Black Country news and blogs Tuesday 16 January 2018

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Bank of England plays down risk to Carillion’s lenders 

16 Jan

But bank says ripple effect of company going into liquidation is yet to be fully felt as fallout continues over construction group's collapse...

Cabinet to meet over Carillion crisis 

16 Jan

Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet will discuss the ongoing crisis after firm with major public sector contracts is placed into liquidation...

Jeremy Corbyn says Carillion collapse shows it’s ‘time to take back control’ of services 

15 Jan

Labour leader criticised an outsource-first dogma and insisted it's time we took back control...

What is Carillion and what does it do? Construction company collapse raises job fears 

15 Jan

The Wolverhampton-based company also offers many outsourcing services for the public sector...

Public contracts held by Carillion are protected 

15 Jan

UK Government says staff should continue to attend work as normal as it steps in to protect public sector contracts held by the collapsed construction giant...

Collapse of Carillion puts future of new £558m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in doubt 

15 Jan

NHS managers are in talks with the Treasury to ensure hospital serving Birmingham and the Black Country can open in 2019 as planned...

This is what the collapse of Carillion means for Paradise 

15 Jan

Development team remains bullish over future prospects of 700m city centre redevelopment...

Carillion joint venture partner says ‘plans in place’ for HS2 contract 

15 Jan

Kier Group is working with partners on the 1.4bn HS2 contract it was awarded alongside Carillion last summer to ensure continuity of service...

British construction giant Carillion COLLAPSES after talks failure 

15 Jan

Carillion is a key supplier to the Government and has contracts in the rail industry, education and NHS...

Jaguar Land Rover to open software engineering centre 

15 Jan

New hub will be base for RD activity into new electric and driverless technologies...

Lenders reject Carillion rescue plan ahead of crunch meeting 

12 Jan

Government, pension authorities and stakeholders are meeting in an attempt to thrash out a rescue package after lenders dismiss proposed rescue package...

GKN shouldn’t be splitting up ‘brilliant’ company 

12 Jan

Professor David Bailey examines the possible ramifications of Melrose's surprise bid to take over Worcestershire engineering giant GKN...

GKN rejects ‘unsolicited’ £7bn takeover offer 

12 Jan

Engineering group says Melrose's offer is entirely opportunistic and the terms fundamentally undervalued the company...

Land Rover to restore ‘missing’ original 4X4 

10 Jan

Project will see one of three pre-production vehicles last used on the road in the 1960s restored to former glory for 70th anniversary celebrations...

Tough trading conditions fail to put brakes on Jaguar Land Rover 

9 Jan

Luxury car manufacturer sees UK sales dip slightly but globally the company's prospects continue to rise...

Carillion faces probe by finance watchdog 

3 Jan

Infrastructure giant says it will co-operate with investigation looking at timeliness and content of financial announcements...

Review of 2017 – April: £75m Cadbury investment, battle to save church and Big Art Project winner 

26 Dec

Cadbury's owner Mondelēz International showcased the result of a 75m investment into the factory in Bournville which brought some Daily Mail manufacturing home and campaigners opposed plans to demolish a historic church ...

West Midlands Mayor opens new retirement village 

23 Dec

Longbridge Retirement Village is on the site of the former Austin/Rover car factory where some of the residents used to work.

Rail union CANCELS Virgin Trains West Coast strike after new pay offer 

21 Dec

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said it had received a new offer from Virgin to settle a pay dispute...

Virgin Trains staff to strike TOMORROW – what it means for you 

14 Dec

Virgin said it will run the majority of its services during the strikes...

Green light for new Wolverhampton rail station 

9 Dec

Transport bosses agree 50 million funding towards the Wolverhampton Interchange Project linking rail and tram stops...

Revealed: ALL 260 high street brands named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage 

8 Dec

Primark, Sports Direct and recruitment firm among culprits...

Ryanair ‘targets’ Birmingham air passengers for high in flight sales 

4 Dec

Fresh details have emerged of how Ryanair cabin crew are allegedly put under pressure to get passengers to spend big during journeys...

Primera Air to launch daily flights to Spain from Birmingham Airport and this is when 

23 Nov

The flights will be operated daily from May 2018...

Council’s controversial Service Birmingham IT company to be wound up in January saving £43 million over four years 

17 Nov

Parent company Capita will still provide IT support to city council...

Jaguar Land Rover tests driverless vehicles on public roads 

17 Nov

Luxury car manufacturer has taken to city centre streets for trials among everyday traffic...

Virgin Trains’ West Coast staff vote to STRIKE in pay dispute 

16 Nov

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said the dispute involves almost 1,800 train managers...

New GKN chief leaves firm before starting the job 

16 Nov

Kevin Cummings was meant to take over top job in January as company prepares for another write off...

£7m deal for Longbridge housing development 

16 Nov

St Modwen sells land overlooking Cofton Park to Taylor Wimpey...

New housing plans for site once courted by Tesco 

16 Nov

Long-running saga over proposed supermarket moves forward with new plans for apartments on derelict site...

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Double sale for Pendeford commercial property specialist 

10 Jan

Acting on behalf of private clients, Wiggins Lockett Thompson have secured purchasers and completed the sales of two offices on the Pendeford Office Park, Wolverhampton.

Pennycuick Collins gears up for increased demand for commercial property space 

2 Jan

Independent Birmingham property consultancy Pennycuick Collins is gearing up for a busy 2018 as the firm announces two important changes to its Commercial team.

International consultancy grows team with new Black Country recruits 

1 Jan

Global construction, property and management consultant, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has grown its team with the appointment of seven Black Country graduates from the University of Wolverhampton.

FBC Manby Bowdler signs two year deal to support manufacturing & technology centre 

19 Dec

Midlands law firm FBC Manby Bowdler has signed a two year deal to support a state-of-the-art £4m training centre for manufacturers in the region.

New ERA for home security firm as HQ completed at i54 

11 Dec

A leading home security firm is entering a new era as construction of its state-of-the-art headquarters reaches completion, Stoford Developments have announced.

Harris Lamb retained by Canmoor to let Willenhall Trading Estate opportunities 

22 Nov

Harris Lamb has been retained by Canmoor to let the remaining units at a Wolverhampton industrial estate, where an extensive refurbishment of vacant units is underway.

SevenCapital acquires key Stirchley development site 

22 Nov

Leading regeneration and development specialist SevenCapital has acquired a 9-acre cleared development site in Stirchley, Birmingham.

Barberry boxes clever with mid-box industrial developments 

20 Nov

Barberry is planning to invest heavily in 2018 in delivering much-needed high quality industrial and warehouse developments in areas where there is urgent demand in the mid-box range, the company has announced.

Councils praised for bravery in bringing i54 to the market 

20 Nov

Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council and South Staffordshire Council have been praised for their courage and foresight in bringing forward the giant i54 development site.

Wakemans completes on phase two at Tamworth West Business Park 

1 Nov

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on a new development at one of the most popular industrial/distribution schemes in the Midlands.

Harris Lamb oversees £600,000 refit at Wolverhampton industrial estate 

25 Oct

Harris Lamb’s building consultancy team has overseen a circa £600,000 refurbishment project at a Wednesfield industrial estate.

214,000 sq ft distribution centre sold at Whitley Business Park, Coventry 

20 Oct

Travis Perkins Properties has successfully concluded the investment sale of a 214,000 sq.

University shows TV architect amazing spaces at Springfield 

20 Oct

The University of Wolverhampton hosted a visit by celebrity architect, George Clarke – showing him amazing spaces at the Springfield redevelopment project.

Supporting local employment at Paradise Birmingham 

18 Oct

As the £700m development at Paradise steams ahead, almost 100 new jobs have been created to support the delivery of phase one of the scheme, supporting local people with full-time employment.

Jaguar Land Rover strategic car storage development unveiled by Stoford 

16 Oct

Proposals to create a 52-acre car storage facility for Jaguar Land Rover in Staffordshire are set to be unveiled at public consultations this month, Stoford Developments has announced.

Debenhams opens at the Mander Centre 

13 Oct

A brand new 93,000 sq ft anchor Debenhams store has opened at the Mander Centre in Wolverhampton.

JLL expands industrial team as it enjoys another strong year in the region 

11 Oct

JLL is expanding its Industrial team with the appointment of Richard James-Moore as director.

Developer takes wraps off Steelpark development 

11 Oct

Developers have taken the wraps off a multi-million pound speculative development of a range of industrial and warehouse units at a key West Midlands site.

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