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Aldi strikes back with fresh plans for controversial new Birmingham store 

6 Dec

The German supermarket has revised its designs for a shop off Queslett Road in Great Barr after suffering a setback during the summer...

HS2 depot site sold by St Modwen 

6 Dec

50-acre plot in north Birmingham acquired by the Government to house a new rolling stock maintenance depot...

Is F-Pace proving too hot for Land Rover? 

5 Dec

LAND ROVER has seen a near 20% dip in vehicle sales in the UK, according to new figures.

St. Modwen confirms strong interest in London project 

5 Dec

BIRMINGHAM regeneration specialist St.

Birmingham Airport delays warning as strike action looms 

5 Dec

Trade union members at baggage handling and ground crew provider Swissport vote in favour of strike action...

Ryanair launches package holiday service and promises ‘lowest prices’ in UK 

4 Dec

Dublin-based airline said holidaymakers have been overcharged for years and promised to 'transform travel industry...

Birmingham industrial site sold for £25m to support HS2 development 

2 Dec

A PRIME industrial site on the fringe of Birmingham city centre has been sold in a deal worth around £25m.

Traffic Alert: Long delays to M42 after serious accident 

2 Dec

AN accident between a car and a lorry has brought massive disruption to the West Midlands motorway network and threatens to delay people heading to Birmingham Airport.

Davenports to restore historic Old Tavern pub to former glory 

2 Dec

The pub near Five Ways is to return to its original name...

Motoring: Mercedes-Benz; Bentley; Range Rover 

2 Dec

THE executive sector is one of the most competitive in the automotive industry and has been the territory of the big three German manufacturers for some time despite attempts by Jaguar Land Ro...

43 jobs lost as administrators forced to close manufacturer 

2 Dec

A STEEL manufacturer has closed with the loss of 43 jobs after administrators were unable to find a buyer for the ailing business.

Birmingham Airport boosted by the launch of new flights 

1 Dec

FLIGHTS to Cyprus from Birmingham Airport have been boosted with the launch of two new services.

Unlocking regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy 

1 Dec

UNLOCKING higher regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy over the next decade, new research has suggested.

JLR workers vote overwhelmingly to accept new pay deal 

29 Nov

WORKERS at Jaguar Land Rover have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new pay deal claimed to be exceptional by their union.

New airline deal opens up the Far East to West Midlands businesses 

29 Nov

CONNECTIONS to the Far East from Birmingham Airport have improved after the hubs largest carrier announced a new codesharing agreement.

JLR rivals pledge to develop Europe-wide EV charging network 

29 Nov

HOT on the heels of Jaguar Land Rovers pledge to commit part of its future vehicle development to electric cars, so its German rivals have thrown their combined weight behind a new infrastructu...

Former JLR director finds new role in the city 

29 Nov

ONE of the best known figures in the West Midlands automotive industry has joined Grant Thornton as a special consultant.

New Land Rover Discovery to be built in Solihull 

29 Nov

Jaguar Land Rover confirms all-new 'Disco' will also be the first car to be built in its new factory in Slovakia...

JLR throws down the gauntlet to government 

29 Nov

Professor David Bailey examines the latest noises coming from Jaguar Land Rover about its plans to conquer the electric vehicle market...

MBO deal has concrete foundations 

28 Nov

THE managing director of a £30m-turnover concrete flooring specialist has completed an MBO.

Jobs saved as buyer found for stricken bacon producer 

28 Nov

RESTRUCTURING specialists were able to save the bacon of 13 staff after agreeing a deal to sell the assets of Turners of Bond Street.

Tata Steel moves step closer to saving Black Country jobs with £100m deal 

28 Nov

Part of beleaguered UK arm of global steel group is set to be sold to commodities trading group Liberty House which last year rescued Caparo...

Tata enters into exclusive negotiations on £100m deal 

28 Nov

TATA Steel has taken a big step forward to a £100m deal for the sale of its speciality steels business after signing a letter of intent with Liberty House Group.

Coventry supports JLR’s battery challenge 

28 Nov

PLANS to make Coventry a centre of excellence for automotive battery development is gaining impetus.

New Amazon warehouse to create 1,600 jobs in West Midlands 

25 Nov

Giant warehouse to be built on former Jaguar factory site in Coventry.

Distribution hub to create 1,650 jobs after “Amazon” plans approved 

25 Nov

AMAZON looks set to create 1,650 jobs in Coventry after the City Council approved a distribution warehouse on the former Jaguar site at Browns Lane.

Government removes block on building 6,000 homes on greenbelt land 

25 Nov

PLANS for 6,000 homes on greenbelt land in Sutton Coldfield can now be brought forward after the Government ended its investigation into the scheme.

Severn Trent takes back control in Dee Valley bid 

24 Nov

Utility launches another counter offer in bid to buy out North Wales water firm...

Severn Trent opens the taps in Dee Valley bidding war 

24 Nov

UTILITIES group Severn Trent has made a second bid for Welsh water business Dee Valley, in the hope of seeing off rival Ancala.

Severn Trent hits stumbling block with Dee Valley bid 

23 Nov

Rival in 78.5m takeover submits a counter offer worth 1p per share more...

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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.

Trebor Developments secures major planning consent for Popes Lane site, Oldbury 

10 Nov

Leading Midlands commercial developer, Trebor Developments LLP, has secured planning consent for the major development of the 12 acre Popes Lane site, Oldbury, on behalf of end user Steel and Alloy Processing Limited.

West Bromwich booming as investment magnet 

8 Nov

Property agents Bond Wolfe have sold Victoria House in West Bromwich to an unnamed regional investor in a major deal for the Black Country.

Construction steams ahead on 153,000 sq ft unit at Centurion Park 

6 Nov

Construction is now underway on a new 153,000 sq ft warehouse facility at St.

Six units let in six months on Wednesbury business park 

31 Oct

Harris Lamb has let six units on a Wednesbury industrial estate in just six months – leaving only two remaining at the estate.

Green light paves the way for 328,000 sq ft industrial units at Burton Gateway 

27 Oct


St. Modwen signs up training company to Great Western Business Park 

25 Oct

Work on two new units at St.

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


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