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Mike Loftus

Mike Loftus: Do the numbers add up for either Beijing or the Bank of England?

Maybe you are one of those people who is more than a bit suspicious about some of those stunning economic numbers that emerge from China.

Record July at Birmingham Airport

Passenger numbers surpass the one-million mark for first time since August 2013

Mike Loftus

Framed In the cross hairs of the People's Liberation Artists - the very people who paint the town red in Beijing

The one big thing that I thought I knew was that the PLA was the largest organisation in the world - in manpower terms totalling up to about 2.3 million people.

General business

Trevor Law: Stocks flatline as our economy starts to boom

An increase in economic output must lead to increased profits which will be reflected in higher stock market values.

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya: Plan ahead before interest rates start to rise

Government plans to deliver growth could conflict with the need to restrain the capital's booming housing market.

China flag

The rule of law - on probation in China, maybe

The focus of interest on probation is itself intriguing. China has about 1.5 million people officially recorded as being in prison.

Chinese vote Birmingham hotel as the UK's best

Three-star Birmingham Holiday Inn Express, in Snow Hill, was given an average rating of 9.6 out of 10 by Chinese visitors, according to the website Booking.com

James Hull's £100 million car collection, which has been bought by Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover buys £100 million classic car collection to preserve it for the nation

The largest-known privately owned collection of British classic cars in the world, it was amassed by enthusiast and entrepreneur James Hull

Jobs boost as Chinese manufacturer Detank invests in Coventry

The company, which builds heavy duty earth movers and fork lift trucks, has earmarked land in Coventry for its new factory – with dozens of jobs set to follow

Preparations for The 100 Swimmers at Moseley Road Baths

100 swimmers from across UK descend on Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham for photography project

Reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the historic building permanently in 2015

Birmingham Airport

First China to Birmingham flights sell out

Hopes of permanent link between city and China raised after high interest in Far East flights

Staff at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant celebrate the 500,000th Range Rover Sport

Jaguar Land Rover raises £150,000 at charity auction

Manufacturer celebrates 500,000th Range Rover Sport rolling off production line

Martin McDonagh of Heritage Collection

Birmingham silver firm Heritage Collection secures £1m deal with Wedgwood

The deal will secure jobs and is expected to be worth at least a seven-figure sum

Fog lifting over the University of Birmingham, by Tim Cornbill

Birmingham University's Chinese partnership to create new research centre

The Joint Centre for Environmental Omics (JCEO), based at the university's Edgbaston campus, will seek to protect environment, health and global biodiversity

Faraday bags designed by DiskLabs

Expansion in the bag for DiskLabs

Manufacturer moves into new sectors on the bach of success for its tech bag among law enforcement professionals

MG Motor UK Ltd in Longbridge, Birmingham

China Syndrome here to stay amid noise of Europe debate

We consider the extraordinary economic and cultural growth of the biggest communist superpower on the planet.

MG's CS concept, on which the firm's first SUV will be based, on show for the first time in Europe at Silverstone

SUV to keep MG on the right road

Birmingham car-maker MG has confirmed it will definitely produce the firm's first SUV when a version of its concept CS vehicle goes into production.

Hill House in Dagger Lane, the home of Trafalgar hero Captain James Eaton

Call to protect Trafalgar hero James Eaton’s Sandwell home

Campaigners want the Government and Sandwell Council to protect naval hero James Eaton’s former home as a building of national importance for generations to come.

Covpress

Pressings firm in Chinese link-up

Coventry-based Covpress Holdings is creating 5,000 new jobs at a £142 million factory in the Far East thanks to UK knowhow and Chinese resources.

Goods being loaded for export

West Midlands exports more than London for first time on record

Latest figures show the region shipped £7.06 billion worth of goods last quarter, compared to £6.81 billion from the capital.

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