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Motoring: Paris Motor Show special 

30 Sep

MUCH more than a stop-gap, the Land Rover Discovery is arguably JLRs most important global product.

Bombardier wins £232 rail maintenance contract 

30 Sep

BOMBARDIER Transportation has signed a three-year, £232m extension to its maintenance agreement with Arriva CrossCountry Trains, extending service until October 2019.

West Midlands sites part of £27m portfolio sale 

30 Sep

Custodian REIT has paid £26.75m for a portfolio of 10 light industrial sites spread throughout the UK.

Bear Grylls abseils onto ‘Tower Bridge’ to celebrate new Discovery 

29 Sep

Star-studded event at Packington Hall saw record-breaking Lego bridge used to show off new Land Rover Discovery model...

Nearly 200 jobs in doubt as Sainsbury’s announces closure of prominent West Midlands store 

29 Sep

SAINSBURYS has announced it is to close its supermarket at the Merry Hill Centre, placing almost 200 jobs at risk.

200 jobs at risk as Sainsbury’s to close at Merry Hill 

29 Sep

The supermarket will shut at the end of the year...

Arriva to pay £163m premium for Cross Country franchise 

29 Sep

RAIL passengers will benefit from improvements on the Cross Country network, rail minister Paul Maynard has said, after announcing a new contract for Arriva Cross Country.

Land Rover unveils all-new Discovery 

29 Sep

LAND ROVER has unveiled its latest Discovery SUV in a major publicity stunt on the eve of the Paris Motor Show.

Land Rover takes wraps off new Discovery 

28 Sep

Luxury car maker has packed new model with latest technology and aims to offer a lighter and greener car...

Arrests follow slave labour raids in Black Country 

28 Sep

THREE men have been arrested on suspicion of working a group of Polish nationals like slaves following police raids in the Black Country.

Expanding Birmingham Airport will be Labour mayor candidate Sion Simon’s priority 

28 Sep

Labour mayor candidate Sion Simon sets out his vision for Birmingham and the West Midlands...

Birmingham Airport invests £100m in long-term growth plan 

27 Sep

BIRMINGHAM Airport is to invest £100m on improvements to its facilities and infrastructure as it looks to keep pace with increasing passenger volumes.

Birmingham Airport plans £100m overhaul 

27 Sep

Transport hub vows to improve parking, speed up baggage handling and add extra capacity for check in...

Jaguar Land Rover lorry death – tributes paid to young worker 

27 Sep

Victim is understood to have been involved in a collision with an HGV...

Man dies after being trapped by lorry at Jaguar Land Rover plant 

27 Sep

Workers at the factory said they were in shock and claimed he was just 22...

Former Jaguar Land Rover chief in new role at defence firm 

27 Sep

THE former chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover has been named as the new Chief Financial Officer of defence supplier QinetiQ.

Housebuilder’s move puts business park to the Fore 

27 Sep

HOUSEBUILDER Taylor Wimpey is relocating its regional office after signing a 10-year lease at Fore Business Park in Solihull.

Jaguar Land Rover chief honoured for helping Wolverhampton economy 

26 Sep

A SENIOR executive at Jaguar Land Rovers Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton has been honoured for his contribution to the citys economic regeneration.

Swedish business cluster targets Coventry for growth 

26 Sep

A CLUSTER of Swedish companies is setting up its first international office in Coventry in a move which could see substantial inward investment to the area.

Déjà vu all over again in Longbridge? 

26 Sep

Shanghai Auto pulls the plug on MG assembly at Longbridge and leaves Prof David Bailey pondering the reasons behind and fallout from the decision...

MG owner set to end production at Longbridge 

23 Sep

THE Chinese-owner of car manufacturer MG UK is set to end its assembly operation in Longbridge in a move which signals the end of car production in Birmingham.

Motoring: Mercedes; Jaguar; Ferrari 

23 Sep

THERES a common theme to this weeks Motoring which was largely by accident than design but it serves as an indication as to where high-end manufacturers think the market is heading.

Car assembly axed at Longbridge despite rising MG sales in the UK 

23 Sep

Cars will no longer roll out of the plant after MG Motor UK owner SAIC announced it would no longer be required...

Manufacturing continues to recover from post-Brexit shock 

22 Sep

MANUFACTURING output has continued to recover from its post-Brexit shock, latest figures have shown.

St. Modwen completes land deal for new housing development 

22 Sep

REGENERATION specialist St.

100 new jobs at Travelodge development 

22 Sep

Work starts on hotel project in West Bromwich which will bring vacant brownfield land back into use...

Why four teams of KPMG staff are taking up the Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge 

22 Sep

The audit department from city professional and financial services firm are set for the 13.1 mile race...

Staffordshire pub crowned Regional pub of the Year 

21 Sep

A PUB in Staffordshire has been crowned Regional pub of the year and named among the top 16 in the country by the Campaign for Real Ale\'s (CAMRA) latest edition of its Good Beer Guide.

£5m hotel development set to create 100 new jobs 

21 Sep

AROUND 100 new jobs are set to be created in West Bromwich with the development of a new £5m hotel.

Shropshire business park sold for £3.4m 

20 Sep

REGENERATION specialist St Modwen has disposed of a seven-acre business park in Shropshire in a £3.42m deal.

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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.

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

8 Aug


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.

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