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Historic Halesowen firm undergoes ‘globalisation’ rebrand 

9 Aug

ONE of the country’s oldest firms is staying true to its Black Country heritage as it undergoes a rebrand.

New supermarket to bring 30 jobs to Oldbury 

26 Jul

A NEW food store is set to bring up to 30 new jobs to Oldbury when it opens later this year.

Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

Sandwell Business Ambassadors give backing to borough awards 

11 Jul

SANDWELL Business Ambassadors has announced its sponsorship of one of the categories at this week’s Sandwell Business Awards.

Dudley Building Society breaks records in 160th year 

2 Jul

DUDLEY Building Society has announced record year end results as it celebrates its 160th anniversary.

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.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Tom Watson MP & the Bookies. 

15 Aug

Local readers will appreciate what a nasty piece of work Tom Watson is.

Oddfellows local 

15 Aug

Had a great enquiry in this week from Nick Pilley, who’s looking for help with his Walsall Wood family history, particularly that of his Grandfather Alfred Merrick who was a deputy at Walsall Wood Colliery.

Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

15 Aug

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service this morning, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday, 18th August 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:30am until 11:00am where you can meet your...

Independent Thought 

14 Aug

I picked up this article on Unherd via Twatter, bemoaning the loss of bus services in rural areas, and the general loss of non-profitable bus services, especially outside the capital.

30 days of human comms #49: Barnsley Football club contact a fan by letter they saw having a hard time on social media 

14 Aug

Good human comms doesn’t have to be digital.

30 days of human comms #48: Hertfordshire County Council’s Monday morning tweet 

14 Aug

Be human.

Sad news: Police searching for missing William Newman discover body 

14 Aug

Awful, awful news this evening from Walsall Police: A couple of days ago I published an appeal to see if anyone could help locate missing dementia sufferer William Newman, 56, who had gone missing from Walsall Manor Hospital on Wednesday Evening, 8th...

My BTL Deal Of The Day 2 Bed End Terraced House Bloxwich Road, Walsall, WS2 Yields 5.73% 

13 Aug

A traditional two bedroom end terraced house in between Walsall and Bloxwich town centres.

SHODDY NEWS: How to complain about bad journalism 2.0 

12 Aug

Just lately, more than a few people have been complaining about journalists just recently.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

12 Aug

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity...

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


A-Level Results Day 2018 

16 Aug

Our Year 13 students are celebrating fantastic results with superlative destinations ahead of them.

Congrats Carl! 

16 Aug

Head Gardener Carl Stevens today clocked up a blooming impressive 35 years’ service tending to our zoo and castle grounds.

A Beginners Guide to Universal Credit 

15 Aug

Universal Credit (UC) is on its way, with roll-out in Sandwell scheduled for 14th November 2018.

Dental Hygiene advice to carers of people diagnosed with Dementia 

15 Aug

Stacey Quinton, Dental Nurse Specialist from Community Dental Services, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will be joining BUDS on Tuesday 21 August 2018, 10.30 am to 12 noon, at South Staff Water Community Hub.

Sandwell Valley Giant Car boot 

15 Aug

There’s a big car boot, funfair and lots more this August Bank Holiday weekend at Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Celebrating cotton tops! 

15 Aug

It’s Cotton Top Tamarin Day and our cotton tops Katy and Rufus had a ball as we celebrate the critically endangered species.

Freddie // Seven Months Old 

15 Aug

What a month it has been for our beautiful Freddie.

Beechdale C H A. 

14 Aug

Following a visit to one of the surgeries with Conservative election losers, I overheard a conversation between a lady and the conservative.

Five Priorities for Improving Children’s Mental Health 

14 Aug

The mental wealth of the nation is critical to our future – young people’s mental wellbeing should be paramount.

Young People’s Mental Health​ 

14 Aug

Half of lifelong mental illness starts before the age of 14.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


The Trust: Fans v Legends Match Details Confirmed 

16 Aug

The match is scheduled to kick-off 2.00pm and will see twenty-two Saddlers fans fans take on a Walsall FC Legends and Guests side, in what has become the Supporters' Trust's largest fundraising event of the year.

Carabao Cup: Round Two Ball Numbers and Draw Details Confirmed 

15 Aug

The EFL have also confirmed that the draw for the Second Round will take place live on Sky Sports Football on Thursday, 16th August, ahead of Sunderland’s Round One clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

Carabao Cup: Walsall Ball Number 23 For Thursday’s Round Two Draw 

15 Aug

The Saddlers earned a comfortable 3-1 victory over Rovers on Tuesday evening as goals from summer signings Morgan Ferrier, Josh Ginnelly, and Zeli Ismail proved to be more than enough to make Larnell Cole's second-half strike a simple consolation...

Leicester City Vs Wolves Preview 

15 Aug

There were two major positives from the Everton game.

Walsall’s Development Team Put Five Past Nike Academy 

15 Aug

Despite not entering this season's running of the Central League, Ward's side won't be short of match action as, along with various behind closed doors friendlies, they will be taking part in the Walsall, Staffordshire, and Birmingham Senior...

Dean Keates: “I Think We Could Have Made Things a Bit Easier” 

15 Aug

Keates saw his side reach the Second Round for the first time since the 2015/16 campaign with goals fro Morgan Ferrier, Josh Ginnelly, and Zeli Ismail proving enough to make Larnell Cole's late strike nothing more than a consolation.

Loan Watch: Rushall Hold Coalville to a Draw With Injury Time Equaliser 

15 Aug

19 year-old Slinn, who joined the Saddlers on a free transfer after being released by Port Vale at the end of last season, enjoyed a loan spell with the Pics towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign and will be keen to maximise his playing time...

Audio: Keates Pleased as Walsall Knock Tranmere Out of the Carabao Cup 

15 Aug

Goals from summer signings Morgan Ferrier, Josh Ginnelly, and Zeli Ismail saw Keates' side secure safe passage to the Second Round.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

Historic Halesowen firm undergoes ‘globalisation’ rebrand 

9 Aug

ONE of the country’s oldest firms is staying true to its Black Country heritage as it undergoes a rebrand.

Alloy Wire International targets Japan as part of Far Eastern sales drive 

3 Aug

A BRIERLEY Hill based-manufacturer is targeting a major sales drive in Japan as it looks to boost its presence in the Far East.

Property agency appoints new partner at Halesowen base 

31 Jul

A HALESOWEN property agency has appointed a new partner as it looks to expand its commercial sector across the region.

Halesowen firm moves 20 jobs into new base 

30 Jul

A HALESOWEN based distributor of specialist engineering products has moved 20 jobs into a 14,000 sq ft industrial unit in the town.

Training company confirms plan to open new centre in Lichfield 

26 Jul

A training provider has confirmed it will be moving into Lichfield.

New supermarket to bring 30 jobs to Oldbury 

26 Jul

A NEW food store is set to bring up to 30 new jobs to Oldbury when it opens later this year.

Burntwood site manager named as one of the best in the country 

25 Jul

A site manager with a Burntwood building firm has been named as one of the best in the country.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton

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