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A CGI of plans for a new driverless vehicle

Region well-placed as £10m driverless cars boost unveiled

Driverless cars will, for the first time, be driven on public roads in a series of trials that will last between 18 and 36 months

Plans to expand Edgbaston for two India matches mooted

Indian players celebrate their win at the ICC Champions Trophy Final match against England at Edgbaston.
Warwickshire CCC is investigating the potential of erecting a further 800 seats in a temporary structure behind the Stanley Barnes Stand after strong demand

Michael Kors opens in the Bullring

Bullring shopping centre
Luxury clothing and accessory brand launches first standalone unit in the Midlands

Sprint buses down Hagley Road by 2016 under £15m plans

How Birmingham Sprint may look
The Midlands’ first bus-based rapid transit system could be running in two years

Senior management shake-up at Severn Trent

Severn Trent new CEO
New roles and responsibilities at utility firm as it prepares for new regulatory period

Business In Pictures

CGI of the new shopping and dining areas in Grand Central, overlooking the atrium of New Street Station

New lettings revealed for Grand Central

But developers confirm grand opening will be a year later than planned to coincide with unveiling of New Street Station

Carillion headquarters at Birch Street, Wolverhampton

Balfour Beatty ends merger talks with Carillion

Deal which would have created £3bn support services powerhouse is off after Carillion wanted Parsons Brinckerhoff included in the merger

Mercia Fund Management's gene specialist reaches £300,000 funding landmark

Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management
Oxford Genetics is the biotechnology company behind SnapFast - a system that simplifies the purchase of synthetic DNA molecules (plasmids)
The Vauxhall Vivaro, which has secured 1,200 jobs over the next decade

Viva Vauxhall! (and a Vauxhall Viva to come as well…)

Vauxhall’s UK quality and work practices now compare with anywhere in Europe, and the adaptability and skill level of Vauxhall’s UK workforce is a major asset for the firm

GM via Vauxhall is creating 550 new jobs in the UK

General business
Vauxhall has a line-up of well designed, styled and engineered cars, with decent quality levels. The Adam, Mokka, Astra and Insignia - soon to be joined by the Viva city car.
A CGI of plans for a new driverless vehicle

Region well-placed as £10m driverless cars boost unveiled

Driverless cars will, for the first time, be driven on public roads in a series of trials that will last between 18 and 36 months

Lucie Byron, Heart of England Community Foundations chair of trustees, Paul Belfield and Heart of England Community Foundation director Tina Costello

Warwickshire Lawyer becomes trustee of Heart of England Community Foundation

Lucie Byron, a commercial property expert with law firm Wright Hassall, has joined the board of trustees of the Heart of England Community Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting communities based action across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull

New faces at PR and and marketing agency Gough Bailey Wright (from left) Georgina Curtis-Iddiols, Jason James and David Rowberry

Gough Bailey Wright boosts creative and PR teams

Trio of new faces join Worcestershire agency to support recent client wins

Videos & Photos

CGI of the new shopping and dining areas in Grand Central, overlooking the atrium of New Street Station

New lettings revealed for Grand Central

Flagship John Lewis 'will be more than just a shop'

CGI of the 'Richmond Witney' care home to be built by BAM

BAM wins brief to build £33m Bupa care home

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