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Ofcom extends local TV licence deadline

Ongoing attempts to launch local TV station for Birmingham have been granted an extension by government watchdog

Unions on offensive in Jaguar Land Rover pay dispute

Jaguar XE
JLR bosses accused of investing millions around the world on the back of the sweat of the UK workforce

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

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
Barclays

Do not believe the rumours - our banks are open for business

Barclays launched its Accelerator initiative to offer a three-month start-up programme for new businesses.

The MG Rover Phoenix Four must cough up

Signs on the gates at the MG Rover plant in Longbridge.
The Phoenix Four have finally run out of excuses, and they are about to pocket another million quid each from the wreckage of the car crash that they presided over at MG Rover.
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

Eileen Atkins as Mother Sawyer in The Witch of Edmonton at Swan Theatre, RSC

Review: The Witch of Edmonton, RSC, Swan Theatre

Sarah Probert suffers some slow dialogue but still enjoys a truthful tale of witchcraft centuries ago

Joe Breeden, managing director at Crystal Mortgages

Strong quarter for Crystal Mortgages as it eyes record year

Black Country firm says it is on target to break £500m mark for terms issued

Videos & Photos

Queen opens Jaguar Land Rover's new i54 engine plant

Longbridge Light Festival

Pictures: Longbridge Light Festival comes alive

Historic Red Lion pub fails to sell at auction

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