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Business
Eastside Locks showcased at MIPIM 2016 

17 Mar 16

Eastside Locks is set to transform its site into a thriving Business and Innovation Hub.


Baggies
No news is good news 

17 Mar 16

Terry Wills on a quiet week at the Hawthorns.


Blog music
Foxy Geordie roams Heath after Black Swan 

16 Mar 16

Veteran folk troubadour Bob Fox plays at the Red Lion in Kings Heath on Wednesday nite.


Business
Birmingham development becomes largest city centre office project outside London 

16 Mar 16

Three Snowhill supports the Treasury’s vision for making the Midlands a powerhouse for growth.


Business
Exhibition boost for Greater Birmingham 

16 Mar 16

Birmingham city centre Enterprise Zone launches relocation service to cope with unprecedented demand.


Blog food
Cadbury World creates giant egg for NEC fair 

16 Mar 16

Cadbury aim to show potential apprentices how to taste success.


Blog food
Birmingham’s best ginslinger announced 

16 Mar 16

Ants and acorns take Robert Wood to victory in #brum gin battle.


Business
Midlands comes together to win £14 billion of investment 

15 Mar 16

Set to create 178,000 jobs, 32,000 new homes and 57.9 million sq ft of property space.


Business
Innovation Birmingham announces winners of The Next Big Idea 

15 Mar 16

Start-up link with Canadian university.


Business
Apprentice Academy builds sustainable workforce 

15 Mar 16

Success for young workers.


Blog music
Coming to Artrix 

15 Mar 16

There’s a mixed bag at the Bromsgrove arts centre.


Blog music
Screaming quietly 

14 Mar 16

Varied nights in Kings Heath.


Villa
S is for… 

13 Mar 16

Dave Woodhall mulls over a week of drama and defeat at Villa Park.


Cricket
Howard: Sharapova Career Bombshell 

13 Mar 16

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova tells our sports editor Sir Howard ’Ace’ Elston about her change of direction following the row over her drugs use.


Blog music
Symphonic celebration 

12 Mar 16

Steve Beauchampe watches the latest performance from the CBSO.


Blog comment
Taxing business 

12 Mar 16

Birmingham city council are unlikely to receive as much rental income as expecetd, warns Alan Clawley.


Blog music
Symphony Hall date for Melua 

12 Mar 16

Twinned with Georgian choir for UK tour.


Blog comment
Bowls club helps cerebral palsy youngsters 

11 Mar 16

Sport Birmingham collaboration to aid young people’s group.


Blog food
Birmingham’s tastiest fun run is back 

11 Mar 16

Get a taste for success at the Chocolate 5k charity fun run.


Blog food
Sooty in Space at Cadbury World this weekend 

11 Mar 16

Family fun with TV star.


Event
Symphony Hall Announces 25th anniversary concert to thank Birmingham 

10 Mar 16

Free entry for anyone under 25… from our arts desk It’s been home to some of the finest performances in musical history; its stage has been graced by Laura Marling, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Sir Simon Rattle.


Baggies
United in victory 

10 Mar 16

Terry Wills revels in a memorable Albion win.


Business
Marketing Birmingham bolsters Executive Management Team 

10 Mar 16

New directors to boost services to region.


Business
Boost for city centre shoppers 

10 Mar 16

Three hours of complimentary parking at Mailbox this March.


Blog comment
Green Party leader to speak in Birmingham about refugee crisis‏‎ 

9 Mar 16

Call for governments to act on “vulnerable, desperate people”.


Business
Total Freelance announces affiliation with IPSE 

8 Mar 16

Boost for freelance workers in Birmingham.


Business
Lettings agency launches new enterprise 

8 Mar 16

Property brothers expand business.


Villa
And the beat goes on 

6 Mar 16

Villa lost again – no surprise there as Dave Woodhall comments.


Blog music
Three’s company 

6 Mar 16

Upcoming jazz ensemble to perform in Birmingham.


Business
West Mids exports rise in 2015 

4 Mar 16

Region is third-largest exporting area in the country.


Business
£1 million boost for Greater Birmingham Growth Hub 

4 Mar 16

Funding will enable Growth Hub to offer a wider range of support to local firms.


Baggies
Out foxing 

3 Mar 16

Terry Wills on Albion’s change in fortunes.


Business
Wolverhampton firm on track for good causes 

3 Mar 16

Pallet-Track raises £13,000 for childrens cancer charity.


Event
The Marriage of Figaro: breezy, stagey and saved by beautiful arias 

2 Mar 16

Richard Lutz joins the wedding party for The Marriage of Figaro When you consider what a startling production Welsh National Opera served up last year for its Magic Flute,  this season’s   The Marriage of Figaro  comes across as a bit staid and …


Villa
900 minutes and counting 

2 Mar 16

Villa lost on Tuesday.


Blog food
TV presenter to host food awards 

2 Mar 16

Best of Birmingham food industry to be honoured.


Event
39 Steps: Madcap, tongue firmly in cheek 

1 Mar 16

Richard Lutz is at the Birmingham Rep for the John Buchan classic turned hilariously on its head I bet that you may know about  the spy novel 39 Steps and the Hitchcock movie.


Business
Birmingham technology centre close to opening 

1 Mar 16

Innovation Birmingham launches Serendip Smart Cities Incubator.


Villa
The long goodbye 

28 Feb 16

Dave Woodhall on Villa’s week; losses, walkouts and grand farewells.


Blog comment
Cruz Uncontrolled 

26 Feb 16

If not Trump, just who is the US dangerman who would have the finger on the button, asks Richard Lutz As we testily admit that Donald Trump may just have a good chance to lead the GOP, it is a good time to ask what we would get with Ted  Cruz, one …


Event
Review: Midsummer Night’s Dream at Stratford 

26 Feb 16

RICHARD LUTZ takes to the Athenian woods to watch Shakespeare’s comedy of magic and love The Royal Shakespeare Company offers up Shakespeare’s most enchanting comedy- always a treat.


Business
Barclays to join Birmingham start-up project 

26 Feb 16

Bank announced as partner in Innovation Birmingham iCentrum® incubator.


Business
Birmingham food business poised for expansion 

26 Feb 16

Miss Macaroon marks birthday with millionth macaroon and 100 new jobs plan.


Event
Dance to the music sublime: Romeo and Juliet 

25 Feb 16

Richard Lutz takes his pew for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of a timeless story It’s Shakespeare without words.


Business
Major investment for Midlands software firm 

25 Feb 16

Extra funding will enable the roll out of services across North America, Europe and Australia Pacific.


Blog comment
City MP claims victory in HS2 site campaign 

25 Feb 16

Byrne wins bid for 3,000 jobs at Washwood Heath.


Blog comment
Rancour 

24 Feb 16

The Left’s arguments for remaining in the EU are anathema to David Cameron and George Osborne.


Baggies
Reading between the lines 

24 Feb 16

Terry Wills on an unhappy day for the Albion.


Blog music
Blue Robin 

23 Feb 16

Fans of the blues will be well catered for at the Robin 2 over the next week.


Blog music
Betty does it Wright 

23 Feb 16

Legendary soul singer to appear at the Drum.


Business
Honour for Birmingham tech firm 

23 Feb 16

Vanti wins international award at InAVation Awards 2016.


Event
Review: Single Spies by Alan Bennett 

19 Feb 16

‘ A play that makes us  remember… Richard Lutz takes his pew for this early Alan Bennett espionage production at the Birmingham Rep Twenty eight years is a long time in the spy world.


Blog comment
Greater Birmingham – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond 

19 Feb 16

Midlands regions join forces to promote flagship projects at MIPIM 2016.


Business
Major refit sees transformation of city centre store 

19 Feb 16

Further boost for retail sector.


Blog comment
Not just a pretty face 

18 Feb 16

Alan Clawley asks another question of the Library of Birmingham.


Business
Who deserves an Easter treat? 

18 Feb 16

Vehicle company seeks to brighten up Easter.


Blog comment
O! lucky man 

18 Feb 16

Is the PR PM’s luck about to run out? Probably not, but he’s in for a nerve-wracking four months says Steve Beauchampé.


Baggies
Mersey maestros 

18 Feb 16

Terry Wills watches a hard-fought Albion win.


Business
Chocolate for heroes 

18 Feb 16

Cadbury World has helped to give charities a much needed boost, by raising £48,267 in 2015.


Business
Strong start to 2016 for Birmingham Airport 

17 Feb 16

Busiest-ever January as expansion continues.