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David Bailey

Another blow for Rolls-Royce workers at Ansty

It's correct to say that Rolls-Royce faces a number of major headwinds in terms of military defence expenditure cuts, a perceived global slowdown, appreciating currency, and sanctions on Russia which will impact on its business there.

General business

Peru Climate Change conference - limited actions but acronyms aplenty

This latest climate change get-together in Peru has been criticized for its carbon intensity; countless air miles and hotels, fleets of buses to drive everyone around and diesel generators to power the conference venue.

Birmingham city centre as seen from the roof of Fort Dunlop

Call to tackle Birmingham's pollution problems

Data gathered from testing sites shows that the worst reading recorded at Birmingham’s Tyburn Road was 111 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide in each cubic metre

Paul Noon, UKTI's regional director for the West Midlands

West Midlands export growth slows

Sales to foreign shores fall compared to second quarter, but region remains the UK's strongest in terms of growth in the past year

Chancellor George Osborne

Autumn Statement: Stamp duty cut but councils facing more budget pressure

Raft of measures outlined by Chancellor George Osborne in final Autumn Statement before next general election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage

UKIP will only go so far before it's turned back

Nigel Farage's party certainly gets its fair share of headlines, but will that convert into actual seats come next May?

A murmuration of starlings

Improvements to the international protection for wildlife

In distant Quito in Ecuador governments, including ours through the EU, have been meeting to improve international protection for wildlife.

MP Steve McCabe

Labour MPs: We must listen to immigration concerns

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Selly Oak) is the latest to highlight the issue of the public's concerns about immigration

Anti fracking protest

Fracking in Birmingham calls from city councillor

Former Lord Mayor John Lines caused outrage from environmental campaigners after calling on the council to “drill down and start fracking in the very near future”

Underground motorway mooted to ease Birmingham congestion

The "super-tunnel" is one of a host of prospects put forward by Birmingham City Council to combat the full-to-bursting A38

China flag

Winning Chinese Investment - Focusing on scale and proximity might be the keys

Both in the Midlands and across the UK we need to find some means of bulking up materially for the economic relations with Chinese city regions Liam Byrne aspires to be delivered.

General business

Lawyers - a help or hindrance in tackling Climate Change? - Part 1

Many commercial law firms have specialist energy, environmental and regulatory practices, and benefit a great deal from increased environment compliance activity.

The European flag

Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?

One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd

David Cameron pays tribute to retiring MP Sir Richard Shepherd

Black Country MP Richard Shepherd is to leave the Commons at the next election

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

Aston University

New Aston University business school after £35m boost

A £35 million package will provide vital cash support for a range of new developments and facelift work at Aston, including the new £60 million medical school project confirmed earlier this year

Leigh Purnell, founder and inventor of Petalite

Petalite prepares for £30k crowdfunding mission

Birmingham-based inventor of rapid mobile phone charger is hoping to launch production using support from  Indiegogo platform

Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, following the Scottish independence referendum.

Chris Game: Will Birmingham find a date for the Big Glam Devolution Ball?

There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.

Lord Michael Heseltine

Lord Heseltine launches chamber link with colleges to close skills gap

New Skills Hub founded with local colleges to develop formal integration between employers and training providers

Lotus Dome artwork by Studio Roosegaarde

European artists and regeneration experts to light up Longbridge

For nearly a century the area was dominated by one of the largest car factories in the world until the devastating collapse of MG Rover in 2005

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