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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

Review: Solihull Choral Society, Solihull School Chapel

John Gough enjoys Solihull Choral Society's take on Gabriel Fauré’s evergreen Requiem led by Andrew Fletcher's impeccably rehearsed choir

Pictured at Jaffabox in Bickenhill are Jean Templeton, chief exective of St Basils, Bernard Mintz, chef at Jaffabox, and Nick Venning, chairman of the fundraising committee at St Basils

St Basils aims to break records with BIG SleepOut

The young people’s homeless charity is hoping this year’s event on November 28 will see more people than ever taking part to help mark the occasion and prove the biggest and best yet

TRW Automotive's site in Stratford Road, Shirley

ZF Friedrichshafen strikes deal to buy TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

The deal will see TRW Automotive sites at Stratford Road, Shirley, College Road, Perry Barr, and Nuneaton swallowed up by the Baden-Wurtemberg-based engineering group

Mike Gahan, chief executive of HCB Hatch Chartered Accountants

Growth continues for HCB Group

  • Law

Atter Mackenzie, a 29-year-old well-established legal firm, will be the 11th independent business to come under the HCB umbrella

Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull is set to undergo its first major redevelopment since opening 13 years ago

Major expansion for Touchwood shopping centre

Retail hub will be transformed with 25 new shops and restaurants and up to 400 new jobs promised as part of massive regeneration

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council leader Coun Bob Sleigh

Solihull 'some time away' from a combined authority

Birmingham and four councils in the Black Country have already agreed to create a new authority for the West Midlands but Solihull remains the most reticent

Mark Newbold HEFT Heart of England chief executive

Heart of England NHS trust chief steps down after watchdog unveils failings

  • NHS

Mark Newbold said language used by Monitor about the trust as “undermining” and “uncomfortable” was among his reasons for leaving

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

Hay Wood Grange in Wroxall, Warwickshire.

Hay Wood Grange in Wroxall is a barn offering luxurious living spaces

An old farm building has been reclaimed for future generations to use as a family home, says Alison Jones

West Midlands combined authority: region's leaders write to George Osborne

The leaders of five Midland councils have written to Chancellor George Osborne asking for powers to be devolved to a new combined authority. Here is the text of the letter

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

Prime Accountants director Kevin Johns with some of the new recruits - Kathy Moss (marketing administrator), James Goodwin (accounts trainee), Arvin Sud (accounts trainee), Jessica Henrick (accounts trainee), Jennifer Sweeting (accounts trainee)

Demand for virtual accountancy services fuelling growth at Prime Accountants

Prime, which also has an office in Coventry, has taken on 12 new staff since January, with a particular focus on its outsourced accountancy service

From left: Andrew Rowson, of Johnson Fellows, Simon Green, of Bunn and Ken Salway, of Johnson Fellows

Bunn-o-matic launches new European HQ in Solihull

Coffee machine manufacturer relocates from Milton Keynes to new base in the heart of the region

The Courtyard in Temple Road, Dorridge.

£1,650,000 The Courtyard in Dorridge

There is ample opportunity for drinking and dining in this contemporary build in Dorridge, reports Alison Jones

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband vows: I'll create a Cabinet for the English regions

Labour's devolution plans revealed: Big city and regional leaders to join "English Cabinet" chaired by Ed Miliband, while legislation will devolve control of transport, housing and more to local level

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK

In a strident interview on devolution to English regions, the Shadow Business Secretary called for a more federal political model

Land Rover at Lode Lane, Solihull.

Jaguar Land Rover strike threat after unions turn down 14% rise

Three-year pay deal rejected amid concerns over cuts to pensions, starter rates and bonus payments

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