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UK industry slides into third recession in the last decade

David Bailey looks at the latest official data showing that UK industry is sliding into its third recession.

West Midlands benefits from European investment more than UK average

Over a six-year period,  the West Midlands received £239.5 million in European Social Fund grants and £315.9 million in European Regional Development Fund grants

Steel: A good first step, but Government must steel itself for further action

David Bailey on the progress still needed on the ‘5 Asks’ for the UK steel industry

The Balcombe fracking site in West Sussex

American gas for Europe?

It is not just the steel industry and the impact of the international market which is making the headlines right now, says solicitor Andrew Whitehead

What does a steel sector conservatorship need to be successful?

David Bailey and Paul Forrest continue on from their earlier blog to look at what the government will need to do in order for a conservatorship to be successful.

Could the government 'conserve' the UK's Steel industry?

David Bailey and Paul Forrest look at whether conservatorship could be successful for the steel industry

CGI of plans for new markets as part of the Birmingham Smithfield regeneration scheme

Time for Birmingham to banish our inferiority complex and make this right

Architect Joe Holyoak takes the marketing men to task after another bout of over-hyping - this time for the new Birmingham Smithfield plan

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Nissan struggles to keep up with Qashqai demand

Nissan has stated that the next phase of the Qashqai’s development will see the introduction of autonomous driving technology to the model in 2017.

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Volkswagen changes tack, loses market share, and another boss exits

Professor David Bailey on Volkswagen changing tack over the 'dieselgate' affair.

West Midlands businesses are divided over the UK's future in Europe

Brexit - hard facts and uncertainties

Andrew Whitehead on the legal processes that UK policymakers would likely have to negotiate in the event of a Brexit.

It's either horrific or elegant: Opinion divided over Smallbrook Queensway plans

Subject of city centre regeneration has become 'Marmite' topic on social media with some keen to see the back of landmark building and others opposed to its replacement

The curved building in Smallbrook Queensway could be part demolished

Why 'our Regent Street' must be saved

Architect Joe Holyoak takes a dim view of the latest plans to build new offices in Birmingham city centre - and wave goodbye to part of the city's architectural history

Aston Martin is now making serious moves towards delivering an electric vehicle by 2018

Aston Martin's electric dreams?

David Bailey on the news that Aston Martin has signed a partnership to design and build a new electric vehicle by 2018

The bear pit at Dudley Zoo prior to restoration

Can we bear to let Dudley Zoo design classic crumble?

Architect Joe Holyoak examines what fate awaits run-down parts of famous zoo and no guarantees of funding mean an uncertain future lies ahead

Tata JLR Jaguar Land Rover

Fall in JLR sales in China dents Tata Motors' Profits

Tata Motors said today that net profit for the last quarter fell by 2%, hit by lower JLR sales in China. This was better than many analysts had expected.

General business

Have we all got the energy for a Brexit?

The outline of a deal for the UK has just been announced, and an early Brexit vote looks a distinct possibility.

An artist's impression of how the new Martineau Galleries will look with the 780-ft tower in the centre

The moment for Martineau Galleries is now

Community leaders are demanding action on a giant regeneration site in Birmingham city centre - agenda editor Graeme Brown looks at why it is so important

Driverless vehicles manufactured by Midland firm RDM Group

Driverless cars really are coming, starting in Coventry

The government have announced this week that over 40 miles of roads in Coventry are to be equipped with technologies to assist autonomous or driverless cars

CGI of the new iCentrum building which opens in March

Investing in innovation is key driver for growth

Innovation Birmingham's chief executive David Hardman examines the price and benefits of investing for future growth

CGI of Beorma Quarter's 30-storey tower

Comment: Can the Beorma Quarter match its towering ambition?

As work on the next phases of the Beorma Quarter in Digbeth is imminent, architect Joe Holyoak casts his eye over one of most significant regeneration projects

Videos & Photos

David Grindrod, Dave Edwards and Dr Mark Swift

Angels of investment gather at the University of Warwick

Steven Jelfs, Fusion Building Consultancy; Nick Jones, Ashfield Land; Tim Blairs, Antringham Developments

Fusion hosts drinks reception to celebrate another successful year

Anger as Birmingham Metro extension built at rate of 32 inches a day

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor