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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 17

Parent company Capita will still provide IT support to city council…


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Jaguar Land Rover tests driverless vehicles on public roads 

17 Nov 17

Luxury car manufacturer has taken to city centre streets for trials among everyday traffic…


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Virgin Trains’ West Coast staff vote to STRIKE in pay dispute 

16 Nov 17

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said the dispute involves almost 1,800 train managers…


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New GKN chief leaves firm before starting the job 

16 Nov 17

Kevin Cummings was meant to take over top job in January as company prepares for another write off…


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£7m deal for Longbridge housing development 

16 Nov 17

St Modwen sells land overlooking Cofton Park to Taylor Wimpey…


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New housing plans for site once courted by Tesco 

16 Nov 17

Long-running saga over proposed supermarket moves forward with new plans for apartments on derelict site…


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

16 Nov 17

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


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Giant designer outlet village plans just FIVE MILES from Birmingham 

14 Nov 17

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


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Heaven and Earth musical tour due to start in Birmingham cancelled 

14 Nov 17

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


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Why ALDI will not be offering discounted flats in Birmingham 

13 Nov 17

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


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WPR crowned region’s top agency at industry awards 

13 Nov 17

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


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

13 Nov 17

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


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Moseley restaurant to close 17 months after opening 

13 Nov 17

Italian chain Prezzo due to move out in early 2018 and be replaced by a ‘Lounge’ bar…


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Restaurant chains scrap plans to launch in Birmingham 

13 Nov 17

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


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Quantem celebrates another year of success in Birmingham 

13 Nov 17

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


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Business park buildings sold for £3.2m 

13 Nov 17

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


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Foodbank preparing for rise in demand as Universal Credit arrives in West Midlands 

11 Nov 17

The Trussell Trust’s Stechford foodbank is seeking donations for the expected rush in demand…


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Historic Birmingham war memorials granted listed status 

11 Nov 17

Pair of memorials were erected to commemorate people from two city districts who fought during the First World War…


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The countries with poor human rights records owning Birmingham property 

10 Nov 17

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


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

10 Nov 17

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


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Birmingham kids in poverty: Brothers fed by school every day and have NEVER had holiday 

10 Nov 17

Case study reveals how primary school helps desperate children and their family…


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

10 Nov 17

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


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Desperate schoolchildren caught filling pockets with food to avoid going hungry at home 

10 Nov 17

Report from Erdington and Kingstanding head teachers reveals extent of poverty in Birmingham amid fears funding cuts will make it worse…


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

10 Nov 17

James Parks is the latest recruit to new Birmingham office…


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The biggest offshore property deals in Birmingham revealed 

9 Nov 17

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


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Giant designer outlet village plans just FIVE MILES from Birmingham 

9 Nov 17

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


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

9 Nov 17

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


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£7m cash injection into leisure and retail regeneration 

9 Nov 17

West Midlands Combined Authority backs redevelopment of derelict site in Black Country town centre…


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More than 250 West Midland children under 15 referred to anti-terror ‘Prevent’ programme 

9 Nov 17

About a third of people referred to the Government’s anti-extremism scheme were children…


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Corbyn: Government should pay for tower block sprinklers after Grenfell 

9 Nov 17

Labour leader piles pressure on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to pay up for fire safety upgrades…


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We thought anti-Semitism had gone away – we were mistaken say council bosses 

9 Nov 17

Birmingham City Council reacts to rise in anti-Jewish bigotry by signing up to international guideline…


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Universal Credit launched at six Birmingham job centres after Government rejects fears it will increase homelessness 

8 Nov 17

Employment Minister Damian Hinds says Universal Credit will help people find work, after critics say it will lead to debt and homelessness…


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A look inside Birmingham’s newest swimming pool 

8 Nov 17

Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson officially opens the new council run pool…


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Seven reasons why Theresa May’s government is a disaster 

8 Nov 17

Theresa May’s Government is in chaos but she may be able to cling on to power for a while yet…


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‘Shame on the council’ cry amid protests at day centre closure 

8 Nov 17

Council bosses face barrage of questions from disabled users of the Kings Norton day centre…


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Secret Brexit papers revealing impact on the regions may never be published 

7 Nov 17

Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised to hand over data on the impact on sectors of the economy within three weeks, but we know the Government has more than this…


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Council anti-Semitism motion will stifle legitimate criticism of Israel, say protesters 

7 Nov 17

West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign lobby Birmingham City Council ahead of today’s debate…


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Shortlist unveiled for £2.75bn HS2 contract 

6 Nov 17

Quintet of train builders will vie for deal to build at least 54 trains to run on high-speed line between Birmingham and London…


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Plans to restore this historic Solihull mansion unveiled 

5 Nov 17

Octopus Healthcare wants to turn Grade II* listed building into a retirement complex…


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

3 Nov 17

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


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Brumpic launches culture card to celebrate city heritage 

3 Nov 17

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


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New plans for £100m 18-storey apartment complex 

3 Nov 17

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


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Perry Barr apartments scheme scuppered over noisy restaurant next door 

2 Nov 17

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


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Legal 500: What’s mine is yours – or is it? 

2 Nov 17

Emma Birch, partner and head of family at Enoch Evans, looks at the potentially complex issue of asset division when a marriage breaks down…


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Birmingham remains UK property investment hotspot – report 

2 Nov 17

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


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HSBC and Mayor’s Movers take home Business Challenge spoils 

2 Nov 17

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


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IT firm Acora in acquisition deal 

2 Nov 17

Solihull-based business swoops in South East rival to expand reach and client base…


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Jaguar landmark gets poppy makeover 

1 Nov 17

F-Type mounted to side of Birmingham factory has been wrapped in special livery to mark Remembrance Sunday and UK tour…


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Harborne votes to create business improvement district 

1 Nov 17

Birmingham suburb becomes the latest to form body focused on using business rates to fund improvements and initiatives…


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Comment: Home is where the art is 

1 Nov 17

Mary Keating, from campaign group Brutiful Brum, looks at those pieces of public art in Birmingham which she says deserve a wider audience…


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Legal 500: Recognition for Enoch Evans after year of hard work 

1 Nov 17

Corporate and commercial teams at Walsall-based practice receives significant praise from Legal 500 assessors…


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MPs debate laws to help electric vehicle manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover 

31 Oct 17

MPs have asked the public for contributions as they debate the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, designed to help firms like JLR succeed…


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Raft of promotions at KPMG 

31 Oct 17

Big Four financial services firm promotes almost 100 staff in its Birmingham office…


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Longbridge trade unionist ‘Red Robbo’ dies aged 90 

31 Oct 17

Derek Robinson is said to have led hundreds of walkouts from the British Leyland plant in south Birmingham during the 1970s…


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Tom Watson slams government for delaying crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals 

31 Oct 17

Black Country MP Tom Watson says he is disappointed that there will be another consultation instead of action now to deal with ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling…


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New housing estate plans branded ‘deathtrap’ for children 

31 Oct 17

Councillor hits out at designs for first phase of long-awaited Icknield Port Loop regeneration in Edgbaston…


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Travelodge targets Birmingham’s council land for new hotels 

30 Oct 17

Budget hotel group is asking local authorities to work in partnership to deliver new sites across the city and West Midlands…


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Curry crisis: Relax immigration rules plea to ease Birmingham’s balti chef shortage 

30 Oct 17

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street calls for relaxation in immigration regulations to help region’s 600 curry and balti houses…


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New flights from Birmingham to Egypt unveiled 

27 Oct 17

Thomas Cook relauches weekly service to Marsa Alam on the back of increasing demand for holidays to neighbouring resort…


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The number of A380s flying out of Birmingham has just doubled 

27 Oct 17

Emirates launches second service to Dubai today using iconic aircraft…