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Ministry of Justice takes over running of HMP Birmingham 

20 Aug

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has today (20/08) taken over the running of HMP Birmingham for an initial six-month period at no additional cost to the taxpayer.


Birmingham Prison taken over from G4S by government 

20 Aug

Security company G4S will not be allowed to run HMP Birmingham again for at least six months.


Fire breaks out at Aston factory unit 

19 Aug

Plumes of smoke from the factory fire could be seen from the Aston Expressway.


‘Driver asleep’ crash on Aston Expressway prompts warning 

19 Aug

Police say the collision on the A38M in Birmingham "could have been a lot worse".


Solihull Moors v Sutton United 

18 Aug

Live coverage of Saturday's National League game between Solihull Moors and Sutton United.


Grant Elliott: Birmingham Bears captain to retire at end of 2018 season 

17 Aug

Birmingham Bears captain Grant Elliott plans to retire from cricket at the end of the 2018 season.


Birmingham mosque attacks ‘random criminal damage’ 

17 Aug

Further reports of damage to property and a car dissuade police from "racial motive" theory.


Paradise Circus to be closed to traffic until summer 2019 to enable construction of the Metro extension.  

17 Aug

From Monday 3rd September Paradise Circus will be closed to traffic in both directions until summer 2019.


Smartphone traffic lights app trialled in Birmingham 

17 Aug

The app, being trialled in Birmingham, lets drivers know when traffic lights will change.


Get in the spirit for the return of the Whiskey Festival 

17 Aug

Next month fans of a dram will be able to sample some of the world’s most unique whiskies when Midlands Whisky Festival presents its first ever ‘Fine and Rare’ bar.


Jack Grealish: Aston Villa offer deal to ‘best young player’ Steve Bruce has worked with 

17 Aug

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce hopes "the best young player" he has ever worked with, Jack Grealish, will sign a new deal.


Ipswich Town v Aston Villa 

17 Aug

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Ipswich Town and Aston Villa.


‘Trojan Horse’ hearings against teachers and governor cost £1.27m 

17 Aug

Misconduct cases were brought against 14 teachers in Birmingham but only one was found at fault.


Mitchell Clark: Aston Villa loan Wales Under-19 defender to Port Vale 

16 Aug

Port Vale sign Wales Under-19 international defender Mitchell Clark on loan from Championship side Aston Villa.


Family fun at the Lord Mayor’s Show at Cannon Hill Park this weekend. 

16 Aug

This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show returns to Cannon Hill Park on Sunday 19th August with a fun-packed, family friendly event from 11am to 4pm.


Commonwealth Games Village planning application submitted 

16 Aug

Birmingham’s plans to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games stepped up another gear today with the submission of the formal Planning Application for the residential element of the Village, which would be home to the participants in four years’ time.


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Comment »

Snow Hill August 2018 update 

20 Aug

Over five years ago I reported on the near completion of Snow Hill two, https://birminghamcentral.


What is wrong with the council’s new plans for working with neighbourhoods, and what should be done: Participatory democracy means citizens influencing decision-making at the top, not just more engagement at ward level 

17 Aug

How should the city council work with Birmingham’s local neighbourhoods? That is the theme of a draft Policy Statement called ‘Working together in Birmingham’s Neighbourhoods’, published in July.


The city should use its Blue Roads 

17 Aug

As the council’s consultation closes today (Friday, August 17 th ) reports indicate a total omission of any reference to the city’s ‘Blue Roads’.


ISIS is Monstrous, But So is Capital Punishment 

17 Aug

In light of the extradition of two ISIS agents to the US, Comment editor Alex Cirant-Taljaard argues that the death penalty can never be justified The post ISIS is Monstrous, But So is Capital Punishment appeared first on Redbrick .


WMNEG MEETING: INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

15 Aug

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP The meeting on Thursday August 23 rd will be held at the Community Hub in John Lewis, from 5 to 7pm.


HSBC at heart of Central changes – August 2018 

15 Aug

It's been ten months since my last update on the construction of the new HSBC UK headquarters at the Arena Central development, http://birminghamcentral.


Liberal Hypocrisy Over the Death Penalty is Beyond Parody 

15 Aug

Liberal anger over Sajid Javid's decision to allow the possible execution of two Islamic State militants is dangerously misplaced, argues Comment Writer Harpreet Pannu The post Liberal Hypocrisy Over the Death Penalty is Beyond Parody appeared first ...


Higher still 

13 Aug

In April I blogged about the allure of high rise and the views afforded of Birmingham's skyline offered by towers but also the hillier than people realise landscape around Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


Paradise rising – Update VII 

10 Aug

The glorious sunny weather of the last month has shown the paradise development progress in literally the best light.


Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Young People’s Role in the Political Climate 

9 Aug

A comment piece by West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.


And if we tolerate this… 

9 Aug

It’s time Britain’s media began treating racism in the Conservative Party as seriously as it does racism in the Labour Party says Steve Beauchampé.


For the West Midlands economy, Brexit could be a perfect storm: David Viney (Localise West Midlands) 

8 Aug

With the government’s own economic impact assessments for the West Midlands making grim reading – the worst case scenarios reminiscent of the early 1980s recessions that devastated the social and economic fabric of the region – it is vital that...


Pressing Issues: Donald Trump and Global News Journalism 

8 Aug

News Editor Tom Leaman discusses whether President Trump's continued attacks on the media threaten the accuracy and freedom of the global press.


Solihull’s 3-year split bin problem: the suppliers’ responsibility? 

7 Aug

In December last year it was reported that   several of the brown recycling bins supplied to Solihull Council by Yorkshire manufacturer MGB Plastics were faulty .


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City-centre news »

School shoes guide from Bullring 

20 Aug

Head to Bullring & Grand Central for your back-to-school footwear...


Birmingham Connected Summer Travel Update – 16 August 2018 

20 Aug

Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful.


The White Company New Arrivals 

17 Aug

Discover the latest arrival to The White Company - The Ginger Collection...


Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 011 

14 Aug

Below is issue 11 of  Westside Weekly newsletter released by the Midland Metro Alliance.


World Photography Day 

13 Aug

It's nearly World Photography Day! Click to see our top camera picks from John Lewis in Grand Central.


The Ritual of Holi 

13 Aug

Life is meant to be fun, not serious.


Scam Alert – Fake British Gas Emails 

10 Aug

Watch Out For These Fake British Gas Emails.


If the Shirt Fits 

9 Aug

Call it history re-invented; the Ben Sherman Archive Shirt collection is back.


Paradise Circus Closure Communication 

8 Aug

Further details about the closure of Paradise Circus between 3 September and Summer 2019 have been issued by Midland Metro Alliance.


Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 010 plus Historical Artefacts Discovered 

8 Aug

Below is information on the  recently-unearthed historical items found during the Metro extension works in Victoria Square and where to view them.


Birmingham Connected Update – 2 August 2018 

8 Aug

Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful.


Grants awarded in the West Midlands at its lowest level since 2010 

8 Aug

Funding awarded to West Midlands’ institutions in 2017 reached its lowest point since 2010 , an analysis by Birmingham Eastside shows.


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Aston Villa »

Villa still have more questions than answers 

19 Aug

Dave Woodhall talks about events at Villa Park, and mentions a 1-1 draw with Ipswich.


Cylinders Misfiring? 

18 Aug

Oh dear.


Match Day: Ipswich Town vs. Aston Villa 

18 Aug

Villa return to league action at Portman Road, facing an Ipswich Town side who were shown the League Cup door by Exeter, and have not exactly gotten off to a flyer in the league.


Villa un-Huished 

14 Aug

Villa beat Yeovil 1-0 in the League Cup round one, with Dave Woodhall commenting on proceedings.


Yeovil Town vs. Aston Villa: Carabao Kicks Off 

14 Aug

Sometimes I marvel at the amount of football that gets played.


Aston Villa 3-2 Wigan Athletic: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

13 Aug

The first home match of the 2018-19 campaign saw the Villa once again come from behind, this time eking out 3-2 result at the expense of visiting Wigan, who must’ve been gutted to to lose at the death.


Substance over style at Villa Park 

12 Aug

Dave Woodhali on a packed Villa Park, a last- minute winner and heroes old and new.


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Birmingham City FC »

‘Tis the Season… 

18 Aug

The new season kicks off this weekend with Continental Cup matches and sees Birmingham Women drawn at home to Manchester ...


Swansea hold wasteful Blues 

17 Aug

Swansea maintained their unbeaten start in the Sky Bet Championship after holding a wasteful Birmingham to a goalless draw on Friday night.


Monk ready for Swansea reunion 

17 Aug

Garry Monk is used to facing his old clubs.


Sky Live: Birmingham v Swansea 

16 Aug

Birmingham are short of midfield options for Swansea's Sky Bet Championship visit on Friday night.


Prutton’s EFL predictions 

16 Aug

David Prutton returns with his Sky Bet EFL predictions ahead of this weekend's fixtures, but who is he tipping for victory? Find out here...


The Glue Melts Away 

16 Aug

Say what you want about Carson Yeung, Peter Pannu & Co (and there was a lot to say) but I think ...


Who are Birmingham City’s Summer Signings? 

16 Aug

With the Blues operating under a transfer embargo that the EFL were only willing to lift for a week before the summer window slammed shut for permanent signings on Thursday, 9 August, there haven’t been too many fresh faces added to the...


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Sport »

The mistake Tottenham made in their pursuit of Jack Grealish 

20 Aug

Aston Villa manager reveals how close the club came to losing their star asset...


Former Birmingham City favourite hints at St Andrew’s return 

20 Aug

The former Manchester United midfielder is heading into the final year of his contract at Lazio...


Aston Villa are braced for more loan interest starlet 

20 Aug

Latest AVFC transfer news includes an update on possible outgoings at Villa Park...


Bungling thieves who stole £75k Range Rover caught after leaving its tracker inside own BMW 

20 Aug

Birmingham crooks Laith Khan, 33, and Atiq Rahman, 31, stole luxury vehicle from Solihull...


Bolasie, Ojo, Abraham – Steve Bruce’s plans for Aston Villa before loan window shuts 

20 Aug

AVFC transfer news takes a closer look at what Steve Bruce has planned before the loan window shuts...


Autopsy show Anatomy Lab Live coming to Birmingham – with extra dates now added 

20 Aug

Have a meal in an operating theatre dining room followed by chance to watch a surgery - and then take part...


Birmingham City on TV: Here’s when Blues are next on Sky Sports 

20 Aug

Keeping track of BCFC's fixtures...


Aston Villa on TV: These matches have been chosen for live Sky Sports coverage 

20 Aug

Here's all the key dates for AVFC...


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    Business »

    Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

    9 Aug

    ‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.


    Kidderminster law firm expands into Second City 

    9 Aug

    WYRE Forest law firm mfg Solicitors has expanded into Birmingham after announcing it has concluded a deal to merge with an historic legal practice.


    Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

    17 Jul

    Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.


    Law staff to scale new heights with children’s hospital challenges 

    28 Jun

    STAFF from a Midlands law firm will be swapping their day roles for hiking boots and aerodynamic lycra to raise more than £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


    Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit 

    14 Jun

    As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.


    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.


    More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

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    Business columns »

    Alternative path for A level students to consider 

    16 Aug

    Award-winning Birmingham engineer urges young people to consider apprenticeships on results days.


    Construction students get funding from industry body 

    13 Aug

    Donation from National Federation of Builders will help improve learning.


    Acclaim for Longbridge redevelopment 

    12 Aug

    Cofton Grange named one of the UK’s Best Regeneration Projects.


    Midlands building society appointing Member Council 

    10 Aug

    New council will influence West Brom’s strategy.


    Making a mountain from Ant Hill 

    7 Aug

    Birmingham recruitment firms join forces.


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    Events »

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    15 Aug

    21 Aug 2018 - Comedy at The Barge and Barrel...


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    Creative Sundays: 4 to 8 Years, 19 Aug 2018 

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    BlacKKKlansman: Screening and Live Q&A, 20 Aug 2018 

    15 Aug

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    Musical Picnic: The Destroyers, 18 Aug 2018 

    15 Aug

    18 Aug 2018 - Workshop at Symphony Hall FREE (suitable for under 18s) A special 'Little People's Edition’, featuring a number of wonderful musicians and music educators from the ever­-expansive full-sized band, The Destroyers bring their flair, ...


    God Mother, Ilenkus, When The Wolf Comes Home, 21 Aug 2018 

    15 Aug

    21 Aug 2018 - Rock Pop at Subside Bar...


    Adam Stafford Concert, 21 Aug 2018 

    14 Aug

    21 Aug 2018 - Folk at Centrala Adam Stafford is a musician from Falkirk, Scotland.


    Funeral Shakes, Frown Upon, Wood and Nails, 16 Aug 2018 

    14 Aug

    16 Aug 2018 - Rock Pop at Subside Bar FREE...


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    Music blogs »

    Calling all Sabbath fans of Southern California!!! 

    20 Aug

    Calling all Southern California Black Sabbath Fans! Become a part of metal history and come down to the Obey Clothing Company Store Saturday, August 25th to get your portrait taken for the Home of Metal fan archive and for a chance for your photo to ...


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    18 Aug

    If your idea of a Festival is getting hilariously off your face in a stinky mud bath, with hopes of random copping off, your time has probably been and gone.


    MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Aug 17-Thu Aug 23 

    16 Aug

        NEW RELEASES Christopher Robin (PG) Just a thumbnail plot description about a grown… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Aug 17-Thu Aug 23 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


    Daniel Bogarín Granados – concluding the story 

    16 Aug

    “it’s difficult to explain that in another language…even in Spanish it’s difficult to…” In the final instalment from our Black Sabbath oral history with Daniel Bogarín Granados we hear his experience of seeing the band live in Costa ...


    Aretha Franklin RIP 

    16 Aug

    As The Queen of Pop turns 60 The Queen of Soul goes to that great gig in the sky.


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    999 »

    Justice Delayed, not Denied 

    5 Aug

    On August 3rd 2018, Kaylsey Smithen was convicted of the manslaughter of his 46yr old mother, Janice, which took place in Birmingham more than six years earlier.


    A Safeguarding Call 

    3 Aug

    The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process...


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    27 Jul

    Have you been enjoying the weather? I confess I have a mixed reaction.


    Telephone Triage 

    25 Jul

    A curious thing appeared on the internet recently: a preventing future deaths report from the Warwickshire Coroner, which has been sent to the Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull’s Mental Health Trust (BSMHfT).


    Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

    6 Jul

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    2 Jul

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    30 Jun

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    LocalGov »

    Dumped black bag of clothes, 20th August 

    20 Aug

    Black bag of clothes dumped in middle of public footpath for 2 weeks Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 33 Geoffrey Road, Sparkhill Report on FixMyStreet...


    Needles on pavement and drain, 20th August 

    20 Aug

    Needles left by people injecting on Stag Rd outside Number 1.


    Fly tipping of photos, 20th August 

    20 Aug

    Sofas dumped by white van at 2300 in Sunday evening no reg sought Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Fallow Way, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...


    VA needs looking at on lights, 20th August 

    20 Aug

    VA needs looking at very delayed Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 945 Bristol Road South, Northfield Report on FixMyStreet...


    Dumped again, 19th August 

    19 Aug

    More flytippin...


    Street lamp not working, 19th August 

    19 Aug

    Street light in front of 69 Windermere Rd B21 9RQ is not working - it flickers on occasionally but mostly is off Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 67 Windermere Road, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


    Bin full and overflowing on, 19th August 

    19 Aug

    Bin full and overflowing on Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2 Brewers Square, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...


    Dim red traffic light, 19th August 

    19 Aug

    The red light on the traffic light is very dim Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak Report on FixMyStreet...


    Green light not working, 19th August 

    19 Aug

    Traffic light fault (coming away from (Five Ways Island) Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Garden Court 231-232 Ladywood Middleway, Ladywood Report on FixMyStreet...


    Red traffic light now working, 19th August 

    19 Aug

    Red light not working in middle of junction heading towards Five Ways Island Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Belgrave Middleway, Camp Hill Report on FixMyStreet...


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    Social media »

    should I leave my job? #askingforafriend 

    19 Aug

      Switching jobs.


    learning from the ‘hospital’ experience 

    19 Aug

    For a communications team the thought of letting a TV crew behind the scenes could be daunting.


    how often do you make the media feel special? 

    18 Aug

    We know how important it is for our communications activities to be insight-led.


    video and social content is re-shaping the comms job description 

    17 Aug

    One comms professional moved from broadcast to comms a decade ago and is surprised to find himself working as a producer again with the video and social content he is making.


    we should celebrate those who don’t shout about it 

    17 Aug

    Shouldn't we celebrate with an award those who do great things but don't shout about it? One comms person thinks so.


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