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Massive expansion of Birmingham Airport could double passenger capacity to 55 million 

25 Oct

After the Government backs a third runway at Heathrow, West Midlands politicians want to expand Birmingham Airport - and that's likely to mean a new runway...

JLR owner Tata removes chairman 

25 Oct

No explanation given for sudden departure of Cyrus Mistry after four years in the role...

National Express pulls out of £1bn German rail contract 

25 Oct

BIRMINGHAM-based public transport group National Express has pulled out of a rail contract in Germany which could have been worth £1bn to the business over the next decade.

Tata chairman ousted in boardroom drama 

25 Oct

THE chairman of Tata Sons, which owns Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Steel, has been ousted.

Jaguar Land Rover appoints BAM for Castle Bromwich expansion 

25 Oct

Luxury car manufacturer recruits group behind Three Snowhill and Barclaycard Arena projects to build new car park in north Birmingham...

Bumps in the road continue to impede manufacturers’ journey to growth 

24 Oct

MANUFACTURING output continued to recover in the last quarter, with export volumes growing at their strongest for two and half years.

BAM selected for Jaguar Land Rover expansion plan 

24 Oct

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has appointed BAM Construction to build it a new multi-storey car park adjoining its Jaguar plant at Castle Bromwich.

Independent Wolverhampton hotel invests £250,000 to create ‘destination bar’ 

24 Oct

An independently owned Wolverhampton hotel is continuing with a major investment and refurbishment plan by investing £250,000 into redeveloping its main bar and reception area.

MG forges collaboration agreement with Birmingham colleges 

21 Oct

AUTOMOTIVE company MG UK is continuing with its charm offensive following its decision last month to end assembly operations at Longbridge.

JLR supplier Brose UK crowns strong year with Best Factory award 

21 Oct

COVENTRY manufacturer Brose UK has capped a 12-month period of rapid growth with an award recognising the quality of its factory, operation and commitment to improving skills.

GKN offloads German division in £177m deal 

21 Oct

Stromag will become part of US drivetrain group Altra Industrial Motion...

Breaking News: Manufacturing group disposes of German subsidiary in £177m deal 

21 Oct

WEST Midlands engineering group GKN has sold a German subsidiary in a deal worth almost £177m.

Wolverhampton launches design competition for new i9 scheme 

20 Oct

WOLVERHAMPTON city council has used the MIPIM UK property exhibition as the launch pad for a new design competition heralding the next stage of the city\'s regeneration.

Retail park sale fuels speculation on further Jaguar Land Rover expansion 

20 Oct

A BIRMINGHAM retail park close to the site of the Jaguar plant at Castle Bromwich is being offered for sale as part of a £260m portfolio, according to reports.

Wolverhampton hotel invests £250,000 in additional improvements 

19 Oct

AN independently owned Wolverhampton hotel is continuing with a major investment and refurbishment plan by ploughing £250,000 into redeveloping its main bar and reception area.

Wolverhampton manufacturer badly damaged by severe fire 

19 Oct

A WOLVERHAMPTON plastic products manufacturer has been severely damaged in a major fire at its premises.

600 jobs to go at Travis Perkins 

19 Oct

Builders' merchant behind Toolstation and Wickes brands says future trading is difficult to predict as it eyes more than 30 branches for closure...

300 manufacturing jobs set for the West Midlands with new factory development 

19 Oct

AROUND 300 new manufacturing jobs could be created in the West Midlands with construction of a new multi-million-pound development close to the site of Jaguar Land Rovers engine plant set to be...

Winter chaos warning for Birmingham Airport with baggage handling firm set to pull out 

19 Oct

Trade union Unite calls for swift resolution after baggage handling firm Aviator announces it will withdraw staff from airport at the end of next month...

City centre gateway building secures new dining tenant 

18 Oct

NOODLE bar chain Wok&Go has become the latest firm to sign up to Wolverhamptons multi-million-pound office and retail development, i10.

Expansion of Birmingham Airport on Government agenda 

18 Oct

THE growth potential offered to the West Midlands by the arrival of the HS2 high speed rail link could manifest itself in the expansion of Birmingham Airport.

Jaguar Land Rover to shed 260 agency staff 

18 Oct

Worker says they had 'no idea' contracts were going to be discontinued...

Leading fashion retailer agrees deal on major new city centre store 

17 Oct

FASHION retailer H&M has signed up to a large new store in Wolverhampton, bringing a host of new jobs to the city.

Cadbury owner makes £177m profit but avoids UK tax 

17 Oct

US parent company of historic Birmingham chocolate brand is under fire over 2015 accounts show it didn't pay any UK corporation tax...

Asda in £100m equal pay battle with thousands of staff 

16 Oct

Lawyers say the decision, by an employment judge, is a major victory in the UKs largest ever private sector equal pay claim...

Planners give green light to Cadbury estate homes scheme 

14 Oct

PLANS for a substantial new housing development on an historic estate in Birmingham have been given the green light by planners.

Motoring: Land Rover Classic; Porsche; Mazda MX-5 RF 

14 Oct

THE classic Land Rover Defender may be dead but its spirit lives on and the manufacturer has recognised this.

£2.3m fund launched to help Black Country and Marches science start-ups 

13 Oct

BUDDING entrepreneurs are to receive funding help from the University of Wolverhampton to get their businesses off the ground.

PMGC Technology Group sponsor BPBA 2016 Retail Business of the Year 

13 Oct

PMGC Technology Group Director Shez Cheema reveals why the IT company is backing BPBA 2016...

£1.5m respite care centre gets the green light in Wolverhampton 

12 Oct

A FORMER Wolverhampton petrol station is set to be redeveloped into a new respite care facility following the grant of planning permission.

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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


Midlands firm quadruples office space after doubling client base 

15 Sep

A Coventry education and training provider which has more than doubled its client and learner base has moved into new and expanded premises in the region.

LCP announces appointment of retail director 

14 Sep

London & Cambridge Properties (LCP), the leading investment and property management company, has announced the appointment of a new retail director.

Birmingham Airport backs Coventry’s City of Culture bid 

12 Sep

Coventry’s bid to become UK City of Culture is set for international take off thanks to its latest backing.

Bromwich Hardy and Cushman & Wakefield win Rolls Royce mandate 

25 Aug

Bromwich Hardy and Cushman & Wakefield have been appointed by Rolls-Royce to market 26,600 sq.

Johnson Fellows appoints new head of rating 

23 Aug

Leading chartered surveyors Johnson Fellows has announced the latest in a string of new appointments at its Birmingham office.

Planning application submitted for Avon Business Park, Evesham 

15 Aug


Raft of new occupiers at Longbridge Technology Park 

12 Aug


Fortune 500 company opens new office in Coventry to be closer to Jaguar Land Rover 

12 Aug

A multinational company specialising in the supply of automotive components has opened a new office in Coventry to be closer to one of its biggest clients.

Plans submitted for latest phase of Telford Shopping Centre redevelopment 

9 Aug

Sovereign Centros, the UK retail and leisure developer and asset manager, has submitted a planning application for the latest phase of the multi million pound redevelopment at Telford Shopping Centre.

Window of opportunity as Pennycuick Collins appointed to lead Reynaers expansion 

9 Aug

A leading European manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows has appointed Birmingham-based chartered surveyors Pennycuick Collins to help it complete its latest expansion plans.

Investor snaps up pre-let warehouse at St. Modwen’s Centurion Park for over £5 million 

8 Aug


Smyths Toys and Holland & Barrett come to Longbridge 

8 Aug

Major high street retailers Holland & Barrett and Smyths Toys Superstores are the latest signings at St.

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