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Ones to watch 2015 - Birmingham's political movers and shakers

News about Birmingham is, for better and worse, never far from the political pages and 2015 will no doubt continue that trend with this sextet leading the way

Review of 2014 - May: Cineworld at Resorts World, Arena Central lodges plans and £20m Selfridges revamp

An artists' impression of Resorts World Birmingham at night
As the weather turned nice, property and leisure took centre stage as Selfridges announced a major overhaul and the first plans were submitted for the £400m Arena Central development

Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg: stop the rage and violence

Moazzam Begg
In a blog post on Facebook, Mr Begg said that it was now time to bring the cycle of violence to an end

Ones to watch 2015: Birmingham's educational leaders

Councillor Brigid Jones
Schools will always be a hot topic and 2015 will be no different so who will be making the key decisions and policies across the city next year

Review of 2014 - April: Trouble at Library of Birmingham, Tory Conference under fire and New Street views

Project director Brian Gambles surveys the Shakespeare Memorial Room
April saw the Library of Birmingham under the media glare just eight months after opening while the city council was forced to defend spending almost all of its event budget on the Conservative Conference

Business In Pictures

Ashley Hudson, Knight Frank

City office rents 'set for seven-year high in 2015'

Knight Frank predicts rents will rise by five per cent to more than £30 per square foot due to diminishing stock of space

The former offices of Blakemores and Lawyers2You

Collapsed law firm Blakemores gave staff 30 minutes to leave office

Tribunal hears about firm's final moments as 30 former staff win payouts from the Government because they received so little warning

LDC sells majority stake in Angel Springs to Castik Capital

LDC chief investment officer Martin Draper
The transaction provides a healthy return for LDC, which has tripled its original investment in three years
General business

Prince Charles re-enters the planning debate

Planning is about building quality places for us all. I remain concerned that the present planning agenda is neglecting issues of affordability, environmental and social justice and we urgently need to have planning principles that are inclusive and egalitarian.

Another blow for Rolls-Royce workers at Ansty

David Bailey
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.
Aston Martin DB10 at the launch of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' at Pinewood Studios

Aston Martin and James Bond: Two brands inextricably linked

The Warwickshire car-maker’s role in the long-running Bond franchise dates back to the DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the third Bond film Goldfinger

The former offices of Blakemores and Lawyers2You

Collapsed law firm Blakemores gave staff 30 minutes to leave office

Tribunal hears about firm's final moments as 30 former staff win payouts from the Government because they received so little warning

The Barber Institute of Fine Art at Birmingham University.

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Legacy of Barber Institute of Fine Arts founders lives on

Husband and wife duo's Art Deco building continues to attract some of the world's finest art to Edgbaston

Madan Salhan, managing Director of Salhan Accountants, and director Dr Anjulika Salhan

Salhan Accountants lands award honours

As well as providing forensic accountancy, tax litigation, tax fraud investigations and VAT investigations, the Birmingham-based firm has asset protection services covering inheritance tax, creditors, divorce, cohabitation, business failure, litigation and disputes, Sharia law and high net worth individuals

Videos & Photos

Ones to watch 2015 - Birmingham's political movers and shakers

Moazzam Begg

Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg: stop the rage and violence

Councillor Brigid Jones

Ones to watch 2015: Birmingham's educational leaders

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

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