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Staff from Oakland International celebrate winning two Queen's Awards

West Midlands businesses recognised in Queen's Awards for Enterprise

Companies from across Birmingham and the wider region recognised in the annual list of business excellence

Former IoD chief John Phillips has received an MBE

Former IoD chief receives MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

John Phillips awarded recognition for services to business while clothing entrepreneur and Custard Factory owner also recognised

Aston University has received a Regius Professorship

Aston University awarded Regius Professorship

Institute's School of Pharmacy recognised as part of Queen's 90th birthday celebrations for the quality of its teaching and research

Life sciences minister George Freeman

Birmingham will be a global force in life sciences, minister predicts

Life sciences minister George Freeman predicted the sector would double in size in the region – creating thousands of skilled jobs

Professor Craig Jackson, head of psychology at BCU

Birmingham Post Power 250: Academia

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of academia

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith

Birmingham Post Power 250: Health

  • NHS

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of health

Planned BCU Life Sciences campus at Selly Oak as part of the Harvest Partnership development

£5m boost for Birmingham life sciences plans

Now the development can be stepped up thanks to a £5 million grant from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Jo Johnson MP, minister of state for universities and sciences, at the University of Birmingham Medical School

Birmingham's life sciences ambitions receive £1.4m boost

The University of Birmingham in particular will receive £1.4 million of new funding, which comes as the city targets the sector for major growth

The new dental hospital at Pebble Mill

Dental Hospital opening delayed by four months

The new hospital on the former BBC Pebble Mill site in Edgbaston was due to open this month

The Royal family

City MP slams £330m cost of 'royal tourist attraction'

Money spent on The Queen and the Royal family 'should go to struggling people'

West Midlands Police

'Street triage' cuts detentions under Mental Health Act

The initiative aims to give people suffering from mental health issues much better initial support on the city’s streets

University Hospital in Coventry was the region's biggest PFI project

West Midlands PFI projects set taxpayers back £12.7bn

Schemes such as Building Schools for the Future and Queen Elizabeth and Walsgrave hospitals have racked up a gigantic bill for the region

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper.

Work begins on UK's largest combined authority after Queen's speech

With Solihull and Coventry on board, the West Midlands combined authority is set to oversee a region with of four million people and an £81 billion economy

David Cameron makes his closing speech to the Conservative conference 2014 in Birmingham

I'll cut tax for 2m in West Midlands, David Cameron pledges

The Prime Minister said announcements in the Queen's speech will make it easier to create jobs and wealth in

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before the State Opening of Parliament

Queen's Speech: Devolution, jobs and EU referendum to be included

Conservatives claim the Queen’s speech will drive forward jobs, investment and growth throughout the West Midlands

Jaguar XEs rolling off the production line in Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover breaks new profits records with £2.6bn announcement

Manufacturer says record profits mark fifth successive year of ‘solid growth, robust financial results and continuous investment in its future'

Barrister Simon Ward with the Steiner Academy Hereford team competing in the final of the Citizenship Foundations Bar Mock Trial competition

Birmingham barrister supports students in national law competition bid

  • Law

Mr Ward, who is based at St Philips Chambers, has been guiding 15 year 10 students from Steiner Academy Hereford, who will be competing in the national final of the Citizenship Foundation’s Bar Mock Trial competition

Birmingham legal advisor Anwar Khattak, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal

Anwar Khattak awarded British Empire Medal

  • Law

Mr Khattak, aged 31, is the figure behind Birmingham Youth Sport Academy (BYSA), a voluntary-run organisation promoting football in a bid to keep underprivileged children occupied in more worthwhile pursuits

Moor Street Station

Review of 2014 - June: Custard Factory owner on Digbeth, facelift for city tunnel and Hidden Spaces photos on display

Nostalgia lovers across the city flocked to the Hidden Spaces exhibition in June while American pop star Kelis marked the latest chapter in the revamp of Selfridges in the Bullring

Malala Yousafzai with her Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai receives Nobel Peace Prize

Heroic teenager becomes the youngest recipient of the internationally-recognised award


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