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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

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

Poster for Birmingham Opera Company production of Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry

A topical theme for a company which is far from typical

Birmingham Opera Company is known for its unusual productions. Roz Laws discovers how its latest does not disappoint

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his question and answer session and speech at the Priory Rooms in Bull Street, Birmingham

We're in danger or missing the devolution ball

Miliband has said he wants cities like Birmingham and Manchester to become powerful urban dynamos, taking control of budgets for skills, housing, transport and the Work Programme so to boost their economies

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More pain means little gain for Labour as cuts temper election hopes

When Labour took control of Birmingham City Council after very successful local elections in 2011 and 2012, many assumed they were set comfortably for the long haul.

Sir Albert Bore

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

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

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

City of Birmingham

Birmingham ranked alongside Rome in quality of life survey

The city has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any in the UK outside of the capital – and ahead of the likes of Los Angeles and Dubai, by the Mercer Quality of Living Report 2014


Clarke Associates wins business programme PR brief

Wythall agency renews contract to spearhead communications campaign for Business Development Programme

Sir Albert Bore

25 schools investigated over 'Trojan Horse' claims

The council has received more than 200 letters, emails and calls from parents, governors and teachers giving information about the alleged plot

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

Library of Birmingham sweeps board at RIBA Awards

City's landmark £188 million library named region's top building alongside two other category wins

Concept Sign & Display

Concept Sign & Display doubles turnover to repay loan early

Concept Sign & Display received a £200,000 loan via Finance Birmingham. The loan was to be paid back over five years but the company was able to repay the funding in full ahead of schedule.


Birmingham binmen hit out as overtime is scrapped

Many refuse collectors have been limited to four-day working weeks and will now have trouble paying their mortgages and other bills, sources claim

Sir Albert Bore

Bore: Government will hold us back unless we can raise taxes

Birmingham is to call for greater tax-raising powers under a motion backed by senior councillors.

New Adventure's Lord of the Flies

Bringing dance to Birmingham's streets and theatres

The world is hot-footing it to Birmingham for a major dance festival, discovers Roz Laws

Three Michelin-starred chef Alain Roux with BCF Chef of the Year Adam Handling

Birmingham renews culinary links with Lyon by signing Protocole d'Entente

Agreement aims to boost culinary co-operation between the cities as college hosts young chef competition.

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

School takeover plots, rumours and questions over new academies

According to all information coming out of Birmingham City Council the 'Trojan Horse' letter describing a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate inner city schools is most likely to be a hoax.

No1 Hagley Road, Edgbaston

Birmingham city living: 1970s office block One Hagley Road set for conversion into 270 homes

Homes at Edgbaston building will cost between £130,000 and £250,000, with a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom properties.

Birmingham city living: Three massive schemes form record-breaking £125m deals

Seven Capital has bought One Hagley Road at Five Ways in Edgbaston, the St George’s Urban Village scheme in the Jewellery Quarter and the Point North building at the Waterfront in Brierley Hill – with hundreds of homes being created in each

Sir Albert Bore addresses delegates on the Greater Birmingham Stand at MIPIM

Birmingham City Council leader: We must redraw region's economic boundaries

He is among a group of Labour leaders in the region, alongside the leaders of Wolverhampton and Sandwell’s councils, to call for a West Midlands-wide authority in recent weeks


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