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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.

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...

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Emma celebrates annual Black Country Day 

16 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, celebrated Black Country Day this weekend.

Here It Is – The Skidder “Million” Quiz! 

16 Jul

As promised - it is finally here! To commemorate one million views of the Skidder blog (DRUMROLL PLEASE) about an unknown Labour dictatorship who have spent over 40 years turning a West Midlands Borough into a sh*t-hole I present a "prise" quiz.

The 1977 Silver Jubilee – up and down the town! 

15 Jul

A theme that keeps popping up here at the moment is the 1977 Royal Jubilee, and the street parties and celebrations connected with it – Well, here today I have two great pics from opposite ends of our area of those days, and I’d love any further ...

Classic Motor Show at Walsall Arboretum on right now! 

15 Jul

Here’s another one I missed but is happening right now too – there’s a Classic Car Show on at Walsall Arboretum this afternoon Sunday 15th July 2018.

Where are the Tories Hiding? 

15 Jul

Warning On this very blog on Saturday, 16 th July 2016 to be precise, I foretold that Mrs May would be the last leader of the Conservative Party, how true that prophesy seems today.

Little Hay miniature railway garden party on now! 

15 Jul

Very late notice I know but the good folk of Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Socially have asked me to to tell you that their Garden Party at Little Hay Miniature Railway – known as Balleny Green – is open right now (Sunday 15th July 2018() ...

Ooh, Betty! 

14 Jul

So, back to some history – this is one I’ve been wanting to explore for ages, and never come up with a conclusive answer, but flicking through an old book, a caption popped on a lightbulb in my head.

Such work, much busy, very apologise! 

14 Jul

Hi folks – a quick apology for the blog readers and faithful – as I appreciate the work and effort the community and readership put in on the blog.

Summer fair in Walsall Wood this Saturday afternoon 

13 Jul

There’s a lovely summer fair in Walsall Wood on the afternoon of Saturday 14th July in the grounds of St john’s Church, Walsall Wood High Street.

LOW risk of flooding as weather set to break – Advice on precautions and action 

13 Jul

I have just received this information from Walsall Council After reviewing the Met Office forecast for this weekend it suggests that minor surface water flooding impacts are probable across parts of England and Wales today (Friday) and possible but ...

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Paranormal Parasites… 

16 Jul

Coming in just 8 weeks from now...

New Designers 2018 

16 Jul

The Visual Communication Department at the University of Wolverhampton exhibited at New Designers, Show Two; the annual showcase of the best new talent from graduating students.

Keeping my skin hydrated with Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle // Review 

16 Jul

*A collaborative post  As a busy Mama, when I shower it’s more military operation style in and out rather than...

My Shilton Boys // July 2018 

16 Jul

Late June and early July has been a better month for my boys.

Sandwell Children Set for Summer Reading Challenge and Mischief Making! 

16 Jul

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Sandwell libraries – and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! The annual challenge encourages children aged four to 11 to read six library books during the long...

Five Great Automated Email Marketing Programmes for Charities 

16 Jul

It seems that finding a solution to bridge the gap of not ‘keeping in touch’, ‘keeping email recipients up to date’ or ‘sending an immediate response’ is high on the priority list for most organisations in the non-for profit sector.

Localgiving/Postcode Community Trust 

16 Jul

Localgiving has once again partnered with the Postcode Community Trust to offer over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups across the UK through its Magic Little Grants Fund.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation 

16 Jul

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas, the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.

Darting into Dudley 

16 Jul

A Daimler Dart which competed in the famous Monte Carlo Rally is one of 90 classic cars rolling into Dudley Castle courtyard on Sunday.

Warley Woods wins its 10th Green Flag. 

16 Jul

Warley Woods, managed by Warley Woods Community Trust, is among a record-breaking number (1,883) of parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Walsall’s 2018/19 Third Kit to Be Unleashed on Tuesday Morning 

16 Jul

The kit, which is rumoured to be green, is being promoted using the hashtag #Unleashedand joins the club's traditional red home kit and navy blue away kit next season with both said to be selling well as the club continues to reconnect with...

Paper Talk: Sweeney & Souttar Among Walsall’s Stoke City Options 

16 Jul

City boss Gary Rowett spoke to the press shortly after the full-time whistle and, along with wishing Kory a speedy recovery, pledged to do 'all he can' to help the Saddlers after highly-rated Roberts suffered the season-threatening injury during...

Rumour: João Mário capture imminent 

15 Jul

If rumours circulating about João Mário joining from Inter Milan prove accurate, it would be some statement of intent from Wolves.

Kory Roberts Facing Lengthy Spell on the Sidelines as Double Leg Break is Confirmed 

15 Jul

Birmingham-born Kory, who looked set to secure a place in Dean Keates' starting line-up for the upcoming campaign, went down holding his leg after colliding with Potters midfielder Ryan Sweeney, and required oxygen and several minutes of treatment...

From Russia……With Some Closing Thoughts 

14 Jul

A Whole Lot Of Fun Even For Those Of Us Left At Home In sounding the full-time whistle on our month of World Cup and Russia-themed posts, we offer a few closing thoughts on the tournament and the general armchair experience – from a ...

Stoke City Boss Offers to Help as Kory Roberts Suffers Suspected Double Leg Break 

14 Jul

Rowett, who had just witnessed his side win by three-goals-to-nil as Bojan, Ibrahim Afellay, and Peter Crouch, all found the back of the net, admitted that he'd have happily taken a defeat if it meant 20-year-old, Birmingham-born Roberts could...

Kory Roberts Suffers Suspected Double Leg Break 

14 Jul

Keates, who had seen his side defeated by goals from Bojan, Ibrahim Afellay and Peter Crouch, admitted that it looks like 20-year-old Roberts, who made twenty-four appearances during a breakout 2017/18 campaign, has suffered a double leg fracture...

Kory Roberts Stretchered Off During Pre-Season Defeat to Stoke City 

14 Jul

Birmingham-born Kory, pictured warming up ahead of the recent pre-season clash with Rushall Olympic, made twenty-four first-team appearances last season, entering several superb displays, and is highly thought of at the club with many seeing...

Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Lichfield District Council launches prospectus to attract new business investment just days after Friarsgate plan collapses due to lack of private funding 

13 Jul

Economic development officer Jonathan Percival and Cllr Ian Pritchard launching the new ‘Investment Prospectus’ A new guide outlining why companies should invest in Lichfield has launched – just days after the collapse of...

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.

Renovations and recruitment as Halesowen firm hits record growth 

9 Jul

A GAMING firm has transformed its Halesowen headquarters into a state-of-the-art studio, complete with a gym and canteen.

Burntwood building firm outlines plans to convert former Chasetown Police Station site 

3 Jul

A Burntwood building firm has unveiled plans to transform the former police station in Chasetown.

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.

Halesowen firm gives backing to young entrepreneurs 

27 Jun

AN enterprising Halesowen accountancy firm has given its support to an awards scheme that aims to inspire the next generation of West Midlands entrepreneurs.

Burntwood building firm’s work on Barton development recognised at awards ceremony 

22 Jun

A Burntwood building firm has seen work on a new housing development in Barton recognised at an awards event.

Lichfield tourism organisation given a makeover in a bid to promote the city as a visitor destination 

22 Jun

The tourism organisation for Lichfield has been given a new look.

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