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Ian Parkes - Marketing manager for Purity - with their new brew Longhorn IPA on show at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point.

Food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair

As dozens of food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair next month Mary Griffin finds out what's in store and asks what sets the city's food scene apart.

Dr Chris Upton

Chris Upton: The latest idea for London is a garden bridge crossing the Thames

One of the latest ideas for London is a garden bridge, to cross the Thames somewhere near the South Bank.

The Martineau Centre.

Call to cancel sale of Martineau Centre for housing after secret deal emerges

Residents and councillors have so far been successful in stopping plans but Persimmon Homes will be heard at appeal in October

The Bond in Digbeth

Quick Bites: Birmingham gin festival adds new date

Organisers of Birmingham's first gin festival add another date after tickets sell out.

Harborne's Moor Pool

A new chance to create a modern garden suburb

Birmingham is getting bigger because it is a successful and popular city where people want to live

The historic School Yard frontage has been treated with respect

Dozens of jobs created as new Boston Tea Party bar opens

Trading has begun at the new Boston Tea Party (BTP) at The School Yard in Harborne following a 10 week build

Can anyone emulate the golden success of Birchfield Harrier Louise Hazel four years ago in Delhi?

Not quite London 2012..but glory awaits the great

For some the Commonwealth Games will be a crucial part of their development into elite international competition.

Becky Brine

Diversity is the priceless key to the marvellous Jazz Festival

The Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Graham Young meets founding director Jim Simpson to find out more

Joseph Chamberlain with his wife Beatrice

Joseph Chamberlain: Politician knew how to put the spin on his radical manifesto

Chris Upton looks at the life and times of Joseph Chamberlain

Carters of Moseley named Midlands' Restaurant of the Year

Carters of Moseley named Midlands' Restaurant of the Year

Citizen Khan creator Adil Ray speaks at Birmingham Day at Westminster

Birmingham Day showcases progress in city's creative quarter

Senior BBC executive pledges corporation's commitment to investing in Birmingham

Zapaygo are Birmingham City's new principal partner

Zapaygo founder eyes international deals

New Birmingham City FC sponsor already seeing interest from abroad in payment app

Ian Harvey and Amy Seton

Finally, an event for wine lovers to savour

Birmingham's first major wine festival takes place this weekend. Co-organiser Ian Harvey tells Mary Griffin he hopes the festival will educate drinkers and inspire the city's restaurateurs

Birmingham Council House and Victoria Square

Two women appointed to senior city council roles

Council leader responds to criticism over cabinet diversity as councillors Penny Holbrook and Lisa Trickett appointed to senior positions

Top chef Glynn Purnell pictured at his restaurant Purnells on Cornwall Street in Birmingham for the launch of his new book Cracking Yolks & Pig Tales.

Purnell to whip up a storm with 'extreme' cookbook

Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell has released his first cook book.

Moor Pool Heritage Trust needs to raise £325,000 to buy property and land from Grainger

Historic Moor Pool Hall in funding race for survival

Heritage group must raise £325,000 in just four months to save estate

Manufacturing in the West Midlands

£100m boost for Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

The cash comes on top of £245 million already allocated since 2011 to the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative - of which a large slice has been secured by West Midlands based companies

Conservative Party Conference

Tory conference is a worthwhile exception to pecuniary precaution

One of Mike Whitby's more controversial legacies as Birmingham City Council leader was the £1.48 million commitment to hosting the Tory Party party.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the Tory Party Conference at the ICC in 2012

Councillor slams £1.5 million cost of Tory Party Conference

James McKay says the money could have paid for 60 street cleaners

The historic School Yard frontage has been treated with respect

How to turn a building inside out and start all over again...

A building can take on a number of identities over the years, as a new function replaces the previous one.


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