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Record year for Shaylor Group 

24 Mar

Construction contractor says it now expects revenue to surpass the 150 million barrier after securing its place on several frameworks...


We need inquiry into council’s Lidl plan mistake says MP 

22 Mar

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe wants inquiry to prevent repeat of error in which wrong advice was given to planning committee leading to permission being granted for controversial Lidl store...


WMG and NatWest to host innovation-themed manufacturing event 

20 Mar

WMG, at the University of Warwick, has teamed up with its business partner, NatWest, to host a special manufacturing event at the bank's prestigious Manufacturing Hub located at Wolverhampton Business Park on Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 11...


Aston University leads the way in degree apprenticeships 

20 Mar

Aston University identified as a leader in degree apprenticeshipsAston University first in country to offer degree apprenticeship programmesFirst degree apprentices will graduate from Aston University in July 2017Aston University has been ...


£1bn Black Country manufacturing strategy looks to lure investors 

17 Mar

Investment opportunities in a ground breaking High Value Manufacturing City development have been highlighted by the Black Country LEP at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.


Birmingham Airport underlines its importance to region’s transport infrastructure 

16 Mar

Birmingham Airport has underlined its importance to the region and its transport infrastructure by announcing two years of continuous record monthly passenger growth.


Jaguar unleashes new EV onto the roads of the UK 

16 Mar

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle the Jaguar I-Pace onto the streets of the UK for the first time.


Manufacturing Conference 2017 Wednesday 22nd March at 9:00 am – 2:30 pm 

16 Mar

Manufacturing Conference on Wednesday 22 March 20179:30am to 2:30pmDid you know, by 2020, there’ll be a shortfall of 200,000 qualified engineers in the UK?In response to this, at the University of Wolverhampton, we have invested £10 million...


London Midland backs tech firms to boost train journeys 

16 Mar

Rail operator is supporting ten start-up companies to create new technology products which will improve passengers' journeys...


Neville in rethink over controversial £200m St Michael’s scheme 

15 Mar

Football star turned property mogul Gary Neville has asked Manchester City Council to hold off making a decision over the controversial £200m St Michaels scheme.


Burntwood furniture shop to make way for new homes 

15 Mar

New homes are set to be built on the site of a furniture shop in Burntwood.


Chemique Adhesives sticks with Aldridge as production expands 

15 Mar

Chemique Adhesives, manufacturer of industrial adhesives has expanded into a dedicated production facility in Aldridge with legal support on both the lease and planning issues being handled by FBC Manby Bowdler.


Leading Midlands property figure dies 

14 Mar

One of the Midlands most experienced commercial property figures has died.


Adhesives manufacturer sticks to expansion plan 

14 Mar

A West Midlands manufacturer has expanded its operation after securing a new lease.


Key points in the Lloyds Bank Automotive Report: 2017 

14 Mar

Made in the Midlands Patrons, Lloyds Bank have conducted their third annual survey of the UK automotive manufacturing sector, part of a series of reports that look to examine the main opportunities and issues affecting Britain’s key industries...


Work starts on JLRs £200 million design and engineering centre 

10 Mar

The new campus at Gaydon will become lone of the world's leading automotive design centres...


Jaguar Land Rover announces £200m investment in West Midlands operation 

9 Mar

Vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has announced it is to invest a further £200m into the development of its West Midlands operation.


University launches new apprenticeship scheme with automotive finance company 

9 Mar

Birmingham City University is to announce a new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme this week, with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Ltd currently recruiting apprentices to join the course in September.


Theresa May suffers second defeat in Lords 

9 Mar

GBPThe Pound lost ground throughout yesterday’s session on expectation that Theresa May will face a second defeat on the Brexit Bill.


Tesco to reimburse THOUSANDS of underpaid employees after payroll error 

9 Mar

It is thought around 140,000 current and former Tesco employees will get around 40 back each due to the error...


About GF Laser – The First 10 Years 

8 Mar

GF Laser celebrates its tenth year of trading this year, but who are we and how did we get there?June 2006 saw us install our first laser cutting machine, this was a five axis Trumpf laser machine that is still in use today.


Watchdog bans ‘irresponsible’ Jaguar advert 

8 Mar

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an "irresponsible" Jaguar Land Rover advert for promoting  unsafe driving practices.


815 jobs to go as administrators shut stores 

8 Mar

A Budgens franchisee is to close its 34 stores after administrators were unable to find a buyer.


Record February for Jaguar Land Rover as China sales soar 

7 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover has continued its strong start to the year by announcing record February sales led by strong performances in China and North America.


Pep&Co opens within Dudley’s Poundland store 

7 Mar

FASHION brand Pep&Co is now selling clothes within Dudley’s Poundland store.


Former Tesco FD to head up Boparan Restaurant Group 

7 Mar

The former finance director of Tesco has reportedly been appointed as the executive chairman of Boparan Restaurant Group.


St. Modwen set for final expansion of its former home 

6 Mar

Regeneration specialist St.


4,000 jobs at risk at Sainsbury’s 

6 Mar

Up to 4,000 jobs are at risk at supermarket giant Sainsbury\'s after the firm said it "needs to put its priorities in the right place.


West Midlands manufacturing sector outstrips the rest of the UK in Q1 

3 Mar

UK manufacturing enjoyed a strong start to 2017 - with the West Midlands beating national trends, a new report has said.


In-Comm flying high after ‘aerospace skills’ funding success 

3 Mar

A Black Country training provider has been chosen to help deliver a major skills boost for the UK aerospace sector.


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40 YEARS AND GROWING 

24 Mar

In this our 40th year Trevor Pardoe, our Transport Manager, will complete 32 years’ continuous service with Beacon Roadways.


SD Products – the official UK distributor for Ketterer 

24 Mar

We are proud to announce the beginning of our official partnership with Ketterer – global specialists in mechanical and electromechanical drive solutions.


Mills CNC Magazine 

23 Mar

Insightful stuffEvery six months we publish the latest edition of our popular customer magazine – Mills Insight.


Never thought you could access Private Investment? 

23 Mar

You’d be surprisedFollowing on from our successful grants and RD Tax Credits claims, we frequently get asked about alternative funding options by our clients.


Never thought you could access Private Investment? 

23 Mar

You'd be surprised Following on from our successful grants and RD Tax Credits claims, we frequently get asked about alternative funding options by our clients.


10 BENEFITS OF THE RENTAL OPTION FOR END USERS 

23 Mar

Carrier Rental Systems UK, Who like ourselves are also part of the UTC group of companies, feature in the latest issue of ACR Journal.


Increased Electricity Distribution (DUOS) Charges For Manufacturers 

22 Mar

Increased Electricity Distribution (DUOS) Charges For ManufacturersOfgem has announced that from 1st April 2018 the way Distribution Use Of System (DUOS) charges are levied and calculated will change.


Dura & Lander Automotive 

22 Mar

Dura Lander met to discuss beast practice in the world of Tier 1 automotive.


Dura shares best practice with Quarriers 

22 Mar

Dura Automotive met with a none profit organisation based in Scotland called Quarriers.


SharpView solution secures London water supply 

22 Mar

The integrity of the fresh water supply to London has been stepped up with an array of cameras, high security fencing, vibration sensors and razor wire.


Fun netball fundraiser is a winner! 

22 Mar

Last week, Jonathan Lee team members continued in its time honoured tradition of partaking in a charity fundraising netball match in aid of Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge.


The 3D printing hobbyist: Additive manufacturing expert of the future 

22 Mar

The meaning of ‘industry 4.0’ can vary from business to business and from one industry to another.


New Health And Safety Fines Act As A Stark Warning To Midlands Businesses 

22 Mar

Businesses in the West Midlands are being urged to conduct regular reviews of their health and safety policies in light of high profile cases that have seen organisations fined millions of pounds.


Recent Fines Prompt Review of Health & Safety Policies 

22 Mar

Businesses in the West Midlands are being urged to conduct regular reviews of their health and safety policies in light of high profile cases that have seen organisations fined millions of pounds.


Mechatronic Apprenticeship Scheme 

22 Mar

Mechatronic apprenticeship scheme welcomes Jamie to the Sales Department for 6 months.


GJS Dillon helps Worcester law firm expand 

21 Mar

Worcestershire commercial property consultancy and Chartered Surveyors GJS Dillon has helped one of the region’s leading law firms grow its presence in Worcester.


Fully Funded Bite-Sized training courses from the Black Country Skills Factory 

21 Mar

The Black Country Skills Factory recently launched it's first phase of fully funded bite-sized courses for your employees and they're filling up fast! The courses will be delivered by our ‘best practice’ local providers and are aimed at ...


DURA and ZF to share best practice in Manufacturing Operations 

21 Mar

Dura and ZF have agreed to promote best practice in manufacturing operations.


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