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The Civil Aviation Authority has recommended that a second advanced air traffic control centre should be built, at Prestwick, Strathclyde, in order to back up the centre being built at Swanwick.

General Motors is to expand its IBC Vehicles plant in Luton to build 60,000 vans a year, creating about 900 jobs.

BICC is planning a £25m expansion at its high voltage cable plant in Erith, Kent, in order to make undersea power cables, creating up to 60 jobs.

Bertrand Faure Seating of France is to set up a £12m factory to make frames for car seats in Tredegar, south Wales, creating 290 jobs.

Benteler of Germany is to set up a £14m plant to make automotive chassis assemblies in Corby, creating 120 jobs.

Rover Group is to recruit a further 100 specialist engineers to develop new cars at its engineering centre in Gaydon.

Honda is creating a further 250 production line jobs at its Swindon plant.

Wellstream of the US is planning a £55m factory to make offshore pipes at Walker Riverside Park, Newcastle, creating over 200 jobs.

Safeway is planning to set up 15 superstores and 4 supermarkets a year for the next two years, in a move which will create 3,500 full-time jobs.

Orbit, the Saudi-owned satellite TV concern, is considering the relocation of its Rome headquarters to Cardiff Bay with the creation of 700 jobs.

Amec Developments is to build a £56m business park, called Castle Gate, for Dudley council in a project that will create 2,000 jobs.

Harry Ramsden's, the fish and chip restaurant chain, is planning eight new franchised and joint venture restaurants, including four in Scotland, in a move which will create 1,000 new jobs.

Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, the US investment bank, is planning to set up a new headquarters in London, and expects to double the current 150 staff already employed in the city.

Align-Rite International of the US is to double production at its Bridgend plant which makes photo-masks for the semiconductor industry, by investing £11m and creating 200 jobs.

English Partnership, the urban regeneration agency, is assuming responsibility for over 5,000 acres of former British Coal sites, and with the backing of almost £400m of government money it is hoped that 55,000 jobs can be created over the next decade.

Marks & Spencer is planning to take on 2,000 extra staff at its stores, in order to improve customer service.

General Nutrition Centres of the US is opening its first UK health food store in Bristol, and plans to set up 400 high street stores over the next four years.

Denso Manufacturing is planning a £31m expansion of its car air conditioning plant in Telford, creating over 300 jobs.

British Steel is to set up an automotive engineering group in Coventry, employing 30 engineers and boosting the company's links with the motor industry.

Fiamm of Italy is to build a £10.5m battery factory near Newport in south Wales, creating over 200 jobs.

Ford is planning a £34m expansion of its Belfast motor components plant to produce plastic components for both European and North American vehicles, a move which will create 55 jobs.

Lex Service is to set up a £50m national network of 50 vehicle accident repair centres that will work on a production line basis, in a move that will create 3,000 jobs.

BP Chemicals is linking up with Neath Port Talbot Council and the Welsh Development Agency to launch a £230m redevelopment of Port Talbot, which will include an Energy Park that should create 2,800 jobs.

Nissan is to invest £70m on the manufacture of a Primera estate car at its Sunderland plant, a move which will create 150 jobs and increase output to 20,000 cars a year in 1998.

Alcan of Canada is to upgrade its Lynemouth aluminium smelter in Northumberland at a cost of £50m, with the creation of about 150 jobs.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets is planning an expansion programme with the opening of four more stores in 1997 and the creation of 3,200 jobs.

Legal & General is setting up a direct telephone sales centre in Cardiff, which will focus on health and term insurance and employ 100 staff.

Seagate Technology of the US is to set up a £68m factory to make substrates for computer disk drives in Limavady, Northern Ireland, with the creation of 759 jobs.

Research by The Henley Centre shows that the National Lottery will create 111,000 jobs, including 300 permanent jobs at the Lowry Museum which is being built in Salford.

Astra of Sweden is to set up a £62m pharmaceuticals research centre in Loughborough, with the creation of about 200 new jobs.

RJB Mining is planning to spend £300m developing a deep coal mine in Nottinghamshire, which will produce 3m tonnes of coal a year and employ 300 people.

Oxford Biomedica, the gene-therapy concern, is planning a public share offer in November in order to raise £5m for the funding of a lease on a site in Oxford and the recruitment of up to 30 staff.

Chiltern Railways is ordering 12 diesel-powered express trains from ABB-Daimler Benz Transportation, a contract which should create over 100 new jobs at Adtranz's plant in Derby.

JCB is to build a new factory to make transmissions at its Wrexham site, with the creation of 300 jobs.

Iceland, the frozen food retailer, is planning to open 31 new stores this year and 25 next year, and is investing in a sales-based ordering system.

Honda is planning a £50m press plant at Wantage to supply metal panels for UK-built cars, with 100 employees.

Behnisch & Partners, the Stuttgart-based architects, are designing a £98m 2,300-seater centre for performing arts in Bristol, with the city council donating the land on the waterfront.

Able UK is to convert a Hartlepool shipyard into a dismantling centre for used offshore oil and gas structures, creating 400 jobs over five years.

Mackie International is planning a £13.6m foundry in west Belfast.

Software City has opened in Leeds, the first of 50 software superstores planned over the next four years.

Bermo of the US is planning a £4m electronic components factory in Glenrothes with the creation of 100 jobs.

The Bank of England is to spend £8m a year on strengthening its banking supervision following the collapse of Barings bank, and will recruit 100 extra people.

RJB Mining has applied for council permission to open an open-cast 1.6m tonne coal mine at North Walbottle near Newcastle upon Tyne, which would create 70 jobs.

British Airways is switching its Latin American routes from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport, where it will create up to 500 jobs.

The British Racing Drivers Club is planning to create a technology village at Silverstone motor racing circuit, which will work on behalf of the UK's motor sport industry as well as the motor industry in general, and provide hundreds of high technology jobs.

Honda and Unipart are to jointly form three component manufacturing companies, involving investment of over £80m and the creation of up to 500 jobs in Coventry and Kent.

Dixons, the electrical retailer, is planning to open 10 Currys superstores and 10 PC Worlds this year, creating 2,500 jobs.

LG of South Korea is to build a £1.6bn electronics complex in Newport, south Wales, to manufacture semiconductors and television parts and create 6,100 jobs.

Cine-UK is planning to open 20 multiplex cinemas, called Cineworld - The Movies, over the next five years with the first opening next week in Stevenage.

The Lite-On Technology Corporation of Taiwan is to set up a £40m computer monitor factory in Lanarkshire, creating over 1,000 jobs.

Trico of the US is planning a £5m expansion of its motor components factory in Pontypool, south Wales, creating 150 jobs.

British Telecom is setting up a new telemarketing centre in Warrington which will provide 1,000 part-time jobs from next January.

Littelfuse, the US-owned maker of circuit protection devices, is to move to a new factory in Washington, Tyne & Wear, creating 110 new jobs.

Asda is planning to open eight new stores this year, creating 3,000 jobs.

Business Post Group is planning a new national distribution centre in Birmingham at a cost of £7.6m.

Quintiles, the US pharmaceutical research company, is to set up a clinical data management service plant in West Lothian, creating up to 300 jobs.

Warner Bros is to set up a state-of-the-art animation studio in London which will employ 70 animation experts.

Blue Circle is planning a £180m cement plant in Kent as part of a £330m investment programme aimed at improving productivity.

The government is to soon announce plans to set up a national microelectronics institute in Scotland, to improve technical training in the manufacture of semiconductors.

Interconnection Systems is planning a £120m printed circuit board plant in north Tyneside, creating 1,000 jobs.

Littlewoods Stores is planning a further 40 stores across the country and a distribution centre in Burton on Trent, creating 3,000 jobs over the next four years.

First Leisure has announced a major expansion programme, including four new nightclubs, seven bingo halls, fitness centres and indoor real snow ski slopes, with the creation of 1,400 jobs.

Watson & Philip is planning to expand its Alldays chain of convenience stores to 540, with a further 100 outlets this year.

Carpetright is planning to expand its chain of carpet stores from 200 to 260 by next April.

Edinburgh Development and Investment has announced plans for a £100m shopping mall under Princes Street in Edinburgh.

FG Wilson is setting up a joint venture with Caterpillar of the US to make diesel generating sets at its Larne, Northern Ireland, plant creating 1,500 jobs.

Matsuura of Japan is to spend £10.7m on its planned machine tool factory in Coalville near Leicester, creating 125 jobs.

Richardson Developments has announced plans for a £90m out-of-town shopping centre in York.

Appryl, the Elf-BP joint venture, is planning a £100m 300,000 tonnes per year polypropylene plant in Grangemouth, creating up to 200 jobs.

Showa Corp of Japan is planning a £10m plant to make car parts in Cynon Valley, Wales, creating 200 jobs.

Littlewoods plans to spend £35m opening between 40 and 70 Index catalogue shops over the next four years.

Copeland of the US is to build a £33m plant in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, to make compressors, creating 300 jobs.

Shinho Electronic Telecommunications of South Korea is to build a £8.2m plant to make computer monitors in Fife, creating 280 jobs.

Whitbread Inns is planning to open 70 family pubs this year at a cost of £105m, creating over 2,700 jobs.

Siemens Automotive Systems is planning a £20m expansion at its plastic engine parts factory in Telford, thus creating 200 jobs.

Coats Viyella's Dynacast subsidiary is to build a £5m plastics moulding plant in Cwm Cynon, South Wales, creating 130 jobs.

Tenma of Japan is to expand its printer components plant near Glasgow, creating 119 jobs.

Kohdensha of Japan is investing £6.5m in a circuit board factory in Dunfermline, creating 87 jobs.

Mirror Group's Live TV cable television station is planning to launch a number of new stations over the next year with the creation of over 200 jobs.

Softbank PSC, the provider of computer technical support, plans to expand its Watford HQ, creating over 200 jobs.

Westdeutsche Landesbank, the German bank, is to expand its UK investment banking subsidiary, West Merchant Bank, which now has about 750 people.

Hella of Germany is to spend £27m building a new factory in Banbury to make car headlamps, creating 300 jobs.

Arlington Securities and Manchester city council are planning a £100m business park at Manchester airport, which will create 4,000 jobs.

Kitigawa of Japan is investing £4.5m to increase production of handling systems for machine tools at its factory in Salisbury.

Virgin Cinemas is planning to build 18 multiplex cinemas over the next four years, which will make it the UK's biggest multiplex operator.

La Senza, the underwear retailer from Canada, plans to open 152 new UK shops funded by a float on the Alternative Investment Market that should raise £19m.

Fiat and Cummins are to set up a $100m centre near London to develop fuel-efficient engines for tractors, trucks and buses, employing about 60 engineers.

Heller of Germany is planning a £15m investment at its Redditch machine tool factory, creating 300 new jobs over the next five years.

Rugby Group has appointed Amec to start work on the building of its £100m cement plant in Warwickshire, and Amec expects to create 200 new jobs from its involvement.

JJB Sports, the sports retailer, plans to open a further 15 superstores and 20 high street stores this year.

Six South Korean companies are investing over £15m in setting up UK plants to supply parts to Samsung's electronics plant in the north east, with locations including Cleveland, Durham, Hartlepool and South Yorkshire.

Giddings & Lewis of the US has selected its Knowsley plant on Merseyside as the European base for manufacturing a new range of tool, called the Ram machining centre, which will create 50 new jobs.

Simple Technology, the Californian computer company, is to set up a European HQ in East Kilbride, creating 360 jobs.

La Senza, the lingerie retailer, is to float on the Alternative Investment Market, raising £20m to expand its outlets from 22 to 174 over the next 4 years.

Tesco plans to open 24 new stores this year, including 12 compact stores, 4 Metro stores and 8 superstores, thus creating 4,000 new jobs.

Tie Rack, the tie and fashion accessories retailer, plans to open 50 new outlets this year, mainly overseas.

Seagate Technology of the US is planning a £50m expansion of its Londonderry video heads plant, creating 300 jobs.

Fujitsu is planning a £7.4m expansion of its Belfast telecommunications switching gear plant, creating 100 jobs.

Huntsman of the US is to more than double polystyrene production at its Carrington plant near Manchester, creating 30 jobs, as part of a major worldwide investment programme.

Dixons, the electrical retailer, is planning a £100m expansion focusing on its PC World and The Link outlets, and creating 4,000 jobs over the next two years.

Tesco is to recruit 4,500 mainly part-time staff to help customers with their shopping.

City Centre Restaurants plans to add another 50 outlets this year, with emphasis on its newer chains rather than the established Deep Pan Pizza and Garfunkels.

Mitsubishi Electric is to increase Apricot computer production at its Glenrothes factory in a £200m investment programme and expand its research facility in Birmingham, creating 300 and 100 jobs respectively.

Legal & General is to set up a direct sales centre for its financial services products in Cardiff, creating up to 400 jobs.

The European Commission has approved a £71m aid package for Jaguar to build the X200 small sports saloon at Castle Bromwich, creating 1,360 jobs.

Daewoo Electronics of South Korea has confirmed it will spend £14.8m expanding its VTR plant in Antrim, creating 300 jobs.

Photronics of the US is planning a £47m photomasking development in Manchester, creating 270 jobs.

YG-1 of South Korea is planning an end-mill cutting equipment plant in Belfast, creating 230 jobs.

BMW is to invest about £500m a year in Rover for the next five years, with new models including a small Land Rover and replacements for the Rover 600 and the Mini, creating an unspecified number of new jobs.

Channel 5 Broadcasting is to recruit 5,000 people in the summer to retune television sets so that they can pick up Channel 5 when it is launched on January 1.

The government is expecting EC approval next week to allow it to provide £72m of aid to Jaguar for a new car plant in the Midlands, which will employ 1,300.

Daewoo of South Korea and Texas Instruments of the US are discussing a possible $1bn investment in a semiconductor plant in Northern Ireland.

Sulzer of Switzerland is to transfer pump manufacturing capacity from Switzerland and Germany to its Leeds site, where costs per employee are lower.

Interconnection Systems is planning a £100m printed circuit board factory in North Tyneside, creating 1,000 jobs.

Allied Domecq plans to open 200 theme pubs this year in a £150m investment that will create 7,500 jobs.

Yamasaki Mazak of Japan is planning a 20% capacity increase at its Worcester machine tools plant, creating 50 extra jobs.

Vauxhall is to spend £650m on modernising its UK plants and on building new models over the next five years, and there is to be a 20% capacity increase at Ellesmere Port, creating 200 jobs.

Simula Automotive Safety Devices of the US is to set up a factory in Ashington to make side-impact head protection air bags, creating 180 jobs.

PowerGen is planning to build a gas-fired power station in Lanarkshire in two phases, each with 350MW capacity, creating 700 construction jobs and 35 permanent ones.

Three South Korean companies - Sung Kwang Electro Mechanics, Fine Electromechanics and Poong Jeon - are to invest in facilties in south Yorkshire to supply parts to Samsung, creating 184 jobs.

QPL International of Hong Kong is planning a £230m semiconductor plant at Newport, south Wales, creating 768 jobs.

Stakis is to build a £16.3m hotel and golf resort near Belfast airport, creating about 150 jobs.

Integrated Micro Products is investing £2.2m in a new plant at Annfield Plain, County Durham, to increase production of computer systems for the telecoms sector, creating 114 jobs.

PizzaExpress plans to open 20 new restaurants this year, mainly company-owned.

Babcock International's process engineering division has won a number of new orders which will create up to 350 jobs at plants in Teesside and Crawley.

J Sainsbury has received planning permission for the first 2 of 7 stores that it is planning in Northern Ireland in a £100m investment.

MAI and Time Warner are planning a £225m film theme park in Hillingdon, Middlesex, which could employ up to 3,500 people.

Motorola is planning a £116m European headquarters in Swindon, creating 700 jobs.

Fiamm of Italy has bought Oakdale's battery factory in Crumlin, Gwent, from the receivers, and plans to create 50 jobs.

Halla of South Korea is to build a £17m lift truck and earth moving machinery factory at Merthyr Tydfil, creating over 300 jobs.

Itochu of Japan is to set up a distribution centre in the west Midlands to distribute steel to the UK motor industry.

Rank Organisation is to build a £80m Oasis holiday village near Folkestone, creating 700 jobs.

Cine-UK is planning to open 20 multi-screen cinemas over the next five years.

Panasonic is planning a £40m warehouse in Northampton which will create up to 100 jobs.

Blue Circle Industries is planning to build a new town at Ebbsfleet, Kent, with 3,200 homes, creating up to 20,000 permanent jobs.

British Nuclear Fuels is to build a £100m R&D centre at Sellafield, creating 200 jobs during construction.

United Cinemas International plans to build six multiscreen cinemas over the next couple of years, creating 1,000 jobs.

Siebe, the Berkshire engineering concern, has won £50m of control systems orders, and will be taking on 350 graduate systems and applications engineers around the world.

British Gas and Hydro-Electric are to build a £315m 755MW gas-fired power station at Avonmouth, with Siemens winning the construction contract.

MD Foods, the Danish-owned dairy concern, is planning a 25% capacity increase in the UK over the next five years.

Deep Sea World is planning to build one of the world's largest aquariums in Ellesmere Port, creating 90 jobs, but the local Chester Zoo is trying to block EU funding for the project.

Fujitsu is setting up a R&D centre in London, employing 20 staff to work on advanced computer design.

Nissan has opened a £10m European Data Centre at its Sunderland plant to control production and distribution.