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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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Blogs

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 (...


Threats of Violence by Elings “Frivolous”! 

18 Jun

Recently the corrupt Labour Council in the rotten Borough of Sandwell announced that there is now to be"zero tolerance" to verbal and physical threats to SMBC staff or to the binmen/women who work for private company, Serco.


Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house 

17 Jun

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


Beware of courier fraud – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends 

17 Jun

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very concerning phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting to warn their ...


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Blogs

Nikki Stratton to Attend Royal Windsor Cup 2018 

20 Jun

Deaffest’s Co-Founder and Co-Director Nikki Stratton will have the pleasure of attending the Royal Windsor Cup this Sunday 24th June 2018.


New Chair of the Board of Trustees for SCVO 

20 Jun

SCVO have appointed Geoff Foster as the new Chair of their Board of Trustees.


Dinosaurs and Disasters Debate 

20 Jun

On Monday 18 th June, pupils from Years 7 to 10 converged on the new training room for a grand debate.


A close shave 

20 Jun

It was a close shave for DZG’s Icelandic sheep when they lost their woolly fleeces for the summer.


No Nigel, No …… 

20 Jun

I seem to be doing an awful lot of “oh dearing” at the moment ……..


Sandwell College Visit the 2018 Final Show 

19 Jun

Students from Sandwell College have made a return to Wolverhampton School of Art to see the final show.


More Litter From Dudley Fields Copy 

19 Jun

We returned to Dudley Fields to cover the area along Ashley Road, by the footbridge and around Busill Jones Primary School.


Crown Green Bowling vs Wednesfield Copy 

19 Jun

Each year there are a number of District Sports competitions, and we generally try to participate however good or bad we may be.


A Weekend in Wookey 

19 Jun

Back in February Mark and I were invited by Chris Binding to spend a weekend in Wookey Hole to take photos and video.


Wolverhampton: A Love Story 

19 Jun

One of the most personal decisions in a person’s life is the nature of what happens to them once they shuffle from this mortal coil.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Sport

Carabao Cup: Fixture Date & Ticket Prices Confirmed 

20 Jun

The clash will give new arrival Andy Cook a swift opportunity to revisit his old haunt as he'll be returning to the Wirral just a few short weeks after leaving the region in favour of a move to Walsall.


Chris Dunn Backed to Push Liam Roberts For the Starting Spot 

20 Jun

Keates, who is keen to add stability to the squad ahead of the opening game of the season, insisted that Dunn has not been signed to make up the numbers, and expects the stopper, who also played for the likes of Northampton Town, Coventry City...


Banks’s Stadium: Stand Names Confirmed 

19 Jun

Long-serving club sponsors HomeServe have taken over naming rights to the stadium's only two-tiered stand with their name now prominently facing the busiest stretch of the infamous M6 motorway, meaning that the Main Stand, which is still sponsored...


Chief Scout Gary Jenkins Praised as Keates’ Backroom Rebuild Continues 

19 Jun

Jenkins, who worked for the likes of Crewe Alexandra and Blackpool before joining the Saddlers, took up the role after Keates revealed his desire to build a scouting network which will include several of the club's former pro's.


Liam Kinsella Keen to Concentrate on Midfield Role 

19 Jun

22-year-old Kinsella, who made twenty-four first-team appearances last season, is keen to concentrate his efforts on a midfield role after achieving success in that position, even making appearances for the Republic of Ireland.


Chris Dunn: “I’m Really Excited to Get Underway” 

19 Jun

The towering 6’5” London-born stopper, who along with amassing over fifty National League appearances with Wrexham, has played in the EFL for Northampton Town, Coventry City, Yeovil Town and Cambridge United, making over 240 appearances since...


Goalkeeper Chris Dunn Joins on a One-Year Deal 

19 Jun

30-year-old Dunn, who joins the Saddlers on a free transfer following the expiration of his Dragons deal, kept fifteen clean sheets in thirty-five first-team appearances for the Racecourse Ground side last season, helping them set a new club...


Introducing the New HomeServe Stand 

18 Jun

The stand, which was previously known as the Tile Choice Stand and is seen by millions of drivers on the M6 motorway every year, has now been rebranded in the company’s famous red colours and renamed the 'HomeServe Stand'.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Business

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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