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Pictures: Campaign promotes summer events in Birmingham

Summer in Southside free outdoor arts festival on August 9, 16, 23-24. The Southpaw Dance Company: Faust pictured from last year's event

Visit Birmingham has this month launched a campaign celebrating major events taking place in the city this summer

New lettings revealed for Grand Central

CGI of the new shopping and dining areas in Grand Central, overlooking the atrium of New Street Station
But developers confirm grand opening will be a year later than planned to coincide with unveiling of New Street Station

Eleven Brindleyplace sold to Benson Elliot

Eleven Brindleyplace
Property developer Argent has completed the sale of the 108,000 sq ft Grade A building, which is the hope of property firm Colliers International, in an undisclosed deal

Carillion holds firm in Balfour Beatty merger

Library of Birmingham which was led by support services giant Carillion
Black Country support services giant says it still believes in "powerful rationale" of combining two companies

Flagship John Lewis 'will be more than just a shop'

Lisa Williams, store manager of John Lewis in Birmingham
New manager of high-end department store pledges to make John Lewis in Grand Central part of the city's community

Ex-Lloyds banker claims 'risky derivatives sold to as many as possible'

Disturbing inside story of claims against household name revealed in High Court document
Business

Discrimination criteria could be widened

Individuals who are morbidly obese could soon have the same discrimination rights in the workplace as employees who are gay or disabled.

Why it pays to keep our costs down

Money
Setting aside the pros and cons, one indisputable fact is that more people are in employment than ever before.
Warwickshire head coach Dougie Brown.

Brown relishes Bears' shot at breaking T20 hoodoo

Dougie Brown is adamant the Bears are capable of winning through to the Finals Day to be held at their own Edgbaston HQ on August 23.

Big bad bookies and Premier League prove easy targets for vote-chasers

Ladbrokes on Green Lane in Small Heath.
Election fever turns grassroot sport funding into a political football.
Birmingham Town Hall

Review: CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy at Birmingham Town Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy at Birmingham Town Hall

Arts organisations critical to the prosperity of the city

Joanna Reid, executive director of Coventry's Belgrade Theatre
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.
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.
Library of Birmingham which was led by support services giant Carillion

Carillion holds firm in Balfour Beatty merger

Black Country support services giant says it still believes in "powerful rationale" of combining two companies

Balfour Beatty ends merger talks with Carillion

Carillion headquarters at Birch Street, Wolverhampton
Deal which would have created £3bn support services powerhouse is off after Carillion wanted Parsons Brinckerhoff included in the merger

Mercia Fund Management's gene specialist reaches £300,000 funding landmark

Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management
Oxford Genetics is the biotechnology company behind SnapFast - a system that simplifies the purchase of synthetic DNA molecules (plasmids)

Videos & Photos

Summer in Southside free outdoor arts festival on August 9, 16, 23-24. The Southpaw Dance Company: Faust pictured from last year's event

Pictures: Campaign promotes summer events in Birmingham

CGI of the new shopping and dining areas in Grand Central, overlooking the atrium of New Street Station

New lettings revealed for Grand Central

Lisa Williams, store manager of John Lewis in Birmingham

Flagship John Lewis 'will be more than just a shop'

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Regional Head of Business
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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