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New finance chief at Carillion 

24 Aug

Zafar Khan will replace Richard Adam when he retires later this year...


Revenues up 10% at Carillion 

24 Aug

STRONG growth in its support services operation has led to a 10% first half revenue boost for construction and facilities management group Carillion.


Lower sterling benefiting manufacturing exports claims CBI 

23 Aug

DOUBTS about the robustness of the manufacturing industry have been dispelled slightly after new figures showed output in the sector continuing to grow.


Birmingham Airport records busiest year in its history 

23 Aug

Eleven million passengers have passed through the transport hub since August 2015 with the airport now targeting 12 million over next year...


New first for Jaguar Land Rover as it offers completely digital sales option 

22 Aug

JAGUAR LAND ROVER has become the UKs first premium carmaker to offer a fully online purchasing package.


Birmingham Airport scales new heights after processing a record number of passengers 

22 Aug

BIRMINGHAM Airport has recorded its busiest-ever 12-month period, processing more than 11 million passengers.


Centenary Square makeover gets the go ahead despite some concerns 

19 Aug

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a major makeover of Birminghams Centenary Square have been approved despite concerns by come city councillors that the designs are dull and boring.


Motoring: Morgan EV3; Range Rover Sport; Only Fools’ E-Type 

19 Aug

TWO of Britains best known brands have united for a new project celebrating both their own heritage, and future sustainability.


WMG Academy celebrates after 100% exam success 

19 Aug

A SPECIALIST engineering academy backed by Jaguar Land Rover is celebrating after achieving a 100% success rate in its exam results.


Car maker unveils major investment in Midlands testing facilities 

18 Aug

BIRMINGHAM-based MG Motor UK has investment £1.2m improving its Longbridge production facilities.


Industrial estates sold in £2.2m deal 

18 Aug

PROPERTY company Harris Lamb has sold two industrial estates in the West Midlands for more than £2.2m.


Shopping centre owner boosted by Primark-effect 

18 Aug

THE introduction of a new Primark store in Shrewsbury is likely to have a regenerative effect on the town centre as a whole, a property company has said.


Aldi withdraws controversial plans for new supermarket 

18 Aug

Supermarket giant goes back to the drawing board after controversial designs were recommended for refusal by city council planning officers...


You should’ve trademarked that word. Probably. 

17 Aug

You may want to think again if you\'re planning to use the words "should\'ve" and "shouldve" in your work marketing any time soon as you could soon be receiving a letter from Specsavers.


Water group chooses Stoke development for its 400 staff 

17 Aug

WATER PLUS, the joint venture that has been set up by Severn Trent and United Utilities, has chosen Two Smithfield in Stoke as its headquarters.400 people will work at the site, some of who will be mo...


Hundreds of Black Country businesses benefiting from high speed broadband 

15 Aug

AN additional 20,000 homes and businesses in the Black Country have been provided with access to high-speed fibre broadband.


Cadbury owner buys back licence to make Chocolate Fingers 

15 Aug

Birmingham manufacturer acquires licence to make famous names such as Fingers and Animals 30 years after it was granted to Burton's...


Former Tesco store to be reborn as new office complex 

15 Aug

Broadway building at Five Ways island will be converted into two floors of office space to sit alongside new residential development...


Birmingham Airport appoints RBH for marketing push 

15 Aug

Meriden-based agency wins brief to create new video and products for World Routes Conference...


New apprenticeship proposals ‘balanced and fair’ say manufacturers 

12 Aug

FIRMS in England are being offered extra incentives if they agree to take on and rain young workers.


St. Modwen reveals plans for new business park 

12 Aug

QUINTON property group St.


Motoring: Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic; Triumph; Aston Martin 

12 Aug

LAND ROVER has chosen the most power production version of its Range Rover flagship to showcase some of its latest technological advances.


$8bn business sets up base in Coventry to be close to Jaguar Land Rover 

11 Aug

A YORKSHIRE automotive components firm has opened a new office in Coventry to be closer to one of its biggest clients.


Passenger growth continues as airport heads for record summer 

11 Aug

BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT is continuing the upward trajectory of its passenger numbers, extending its growth to a 17th consecutive month.


Damning verdict on Aldi Great Barr store plan 

11 Aug

Planning report says proposed store is badly designed and should not be built on open green space...


Enterprise Inns cheered by by trading performance 

11 Aug

PUBCO Enterprise Inns has reported a near 2% increase in the trading performance of its leased and tenanted businesses.


Premier League club’s shareholders protest about “injustice” from sale 

11 Aug

THE shareholders of West Bromwich Albion have protested to the Financial Conduct Authority and Premier League about the "injustice" created by the manner of the sale of 88% of the football club to Chi...


National Express seeks explanation for East Anglia snub 

10 Aug

BIRMINGHAM-based transport group National Express is in talks with the Department for Transport for an explanation on why its bid to operate the East Anglia rail franchise was passed over.


Buoyant first half for Tipton and Coseley 

10 Aug

THE Tipton and Coseley Building Society has reported a significant increase in the number of mortgage applications and completions for the first half of the year, compared to last year.


Network Rail plans upgrade to Birmingham station 

9 Aug

NETWORK Rail has applied for planning permission to carry out an upgrade to a Birmingham train station.


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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

St.


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

St.


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.


Investor snaps up pre-let warehouse at St. Modwen’s Centurion Park for over £5 million 

8 Aug

St.


Smyths Toys and Holland & Barrett come to Longbridge 

8 Aug

Major high street retailers Holland & Barrett and Smyths Toys Superstores are the latest signings at St.


St. Modwen marks completion of major distribution centre at Whitley Business Park 

3 Aug

St.


Road completion paves the way for major business park development 

2 Aug

Development of Meaford Business Park, set to support 2,200 jobs on Staffordshire’s largest brownfield site, has been given a major boost following the completion of supporting road and infrastructure works.


Boots signs up to St. Modwen’s Watling Street Business Park 

2 Aug

Leading health and beauty retailer Boots is one of two businesses to sign up for industrial space at St.


St. Modwen presses ahead with development at Great Western Business Park 

1 Aug

St.


BJS Distribution expands to meet increased demand 

20 Jul

BJS Distribution, the specialist two-man delivery service which counts the Cotswold Company and designer furniture brand Made amongst its customer base, has expanded to a second site in Wednesbury to support the continued growth of the business...


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.


George Brittain joins Johnson Fellows 

12 Jul

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


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