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A Perry staff to take on Snowdon charity climb 

7 Jun

CHARITABLE staff at a Cradley Heath manufacturing firm are lacing up their walking boots as they attempt a climb up Snowdon this weekend.

TotalKare targets 20 per cent growth after Management buy-out 

29 May

A BLACK Country heavy-duty vehicle lifting solutions company is targeting significant growth after being bought as part of a Management Buy-out.

Black Country firm AWI breaks £10m sales barrier after trio of new contracts 

24 May

MAJOR new orders to supply into the aerospace, petrochemical and nuclear sectors have helped a Black Country manufacturer smash the £10m barrier for the first time in its 72-year history.

Black Country Business Festival under way around the region 

25 Apr

BLACK Country business is the focus of a major event which aims to showcase the best of enterprise and industry at the heart of the midlands.

£1m birthday present for furniture retailer’s Black Country showroom 

24 Apr

AN independent furniture retailer is celebrating the first birthday of its Black Country showroom in style, after posting its best ever year.

Training success as recruitment firm looks to managers of tomorrow 

17 Apr

A DUDLEY recruitment firm has extended its management training scheme to help future leaders rise through the ranks.

More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

30 Mar

o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

Black Country robotics company launch first-of-its-kind hire scheme 

10 Mar

EMOTIONALLY-intelligent robots could soon by a common place in local businesses thanks to an innovative Halesowen company.

Search is on for Black Country roofing heroes 

8 Mar

A MAJOR search is on for the ‘unsung’ local heroes of the Black Country roofing profession after a new award was revealed for this year’s UK Roofing Awards 2018.

Business leaders invited to free GDPR breakfast seminar 

27 Feb

BUSINESS leaders from across Dudley borough are being invited to a free breakfast seminar being held at The Village Hotel.

‘Star’ Employer recognition for Talbots Law 

9 Feb

A SOLICITOR’S firm which has offices in Kidderminster and the Black Country is celebrating after being named one of the best places to work in the UK.

Top employer recognition for Talbots Law 

8 Feb

A BLACK Country law firm has been given a major boost after it was named as one of the best places to work in the UK.

Top award for Dudley care company 

30 Jan

HOME Instead Senior Care, a company specialising in at-home care for older people in Dudley and surrounding areas, has been honoured with a Best Employer in Care Award.

Rich List 2018: No.6 – Jacques Gaston Murray and family 

25 Jan

At 98, Jacques Gaston Murray is the oldest person in our list by quite a few years, but he still takes an active interest in his Wolverhampton air conditioning and heating firm, despite now being resident in Switzerland...

Engineering firms join forces in huge six-figure deal 

22 Jan

A ROWLEY Regis engineering firm has signed a six-figure deal to join forces with a fellow Midlands business.

Toys ‘R’ Us in Birmingham launch massive closing down sale 

22 Jan

The Small Heath store was identified for closure leaving Birmingham with surrounding stores in Oldbury and Merry Hill...

Wolverhampton Civic Hall will be closed until 2020 due to urgent overhaul 

19 Jan

The famous gig venue will be shut for a further two years due to building defects requiring immediate attention...

Three is the magic number as Talbots aim for £1m boost 

18 Jan

A BLACK Country legal specialist has announced a trio of promotions that will help it boost its annual fees by £1m in 2018.

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Morris Miner and Brownhills – as you’ve never seen them before! 

21 Jun

Morris from aa very unusual angle.

Skidder Shorts #33 – Coincidences Again… 

21 Jun

In 21st May, 2018 I sent the following by first class post to what I believe to be the home address of a female - "If you are the xxxxxxxxx who works for Sandwell Council I would appreciate a quick and private discussion.

Why Were These Councillors/Officers Lying? 

21 Jun

Nothing should surprise me any more with regard to the comrades at bent Labour Sandwell Council but this is an odd one even by their gutter-level standards.

Chatting with Brownhills – a great new book of Brownhills memories is still available! 

20 Jun

A month or so ago I pointed out that there was an excellent new book out of Brownhills memories gathered orally by folks undertaking a project based at Knaves Court extra care facility, near Anchor Bridge in Brownhills.

Emma questions Minister over the costs of what is termed affordable rents 

19 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has questioned the government over affordable rents and the lack of affordable social housing.

GDPR & Walsall Landlords 

19 Jun

Don’t know about you but I had heard so much about the new GDPR laws which came into force towards the end of May 2018 that I thought many of my Blog reading friends wouldn’t wish to hear another word on the matter!!  On the contrary…I’ve ...

Do please be deer aware! 

19 Jun

Whist out and about on Sunday 17th June 2018, I came upon deer at Chasewater and at Cannock Chase who were either heavily pregnant or who had young fawns – cute as they are, this is a time to give the new mums and babies plenty of respectful, quiet...

Valerie opens Opposition Day debate 

19 Jun

I opened the Opposition Day debate on the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Emma is hosting the Jo Cox ‘Great Get Together’ Friday, 22 June, 3 – 5pm 

19 Jun

On Friday, 22 June, Emma is urging the community to come together to celebrate the life of Jo Cox by attending her ‘Great Get Together Tea Party’ she is holding at her constituency office.

Green Lane closed for emergency sewer repairs – It’s a tough jobbie but someone’s gotta do it 

19 Jun

Just a quick note for those if might affect: The section of Green Lane Walsall Wood between the end of the houses by the Black Cock pub and the water works entrance is currently completely closed to through traffic, and has been since yesterday (...

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Nigel Makes Darrell’s Day 

22 Jun

Nigel knows all to well that Darrell is a martyr to his rigorous beauty regime and there is nothing he appreciates more than a bonnet de douche to keep his hair covered when he gives it a deep conditioning treatment, or reversely, to stop his fringe ...

Event 328 – 16 June 2018 

21 Jun

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.

Double Stack Disk – 21st June 

21 Jun

Taken a while to get to this point; I decided a while ago to return to double stacked front mounted etalons as a quick grab and go setup - the Lunt50 scope took too long to acclimate, which was no good for my early morning imaging sessions and ...

Book Club Extra Screening 

21 Jun

Please note we’ve added an extra screening of new comedy Book Club starring Dianne Keaton.

Badminton Umpire 

21 Jun

Can you become a badminton umpire? If you are a badminton player and know the rules, can you become a badminton umpire?  If you play and want to take your badminton one step further then sign up on a local umpiring course.

We’re in the Top 10! 

21 Jun

Read the full report HERE...

Ellie joins Elliot 

21 Jun

Dudley Zoo has said Guten Tag to Ellie who has just arrived from Germany to join her new binturong boyfriend Elliot.

I Just Daren’t Tell Darrell 

21 Jun

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by my good self that the bathroom showroom up by Tom and The Lovely Laura’s has undergone a total refurbishment ……..

Halesowen College Visit the 2018 Final Show 

20 Jun

Visual Communication courses at the University of Wolverhampton have a longstanding relationship with staff and students from Halesowen College .

Suffolk- RSPB Minsmere 

20 Jun

We spent a week in Suffolk earlier this month, staying just outside Lowestoft.

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Dean Keates Happy to Begin The Season at Home 

21 Jun

The Saddlers will follow their opening day clash with Derek Adams' Pilgrims with a trip to North Lincolnshire, where they will take on Nick Daws' Scunthorpe United a week later and Keates insisted he is looking forward to the season getting...

Manager Urges Patience as Transfer Targets Continue to Bide Their Time 

21 Jun

Keates has already added former Tranmere Rovers striker Andy Cook, ex-Burnley prospect Josh Ginnelly and former Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Dunn to his squad and is still working hard to secure new signings ahead of the opening day clash with ...

Walsall to Begin the Season at Home to Plymouth Argyle 

21 Jun

This season the Saddlers will face teams such as Barnsley, Burton Albion and Sunderland, who dropped down to League One following their relegation from the Championship, while teams such as Accrington Stanley, Coventry City, Luton Town and ...

Morrison given Albion lifeline 

20 Jun

Midfielder given opportunity to prove fitness .

Albion release long serving trio 

20 Jun

McAuley, Myhill and Yacob all given free transfers.

Smith takes charge of Albion Under-23s 

20 Jun

Coach promoted after Shan promotion .

Albion get Luton in Carabao Cup 

20 Jun

Baggies drawn at home in League Cup First Round .

Captain Evans jumps ship 

20 Jun

Defender signs for Leicester City .

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Chris celebrates 40 years loyal service – and just one sick day – at Halesowen firm 

19 Jun

A POPULAR customer services manager who has only taken one sick day in her entire career is celebrating 40 years’ service at Halesowen opticians Scrivens.

Members flying the flag for Walsall at Made in the Midlands expo 

18 Jun

Made in the Midlands members will be flying the flag for Walsall when they participate in this year’s MIM Expo on Thurdsay (June 21).

Racking Protection – Column Guards Large Retailer 

14 Jun

Racking Protection – Column Guards Large Retailer We at Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd are delighted to announce that we have won a contract to provide column guards for a large distribution hub for one of the major supermarket retailers.

Plenty of reasons why this year’s MIM Expo is too good to miss 

14 Jun

This year's Made in the Midlands exhibition is now only a week away and excitement is mounting for what promises to be one of the highlights of the Midlands manufacturing calendar.

Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit 

14 Jun

As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.

High calibre speaker programme lined up for MIM Expo 

14 Jun

Made in the Midlands has once again assembled a high profile list to speakers to address seminars at this year’s Expo.

Halesowen apprentice lands major Training Award 

14 Jun

AN APPRENTICE from Halesowen has claimed one of the main prizes at the In-Comm Training Awards held recently.

Unique Pre-Apprenticeship Scheme’s Graduation Ceremony Celebrated by adi Group 

13 Jun

Multi-disciplinary engineering firm adi Group’s original approach to addressing the UK skills gap bore fruit last Friday 8th June, when they celebrated the flying colour graduation of all 10 students on their unique Pre-Apprentice Scheme at...

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