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Aldi strikes back with fresh plans for controversial new Birmingham store 

6 Dec

The German supermarket has revised its designs for a shop off Queslett Road in Great Barr after suffering a setback during the summer...

HS2 depot site sold by St Modwen 

6 Dec

50-acre plot in north Birmingham acquired by the Government to house a new rolling stock maintenance depot...

Is F-Pace proving too hot for Land Rover? 

5 Dec

LAND ROVER has seen a near 20% dip in vehicle sales in the UK, according to new figures.

St. Modwen confirms strong interest in London project 

5 Dec

BIRMINGHAM regeneration specialist St.

Birmingham Airport delays warning as strike action looms 

5 Dec

Trade union members at baggage handling and ground crew provider Swissport vote in favour of strike action...

Ryanair launches package holiday service and promises ‘lowest prices’ in UK 

4 Dec

Dublin-based airline said holidaymakers have been overcharged for years and promised to 'transform travel industry...

Manufacturer invests in growth after new funding deal 

2 Dec

A BLACK Country packaging manufacturer has invested in new advanced production machinery after securing a six-figure funding deal.

Birmingham industrial site sold for £25m to support HS2 development 

2 Dec

A PRIME industrial site on the fringe of Birmingham city centre has been sold in a deal worth around £25m.

Traffic Alert: Long delays to M42 after serious accident 

2 Dec

AN accident between a car and a lorry has brought massive disruption to the West Midlands motorway network and threatens to delay people heading to Birmingham Airport.

Davenports to restore historic Old Tavern pub to former glory 

2 Dec

The pub near Five Ways is to return to its original name...

Motoring: Mercedes-Benz; Bentley; Range Rover 

2 Dec

THE executive sector is one of the most competitive in the automotive industry and has been the territory of the big three German manufacturers for some time despite attempts by Jaguar Land Ro...

Birmingham Airport boosted by the launch of new flights 

1 Dec

FLIGHTS to Cyprus from Birmingham Airport have been boosted with the launch of two new services.

Unlocking regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy 

1 Dec

UNLOCKING higher regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy over the next decade, new research has suggested.

JLR workers vote overwhelmingly to accept new pay deal 

29 Nov

WORKERS at Jaguar Land Rover have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new pay deal claimed to be exceptional by their union.

New airline deal opens up the Far East to West Midlands businesses 

29 Nov

CONNECTIONS to the Far East from Birmingham Airport have improved after the hubs largest carrier announced a new codesharing agreement.

JLR rivals pledge to develop Europe-wide EV charging network 

29 Nov

HOT on the heels of Jaguar Land Rovers pledge to commit part of its future vehicle development to electric cars, so its German rivals have thrown their combined weight behind a new infrastructu...

Former JLR director finds new role in the city 

29 Nov

ONE of the best known figures in the West Midlands automotive industry has joined Grant Thornton as a special consultant.

New Land Rover Discovery to be built in Solihull 

29 Nov

Jaguar Land Rover confirms all-new 'Disco' will also be the first car to be built in its new factory in Slovakia...

JLR throws down the gauntlet to government 

29 Nov

Professor David Bailey examines the latest noises coming from Jaguar Land Rover about its plans to conquer the electric vehicle market...

Tata Steel moves step closer to saving Black Country jobs with £100m deal 

28 Nov

Part of beleaguered UK arm of global steel group is set to be sold to commodities trading group Liberty House which last year rescued Caparo...

Tata enters into exclusive negotiations on £100m deal 

28 Nov

TATA Steel has taken a big step forward to a £100m deal for the sale of its speciality steels business after signing a letter of intent with Liberty House Group.

Coventry supports JLR’s battery challenge 

28 Nov

PLANS to make Coventry a centre of excellence for automotive battery development is gaining impetus.

Top industry award for Stourbridge financial advisor 

25 Nov

A TOP Stourbridge business woman has secured a prestigious award for her ‘outstanding’ financial advice work.

New Amazon warehouse to create 1,600 jobs in West Midlands 

25 Nov

Giant warehouse to be built on former Jaguar factory site in Coventry.

Distribution hub to create 1,650 jobs after “Amazon” plans approved 

25 Nov

AMAZON looks set to create 1,650 jobs in Coventry after the City Council approved a distribution warehouse on the former Jaguar site at Browns Lane.

Severn Trent takes back control in Dee Valley bid 

24 Nov

Utility launches another counter offer in bid to buy out North Wales water firm...

Severn Trent opens the taps in Dee Valley bidding war 

24 Nov

UTILITIES group Severn Trent has made a second bid for Welsh water business Dee Valley, in the hope of seeing off rival Ancala.

Severn Trent hits stumbling block with Dee Valley bid 

23 Nov

Rival in 78.5m takeover submits a counter offer worth 1p per share more...

80 jobs created as part of retailers’ deals 

23 Nov

JD SPORTS is creating 80 jobs as it prepares to open the doors on its new concept store at intu Merry Hill Shopping Centre.

Severn Trent pours cold water onto council complaints 

23 Nov

SEVERN TRENT chief executive Liv Garfield will not be explaining herself in person to Telford & Wrekin Council after a dispute about delayed works spilled over.

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New stores come to Longbridge Town Centre 

5 Dec


St. Modwen sells Midlands site for the HS2 project 

4 Dec


Work to begin before Christmas on Pensnett Estate extension 

29 Nov

Work on the first stage of a major speculative development in the Black Country will begin in the first week of December, London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) has announced.

Grant Thornton strengthens its business consulting offering with high profile appointment 

29 Nov

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton has bolstered its business consulting offering with the appointment of Bob Joyce as Advisory Consultant.

Investor acquires £16million retail development in Shirley 

28 Nov

Shirley Advance, the joint venture between Helical Retail and Coltham Developments, has sold its Parkgate Centre in Shirley, near Solihull, to a fund managed by Moorgarth Group, a South African-backed investor, for £16 million.

West Bromwich booming as investment magnet 

8 Nov

Property agents Bond Wolfe have sold Victoria House in West Bromwich to an unnamed regional investor in a major deal for the Black Country.

Construction steams ahead on 153,000 sq ft unit at Centurion Park 

6 Nov

Construction is now underway on a new 153,000 sq ft warehouse facility at St.

Green light paves the way for 328,000 sq ft industrial units at Burton Gateway 

27 Oct


St. Modwen signs up training company to Great Western Business Park 

25 Oct

Work on two new units at St.

Green light for global auto supplier development at Telford 54 

19 Oct

A deal that will see the development of a new multi-million pound manufacturing facility in Telford, creating 300 new jobs, has been completed, leading national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced.

Pennycuick Collins to lead Sertec expansion 

11 Oct

Automotive specialist manufacturer Sertec – a leading supplier to Jaguar Land Rover – has appointed Birmingham-based chartered surveyors Pennycuick Collins to project manage its second expansion in recent months.

Prime business space available at Redwood Trade Park 

27 Sep

A unit has come onto the market at one of the Black Country’s busiest business locations.

Taylor Wimpey relocating to IMP’s M42 business park 

27 Sep

Taylor Wimpey is relocating its regional office from the centre of Solihull to IM Properties’ (IMP) Fore Business Park – underlining the attraction of the M42 Corridor.

St. Modwen completes sale of Audley Enterprise Park site 

21 Sep


Midlands firm quadruples office space after doubling client base 

15 Sep

A Coventry education and training provider which has more than doubled its client and learner base has moved into new and expanded premises in the region.

Birmingham Airport backs Coventry’s City of Culture bid 

12 Sep

Coventry’s bid to become UK City of Culture is set for international take off thanks to its latest backing.

Bromwich Hardy and Cushman & Wakefield win Rolls Royce mandate 

25 Aug

Bromwich Hardy and Cushman & Wakefield have been appointed by Rolls-Royce to market 26,600 sq.

Johnson Fellows appoints new head of rating 

23 Aug

Leading chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has announced the latest in a string of new appointments at its Birmingham office.

Planning application submitted for Avon Business Park, Evesham 

15 Aug


Rush to reshore could be part of the Brexit bounce 

15 Aug

Midlands manufacturers concerned about currency fluctuations post-Brexit hitting the costs of parts they import should consider the pros and cons of reshoring operations, according to Crowe Clark Whitehill’s head of manufacturing.

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