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Johnathan Dudley

Midland boss bemoans banks' 'reluctance' after lending fall

There was a fall of £5.5 billion in outstanding lending to non-financial businesses in June, the biggest drop since the it began collecting the data in 2011

CGI of the new Primark at Old Square in Walsall

Primark's new Black Country store ready for launch

£7.8 million Old Square Shopping Centre to welcome discount clothing retailer as major development marks key milestone

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper

Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor

Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne

Sir Albert Bore

Birmingham Labour group must clamour for change or get behind Sir Albert Bore

Few seem to grasp seriousness of Improvement Panel's damning review of Birmingham City Council

Lawnswood House in Wordsley near Stourbridge.

Join an illustrious roll of honour at sublime Stourbridge estate

Lawnswood House Estate has had a number of careful, and well-known, owners.

The Kavern Motorcycle Club in its heyday in Stafford Street, Walsall

Reunion for Kavern Motorcycle Club half a century on

Former Black Country youth club which met in basement of an old pub is hosting a 50th anniversary reunion

Haden Hill Park in Rowley Regis

The Black Country is a land of ice and fire

With this nod to the book upon which 'Game of Thrones' is based, happy 40 birthday to the Black Country Geological Society.

From left: Managing director of A&T Enclosures Tim King, managing director of Central Finance Alison Bradley and business development director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Mark Harris

New jobs at A&T Enclosures following £2.5m funding deal

Black Country manufacturing group will use new capital to recruit, purchase equipment and invest in R&D

Council leaders have come under fire for deciding not to use the name Greater Birmingham

West Midlands Combined Authority under fire over name choice

MP hits out at decision to omit Greater Birmingham from title of new super-council and more reaction following body's official launch

Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore says no dissent over 'Greater Birmingham' authority name

Leader of Birmingham City Council insists everyone was on board when coming to the decision to name new body West Midlands Combined Authority

The West Midlands is set to have a new combined authority next year

West Midlands Combined Authority launches official plans

Leaders of the seven councils unveil 'prospectus' detailing how the new super-council will be run

A Foxglove

Favourite Wildlife

In addition to the general election there has recently been two more national polls. One to find the nation’s favourite birds, and one to do the same for wild flowers.

West Midlands Police

'Street triage' cuts detentions under Mental Health Act

The initiative aims to give people suffering from mental health issues much better initial support on the city’s streets

New faces at Top Banana (from left): Head of marketing communications Rebecca Jeavons, head of venues Sam Dyus, office manager Liza Carrington, junior motion graphics designer Ed Waldron and account executive Jessica Bond

New recruits bolster Top Banana

Black Country event and communication agency add six new faces to team including first ever head of marketing communications

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson in a scene from his campaign video for Labour's Deputy Leadership

Tom Watson: We need new police agency to tackle child abusers

In a wide-ranging interview with the Post, the Labour deputy leadership candidate called for a major shake up to investigate abuse cases

Greater Birmingham combined authority calls win Black Country support

The chair of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Devolution Group says the region would be better served under the Greater Birmingham banner

Lord Heseltine

Lord Heseltine calls on council leaders to embrace elected mayor plan

The former Conservative minister, who is now a passionate advocate for devolution, made the call while addressing the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s annual conference

An elected mayor like Boris Johnson could be in situ by 2019

Elected mayor 'running West Midlands by 2019'

Leaders of seven council have accepted an elected mayor like Boris Johnson is inevitable if West Midlands is to break free from capital's control

'Greater Birmingham' snub as council leaders plump for West Midlands Combined Authority

The Post understands leaders of seven authorities in the region have agreed to put an end to any plans to call combined authority "Greater Birmingham"

Midland Bank

Speculation grows about return of Midland Bank brand as HSBC moves to Birmingham

The move would likely prove popular in Birmingham, where Midland bank – later taken over by the global giant – was established in 1836

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