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The two millionth Land Rover Defender takes shape on the Solihull production line

UK automotive sector hits an all-time high

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed turnover reached a new historic high in 2014 following a 6.6 per cent increase since 2013

Birmingham Opera Company designs receive international showcase

Birmingham Opera Comany - Mittwoch Aus Licht
Brace of theatre designs on show in Prague before moving to the V&A in London later this month for a six-month run

Veale Wasbrough Vizards expands real estate team

Senior associate Julie Newell and partner Clive Read, who have joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards
Clive Read provides advice on property development, planning and commercial property for a variety of public and private sector clients particularly universities, colleges, local authorities and commercial businesses

Birmingham Wholesale Markets vision a step nearer

A move by traders from the Birmingham Wholesale Markets site is a step closer
New plans lodged for huge out-of-town site in the north of the city to replace markets site near Bullring which is set to become leisure and residential development

West Midlands properties sold in deals worth £23m

CGI of Technology Retail Park in Rugby
Trio of transactions shows region's industrial property market remains buoyant with deals in Warwickshire, Dudley and Telford

Business In Pictures

CGI of Technology Retail Park in Rugby

West Midlands properties sold in deals worth £23m

Trio of transactions shows region's industrial property market remains buoyant with deals in Warwickshire, Dudley and Telford

Stephen Prosser, St Modwen

Record-breaking results for St Modwen

Property and regeneration group enjoys major increase in profit and revenue as it continues to believe in the regional marketplace

New recruits bolster Top Banana

New faces at Top Banana (from left): Head of marketing communications Rebecca Jeavons, head of venues Sam Dyus, office manager Liza Carrington, junior motion graphics designer Ed Waldron and account executive Jessica Bond
Black Country event and communication agency add six new faces to team including first ever head of marketing communications
Climate change

Finally we see wood for the trees in action on climate change

According to UN scientists, deforestation accounts for 10% of global GHG emissions, and is a particular issue in developing countries where land degradation for development, and so-called "slash and burn agriculture", is on the rise.

Business in the Community is good for business

General business
The approach adopted by BitC takes corporate social responsibility to the next level, with a simple desire to tackle a range of issues by mobilising businesses to help leverage their skills to deliver real results for others.
Rowan Crozier from Brandauer

From Victorian nib maker to an engineering powerhouse

Family firm proves moving with the times is key to survival in the face of competition

Senior associate Julie Newell and partner Clive Read, who have joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Veale Wasbrough Vizards expands real estate team

Clive Read provides advice on property development, planning and commercial property for a variety of public and private sector clients particularly universities, colleges, local authorities and commercial businesses

Birmingham Opera Comany - Mittwoch Aus Licht

Birmingham Opera Company designs receive international showcase

Brace of theatre designs on show in Prague before moving to the V&A in London later this month for a six-month run

Grant Thornton regional managing partner Dave Munton (left) with new Birmingham practice leader David Hillan

Grant Thornton appoints new practice leader in Birmingham

David Hillan picks up the reins from Dave Munton who is taking on regional role covering Birmingham and cities in the North

Videos & Photos

A move by traders from the Birmingham Wholesale Markets site is a step closer

Birmingham Wholesale Markets vision a step nearer

Peter Salmon, director of BBC England

BBC chief Peter Salmon outlines expansion plans - for the North

Another restaurant could be joining Bullring's long list of places to eat

Bill's has eye on Bullring for first Birmingham restaurant

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