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Worry over ‘terrible’ increase in crime figures across Solihull 

19 Apr 18

There has been an overall increase of 1,467 crimes in the year to date…


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Rubbish recycling target not being hit by Solihull Council 

18 Apr 18

True figures are adrift of the 50 per cent target that the local authority had hoped to achieve…


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How a £125 million energy company levy could be used to cut fuel bills and save the planet 

7 Apr 18

Experts draw up plans for four green energy zones in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and the Black Country…


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Birmingham Airport hit by new restrictions on late night flights 

4 Apr 18

Solihull Council backs plans to minimise disturbance for residents…


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Historic windmill ‘under threat’ from new housing development 

3 Apr 18

Solihull Council inundated with objections to potential housing development…


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Thousands sign petition opposing plan to close Solihull Police Station 

21 Mar 18

Opposition is growing to the planned closure of 24 police stations across the West Midlands…


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£10m boost for new HS2 urban quarter 

13 Mar 18

Plans to create a new business and residential village based around the new HS2 Interchange station in Solihull backed by devolution cash…


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West Midlands Police Commissioner accused of targeting Solihull and Sutton Coldfield for station closures 

7 Mar 18

West Midlands Police Commission David Jamieson is accused by Conservatives of targeting Solihull and Sutton Coldfield for station closures…


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

19 Feb 18

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


Business
Barclays hosts event for corporate and wealth clients 

19 Feb 18

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


Business
Former rugby pro to open new café in Birmingham 

19 Feb 18

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


Business
Works starts on new HMRC building in Birmingham 

19 Feb 18

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


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Why are we letting rough sleepers die in the streets? 

17 Feb 18

The nation was shocked when a rough sleeper died near an entrance to Parliament.


Business
Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb 18

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey…


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Police station sell-off: 24 buildings to be axed to save force £5 million a year 

16 Feb 18

Police commissioner says force will retain ten public stations…


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Wanted: £120,000-a-year project director for the Commonwealth Games 

16 Feb 18

City Council looking for individual with big event experience to deliver Commonwealth Games schemes…


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Landmark 21-storey tower which will ‘overshadow St Chad’s Cathedral’ 

16 Feb 18

New tower will transform the city’s historic Gun Quarter area say planners…


Business
Rail college and conservatoire make RICS 2018 shortlist 

16 Feb 18

Host of development and regeneration projects across Birmingham feature in shortlist for prestigious regional awards…


Business
West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb 18

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.


Business
The key findings from Aston Villa’s latest accounts 

15 Feb 18

Sharp drop in gate receipts and commercial revenues fail to stop club reducing losses after fruitful transfer activity…


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Sprinklers to protect city tower block residents would be ‘ridiculous’, says expert 

15 Feb 18

Council wants 20m for safety improvements after Grenfell…


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i54 set for 100-acre expansion 

15 Feb 18

Council chiefs planning to extend industrial estate in a move which could attract 600m in new investment and create 2,700 jobs…


Business
Overbury environmental and sustainability manager defines the new age of office ratings 

15 Feb 18

Zo French, environmental and sustainability manager at Overbury – the UK’s leading office fit out and refurbishment specialist – explores two new wellbeing accreditations for office environments that will have a significant effect…


Business
City tech company to supply World Athletics Champs 

15 Feb 18

Voice Mobile will provide mobile phones and sim cards to staff working on IAAF Championships at Arena Birmingham next month…


Business
Edgbaston set to hold England and Australia Ashes 2023 Test 

14 Feb 18

It has been awarded a Test match in four of the five scheduled years…


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Labour and Conservatives compete to prove who cares most about animal welfare 

14 Feb 18

MPs know animal welfare is one of the topics voters care about most…


Business
Middle East retail giant invests £15m in new Birmingham hub 

14 Feb 18

LuLu Group International plans to open European headquarters in Aston to support its global retail operations…


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How council plan to ease traffic flow in £1.2m town centre scheme 

14 Feb 18

Improvements will be made to the Mellish Road roundabout in Walsall…


Business
GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb 18

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion…


Business
Company fined £500,000 after worker run over by truck on Burntwood building site had to have leg amputated 

14 Feb 18

A worker suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ when he run over by tipper truck on a housing development site at Burntwood Business Park…


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Government accused of ignoring Birmingham’s bid for fire safety funding 

14 Feb 18

Birmingham City Council wants 19.4 million to help fit sprinklers in 213 city tower blocks…


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This MP’s heartbreaking story has prompted Birmingham City Council to offer free child burials and cremations 

14 Feb 18

It’s a matter of compassion and decency says council leader…


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£7.5 million pollution busting scheme for Birmingham’s buses 

14 Feb 18

The government is investing in new, cleaner greener buses across the Midlands…


Business
Rhino Interiors expands with new Birmingham office launch 

14 Feb 18

Coventry-based company agrees deal to open new office and showroom in Colmore Row…


Business
Post Office branch returns to Handsworth Wood a decade after closure 

14 Feb 18

Community gets their branch back after major cull in 2008…


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CPO unlocks Axis Square regeneration 

14 Feb 18

City council backs order to purchase parts of development site next to Mailbox which will enable work to start next year…


Business
First pictures of how The Ivy restaurant will look when it opens in Birmingham 

13 Feb 18

The swanky London restaurant will open a branch in Temple Row in spring 2018…


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£8m plan to return Highbury Hall to the glory days of the Chamberlains 

13 Feb 18

Massive restoration and renovation scheme…


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Homes and transport bonanza for Perry Barr thanks to Commonwealth Games 

13 Feb 18

First look at where athletes from around the world will live during sports jamboree…


Business
Thomas Cook flights to Tunisia resume after 2015 Sousse massacre 

13 Feb 18

Thomas Cook will be flying from Birmingham to Enfidha…


News
MPs want to know how much sexual harassment goes on in the workplace 

13 Feb 18

People are invited to submit evidence to a House of Commons inquiry led by politicians including Birmingham MP Jess Phillips…


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Birmingham council ‘storing up tax hikes’ until after elections 

13 Feb 18

Claims comes after Labour reveals its final budget would include a total council tax rise of almost four per cent…


Business
Cherry Reds cafe in Kings Heath is up for sale 

12 Feb 18

The popular venue is looking for a new owner…


Business
Flapper pub announces closing date – but fight to save live music venue goes on 

12 Feb 18

Future of Birmingham’s canalside live music venue still worth fighting for say supporters…


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Row over Birmingham’s shrinking lollipop patrols 

12 Feb 18

Safety fears amid claims school crossing teams axed ‘by stealth…


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A third of child neglect deaths are linked to parents drinking 

12 Feb 18

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne grew up as the son of an alcoholic and now he wants more help for children in the same situation…


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Broad Street revellers to get their illegal drugs tested by police to save lives 

12 Feb 18

West Midlands Police Commissioner David Jamieson announces plan to cut admissions to hospital from poisoned or contaminated drugs…


Business
Nick Clegg guest speaker at Lunar Society dinner 

12 Feb 18

The Lunar Society hosted members and guests at the Edgbaston Stadium with The Rt Hon Nick Clegg as guest speaker at its annual dinner.


Business
Barberry to develop next phase of Advanced Manufacturing Hub 

12 Feb 18

Industrial unit will be speculatively developed after land deal agreed with Birmingham City Council and Homes England…


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Is Jacob Ress-Mogg the most powerful man in Britain? 

10 Feb 18

He likes to be seen as a relic from a bygone era, but we should take Jacob Rees-Mogg seriously…


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32 acres of unused green parkland could be set for development 

10 Feb 18

List of suitable sites being earmarked for council housing but critics fear loss of valuable green space…


Business
KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb 18

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.


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Sutton Coldfield police station to be sold off by cash-strapped force 

9 Feb 18

West Midlands Police force is looking to sell off police stations in Sutton, Solihull and Coventry…


Business
BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb 18

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal…


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New £1.7m lifeline for ‘at risk’ Birmingham building 

9 Feb 18

Former Moseley School of Art will be restored to create a vibrant new community hub and business centre…


Business
Co-op plans new Birmingham store 

9 Feb 18

Society says it will also revamp several of its shop across the West Midlands as part of nationwide investment…


Business
New Indian gastro pub to open in Solihull 

8 Feb 18

The Tap Tandoor will open in Solihull in April 2018…


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A decision on whether Channel 4 moves to the West Midlands will be announced soon 

8 Feb 18

The Government will make an announcement ‘in the near future’ and could pass laws to force Channel 4 to move…


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Birmingham anti-obesity child study finds school programmes ‘don’t work’ 

8 Feb 18

The researchers, from the University of Birmingham, said school initiatives are dwarfed by family, community and the powerful food industry…


Business
Debenhams to slash 320 store manager roles in cost-cutting drive 

8 Feb 18

The retailer said efforts to drive down the complexity of management positions…