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Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson: Time for the Midlands to make up its mind

London Mayor Boris Johnson believes the West Midlands would benefit from combined authority

Barclays' Mark Mumford with Jim Lovell from Veronica House care home in Tipton

Black Country care home built with Barclays' backing

Veronica House, based on Leabrook Road in Tipton, is owned by James and Veronica Lovell, directors of Hunstone, and is managed by their daughter in-law Elaine with support of their sons David and Andrew

Jason Wouhra, Chair, IoD West Midlands; Guest Speakers, Carl Chinn MBE, Alan Mullock, Toyota GB; Dr Mark Stanford, Faculty of Engineering Wolverhampton University.

Historian speaks at Institute of Directors' dinner

Professor Carl Chinn MBE gave a talk at the Institute of Directors' Black Country Dinner at Dudley Zoological Gardens and Castle.

A male Blackbird

Enjoy a daily free concert with the Dawn Chorus

Nature's bounty takes many forms. In spring one of those is the exuberant and mellifluous outpouring of bird song in the few hours after sunrise.

From left: Ed Hill and John Baldwin of Baldwins Accountants with senior partner at Cox Jerome Philip Abraham

Baldwins and Cox Jerome announce merger deal

Black Country accountancy firms combine teams to create 35-strong team in Walsall as they now seek to grow client base

Ellen Eyre in 1900

From orphan to family fortunes with a little help

Birmingham author's gran climbed social ladder with the aid of Cadbury cousins

Geoff Neale, owner of Formrite Precision (left), and Oliver Dallaway, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

Lloyds Bank backs Formrite to buy factory

Black Country engineering firm purchases premises it was renting to expand company and create new jobs

BBC Director-General Tony Hall

Director general vows to strengthen BBC Birmingham as more criticism over investment pours in

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In a letter to the Post, Tony Hall said he was committed to making sure the West Midlands is “properly represented and reflected”

Dudley Zoo chief executive Peter Suddock has left the role after 22 years

Dudley Zoo chief executive leaves role days after being suspended

Charity says Peter Suddock has left the role by mutual consent after earlier announcing an internal investigation would take place

Labour and Tories are competing to show who offers the biggest boost in powers to local government

Councils could control an extra £30 billion under Labour plans while Conservative Chancellor George Osborne confirms Midlands is next in line for major devolution package

Lord Heseltine says devolution will be coming to the West Midlands

Heseltine: We're talking about devolution for the West Midlands

Major political shake-up on its way for Birmingham and the region according to Tory peer but West Midlands must agree on elected mayor

Lord Michael Heseltine has pledged to hand the region more powers and funding

Lord Heseltine vows to hand West Midlands major powers

Tory heavyweight backs plans for the devolved power and more spending to the region following similar deal for Greater Manchester

Dudley Zoo chief executive Peter Suddock has been suspended

Mystery as Dudley Zoo chief is suspended on full pay

Peter Suddock has led the Black Country zoo for more than 20 years but it stresses the suspension does not constitute disciplinary action

Marston's acquires Lancaster Bomber owner

Black Country brewery buys beer division of Thwaites to boost its real ale operations and presence in the North West

Labour MP Ed Balls visited the Clock cafe in Bristol Street South, Birmingham

Ed Balls: The West Midlands has been shortchanged in the Budget

Ed Balls believes Birmingham and the West Midlands have been short-changed by Chancellor George Osborne in a Budget which promised better deals for Manchester and Cambridge alone.

West Midlands 'must get act together' if it is to convince Chancellor George Osborne to afford it more powers

Budget 2015: 'West Midlands must get act together' say business leaders

More devolution must come our way after Chancellor announces new backing for 'Northern Powerhouse'

DTZ has been appointed to find a developer for the former IMI James Bridge Copper Works site at Darlaston

DTZ joins hunt for Phoenix 10 developer

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Property consultancy appointed by HCA and Walsall Council to help bring about long-planned regeneration of former industrial site

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Transport Secretary says Midlands needs joint strategy on transport

Patrick McLoughlin has called on the region to formulate ambitious plans to improve and revitalise the region's transport network

The Cadbury Barn in Manor Farm Park, Northfield

Residents asked how 120-year-old Cadbury Barn in Northfield could be used again

Barn in Manor Farm Park in Northfield was once used by the Friends Ambulance Unit as a base to train recruits heading to the front line to care for injured soldiers

Young people on the BBC Make it Digital Traineeship pilot programme in Birmingham

Birmingham chosen to pilot BBC Make it Digital Traineeship programme

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The BBC Make it Digital Traineeship programme is a partnership between the broadcaster, the Department for Work and the Pensions and Skills Funding Agency, supported by a range of other organisations

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