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All stories for 25 Jul 2013

St Modwen sells Longbridge industrial unit for £2.8 million

Regeneration specialist secures sale of Unit 4 at Cofton Centre

Gavin Wade: Time to believe in the artist on Birmingham's coat of arms

Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects, says an iconic public artwork for Birmingham should come from the city's wealth of creativity

Project for major new public art for Birmingham gets go-ahead - now it just needs the funding

As the proposal to create an iconic piece of public art for Birmingham gathers pace, Enda Mullen looks at the vision behind the exciting £1 million project

Daimler stake in Aston Martin will help Warwickshire firm

It's been a link up that has been on the cards since the Italian private-equity firm InvestIndustrial took a 37.5% stake in Aston Martin earlier this year with a £150m investment.

Tribunal ruling poses problems for redundancy

£5 million of compensation has been awarded to a large number of ex-Woolworths staff who had worked in stores with less than 20 members of staff

GDP - Growth to accelerate..?

The first estimate of the second quarter GDP is expected to be strong with all four major sectors of the economy likely to be positive for the first time since 2010.

Making sense of the bad (and good) news

The recent good weather has certainly added to a sense that things are not so awful and retail figures are showing that people are out buying the usual things such as food for the barbecue, drinks and appropriate clothing.

No regrets for retiring Moseley legend Richard Stott

Richard Stott’s final rugby match was notable for the heartbreaking way in which his team missed out on promotion.

Big-hitting trio carry Beachcroft to another victory

DAC Beachcroft continued their renaissance in the Warwickshire Taverners Trophy with another victory over fellow lawyers DWF.

Build-up to Nailcote Hall: I’m taking on stellar line-up

We follow Peter Sharkey's progress as he prepares to play in the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, staged at Nailcote Hall.

Warwickshire Bears have been victims of own success – Troughton

“We have had a lot of stuff to deal with, many of the things not of our own making, and at times perhaps we haven’t dealt with them as well as we could."

Take these Olympic figures with a large pinch of salt

We should advise our children to also be wary of statistics, especially those bandied about by politicians adept at massaging and manipulating them to ‘prove’ a point.

Deciphering pension options

But a SSAS is a pension arrangement most likely to be put in place by the owner of a small business. It provides a means through which they can save for retirement, together with their fellow directors and other key employees.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way to save

The one thing that is certain about life is that death will follow. Fewer than 40 per cent of the population of England and Wales currently hold a will.

Counting on you to help butterflies

The Butterfly Conservation is asking people to record their butterfly and day-flying moth sightings from July 20 to the end of August.

Let’s build on definite signs of recovery

I place little store by Government announcements relating to the state of the economy, much preferring to size up the state of the market for myself.

West Midlands United can be powerful

Unity – a word of only five letters but one that stirs all sorts of passions when you use it in relation to the West Midlands.

Right step for old staircase worth saving

Chris Upton visits some of Birmingham's most decorative spiral staircase's.

How ‘design and build’ hit the right note with the Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at the King Edward’s School and King Edward’s High School for Girls in Edgbaston is an excellent new piece of modern architecture.

More than one way to make a mark

Because of governments’ needs for short-term illustrations of success, an inordinate amount of value has been placed on examination results.

A big job to rebuild trust of Birmingham children’s services

Peter Duxbury is the fourth Birmingham strategic director of children’s services to leave his post in just four years

Far East giant taps into the UK heartland

The latest evidence of an emerging Chinese revolution in West Midlands industry is the £30 million takeover of Covpress, the former radiator giant and one of the oldest manufacturers in the region.

Firms worried by debt are failing with investment

Global corporations are reducing spending on developing assets that will help drive future earnings, a trend, it says, which looks set to stay.

Andrew Campbell: Splendid Sasso lives up to its ‘Super Tuscan’ billing

"With Sasso al Poggio Piccini have excelled themselves, producing a wine that is complex, intense, interesting  and seriously enjoyable"

Review: Orchestra of St John at St John’s Church, Bromsgrove

Christopher Morley reviews Orchestra of St John at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove.

Review: James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook at Tardebigge Parish Church

Christopher Morley reviews James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook at Tardebigge Parish Church.

Review: La Boheme by Longborough Festival Opera

Christopher Morley reviews La Boheme Longborough Festival Opera.

Review: CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy at Birmingham Town Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews the CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy at Birmingham Town Hall.

Birmingham accountants Mazars hold seminar

Accountants Mazars held a technical seminar on the new UK accounting standards for clients and intermediaries at their Birmingham offices.

Property of the Day: Mutton Hall on the River Severn

Mutton Hall on the River Severn in Worcestershire, has parking for several vehicles – as well as your boat.

Birmingham's top politicians to have ‘personality tests’

Trial of 20 top politicians aims to help them make better decisions and have less arguments with rivals

New head of Birmingham’s failing children’s service department calls for urgent action

Strategic director Peter Hay was appointed to run children’s services after the departure of Peter Duxbury by “mutual consent”

Chinese giants take 70 per cent stake in £30m car parts deal

Shandong Yongtai has joined forces with Telford-based TIA Treadsetters to buy up one of the West Midlands’ oldest manufacturers.

Colmore Business District gearing up for the Community Games

Event which tests the athletic abilities of staff at Birmingham businesses returns for a second year

Anger as council sinks Moseley Road baths restoration plans

Friends of Moseley Road Baths put together a now scrapped bid for £5 million Heritage Lottery Fund investment

New £5m Solihull dog rescue home gets go-ahead

Purpose-built dog rescue and welfare centre is to move from Birmingham city centre to Solihull

Solihull town centre set for biggest redevelopment for a generation

Mell Square purchased for £44 million by Lord Edmiston’s IM Properties group with plans for retail, leisure and public spaces

Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.