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Queen opens Jaguar Land Rover's new i54 engine plant

Her Majesty's visit comes at difficult time for the company as it continues negotiations with trade unions over pay dispute

Former MG Rover chief's letter sparks call for payout

Former MG Rover chairman John Towers told workers the assets of MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before pocketing £1m
John Towers, one of the notorious Phoenix Four, told former workers the entire assets of subsidiary MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before he pocketed £1m

Birmingham to 'tell its story' in £150k bid to boost perception of city

Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Work to begin on branding strategy around 'Greater Birmingham' aimed at improving the region's reputation

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

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

Strong quarter for Crystal Mortgages as it eyes record year

Joe Breeden, managing director at Crystal Mortgages
Black Country firm says it is on target to break £500m mark for terms issued

Business In Pictures

From left: Steven Jaggers, of JLL, Jonathan Robinson, of DTZ, Sarah Clowes and James Richards, of Clowes Developments UK at Bentley Bridge Business Park

Work starts on Bentley Bridge Business Park

Second phase of speculatively built Black Country industrial estate will hope to follow on from success of first part which is now fully let

Dean Wilson, managing director of D Wilson Architectural Metalwork (jeans) with from left Kailash Parekh, Andy Perry and Graham Nicoll, from Barclays

Barclays backs D Wilson Architectural Metalworks with £1m finance deal

Birmingham manufacturer is aiming to turn over more than £10m after buying new factory site in Smethwick

Finance Birmingham announces £1m backing for Jaguar Land Rover supplier

From left: Steve Hetherington, tooling investment director at Finance Birmingham, Magal Engineering Gamil Magal and Reading East MP Rob Wilson
Second deal in a week for finance body which has enabled manufacturer to press on with new contract to supply i54 site
General business

Lawyers - a help or hindrance in tackling Climate Change?

Many commercial law firms have specialist energy, environmental and regulatory practices, and benefit a great deal from increased environment compliance activity.

Steven McCabe: Sex, drugs and exit from the EU?

The European flag
One of the reasons our GDP has increased is because of almost £10 billion extra being included to account for the sex and drugs trade estimated to be worth some £5.3 billion and £4.4 billion respectively.
Former MG Rover chairman John Towers told workers the assets of MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before pocketing £1m

Former MG Rover chief's letter sparks call for payout

John Towers, one of the notorious Phoenix Four, told former workers the entire assets of subsidiary MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before he pocketed £1m

Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City FC

Pinsent Masons lawyers advise on Ricoh Arena deal

The deal will see Wasps relocate their home games to the Ricoh Arena from December 2014

Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Birmingham to 'tell its story' in £150k bid to boost perception of city

Work to begin on branding strategy around 'Greater Birmingham' aimed at improving the region's reputation

Former MG Rover chairman John Towers told workers the assets of MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before pocketing £1m

Former MG Rover chief's letter sparks call for payout

John Towers, one of the notorious Phoenix Four, told former workers the entire assets of subsidiary MGR Capital would be wiped out four years before he pocketed £1m

Videos & Photos

Longbridge Light Festival

Pictures: Longbridge Light Festival comes alive

Historic Red Lion pub fails to sell at auction

Dave Quinney, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Nathan Gilbert, Siobhan Gilbert G E Gilbert and Son; Mark Ellis, Head of Property, SME Banking at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Clifford Gilbert, G E Gilbert and Son, attend Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking's Midlands property team event at Primitivo Bar.

Lloyds Bank hosts property team event in Birmingham

In This Week's Paper

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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