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Pictures: Progress on Arena Central and Paradise

Diggers take down former Central TV studios and hoardings surround Central Library as key regen schemes progress

Call for driverless cars backing with Jaguar Land Rover 'years from production'

Business secretary Vince Cable in a driverless car at the Nuneaton base of motor industry research body MIRA last year.
A Commons inquiry said the vehicles had the potential to dramatically cut road deaths, or reduce them to nothing, while JLR said they could have the vehicles ready within 10 years

Former factory in Gun Quarter to make way for student flats

City planners have backed a project to demolish Charter House and replace it with more than 500 student bedrooms
Go ahead for London firm Knightsbridge to demolish old oil plant and build more than 500 bedrooms to accommodate Birmingham's growing student population

West Midlands' export surplus to China nears £3bn

Region sees another rise in the amount of good heading east compared with what is coming back as brands like JLR and JCB lead the way

Aston Martin unveils growth plans at Geneva motor show

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer unveiles the DBX Concept at the Geneva motor show
Andy Palmer outlined the firm’s plans at the Geneva motor show, and said growth would come from a crossover vehicle, wider availability of its Lagonda Taraf luxury saloon and a new generation of sportscars

Green light for Dandara's vision for V Building site

CGI of Dandara's apartment block which will be built next to Alpha Tower after planners gave it the green light
Long-awaited redevelopment first mooted as a 51-storey tower in 1997 can finally begin after city planners award permission to apartment blocks
Crowne Plaza hotels provides a backdrop as the diggers take down the former Central TV studios in Broad Street

Pictures: Progress on Arena Central and Paradise

Diggers take down former Central TV studios and hoardings surround Central Library as key regen schemes progress

Call for driverless cars backing with Jaguar Land Rover 'years from production'

Business secretary Vince Cable in a driverless car at the Nuneaton base of motor industry research body MIRA last year.
A Commons inquiry said the vehicles had the potential to dramatically cut road deaths, or reduce them to nothing, while JLR said they could have the vehicles ready within 10 years
Sir Albert Bore, born in Ayrshire, is Birmingham City Council’s current leader.

Labour group circles the wagons in defence of under fire leader

There was a distinct undercurrent throughout that Sir Albert Bore’s Labour leadership was on trial

West Midlands Police chief joins calls for combined regional authority

Coun David Jamieson is urging the region to create a combined authority as soon as possible
David Jamieson, the only person elected to a West Midland role at the moment, is urging the region to get on with creating a combined authority to avoid losing the chance of receiving devolved powers from London
Samantha Hay as Queen of the Night in Welsh National Opera's The Magic Flute

Review: Welsh National Opera's The Magic Flute at Birmingham Hippodrome

This surreal, Magritte inspired opera at Birmingham Hippdrome was a delight

Review: Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass by CBSO

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Edward Gardner
Conductor Edward Gardener conducted the CBSO at Symphony Hall with great authority

Review: Chorus by Welsh National Opera at Birmingham Hippodrome

Lesley Garrett flew aboard a giant pair of lips in this evening of choruses by Welsh National Opera
Councillor Shafique Shah, Lord Mayor of Birmingham; Louise Francis, Business Development Manager, Fidelis Contract Cleaning Services, Jane Sutton, Ambassador, The Great Midlands Fun Run.

Birmingham charity aiming for yet another runaway success

The League of Friends For The John Taylor Hospice held a reception to recruit over 400 entrants for a local fun run.

West Midlands SMEs urged to change mindset

Professor Adrian Furnham, Juliette Summerfield, Kirsty Davies-Chinnock and Jamil Qureshi at the Aston Business School Transformation For Growth Positive Psychology in SME's event at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.
Aston Business School's free "Positive Psychology in SMEs" event was hosted at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

International flavour to Mazars' meet-up

Lee Cartwright, David Preston, Mazars; Paul Turk and Gary Riley, HSBC, at Mazars' annual drinks reception in Birmingham.
International connections was the theme of Mazars' annual drinks reception for intermediaries and professional contacts in the Birmingham and West Midlands office in Church Street.
Councillor Shafique Shah, Lord Mayor of Birmingham; Louise Francis, Business Development Manager, Fidelis Contract Cleaning Services, Jane Sutton, Ambassador, The Great Midlands Fun Run.

Birmingham charity aiming for yet another runaway success

The League of Friends For The John Taylor Hospice held a reception to recruit over 400 entrants for a local fun run.

Andy Street

BPS Birmingham and Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP launch SME funding portal

The website has been launched jointly by BPS Birmingham, the organisation representing the region’s business professional and financial services sector, and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Shakespeares and SGH Martineau in merger talks

Emma Shipp, managing partner at SGH Martineau
A combined firm would employ around 900 staff, including 150 partners, and see a fee income of more than £75 million

Goodfish acquires Powell & Harber thanks to Finance Birmingham funding deal

Ian Fairclough (Finance Birmingham), Nigel Tipple (Goodfish), Greg McDonald (Goodfish)
Based in Cannock, Goodfish employs 30 people and has clients in markets including the USA, Ireland, Portugal, Hungary and Poland as well as the UK

Videos & Photos

Crowne Plaza hotels provides a backdrop as the diggers take down the former Central TV studios in Broad Street

Pictures: Progress on Arena Central and Paradise

Business secretary Vince Cable in a driverless car at the Nuneaton base of motor industry research body MIRA last year.

Call for driverless cars backing with Jaguar Land Rover 'years from production'

City planners have backed a project to demolish Charter House and replace it with more than 500 student bedrooms

Former Gun Quarter factory to make way for student flats

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