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High Speed Rail

Birmingham short-changed after plans to link HS2 to Europe are scrapped

Patrick McLoughlin has announced through written answers that in an effort to shave £700 million off the cost of HS2, this eminently sensible proposal has been scrapped.

Birmingham Day in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons

Sunday Snapshot: Birmingham Day and NEC Group sale in editor's review of the week

There is a new spirit of cooperation in the region and an acceptance Birmingham can be the hub for a successful local economy

Gisela Stuart MP

Birmingham Day March 2014: Introduction from Gisela Stuart MP

In the past two decades manufacturing’s share of the economy has fallen from 20 per cent to 10 per cent and there is an agreed consensus nationally that the economy needs to be rebalanced in favour of manufacturing


Local enterprise partnerships join forces for £125 million access to finance programme

The Regional Investment Fund will provide a range of programmes to support growing businesses in the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Marches, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire and Worcestershire local enterprise partnership (LEP) areas.

Andy Street

LEP chief pledges to deliver for 'Greater Birmingham'

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP boss Andy Street said his focus will now be on creating jobs from HS2 and a major M42 corridor development as well as bridging the region’s skills gap.

Andy Street

Top men at city's LEP commit for three years

The GBSLEP board has approved the extension of Andy Street’s spell as chair and Steve Hollis’s tenure as deputy chair, both for a further three years

Andy Street and Peter Christopher, Bailiff for the King Edward VI Foundation and Chairman of Governors at Sheldon Heath.

John Lewis MD Andy Street opens new school building in Birmingham

Mr Street, who is also chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, opened the new building at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

An artist’s impression of the new shopping and dining areas in the Grand Central scheme which will overlook the new train station atrium. They will both open together some time in 2015 exclusive

Top brands are next arrivals in New Street Station rebirth

Already 80 per cent of floor space at the Grand Central shopping centre above the regenerated station has been taken, with Vietnamese, Japanese and Italian restaurants among those signing up

Gary Cardin

Birmingham Forward name axed in overhaul

Biggest change for group since it was established by Roger Dickens in the city

Range Rover production at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull

Midlands may not have enough skills to keep up with Jaguar Land Rover expansion

Plans for expanded Solihull site may see JLR recruitment spread beyond region

Mell Square, Solihull

Where is Solihull in brand Greater Birmingham?

Has the time come, then, for Solihull to swallow its pride and unite fully under the Greater Birmingham brand? The unceremonious dropping of the formal LEP name can only be inevitable, surely?

Neil Rami

Major rise in foreign investment in the West Midlands

Region outstrips the rest of the UK after spike in job-boosting investment from foreign shores

Birmingham-based Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover a big winner as Regional Growth Fund injects £57m into West Midlands

Car giant runs three of 16 initiatives given Government boost to encourage employment

George Osborne delivers his spending review

Osborne knocks back £50bn pot for regions in spending review

Business leaders accuse Government of  ‘paying lip-service’ to regional devolution

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP want to trial Heseltine's single pot

Plans to divert billions of pounds from central government to the regions could be piloted in Birmingham and the surrounding area if the city’s business and civic leaders get heir way.

Vince Cable and Lord Heseltine

Vince Cable dismisses Heseltine's LEP vision of regional economies

Plans to revive the West Midlands economy by handing billions to Local Enterprise Partnerships have been thrown into confusion after Business Secretary Vince Cable ruled them out.

Neil Elkes: What price the city jewels?

Former Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby set a few hares running some years back when he suggested that some of the city's assets could be sold to wealthy Arabs.

Delivering Growth report from Greater Birmingham LEP's Strategy For Growth

Greater Birmingham LEP launches strategy to create 100,000 jobs

A blueprint to increase private sector jobs by 100,000 and boost the West Midlands economy by £8.2 billion by 2020 has been unveiled.


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