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Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore (centre) meets with William Hague MP (left) and leaders from Core Cities Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Nottingham

Core Cities UK meets William Hague to push devolution vision

Sir Albert Bore joins up with other city leaders for meeting with former Tory Party leader who now heads the Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers

From left: Leo Arnold, office and quality at RMP Products; Ray Arnold, director at RMP Products; Mark Meakin, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Paul Dyche, director at RMP Products; Lauro Rodi, regional manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance; and Mark Edwards, director at RMP Products

RMP Products targets new markets with £490k funding deal

Black Country manufacturer established 22 years ago now looking at new markets and job  creation after purchasing two machines for factory

Sue Summers, chief executive of Finance Birmingham

Finance Birmingham funding helps six companies in three months

The funds have helped create more than 120 jobs and safeguard a further 116

Emma Cromarty and Rachel Pardoe, who have been taken on as HR manager and practice director at QualitySolicitors Talbots

QualitySolicitors Talbots boost management team

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The firm, which has seven offices across the Black Country and Worcestershire, has taken on Emma Cromarty and Rachel Pardoe as HR manager and practice director respectively

George Osborne says Treasury officials are now in talks over major funding for the Birmingham region exclusive

Osborne in talks to give West Midlands billions

Treasury officials launch discussions with Birmingham and the wider region over major funding package similar to that promised to Greater Manchester a few weeks ago

Birmingham and the Black Country look set to join forces - but what will we call it?

Neil Elkes on a combined authority

Greater Birmingham via the back door: 'West Midlands' or 'Mega City One'... it will make no difference eventually, argues Neil Elkes

Stewart Towe, chairman of the Black Country LEP

New region-wide LEP announced after historic deal

New body is to be created to run alongside a newly formed combined authority but existing LEPs will remain in situ

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council leader Coun Bob Sleigh

Solihull 'some time away' from a combined authority

Birmingham and four councils in the Black Country have already agreed to create a new authority for the West Midlands but Solihull remains the most reticent

Dudley Yamaha International Piano Competition comes to Symphony Hall

The final of a prestigious piano competition takes place at Symphony Hall on Sunday.

Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone

A quarter of enterprise zone jobs created in West Midlands

A total of 3,200 of 12,530 jobs created since enterprise zones were launched have come in Birmingham and the Black Country

The team at The Boro Foundry in Stourbridge

Boro Foundry on course for £7m in overseas deals

Black Country firm eyeing major international expansion over next five years with support from UKTI

Birmingham City Council where members are predicting a 'battle royale' if an elected mayor is imposed on the city or region

City councillors predict 'battle royale' over elected mayor

Watchdog committee calls for inquiry into the proposals for joint working between the Birmingham and Black Country authorities

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge

West Midlands combined authority is 'undemocratic', MEP claims

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge said he feared for local democracy after the historic agreement between Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Birmingham’s local authorities

MP Steve McCabe

Labour MPs: We must listen to immigration concerns

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Selly Oak) is the latest to highlight the issue of the public's concerns about immigration

West Midlands combined authority: region's leaders write to George Osborne

The leaders of five Midland councils have written to Chancellor George Osborne asking for powers to be devolved to a new combined authority. Here is the text of the letter

Birmingham and Black Country combined authority welcomed by business and academics

Leaders of five local authorities in the region have agreed an accord which will see the new authority, overseeing economic development and transport as well as other powers, established next year

Mandeep Landra, Thursfields; Tony Billingham, Lapal House; Mark Pittaway, Thursfields; Daren Mills, Begbies Trainer; Barry Ward, Ward Sheldrake Consultancy, at Thursfields Solicitors' drinks reception celebrating their first year based in Halesowen.

Thursfields Solicitors mark Halesowen office anniversary

The Halesowen office of Thursfields Solicitors celebrated its first year with a drinks reception for existing and new clients.

Views of Birmingham and Black Country from the Hyatt Hotel on Broad Street

Birmingham and Black Country agree combined authority in historic deal

Authorities in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton will sign an agreement on Friday alongside Birmingham City Council committing to creating a new body with powers over the region

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron says Birmingham and Midlands will not be forced to elect a mayor

Prime Minister insists Birmingham and Black Country will not be forced to follow in Manchester's footsteps and elect a mayor - but argues mayors make devolution "easier"

Greater Birmingham road sign

Time to abandon the concept of "Greater Birmingham" once and for all

It would be silly if the long-sought after goal of greater unity within the West Midlands is put at risk because of hang-ups over a name.

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