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Roy Richardson ‘drives sheep’ through Sandwell following freeman honour 

11 Dec

LEGENDARY Black Country developer and philanthropist Dr Roy Richardson has driven sheep through Sandwell after being made an honorary freeman.


Green light for new Wolverhampton rail station 

9 Dec

Transport bosses agree 50 million funding towards the Wolverhampton Interchange Project linking rail and tram stops...


Kingsmill strike action called off 

6 Dec

Black Country bread workers decide to halt planned industrial action after agreeing pay deal with management...


Black Country high-tech group EBC scoop national award 

30 Nov

HALESOWEN'S EBC Group are proud to announce that they have won ‘UK Managed Service Provider of the Year’ at the national SVC (Server, Cloud, Virtualisation) awards.


Kingsmill workers vote for strike action at West Bromwich factory 

28 Nov

Trade union Unite says 82 per cent of those who voted backed industrial action in a row over pay increases...


Overseas order boost for Black Country firm Alloy Wire International 

23 Nov

A SUSTAINED campaign focused on increasing export work is reaping dividends for a specialist Black Country manufacturer.


New look, new name and new approach for Oldbury business centre 

21 Nov

AN Oldbury business centre has rebranded itself after changing management.


Thursfields lifts ‘High Growth’ trophy at Black Country awards 

21 Nov

A SUCCESSFUL expansion has led to Midlands law firm Thursfields Solicitors picking up a top Black Country business award.


‘No room for complacency’ – Black Country businesses warned over new GDPR regulations 

15 Nov

A SEMINAR dealing with the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) which will come into force in May 2018 has been held by a Cradley Heath law firm.


Giant designer outlet village plans just FIVE MILES from Birmingham 

14 Nov

Sandwell Council chiefs expected to approve an extension to an agreement which will allow more time for developers to draw up plans...


Giant designer outlet village plans just FIVE MILES from Birmingham 

9 Nov

Sandwell Council chiefs expected to approve an extension to an agreement which will allow more time for developers to draw up plans...


£7m cash injection into leisure and retail regeneration 

9 Nov

West Midlands Combined Authority backs redevelopment of derelict site in Black Country town centre...


Worcester Presses moves to Dudley 

1 Nov

MAJOR demand from customers in automotive and white goods has helped a Black Country manufacturing specialist relocate, putting it on course for another record year.


Legal 500: Recognition for Enoch Evans after year of hard work 

1 Nov

Corporate and commercial teams at Walsall-based practice receives significant praise from Legal 500 assessors...


Tom Watson slams government for delaying crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals 

31 Oct

Black Country MP Tom Watson says he is disappointed that there will be another consultation instead of action now to deal with 'crack cocaine' of gambling...


Mayor cuts ribbon to officially reopen Oldbury’s refurbished Dunelm store 

26 Oct

A LARGE queue of excited shoppers waited eagerly early on Tuesday morning to get a look at Dunelm’s new look store in Oldbury.


New shops and gym lined up for Walsall shopping centre 

26 Oct

It's a massive transformation of a shopping centre which has been derelict for a number of years...


Kee Safety valued at £280m after sale 

18 Oct

Private equity house Dunedin exits Black Country safety products firm fours years after MBO...


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Blogs

These schools will be closed in Staffordshire on Tuesday 

11 Dec

With snow still on the ground and temperatures set to plummet many schools across the Midlands have taken the decision to close on Tuesday December 12.


These schools will close in Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday 

11 Dec

Important info on schools closed in Sutton...


Manchester United goalkeeper still wanted by Aston Villa on permanent deal – Steve Bruce 

11 Dec

Steve Bruce reckons Sam Johnstone has come on leaps and bounds at Villa...


Poor dog left crippled in 2kg DREADLOCKS after years of neglect 

11 Dec

Paul Padmore pleaded guilty to failing to meet the needs of the Yorkshire terrier...


Every rush hour bus services across Birmingham and the Black Country still affected by snow 

11 Dec

National Express West Midlands says most services are running as normal but has listed a large number hit by weather...


Severe ICE warning for Walsall as temperatures set to fall to MINUS seven degrees 

11 Dec

Temperatures could rise slightly by Wednesday and Thursday...


My article for Walsall Advertiser 

11 Dec

As we open a window on our Advent calendar or light the Advent candle, I am reminded that Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus.


Thirty firefighters battle major Walsall blaze 

11 Dec

Drivers asked to stay away and buses diverted...


30 days of human comms: #30 London Midland signs off 

11 Dec

It’s unplanned and ironic that the 30th post in this series is one from a railway company I’ve often despaired at.


Simon in the Snow 

11 Dec

Simon Lea has been out and about this weekend, freezing his extremities, to bring us some more of his spectacular photographs of Warley Woods and Lightwoods Park…such as this….


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Blogs

Sea-Band healthy pregnancy tips // and giveaway 

11 Dec

*A collaborative post  With only five weeks of my pregnancy left, it’s safe to say that this pregnancy has flown...


Snowed in.. 

11 Dec

Sometimes when I hear the weather forecast I take note of it but rarely believe it.


A busy November 

11 Dec

I’ve been neglecting my blog for while now but I haven’y given up on it as it’s a great place to record what you’ve been up to.


School closed – 12th December 2017 

11 Dec

Delves Infant and Junior Schools will remain closed tomorrow following advice from the local authority that road conditions are likely to worsen overnight.


Santa will be a little late this year 

11 Dec

The bad weather in and around Wolverhampton has meant that we have had to postpone a number of our Sleigh visits.


Free guided walks 

11 Dec

Our first walk of the week is happening today, regardless of the weather – or perhaps even more special because of it.


Would You Like to Nominate Someone for a Police Award? 

11 Dec

The West Midlands Police diamond awards recognise and reward members of the police family and key members of the community who have made a significant contribution to making the West Midlands a safer place to live, work and visit.


Applications Open for Small Charities to Win a Year of Leadership Coaching 

11 Dec

Small charity leaders say digital and IT expertise is one of their most significant skills gaps, according to new research by the Weston Charity Awards.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund 

11 Dec

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between 10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund.


ICO Issues Warning After Charity Employee Is Prosecuted for Data Protection Offences 

11 Dec

People working with personal information have been warned they have to obey strict privacy laws after a charity worker was prosecuted for making his own copies of sensitive data.


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Sport

Whitney Pleased as Florent Cuvelier Returns From Injury 

11 Dec

Saddlers boss Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and praised midfielder Florent Cuvelier, who made a successful return from injury on Saturday afternoon as he helped the team to a well deserved victory over Scunthorpe United.


Saddlers Trio Dealing With Hamstring Injuries 

11 Dec

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the press following Saturday's League One victory over Scunthorpe United and offered a brief injury update, revealling that goalkeeper Liam Roberts, midfielder Joe Edwards and on-loan striker Tyler ...


150 Club Draw – List of December winners 

11 Dec

As a yuletide treat, this month there was double money in prizes!! A list of this month's winners is provided below.


Walsall 1 Scunthorpe United 0 – why Saddlers love to go with the Flo 

10 Dec

Belgian midfielder Flo Cuvelier returns from injury - and inspires Walsall to a third straight league victory.


Whitney Keen to Retain Walsall’s Loan Stars 

10 Dec

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has confirmed that he has held discussions with several clubs as he looks to secure the future of several of the Saddlers loan stars including Zeli Ismail of Bury, Tyler Roberts of West Bromwich Albion and Dan Agyei...


Vital View – Premier League – 9th December 2017 

10 Dec

Vital View - Premier League - 9th December 2017 Vitalfootball:WBA:10/12/2017 09:02:00 The Premier League season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend, 9th December.


Down the Social: Swansea Away 

10 Dec

How Albion fans reacted to another away defeat .


Pardew: We needed more 

10 Dec

Boss calls for more quality after Swansea defeat .


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Business

Roy Richardson ‘drives sheep’ through Sandwell following freeman honour 

11 Dec

LEGENDARY Black Country developer and philanthropist Dr Roy Richardson has driven sheep through Sandwell after being made an honorary freeman.


Green light for new Wolverhampton rail station 

9 Dec

Transport bosses agree 50 million funding towards the Wolverhampton Interchange Project linking rail and tram stops...


Halesowen DIY supplier to lift trade-only restrictions for charity 

8 Dec

CONSTRUCTION materials distributor Blackheath Products is aiming to boost the coffers at Birmingham Children’s Hospital with a festive fundraising day at its Halesowen HQ.


Revealed: ALL 260 high street brands named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage 

8 Dec

Primark, Sports Direct and recruitment firm among culprits...


It’s all about employers now: the Governments new Careers Strategy 

7 Dec

This Monday saw the release of the long awaited Government Careers Strategy.


Burntwood building firm hoping £230,000 section 106 payment will boost local communities 

6 Dec

A Burntwood building firm says it hopes a £230,000 payment will support community initiatives.


Bullring owner Hammerson to take over Merry Hill firm Intu 

6 Dec

Shareholders will vote on the deal next year which would create the UK's largest shopping centre operator...


Kilby Packaging joins Made in the Midlands industry network 

5 Dec

Kilby Packaging are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands’ manufacturing and engineering membership group, Made in the Midlands.


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