Birmingham news and blogs Saturday 18 November 2017
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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...

Birmingham will ‘have to bring in’ congestion charge says mayor 

16 Nov

Andy Street reiterates manifesto pledge to introduce charge for motorists driving into city centre but warns that alternatives must improve...

Giant designer outlet village plans just FIVE MILES from Birmingham 

14 Nov

Sandwell Council chiefs expected to approve an extension to an agreement which will allow more time for developers to draw up plans...

Heaven and Earth musical tour due to start in Birmingham cancelled 

14 Nov

Tour was set to kick off a six-month run next month at Arena Birmingham but company behind the show has gone into liquidation...

Why ALDI will not be offering discounted flats in Birmingham 

13 Nov

Company said it would lose money if it had to sell eight flats above Birmingham store at the affordable rate...

WPR crowned region’s top agency at industry awards 

13 Nov

Edgbaston outfit takes home five awards in total as Story Comms named Midlands' best small consultancy...

Who owns the West Midlands? The top 10 biggest property owners 

13 Nov

In Birmingham and the surrounding area, councils are big property owners...

Moseley restaurant to close 17 months after opening 

13 Nov

Italian chain Prezzo due to move out in early 2018 and be replaced by a 'Lounge' bar...

Restaurant chains scrap plans to launch in Birmingham 

13 Nov

Both groups were set to open in the same city centre street but failed to agree deals with the respective landlords...

Quantem celebrates another year of success in Birmingham 

13 Nov

Quantem welcomed a range of clients and colleagues to celebrate another successful year in Birmingham...

Business park buildings sold for £3.2m 

13 Nov

Pair of buyers snap up office units on Birmingham Business Park...

The countries with poor human rights records owning Birmingham property 

10 Nov

Nationally, there are 98,581 foreign-owned plots and properties...

First look inside House of Fraser in Sutton Coldfield after multi-million pound revamp 

10 Nov

The Gracechurch Centres leading department store has undergone a major facelift and is now fully open...

Tesco rumoured to be opening new store in Sutton Coldfield and people aren’t happy 

10 Nov

Traders in Sutton Coldfield fear retail giant will force them out of business...

Legal 500: Experienced director to boost 3PB’s city vision 

10 Nov

James Parks is the latest recruit to new Birmingham office...

Hands-on college event aims to challenge student minds and morals 

9 Nov

VISITORS to Cadbury College's open day are in for a surprise as traditional talks with teachers have been replaced with live interactive experiences.

The biggest offshore property deals in Birmingham revealed 

9 Nov

Birmingham saw the highest amounts paid by companies registered overseas for properties in the West Midlands...

Inside Birmingham Central Mosque: A rare look at the UK’s biggest mosque 

9 Nov

Birmingham Central Mosque remains an almost unique institution in the UK not being aligned to any single school of Islam...

Quinton fitness and well-being provider nominated for Business of the Year award 

9 Nov

WELL-being provider ‘Fitnniss’ has been shortlisted for a prestigious Business of the Year award.

Birmingham 2030 – what does the city need and where should it invest? 

3 Nov

Register for our special panel event featuring West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to discuss how the city's infrastructure will look in the future...

Brumpic launches culture card to celebrate city heritage 

3 Nov

Ticket discount deals are in place with 40 venues including The Glee Club, Cadbury World and art gallery Ikon...

New plans for £100m 18-storey apartment complex 

3 Nov

Developers reveal vision to regenerate historic former baths site in Birmingham city centre with 500 new apartments...

Perry Barr apartments scheme scuppered over noisy restaurant next door 

2 Nov

Planners told residents would have to close windows at all times to muffle the sound of live music...

Birmingham remains UK property investment hotspot – report 

2 Nov

Research into investment potential of UK and European cities ranks Birmingham above London but behind Manchester...

HSBC and Mayor’s Movers take home Business Challenge spoils 

2 Nov

Teams from high street bank and West Midlands Combined Authority crowned overall winners at 2017 Great Birmingham Run competition...

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Join venture between research organisations announced 

17 Nov

Innovation Birmingham Campus and RE-Rise Foundation to drive start-up success in UK and India.

Housing company looks to work in community 

17 Nov

Rightio teams up with national charity to boost youth employment.

Midland Heart gains accolade for customer services 

17 Nov

National accreditation rewards best practice in improving customer experience.

Investment opportunities for new local businesses 

16 Nov

Digital tech start-ups to pitch for investment at Birmingham showcase.

Mayor backs Government’s digital support for West Midlands 

16 Nov

Multi-million pound boost for region’s digital technology.

Local restaurants make complaints following ‘slave’ raids 

15 Nov

Police watchdog to probe botched slavery investigation on Chinese restaurants.

Date set for HSBC Birmingham opening 

15 Nov

Date revealed as Press Club welcome sponsors.

Innovation Birmingham Campus welcomes new arrival 

11 Nov

SwiftLocum becomes latest start-up to join Digital Health Quarter.

Birmingham and Leipzig: Driving innovation and growth for 25 years 

10 Nov

Birmingham plays host to delegation from German city.

WMCA awards £3.7 million to Telford & Wrekin Borough Council 

10 Nov

Funds granted for brownfield site regeneration.

£150 million Black Country Land and Property Investment Fund launched 

9 Nov

Funding earmarked for projects supporting re-use of brownfield land and buildings.

Black Country company newly-minted 

8 Nov

£1 million machine investment proves just Mint for the new pound coin.

Retail association opens new Edgbaston office 

7 Nov

Expansion leads to new office space.

Development conference set for Birmingham 

7 Nov

Development and regeneration plans in the West Midlands to be unveiled.

Birmingham hoteliers enjoy best-ever summer 

7 Nov

Sporting fixtures and cultural festivals help city’s hoteliers reach seasonal peak.

New opportunities for Midlands businesses to deliver UK aid 

4 Nov

Minister’s review aids local businesses tackle humanitarian crisis.

“Terrific business” for Black Country Broadband Project 

3 Nov

55,000 households and businesses now benefit from new technology.

Mayor’s office launches mentor scheme 

2 Nov

Mentoring partnership to get young people on the path to success.

Building up a head of STEAM 

31 Oct

Building of Birmingham innovation centre gets underway.

Midland air conditioning firm wins elite partner status 

30 Oct

Recognition for attainment in training and customer focus.

Enterprise Partnership aims to boost local innovation 

26 Oct

Organisations encouraged to apply for more than £6 million of funding.

Black Country Passport to Employment hailed a success 

25 Oct

Independent evaluation praises positive support for young people.

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Midlands property talent celebrated at BCO NextGen Awards 

16 Nov

Steve Townsend of Associated Architects in Birmingham has been named the Rising Star of the Midlands & East Anglia at the second annual British Council for Offices (BCO) NextGen Awards.

New hi-tech labs at Aston University completed by Clegg Construction 

14 Nov

Clegg Construction has recently completed work on a major redevelopment and refurbishment project for a West Midlands university.

Birmingham Business Park office investment sold in off-market deal 

13 Nov

Quartz Investments has sold its freehold investment in a 26,000 sq ft office building at Birmingham Business Park in an off market deal.

Knight Frank delivers £4m vehicle servicing depot 

13 Nov

The Yorkshire office of Knight Frank has delivered a £4m commercial vehicle servicing and MOT testing depot in the Midlands.

New audit partner and 85 promotions at BDO 

9 Nov

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has appointed a new audit partner and promoted 85 people in the Midlands.

Business developing as HDD moves to new city HQ 

8 Nov

Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) has completed the relocation of its headquarters to Birmingham and has quickly capitalised on the city’s booming commercial property market.

REI reports record rent and new acquisitions 

8 Nov

Birmingham-based property group Real Estate Investors plc (REI) has reported record contracted rent and a rise in overall occupancy in its latest trading update.

The Birmingham Boom – Midlands motors ahead as a top choice for businesses 

7 Nov

Birmingham is now thriving as a top UK destination for businesses and young professionals, according to Knight Frank’s Birmingham report.

200,000 sq ft of lettings at Marchington Industrial Estate 

7 Nov

Hortons’ Estate Limited, the Birmingham-based property company, has secured 200,000 sq ft of lettings at Marchington Industrial Estate in Staffordshire.

KWB sells major Birmingham industrial investment property 

7 Nov

Birmingham independent commercial property agency KWB has sold the freehold investment in a 35,000 sq ft Birmingham industrial warehouse.

Government deals ensure unprecedented Big 6 Q3 office take-up 

5 Nov

Bolstered by two significant Government acquisitions in Birmingham and Leeds, the regional office market across the Big 6 cities has recorded the highest quarterly take-up for at least 10 years according to JLL’s latest research.

Birmingham’s property hotspot status drives auction success 

2 Nov

Birmingham’s reconfirmed position as one of Europe’s leading property hotspots is helping to drive the success of auctions in the West Midlands, an expert has claimed.

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