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Chemistry apprentice

£23m Birmingham boost to create next generation of scientists

Six West Midland universities and a college will share £23 million for science and technology education.

Stephen Outhwaite, who has joined Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors as head of matrimonial services

Thomas Horton appoints new head of matrimonial services

  • Law

Mr Outhwaite, who is from Solihull, brings extensive experience to the role and is keen to further expand the firm’s family and childcare divisions.

John Lewis

Armchair shopping surge at John Lewis

Solihull head of branch Julie Blake described the growth in online trade as “incredible”

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

People high street shopping.

High Streets need little guys for the spice of life

Most High Streets across Britain are dominated by national chains, pushing out the smaller independent shops.

Birmingham City Council given 12 months to improve or else

Beleaguered local authority faces dire consequences if it shows no progress within a year and could be broken up and taken over by central government

Birmingham City Council has come under intense fire in a damning report penned by Sir Bob Kerslake

Birmingham City Council 'failing the city and holding it back' says Kerslake

Sir Bob Kerslake pulls no punches in his damning report on the council as local government correspondent Neil Elkes assess its key findings

Secure Trust Bank is listed on the London Stock Exchange

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance funds JCM Heating and Renewables

The Sale-based company, which is backed by Sale Sharks’ head coach Steve Diamond, provides installations of gas condensing boilers

Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt: Combined councils could help prevent Trojan

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has welcomed moves to form a combined authority for the West Midlands.

CGI of the new motorway services on the M42 near Catherine de Barnes

£65m roads plan on M42 to create 300 jobs

  • M42

New motorway service station mooted for site close to Birmingham Airport, the first in the region since 1999

Nick Palmer, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and David Bastock, managing director of C Bastock (Funeral Directors)

Lloyds Bank supports Bastock Funeral Directors in Italian fleet deal

Founded in 1856, C Bastock (Funeral Directors) is a family business that has been passed down through seven generations

George Osborne

Autumn Statement: West Midlands focus on infrastructure

George Osborne may be struggling to get the deficit under control but the message from Westminster was that the Government is ready to lavish cash on the region

Jaguar Land Rover Academy in Warwickshire updated

Jaguar Land Rover pay dispute breakthrough after new two-year offer

Employees at Castle Bromwich and Solihull, along with others across the UK affiliated to the union Unite, will now go to a ballot after receiving a revised pay offer

Gordon Symes (left) and Trevor Pugh of Mortgages Together

Mortgages Together to expand into financial planning and wealth management

The expansion coincides with Trevor Pugh’s intention to retire from Mortgages Together, the business which he founded in 2003

Koolmill's rice milling machines in action in China

Koolmill sells rice milling machines to China

Midland company cracks one of the toughest markets for its produce but said difficulties in accessing funds to expand was hitting its plans to establish a manufacturing base here

Eric Pickles

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

Nigel Terrington, chief executive of Paragon

Paragon Group chief hails 'brave new world' of buoyant lending market

Chief executive Nigel Terrington says Solihull group's boom reflected a housing sector and wider economy recovering from recession

Inside Jaguar Land Rover's Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54

Iconic British brands thrive and drive forward on global stage

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover is sponsoring the manufacturing category at this year's Birmingham Post Business Awards. Here, the car giant looks back at a period of incomparable success

Marlpit Cottage in Netherwood Lane, Chadwick End.

£1m Marlpit Cottage close to Chadwick End

An area of natural beauty offers the perfect surroundings for this charming country cottage, near Solihull, writes Alison Jones

Birmingham and the Black Country look set to join forces - but what will we call it?

Neil Elkes on a combined authority

Greater Birmingham via the back door: 'West Midlands' or 'Mega City One'... it will make no difference eventually, argues Neil Elkes

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor