Black Country news and blogs Tuesday 24 January 2017
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Traffic Alert: Long delays on M5 after accident closes three lanes 

24 Jan

There are long delays reported on the M5 northbound between Junction 2 at Oldbury and the connection with the M6 following a serious accident.

Alleged fraud cases rise by 330% in the Midlands 

23 Jan

THE value of alleged fraud reaching the Midlands courts increased by 330% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a new study.

Airline codeshare agreement set to boost services from Birmingham Airport 

21 Jan

SERVICES at Birmingham Airport have been boosted by a new codesharing agreement between airlines Flybe and Finnair.

Manufacturers bear the brunt as insolvencies rise 

21 Jan

INSOLVENCIES rose in the Midlands last year, ending a six-year downward trend, with the manufacturing industry the worst affected.

London Midland conductors balloted on strike action 

21 Jan

LONDON MIDLAND train conductors are to be balloted on strike action over the introduction of security contractors on its trains.

MP’s praise for Sandwell Valley School at opening 

21 Jan

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party officially opened Sandwell Valley School...

JLR crush accident leaves victim ‘unable to dance’ 

20 Jan

900,000 is first stage in 'drawing a line' under accident as factory worker seeks compensation for leg amputation following 2015 factory crush...

Jaguar Land Rover pioneers VR to enhance car buying experience 

20 Jan

JAGUAR Land Rover is pioneering a new way of buying cars across its global network through Virtual Reality.

Councillors approve Jaguar Land Rover’s latest expansion 

20 Jan

COUNCILLORS have approved plans for the further expansion of Jaguar Land Rovers Powertrain Development Facility.

St. Modwen completes land sale to housing developer 

19 Jan


Jaguar Land Rover fined after accident in which a worker lost a leg 

19 Jan

JAGUAR Land Rover has been ordered to pay almost £1m following an accident at one of its plants where a worker lost a leg.

Greggs to axe Birmingham bakery with 140 job losses 

19 Jan

National group wants to create a 'logistics centre of excellence' at Birmingham warehouse to focus on distribution activities...

City Briefs: Carillion; Hummingbird Resources; National Express 

19 Jan

INFRASTRUCTURE and project management group Carillion has said board member Ceri Powell is to step down for the business.

Halfords invests £8m in mobile tyre fitting business 

19 Jan

CYCLING, leisure and motoring retailer Halfords has invested £8m acquiring a minority stake in a mobile tyre fitting service.

Relegation for region’s three largest football clubs from European money league 

19 Jan

THREE West Midlands clubs have been relegated from the Deloitte Football Money League, after dropping out of the top 30 revenue generating clubs in the world.

Manufacturer set to relocate to i54 business park after new funding deal 

18 Jan

A WEST Midland manufacturer is set to relocate to the home of Jaguar Land Rovers Engine Manufacturing Centre after completion of a major funding deal.

Mortgage completions up by more than a quarter at Black Country mutual 

18 Jan

MORTGAGE completions have risen by more than a quarter at The Tipton and Coseley Building Society.

Property agents appointed to secure tenants for shopping centre 

18 Jan

The new owners of a Birmingham shopping centre have appointed property agents to attract tenants.

Black Country manufacturer strengthens market presence with acquisition 

17 Jan

A BLACK Country roofing firm has strengthened its presence in the marketplace with a new acquisition.

JLR supplier Sertec appoints first ever female plant manager 

17 Jan

A LEADING supplier to Jaguar Land Rover has appointed its first ever female plant manager.

Appeal victory paves way for 800,000 sq ft development 

17 Jan

Regeneration specialist St Modwen has been given the go-ahead for 800,000 sq ft of development on a 35-acre site in Staffordshire.

BMI launches three new routes from Birmingham Airport 

17 Jan

Trio of European destinations adds to offer from city's airport with new flights to Austria, Germany and Sweden...

Jaguar Land Rover set for further expansion with new powertrain development 

16 Jan

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is set for further expansion of its production facilities with councillors poised to give permission of a new Powertrain Development Facility at its Whitley base...

Birmingham Airport talks over new China flights 

13 Jan

Transport hub confirms it is talks with an unnamed carrier about launching a direct service to China after successful charter routes in 2014 and 2015...

£84m takeover hangs in balance after activists try to block deal 

13 Jan

Severn Trent\'s £84m takeover of Welsh water group Dee Valley hangs in the balance after an extraordinary twist threatened to block the deal.

M&B benefits from Christmas celebrations 

13 Jan

CHRISTMAS and New Year celebrations have boosted festive trading for Birmingham-based pubco Mitchells & Butlers.

Birmingham Airport in talks to resume Chinese flights 

13 Jan

BIRMINGHAM Airport has confirmed it is in talks with an unnamed airline to resume direct flights to China.

Bank combines with Birmingham Airport to highlight Midlands investment opportunities 

12 Jan

A BIRMINGHAM-based bank is collaborating with Birmingham Airport to promote the city and the advantages of carrying out business there to investors in the Middle East.

Jaguar Land Rover’s global sales broke half-a-million mark in 2016 

11 Jan

This was the firms seventh successive year of sales growth.

Covpress deal with Liberty House saves 740 jobs 

11 Jan

Group which has already rescued parts of Caparo and Tata Steel strengthens its presence in the West Midlands...

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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.

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.

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