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Mandi Roberts, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, and Mohammed Zeb, director of Alamgeer Foods

Alamgeer Foods increases spice imports thanks to funding facilities

By securing an international trade finance loan and an invoice discounting facility the firm is set to increase imports

Hitting the right notes in our duet with China

Mike Loftus on our attempts to understand modern China and its role in the global economy

Smoke billows from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains at a warehouse in Tianjin

Jaguar Land Rover reveals up to 5,800 cars damaged in Tianjin blasts

  • BMW

Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of vehicles have been damaged or destroyed after giant explosions in Tianjin which have so far claimed the lives of 114 people

UK car output up - and down

Professor David Bailey from Aston Business School examines the fall in the latest set of manufacturing figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

The explosion at a warehouse in north-eastern China's Tianjin municipality

For Emily in Tianjin, and for the rest of us, maybe things just got a even more complicated

Mike Loftus examines the latest state of the economy in China and where it now sits in the global market

The iconic Jaguar leaping cat on a heritage Jaguar at the Land Rover and Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience in Fen End

Jaguar Land Rover unveils Slovakia factory plans

The automotive giant has signed a letter of intent with the Slovak government over a plant in Nitra to be operational by 2018

Jaguar Land Rover's China sales slump

Economic slowdown in Far East powerhouse has affected Midlands car-maker with sales dropping to just under 22,000

JLR profits dip as China cools

Prof David Bailey examines the latest set of figures surrounding Jaguar Land Rover's efforts in the Chinese market

Car park in Legge Lane which could house 78 apartments under new plans

Far East investors back Jewellery Quarter regeneration project

City developer Court Collaboration secures third set of Chinese investment to support property project which will see nearly 80 apartments built on car park site

Steve Dourass with South and City College Birmingham students and MG Motor UK staff

MG teams-up with South and City College students for social networking campaigns

The Longbridge-based firm’s forthcoming social media campaigns will largely be the work of students at South and City College Birmingham

Robots in action on the Jaguar XE production line in Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover thought to be eyeing Poland or Slovakia for new factory

The move comes as the Midland car-maker continues its rapid growth amid plans to almost double production to 1.5 million vehicles a year

Peter Clague, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Maynard Burton.

Business Secretary joins celebration of young music talent

Partners from law firm mfg Solicitors hosted a private reception ahead of the final of the 2015 Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Competition.

Simon Price, CEO of cutlery firm Arthur Price

Arthur Price eyes Far East with new orders in China

Luxury cutlery firm is tapping into fascination with British manufacturing by branching out into Chinese markets

Thomas Guise director Wayne Thomas with Nancy Hai (left) and Hannah Chen

Thomas Guise expands its Chinese client team

  • Law

The firm’s Birmingham-based Chinese client team now features four members of staff

The two millionth Land Rover Defender takes shape on the Solihull production line

Jaguar Land Rover signs partnership to produce vehicles in Austria

The partnership has been described as one that will “complement” UK production rather than signalling a move away from the company’s core UK manufacturing base

Second guessing the president of China

Mike Loftus has been impressed by Chinese delegates' willingness to embrace the West Midlands and the wider UK - could we do with some of the same?

City council leader Sire Albert Bore is keen to further Birmingham's links with China

Sir Albert Bore keen to build on China links

City council leader addressed EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during speech at conference in Brussels

Rowan Crozier from Brandauer

From Victorian nib maker to an engineering powerhouse

Family firm proves moving with the times is key to survival in the face of competition

Historic end of the road for Goodyear tyre manufacturing in the region

Goodyear has eyed a move away from the UK for a while despite more recent battles with China and sterling, argues David Bailey

Lord Heseltine

Lord Heseltine calls on council leaders to embrace elected mayor plan

The former Conservative minister, who is now a passionate advocate for devolution, made the call while addressing the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s annual conference


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