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Queen's Awards for Enterprise handed to 11 in the West Midlands

Stewart Towe CBE, of Smethwick-based Hadley Group

Manufacturing firms dominate the list recognising innovation and international trade – ranging from one employing just 14 people to one employing almost 25,000

2 Sisters founder Ranjit Boparan becomes Birmingham's first billionaire

Ranjit Boparan Singh
It represents a remarkable rise for Mr Boparan, who started at a butcher’s shop in Bilston and now lives in Little Aston, and went on to take over household names like Northern Foods and Harry Ramsden’s

Protest against conversion of Broadway School building

Former councillor Ayoub Khan in Priory Queensway
The Grade II-listed Broadway School building, on Whitehead Road, has been deserted since pupils were moved to a new site in Perry Barr in 2011

City chef Glynn Purnell takes to the boxing ring

Glynn Purnell and Wayne Evans in the boxing ring
Mr Purnell – who runs acclaimed city eatery Purnell’s – didn’t emerge unscathed from his titanic tussle with Evans, the chef’s trainer at the Jewellery Quarter’s BoxFit gym

Website paints best picture yet of Birmingham's 'Pals'

Birmingham’s 1st City Battalion, aka the Birmingham Pals, in 1915
Three ‘Pals’ battalions were raised in Birmingham, as young men flocked to sign up in 1914 during the fervour to serve king and country

West Midlands Police prepares for job cuts despite recruitment

West Midlands Police
The admission came from the force’s head of HR who told Strategic Police and Crime Board members the first influx of staff since 2010 will only stabilise officer numbers – which will then have to be cut again almost immediately
Stewart Towe CBE, of Smethwick-based Hadley Group

Queen's Awards for Enterprise handed to 11 in the West Midlands

Manufacturing firms dominate the list recognising innovation and international trade – ranging from one employing just 14 people to one employing almost 25,000

2 Sisters founder Ranjit Boparan becomes Birmingham's first billionaire

Ranjit Boparan Singh
It represents a remarkable rise for Mr Boparan, who started at a butcher’s shop in Bilston and now lives in Little Aston, and went on to take over household names like Northern Foods and Harry Ramsden’s
Former councillor Ayoub Khan in Priory Queensway

Protest against conversion of Broadway School building

The Grade II-listed Broadway School building, on Whitehead Road, has been deserted since pupils were moved to a new site in Perry Barr in 2011

West Midlands Police prepares for job cuts despite recruitment

West Midlands Police
The admission came from the force’s head of HR who told Strategic Police and Crime Board members the first influx of staff since 2010 will only stabilise officer numbers – which will then have to be cut again almost immediately

Post People: Relaunch of Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar at the Cube

Edgbaston-based upholstery company Mr McQueen led the five-week project to revamp the bar

The sweet sound of music in Bournville

The Carillion tower in Bournville.
The carillion at Bournville's charming Rest House is admired across the world. Christopher Morley joined the celebrations for its centenary.

Putting our literary luminaries on map

Literary Map of the West Midlands drawn up by Writing West
The region is bursting with creativity and Writing West Midlands has produced a literary map to show it. Alison Jones asked why it decided to landmark local talent and talks to two authors who are contributing to Birmingham's burgeoning books scene
Tracey Allsopp, Allsopp & Co; Mary Kaye, SGH Martineau; Martin Allsopp, Allsopp & Co.

Firm's St Patrick's Day festivities

The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Birmingham offices of SGH Martineau was well attended as always.

Post People: Relaunch of Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar at the Cube

Edgbaston-based upholstery company Mr McQueen led the five-week project to revamp the bar

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

Emily and Jim Smith.
The 11th Warwickshire Tennis Awards evening was recently held at the Botanical Gardens
Tracey Allsopp, Allsopp & Co; Mary Kaye, SGH Martineau; Martin Allsopp, Allsopp & Co.

Firm's St Patrick's Day festivities

The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Birmingham offices of SGH Martineau was well attended as always.

Nick Leitch, head of Seneca Capital's Midlands operation

Seneca Capital pumps new investment into FJ Holdings

Dudley firm will use new backing to reorganise group following recent acquisition

Catalyst advises on Fabulous Bakin' Bros buyout

Mark Wilson, partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance in Birmingham
Birmingham-based partner helped Dutch firm Daelmans acquire the well-known UK cake brand

HSBC launches £500m funding pot for region's SMEs

HSBC is looking to increase growth among West Midlands SMEs with new funding pot
Move part of bank's plan to release £6billion to small- and medium-sized companies as new report predicts year of growth

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Tracey Allsopp, Allsopp & Co; Mary Kaye, SGH Martineau; Martin Allsopp, Allsopp & Co.

Firm's St Patrick's Day festivities

Post People: Relaunch of Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar at the Cube

Emily and Jim Smith.

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

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