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Black Country law firm reach national legal awards final 

1 Sep

A BLACK Country law firm has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award after judges were impressed by several of its new training initiatives.

Snowdon trek helps law firm staff raise £13k for children’s hospital 

24 Aug

STAFF at a Black Country law firm proved no challenge is too big when they conquered Wales’ largest peak – smashing their charity target in the process.

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.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Do you know a kid who could make Brownhills alive… With the Sound of Music? 

20 Sep

Looks set to be a great show, as usual! Continue reading...

Jan Britton Follows Troll 

20 Sep

Jan Britton, who purports to be the "Chief Executive" of bent Sandwell Council, is trying to criminalise me for the alleged single use of a swear word.

Left Turn Arrow at Lichfield Rd/Crab Lane Junction 

19 Sep

At long last the Council contractors have painted in the ‘Left Turn’ arrow at the mini island on the Lichfield Rd/crab Lane island.

Demand for Tories to explain change of heart over purchase of the Saddlers Centre 

19 Sep

Since gaining control of Walsall Council back in May this year, it would appear that the Tories have had a massive change of heart over their opposition to the purchase of the Saddlers Centre by the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.

Fly Tipping on Coppice Farm Neighbourhood Park 

19 Sep

I’ve reported in to Clean and Green the three fridges dumped on Coppice Farm Park behind Hillbury Drive (thanks goes to an eagle eyed resident who let me know).

Woodmen give it five to send Uttoxeter home defeated 

19 Sep

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.

Walsall Wood at home to Uttoxeter this evening 

18 Sep

Can The Wood beat Uttoxeter on home turf? Continue reading...

Is it fair to Blame The Walsall Landlord? 

18 Sep

Over the last couple of decades, the rise in the number buy to let properties in Walsall has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Skidder Twitter Account Hacked! 

18 Sep

Regular readers will know that the late Leader [sic] of Sandwell Council joined forces with Mr Andrew Hipkiss and others to troll me (and my wife) and get my Twitter accounts closed down.

The Hive, New Invention – New job club for 25+ years old 

18 Sep

New job club for 25+ years old who are unemployed and live in the New Invention, Short Heath or surrounding areas.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Charity Trustees: Seven top tips for a well-functioning board 

20 Sep

Tesse Akpeski, DSC Associate Trainer offer tops tips for a well functioning Board.

New Project to Help Tackle Litter 

20 Sep

A new community volunteer project has been launched to help tackle litter in Sandwell.

There’s no place like gnome! 

20 Sep

It appears a collection of popular creatures have vanished from the zoo without a trace – a community of gnomes from the 70s and 80s.

Event 341 – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

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

First Timers and Record Breakers – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Josef LOSINSKI 27:05 Rohan CHEEMA 36:54 Jake DAVIES 28:56 Rose BENNETT 36:56 Katie TUCK 29:09 Gavin HICKS 37:36 Macauley DACASTO 29:10 Allyson COPE 38:27 Macaulay SKINNER 29:24 ...

Vacancies at Legacy West Midlands 

19 Sep

Legacy WM, a registered charity, celebrates the heritage of post war migrant communities in the West Midlands.

At last! 

19 Sep

At last after being without my camera then my 500mm lens for nearly four months in total! Both in for repair, one after the other, my lens finally came home today.

2018 Graduation 

19 Sep

The 2018 graduation ceremony celebrating the achievements of Visual Communication students took place on Monday 17th September.


19 Sep

“ My experience at the University of Wolverhampton was honestly life changing… it has completely transformed me into someone who is ambitious and driven.

Staying at Vienna House Dream Castle Hotel // Disneyland Paris 

19 Sep

At the end of August, we spent four days in France having the time of our lives at Disneyland Paris...

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Dean Keates ‘Pleased to a Point’ After Reaching Six-Months at the Helm 

20 Sep

The manager, who saw his side suffer their first league defeat of the season against Doncaster Rovers last weekend, replaced Jon Whitney on 16th March and has undertaken almost a complete overhaul of the first-team squad and backroom team.

Staffordshire Senior Cup: Walsall Win on Penalties to Reach Round Two 

19 Sep

John Ward's Walsall Development side went into this evening's match with something of a young line-up as first-team boss Dean Keates looked to rest his senior side ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Oxford United.

Join the Club: Matchday Volunteer Vacancies 

19 Sep

A brand new Family Fun Zone is currently under construction in the St Francis Group Community Stand and is expected to open in mid-November, although an official date is not yet confirmed.

Man Utd Vs Wolves Preview 

19 Sep

Results at Old Trafford in my lifetime don’t make for pleasant reading.

Staffordshire Senior Cup: Walsall to Face Wolves Sporting This Evening 

19 Sep

The Saddlers, who are managed by John Ward, haven't entered the Central League this season but will not be short of action as are hoping to make progress in the Staffordshire, Birmingham, and Walsall Senior Cups along with the Central League...

Walsall Academy Goalkeeper Trials 

18 Sep

The sessions are only for Under-8s to Under-16s (age groups are for season 2018/19).

Dean Keates to Raise Training Tempo As Busy Schedule Begins to Ease 

18 Sep

The Walsall-born boss, who took his side through seven unbeaten league games before they fell to Doncaster, admitted that he and Strength and Conditioning Coach Nick Barnett have been working limit the amount of training the players have to...

The Joy Of Wolves 

18 Sep

Bodell Opens Up On Four Golden Years Norman Bodell with Leslie Crowther during his coaching career in the West Midlands.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Staff from Burntwood building firm ready to tough it out for charity 

19 Sep

A team of staff from a Burntwood building company will be wading through mud, crawling through fire pits and swimming through open water this weekend – all in aid of charity.

Far Eastern delights for AWI as it prepares to make Wire China debut 

18 Sep

BRIERLEY Hill-based Alloy Wire International (AWI) is stepping up its expansion in the Far East by exhibiting at Wire China for the first time.

Managers at Burntwood building business to serve up coffee for charity fundraiser 

14 Sep

Managers at a Burntwood building company are serving up a treat as part of a charity fundraiser.

Halesowen firm raise the roof after recent success 

21 Aug

A HALESOWEN roofing company has marked 25 years in the trade by being listed in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’.

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.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton

  • Thomas Henry Crutchley Remembered, Bloxwich 08/11/2015

     on flickr 8 Nov 15
    Thomas Henry Crutchley of Bloxwich.

    Thomas Henry Crutchley was born in Field Road Bloxwich, and died in Putot en Auge, Normandy, France during the Second World War.

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