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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

Special Jaguar F-Type takes on Tour de France role

Team Sky's Sir Dave Brailsford, Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas pose next to the new Jaguar F-Type Coupé high performance support vehicle
The Midland car-maker extended its support as an innovation partner to Team Sky by designing, engineering and building a bespoke F-Type Coupé high performance support vehicle for the team to use during Stage 20 of the race

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme

Barry Henley
Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home

Jobs boost as Chinese manufacturer Detank invests in Coventry

The company, which builds heavy duty earth movers and fork lift trucks, has earmarked land in Coventry for its new factory – with dozens of jobs set to follow

Dozens of jobs created as new Boston Tea Party bar opens

The historic School Yard frontage has been treated with respect
Trading has begun at the new Boston Tea Party (BTP) at The School Yard in Harborne following a 10 week build

West Midlands Police outsourcing deal 'must learn from mistakes'

Lloyd House, West Midlands Police Headquarters
Experts reveal concerns public organisations like West Midlands Police simply don’t have enough expertise to do deals with the private sector
David Fennell

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co achieves turnover of £172 million

The financial picture for the firm was revealed as it announced the results of its legacy firms - Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham - for the financial year to April 2014

Zeus Capital helps Epwin realise AIM ambitions

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

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme

Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home

Dozens of jobs created as new Boston Tea Party bar opens

The historic School Yard frontage has been treated with respect
Trading has begun at the new Boston Tea Party (BTP) at The School Yard in Harborne following a 10 week build
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.
David Fennell

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co achieves turnover of £172 million

The financial picture for the firm was revealed as it announced the results of its legacy firms - Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham - for the financial year to April 2014

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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