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Media - 2015
Progressive Digital Media Group is to acquire GlobalData Holding for £67m and sell its subsidiary business PTML to Research Views for £1m.
Pursuit Marketing has merged with ABC Creative to create a combined Glasgow-based digital agency.
Polestar is to sell a majority stake in its Bedfordshire-based magazine printing business to Proventus Capital Partners of Sweden, securing the future of up to 2,000 jobs.
BMG has acquired Beds & Beats, the London-based production music firm.
GroupM has acquired The Exchange Lab, the London-based marketing solutions firm with 130 staff.
Clarion Events is to acquire a 70% stake in iGaming Business, the London-based gaming news firm, from Electric Word for £20m.
Archant is to relocate its Ipswich-based media business and 100 staff to a new office at Portman House on Princes Street next summer.
RealityMine has secured an £11m investment in the expansion of its Manchester-based analytics and mobile data business from private equity firm Kennet Partners.
Stashmetrics is looking to create an unspecified number of jobs at its York-based social media analytics business, having secured an investment from Finance Yorkshire.
Open Messenger is planning to create ten new jobs at its Liverpool-based digital advertising business over the next three years.
Time Inc UK is to set up a 30,000 sq ft office for its magazine publishing business at Pinehurst II in Farnborough, with the relocation of an unspecified number of London-based jobs.
Way to Blue has acquired The Project Factory, the London-based digital creative agency.
Tinopolis is to set up a 30,000 sq ft media office at Assembly London due to open in Hammersmith in 2016.
Mission Marketing has acquired Chapter Agency, the West Midlands-based advertising agency with 29 staff, for an initial £1.3m.
Adconnection, the London-based media agency, has been acquired by VCCP Media.
Haymarket has relocated its media business and 1,000 staff from Teddington Studios to Twickenham, and plans to base 20 jobs at the Richmond College campus.
SWNS has acquired National News, the London-based regional news agency.
VTR North, the Leeds-based special effects firm, has been acquired out of administration by CNBB.
Landor has acquired a majority stake in ManvsMachine, the London-based motion design studio.
Brandwatch has secured an investment of about £22m for the expansion of its Brighton-based social media monitoring business.
W Chump & Sons has acquired a 5,500 sq ft TV production office at Power Road Studios in London's Chiswick.
Trinity Mirror has acquired Local World Holdings, the London-based publisher of 83 regional newspapers, for £154m.
Beattie is to relocate its Manchester-based creative communications operation to Woolwich House in the city centre by November.
ITV is to acquire the television studios and branding of UTV Media, the Belfast-based media firm, for £100m.
Channel 4 has acquired a new office at King Street in Manchester for 18 regional sales staff.
St Helens Star is to relocate its St Helens-based newspaper business to a new office at the Catapult Too building by the end of the year.
Four Communications Group has acquired Francis Balsom Associates, the Aberystwyth-based PR and design agency with 16 staff.
Agenda 21, the London-based digital media agency, is to be acquired by Mithril Capital for an initial £3.3m.
Cheshire & Warrington Enterprise Partnership is to merge with Marketing Cheshire, the Chester-based marketing organisation.
Universal Music is to set up a 177,000 sq ft UK head office for 1,000 staff at 4 Pancras Square in London's King's Cross by summer 2017.
Oliver Group has acquired Dare, the London-based digital agency, for undisclosed terms.
Engage is to create 13 new jobs at its Belfast-based digital agency.
Entertainment One is to acquire a 70% stake in Astley Baker Davies, the London-based animation firm.
Atomhawk is to set up a studio in London for the expansion of its Gateshead-based design business.
Space Project has unveiled proposals to double the size of its Manchester-based TV production complex by 2017.
CBS Interactive is to set up a 17,400 sq ft online content networks office at The Bower on London's Old Street.
Progressive Digital Media has acquired a 6,600 sq ft office at Churchgate House in Manchester for the expansion of its global media business.
Ideal Shopping Direct, the Peterborough-based multi-channel retailer with 800 staff, is to be acquired by US-based private equity firm Blackstone for undisclosed terms.
News UK has acquired Unruly Media, the London-based digital marketing firm with 200 staff, for £58m.
BBC Monitoring is considering plans to relocate the 200-strong workforce at its media interpretation centre at Caversham Park in Reading.
Brilliant Noise has acquired Evolver, the London-based digital strategy firm.
Pemberstone Ventures has acquired Harman Technology, the Cheshire-based analogue photography firm, for undisclosed terms.
Mofilm, the London-based crowdsourcing content development firm, has been acquired by US-based You & Mr Jones.
Equator is planning to expand the 130-strong workforce at its Glasgow-based digital marketing agency with 20 new jobs.
Muckle Media has acquired Platform PR, the Beauly-based communications consultancy, creating a new team of 12 staff.
Trinity Mirror is in talks to acquire Local World, the London-based publisher of more than 100 newspapers, for about £200m.
Belfast Harbour has unveiled proposals for a new £10m film studio of up to 60,000 sq ft at its 2,000-acre harbour estate.
Liverpool City Council is considering plans for a £25m film studio at the Littlewoods building, with the creation of up to 900 jobs.
Bigdog has acquired Jellyfish Creative, the Northampton-based sport and fashion brand communications firm.
Fox 21 of the US is to set up a film studio at Dragon International Studios near Llanharan.
Contentive has acquired the Accountancy Age and Financial Director brands from Incisive Media, the London-based information and events firm.
Global is to relocate its Manchester-based media business to a 17,000 sq ft office at the XYZ building in 2016.
Facebook is reported to be planning to open a 217,000 sq ft office at 1 Rathbone Place in London's Fitzrovia.
W Chump & Sons is looking to set up a 5,000 sq ft London-based TV production office in Hammersmith, Chiswick or Notting Hill.
VHO is looking to relocate its Swindon-based telemarketing business and 15 staff to a larger office by the end of this year.
XL Video, the special effects firm with offices in Bromsgrove and Hemel Hempstead, has been acquired by US-based Production Resource Group for undisclosed terms.
Shackleton Studios has unveiled plans to set up a film production site at Ballykelly in County Londonderry.
Brown Bag Films, the Irish animation studio with an office in Manchester, has been acquired by 9 Story Media Group of Canada.
Endemol Shine has acquired a majority stake in Simon's Cat, the London-based online animation business.
Whisper Films is planning to expand its London-based TV sports production business with a new studio in Chiswick, following a £4m investment from Channel 4.
MP & Silva to relocate the London headquarters of its sports media business to a 15,000 sq ft office at Park House in the West End.
The BBC is to create 100 new HR jobs at The Mailbox in Birmingham over the next six months.
Pearson is to sell its 50% stake in The Economist news publication in a £469m deal with Exor and The Economist Group.
Vision247 is to relocate its London-based media technology business to Chiswick Media Park in September.
DP Online Marketing is to expand its Skegness-based online marketing business with a larger office and an unspecified number of jobs.
ZS Associates International is to set up a 13,000 sq ft sales and marketing office at One New Ludgate in London.
SaleCycle is looking to expand the 100-strong workforce at its Sunderland-based marketing technology business with 60 new jobs by early next year.
Chime Communications is relocating to a 25,000 sq ft office at 62 Buckingham Gate in London.
WPP and US-based Providence are to acquire Chime Communications, the London-based sports marketing firm, for £374m.
Manchester City Council has approved plans for the development of a new £110m theatre and arts venue at the former Granada TV site by 2019.
Sky is to set up a software centre at Leeds Dock later this year, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Progressive Digital Media Group is to acquire the Datamonitor Financial, Datamonitor Consumer, MarketLine and Verdict businesses from Informa for £25m.
Sports Publications of Leeds has acquired the Golf International magazine for undisclosed terms.
Welsh Government is supporting a project by Bad Wolf to set up a new film and TV production studio in South Wales.
FanDuel has agreed to set up a 59,000 sq ft sports entertainment office for up to 500 staff at the Quartermile 4 development in Edinburgh.
Pearson is to sell the Financial Times newspaper to Nikkei of Japan for £844m, and the FT will seek a new headquarters in London next year.
Attercopia has acquired MediaCo, the Dundee-based digital marketing firm.
VoiceBox is looking to create up to 30 new jobs at its Swansea-based multilingual voice overs business over the next two years.
Briefing Media Group, the Preston-based publisher of Farmers Guardian with 80 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Hochanda is to launch a new crafts shopping channel in Peterborough, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Optimise is looking to double the 160-strong global workforce at its Norfolk-based online marketing business over the next five years.
Fat Media of Lancaster has acquired Bristol-based Strategy Digital, taking its marketing agency workforce to more than 130.
Metaverse Mod Squad of the US is to open a social media management office in Londonderry, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Sky is to create 400 new jobs at call centres in Uddingston, Dunfermline, Livingston, Newcastle and Stockport.
Next Fifteen Communications has acquired IncrediBull World, the London-based marketing consultancy with 21 staff, for an initial £1.6m.
Channel 4 is reported to be considering plans to relocate its state-owned TV broadcasting business and up to 800 staff from London to Birmingham.
ITV is to acquire Boom Supervisory, the holding company of the Twofour TV production business, for an initial £55m.
Electric Word of London has sold the trade and assets of Radcliffe Publishing to Informa UK for £1m.
Ten Alps has acquired Reef Television, the London-based TV production firm, for £5m.
DLKW Lowe is to relocate its London-based advertising agency to a 45,000 sq ft office on City Road in Shoreditch.
DC Thomson has acquired No.1 Magazine from PSP Publishing, and the staff will transfer to its Glasgow office.
Willoughby PR, the Birmingham-based public relations firm with 43 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Screen Yorkshire and Makin Enterprises are planning to develop a 100,000 sq ft film and TV production studio at the RAF Church Fenton site in North Yorkshire.
Global Radio is to acquire the Juice FM radio station in Liverpool from UTV for £10m.
Survey Monkey is planning to set up a 5,100 sq ft online surveys office at Salesforce Tower in the City of London.
Blue Logic Digital has acquired Crazy Horse Creative, the Barnsley-based digital marketing firm, for undisclosed terms.
The BBC is to set up an HR services centre in Birmingham later this year, with the creation of 100 additional jobs.
ITV has acquired Mammoth Screen, the London-based TV production company.
Newsquest Media has acquired Romanes Media, the owner of 32 local newspapers with 270 staff in Scotland, Berkshire and Northern Ireland, for undisclosed terms.
The Foundry, the London-based visual-effects company with 300 staff, has been acquired by private equity firm HgCapital for £200m.
Dentsu Aegis Network has acquired John Brown Media, the London-based publishing firm with 225 staff, for undisclosed terms.
MoPowered Group is to acquire Fast Web Media, the Manchester-based digital marketing agency with 31 staff, for £1.6m.
DC Thomson has acquired the remaining 50% of Shortlist Media, the London-based free magazine publisher with 150 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Hangar Seven is expanding its content creation business in Leeds with a new 20,000 sq ft unit at the Emanual Trading Estate in Holbeck.
ResearchBods has acquired ClearStream Research, the Harrogate-based digital research firm, for undisclosed terms.
Stickeyes of Leeds has acquired Peterborough-based Zazzle Media to create a combined digital marketing group with 140 staff.
Dundee City Council is in discussions with Studio City Scotland about plans for a £120m film and TV studio in Dundee, including a media theme park and games centre.
PSL Land has submitted plans to open a £135m film and TV studio at Straiton near Edinburgh by 2017, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Next Fifteen Communications has acquired a 75% stake in Encore Digital Media, the London-based advertising technology firm, for an initial £0.7m.
Ocean Group has acquired MediaCo Outdoor, the Manchester-based outdoor advertising firm, for undisclosed terms.
Channel 4 is to set up a video games publishing operation in Glasgow called All 4 Games.
Fluid Creativity, the Manchester-based digital marketing agency, has been acquired by AD.
Cicada Communications, the Harrogate-based PR agency, has undergone a management buy-out.
Pursuit Marketing is looking to create 35 new jobs at its Glasgow-based telemarketing business.
BPA Quality of the US is relocating the headquarters of its customer contact monitoring business to Pynes Hill in Exeter, to support its 150 UK-based staff.
Client Analysis & Relationship Development (CARD Group) is to create 14 new jobs at its County Down-based market research service.
Translation People is expanding the global workforce at its Manchester-based translating service with 15 new jobs a month.
MadeBrave is to relocate its Glasgow-based design agency and 20 staff to The Albus building in Bridgeton this year.
All3Media has acquired Neal Street Productions, the London-based TV production firm, for undisclosed terms.
Facebook is planning to expand its office at Regent's Place in London by moving into an additional 65,000 sq ft.
October Films is seeking permission to set up a film and TV production facility at the former RAF Coltihall site in Norfolk.
Resolution Property is planning to develop a 100,000 sq ft hub for creative and media businesses at The Old Gramophone Works in Notting Hill.
ITV is to acquire Talpa Media, the TV production firm, for £355m.
Magazine Printing Company has been sold out of administration to a former owner, securing the future of 54 jobs at its Enfield-based magazines business.
Endemol is setting up a 5,000 sq ft TV production office at Embassy House in Bristol.
Mission Marketing is to merge Big Communications with Balloon Dog, creating a new marketing group with 160 staff in Birmingham, Leicester, London and Norwich.
GOD TV is to set up a TV production studio at Drakes Hill Court in Plymouth, with the creation of up to 35 jobs.
Tag Worldwide is to relocate its London-based brand services business to a 40,000 sq ft office at Aldgate Tower.
Quarto Publishing is to acquire Lewes Holdings, the owner of the East Sussex-based Ivy Press trade publishing business, for up to £1.3m.
NAHL has acquired Fitzalan Partners, the London-based online marketing firm, for up to £4.3m.
Mission Marketing Group has acquired The Weather Digital, the Edinburgh-based marketing agency with 11 staff.
Haynes Publishing has acquired Teon Media, the developer of a car database for younger motorists, for £0.5m.
Virgin Media is to invest £3bn in the expansion of its fibre optic broadband network by 2020, with the creation of 6,000 jobs.
Shine Group is to set up a 13,000 sq ft media office at the Shepherds Building in West London.
PA Group has sold its London-based finance publications division to Finance Information Group.
Media Business Insight, the London-based trade magazine publisher with 70 staff, has undergone a £10m management buy-out backed by Mobeus Equity Partners.
Champions UK is planning to double the 60-strong workforce at its Loughborough-based marketing and events business over the next four years.
Sky is to set up a new technical services centre in Leeds, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Fusionworkshop is to open a marketing agency office at the Northern Quarter in Manchester, with the creation of up to 40 jobs over the next two years.
POS Direct, the Leicester-based marketing services firm with 70 staff, has been acquired by MDA for undisclosed terms.
CityBeat, the Belfast-based radio station, has been acquired by the Q Radio network.
MixRadio, the Bristol-based music app maker with 180 staff, has been acquired by LINE of South Korea.
Tesco has sold Blinkbox Music to Guvera for undisclosed terms.
BMG Chrysalis UK is to relocate to a 23,000 sq ft office at 5 Merchant Square in London's Paddington.
Sky is to create 80 sales jobs at its call centre in Newcastle over the next few months.
The Argus is looking to relocate its Brighton-based newspaper and up to 100 staff to the city centre later this year.
Shutterstock has acquired Rex Features, the London-based photographic press agency, for £22m.
Paperhat Group has acquired CTI Digital, the creative agency with 60 staff in Manchester and London.
Charterhouse PM has acquired Indicia, the customer engagement agency with 100 staff in Bristol, Edinburgh and London, for undisclosed terms.
Foolproof has acquired Knit, the creative technology agency with offices in Norwich and London, creating a combined group with more than 100 staff.
Imagine Publishing is to set up a new advertising sales team in London.
Instinctif Partners is to acquire London-based public relations firm Wriglesworth, with the relocation of 25 staff to its Gresham Street office.
Millivres Prowler, the London-based digital media group, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Connect PR has acquired Seal Communications, the Shrewsbury-based PR firm with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
TalkTalk has acquired the Blinkbox movies and broadband operations of Tesco for an estimated £5m.
Creative Marketing Services has acquired the assets of Leeds-based Paritus Marketing out of liquidation.
Intermarketing Agency has acquired Teabag, the Leeds-based creative agency with 13 staff, taking its total headcount to almost 100.
Communisis has acquired Life Marketing Consultancy, the marketing agency with 70 staff in London and Birmingham, for £23m.
Ocean Outdoor, the London-based outdoor advertising firm, is to be acquired by Searchlight Capital Partners for £80m.
Bigfoot Digital is planning to double the 15-strong workforce at its Barnsley-based online marketing agency in 2015.