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Centenary Square as seen from the new library - 185 architects are bidding to win the contract to redesign it

Centenary Square design competition attracts nearly 200 architects

Entries received from all over the world to Royal Institute of British Architects' project to reshape public space outside library

Eight reasons to love the controversial new Birmingham Conservatoire

A computer-generated image of the interior to the new Birmingham Conservatoire
After a raft of criticism for new plans, the dean overseeing the new Birmingham Conservatoire spells out why it is a step forward

Celebrating the completion of refurbishment at the Hyatt Regency

Mario Flanagan, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Birmingham; Michael Gray, Area Director, Hyatt UK and Ireland, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham following the completion of its multi-million pound refurbishment.
People were treated to an evening of drinks, canapés and revelry at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham following the completion of its multi-million pound refurbishment.

Serene Furnishings expands Black Country base

Tasleem Tasab, managing director of Serene Furnishings
Supplier takes extra space on Pensnett Estate to accommodate new range of beds it is adding to collection

BMS Engineering acquires factory with funding from Lloyds Bank

Andrew Smith, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, Dave Westlake, laser cutting manager and Phil Boffin, director of BMS Engineering
BMS Engineering, established in 2006, specialises in the manufacturing of safety critical roll cages and steel alloys for clients in the motorsport, automotive and aerospace industries

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Tasleem Tasab, managing director of Serene Furnishings

Serene Furnishings expands Black Country base

Supplier takes extra space on Pensnett Estate to accommodate new range of beds it is adding to collection

LDC chief investment officer Martin Draper

LDC sells majority stake in Angel Springs to Castik Capital

The transaction provides a healthy return for LDC, which has tripled its original investment in three years

Pre-Christmas exit as IMI winds down Witton base

Historic manufacturing group brings to a close more than 150 years of industrial heritage at Birmingham base
David Bailey

Another blow for Rolls-Royce workers at Ansty

It's correct to say that Rolls-Royce faces a number of major headwinds in terms of military defence expenditure cuts, a perceived global slowdown, appreciating currency, and sanctions on Russia which will impact on its business there.

Peru Climate Change conference - limited actions but acronyms aplenty

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This latest climate change get-together in Peru has been criticized for its carbon intensity; countless air miles and hotels, fleets of buses to drive everyone around and diesel generators to power the conference venue.
Coun Lisa Tickett (Birmingham City Council) and Phil Woodward (Raleigh)

Birmingham biking boost as Raleigh chosen to supply 5,000 cycles

Raleigh has been awarded a contract to supply 5,000 bikes to Birmingham City Council – and 3,000 will be given away to those keen to cycle but unable to afford it

Eileen Rock (Birmingham Women's Hospital), Karen Moores (Sydney Mitchell), Diane Watt (Maria Watt Foundation)

Sydney Mitchell's fundraising efforts reach £5,500

Sydney Mitchell handed over cheques for £2,750 to Diane Watt of the Maria Watt Foundation and Eileen Rock of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity

Andrew Smith, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, Dave Westlake, laser cutting manager and Phil Boffin, director of BMS Engineering

BMS Engineering acquires factory with funding from Lloyds Bank

BMS Engineering, established in 2006, specialises in the manufacturing of safety critical roll cages and steel alloys for clients in the motorsport, automotive and aerospace industries

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Centenary Square as seen from the new library - 185 architects are bidding to win the contract to redesign it

Centenary Square design competition attracts nearly 200 architects

Mario Flanagan, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Birmingham; Michael Gray, Area Director, Hyatt UK and Ireland, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham following the completion of its multi-million pound refurbishment.

Celebrating the completion of refurbishment at the Hyatt Regency

Eight reasons to love the controversial new Birmingham Conservatoire

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