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Halfords hit by weak pound as profit dips 

25 May

Retailer sees overall revenue rise but timing of Easter and 2016 Brexit vote damages pre-tax profit...


Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Seven top companies reveal why they are sponsoring our awards 

24 May

HSBC, Birmingham Airport and Browne Jacobson are among this year's BPBA sponsors...


Jaguar Land Rover posts huge profit rise and record sales 

23 May

Luxury car manufacturer sees sales in China rise by a third as profit stays above the 1.6bn mark...


Birmingham Airport considering terminal building for new HS2 station 

22 May

Airport is proposing to build a new terminal at the Birmingham Interchange station to improve passenger experience...


Brierley Hill tax expert picks up finance award 

22 May

A TAX expert at a Brierley Hill law firm was “surprised but honoured” to pick up the finance prize at the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards.


Cadbury wins latest trademark battle with Nestlé 

17 May

Swiss group has tried to protect the distinctive shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar but fails in the Court of Appeal...


Council IT supplier Service Birmingham to be wound up to save taxpayers’ money 

17 May

Controversial joint-venture company dissolved by 2018 and 200 staff moved back to the city council...


Victory for Birmingham colleges as Government performs u-turn over apprenticeship funding 

17 May

City politicians and colleges win their battle to get funding for Birmingham colleges to provide apprenticeships...


Jewellery Quarter creative space and JLR factory win RIBA Awards 

16 May

Annual ceremony which recognises exceptional architecture unveils the top projects in the West Midlands...


First tenant signs up to multi-million Kingswinford business development 

15 May

THE first tenant has signed up to a multi-million pound speculative business development in Kingswinford.


National Express plans more bus fare cuts 

10 May

Further West Midlands routes to benefit from reduced fares following uptake in passenger numbers after price cuts in Black Country...


Brierley Hill operations manager wins prestigious law society award 

8 May

A PRESTIGIOUS legal awards ceremony has awarded its ‘Office Manager of the Year’ title to Brierley Hill woman Aimee Williams.


Emirates cancels Birmingham Airport service to Dubai 

8 May

Airlines is reducing the frequency of one of its Middle East services...


DK Rewinds: maintaining and manufacturing spares for traction motors 

6 May

DK Rewinds a Smethwick company family business founded in 1976 by Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhogal, has two sites in the area, employing over 60 full time staff, including three electrical engineering apprentices.


Bullring restaurant closes down less than two years after opening 

3 May

SOHO Coffee Company has replaced Chi Kitchen at Debenhams in the Bullring...


Halfords chief to join Marks & Spencer 

3 May

Jill McDonald will leave later this year after two and half years in post to lead retailer's clothing and beauty division...


Liberty House to expand after Tata Steel buyout 

2 May

Steel group says it will make multimillion-pound investments into plants...


New Operations Director forms ambitious £1m sales target for Black Country manufacturer 

27 Apr

A NEW Operations Director and a strategic investment drive is anticipated to help a Kingswinford manufacturing specialist hit £1m within two years.


Digby Jones: The West Midlands needs a business leader, not a politician, as mayor 

27 Apr

Former CBI Director General Lord Jones of Birmingham reveals who he is backing to be mayor of Birmingham in the election on May 4...


Virgin Trains teams up with French operator for HS2 bid 

25 Apr

SNCF has thrown hat into the ring as battle hots up to run InterCity West Coast franchise and high-speed services...


Fitness First closure paves way for controversial new Lidl 

24 Apr

Budget supermarket group handed a boost after landlord serves notice on gym in Stirchley as it strives to sell building...


Debenhams places ten stores at risk in major review 

20 Apr

Company also plans to shut 11 warehouses but stops short of naming specific shops which are threatened...


Birmingham Airport passes 12m passenger mark 

19 Apr

Record numbers pass through terminal which has seen a 14.3 per cent increase over the past 12 months...


New rail apps aim to keep London Midland passengers on track 

19 Apr

Rail operator working with Birmingham tech companies to develop innovations and ideas which are set to improve passengers' journeys...


Record month for Birmingham Airport 

13 Apr

March was a busy month for the airport as more than 900,000 passengers passed through the terminal...


Reprieve for Birmingham colleges after apprenticeship snub 

12 Apr

Trio of institutions can continue providing apprenticeship training after government performs u-turn over its controversial new register...


Plans for giant restaurant quarter extension to Merry Hill centre revealed 

7 Apr

Plans are in the pipeline to boost the dining out offer available at the Black Country retail hub as part of wider a 100 renovation project...


Bournville to be home of Dairy Milk following £75m investment 

7 Apr

Cadbury's confirms production of certain bars which shifted temporarily to Poland will come home to Birmingham after four new lines are opened...


Range Rover history explored in new exhibition 

7 Apr

New story celebrates 50 years of luxury SUV as a new chapter starts in iconic car's story...


Multi-million pound Kingswinford business hub begins to take shape 

5 Apr

A MULTI-million pound speculative development in Kingswinford is beginning to take shape, with the construction of the steel frame well under way.


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Tachbrook Park going from strength to strength 

25 May

Bromwich Hardy have acted jointly with Avison Young on behalf of A C Lloyd Group in securing two new occupiers at Tachbrook Park.


Over the Moon at Crescent Trade Park 

11 May

Redditch’s dire shortage of smaller industrial units is set to be addressed by the commencement of the £3.5m Crescent Trade Park at Moons Moat Drive in the centre of the town’s premier employment zone.


Planning granted for speculative industrial development at Airfield 55 

3 May

Leading Midlands’s commercial developer, Trebor Developments and funding partner, Kay Properties (Midlands) Limited, have achieved detailed planning consent for their speculative 55,000 sq ft, high quality, industrial unit on the 3.34 acre...


LCP officially launches Prime Point speculative development 

3 May

More than 50 property professionals from across the West Midlands have attended the official launch of Prime Point, a multi-million pound speculative development by a LCP, a leading property investment and management company.


Contractor appointed to build Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills 

2 May

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed Midlands based contractor, Shaylor Group, to build its Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) Spoke at the former Thomas Dudley factory site in Tipton, Dudley.


Stourbridge trading estate achieves full occupancy further to £1m refurbishment 

28 Apr

A Stourbridge trading estate is fully let further to the completion of a two-and-a-half year refurbishment programme costing in excess of £1m.


LCP adds Leek industrial estate to its portfolio 

26 Apr

Leading property investment and management company LCP has increased its portfolio after being appointed to manage Churnet Park in Leek, North Staffordshire.


Harris Lamb sells Dudley warehouse/showroom to Western Trading Group 

13 Apr

Harris Lamb has sold a Dudley warehouse and showroom complex to Midlands based Western Trading Group for an undisclosed price.


Darby Keye Property secures new tenant for Prologis 

10 Apr

Darby Keye Property has secured a new tenant at Bromford Gate, in Erdington, Birmingham – one of Prologis’ premier industrial and logistics parks located in the heart of the West Midlands.


Prime Point starts to take shape 

4 Apr

A multi-million pound speculative development in the Black Country by leading commercial property investment company LCP is beginning to take shape, with the construction of the steel frame well under way.


TAG Heuer chooses intu Merry Hill for first West Midlands store 

29 Mar

TAG Heuer has chosen intu Merry Hill for its first store in the West Midlands ahead of a multi-million pound investment programme at the shopping centre.


Aldi signs as anchor for Telford Shopping Centre’s Northern Quarter development 

15 Mar

Sovereign Centros, the UK retail investor and asset manager, and Orion Capital Partners, have signed leading discount supermarket Aldi to launch the £15 million development of the Northern Quarter at Telford Shopping Centre.


Sensors Take Flight at Birmingham Airport to Ease Passengers Minds and… 

10 Mar

Birmingham Airport joins UK Airports Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester airports by implementing BlipTrack queue management technology from BLIP Systems.


Telford Shopping Centre boosts its regional status as Next and New Look sign up 

6 Mar

Sovereign Centros, UK retail investor and asset manager, and Orion Capital Partners, have accelerated plans for an exciting new fashion mall at Telford Shopping Centre, by signing major pre-lets with fashion giants Next and New Look Both retailers...


Harris Lamb oversees Dudley industrial estate investment deal 

6 Mar

Harris Lamb has sold a multi-let industrial estate in Dudley to MCR Property Group for an undisclosed sum.


Network Rail now arriving at iconic Birmingham offices 

27 Feb

National fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury has completed an impressive transformation of three floors within an iconic Birmingham building, allowing Network Rail to relocate to new premises.


Innovation Birmingham seeks new investor to double size of Campus 

21 Feb

Innovation Birmingham Ltd – which is wholly owned by Birmingham City Council – is seeking a new investor, as it continues with the development of the Innovation Birmingham Campus.


LCP adds to industrial team with asset manager 

6 Feb

LCP, one of the UK’s leading property investment and management companies, has taken on a new asset manager as it continues to grow its commercial property portfolio.


REI sells Latitude investment in Birmingham 

30 Jan

Real Estate Investors plc, the Birmingham property group, has sold a retail investment in the city’s Chinese quarter.


Europa Capital and Sovereign Centros acquire Perry Barr in Birmingham from Standard Life Investments 

14 Dec

Europa Fund V, managed by Europa Capital, and Sovereign Centros have acquired One Stop shopping centre and retail park, Perry Barr, Birmingham from Standard Life Investments UK Shopping Centre Trust.


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