Continued stakebuilding by John Whittaker sent Pinewood Shepperton shares to a record high yesterday. Financial Times

Through his company, Peel Holdings, Whittaker raised his stake in the operator of the Pinewood studios from 12.25% to 13.26%, fuelling speculation about his plans.

Whittaker, who also owns Liverpool’s John Lennon airport, Manchester’s Trafford Centre shopping scheme and Liverpool’s Mersey Docks, is likely to be interested in Pinewood’s property.