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Dudley firm doubles manufacturing space 

22 Mar

A DUDLEY manufacturer has expanded and bought new machinery to increase productivity thanks to a £250,000 financial package from Lloyds Bank.

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

22 Mar

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...

Truckman targets European market growth 

22 Mar

DUDLEY firm Truckman is aiming to boost its export activities, with a particular focus on the Northern European market.

Agencies aim to attract business to multi-million pound Kingswinford development 

21 Mar

COMMERCIAL property investment company LCP has appointed two West Midland agencies to help attract businesses to its multi-million pound speculative development in Kingswinford.

Birmingham colleges snubbed in new apprenticeship push 

20 Mar

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

£1bn Black Country manufacturing strategy looks to lure investors 

17 Mar

Investment opportunities in a ground breaking High Value Manufacturing City development have been highlighted by the Black Country LEP at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.

Birmingham Airport underlines its importance to region’s transport infrastructure 

16 Mar

Birmingham Airport has underlined its importance to the region and its transport infrastructure by announcing two years of continuous record monthly passenger growth.

Jaguar unleashes new EV onto the roads of the UK 

16 Mar

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle the Jaguar I-Pace onto the streets of the UK for the first time.

London Midland backs tech firms to boost train journeys 

16 Mar

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

Photographic firm exposes itself to growth after new funding deal 

15 Mar

A Black Country photographic business is set to expand after securing a new funding deal.

Brierley Hill leads the way in testing mobility equipment 

15 Mar

NEW mobility products supplied by CareCo will now be tested and checked by a fully qualified occupational therapist.

Neville in rethink over controversial £200m St Michael’s scheme 

15 Mar

Football star turned property mogul Gary Neville has asked Manchester City Council to hold off making a decision over the controversial £200m St Michaels scheme.

Dunwood Travel to hold open day at new Dudley depot 

15 Mar

DUNWOOD Travel have relocated and now have a new coach depot and open plan office in Peartree Lane, Dudley.

Leading Midlands property figure dies 

14 Mar

One of the Midlands most experienced commercial property figures has died.

Property company makes significant investment in Birmingham’s Southside 

14 Mar

Black Country-based property investment company LCP has expanded its portfolio with a new acquisition in Birmingham city centre.

Work starts on JLRs £200 million design and engineering centre 

10 Mar

The new campus at Gaydon will become lone of the world's leading automotive design centres...

Jaguar Land Rover announces £200m investment in West Midlands operation 

9 Mar

Vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is to invest a further £200m into the development of its West Midlands operation.

Tesco to reimburse THOUSANDS of underpaid employees after payroll error 

9 Mar

It is thought around 140,000 current and former Tesco employees will get around 40 back each due to the error...

BCU links up with car company for new degress apprenticeship 

8 Mar

Birmingham City University is linking up with a leading car company to launch a new degree apprenticeship.

Watchdog bans ‘irresponsible’ Jaguar advert 

8 Mar

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an "irresponsible" Jaguar Land Rover advert for promoting  unsafe driving practices.

Record February for Jaguar Land Rover as China sales soar 

7 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover has continued its strong start to the year by announcing record February sales led by strong performances in China and North America.

Pep&Co opens within Dudley’s Poundland store 

7 Mar

FASHION brand Pep&Co is now selling clothes within Dudley’s Poundland store.

Former Tesco FD to head up Boparan Restaurant Group 

7 Mar

The former finance director of Tesco has reportedly been appointed as the executive chairman of Boparan Restaurant Group.

Black Country industrial site sold in new deal 

6 Mar

A 41,000 sq ft industrial site in the Black Country has changed hands in an undisclosed deal.

St. Modwen set for final expansion of its former home 

6 Mar

Regeneration specialist St.

4,000 jobs at risk at Sainsbury’s 

6 Mar

Up to 4,000 jobs are at risk at supermarket giant Sainsbury\'s after the firm said it "needs to put its priorities in the right place.

Carillion secures £490m Dubai Expo contract 

3 Mar

Wolverhampton-based construction and support services group, Carillion has secured a £490m contract to develop a prestigious new development in the Middle East.

Luxury 4×4 Range Rover revealed 

3 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover has finally revealed the long-awaited addition to its luxury 4x4 Range Rover family.

Another blow for Merry Hill with Early Learning Centre to close 

3 Mar

Children's store is latest name to close its operation at Black Country retail hub...

Black Country recruitment agency celebrates growth and success 

3 Mar

MURRAY Myers Ltd is celebrating two years in business and its move to new offices in Netherton to support its growing team.

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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.

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.

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