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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

The Carillion tower in Bournville.

The sweet sound of music in Bournville

The carillion at Bournville's charming Rest House is admired across the world. Christopher Morley joined the celebrations for its centenary.

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

Karl Eddy, vice-chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP

£6m funding boost for Coventry manufacturers

New capital worth £6.2m has been awarded to five automotive and aerospace businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire, creating 225 jobs.

Cavendish House in Dudley

'Blot on the landscape' in Black Country to be knocked down

Cavendish House, which councillors say is a  “blot on the landscape” has been earmarked for demolition.

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

Birmingham and Black Country better together, claims Miliband

Labour leader urges more co-operation as he pledges return of regional minister.

Local enterprise partnerships could see more funding says Prime Minister

The Government committed £2 billion to the first Single Local Growth Fund pot – set up as a result of Lord Heseltine’s devolution plans, in which he called for a pot of more than £50 billion.

Greater Birmingham road sign

Miliband's push for a 'Greater Birmingham'

Labour Leader Ed Miliband was in Birmingham this week pushing for greater regional co-operation

City Living: 181 apartments planned for The Waterfront in Brierley Hill

Point North building could become most sought-after location in Black Country

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

Wild flowers

Where have all the flowers gone?

Although woodland flowers currently dominate the scene later the focus is on grasslands, and there lie many problems.

Ed Miliband promises "Greater Birmingham" share of £20 billion - but only if region creates a combined super-council

Labour leader Ed Miliband is revealing plans to strip £20 billion from Whitehall departments and give the funds to regions to create jobs, during a visit to Birmingham.

Dr Chris Upton

They stifled our potential, now let's do it to London

While London and its environs are in the fast lane to prosperity, much of the rest of England is stuck on the hard shoulder, waiting for an AA man.

The Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum gets £263,000 Arts Council funds for skills scheme

Museum was recently used as a filming location for hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders

Black Country Chamber announces Ninder Johal as new President

Mr Johal is well known in the local business community and besides his position within the Chamber; he is also chair of the Black Country Asian Business Association (BCABA) as well as a Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board member

Steve Hollis

Greater Birmingham submits Strategic Economic Plan bid for £440m

The 51 priority projects outlined in the SEP are worth a total of £440 million over five years and the GBSLEP is asking for £86.3 million for 2015/16

Servosteel has taken over Steelstrip Services

Servosteel name returns following HSBC-backed deal

As the UK’s largest supplier of toll processing services to the strip mill products market, directors believe the return to independent ownership will be welcomed by its customers and suppliers.

Higgs & Sons advise on steel deal

The Higgs corporate team, led by Nick Taylor and supported by Jamie Partington, was able to complete the deal within a tight deadline.

The Blue Bird factory, which was based in Romsley, Halesowen Road, from the 1920s, but on the tin said Hunnington, Worcestershire.

Sweet memories of a tin full of promise

Chris Upton discovers that his childhood toffees didn't come from heaven - but from down the road in Worcestershire

The country park side of Walsall Arboretum.

Wonderful or whimsical? A Black Country garden city

The Black Country's innovative garden city proposal has been entered for a £250k prize for new garden city designs put up by the Wolfson Foundation.

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