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200 jobs saved as joint venture partners take on Carillion’s HS2 and motorway work 

22 Jan 18

Partners step in to continue work on designing HS2 tunnels and installing smart motorway systems for Highways England…


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Meet Cadbury descendant planning to open chocolate factory in Birmingham 

21 Jan 18

James Cadbury hopes to carry on the legacy of his ancestors by moving his high-end chocolate company out of London to his home city…


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Demolition of 20-storey Birmingham tower block under way 

20 Jan 18

The long awaited clearance of towers on the Bromford Estate will pave the way for new homes.


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Progressive Employers focus on the benefits of empowering the workforce 

20 Jan 18

Empowering employees to help drive growth and productivity was the thrust of a business event in Birmingham…


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Birmingham council carers in strike over long hours 

19 Jan 18

Unison says low paid staff face 16 hour split-shift days as long-running dispute continues…


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Wolverhampton Civic Hall will be closed until 2020 due to urgent overhaul 

19 Jan 18

The famous gig venue will be shut for a further two years due to building defects requiring immediate attention…


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Carillion collapse halts construction at £700m Paradise project in Birmingham city centre 

19 Jan 18

Mystery continues to surround the future of one of Birmingham’s most prominent new office developments as building site remains deserted…


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Rainbow Venues announces closure of multiple clubs in Birmingham 

19 Jan 18

Supporters of the club including Birmingham DJ Hannah Wants feature in an appeal for justice video posted by the club…


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West Midland Mayor’s £10 a year council tax rise plan is rejected 

19 Jan 18

Labour cabinet members snub it in protest over Government funding cuts…


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1,000-home Birmingham city centre proposal is ‘Big, bold and fab’ but planners still aren’t happy and this is why 

19 Jan 18

But council’s planning committee wants more from the development of Monaco House site on Bristol Road…


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Watch: Here’s the new 25-storey tower which will be built on Digbeth High Street 

19 Jan 18

The striking tower is part of the wider Lunar Rise scheme to build 517 apartments on the former Renault car dealership…


Business
Engineering firm crowned National Apprenticeship winner 

19 Jan 18

Lander Automotive crowned top SME in recognition of its efforts to grow its team of apprentices…


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£10m funding deal for healthcare company 

19 Jan 18

Sutton Coldfield-based CHS Healthcare is working with BGF on the next stage of its growth following equity deal…


Business
Clarke Willmott hosts a lunch with Paul Kehoe 

19 Jan 18

Birmingham-based law firm Clarke Willmott LLP last week hosted a lunch for business professionals with keynote speaker Paul Kehoe…


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Birmingham woman Nusrat Ghani makes history as first female Muslim Government Minister in the Commons 

18 Jan 18

Nusrat Ghani, born and bought up in Birmingham, made history when she spoke in the Commons in her new role…


Business
‘Almost no exposure’ to rail sector if companies collapse like Carillion 

18 Jan 18

Transport minister moves to reassure Parliament that projects such as HS2 will be protected if other contractors follow the same fate as Carillion…


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Fresh warnings about vice-chancellor pay 

18 Jan 18

New financial accounts for Aston University show hefty payments in final year which prompts warning University and College Union…


Business
Carillion. What a Mess. 

18 Jan 18

Professor David Bailey casts his eye over the ongoing fallout from construction and infrastructure group Carillion entering liquidation…


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Queen Elizabeth Hospital doctor told to leave UK next week even though 30,000 petitioners want him to stay 

18 Jan 18

Lawyers acting for Dr Syed Kazmi , who has been backed by doctors and patients, are making final attempts to stop his deportation…


Business
Ranjit Boparan sells Goodfella’s and San Marco pizza for £200m 

18 Jan 18

Birmingham entrepreneur offloads frozen pizza arm of Green Isle Foods to owner of Birds Eye…


Business
New plans to restore historic former Kings Heath cinema 

18 Jan 18

Development team is starting consultation on what local community would like to see go into The Kingsway building…


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Construction of Midland Metropolitan Hospital ‘will go ahead’ despite collapse of Carillion 

17 Jan 18

Ministers say they want the construction of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital to go ahead ‘without material disruption…


Business
What’s on the agenda for office design in 2018? 

17 Jan 18

Hannah Holmes, project designer at fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury, explores the issues…


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These creative leaders say Birmingham is the place for Channel 4 

17 Jan 18

The Government says it wants the broadcaster to move out of the capital…


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These 17 MPs are all calling for Channel 4 to move to the West Midlands 

17 Jan 18

MPs saying moving Channel 4 to the West Midlands would be good for our region but it would also be good for Channel 4…


Business
GKN rejects another takeover bid by Melrose Industries 

17 Jan 18

Engineering group says terms of 7.4 billion offer are ‘effectively unchanged’ from last week’s bid…


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New timelapse video shows the amazing transformation of Paradise in Birmingham 

17 Jan 18

See how Paradise has been transformed at the heart of Birmingham…


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Jaguar Land Rover bring back the Defender with 70th anniversary V8 edition 

17 Jan 18

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created…


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New tenant at The Lewis Building 

17 Jan 18

Regus takes space across three floors of recently renovated Birmingham city centre building…


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TV is becoming ‘samey and boring’ and that is why Channel 4 needs to move 

16 Jan 18

MP says relocation to Birmingham would be good for UK viewers as well the city…


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Midlands MP demands action over Brexit death threats 

16 Jan 18

Central TV presenter turned pro-Remain MP hands dossier of abuse and threats to House of Commons authorities…


Business
Farewell to Ed Doolan – the Aussie-born Brummie who WAS local radio 

16 Jan 18

Broadcasting legend told it like it was for more than 40 years…


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Farewell to Ed Doolan – the Aussie-born Brummie who WAS local radio 

16 Jan 18

Broadcasting legend told it like it was for more than 40 years…


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Bank of England plays down risk to Carillion’s lenders 

16 Jan 18

But bank says ripple effect of company going into liquidation is yet to be fully felt as fallout continues over construction group’s collapse…


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Bank of England plays down risk to Carillion’s lenders 

16 Jan 18

But bank says ripple effect of company going into liquidation is yet to be fully felt as fallout continues over construction group’s collapse…


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Developer found for 44-acre Black Country site 

16 Jan 18

The long awaited Phoenix 10 development in Walsall is set to create hundreds of jobs…


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Developer found for 44-acre Black Country site 

16 Jan 18

The long awaited Phoenix 10 development in Walsall is set to create hundreds of jobs…


Business
Rescue deal for recruitment firm saves Birmingham jobs 

16 Jan 18

Nova Recruitment had traded successfully for nearly 40 years but had suffered unsustainable pressure on its finances in recent months…


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Rescue deal for recruitment firm saves Birmingham jobs 

16 Jan 18

Nova Recruitment had traded successfully for nearly 40 years but had suffered unsustainable pressure on its finances in recent months…


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Cabinet to meet over Carillion crisis 

16 Jan 18

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet will discuss the ongoing crisis after firm with major public sector contracts is placed into liquidation…


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Cabinet to meet over Carillion crisis 

16 Jan 18

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet will discuss the ongoing crisis after firm with major public sector contracts is placed into liquidation…


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Jeremy Corbyn says Carillion collapse shows it’s ‘time to take back control’ of services 

15 Jan 18

Labour leader criticised an outsource-first dogma and insisted it’s time we took back control…


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Jeremy Corbyn says Carillion collapse shows it’s ‘time to take back control’ of services 

15 Jan 18

Labour leader criticised an outsource-first dogma and insisted it’s time we took back control…


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What is Carillion and what does it do? Construction company collapse raises job fears 

15 Jan 18

The Wolverhampton-based company also offers many outsourcing services for the public sector…


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What is Carillion and what does it do? Construction company collapse raises job fears 

15 Jan 18

The Wolverhampton-based company also offers many outsourcing services for the public sector…


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Public contracts held by Carillion are protected 

15 Jan 18

UK Government says staff should continue to attend work as normal as it steps in to protect public sector contracts held by the collapsed construction giant…


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Public contracts held by Carillion are protected 

15 Jan 18

UK Government says staff should continue to attend work as normal as it steps in to protect public sector contracts held by the collapsed construction giant…


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Collapse of Carillion puts future of new £558m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in doubt 

15 Jan 18

NHS managers are in talks with the Treasury to ensure hospital serving Birmingham and the Black Country can open in 2019 as planned…


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Collapse of Carillion puts future of new £558m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in doubt 

15 Jan 18

NHS managers are in talks with the Treasury to ensure hospital serving Birmingham and the Black Country can open in 2019 as planned…


Business
This is what the collapse of Carillion means for Paradise 

15 Jan 18

Development team remains bullish over future prospects of 700m city centre redevelopment…


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This is what the collapse of Carillion means for Paradise 

15 Jan 18

Development team remains bullish over future prospects of 700m city centre redevelopment…


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Carillion joint venture partner says ‘plans in place’ for HS2 contract 

15 Jan 18

Kier Group is working with partners on the 1.4bn HS2 contract it was awarded alongside Carillion last summer to ensure continuity of service…


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Carillion joint venture partner says ‘plans in place’ for HS2 contract 

15 Jan 18

Kier Group is working with partners on the 1.4bn HS2 contract it was awarded alongside Carillion last summer to ensure continuity of service…


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British construction giant Carillion COLLAPSES after talks failure 

15 Jan 18

Carillion is a key supplier to the Government and has contracts in the rail industry, education and NHS…


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British construction giant Carillion COLLAPSES after talks failure 

15 Jan 18

Carillion is a key supplier to the Government and has contracts in the rail industry, education and NHS…


Business
Jaguar Land Rover to open software engineering centre 

15 Jan 18

New hub will be base for RD activity into new electric and driverless technologies…


Business
£6,500 donation to help the homeless and other charities 

15 Jan 18

City charity LoveBrum has been given one of its biggest donations in its almost three-year history by the Birmingham Publicity Association this month.


Business
Jaguar Land Rover to open software engineering centre 

15 Jan 18

New hub will be base for RD activity into new electric and driverless technologies…


Business
£6,500 donation to help the homeless and other charities 

15 Jan 18

City charity LoveBrum has been given one of its biggest donations in its almost three-year history by the Birmingham Publicity Association this month.


Business
Lenders reject Carillion rescue plan ahead of crunch meeting 

12 Jan 18

Government, pension authorities and stakeholders are meeting in an attempt to thrash out a rescue package after lenders dismiss proposed rescue package…