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Far Eastern delights for AWI as it prepares to make Wire China debut 

18 Sep

BRIERLEY Hill-based Alloy Wire International (AWI) is stepping up its expansion in the Far East by exhibiting at Wire China for the first time.


Halesowen firm raise the roof after recent success 

21 Aug

A HALESOWEN roofing company has marked 25 years in the trade by being listed in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’.


Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.


Historic Halesowen firm undergoes ‘globalisation’ rebrand 

9 Aug

ONE of the country’s oldest firms is staying true to its Black Country heritage as it undergoes a rebrand.


Alloy Wire International targets Japan as part of Far Eastern sales drive 

3 Aug

A BRIERLEY Hill based-manufacturer is targeting a major sales drive in Japan as it looks to boost its presence in the Far East.


Property agency appoints new partner at Halesowen base 

31 Jul

A HALESOWEN property agency has appointed a new partner as it looks to expand its commercial sector across the region.


Halesowen firm moves 20 jobs into new base 

30 Jul

A HALESOWEN based distributor of specialist engineering products has moved 20 jobs into a 14,000 sq ft industrial unit in the town.


Businesses urged to help boost town by joining Halesowen BID committee 

20 Jul

PEOPLE who want to make a difference in Halesowen are being urged to join the town’s BID committee.


Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.


£270k investment set to transform Halesowen pub 

17 Jul

BUILDING work has begun this week on a major £270,000 refurbishment of the Hare and Hounds pub in Halesowen.


Renovations and recruitment as Halesowen firm hits record growth 

9 Jul

A GAMING firm has transformed its Halesowen headquarters into a state-of-the-art studio, complete with a gym and canteen.


Dudley Building Society breaks records in 160th year 

2 Jul

DUDLEY Building Society has announced record year end results as it celebrates its 160th anniversary.


Halesowen firm gives backing to young entrepreneurs 

27 Jun

AN enterprising Halesowen accountancy firm has given its support to an awards scheme that aims to inspire the next generation of West Midlands entrepreneurs.


Chris celebrates 40 years loyal service – and just one sick day – at Halesowen firm 

19 Jun

A POPULAR customer services manager who has only taken one sick day in her entire career is celebrating 40 years’ service at Halesowen opticians Scrivens.


Halesowen apprentice lands major Training Award 

14 Jun

AN APPRENTICE from Halesowen has claimed one of the main prizes at the In-Comm Training Awards held recently.


Kids play as TotalKare helps keep Glasgow Playbus on the road 

24 May

A HALESOWEN-based provider of heavy duty lifting solutions is helping to keep an essential service for children in Scotland on the road.


The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.


Kind Stourbridge lawyers launch fundraising initiative for Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

20 Apr

STAFF from a Stourbridge-based law firm have pledged their support to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital carry out its life-saving care.


Training success as recruitment firm looks to managers of tomorrow 

17 Apr

A DUDLEY recruitment firm has extended its management training scheme to help future leaders rise through the ranks.


More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

30 Mar

o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.


Black Country robotics company launch first-of-its-kind hire scheme 

10 Mar

EMOTIONALLY-intelligent robots could soon by a common place in local businesses thanks to an innovative Halesowen company.


Business leaders invited to free GDPR breakfast seminar 

27 Feb

BUSINESS leaders from across Dudley borough are being invited to a free breakfast seminar being held at The Village Hotel.


Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...


West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.


GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion...


Halesowen housebuilder contributes £115.1m to UK’s economy – report 

13 Feb

A HALESOWEN housebuilding firm has contributed more than £115.1 million to the UK’s economic output in the past year, according to a new report.


KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.


BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal...


Debenhams to slash 320 store manager roles in cost-cutting drive 

8 Feb

The retailer said efforts to drive down the complexity of management positions...


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

19 Sep

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.


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

31 Aug

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.


Next opens giant West Midlands store at intu Merry Hill 

15 Aug

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


Institute casts about for a new headquarters 

9 Aug

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


Engineering supply group moves into new Halesowen base thanks to Bulleys 

27 Jul

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.


Companies looking to follow Greggs and Subway into Redditch development 

9 Jul

Work on a major industrial/trade park development in Redditch has been completed – and companies are lining up to take space at the scheme.


Black Country industrial estate sold for in excess of £2.6million 

2 Jul

Joint agents Harris Lamb & McLaren Partners have sold a multi-let industrial estate in Dudley to Canmoor for more than £2.6 million.


Halesowen retail investment changes hands for £1.625million 

26 Jun

A retail warehouse investment in Halesowen has been bought for £1.625 million.


The Crystal Centre in Stourbridge changes hands for £2.25million 

12 Jun

The Crystal Centre retail park in Amblecote, Stourbridge, has been bought for £2.25 million.


New images of £82m Dudley leisure and retail development revealed 

16 May

This will be the stunning image of Dudley’s historic skyline if an £82million leisure and retail complex gets the green light.


Southam’s Big Space goes to Maricott Developments & Warwickshire County Council 

25 Apr

The remaining 5 acres of the popular Holywell Business Park in Southam, Warwickshire has been sold to Warwickshire County Council and Maricott Developments by Rego Property.


Harris Lamb secures Walsall presence for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic 

16 Apr

Harris Lamb has continued its run of acquisitions for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic, securing a prime location in Walsall town centre.


Europa Capital and Sovereign Centros complete new lettings at One Stop shopping centre, Perry Barr 

5 Mar

Europa Capital, in partnership with Sovereign Centros, has completed a letting to The Food Warehouse at One Stop Shopping Centre in Perry Barr, Birmingham.


Leading commercial agency grows West Midlands arm to cope with demand 

26 Feb

A leading commercial agency has grown its West Midlands arm to cope with ongoing demand as it continues to work on a number of major instructions.


Expansion for Halesowen manufacturer Mapei 

7 Feb

The world’s largest producer of adhesives and chemicals for the construction industry, Mapei has expanded its UK headquarters in the West Midlands.


Primark to expand into former BHS store as part of intu Merry Hill transformation 

25 Jan

intu has agreed terms with Primark to expand into a former BHS and extend its intu Merry Hill store by more than 70 per cent as part of the shopping centre’s multi-million-pound transformation.


Double sale for Pendeford commercial property specialist 

10 Jan

Acting on behalf of private clients, Wiggins Lockett Thompson have secured purchasers and completed the sales of two offices on the Pendeford Office Park, Wolverhampton.


FBC Manby Bowdler signs two year deal to support manufacturing & technology centre 

19 Dec

Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler has signed a two year deal to support a state-of-the-art £4m training centre for manufacturers in the region.


SevenCapital acquires key Stirchley development site 

22 Nov

Leading regeneration and development specialist SevenCapital has acquired a 9-acre cleared development site in Stirchley, Birmingham.


Wakemans completes on phase two at Tamworth West Business Park 

1 Nov

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on a new development at one of the most popular industrial/distribution schemes in the Midlands.


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