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City Archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder who is retiring.

Birmingham's official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city's history

As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past. Neil Elkes spoke to him as he left the council after 20 years in his post.

Managing director Robert Smith (left) and technical director Paul Bailey, of Complex Cold Forming, which has secured a £1.2m funding deal with HSBC

Complex Cold Forming secures new funding deal with HSBC

Black Country manufacturing group set to create 15 new jobs on the back of contract wins with firms such as Ford

The new Library of Birmingham was developed by Carillion which has seen its latest merger bid rejected by Balfour Beatty updated

Balfour Beatty rejects latest merger bid by Carillion

Support services group dealt latest, and possibly, final blow in its bid to secure a deal to create construction giant

Balfour Beatty, which is leading the Midland Metro tram extension in Birmingham city centre, has been handed a revised merger deal from rival Carillion

Carillion ups ante with improved offer for Balfour Beatty

Black Country support services makes latest bid to tempt rival into merger deal with 36 per cent premium on previous valuation

Housing market

Mike Best: Birmingham will need friendly neighbours if we are to meet our housing needs

The Local Enterprise Partnership is creating a plan for growth, but neighbouring towns will have to be involved.

Trees lining Millward Street in Small Heath.

Peter Shirley looks into urban trees in Birmingham and the Black Country

Birmingham and the Black Country are famous for their street trees.

Impacta expands Black Country base

HSBC backs manufacturing group to enlarge manufacturing hub in Bilston

Jatinder Sharma, principal and chief executive of Walsall College

Walsall College offers degree courses for first time

Black Country institute teams up with Birmingham City University to launch trio of courses with more to follow

From left: Finance director Anne Ferguson, commercial director Kieran Ferguson and chairman Barry Pincott, of Warren Board Sales, with Barclays relationship director Dave Morgan

Warren Board Sales expands in Black Country

Packaging firm takes new space in West Bromwich while Sport Birmingham finds new home

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore hails rebirth of Birmingham over 30 years but says more is to come

Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham can look forward to more years of growth

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Holidays could scupper Labour bid for power over Walsall Borough Council

The Labour group are trying for a second time this year to take power in the Black Country authority after winning a by-election last month giving them 30 seats out of 60.

Stand-up comedian James Cook holding a Buckaroo game for his new show about board games, Always Be Rolling

The world of stand-up is a funny old game

Edinburgh Fringe Festival is up and running with more than 3,000 shows in 250 venues. Roz Laws rounds up the Midland artists taking part and talks to a playful comedian

The Bond in Digbeth

Quick Bites: Birmingham gin festival adds new date

Organisers of Birmingham's first gin festival add another date after tickets sell out.

Traffic jam in Birmingham city centre

Birmingham looks at 'diesel tax' in bid to cut congestion

Charges are back on the agenda as council comes under pressure to cut pollution

Work taking place at McKechnie Brass in Aldridge

McKechnie Brass collapsed with debts of £3.8m

One of the oldest mills in the country amassed debts of nearly £4m

Shay and Sunny Grewal

Sunny and Shay Grewal land BBC WM afternoon show

  • BBC

The married Londoners will launch their Monday to Thursday 1pm to 4pm slot on August 25

The German airship, Graf Zeppelin.

Zeppelins brought death and destruction to the Black Country

  • WW1

The factories of the West Midlands played a vital role in the First World War. Chris Upton recalls how German airships targeted them in a devastating raid

Dr Philippa Semper, a University of Birmingham lecturer

How Tolkien's fantasy novel almost never got published

It's 60 years since The Lord of the Rings heralded the dawn of a new era for fantasy writing. University of Birmingham lecturer Dr Philippa Semper, tells of JJR Tolkien's battle to get it on book shelves. Graham Young reports

By the end of the First World War communities didn’t want grim reminders of how their brave soldiers had fallen

First World War commemorated across the West Midlands

A programme of free events to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War will take place between Saturday and Monday

Library of Birmingham which was led by support services giant Carillion

Carillion holds firm in Balfour Beatty merger

Black Country support services giant says it still believes in "powerful rationale" of combining two companies

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