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Orchard Toys, the educational games developer, is to relocate its headquarters and 13 staff from Nottingham to Wymondham in January, with the creation of about 30 new jobs.
Now Kitchens is seeking permission to double the size of its kitchens factory in Preston, with the creation of 70 new jobs over the next three years.
Ernst & Young is planning to expand the workforce in its consulting division from 120 to 300 by the end of 2006.
Haven Gateway Partnership has secured government approval to build a new container port in Harwich, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.
Robertson Group is planning to create 100 new jobs at its construction operations throughout Scotland in 2006.
Cotswold Outdoor is to create 40 new jobs when it opens its 18th store at the Talbot Green Retail Park in Llantrisant next month.
BDO Stoy Hayward is planning to expand the 100-strong workforce at its business services office in Leeds by 20% over the next six months.
Carphone Warehouse is to seek planning permission to set up a call centre at Tulketh Mill in Preston, which could create dozens of new jobs.
Essentiagroup is planning to create a further 200 jobs at its health and social welfare call centre in Glasgow over the next three years.
Motor World is planning to expand its chain of 240 car accessories stores with 100 new sites over the next five years, with the creation of about 500 jobs.
BiFab is to create 60 new jobs at its fabrication yard in Burntisland, having won orders from Talisman Energy and Scottish & Southern to manufacture seabed support structures for two wind turbines.
UK Coal has won planning permission from Durham County Council for a 121-acre opencast mine at Stony Heap, near Leadgate, with the creation of 40 jobs.
HBOS is to set up a 30,000 sq ft Halifax Home Insurance claims centre at the NG2 business park in Nottingham next October, with the relocation of 100 jobs from Kegworth and the creation of 200 new jobs.
Tesco is to seek planning permission to build a new superstore at Byres Road in the west end of Glasgow, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Wates is planning to recruit 350 new staff to its construction business over the next 12 months, and up to 1,000 over the next five years.
Soho Editors is to invest £4m in the worldwide expansion of its post-production talent agency business, by opening six new branches and recruiting 1,500 freelancers.
TEG Environmental is planning to create about ten new engineering jobs in Preston next year, in order to manage the opening of new composting sites across the country.
John Clark Motor Group is to relocate its Audi car dealership in Dundee to a new £2.5m site next summer, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Stanelco is to build a £3m biodegradable polymers production and research centre in Wales with the creation of 60 jobs, having received assistance from Blaenau Gwent Council.
Genuine Games is recruiting 13 extra staff at its computer games development business in Fort William.
Enterprise is to recruit 220 extra staff at its newly-opened £20m business support centre at the Matchworks in Liverpool by the end of next year, due to rising demand for its outsourcing services.
Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner is to open a new office in Stockton in January, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Egg is to create 300 new jobs at its internet banking call centre in Derby, taking the total workforce to 2,000.
Seagate Technology is to invest £83m in the expansion of its disk drive factories in Londonderry and Limavady, with the creation of 300 new jobs.
Prestoplan is to set up a £6m 94,000 sq ft timber frame buildings factory at Quedgeley West in Gloucester, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Celtic Energy is seeking permission from Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot councils to extend an opencast coal mine at Coed Hafod Heulog, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Worldwide Environmental Technologies is relocating its steel frames business and 15 staff from Tanfield Lea to a larger 40,000 sq ft site in Newton Aycliffe, and more than 80 new jobs could be created.
Iron Mountain has announced the creation of 50 jobs at its newly-opened data storage centre in Warrington.
Cromarty Firth Port Authority has been selected as preferred bidder to acquire the KBR Caledonia offshore yard at Nigg in Easter Ross, which could lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs in the manufacture of equipment for wind and wave power.
United Utilities is creating up to 24 new jobs for engineers in its gas emergency service in the north-east, Yorkshire and northern Cumbria.
Canyon Europe, the manufacturer of plastic trigger sprayers and dispensing pumps, is to create up to 40 new jobs in Mallusk, Antrim, as part of a £10m development project.
Asda has announced plans to build a £24m 45,000 sq ft store in Enniskillen, with the transfer of 225 staff from its existing site and the creation of 75 new jobs.
Virago Cars is looking to set up a new sports car factory in the Midlands next year, with the creation of up to 200 jobs, and is considering sites in Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry.
Ronseal, the manufacturer of wood preservatives, is to invest £8m in a new 90,000 sq ft warehouse at its Chapeltown site in Sheffield, with the creation of about 40 jobs.
Browns is investing £0.5m in the expansion of its coachworks near Lisburn, including a 6,000 sq ft extension and the creation of more than ten new jobs.
Tata Group, the Indian car manufacturer, is considering plans to set up a European Technical Centre in the Coventry area next year, which could eventually lead to the creation of up to 1,000 research jobs.
Amaro is to create 500 jobs at its new leaflet distribution centre in Rotherham over the next 18 months.
WS Atkins is looking to recruit an extra 5,000 staff to handle rising demand from China and to benefit from UK-based opportunities offered by the Olympics and higher transport spending.
SHS Group is planning to create at least 20 new IT, marketing, accounting and logistics jobs at its recently-opened £5m headquarters in Belfast over the next two years.
Sage, the accountancy software company, is to recruit a further 100 customer support staff at its head office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Washington Envelopes is seeking permission from Sunderland Council for the £3m expansion of its envelopes factory in Washington, which would create 34 new jobs.
Homeserve, the property maintenance company, is seeking funding from Advantage West Midlands for a £10m office extension in Walsall, which would create 400 new jobs over the next five years.
KPMG is to create 30 new jobs at its tax practice in Glasgow, due to rising demand for its personal self-assessment tax returns service.
Clarke Wilmott, the law firm, is to relocate its Southampton office to a 20,000 sq ft site at Botley Grange, and the workforce will rise from 90 to at least 125 over the next three years.
BAA has announced proposals for the £50m expansion of Aberdeen Airport, including a £10m runway extension and the creation of 1,000 jobs, in order to cope with the expected doubling of passenger numbers by 2030.
Bentley is looking to recruit an unspecified number of assembly workers, paint shop workers and metal finishers at its luxury car factory in Crewe, in preparation for the production of two new models.
British Polythene Industries is planning to create up to 40 new jobs at its factory in Heanor next year, and has just completed a £2.5m investment in new machinery.
BP is to invest £4.6bn in wind, hydrogen and solar power over the next ten years, with the creation of about 500 jobs in a new division called BP Alternative Energy.
The John Munroe Independent Hospital is to submit plans for the development of a £18m retirement village in Helsby, which would create jobs for 40 nursing staff and 50 care assistants.
Tulloch, the construction company, is seeking permission to set up a new £4m headquarters at the Cradlehall Business Park in Inverness by spring 2007, with the relocation of 170 jobs and the creation of up to 40 new jobs.
Axa is to recruit 100 extra staff at its office in Ipswich, in order to provide insurance services for the Lloyds TSB Insurance travel account.
Humber Sea Terminal has announced the creation of 20 new jobs following the introduction of Norfolk Line's daily freight ferry service to Vlaardingen in the Netherlands.
Exacta of Chester is to recruit a 5,000-strong workforce for the collection of empty toner cartridges from homes and offices across the country, in order to send them to Switzerland for recycling.
UK Steel Enterprise is supporting start-up company Alliance Integrated Solutions with the development of a CD packaging factory in Abertillery, which will create up to 50 jobs.
Citigroup, the US financial services company, is to relocate 120 Belfast-based staff to a new 38,000 sq ft site in the city's Titanic Quarter next September, and is still aiming to create 255 jobs over the next four years.
Lochaber Enterprise is looking to set up a £1.4m call centre for about 100 Highland Council planners at the Glen Nevis Business Park in Fort William.
Rolls-Royce is planning to create hundreds of new jobs for engineers and IT specialists in Derby over the next 18 months, to meet rising demand for aircraft engines.
Tunstall, the Yorkshire-based personal alarm manufacturer, is to relocate its Response monitoring centre from its Whitley Bridge headquarters to Doncaster, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Nationwide Building Society is to set up a new call centre at an undisclosed site in Wakefield, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Openwave is to create about 20 jobs at its new software development support centre in Belfast.
Norfolk Line is looking to set up a transport depot in North Wales with the creation of 13 driving jobs, following the closure of its contractor in Holyhead.
Capgemini is to create 500 new jobs in Telford and 220 in Aston, as part of its ASPIRE contract to provide business and IT services to HM Revenue & Customs.
Sega is to invest up to £30m in the expansion of its games development centre at the Blythe Valley Business Park in Solihull over the next three years, and 80 new jobs will be created over the next 12 months.
BT is to recruit up to 1,400 service engineers and other staff across the country to install and maintain telephone and internet services for its Openreach business.
Dell is to recruit a further 75 staff at its recently-opened computer sales and technical support centre in Glasgow over the next few months.
Amec and Alstom have won a £108m contract from RWE Npower to reduce sulphur emissions at the Aberthaw coal-fired power station in South Wales, which will involve the creation of 50 new jobs.
Barnsley Council has approved plans from Prologis Developments for the development of a distribution centre at the Park Springs site at Little Houghton, which could lead to the creation of up to 600 jobs.
Ocado is planning to expand its Waitrose groceries distribution business in Southampton over the next few months, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Asda has announced plans to create 2,800 jobs across the country, including 800 in Northern Ireland, with an average of seven new staff joining each of the group's 289 stores.
Essentiagroup, the health and social welfare specialist, is to create 20 new jobs at its contact centre in Brora, as part of an expansion project backed by Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise.
Devon County Council has awarded a three-year contract to Care South to provide home-based care services, which will create 150 new jobs.
Newark & Sherwood District Council has secured a £2.9m grant from the East Midlands Development Agency to build a Business Innovation Centre at the new Beacon Hill Business Park in Newark, which will create up to 120 jobs.
Bank of New York has announced plans to double the size of its new Manchester operation, with the site employing 350 staff by the end of 2006 and 750 in a few years.
Geometric Furniture has secured planning permission to set up a new wooden furniture storage and distribution centre in Middleton, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Porcelanosa, the manufacturer of ceramic tiles and bathrooms, is to open a new £10m showroom and office at Braehead in autumn 2006, one of two new Scottish showrooms that will create more than 50 jobs.
Liberata is to set up a council tax and state benefits call centre in Barrow, which will employ 200 staff.
OGC Buying Solutions, the government procurement service, is to create 20 new jobs in Liverpool over the next few weeks.
Bryson House Recycling has won a £5m waste recycling contract from 11 councils in Northern Ireland, which will create 22 jobs.
Northern Foods has won a £30m contract to supply ready meals to Asda, which will create more than 200 jobs at factories in Carlisle, Grantham, Sheffield and Nottingham.
Warburtons is to create up to 140 jobs at its new £10m bakery, which is due to open at the former Rathbones site in Rogerstone, South Wales, in July.
National Assembly for Wales is providing financial support to Contact Centres UK to set up a new financial services and legal call centre in Bridgend, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Bervin Tool & Die is planning to double the size of its 20,000 sq ft toolmaking site in Wolverhampton and create 25 new jobs over the next six months.
Rieter Automotive is recruiting 25 workers for a new vehicle soundproofing systems factory due to open at Trentham Lakes Business Park in Stoke-on-Trent in January, and the site will employ up to 180 staff by the end of 2006.
Sheffield City Council has approved plans from BT to build a new warehouse and data centre at the former Avesta rolling mill site in Tinsley, which could create up to 200 jobs.
Admiral is to create 250 jobs at its motor insurance business in Swansea over the next three years, and will relocate from the city centre to the 40,000 sq ft Cyprium waterfront scheme next spring.
Erinaceous, the property group, is planning to set up a call centre in Lincoln, with the creation of up to 400 jobs over the next two years.
OnLine Telephone Fundraising (OLTF) is to create 49 jobs at a new marketing centre in Dunfermline, having secured a share of Regional Selective Assistance grants totalling £15m along with 34 Scottish companies.
Tesco is to create 160 new jobs at its refurbished store in Maryhill, Glasgow.
GMAC Financial Services is to create 100 new jobs at its car finance business in Nantgarw, near Caerphilly, by the end of the year.
Bmibaby is to base a second aircraft at Durham Tees Valley Airport, with the creation of 30 new jobs.
Pizza Hut is to create about 270 jobs in the North West by opening restaurants in Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Lancaster, Leyland and Manchester.
In Practice Systems is to create 25 new jobs at its Dundee-based healthcare software development business.
The School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool has secured a £18m government grant to build a new international centre for tropical and infectious diseases, which will create up to 640 jobs.
PRA International, the clinical development company, is to set up a 15,000 sq ft data management office at the Matrix Business Park in Swansea in November.
Epm Technology is to set up a car body shells factory at the former MG Rover North Works site in Longbridge, with the creation of about 150 new jobs by the end of next year.
PD Logistics has won a £2m contract to provide two 50,000 sq ft warehouses in Billingham for Huntsman's pigments division, which will create eight new jobs.
Duchy Originals Foods is to set up an organic pastries bakery in Launceston next April, with the creation of an initial ten jobs.
Cannock Chase Council is considering plans from Renault UK for the development of a car dealership in Cannock, which would create up to 35 jobs.
Wellcome Trust has awarded £8m to Dundee University's School of Life Science to set up a commercial-style drug development unit with 16 scientists.
Serologicals of the US is to expand the 200-strong workforce at its life sciences operations in Livingston and Dundee early next year, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Intrum Justitia is creating 40 new jobs at its debt collection and credit management services call centre in Liverpool.
RMB Automotive is planning to set up a £4m Toyota and Lexus car dealership at Bowesfield Farm, Stockton, in 2006, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Tesco is to seek planning permission to build a new Tesco Extra store in Walsall town centre, with the creation of up to 400 jobs.
Real Time Worlds is planning to create 30 new jobs at its Dundee-based computer games development business.
ATH Resources is seeking permission to develop an opencast coal mine on a 181-acre site at Muir Dean near Dunfermline, which could create up to 118 jobs.
Direct Legal & Collections is looking to create up to 250 jobs at its new debt collection call centre in Brackley.
The NHS Pensions Agency is to relocate to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where 800 jobs will be created with the amalgamation of the Prescriptions Pricing Authority and the Dental Practice Board into the new Business Services Authority.
AWE, the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, is planning to recruit 1,000 new scientists and support staff, as well as 1,200 building contractors, as its budget will double to £2bn over the next three years.
Southern Cross Healthcare is to start recruiting 100 staff for a new £3.2m care home due to open in York next year.
ATC Lasham and TES Aviation are to set up operations at the Aerospace Wales park at RAF St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
British Cattle Movement Service is to create 100 new jobs in Workington by the end of the year.
Richmond Foods is to invest £14m at its ice cream factory in Wigan over the next three years, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Homeserve, the provider of property response services, is to create 200 new jobs at its call centre in Walsall by the end of the year.
The Scottish Executive is to provide £6.5m of funding to 67 businesses for the modernisation of fishing vessels and fish processing plants, which will help to create 100 jobs.
Patheon is to create 50 new jobs at its pharmaceuticals plant in Swindon when a £8m extension opens in spring 2007.
National Assembly for Wales is to provide a grant to Greenwood Services to build a £1m materials recycling facility at Grove Quarry near Bridgend, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Scotland Online is planning to expand its Dundee-based internet services business, with the creation of 18 jobs.
Lear Corporation and Tachi-S are planning to set up a car parts factory at the former Lucas Sumitomo site in Sunderland, in order to make seat belts and air conditioning systems, with the creation of 250 jobs.
John Huddleston Engineering is planning to create 46 new jobs, following a £6.7m investment at its aerospace components business in County Down.
Leading Edge is to set up a new £3m labels and packaging factory in Orton Southgate, Peterborough, with the creation of almost 30 jobs.
Doncasters is expected to create 100 jobs in Blaenavon over the next two years, having established a new "centre of excellence" for the manufacture of precision components.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the professional services firm, expects to recruit about 400 new staff at its Birmingham-based Midlands division during the current financial year.
Tesco is seeking permission to build a supermarket on the Deysbrook estate in Liverpool, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
East Riding Sack Company is creating 15 new jobs at its paper sacks factory in Stamford Bridge, following a £3.3m investment in new machinery.
Kimberly Clark has won planning permission for a £20m expansion at its paper mill in Barrow, which should create 55 new jobs over the next few years.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to create 50 jobs at a new car repair centre due to open on a 1.5-acre site at the North Tees Industrial Estate in Stockton in January.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from Hanover Property Unit Trust to build a £20m hotel and leisure development at Queenslie in Easterhouse, which will create 500 jobs.
The Leadership Factor is to create up to 30 new jobs at its call centre in Huddersfield, due to rising demand for its customer satisfaction surveys.
Garlands is to create up to 90 new jobs at its call centre in Hartlepool by mid-2006, having won a contract to provide customer services for the Dot student mobile phone service.
Wrightbus is to invest £15m in the expansion of its bus manufacturing operation in Ballymena, with the creation of about 170 jobs over the next three years.
The Number is to recruit up to 100 additional staff at its telephone directory call centre in Plymouth.
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is planning to increase the workforce at its recently-opened pension and payroll administration centre in Stoke-on-Trent from 25 to more than 100 over the next few months.
The Funding Corporation is to create hundreds of jobs at its Chester-based car loans business, having won a new 10-year contract to work with almost 200 Subaru, Daihatsu and Isuzu dealers.
Jet2 is to set up a low-cost airline operation at Blackpool Airport with the creation of about 50 jobs, and flights to Palma and Murcia will start in April.
Klondyke Garden Centres is to start recruiting 56 staff for a new garden centre and visitor attraction due to open at Houghton Hall near Carlisle next Easter.
NHS 24 is to recruit 100 more staff for its Scottish telephone-based health advice helpline, and five new regional centres will be set up.
Gardners has announced a £2.9m expansion programme for its Cardiff-based printing business, with the initial purchase of six digital presses and the creation of up to 21 jobs.
Walkers is to set up a new snacks factory in Skelmersdale by March, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Robert Wiseman Dairies is about to acquire a site in Taunton to set up a new £30m dairy by spring 2007, which will employ up to 500 staff.
Lochs & Glens Holidays is planning to build a £8m 124-room hotel at Ardgartan on Loch Long by 2007, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Asda and PD Teesport have announced plans to set up a £20m import centre at Teesport near Middlesbrough, with the creation of 300 jobs, including a 360,000 sq ft warehouse due for completion in February 2006.
British Gas is to create a further 112 new jobs in Leeds with the expansion of its Home Services division in Wortley.
Warburtons is to employ 100 workers at a bakery in Stockton when it becomes fully operational in December, following a £6.5m investment at the site.
Barclays is to create 250 new jobs at its customer services call centre at the Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland by the end of the year.
Cenergie of Redcar is seeking a suitable site for a new alkaline fuel cell production plant, which could lead to the creation of up to 90 jobs.
Tracerco is to open a new £1m research and development facility at Belasis Hall Technology Park in Billingham in November, with the creation of up to ten scientific jobs.
LBM is to create a further 300 jobs at its recently-opened direct marketing call centre in Belfast, and a new building will open at the Springvale Business Park in January.
Belfast City Council is to consider plans from Cordia Hotels for the development of a £25m four-star hotel on Hope Street, which will create 200 jobs.
Ecodock UK is to set up a shipbreaking yard at the Swan Hunter site in Wallsend by the end of the year, with the creation of up to 240 jobs.
D1 Oils has announced plans to set up a biodiesel research facility on a 60,000 sq ft site at the Billingham Industrial Estate on Teesside, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Princes is creating 60 new jobs at its soft drinks factory in Manchester, with vacancies for manufacturing operatives, engineers and production managers.
Amethyst Group is to create 50 new jobs at its logistics operation in Lichfield, having recently expanded its warehouse after winning a contract from clothing wholesaler Prominent Europe.
Direct Line has confirmed plans to relocate about 900 staff from three Glasgow offices to Atlantic Quay by next spring, and 200 new jobs will be created at the site by 2008.
Deli Lites is to expand production at its sandwich factory at Warrenpoint in County Down, with the creation of 12 new jobs.
The National Farmers Union has begun recruiting staff for its new £6.5m headquarters due to be completed at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire in December, and some of the 120 staff will relocate from London.
TNT Express Services is to set up a new £4.5m call centre at the Team Valley trading estate in Gateshead by the end of the year, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Cannock Chase Council has approved plans for the extension of the ThyssenKrupp automotive panel pressing factory in Cannock, with the creation of up to 100 new jobs.
Finnish Living Homes UK is planning to create 35 new jobs in North Yorkshire over the next 12 months, due to rising demand for its made-to-measure log cabins.
Sainsbury's has announced that John Baarda is to create an initial 32 jobs at a new £3m tomato production facility in Billingham, and the 23-acre site will use carbon dioxide and steam produced by Terra Industries.
The Child Support Agency is to create 200 new jobs in Kirkcaldy by next April, and many of the vacancies will be offered to former Jobcentre Plus staff.
Xaar is planning to build a £7m ink-jet printing heads factory near Cambridge by the end of next year, with the creation of an initial 30 jobs.
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust (RLBUHT) is planning to build a £4m extension at the Liverpool dental hospital by 2008, which will create 34 new jobs.
BAe Systems and the North West Development Agency are working on plans to set up a 47-acre aerospace business park at the Samlesbury plant near Preston, which could create thousands of jobs over the next ten years.
Tesco is seeking planning permission for a 25,000 sq ft store in Holywell, which could create more than 150 jobs.
A-NOVO UK is looking to create up to 100 new jobs at its mobile phone repair operation in Norwich, having won a number of new contracts from manufacturers, network providers and retailers.
FMC Technologies is to expand its subsea engineering, procurement and construction operations in Dunfermline and Aberdeen, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Gold Star Soft Drinks has won planning permission to set up a £1.3m soft drinks factory in Saltash over the next 18 months, with the creation of at least 14 new jobs.
EDS is to create 300 jobs in the Lancashire area, having won a new contract to support government department computer systems over the next five years.
HCL Technologies, the Indian IT company, is to create 600 new back-office and help-desk jobs in Belfast and London.
Protomold is planning to create 40 jobs at its new £0.5m injection moulds factory in Telford by the end of next year.
Plymouth City Council has approved plans from Yelverton Properties for the development of a £20m nine-storey JurysDoyle hotel, which will create about 100 jobs.
MJM Group, the County Down-based fit-out contractor, is to relocate from Rathfriland to a £6.9m factory and office complex in Newry, with the creation of up to 75 new jobs.
Alito has secured a £0.7m funding package to expand its Bridgend-based procurement software business, and the 12-strong workforce will rise to 23 over the next two years.
Taylor Woodrow is planning to recruit 40 new staff this year and 40 next year, as its infrastructure division has won a number of new rail contracts in London.
Scottish Natural Heritage is to launch a four-month recruitment campaign for up to 70 staff at its new headquarters in Inverness, where it already employs 125 staff in five offices.
BAe Systems is to invest £18m at the Govan and Scotstoun shipyards on the Clyde, including the modernisation of the docks, new offices and the creation of 400 jobs.
Huntsman has won planning permission to build a £200m polyethylene plant at Wilton on Teesside by 2007, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Culina Logistics is seeking permission to set up a chilled foods distribution centre at the Primepoint site in Stafford, which could lead to the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Commsworld has raised £0.7m to fund the expansion of its telecoms operations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and 15 new sales, engineering and administration jobs will be created over the next year.
Direct Wines is to set up a 17,000 sq ft wine distribution centre at the Gloucester Business Park in Brockworth by 2007, which should create 300 new jobs for the Gloucester area.
Sefton Council has approved plans for the development of a £8.5m water park at Dunes Leisure Centre in Southport, which will create up to 137 jobs.
Charnwood Borough Council has approved plans for the development of an egg packing factory at Sunrise Poultry in Sileby, with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Climax Racing is looking to expand the workforce at its Brighton-based computer games development studio from 70 to 135, having won a number of new contracts from Nintendo and Sony.
ProTech Computer Systems of Birmingham is looking to expand its workforce from 32 to more than 40 over the next six months, due to rising demand for its database management system.
Seafield Logistics is seeking permission from Vale Royal Borough Council to build a warehouse at Brunner Mond's Winnington Lane site in Northwich, which could create 20 jobs.
Intier Automotive has won permission to build a 70,000 sq ft automotive mouldings factory at Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire by next spring, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
B9 Energy of Larne is to create 12 new jobs, having won contracts to operate wind farms in Cornwall, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Wales and Co Leitrim.
Barker & Stonehouse is to expand its chain of six furniture stores with a new site in Hull in October, with the creation of 22 jobs.
Azzurri Communications is to invest £1m in the creation of a national centre for educational software development in Hull, with the creation of up to 20 new jobs over the next 15 months.
Project Scaffolding of Middlesbrough is looking to relocate to a larger site, and is planning to expand the 150-strong workforce with 20 new staff over the next two years.
Quinn Radiators of Ireland is to set up a £133m domestic radiators factory and research centre at the former LG Philips Displays facility in Newport, South Wales, over the next three years, with the creation of 460 jobs.
Asda has submitted plans to open its first Asda Living non-food store in Scotland at the Glasgow Fort, with the creation of 100 jobs.
K Home International of Teesside is to create up to 200 jobs for construction managers, quantity surveyors, safety staff and engineers, in order to work on projects in Dubai.
Pizza Hut is to expand its chain of restaurants in Yorkshire by the end of the year, with the creation of 150 jobs in York, Hull and Barnsley.
Cambridgeshire County Council is to open a new call centre in St Ives by the end of the year, which could lead to the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Fastflow Pipeline Services is planning to expand its Washington-based waterworks business into the gas and electricity markets, with the creation of 60 jobs over the next year.
British Gas is to recruit 116 customer service staff for a new office due to open at the Leeds City Office Park in October.
Sainsbury is to take full control of the buying and merchandising of its Tu clothing range, with the creation of up to 40 jobs in Coventry.
Northrop Grumman has won a £665m contract to maintain radar aircraft for the Ministry of Defence, which will lead to 50 new jobs at RAF Waddington near Lincoln.
Scottish Gas is expanding its call centres in Dennistoun and Uddingston, with the creation of 140 jobs.
BTR UK is planning to expand the workforce at its Warrington-based electronics recycling business from 25 to 40.
BES Consulting has agreed a £25m financing deal with private equity firm LDC to fund the expansion of its Huddersfield-based asbestos risk management business, and 40 surveyors will be added to the 190-strong workforce over the next 12 months.
Waitrose has submitted plans to Stockport council to build a supermarket in Cheadle Hulme, with the creation of 200 jobs.
The Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group is to invest £0.4m in new production lines at its factory in Bellshill, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Northern Foods is creating 60 new jobs at the Palethorpes pie factory in Market Drayton, following a £2.3m expansion programme.
Vale Royal Borough Council has approved plans to expand the Nunsmere Country Hall Hotel in Oakmere, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Polar Electro, the manufacturer of sports instruments, is to create 25 jobs at its new headquarters in Warwick over the next six months.
Amazon, the online retailer, is to set up a new 200,000 sq ft distribution centre at Glenrothes in Fife, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Marks & Spencer is to create 200 jobs at a new store due to open at Coventry's Arena Park in October.
Tesco is linking up with Peterborough JobCentre to recruit up to 1,000 staff for a new distribution centre due to open in Parnwell in October.
KMF Precision Sheet Metal is creating about 40 new jobs as part of a £2m expansion programme at its factory in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Total Fitness is to open a health and fitness centre at Thornaby on Teesside in September, with the creation of 55 jobs.
Devon Cider is to relocate to the former Thomas Hardy bottling factory in Tiverton by the end of the year, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
National Blood Centre is setting up a new tissue research centre in Speke over the next few months, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Carron Energy is planning to build a £400m gas-fired power station next to its existing Uskmouth coal-fired plant in Newport by 2008, with the creation of 85 permanent jobs.
Premierline Direct is to expand its insurance call centre in Lancaster, with the creation of 50 jobs.
DSTi Output, the transactional mail specialist, is planning to invest £20m in a new production site at an undisclosed location in the West Midlands by mid-2006, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Smith & Williamson is looking to create up to 30 jobs at a new financial services office in Glasgow over the next 12 months.
Garlands is creating a further 70 jobs at its call centre in Hartlepool, taking the workforce to 1,400.
Quay Pharmaceuticals is planning to relocate its biotechnology business from Bromborough to a 22,000 sq ft laboratory at the Estuary Commerce Park in Speke next year, and the workforce is expected to rise from 20 to 84.
Spa & Resort Operations is to invest £40m in a series of expansion projects, with the creation of up to 400 jobs at sites including Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire and Eden Hall near Newark.
QS is to open a 60,000 sq ft clothing store in Bolton in September, with the creation of 100 jobs, and new stores are also planned for Colne, Altrincham, Manchester and Liverpool.
Asda is to create about 2,250 new jobs by providing eight additional customer service staff at each of its 279 stores, and at least 15 new stores are due to open this year.
The Mill Hotel in Chester has revealed plans for a £10m extension, including a conference centre and 50 new jobs.
Corus is to invest £6.8m in equipment for its steel tube manufacturing plant in Corby, with the creation of about 70 new jobs over the next two years.
Npower, the electricity and gas company, is planning to create 60 new jobs at its call centre in County Durham.
Vodafone is to create 100 jobs at the former Singlepoint customer service call centre in Chesterton, North Staffordshire.
Ikea is planning to build a 230,000 sq ft furniture store in Coventry city centre, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Travelsupermarket is planning to invest £6m in the expansion of its online travel price comparison business over the next 12 months, with the creation of up to 50 jobs at its site near Chester.
Icom4 is planning to create scores of new jobs in Coventry, having won a contract to promote TalkTalk Business services in the Midlands and the north.
Rodda's Creamery is planning a £2.8m expansion at its clotted cream factory in Cornwall, with the creation of ten jobs.
Inchcape Automotive is creating up to 60 new driving jobs at its Autograph Inspect and Collect service.
Ikea has won planning permission from Sefton Council to build a furniture store in Netherton, Merseyside, with the creation of up to 600 jobs.
Carlsberg is to invest £13m in a new canning line for its Joshua Tetley brewery in Leeds, with the creation of 24 jobs.
Tesco is to seek permission to build a new superstore at Culverhouse Cross in Cardiff, with the creation of 100 new jobs and the transfer of 320 jobs from its existing site.
Tesco is seeking permission from Highland Council to build a new superstore near Wick, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Virgin Atlantic is to create up to 1,500 new jobs at Heathrow and Gatwick over the next 18 months, including 1,100 cabin crew, 150 flight deck, 150 engineers and 100 at the Crawley head office.
Littlewoods is to create 300 jobs at its new financial services call centre in Liverpool over the next six months.
Seasons in Style, the tour operator with 45 staff, is to relocate its headquarters from Wirral to St David's Park, Chester, in October, and plans to create 20 new jobs.
Benjys is looking to open nine sandwich stores in the north-east, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Faroe Seafood is looking to create more than 100 new jobs in Grimsby over the next two years, and plans to set up a manufacturing base, either directly or outsourced to another company.
Parceline is looking to create up to 150 new jobs over the next few years at a new £3.6m parcels depot due to open in Quedgeley in September.
Labtech Modular Engineering is to create 24 new jobs in Aberdeen, having won a new contract from US oilfield services firm MI Swaco.
First Locate, the debt recovery company, is planning to set up a call centre in Scarborough, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Wombat Financial Software of the US is planning to set up a software development and customer support centre in Belfast, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Sovereign Group is planning to double the size of its PVC windows factory in Nelson to 150,000 sq ft, with the creation of an unspecified number of new jobs.
DHL Global Mail is to create up to 40 jobs at its new Smartmail Citispeed mail centre in Sutton Coldfield over the next 12 months.
WS Atkins is to create 30 jobs at its engineering consultancy business on Teesside, taking the local workforce to 300.
QVC is looking to recruit 120 extra staff for its TV shopping business in Knowsley.
Birkby's Plastics is to recruit up to 25 extra staff at its factory in West Yorkshire, having won a new contract to supply interior trim to Toyota and Honda.
Camcal is planning to create about 40 jobs at Arnish on Lewis, having won a contract from Ocean Power Delivery to produce tube segments for a wave-farm project off the coast of Portugal.
The Royal Navy is to create about 200 helicopter servicing jobs at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall.
Gambro BCT of the US is to invest £7m in the expansion of its recently-acquired Ivex Pharmaceuticals business in County Antrim over the next three years, with the creation of 86 jobs.
Churchill Insurance is to create 40 new jobs at its sales and customer services call centre in Peterborough.
Paccar is to increase production of DAF trucks at its factory in Leyland, with the creation of 300 new jobs by the end of the year.
Scottish Enterprise is assisting Vortis Technologies, the US developer of a new antenna for mobile phones, with plans to set up a new headquarters for about 40 staff in Glasgow.
GW Padley is seeking permission from North Kesteven District Council for the £30m expansion of its Anwick poultry factory near Sleaford, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Aston Martin is recruiting a further 200 employees, in order to increase production at its two sports car factories in Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire, while the worldwide dealer network will reach about 140 by the end of the year.
Stolt Offshore is looking to recruit up to 50 engineers for its oil and gas engineering business in Aberdeen.
Accident Exchange, the vehicle accident management company, has raised £15m in two share placings to fund the expansion of its car fleet and open new depots, and almost 200 additional staff will be recruited over the next 12 months.
Precision Antennas is seeking permission to expand its factory in Stratford-upon-Avon with the creation of 150 jobs, which would mean that Stratford Town would have to relocate to a new football stadium in Tiddington.
GreenThumb, the lawn treatment company, is creating 12 new jobs at a new headquarters and training centre at the St Asaph Business Park in Denbighshire.
Freeway Healthcare, the supplier of patient transfer hoists, is creating 71 jobs at a new headquarters at the St Asaph Business Park in Denbighshire.
Manpower is to recruit a further 50 staff at the BT directory inquiries call centre in Barrow by August.
Rhyal Engineering is expected to create 130 new jobs, having won a £14m contract to build storage facilities for the £184m Dragon LNG import terminal at Milford Haven.
Fairline Boats is seeking permission to set up a new 40,000 sq ft factory in Oundle, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Southampton Airport has predicted that more than 1,000 jobs will be created in the region to service an extra 1m passengers, with low-cost airline Flybe planning to fly 12 additional routes by August 2006.
Pendragon, the chain of 250 car dealerships, is planning to expand the 550-strong workforce at its Nottinghamshire headquarters to 800 over the next two years, which will involve moving to a new building.
FG Wilson is to create 170 new full-time jobs at its engineering plants in Larne, Monkstown and Springvale, and the positions will be offered to existing agency workers.
Focus, the DIY retailer, has started work on the £14m expansion of its distribution centre in Tamworth, and 100 new jobs will be created on completion in November.
NewLogic is to create more than 100 new jobs at its business outsourcing centre at the Boldon Business Park in South Tyneside.
BSH Home Appliances is planning to move into a 427,500 sq ft distribution centre at ProLogis Park near Kettering by the end of the year, with the creation of warehousing jobs, call centre jobs and ancillary jobs.
B&Q is to create 200 jobs at a new DIY store due to open in St Oswald's Park, Gloucester, in September.
Webbs of Wychbold is to create an extra 28 permanent jobs at its garden centre in Worcestershire.
First ScotRail has confirmed plans to set up a customer service call centre in Fort William in August, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Arnold Laver is to invest £3m in a new building materials depot on the site of the Hebburn Shipyard on South Tyneside, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Newell & Budge is to set up a new £6m software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 30 jobs.
RWE Nukem of Harwell is planning to expand its workforce from 150 to 300 over the next year, in order to benefit from a new government effort to renovate power stations and handle nuclear waste efficiently.
ClientLogic is to expand the 400-strong workforce at its call centre in Derby, having secured a five-year extension to its contract with BT.
Dixons is to transfer its main national distribution centre to Newark, adding an extra 350 jobs to the existing 300 at its site off the A17, and a separate scheme is proposed to bring a further 500 jobs to the Newark Industrial Estate.
Asda has announced plans to build a new supermarket in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Fortis Insurance is to create a further 150 jobs at its offices in Eastleigh and Gloucester, having won a contract from Age Concern.
Available Car is to expand its used car business in Castle Donington, with the creation of 30 jobs over the next year.
Essex County Council has awarded a £1m contract to Primary Care UK of Clacton to provide services to the disabled, which could lead to the creation of 70 new jobs.
Window World is planning to increase the workforce at its Carlisle-based windows business from 45 to about 65 over the next two years, as part of a £2m investment programme.
Telecom Service Centres is planning to expand the workforce at its call centre in the Dearne Valley from 400 to 500 by the end of the year.
Phones4U is to recruit a further 100 customer service staff at sites in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke.
London & Country Mortgages of Bath is looking to recruit a further 40 mortgage advisers this year.
BiB Group is planning to double the size of its Darlington-based insurance business over the next five years, with the creation of 20 jobs.
JCB has secured planning permission to set up a new heavy construction equipment factory near Uttoxeter by next spring, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Liverpool City Council has received government approval for grants worth £17m to build a new cruise liner facility at Princes Dock, with the creation of 90 jobs.
Fascia Graphics is planning to create ten new jobs at its new printing site on the Bath Road Industrial Estate in Chippenham over the next 12 months.
Komatsu has announced plans for the multi-million pound expansion of its excavator factory on Tyneside, which will involve 28 new jobs and a 50% increase in the floor space.
Siemens is to create 70 new jobs at its customer service centre in Durham, to add to the existing 600 working on contracts for National Savings, the BBC and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency.
Yorkshire Bank is looking to expand its senior management team in Liverpool, with vacancies in asset finance, acquisition funding, wealth management and treasury solutions.
Chapelfield, the new £275m shopping centre development due to open in Norwich in September, has started recruiting almost 800 staff for the 90 shops and 15 restaurants.
Superdrug is planning to spend £75m opening 40 new health and beauty stores by the end of the year, with the creation of 400 jobs, and the 700-stong chain is expected to reach 1,000 by the end of 2008.
QA Research is creating 20 new jobs at its York-based market research business over the next 12 months.
JP Morgan, the financial services firm, is opening a new office with up to 40 staff at Temple Square in Liverpool this month.
PPD is planning to expand its pharmaceuticals factory in Lanarkshire with the creation of 95 jobs, due to rising demand for its drug development services.
Sainsbury is looking to recruit up to 10,000 staff aged over 50, in order to improve customer service in its supermarkets, but has also announced plans to shed most of the 180 field sales staff in its banking division.
Holiday Discount Centre is planning to expand the 120-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based travel agency business with about 30 additional staff this year.
The Biosystems Informatics Institute in Newcastle is setting up a trading arm called Turbinia to boost commercial returns from its bioinformatics research, and up to 30 new jobs are expected this year.
Moyle District Council is to consider plans from Kennedy Group to build a £12m leisure and conference hotel in Portrush, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Anglo Beef Processors is to set up a new beef packing factory in the Craigavon area, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Freshwater, the Cardiff-based public relations and marketing company, has secured a £0.5m investment from Finance Wales, and is planning to expand from 32 staff in four offices to over 50 in seven or eight offices by early next year.
Haddon House, the conservatory furniture manufacturer, is to relocate from Wirral to a new assembly and distribution centre at the Sandycroft Industrial Estate on Deeside, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, expects to create a further 50 jobs to add to the 250 at its new Central Quay office in Glasgow.
Carphone Warehouse is planning to create 125 new jobs at its recently-acquired OneStop mobile phones business in Crewe, including sales and customer service staff.
Audi has confirmed plans to open a £7.5m car dealership and museum at Cardiff Gate Business Park next spring, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Sogefi UK is to invest £8m in the expansion of its car components factories in Llantrisant and Tredegar, with the creation of 125 jobs, in order to produce advanced air and oil filtration products.
Ricardo has won a contract to provide automotive engineering research capabilities to Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, which could lead to the recruitment of up to 150 former MG Rover engineers and designers at Leamington Spa.
Develica is to build an 84,500 sq ft retail park specialising in DIY and bulky goods in Blackwood, South Wales, with the creation of 110 jobs, and work is due to start in August.
Subaru UK is to create eight jobs at a new 28-acre car distribution centre being set up near the Port of Sheerness.
Telewest Broadband is to create 70 jobs at its call centre in Brierley Hill, including 50 new posts and 20 existing vacancies.
O2 is planning to set up a 100,000 sq ft telecoms call centre at the Skypark site in Glasgow, with the creation of 1,500 jobs.
SCC, the Birmingham-based technology group, is creating 50 jobs at its new logistics base at the Tyseley Industrial Park, with the transfer of work from sites in Langley and Welwyn.
Ant Marketing is planning to expand its call centre operations in Chesterfield with the creation of up to 300 jobs, having won a telemarketing contract from a residential telecoms provider.
Princes Soft Drinks is to create 25 new jobs at the Eden Valley mineral water production plant in Cumbria, following a £5m investment.
Cheshire County Council is to consider plans from Wordsworth Homes to build a £20m care complex for the elderly in Northwich, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Sainsbury is to combine the management of its Bells Stores and Jacksons convenience store chains, and new store openings will lead to 665 new jobs across the North over the next two years.
Kingmoor Technical Services, the Carlisle-based food testing company, is looking to expand into a 9,000 sq ft site and double its 37-strong workforce over the next two years.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to relocate its Cardiff office to the Eastern Business Park with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Telecom Service Centres is to create up to 80 jobs at its call centre in Aviemore, having won a new tele-banking contract from HSBC.
BD Medical is to extend the Preventis hypodermic needle guarding device production line at its site in Swindon by March 2006, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
First ScotRail is to set up a customer call centre in Scotland this summer with the creation of 50 jobs, but the location has not yet been decided.
RBG is planning to create 250 new jobs at its Aberdeen-based oil services business, having won a number of new contracts.
Faroe Seafood is to relocate its UK head office from Preston to Grimsby this summer, with the creation of a few administration jobs.
Agilisys is to set up a consumer advice call centre for the DTI in Barrow in March 2006, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
Killik & Co is to expand its stockbroking and financial planning offices in Ipswich with the creation of 40 jobs.
Orange is in the process of recruiting 700 staff for its mobile phone call centres, including 250 in the south-west and 450 in the north-east.
Dean's of Huntly is seeking permission from Aberdeenshire Council to expand its shortbread factory at a cost of £0.75m, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Ricoh, the IT company, is to set up an office at the new football and entertainments arena being built in Coventry, with the creation of about 100 jobs.
John Lewis has announced plans to set up a £40m department store at the proposed Eastgate and Harewood quarter development in Leeds, with the creation of 900 jobs.
CRC is to create 270 jobs at its television equipment repair business in Glenrothes, having secured a £1m Regional Selective Assistance grant.
Velux Company, the roof window manufacturer, is to create 30 new jobs at its sales and technical support centre in Fife.
Communisis is planning to expand the workforce at its recently-acquired Dataform print management business on Tyneside from 107 to 125.
Cummins is planning to expand the 800-strong workforce at its engines factory in Darlington with 30 new jobs.
City of York Council is considering plans from Siemens for the development of a £20m train maintenance facility next to the National Railway Museum, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Crutes is planning to recruit an additional 30 staff at its Newcastle-based law firm this year.
B&Q has won planning permission for a new DIY superstore on the site of the former Norwich livestock market, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Williams Lea is seeking permission from South Norfolk Council to set up a new printing facility in Wymondham, which would create up to 260 jobs.
MBNA Europe, the credit card company, is to set up an in-house transactional printing operation at its Chester headquarters, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Vertex is to create 300 jobs at its call centre in Knowsley, having won a new contract to produce gas and electricity bills and statements for PowerGen.
SCA Hygiene, the paper products manufacturer, has won permission from Tynedale Council to build a distribution warehouse at its site in Prudhoe, with the creation of 55 jobs.
Network Rail is planning to retrain 192 of the 5,000 workers being made redundant by MG Rover to fill vacancies in the Birmingham area.
Port of Felixstowe is planning to recruit 500 workers this year, partly due to the large number of people retiring.
Shop Direct is to create 150 new jobs at its home shopping call centre in Preston.
Goodwins Timber Frame of Ireland is to set up an 80,000 sq ft manufacturing base near Risca, Newport, in June, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Thomas Cook is to create 100 new sales and customer service jobs at its travel business in Peterborough.
Debenhams is to recruit 850 jobs for a new distribution centre due to open in Peterborough this summer.
Credit Services Europe is planning to create 100 new jobs at its Shadow debt recovery business in Cwmbran over the next four years.
Manor Direct is to create 20 new jobs at its kitchen design and fittings business in Hull this month.
Carphone Warehouse is planning to create hundreds of new jobs with the expansion of its Talk Talk landline division and the opening of more mobile phone stores.
Angel Biotechnology is planning to expand the workforce at its Northumberland-based medical research business from 35 to 42 this year, having secured a number of new contracts.
Dungannon Meats is to create 30 new jobs at its meat processing plant in County Tyrone, having secured a new order to supply Co-op stores.
Kia of South Korea is to set up a new £8m vehicle distribution centre near the Humber Sea Terminal at Killingholme, with the creation of up to 300 jobs, in order to relocate its current operation from Sheerness in Kent.
Renham & Wade is seeking permission to expand its medical packaging factory near Barnard Castle, with the creation of 16 jobs.
Grampian Country Foods is to invest £16m in the expansion of its meat processing plant at Broxburn near Edinburgh with the creation of 200 jobs, but 330 jobs will be lost with the closure of its factory in Buckie.
Eatonfield Leisure is planning to set up a £1.5m luxury day spa in Mold by early 2006, with the creation of 40 jobs.
BuildStore is to open a new self-build housing and renovating centre in Swindon next year, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Hygrade Foods is seeking permission for the £6m expansion of its meat processing factory in Corsham, with the creation of 80 jobs over the next three years.
Restormel Borough Council is to consider plans from CMR Leisure to build a £20m four-star hotel and spa in St Austell, which would create 240 jobs.
B&Q is seeking permission to set up a distribution centre on the Towers Business Park in Rugeley, with the creation of 700 jobs.
Maldon Crystal Salt Company has secured planning permission to set up a new salt processing plant on farmland in Tolleshunt Major, with the creation of six jobs.
Quantum Specials has secured an equity investment from Phoenix Healthcare Distribution to fund the expansion of its newly-created pharmaceutical manufacturing business, and the Tyneside-based workforce should reach 20 by 2006.
Bridge2thinK, the e-learning company, is setting up a Scottish headquarters with eight staff at the Hillington Park Innovation Centre in Renfrewshire.
Wipak is investing £6m in the expansion of its printed film packaging factory in Welshpool, with the creation of 38 jobs.
George White, the motorcycle retailer with six outlets, is planning to set up a new headquarters at the Elgin Industrial Estate in Swindon, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Domino's Pizza is to invest £2m opening nine pizza outlets in Liverpool, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Sage is to recruit a further 100 staff at its new headquarters in Newcastle Great Park over the next six months, with vacancies in customer service, technical support, telesales and marketing.
Simpsongroup, the design and print company, is to relocate to a new £7m headquarters and warehouse in Washington in October, and the new site will include a £2m litho-press system and 59 new jobs.
Admiral Group is recruiting 100 additional staff for its insurance call centres in Swansea and Cardiff this month.
Old Bushmills Distillery is planning a £10m expansion at its whiskey distillery in Co Antrim, with the creation of 26 jobs.
Direct Table Foods is to build a new bacon factory at Saxon Business Park in Bury St Edmunds by the end of the year, with the creation of 75 jobs, following the recent fire at its original site.
Cromer Crab Company has submitted plans to expand the chilled dispatch and ingredients storage facilities at its shellfish factory in North Norfolk, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Sandwell Council has approved plans for the development of a new leisure centre at the former Brierley Upholstery site in Cradley Heath, including a range of sports facilities and 25 new jobs.
LBM is planning to set up a direct marketing call centre at the Springvale Business Park in Belfast in April, with the creation of an initial 300 jobs.
New Horizons is looking to expand its childcare operations in the north-east with the acquisition of up to 15 properties across Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland and the creation of 200 jobs.
GE Consumer Finance is to set up a new call centre at the Cobalt Business Park on North Tyneside in May, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Protensive, the Newcastle-based supplier of process intensification services to the chemical industry, is looking to attract private equity funding of up to £2m, float on Aim and create up to 90 jobs over the next few years.
British Waterways is to spend £3m revamping Stourport's historic canal basins into a tourist attraction, with the creation of about 70 jobs.
Bet365 is recruiting an extra 20 staff for its online gambling call centre at Festival Park in Staffordshire.
British Gas is to recruit a further 400 door-to-door salesmen, as well as 300 telephone sales staff.
Scramble is in the process of relocating its London-based audio studio from Covent Garden to Soho, and staff numbers will double to more than 20.
HSBC Private Bank is planning to recruit 120 private bankers and open its first regional offices in Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff over the next few months.
Centrica is planning to recruit 300 technology experts in the Reading area, in order to handle the upgrade of its customer management and billing systems.
The Homebuyers Advice Centre is to relocate its mortgages business and 30 staff from Bolton to Chorley in May, with the creation of 50 new jobs.
Liberty Information Technology is investing a further £1.5m at its software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 25 jobs for software engineers.
British Thornton ESF is to relocate its Leeds-based educational furniture manufacturing business and 135 staff from Burley to a new site in Keighley, and 25 new jobs will be created.
BAe Systems is to create 100 new jobs in Barrow, having won a £463m order to supply field guns to the US Marine Corps and the US Army.
Oracle, the US-based software group, is to set up a £1.1m customer service centre with 17 staff in Belfast.
O2 is to recruit 2,000 extra staff and open a fourth call centre for its mobile phone business over the next two years, but 500 back office jobs will be lost, mainly at its Slough head office.
Now Group is to open a new kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms factory in Preston this summer, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Highland Council is to consider plans for the development of a £20m golf course at Castle Stuart, including a 57-bedroom hotel, 36 self-catering apartments and 200 new jobs.
Yorkshire Forward is to invest £9.6m in the region's advanced engineering and metals industry, which should help to create about 500 jobs, and grants will be offered to companies and universities for research projects.
Godfrey Syrett of Newcastle has won a £20m contract to supply office furniture to the Department for Transport and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, which will create up to 30 new jobs.
Lidl is planning to double its chain of 18 discount stores in the north-east over the next five years, and may also set up a new distribution centre, with the creation of up to 900 jobs.
RR Spink & Sons is to recruit 25 extra staff at its fish processing business in Arbroath over the next three months.
Quinn-Direct is to create about 90 new jobs at its insurance business in Manchester.
TJ Hughes is planning to open a further six discount stores across the country with the creation of about 400 jobs, taking the total chain to 44 outlets.
Ramside Estates is planning a £12m expansion of the Ramside Hall hotel near Durham, with the creation of 100 jobs.
The Prison Service has confirmed plans to set up an administration centre in Newport, South Wales, by 2006, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Morgan Marine is to create 20 new jobs at its fibreglass composite and steel housings manufacturing business near Ammanford this year.
The East of England Development Agency has announced that the National Institute for Research into Aquatic Habitats is to build a £250m 40-hectare aquarium at Stewartby near Bedford by 2010, with the creation of 2,500 jobs.
Careline Services is creating 75 new jobs at its call centre in Selkirk, having won a contract to provide billing and customer care services to internet provider Tiscali.
MDA is to create about 260 jobs at its new £5m promotional goods warehouse in Blackburn over the next two years.
Greggs is planning to create 650 jobs at its bakery operations throughout the country over the next year.
The National Assembly for Wales is providing financial assistance to Communications Direct for the creation of 120 jobs at new mobile telecoms sales operations in Cardiff and Swansea.
Portaramp is to relocate its ramp manufacturing business and 41 staff from Thetford to a 43,000 sq ft factory in East Harling over the next two weeks, which could lead to the creation of up to 60 new jobs.
Convergys is to set up a new outsourcing call centre at Central Square in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with the creation of 400 customer service and technical helpdesk jobs over the next 18 months.
Ipsos UK is setting up a new market research call centre in Lowestoft, and the initial 50-strong workforce is expected to rise to 100 over the summer.
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay is to undergo a £50m revamp by owner Dawnay Shore Hotels, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Peterborough City Council has approved plans from the First Active Health & Leisure Club to set up a new £3m indoor tennis centre, with the creation of 20 jobs.
GDS Publishing, the publishing and events company, is setting up an office in Cardiff that will create 75 jobs over the next 12 months.
Lewis Spring Products is to create 50 new jobs at its factory in Redditch, having agreed to amalgamate with fellow manufacturer Pre-Met of Kent.
Coface is to extend the office space at its risk information department in Birmingham, and the workforce will rise from six to 12.
ThyssenKrupp Automotive Tallent Chassis is to invest £13m in the expansion of its car components factory in Newton Aycliffe over the next two years, with the creation of 120 jobs.
John Clark Motor Group is to set up a new £1.5m Audi dealership in Aberdeen, with the creation of ten jobs.
Pavers has won permission from City of York Council to set up a £3m 40,000 sq ft shoe distribution centre in Poppleton, securing 45 jobs and creating 55 new ones.
Paul Moy Associates, the Liverpool-based mechanical and electrical consulting engineer, is creating nine new jobs at offices in London and Manchester.
Covance Laboratories is to invest £18m in the expansion of its drug development services centre in Harrogate by the end of the year, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Samworth Brothers is to invest £10m in the expansion of its Kensey Foods hot and cold desserts factory in Launceston, Cornwall, with the creation of 200 jobs over the next few years.
SembCorp Utilities has announced plans to build a £60m wood-burning power plant at Wilton on Teesside by 2007, with the creation of about 400 construction jobs and 15 permanent jobs.
Allerdale Council has received plans from Dutch consortium Partners In Cheese to build a £37m cheese factory at the Lillyhall industrial estate, with the creation of an initial 45 jobs.
Muller has secured an endorsement from a government planning inspector to double the size of its desserts factory in Market Drayton, with the creation of at least 300 new jobs over the next five years.
Journeycall is to set up a new call centre in Laurencekirk near Montrose, with the creation of up to 20 jobs, in order to handle enquiries for rail and coach companies.
HSBC is planning to reorganise its investment research business with the creation of about 50 jobs for analysts in London, New York and Hong Kong over the next six months.
PD Ports has announced that up to 450 jobs will be created at Teesport with the development of a £30m import and distribution centre for an unnamed international retailer.
Co-operative Insurance Society has confirmed plans to create 120 jobs at a new call centre at its head office in Manchester.
Roballo Engineering is investing £1.2m in new machinery at its bearings factory in Peterlee, securing the future of 55 jobs and creating 15 new ones.
Tesco is seeking permission from Hastings Borough Council to rebuild its supermarket in St Leonards, with the creation of 120 new jobs.
Hays is planning to open a further 15 recruitment offices and create 400 jobs over the coming months.
One NorthEast has offered a £0.14m grant to The Tanfield Food Company to help create 45 jobs at a new gourmet foods manufacturing business in Tanfield Lea.
Inverness Medical Innovations of the US is to spend £60m setting up a diagnostic health products manufacturing and research business in Stirling, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Lloyds TSB is to create about 200 customer service jobs at its insurance operation in Newport, South Wales, over the next four months.
Airbus has confirmed plans to create 650 jobs at its aircraft wings factory in Broughton over the next two years.
The Production Company is to relocate its printing business and 130 staff to a 50,000 sq ft site on Sheffield Parkway this spring, with the creation of 24 new jobs.
Aon is to set up a travel insurance call centre in Leicester, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Abbey is to spend £8.5m rebranding its 726 branches to include the logo of its Spanish owner Santander Central Hispano, and also plans to increase the number of sales staff in branches by 30%.
Amaro is to expand its leaflet distribution business by setting up new bases in Yorkshire, the Midlands and the north west this year, with the creation of up to 2,500 jobs.
North Wales Watersports has been established as a not-for-profit company with the aim of creating more than 400 jobs and doubling the annual revenues of the watersports industry in north Wales to £60m.
Morrisons is to recruit 350 staff for a new supermarket due to open at Easterhouse in Glasgow in the summer.
Policy Administration Services, the Crewe-based provider of administrative facilities for the insurance services of the Caudwell Group, is planning to create up to 2,000 jobs over the next five years.
Yes Telecom is planning to create up to 350 jobs at its Manchester-based telecoms business, and is currently seeking new premises.
Asda is seeking permission to build a superstore at Pickering Street in north Liverpool, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Castell Howell Foods is to expand its food distribution business to Avonmouth with the creation of 15 jobs, following the acquisition of Bristol-based Pan Aroma.
Glasgow City Council has approved plans from London Clubs International and Heron International to set up a £8m casino at Springfield Quay by next year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Port of Blyth is planning a £1.6m extension to its Battleship Wharf terminal by July, and the 100-strong workforce will rise by about 10%.
Asda is to spend £600m on its expansion programme this year, including 20 new stores, 20 refurbishments and 6,000 new jobs.
Asda is to relocate its Bearsden superstore in Glasgow to a new 55,000 sq ft site nearby later this year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Tendring District Council is to consider plans from Roverstar for the development of a £10m retirement village and nursing home at Silverwoods in Thorrington, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Phonebox Telecom is to create 30 jobs at a new call centre for its mobile phone distribution business in Hampton-in-Arden, and is also looking to open shops in Coventry, Telford, Leamington Spa and Worcester.
BMW is to invest a further £100m at its Mini production plant in Oxford by 2007, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
ClientLogic is to create 70 customer service jobs at its call centre at Alness in the Highlands.
Twofour Productions is to relocate its Plymouth-based TV production business and 130 staff to a £2m site at Estover in May, with the creation of 36 new jobs.
Avon UK is looking to recruit a further 20,000 people to its direct salesforce, and may expand its product range by offering life insurance, motor insurance and credit cards.
The Specials Laboratory is planning to recruit 40 extra staff at its pharmaceuticals manufacturing business in Northumberland this year.
British Energy is planning to recruit 230 extra staff at its seven power plants, as part of an investment aimed at improving their condition and reliability.
Credit Centre UK is looking to recruit an additional 30 staff for its West Midlands-based finance business, with vacancies for administrators, mortgage sales professionals and call centre staff.
Dell, the computer supplier, is planning to set up a call centre in Glasgow, with the creation of up to 850 jobs over the next two years.
Asda is seeking permission to develop a £40m 380,000 sq ft clothing distribution centre in Washington, Wearside, by the end of 2006, with the creation of 700 jobs.
Nisai Group is to invest £2m in the setting up of an educational technology business in Middlesbrough, with the creation of up to 120 jobs over the next three years.
Elite Internet Services and three other Manchester-based internet companies - ISPISP, Freedom Names and VISPWEB - have been acquired by 186k, and 186k expects to create 100 jobs with the relocation of a data centre from London to Leeds.
JMW Aluminium is to create more than 20 new jobs at its Newcastle-based aluminium fabrication business.
Merthyr Tydfil Council has approved plans for the extraction of 10m tonnes of coal at Ffos Y Fran, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Lloyds TSB is creating 100 jobs at its Shareview stockbroking division in Edinburgh, which could involve the relocation of some staff from London.
Atraverda is to set up a £4m battery components factory at the Roseheyworth Industrial Estate near Abertillery, with the creation of 40 jobs.
E2save is to create 160 sales and customer service jobs at its mobile phone call centre in Loughborough.
The Department for Work & Pensions is planning to set up a Welsh-language Jobcentre call centre with 250 staff at the Parc Menai business park near Bangor by 2006.
The Centre for Process Innovation is planning to expand the workforce at its Teesside-based chemical industry centre of excellence from 25 to 50 over the next two years.
Eurocut is planning to almost double the size of its precision instruments factory in Sheffield, and the workforce is rising by 15% to more than 100.
BSW Timber is to invest £15m in the expansion of its sawmill at Newbridge-on-Wye over the next three years, with the creation of 24 jobs.
South Ayrshire Council has approved outline plans for the £35m development of new facilities at Ayr racecourse, including a hotel, casino and cinema, which will lead to the creation of 300 jobs.
Citigroup has shortlisted Scotland as a potential location for the expansion of its administration and global custody business, which could create hundreds of jobs.
Nissan has confirmed plans to manufacture a new family car at its factory in Sunderland, which should create 200 new jobs and secure 1,000 existing jobs.
The Big Lottery Fund is planning to set up a lottery grant processing centre in Newcastle with the creation of 180 jobs, and a second site will be established in Birmingham.
Asda is planning to open 30 jewellery counters, 30 photo centres and six optical departments in its stores, with the creation of 800 jobs.
Archerfield Links is to create more than 350 jobs this year with the £50m development of two championship golf courses and associated accommodation in East Lothian.
BT is to recruit 500 apprentices this year, with training provided in engineering, technology, business management and fleet services.
Rotherham Council is considering plans from Oak Holdings to build a £300m leisure resort near Orgreave, which will include 1m sq ft of entertainment facilities and create up to 2,700 jobs.
Greggs is to build a new £13m 57,000 sq ft savoury production plant at Longbenton on Tyneside by 2006, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Bartercard is looking to open three trade exchange franchise operations in the North West, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Caterpillar, the US industrial equipment group, is to set up a £1m financial centre in Larne, Northern Ireland, with the creation of 25 jobs.
The Funding Corporation has announced the creation of 250 jobs in its Chester-based call centre, customer service and administration departments.
Gaskells is to set up a new £2.5m waste transfer and recycling plant in Bootle later this year, with the creation of at least ten jobs.
Sirius is to increase the workforce at its Durham-based ground engineering services business from 40 to 50, and is looking to expand into South Yorkshire, Nottingham and Scotland.
Thamesdown Software Fulfilment has acquired SDC GB, the CD manufacturer, which will lead to the creation of 60 new jobs in Swindon.
Netto is planning to open 70 discount supermarkets in south Wales, with the creation of 1,700 jobs.
Infoteam International Services is to relocate its Sony PlayStation game console repair business from Uxbridge to St Columb Major, near Newquay, with the creation of up to 185 jobs.
Hyndburn Borough Council has approved plans from Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust to build a health centre on the site of Broughton Crangrove Mill, which will create 134 jobs.
Airbus is to create 800 new jobs at its aircraft wings factory at Broughton in Flintshire.
Able UK is seeking permission for a £25m dock development project in Hartlepool, which will create 700 jobs at three new quays, a shipbuilding and recycling centre, and an offshore manufacturing site.
Tesco is planning to build a superstore in Rutherglen, Glasgow, with the creation of 350 jobs, as part of a £40m redevelopment project by Vico Property Group.
Western Mortgage Services is to create up to 90 new jobs at its mortgage administration business in Plymouth this year.
Windward Bananas has won permission for the £3.5m expansion of the ripening facilities at its Little Canfield depot in Essex, which will eventually lead to the creation of 80 jobs.
BNS Telecom is to build a new £1.5m headquarters at Prudhoe in Northumberland by 2006, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Gravatom Engineering Systems is to set up a £0.5m factory in Workington to develop systems for the nuclear, pharmaceutical and medical industries, and 30 staff are being recruited.
Inkfish is to create 40 new jobs at its call centre in Brighton, having won a contract to launch the Post Office's new phone service.
Albany Group is to create more than 100 new jobs at its insurance services call centre in Peterlee this year.
Shell is planning to recruit 1,000 engineers to improve the accountability and performance of its worldwide oil exploration and production business.
Hallmark Healthcare is planning to spend £25m setting up five new care homes in Wales, Norfolk and the Midlands this year, with the creation of about 600 jobs.
Workwear Express, the County Durham-based supplier of corporate clothing, is planning to double its 20-strong workforce over the next two years.
Ricardo is creating up to 20 new jobs at its car controls business in Cambridge, with the addition of new laboratory space and offices.
The Department for Work & Pensions is planning to set up an office for the Financial Assistance Scheme at Monks Cross in York, and some of the 100 staff may transfer from the existing pensions operation that is due to close in March.
East Riding Council is considering plans to outsource some of its administrative functions to Arvato, which could lead to the transfer of 500 jobs and the creation of 650 new jobs in Hull over the next four years.
Loans.co.uk is to create 65 new jobs at its credit broking call centre in Preston.
Futaba of Japan is in talks with Conder Developments about plans to set up a 225,000 sq ft automotive bodies factory at Dove Valley Park in south Derbyshire, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Cannock Chase Council is set to approve plans from 3663 for the development of a new food distribution centre at Kingswood Lakeside park, with the creation of 143 jobs.
The Scottish Executive is to set up a headquarters for a new national transport agency in Glasgow later this year, and some of the 200 staff are expected to transfer from Strathclyde Passenger Transport.
Sophos is creating 70 new jobs at its anti-virus software business in Abingdon over the next few months.
Fighting Bull Broadcast Technologies of the US is to set up a software development centre in Belfast, with the creation of 15 jobs.
CJ Morton & Co is to set up a new subsidiary called MCM Services in Barnsley in April with the creation of 34 jobs, in order to pack cleaning utensils.
Asda is seeking permission to build a superstore at Horn Hill in Lowestoft, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
CRC Glenrothes is to create up to 100 new jobs at its Fife-based television equipment repair business, having won a new £9m contract from NTL.
Northern Foods has started to recruit financial, administrative and secretarial staff for its new headquarters in Leeds, which will have a total workforce of about 80.
Komatsu UK is to create 20 new jobs at its excavator manufacturing plant in County Durham over the next two months.
Moorhouse Group, the Caerphilly-based insurance company, is planning to expand its workforce from 76 to about 130 this year.
Grants Foods is to expand its ready meals factory in Galston, and the workforce will rise from 30 to 50.
Crow Television is to set up a new post-production facility at Shepherds Building in west London in March, and its 22-strong workforce is expected to double this year.
The University of Wales in Swansea and IBM are to establish a £50m Institute of Life Sciences, which is expected to lead to the creation of 238 jobs and 30 spin-out ventures.
Deepdale Solutions is relocating its walling, doors and glazing manufacturing business and 22 staff from Thirsk to Hartlepool, and 19 new jobs are being created.
Morrisons is seeking permission to build a superstore at Foss Islands Road in York, with the creation of 350 jobs.
Stoneacre is to open a Suzuki car dealership alongside its Kia dealership in Middlesbrough with the creation of 20 jobs, to replace the former South Cleveland Garages site.
TSF Retail Solutions, the shopfitting company, is planning to create about 60 jobs at its new headquarters in Washington, Tyne & Wear, over the next six months.
Greeting Card Group is creating 100 new jobs at its distribution centre in Peterborough this month.
Robson Brown, the Newcastle-based advertising agency with 120 staff, is looking to open an office in central London and is currently in the process of recruiting staff.
National Express is to create 30 jobs at Digbeth Coach Station in Birmingham, including 20 drivers and ten customer services staff.