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Eid 2014 boost for Birmingham retailers

Selfridges Birmingham is having a Shisha Lounge as part of its Eid event

The city’s landmark Selfridges store is expected to be among those boosted by Eid – which marks the end of a month of Muslim fasting

Cost of renting in West Midlands falls further behind London

Houses
Average rents in the West Midlands rose by 4.3 per cent over the past year, to £625 per month – but the increase failed to keep pace with the national average

GVA director Malcom Smith dies aged 62

Malcolm Smith, senior director with GVA, who has died aged 62
Mr Smith was a senior director who moved to the Midlands from London in the early 1990s but more recently had battled cancer

Honorary doctorate for Institute of Directors chair Jason Wouhra

East End Foods director Jason Wouhra receives his honorary doctorate
Director recognised for his contribution to regional and national business and community work

TR Fleet goes Down Under for new company launch

Julie Summerell, TR Fleet
Coventry firm targets Australia and New Zealand markets with new venture

Bassi's Real Estate Investors spends £7m on Warwick town centre property

Westgate House, Warwick, which has been acquired by Real Estate Investors
Birmingham property group shows no signs of slowing down in deals market after completing latest acquisition
Selfridges Birmingham is having a Shisha Lounge as part of its Eid event

Eid 2014 boost for Birmingham retailers

The city’s landmark Selfridges store is expected to be among those boosted by Eid – which marks the end of a month of Muslim fasting

GVA director Malcom Smith dies aged 62

Malcolm Smith, senior director with GVA, who has died aged 62
Mr Smith was a senior director who moved to the Midlands from London in the early 1990s but more recently had battled cancer
Julie Summerell, TR Fleet

TR Fleet goes Down Under for new company launch

Coventry firm targets Australia and New Zealand markets with new venture

Cost of renting in West Midlands falls further behind London

Houses
Average rents in the West Midlands rose by 4.3 per cent over the past year, to £625 per month – but the increase failed to keep pace with the national average
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.

Zeus Capital helps Epwin realise AIM ambitions

Zeus Capital advised Epwin as nominated adviser and sole broker, including the £94 million institutional fundraise

Alan Hudson, AFH Financial

AFH Financial enters Scottish market with latest buyout

Bromsgrove firm acquires Finlay Gow & Company and adds £40 million to portfolio of funds under management

Bassi's Real Estate Investors spends £7m on Warwick town centre property

Westgate House, Warwick, which has been acquired by Real Estate Investors
Birmingham property group shows no signs of slowing down in deals market after completing latest acquisition

Union condemns decision to call in administrators at Unipart Automotive

Unite union’s top automotive official Roger Maddison
Unite union’s top automotive official Roger Maddison said the decision by Solihull-based Unipart Automotive to call in administrators rather than seek a buyer was ‘very disappointing

Videos & Photos

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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