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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.

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Black Country news

New restaurants revealed for waterside development in Walsall 

21 Aug

Five Guys and Gourmet Burger Kitchen among outlets for new development...


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.


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Blogs

Emma praises multi-agency approach to tackling modern slavery in raid on local business 

23 Aug

Yesterday, West Midlands Police raided the Ming Moon restaurant on the Stafford Road.


Complaint to The Labour Party 

23 Aug

This is a letter I have today sent to Iain McNicol, The General Secretary of the Labour Party.


The Eling/Marshall Files 2017 – Technical blog. 

23 Aug

2017 I am still unwell.


The Eling/Marshall Files 2016 – Technical Blog 

23 Aug

August 2016 Anti - Cllrs Ian and Olwen Jones: 09/08 Re Cllr Elaine Costigan: "Shes [sic] on our side but the Joneses don't know it".


Local miniature railway open this Bank Holiday Monday! 

23 Aug

Right, since it's the last big weekend of the summer, there's a whole load of stuff going on - and Bank Holiday Monday (28th August 2017) sees one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited way back last spring, and it's well worth ...


Friends of Chasewater: Meeting this Wednesday evening! 

22 Aug

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group, and to that end they have ...


Tividale dash Wood’s FA Cup dreams 

22 Aug

Walsall Wood's FA Cup hopes were dashed at the hands of Tividale on Saturday (20th August 2017) who beat the home side one-nil - much to the disappointment of the Oak Park faithful.


Bell Ends 

21 Aug

[Title shamelessly stolen from here ] So then, Andy wonders why i have no faith in the political system.


Watson Demands Return of the W*nker! 

21 Aug

What is it about Tom "The Walrus of Lurve" Watson MP and cocks? No, I am not referring to his allegedly indiscriminate dalliances with "Watson's Wags" but the way his name crops up when Sandwell Labour Councillors have been getting their choppers out...


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.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Blogs

Olly’s Cars 3 inspired Back to School Checklist 

23 Aug

*A post in collaboration with the Disney Store  With just a couple of weeks left of the school holidays and...


Loch Ness’ Wallabies, Mysterious Cats, and a Flamingo! 

23 Aug

If you thought that the Nessies were the only strange things at Loch Ness, it's time to think again...


Investigating the “M.I.B. Grave…” 

23 Aug

If you are wondering what the "M.


The MSE Charity 

23 Aug

The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017.


10 Tips for Conference and Event Planning 

23 Aug

This year for the SLA Conference (see my review of SLA Conference) I was conference planner on behalf of the SLA Leadership and Management Division, a voluntary role that I started at the conference last summer.


Memories of school days wanted for celebrations 

23 Aug

I AM headteacher at Cradley Church of England Primary School and thought that Bugle readers would be interested in an event we are planning for September.


Yes, actor’s parents had talent for pickle making 

23 Aug

IN answer to Mrs Beryl Marlow's question in Bugle 1302 as to whether the actor Peter McEnery had links to Mack's Pickles of Walsall...


Crowds attended opening of Sedgley Co-op 

23 Aug

WITH the closure of the Co-op in High Holborn, Sedgley in recent months and the refurbishment of the building for Asda (Walmart), it really is a good time to jump into a time machine if ever there was such a thing, and wind back the clock 95 years to...


Explore the ravine 

23 Aug

Visitors can explore the restored Bear Ravine as we’ve opened up public access.


Hugh’s Canine Objets D’Arts…. 

23 Aug

Back in Notting Hill Hugh has a collection of Baftas, signed photos in frames of his celebrity friends on his piano and some very exquisite objets d’arts, presents, he modesty revealed, from Royalty and Heads of State who he has entertained.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Sport

No Wembley return for beaten finalists Southampton as Wolves spring a surprise 

23 Aug

Last season's runners-up are out of the Carabao Cup as Southampton were stunned 2-0 at home by Championship side Wolves...


Candlin – Walsall’s Senior Pro’s Are Making Me a Better Player 

23 Aug

Walsall striker Mitchel Candlin, who recently penned his first professional contract, has spoken to club journalists and discussed how much advice he has been given by the club's senior pro's, insisting that he is keen to make the most of it...


Southampton Vs Wolves Preview 

23 Aug

If recent League Cup form is anything to go by, this will be the end.


Vital View – League Cup – 22nd August 2017 

23 Aug

Vital View - League Cup - 22nd August 2017 Vitalfootball:WBA:23/08/2017 06:55:00 The League Cup season continued with the second round games, 22nd August.


Defender Dawson pens new Baggies deal 

23 Aug

Defender Craig Dawson has signed a new three-year deal with West Brom...


Baggies ease to Accrington win 

23 Aug

Albion into third round after Stanley stroll .


Defender Dawson signs three year deal 

23 Aug

27-year-old commits until 2020 .


Stats: Accrington Stanley v WBA 

22 Aug

Stats: Accrington Stanley v WBA Vitalfootball:WBA:22/08/2017 21:42:00 All the stats from Accrington Stanley (1) vs (3) WBA, Crown Ground, 22/8/17 Att: 2,699...


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Business

Vaping store is the latest addition to the Moor Centre 

23 Aug

BUSINESS is booming for a vaping store since it moved to a larger store in the heart of Brierley Hill.


These are the stores coming to the new Selly Oak Shopping Park 

23 Aug

Household names have signed up to open outlets on the long-awaited Battery Park site which will be anchored by a Sainsbury's supermarket...


Airline to create 100 new jobs at Birmingham Airport 

23 Aug

Jet2.


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...


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