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Aldi strikes back with fresh plans for controversial new Birmingham store 

6 Dec

The German supermarket has revised its designs for a shop off Queslett Road in Great Barr after suffering a setback during the summer...

HS2 depot site sold by St Modwen 

6 Dec

50-acre plot in north Birmingham acquired by the Government to house a new rolling stock maintenance depot...

Is F-Pace proving too hot for Land Rover? 

5 Dec

LAND ROVER has seen a near 20% dip in vehicle sales in the UK, according to new figures.

St. Modwen confirms strong interest in London project 

5 Dec

BIRMINGHAM regeneration specialist St.

Birmingham Airport delays warning as strike action looms 

5 Dec

Trade union members at baggage handling and ground crew provider Swissport vote in favour of strike action...

Ryanair launches package holiday service and promises ‘lowest prices’ in UK 

4 Dec

Dublin-based airline said holidaymakers have been overcharged for years and promised to 'transform travel industry...

Birmingham industrial site sold for £25m to support HS2 development 

2 Dec

A PRIME industrial site on the fringe of Birmingham city centre has been sold in a deal worth around £25m.

Man jailed for 14 months for delaying trains for 36 hours 

2 Dec

A MAN who delayed trains in Wolverhampton by sitting on the edge of a viaduct and claiming he wanted to commit suicide has been jailed for 14 months.

Traffic Alert: Long delays to M42 after serious accident 

2 Dec

AN accident between a car and a lorry has brought massive disruption to the West Midlands motorway network and threatens to delay people heading to Birmingham Airport.

Davenports to restore historic Old Tavern pub to former glory 

2 Dec

The pub near Five Ways is to return to its original name...

Motoring: Mercedes-Benz; Bentley; Range Rover 

2 Dec

THE executive sector is one of the most competitive in the automotive industry and has been the territory of the big three German manufacturers for some time despite attempts by Jaguar Land Ro...

Pubco raises a glass to new football partnership 

1 Dec

WOLVERHAMPTON pubco Marstons has signed a new sponsorship deal with League One football club Walsall FC.

Birmingham Airport boosted by the launch of new flights 

1 Dec

FLIGHTS to Cyprus from Birmingham Airport have been boosted with the launch of two new services.

Unlocking regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy 

1 Dec

UNLOCKING higher regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy over the next decade, new research has suggested.

Rail commuters face delays as overhead cable problems disrupt services 

1 Dec

TRAIN services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham face major disruption today with journeys being delayed by up to 30 minutes due to damage to overhead power cables.

Post Office staff to strike in Birmingham branches this weekend 

30 Nov

Bosses says it's too soon to know whether services will be affected as staff walk out this weekend at two post offices...

Pest control business captures competitor 

30 Nov

A BIRMINGHAM pest control business has made its third acquisition in four years after buying a competitor.

JLR workers vote overwhelmingly to accept new pay deal 

29 Nov

WORKERS at Jaguar Land Rover have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new pay deal claimed to be exceptional by their union.

Manufacturer heads for third decade with renewed growth strategy 

29 Nov

A WOLVERHAMPTON manufacturer has pledged to continue investing and growing the business as it prepares to enter its third decade.

New airline deal opens up the Far East to West Midlands businesses 

29 Nov

CONNECTIONS to the Far East from Birmingham Airport have improved after the hubs largest carrier announced a new codesharing agreement.

JLR rivals pledge to develop Europe-wide EV charging network 

29 Nov

HOT on the heels of Jaguar Land Rovers pledge to commit part of its future vehicle development to electric cars, so its German rivals have thrown their combined weight behind a new infrastructu...

Former JLR director finds new role in the city 

29 Nov

ONE of the best known figures in the West Midlands automotive industry has joined Grant Thornton as a special consultant.

New Land Rover Discovery to be built in Solihull 

29 Nov

Jaguar Land Rover confirms all-new 'Disco' will also be the first car to be built in its new factory in Slovakia...

JLR throws down the gauntlet to government 

29 Nov

Professor David Bailey examines the latest noises coming from Jaguar Land Rover about its plans to conquer the electric vehicle market...

Warehouse units change hands in £4m property deal 

28 Nov

TWO commercial warehouse sites in Wolverhampton have been sold in deals worth a combined £4.1m.

Tata Steel moves step closer to saving Black Country jobs with £100m deal 

28 Nov

Part of beleaguered UK arm of global steel group is set to be sold to commodities trading group Liberty House which last year rescued Caparo...

Tata enters into exclusive negotiations on £100m deal 

28 Nov

TATA Steel has taken a big step forward to a £100m deal for the sale of its speciality steels business after signing a letter of intent with Liberty House Group.

Coventry supports JLR’s battery challenge 

28 Nov

PLANS to make Coventry a centre of excellence for automotive battery development is gaining impetus.

Hospice to benefit from major donation following factory closure 

28 Nov

A MAJOR donation by the staff at the Goodyear Wolverhampton factory, which will close within weeks, will help to fund a £1m purpose built community co-ordination centre and regeneration of Compton Hos...

Joint venture pools water groups’ resources 

28 Nov

A JOINT venture has been created between two utilities groups to take advantage of the opening up of the non-household water retail market in April.

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New stores come to Longbridge Town Centre 

5 Dec


St. Modwen sells Midlands site for the HS2 project 

4 Dec


Grant Thornton strengthens its business consulting offering with high profile appointment 

29 Nov

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton has bolstered its business consulting offering with the appointment of Bob Joyce as Advisory Consultant.

Investor acquires £16million retail development in Shirley 

28 Nov

Shirley Advance, the joint venture between Helical Retail and Coltham Developments, has sold its Parkgate Centre in Shirley, near Solihull, to a fund managed by Moorgarth Group, a South African-backed investor, for £16 million.

Harris Lamb sells Wolverhampton warehouses for £4m 

22 Nov

Harris Lamb has sold two major warehouse sites in Wolverhampton for almost £4,000,000, further demonstrating the continuing demand for industrial stock within the region.

Specialist manufacturer plans to quadruple output following relocation 

22 Nov

A specialist manufacturer of glass-reinforced concrete for building façade panels will quadruple its output following a move to new premises in Wolverhampton.

Johnson Fellows strengthens retail agency team 

21 Nov

Leading chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has strengthened its retail agency team with the appointment of a new senior surveyor.

O’Brien Contractors appointed to work on Four Ashes Park scheme 

11 Nov

Leading groundworks and civil engineering specialist, O’Brien Contractors, has secured a second contract with Readie Construction at Bericote Properties’ Four Ashes Park scheme in Wolverhampton.

West Bromwich booming as investment magnet 

8 Nov

Property agents Bond Wolfe have sold Victoria House in West Bromwich to an unnamed regional investor in a major deal for the Black Country.

Construction steams ahead on 153,000 sq ft unit at Centurion Park 

6 Nov

Construction is now underway on a new 153,000 sq ft warehouse facility at St.

Black Country retailer expands in to wholesale with support from FBC Manby Bowdler 

1 Nov

A West Midlands businessman with a long career in running convenience stores and post offices, has branched out by opening a greetings card wholesale warehouse to supply others in the retail sector.

Green light paves the way for 328,000 sq ft industrial units at Burton Gateway 

27 Oct


St. Modwen signs up training company to Great Western Business Park 

25 Oct

Work on two new units at St.

Green light for global auto supplier development at Telford 54 

19 Oct

A deal that will see the development of a new multi-million pound manufacturing facility in Telford, creating 300 new jobs, has been completed, leading national property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced.

Harris Lamb sells Wolverhampton warehouse for £1.3m 

18 Oct

Harris Lamb has sold a Wolverhampton warehouse to a baby equipment supplier for £1.3 million.

Pennycuick Collins to lead Sertec expansion 

11 Oct

Automotive specialist manufacturer Sertec – a leading supplier to Jaguar Land Rover – has appointed Birmingham-based chartered surveyors Pennycuick Collins to project manage its second expansion in recent months.

Taylor Wimpey relocating to IMP’s M42 business park 

27 Sep

Taylor Wimpey is relocating its regional office from the centre of Solihull to IM Properties’ (IMP) Fore Business Park – underlining the attraction of the M42 Corridor.

St. Modwen completes sale of Audley Enterprise Park site 

21 Sep


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