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Avingtrans to close Black Country base

Aerospace, energy and medical products manufacturing group says steep rise in oil price and delayed projects has brought about decision

West Midlands 'needs Transport for London' style regulator

Midland Metro is set to run along Broad Street and beyond but council chiefs claim public transport here is a shambles
City council watchdog brands Birmingham's public transport a "shambles" as recently unveiled 20-year vision comes under microscope

Black Country chamber names Voestalpine Metsec business of the year

Black Country Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Business of the Year Voestalpine Metsec with category sponsor University of Wolverhampton
Oldbury manufacturer was one of seven winners at the annual awards which recognised customer service and international trade among other categories

Canal & River Trust plans £20m canalside Wharfdale Park

CGI of the £20m Wharfdale Park industrial development in Tyseley
Industrial estate along Grand Union Canal will feature warehouses of up to 150,000 sq ft on site in Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District

London & Cambridge welcomes SMEs to Pensnett Estate

Paula James, sales negotiator at London & Cambridge Properties
Trio of small businesses take space at industrial park normally used by large-scale operations

Business In Pictures

New associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton

Matthew Tilt joins Birmingham from Bulleys as it waves goodbye to Alex Carr who is setting up a new team in London

Peter Matthews, Arthur J Gallagher's regional managing director for the Midlands

Oval Group to become part of Arthur J Gallagher brand following acquisition

The combined business has created one of the UK’s top three commercial retail insurance brokers

RMP Products targets new markets with £490k funding deal

From left: Leo Arnold, office and quality at RMP Products; Ray Arnold, director at RMP Products; Mark Meakin, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking; Paul Dyche, director at RMP Products; Lauro Rodi, regional manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance; and Mark Edwards, director at RMP Products
Black Country manufacturer established 22 years ago now looking at new markets and job  creation after purchasing two machines for factory
CGI of how the Metro trams would look in High Street Deritend

Why Digbeth could do with a dose of Barcelona if we want it to thrive

High Street is a medieval street, originally connecting the centre of Birmingham at the Bull Ring with the village of Deritend, across the River Rea

Birmingham Chamber still packs a punch amid modern political bunfight

The 2004 vision for the Chamber of Commerce site in Harborne Road, Edgbaston, which never came to fruition
In Edgbaston, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has been banging the business drum for the capital of the Midlands for more than 200 years.

Avingtrans to close Black Country base

Aerospace, energy and medical products manufacturing group says steep rise in oil price and delayed projects has brought about decision

Jonathan Brew, Chris Herford, Emme Kent, Rachel Nolloth, Charlotte Avery and Robert Capper from Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys launch awards to recognise trainees

The firm’s trainees were judged on several criteria, including dependability, enthusiasm and excellence in their fields

Poster for the Birmingham Big Art Project

Birmingham Big Art project's £2m public artwork to be located next to Eastside City Park

New piece of public art which is expected to cost around £2m is aimed at putting Birmingham on the international map

Mark Smith, regional chairman at PwC in the Midlands

PwC claim honours in National Apprenticeship Awards

Now in their 11th year, the awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers

Videos & Photos

People enjoying the motoring treasures at The Classic Motor Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham.

£4.5m car auction proves classic stuff

The Nightingales rehearsing at the Rich Bitch Studios in Selly Oak

Selly Oak music studios could move base after 30 years

MP Steve McCabe who has branded an award for the city council a 'complete joke'

City's planning award branded 'complete joke' by Steve McCabe

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor