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New Range Rover needs to be a winner 

22 Feb

Prof David Bailey says latest car from Jaguar Land Rover is entering a sector dominated by big German marques...

Jaguar Land Rover set to launch all-new Range Rover model 

22 Feb

Jaguar Land Rover has teased the launch of its latest new product, a mid-range Range Rover, in what is seen as another major boost for the West Midlands motor industry.

Canadian fund plans to reduce stake in Birmingham Airport 

22 Feb

The private sector investor in Birmingham Airport is looking to sell a minority stake to take advantage of its current attractiveness.

Revealed: First look at new Range Rover 

22 Feb

Jaguar Land Rover gives a glimpse of latest addition to the Range Rover family ahead of big unveiling next week...

City council pleads for investors to bolster Innovation Birmingham 

21 Feb

Birmingham City Council is hunting for a new investor to ensure the pioneering work conducted at Innovation Birmingham Campus can continue.

£200K investment creates 40 new apprenticeship places 

20 Feb

An additional 40 apprenticeship opportunities have been created following a £200,000 investment by a West Midlands Training provider.

Housing regeneration scheme under way in Wolverhampton 

20 Feb

A former bus depot in Wolverhampton is to be redeveloped into a new housing scheme supporting almost 150 homes.

Controversial business rate changes will boost Midlands economy, insists Sajid Javid 

20 Feb

Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid insists tax changes will benefit Midlands employers as Government faces rebellion over impact on the south...

Tata Steel invests £4m in Black Country factory 

20 Feb

Steel group has created new high-tech robotic welding line at its service centre in Wednesfield...

Councillors fail to buy into new supermarket scheme 

17 Feb

Plans to build a discount supermarket next to a giant Asda store on the outskirts of Birmingham have been rejected by councillors.

Wasps out to sting the opposition after securing new JLR deal 

17 Feb

A Coventry sports team has secured a new sponsorship deal from one of the citys best known businesses.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery showcases local talent 

17 Feb

Young artists from Wolverhampton are showcasing their work at the citys art gallery as part of a scheme to champion the creative talents of local pupils.

US airline pledges continued support for Birmingham Airport 

17 Feb

West Midlands companies looking to boost their exports by trading with businesses in the United States are set to energise the region and bring it to the attention of global investors.

Aldi Great Barr store plan rejected 

17 Feb

The company was told that its plans for the site next to the Asda store on Queslett Road would add to the already bad traffic in the area and lead to the loss of woodland.

Revealed: 360 firms named and shamed for cheating workers out of minimum wage 

16 Feb

Retail giant Debenhams was accused of failing to pay almost 135,000 to just under 12,000 workers...

Tata Steel workers back pension cuts to secure jobs 

16 Feb

Tata Steel workers including hundreds in the West Midlands have agreed to take a cut in their pensions in order to try and secure the future of the business, which has been sold to new...

Competition authority to examine Heineken’s Punch takeover 

16 Feb

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to examine Heineken\'s £402.7m takeover of Punch Taverns to see if it will result in "a substantial lessening of competition".

Popular restaurant invests £100,000 in makeover and menu 

15 Feb

A Wolverhampton restaurant has completed a £100,000 refurbishment as it aims to cement itself as one of the leading Asian eateries in the West Midlands.

The answer from Google’s CEO to a job-hunting 7 year old 

15 Feb

Google chief executive Sundar Pitchai has written to a Hereford school girl to tell her that she could one day work for the global technology giant.

Jaguar Land Rover in row over adverts funding extremism 

15 Feb

Luxury car maker is one of several big names which unknowingly had ads appearing alongside extremist videos...

West Midlands CBI reveals new vice chairman 

15 Feb

The CBI in the West Midlands has appointed a leading Coventry businessman as its new West Midlands vice-chairman.

Dramatic Q3 profit decline for Jaguar Land Rover 

15 Feb

Vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has reported record third quarter revenues, although pre-tax profit for the period is down almost 50% compared with the same period in the previous year.

Ineos goes off road with ‘Defender-inspired’ 4×4? 

14 Feb

Professor David Bailey on chemicals group Ineos stating that it will enter automotive production, aiming to launch an off-road vehicle inspired by the Land Rover Defender...

Billionaire plans new vehicle inspired by Land Rover Defender 

14 Feb

Jim Ratcliffe claims the car will be a major improvement on previous incarnations of the famous model...

Budget supermarket set to be loser in Birmingham store wars 

14 Feb

Plans to build a low-cost supermarket next to a giant Asda store look set to be rejected by Birmingham councillors.

Stolen JLR engines worth £3m recovered in dawn raids 

14 Feb

Engines worth £3m stolen from Jaguar Land Rovers Solihull plant have been recovered in dawn raids by police.

£4.6bn losses in year of ‘accelerated transformation’ 

14 Feb

Rolls Royce, which has its civil aerospace and nuclear divisions in Derby, has posted a £4.6bn loss for 2016 - the worst in its 111-year history.

Record month for Birmingham Airport 

13 Feb

Passenger figures up to more than 775,000 to make it the busiest start to a year on record for transport hub...

Rugby coach tries to help university with apprenticeship plan 

13 Feb

Englands Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward is to kick-off a new degree apprenticeship at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dee Valley’s activist shareholders reach end of line 

13 Feb

Shareholders in water company Dee Valley, who had their \'no\' votes on the takeover bid by Severn Trent ruled invalid by a High Court judge, will not appeal the verdict.

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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.

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.

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