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Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd

David Cameron pays tribute to retiring MP Sir Richard Shepherd

Black Country MP Richard Shepherd is to leave the Commons at the next election

West Midlands Leaders' Roundtable at Trowers & Hamlins' offices in Colmore Row, Birmingham

Leading lights put future of region in the spotlight

Key figures from the city's private and public sectors came together to debate projects in the region and future collaboration

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham bids to shed 'Cloak of Invisibility' in moves to Combined Authority

Solihull, apparently due to its difference in political colour, is more reluctant to throw its lot in with the Labour-run metropolitans.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council which has appointed a new chief executive

Dudley Council appoints new chief executive

Sarah Norman will join Black Country authority next year and moves from community director role in Wolverhampton

Cheryl McSheen-Bailey and Jade Cranch who have joined Enoch Evans

New recruits bolster Enoch Evans' growth plans

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The appointments of Cheryl McSheen-Bailey and Jade Cranch come as the firm celebrates its 130th year in existence

A project to regenerate the former IMI James Bridge Copper Works site could be back on track

Phoenix 10 regeneration project back on track

Walsall Council and Homes and Communities Agency begin hunt for developer to relaunch stalled 44-acre development

Protesters gather in Victoria Square as Birmingham City Council meets to vote on the budget

Walsall Council facing £86m more budget cuts

Black Country council follows in Birmingham's footsteps by predicting further austerity

King Charles House in Dudley

DLT Management acquires Grade II building for new Black Country base

Company plans 'significant investment' to modernise Kings Charles House in Dudley which was once part of the Association of Conservative Clubs

Richard Burden

People are turning against Israel, Midland MP claims

A historic vote to recognise Palestine was welcomed by MPs who have campaigned for many years to support Palestine, such as Birmingham MP Richard Burden

David Bucknall OBE

Special summit to shine light on Midlands infrastructure

Government has been working with the construction industry to develop a long-term vision – ‘Construction 2025’

Mike Gahan, chief executive of HCB Hatch Chartered Accountants

HCB Group take over Clive Shepherd & Co

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HCB has taken over the legal practice of Clive Shepherd & Co, moving the staff into its offices in Lichfield Street, which were acquired in 2011 when Walsall legal firm Hadens joined the group

A car production line

David Bailey: Bringing foreign jobs home to the Midlands needs a will and a way

More than £6 billion has been invested by major auto assemblers over the last three years, with more to come in the supply chain.

From left: Simon and Michael Hanson, of HCM Engineering, with Rachel Eade from the Manufacturing Advisory Service

HCM Engineering completes £500k investment programme

Manufacturing Advisory Service supports Black Country engineering group as it aims to double company

Ian Dury with artefacts found at the archeology dig at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.

Earliest remnants of glass industry are rediscovered in Stourbridge

Two of the earliest glass-making furnaces ever discovered in the region have been revealed during a dig in Stourbridge.

Brinsop Court in Herefordshire.

Brinsop Court in Herefordshire housed some famous historical names

Brinsop Court in Herefordshire is the country house that has been home to some famous historical names. Chris Upton takes a look.

Andy Ball, business development director at Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons joins Families in Business

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Higgs & Sons becomes an FiB approved adviser in the Black Country, providng legal services to family-run and owned businesses which are working with FiB

Lord Michael Heseltine

Jerry Blackett: Birmingham isn't trusted with its own money

Birmingham City Council has now stepped up its bid to attract more powers for the region by formally joining forces with Solihull to work on projects like the HS2 high-speed rail link.

Kenrick House in Sandwell which has been put up for auction

Historic Kenrick House to go under the hammer

Former Black Country industrial building housed famous metalwork manufacturer until earlier this year

Writing West Midlands chief executive Jonathan Davidson

Birmingham Literature Festival 2014: Chief executive Jonathan Davidson picks 13 events

The 2014 Birmingham Literature Festival will be the best yet, says chief executive Jonathan Davidson

Sajid Javid MP who is launching the Black Country Broadband Project

Sajid Javid to launch Black Country Broadband Project

Culture secretary in area to kick off £12.2m scheme to connect 98 per cent of Black Country homes and business to superfast broadband

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