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More foreign investment in Greater Birmingham than any other region

The refurbished Five Brindleyplace, soon to be the home of Deutsche Bank which is one of the city's best foreign investment stories of recent times

The number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the Greater Birmingham trumped the 37 other regions, data for the 2014 financial year shows

Former CBSO composer named Master of the Queen’s Music

Judith Weir, former resident composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Judith Weir officially took up her role after she cycled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen

Carillion plots merger with Balfour Beatty

Carillion headquarters at Birch Street, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton-based Carillion is in talks with Balfour Beatty, which is struggling after sacking its chief executive more than two months ago, about a deal

Parts Alliance chief keen to 'safeguard talent' with Unipart Automotive buyout

Peter Sephton, chief executive of The Parts Alliance
Rescue deal saves 33 branches of Solihull-based company as Parts Alliance marches on to £1bn turnover target

Armstrongs expands with new office launch

Armstrongs directors Paul Farmer (fifth from left) and Peter Georgiades (second right) with the team at its new office in Nuneaton
Chartered accountancy 'investing heavily' as it launches a second operation in Warwickshire town

Development support wins for Gough Bailey Wright

Members of Gough Bailey Wright's community affairs Team, (from left) Georgina Curtis-Iddiols, Richard Harris and Tess Randles
Worcestershire PR and marketing agency to support developers hoping to build major outlet village near Cannock
John Dyson, John Harris, Peter Stienlet, John Stewart.

Stewart & Harris celebrate joining Patrick Parsons

Birmingham consulting engineers Stewart & Harris celebrate becoming part of national firm Patrick Parsons.

Aston Martin to revive Lagonda name with 'super saloon' for Middle East market

Aston Martin's bespoke 'super saloon' which will revive the Lagonda badge
The Gaydon-based car-maker said the new ‘super saloon’ will rekindle the Lagonda ethos of “the finest of fast cars” and be offered exclusively in the Middle East, in response to customer demand
A polling station

By-election victory could see Labour regain Walsall Council for first time in a decade

The victory in the Birchills-Leamore seat gives the party 30 out of the 60 council seats which could be enough to depose the ruling Tory-Lib Dem administration

Former CBSO composer named Master of the Queen’s Music

Judith Weir, former resident composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Judith Weir officially took up her role after she cycled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen
Joanna Reid, executive director of Coventry's Belgrade Theatre

Arts organisations critical to the prosperity of the city

As the Belgrade Theatre prepares to stage its latest home-produced drama, executive director Joanna Reid writes about Arts Council funding and tough times ahead

Nazis loathed jazz but they knew how to harness its power

Bradley Clarkson, Jonny Bower, Miranda Wilford, Chris Andrew Mellon and Calum Coates in Propaganda Swing, which is coming to Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
The glitz and glamour of the Berlin jazz scene in the 1930s is brought to life in a wartime drama produced by Coventry's Belgrade Theatre. Catherine Vonledebur reports.

Fascinating tales from the Home Front being told in real time over four years

Actors Claire-Louise Cordwell (Alice), Alun Raglan (Ivor) and Ben Crowe (Bill) record an episode of Home Front at the Mailbox.
A major radio drama about the First World War is being made in Birmingham. Roz Laws sat in on a recording.
John Dyson, John Harris, Peter Stienlet, John Stewart.

Stewart & Harris celebrate joining Patrick Parsons

Birmingham consulting engineers Stewart & Harris celebrate becoming part of national firm Patrick Parsons.

Brooke Smith Planning marks 20th anniversary

Simon Lloyd, DTZ; Louise Brooke-Smith, Brooke Smith Planning; Simon Farrant, GBR Phoenix Beard.
​Brooke Smith Planning celebrated 20 years in business at its annual Summer Garden Party at The Cloisters in Edgbaston.

BDO hosts dinner for housebuilders to discuss 'Homes For All' report

Steve Parkinson, Parkinson Estates Plc; Tom Finnegan, Radleigh Group Ltd; Mark Anslow, BDO; Stephen Hemming, Lambert Smith Hampton.
BDO spoke to 50 UK housebuilders across the country to canvass views on the key challenges facing the industry and how to overcome these.
John Dyson, John Harris, Peter Stienlet, John Stewart.

Stewart & Harris celebrate joining Patrick Parsons

Birmingham consulting engineers Stewart & Harris celebrate becoming part of national firm Patrick Parsons.

Peter Sephton, chief executive of The Parts Alliance

Parts Alliance chief keen to 'safeguard talent' with Unipart Automotive buyout

Rescue deal saves 33 branches of Solihull-based company as Parts Alliance marches on to £1bn turnover target

Unipart Automotive collapses with the loss of over 1,200 jobs

Mark Orton, KPMG
Rescue deal save three West Midlands branches but head office and multiple sites have closed

Eric Parry Architects appointed to design Paradise Circus building

Eric Parry Architects' sketch of the Paradise Circus development - it will design the building with white roof in the top of the sketch
Firm is second architecture practice to win a design brief for £450m mixed-use scheme and will create building to replace Central Library

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John Dyson, John Harris, Peter Stienlet, John Stewart.

Stewart & Harris celebrate joining Patrick Parsons

The Lodge in Frederick Road, Edgbaston.

Home of the week: £2,300,000 The Lodge in Frederick Road, Edgbaston

High House in Inkberrow, Worcestershire.

Home of the day: £525k High House in Inkberrow, Worcestershire

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