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Unclean air is costing 1,500 lives in West Midlands

Almost 1,500 people in the region are dying from pollution and targets will be missed  

Tyseley Incinerator

Chance to make brass from muck, city is told

Council urged not to repeat past mistakes when Veolia waste disposal contract ends in 2019


UK manufacturing: Between a rock and hard place?

Manufacturing output in the UK saw a surprise fall of 1.3% in May, the biggest decline since January 2013, according to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics. This left much head scratching as manufacturing data and surveys so far this year had indicated that the sector has been growing pretty robustly.

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

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

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.

Celebrity chef recipes may be contributing to Britain's obesity epidemic

High sugar hidden in 'health foods', warns Birmingham expert

City public health dietician Eleanor McGee says many people are unaware that 'low fat' options on supermarket shelves contain far more sugar than their standard equivalent

Nicolites electronic cigarettes

Malboro owner Philip Morris buys Nicocigs

Birmingham-based company behind the Nicolites brand acquired by global tobacco giant

Prime Minister David Cameron

Cameron stands alone in Europe - and quite likes it

David Cameron has been on a one-man crusade to try to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the European Commission.

Dr David Hardman (front centre), chief executive of Innovation Birmingham Campus, with the 2014 cohort of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme

Innovation Birmingham launches low carbon development programme

Climate-KIC Accelerator initiative sees companies vying for grants worth €10,000

General business

The EU and the UK's auto industry

EU membership boosts both the attractiveness of the UK as a place to invest, and the competitiveness of the domestic automotive industry.

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.

Symphony Hall, The ICC, Birmingham, under construction in March 1990

How city bluffed Europe to build Symphony Hall

New book lifts lid on the methods used to finance construction of great concert venue

The Library of Birmingham. Picture: Jas Sansi

Recognition rolls in for Library of Birmingham with RIBA National Award

Waverley School also named national winner by RIBA as pair placed on longlist for prestigious Stirling Prize

General business

Analysing the latest trade figures

As we are seeing in the latest trade figures making things of real value is the only effective way to rebalance the economy.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond

World of change whichever way Scotland votes

It could be a shrewd move by Alex Salmond to hold the referendum in World Cup year.

The European flag

Rethinking EU membership

Not for the first time many voters believe that leaving the EU would cure problems such as unemployment by reducing immigration.

Port Hercule is rammed with yachts and spectators for last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix

A European-wide ban on alcohol advertising would put skids under Formula One...

Teams face a huge loss of income if EU states agree to French demands.

A polling station

Why all is unequal in electoral love and war

Some votes are more equal than others in the British political system.


A kick in the teeth for firms and a gift for UKIP

A judgment was handed down by the Court of Justice of the European Union, stating that Mr Z J Lock was entitled to his commission being paid whilst he was on his annual leave.


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
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News Editor
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Political Editor