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Hidden Spaces: Subterranean Birmingham - exploring the world beneath our feet

We've carved beneath the city an invisible network of service tunnels, subways, crypts, catacombs, bomb shelters, cellars, mine shafts, railway lines and roads, writes Ben Waddington

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper.

Work begins on UK's largest combined authority after Queen's speech

With Solihull and Coventry on board, the West Midlands combined authority is set to oversee a region with of four million people and an £81 billion economy

West Brom building society

The West Brom building society reveals best post-recession results

The society’s results for the financial year ended March 31 saw substantial growth in residential mortgage lending, with pre-tax profits of £12.4 million

Mike Whitby and Boris Johnson at Downing Street

Why is government allowing the West Midlands to drag out the elected mayor issue?

When the subject of a directly elected mayor has reared its head in Birmingham it has traditionally been ground into the dust by opponents but the issues just refuses to go away

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council leader Coun Bob Sleigh

West Midlands puts differences aside for greater good

Solihull Council's leader Bob Sleigh said he had come to the conclusion it would be better for the borough to be a part of a new combined authority

Solihull Council House

West Midlands nears combined authority after Solihull backing

A pledge from Solihull leader Bob Sleigh comes after Coventry City Council backed plans for the new body overseeing areas like skills and regeneration

Coventry set to join Birmingham and Black Country in new regional authority

Business leaders have welcomed a "brave and historic" decision by Coventry City Council's ruling Labour group to support joining Birmingham and the Black Country in a combined authority

Cargo Carriers director Shabeg Chahal (centre) with Simon Freeman and Philip Hill from Barclays (left and right)

Barclays backs Cargo Carriers in land deal

Black Country firm expands base with purchase of 2.5-acre site which will enable to store additional vehicles

Kevin Rogers from Paycare has been appointed vice-president of Black Country Chamber of Commerce

New vice-president for Black Country Chamber

Chief executive of insurance firm Paycare Kevin Rogers takes on senior role as region aims to double economy by 2023

Birmingham Chamber president Greg Lowson has urged West Midlands councils to grab a 'tremendous opportunity' and form a combined authority

West Midlands 'must get act together' on combined authority

Business leaders have urged local councils to join forces for new body and bring in elected mayor

Museums at Night events you can visit in Birmingham and beyond

Coffin Works, Black Country Museum and Herbert Art Gallery are among the venues taking part in this annual event until May 16, 2015

Poundland chief executive Jim McCarthy buries a time capsule as part of the firm's 25th anniversary celebrations at its Willenhall headquarters

Poundland's 'tremendous growth' set to continue says chief executive

The company marked its 25th birthday with a 1990s-themed fundraising celebration with Macmillan Cancer Support at its Willenhall headquarters

City council leader Sir Albert Bore says a combined authority is now weeks away

West Midlands can be strongest economic powerhouse says Sir Albert

Combined authority is now weeks away from being formed says Birmingham City Council leader as he looks to outshine other regions following devolution

Chancellor George Osborne has told Birmingham it must have a directly elected mayor

Birmingham must agree to elected mayor says George Osborne

Chancellor warns that a new combined authority for the city, Black Country and possible Solihull must have a mayor to benefit from new funding for housing and transport

Old School Court in Bilston was sold weeks ahead of auction

Apartment complex sells two months ahead of auction

Black Country flats were due to go under the hammer in July with a guide price of at least £2.5 million

Ballot boxes are delivered to Sheldon Community Centre

Live blog: General Election 2015 as Birmingham votes

Keep abreast of the results overnight and throughout today with our blog as the nation reacts to the 2015 election

QualitySolicitors Talbots expands management board

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The law firm, which employs 170 people across seven regional offices, has promoted James Gwilliams and Louise Jones to management directors following their acquisition of share capital in the business

Pictured at the opening of the new Sadler's Brewhouse and Bare are Eamonn Holmes with Chris Sadler (left) managing director and right, Ian King, sales manager

Sadler's Brewhouse and Bar is part of brewer's growth plans

Sadler's Brewery, which can trace its origins back to 1900, has opened a new Brewhouse and Bar in a move which more than doubles the size and scale of its operations as it hopes to have a network of five or six tap houses

David Edwards is made chief of education development

Midland man who went from brickie to African 'chief'

Midland man who became mature student and professor 'crowned' in key Ghanaian role

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