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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.

Award winning foundry divisions merge under new company 

17 Jan

THOMAS Dudley Ltd has merged both of its West Midlands foundries into one seamlessly integrated new business.

Developer found for 44-acre Black Country site 

16 Jan

The long awaited Phoenix 10 development in Walsall is set to create hundreds of jobs...

Developer found for 44-acre Black Country site 

16 Jan

The long awaited Phoenix 10 development in Walsall is set to create hundreds of jobs...

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Urgent! Please look out for these stolen motorbikes 

20 May

Images posted on Facebook by Stacey Woodfull Hey folks – please be on the lookout for these stolen motorbikes/quads, taken last night Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th May 2018 from Brownhills West and a separate incident in Norton East Road, Norton Canes...

Walsall Wood FC end of season roundup! 

20 May

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.

Narrowboat convoy heading through Brownhills and Walsall Wood today! 

20 May

Hi folks – it’s a lovely day today (Sunday 20th May 2018) and Brownhills is set to see the passage of a large number of narrowboats on the Birmingham Canal Navigations 2018 cruise.

A right royal celebration: Memories and pictures of the 1977 Jubilee in Brownhills 

19 May

In order to mark the royal weekend, I continue to share the remarkable photos donated by old pal of the blog and community whizz Dawn Hayton, who’s been digging in her mother’s collection and found this selection of images from the 1977 Queen’s...

Please be alert for this car stolen from Brownhills last night 

19 May

Please everyone can you be on the lookout for the above, very distinctive orange Ford Focus car stolen from Lindon Drive, Brownhills possibly at around 3:30am this morning, Saturday 19th May 2018.

Great football down at The Wood this afternoon! 

19 May

Saturday 19th May 2018 Following a week of bostin’ footy for you local heroes Walsall Wood FC v Wolverhampton Sporting FC The semi final of the JW Hunt Cup moved to Walsall Wood  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be to your local league ...

Phone scammers again targeting local elderly 

18 May

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 new phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting to warn ...

Today’s Buy To Let Deal Is A 3 Bed Terraced House, Yew Tree, Walsall, WS5 Yields 5.49% 

18 May

A 3 bed terraced house on Birchfield Way, Yew Tree, Walsall, WS5.

Fancy some wonderful, feel good musical theatre? 

18 May

Old pal of the blog Jamie Norgrove, Chair of top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me yesterday afternoon to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the popular and fun Half a Sixpence – which looks set to be a real ...

Business Question 17 May 2018 

17 May

I asked the Leader of the House when the Withdrawal Bill will be brought back to the House of Commons and when the customs Bill will come to the House on Report and Third Reading.

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Romania with Naturetrek – Part 2 

20 May

So Day 3 too us to the Piatra Craiului National Park, we started with a drive up a gorge, finally stopping and walking the rest of the way, this was a gentle climb up, where we saw many Grey Wagtail, our first ever Wood Warbler, that proved to ...

Money for macaques 

20 May

We’re sending more than £250 to a project helping to protect macaques in Indonesia, thanks to generous DZG visitors.

It Was …….. Emotional. 

20 May

What can we say ……….

Royal flamingos 

19 May

We’re tickled pink about Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding today – so we’ve named a pair of American flamingos in their honour.

Ding Dong The Bells Are Going To Chime ….. 

19 May

We were all up, showered, wedding breakfasted and sat ready on the sofa by 8.30 this morning, there is no way we want to be found wanting in any department of a Royal Wedding audience type nature.

RBSA Print Prize 

18 May

One of my favourite shows of the year is the RBSA Print Prize.

Editions: Star Wars Boy 

18 May

Carrying on from my Editions them I have been working on twoStar Wars Boys this week.

Down The Rabbit Hole – More Mini Adventures 

18 May

I found this miniature making book at the car boot sale the introduction by author, Christaine Berridge, could have been written by me.

Cutting and Slashing with Karina Thompson 

18 May

On the Saturday 12 th May we had a brilliant workshop with Karina Thonpson.

Romania with Naturetrek – Part 1 

18 May

We have just returned from a 10 day trip with Naturetrek to Romania.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Keates Could ‘Have a Look’ at Free Agent Milan Lalkovič 

19 May

25-year-old Lalkovic, who first joined the Saddlers on loan from Premier League giants Chelsea in 2013 before returning for the 2015/16 campaign, recently completed treatment for an Achilles injury which had ruled him out of the final few months...

Keates Looking to Build Strong Foundations With Permanent Signings 

19 May

Walsall-born Keates, who is set to go through his first pre-season as Saddlers boss, admitted that he may land a couple of loan signings but is keen to add predominantly permanent signings to his squad as he believes it makes for a strong dressing...

Ex-Albion star rides again 

19 May

Brendon Batson leads 400 cyclists to raise funds for hospice.

Walsall Linked With Tranmere Rovers Striker Andy Cook 

18 May

The Saddlers are believed to be closing in on the signing of 27-year-old Tranmere Rovers striker Andy Cook, who bagged twenty-eight goals in forty-five appearances for the SuperWhites last season.

Former Walsall Stopper Unlikely to Join Backroom Team 

18 May

Dean revealed that the wheels are in motion ashe seeks to add a 'keeper coach to his backroom team, with several names rumoured including current Wrexham coach Michael Oakes, who formed part of Keates' team at the Racecourse Ground.

Pre-Season: Keates Keen to Get Away 

18 May

Under former manager Jon Whitney the Saddlers squad visited Cassius Camps and took part in three gruelling days of team building and problem solving, and whilst Dean doesn't want to make a return visit he is keen to take his side away.

Keates Not Interested in Former Wrexham Striker 

18 May

39-year-old, Walsall-born Keates is said to be keen to add several new players to his squad over the coming weeks as he seeks to avoid a repeat of the Saddlers' 2017/18 campaign, which saw the side struggle towards the bottom of the tabe for...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Darren Moore 

17 May

WBA-MAD takes a closer look at Albion's new manager .

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd joins Midlands industry network 

18 May

Title: Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd joins Midlands industry network Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands.

CPE Precision Engineering Co. Ltd Join the MIM Network 

16 May

CPE Precision Engineering Co.

Rhopoint Metrology are now part of the MiM Family 

15 May

Rhopoint Metrology is delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group,Made in the Midlands.

AM Hydraulics joins leading Midlands industry network 

15 May

AM Hydraulics are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands.

AM Tooling Join the MIM Network 

15 May

AM Tooling are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands.

The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.

Made in the Midlands welcomes new members 

11 May

New members to the Made in the Midlands were welcomed into the network at a special induction meeting at the organisation’s home base in Birmingham.

Cooper Freer joins leading Midlands industry network 

11 May

Cooper Freer are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands.

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