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Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

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...

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Stoford and Bridges unveil plans for development of four mid-box warehouses 

21 Sep

A multi-million-pound scheme of four industrial/warehouse units in Wolverhampton has been unveiled by leading commercial property developer Stoford Developments (“Stoford”) and Bridges Fund Management (“Bridges”).

Will Debenhams be the 30th major retailer to go into CVA since the 2017 Business Rates revaluation? 

19 Sep

News that Debenhams has called in KPMG restructuring specialists to consider a CVA and to help negotiate reduced rents for its sites and close unprofitable shops has not been totally unexpected.

New Look relocates in Wolverhampton’s Mander Centre 

6 Sep

Fashion retailer, New Look is to relocate its Wolverhampton branch in the Mander Centre.

Roadside development creates 45 jobs next to Jaguar Land Rover’s plant 

31 Aug

A new garage with a roadside store is creating approximately 45 permanent jobs next to Jaguar Land Rover’s i54 engine plant near Wolverhampton, in a deal sealed by Bulleys.

Birmingham’s Bristol Street units now fully let 

23 Aug

Pennycuick Collins, acting on behalf of The Gooch Estate, has let all of the retail units at the newly refurbished Bristol Street redevelopment.

Region’s commercial property market remains in good shape 

16 Aug

Martin Zaki, who is the Head of Agency in the Wolverhampton office of Towler Shaw Roberts, reflects on the local commercial property market: The commercial property market in Wolverhampton and surrounding areas remains in good shape, particularly...

Top DIY tools specialist helps to fill Wolverhampton trading estate, thanks to Bulleys 

6 Aug

A DIY and construction tools rental specialist has opened a branch with six new jobs at a refurbished Wolverhampton trading estate, thanks to a successful marketing campaign by Bulleys.

Workspace signs up two new tenants as organisations focus on ‘out of city’ working 

1 Aug

One of Wolverhampton’s hidden office ‘gems’ is celebrating after it secured a further two tenants, leaving it with just one available space.

Engineering supply group moves into new Halesowen base thanks to Bulleys 

27 Jul

A West Midlands based distributor of specialist engineering products has moved 20 jobs into a 14,000 sq ft industrial unit in Halesowen, in a deal sealed by Bulleys.

Flatpack furniture specialist moves 100 staff to historic aerospace site, helped by Bulleys 

26 Jul

One of the UK’s largest independent importers and wholesalers of flat pack furniture has expanded into an historic Wolverhampton building, in a deal arranged by chartered surveyors Bulleys.

Pantheon Park poised for significant investment 

25 Jul

One of the UK’s leading car dealership groups has been given approval to create a major new car sales facility in Wolverhampton, Stoford Developments and Bridges Fund Management announced today.

Seven-up for newly formed commercial real estate agency 

23 Jul

It’s a case of seven-up for Holt Commercial as the positive momentum continues since the formation of the company.

Companies looking to follow Greggs and Subway into Redditch development 

9 Jul

Work on a major industrial/trade park development in Redditch has been completed – and companies are lining up to take space at the scheme.

REI announces major Wolverhampton office acquisition 

27 Jun

Real Estate Investors plc (REI) has announced its second major deal in the West Midlands in less than a week.

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.

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