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UK industry slides into third recession in the last decade

David Bailey looks at the latest official data showing that UK industry is sliding into its third recession.

Paul Rice, Head of Agriculture, Wright Hassall; John Giles, Promar International; Harry Cotterell, Fisher German; David Gardner, RASE

Agricultural conference debates CAP payments

Law firm Wright Hassall hosted an agricultural conference

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Malta presents a great danger to the migrating bird population

Migratory species generally move south in the autumn and north in the spring. Their journeys take them across many countries, one of the smallest of which presents a great danger.

Steel: A good first step, but Government must steel itself for further action

David Bailey on the progress still needed on the ‘5 Asks’ for the UK steel industry

The Balcombe fracking site in West Sussex

American gas for Europe?

It is not just the steel industry and the impact of the international market which is making the headlines right now, says solicitor Andrew Whitehead

Gisela Stuart MP

Pensions and debt are EU 'timebomb', says city MP

Vote Leave chief and Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart claims liabilities will see huge tax rise

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

Those in the middle of the EU referendum debate are not being helped by the heavy handed rhetoric on the fringes

For some EU membership is not an article of faith and it could be those votes which matter

West Midlands businesses are divided over the UK's future in Europe

Brexit - hard facts and uncertainties

Andrew Whitehead on the legal processes that UK policymakers would likely have to negotiate in the event of a Brexit.

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The EU: How Would Wildlife Vote?

The EU has developed policies and action for the environment and wildlife based on sound science, strategic thinking, and stability free of the short-term election cycles of member countries.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Hammond: Quitting EU will damage car industry in the Midlands

The Foreign Secretary tells Jonathan Walker that the stakes are too high to consider leaving Europe

West Midlands businesses are divided over the UK's future in Europe

Around 40pc of Birmingham businesses want a Brexit

Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce says it will now remain neutral in the debate after survey showed opinion over EU referendum is reasonably even

Birmingham Labour MPs Khalid Mahmood, left, and Roger Godsiff are campaigning for the UK to leave the EU

EU referendum: West Midlands is a heartland of the anti-EU campaign

A number of Birmingham's Labour MPs are calling for the UK to leave the European Union, while Tories in the wider West Midlands also back "Brexit"

Cyclists celebrate the opening of the first canal cycling towpath route which stretches from St Vincent Street bridge near Birmingham's Brindleyplace to Winson Green.

Birmingham should use Copenhagen as role model for cycling, claims doctor

Birmingham should model itself on Copenhagen where nearly half of residents cycle to work, a health expert has claimed

General business

Have we all got the energy for a Brexit?

The outline of a deal for the UK has just been announced, and an early Brexit vote looks a distinct possibility.

Land Rover launched three special editions of the Defender to mark its final year of production

End of the road for Land Rover Defender

The final edition of the famous 4x4 will roll off the production line in Solihull tomorrow after 68 years of production

Aston University has joined up with local MPs to launch a pro-Europe campaign

Aston University calls for Britain to stay in EU

City institute hosts event to launch the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign with a trio of West Midlands MPs

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2015 was a bad year for nature

Looking back over 2015 it is easy to find the bad news for nature, finding the good news not so.

Jaguar Formula E race car

Jaguar's Formula E entry showcases green ambitions

Professor David Bailey examines the decision by Jaguar to enter Formula E and its potential impact the future of the firm's green credentials

Manufacturing Advisory Service

Scrapping MAS is a retrograde step

Professor David Bailey reflects on the decision to scrap the Business Growth Service (BGS), including the popular Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and the Growth Accelerator programme.

Climate talks - how to lose at cards

Andrew Whitehead picks the key points out of the recent Autumn Statement from an environmental perspective


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