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99p Stores placed into administration 

28 Mar

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

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...

Birmingham colleges snubbed in new apprenticeship push 

20 Mar

Trio of colleges fail to make new key government register which will connect employers with training providers running schemes for apprentices...

£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.

600-homes plan for Wolverhampton’s Canalside 

17 Mar

The canalside regeneration of Wolverhampton has been laid out to potential investors 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.

LEGO artist brings Brick Wonders to Wolverhampton 

16 Mar

LEGO lovers of all ages are in for a treat this spring as artist, Warren Elsmore\'s major exhibition is coming to Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

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.

Wolverhampton’s academic revolution centre stage at MIPIM 

16 Mar

The academic revolution being planned for Wolverhampton is taking centre stage at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.

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...

Wolverhampton out to charm MIPIM investors with Westside story 

15 Mar

Wolverhampton Council has continued its attempt to lure investment into the city by highlighting the new £55m Westside development to visitors to the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.

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.

Leading Midlands property figure dies 

14 Mar

One of the Midlands most experienced commercial property figures has died.

Award winning architect announced for city’s flagship development 

14 Mar

City of Wolverhampton Council is hoping to lure investors at the annual MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes to check out some of the opportunities that exist in the Black Country.

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...

Regulator clears utilities merger 

10 Mar

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has decided not to continue its investigation into the merger between South Staffordshire Water and South West Water\'s owner Pennon Group.

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.

Wolverhampton gateways earmarked for £2m improvement scheme 

9 Mar

Key gateways into Wolverhampton are to be smartened up as part of a £2m improvement package of works over the next two years.

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...

BCU links up with car company for new degress apprenticeship 

8 Mar

Birmingham City University is linking up with a leading car company to launch a new degree apprenticeship.

University appoints constructor for new skills hub 

8 Mar

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed Aspect Construction to build its Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills Hub at the former Springfield Brewery in the city.

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.

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.

4,000 jobs at risk at Sainsbury’s 

6 Mar

Up to 4,000 jobs are at risk at supermarket giant Sainsbury\'s after the firm said it "needs to put its priorities in the right place.

Carillion secures £490m Dubai Expo contract 

3 Mar

Wolverhampton-based construction and support services group, Carillion has secured a £490m contract to develop a prestigious new development in the Middle East.

Luxury 4×4 Range Rover revealed 

3 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover has finally revealed the long-awaited addition to its luxury 4x4 Range Rover family.

Grave concerns remain over Apprenticeship Levy say manufacturers 

2 Mar

Manufacturers have warmed to some of the benefits of the new Apprenticeship Levy, but still have grave reservations about its viability and longer-term sustainability, according to a new report.

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New home for Sandwell business hub 

29 Mar

The University of Wolverhampton, in partnership with Sandwell Council and Sandwell College, has extended its support for local businesses across the region by opening a new base for its Business Solutions Centre (BSC) in Sandwell.

University puts £100 million regeneration project on the map at MIPIM 

15 Mar

The University of Wolverhampton is showcasing its £100 million Springfield regeneration project at MIPIM – the annual international property convention held in Cannes.

Aldi signs as anchor for Telford Shopping Centre’s Northern Quarter development 

15 Mar

Sovereign Centros, the UK retail investor and asset manager, and Orion Capital Partners, have signed leading discount supermarket Aldi to launch the £15 million development of the Northern Quarter at Telford Shopping Centre.

Sensors Take Flight at Birmingham Airport to Ease Passengers Minds and… 

10 Mar

Birmingham Airport joins UK Airports Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester airports by implementing BlipTrack queue management technology from BLIP Systems.

Telford Shopping Centre boosts its regional status as Next and New Look sign up 

6 Mar

Sovereign Centros, UK retail investor and asset manager, and Orion Capital Partners, have accelerated plans for an exciting new fashion mall at Telford Shopping Centre, by signing major pre-lets with fashion giants Next and New Look Both retailers...

Network Rail now arriving at iconic Birmingham offices 

27 Feb

National fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury has completed an impressive transformation of three floors within an iconic Birmingham building, allowing Network Rail to relocate to new premises.

Innovation Birmingham seeks new investor to double size of Campus 

21 Feb

Innovation Birmingham Ltd – which is wholly owned by Birmingham City Council – is seeking a new investor, as it continues with the development of the Innovation Birmingham Campus.

Work starts on ERA’s new home at i54, Wolverhampton 

30 Jan

Construction has started at a development which will see security hardware and electronics business ERA, a division of Tyman plc, bring its existing facilities together at a new manufacturing, R&D and distribution facility near Wolverhampton...

REI sells Latitude investment in Birmingham 

30 Jan

Real Estate Investors plc, the Birmingham property group, has sold a retail investment in the city’s Chinese quarter.

Stoford secures funding for ERA’s new home 

18 Jan

Leading commercial property developer Stoford has secured funding for a state-of-the-art HQ, manufacturing, R&D and distribution centre in Wolverhampton for security hardware and electronics firm ERA, a division of Tyman plc.

Industrial letting at Cooper Street, Wolverhampton 

17 Jan

Black Country Surveyors Wiggins Lockett Thompson are pleased to announce the completion of an industrial unit letting on Cooper Street in Wolverhampton.

Harris Lamb appoints graduate planner to its growing team 

18 Dec

Harris Lamb has welcomed a new recruit to its planning team.

Europa Capital and Sovereign Centros acquire Perry Barr in Birmingham from Standard Life Investments 

14 Dec

Europa Fund V, managed by Europa Capital, and Sovereign Centros have acquired One Stop shopping centre and retail park, Perry Barr, Birmingham from Standard Life Investments UK Shopping Centre Trust.

Contractor selected for next phase of Wolverhampton Gateway 

14 Dec

Trebor Developments and ASK Developments Limited have selected local Wolverhampton contractor, A.

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.

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