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

13 May

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


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

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

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


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

16 Feb

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.


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

14 Feb

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


Post Office branch returns to Handsworth Wood a decade after closure 

14 Feb

Community gets their branch back after major cull in 2008...


KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

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


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

9 Feb

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


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

8 Feb

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


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

7 Feb

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


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

7 Feb

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


Carillion chiefs admit failures at Parliamentary hearing 

6 Feb

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


Comment: JLR – sales up, profits down 

6 Feb

Professor David Bailey casts his eye over Jaguar Land Rover's third quarter figures...


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

6 Feb

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


Virgin Trains set to have West Coast rail contract extended 

5 Feb

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


Hundreds more job losses after Carillion collapse 

5 Feb

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


377 staff to be made redundant after Carillion collapse 

2 Feb

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


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

1 Feb

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


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

31 Jan

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


Biggest asset on Carillion’s books was ‘goodwill’ 

30 Jan

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


GKN warns pension scheme could need for capital 

29 Jan

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


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

29 Jan

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


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

29 Jan

Football clubs were among the quickest to pay their suppliers.


Birmingham Airport unveils new direct flights to Amritsar 

25 Jan

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


Rich List 2018: No.6 – Jacques Gaston Murray and family 

25 Jan

At 98, Jacques Gaston Murray is the oldest person in our list by quite a few years, but he still takes an active interest in his Wolverhampton air conditioning and heating firm, despite now being resident in Switzerland...


GKN comes out fighting 

22 Jan

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...


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

22 Jan

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


Meet Cadbury descendant planning to open chocolate factory in Birmingham 

21 Jan

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...


Wolverhampton Civic Hall will be closed until 2020 due to urgent overhaul 

19 Jan

The famous gig venue will be shut for a further two years due to building defects requiring immediate attention...


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

19 Jan

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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John Truslove deal brings huge new gym and 25 jobs to Redditch 

16 May

A huge new 24-hour gym has created 25 jobs in Redditch town centre, in a deal sealed by property agents John Truslove.


Pantheon Park gets motoring with Arnold Clark 

15 May

Arnold Clark has announced plans for a major investment in the Wednesfield area, near Wolverhampton, that will lead to the direct creation of 85 new jobs and kickstart the redevelopment of the Pantheon Park employment site.


Holt Commercial expands with new starters 

14 May

A commercial property agency, which has offices in Coventry and Birmingham, has appointed two new recruits to continue its growth.


Plans for Springfield Campus given green light 

2 May

New plans for the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the £100m Springfield Campus have been approved.


Southam’s Big Space goes to Maricott Developments & Warwickshire County Council 

25 Apr

The remaining 5 acres of the popular Holywell Business Park in Southam, Warwickshire has been sold to Warwickshire County Council and Maricott Developments by Rego Property.


Planning granted on Gateway Wolverhampton site and works to commence 

19 Apr

Trebor Developments, in conjunction with ASK Developments Limited, have agreed contracts with Euro Garages to develop the final phase of the Gateway site, Wolverhampton, located next to Junction 2 of the M54, on the Stafford Road.


Harris Lamb secures Walsall presence for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic 

16 Apr

Harris Lamb has continued its run of acquisitions for fusion fast food chain Wrapchic, securing a prime location in Walsall town centre.


Bearings distributor moves to The Pensnett Estate to cope with demand 

18 Mar

A leading manufacturer and distributor of bearings to the engineering industry has moved and expanded its operations to the Black Country, more than doubling the size of its industrial unit.


Companies flock to Black Country industrial estate after major refit 

14 Mar

Established companies are quickly moving into seven refurbished units on a Black Country industrial estate, thanks to a focused marketing campaign by Bulleys and joint agents Harris Lamb.


New Science Centre up for regional building award 

14 Mar

The University of Wolverhampton’s new Science Centre has been nominated in two categories in the region’s premier property and construction awards.


Europa Capital and Sovereign Centros complete new lettings at One Stop shopping centre, Perry Barr 

5 Mar

Europa Capital, in partnership with Sovereign Centros, has completed a letting to The Food Warehouse at One Stop Shopping Centre in Perry Barr, Birmingham.


Steelpark secures second occupier before completion 

27 Feb

A multi-million pound trading estate development in the West Midlands has secured an occupier before the unit has reached completion, commercial property company Goold Estates has announced.


First tenants move into new £10.1m Science Centre 

19 Feb

The first three businesses have moved into the University of Wolverhampton’s new Science Centre.


Historic Edwardian building restored to former glory as student residences 

19 Feb

Pennycuick Collins’ building surveyors have completed the project management of the second phase of student accommodation at Bristol Street, Birmingham.


Wolverhampton Business Park offices sold in £4.565million deal 

13 Feb

The Capital Markets team of Knight Frank has sold One & Two Charter Court on Wolverhampton Business Park for £4,565,000.


West Midlands commercial property agencies announce merger 

6 Feb

Two of the most respected names in commercial property in the West Midlands have joined forces.


New plans for Springfield Campus at University of Wolverhampton 

2 Feb

New plans have been submitted by the University of Wolverhampton for its School of Architecture and the Built Environment at its £100m Springfield Campus development.


Primark to expand into former BHS store as part of intu Merry Hill transformation 

25 Jan

intu has agreed terms with Primark to expand into a former BHS and extend its intu Merry Hill store by more than 70 per cent as part of the shopping centre’s multi-million-pound transformation.


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