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Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

Get down to business and show some ambition

Paul Faulkner urges those with a vested interest in the West Midlands' political and business worlds to be ambitious in their vision for the new combined authority

Why Labour's electoral dilemma strikes at the heart of the country

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband
Lewis Baston examines Labour's status in the Midlands as the party battles to turn itself around following May's General Election

Don't let big salaries take attention away from the bottom end

Head of business Graeme Brown argues that the fascination with top-level salaries shouldn't detract from the real issues at the bottom end of the pay scale

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Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

Get down to business and show some ambition

Paul Faulkner urges those with a vested interest in the West Midlands' political and business worlds to be ambitious in their vision for the new combined authority

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband

Why Labour's electoral dilemma strikes at the heart of the country

Lewis Baston examines Labour's status in the Midlands as the party battles to turn itself around following May's General Election

Don't let big salaries take attention away from the bottom end

Head of business Graeme Brown argues that the fascination with top-level salaries shouldn't detract from the real issues at the bottom end of the pay scale

Hitting the right notes in our duet with China

Mike Loftus on our attempts to understand modern China and its role in the global economy

UK car output up - and down

Professor David Bailey from Aston Business School examines the fall in the latest set of manufacturing figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Hail the growth of a city centre office tower

Head of business at the Birmingham Post Graeme Brown welcomes the news that, for once, a city centre office and residential tower will be scaled up rather than down

The explosion at a warehouse in north-eastern China's Tianjin municipality

For Emily in Tianjin, and for the rest of us, maybe things just got a even more complicated

Mike Loftus examines the latest state of the economy in China and where it now sits in the global market

Jaguar Land Rover's Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54 - a new plant is now set to open in Slovakia

Slovakia latest weapon in JLR's global mission

After a battle between several eastern European nations, David Bailey examines the impact following Jaguar Land Rover's decision to open a new plant in Slovakia

JLR profits dip as China cools

Prof David Bailey examines the latest set of figures surrounding Jaguar Land Rover's efforts in the Chinese market

The catacombs at Warstone Lane Cemetery

City securing the sweet melancholy of death for our future generations

Architect Joe Holyoak takes a look at plans to renovate two 'remarkable' and well-visited cemeteries in the Jewellery Quarter

Aston Martin still looking for DBX sites

Prof David Bailey assesses the possible locations for a factory to build Aston Martin's new CBX crossover model

This energy policy is on a new course sunshine

In a politically “hot” and highly regulated sector such as energy, market certainty is what investors value more than anything else.

Hillary Clinton has been flagging up the issues associated with the 'gig economy'

Maybe gig plus grey could gear up our productivity poser

Michael Loftus assesses the potential impact of the so-called 'gig economy'

Poland or Slovakia in the frame as JLR ups ambitions

Prof David Bailey assess Jaguar Land Rover's potential move into Eastern Europe by setting up a new base there

The Google Digital Garage in the Library of Birmingham

Welcome Google... The Library of Birmingham needs a new story

Technology giant Google is opening up a new operation at the £189 million Library of Birmingham

'March of the Makers' goes into reverse

Professor David Bailey asks what happened to the much-heralded plan to rebalance the UK economy and use manufacturing to underpin its growth

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.

General business

Business in the Community is good for 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.

A welder at work

Inequality and how to solve the UK's productivity puzzle

Experience in the West Midlands demonstrates that the loss of manufacturing reduces wealth and opportunity.

Reliant 21E Supervan 700cc

Why the little guys were always a reliable choice for romantics

The Reliant Motor Company and its three-wheelers were once proud standard-bearers for the mobility aspirations of generations of drivers who were determined to cast off post-war austerity in pursuit of new freedoms.

Videos & Photos

CGI of the converted Assay Office in Newhall Street which has been given the green light by city planners

Assay Office revamp to start this month

City planners have given the green light to a new home for the Wholesale Markets at The Hub in Witton

Birmingham Wholesale Markets move given go ahead

HSBC unveils new name for Birmingham-based bank

In This Week's Paper

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Dave Robson
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Emma McKinney
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor