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Birmingham ranked alongside Rome in quality of life survey

The city has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any in the UK outside of the capital – and ahead of the likes of Los Angeles and Dubai, by the Mercer Quality of Living Report 2014

Russian threats over gas put the wind up EU

The Ukraine crisis has made the challenge of weaning itself off Russian gas, and to diversify sources of supply, a major priority for the EU.

Bournville College

Bournville College secures £7m for free training courses

Bournville College has been granted European Funding to invest into a scheme which will offer free courses to support the training of workforces in the local area

Birmingham office expansion for Trowers & Hamlins

Trowers & Hamlins is to have a dedicated public sector commercial team in its Birmingham office, led by partner Amardeep Gill with support from solicitor Louis Sebastian. 

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Farage, EU and Immigration

As a British citizen - but one who is, essentially, from an immigrant family - the current xenophobic climate is, at the best, unsettling; at the worst, alarming.

Tesco / Asda supermarkets

House of Lords tells supermarkets to end "buy one get one free" offers

Anti-poverty campaigners slammed members of the House of Lords after they urged supermarkets to scrap "buy one get one free" offiers

David Haye and Dereck Chisora.

Birmingham lawyers enter legal battle between boxing promoter Bruce Baker and BBBC

  • Law

No5 Chambers representing chairman of promoters association as he challenges decision to withdraw his licence

General business

Making sense of the latest economic data

The latest raft of economic data produced by the ONS provides mixed messages as to where we currently are in the recovery process.

Chinese business leaders in Birmingham in bid to boost relations

The party will also meet officials from Birmingham University to discuss the university’s collaboration with a range of organisations in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. And they will have lunch with Prof David Eastwood, the university’s Vice Chancellor

Crisis in Ukraine leads to Midland export fears

Region had an export surplus of £627.1 million to Russia last year, after seeing exports surge from £314.1 million to more than £900 million in four years

John James

Well known lawyer John James to stand for UKIP

The 68-year-old businessman, who describes himself as semi-retired, is to fight the Tanworth in Arden ward in May along with several other UKIP candidates

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage accused of employing wife and mistress at public expense

Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire challenged her former UKIP colleague in the European Parliament

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Talk over EU exit is already hurting us, GKN boss claims

Nigel Stein, chief executive of the Midland engineering giant, said the UK would be at risk of losing investment if it lost its position of influence in European policymaking

Goods being loaded for export

Midlands continues to out-perform regions for exports

Final quarter figures mean the export of goods for the region for 2013 increased by 18.4 per cent to reach a total of £26.9 billion, an increase of 4.2 billion on 2012

General business

Interesting - and dangerous - times in Ukraine

Ukraine has had the misfortune to be the battleground of conflicts for centuries going back to the invasion by the Mongols in the twelfth century.

Holly Willoughby poses in a collection for while doing the housework

Budget 2014: Call for VAT on housework to be cut

Tens of thousands of jobs and £15 billion savings could result if George Osborne amends VAT laws, companies claim

Beverley Nielsen

Amtico's Jonathan Duck - Design-based manufacturing will rebalanced the UK economy

As brand leaders in the 'luxury vinyl tile' market, the company has 20% global market share and sales of over £120m.

A road closed due to flooding

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

With the seemingly unending rain and the tragedy unfolding for many householders and businesses in the UK it's tempting to ask if we are finally seeing the impact of climate change.

Jewellery Quarter

French delegation to spend six days in Jewellery Quarter as part of EU skills scheme

The mission, which is being facilitated by Birmingham City Council, will take in fact-finding visits to companies in the city’s Jewellery Quarter district and meetings with key personalities

Beverley Nielsen

Rebalancing regional economies requires City leadership in developing eco-systems

Whilst there is much talk about innovation eco-systems and their value to wealth creation there is not so much about the practical means to understand, harness and develop them.


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