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Councillors fail to buy into new supermarket scheme 

17 Feb

Plans to build a discount supermarket next to a giant Asda store on the outskirts of Birmingham have been rejected by councillors.

Traffic Alert: Long delays to M6 after accident 

17 Feb

Drivers using the M6 in Birmingham have been warned of long delays on the southbound carriageway following an accident between a car and a lorry.

Wasps out to sting the opposition after securing new JLR deal 

17 Feb

A Coventry sports team has secured a new sponsorship deal from one of the citys best known businesses.

US airline pledges continued support for Birmingham Airport 

17 Feb

West Midlands companies looking to boost their exports by trading with businesses in the United States are set to energise the region and bring it to the attention of global investors.

Aldi Great Barr store plan rejected 

17 Feb

The company was told that its plans for the site next to the Asda store on Queslett Road would add to the already bad traffic in the area and lead to the loss of woodland.

Revealed: 360 firms named and shamed for cheating workers out of minimum wage 

16 Feb

Retail giant Debenhams was accused of failing to pay almost 135,000 to just under 12,000 workers...

Tata Steel workers back pension cuts to secure jobs 

16 Feb

Tata Steel workers including hundreds in the West Midlands have agreed to take a cut in their pensions in order to try and secure the future of the business, which has been sold to new...

Competition authority to examine Heineken’s Punch takeover 

16 Feb

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to examine Heineken\'s £402.7m takeover of Punch Taverns to see if it will result in "a substantial lessening of competition".

Jaguar Land Rover in row over adverts funding extremism 

15 Feb

Luxury car maker is one of several big names which unknowingly had ads appearing alongside extremist videos...

West Midlands CBI reveals new vice chairman 

15 Feb

The CBI in the West Midlands has appointed a leading Coventry businessman as its new West Midlands vice-chairman.

Dramatic Q3 profit decline for Jaguar Land Rover 

15 Feb

Vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has reported record third quarter revenues, although pre-tax profit for the period is down almost 50% compared with the same period in the previous year.

Ineos goes off road with ‘Defender-inspired’ 4×4? 

14 Feb

Professor David Bailey on chemicals group Ineos stating that it will enter automotive production, aiming to launch an off-road vehicle inspired by the Land Rover Defender...

Billionaire plans new vehicle inspired by Land Rover Defender 

14 Feb

Jim Ratcliffe claims the car will be a major improvement on previous incarnations of the famous model...

Budget supermarket set to be loser in Birmingham store wars 

14 Feb

Plans to build a low-cost supermarket next to a giant Asda store look set to be rejected by Birmingham councillors.

Stolen JLR engines worth £3m recovered in dawn raids 

14 Feb

Engines worth £3m stolen from Jaguar Land Rovers Solihull plant have been recovered in dawn raids by police.

£4.6bn losses in year of ‘accelerated transformation’ 

14 Feb

Rolls Royce, which has its civil aerospace and nuclear divisions in Derby, has posted a £4.6bn loss for 2016 - the worst in its 111-year history.

Record month for Birmingham Airport 

13 Feb

Passenger figures up to more than 775,000 to make it the busiest start to a year on record for transport hub...

Rugby coach tries to help university with apprenticeship plan 

13 Feb

Englands Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward is to kick-off a new degree apprenticeship at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dee Valley’s activist shareholders reach end of line 

13 Feb

Shareholders in water company Dee Valley, who had their \'no\' votes on the takeover bid by Severn Trent ruled invalid by a High Court judge, will not appeal the verdict.

The Apprentice Levy ‘should be seen as an opportunity’ for business 

13 Feb

Employers across the West Midlands are being encouraged to view the Apprenticeship Levy as a way of plugging the skills gap, an issue which is at the top of many business agendas.

How Aldi is defending its controversial Great Barr store 

10 Feb

The company hit back after city planning officers concluded the store, to be sited in Old Horns Crescent, should not go ahead.

£100m Tata Steel sale secures hundreds of Black Country jobs 

10 Feb

Hundreds of jobs in the Black Country steel industry have been secured with the sale of Tata Steel to industrials group Liberty House.

Flag carrying airline returns to Birmingham after a decade away 

9 Feb

British Airways is to start flying from Birmingham Airport again a decade after quitting the hub.

Black Country jobs saved with £100m rescue deal 

9 Feb

Tata Steel sells speciality steels division after launching hunt to find a buyer almost a year ago...

British Airways returns to Birmingham Airport after a decade away 

9 Feb

BA to launch four new summer-only services after last operating from Birmingham Airport in 2007...

Court ruling unblocks Severn Trent takeover bid 

9 Feb

The High Court has ruled in favour of Severn Trent\'s prolonged takeover of Dee Valley, blocking the attempts of an activist shareholder to flood the voting process with opposition.

Beer drinkers cheer pubco Enterprise Inns 

9 Feb

More people drinking its beer has cheered Solihull pubco, Enterprise Inns.

Controversial new Aldi store set for rejection again 

9 Feb

City planners have recommended latest attempt by budget supermarket to open in Great Barr should be thrown out...

Lobby group demands assurances over Punch Taverns takeover 

8 Feb

Real ale lobby group, CAMRA has said it is worried that the takeover of Staffordshire pubco Punch Taverns could lead to reduced competition in the industry and leave beer drinkers short changed.

No sleeping on the job as mattress manufacturer completes speedy relocation 

8 Feb

A Birmingham mattress manufacturer has relocated the short distance to Smethwick to take on the space it needs for expansion.

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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.

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.

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