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New statue unveiled outside Library of Birmingham

Gillian Wearing, A Real Birmingham Family, 2014, courtesy the artist, Ikon, Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England

It's a family affair as artwork aims to show what a typical family is in today's modern Britain

Unions on offensive in Jaguar Land Rover pay dispute

Jaguar XE
JLR bosses accused of investing millions around the world on the back of the sweat of the UK workforce

Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna
In a strident interview on devolution to English regions, the Shadow Business Secretary called for a more federal political model

Former MG Rover chief's letter sparks call for payout

Former MG Rover chairman John Towers told workers the assets of MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before pocketing £1m
John Towers, one of the notorious Phoenix Four, told former workers the entire assets of subsidiary MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before he pocketed £1m

Birmingham to 'tell its story' in £150k bid to boost perception of city

Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Work to begin on branding strategy around 'Greater Birmingham' aimed at improving the region's reputation

New 'Green Travel Districts' for Birmingham to entice drivers out of cars

CGI of how Kings Heath High Street might look after a major transport shake-up which would see it named a Green Travel District
Eleven areas in the city to receive special designated status as part of a major shake-up to encourage people out of their cars.
Barclays

Do not believe the rumours - our banks are open for business

Barclays launched its Accelerator initiative to offer a three-month start-up programme for new businesses.

The MG Rover Phoenix Four must cough up

Signs on the gates at the MG Rover plant in Longbridge.
The Phoenix Four have finally run out of excuses, and they are about to pocket another million quid each from the wreckage of the car crash that they presided over at MG Rover.
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham

Peter Sharkey: Ashes Test match special for city with a fortune forecasted

Edgbaston Stadium and Marketing Birmingham announced that next year's Third Ashes Test could provide a boost in excess of £26 million to the local economy.

MP John Hemming is often a beacon of truth

John Hemming, is Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley
Many have doubted Birmingham MP John Hemming's causes - until he is proved right.
Scene from the live horror show put on by Twisted Attractions

Twisted Attractions show leaves the audience with stage fright

Entrepreneurs James Cooper and Matthew Lee are behind live show which leaves visitors scream and jump in the name of entertainment

Library of Birmingham to host launch of Best British Short Stories

Author M John Harrison will be one of the readers at the launch of the Best British Short Stories anthology
 This year's version of the anthology is dedicated to Joel Lane who died last year aged 50

Movie Review: Love, Rosie (12A)

Love Rosie
Graham Young reviews new movie Love, Rosie, starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.
Sarah Hulland, Susan Morrissy and Louise Roberts attend MFG Solicitors' mini food festival-style reception at Ludlow Kitchen.

MFG Solicitors' hold food-themed event for Shropshire clients

Midland law firm MFG Solicitors recently held a food-themed event for their Shropshire clients at the Ludlow Kitchen.

Lloyds Bank hosts property team event in Birmingham

Dave Quinney, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Nathan Gilbert, Siobhan Gilbert G E Gilbert and Son; Mark Ellis, Head of Property, SME Banking at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Clifford Gilbert, G E Gilbert and Son, attend Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking's Midlands property team event at Primitivo Bar.
Lloyds Bank hosts property team event at Primitivo Bar on Barwick Street, Birmingham.

Charity golf day in Warwickshire raises over £3,000

Phil Ewing, HB&O; Martin Taylor, Wyndon Motors; Mike Durkin, Santander; Mike Wakeling, Lodders, attend Harrison Beale & Owen's annual charity golf day at Kenilworth Golf Club.
More than 40 people swung into action at Harrison Beale & Owen's (HB&O) annual charity golf day at Kenilworth Golf Club in Warwickshire.
Dean Wilson, managing director of D Wilson Architectural Metalwork (jeans) with from left Kailash Parekh, Andy Perry and Graham Nicoll, from Barclays

Barclays backs D Wilson Architectural Metalworks with £1m finance deal

Birmingham manufacturer is aiming to turn over more than £10m after buying new factory site in Smethwick

Finance Birmingham announces £1m backing for Jaguar Land Rover supplier

From left: Steve Hetherington, tooling investment director at Finance Birmingham, Magal Engineering Gamil Magal and Reading East MP Rob Wilson
Second deal in a week for finance body which has enabled manufacturer to press on with new contract to supply i54 site

Just Good Food contract wins tastes good for Core

Louise Martin, owner and managing director of Just Good Food (left), and Lucie Sissons, senior account manager with Core
Birmingham catering cements long-standing relationship with PR company by signing up for new campaign

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Astley Hall Cottage in Astley, Worcestershire.

Astley Hall Cottage in Worcestershire

Queen opens Jaguar Land Rover's new i54 engine plant

Gillian Wearing, A Real Birmingham Family, 2014, courtesy the artist, Ikon, Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England

New statue unveiled outside Library of Birmingham

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