Black Country news and blogs Tuesday 24 January 2017
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Marston’s to raise a glass to a good Christmas 

24 Jan

Marston\'s will raise a glass to a good Christmas at its annual general meeting today after increasing its seasonal sales for a fifth consecutive year.

Alleged fraud cases rise by 330% in the Midlands 

23 Jan

THE value of alleged fraud reaching the Midlands courts increased by 330% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a new study.

Retailer fined £152,000 after mice found in Birmingham stores 

23 Jan

Discount retailer Poundland must pay £152,000 after mice were found at two stores in Birmingham city centre.

Airline codeshare agreement set to boost services from Birmingham Airport 

21 Jan

SERVICES at Birmingham Airport have been boosted by a new codesharing agreement between airlines Flybe and Finnair.

Manufacturers bear the brunt as insolvencies rise 

21 Jan

INSOLVENCIES rose in the Midlands last year, ending a six-year downward trend, with the manufacturing industry the worst affected.

London Midland conductors balloted on strike action 

21 Jan

LONDON MIDLAND train conductors are to be balloted on strike action over the introduction of security contractors on its trains.

JLR crush accident leaves victim ‘unable to dance’ 

20 Jan

900,000 is first stage in 'drawing a line' under accident as factory worker seeks compensation for leg amputation following 2015 factory crush...

Jaguar Land Rover pioneers VR to enhance car buying experience 

20 Jan

JAGUAR Land Rover is pioneering a new way of buying cars across its global network through Virtual Reality.

Councillors approve Jaguar Land Rover’s latest expansion 

20 Jan

COUNCILLORS have approved plans for the further expansion of Jaguar Land Rovers Powertrain Development Facility.

St. Modwen completes land sale to housing developer 

19 Jan


Jaguar Land Rover fined after accident in which a worker lost a leg 

19 Jan

JAGUAR Land Rover has been ordered to pay almost £1m following an accident at one of its plants where a worker lost a leg.

Greggs to axe Birmingham bakery with 140 job losses 

19 Jan

National group wants to create a 'logistics centre of excellence' at Birmingham warehouse to focus on distribution activities...

City Briefs: Carillion; Hummingbird Resources; National Express 

19 Jan

INFRASTRUCTURE and project management group Carillion has said board member Ceri Powell is to step down for the business.

Halfords invests £8m in mobile tyre fitting business 

19 Jan

CYCLING, leisure and motoring retailer Halfords has invested £8m acquiring a minority stake in a mobile tyre fitting service.

Manufacturer set to relocate to i54 business park after new funding deal 

18 Jan

A WEST Midland manufacturer is set to relocate to the home of Jaguar Land Rovers Engine Manufacturing Centre after completion of a major funding deal.

Property agents appointed to secure tenants for shopping centre 

18 Jan

The new owners of a Birmingham shopping centre have appointed property agents to attract tenants.

Tech investor power up battery business with cash injection 

18 Jan

Specialist investor Mercia Technologies is investing £1.9m in the growth of Sheffield battery materials business Faradion.

Bellpenny continues deals with EFG acquisition 

18 Jan

Wealth management firm adds Black Country financial advisory practice to its stable to launch new independent arm...

University awarded EU funds to tackle aerospace skills shortage 

17 Jan

THE University of Wolverhampton has successfully secured almost 390,000 (£337,000) for a collaboration project to support the training needs of the growing aerospace sector.

JLR supplier Sertec appoints first ever female plant manager 

17 Jan

A LEADING supplier to Jaguar Land Rover has appointed its first ever female plant manager.

Appeal victory paves way for 800,000 sq ft development 

17 Jan

Regeneration specialist St Modwen has been given the go-ahead for 800,000 sq ft of development on a 35-acre site in Staffordshire.

Wealth managers buy Birmingham IFA 

17 Jan

Independent financial advisory firm EFG is to become part of wealth management firm Bellpenny after it was bought for an undisclosed sum.

BMI launches three new routes from Birmingham Airport 

17 Jan

Trio of European destinations adds to offer from city's airport with new flights to Austria, Germany and Sweden...

Jaguar Land Rover set for further expansion with new powertrain development 

16 Jan

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is set for further expansion of its production facilities with councillors poised to give permission of a new Powertrain Development Facility at its Whitley base...

Birmingham Airport talks over new China flights 

13 Jan

Transport hub confirms it is talks with an unnamed carrier about launching a direct service to China after successful charter routes in 2014 and 2015...

£84m takeover hangs in balance after activists try to block deal 

13 Jan

Severn Trent\'s £84m takeover of Welsh water group Dee Valley hangs in the balance after an extraordinary twist threatened to block the deal.

M&B benefits from Christmas celebrations 

13 Jan

CHRISTMAS and New Year celebrations have boosted festive trading for Birmingham-based pubco Mitchells & Butlers.

Birmingham Airport in talks to resume Chinese flights 

13 Jan

BIRMINGHAM Airport has confirmed it is in talks with an unnamed airline to resume direct flights to China.

Bank combines with Birmingham Airport to highlight Midlands investment opportunities 

12 Jan

A BIRMINGHAM-based bank is collaborating with Birmingham Airport to promote the city and the advantages of carrying out business there to investors in the Middle East.

Jaguar Land Rover’s global sales broke half-a-million mark in 2016 

11 Jan

This was the firms seventh successive year of sales growth.

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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.

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.

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