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In a politically “hot” and highly regulated sector such as energy, market certainty is what investors value more than anything else.

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

Poland or Slovakia in the frame as JLR ups ambitions

Prof David Bailey assess Jaguar Land Rover's potential move into Eastern Europe by setting up a new base there

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

Land Rover is launching three special editions of its iconic Defender model to mark its final year of production

Land Rover Defender production set to run on into 2016

In January Land Rover announced a year of celebration to mark the final year of Defender production at its Solihull plant

Greek 'no' voters celebrate victory in referendum which engaged population

Why allowing the public to have their say is not always a good idea

Calls for a referendum on a combined authority are misguided as direct democracy only works when the public are fully engaged

Birmingham City Council

Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way?

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues

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

Dave Munton, regional managing partner, Grant Thornton

Business confidence stabilises during second quarter of year

The latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) indicates businesses have seen a steady level of growth across a range of financial indicators

Why Labour fear referendum vote humiliation No.2

Political editor Jonathan Walker looks at Labour's position as moves to hold an EU referendum in the UK start to gather pace

Sixth-form aged people could soon be able to vote in Birmingham polls under new plans

City council pledges votes for sixth formers

Birmingham backs calls to allow 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the EU referendum and says it is considering a similar move for council-run polls

Tim Hinton, managing director of SME and mid market banking for Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank boss commits to 'back to basics' after 250th anniversary

Tim Hinton, the bank’s managing director, SME and Mid-Markets Banking, told the Post of the bank’s new focus

bee

Chemicals in pesticides are adversely affecting many species

The current ban on pesticides containing nicotine-like chemicals, or neonicotinoids has now taken on a wider significance.

Yvette Cooper at Stanville Primary School, Birmingham

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs

Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far

Cannock Chase

The forgotten rural pieces of the West Midlands

A significant rural-urban fringe surrounds “Greater Birmingham” where the wider rural development dimension has been largely forgotten and neglected in policy and decision making.

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

I'll cut tax for 2m in West Midlands, David Cameron pledges

The Prime Minister said announcements in the Queen's speech will make it easier to create jobs and wealth in

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before the State Opening of Parliament

Queen's Speech: Devolution, jobs and EU referendum to be included

Conservatives claim the Queen’s speech will drive forward jobs, investment and growth throughout the West Midlands

John Spellar is defending his Labour seat in Warley

MPs slam campaigning group 38 Degrees and back Transatlantic Trade and Investment treaty

MPs defend planned "TTIP" trade treaty with US and condemn campaign group

Manufacturing

Midland manufacturers call for EU referendum by 2016 at latest

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

ballot box

Q&A: The in-out referendum on the European Union

Fears have arisen over plans for an in-out referendum which could see the UK leave the European Union. Here, we look at the key questions

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