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West Midlands manufacturers buck national trend

  • EEF

Recovery not yet secure but firms in region go against national picture and post growth

Chuka Umunna (seated, Labour's then shadow business secretary), Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood and TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady meeting apprentices at EEF's technology training centre in Aston

EEF's new Aston training hub to open later this year

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Manufacturers' organisation is putting the finishing touches to £5 million addition to technology hub which will train 400 apprentice a year

West Midlands manufacturers grow as output rises

But Brexit vote sees the region lose business confidence according to new report

Julia King, vice-chancellor of Aston University

Midland female engineers feature in new national countdown

Women working for organisations such as Alton Towers owner Merlin and Aston University ranked alongside the nation's finest to mark National Women in Engineering Day

Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover

Birmingham Post Power 250: Automotive

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of automotive

Closure of MAS could have a grave effect, says Prof Bailey

Government needs to rethink decision to scrap MAS

Professor David Bailey says it is a backward decision by the Government to axe the Manufacturing Advisory Service

HS2 should be going north, not south, Jeremy Corbyn claims

The Labour leader tells the Post that HS2 should be about benefiting the regions - not London

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

West Midlands sees sales boost but skills in short supply

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce's quarterly economic survey has revealed an increase in manufacturing sales but the skills shortage is still evident with 75 per cent of companies saying that they had experienced difficulties in recruitment

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Chamber survey reveals increasing confidence in Midlands manufacturing sector

The chamber’s quarterly economic survey for the third quarter of 2015 found half of businesses increased sales and orders over the past three months

Robots in action on the Jaguar XE production line in Solihull

Midland manufacturing remains strong in face of economic uncertainty

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The UK manufacturing growth forecast for the third quarter of 2015 has been halved in the light of economic uncertainty

Richard Halstead

Midland manufacturers are most confident in the UK

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The annual report provides a longer-term picture of the state of UK manufacturing

Manufacturing

Midland manufacturers call for EU referendum by 2016 at latest

  • EEF

Production firms are fearful of being undermined by a lack of clarity about the UK’s place in Europe

Sajid Javid

Midland MPs put at heart of business and finance in Westminster

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has has been appointed Business Secretary while Ladywood's Shabana Mahmood will be Labour's Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

John Madin's St James's House has been awarded Grade II listed status by English Heritage

John Madin building handed listed status

Office block designed by renowned architect granted Grade II status by English Heritage as other examples of his work in the city perish

Alex Carr, LSH; Professor David Bailey, Aston Business School; and Richard Halstead, EEF, at the Birmingham Real Estate Network event.

Birmingham Real Estate host event

The Birmingham Real Estate Network put the spotlight on the UK manufacturing sector's renaissance.

Office worker

Midland businesses fearful of overtime holiday pay ruling

  • EEF

The decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) paves the way for payouts worth thousands of pounds to workers

Khalid Mahmood, MP, with James Attebery, EEFs Apprentice of the Year

Khalid Mahmood joins EEF apprentice graduation

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In total, 40 apprentices aged between 17 and 25 received certificates and awards

Beverley Nielsen: Is redesigning manufacturing in the UK plausible or a pipedream?

Manufacturing is not appreciated in terms of the talent we need to recruit or the context we use in discussing it.

Tribute to race relations fighter and 'bon viveur' Ted Ratnaraja

Edward Ratnaraja, who was also a prominent figure in the Midland Liberal Party, died at the age of 74

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