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Digbeth based Chitty’s Cakes kicks off a crowd-funder urging sweet lovers to help them ‘bake a cake shop’ in the newly renovated Custard Factory court-yard. 

21 May

Digbeth based cake company, Chitty’s Cakes Limited is set to become the latest independent business to set down solid roots in the newly renovated Custard Factory courtyard.

Birmingham recording studio under threat 

21 May

Campaigners attempt to raise £250,000 to save a Birmingham recording studio use by the stars.

Latest knife bin opened after armed attacks in Birmingham 

21 May

A new secure knife bin, where people are urged to safely hand in weapons, is opened.

Award-winning Tokyotattoo Studios are opening their new venture in the Jewellery Quarter in July. 

21 May

After roaring success in Cheltenham Tokyotattoo Studios will be bringing their expert electric tattooing to a private studio based on St Paul’s Square in the iconic and infamously artsy Jewellery Quarter this July.

Benefit and Be At One collaborate for ‘Bold Is Beautiful’ event 

21 May

On Wednesday 30 th May at 6 PM, Be At One will be hosting their 2 nd event in Birmingham, collaborating with Benefit Cosmetics (John Lewis) after 2016’s sell-out evening.

There will be a World Gin Tasting session taking place next month perfect for a taste of summer. 

21 May

On 2 nd June, an entertaining and informative two hours of fun are promised at Loki Wine Birmingham, who will guide you through the tasting of a range of premium gins.

Ozell Pemberton: Murder charge over Sutton Coldfield stab death 

21 May

Ozell Pemberton, 16, "always saw the bright side of life" his parents said.

Street gunfire heard and man injured in Satley, Birmingham 

20 May

Officers were called to reports of a gunman with two accomplices before an injured man arrived at hospital.

Garry Monk: Birmingham City fan gets tattoo of manager on his backside 

20 May

A Birmingham City fan has Garry Monk's face tattooed on his backside after the Blues boss helped to pay for the mark.

Birmingham City Ladies v Reading Women 

20 May

Live coverage of Sunday's Women's Super League 1 game between Birmingham City Ladies and Reading Women.

Sutton Coldfield arrest over Ozell Pemberton stabbing 

20 May

A 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy are in custody after Ozell Pemberton was stabbed to death.

Birmingham primary school in royal wedding lunch 

18 May

Children at a school enjoy a royal-themed lunch ahead of the big day.

Blues Ladies defender Westwood retires 

18 May

Former England defender Emily Westwood will retire after Birmingham City Ladies' final game of the season.

Birmingham bar staff to help stop sex attacks on gay men 

18 May

West Midlands Police are training nightclub staff ahead of Pride following rise in sexual assaults...

Birmingham City: Midfielders Jason Lowe and Andrew Shinnie released 

18 May

Birmingham City release midfield pair Jason Lowe and Andrew Shinnie following the end of their Championship campaign.

Lots to see and do this May half term at Birmingham Museums  

18 May

Leave those school desks behind for an active and creative half term at Birmingham Museums.

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Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

21 May


The Council’s reserves increased by £95m last year. We say use the extra money to fund vital services! 

19 May

The Save Our Nurseries campaign says the Council should find the extra money to top up the budgets of the 14 Council-run day nurseries.

Housing 31: reform taxation, build community housing, use surplus public land 

18 May

Will Cllr Ward, lauded for recent political manoeuvring , continue John Clancy’s good housing initiatives? A Bournville reader has drawn attention to a Guardian article which says falling house prices are not disastrous, ever-rising house prices ...

Council: Ward breaks new boundaries 

17 May

Ian Ward may have been the leader of Birmingham city council for little more than six months, but he’s already achieved two things of significance that eluded his immediate predecessor...

Never mind who you voted for, where did you do it? 

14 May

They’ve become a standard feature of the election season – complaints about the complete or partial closure of schools selected as polling stations.

Yeezy vs. the People 

13 May

Comment Writer Kieren Williams argues that Kanye West's recent Twitter outburst has negative repercussions for the black community The post Yeezy vs.

Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation 

13 May

Immediate action needs to be taken to punish those responsible for creating a 'hostile environment' for the Windrush Generation, argues Comment Writer Kieren Williams The post Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation appeared first on ...

Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy 

11 May

25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big ...

SAVE BIRMINGHAM NURSERIES – lobby of the new Birmingham Council, Tuesday 22nd May at 3.15 at the Council House 

10 May


Far right, UKIP & Tommy Robinson looking to forge path forward; time to build resistance 

8 May

(pic – Guy Smallman) Various strands of the far right and openly fascist groups assembled in central London, last Sunday.

Andy’s Anniversary: two questions 

5 May

We didn’t have time or space to mark the anniversary of the first Mayoral contest in the West Midlands yesterday.

Alan Clawley – A life less ordinary 

4 May

Steve Beauchampé pays further tribute to the community activist and Birmingham Press columnist .

Vote2018: polling day manifesto summary 

3 May

With the polls open, you’ll have already scoured each of the manifestos to determine where to place your vote in elections for Birmingham city council, writes Kevin Johnson.

Vote2018: Thursday’s other West Midlands elections 

2 May

The media focus on this week’s council elections, we’re told, will be principally on London.

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Project Ocean Selfridges 2018 

21 May

The world’s first edible water ‘bottle’ comes to Selfridges Birmingham...

Local candle business Hamptons Candles featured in the Royal Wedding Collection 

21 May

Candle-making company Hampton Candles are being featured in the Royal Wedding collection in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this Saturday.

World Cup Flavours 

15 May

Whether you’re a footie fan or more of a foodie fan, we’ve got another reason to embrace the season, with food from many of the competing countries.

#SunAwarenessWeek: 7 ways to protect yourself in the sun 

14 May

Today marks the start of #SunAwarenessWeek and as the UK enjoys another heatwave, we asked Public Health England for their top tips on how to stay safe in the sun.

In their shoes: ME Awareness Week highlights seriousness of the condition 

14 May

Local charities and support groups congregated as part of the #MillionsMissing movement for ME Awareness.

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek infographic: Suicide in Birmingham – what you need to know 

14 May

Today marks the start of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek across the UK.

Gun surrender launched in West Midlands Police bid to combat violent crime 

14 May

A fortnight-long firearm surrender was launched today by West Midlands Police as part of their efforts to tackle violent crime.

Brain cancer research funding doubled in tribute to Tessa Jowell 

14 May

PM Theresa May met Baroness Jowell last February / Source: Number 10 (Creative Commons) Research funding to tackle brain cancer will be increased to £40 million by the Government, Theresa May and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced on the ...

Ramadan: How to keep healthy whilst fasting 

14 May

Flickr/raasiel Muslims in the UK are expected to fast for around 18 hours this Ramadan, with the Suhoor – pre-dawn meal – time ending before 3 AM at the end of Ramadan.

Birmingham housing crisis strands families miles away from home 

14 May

No shortage of building sites, but not enough homes (photo by Elliott Brown ) Birmingham’s exploding housing crisis is forcing the Council to house some families more than a hundred miles from the city, according to new figures revealed today.

Eat the rainbow 

14 May

The best veggie dishes to try at Bullring & Grand Central...

Council to review fresh application of new nightclub at ‘Prisma’ venue in Birmingham 

14 May

A decision regarding the licensing of a new nightclub on the Prisma premises is expected to be given by Birmingham City Council today.

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Aston Villa »

‘Jam packed 

18 May

Stephen Pennell falls even deeper under the spell of AffieJam.

On the march with… 

15 May

A 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough means Villa are off to Wembley, as Dave Woodhall watches.

Play-off Semifinal Leg Two: Aston Villa vs. Middlesbrough 

15 May

By now, we’ve read all the takes on Saturday’s 1-0 win at the Riverside—“defensive masterclass” seems the most common, and it’s hard to argue with the hyperbole.

Thirdway to paradise 

13 May

Villa won 1-0 at Middlesbrough in the Championship play-offs first leg.

Play-off Semifinal Leg One: Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa 

12 May

Here we are.

The final countdown 

6 May

Villa’s league programme ended with a 1-0 defeat at Millwall, as watched by Dave Woodhall.

You Need Two Legs To Stand On! 

6 May

I've not written anything for awhile.

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Birmingham City FC »

White gets player of the year nomination 

21 May

Blues Ladies and England forward Ellen White has been nominated for England’s Player of the Year award.

Prices frozen, Students axed 

21 May

Blues have released details for 2018/19 season tickets with the headline news being a price freeze for the 6th year.

Jlloyd Samuel 

15 May

I heard this afternoon that Jlloyd Samuel has died aged 37.

The top club in England is… 

15 May

Which is the top club in the land? Which teams are punching above their weight and which historic powerhouses languish in the lower divisions? The Ultimate League for 2017/18 has arrived...

Most improved club in England is… 

14 May

We have ranked every club for league improvement in England's top four tiers - so where does your club sit...

When does your club’s season start? 

14 May

The new Premier League season starts on August 11, but champions Manchester City will be in action a little earlier.

End of Season 2017-18 

11 May

Blues Trust would like to put on record our sincere appreciation to Garry Monk and his team for a sterling run of results this last couple of months, culminating in Sunday’s excellent performance and Championship survival.

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Sport »

Steve Bruce on the Aston Villa futures of Sam Johnstone, Robert Snodgrass and Lewis Grabban 

21 May

AVFC boss Bruce has outlined his desire to hold onto the club's loanees - IF they go up...

Fulham sell out Wembley – and the latest Aston Villa ticket update 

21 May

There aren't many seats remaining for Saturday's play-off final...

Sutton U16’s DRAW 3-3 with Kidderminster 

21 May

Royals miss out on overall Junior Premier League title...

Steve Bruce explains why Aston Villa can’t afford to miss out on promotion 

21 May

Villa take on Fulham on Saturday in the play-off semi-final at Wembley and the stakes are high...

‘Number of young men arrested after fight in Birmingham city centre’ 

21 May

Youths arrested following reports of disorder...

Ex-Aston Villa striker signs a new contract – as a wrestler! 

21 May

Find out why this Villa old boy is swapping the football pitch for the ring...

Increased police presence in Sutton Coldfield town centre after fatal stabbing 

21 May

A number of PCSOs were stationed in Lower Parade by the floral tributes and by the Gracechurch Centre...

Birmingham City fans are all saying the same thing about Gary Rowett 

21 May

The Derby County manager wants to take over the vacant managerial post at Stoke City...

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    The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

    13 May

    o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.

    Kind Stourbridge lawyers launch fundraising initiative for Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

    20 Apr

    STAFF from a Stourbridge-based law firm have pledged their support to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital carry out its life-saving care.

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    30 Mar

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    28 Mar

    IT'S lights, camera, action at Bromsgrove firm Superdream, following the purchase of Birmingham-based film production company HIPSTER.

    Former rugby pro to open new café in Birmingham 

    19 Feb

    Venue in Bull Street will be Sam Smith's second caf after launching his new venture in Worcester in 2016...

    Works starts on new HMRC building in Birmingham 

    19 Feb

    More than 3,600 tax and pensions workers will be relocated to new city centre home in 2020...

    This 17th century Solihull farmhouse is to be transformed into a pub and restaurant 

    19 Feb

    Company behind Birmingham bar The Physician is hoping to renovate listed farmyard complex...

    Barclays hosts event for corporate and wealth clients 

    19 Feb

    Barclays held an event for its corporate and wealth clients and the Birmingham professional community...

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    Midlands housing provider seeks ambitious planning reforms 

    21 May

    Call for affordable homes schemes to cover Midlands.

    Boost for Birmingham brownfield development 

    17 May

    £3.6 million backing from WMCA Collective Investment Fund.

    Primera Air launches Birmingham operation 

    15 May

    New addition to airport takes off.

    Medieval meets modern through video imagery 

    10 May

    Warwick Castle joins forces with Birmingham production company.

    Gateway city centre site sold to Barratt Homes 

    9 May

    New development planned on the site of former college.

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    Topman Tailored Suiting 

    21 May

    Make your suit the perfect fit with Topman's Tailored Suiting Event...

    Volunteer Day, 22 May 2018 

    20 May

    22 May 2018 - Community at Moseley Bog...

    Dementia Awareness Week, 21 May 2018 – 25 May 2018 

    20 May

    21 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 - Community at Merry Hill Monday 21 May – Choir 1pm, lower mall near H Samuel As a way of helping care for and support people with dementia, music has been shown to often have a dramatic effect.

    C Jam, 20 May 2018 

    17 May

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    New Show: Simmer Down Presents Al Campbell 

    17 May

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    Charlie Waterford, 18 May 2018 

    16 May

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    New Show: Ten Fé 

    16 May

    Hailing from London, England, Ten Fé are an English alternative indie pop duo known for their nostalgic, hook-laden synth leads, sorrowful vocals, and atmospheric, ethereal guitar work.

    JoJo’s Birthday at Entertainer 

    16 May

    Get involved with the #JoJoParty at The Entertainer in Bullring.

    Disco Night, 18 May 2018 

    14 May

    18 May 2018 - Club at Cadbury Club...

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    Music blogs »

    Hot Hot Heat – Bandages 

    21 May


    Birmingham Jazz presents… 

    21 May

    Another top-quality promotion in store.

    James + Lanterns on the Lake at Victoria Theatre, Halifax, UK – 20th May 2018 

    20 May

    Halifax, a town famous for Cat’s Eyes (the reflecting studs on the road that keep you safe), chocolate and banking has a rich musical history, but of late the calibre of acts playing here has had a bit of a boom with the Stone Roses, Kasabian and ...

    Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino 

    20 May

    Arctic Monkey's divisive comeback record swaps out anthemic choruses and guitar hooks for conceptual ambition and left-field instrumentation, earning a rave review from Music critic Luke Wheeler The post Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility ...

    BRMB Stories: It’s half past one in the morning. How are YOU doing? 

    20 May

    Don't play 'Misty' on the Late Show.

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    My Health and Yours 

    20 May

    My healthcare, and that of my family and friends, is absolutely none of your business.

    Interim Report: MHA Review 

    7 May

    Last week, Professor Sir Simon Wessely published his interim report after being asked in 2017 by the Prime Minister to look at the Mental Health Act 1983.

    Reasons to be cheerful 

    3 May

    After the first month of this financial year there are lots of reasons to look forward this year! In January we entered what is my third year as chief.

    Interim Report: MHA Review 

    1 May

    At 10am on 01st May, the interim report of Professor Sir Simon Wessely’s review of the Mental Health ACt 1983, commissioned by the Prime Minister in late 2017, will be published.

    AMHP Emergencies 

    28 Apr

    My esteemed blogging colleague the Masked AMHP has, in his latest post, addressed the question of whether AMHPs are an emergency service, rightly pointing out that a range of situations lead to demands that AMHPs suddenly jump in to action ...

    Policing is Not The Problem Here 

    23 Apr

    Policing is not the problem here: the extent to which we rely upon policing – that’s the problem.

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    13 Apr

    As you have been watching the television in the last few days I hope your excitement has been building for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022! Last week I joined four of our staff, as part of a wider Birmingham and UK Government group...

    Draft Mental Health Strategy 

    8 Apr

    This is an opportunity to comment upon a draft strategy for policing and mental health, which is being put together by Chief Constable Mark Collins, the National Police Chiefs Council lead on mental health.

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    Inappropriate Parking, 21st May 

    21 May

    This area of Elmbank Grove has become a dumping ground for Broken Vans.

    Trip hazard, 21st May 

    21 May

    Trip hazard outside quayside tower on broad street raised brick work near lighting column number 25 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Regency Wharf 266a-271 Broad Street, Birmingham Report on ...

    HMO property owners 

    21 May

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Tehmoor on 21 May 2018 .

    Numerous 6 inch deep potholes on Gravelly Lane, alongside Stuart Court, 21st May 

    21 May

    These potholes have been here for several months.

    Bin dirty, 21st May 

    21 May

    Public BBC Bin dirty and needs cleaning Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 183 City Road, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...

    Council Litter bins Not emptied Rookery Rd, Handsworth., 21st May 

    21 May

    Why have Birmingham City Council yet again failed toi empty all the litter bins along Rookery Rd, Handsworth in the shopping area? as some of the pictures show, nearly all the Council litter bin were full and not emptied this morning.

    Pile of fly tipping along Rookery Rd, Handsworth., 21st May 

    21 May

    Birmingham City Council need to explain why rubbish dumepd in the pavements along Rookery Rd, shopping and residentail area has been left with this rubbish and it has Not been cleared? The Council needs to make sure all the rubbish dumepd along...

    More fly tipping Regent Rd, Carlton Av, Handsworth., 21st May 

    21 May

    Yes more fly tipping dumped on the pavement on the corner or Regent Rd Carlton Av, Handsworth, many request made to Birmingam City Council for CCTV Camera to be put near this spot as almost every week fly tipping at this same spot, but Council...

    Traffic lights not working for pedestrian crossing, no lights at all, 21st May 

    21 May

    Lights not working at all, noticed am 21st may, busy road to cross without the crossing working.

    Birmingham City Council Act 1985 

    21 May

    Internal review request sent to Birmingham City Council by D Harris on 21 May 2018 .

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    21 May

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    when severe weather comms gets you a “hug from the public 

    16 May

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    How to: uncover Excel data only revealed by a drop-down menu 

    15 May

    Sometimes an organisation will publish a spreadsheet where only a part of the full data is shown when you select from a drop-down menu.

    seizing the day – how one council used social media to place market its area 

    14 May

      Do local councils have a role to play in place marketing? Of course they do.

    a collection of writing that questions as well as celebrates nhs comms 

    11 May

    The new #futurePRoof has been published with a collection of writing to celebrate the 70 years of the NHS.

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