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LSH diversifies valuation team with trading valuer appointment 

25 Sep 18

Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has strengthened its valuation team in Birmingham with the appointment of an associate director.


Business
“Fastest growing” company acquires virtual freehold of Birmingham office suite in Strata sale 

25 Sep 18

Birmingham independent commercial property agency KWB has sold the virtual freehold of a second floor office suite in a multi-let, multi-occupied Birmingham office building to one of Europe’s fastest growing companies.


Business
Stoford and Bridges unveil plans for development of four mid-box warehouses 

21 Sep 18

A multi-million-pound scheme of four industrial/warehouse units in Wolverhampton has been unveiled by leading commercial property developer Stoford Developments (“Stoford”) and Bridges Fund Management (“Bridges”).


Business
Class of 2018 breaks record at Grant Thornton 

21 Sep 18

Business and financial adviser Grant Thornton in Birmingham has welcomed its largest new trainee intake on record.


Business
Blythe comes first to aid Solihull accountant’s growth 

20 Sep 18

IM Properties’ new speculatively built FIRST offices at Blythe Valley Park (BVP), junction 4, M42, are to be the new HQ of Solihull based accountants and business advisers, Jerroms.


Business
Will Debenhams be the 30th major retailer to go into CVA since the 2017 Business Rates revaluation? 

19 Sep 18

News that Debenhams has called in KPMG restructuring specialists to consider a CVA and to help negotiate reduced rents for its sites and close unprofitable shops has not been totally unexpected.


Business
REI poised to pounce and dividend up again 

19 Sep 18

Birmingham-based Real Estate Investors plc has a £30 million war chest ready to take advantage of any downturn due to Brexit negotiations.


Business
Hines completes Birmingham’s only Grade A commercial office refurbishment of 2018 

18 Sep 18

Hines, the international real estate firm, has completed the £4 million transformational refurbishment of the Oozells Building at Birmingham’s Brindleyplace, representing the only refurbished Grade A office building of its scale to be delivered…


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KWB appoints new Head of Office Agency 

18 Sep 18

Birmingham-based independent commercial property agency KWB has promoted Malcolm Jones to Head of Office Agency.


Business
Birmingham’s office space race 

17 Sep 18

Birmingham is enjoying an unprecedented level of enquiries for office space, according to property consultancy CBRE.


Business
KWB lets 9,500 sq ft in five Solihull office deals 

14 Sep 18

Birmingham and Solihull-based independent commercial property agency KWB has let more than 9,500 sq ft of office space in five deals at two fully refurbished, neighbouring Solihull town centre office buildings.


Business
Korazon completes £1million refurbishment 

12 Sep 18

London based investors, Korazon, have completed a £1 million refurbishment of offices at 14 Waterloo Street in Birmingham, following its acquisition of the building in 2016.


Business
Hortons’ Estate Limited appoints new chief executive 

12 Sep 18

Stephen Benson is to take on the chief executive’s role at Birmingham-based family owned property company Hortons’ Estate Limited.


Business
New look at Birmingham’s 60 Church Street sees immediate success 

12 Sep 18

An office building located in the heart of Birmingham’s Central Business District has been comprehensively refurbished and relaunched to the market.


Business
Legal & General’s Leisure Fund grows to over £600m following acquisition of Birmingham’s Broadway Plaza 

11 Sep 18

LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) has announced that it has acquired Broadway Plaza in Birmingham, on behalf of its Leisure Fund (the “Fund”), from Aviva Investors, for £46.95 million, growing the Fund to over £600 million.


Business
BDO welcomes 17 new trainees in the Midlands 

7 Sep 18

Accountancy and advisory firm BDO LLP expand their 300-strong workforce across the Midlands by welcoming 17 new trainees today.


Business
New Look relocates in Wolverhampton’s Mander Centre 

6 Sep 18

Fashion retailer, New Look is to relocate its Wolverhampton branch in the Mander Centre.


Business
Prime £12million office development in Solihull to be managed by Principle Estate Management 

5 Sep 18

Principle Estate Management has won the contract to manage a major office and residential development project in Solihull.


Business
GVA’s Rebecca Halbert named Birmingham’s Future Face 2018 

5 Sep 18

Rebecca Halbert, from GVA’s Destination Marketing team, has been recognised with a duo of accolades at the annual Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Future Faces event.


Business
BDO appoints new business restructuring partner 

3 Sep 18

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has strengthened its business restructuring offering in the Midlands with the appointment of a new partner.


Business
Roadside development creates 45 jobs next to Jaguar Land Rover’s plant 

31 Aug 18

A new garage with a roadside store is creating approximately 45 permanent jobs next to Jaguar Land Rover’s i54 engine plant near Wolverhampton, in a deal sealed by Bulleys.


Business
Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of five garden centres 

31 Aug 18

Wyevale Garden Centres (“WGC”), the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, has announced the sale of five garden centres to individual buyers.


Business
Grant Thornton becomes founding Strategic Partner of new Midlands-wide life sciences and med-tech sector champion 

29 Aug 18

Business and financial adviser Grant Thornton in Birmingham has become the founding strategic partner of Medilink Midlands, a new organisation created to support and promote innovation and economic growth in the region’s life sciences and …


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Indigo makes key Birmingham appointment and strengthens other key offices 

29 Aug 18

Leading UK planning consultancy, Indigo Planning, has made a key appointment at its Birmingham office and key promotions within its Leeds and London teams.


Business
Matt takes up role as new Birmingham lead 

29 Aug 18

Birmingham-bred Matt Woodhall has been appointed at engineering consultancy Curtins in the city, following more than a decade with the firm.


Business
Birmingham’s Bristol Street units now fully let 

23 Aug 18

Pennycuick Collins, acting on behalf of The Gooch Estate, has let all of the retail units at the newly refurbished Bristol Street redevelopment.


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Birmingham Business Park primed to take advantage of shortage of Solihull office space 

21 Aug 18

Birmingham Business Park is set to benefit from a shortage of top quality office space in Solihull and along the M42 corridor, according to a leading Solihull office agent.


Business
Unispace designs new Birmingham office for major law firm 

20 Aug 18

Unispace has completed the strategy, design and delivery for Hogan Lovells new office in Birmingham, a world class new workspace in one of the UK’s most dynamic office markets.


Business
KWB appointed to manage large Solihull office building 

17 Aug 18

Birmingham independent commercial property agency KWB has been appointed to manage a 38,000 sq ft multi-let office building in Solihull.


Business
No summer slowdown as Bond Wolfe clinches hat trick of deals 

17 Aug 18

Black Country property specialist Bond Wolfe have sealed a hat trick of summer deals for three new businesses openings in West Bromwich and Walsall.


Business
GVA letting at Solar Park, Solihull shows popularity of mid-box warehouse sector 

16 Aug 18

Acting for Aberdeen Standard Investments, GVA has completed the letting of a warehouse and industrial unit totalling 67,802 sq ft at Solar Park in Solihull, on completion of a comprehensive refurbishment.


Business
Region’s commercial property market remains in good shape 

16 Aug 18

Martin Zaki, who is the Head of Agency in the Wolverhampton office of Towler Shaw Roberts, reflects on the local commercial property market: The commercial property market in Wolverhampton and surrounding areas remains in good shape, particularly…


Business
Next opens giant West Midlands store at intu Merry Hill 

15 Aug 18

Next has opened one of its biggest stores in the UK as part of intu Merry Hill’s multi-million-pound transformation programme.


Business
GVA completes Birmingham’s Aqua House with letting to the Environment Agency 

15 Aug 18

Aqua House in Birmingham is now fully occupied after GVA completed a deal to let 27,000 sq ft of Grade A space to the Environment Agency.


Business
St Francis Group announces sale of 7 acre site to West Midlands Combined Authority 

15 Aug 18

St Francis Group, a leading UK-based property development and investment group and an expert in brownfield development and regeneration is pleased to announce that it has sold 7 acres of land at Bentley Point, Cemetery Road, Darlaston, Willenhall…


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Lack of quality Grade A office supply in out-of-town market sparks demand for spec development 

10 Aug 18

Lack of Grade A office supply in the Birmingham out-of-town office market will result in an increase in speculative development over the next 12 months, according to the latest research from real estate consultancy, Colliers International…


Business
Institute casts about for a new headquarters 

9 Aug 18

The Institute of Cast Metal Engineers (ICME) has moved its headquarters to the new National Foundry Training Centre in Dudley Port, Tipton.


Business
Fit out specialist Overbury boosts parent group’s results 

9 Aug 18

National fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury which has offices in London, Birmingham, Bracknell, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester, has contributed to half year results released this week (8th August), by parent company Morgan Sindall…


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Smaller office deals continue to dominate Birmingham market 

8 Aug 18

Smaller offices once again formed the majority of transactions in Birmingham city centre and Edgbaston in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018, showing that small businesses remain highly active in the city, and are still keen to sign traditional…


Business
University of Birmingham appoints Willmott Dixon for second major project of 2018 

7 Aug 18

Willmott Dixon has secured the £46.5 million contract to deliver a new home for the University of Birmingham’s School of Engineering.


Business
Top DIY tools specialist helps to fill Wolverhampton trading estate, thanks to Bulleys 

6 Aug 18

A DIY and construction tools rental specialist has opened a branch with six new jobs at a refurbished Wolverhampton trading estate, thanks to a successful marketing campaign by Bulleys.


Business
New HQ for expanding Goold Estates 

3 Aug 18

Ambitious Midlands-based commercial property developer, Goold Estates, has relocated to a high profile new head office near Birmingham.


Business
Unity Trust Bank extends commitment to Brindleyplace 

1 Aug 18

Unity Trust Bank, a commercial bank with a social conscience, has recommitted to Birmingham’s Brindleyplace estate, extending its lease and moving to a larger space.


Business
Lack of supply taking toll on Solihull office market 

1 Aug 18

Lack of supply is taking its toll on the M42 and Solihull office market, following a lacklustre quarter of deals, according to Solihull and Birmingham-based independent commercial property agency KWB.


Business
Corstorphine + Wright upgrades space at Birmingham’s Alpha Works 

1 Aug 18

National architectural practice, Corstorphine + Wright has up-scaled its Birmingham office in line with rising demand for the firm’s services.


Business
Workspace signs up two new tenants as organisations focus on ‘out of city’ working 

1 Aug 18

One of Wolverhampton’s hidden office ‘gems’ is celebrating after it secured a further two tenants, leaving it with just one available space.


Business
Developers start on site at Port Loop, Birmingham 

30 Jul 18

Work has begun on Birmingham’s most exciting new development – the transformation of Port Loop.


Business
Engineering supply group moves into new Halesowen base thanks to Bulleys 

27 Jul 18

A West Midlands based distributor of specialist engineering products has moved 20 jobs into a 14,000 sq ft industrial unit in Halesowen, in a deal sealed by Bulleys.


Business
Active first half of 2018 for Topland Group 

27 Jul 18

Topland Group has completed almost £40m of transactions in the first half of 2018, demonstrating its ongoing appetite for opportunity driven commercial property deals.


Business
CSI opts for Birmingham Business Park for new regional HQ 

26 Jul 18

Computer Systems Integration Ltd (CSI), one of the UK’s leading providers of cloud computing and cyber security services, is to open a new office at Birmingham Business Park.







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