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Could Brexit Make or Break Britain’s Steel Industry? 

29 Jul

The UK steel industry is braced for further uncertainty after the British people voted for Brexit in the EU referendum on 23 June 2016.


£125m deal cleared by competition authorities 

29 Jul

COMPETITION authorities have ruled LloydsPharmacy must dispose of stores in 12 areas around the country to be able to complete its takeover of Sainsbury\'s pharmacies.


Factors to consider before investing in an air extraction and filtration system 

28 Jul

Exposure to airborne oil mist, dust, smoke and fume particles commonly found in manufacturing facilities can cause a number of occupational diseases including skin conditions, respiratory problems and even cancer.


American successes sees National Express eye more international deals 

28 Jul

NATIONAL EXPRESS is to continue to seek out international opportunities after being "particularly pleased" with the performance of its North American acquisitions.


Glass half-full part two: M&B highlights good progress 

27 Jul

PUB company Mitchells & Butler has taken a glass half-full approach to tough conditions, pointing to the "good progress" it has made in key areas.


Birmingham’s largest carrier faces turbulence 

27 Jul

BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT\'S largest carrier Flybe has increased its top line performance on the back of more routes, but the tough market conditions are having an impact on other key figures.


Green light for transformation of former DEFRA site 

26 Jul

A DEVELOPMENT on a former Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) site which will include 150,000 sq ft of office space has been given the go-ahead.


Industrial group to make £30m cuts to ‘increase momentum’ 

26 Jul

GKN is planning to reduce its fixed costs by £30m in order to "increase momentum going into 2017".


Severn Trent Water fined more than £400,000 for sewage leaks 

25 Jul

WATER company Severn Trent Water Limited has been fined £426,000 after pollution incidents occurred on three occasions.


Region’s first IPO since Brexit unveiled 

25 Jul

THE first West Midlands IPO since the EU referendum has been launched, ahead of a scheduled flotatation in early August.


adi Group Scores A Goal For Heart Research UK 

22 Jul

Engineering services company, adi Group, has raised over £3,000 to help hearts in the Midlands.


Threeway welcome over 100 manufacturers to their premises 

21 Jul

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast networking event hosted by Threeway Pressings, Tipton saw 100 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector visit their premises.


4 tips for business leaders post Brexit vote – Chairman’s blog 

21 Jul

On Friday 24th June 2016, the UK electorate cast its vote to leave the EU.


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...


New Metrology Facility Set to Revolutionise Fortunes of Region’s SMEs 

20 Jul

A brand new metrology sub-contract inspection centre within Silverstone Park which will see SMEs across the region able to compete on the national stage for the very first time has been officially opened byChris Heaton-HarrisMPThe Member of...


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...


Cream of the crop crowned at inaugural business awards 

18 Jul

A HOST of companies were celebrated at the inaugural Nachural Summer Business Ball and Awards dinner at Wolverhampton Racecourse.


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.


HomeServe upbeat as share price hits five-year high 

15 Jul

HOMESERVE, the home maintenance and emergency call-out group, expects to "deliver good growth" in its current financial year.


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.


Black Country LEP kick starts Black Country Day celebrations with a special exhibition at the House of Commons 

13 Jul

- Showcase features 20 exhibitors presenting goods manufactured in the Black Country.


Midland retail giant Poundland taken over by South Africans 

13 Jul

The company which owns UK furniture firm Harveys and Bensons For Beds is taking over the Willenhall-based firm...


Retailer’s board accepts £600m bid from South African giant 

13 Jul

STEINHOFF has made a £597m bid for Poundland, which would result in the retailer going private and becoming part of the South African giant.


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Warwickshire’s Subcon Laser Cutting has announced its now exporting to India following an investment of more than £2m in advanced manufacturing techno 

29 Jul

Subcon Laser Cutting has begun exporting parts to support the yellow goods industry after a major company within the sector opened two new Indian factories at the end of 2016.


Could Brexit Make or Break Britain’s Steel Industry? 

29 Jul

The UK steel industry is braced for further uncertainty after the British people voted for Brexit in the EU referendum on 23 June 2016.


The Impact Of Brexit On UK Energy Prices 

29 Jul

The impact of Brexit on UK energy pricesA question we are often asked is ‘what will be the impact of Brexit on my energy bills?’ The answer is quite simple ‘not much is likely to change’.


EMF Directive – are you compliant? 

29 Jul

Ajax TOCCO International Ltd have added EMF testing to their portfolio of services that they offer to the industry.


Spot on! 

28 Jul

Secal currently has four spot and projection welding machines.


Factors to consider before investing in an air extraction and filtration system 

28 Jul

Exposure to airborne oil mist, dust, smoke and fume particles commonly found in manufacturing facilities can cause a number of occupational diseases including skin conditions, respiratory problems and even cancer.


Jenks & Cattell – 3rd Company to Recieve Caterpillar Supplier Excellence Accreditation 

27 Jul

Jenks Cattell Engineering Are A Top Fabrication Supplier – Officially!Jenks and Cattell Engineering Ltd, a presswork, laser fabrication and welded assembly supplier are only thethirdcompany to have received Caterpillars prestigious ‘Supplier...


Made in the Midlands enjoy historic dinner at House of Lords 

27 Jul

Made in the Midlands were honoured to have recently been invited to enjoy dinner in the Home Room of the House of Lords, Westminster by The Baroness Burt of Solihull.


Securing success from Olympic springboard 

26 Jul

Two Midlands security businesses are preparing to celebrate their greatest day in history tomorrow, exactly four years on from the opening of theLondon 2012 Olympics.


Subcon Laser The Beginning 

26 Jul

Hard to believe that this was the company's first laser cutting system circa 1989.


Maximise your serving from HMRC 

26 Jul

privately held company specialising in software products and consultancy services to high-tech commercial and research organisations approached TBAT Innovation to help them file RD tax credits claim for the previous two and current tax years...


Over £100m of R&D grant funding opportunities have been released through Innovate UK this month 

26 Jul

This month, over £100m of RD grant funding opportunities have been released through Innovate UK.


EMF Directive – are you compliant? 

26 Jul

Ajax TOCCO International Ltd have added EMF testing to their portfolio of services that they offer to the industry.


Instant pneumatic cylinder configuration launched by IMI Precision Engineering 

26 Jul

Aimed at enabling design engineers to instantly configure fluid and motion control products to their individual application needs, IMI Precision Engineering has launched its best-in-class online configuration service – supporting more than...


Designed-in-safety: new two-hand control unit from IMI Precision Engineering 

26 Jul

Aimed at preventing the accidental operation of safety-critical compressed air machinery, IMI Precision Engineering has introduced an advanced two-hand control unit which meets the requirements of the Machinery Directive through compliance...


Brooks Forgings Expand Product Development & Tooling Design Services 

26 Jul

Brooks Forgings Ltd is a diverse manufacturing company specialising in the Hot Forging, Machining, and Fabrication of metal components.


The EU referendum: The future of the UK and Europe 

25 Jul

Group Statement on the EU Referendum, Lloyds Banking Group "Following the EU referendum, Lloyds Banking Group plc (the Group) notes the outcome that the UK electorate has voted in favour of the UK leaving the European Union (EU).


Hepworth Automotive 

25 Jul

Hepworth Automotive offers a total service in custom-made fabrications in a wide range of metals and forms.


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