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Building maintenance firm NPA is first to benefit from £56m fund 

23 Sep

A new property maintenance business has launched in the Black Country after becoming the first company to secure funding from the recently launched £56 million Mezzanine Fund, managed by Finance Birmingham.


Housing minister visits YMCA 

23 Sep

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis dropped in on YMCA Birmingham last week to highlight the work the charity undertakes across the city, while meeting some of the people it has helped.


Gilligan brothers from Birmingham on the run after missing court date 

23 Sep

Damon and Jamil Gilligan have evaded capture since failing to attend Stafford Crown Court to answer burglary charges...


Live: Birmingham and West Midlands breaking news, weather, sport and traffic for September 23 

23 Sep

Bringing you Tuesday's live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens...


David Cameron tribute to Pride of Birmingham heroes 

23 Sep

Prime Minister praises courage and compassion of nominees up for prestigious awards...


Birmingham City Council boss warns of gridlock for city centre 

23 Sep

Councillor Victoria Quinn believes scale of disruption could dwarf that seen during the summer tunnel closures and New Street Station redevelopment...


Birmingham city centre gridlock warning – council transport chief fears ‘horrifying’ chaos 

23 Sep

Councillor Victoria Quinn believes scale of disruption could dwarf that seen during the summer tunnel closures and New Street Station redevelopment...


Stoford wins Worcester Tech Park contract 

23 Sep

Birmingham-based development group will lead the project to build a £120m, 70-acre business park near the M5...


Redrow ploughs on with Ravenhurst Playing Fields housing plans 

23 Sep

Housebuilder submits application to build 121 houses on former playing fields despite continued protests from action group...


‘Key step’ in search for leukaemia cure at University of Birmingham 

23 Sep

The study by researchers at the University of Birmingham has been described as a “key step” in the process to understanding how the disease develops...


Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic? 

22 Sep

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight says Birmingham's accent is "very difficult to get right".


Stephen Sutton’s mum: My anger after doctors ignored signs of cancer 

22 Sep

Heroic teenage fundraiser was misdiagnosed with constipation for six months before truth was discovered...


Replay: Birmingham and West Midlands breaking news, sport, weather and traffic for September 22 

22 Sep

Bringing you Monday's live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happened...


Billesley worker injured when JCB digger fell onto his foot 

22 Sep

Man freed by firefighters and rushed to hospital with serious leg injuries...


Billesley worker injured when digger fell onto his foot 

22 Sep

Man freed by firefighters and rushed to hospital with serious leg injuries...


VIDEO: Peaky fans watch first episode 

22 Sep

Fans of BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders watch the first episode of the new series at a special premiere in Birmingham.


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Comment »

Austerity protest ahead of Tory conference 

23 Sep

Festival to highlight problems of low pay.


Statement on Ray Kirkham and Birmingham FOE Ltd’s Role 

22 Sep

Birmingham Friends of the Earth Ltd, which runs The Warehouse, has been trying to investigate the serious allegations made against Ray Kirkham, owner of 100% Vegan Ltd, the Vegan shop based within our premises.


Statement from Action Against Abuse 

22 Sep

The newly formed group, Action Against Abuse, in order to protect Birmingham and the vegan community in Birmingham, releases this statement against Ray Kirkham, a known abuser, accused by four women of sexual assault and, in one case, rape.


Article: The far right is changing but its anti-Islam message remains – The Conversation 

22 Sep

Another article of mine has been published today, again writing for The Conversation UK – an online collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.


FT focus: University of Birmingham research 

22 Sep

The research of Dr Nigel Maxted at the University of Birmingham is “committed to the conservation of genetic diversity in plants with a focus on species of agricultural value, using novel approaches to conservation and diversity management”.


Bitter together 

22 Sep

Despite Thursday’s Scottish referendum result, the longer term direction of travel is towards independence argues Steve Beauchampé.


Article: A Personal Reflection on Islamophobia – European Day of Action Against Islamophobia & Religious Intolerance 

21 Sep

To celebrate 2014’s European Day of Action Against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance, I wrote this reflective piece that was published on the No Hate website, available here.


– People’s Climate Action Gathering, Birmingham. 

21 Sep

Young woman with green heart face paint.


Seering Times North of the Border 

21 Sep

Scotland takes stock of the vote against Independence.


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City-centre news »

A38 Aston Expressway bridge closure – motorists face months of disruption 

23 Sep

Diversions to stay in place for long spell as major repair project gets underway on key out-of-city route...


Birmingham City Council boss warns of gridlock for city centre 

23 Sep

Councillor Victoria Quinn believes scale of disruption could dwarf that seen during the summer tunnel closures and New Street Station redevelopment...


Birmingham city centre gridlock warning – council transport chief fears ‘horrifying’ chaos 

23 Sep

Councillor Victoria Quinn believes scale of disruption could dwarf that seen during the summer tunnel closures and New Street Station redevelopment...


Fears for missing Birmingham teenager Mahsa Khazaei 

22 Sep

16-year-old was last seen in Aston on September 13 when she told friends she was going to visit Harborne and Birmingham city centre...


Royal Bank of Scotland workers jailed for £150,000 false-accounts conspiracy 

22 Sep

Daniel Ahmed and Ravi Mall used their positions within Royal Bank of Scotland’s customer services department to apply for loans, credit cards and overdraft agreements...


Chinese settlers in Birmingham: The highs and lows of settling in city 

22 Sep

Carl Chinn continues to look at the lives of Chinese settlers in Birmingham in the 1950s.


No Thyself 

22 Sep

When: Tuesday 30th September, 19:00 (doors will close at 20:00) Where: Green Street Arts, 22 Green Street, Digbeth, B12 0NB Tickets: email a 100-word statement of interest to greenstreetarts@live.


We should not ignore Tony Blair over Iraq- he is one of the few people talking sense 

22 Sep

An article on the Telegraph website caught my attention this morning.


Joshua Ribera’s mum ‘overwhelmed’ by backing for peace day in his memory 

21 Sep

Friends and family gathered outside the city centre Rep theatre on Sunday to remember the aspiring rapper...


Live Music Round Up 

21 Sep

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


20 is Plenty 

21 Sep

Residents of Digbeth should have recently received a postcard outlining proposals to cut speed limits on most of our streets from 2016.


Bee Friendly at the Digbeth Community Garden 

20 Sep

When: Saturday 27th September, 12:00 onwards Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5TH Birmingham Friends of the Earth will be holding a bee-friendly seed planting event at the Digbeth Community Garden today.


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Aston Villa »

Fringe duo Set For Loans? 

23 Sep

Fringe duo Set For Loans? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/09/2014 09:15:00 Yesterday it was suggested that midfielder Chris Herd could be heading to Bolton Wanderers for a short loan spell, and today Micky Drennan is being...


Shot Down But What Does The Damage Tell Us? 

23 Sep

Firstly, my apologies for not getting a piece up on Monday – it was my first day back at work and I had only managed two hours sleep so wasn’t able to get something sorted.


Villans Suffer Setback 

23 Sep

I woke up on Saturday feeling quite optimistic, which was strange because enduring the last two years had left me feeling otherwise on match days.


U21s – Derby 3-2 Villa 

22 Sep

U21s - Derby 3-2 Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/09/2014 17:22:00 Gordon Cowans' young lions almost staged the perfect comeback in today's game against Derby County but it wasn't to be.


Gabby – We Shouldn’t Blame The Virus 

22 Sep

Gabby - We Shouldn't Blame The Virus Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/09/2014 12:18:00 Striker Gabby Agbonlahor has said that Villa shouldn't really blame the virus for our loss against Arsenal, but it certainly contributed to the result...


Why the Premier League is more equal than ever this season 

22 Sep

Jeremy Wilson: What has changed to make the Premier League elite so much more vulnerable? The bottom line is money...


Aston Villa 2014 Open Day Set 

22 Sep

Aston Villa 2014 Open Day Set Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/09/2014 10:03:00 Season ticket holders can now get access to this season's open training session in the half term week of October.


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Birmingham City FC »

Redmond? There’s More Where That Came From 

23 Sep

Redmond? There's More Where That Came From Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/09/2014 09:10:00 Blues have more in the tank when it comes to new young players...


Sports Desk Live – September 23 

23 Sep

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.


Clark: The Fans Understand 

23 Sep

Clark: The Fans Understand Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/09/2014 08:59:00 Blues boss is sure the fans are still on his side...


Lee Clark is eager to still be in charge when Birmingham City’s fortunes finally change 

22 Sep

Blues boss wants to repay fans for their patience and understanding...


Norwich probe homophobic abuse claim 

22 Sep

A Norwich City fan is being investigated by police over claims of homophobic abuse, the club says.


Postcards from HK: The Book 

22 Sep

As I'm back in Hong Kong for a short period of time I thought that I would resurrect this series and give you some snapshots of what is happening out here.


Your player ratings: Who were the best and worst Birmingham City players at Norwich? 

22 Sep

Goal-getters post high scores in online poll...


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Sport »

Live – Warwickshire v Durham 

23 Sep

Live commentary and scorecard from day one of the County Championship Division One match at Edgbaston (10:30 BST).


Awful start in the first half which we did not recover from… 

23 Sep

Full match analysis including team statistics and player ratings available at TeamStats...


Walker Leaves 

22 Sep

Defender moves on...


1st XV – Handsworth 31 – 20 Willenhall 

22 Sep

Season's First Top of the Table Clash goes to Handsworth...


Next Up: Chasetown Fc 

22 Sep

Royals look to extend unbeaten league start.


Second Half Thriller 

22 Sep

After 3 seasons, with the lads , this match was the best I've ever seen, I couldn't give any man of the match as all the lads work hard and played hard.


Sutton Coldfield RFC 1st XV – Courageous Late Sutton Surge Forced A Penalty 

22 Sep

Win in the last seconds...


First time report by Ross Touhy with his perspective on Saturday’s match. 

22 Sep

Romulus throw Tividale to the lions 2-1.


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Business »

IMI all shook up over new FD 

23 Sep

BIRMINGHAM-based engineering group has announced the appointment of Daniel Shook as its new Finance Director.


Virgin gets the green light for Shrewsbury rail services 

23 Sep

WEST Coast Main Line operator Virgin Trains has been given the green light from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) to run direct services from both Blackpool and Shrewsbury to London Euston.


Stoford wins Worcester Tech Park contract 

23 Sep

Birmingham-based development group will lead the project to build a £120m, 70-acre business park near the M5...


Major investor secured for Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston 

23 Sep

City council says unnamed firm has pledged to build 10,000 sq ft unit on industrial site to kick-start regeneration...


Youngsters to attend digital skills event at Birmingham’s Thinktank science museum 

23 Sep

Initiative is brainchild of the charity UpRising, one of the top youth leadership development organisations in the country...


Finance Birmingham funding for Nationwide Property Assistance 

23 Sep

Birmingham-based Blue Sky Corporate Finance assisted Nationwide (NPA) with sourcing and securing funding for a management buyout that will enable the business to grow...


‘Key step’ in search for leukaemia cure at University of Birmingham 

23 Sep

The study by researchers at the University of Birmingham has been described as a “key step” in the process to understanding how the disease develops...


Sixteen West Midlands Phones4u stores rescued by EE and Vodafone 

22 Sep

Series of shops, including three in Birmingham city centre, will be rebranded either EE or Vodafone in rescue deal which saves 138 jobs...


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Business columns »

David Bailey: Europe’s car market continues to edge upwards as Eurozone stagnates 

19 Sep

Europe's auto industry has been badly damaged by the ongoing fallout from the global financial crisis and credit crunch.


Manufacturing hub plan – views sought 

19 Sep

City council seeking opinion on redevelopment.


Trevor Law: Invest without emotion for cold, hard cash 

18 Sep

For many years academics studying stock markets have been trying to persuade investors that markets are efficient.


Steven McCabe: Scottish referendum’s profound implications for the British economy 

18 Sep

The issues uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister David Cameron are the consequences of the possibility of a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum and how to react to the truly shocking events in Iraq.


Lord Bhattacharyya: England needs to regain spirit of enterprise 

18 Sep

The outcome of the Scottish referendum will have an effect on industrial policy as it will many other aspects of our national life.


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Events »

From Rubbish to Magical Dance: Coming to Warwick Arts Centre 

23 Sep

Who : L’après-midi d’un Foehn–Version 1 by Company Non Nova When: Oct 11 and 12th Where: Warwick University Arts Centre from murdo macleod from our arts desk A magical dance troupe, made entirely from a heap of rubbish,  comes to Warwick ...


Lights 

22 Sep

Lights - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 30, Jan 15...


Jerry Dammers to Play the H&H 

22 Sep

We are delighted to be teaming up with Silver Dollar to welcome Jerry Dammers back to the Hare Hounds for a DJ set on Friday 3rd October.


Game Over 

22 Sep

Feat: Game Over Arena + Afrobeats Central...


Simple Minds 

22 Sep

Simple Minds - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 11, Apr 15...


Mark Lanegan Band 

22 Sep

Mark Lanegan is almost 50.


Supa Fresh, 23 Sep 2014 

21 Sep

23 Sep 2014 - Club at Gatecrasher Join us on our weekly Student Session...


Brooklyn Beats, 22 Sep 2014 

21 Sep

22 Sep 2014 - Club at Players Bar...


Uncle Ben needs you this Christmas! 

20 Sep

Graft Entertainment is looking for Birmingham based Actors to perform in the comedy/theatre Christmas Pantomime production, Uncle Ben’s Festive Block Party .


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Music blogs »

Talking the blues 

23 Sep

An old face returns to the city’s scene this evening.


Review: Rudy’s Rare Records @ The Rep, Birmingham, 18/09/2014 

22 Sep

Adapted for the stage by Danny Robins from the BBC Radio 4 series he and Lenny Henry co-created, Rudy’s Rare Records is a feel-good comment on social change, father/son relationships and the fight to keep the family business alive in a rapidly-...


Live Review & Photo Gallery: Benjamin Booker @ O2 Academy, Birmingham – 06/09/2014 

22 Sep

Fresh from touring with recently-infamous rock diva Jack White, there’s a sense of hot anticipation in the air of the O2 Academy’s most intimate room – usually the reserve of tribute acts and lesser-populated shows, tonight it’...


Album Review: Aphex Twin – Syro 

22 Sep

It’s difficult to tell how much of the hype around Richard David James’ first album in over in a decade is label-generated, and how much has been driven by the reclusive producer often regarded as one of the most influential figures in electronic...


Jazzing along 

22 Sep

More international jazz this Friday.


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999 »

Home Affairs Select Committee 

21 Sep

My evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2014, which was commended by the chair of the committee, Rt Hon Keith VAZ MP — Oral evidence - given on 02nd September 2014 Written submission – from June 2014.


CCTV: Assault in Handsworth Wood 

20 Sep

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CCTV image released as BTP appeals for information about theft from train: Milton Keynes-Birmingham 

17 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after the theft of cash from a train as it travelled between Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street.


CCTV image released as BTP appeals for information about theft from train: Milton Keynes-Birmingham 

17 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after the theft of cash from a train as it travelled between Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street.


Fatal collision on Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green 

16 Sep

Fatal collision on Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green Dramatic CCTV footage of a high speed crash, in which a woman lost her life, showing the dangers of speeding.


Decisions, Decisions! 

13 Sep

In these last few weeks, I’ve been getting to talk more about police approaches to mental health incidents with a wide variety of people.


Designing Training 

13 Sep

So here’s a knotty one – on the subject of police training.


BTP appeal ahead of Birmingham City v Leeds United fixture this weekend. Do you know this man? 

12 Sep

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection an incident that took place on board a train following the match between the two clubs earlier this year.


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LocalGov »

Social Services justification for ceasing Duty of Care for disabled people`s stair lifts. 

23 Sep

Internal review request sent to Birmingham City Council by Richard Powderhill on 23 September 2014 .


Media Watch – Sept 23 

23 Sep

Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Transport boss warns of gridlock ahead for Brum (Birmingham Mail) A council boss (Cllr Victoria Quinn) has demanded action to stop a string of redevelopment projects leaving the city appearing ‘closed for...


Lamp post not working properly, 22nd September 

22 Sep

I have already reported this to BCC, but not much progress.


Fence panel needs replacing on Harborne Walkway, 22nd September 

22 Sep

One of the fence panels that goes along Rotton park Road next to the entrance of the Harborne walkway is missing.


Why is Birmingham City Council ignoring complaints? 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Mr S on 22 September 2014 .


Food Hygiene Inspection Report 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Paul Sayers on 22 September 2014 .


Number of Agency staff working for Birmingham City Council 

22 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Stephen Booth on 22 September 2014 .


Join us for Cycle to the Park Day 

22 Sep

Brummies are being urged to get on their bikes and head to the park on Sunday 28 September for a fun-filled day of activities aimed at the whole family.


Media Watch – Sept 22 

22 Sep

Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Widespread coverage of a claim that a Birmingham school served just one chicken nugget for lunch Birmingham council slashes CIL charges (Estates Gazette ) The council has slashes taxes on new office space...


School Supply Staff and Agency Spend 2013/2014 

22 Sep

Clarification sent to Birmingham City Council by Julie Parr on 22 September 2014 .


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Social media »

help us help the lga shape social media in local government 

22 Sep

We're hugely excited to be helping to draw-up new guidelines to help Councillors use social media better.


Hyperlocal Voices: Jack Davies, Tongwynlais 

22 Sep

We’re back to Wales for the latest interview in our Hyperlocal Voices series; as Jack Davies tells Damian Radcliffe about the community website for Tongwynlais in Cardiff.


The Greatest Classic Cars from the Movies 

21 Sep

While some people might be watching the latest Bond film for a look at the amazing stunts and explosions, there are many that are chucking back popcorn just waiting for a glimpse of Bond’s classic Aston Martin.


Let’s not waste this opportunity to revive an enthusiasm for politics 

19 Sep

The referendum in Scotland may be over, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg: it will have a huge impact on everyone in the UK, but we don’t know what that impact will be.


social media and new year local government predictions 

19 Sep

Here's a thing.


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