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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.

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...

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Support for a Task Force over M&S Closures gains momentum 

24 May

Walsall’s Marks and Spencer’s is just one of a hundred stores in the chain across the country to be threatened with closure, there are others across the West Midlands.

Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Spring Bank Holiday Monday! 

24 May

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2018.

Emma is supporting Dementia Awareness Week 

24 May

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is supporting Dementia Awareness Week to highlight the support available to those living with dementia.

Girlie Name “Jan” Gets His Own Back “Lol”! 

24 May

On the advice of the Office of The Information Commissioner I made a formal complaint to bent Sandwell Council about their failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

An important message from Lynn Shaw 

24 May

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – there was to have been a ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes this weekend, but unfortunately it’s had to be postponed.


23 May

Great news that Aldi has been rejected planning permission for their plans at the Old Horns.

Emma raises case in Parliament regarding identical twins and serious Personal Independence Payment failings 

23 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently raised a case involving identical twins who have the same genetic condition which involves lifelong learning disabilities and associated health problems.

Hackett’s Amy Gets The Shaft! 

23 May

Let me take you back to January.

Derek Weaver rest in peace: Funeral details released 

23 May

Following the sad news of the death of Derek Weaver, Wendy Dance has asked me if I’d share the arrangements for his funeral for anyone who wants to pay their respects.

The ‘Hodgepodge’ of Walsall Property Mini Markets 

22 May

A Royal Wedding, Russia, Facebook, Brexit, Trump, House prices up, House prices down … the Press is full of column inches on Brit’s favourite subjects of politics, scandal, weather and not forgetting (and I appreciate the irony of this!) the ...

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Greetings from Ow Bin Ya Sands! 

25 May

Who better to unveil Dudley Zoo’s new bostin’ beach than the Queen of the Black Country, comedienne Doreen Tipton? We’re delighted the much-loved Black Country star will officially declare Ow Bin Ya Sands open this afternoon – just in time ...

Heaven Help Me …… 

25 May

Darrell told Nigel about the garden/yard he had spotted the other day and within minutes the two off them were off to try to get a better look.

An afternoon with Bambo Nature 

24 May

A couple of weeks ago, Freddie and I were invited to Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens in Northamptonshire for an afternoon...

Event 324 – 19 May 2018 

24 May

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.

First Timers and Record Breakers – 19 May 2018 

24 May

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time David FLAVELL 19:54 Aman BOLA 35:30 David WALKER 21:51 Amy RHODES 36:55 Kegan HIGHWAY 22:50 Desmond HAMILTON 37:31 Major SANDHAR 26:47 Elaine RIDGWAY 37:57 Tom POULTON 28:40 ...

New Data Protection Rules 

24 May

Hi sing2gether followers.

Data Protection and GDPR…beyond 25th May 2018. 

24 May

As you will no doubt be aware, 25th May 2018 sees the commencement of new legislative changes regarding Data Protection in the UK (and across the European Union) – enshrined in the UK’s ‘ Data Protection Act 2018 ‘ and the EU’s ‘ General ...

Printmaking Workshops 2018 

24 May

I will be doing a number of Printmaking workshops at Birmingham Printmakers between now and the end of the year.

iSandwell Camp 2018: Building our Digital Champions Network 

24 May

Do you want to develop and become involved in networks and digital development in Sandwell? Come to this one-day event to explore with others about what’s involved in being a digital champion and what difference it can/could make to you and your ...

Local Giving’s Small Charity Week Challenge 

24 May

To celebrate Small Charity Week 2018 Local giving are delighted to announce their small charity week challenge .

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Banks’s Stadium: Pitch Renovations Well Underway 

24 May

Leicestershire-based, Woodward Turf Care, who have worked with the club for several seasons, confirmed that their representatives have started to strip the pitch before levelling and seeding can begin.

Darren Byfield: Former Walsall Striker Named Manager of Stratford Town 

24 May

The 41-year-old, who managed Redditch United during the 2016/17 campaign, enjoyed a long and distinguished career which began as an apprentice at Aston Villa and included permanent spells with Walsall, Rotherham United, Sunderland, Gillingham...

Dean Keates Happy to Scour the Lower Leagues in Search of Signings 

24 May

39-year-old Keates, who recently returned to his hometown club following a spell with National League side Wrexham, is keen to add new players to his side following a season which saw the team struggle towards the foot of the League One table...

Walsall’s 2018/19 Kits Have Been Unveiled 

24 May

Manufactured by Errea and sponsored by HomeServe, the home kit comes in traditional red while the away has already been compared to that of French giants Paris Saint-Germain, with all three kits will be available to purchase in store this weekend...

Dual Qualification, Dual Interest 

23 May

Midfielder Wanted By Two Teams For Same Game In exalted company….

Andy Cook Wishes Tranmere ‘All the Best’ as He Begins Life as a Saddler 

23 May

The twenty-seven year-old, who was the National league top-scorer after bagging twenty-eight goals in all-competitions, sought to praise both the club and its supporters as he prepares to say his final goodbyes before making the move to the...

Andy Cook: Keates Compares New Arrival to Club Legend Andy Rammell 

23 May

Keates believes that Cook, a player who he had been tracking since his days at Wrexham, could play a major role in the Saddlers' future and have a similar impact to that of Andy Rammell, who became a cult figure in the late 90s.

Keates Welcomes Andy Cook to the Club 

22 May

Bishop Auckland-born Cook was not short of options following a campaign which saw him score twenty-eight goals in all competitions including one during Rovers' Vanarama National League Play-Off Final victory over Boreham Wood.

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Handicare joins leading Midlands industry network 

24 May

Kingswinford-based Handicare has joined leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands to share best practice, win new business, collaborate, and raise its profile within the local community.

Air Products join the MIM network 

24 May

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

Made in the Midlands Patron helps manufacturer achieve 15% cut in energy usage 

24 May

Made in the Midlands Patron CEC Direct has enabled a leading tier one supplier of castings and machined components to better control its energy costs.

Made in the Midlands Patron helps manufacturer achieve 15% cut in energy usage 

24 May

Made in the Midlands Patron CEC Direct has enabled a leading tier one supplier of castings and machined components to better control its energy costs.

JLR pledges to continue with £4.5bn investment programme 

24 May

Jaguar Land Rover has pledged to continue with its massive investment programme despite a slowing in sales.

Kids play as TotalKare helps keep Glasgow Playbus on the road 

24 May

A HALESOWEN-based provider of heavy duty lifting solutions is helping to keep an essential service for children in Scotland on the road.

West Midlands Mayor to open Made in the Midlands Exhibition 

23 May

Hundreds of manufacturers will be demonstrating their resilience in the face of a slowing sector when they take part in this year’s Made in the Midlands exhibition.

Chemique Adhesives Celebrates 25 Years of Employee Service 

21 May

This year, three employees of Aldridge-based adhesive manufacturer Chemique Adhesives are celebrating 25 years of continuous employment with the company.

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