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Tata Steel invests £4m in Black Country factory 

20 Feb

Steel group has created new high-tech robotic welding line at its service centre in Wednesfield...

Councillors fail to buy into new supermarket scheme 

17 Feb

Plans to build a discount supermarket next to a giant Asda store on the outskirts of Birmingham have been rejected by councillors.

Dudley firm helps to put wireless charging firmly on the map 

17 Feb

A DUDLEY fit-out and display firm has teamed up with to provide businesses with convenient, innovative wireless charging for customers.

Baking business’s new Kingswinford premises is icing on the cake 

17 Feb

A SPECIALITY cake-making company is hoping for a rise in business after moving to Kingswinford to cope with a demand for its tasty bakes.

Wasps out to sting the opposition after securing new JLR deal 

17 Feb

A Coventry sports team has secured a new sponsorship deal from one of the citys best known businesses.

US airline pledges continued support for Birmingham Airport 

17 Feb

West Midlands companies looking to boost their exports by trading with businesses in the United States are set to energise the region and bring it to the attention of global investors.

Aldi Great Barr store plan rejected 

17 Feb

The company was told that its plans for the site next to the Asda store on Queslett Road would add to the already bad traffic in the area and lead to the loss of woodland.

Dudley opticians earns Platinum Employer status 

16 Feb

A DUDLEY opticians is celebrating Platinum Employer accreditation in recognition of its dedication to staff wellbeing, career development and reward.

Revealed: 360 firms named and shamed for cheating workers out of minimum wage 

16 Feb

Retail giant Debenhams was accused of failing to pay almost 135,000 to just under 12,000 workers...

Lights, Camera, Action as Dudley production firm enjoys ‘video’ boost 

16 Feb

THE growth in demand for video promotion has helped a Dudley production company double its turnover in just twelve months.

Tata Steel workers back pension cuts to secure jobs 

16 Feb

Tata Steel workers including hundreds in the West Midlands have agreed to take a cut in their pensions in order to try and secure the future of the business, which has been sold to new...

Competition authority to examine Heineken’s Punch takeover 

16 Feb

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to examine Heineken\'s £402.7m takeover of Punch Taverns to see if it will result in "a substantial lessening of competition".

Severe delays on M5 motorway in both directions 

15 Feb

A lorry crashing into the central reservation of the M5 motorway between Halesowen and Bromsgrove is causing severe delays in both directions.

Jaguar Land Rover in row over adverts funding extremism 

15 Feb

Luxury car maker is one of several big names which unknowingly had ads appearing alongside extremist videos...

West Midlands CBI reveals new vice chairman 

15 Feb

The CBI in the West Midlands has appointed a leading Coventry businessman as its new West Midlands vice-chairman.

Dramatic Q3 profit decline for Jaguar Land Rover 

15 Feb

Vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has reported record third quarter revenues, although pre-tax profit for the period is down almost 50% compared with the same period in the previous year.

Ineos goes off road with ‘Defender-inspired’ 4×4? 

14 Feb

Professor David Bailey on chemicals group Ineos stating that it will enter automotive production, aiming to launch an off-road vehicle inspired by the Land Rover Defender...

Billionaire plans new vehicle inspired by Land Rover Defender 

14 Feb

Jim Ratcliffe claims the car will be a major improvement on previous incarnations of the famous model...

Budget supermarket set to be loser in Birmingham store wars 

14 Feb

Plans to build a low-cost supermarket next to a giant Asda store look set to be rejected by Birmingham councillors.

Stolen JLR engines worth £3m recovered in dawn raids 

14 Feb

Engines worth £3m stolen from Jaguar Land Rovers Solihull plant have been recovered in dawn raids by police.

Strong demand continues to drive growth for property group 

14 Feb

A buoyant Midlands industrial property sector has been cited by Black Country developer Mucklow Group for an improved half-year performance.

£4.6bn losses in year of ‘accelerated transformation’ 

14 Feb

Rolls Royce, which has its civil aerospace and nuclear divisions in Derby, has posted a £4.6bn loss for 2016 - the worst in its 111-year history.

Record month for Birmingham Airport 

13 Feb

Passenger figures up to more than 775,000 to make it the busiest start to a year on record for transport hub...

Rugby coach tries to help university with apprenticeship plan 

13 Feb

Englands Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward is to kick-off a new degree apprenticeship at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dee Valley’s activist shareholders reach end of line 

13 Feb

Shareholders in water company Dee Valley, who had their \'no\' votes on the takeover bid by Severn Trent ruled invalid by a High Court judge, will not appeal the verdict.

The Apprentice Levy ‘should be seen as an opportunity’ for business 

13 Feb

Employers across the West Midlands are being encouraged to view the Apprenticeship Levy as a way of plugging the skills gap, an issue which is at the top of many business agendas.

How Aldi is defending its controversial Great Barr store 

10 Feb

The company hit back after city planning officers concluded the store, to be sited in Old Horns Crescent, should not go ahead.

£100m Tata Steel sale secures hundreds of Black Country jobs 

10 Feb

Hundreds of jobs in the Black Country steel industry have been secured with the sale of Tata Steel to industrials group Liberty House.

Flag carrying airline returns to Birmingham after a decade away 

9 Feb

British Airways is to start flying from Birmingham Airport again a decade after quitting the hub.

Black Country jobs saved with £100m rescue deal 

9 Feb

Tata Steel sells speciality steels division after launching hunt to find a buyer almost a year ago...

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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.

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.

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