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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

Hay, I’ve been barracked! 

17 Dec

Over on Facebook over the weekend, there was a passing question about the derivation of Barracks Lane, a name that's puzzled many interested in local history, since there's scant evidence of much military activity in Brownhills, particularly not at ...


30 days of human comms: #33 Dorset Police respond to snark on Facebook 

17 Dec

Anyone who has ever run a social media account for the public sector knows that from time to time people will post comments.


30 days of human comms #32: Essex County Council respond to snark on Facebook 

17 Dec

There is a very sound school of thought from my Uncle Keith that you should never argue with an idiot.


BEING HUMAN: The first 30 days of human comms… and what I’ve learned 

17 Dec

When I started on a whim to blog #30daysofhumancomms it was to collect together some examples of human content that worked for me.


These are the BEST performing primary schools in Birmingham 

17 Dec

St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Harborne was the best performing school in Birmingham...


Body believed to be missing pensioner found 

16 Dec

Gladys Spencer, 79, was reported missing after she failed to return to her Little Bloxwich...


Police searching for missing Little Bloxwich lady Gladys Spencer make sad discovery 

16 Dec

It's my sad duty to report that police searching for missing Little Bloxwich pensioner Gladys Spencer have today found a body in Wednessfield.


There’s still time to meet Santa near Stonnall! 

16 Dec

For a but of Christmas fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have  Father Christmas in attendance this weekend and next - that's tomorrow, Sunday 17th December 2017 and next weekend, 23rd and 24th December 2017 - 10am until ...


Ska night at The Windsor 

16 Dec

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Free Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum today! 

16 Dec

I'd like to take this opportunity to plug the Carols in the Bandstand event at Walsall Arboretum, which is to be held in the beautifully refurbished park bandstand this Saturday, Saturday 16th December 2017, from 12:00 noon.


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Blogs

1444 (Brownhills) Squadron Air Cadets say thanks! 

17 Dec

A lovely note reaches me from Flt Lt Carolyn Sault of the 1444 (Brownhills) Squadron Air Cadets, who do so much good work with the youth of Brownhills - people who shop locally will know that young people from the local Squadron often undertake bag ...


Follow Santa’s Claregate route 

17 Dec

You can find the Tettenhall Rotary Santa Sleigh by following this link https://glympse.


You’ll find Rudolph in the Pub 

17 Dec

There's a change to the start point for tonight's Santa Sleigh visit to Claregate by the Rotary Club of Tettenhall Santa Sleigh.


Baking festive Gingerbread biscuits // a recipe 

17 Dec

* A collaborative post One of the best things about the Christmas holidays is having the time to get in...


New Zealand Part 5 – Milford Sound 

17 Dec

Another long drive took us from Queenstown to Milford Sound.


Walsall Arboretum on tour – 16 December 2017 

17 Dec

Unfortunately, the paths of the arboretum were too icy to allow us to safely put on a parkrun this weekend.


Event 302 – 9 December 2017 

17 Dec

This week's run report is provided by Run ABC Midlands - http://midlandsrunningguide.


Santa is visiting Claregate 

17 Dec

Our Sleigh will be visiting the children in Claregate this evening with Wolverhampton Santa Claus .


Santa is visiting Tettenhall Wood 

17 Dec

Get ready Tettenhall Wood - Tettenhall Round Table's Santa Sleigh is coming to town this evening.


Stock up on stocking fillers 

17 Dec

If you’re hunting for stocking fillers for children this Christmas, then look no further than our Safari Shop, which has an array of perfectly small-sized goodies! Topping the list are £3.99 pots of slime, available in a host of rainbow colours, ...


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Sport

Instant Reactions – West Brom v Manchester United (17/12/17) 

17 Dec

Instant Reactions - West Brom v Manchester United (17/12/17) Vitalfootball:WBA:17/12/2017 20:04:00 Following today's clash between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United, here are the instant reactions from both managers.


Stats: WBA v Manchester United 

17 Dec

Stats: WBA v Manchester United Vitalfootball:WBA:17/12/2017 19:28:00 All the stats from WBA (1) vs (2) Manchester United, The Hawthorns, 17/12/17 Att: 24,782...


West Brom v Manchester United – Team Sheets – 17-12-17 

17 Dec

West Brom v Manchester United - Team Sheets - 17-12-17 Vitalfootball:WBA:17/12/2017 13:16:00 West Brom are at the Hawthorns with Manchester United the visitors for the latest Premier League game.


Brunt wants staring role 

17 Dec

Midfielder hoping cameo caught Pardew's eye .


Pardew takes blame for United defeat 

17 Dec

Boss wishes he'd made more changes to starting XI.


Down the Social: Man Utd Home 

17 Dec

What did Albion fans have to say after the United defeat online?.


AUDIO | Whitney Frustrated as Walsall’s Winning Streak Comes to an End 

16 Dec

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to BBC WM Sportfollowing Saturday afternoon's disappointing defeat to Northampton Town, which saw the Saddlers' unbeaten spell brought to an end thanks to a Chris Long brace, and admitted to being frustrated...


MATCH REPORT | Northampton Town 2 Walsall 1 

16 Dec

Jon Whitney's Saddlers returned to action on Saturday afternoon as they took on Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Business

Virgin Trains staff to strike TOMORROW – what it means for you 

14 Dec

Virgin said it will run the majority of its services during the strikes...


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...


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    Friends and family celebrated the life of Black Country comic Tommy Mundon at a special unveiling of his portrait.

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