pack administration through Baker Tilly, securing 17 jobs at its Manchester-based marketing agency.
WPP is planning to relocate the headquarters of its advertising business from Ireland back to London.
St Ives has acquired Incite Marketing Planning, the London-based market research firm with 40 staff, for an initial £11m.
Fourninety, the Leeds-based marketing firm with 45 staff in Leeds and Milton Keynes, has been acquired by Basil Group of India for undisclosed terms.
Gratterpalm, the advertising agency, is reported to be planning to set up a 15,000 sq ft office on Whitehall Road in Leeds.
Aegis Group is to acquire Roundarch, the US digital agency with 250 staff, for an initial £79m.
Centaur Media has acquired Profile Group, the digital information business for media, PR and marketing professionals, for £8m.
Four Communications Group has acquired Colman Getty, the London-based marketing consultancy with 36 staff.
Marcus Evans Group is to acquire World Productions, the TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
Macmillan Publishing is reported to be planning to set up an 82,000 sq ft office at the Regent Quarter near King's Cross in London.
VTR North is to open a 3,000 sq ft visual effects office on John Dalton Street in Manchester in April.
Virgin Media is to create 500 call centre jobs in Manchester and Swansea, as well as 120 engineering apprenticeships across the country.
Screen Yorkshire has secured funding of £15m from the private sector and the European Regional Development Fund to invest in film and TV production, with the creation of hundreds of jobs.
UBM has sold a portfolio of agriculture and medical magazine titles to the founders of Briefing Media for £10m, with the transfer of 90 staff in Preston and London.
Norfolk County Council is to sell the EPIC TV production studio in Norwich to Extreme Video for undisclosed terms.
BSkyB is planning to create 1,300 jobs in the UK and Ireland over the next two years, and has also announced plans to launch a new online TV service.
Virgin Media is to relocate 342 staff from Brierley Hill to Eagle Court in Birmingham by the end of the year.
UBM has agreed to set up a 105,000 sq ft office for its media business at a 20-storey development on London's Blackfriars Road in 2014.
BBC Magazines is reported to be planning to relocate its London office from White City to Vineyard House in Hammersmith.
Dolphin TV, the London-based operator of five TV channels, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Television for undisclosed terms.
Visualsoft is planning to expand the 86-strong workforce at its Stockton-based online marketing business, and will also open an office in London.
Porta Communications is to acquire the assets of Hansard Communications, the London-based financial public relations agency, for £0.6m.
Fuse8, the Leeds-based digital marketing firm with about 80 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Future has sold its US music division to NewBay Media for £2m.
Dods is to acquire the business and assets of the DeHavilland Political Intelligence division of Emap for £13m.
Adventis has sold the business and assets of its media buying subsidiary to Mensola Co 116 for £0.5m.
Sky is to recruit a further 50 sales staff in Manchester, in order to sell its TV, phone and broadband services.
Entertainment Magpie is to set up a 100,000 sq ft warehouse at Hazel Grove in Stockport, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Trinity Mirror has acquired Communicator Corp, the Sunderland-based email and mobile communications firm, for £8m.