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Brooks Forgings 

21 Jul

Brooks Forgings, established in 1960, is a leading UK supplier of hot-forged and machined fastener components.


Community spirit in Birmingham is good for business – says Jaguar Land Rover chief 

21 Jul

JLR Head of Community Relations Les Ratcliffe speaks out as firm sponsores Company of the Year category at BPBA 2016...


London Midland boss vows to focus on passengers 

21 Jul

Head of West Midlands franchise operator says company wants to be more passenger friendly as it introduces 'shopping list' of changes in run up to franchise award...


250 jobs to go at manufacturer as JLR contract ends 

20 Jul

INDUSTRIAL group GKN is cutting 40% of its workforce in Telford after failing to fill the gap left by a Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) contract that had come to an end.251 jobs are being lost, which the unio...


In brief: BJS Distribution; Greswolde Construction; Barratt Homes 

19 Jul

BJS Distribution, the specialist two-man delivery service which counts the Cotswold Company and designer furniture brand Made as customers, has expanded to a second site in Wednesbury to support its g...


Sainsbury’s joint venture to move 120 jobs to Redditch 

18 Jul

A FACILITIES management business is to relocate 18 miles across the West Midlands, moving up to 120 jobs to Redditch.


Motoring: A right racquet over the choice of Best Car 

15 Jul

THE new benchmark for executive motoring has been set this week with the Mercedes E Class being named Best Business Car in the 2016 Telegraph Cars Awards.


Automotive supplier doubles capacity in Eastern Europe with new multi-million-pound factory 

14 Jul

BIRMINGHAM-based automotive supplier, GKN Driveline, is set to begin production at its new 16.5m plant in Eastern Europe.


Soggy summer bogs down Halfords 

14 Jul

CYCLING, leisure and car maintenance retailer, Halfords has seen revenue rise for its latest quarter, despite bad weather impacting footfall at its stores.


Breaking News: Bank of England responds to Brexit turmoil 

14 Jul

THE Bank of England has rejected a move to cut interest rates from 0.5% to 0.25% in an attempt to stimulate the economy following the UKs decision to leave the European Union.


Defender production revival unlikely says JLR 

14 Jul

ATTEMPTS by a leading businessman to revive production of the Land Rover Defender appear unlikely today.


Passenger numbers up 13% at Birmingham Airport 

13 Jul

BIRMINGHAM Airport has seen its sixteenth consecutive month of record passenger numbers, with more than 1.1 million people heading through the terminal last month.


Great Western Arcade just the tonic for gin maker’s new venture 

13 Jul

THE firm behind Langleys No.


Record H1 for BMW Group as demand continues to increase 

12 Jul

VEHICLE manufacturer BMW has followed Jaguar Land Rover in announcing record first half sales.


Traffic Alert: Motorway drivers warned of long delays after problem in roadworks 

12 Jul

MOTORISTS using the M6 in the West Midlands have been warned of long delays following a problem in ongoing roadworks.


Langley’s gin distillery reveals plans for first bar in Birmingham 

12 Jul

We can't wait to see what this new bar looks like - and how it compares to other new gin bars in the city...


Langley’s gin reveals plans for first bar in Birmingham 

12 Jul

We can't wait to see what this new bar looks like - and how it compares to other new gin bars in the city...


Tata Steel starts JV talks with German group Thyssenkrupp 

12 Jul

Continuing saga over sale of beleaguered UK arm goes on as Tata Steel contemplates possible tie up to boost European business...


Famous name commits to city’s future with new lease and 100 jobs 

11 Jul

ONE of Wolverhamptons biggest business names has been revealed as the latest tenant of the citys new i10 building.


College looks to fill 130 apprenticeship vacancies 

11 Jul

A BLACK Country college is trying to find suitable youngsters to fill more than 130 apprenticeship vacancies.


Train operator invests £400,000 to improve passenger safety 

11 Jul

TRAIN operator Chiltern Railways has made a £400,000 investment to improve passenger safety and help deter crime at its stations.


JLR-Effect not confined to the UK 

11 Jul

THE expansion of Jaguar Land Rover is having a beneficial effect for companies in Europe regardless of the UKs vote to leave the EU.


Frozen food war heats up after new Black Country property deal 

8 Jul

FROZEN food firm Iceland has selected the Black Country as the base for a new experiment in its retail operation.


Sajid Javid meets Tata Steel chiefs as sale process put on hold 

8 Jul

Business Secretary in Mumbai as long-running process to offload Tata Steel UK appears to have been halted...


Motoring: A memorable week for Jaguar and the ten best supercars of all time 

8 Jul

ITS been a busy week for Jaguar Land Rover with production anniversaries, major awards, fresh expansion and record half year sales.


15 new summer sun flights after Jet2 makes massive jump to Birmingham Airport 

7 Jul

Leisure airline and package holiday firm Jet2.


Breaking News: Hundreds of new jobs for Birmingham Airport after big investment by airline 

7 Jul

BIRMINGHAM Airport has received a significant boost to services with a massive new investment from holiday and airline operator Jet2.


Carillion wins brief for first Paradise building 

7 Jul

The company which led development of the Library of Birmingham will construct One Chamberlain Square which will provide a new headquarters for PwC in the city...


Motor dealer completes £2m Jaguar Land Rover deal 

6 Jul

THE appeal of Jaguar Land Rover to motor dealers has been further underlined with a second major trade deal in the space of a month.


Contractor announced for first phase of Paradise 

6 Jul

WOLVERHAMPTON construction giant, Carillion has been appointed to build the first phase of the new Paradise development in Birmingham.


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BJS Distribution expands to meet increased demand 

20 Jul

BJS Distribution, the specialist two-man delivery service which counts the Cotswold Company and designer furniture brand Made amongst its customer base, has expanded to a second site in Wednesbury to support the continued growth of the business...


Jobs boost for Redditch as Arcus FM relocates 

18 Jul

A facilities management and engineering maintenance business is set to bring up to 120 jobs to Redditch.


UK & European Investments acquires Debenhams department store in Stratford-upon-Avon 

13 Jul

UK & European Investments (“UK & European”) has acquired the Debenhams department store in Stratford-upon-Avon for £12.6m, reflecting a sub 6% yield.


Hat trick of lettings fill Wolverhampton’s i10 offices 

13 Jul

The ‘fully let’ sign has been hung at i10, Wolverhampton’s first major speculative office development in the city core for a number years.


George Brittain joins Johnson Fellows 

12 Jul

The Birmingham office of chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has announced the appointment of senior surveyor George Brittain.


Harris Lamb lets Tipton industrial unit to Iceland for first UK dark store 

8 Jul

Harris Lamb has let the final unit on a Tipton trading estate to Iceland for its first UK dark store operation.


Contractor confirmed for first Paradise building 

7 Jul

Argent, acting on behalf of Hermes Investment Management, the £24.1 billion manager focused on delivering superior, sustainable, risk adjusted returns to its clients – responsibly, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), a professional...


Half Year Results: St. Modwen delivers strong underlying profits 

5 Jul

Stephen Prosser, Midlands regional director for St.


St. Modwen starts on site at Nunnery Park, Worcester 

1 Jul

Construction has started on St.


National brand snaps up space at St. Modwen’s Centurion Park scheme 

1 Jul

National furniture brand, DFS, has signed up to 53,000 sq ft of space at St.


Lifeways chooses West Plaza for new West Bromwich base 

14 Jun

Support services and care group Lifeways has taken 5,000 sq ft of office space at the West Plaza complex in West Bromwich.


Birmingham motor dealerships change hands in record deal 

13 Jun

Knight Frank Investment Management (KFIM) has acquired the freehold of three prime car dealerships in Birmingham for its Long Income Property Unit Trust (LIPUT) fund.


BDO Midlands promotes Tim Foster to partner 

8 Jun

Accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO LLP, has announced the promotion of nine new partners across the UK, including Tim Foster, who heads up the firm’s Risk and Advisory Services (RAS) team in the Midlands.


Vail Williams helps West Midlands Travel overcome challenging situation by securing excellent new home 

7 Jun

A deal brokered by commercial property specialist Vail Williams will see National Express subsidiary West Midlands Travel open its doors at Birmingham’s landmark Temple Point building, following popular clothing retailer taking occupancy at...


Wednesbury One premises let 

20 May

A Prominent warehouse/industrial premises located at Wednesbury One in Wednesbury has been let by Bulleys Chartered Surveyors on behalf of their client Mucklow.


Success drives Ricor to sign up for Delta Point 

20 May

Success at Warwickshire component manufacturers Ricor Ltd has forced the international business to take on a further 37,000 sq ft in the West Midlands.


B&M opens in West Bromwich’s Astle Retail Park 

20 May

Retail giant B&M Stores has opened a new store in the Black Country after it agreed to move to Astle Retail Park, West Bromwich.


Work begins on two Redditch warehouses 

18 May

Construction work has commenced on a 110,000 sq ft industrial warehouse within Ravensbank Business Park in Redditch, after logistics firm AMCO Services (International) Ltd selected the Acanthus Park site for their new build facility.


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