Black Country news and blogs Monday 21 August 2017
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Mark Blackstock

7 Aug

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Mark Blackstock, the founder and editor of this family of sites, died of a heart attack on Thursday, 3rd August. He was 55.

In the short term the sites will continue 'as is', the daily updating is an automated process. A decision about the long term future has yet to be made.

Black Country news

New owner for Black Country hotel 

15 Aug

Ramada in Oldbury has been acquired by growing hotel group...

Training provider’s £1.5m expansion of Black Country factory 

9 Aug

In-Comm will use new facility for training next generation of apprectices...

Arc Specialist Engineering Limited: Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Walsall 

6 Aug

Arc Specialist Engineering Limited, formerly known as Bowman Birmingham Limited, is a group of steel processing businesses formed in March 2013 which manufacture and supply various specialist steel products.

Nuttall quick to achieve ISO 9001:2015 for quality management 

3 Aug

DUDLEY’S interior fit out and display specialist, The Alan Nuttall Partnership, has become one of the primary leaders in the manufacturing industry in the UK to be accredited to the new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard.

Mayor opens E.ON’s new Academy of Excellence in Kingswinford 

2 Aug

A NEW and bespoke national electrical skills training academy has been officially opened in Kingswinford by the Mayor of Dudley.

Iceland’s Food Warehouse opens in Walsall – this is what you can expect 

26 Jul

Operated by Iceland, the Food Warehouse will be situated in the Bescot retail park in Bescot Crescent...

Truckman teams up with Dudley College for new specialist apprenticeship 

24 Jul

TRUCKMAN'S investment in the next generation of composite laminators is being supported by a new partnership with Dudley College.

Shaylor wins place on fit-out framework 

21 Jul

Black Country contractor appointed to two lots of project to reorganise government estate...

Jobs axed as administrators appointed to historic Black Country metal firm 

21 Jul

Company struggled after investigation into supply chains in which it operated...

Talbots move into new £750,000 Stourbridge headquarters 

20 Jul

ONE of the Black Country’s largest law firms has strengthened its presence in the region by investing in a bigger Stourbridge headquarters.

Protecting data leads to £2.7m order boom for Bryland Fire 

19 Jul

A DUDLEY based fire product specialist has seen turnover increase by 33 per cent after securing a string of new contracts with data centres across the UK and Europe.

Black Country MP Tom Watson defends huge salaries for BBC stars 

19 Jul

Labour's Shadow Culture Secretary backs the BBC but says men should not be paid more than women...

A Perry & Co: new staff and new premises 

18 Jul

Good news has been received about yet another family-owned firm.

Sweet taste of success means expansion for company in the Black Country 

14 Jul

A BLACK Country chain of food stores which offers customers a taste of indulgence is expanding into Worcestershire.

New faces at Talbots 

3 Jul

Black Country law firm targets 20 per cent expansion during 2017...

Diamond Box secures £8m funding deal 

3 Jul

Black Country packaging firm agrees two-part funding with Bibby to support purchase of new machinery...

Dudley firm launches new ‘Wire Finder’ app 

26 Jun

A DUDLEY-based supplier of wire in ‘high performance alloys’ has launched a new ‘app’ to help its global customer base find the right material for their applications.

£200 million Black Country Metro line will create jobs, growth and business in the area 

20 Jun

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street delivers Brierley Hill to Wednesbury line business case to Transport Secretary...

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Are you on the register? 

21 Aug

You should recently have had a form from Sandwell Council asking you to make sure you are on the electoral register.

Food standard report on Spice Vila maybe wrong 

20 Aug

The Express and Star have in THIS REPORT said that Spice Vila, the Indian Takeaway on Beacon Road has failed in a major way a Food standards test.

Up the Ryecroft Junction 

20 Aug

Local rail buff Simon Swain has once again been busy with the camera and maps, tracing out the history of the South Staffordshire railway line that used to run from Wychnor near Alrewas to Dudley, but called at Lichfield, Brownhills and Walsall on ...

A magnificent Walsall man in his flying machine! 

20 Aug

About a million years ago, top pal of the blog and longstanding originator of some great articles for the blog Stuart Cowley sent me details of a Pathe News clip of Walsall flying hero I knew little about:Ft.

The shed of pyrotechnical delights 

20 Aug

Following Chris Smith's great enquiry about his family and connections with Walsall Wood Colliery last week, I've had a great submission from old friend of the blog Charles Street who realised there was a fleeting image of the pit explosives magazine...

A quiet day in the late 1950s… and some views of Norton! 

19 Aug

A quick post of a great local postcard spotted by reader Dean, and the latest post in a series of unusual postcards spotted on everyone's favourite tat bazaar, eBay.

National Conversation on Immigration 

19 Aug

We held a structured discussion – the results of which fed into the national debate...

Walsall Wood hammer Hinckley, and other club news including a temporary home for Pelsall Villa! 

19 Aug

I've a whole tranche of Walsall Wood football news today as I feature a disparate collection of submissions - photos of last Saturday's Cadbury Athletic match from Simon Evans, a match report from Bill Shaw of Tuesday's away victory at Hinckley and ...

Your chance to meet a Great War historian! NOTE IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE 

19 Aug

Here's one I'm awfully late with, but you still have chance to catch the wonderful war historian Andrew Thornton at the Cannock Chase Military History Weekend tomorrow (Sunday 20th August) and this afternoon if you're exceedingly quick to get up to ...

Be alert – power tools stolen in Brownhills van burglary 

19 Aug

A reader living on the Watermead Estate in Brownhills (The new one between the Pelsall Road and Tesco) has been in touch with me asking to share with readers that her partner had his van broken into last night (Friday 18th August 2017).

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Buds Counselling Service 

21 Aug

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell) is offering a free confidential counselling service to Carers of people with Dementia.

SAFL Open Days 

21 Aug

SAFL will be hosting Open Days on the 4, 5 7 September.

Invitation to the Launch of The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE) 

21 Aug

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL) is pleased launch The Legacy of Industrial Textiles Enterprise (LITE) project.

Female* Support Worker for Pregnancy Matters™ in Walsall 

21 Aug

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of young women and their children? If so we have a vacancy for a female* Support Worker in Walsall We aim to provide a creative, flexible and fun approach to meet each person’s needs and to ensure they ...

Sports Structures Ltd – Employability Programme 

21 Aug

Employability programme is a 6 week programme that won’t affect participant benefits Who are we? In September 2016, Sport Structures Ltd began the delivery of our Employability through Sport programme which has been based on our national award ...

How Charities Must Transform For The Digital Age 

21 Aug

From self-driving cars to Hyperloop and using AI to prevent suicide, technology is transforming the world around us.

Thousands More People To Get Online Thanks To National Lottery Funding 

21 Aug

A pioneering initiative that supports people to improve their digital skills is being extended for a further three years thanks to £4m of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund .

Want Your Charity to Raise More Money? Start Treating Donors as Individuals 

21 Aug

What do donors want from charities? Buried deep in the Charity Commission’s 2016 report (pdf) is a clue.

Lazy Days 

21 Aug

It's time for a new challenge at Make my Monday and the theme this time is Lazy Days of Summer For this card I have decided to use my Clarity Stamps.

Castle hideout! 

21 Aug

The farm’s female guinea pigs have their very own castle hideout, thanks to the talents of a group of crafty Dudley pensioners.

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Football League Paper | James Wilson Named in the Team of the Day 

21 Aug

Walsall's on-loan Sheffield United defender James WIlson has been named in the Football League Paper's League One 'Team of the Day' following his superb display during Saturday afternoon's League One draw with Portsmouth.

Whitney Welcomes Mitchel Candlin’s Pro Deal 

21 Aug

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists following the news that young striker Mitchel Candlin had put pen-to-paper on a three-year professional contract, which will see him remain with the club until the summer of 2020.

Mitchel Candlin Signs First Professional Contract 

21 Aug

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that young striker Mitchel Candlin has penned his first professional contract, which will see him remain with the club until the summer of 2020.

Rodriguez & Brunt Talk Burnley 

21 Aug

Rodriguez Brunt Talk Burnley Vitalfootball:WBA:20/08/2017 23:10:00 Jay Rodriguez and Chris Brunt have both been reflecting on our tight victory over Burnley at the weekend, and here's what they had to say.

Pulis Hails West Brom Reslience 

20 Aug

Pulis Hails West Brom Reslience Vitalfootball:WBA:20/08/2017 22:55:00 Head coach Tony Pulis has hailed the resilience of the West Bromwich Albion team as they held on for victory over Burnley at the weekend.

Portsmouth v Walsall | Five things you may have missed 

20 Aug

Portsmouth v Walsall | Five things you may have missed Vitalfootball:Walsall:20/08/2017 21:28:00 An alternative look at Saturday's game...

Vital View – Premier League – 19th August 2017 

20 Aug

Vital View - Premier League - 19th August 2017 Vitalfootball:WBA:20/08/2017 10:13:00 The Premier League season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend, 19th.

Whitney Would Welcome Transfer Window Changes 

20 Aug

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed the recent speculation surrounding a potential change to the Summer Transfer Window, which could see it close before the start of next season.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Jonathan Lee Recruitment fields 1,000 vacancies as manufacturing booms 

21 Aug

Manufacturing and engineering recruitment specialist predicts competitive market for talentJonathan Lee Recruitment is fielding record numbers of vacancies as demand for roles to support engineering and manufacturing businesses throughout ...

adi Group shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017 

17 Aug

A West Midlands based manufacturing business has been shortlisted in The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017.

WMG invites SMEs to explore innovation and technology in new workshops 

16 Aug

We are pleased to announce that the WMG SME Group has some new workshops on offer to help SMEs discover innovative solutions to current challenges.

Birchills Collaborate with Morgan Motors on 65th anniversary of Plus 4 

15 Aug

Walsall-based exhaust producer, Birchills Automotive have worked alongside Morgan and AR Motorsport in the development of the complete exhaust system for the limited edition AR Plus 4.

New owner for Black Country hotel 

15 Aug

Ramada in Oldbury has been acquired by growing hotel group...

Midland Deburr and Finish owners invest £300k to open Casting Impregnation Facility 

14 Aug

The owners of Stourbridge based metal finishing specialists Midland Deburr Finish have invested £300k to open a new company, Midland Impregnations Limited (MIL)l.

Rail Supply Group SME Council appoints JLR’s David Woakes 

14 Aug

Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s group business development manager, David Woakes, has been appointed as a representative of the Rail Supply Group SME Council.

These are the plans to improve Birmingham’s train services as London Midland loses bid 

10 Aug

Key elements of the bid include free wi-fi on all services, 20,000 extra seats for rush hour passengers in Birmingham and 100 new carriages on an extended Cross City Line...

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