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Trevor Law: Keeping pace with host of changes to pensions

The industry still awaits further detail in respect of the tax charge applied to lump sum death benefits from crystallised funds.

Steve Allen: Expansion of Birmingham law firm could be first of many more to come

Steve Allen
Hogan is not the first City law firm to adopt the practice of disaggregation in the quest for greater efficiency.

Mike Loftus: Do the numbers add up for either Beijing or the Bank of England?

Mike Loftus
Maybe you are one of those people who is more than a bit suspicious about some of those stunning economic numbers that emerge from China.

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General business

Trevor Law: Keeping pace with host of changes to pensions

The industry still awaits further detail in respect of the tax charge applied to lump sum death benefits from crystallised funds.

Steve Allen

Steve Allen: Expansion of Birmingham law firm could be first of many more to come

Hogan is not the first City law firm to adopt the practice of disaggregation in the quest for greater efficiency.

Mike Loftus

Mike Loftus: Do the numbers add up for either Beijing or the Bank of England?

Maybe you are one of those people who is more than a bit suspicious about some of those stunning economic numbers that emerge from China.

General business

Trevor Law: The seven deadly sins of investing in markets

In the last 12 months or so, the FTSE 100 has been trading around the 6400-6800 level which are relative highs compared to history.

Iain Duncan Smith

Jonathan Walker: Why employment figures for the West Midlands make the best of a bad job

Iain Duncan Smith does not explain the gap between falling unemployment and rising employment.

Birmingham City TV

Jon Griffin: Birmingham's local TV station dream is over

Six years or more after the vision of a local TV station in Birmingham was first publicly discussed, the dream is over, at least for BLTV/City TV.

Mike Loftus

Framed In the cross hairs of the People's Liberation Artists - the very people who paint the town red in Beijing

The one big thing that I thought I knew was that the PLA was the largest organisation in the world - in manpower terms totalling up to about 2.3 million people.

David Bailey

David Bailey: Growth is strong; what does that mean for interest rates?

After one of the slowest recoveries on record, the UK economy is now growing at a decent rate.

General business

Andrew Whitehead: Where's the energy for Scottish independence?

Thoughts are once again turning to the call for Scottish independence, perhaps rejuvenated with a wave of national pride.

General business

Trevor Law: Stocks flatline as our economy starts to boom

An increase in economic output must lead to increased profits which will be reflected in higher stock market values.

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

Russell Luckock: Time to give start-up businesses a real leg-up

Small businesses, some with just two or three people, are producing a wide range of goods that are directed at the impulse buyer.

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya: Plan ahead before interest rates start to rise

Government plans to deliver growth could conflict with the need to restrain the capital's booming housing market.

China flag

The rule of law - on probation in China, maybe

The focus of interest on probation is itself intriguing. China has about 1.5 million people officially recorded as being in prison.

Business

Discrimination criteria could be widened

Individuals who are morbidly obese could soon have the same discrimination rights in the workplace as employees who are gay or disabled.

Money

Why it pays to keep our costs down

Setting aside the pros and cons, one indisputable fact is that more people are in employment than ever before.

The Vauxhall Vivaro, which has secured 1,200 jobs over the next decade

Viva Vauxhall! (and a Vauxhall Viva to come as well…)

Vauxhall’s UK quality and work practices now compare with anywhere in Europe, and the adaptability and skill level of Vauxhall’s UK workforce is a major asset for the firm

General business

GM via Vauxhall is creating 550 new jobs in the UK

Vauxhall has a line-up of well designed, styled and engineered cars, with decent quality levels. The Adam, Mokka, Astra and Insignia - soon to be joined by the Viva city car.

Money

Protecting your income is key

Income protection is one of the least known and utilised sectors of the protection market.

An artist's impression of the proposed Sense 'TouchBase' Centre, next to Selly Oak train station in Bristol Road, Birmingham

Why touching base with social enterprises makes so much sense for city

Birmingham has now been identified by Sense as the first site in England for a new “TouchBase” Centre.

Derek

Why leaving 'Red Robbo' far behind put us on the right road

Nobody summed up the worker-management divide of late 70s Britain as potently as the stocky, balding figure with the microphone in Cofton Park.

Videos & Photos

Birmingham's Michelin-starred restaurants: Purnell's, Turners, Adam's and Simpsons

Birmingham restaurants snubbed in Good Food Guide top 50

130 Colmore Row which is set to be transformed into a restaurant

Restaurant plans lodged for 130 Colmore Row

MG Rover MG6

MG on right road with special edition sales

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Graeme Brown
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Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor