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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.


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.


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Blogs

Green Lane closed for emergency sewer repairs – It’s a tough jobbie but someone’s gotta do it 

19 Jun

Just a quick note for those if might affect: The section of Green Lane Walsall Wood between the end of the houses by the Black Cock pub and the water works entrance is currently completely closed to through traffic, and has been since yesterday (...


Threats of Violence by Elings “Frivolous”! 

18 Jun

Recently the corrupt Labour Council in the rotten Borough of Sandwell announced that there is now to be"zero tolerance" to verbal and physical threats to SMBC staff or to the binmen/women who work for private company, Serco.


Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house 

17 Jun

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


Beware of courier fraud – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends 

17 Jun

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


A sale that shaped Stonnall 

17 Jun

A delayed one here today courtesy of old friend of the blog and Stonnall historian Desmond Burton, who’s sent me scans of the sale particulars for Wordsley House Farm in 1918, and it’s attached estate including Fighting Cocks Farm.


Playing up The Wood – who do you recognise? 

16 Jun

A great couple of Walsall Wood images have been donated by old friend of the blog Christine Burgess from her mother in law, Barbara Grant, and they’re real crackers.


You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps! 

16 Jun

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward.


Twenty six ladies, a trophy and an upcoming school reunion. What do you know? 

16 Jun

There’s been a real buzz around about the Brownhills Central Boys School/Annexe Reunion event coming to the old school (now Brownhills Community Centre) on June 30th 2018, and to mark the occasion, Janet Davies and co have been digging material out...


Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

15 Jun

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, 16th June 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your ...


Public Notice to All Sandwell Labour Councillors. 

15 Jun

Here is a notice that I have sent to all the Labour Councillors at corrupt Sandwell.


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Blogs

Someone old, someone new! 

19 Jun

Today we’re celebrating two birthdays – one old, one new – as we mark milestones for Fanny and Bubbles.


Evesham Under Evasion 

19 Jun

Poor, poor Nigel, yesterday he was so terrified that Evesham had been invaded by Storm Troopers that he ran all the way to The Towers to warn Darrell and I to prepare for a siege, and hence there being no time for any other photos …….


Ormiston SWB Academy Visit the 2018 Final Show 

18 Jun

Wolverhampton School of Art Final Show is popular with school and college groups and todays visitors included students and staff from Ormiston SWB Academy.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 16 June 2018 

18 Jun

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Nilesh PATEL 27:17 Sheree STOKES 36:53 Michelle WOOD 27:41 Katie JOHNSON 37:06 Gurdeep CHOLIA 29:22 Narinder KAUR 38:31 Gorav BASSI 30:02 Katie BROADHURST 38:49 Scott JOHNSON 32:...


Time For New Articles… 

18 Jun

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Rotary Grand Tour (Day 1) Copy 

18 Jun

Our second day of the Rotary Grand Tour saw us starting with a stop at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow before heading south on the western side of England.


Alice Fox – A Coastal Perspective 

18 Jun

Friday the 15th June was an evening lecture with Alice Fox - talking about "A Coastal Perspective" Alice's love of all things natural is reflected in her original degree in Physical Geography, which she later supplimented with a degree in textiles.


Sidney’s Shed at Dorothy Parkes Centre 

18 Jun

Rhubarb Theatre presents Sidney’s Shed taking place Saturday 23rd June – 3pm at the Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH .


Preparing for Work Training Courses 

18 Jun

Building Bridges Training is planning to apply for ESF funding in the next few weeks to enable them to deliver further training to adults with a learning disabilities who reside in the Black Country.


Living Memory Project Upcoming Activities 

18 Jun

The Living Memory Project (a two-year project) are working across the Black Country to celebrate different aspects of everyday life that have been captured through people’s own photographs.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Sport

Introducing the New HomeServe Stand 

18 Jun

The stand, which was previously known as the Tile Choice Stand and is seen by millions of drivers on the M6 motorway every year, has now been rebranded in the company’s famous red colours and renamed the 'HomeServe Stand'.


EFL: Invited Under-21 Teams Confirmed for 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy 

18 Jun

The young Gunners will join Under-21 sides from Premier League rivals Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in next year’s competition, which will continue in its current format with the country’s leading Category One Academies looking...


Pre-Season: Walsall to Host Stoke City Ahead of 2018/19 Campaign 

18 Jun

The Saddlers, who were already scheduled to take on Rushall Olympic, Cheltenham Town, Aston Villa and Ajax, have confirmed that they will play host to recently-relegated Stoke City on Saturday, 14th July, with kick-off scheduled for 3.00pm...


HomeServe Confirm Sponsorship of the Former Gilbert Alsop Stand 

18 Jun

Earlier in June it was confirmed that after seven years of stand sponsorship Tile Choice had opted to switch their attention to the club's LED screens, which are situated on the busiest stretch of the M6, leaving a large sponsorship opportunity...


Walsall Cut Costs With Energy Bill Negotiation 

18 Jun

According to the energy consultancy firm 'Fidelity Energy' they have been able to negotiate the club's current energy deals and were able to cut the bills by a substantial amount, providing a boost to the club's bottom line.


Jack Fitzwater: Former Walsall Loanee Pens New West Brom Deal 

17 Jun

The 20-year-old defender, who netted three goals in fifteen first-team appearances for the Saddlers last season, became a crucial member of the first-team during his six-month stay at Banks's Stadium and was a player Walsall manager Dean Keates...


Swiss Role A Good Omen 

17 Jun

A Link To The Boys Of 66 Last time Wolves went to Switzerland on a pre-season tour, England had just lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy……well, we had to launch our three or four weeks of World Cup-themed stories on an upbeat note! These...


Walsall Scholar Agrees Leeds United Switch 

16 Jun

Shergill, who was released by recently-relegated West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season, was due to begin a two-year scholarship with the Saddlers at the start of July but will now join the Peacocks after the two clubs agreed terms...


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Business

Members flying the flag for Walsall at Made in the Midlands expo 

18 Jun

Made in the Midlands members will be flying the flag for Walsall when they participate in this year’s MIM Expo on Thurdsay (June 21).


Racking Protection – Column Guards Large Retailer 

14 Jun

Racking Protection – Column Guards Large Retailer We at Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd are delighted to announce that we have won a contract to provide column guards for a large distribution hub for one of the major supermarket retailers.


Plenty of reasons why this year’s MIM Expo is too good to miss 

14 Jun

This year's Made in the Midlands exhibition is now only a week away and excitement is mounting for what promises to be one of the highlights of the Midlands manufacturing calendar.


Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit 

14 Jun

As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.


High calibre speaker programme lined up for MIM Expo 

14 Jun

Made in the Midlands has once again assembled a high profile list to speakers to address seminars at this year’s Expo.


Halesowen apprentice lands major Training Award 

14 Jun

AN APPRENTICE from Halesowen has claimed one of the main prizes at the In-Comm Training Awards held recently.


Unique Pre-Apprenticeship Scheme’s Graduation Ceremony Celebrated by adi Group 

13 Jun

Multi-disciplinary engineering firm adi Group’s original approach to addressing the UK skills gap bore fruit last Friday 8th June, when they celebrated the flying colour graduation of all 10 students on their unique Pre-Apprentice Scheme at...


A proud moment as Arlington’s apprentice Kaylee McNally wins Apprentice of the year award 

11 Jun

Arlington Automotive proves to be the place to work as they sweep up two awards at the annual Make your Mark awards.


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