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GKN offloads German division in £177m deal 

21 Oct

Stromag will become part of US drivetrain group Altra Industrial Motion...

Breaking News: Manufacturing group disposes of German subsidiary in £177m deal 

21 Oct

WEST Midlands engineering group GKN has sold a German subsidiary in a deal worth almost £177m.

Retail park sale fuels speculation on further Jaguar Land Rover expansion 

20 Oct

A BIRMINGHAM retail park close to the site of the Jaguar plant at Castle Bromwich is being offered for sale as part of a £260m portfolio, according to reports.

600 jobs to go at Travis Perkins 

19 Oct

Builders' merchant behind Toolstation and Wickes brands says future trading is difficult to predict as it eyes more than 30 branches for closure...

300 manufacturing jobs set for the West Midlands with new factory development 

19 Oct

AROUND 300 new manufacturing jobs could be created in the West Midlands with construction of a new multi-million-pound development close to the site of Jaguar Land Rovers engine plant set to be...

Blueprint to deliver 5,000 new inner-city homes launched 

19 Oct

The Greater Icknield and Smethwick Housing Growth Prospectus will drive 400 million development over five key brownfield sites in Birmingham and Smethwick...

Winter chaos warning for Birmingham Airport with baggage handling firm set to pull out 

19 Oct

Trade union Unite calls for swift resolution after baggage handling firm Aviator announces it will withdraw staff from airport at the end of next month...

Financial Appointments: West Brom; Tipton & Coseley; Wesleyan 

18 Oct

THE West Bromwich Building Society has announced a senior appointment as it looks to progress to the next stage of its growth.

Expansion of Birmingham Airport on Government agenda 

18 Oct

THE growth potential offered to the West Midlands by the arrival of the HS2 high speed rail link could manifest itself in the expansion of Birmingham Airport.

Jaguar Land Rover to shed 260 agency staff 

18 Oct

Worker says they had 'no idea' contracts were going to be discontinued...

Cadbury owner makes £177m profit but avoids UK tax 

17 Oct

US parent company of historic Birmingham chocolate brand is under fire over 2015 accounts show it didn't pay any UK corporation tax...

Asda in £100m equal pay battle with thousands of staff 

16 Oct

Lawyers say the decision, by an employment judge, is a major victory in the UKs largest ever private sector equal pay claim...

Planners give green light to Cadbury estate homes scheme 

14 Oct

PLANS for a substantial new housing development on an historic estate in Birmingham have been given the green light by planners.

Motoring: Land Rover Classic; Porsche; Mazda MX-5 RF 

14 Oct

THE classic Land Rover Defender may be dead but its spirit lives on and the manufacturer has recognised this.

Traffic Alert: M5 closure gridlocks Black Country routes 

13 Oct

THE M5 is closed northbound between Junction 2 (Oldbury) and Junction 1 (West Bromwich) due to an incident involving two lorries.

PMGC Technology Group sponsor BPBA 2016 Retail Business of the Year 

13 Oct

PMGC Technology Group Director Shez Cheema reveals why the IT company is backing BPBA 2016...

Up to 100 jobs set for expansion of Staffordshire retail scheme 

12 Oct

AROUND 100 jobs are set to be created with the expansion of a popular Staffordshire retail development.26 new shops are being opened at the St.

Cadbury Estate housing scheme faces delay unless social housing provision is made 

11 Oct

PROPOSALS for a substantial new housing development in Birmingham look set for the go-ahead providing developers help fund a new childrens play area and better affordable housing provision.

JCB set to quit CBI due to its anti-Brexit stance 

11 Oct

STAFFORDSHIRE excavator manufacturer JCB has quit the CBI reportedly in a row over the organisations stance on Brexit.

Pennycuick Collins appointed to project manage expansion of leading JLR supplier 

10 Oct

BIRMINGHAM-based chartered surveyors Pennycuick Collins has been appointed to help with the expansion of a leading Jaguar Land Rover supplier.

Brummies vote Cadbury’s chocolate as city’s top invention 

10 Oct

Forget steam engines or heavy metal, it's Dairy Milk that impresses the people of Birmingham...

New chamber president pledges to “promote the hell” out of Birmingham 

7 Oct

THE new president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has promised to promote the hell out of the region during his two-year term.

WMG concludes important research agreement with Austrian counterpart 

7 Oct

WMG at the University of Warwick has signed a new collaboration agreement with an Austrian research body.

Motoring: By Royal Appointment; Mercedes Benz; Range Rover 

7 Oct

ONE of the most exclusive set of cars ever to go under the hammer are the star lots at a special auction in the West Midlands next month.

Strong performance in China sees JLR achieve record global sales 

7 Oct

STRONG sales in China, boosted by the launch of the locally-built Jaguar XFL, have helped Jaguar Land Rover achieve its strongest global September sales to date.

WMG presented with Royal Warrant for its research work 

6 Oct

WARWICK Manufacturing Group has received a Royal Warrant signed by the Queen, officially conferring her recognition on the body.

Jaguar Land Rover continues on the road to success with new sales record 

6 Oct

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, now the UKs largest car manufacturer, enjoyed its strongest September ever in the UK, latest figures have shown.

Smethwick manufacturer helps to keep London Underground on the right track 

5 Oct

A SMETHWICK manufacturer supplying components that keep Londons complicated transport system operational has been visited by the citys Deputy Mayor for Transport.

Supported living agency sets up new base in West Bromwich 

5 Oct

AN agency specialising in helping adults with learning disabilities is to open a new centre in West Bromwich following a deal brokered by Bond Wolfe.

Tap into ‘brand Birmingham’ says new chamber chief 

5 Oct

Birmingham Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe takes thinly veiled swipe at new combined authority name as he starts two-year tenure as president of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce...

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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.

Harris Lamb lets Tipton industrial unit in just three days 

26 Sep

Harris Lamb has set itself something of a record, having let a Tipton industrial distribution unit to a major furniture retailer within three days.

£5m Travelodge development gets underway 

23 Sep

Construction of a £5 million hotel development has started, creating new jobs and transforming a vacant site in Sandwell.

St. Modwen completes sale of Audley Enterprise Park site 

21 Sep


Trebor Developments agrees terms to deliver major industrial development in Oldbury 

15 Sep

Midlands’ commercial developer, Trebor Developments LLP, has confirmed they have entered into conditional contracts with Steel & Alloy Processing Limited to bring forward a major industrial development, located at “Zenith”,...

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.

Former Snack Foods site proves to be tasty 

6 Sep

Goold Estates have refurbished and let the whole 120,000 sq ft of industrial and trade units at the former Redmill Snack Foods site in Wednesbury within twelve months of buying the property.

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.

Johnson Fellows appoints new head of rating 

23 Aug

Leading chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has announced the latest in a string of new appointments at its Birmingham office.

Planning application submitted for Avon Business Park, Evesham 

15 Aug


Harris Lamb seals £2.2m investment deals on Midlands industrial estates 

12 Aug

Harris Lamb has sold two industrial estates in the West Midlands for more than £2.2 million on behalf of CBRE Global Investors.

Raft of new occupiers at Longbridge Technology Park 

12 Aug


Fortune 500 company opens new office in Coventry to be closer to Jaguar Land Rover 

12 Aug

A multinational company specialising in the supply of automotive components has opened a new office in Coventry to be closer to one of its biggest clients.

Plans submitted for latest phase of Telford Shopping Centre redevelopment 

9 Aug

Sovereign Centros, the UK retail and leisure developer and asset manager, has submitted a planning application for the latest phase of the multi million pound redevelopment at Telford Shopping Centre.

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