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£2.6m for vulnerable Birmingham firms following business rate revaluation

Councils are getting a share from the £300 million business rates discretionary fund unveiled by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget last week

Councillor John Clancy, Lord Willetts, Alan Wenban-Smith.

Lunar Society annual dinner in its 250th anniversary year

The Lunar Society celebrated their 250th Anniversary at Warwickshire County Cricket Ground

Birmingham Post Rich List 2017: see the 50 richest people in the Midlands

See who made the 2017 Rich List with eight new entries and an overall wealth that has increased by almost £8 billion

Lord Edmiston

Rich List 2017: No.9 - Lord Edmiston

Christian property and automotive entrepreneur Lord Edmiston wants to spend more time on charity work as his fortunes continue to grow

Anthony Coombs

Rich List 2017: No.=30 - Anthony and Graham Coombs and family

The family behind credit business S&U is a new entry on the Rich List with a £150 million fortune

Tom Watson MP, Mim Hall, Principal, Sandwell Valley School; Paul Bassi.

MP's praise for Sandwell Valley School at opening

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party officially opened Sandwell Valley School

More delays to the University of Birmingham's new £55m sport centre were announced in December

Review of 2016 - December: £55m sport centre delayed, overhaul for art gallery and German bierkeller in Broad Street

The University of Birmingham's new swimming pool and sport centre was beset by even more delays during December while a city art gallery was poised for a major renovation programme

November heard the news that a Legoland Discovery Centre was set to open in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - November: Legoland attraction coming to Birmingham, end of Monaco House and Monarch airport jobs

It emerged during November that family favourite Legoland was planning to open a new discovery centre at the Barclaycard Arena while city eyesore Monaco House could finally be coming down

Hamleys announced it was coming to Birmingham city centre in October

Review of 2016 - October: Hamleys toy stores, Michelin stars and local TV

Legendary toy retailer Hamleys announced in October it was planning to open a concession stand in House of Fraser while Solihull was awarded its first Michelin star

West Bromwich Albion found itself under new ownership in August

Review of 2016 - August: West Brom takeover, Assay Office in India and Specsavers jobs cull

August saw another Chinese investor plough money into the West Midlands with the purchase of West Bromwich Albion while Specsavers announced plans to close its manufacturing base in Aston

It was the end of the road for Hall Green Greyhound Stadium in July

Review of 2016 - July: West Mids mayor, test cricket and more trampoline parks

An inquiry slams the devolution deal which means the West Midlands must have an elected mayor while Edgbaston Stadium unveils a new diary of international cricket

CGI of The Lewis Building which is bringing an old department store name back

Review of 2016 - June: Lewis's name returns, grand plan for Tramps and Channel 4 courts Birmingham

An old department store name was set to make a return to the city while a grand vision for a former nightclub in Broad Street was revealed in June

It emerged in May that Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight was trying to open a production studio in Birmingham

Review of 2016 - May: Steven Knight moots new studio, Northfield Manor to be reborn and Ikea comes to city centre

The founder of TV hit Peaky Blinders said in May that he had held discussions with Paramount about launching a new studio in Birmingham while a fire-hit manor was to regenerated as a housing estate

New funding which could save Moseley Road Baths was secured in April

Review of 2016 - April: Arts centre closing, indie restaurateurs hit out and new funding for Moseley Road Baths

Independent restaurant owners hit out in April at the perceived favouritism by landlords for chains while the end drew nearer for a city arts centre

The Victorian Society hit out at plans for Louisa Ryland House in February

Review of 2016 - February: 'Unacceptable' development, Lib Dem leader and tributes to Cube architect

February saw tributes flood in following the death of the man who designed The Cube and Arena Central while the city's Lib Dems unveiled a new leader

Aston Villa welcomed a new chairman in January....for a little while at least

Review of 2016 - January: UCB expansion, new Villa chairman and Cadbury tax

Our Review of the Year kicks off with the news that University College Birmingham was planning a major expansion of its campus in the Jewellery Quarter and a prominent businessman joined the Villa board

Cannock Chase

Could the West Midlands Combined Authority prioritise caring for the natural world?

When will we see the Minister for the Environment reviewing the state of the natural world and bringing forward ambitious plans for its improvement.

Jayne Magee, BITC; David Darlaston, Founder and CEO, PLANit Global; Lisa Nicholson, BCC.

Innovative online careers platform for young launched

More than 60 guests from business, education and the public sector attended the launch of PLANit Global

Time for hard questions over how we treat each other post-Brexit

Niall Crowley, from Invoke Democracy Now, says the Brexit vote at least prompted people into debating politics

A Living Wage is good for business

Unision regional secretary says businesses have seen productivity and turnover improvements after paying the Living Wage

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