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The Jewellery Quarter BID team (from left): chairman Nicola Ridler, director Luke Crane and board director Henrik Skouby

Jewellery Quarter BID pledges free public wi-fi

Business improvement district sets out its stall as voting opens on second term

Jill McDonald is leaving her role as Halfords chief executive to join M&S

Halfords chief to join Marks & Spencer

Jill McDonald will leave later this year after two and half years in post to lead retailer's clothing and beauty division

Ranjit Boparan has taken a major stake in Crawshaws

Boparan invests £5m in Crawshaws

Birmingham food entrepreneur takes major stake in Yorkshire group of butcher's

Andy Coulthurst, chief executive of The Trade Centre Wales

Black Country car supermarket to open

Trade Centre UK makes its first foray into England by launching new car supermarket in the Wednesbury

The opening of Grand Central in 2015 continues to be a draw for shoppers

Birmingham weathering high street storm

City is faring well as retail sector continues to battle flight to online shopping according to new research

Two more fashion brands are coming to the Bullring

More fashion brands to launch in Bullring

Birmingham shopping centre to welcome three new stores as its fashion and clothing offer grows

Lidl's new distribution hub has opened

Lidl opens massive new distribution centre

Supermarket group unveils new warehouse in Wednesbury which will supply its supermarkets across the region

Tag Heuer will open a store at the Merry Hill centre

Luxury watch brand to open at Merry Hill

Black Country shopping centre is chosen destination for group to launch its first store in the West Midlands

99p Stores placed into administration

Discount retailer's parent company Poundland has closed around 60 shops after having trouble 'digesting' 2015 acquistion

The Jones Bootmaker store at Grand Central is among those to close

Jones Bootmaker stores to close

Trio of shops in Birmingham area to close despite administrators securing rescue deal with private equity firm Endless

Up & Running on track for new Birmingham store

National chain is relocating its city centre shop to new home in Colmore Business District

A national restaurant chain is eyeing the former Ted Baker store in New Street

Former Ted Baker store to become new restaurant

Gourmet Burger Kitchen is eyeing New Street unit which has attracted 'no serious interest' from retailers since fashion chain moved out

iLite will open at the Mailbox in April

Mailbox unveils latest retailer to join new-look centre

iLite will opens its second store in Birmingham in the high-end shopping mall

CGI of Oka's new shop in Edgbaston

Luxury furniture brand Oka comes to Edgbaston

Retailer co-founded by David Cameron's mother-in-law is planning to launch its second Midlands outlet next year on the Calthorpe Estate


Retail suppliers Morplan to open store in Nechells

The new Morplan store will showcase the latest in shop fittings and retail design

CGI of plans for more than 200 new apartments in the Jewellery Quarter

£45m Jewellery Quarter deal paves way for 230 apartments

Spitfire and IM team up to develop vacant land in Newhall Street to create new flats and public space

Poundland suitor ups offer

South African retailer Steinhoff has added 5p per share to its offer, bumping the sale price up to £610m

Premier Estates Wine is coming to the Jewellery Quarter

Premier Estates Wine to open HQ in Jewellery Quarter

Solihull wine retailer which fell foul of advertising watchdog last year to launch a new office in Birmingham

Holland & Barrett and Smyths Toys have joined Longbridge town centre

Holland & Barrett and Smyths Toys come to Longbridge

Two more retailers sign up to town centre redevelopment by St Modwen

RBH has won the brief to promote Mell Square

Mell Square appoints agency for marketing push

Meriden-based RBH wins brief to run social media and PR campaigns for Solihull shopping centre


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