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Russian threats over gas put the wind up EU

The Ukraine crisis has made the challenge of weaning itself off Russian gas, and to diversify sources of supply, a major priority for the EU.

Tough times ahead for the legal sector

Martin Allsopp
Members of the public are already suffering from the cuts to legal aid and from March 20 will feel the effects of cuts to criminal legal aid.

Osborne's rabbit out of the hat is a game-changer for annuities

George Osborne
We have grown so used to bland budgets over the last few years that George Osborne's pronouncements a couple of weeks ago left virtually everyone flabbergasted.

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Russian threats over gas put the wind up EU

The Ukraine crisis has made the challenge of weaning itself off Russian gas, and to diversify sources of supply, a major priority for the EU.

Martin Allsopp

Tough times ahead for the legal sector

Members of the public are already suffering from the cuts to legal aid and from March 20 will feel the effects of cuts to criminal legal aid.

George Osborne

Osborne's rabbit out of the hat is a game-changer for annuities

We have grown so used to bland budgets over the last few years that George Osborne's pronouncements a couple of weeks ago left virtually everyone flabbergasted.

The Sahara sands and smog that enveloped Birmingham city centre and much of the country last week

Jobs, growth and a clear vision on cutting carbon

It's not just the growing cities of China and India that are facing rising levels of city centre smog, pollution and congestion.

Job Centre

George's full employment would be a devil of a job

Sadly, at the moment, there are a lot of prospective employees who would love to have a job, but none to suit their skills and abilities are available.

Prime Minister David Cameron at Birmingham Airport

Airport job hopes raise a few ghosts from distant past

David Cameron visited Birmingham Airport last week, effusively welcoming the announcement that 8,000 new jobs would be created.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Lessons in management from 'The hairdryer'

Steven McCabe explores Alex Ferguson's appointment as a teacher at Harvard Business School.

Birmingham Airport

Just lounging around - or chance for a new departure

Embroiled these days in the glittering world of international trade means that I get to spend a lot of time in glamorous locations like airports.

Employees have the opportunity to impress employers of their abilities and talents, which, if they have any sense, will be recognised

There's still companies who care

Birmingham established its reputation for engineering expertise on the back of thousands of small businesses.

Aston Martin headquarters at Gaydon

An Aston Martin SUV?

Midlands-based car maker Aston Martin is thought to have secured as much as £100m in funding to support investment a new model range.

Beverley Nielsen

The Birmingham Big Art Project - a chance to create a new iconic glue?

I'm proud to have been asked to join the board and hope to make a contribution as Glyn moves this idea through artifice to art.

Classic design and cutting edge technology: The best of British?

It's a remarkable collaborative effort between Morgan and aluminium specialist Superform which is helping to create growth and jobs, and to redefine the nature of the industry.

General business

Making sense of the latest economic data

The latest raft of economic data produced by the ONS provides mixed messages as to where we currently are in the recovery process.

General business

Early bird catches benefit of tax year

Have you ever wondered why on earth our tax year runs from April 6 to April 5 – it is such an odd date, not even a month end.

Manufacturing

March of the Makers finally underway?

The much-vaunted 'March of the Makers' may well have stumbled last year but is finally moving again, and at a decent enough rate for now at least.

China flag

Let's move the Chinese border down the M6

The West Midlands is the only part of the UK with a positive trade balance with China.

Aston Martin headquarters at Gaydon

Aston Martin secures funding for new model range

Iconic-car maker Aston Martin is thought to have secured as much as $165m in funding to underpin investment a new model range

General business

Considering inequality in Britain

Accounts of poverty and injustice are included in publications going back millennia and repeated ever since; especially in the works of Charles Dickens.

Beverley Nielsen

Birmingham - where iconic brands are born

Birmingham and its hinterland, the Midlands, is first as a city of designers and makers.

General business

A new era for mortgage planning has arrived

Following almost five years of review and consultation, we will see the new rules for mortgage advice and sales come into effect on April 26.

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Land Rover in Virgin Galactic deal to supply astronauts

The Library Of Birmingham won three categories at the 2014 RIBA West Midlands Awards

Library of Birmingham sweeps board at RIBA Awards

Stuart Franks, Coltham Developments; Dan Anderson, Anderson's Bar & Grill; Mike Hargreaves, Coltham Developments; Jilly Cosgrove, Barques Design; Eddie Morse, EMC Consultancy; Simon Marsh, Anderson's Bar & Grill.

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