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Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority

Mell Square, Solihull

Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year

'Summer of discontent' threat over London Midland cuts

A London Midland train
The RMT union threw down the gauntlet with a pledge it would accept no compulsory redundancies – and revealed it would ballot for action if no compromise could be reached

Businessman stripped of land after Broad Street row ends up in court

Former manager of the Rocket Club Allan Sartori
Allan Sartori, well-known in the city for his management stints at Ronnie Scott’s and the Rocket Club, has been removed as the registered proprietor of the strip of pavement following a tortuous four-year legal battle with Laurence Reddy

Trojan Horse investigator 'will have to work harder because of anti-terror' background

Sir Albert Bore
Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore reveals community tension concerns, and says the man brought in to investigate claims of extremism in schools has his work cut out to win people over

Digby Jones: Why The New Troubleshooter makes me go gooey inside

Lord Jones of Birmingham
Lord Jones explains how The New Troubleshooter came about, and how he came to pick up the baton from his ‘hero’ Sir John Harvey-Jones, who presented the first series in 1990

Aston Expressway Birmingham at 'considerable' risk of collapsing, claims council report

Raised section of the seven-lane expressway needs £26 million investment to fix it to make the 40-year-old carriageway safe
Former manager of the Rocket Club Allan Sartori

Businessman stripped of land after Broad Street row ends up in court

Allan Sartori, well-known in the city for his management stints at Ronnie Scott’s and the Rocket Club, has been removed as the registered proprietor of the strip of pavement following a tortuous four-year legal battle with Laurence Reddy

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

Emily and Jim Smith.
The 11th Warwickshire Tennis Awards evening was recently held at the Botanical Gardens
Mell Square, Solihull

Solihull stands in the way of West Midlands combined authority

Talks are taking place over the region’s authorities uniting under one banner, which could unlock a £20 billion pot were Labour to take power next year

'Summer of discontent' threat over London Midland cuts

A London Midland train
The RMT union threw down the gauntlet with a pledge it would accept no compulsory redundancies – and revealed it would ballot for action if no compromise could be reached
The Carillion tower in Bournville.

The sweet sound of music 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

A topical theme for a company which is far from typical

Poster for Birmingham Opera Company production of Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry
Birmingham Opera Company is known for its unusual productions. Roz Laws discovers how its latest does not disappoint
Emily and Jim Smith.

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

The 11th Warwickshire Tennis Awards evening was recently held at the Botanical Gardens

Primitivo marks 18th birthday

Steve Brandwood, Pritpal Sagoo.
City centre bar and restaurant Primitivo held a special party to mark its 18th year.

Broadcaster at charity event to mark International Women's Day

Graham Hampson-Silk, Cure Leukaemia; Llewela Bailey, Guest Speaker, prominent media and communications; Jemma Gibbard, Deloitte; Jane Whitlock, Deloitte.
Llewela Bailey was the guest speaker at a Birmingham charity lunch to mark this year's International Women's Day.
Emily and Jim Smith.

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

The 11th Warwickshire Tennis Awards evening was recently held at the Botanical Gardens

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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Emily and Jim Smith.

Tennis clubs enjoy awards ceremony

Midland home designed by architectural revolutionary Edgar Wood on the market

Steve Brandwood, Pritpal Sagoo.

Primitivo marks 18th birthday

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