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Brooks Forgings 

21 Jul

Brooks Forgings, established in 1960, is a leading UK supplier of hot-forged and machined fastener components.

Community spirit in Birmingham is good for business – says Jaguar Land Rover chief 

21 Jul

JLR Head of Community Relations Les Ratcliffe speaks out as firm sponsores Company of the Year category at BPBA 2016...

London Midland boss vows to focus on passengers 

21 Jul

Head of West Midlands franchise operator says company wants to be more passenger friendly as it introduces 'shopping list' of changes in run up to franchise award...

Stourbridge funeral directors complete major renovation project 

20 Jul

A FAMILY-run Stourbridge funeral directors has completed a major renovation project to meet its growing demand.

250 jobs to go at manufacturer as JLR contract ends 

20 Jul

INDUSTRIAL group GKN is cutting 40% of its workforce in Telford after failing to fill the gap left by a Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) contract that had come to an end.251 jobs are being lost, which the unio...

Sainsbury’s joint venture to move 120 jobs to Redditch 

18 Jul

A FACILITIES management business is to relocate 18 miles across the West Midlands, moving up to 120 jobs to Redditch.

Black Country fire protection firm lands £400,000 shopping centre contract 

15 Jul

BLACK Country-based fire protection firm, Argus Fire has secured a £400,000 contract to work on the redevelopment of one of the areas major shopping centres.

Motoring: A right racquet over the choice of Best Car 

15 Jul

THE new benchmark for executive motoring has been set this week with the Mercedes E Class being named Best Business Car in the 2016 Telegraph Cars Awards.

Automotive supplier doubles capacity in Eastern Europe with new multi-million-pound factory 

14 Jul

BIRMINGHAM-based automotive supplier, GKN Driveline, is set to begin production at its new 16.5m plant in Eastern Europe.

Soggy summer bogs down Halfords 

14 Jul

CYCLING, leisure and car maintenance retailer, Halfords has seen revenue rise for its latest quarter, despite bad weather impacting footfall at its stores.

Breaking News: Bank of England responds to Brexit turmoil 

14 Jul

THE Bank of England has rejected a move to cut interest rates from 0.5% to 0.25% in an attempt to stimulate the economy following the UKs decision to leave the European Union.

Defender production revival unlikely says JLR 

14 Jul

ATTEMPTS by a leading businessman to revive production of the Land Rover Defender appear unlikely today.

Passenger numbers up 13% at Birmingham Airport 

13 Jul

BIRMINGHAM Airport has seen its sixteenth consecutive month of record passenger numbers, with more than 1.1 million people heading through the terminal last month.

Record H1 for BMW Group as demand continues to increase 

12 Jul

VEHICLE manufacturer BMW has followed Jaguar Land Rover in announcing record first half sales.

Tata Steel starts JV talks with German group Thyssenkrupp 

12 Jul

Continuing saga over sale of beleaguered UK arm goes on as Tata Steel contemplates possible tie up to boost European business...

Famous name commits to city’s future with new lease and 100 jobs 

11 Jul

ONE of Wolverhamptons biggest business names has been revealed as the latest tenant of the citys new i10 building.

College looks to fill 130 apprenticeship vacancies 

11 Jul

A BLACK Country college is trying to find suitable youngsters to fill more than 130 apprenticeship vacancies.

Train operator invests £400,000 to improve passenger safety 

11 Jul

TRAIN operator Chiltern Railways has made a £400,000 investment to improve passenger safety and help deter crime at its stations.

JLR-Effect not confined to the UK 

11 Jul

THE expansion of Jaguar Land Rover is having a beneficial effect for companies in Europe regardless of the UKs vote to leave the EU.

Sajid Javid meets Tata Steel chiefs as sale process put on hold 

8 Jul

Business Secretary in Mumbai as long-running process to offload Tata Steel UK appears to have been halted...

Motoring: A memorable week for Jaguar and the ten best supercars of all time 

8 Jul

ITS been a busy week for Jaguar Land Rover with production anniversaries, major awards, fresh expansion and record half year sales.

15 new summer sun flights after Jet2 makes massive jump to Birmingham Airport 

7 Jul

Leisure airline and package holiday firm Jet2.

Breaking News: Hundreds of new jobs for Birmingham Airport after big investment by airline 

7 Jul

BIRMINGHAM Airport has received a significant boost to services with a massive new investment from holiday and airline operator Jet2.

Carillion wins brief for first Paradise building 

7 Jul

The company which led development of the Library of Birmingham will construct One Chamberlain Square which will provide a new headquarters for PwC in the city...

Motor dealer completes £2m Jaguar Land Rover deal 

6 Jul

THE appeal of Jaguar Land Rover to motor dealers has been further underlined with a second major trade deal in the space of a month.

Contractor announced for first phase of Paradise 

6 Jul

WOLVERHAMPTON construction giant, Carillion has been appointed to build the first phase of the new Paradise development in Birmingham.

Bumper sales for Jaguar Land Rover 

6 Jul

Luxury car brands post 'best ever' half-year sales in the UK for both Jaguar and Land Rover...

Battle to run London Midland rail service down to two 

6 Jul

Race to run busy West Midlands rail franchise down to just two after Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation mysteriously withdraws from bidding process...

Record first half for Jaguar Land Rover 

6 Jul

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has announced record UK sales for the first half, smashing the previous best for both Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

Construction group secures £600m contracts despite uncertainty 

6 Jul

CONSTRUCTION group Carillion has emphasised its lack of operations on the continent by securing deals worth £600m in Northern Ireland and Oman.

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Jobs boost for Redditch as Arcus FM relocates 

18 Jul

A facilities management and engineering maintenance business is set to bring up to 120 jobs to Redditch.

UK & European Investments acquires Debenhams department store in Stratford-upon-Avon 

13 Jul

UK & European Investments (“UK & European”) has acquired the Debenhams department store in Stratford-upon-Avon for £12.6m, reflecting a sub 6% yield.

Hat trick of lettings fill Wolverhampton’s i10 offices 

13 Jul

The ‘fully let’ sign has been hung at i10, Wolverhampton’s first major speculative office development in the city core for a number years.

Corstorphine + Wright continues to grow with new staff across the Midlands 

13 Jul

Leading architectural practice, Corstorphine + Wright, has taken on a host of new staff members as it continues its strong growth across the Midlands despite the uncertainty within the economy.

George Brittain joins Johnson Fellows 

12 Jul

The Birmingham office of chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has announced the appointment of senior surveyor George Brittain.

Contractor confirmed for first Paradise building 

7 Jul

Argent, acting on behalf of Hermes Investment Management, the £24.1 billion manager focused on delivering superior, sustainable, risk adjusted returns to its clients – responsibly, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), a professional...

Major extension to Pensnett Estate given the go ahead 

6 Jul

The first stage of a major new speculative development in the Black Country is poised to begin later this year after London & Cambridge Properties (LCP) was granted planning permission.

Half Year Results: St. Modwen delivers strong underlying profits 

5 Jul

Stephen Prosser, Midlands regional director for St.

St. Modwen starts on site at Nunnery Park, Worcester 

1 Jul

Construction has started on St.

National brand snaps up space at St. Modwen’s Centurion Park scheme 

1 Jul

National furniture brand, DFS, has signed up to 53,000 sq ft of space at St.

LCP plans 260,000 sq ft extension to Pensnett Estate 

14 Jun

London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), the leading West Midlands based property and development company, has announced plans to increase warehousing and industrial space by 260,000 sq ft on its flagship business estate.

Birmingham motor dealerships change hands in record deal 

13 Jun

Knight Frank Investment Management (KFIM) has acquired the freehold of three prime car dealerships in Birmingham for its Long Income Property Unit Trust (LIPUT) fund.

BDO Midlands promotes Tim Foster to partner 

8 Jun

Accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO LLP, has announced the promotion of nine new partners across the UK, including Tim Foster, who heads up the firm’s Risk and Advisory Services (RAS) team in the Midlands.

Vail Williams helps West Midlands Travel overcome challenging situation by securing excellent new home 

7 Jun

A deal brokered by commercial property specialist Vail Williams will see National Express subsidiary West Midlands Travel open its doors at Birmingham’s landmark Temple Point building, following popular clothing retailer taking occupancy at...

Work begins on two Redditch warehouses 

18 May

Construction work has commenced on a 110,000 sq ft industrial warehouse within Ravensbank Business Park in Redditch, after logistics firm AMCO Services (International) Ltd selected the Acanthus Park site for their new build facility.

"Startups and investors who got drunk on easy money and big valuations are sobering up" 

25 Apr

KPMG Enterprise and CB Insights unveiled research which found that despite the UK's success in the VC world, the slump faced by the rest of the world is starting to trickle in.

Client demand drives Mazars’ tax team growth 

25 Apr

A 50 per cent increase in tax work undertaken in 2015 has led to further recruitment at international accountancy firm Mazars in Milton Keynes.

Adtech firm used by Tesco and Groupon opens business accelerator with €5m fund 

13 Apr

Digital marketing firm Tradedoubler, a company boasting clients including Tesco, Groupon and Microsoft, has launched TD Ventures a business accelerator with 5m of investment available to companies across the UK, France and Germany.

Jaguar Land Rover speeds into tech with launch of mobile startup InMotion 

11 Apr

Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover has launched InMotion, a new startup arm of the business that will use tech to develop mobile services designed to solve issues faced in the transport industry.

Deal secured for Network Rail office move in Birmingham 

8 Apr

Network Rail has taken 85,000 sq ft offices on three floors at Baskerville House in Birmingham city centre, as it looks to drive greater efficiencies and maximise the productivity of its space.

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