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Weeks away from new future for West Midlands

Outgoing chamber chief executive Jerry Blackett is confident the West Midlands can finally speak with one single voice

Jerry Blackett is leaving his role as chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce next month

Jerry's ten years at the peak of city business life

Jon Griffin ponders the impending departure of chamber of commerce chief executive Jerry Blackett

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce House in Edgbaston

Chinese investors plan to demolish and redevelop Chamber of Commerce House

Chamber headquarters set to become latest John Madin building to be razed to the ground if deal goes through

Jerry Blackett believes a combined authority is essential for Birmingham to become a truly global city

Birmingham will only be 'truly global' with combined authority

Outgoing chamber chief says local authorities must forge ahead with plans to create new 'super council' in order for city to reach its full potential

Paul Faulkner will succeed Jerry Blackett in the summer at Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Former Aston Villa head Faulkner named chamber chief

Ex-Villa boss who led club for four years will succeed Jerry Blackett in the summer after nine years in the role

David Bailey, Aston Business School; Jerry Blackett, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce; John Mortimer, Angela Mortimer Group; Paul Anderson, Deutsche Bank, at the GBCC breakfast event to discuss the results of the Quarterly Economic Survey.

Birmingham business leaders meet to discuss QES

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) held a breakfast event to discuss how Birmingham and the wider West Midlands can get ahead.

A Ryanair flight comes in to land at Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport comes out in favour of Gatwick expansion

Birmingham Chamber joins with city's airport to back Gatwick, claiming expanding Heathrow could hit regions

Cadbury factory in Bournville

Cadbury progress under Mondelez should give other Midlands firms confidence

The region’s other manufacturing businesses should take note and encouragement from what Cadbury's American parent company is achieving.

Bridget Blow

Search begins for new Birmingham Chamber of Commerce chief

Former chamber president Bridget Blow will lead the search for the new person to head up the business group

Lisa Williams, store manager of John Lewis in Birmingham

Ones to watch 2015: Birmingham's business leaders

We take a look at some of the key figures set to makes waves in the city's business community in what is poised to be a landmark year in 2015

Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Jerry Blackett is to step down next summer

Birmingham Chamber chief Jerry Blackett to step down

Chief executive to take a 'gap year' before deciding what he plans to do next after 11 years at the helm of the business organisation

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce House in Edgbaston

Birmingham Chamber House could be demolished over £4m pension deficit

Executives at the business organisation are hopeful of resurrecting a ten-year old project to demolish Chamber of Commerce House and build a new headquarters

The 2004 vision for the Chamber of Commerce site in Harborne Road, Edgbaston, which never came to fruition

Birmingham Chamber still packs a punch amid modern political bunfight

In Edgbaston, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has been banging the business drum for the capital of the Midlands for more than 200 years.

The redevelopment of Curzon Street Station is one of the key projects for HS2

Qatari cash linked to HS2 scheme

Oli-rich state has Birmingham in its sights with Royal Family of Qatar said to be planning a massive investment in city Curzon Street HS2 station

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jerry Blackett

Birmingham Chamber on solid footing after cost reduction

Membership organisation in best cash position 'for many years' as it welcomes in new president and vice-president

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge

West Midlands combined authority is 'undemocratic', MEP claims

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge said he feared for local democracy after the historic agreement between Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Birmingham’s local authorities

Birmingham and Black Country combined authority welcomed by business and academics

Leaders of five local authorities in the region have agreed an accord which will see the new authority, overseeing economic development and transport as well as other powers, established next year

Office worker

Midland businesses fearful of overtime holiday pay ruling

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The decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) paves the way for payouts worth thousands of pounds to workers


Do not believe the rumours - our banks are open for business

Barclays launched its Accelerator initiative to offer a three-month start-up programme for new businesses.

Councils, LEPs and chambers have teamed up for 'Midlands Connect'

Midland firms call for east-west boost after £7bn HS3 unveiled

Business leaders in the region have now called for the Government to get behind proposals to better connect the West Midlands and East Midlands


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