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James Grove & Sons' staff at the Halesowen factory in the 1950s

Button making has returned to its roots

Button making was big business in 18th century Birmingham. Chris Upton looks at how it has been revived in the 21st century

The refurbished Five Brindleyplace, soon to be the home of Deutsche Bank which is one of the city's best foreign investment stories of recent times

More foreign investment in Greater Birmingham than any other region

The number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the Greater Birmingham trumped the 37 other regions, data for the 2014 financial year shows

Steve McCabe MP

City TV licence bid to be re-run if time limit missed

Birmingham being 'short changed' says MP as Government confirms licence will be re-advertised if deadline not met

The new Midland Metro tram

£130m Midland Metro boost 'will help city's international standing'

Funding has been allocated towards taking the Metro through New Canal Street to Adderley Street – where a park-and-ride facility is planned

Andrew Richardson, Arc Group chief executive

Arc Specialist Engineering acquires TBF International

Birmingham-based firm born out of Metalrax collapse expands with Black Country deal

Coun Roger Lawrence

West Midlands appoints new transport authority

New regional body will strive to ensure area acts in a unified way and seek funding for major transport projects

Jabez Cliff's IP assets placed on sale

Metis Partners appointed to sell trademarks, e-commerce and domain names

Birmingham Round table meeting at Marco Pierre White Birmingham at The Cube, talking about the future of Birmingham.

Future bright as city looks to cash in on its confidence

With London close to over-heating and greater devolution on the cards for English regions, inward investment has never been a more important issue. The Post brought together six experts at a special roundtable event to debate the issue.

Nick Leitch, head of Seneca Capital's Midlands operation

Management team acquires Homebuy in £10m deal

Seneca and Intrinsic Equity partner with Black Country debt provider to start next chapter

Steve McCabe MP

MP's questions over mystery of City TV channel

Steve McCabe to table parliamentary questions over delayed launch of local TV station for Birmingham,  Solihull and the Black Country

Red Kites

Mixed progress for Midlands nature

Progress and local successes here and there mask a continuing and worrying decline in the variety and abundance of plants, animals and birds.

Judas Priest - bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis, singer Rob Halford and guitarists Richie Faulkner and Glen Tipton

Unbreakable metal that was forged in the Black Country

They are one of the most influential heavy metal bands to come out of the Midlands and now 40 years on, Judas Priest are still rocking. Sarah Probert reports

Jatinder Sharma, principal and chief executive of Walsall College

Black Country University Technical College unveils relocation plan

Major boost for engineering in as plans revealed to move to new state-of-the-art facilities near Walsall College

Unclean air is costing 1,500 lives in West Midlands

Almost 1,500 people in the region are dying from pollution and targets will be missed  

Stamp Factory, Walsall

Goold Estates get stamp of approval

Property investor completes first sale after buying industrial complex in December

Richard Hale, group managing director of Deritend Industries in Wolverhampton

Deritend Industries sells Preformed Windings

Engineering company offloads Yorkshire-based division to Clyde Blowers to focus on asset management

The new head of the Local Government Association David Sparks

West Midlands combined authority 'inevitable and desirable'

David Sparks, Labour leader of Dudley Council and the new chairman of the Local Government Association, said local authorities could not expect to deliver services within "neat administrative boundaries"

Rob Gunn, Crowe Clark Whitehill

Crowe Clark Whitehill adds Newlife to client roster

Oldbury and Cheltenham offices to look after audit and corporate tax matters for equity release firm

Peter Knott, Midland Area Director, Arts Council England

Arts groups' futures are secured after grant awards

The Arts Council England has announced that £57.3 million will be spent across 24 organisations, representing a small rise.

Joseph Chamberlain with his wife Beatrice

Joseph Chamberlain: Politician knew how to put the spin on his radical manifesto

Chris Upton looks at the life and times of Joseph Chamberlain


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