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The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.


More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

30 Mar

o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.


Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...


West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.


GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion...


KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.


BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal...


Debenhams to slash 320 store manager roles in cost-cutting drive 

8 Feb

The retailer said efforts to drive down the complexity of management positions...


Comment: Councillors are right on GKN and Street’s silence isn’t good enough 

7 Feb

Councillors Ward and O'Reilly and local MPs are right in stressing the strategic importance of GKN, says Professor David Bailey...


How Aldi plans to leapfrog council and build new Great Barr store 

7 Feb

Twelve months ago, Aldis application on Old Horns Crescent was rubbished by Birmingham City Council...


Theresa May vows to ‘act in the UK national interest’ over GKN takeover bid 

7 Feb

Prime Minister says the Government is 'looking closely' at the hostile takeover bid from Melrose, as she's asked to intervene...


Carillion chiefs admit failures at Parliamentary hearing 

6 Feb

Raft of former execs from collapsed group appear before MPs as inquiry in group's collapse continues...


Comment: JLR – sales up, profits down 

6 Feb

Professor David Bailey casts his eye over Jaguar Land Rover's third quarter figures...


Former home of Alstom and van manufacturer LDV will become new rail maintenance depot for HS2 

6 Feb

Once home to Metro Cammell and LDV vans, the site at Washwood Heath is set to become HS2's depot...


Virgin Trains set to have West Coast rail contract extended 

5 Feb

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is due to make a statement to Parliament on Monday about rail franchising...


Hundreds more job losses after Carillion collapse 

5 Feb

Construction and infrastructure group was working on a variety of public and private projects but more than 800 staff have now been axed...


377 staff to be made redundant after Carillion collapse 

2 Feb

On January 15, the construction giant said it had no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect...


Morrisons to axe 1,500 jobs in huge supermarket shake-up 

1 Feb

The supermarket giant said the shake-up is part of a restructure which would see more customer service staff and fewer managers...


Marks and Spencer to close up to thirteen stores – is yours affected? 

31 Jan

A West Midlands store has been included in programme of shop closures...


Biggest asset on Carillion’s books was ‘goodwill’ 

30 Jan

MPs hear that the collapsed construction giant had 1.57 billion of goodwill on its books...


GKN warns pension scheme could need for capital 

29 Jan

Engineering giant lays bare to investors the prospect of it having to top up pension fund if Melrose's takeover bid is successful...


Boston flights from Birmingham Airport scrapped by Primera Air and New York service faces cuts 

29 Jan

Airline says there has not been enough interest in the service to Boston while its New York route will reduce frequency...


What have Liverpool and Arsenal football clubs in common with Music Magpie? 

29 Jan

Football clubs were among the quickest to pay their suppliers.


Birmingham Airport unveils new direct flights to Amritsar 

25 Jan

Air India launching its second direct route between Birmingham and India in February...


Government urged to make Carillion directors pay back their massive salaries 

23 Jan

Tories are angry that Carillion directors received massive payments while staff could face reduced pensions...


Engineering firms join forces in huge six-figure deal 

22 Jan

A ROWLEY Regis engineering firm has signed a six-figure deal to join forces with a fellow Midlands business.


GKN comes out fighting 

22 Jan

Stung into action by a 7.4bn hostile takeover bid from Melrose this week, GKN's management has come out fighting, says Prof David Bailey...


Toys ‘R’ Us in Birmingham launch massive closing down sale 

22 Jan

The Small Heath store was identified for closure leaving Birmingham with surrounding stores in Oldbury and Merry Hill...


200 jobs saved as joint venture partners take on Carillion’s HS2 and motorway work 

22 Jan

Partners step in to continue work on designing HS2 tunnels and installing smart motorway systems for Highways England...


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Bond Wolfe sells high profile West Bromwich retail investment 

18 May

Commercial property agent Bond Wolfe has sold a landmark High Street retail parade in West Bromwich in the latest of a series of high profile freehold sales achieved by the company this year.


Naylors acquires national distribution HQ for gaming group 

9 May

Commercial property specialist Naylors has completed the acquisition of a national distribution headquarters in West Bromwich, on behalf of a UK gaming and entertainment group.


West Bromwich industrial estate sold for over £1.5m 

2 May

A West Bromwich warehouse has been bought for more than £1.5 million as investors seek high-yield industrial investments across the UK.


Southam’s Big Space goes to Maricott Developments & Warwickshire County Council 

25 Apr

The remaining 5 acres of the popular Holywell Business Park in Southam, Warwickshire has been sold to Warwickshire County Council and Maricott Developments by Rego Property.


Harris Lamb secures Walsall presence for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic 

16 Apr

Harris Lamb has continued its run of acquisitions for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic, securing a prime location in Walsall town centre.


Toshiba takes remaining space in West Bromwich’s Guardian House 

4 Apr

West Bromwich’s premier office building is now fully let with the arrival of Toshiba TEC UK Imaging Systems in Guardian House.


Major new steel manufacturing facility in Oldbury is ready to roll 

28 Mar

Leading Midlands’ commercial developer, Trebor Developments LLP, has announced successful completion of its new steel manufacturing facility at Popes Lane, Oldbury, for Steel & Alloy Processing Limited.


​Ground broken on multimillion pound speculative development in Black Country 

18 Mar

To celebrate A&H Construction’s appointment to deliver the multi-million redevelopment of Vaughan Park in Tipton, Councillor Paul Moore joined CEG at the ground breaking event.


Europa Capital and Sovereign Centros complete new lettings at One Stop shopping centre, Perry Barr 

5 Mar

Europa Capital, in partnership with Sovereign Centros, has completed a letting to The Food Warehouse at One Stop Shopping Centre in Perry Barr, Birmingham.


Primark to expand into former BHS store as part of intu Merry Hill transformation 

25 Jan

intu has agreed terms with Primark to expand into a former BHS and extend its intu Merry Hill store by more than 70 per cent as part of the shopping centre’s multi-million-pound transformation.


Double sale for Pendeford commercial property specialist 

10 Jan

Acting on behalf of private clients, Wiggins Lockett Thompson have secured purchasers and completed the sales of two offices on the Pendeford Office Park, Wolverhampton.


Konecranes modernise in a busy property market 

9 Jan

Acting on behalf of Konecranes Demag UK Limited, Wiggins Lockett Thompson have completed the assignment of the remaining long lease at Albion Road in West Bromwich.


FBC Manby Bowdler signs two year deal to support manufacturing & technology centre 

19 Dec

Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler has signed a two year deal to support a state-of-the-art £4m training centre for manufacturers in the region.


Rejuvenation of former cinema and bingo hall in Wednesbury 

14 Dec

Chartered surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has negotiated the sale of a former cinema and bingo hall in Wednesbury, West Midlands.


SevenCapital acquires key Stirchley development site 

22 Nov

Leading regeneration and development specialist SevenCapital has acquired a 9-acre cleared development site in Stirchley, Birmingham.


New premium designer outlet centre proposed for Oldbury 

8 Nov

A new Premium Designer Outlet Centre with the potential to generate two thousand jobs could be built in Oldbury subject to Cabinet approval of an extension to the agreement for a developer to prepare plans.


Bulleys successfully sell five Black Country industrial units 

6 Nov

Commercial property specialists Bulleys has succeeded in selling five industrial units in the Black County with a total space of more than 8,500 sq ft.


Wakemans completes on phase two at Tamworth West Business Park 

1 Nov

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on a new development at one of the most popular industrial/distribution schemes in the Midlands.


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