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Minster marks 15-year partnership with BITO 

29 Mar

One of the region’s leading IT and business software providers has renewed its long-term contract with a global storage equipment firm.


West Midlands apprentices head to Westminster to quiz MPs on skills support 

28 Mar

25 apprentices from the West Midlands travelled to London this week to quiz a number of politicians on the skills gap and the importance of vocational learning.


99p Stores placed into administration 

28 Mar

Discount retailer's parent company Poundland has closed around 60 shops after having trouble 'digesting' 2015 acquistion...


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.


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Minster marks 15-year partnership with BITO 

29 Mar

One of the region’s leading IT and business software providers has renewed its long-term contract with a global storage equipment firm.


Centre for Brexit Studies reacts to triggering of Article 50 

29 Mar

Experts from the Centre for Brexit Studies have commented on what the triggering of Article 50 will mean for the UK's business, law and economy.


SSC Laser create white paper highlighting importance of Tube Lasers 

29 Mar

UK specialist in laser cutting for manufacturing and production, SSC Laser have written an important white paper discussing the importance of tube lasers and how they are transforming the industry.


Stainless Steel Services Limited are pleased to be part of the 2017 MIM Exhibition in their 30th Anniversary year 

29 Mar

Stainless Steel Services Limited are pleased to announce that they will be part of the Made in the Midlands Exhibition on the 25th May at the Ricoh Arena.


Hexagon left impressed following fantastic breakfast event 

29 Mar

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence welcomed over 80 Midland manufacturers to their technologically advanced premises in Telford, Shropshire for the latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event.


Brandauer presses forward with utility cost savings 

29 Mar

The boss of one of the UK’s leading presswork specialists is urging his fellow manufacturers to take a closer look at their utility costs after his firm saved £10,000 in just two months.


Zaun accredits installers to roll out unique ArmaWeave 

28 Mar

High security perimeter systems manufacturerZaun Limitedis bolstering the ranks of approved installers for its unique super-intruder-resistant fencing.


Don’t worry, it’s not too late 

28 Mar

There’s still funding out there… With many competition deadlines fast approaching in April, read on to find out which funding competitions you still have time for.


UK manufacturers drive their own destiny 

28 Mar

Language service provider,Comtec Translations, has recorded an encouraging 52% year-on-year increase in the work undertaken for a number of their key UK manufacturing clients.


A Cut Above: AV Birch acquire rights for EMS Trusscut Saw 

28 Mar

In truss manufacturing, cutting the timber components accurately and consistently is essential to create the best performing products, and the EMS Trusscut Saw is regarded as the best in the business.


HEXAGON HOSTS MIDLANDS BUSINESS BREAKFAST EVENT 

28 Mar

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence hosted a special event to demonstrate its latest measurement solutions to businesses in the Midlands.


210 Tonnes for Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland. 

28 Mar

Today we are sending the third of nine 24 ton loads of our marine ballast to a shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.


Energy-efficient vacuum supply enables more economical production processes. 

28 Mar

Energy efficiency will be Busch's main topic at ComVac 2017, taking place in Hanover during 24-28 April, 2017.


West Midlands apprentices head to Westminster to quiz MPs on skills support 

28 Mar

25 apprentices from the West Midlands travelled to London this week to quiz a number of politicians on the skills gap and the importance of vocational learning.


Hadley Dubai 

28 Mar

Channels being manufactured at Hadley Dubai for the TSK group, who are completing the 200Mw Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park II in the UAE.


Watkins Hire helps keep construction project within deadlines 

28 Mar

Watkins Hire were recently contacted to provide a temporary heating package for a prestigious site in the city of Chester for the new Iconic Cultural Centre.


UltraSTEEL® 

27 Mar

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We are exibiting at The Made in The Midlands 2017 Expo at the Ricoh Arena! 

27 Mar

Bracebridge Engineering Ltd is proud to be exhibiting alongside 200 of the top Manufacturing companies in the Midlands as part of the Made in the Midlands Exhibition 2017.


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