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NatWest to close one of its Birmingham branches 

23 Mar 17

High street bank says number of customer transactions at the branch has dropped by 39 per cent…


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Major Birmingham housing estate plans unveiled 

23 Mar 17

Barratt Homes is behind project to build almost 800 new apartments and houses on the former home of a city college…


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Special MIPIM focus in Birmingham Post 

23 Mar 17

We have published today our second supplement looking at the Midlands’ presence at MIPIM 2017 – the annual international property conference held in Cannes…


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Opinion: Head to Holloway for some interesting nods to the past 

23 Mar 17

Mary Keating, from campaign group Brutiful Birmingham, takes a closer look at Holloway Head, home to a rather expensive apartment…


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Apprentice finalist gets air with new app 

23 Mar 17

Birmingham-based entrepreneur is aiming to help small companies manage their HR operations better with new app…


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University of Birmingham agrees life sciences campus deal 

23 Mar 17

Institute will lead development of a campus in Selly Oak which will conduct research and studies to bring new medical treatments to market…


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Win a Vélo Birmingham Business 100 Challenge team place worth £1,200 

23 Mar 17

There’s still a chance to enter the closed road sportive in the Business 100 Challenge on Sunday September 24 – individual entries sold out in just three days…


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Birmingham has the best rooftop bar in the UK 

22 Mar 17

Hotel reservations website LateRooms.


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We need inquiry into council’s Lidl plan mistake says MP 

22 Mar 17

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe wants inquiry to prevent repeat of error in which wrong advice was given to planning committee leading to permission being granted for controversial Lidl store…


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BPS Birmingham appoints new chairman 

22 Mar 17

Networking group recruits tax partner from Deloitte to lead organisation for the next two years…


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MPs condemn the BBC’s ‘unfair’ and ‘pessimistic’ coverage of Brexit 

21 Mar 17

Black Country MP Tom Watson demands that Theresa May speak out to defend the BBC, after a group of 72 MPs attack its Brexit coverage…


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Next phase of Pebble Mill regeneration revealed 

21 Mar 17

New plans could include RD facilities and a health clinic as Calthorpe Estates continues its bid to revamp Edgbaston plot…


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MIPIM welcomes thousands to see future Midlands development 

21 Mar 17

Nearly 3,000 delegates attend more than 20 events highlighting what is in the development pipeline in Birmingham and the wider Midlands region…


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Birmingham colleges snubbed in new apprenticeship push 

20 Mar 17

Trio of colleges fail to make new key government register which will connect employers with training providers running schemes for apprentices…


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Gowling expands top team with three new partners 

20 Mar 17

Trio join partnership at historic Birmingham law firm plus a round up of other appointments from the West Midlands legal sector…


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Forum launched for PAs and executive assistants 

20 Mar 17

The Birmingham PA Forum aims to bring together personal and executive assistants from across the West Midlands region…


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This new Black Country factory turns sanitary towels into fuel 

20 Mar 17

Patented process is aiming to prevent millions of hygiene products such as tampons and nappies ending up in landfill where they take up to 500 years to decompose…


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West Midlands Mayor candidate Andy Street will ‘turn over every stone’ to bring Channel 4 to Birmingham 

17 Mar 17

There have been rumours for several months that the TV station is being put under Government pressure to relocate from London.


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This is what is happening to The Fiddle & Bone after it closed 

17 Mar 17

Group behind Jewellery Quarter bar plans to open second pub in Birmingham and breathe new life back into troubled canalside venue…


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Eastside masterplan earns Node a national award 

17 Mar 17

Long-term vision to transform Birmingham’s Eastside and bring former Typhoo Tea factory back to life handed national recognition…


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Another city centre bar coming to Birmingham 

17 Mar 17

Independent operator lined up to take on unit formerly occupied by recruitment agency in area already busy with night spots…


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Conservatives fined £70,000 by election watchdog after ‘Battlebus’ visits West Midlands constituencies 

16 Mar 17

Watchdog fines Conservative Party 70,000 after election Battlebus tours the country including three key West Midlands constituencies…


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Fears that Birmingham health services may be cut to pay Solihull’s debts 

16 Mar 17

MPs want assurances that plans to merge health services won’t lead to cuts for Birmingham patients…


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London Midland backs tech firms to boost train journeys 

16 Mar 17

Rail operator is supporting ten start-up companies to create new technology products which will improve passengers’ journeys…


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Birmingham apartments plan back again 

16 Mar 17

Firm behind city’s most expensive apartment is leading new residential development off Broad Street…


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Corbyn’s new Labour members barred from selecting Birmingham council candidates 

16 Mar 17

The surge of members, many inspired to join the party following the emergence of Jeremy Corbyn during the leadership race in summer 2015 have all been blocked from taking part in candidate selections.


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Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says only the Lib Dems can beat the Conservatives 

15 Mar 17

As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comes in for more criticism, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says only his party can stop the Tories staying in power for the next 25 years…


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Famous Birmingham nightclub closes down after 14 years 

15 Mar 17

Entertainment hot spot Mechu blames roadworks for its demise…


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The staggering amount of workers on zero hours contracts around Birmingham 

15 Mar 17

There were 77,000 people employed on zero hours contracts during October to December 2016…


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New nightclub Scru:club opens in Birmingham this week 

15 Mar 17

Get a glimpse of how a screw factory in Digbeth has been transformed…


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Call for Labour Hall Green candidate to stand-down over ‘anti-Semitic’ Facebook posts 

15 Mar 17

Alison Gove-Humphries under fire for sharing Jewish conspiracy theories on social media…


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Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell backs separation from Birmingham as he says ‘enough is enough’ 

15 Mar 17

Sutton Coldfield has been governed by Birmingham City Council since 1974 but now it’s considering breaking away.


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£3m backing for old Tucker Fasteners regeneration 

15 Mar 17

West Midlands Combined Authority throws support behind redevelopment of old factory site in Perry Barr…


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University to launch new study centre in Birmingham 

15 Mar 17

Arden is expanding its portfolio of operations by opening new blended-learning base in city centre…


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Former Olympic runner signs up to Great Birmingham 10k 

15 Mar 17

One of the UK’s most distinguished athletes who won multiple gold medals will lead a team in the Commonwealth Games challenge…


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New UK Central ‘Hub’ to create 77,500 jobs 

15 Mar 17

New 20-year masterplan outlines grand vision for area surrounding new HS2 station in Solihull including homes and commercial space…


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Parking in Birmingham is about to get more expensive – here are the details 

14 Mar 17

Price rises for Colmore Row, Jewellery Quarter and other parts of city centre…


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£5m backing to create new Birmingham Dance Hub 

14 Mar 17

Arts Council England throws support behind three-year project to create new dance academy and performance space in the city centre…


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Birmingham voted a better place to live than Rome, LA and Dubai 

14 Mar 17

City again ranks well in annual survey of quality of life, placing higher than renowned cities such as Miami and Budapest…


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Birmingham gearing up for 2022 Commonwealth Games bid after Durban drops out 

13 Mar 17

Durban, in South Africa, was due to host the Games in 2022 but has pulled out meaning it is now up for grabs…


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Half of West Midlands firms don’t even know we are electing a mayor 

13 Mar 17

This is despite the first ever West Midlands Mayor being handed responsibility for driving economic growth, creating jobs and ensuring the workforce has the right skills to meet business demands.


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£2.6m for vulnerable Birmingham firms following business rate revaluation 

13 Mar 17

Councils are getting a share from the 300 million business rates discretionary fund unveiled by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget last week…


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West Bromwich Albion pub saved 

13 Mar 17

The Hawthorns is popular with fans on match days but new owner urges fans to support the pub otherwise it will not survive…


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Leader of Brexit campaign says Theresa May’s first priority after Article 50 is telling EU migrants they can stay 

13 Mar 17

As the Brexit Bill gets closer to becoming law, the MP who chaired the ‘leave’ campaign says the Government must provide reassurance to EU citizens in the UK.


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Why are MPs holding another vote on the Brexit Bill, and what happens next? 

13 Mar 17

Why MPs are holding another vote on the Brexit Bill – and why the debates in Parliament may be finished at last…


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Birmingham University is one of the biggest employers in the West Midlands 

13 Mar 17

New study reveals top university’s contribution to the West Midlands economy…


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Reception celebrates enterprising city’s award 

13 Mar 17

Celebrating Birmingham’s award as the Most Enterprising Place in Britain in the 2016 Enterprising Britain Awards…


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New commercial chief at HSBC UK 

13 Mar 17

Amanda Murphy will lead commercial operations at bank’s new headquarters in Birmingham…


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Why Brummie blood disorder patients no longer have to travel to London for latest treatment 

13 Mar 17

City Hospital becomes regional specialist centre for treatment of sickel cell and thalassaemia in a move championed by acclaimed poet Benjamin Zephaniah…


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Ex-Lord Mayor Ray Hassall dies suddenly aged 74 

12 Mar 17

Tributes from all sides of city’s political scene…







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