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Politicians and businesses welcome £5m Birmingham Post Growth Fund return

Robert Bloxham from ORB Creative at the Birmingham Post Investors' Fortress event.

Cabinet ministers and businesspeople alike herald new fund as a boost to small and medium-sized firms

Regeneration project for Colmore Square

Enjoying the new-look Colmore Square in Birmingham (from left): Jason Jackson of Shoosmiths, Peter Dunlop of Capita and Rob Valentine and Mike Mounfield of Colmore Business District
New landscaping and chess garden as public square undergoes revamp led by Colmore Business District

Unemployment creeps up in the West Midlands

Job Centre
Slight rise in joblessness follows period of major improvement in the jobs market

West Midlands jobs saved after Albemarle & Bond takeover

Albemarle & Bond
Stores in Birmingham city centre, Bearwood, Kings Heath, Acocks Green, West Bromwich, Northfield and Chelmsley Wood have all survived the cull

Insolvency risk falls for region's businesses, says R3

Richard Philpott, a partner at KPMG in the region and Midlands chairman of the R3 insolvency trade body
Trade body says new research shows risk of insolvency is dropping among key sectors

Tricorn predicts positive half year

Tricorn Group
Energy division steady while new business grows in US, says Malvern manufacturer
General business

Examining the basis of contemporary capitalism

If you get a chance have a look at a book that is causing something of a sensation among both economists and politicians across the world.

Regeneration project for Colmore Square

Enjoying the new-look Colmore Square in Birmingham (from left): Jason Jackson of Shoosmiths, Peter Dunlop of Capita and Rob Valentine and Mike Mounfield of Colmore Business District
New landscaping and chess garden as public square undergoes revamp led by Colmore Business District
Tim Burgess, singer from The Charlatans, knitting for the Million Stitch Blanket project in Digbeth

Bill Drummond in Birmingham: Knitting our way to a Million Stitch Blanket for the city

Was knitting invented in Birmingham? Bill Drummond believes so. The artist writes about his plans to create a giant blanket for the city as part of his ongoing exhibition.

Use of foodbanks more than doubles in the West Midlands

Stocking the shelves at the Resource Central Foodbank
Volunteers at Trussell Trust provided 93,461 people in the West Midlands with three days worth of emergency food in 2013/14, compared to 41,396 the previous year
Theatre

Review: Dial M For Murder at Malvern Festival Theatres

Richard Edmonds reviews Dial M For Murder at Malvern Festival Theatres

Review: The Roaring Girl at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Coventry actress Lisa Dillon as Moll Cutpurse in The Roaring Girl
Sarah Probert reviews The Roaring Girl at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bill Drummond in Birmingham: Knitting our way to a Million Stitch Blanket for the city

Tim Burgess, singer from The Charlatans, knitting for the Million Stitch Blanket project in Digbeth
Was knitting invented in Birmingham? Bill Drummond believes so. The artist writes about his plans to create a giant blanket for the city as part of his ongoing exhibition.
Stuart Franks, Coltham Developments; Dan Anderson, Anderson's Bar & Grill; Mike Hargreaves, Coltham Developments; Jilly Cosgrove, Barques Design; Eddie Morse, EMC Consultancy; Simon Marsh, Anderson's Bar & Grill.

Alternative MIPIM event in Birmingham

The Alternative MIPIM event in Birmingham saw more than 100 leading figures from the commercial property sector networking over a long leisurely French-themed meal

Property professionals at industrial report launch

Alex Carr, LSH; Gemma Butler, LSH; Graham Hardie, Aberdeen Asset Management.
Property professionals came together for the launch of Lambert Smith Hampton's (LSH) annual Industrial and Logistics Market Report.

Media world gathers for charity lunch

Paul Willoghby, Jon Snow and Steve Dann.
Hundreds from the Midlands media world gathered to hear broadcaster Jon Snow at Villa Park for the Journalists' Charity's Annual Celebrity Lunch.
Enjoying the new-look Colmore Square in Birmingham (from left): Jason Jackson of Shoosmiths, Peter Dunlop of Capita and Rob Valentine and Mike Mounfield of Colmore Business District

Regeneration project for Colmore Square

New landscaping and chess garden as public square undergoes revamp led by Colmore Business District

Mark Wilson, partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance in Birmingham

Catalyst advises on Fabulous Bakin' Bros buyout

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

£6m funding boost for Coventry manufacturers

Karl Eddy, vice-chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP
New capital worth £6.2m has been awarded to five automotive and aerospace businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire, creating 225 jobs.

Videos & Photos

Tim Burgess, singer from The Charlatans, knitting for the Million Stitch Blanket project in Digbeth

Bill Drummond in Birmingham: Knitting our way to a Million Stitch Blanket for the city

Jaguar Land Rover will supply Virgin Galactic astronauts

Land Rover in Virgin Galactic deal to supply astronauts

The Library Of Birmingham won three categories at the 2014 RIBA West Midlands Awards

Library of Birmingham sweeps board at RIBA Awards

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