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MG owner set to end production at Longbridge 

23 Sep

THE Chinese-owner of car manufacturer MG UK is set to end its assembly operation in Longbridge in a move which signals the end of car production in Birmingham.

Motoring: Mercedes; Jaguar; Ferrari 

23 Sep

THERES a common theme to this weeks Motoring which was largely by accident than design but it serves as an indication as to where high-end manufacturers think the market is heading.

Manufacturing continues to recover from post-Brexit shock 

22 Sep

MANUFACTURING output has continued to recover from its post-Brexit shock, latest figures have shown.

Illegal tobacco and alcohol worth £150,000 seized in city raids 

22 Sep

ILLEGAL cigarettes and alcohol worth more than £150,000 has been seized by trading standards officers in Wolverhampton.

Chinese investors scope Wolverhampton for new opportunities 

22 Sep

A DELEGATION of Chinese investors is heading to Wolverhampton to assess the citys prospects for new trade agreements.

St. Modwen completes land deal for new housing development 

22 Sep

REGENERATION specialist St.

Board changes for Marston’s following impending retirement 

21 Sep

WOLVERHAMPTON-based brewer and pubco Marstons has announced a board change following the impending retirement of one of its Non-Executive Directors.

Business Week promises to be Westside story for Wolverhampton firms 

21 Sep

HUNDREDS of businesses from across Wolverhampton are being given the chance to pitch for work on the citys new multi-million-pound Westside regeneration scheme.

Staffordshire pub crowned Regional pub of the Year 

21 Sep

A PUB in Staffordshire has been crowned Regional pub of the year and named among the top 16 in the country by the Campaign for Real Ale\'s (CAMRA) latest edition of its Good Beer Guide.

New chief executive set to steer university’s skills development initiative 

20 Sep

THE University of Wolverhampton has appointed a new chief executive to get its Elite Centre of Manufacturing hubs off the ground.

Shropshire business park sold for £3.4m 

20 Sep

REGENERATION specialist St Modwen has disposed of a seven-acre business park in Shropshire in a £3.42m deal.

£2.8m manufacturing institute set to create thousands of apprenticships 

20 Sep

NEARLY 2,500 apprenticeships could be created in the West Midlands through a new £2.8m project that will see employers take the lead in developing workforce skills.

800 homes planned through creation of council housing company 

20 Sep

THE City of Wolverhampton Council is set to deliver around 800 homes over the next four years through its new housing company, WV Living.

Engineering company fined after drill incident caused broken bones 

18 Sep

ENGINEERING firm KV Welding was fined £10,000 at Wolverhampton Magistrates\' Court after one of its workers broke bones in his arm.23-year-old Deimantas Beinoras was working at the company in Bilston,...

Homes plan for former Wolverhampton hospital 

16 Sep

REGENERATION plans for a brownfield site in Wolverhampton have taken a major step forward with plans submitted for a new housing scheme.

University of Wolverhampton secures £2.4m business support contract 

15 Sep

THE University of Wolverhampton has secured a £2.4m contract to continue of an SME business support scheme.

Black Country park undergoes £3m facelift with help from Yorkshire firm 

15 Sep

A BLACK Country park has undergone a £3m makeover with support from a Yorkshire contractor.

Fish firm batters the opposition with £10m sales strategy 

15 Sep

A STRING of new retail and wholesale contracts are set to help a Wolverhampton seafood company break the £10m barrier for the first time in its history.

City set to celebrate investment opportunities during Business Week 

15 Sep

INVESTMENT opportunities in a resurgent Wolverhampton will be highlighted when the city stages its third annual Business Week.

Four West Midlands Post Offices closed because of strike action 

15 Sep

Branches shut today as two trade unions stage 24-hour walkout in protest over closures and changes to its pension scheme...

Bank of England maintains interest rates at historic low 

15 Sep

THE Bank of England has decided to wait and see what the effect of last month\'s interest rate cut will be before considering further action.

The image of the construction industry: Is there a proverbial ‘silver bullet’? 

14 Sep

The Midlands Construction Summit (MCS) is set to return to Coventrys Ricoh Arena on September 27.

Government urged to look again at Birmingham Airport expansion 

14 Sep

THE Government is being urged to take a second look at an enlarged Birmingham Airport in preparation for an increase in business once HS2 opens.

Jaguar Land Rover starts work on £1bn eastern European factory 

14 Sep

Luxury car brand becomes first automotive manufacturer to open a factory in eastern European country...

Jaguar Land Rover starts work on new £1bn factory development 

13 Sep

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has officially begun the latest phase of its global production expansion with the start of work on its third overseas plant.

Wolverhampton plastics firm acquired by Derby businessman 

12 Sep

A WOLVERHAMPTON plastics firm has been acquired by an East Midland entrepreneur in a move designed to support its growth.

Businesses must use transatlantic flights or risk more of them being scrapped 

12 Sep

BUSINESS chiefs in Greater Birmingham have urged firms in the region to continue using services from Birmingham Airport so that the hub does not lose any more flights.

Birmingham Airport expansion ‘being considered’ by Prime Minister 

12 Sep

Reports suggest Treasury Minister Jim O'Neill has urged Theresa May to look again at increasing city's airport as a way of tackling London's aviation congestion...

Jaguar to invest £100m in Castle Bromwich plant 

12 Sep

Production of Jaguar XE model will transfer over from Solihull to factory in north Birmingham in a move which will 'future proof' the site...

Jaguar Land Rover set to invest £100m into Birmingham car production 

12 Sep

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is to invest £100m into its Castle Bromwich plant in a move that will see production of the XE saloon gradually shipped across from the firms neighbouring...

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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.

St. Modwen marks completion of major distribution centre at Whitley Business Park 

3 Aug


Road completion paves the way for major business park development 

2 Aug

Development of Meaford Business Park, set to support 2,200 jobs on Staffordshire’s largest brownfield site, has been given a major boost following the completion of supporting road and infrastructure works.

Boots signs up to St. Modwen’s Watling Street Business Park 

2 Aug

Leading health and beauty retailer Boots is one of two businesses to sign up for industrial space at St.

St. Modwen presses ahead with development at Great Western Business Park 

1 Aug


BJS Distribution expands to meet increased demand 

20 Jul

BJS Distribution, the specialist two-man delivery service which counts the Cotswold Company and designer furniture brand Made amongst its customer base, has expanded to a second site in Wednesbury to support the continued growth of the business...

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