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Halfords hit by weak pound as profit dips 

25 May

Retailer sees overall revenue rise but timing of Easter and 2016 Brexit vote damages pre-tax profit...


Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Seven top companies reveal why they are sponsoring our awards 

24 May

HSBC, Birmingham Airport and Browne Jacobson are among this year's BPBA sponsors...


Jaguar Land Rover posts huge profit rise and record sales 

23 May

Luxury car manufacturer sees sales in China rise by a third as profit stays above the 1.6bn mark...


German readers head the stats list: Aquapak Polymers top post 

22 May

Twice as many German readers visited the site last week compared with UK visitors – why? Most read news: a March entry, Aquapak Polymers, a sustainable plastics manufacturer, is relocating from Kings Norton to new 50,000 sq ft production...


Birmingham Airport considering terminal building for new HS2 station 

22 May

Airport is proposing to build a new terminal at the Birmingham Interchange station to improve passenger experience...


Cadbury wins latest trademark battle with Nestlé 

17 May

Swiss group has tried to protect the distinctive shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar but fails in the Court of Appeal...


Council IT supplier Service Birmingham to be wound up to save taxpayers’ money 

17 May

Controversial joint-venture company dissolved by 2018 and 200 staff moved back to the city council...


Victory for Birmingham colleges as Government performs u-turn over apprenticeship funding 

17 May

City politicians and colleges win their battle to get funding for Birmingham colleges to provide apprenticeships...


Jewellery Quarter creative space and JLR factory win RIBA Awards 

16 May

Annual ceremony which recognises exceptional architecture unveils the top projects in the West Midlands...


National Express plans more bus fare cuts 

10 May

Further West Midlands routes to benefit from reduced fares following uptake in passenger numbers after price cuts in Black Country...


Emirates cancels Birmingham Airport service to Dubai 

8 May

Airlines is reducing the frequency of one of its Middle East services...


DK Rewinds: maintaining and manufacturing spares for traction motors 

6 May

DK Rewinds a Smethwick company family business founded in 1976 by Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhogal, has two sites in the area, employing over 60 full time staff, including three electrical engineering apprentices.


Bullring restaurant closes down less than two years after opening 

3 May

SOHO Coffee Company has replaced Chi Kitchen at Debenhams in the Bullring...


Halfords chief to join Marks & Spencer 

3 May

Jill McDonald will leave later this year after two and half years in post to lead retailer's clothing and beauty division...


Liberty House to expand after Tata Steel buyout 

2 May

Steel group says it will make multimillion-pound investments into plants...


Digby Jones: The West Midlands needs a business leader, not a politician, as mayor 

27 Apr

Former CBI Director General Lord Jones of Birmingham reveals who he is backing to be mayor of Birmingham in the election on May 4...


Virgin Trains teams up with French operator for HS2 bid 

25 Apr

SNCF has thrown hat into the ring as battle hots up to run InterCity West Coast franchise and high-speed services...


Fitness First closure paves way for controversial new Lidl 

24 Apr

Budget supermarket group handed a boost after landlord serves notice on gym in Stirchley as it strives to sell building...


Debenhams places ten stores at risk in major review 

20 Apr

Company also plans to shut 11 warehouses but stops short of naming specific shops which are threatened...


Birmingham Airport passes 12m passenger mark 

19 Apr

Record numbers pass through terminal which has seen a 14.3 per cent increase over the past 12 months...


New rail apps aim to keep London Midland passengers on track 

19 Apr

Rail operator working with Birmingham tech companies to develop innovations and ideas which are set to improve passengers' journeys...


Subcon Lasers: ‘in the forefront’ due to continual investment in the latest technology 

16 Apr

Subcon Laser Cutting, based in Nuneaton, invests in the latest technology available to keep at the forefront of a rapidly changing and challenging manufacturing environment.


Black Country car supermarket to open 

13 Apr

Trade Centre UK makes its first foray into England by launching new car supermarket in the Wednesbury...


Record month for Birmingham Airport 

13 Apr

March was a busy month for the airport as more than 900,000 passengers passed through the terminal...


Reprieve for Birmingham colleges after apprenticeship snub 

12 Apr

Trio of institutions can continue providing apprenticeship training after government performs u-turn over its controversial new register...


Bournville to be home of Dairy Milk following £75m investment 

7 Apr

Cadbury's confirms production of certain bars which shifted temporarily to Poland will come home to Birmingham after four new lines are opened...


Range Rover history explored in new exhibition 

7 Apr

New story celebrates 50 years of luxury SUV as a new chapter starts in iconic car's story...


Birmingham business leaders don’t think the Cadbury Easter egg row is funny 

4 Apr

Attacking Cadbury could discourage investment in the region, says Birmingham Chamber of Commerce...


Lidl opens massive new distribution centre 

3 Apr

Supermarket group unveils new warehouse in Wednesbury which will supply its supermarkets across the region...


BBC Three starts recruiting in Birmingham ahead of move 

30 Mar

Corporation launches training and apprenticeship initiative in the city as part of move by online-only channel...


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Tachbrook Park going from strength to strength 

25 May

Bromwich Hardy have acted jointly with Avison Young on behalf of A C Lloyd Group in securing two new occupiers at Tachbrook Park.


Hinton completes £5 million Travelodge development 

17 May

A new hotel in West Bromwich has opened its doors to guests for the first time following the completion of the £5 million development, it was announced this week.


West Midlands Fire Academy sold for more than £1.5m 

9 May

Property consultancy Harris Lamb has confirmed the sale of a former fire service training academy in Smethwick to Black Country-based manufacturer Hadley Group for use as a new Head Office along with the development of a new manufacturing ...


Planning granted for speculative industrial development at Airfield 55 

3 May

Leading Midlands’s commercial developer, Trebor Developments and funding partner, Kay Properties (Midlands) Limited, have achieved detailed planning consent for their speculative 55,000 sq ft, high quality, industrial unit on the 3.34 acre...


Contractor appointed to build Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills 

2 May

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed Midlands based contractor, Shaylor Group, to build its Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS) Spoke at the former Thomas Dudley factory site in Tipton, Dudley.


Darby Keye Property secures new tenant for Prologis 

10 Apr

Darby Keye Property has secured a new tenant at Bromford Gate, in Erdington, Birmingham – one of Prologis’ premier industrial and logistics parks located in the heart of the West Midlands.


Bond Wolfe gives Midlands Group a lift 

5 Apr

Forklift components supplier Midland Group is expanding into larger warehouse and office premises in a deal arranged by property agents Bond Wolfe.


Bond Wolfe reports strong demand for Black Country commercial property 

4 Apr

A large Black Country industrial site with offices, a warehouse and yard has been sold for £300,000.


New home for Sandwell business hub 

29 Mar

The University of Wolverhampton, in partnership with Sandwell Council and Sandwell College, has extended its support for local businesses across the region by opening a new base for its Business Solutions Centre (BSC) in Sandwell.


Aldi signs as anchor for Telford Shopping Centre’s Northern Quarter development 

15 Mar

Sovereign Centros, the UK retail investor and asset manager, and Orion Capital Partners, have signed leading discount supermarket Aldi to launch the £15 million development of the Northern Quarter at Telford Shopping Centre.


Bulleys score hat-trick at Kelvin Way 

13 Mar

The Oldbury office of Bulleys Chartered Surveyors are pleased to report a hat trick of deals at Kelvin Way Trading Estate, West Bromwich.


Sensors Take Flight at Birmingham Airport to Ease Passengers Minds and… 

10 Mar

Birmingham Airport joins UK Airports Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester airports by implementing BlipTrack queue management technology from BLIP Systems.


Telford Shopping Centre boosts its regional status as Next and New Look sign up 

6 Mar

Sovereign Centros, UK retail investor and asset manager, and Orion Capital Partners, have accelerated plans for an exciting new fashion mall at Telford Shopping Centre, by signing major pre-lets with fashion giants Next and New Look Both retailers...


Network Rail now arriving at iconic Birmingham offices 

27 Feb

National fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury has completed an impressive transformation of three floors within an iconic Birmingham building, allowing Network Rail to relocate to new premises.


Innovation Birmingham seeks new investor to double size of Campus 

21 Feb

Innovation Birmingham Ltd – which is wholly owned by Birmingham City Council – is seeking a new investor, as it continues with the development of the Innovation Birmingham Campus.


Work starts on new Oldbury manufacturing facility for Steel & Alloy 

20 Feb

The first stage of a major new £27m manufacturing facility commenced in Oldbury this week with a ceremony to mark the start of construction.


New era dawns for Oldbury Point as Harris Lamb is retained to source tenants for revamped estate 

20 Feb

Harris Lamb has been retained by Tilstone Investments to market a 17-unit industrial scheme in Oldbury amid plans to restore the development to its former popularity.


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.


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