Virgin Group Ltd. Virgin Group's date of incorporation is listed as by Companies House , who class it as a holding company ; however Virgin's business and trading activities date back to the s. The original logo was a completely different design intended to be used for the record company that was founded by Richard Branson and Nik Powell. According to Richard Branson in interviews and on the Virgin website, the more recent signature logo was based on one that a designer scribbled on a napkin after a design meeting. The Virgin Group of companies have a complex structure that contains elements of a generic conglomerate and a keiretsu , and sometimes it simply licences its brand. In mid-May , the Virgin Group expressed its intention to seek out opportunities in Australia's healthcare industry to consolidate on the Group's Australian fitness centres.
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The New Adventures was a novel series published by the eponymous imprint of Virgin Books. The first book, published in , continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor and Ace where the television story Survival left off; later instalments introduced new companions like Bernice Summerfield , who became the range's main protagonist in when Virgin lost the licence for Doctor Who fiction. As the New Adventures were geared for an older audience than the TV show, they included mature themes, strong language, violence, and sexual elements. Virgin Books launched two spin-off lines following the initial success of the New Adventures: the Decalogs , a series of short story collections; and the Missing Adventures , a novel range that told new stories with the first six Doctors. The New Adventures concluded with Twilight of the Gods in December , but Big Finish Productions obtained the licence for the later New Adventures characters and continued telling stories with Bernice Summerfield, Jason Kane , and Irving Braxiatel in their own line of audios, novels, and short stories.