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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...

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...

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.

Leading Midlands property figure dies 

14 Mar

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

Hat-trick of lettings for Black Country industrial estate 

14 Mar

A West Bromwich industrial magnet is proving a magnet to new business after securing a hat-trick of lettings since the start of the year.

Traffic Alert: Multi-vehicle accident gridlocks M6 near Birmingham 

13 Mar

All lanes are reported to be temporarily blocked on the M6 southbound between junction 7 (Great Barr) and 6 (A38/Birmingham city centre) following a multi-vehicle collision.

West Bromwich Albion pub saved 

13 Mar

The Hawthorns is popular with fans on match days but new owner urges fans to support the pub otherwise it will not survive...

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.

Boing, boing – Baggies celebrate as football institution saved from redevelopment 

7 Mar

A Black Country footballing institution has been saved from potential redevelopment following a new deal.

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.

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.

St. Modwen set for final expansion of its former home 

6 Mar

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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.

Grave concerns remain over Apprenticeship Levy say manufacturers 

2 Mar

Manufacturers have warmed to some of the benefits of the new Apprenticeship Levy, but still have grave reservations about its viability and longer-term sustainability, according to a new report.

JLR confirms new vehicle will be produced in the West Midlands 

2 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover has given a shot in the arm to the West Midlands automotive industry by confirming that its new vehicle will be produced in the region.

West Bromwich manufacturer rescued from administration 

2 Mar

A West Bromwich manufacturer has been saved from collapse after being acquired out of administration.

Birmingham Airport begins new gateway service to Eastern Europe 

2 Mar

Birmingham Airport has received a boost to its European services after signing an agreement with a new carrier.

Range Rover officially unveils new Velar 

1 Mar

Luxury car manufacturer shows off brand new car which will be built at Solihull plant...

Chocks away for Flightshed homes plan 

1 Mar

Plans to build almost 100 new homes on the site of a former aircraft factory in Birmingham are set for the go ahead.

Tesco DROPS plans for giant Stirchley store – as Lidl moves in 

1 Mar

Fury as 16-year saga ends with firm walking away...

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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.

Bulleys score hat-trick at Kelvin Way 

13 Mar

The Oldbury office of Bulleys Chartered Surveyors are pleased to report a hat trick of deals at Kelvin Way Trading Estate, West Bromwich.

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...

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.

Work starts on new Oldbury manufacturing facility for Steel & Alloy 

20 Feb

The first stage of a major new £27m manufacturing facility commenced in Oldbury this week with a ceremony to mark the start of construction.

New era dawns for Oldbury Point as Harris Lamb is retained to source tenants for revamped estate 

20 Feb

Harris Lamb has been retained by Tilstone Investments to market a 17-unit industrial scheme in Oldbury amid plans to restore the development to its former popularity.

LCP unveils £100,000 refurbished units 

9 Feb

LCP has delivered on its pledge to continue investing in its commercial property portfolio by unveiling two units in the Black Country that have undergone a £100,000 refurbishment.

Harris Lamb oversees 10-year Smethwick letting to mattress firm 

8 Feb

Harris Lamb has overseen the letting of two Smethwick industrial units to a mattress manufacturer, completing the deal within ten days of solicitors being instructed.

Harris Lamb lets prime Logicor warehouse in Oldbury to Dutch horticultural specialist 

2 Feb

Harris Lamb has started 2017 with a long-term letting of a 30,000 sqft industrial unit in Oldbury to Dutch manufacturing and distribution business, Atami.

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.

O’Brien Contractors win Gallagher Retail Park contract 

5 Dec

Leading groundworks and civil engineering specialist, O’Brien Contractors, has been appointed to work on the revamp of KKR and Quadrant Estates’ Gallagher Retail Park in Wednesbury.

New stores come to Longbridge Town Centre 

5 Dec


St. Modwen sells Midlands site for the HS2 project 

4 Dec


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.

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