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Motoring: Land Rover Defender; Caterham; Volvo 

10 Mar 16

LESS than a month after the end of production of the Land Rover Defender, the classic vehicles are already starting to fetch record prices at auction.


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LTC hails £44m taxi deal for Australia and New Zealand 

10 Mar 16

COVENTRY-based London Taxi Company has signed a 10-year distribution deal worth more than £44m that will see its iconic black cabs take to the streets of Australia and New Zealands biggest citi…


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Civic reception for £300m Chinese investment 

10 Mar 16

A DEAL heralding a £300m investment into Coventry by the Chinese has been commemorated at a civic reception in the city.


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Law firm to move its 375 staff to Edgbaston 

10 Mar 16

LAW firm DAC Beachcroft is moving its 375 staff half-a-mile down Birmingham\’s Broad Street to Edgbaston.


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Big loss at Aston Villa – this time off-the-field 

10 Mar 16

ASTON VILLA lost £27.3m last season, as the company limped to what was then its worst-ever Premier League finish.


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Construction firm wins £9m contract to build charity’s community centre 

10 Mar 16

CONSTRUCTION firm Stepnell has won a £9.2m contract to build a centre for deafblind charity Sense in Birmingham.


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Gateley partner appointed to head up R3 

10 Mar 16

A PARTNER at law firm Gateley has been announced as the new Midlands chair of insolvency trade body R3.


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Vehicle rental group invests in former JLR site 

10 Mar 16

AMT Group has made a major investment in a 7,000 sq ft rental facility in central Birmingham, adding ten staff to its 180-strong team across the UK.


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PR firm agrees merger with stablemate 

10 Mar 16

BIRMINGHAM-based PR agency, Smarts Illuminate has announced it is to merge with digital specialist, twentysix.


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BREAKING NEWS: City law firm set to relocate – into the home of a former rival 

10 Mar 16

LAW firm Pinsent Masons has announced it is to relocate its Birmingham operation by taking space in the former home of a city rival.


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Brace of high profile appointments at Marketing Birmingham 

10 Mar 16

BIRMINGHAMS inward investment body has strengthened its senior management team with two high profile appointments.


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Home safety company sounds alarm on 2016 profits 

10 Mar 16

HOME safety products supplier Sprue Aegis has sounded a precautionary warning alarm of its own by announcing it now thinks its 2016 profits will be lower than expected.


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Record profits for challenger bank Aldermore 

10 Mar 16

CHALLENGER bank Aldermore has announced record profits and continued strong lending growth.


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Lifestyle: Jess Glynne set to rock the Ricoh with special gig 

9 Mar 16

CHART-TOPPING Jess Glynne is to perform a one-off special concert at Coventrys Ricoh Arena next month, the venue has announced.


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Automotive supplier finds colourful solution to investment plans 

9 Mar 16

DEMAND from its customers in the automotive sector has prompted a Birmingham-based supplier to track down growth investment.


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Birmingham garage acquired in Midlands-led deal 

9 Mar 16

A BIRMINGHAM garage business has been acquired by a Midlands rival in a deal led out of the region.


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Wolverhampton sells off former leisure facility to aid regeneration 

9 Mar 16

WOLVERHAMPTON City Council is to see off one of its former leisure facilities as part of a wider regeneration scheme.


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MIPIM will see largest development opportunities in “more than 50 years” 

9 Mar 16

DELEGATES from Coventry and Warwickshire have pledged to showcase the areas biggest investment opportunities at next weeks MIPIM property exhibition.


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Developer offers first glimpse of The Grand’s new office space 

9 Mar 16

THE developer behind the multi-million refurbishment of Birminghams Grand Hotel has given a glimpse of what the schemes new office space will look like.


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Powergen offices set to make way for £75m retirement complex 

9 Mar 16

A £75m residential scheme is set to go ahead in Solihull after the borough council agreed plans for the demolition of one of the areas best-known buildings.


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BCU unveils plans for new Eastside creative hub 

9 Mar 16

A NEW vision of how Birminghams Eastside could be transformed into a creative and cultural hub has been unveiled.


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Profit warning causes share price plummet 

9 Mar 16

BIRMINGHAM-based toys and leisure goods supplier Tandem Group is expecting profits to be lower than expected despite a 10% increase in sales.


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Annual profits strengthen for Hill & Smith 

9 Mar 16

AN aborted attempt to strengthen its position in the galvanising sector does not appear to have dented Shirley-based engineering group, Hill & Smiths annual performance.


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Ed James company set to be struck off Register 

9 Mar 16

A COMPANY run by Birmingham radio presenter and personality Ed James has been officially liquidated.


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Traffic Alert: Long delays on M6 after accident 

9 Mar 16

MOTORISTS using the southbound M6 in Staffordshire face long delays this morning after a serious accident caused the closure of two lanes.


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Wolverhampton city centre facing roadworks disruption 

8 Mar 16

MOTORISTS using Wolverhampton city centre during the next three weeks have been warned of possible delays because of new roadworks.


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Black Country manufacturer expands to facilitate growth 

8 Mar 16

A BLACK Country manufacturer has expanded its operation in order to meet growing demand.


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Changing of the guard at Black Country Chamber 

8 Mar 16

THE Black Country Chamber of Commerce has said farewell to its outgoing president after his two-year tenure came to an end.


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Much ado about something for Birmingham Airport 

8 Mar 16

BIRMINGHAM Airport has taken steps to raise awareness of the areas unique heritage by unveiling a new artwork.


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Residential conversion plans for Lichfield office scheme 

8 Mar 16

AN office block close to the centre of Lichfield is set to be converted into flats under a scheme proposed by its new owner.


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Chatham Billingham proposes changes to Post & Mail building 

8 Mar 16

THE developer of a multi-million scheme to transform the former Birmingham Post & Mail printing hall into a 15-storey mixed use facility has applied for planning permission to amend the second phase o…


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£335m – the value of overseas investors to Birmingham’s office market 

8 Mar 16

OVERSEAS investors were behind half of the office deals in Birmingham city centre last year, spending £335m in the city.


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Consultants propose amendments to JLR’s latest expansion 

8 Mar 16

PLANNING consultants are seeking permission for a number of amendments to a scheme which forms part of Jaguar Land Rovers latest expansion in the West Midlands.


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Review panel set to scrutinise Birmingham’s efforts to meet Kerslake recommendations 

8 Mar 16

THE performance of Birmingham City Council in meeting the recommendations of the Kerslake Review is set to undergo further scrutiny.


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Software firm brings jobs after move to Coventry 

8 Mar 16

A GLOBAL software business is creating jobs following the opening of its regional development hub in Coventry.


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Record February for Jaguar Land Rover 

8 Mar 16

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover saw record global sales last month, with strong demand for both brands.


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Jobs boost with further expansion of Advanced Manufacturing Hub 

8 Mar 16

A LARGE industrial unit is set to be built at Birminghams Advanced Manufacturing Hub following a new deal between the city council and developers.


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Catalogue of problems conspired to delay M6 reopening following fatal accident 

8 Mar 16

A CATALOGUE of road safety issues and repair lorries trapped in traffic congestion combined to delay the reopening of the M6 in Birmingham following a fatal accident last month, a new briefing has rev…


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Management changes hoped to produce turnaround at tooling group 

8 Mar 16

TOUGH trading conditions in the UK and the Nordic region is continuing to affect Brammer, the supplier to industry of key parts and tools.


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Company director enters no plea on attempted murder charge 

8 Mar 16

THE director of a Mercedes-Benz servicing and repair garage has appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with the attempted murder of a 40-year-old pregnant woman who was stabbed multiple time…


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Top business role for EY senior partner 

7 Mar 16

THE senior partner of EY in the Midlands, Sara Fowler, has been announced as the new chair of the CBI in the West Midlands.


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Finance: Grant Thornton; Colmore Insurance Brokers; Mazars 

7 Mar 16

Public sector promotion at Grant Thornton GRANT Thornton is building on its public sector expertise with the promotion of Birmingham-based sector specialist Mark Stocks to partner.


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Tech firm develops emergency services driving simulator 

7 Mar 16

A STATE-OF-THE-ART driving simulator for use by the emergency services and using technology developed in Coventry, is officially launched today.


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Manufacturer targets European markets with new products 

7 Mar 16

A COVENTRY manufacturer is targeting European markets for two of its latest innovative products.


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Seven industrial units snapped up 

7 Mar 16

A MAJOR leasing deal has been completed on seven units at a Coventry industrial estate.


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University of Wolverhampton academic cuts through European red tape 

7 Mar 16

PROBLEMS overcoming European product legislation prompted a Walsall engineering company to turn to the University of Wolverhampton for help.


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Light at the end of a dark tunnel for manufacturers 

7 Mar 16

THE climate for manufacturers in the West Midlands appears to be improving, manufacturers organisation EEF has said.


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HCA deal gives fresh hope for stalled generation scheme 

7 Mar 16

FRESH hopes have been raised for the future of a key regeneration site in Wolverhampton.


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Coventry University College chosen to spearhead new apprenticeship programme 

7 Mar 16

A PROGRAMME to provide higher education including higher and degree apprenticeships in workplaces across the UK has been launched in Coventry.


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Tipton and Coseley upbeat on strong lending 

7 Mar 16

THE Tipton and Coseley Building Society has benefited from a robust housing markets with latest figures showing lending remained strong last year.


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NEW: Canadians confirm Paradise Birmingham investment 

7 Mar 16

CANADIAN investors have confirmed they are to take a major stake in Birminghams £1bn Paradise Circus redevelopment.


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Company director charged with attempted murder 

7 Mar 16

THE director of a Mercedes-Benz servicing and repair garage has been charged with attempted murder following the stabbing of a pregnant woman on Friday.


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Jaguar sales up 200% as UK car market enjoys best February for 12 years 

7 Mar 16

JAGUAR has continued its strong start to the year with UK sales up by a spectacular 208% during February, latest figures have shown.


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20 names make the Signature Awards’ shortlist 

7 Mar 16

THE shortlist for the second Signature Awards has been announced.


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Film company wins six-figure US Department of Defence deal 

7 Mar 16

A BIRMINGHAM-headquartered film company has used the managing directors experience in the British Army to win a major contract with the US Department of Defence.


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Canadians head for Paradise as Birmingham lures more foreign investment 

6 Mar 16

A CANADIAN pension fund is set to further its Birmingham shopping spree.


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Caparo saviour in fresh bid to prop up steel industry 

6 Mar 16

THE group which helped to save Black Country-based steel group Caparo is reported to be behind a major new deal which could help save the British steel industry.


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NEW: Property developer set for new era after members’ buyout 

4 Mar 16

BIRMINGHAM commercial property developer Stoford is set to enter a new era after completing a members buyout which will see company founder Dominic Stokes stepping down from the business.


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Motoring – Aston Martin DB11; BMW 7 Series; Jaguar E-Type 

4 Mar 16

LUXURY sports car maker Aston Martin is famed for producing a string of beautiful and cool automobiles and its latest offering looks like continuing the trend.


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£1m funding boost for Greater Birmingham Growth Hub 

3 Mar 16

THE Greater Birmingham Growth Hub has secured a £1m funding package to help support growing firms across the region for the next two years.