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A Perry staff to take on Snowdon charity climb 

7 Jun 18

CHARITABLE staff at a Cradley Heath manufacturing firm are lacing up their walking boots as they attempt a climb up Snowdon this weekend.


Business
Midlands first for Towcraft with industry accreditation 

25 May 18

A BLACKHEATH firm have become the first company in the Midlands – and only the third in the country – to receive accreditation as a Witter/Westfalia Approved Service Centre.


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

13 May 18

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


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

30 Mar 18

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.


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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 18

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


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Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb 18

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


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

16 Feb 18

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.


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

14 Feb 18

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


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KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb 18

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


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

9 Feb 18

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


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

8 Feb 18

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


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

7 Feb 18

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


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

7 Feb 18

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


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

7 Feb 18

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


Business
Carillion chiefs admit failures at Parliamentary hearing 

6 Feb 18

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


Business
Comment: JLR – sales up, profits down 

6 Feb 18

Professor David Bailey casts his eye over Jaguar Land Rover’s third quarter figures…


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

6 Feb 18

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


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Virgin Trains set to have West Coast rail contract extended 

5 Feb 18

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


Business
Hundreds more job losses after Carillion collapse 

5 Feb 18

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


Business
377 staff to be made redundant after Carillion collapse 

2 Feb 18

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


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

1 Feb 18

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


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

31 Jan 18

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


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Biggest asset on Carillion’s books was ‘goodwill’ 

30 Jan 18

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


Business
GKN warns pension scheme could need for capital 

29 Jan 18

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


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

29 Jan 18

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


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

29 Jan 18

Football clubs were among the quickest to pay their suppliers.


Business
Birmingham Airport unveils new direct flights to Amritsar 

25 Jan 18

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


Business
Government urged to make Carillion directors pay back their massive salaries 

23 Jan 18

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


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Engineering firms join forces in huge six-figure deal 

22 Jan 18

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


Business
GKN comes out fighting 

22 Jan 18

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…


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

22 Jan 18

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


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

22 Jan 18

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


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Meet Cadbury descendant planning to open chocolate factory in Birmingham 

21 Jan 18

James Cadbury hopes to carry on the legacy of his ancestors by moving his high-end chocolate company out of London to his home city…


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Carillion collapse halts construction at £700m Paradise project in Birmingham city centre 

19 Jan 18

Mystery continues to surround the future of one of Birmingham’s most prominent new office developments as building site remains deserted…


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Engineering firm crowned National Apprenticeship winner 

19 Jan 18

Lander Automotive crowned top SME in recognition of its efforts to grow its team of apprentices…


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‘Almost no exposure’ to rail sector if companies collapse like Carillion 

18 Jan 18

Transport minister moves to reassure Parliament that projects such as HS2 will be protected if other contractors follow the same fate as Carillion…


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Carillion. What a Mess. 

18 Jan 18

Professor David Bailey casts his eye over the ongoing fallout from construction and infrastructure group Carillion entering liquidation…


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GKN rejects another takeover bid by Melrose Industries 

17 Jan 18

Engineering group says terms of 7.4 billion offer are ‘effectively unchanged’ from last week’s bid…


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Jaguar Land Rover bring back the Defender with 70th anniversary V8 edition 

17 Jan 18

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created…


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Bank of England plays down risk to Carillion’s lenders 

16 Jan 18

But bank says ripple effect of company going into liquidation is yet to be fully felt as fallout continues over construction group’s collapse…


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Bank of England plays down risk to Carillion’s lenders 

16 Jan 18

But bank says ripple effect of company going into liquidation is yet to be fully felt as fallout continues over construction group’s collapse…


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Cabinet to meet over Carillion crisis 

16 Jan 18

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet will discuss the ongoing crisis after firm with major public sector contracts is placed into liquidation…


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Cabinet to meet over Carillion crisis 

16 Jan 18

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet will discuss the ongoing crisis after firm with major public sector contracts is placed into liquidation…


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Jeremy Corbyn says Carillion collapse shows it’s ‘time to take back control’ of services 

15 Jan 18

Labour leader criticised an outsource-first dogma and insisted it’s time we took back control…


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Jeremy Corbyn says Carillion collapse shows it’s ‘time to take back control’ of services 

15 Jan 18

Labour leader criticised an outsource-first dogma and insisted it’s time we took back control…


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What is Carillion and what does it do? Construction company collapse raises job fears 

15 Jan 18

The Wolverhampton-based company also offers many outsourcing services for the public sector…


News
What is Carillion and what does it do? Construction company collapse raises job fears 

15 Jan 18

The Wolverhampton-based company also offers many outsourcing services for the public sector…


Business
Public contracts held by Carillion are protected 

15 Jan 18

UK Government says staff should continue to attend work as normal as it steps in to protect public sector contracts held by the collapsed construction giant…


Business
Public contracts held by Carillion are protected 

15 Jan 18

UK Government says staff should continue to attend work as normal as it steps in to protect public sector contracts held by the collapsed construction giant…


News
Collapse of Carillion puts future of new £558m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in doubt 

15 Jan 18

NHS managers are in talks with the Treasury to ensure hospital serving Birmingham and the Black Country can open in 2019 as planned…






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