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Thin Cats taking on big banks after lending £70m in three years

SME warns banks not to ignore peer-to-peer lending and new generation of access to finance for growing companies

Harborne's Moor Pool

A new chance to create a modern garden suburb

Birmingham is getting bigger because it is a successful and popular city where people want to live

Hunters Group merges with namesake to broaden reach

West Midlands estate agency joins Hunters Property Group and targets 500 branches in five years

Barry Henley

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme

Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home

Birmingham City Council

Planners back Sutton Conservative Club demolition

Gracewell Healthcare to build its second care home in Birmingham with 65-bedroom unit and pavilion

Little Aston Golf Club

Huge bill as storm floods bunkers at Little Aston Golf Club

Six-figure clean-up cost as downpour ruins sand at one of city's best clubs

Sutton Coldfield town centre

Planners poised to back Sutton Conservative Club demolition

Gracewell Healthcare hopes to build second care home in Birmingham as Conservative club looks to downsize

The old Sutton Coldfield Council House

Sutton Coldfield apartment comes with real royal throne room

Former council house development will feature toilet built especially for the Queen in the 1950s

Wardens powerless across limited time parking areas

Parking wardens have been unable to ticket motorists in limited time stop areas due to malfunctioning handheld computers

Judas Priest - bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis, singer Rob Halford and guitarists Richie Faulkner and Glen Tipton

Unbreakable metal that was forged in the Black Country

They are one of the most influential heavy metal bands to come out of the Midlands and now 40 years on, Judas Priest are still rocking. Sarah Probert reports

Sutton Coldfield

Loyalty card scheme to boost town's high street

A new loyalty card has been launched in Sutton Coldfield as retailers combat tough times for the high street.

Pool Hall in Bulls Lane, Wishaw, near Sutton Coldfield.

Home of the week: £4m Pool Hall in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield

A dramatically different extension enhances the features of this Victorian country house in stunning style, writes Alison Jones

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

Holmside which is in Grove Lane, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

Home of the day: £1m Holmside in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield

One million pounds buys more in Wishaw where a five-bedroom house comes with two added extras, reports Alison Jones

Sir Benjamin Stone, Boys Classroom, Mason's Orphanage, Erdington, Birmingham, 1908. Reproduced by permission of the Library of Birmingham

A wandering spirit and a passion for photography

To mark 100 years since the death of Birmingham photographer and intrepid explorer Sir Benjamin Stone, author and Newman University historian Stephen Roberts looks back at his legacy.

Unity Trust Bank has provided a £630,000 loan to long-standing customer Age Concern Birmingham

Unity Trust Bank funds new headquarters for Age Concern Birmingham

The new head office means the charity has been able to bring its advice and information, befriending and day services together

Cuttle Mill Fishery, Wishaw, which has received the highest HS2 compensation payout in the Midlands to date at £1.74 million

£36 million HS2 compensation payouts for Midlands homes

Property expert says payouts are just 'tip of the iceberg' with more homeowners likely to be offered cash

Sir Albert Bore

Radical overhaul of democracy in Birmingham revealed

As Europe's largest local authority, representing more than one million people, it has frequently been claimed Birmingham is too large and a monolithic administration cannot serve such a wide and diverse area effectively

Jon Croxford (centre) flanked by Meridian partners Drummond Kerr (left) and Philip Harrison

Appointment is key to growth for Meridian Private Client

  • Law

Jon Croxford joins the Solihull firm from Sutton Coldfield-based tax consultancy Cleaver Croxford where he was a partner

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 depot could cost Birmingham 7,000 jobs, claims MP

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne won a debate in Parliament as part of his opposition to the planned HS2 marshalling yard on an ex-factory site in Washwood Heath

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