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Review of 2015 - September: Carters of Moseley, Mere Green regen and Capita dividends

Birmingham's foodie scene was celebrating in September after Carters of Moseley became the city's fifth restaurant to boast a Michelin star, new images showed bright future for Mere Green and there was anger over Capita's city council deal

Holly Jackson and Brad Carter from Carters of Moseley were celebrating being awarded a Michelin star in September

Carters of Moseley awarded Birmingham's fifth Michelin star

Birmingham had a new Michelin star restaurant to add to the list this month after Carters of Moseley became the latest to secure the prestigious accolade.

The venue, which had been knocking on the door of the Michelin Guide in recent years, became the latest recipient of the top prize in the culinary world.

The news was revealed earlier than expected by the Michelin Guide after a leak.

It also confirmed the city's existing four stars - for Purnell's, Simpsons, Turners and Adam's - had all been retained, making Birmingham the most star-laden city outside London.

New images show £15m Mere Green retail plan

New images showed long overdue work to transform an upmarket Birmingham suburb was set to become a reality.

The £15 million regeneration of Mere Green, mooted for more than a decade, was finally under way with significant demolition work already completed by September.

The project, a joint venture between Salmon Developments and NFU Mutual Assurance Society, will eventually see a three-acre site transformed with new bars, restaurants and shops, with the likes of Marks & Spencer and Boots already signed up.

City architect Bob Ghosh drew up the masterplan for the scheme, called Mulberry Walk, and said he aimed to create a public square to become the new focal point of the area on the edge of Sutton Park.

Anger as Capita makes millions in Birmingham City Council deal

The city's outsourcing contract with Capita came under fire again after Service Birmingham accounts unveiled dividends of more than £1 million a month.

City business expert Professor David Bailey dubbed the IT outsourcing contract "gross by name and gross in nature" after new accounts showed the venture paid out £12.5 million in dividends during the year to private firm Capita.

However, the dividend fell from £23 million the year before and Service Birmingham's chairman said the operation provided an efficient and valuable service to Birmingham City Council.

Service Birmingham - which is actually a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Capita - saw its turnover fall from £107.4 million to £98.5 million in 2014, while pre-tax profit fell from £19.7 million to £15.8 million.

Work starts on new HSBC home in city

Construction began on the new head office of HSBC's ring-fenced bank at 2 Arena Central - days after its new name was unveiled.

The pressure is on for building work to be completed with HSBC planning to have 2,500 employees in place by early 2018.

The start of construction work was another milestone in the historic move and came after the banking giant said the new operation would be called HSBC UK despite rumours of a return for the Midland brand.

The work also brought long-awaited progress at the 9.2-acre Arena Central site, which has been masterplanned to deliver a million sq ft of office-led, mixed use development.

£55m Great Charles Place plans to be unveiled

Long-awaited plans for part of Birmingham city centre affectionately known as "the bomb site" were unveiled during September.

A consultation launched for a £55 million scheme called Great Charles Place at a run-down Birmingham City Council-owned car park site in Ludgate Hill.

The scheme, fronting onto Great Charles Street, forms a part of the Snow Hill Masterplan, launched earlier this year, as the key site linking the Jewellery Quarter with the Colmore Business District.

Medusa strip club moving to gay village

One of Birmingham's most popular strip clubs is set to open in a new venue in the city's gay quarter.

An application was made during September to move the Medusa club to the former home of the Route 2 bar on Hurst Street.

It was revealed earlier this year that the business would have to relocate amid plans to turn its current base in Suffolk Street Queensway into a restaurant.

Now bosses have plumped for Chessetts House, which has lain vacant since Route 2 closed in January 2010.

Rotting E-Type Jaguar gets £20,000 on eBay

A rotting E-Type Jaguar was sold for almost £20,000 on eBay as demand for the iconic vehicles reaches ever more dizzy heights.

The aged roadster, a sought-after 1968 E-Type Series 1.5, was in terrible condition after spending several decades sitting in a field in the US state of Pennsylvania.

The shell was heavily rusted and many of the car's mechanical components had been removed and stored elsewhere.

The eBay seller described the car as "non-running" and requiring "total restoration" but believed almost all of the car's parts were still with it.

Bournville College axes 100 staff amid funding crisis

Bournville College axed more than 100 staff - equivalent of a quarter of its workforce - as it battled to save £6.5 million, it emerged during September.

The institute in south Birmingham was engulfed by a financial crisis which prompted 110 redundancies over the the past year.

Staff numbers have been cut from 439 to 329 amid anger from some employees.

One said: "If an educational establishment is prepared to do this, what chance has anyone got and what message does it send out - why bother training at all?"

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