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See how quickly BBC licence fee money drains from the Midlands

The Midlands spends £942m a year on the BBC but saw just £80m reinvested last year. See how quickly Midland licence fee money is spent outside the region

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

Jaguar XEs rolling off the production line in Solihull
Manufacturer says record profits mark fifth successive year of ‘solid growth, robust financial results and continuous investment in its future'

Investment pledge after Ibis hotel in Birmingham sold

The Ibis hotel at Bordesley Circus
Starboard Hotels has bought the Ibis at Bordesley Circus, from HotelInvest parent company Accord

Midland manufacturers call for EU referendum by 2016 at latest

Production firms are fearful of being undermined by a lack of clarity about the UK’s place in Europe

Integrity Security eyes turnover hike with new South East base

Founders of Integrity Security Will Adams (left) and Tony Turner
Solihull security firm launches in Letchworth after string of contract wins as it continues ambition of national reach

Business In Pictures

Emma Shipp and Andy Raynor of Shakespeare Martineau

Law firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau will merge in June

The new firm, which will have a combined turnover of £75 million and employ 900 people, will be known as Shakespeare Martineau

City of Colours festival launches Kickstarter campaign

Birmingham street art by Gent48
Team behind popular street art event is hoping to raise £15,000 to put towards running costs of festival in Digbeth which last year attracted 9,000 people
David Bailey

Austerity hasn't worked

If the polls are to be believed, the General Election is heading for pretty much a dead heat, with days if not weeks of wrangling ahead before a workable coalition – or even minority – government is in place.

Wasps chief causes buzz with £35m funds-raiser

Charlie Austin and Armand Traore - part of QPR’s £75.3 million wage bill
Premiership rugby giants become the first sports club in Britain to issue a retail bond on London Stock Exchange
Raj Rana, founder of Itihaas Restaurant

Itihaas creates own craft beer with Lion Heart brewery

Raj Rana, managing director of Itihaas Group, joined forces with the Lion Heart brewery in Coventry, and the partnership has resulted in Sambha IPA

Kevin Harris-James, Anna Taylor, Lucy Barr and Tabatha Quinney

Harrison Clark Rickerbys appoints new Birmingham head of office

Ms Barr, who works within the law firm’s family team, has also been promoted from senior associate to partner

Artists Placement Group

Eastside Projects to revive plays written in Digbeth 40 years ago

The plays ask questions about what has changed in Birmingham in the last 40 years

Sultan Choudhury, CEO and director of Islamic Bank of Britain

Al Rayan Bank named as the one of the best Islamic banks in the world

The bank, which is based on Hagley Road, was given the accolade by Global Finance magazine in its annual list of the World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions

Videos & Photos

Jaguar XEs rolling off the production line in Solihull

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

The Ibis hotel at Bordesley Circus

Investment pledge after Ibis hotel in Birmingham sold

A blended image showing Birmingham Law Courts in 1900 and 2012

More blended images showing how Birmingham has changed from days gone by

In This Week's Paper


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